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 five representatives of the Law Council's Constituent Bodies. The Executive is elected at the Law Council's annual general meeting each year.
2017 Law Council Executive
Ms Fiona McLeod SC, President
Fiona McLeod SC practises at the Victorian Bar, appearing in trials and appeals in public law, human rights, commercial, constitutional and common law matters. She has practised at the Victorian Bar since 1991 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003.
Ms McLeod is the Past President of the Australian Bar Association and was the Chair of the Victorian Bar in 2013. She has been a Director of the Law Council since 2010 and was elected to the Executive in November 2012. She was the Chair of the Law Council’s Equal Opportunity Committee, the Human Rights Committee, the Corporate Governance Committee, the Finance and Risk Committee and the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers Working Group. She has previously been a President of Australian Women Lawyers.
Ms McLeod holds a number of appointments including as Chair of the Appeals Committee of the College of Surgeons and is a member of the advisory committees of the University of Melbourne and Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University. She is a council member of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Ms McLeod has been recognised with numerous awards for excellence and leadership, for her work in supporting diversity and equality and her work in pro bono and human rights matters including human trafficking. She was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2014 and is a recipient of a prestigious inaugural Commonwealth Government Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award. She likes to swim, dive and walk in wild places, especially with husband Livio and their two daughters, Lilly and Emily.
Mr Morry Bailes, President-elect
Morry Bailes was the President of the Law Society of South Australia and Law Council of Australia Director in 2014 when he was elected onto the Law Council Executive in November the same year.
Mr Bailes graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and began working at Tindall Gask Bentley in 1987 during his final year of studies. He has been Managing Partner at the firm for 14 years, overseeing its significant expansion in that time, into Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Mr Bailes’s firm is the largest family law and plaintiff practice in South Australia, also practising in the areas of succession, workplace and criminal law. His clients include the Police Association of South Australia, the Western Australian Police Union, the Northern Territory Police Association as well as the Correctional Officers’ Legal Fund, the South Australian State School Leaders Association, Nunkuwarrin Yunti, the Aboriginal Sobriety Group and the CFS Volunteers Association. Mr Bailes is a member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and was the 2013 recipient of the Brian Withers Award for services to the legal profession in South Australia.
He is married to Melanie and his spare time is spent attempting to catch up to his young sons Hugo and Charlie, reading whenever possible and writing whenever necessary, publishing a regular column about law and law related issues in South Australia.
Mr Arthur Moses SC, Treasurer
Arthur Moses SC has been practising at the NSW Bar for over 20 years and, in 2008, was appointed Senior Counsel in the state of NSW. He is currently the Senior Vice-President of the NSW Bar Association and has been a Director of Law Council since July 2014. He practises in a wide range of areas including administrative law, coronial inquests, corruption inquiries, work health and safety prosecutions, employment and industrial law, discrimination, restraints of trade, commercial and equity cases.
Mr Moses regularly appears before the Full Bench of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission, Full Court of the Federal Court, the NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW as well as appellate Courts in other states. He is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve.
Ms Pauline Wright, Executive Member
Ms Wright is a Partner Principal of P J Donnellan & Co Solicitors in Gosford. She has been Senior Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties since 1998 and has been active particularly in the areas of criminal justice, anti-terrorism and asylum seeker policy.
Ms Wright has also served on the Council of the Law Society of NSW since 1997 and is President-elect, having been elected Treasurer in 2013. 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.
Mr Konrad de Kerloy, Executive Member
Konrad de Kerloy was the President of the Law Society of Western Australia and is a Senior Disputes Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills, specialising in commercial litigation and corporate insolvency.
His practice ranges from banking and contractual disputes, and contentious and non-contentious insolvency, to corporate restructuring, professional negligence, and reviews and disputes involving government departments and agencies. During a law career spanning three decades, Mr de Kerloy has worked on assignments in Chile, France, Germany, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and has published numerous articles in legal journals.
Mr Geoff Bowyer, Executive Member
A Director at Beck Legal since 2001, Mr Bowyer has worked in a variety of government, corporate and private sector roles, including a stint as an elected Council Member of the City of Essendon. He was the President of the Law Institute of Victoria in 2014 and is involved in a number of Law Institute Committees, including elder law. He is an accredited Business Law Specialist, as well as being an accredited mediator.
Mr Bowyer’s practice areas include: business succession, local government, workplace relations, IT contracts and supply agreements, elder law, and insolvency advice. He is a regular legal commentator on ABC Regional Radio in Victoria.
A keen community advocate, Mr Bowyer sits on a range of local community and sporting boards, including as the Chair of Bendigo Community Health. He engages in triathalons and golf during rarer moments of recreation.