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.
2018 Law Council Executive
Mr Morry Bailes, President
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, President-elect
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.
Mr Konrad de Kerloy, Treasurer
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 Tass Liveris, Executive Member
Tass Liveris has been a director of the Law Council since October 2014. He was elected to the Executive in December 2017.
Mr Liveris was the President of Law Society Northern Territory for 3 years (2015–17). As a Law Council director, he has been a member of the Finance and Risk Committee (2015), the Corporate Governance Committee (2016-17) and the Young Lawyers Committee (2015-17).
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.
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 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.