Your voice at work A summary of recent media statements and Society initiatives
The Law Society congratulates His Honour Judge David Parry on his re-appointment as a Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates His Honour Judge David Parry on his re-appointment as a Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal. His Honour was appointed as a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia, and as a Deputy President of the Tribunal, in June 2011, serving in the latter capacity for a period of five years until June 2016. Judge Parry holds the degrees Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from the University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford. He practised as a barrister specialising in planning, environmental and local government administrative and judicial review prior to his appointment, in 2005, as an inaugural senior member of the Tribunal heading the Tribunal’s development and resources stream. His Honour’s re-appointment to the Tribunal follows recent advocacy by the Law Society to State Government proposing statutory reform, among other things to recognise more clearly the specialist nature of the planning jurisdiction, and requesting the allocation of specialised further resources to the Tribunal. Law Society President Alain Musikanth said, “His Honour Judge David Parry is highly regarded for his expertise in planning law, and the Law Society warmly congratulates him on his re-appointment as a Deputy President of the Tribunal. “The Law Society also commends the Government of Western Australia on its swift recognition, through His Honour’s re-appointment, of the benefit to the Western Australian community of the important work performed by the Tribunal in facilitating the resolution of planning disputes in this State and the specialist nature of the planning jurisdiction itself”, Mr Musikanth said. His Honour’s appointment is effective from 9 October 2017.
The Law Society congratulates Ms Belinda Lonsdale on appointment as a Judge of the District Court The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Ms Belinda Lonsdale on her appointment as a Judge of the District Court. Ms Lonsdale holds the degrees Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. She was admitted to practice in 1993. Ms Lonsdale was elected to the Western Australian Bar Association in 2003, and has practised as a barrister at Albert Wolff Chambers since then predominantly in the area of criminal law. Ms Lonsdale was appointed as a Commissioner for Legal Aid in 2006. She is a past President of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and a former member of the Council of both the Law Society and the Western Australian Bar Association. Law Society President Alain Musikanth said, “Ms Lonsdale is an experienced and highly regarded senior member of the criminal bar. “On behalf of all members of the Law Society, I warmly congratulate Ms Lonsdale on her appointment and wish her all the best for a successful and rewarding judicial career”, Mr Musikanth said. Ms Lonsdale’s appointment is effective from 9 October 2017.
Legal Practice Board and Legal Profession Complaints Committee appointments The following appointments have been announced: •
Ms Libby Fulham as Executive Director of the Legal Practice Board; and
Ms Philippa Rezos as Law Complaints Officer for the Legal Profession Complaints Committee.
The Law Society warmly congratulates Ms Fulham and Ms Rezos on their respective appointments, and looks forward to a continued healthy and productive working relationship with the Board and the Committee under their leadership.