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The Law Council produces a fortnightly e-newsletter which features highlights on advocacy, media, submissions, and events the legal profession would be interested in.

You can read the past editions below.

  • LCA Update - 10 December 2021
    In the last edition for 2021, read the Law Council’s Position Paper on ‘Addressing the legal needs of the missing middle’ which seeks to ensure all Australians have effective access to justice. Watch a recording of the ‘Looking downstream: the long-term costs of underfunding legal aid in Australia’ webinar, joined by a panel of eminent members of the legal and economic sectors. Find out which criminal law specialist won the 2021 President’s Award and get to know upcoming Indigenous law students Mr Cameron Downey and Ms Michelle Burchill – winners of the 2022 John Koowarta Scholarship.
     
  • LCA Update - 29 November 2021
    In this edition, the Law Council of Australia welcomes the decision by Australia’s State Attorneys-General to support development of a proposal to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 10 to 12 years of age, but believes an opportunity to bring Australia into step with international human rights standards has been missed. The Law Council also provides an update on its latest public hearing appearance in relation to the inquiry into the Corporations Amendment (Improving Outcomes for Litigation Funding Participants) Bill 2021.  
     
  • LCA Update - 12 November 2021
    In this edition, read about the Law Council’s Lawyer Project Report released in early November. The Report aims to increase public awareness of the role of the legal profession, in particular the beneficial contribution of the profession to the community. Also read updates on the inquiry on the adequacy and efficacy of Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regime and the inquiry into Australia’s engagement in Afghanistan.
     
  • LCA Update - 29 October 2021
    In this edition, the Law Council provides an update on the recently passed Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 and highlights its submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee inquiry into the COAG Legislation Amendment Bill 2021. The Business Law Section announces winner for the 2021 Tom Yuncken Australian Young Construction Lawyer Award.
     
  • LCA Update - 15 October 2021
    In this edition, read the Law Council’s revised Policy Statement on the Death Penalty; learn who has been appointed as new Federal Circuit and Family Court Judge and find out more on the Law Council’s newly established a National Security Committee.
     
  • LCA Update - 1 October 2021
    In this edition, read about the Law Council of Australia’s concerns in relation to the COAG Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 and learn about the ‘Digital Treechange’ – a new initiative launched by the Law Council to increase the recruitment of lawyers in rural, regional and remote (RRR) Australia.
     
  • LCA Update - 17 September 2021
    In this edition, read the Law Council President’s media statement on justice system reform to prevent family, domestic and sexual violence, and key updates on Law Council submissions in relation to Use of technology for corporate meetings and the Joint Costs Advisory Committee’s inquiry into scales of costs.
     
  • LCA Update - 3 September 2021
    In this edition, the Law Council highlights concern that recommendations to add crucial safeguards to the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020 were ignored. Other updates include the public hearing on the PJCIS’s Review of the Migration and Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Information Provisions) Bill 2020 and a submission on the CP 345 Litigation funding schemes: Guidance and relief.
     
  • LCA Update - 20 August 2021
    In this edition, read the Law Council’s submission to the Australian Registrars' National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC) regarding Consultation Draft 7 of the Model Operating Requirements (MORs) and read the joint statement on Afghanistan by the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Bar Association.
     
  • LCA Update - 10 August 2021
    In this edition, the Law Council provides an update on its recent national roundtable on EPOA law reforms and also addresses the Federal Family Violence Orders scheme. Read about the significant changes to Australia’s foreign investment laws, commonly referred to as the ‘FIRB Regime’, which took effect on 1 January 2021.
     
  • LCA Update - 23 July 2021
    In this edition, read the submission on the Treasury Laws Amendment (Measures for Consultation) Bill 2021: Use of technology for meetings and related amendments (Exposure Draft). The Law Council also calls for more clarity about proposed family violence regimes. From an international perspective, Law Council President, Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, presented an oral statement in the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar during the 47th UN Human Rights Council.
     
  • LCA Update - 9 July 2021
    In this edition, the Law Council highlights its new Strategic Plan 2021-2026. The five-year Strategic Plan provides a blueprint and delivers objectives for the organisation, recognising that the Law Council of Australia seeks to advance the charter and success of law societies, bar associations and Law Firms Australia. In addition, read about sexual harassment in the legal profession, Indigenous rights and the updated version of the Law Council's Policy Statement on the Process of Judicial Appointments.
     
  • LCA Update - 24 June 2021
    In this edition, the Law Council provides an update on electronic document execution, the announcement that the UK and Australian governments have agreed on the broad outlines of an Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and rule of law in Samoa.
     
