Law Society of Tasmania welcomes New Recorder of Titles

The Law Society of Tasmania today congratulated Robert Manning on his appointment to the position of Recorder of Titles (commencing 2 September 2019).

The Recorder of Titles is the statutory officer responsible for providing the community with certainty of title to land. This is achieved by the development and administration of legislation and policy governing land dealings in Tasmania.

Law Society President Evan Hughes said:

‘Mr Manning is an esteemed senior lawyer and valued member of the community and will bring to the role over 30 years’ practical experience in property, commercial and estate law.   He has also held numerous leadership roles over the course of his career including for Diabetes Australia as Chair of the Tasmanian branch and the Law Society of Tasmania as the Property & Commercial Law Committee Chair and Pro Bono Committee Chair.  He holds a strong record in driving innovation and reform, always advocating for efficiency and good law that serves the community.  He was the 2018 recipient of the Law Society President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the legal profession and industry.

The Land Titles Office faces challenges in the coming years as it deals with the effects of funding reductions and the prospect of electronic conveyancing. As its new CEO, I am confident that Robert will very ably lead the Land Titles Office through the reform that is required, and I have every confidence the integrity of the system, which underpins billions of dollars of Tasmanian real estate transactions, will be enhanced by the reform that needs to occur.  

Finally, Robert’s appointment will be a gain to the legal profession and community but a significant loss at the same time; the impact of this loss will extend well beyond that felt by his colleagues and clients. As one of the Society’s most active members of the Property & Commercial Law Committee, and as a friend and colleague to many committee members, Council members and staff at the Society, he will be sorely missed.’     

Evan Hughes
0418 321 146

17 July 2019