Bruce Paterson



Bruce grew up in northern Tasmania before completing an International Baccalaureate at the United World College of South-East Asia in Singapore. He later graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours in Law. Bruce was later awarded a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction from the Australian National University, and was admitted to practice. He worked as a senior solicitor in the Victorian Department of Health, and later as a senior legal policy officer in the Victorian Department of Justice’s criminal law policy section before returning to Tasmania in 2010.

After dark, Bruce spent two years as Secretary of the Australian Film Critics Association.

Bruce is currently the Executive Manager of the Legislative Review and Legal Support team in the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services. The team is responsible for managing the provision of a specialist high level legislative review and legal support advisory service to the Ministers, Secretary, and senior officers.

Bruce has a long-standing interest in the contribution of government lawyers to the legal profession, and the opportunities to build connections between lawyers working in the public and private sectors. Bruce was Chair of the Government Lawyers Section of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) in 2010, and Deputy Chair from 2007-2009, for which he received a certificate of service in the LIV Legal Awards 2010 for ‘recognition of the outstanding contribution to the LIV and the legal profession’. Bruce joined the Law Society Council in 2012 with particular interest in contributing to initiatives in professional development and the Society’s role in law reform.