Law Society Recent Activities

The Law Society is the peak representative body of the legal profession in Tasmania (read more here).

Below are some of things we’ve been up to:

Date Activity
   
   
   
   
1/9/2020 Litigation Sub-Committee
25/8/2020 Deputy Executive Director and PCL subcommittee met with the SRO to discuss interest applied to duties transactions; HomeBuilder Grants – timing of funding after transfer effected; FIDS submissions; and COVID relief land tax exemption.
25/8/2020 Contract of Sale PCL Working Group Meeting
25/8/2020 Criminal Law Committee Meeting
25/8/2020 Centre for Legal Studies Board meeting
24/8/2020 Vice President spoke on ABC radio on the Dangerous Criminal and Electronic Monitoring Bills
19/8/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of state and territory law society CEO’s
18/8/2020 Executive Director attended a Department of Justice briefing on the court backlog bill
11/8/2020 President spoke to the Advocate on the proposed Burnie court relocation
10/8/2020 Deputy Executive Director and PCL Contract Review Subcommitee met with CEO of REIT and REIT Reps
7/8/2020 Law Foundation Meeting
6/8/2020 The Executive Director met with the Director of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania
6/8/2020 Council Meeting
6/8/2020 Family Law Committee Meeting
5/8/2020 Law Society CEOs Meeting (meeting of all CEOs of law societies across Australia)
4/8/2020 Litigation Committee Meeting
4/8/2020 Board of Legal Education Meeting
4/8/2020 Elder & Succession Law Committee Meeting
3/8/2020 Property & Commercial Law Committee Meeting
30/7/2020 Medico-Legal Working Group meeting
27/7/2020 The President attended the National Round table Addressing Sexual Harassment
24/7/2020 The Society’s Governance Working Group meeting
23/7/2020 The Executive Director met with Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania to discuss the Commission’s proposed conflict of interest policy
22/7/2020 Executive Director attended the Administration of Justice – Service Delivery Meeting
21/7/2020 The President spoke to the ABC around cyber fraud
21/7/2020 The President attended the Working Group with the Courts, the Prison and Legal Aid
21/7/2020 The Executive Director attended the Pilot Intermediary Scheme Steering Committee (PISSC) Meeting
21/7/2020 Employment, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting
20/7/2020 PCL Working Group – Contract Review Survey
16/7/2020 Executive Director met with the CEO of Legalsuper to discuss responses to COVID-19 and end of financial year
15/7/2020 Practising certificates were issued to all legal practitioners
16/7/2020 The President wrote to the Chief Justice and Chief Magistrate in relation to sexual harassment and the courts’ response to recent revelations
6/7/2020 Executive Director met with Department of Justice Secretary and Deputy Secretary and discussed Burnie court upgrade timetable, practitioner numbers, judge alone trials and sexual harassment in the legal profession
6/7/2020 Property law committee meeting
3/7/2020 Submission on the Review of the Strata Titles Act 1998
2/7/2020 Council Meeting held
2/7/2020 Executive Director met with the Director of Legal Aid
1/7/2020 PCL Committee submissions – draft commercial tenancies relief regulations: COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Regulations 2020
1/7/2020 President spoke to the Advocate on Criminal Code and Sentencing Act amendments
1/7/2020 President spoke to the media on sexual harrassment in the law
30/6/2020 Criminal Law Committee meeting
29/6/2020 Executive Director attended the swearing in of Magistrate Hartnett
27/6/2020 Rohan Foon, President and Executive Director attended a meeting of the Law Council of Australia directors
26/6/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of state and territory CEO’s
26/6/2020 President attended a meeting of state and territory Law Society Presidents
  Deputy Executive Director and PCL Subcommitee met with LGAT (21st Century Councils Consultation)
24/6/2020 President spoke to the Examiner and the Advocate on drug driving laws
24/6/2020 President spoke to the Examiner and the Advocate on the Northern Prison
24/6/2020 President spoke to the Examiner and the Advocate on sexual harrassment in the legal profession
23/6/2020 Elder & Succession Law Committee meeting
19/6/2020 The President spoke to the Examiner and Advocate on Drug Driving Laws
