Council & Executive

Council

The governing body of the Law Society is its Council. The Council is comprised of the Attorney-General and the Deans of the Law Faculties of the University of Adelaide, UniSA and Flinders University as ex-officio members, together with six office bearers, sixteen Metropolitan Members, three Members representing practitioners from country areas and two Members representing newly-admitted practitioners.

Executive

The Executive of the Council of the Law Society is comprised of a President, the Immediate Past President, a President-Elect, two Vice Presidents, a Treasurer and two other Members drawn from the non ex-officio Members of Council.

President

 



Rebecca is a Special Counsel at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers in the litigation team, with a particular focus on intellectual property, media, defamation, privacy, and competition and consumer law.  Rebecca's background also includes building and construction law, corporations law, property law and contractual disputes. She is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court and Federal Courts of Australia.

Rebecca was admitted to practice in 2011, graduating from Flinders University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance).  In June 2015 Rebecca completed her Masters of Law (Applied Law) with the College of Law, majoring in Commercial Litigation. Rebecca has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law nationally in 2020, and was included in the 12th and 13th Editions of Best Lawyers™ Australia for Litigation.

Rebecca has been an active member of the Law Society since her admission in 2011, becoming a Junior Member of the Law Society Council in 2011.  After her two year term concluded at the end of 2013, Rebecca had a one year break from Council before becoming a Metropolitan Member of the Council in 2015. She has been a Member of the Executive of the Council since 2016.  Rebecca’s other Law Society positions include:

  • Deputy Chair, Legal Technology Committee;
  • Member, Corporate Governance (previously Governance Compliance) Committee;
  • Member, Ethics & Practice Committee;
  • Member, Audit & Risk Committee;
  • Former Member, Chair, and Deputy Chair, Women Lawyers' Committee;
  • Former Member, Investments Committee (prior to that Committee’s disbandment);
  • Former Member, MCPD Regulatory Committee (prior to that Committee’s disbandment); and
  • Deputy Chair (Former Chair), Legal Technology Committee.

Rebecca is a member of the Women Lawyers' Association of South Australia, Spence Club Inc, and the YWCA.  Rebecca was the scholarship participant in the YWCA’s 2015 SHE Leads Program, and has previously been a member of the YWCA’s Nominations Committee, a member of the WLASA Committee, and sat on the Flinders Law School Advisory Board and the Board of the Spence Club Inc. She is a co-founder of Women At The Table, a not for profit group established in 2017 to foster business and career opportunities for South Australian women by creating networks across industries and professions.

Rebecca’s personal interests include reading, yoga (especially Anti-Gravity) and exploring the best of South Australia's hospitality at our restaurants, bars and wineries.


I am honoured, humbled and excited to serve the Society as President in 2021. It is a privilege to take on this role and I look forward to continuing the important work undertaken by presidents before me, and doing my part to help guide and support our members and the profession.

2020 will no doubt be remembered as a period of constant change which required the South Australian legal profession, and the general public, to adapt rapidly and continually to a new way of life in a number of respects. It was an often challenging 12 months which affected almost every South Australian at one point or another. That fact is front of mind for me as we enter 2021, and will guide my focus during the next 12 months' work by the Society, as we reflect on and recover from those events and assess what we can learn from those experiences to improve the delivery of legal services in SA for lawyers and clients.

Some of the key issues I plan to focus on this year include:

  • wellbeing, resilience and mental health support for the profession;
  • the role of technology in the delivery of legal services; and
  • the Society's future focus and new strategic plan.

I also expect to build on the important work done by my predecessors on matters such as improving the public perception of lawyers and increasing connection and collegiality within the profession. To that end, I am particularly pleased to be working alongside my fellow presidents interstate, and the Law Council of Australia, on a number of matters facing lawyers and law societies around the country. That will include continuing the important work of the Society and others with respect to the steps required to address sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in the legal profession. This is unfortunately not an issue with a simple or single answer, and whilst it is apparent we still have a number of challenges to address, the commitment being shown by so many people to changing and improving that position does give me great hope and optimism that we will continue to rise to those challenges and make the practice of the law safer, more welcoming and more inclusive in the future.

I'm also optimistic that in 2021 we will also have a few more opportunities than we did in 2020 to gather as colleagues and friends to celebrate what we do and how we do it, and I look forward to spending time with our members at various functions and events throughout the year. I am eager to highlight and celebrate the good work and remarkable achievements of many of our members to improve access to justice and uphold the Rule of Law, and to ensure that these contributions are not overlooked.

These are certainly interesting times to be a lawyer. I am very much looking forward to my time representing our members as President of the Law Society in 2021, and to working closely with the Members of the Society’s Executive and Council, the staff of the Society and my fellow legal practitioners as I serve in this role. 

Office Bearers




Justin Stewart-Rattray is the Principal of Stewart-Rattray Lawyers. He was admitted to practice in 1993 and has over 26 years of experience, of which approximately 18 years has been as a sole practitioner. Justin has established a solid practice in all aspects of business law, specialising in debt collection and litigation; both commercial and in insolvency. He has worked for a broad range of businesses across a range of industries both State and national, big and small.

Working closely with liquidators and bankruptcy trustees, Justin has been involved in large complex commercial and insolvency litigation. He is also experienced in restructuring and commercial property matters such as drafting and terminating leases.

