It is a privilege to be President of the Law Society in 2022 and an honour to follow in the footsteps of those who came before me and served the profession with such distinction. After 27 years of practice I am proud to be in the position to give something back to the profession.
My main objective, put simply, is to support the profession as much as I can and enhance the reputation, prosperity and stability of lawyers in South Australia.
The pandemic has created significant personal and professional challenges over the past two years and I am keen to help guide the profession through these uncertain times and return to a greater sense of normality I will do all I can to help the profession prosper and interact again properly with clients, colleagues and others.
More specifically, some of my key goals include:
- Increasing work for South Australian lawyers through exploring networking opportunities and winning back some work from various sectors and interstate;
- Reducing regulation on lawyers (particularly small business) in what is still a recovery period, while still maintaining the high professional standards that are essential to the proper functioning of the justice system;
- Improving the public perception of the legal industry and highlighting the many “good news” stories that the profession has to tell; and
- Strengthening the legal profession and justice system by lobbying for specific reforms and investment as highlighted on the Society’s Key Election Issues Document.
As we head into a State Election year, it is important that we maintain and build good relationships with all sides of politics, but remaining strictly apolitical as we agitate for greater investment in the legal profession, increased access to justice, and a legislature that is consultative and makes laws that respect the rule of law and protect the integrity and independence of the justice system.
The wellbeing and resilience of our profession has been tested in recent times, but has endured. We need to keep being mindful of the stresses of legal practice and look after each other accordingly.
In that vein, I am keen to ensure the Members know the Society is responsive to their needs and I am always keen to hear the views of any Member on any topic.
I plan to be accessible and I look forward to working with Members to represent their voice and stand up for the profession.