Morry Bailes & Fiona McLeod

President, Law Council of Australia & immediate past-President, Law Council of Australia
'Justice State of the Nation'
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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Mr Morry Bailes
Morry 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 16 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.

Morry Bailes has been a past President of the Law Society of South Australia and was elected to the Law Council Executive in November 2014. He is now serving as the 2018 Law Council President.


Ms Fiona McLeod SC
Fiona McLeod SC has practiced at the Victorian Bar since 1991, appearing in trials and appeals in public law, human rights, commercial, constitutional and common law matters.  In 2003 Ms McLeod was appointed Senior Counsel.

Ms McLeod is a past President of the Australian Bar Association and was the Chair of the Victorian Bar in 2013. She has previously been 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.

Fiona McLeod was elected as a Director of the Law Council in 2010 and as a member of the Law Council Executive in 2012. She served as the Law Council’s President in 2017.