  • LCA Update - 10 June 2021
    In this edition, read about the Business Law Section’s submission in response to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s draft Regulator Performance Guide (April 2021) and the Law Council’s recent public hearing appearance before the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) in relation to the review into the operation of section 22 of the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 (Cth) as it applies in the ‘Alan Johns’ matter (a pseudonym).
     
  • LCA Update - 1 June 2021
    In this edition, understand what domestic violence experts from across the country have to say about how the legal profession may re-think its responses to domestic and family violence after convening at a Law Council National Roundtable. Also, read about the Law Council is calling on all governments to take more action in legal and policy reform to ensure that the new targets set out in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, do not remain aspirational.
     
  • LCA Update - 13 May 2021
    In this edition, read about the Federal Budget 2021-22 and how it will impact the legal profession and legal services. Also updates on two public hearings in relation to the Intelligence Oversight and Other Legislation Amendment (Integrity Measures) Bill 2020 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021.
     
  • LCA Update - 30 April 2021
    In this edition, the Law Council provides an update on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s (PJCIS) public hearing into extremist movements and radicalisation in Australia; and welcomes Indigenous justice announcements by the Australian Government and the Opposition. Check out the new ‘Guidance: Update on AGMs, electronic document execution and digital shareholder communications’, jointly produced by the Governance Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australasian Investor Relations Association and the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
     
  • LCA Update - 15 April 2021
    In this edition, the Law Council calls for a comprehensive national response to address the vastly disproportionate imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 30 years on from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC). It also welcomes the Federal Government’s engagement with the important issue of sexual harassment as a matter for the national agenda.
     
  • LCA Update - 1 April 2021
    In this edition, read about why the Law Council believes the Australian Government should now respond to the ALRC’s Pathways to Justice–Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Report. Also, watch a video of Law Council President, Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, presenting a statement before the Secretary General’s Special Representative on Violence Against Children within the programme of the 46th Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Statement notes the Law Council’s advocacy for raising of the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 years across Australia and discussed the need for a holistic approach to juvenile justice reforms.
     
  • LCA Update 18 March 2021
    In this edition, learn about the Law Council’s Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) National Strategic Plan 2021-2023 and its new ‘Time for Change: Addressing Sexual Harassment’ webpage - a webpage with resources and measures to address sexual harassment within the legal profession. In addition, read the Law Council’s views on the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identity and Disrupt) Bill 2020.
     
  • LCA Update - 19 February 2021
    In this edition, Law Council of Australia President advocates a need for the establishment of a standalone Federal Judicial Commission and notes the government is moving in the right direction. Also, read a joint statement by the Law Council of Australia, Women’s Legal Services Australia, Community Legal Centres Australia and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services in relation to the government’s Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019.
     
  • LCA Update - 5 February 2021
    In the first edition of 2021, Law Council of Australia President joined the Singapore and Hong Kong Opening of the Legal Year events virtually due to COVID. In addition, the Northern Territory Opening of the Legal Year was also commenced virtually. Read submission updates on Australia’s Universal Periodic Review (3rd Cycle) and the Bankruptcy Regulations 2021 - Exposure Draft & Discussion Paper.
  • LCA Update - 17 December 2020
    In the last edition of 2020, meet the newly appointed 2021 Law Council Executives. Dr Jacoba Brasch QC will take over the reigns as President and will begin her term on 1 January. Find out which human rights advocate was presented the LCA’s President's Award and who were the winners of the Australian Young Lawyers Awards and John Koowarta Scholarship. Also, learn more about the Law Council Section Executive appointments.
     
  • LCA Update - 3 December 2020
    In this edition, former Family Court Chief Justices say the Family Court merger is ‘undesirable’ for families and the release of the Australia’s National Integrity System: The Blueprint for Action Report, is timely says Law Council of Australia.
     
  • LCA Update - 23 November 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council of Australia highlights the need to reignite the conversation and calls on the Australian Government to implement a federal Human Rights Act. The Law Council also addresses unfair hikes to Federal Circuit Court migration fees and congratulates new Family Law Appointments.
     
  • LCA Update - 9 November 2020
    In this edition, key topics include the Commonwealth Integrity Commission, closing the justice gap and appointments to the High Court of Australia.
     
  • LCA Update - 23 October 2020
    In this edition, read updates on the Family Court merger, insolvency laws and the need for urgent law reform to protect public interest journalism.
     
