Message from the President

Duncan McConnel

Duncan McConnel  LCAPres

07 May 2015

Harper Review sets path for competition policy reform

The release of the Final Report of the Competition Policy Review represents a significant milestone in the nation's competition policy and laws. Drawing on more than 12 months of public and stakeholder consultation, it is the first comprehensive review of competition policy in two decades and builds on the work of the Hilmer and Dawson committees. Released on March 31, the independent review is the blueprint of the Review Panel led by Professor Ian Harper and makes 56 recommendations for reforms across three key themes – competition policy, laws and institutions – as part of a drive to promote more dynamic, competitive and efficient markets.

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What's New?

28 May 2015: Legal Profession Uniform Rules published today
Uniform legal profession regulation in NSW and Victoria moved a step closer today with the publication of the package of Uniform Rules made by the Legal Services Council.

26 May 2015: Law Council fronts Senate Committee to explain concerns and perspective regarding new Crime Legislation Amendment Bill
The Law Council of Australia has appeared before a Senate Committee to explain its concerns and perspectives relating to key aspects of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offence and Other Measures) Bill 2015.

25 May 2015: Magna Carta to inspire and guide National Access to Justice & Pro Bono Confernce
Stellar line-up of speakers confirmed for 5th National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference being held in Sydney on 18-19 June 2015.

20 May 2015: Attorneys-General must address crisis in legal assistance funding
The Law Council of Australia is urging Attorneys-General on the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) to urgently commit more funding to legal assistance services at their Council meeting this Friday, 22 May 2015, or risk critically undermining access to justice in Australia.

19 May 2015: WA's new no-fault injury scheme shows way forward
The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the Western Australian Government's announcement to establish a no-fault catastrophic injury scheme for motor vehicle accidents.