NSW Young Lawyers President – David Edney
David is a junior barrister at 6 St James Hall Chambers, practicing principally in the areas of commercial litigation and insolvency law, having been called to the bar after 11 years of practice as a solicitor.
David has been an active member of NSW Young Lawyers since joining its Civil Litigation Committee in 2008 – he was a General Delegate from the committee in 2014, elected its Secretary in 2015, and then its Chair in 2017. David was elected as an Executive Councillor of NSW Young Lawyers in 2017, and then Vice-President in 2018. David has also been a mentor in the NSW Young Lawyers Mentoring Program.
Admitted to practice in 2007, David began his legal career in the commercial litigation and debt collection practice of a firm in Sydney's Sutherland Shire. While he had a supportive boss and loved his job, he sought out and joined the Civil Litigation Committee in 2008 as a way to be in contact with other young lawyers at a similar stage in their careers. After spending a number of years posting in just about every discussion that occurred on the committee's email list, he managed to convince his boss to let him take the two-hour round trip into the city to attend the committee's monthly meeting - he hasn't looked back since.
While David now works in CBD, he hasn't forgotten his smaller-firm suburban roots, and how his involvement with NSW Young Lawyers helped him build confidence and connections so that he could become the lawyer he is today. He especially supports NSW Young Lawyers' work in helping today's graduates and junior practitioners to become tomorrow's leaders of the profession - not only through direct support such as mentoring programs, but also indirectly through its committees that assist members to build networks, stay engaged, and have a voice within the profession. David intends to use his time as an office bearer of NSW Young Lawyer to continue supporting NSW Young Lawyers' work in that respect, especially in suburban and regional areas, so that others can have the opportunities he had.
When David isn't in the office his passion is cooking, especially in the backyard. He is known for his smoked brisket and bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, and insists people ask him about his recipe for haggis-stuffed chicken.
NSW Young Lawyers Vice President – Simon Bruck
Simon is a managing lawyer who works in community legal centres and previously worked at Legal Aid NSW. At NSW Young Lawyers, Simon became Chair of the Human Rights Committee in 2019 after previously holding the position of Vice-Chair since 2017. He is also the Young Lawyers representative on the Law Society's Human Rights Committee.
Simon co-coordinated the NSW Young Lawyers Refugee Assistance Project which assisted a proportion of people seeking asylum in New South Wales to meet their protection visa lodgement deadlines. This project won the 2016 and 2017 NSW Young Lawyers Patron Awards for Best Community Project and the 2017 Australian Young Lawyer Organisation Award from the Law Council of Australia.
Simon was involved in leading the development of the NSW Young Lawyers Climate Change and the Policy Statement which was launched at the 2019 Annual Assembly. Simon supports the organisation helping members participate in the policy process.
Simon became an Executive Councillor in 2017 for NSW Young Lawyers, and was elected Vice President in November 2019. Simon aims to improve the facilitation of committee led events, and promote access to justice and law reform.
Treasurer - Bradley Peterson
Bradley is an Associate at RMB Lawyers in Wollongong, practicing principally in the areas of Family and Criminal Law. Bradley is the Divisional Leader of the Family Law Team. Bradley holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of International Studies from Wollongong University. Bradley also holds a Masters of Law (Family Law) from the College of Law.
Bradley has been an active member of NSW Young Lawyers since 2016, when he was appointed as the Regional Delegate for Wollongong.
Bradley was elected to the Executive Council in 2018. His focus is on NSW Young Lawyers building greater connection to its regional members, and improving overall engagement and delivery of service to members. Bradley is currently the Junior Vice President of the Wollongong District Law Society.
Bradley was born in Camden and moved to Wollongong in 2013. In his spare time he enjoys running, swimming, reading, and drinking too much coffee.
Secretary - Leah Serafim
Leah is an Associate in the disputes practice at Herbert Smith Freehills, specialising in large-scale taxation disputes with federal and state revenue authorities. Leah has been an active member of NSW Young Lawyers since 2015, when she moved to Sydney for work and decided she needed to meet some people who (1) weren't tax lawyers and (2) didn't think the consolidation rules were a topic of socially-acceptable conversation.
Admitted to practice in 2015, Leah was elected as the Vice-Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Business Law Committee in 2016, then its Chair in 2017. During her time as Chair, the Business Law Committee was awarded the 2018 NSW Young Lawyers Patron's Award for Best Professional Project by The Hon. Justice Fabian Gleeson SC.
In 2019, following the completion of her term with the Business Law Committee, Leah was elected Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Taxation Law Committee and currently holds this role.
Leah has been the Young Lawyers Representative on the NSW Law Society Business Law Committee since 2017 and is a member of its tax sub-committee. Leah also occasionally moonlighted as Secretary for the Law Council of Australia's Business Law Section (Tax Sub-Committee) during 2017 and 2018.
Leah was awarded the NSW Young Lawyers Patron's Award for NSW Young Lawyer of the Year by Jane Needham SC in 2019 for her contribution to the legal profession and, in particular, her work in improving the well-being of junior lawyers.
Leah holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Newcastle and is an Associate of the Tax Institute of Australia.
In her spare time, Leah likes to inform small children and aspiring taxpayers that, while vampires aren't real, they should be afraid of capital gains tax.
NSW Young Lawyers Immediate Past President - Jennifer Windsor
Jennifer has been an active member of NSW Young Lawyers for many years. Prior to her year as the 2019 President, she served in the positions of Treasurer, Secretary and Executive Councillor. Jennifer started her journey with NSW Young Lawyers as a member of the Public Law & Government Committee.
Jennifer also sits on the Law Society Council. In her roles as both an Office Bearer of NSW Young Lawyers and Law Society Councillor, Jennifer looks forward to supporting the initiatives of NSW Young Lawyers and each of its Committees, particularly in providing services and opportunities relevant to the diverse needs of the membership.
Jennifer is currently in private practice at a top-tier firm in Sydney, and will be commencing as a Senior Associate at another large firm in January 2020. Prior to private practice, Jennifer was an in-house government lawyer for many years. She advises both public and private sector clients in relation to administrative law, including judicial review and merits review, litigation and dispute resolution, regulatory enforcement, and inquests and inquiries.
Jennifer believes in supporting the current and future leaders of the profession to make an impact, working towards positive change in the profession and serving the community.