  • LCA Update - 9 October 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council of Australia pays tribute to Judge Guy Andrew, comments on recent court fundings and the need for review and reform of Commonwealth legislation to protect Indigenous cultural heritage.
     
  • LCA Update - 24 September 2020
    In this edition, learn about the rise in the number of female barristers being briefed on matters over the past three years, according to the latest Equitable Briefing Policy Annual Report 2018-19. Watch Law Council President, Pauline Wright’s UN Statement to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and read the Law Council’s ‘Best Practice Guide for Legal Practitioners in relation to Elder Financial Abuse’.
     
  • LCA Update - 10 September 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council says COVID-19 should not be used an excuse to curtail Australia’s personal freedoms that are unrelated to the pandemic. Emergency COVID-19 powers have been used to again extend the powers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to detain people for up to seven days for compulsory questioning in relation to terrorism, even though the government proposes to repeal them. Also, read the Law Council President’s opening statement form the Inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence.
     
  • LCA Update - 27 August 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council provides updates on its Indigenous Incarceration and the Northern Territory Webinar and outlines its view on the revised ASIO Guidelines.
     
  • LCA Update - 13 August 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council announces Michael Tidball as its new Chief Executive Officer and releases a new fact sheet to help businesses understand their reporting requirements under the Modern Slavery Act. The Law Council also provides an update a public hearing in relation to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services’ Inquiry into Litigation Funding and the Regulation of the Class Action Industry.
     
  • LCA Update - 30 July 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council expresses disappointment following the decision by the Council of Attorneys-General to defer the proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility for at least twelve months. The Law Council also speaks on the Family Court Bomber and enhancing protections relating to the use of enduring power of attorney instruments.
     
  • LCA Update - 17 July 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council provides an update on sexual harassment in the legal profession and what the Law Council is doing to address this issue. Law Council President, Pauline Wright presents an oral statement to the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
     
  • LCA Update - 2 July 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council addresses sexual harassment in the legal profession as well as raising concerns over reports that China’s top legislative body unanimously passed new national security law.
     
  • LCA Update - 18 June 2020
    In this edition, read about the Law Council calling on the government to reconsider mandatory minimum sentences, and the new principles developed by the Law Council due to COVID-19. You can also listen to Law Council President speak to Lawyers Weekly on ‘How advocacy from lawyers will evolve post-pandemic’.
     
  • LCA Update - 5 June 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council highlight’s the High Court ruling of unlawful use of force in Don Dale and the government’s new inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence. Also, learn more about the Business Law Section’s new podcast, The BLS Report.
     
  • LCA Update - 14 May 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council welcomes the Australian Government’s additional $63.3 million injection for frontline legal services to support people impacted by COVID-19. The Law Council also provides on update on the COVIDSafe tracing app and information about what defines an ‘essential service’ and who classifies as an ‘essential worker’ through its COVID-19 Fact sheet – Essential Services, produced together with the Australian Medical Association.
     
  • LCA Update - 16 April 2020
    In this edition, read about the Law Council’s new biosecurity fact sheet titled ‘Rights and Responsibilities under the Biosecurity Act’, and what measures the government is implementing to keep Australians safe from infectious diseases. Law Council President says these measures should be proportionate and should not outlast the crisis. Also, find out who won this year’s Mahla Pearlman Award for the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year award.
     
  • LCA Update - 18 March 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council provides an update on the COVID-19 outbreak and its operations. Meet the Law Council’s new Chief Executive Officer, Michael Tidball, and read about the Law Council’s recent appearance before the Joint Select Committee Inquiry into Australia’s Family Law System. The LCA calls for holistic reform to the family law system and for solutions to be developed to benefit Australian families.
     
  • LCA Update - 5 March 2020
    In this edition, learn about the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth) and the exceptional powers under the Act, how the principles of open justice must be protected and the Australian Government’s Public Consultation Paper on the National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-24.
     
  • LCA Update 20 February 2020
    In this edition, the Law Council welcomes the landmark High Court decision confirming that the Australian Parliament cannot use the “aliens” power to make laws for Aboriginal Australians and comments on the latest Closing the Gap Report.  
     
  • LCA Update - 7 February 2020
    In the first edition of 2020, new figures from the Productivity Commission show delays across the family law system are reaching alarming levels. Law Council of Australia President, Pauline Wright, said the concern was the increase in the number of cases more than a year-old waiting to be heard. Other key updates include submissions on Corporate Criminal Responsibility and Religious Freedom Bills - Second Exposure Drafts.

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