19/6/2020 The President spoke to the Examiner and Advocate on the Northern Prison
18/6/2020 Centre for Legal Studies board meeting
16/6/2020 EDI Meeting
11/6/2020 Vice-President participated in a radio interview on ABC with Leon Compton in regards to parenting Orders and COVID-19
6/6/2020 The President was quoted in an Advocate article calling for judge alone trials
5/6/2020 President appointed a member of Law Council Standing Committee: Rural, Regional and Remote Committee
5/6/2020 Joint letter from the Law Society, Tas Bar and Legal Aid to the Chief Justice in relation to the resumption of court business
4/6/2020 The President was quoted in an Advocate article on funding announcement for the Burnie Court upgrade
4/6/2020 Family Law committee meeting
3/6/2020 Executive Director attended the Administration of Justice Meeting
2/6/2020 Board of Legal Education meeting held
2/6/2020 Litigation committee meeting
1/6/2020 President wrote to the Attorney-General in regard to Burnie Court House funding
1/6/2020 Property & Commercial Law Committee
30/5/2020 The President was quoted in the Mercury on ‘one punch’ laws
29/5/2020 LCA President’s meeting
28/5/2020 The President was quoted in an Advocate article on fast tracking the Burnie Court upgrade
27/5/2020 Law Society CEO’s Meeting
27/5/2020 Council member Philippa Wilshire attended the COVID 19 Hobart Magistrates Court Response meeting
  Law Society’s member legal practice / business financial relief program announced
27/5/2020 Submissions – issues identified by the profession concerning eventual COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Act 2020 and (absent) regulations
25/5/2020 PC Renewals – new electronic processes launched
21/5/2020 Working Group Strata Titles Meeting
20/5/2020 Law Society CEO’s Meeting
20/5/2020 Executive Director attended the Administration of Justice Meeting
19/5/2020 EDI Meeting
18/5/2020 Council meeting
14/5/2020 Executive Director met with the Society’s auditors to plan 2019/20 audit
14/5/2020 Meeting of the Board of the Centre for Legal Studies Ltd
12/5/2020 Deputy Executive Director attended Australian Law Management Group (Law Council of Australia) Meeting
8/5/2020 LCA President’s meeting
7/5/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of the CORO working group
7/5/2020 CPD Committee meeting
6/5/2020 Law Society CEO’s Meeting
6/5/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of the Executive of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives
5/5/2020 Board of Legal Education Meeting held
4/5/2020 Property & Commercial Law Committee held
1/5/2020 President and Executive Director met with the President of the Tasmanian Bar
1/5/2020 New Committee Year commences
30/04/2020 New Committee Year Term (1 May – 30 April) announced
29/4/2020 Submissions COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Bill 2020
29/4/2020 Elder & Succession Law Committee meeting held
28/4/2020 Criminal Law Committee meeting held
27/4/2020 Submissions to Secretary, Department of Justice: restrictions on north west practice
27/4/2020 Deputy Executive Director and PCL Committee Working Group met with DoJ regarding COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Bill
22/4/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of the Administration of Justice – Service delivery group
22/4/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of law society CEO’s
19/4/2020 The President spoke to the Examiner on COVID-19 related offences
18/4/2020 LCA Directors Meeting
16/4/2020 Cyber-security Insurance Policy – All Firm Coverage – Member Benefit Negotiated by Law Society – Announced
15/4/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of law society CEO’s
9/4/2020 The Board of the Centre for Legal Studies met
9/4/2020 Law Society CPD Response Program Commences
8/4/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of law society CEO’s
6/4/2020 Meeting of the Council of the Law Society
6/4/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of the Administration of Justice – Service delivery group
3/4/2020 LCA President’s meeting
2/4//2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of the Conference of Regulatory Officers working group
2/4/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of law society CEO’s
2/4/2020 Family law committee meeting
31/3/2020 President’s Report – COVID-19 Restrictions
31/3/2020 PCLC Meeting – COVID-19 Issues
30/3/2020 Executive Director attended the Administration of Justice Meeting
