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New appointments for International Legal Services Advisory Council.

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1 March 2005 /2005


The Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, today announced two additional appointments to the International Legal Services Advisory Council (ILSAC).

Robert Milliner, Chief Executive Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney, and Glenn Ferguson, President, Queensland Law Society and Managing Partner, Ferguson Cannon Lawyers, Brisbane, have been appointed for a term ending 30 June 2007.

“The new ILSAC members bring with them a great deal of international expertise and experience from private practice at a time when there are exciting opportunities for growth in the export of legal services,” Mr Ruddock said.

Australia now exports about $300 million annually in legal and related services, generating a surplus in excess of $100 million annually.

“Changes in professional regulation in Australia and overseas affect the way legal services are delivered across borders,” Mr Ruddock said. “The work of the World Trade Organisation and the negotiation of bilateral and other Free Trade Agreements are hastening this process and helping to liberalise market access regimes and facilitate trade and investment, here in Australia and overseas.”

ILSAC provides advice in relation to these and other legal services matters and examines how the Australian legal sector can best compete in this changing environment. Members serve in a part-time and honorary capacity, providing their services without payment.

Mr Milliner, until taking up his current position of Chief Executive Partner in Sydney, was Managing Partner (International) at Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ office in Hong Kong. He has specialised in major projects with emphasis on infrastructure, electricity and gas and has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience.

Mr Ferguson, who is also Vice President, LAWASIA, has strong professional connections with India and his firm maintains an active practice in that country. He is Chair of the Organising Committee for the 19th LAWASIA Conference at the Gold Coast this month.

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* Membership details of ILSAC attached



The Hon Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC, Sydney

Deputy Chairman

The Hon John Lockhart AO, Geneva/Sydney

Commercial practitioners

Ms Kerry Adby, Director, Copernican Securities P/L, Sydney

Mr Tony D’Aloisio, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Australian Stock Exchange Limited, Sydney

Mr Glenn Ferguson, President, Queensland Law Society and Managing Partner Ferguson Cannon Lawyers, Brisbane

Mr Danny Gilbert, Managing Partner, Gilbert & Tobin, Sydney

Ms Elizabeth Hallett, Partner, Deacons, Sydney

Dr Gordon Hughes, Partner, Blake Dawson Waldron, Melbourne

Mr Bruce Johnston, Partner, Allens Arthur Robinson, Jakarta

Ms Bronwyn Lincoln, Partner, Freehills, Melbourne

Mr Russell Miller AM, Partner, Minter Ellison, Canberra

Mr Robert Milliner, Chief Executive Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney

Mr Brian Wilson, Partner, Clayton Utz, Sydney

International Legal Education & Training

Prof Duncan Bentley, Dean, Bond University, Qld

Prof Gillian Triggs, Director, Institute for Comparative and International Law, The University of Melbourne

Government Departments and Agencies

Attorney-General’s Department

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Education, Science and Training

Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)

Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)