Justin is a Member of the Society’s Professional Standards Scheme Committee and the Audit and Risk Management Committee and has previously presented seminars for the Society on debt collection and insolvency related matters. He has been a Member of the Society’s Council since January 2019. He was the male Vice President of the Law Society in 2020.

Justin’s motivation to seek election was to give something back and help the Society ensure the wellbeing of the profession in South Australia. He is keen to maintain the viability of the South Australian profession, especially from the perspective of sole practitioners and smaller firms.

Away from the law, Justin is an avid cyclist both on the road and on a mountain bike. He completed the Flinders Ranges outback epic Mountain bike race in 2018 - a very long 15.5-hour day in the saddle. A former twice ironman triathlete, he has also been known to don running shoes and compete in off road runs such as the Yurrebilla Trail ultra-marathon. 






Victoria was admitted to practice in July 201.

She has experience in a wide range of commercial and civil litigation matters. This includes debt recovery, insurance and contract disputes in both State and Federal jurisdictions. She also works extensively in the resolution of trust and farming disputes. Victoria regularly appears in the Supreme, District and Magistrates’ Courts.

She has significant experience in estate litigation and advises clients in relation to inheritance claims, Will capacity disputes, probate, Will and/or trust issues and disputes and Australian Financial Complaints Authority proceedings (previously the Superannuation Complaint Tribunal).

In addition to her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Adelaide, Victoria has a PhD in Psychology. Her PhD research focussed on negotiation and decision making in a litigation context. Before practising law, she worked at Adelaide University in various teaching and research roles.

She has been on the Council since 2015.






Fraser Bell is a Partner at Thomson Geer. He leads the group focusing on all aspects of environmental and planning law, climate change, and contaminated land.

Fraser was admitted to practice in 1988 after graduating from the University of Adelaide. Prior to joining Thomson Geer in 2007, he was a partner at Finlaysons.

In addition to his role as Treasurer of the Law Society, Fraser is: Chair of Bellberry Ltd; Chair of Adelaide Unicare; Chair of East Waste; a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) SA/NT Council; a current Executive Committee Member of the SA Branch of the Waste Management Association of Australia (President 2002 – 2003) and a member of Future Industries Institute Advisory Board at the University of South Australia.

Fraser was a Member of the Law Society Council from 1988 to 1989 and re-joined the Council in 2018.

Away from the law, Fraser enjoys playing tennis and golf and enjoys music and the arts. 







Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers owner/partner Tim White has been with the firm for 24 years. In that time he has built a client base as diverse as Australian society itself. He attends TGB’s offices in SA, WA and the NT.

He has particular expertise handling personal injury claims in which he has helped thousands of clients including defence force members, Commonwealth employees, state-based workers under the WorkCover schemes, and people with motor vehicle claims. 

His military clients include current-serving members who have been injured physically or psychologically, and veterans who have left the military but need assistance with their compensation claims. These include veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. He has tackled historic and complex claims on behalf of veterans exposed to atomic bomb tests at Maralinga in the 1950’s and the bombing at Hiroshima. 

Tim is a member of the Air Force Reserves, in which he serves as a Legal Officer with the rank of Squadron Leader. This pursuit has inspired him to become one of the very few lawyers in Australia to specialise in representing defence force personnel and their families.

Pursuing difficult class-action claims is one of Tim’s specialities. He helped hundreds of South Australian breast cancer sufferers who were tragically misdiagnosed. He was also the driving force behind an international class action relating to faulty PIP breast implants.

His tenacity in helping his clients is also on show outside of work where he is a keen runner and cyclist. He has completed in more than 15 marathons and cycled in a number of long-distance events including the Police Legacy WA event /ride from Karratha to Broome.

Tim’s positions for and on behalf of the Law Society (past and present) include:

Current

  • Ethics and Practice Committee
  • Litigation Assistance Fund Advisory Board
  • Regulation Advisory Committee

Former

  • Professional Standards Scheme Committee (including as its Chair)
  • Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • GDLP Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • New Lawyers’ Committee
  • Corporate Governance Committee
  • Costs Committee
  • Accident Compensation Committee 
  • Law Society representative on the Joint Rules Advisory Committee

Tim has been a member of the Law Society Council for periods totalling nine years and joined the Executive in 2017.


Members of Council

Ms Melissa Boyle Hugh Burton Chambers 
Mr Christopher Charles Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
Mr Tim Dibden  Tim Dibden Barrister & Solicitor
Mr Michael Janus  Janus Lawyers
Ms Melissa Jones  Jones Legal Consultants
Ms Christina Lien Work Visa Lawyers
Ms Marissa Mackie  Anthony Mason Chambers 
Mr James Marsh  Dentons 
Mr Raffaele Piccolo  Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
Ms Emma Shaw Legal Services Commission
Ms Melanie Tilmouth   
Ms Sarah Minney, Northern & 
Western District
Minney & Associates
Mr Peter Ryan, Central District 
Rudall & Rudall
Mr John Kyrimis, Southern District Kyrimis Lawyers
Professor Melissa de Zwart University of Adelaide
Associate Professor Tania Leiman Flinders University of South Australia
Professor Vickie Waye University of South Australia
The Hon Vickie Chapman MP Attorney-General