Election of President

The Council of the Law Society of Tasmania on 22 October 2018 elected Evan Hughes as its President.  Evan is a Principal of the Launceston firm, Rae & Partners.

Evan practises in civil and criminal litigation in the north and north west coast of Tasmania. He is a graduate of the University of Tasmania, married with two children and has practiced law for twenty years. Evan looks forward to the opportunity to continue the important work of the Society and its role as a specialist contributor to the debate on law reform, access to justice issues and addressing the challenges faced by the profession both now and into the future.

“I see the Society as a strong and relevant voice on issues that affect the profession and access to justice and I look forward to the opportunity I now have to be more closely involved in the ongoing work of the Society. Some of the priorities I have for the next 12 months include assisting the Law Council of Australia in its response to the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the Federal Court and Family Court, addressing the retention of young practitioners in the profession particularly in rural and regional areas of the state as well as the retention of female practitioners and ensuring the removal of any barriers to their career advancement and appointment to positions of importance. I have a particular interest in the way we can use technology to improve the way we do things and improving the services available to members of the profession. The health and wellbeing of lawyers, in particular mental health, remains one of my key areas of concern and the steps that we can take to assist those undertaking what is an inherently stressful occupation.”


Evan Hughes


0418 321 146


23 October 2018

ATO Engagement with Legal Practitioners

Let’s Talk – Legal Practitioner Community

The ATO has created the Legal Practitioner Community to assist it to better engage and collaborate with legal practitioners.

The purpose of the community and website area is to share knowledge and information with, and gain knowledge from, the legal profession.

Practitioners are encouraged visit the above link if they haven’t already done so and provide any comments or feedback to the Society at

Appointment of Members of the Disciplinary Tribunal

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably experienced practitioners interested in being nominated for appointment to the Disciplinary Tribunal. The Tribunal hears and determines applications under Part 4.7 of the Legal Profession Act 2007, in respect of complaints against practitioners. The Judges appoint members from a list of nominees provided by the Society.

Further information is available here
Expressions close on 4 October 2018

International Trade and Business Law Review Vol. XXII submission


The Student Editorial Board of the International Trade and Business Law Review is currently seeking second round submissions from academics, postgraduate students and practitioners for inclusion in Volume XXII, to be published in 2019.

The International Trade and Business Law Review (the Review) publishes leading articles consisting of original research, case notes, comments, and book reviews concerning international trade and business law, arbitration law and comparative law. The Review endeavours to provide the legal and business communities with information reflecting recent developments in these areas; contributing to the scholarly discussion ofthese developments, whilst being informative and of practical relevance to scholars and professionals alike. The Review is overseen by a board of top international trade law practitioners and academics from across the globe, ensuring the relevance and quality of the material is outstanding.

In the past, the Review has received numerous high calibre submissions from students and scholars alike. The Student Editorial Board is seeking submissions from institutions across the globe for publication. As such your assistance in distributing this flyer would be greatly appreciated by the Review’s editorial team.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch via

International Trade and Business Law Review
2018 editorial team

2018 Tasmanian Human Rights Awards

Media Release Tasmanian Human Rights Awards 2018

2018 Angus Downie Print Journalism Award Nomination Form

2018 HRA Nomination Form


Tasmanian Human Rights Week is celebrated from 1-10 December 2018

“Let’s Stand Up for Equality, Justice and Human Dignity”

This Year they Celebrate:

  • 70th Anniversary of the United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • 30th Year of Human Rights Week in Tasmania.
  • 20th Anniversary of the introduction of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act.

Each year during Human Rights Week, community organisations hold activities and functions to highlight their work in Human Rights and  invite your network to join in this week of Human Rights awareness raising.

Community organisations can have their function or activity posted on The Tasmanian Human Rights web page and on Facebook if the information is forwarded to:

Humans Rights Week Organising Committee

Tasmania Law Reform Institute Issues Paper No. 26, “Review of the Judicial Review Act 2000 (Tas)

This paper evaluates Tasmania’s current laws governing the review of administrative decisions, and seeks community input on this topic. The paper is the first comprehensive review of the Act since it was introduced 18 years ago.

The Act covers the laws relating to when individual citizens may challenge the lawfulness of government action. There are concerns that the Act does not achieve its intended purpose of providing the public with a clear and simple means of seeking a review of government decisions.

The Institute’s evaluation of the law provides a unique opportunity to address inadequacies and potentially ensure that this vital process is best serving Tasmanians.

The TLRI review of the Act will address a wide range of key topics, including the form that procedure for challenging government decisions should take, the jurisdiction of the courts, the types of decisions that should be reviewable, and the scope of that review. It will examine the transfer of government power to private and not-for-profit organisations, as it pertains to the making of legally binding administrative decisions.

The Issues Paper, and a submission template, are also available on the Institute’s webpage: .

The Institute invites responses to any or all of the questions asked in the paper, and on any other matter considered relevant but not raised in the paper by 15 October 2018.


Judicial Review