The Law Council of Australia is the national body representing 16 state and territory legal professional bodies as well as Law Firms Australia. The Executive is comprised of six representatives of the Law Council's Constituent Bodies. The Executive is elected at the Law Council's annual general meeting each year.
2020 Law Council Executive
Ms Pauline Wright, President
Pauline Wright is a Partner Principal of P J Donnellan & Co Solicitors in Gosford. She was the President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties from 2018 to 2019, having been Vice President since 1998, and has been active particularly in the areas of criminal justice, anti-terrorism and asylum-seeker policy.
Ms Wright was President of the Law Society of NSW in 2017, having served on the Council of the Law Society of NSW since 1997. She also sits on a number of committees and working groups of the Law Council of Australia, including the Access to Justice Committee, Equal Opportunity Committee and the National Criminal Law Liaison Committee. She is also a keen ocean swimmer, surf lifesaver, singer, actor, theatre producer, director and writer.
Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, President-elect
Dr Jacoba Brasch QC joined the LCA as a Director from the Bar Association of Queensland in September 2017. In 2018, Jacoba was elected by Directors to the Executive, and then to Treasurer in 2019. Until her election as President-Elect, Jacoba was also Chair of the LCA's Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce, a member of the FLS Executive and Chair of the Australian Bar Association's former Access to Justice Committee and current Family Law Committee. In a break from her more usual areas of practice, Jacoba is the Chair of the Queensland Rugby League/ASADA Anti-Doping Tribunal.
Admitted to the Bar in 2000, Jacoba's practice centres on family law, child protection, mental health law and family violence. She has appeared in various States and Territories of Australia and often appears in the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia. Jacoba has also appeared in the High Court of Australia, with those matters including, but not limited to, Customs & Excise, Family Law and the Hague Convention (Child Abduction).
Prior to coming to the Bar, Jacoba completed an LLM at New York University as a Fulbright Scholar and NYU Graduate Merit Scholar. In 2010, Jacoba graduated with a PhD from UNSW where her doctoral thesis concerned what constitutes a fair, independent and impartial trial.
Mr Tass Liveris, Treasurer
Tass Liveris has been a director of the Law Council since October 2014. He has been an Executive member since 2018.
Mr Liveris was the President of Law Society Northern Territory for three years (2015–17). As a Law Council director, he has been a member and chair of the Corporate Governance Committee (2016-2019), the Young Lawyers Committee (2015-current) and the Finance and Risk Committee (2015 and current chair).
Mr Liveris has had a diverse career in criminal and civil law, having worked at the Perth office of the Commonwealth DPP, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for WA and the litigation division of Clayton Utz in Darwin. Since 2010, Mr Liveris has practised as a barrister at William Forster Chambers in Darwin in a wide range of civil and administrative law areas, including contract and tort disputes, employment law, licensing, workers compensation and migration law.
Mr Ross Drinnan, Executive Member
Ross Drinnan is a partner of Allens. His practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes and investigations, including class actions, corporate crime, professional negligence and product liability matters. Mr Drinnan is also the Chair of Law Firms Australia, an organisation which represents major commercial law firms operating in a number of states and territories. He has been a director of Law Council since November 2016.
Mr Greg McIntyre, Executive Member
Greg McIntyre SC was the President of the Law Society of Western Australia and a Director of the Law Council of Australia in 2019, having been on the Council of the Law Society for several years prior to that.
He has been Chair of the Australian Environment and Planning Law Group of the Legal Practice Section, and a member of the Access to Justice Committee, National Human Rights Committee and Indigenous Incarceration Working Group of the Law Council of Australia.
He has been admitted to practice since 1976. His early experience was with the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Legal Service of Queensland and as a sole practitioner in Cairns and was President of the Far North Queensland Law Association in 1987.
Greg joined the Independent Bar in Western Australia in 1993 and in 2002 was appointed as Senior Counsel. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia and the University of Western Australia, having taught courses in Indigenous Peoples and the Law and Constitutional Law. His current practice includes Native Title, Aboriginal Heritage protection, Environmental Law, Racial Discrimination, Personal Injuries and Professional Conduct matters. He is also President of the Western Australian Branch of the International Commission of Jurists.
Ms Caroline Counsel, Executive Member
Caroline Counsel is the Principal of Caroline Counsel Family Lawyers: Better Families, Brighter Futures. She is a Collaborative Lawyer, LIV Accredited Family Law Specialist, nationally accredited Mediator & Arbitrator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner of 30+ years’ experience. She is a frequent commentator on family law issues in the press.
Ms Counsel is a Past President of the Law Institute of Victoria (2011) and current member of the LIV Board. She has been Chair of the LIV’s Collaborative Practice Section and presently holds the Family Violence Portfolio for the Institute. Ms Counsel formed a Family Violence Taskforce chaired by Chief Magistrate Peter Lauristen which works with government to implement the Victorian Royal Commission’s recommendations. She is a government appointed member of the Industry Taskforce on Family Violence.
She is one of the inaugural board members of the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (appointed by Victorian Attorney General June 2015) and sits on the Admissions Committee.
Ms Counsel has been a long servicing member of the LCA Board as the LIV representative. In recent times she has served on the LCA’s Finance Risk Committee.