Simon Gates

Simon Gates is the current Treasurer of the Law Society of Tasmania and was elected to council in 2018. He has also been a member of Law Society’s Litigation Committee since 2017.

Simon graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2005 after having earlier graduated with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in 2001. 

He is a Partner at McLean, McKenzie and Topfer Barristers and Solicitors in Burnie where he specializes in workers compensation, personal injuries and administrative and constitutional law. 

Simon is also a Criminal Injuries Compensation Commissioner, a position he has held since his appointment in 2016.  He was previously a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal between 2014 and 2016.

Prior to entering private legal practice, Simon held the position of Senior Legal Advisor (2012-13) and Legal Advisor (2011) to the Tasmanian State Attorney-General and Crown Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor-General for the State of Tasmania between 2007 and 2011, acting as Junior Counsel for the State in a number of High Court Constitutional Law cases.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Simon lived and worked in East Timor in 2005 and 2006, working primarily as an Australian Volunteers International funded legal and policy advisor in the minerals, oil and gas sector for the Timor-Leste Government.

Simon is married with 3 children and in his spare time enjoys fly fishing and running.