28/3/2020 Law Society doors close, transition to remote operations, COVID-19 safety and other comms initiatives rolled out
24/3/2020 Deputy Executive Director attended a meeting with SRO
23/3/2020 LTO/LST Meeting
23/3/2020 COVID-19 Resources Portal Published – Law Society Website
23/3/2020 First Law Society weekly COVID-19 Update Newsletter issues
16/3/2020 Law Society programs close due to COVID-19 related circumstances
7/3/2020 President, Executive Director and Law Society Director Rohan Foon attended the quarterly directors meeting of the Law Council of Australia
6/3/2020 President and Executive Director attended a meeting of the Conference of Law Societies
6/3/2020 Executive Director attended meetings of Law Society and Bar CEO’s
6/3/2020 President attended a meeting of Law Society Presidents
5/3/2020 Family Law Committee meeting
4/3/2020 President spoke at the Soroptimist International Devonport International Women’s Day event
4/3/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of the Magistrates Court, Criminal & General Bill steering committee
3/3/2020 Board of Legal Education meeting
2/3/2020 Property and Commercial Law Committee meeting
28/2/2020 President spoke with the Examiner regarding the review of sentencing amendments. Story published on 7 March 2020
27/2/2020 Executive Director attended a dinner to mark the retirement of three long serving Centre for Legal Studies directors
27/2/2020 Law Foundation Meeting
27/2/2020 President and Executive Director met with Shadow Attorney-General
27/2/2020 Centre for Legal Studies board meeting
26/02/2020 Pro bono Committee meeting
25/02/2020 Criminal Law Committee meeting
24/02/2020 Executive Director met with law school representatives to discuss curriculum review
18/02/2020 Executive Committee meeting
18/02/2020 Employment, Diversity and Inclusion Committee meeting
13/02/2020 Deputy Executive Director attended a meeting of Law Society and Land Titles Office representatives
12/02/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting with UTAS and Government representatives to discuss Tasmania Law Reform Institute issues including future funding
12/02/2020 Executive Director attended a meeting of law society CEO’s
6/02/2020 Professional indemnity insurance claims review with Executive Director, Claims Manager, Broker and Insurers
04/02/2020 Elder & Succession Law Committee meeting
04/02/2020 Litigation Committee meeting
03/02/2020 Property Law Committee meeting
03/02/2020 Criminal Law Committee Chair Ian Arendt and Executive Director met with Department of Justice to discuss section 194K of Evidence Act and Dangerous Criminals Act reform
  President attended a celebration of Glen Emmett for 30 years of service as Justice of the Peace
  President met with the Director of Legal Aus to assist in Legal Aid’s strategic planning,
6/2/2020 Executive Director attended professional indemnity insurance scheme claims review with scheme claims manager Fleur Dewhurst, Society broker Graham Vasileff and representatives from Vero and CGU insurance
4/2/2020 Litigation Committee meeting
3/2/2020 Property Law Committee meeting
3/2/2020 Executive Director and Criminal Committee Chair Ian Arendt met with Brooke Craven, Director Strategic Legislation and Policy, Department of Justice to discuss proposed amendments to section 194K of the Evidence Act and to Dangerous Criminal legislation
29/1/2020 President spoke to the Examiner about Productivity Commission data on delays in Tasmanian courts
29/1/2020 Immediate Past President spoke to ABC television about Productivity Commission data on delays in Tasmanian courts
23/1/2020 Executive Committee held
22/1/2020 President provided a statement to Win TV and spoke to the Advocate on TLRI report on juries, the internet and social media. Story in Advocate and Examiner
18/1/2020 President and Executive Director attended the attraction and retention working group strategic planning day, facilitated by Melissa Lyon at Staffordshire House
17/1/2020 President and Executive Director attended the north west new year drinks in Devonport
15/1/2020 TLRI Media launch of Final Report No. 29, Review of the Judicial Review Act (Tas)
6/1/2020 President and Executive Director attended the north west new year drinks in Devonport
6/1/2020 President and Executive Director attended the attraction and retention working group strategic planning day, facilitated by Melissa Lyon at Staffordshire House