From the President

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Fiona McLeod SC   LCAPres

23 March 2017

Opening address of the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference.

Read full speech here.

What's New?

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The Law Council is conducting a comprehensive national review into the impediments to justice in Australia, focusing on those facing significant social and economic disadvantage in our community. The Justice Project will uncover system flaws and ensure the path towards equal access to justice is clearly mapped-out.

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Cyber Precedent, an information campaign by the Law Council of Australia to assist the legal profession further defend itself against growing cyber threats.

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