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Business law

The Business Law Committee monitors all matters related to business law and represents the Law Society and its members on policy and practice issues arising from it. Our priorities include:

  • Developing and commenting on law reform and legal policy proposals (including preparing submissions, and liaising with government and other stakeholders in this process)
  • Educating the legal profession about changes to the law, and providing guidance on practice and other issues
  • Exchanging information about issues arising in legal practice (such as recent case law) that may indicate a legal policy issue or concern

Without limiting the Committee’s area of review, subcommittees have been convened for the specific areas of:

  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • Contract Law
  • Corporations
  • Financial Services
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • Taxation

Learn more about committees
Current committee members
How to join a committee

Recent policy submissions

 

Letter to Treasury - Financial Services Royal Commission - Trustees of Registrable Superannuation Entitites - 28 February 2020

Letter to Better Regulation Division, Dept of Customer Service - Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2019 - 30 October 2019

Letter to Australian Prudential Regulation Authority - Strengthening prudential requirements for remuneration - 22 October 2019

Letter to The Treasury - Mortgage broker best interests and remuneration reforms - 9 October 2019

Letter to Better Regulation Division, Dept of Customer Service - Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2019 - 30 October 2019

Letter to The Treasury - Mortgage broker best interests and remuneration reforms - 9 October 2019

Letter to Legislative Council Standing Committee on social issues - Modern Slavery Act 2018 and associated matters - 4 October 2019

Letter to Treasury - Review of the Tax Practitioners Board - Discussion Paper - 6 September 2019

Letter to Treasury - Cash payment limit - draft legislation - 14 August 2019

Letter to Department of Communities and Justice - Review of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 - 30 July 2019

Letter to Dept of Finance, Services & Innovation - Building Stronger Foundations Discussion Paper - 24 July 2019

Letter to APRA - Proposed revisions to credit risk management framework for authorised desposit-taking institutions - 28 June 2019

Letter to Dept of Industry, Innovation & Science - Commercialising Business Ideas - Discussion Paper - 26 June 2019

Letter to Treasury - Employee Share Schemes - Consultation Paper - 20 May 2019

Letter to IP Australia - Fees Review 2019-2020 - 16 May 2019

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Modern Slavery Act - Draft Guidance - 6 May 2019

Letter to Treasury - Review of the Tax Practitioners Board - Terms of Reference - 23 April 2019

Letter to Treasury - Enforceability of financial services industry codes - 12 April 2019

Letter to Treasury - Insurance Claims Handling - 29 March 2019

Letter to Treasury - Disclosure in General Insurance - Improving Consumer Understanding - 28 February 2019

Visit the Business Law policy archive

 

2020 Committee list

A. Cerny (Chair), T. Russell (Dep Chair), C. Bertuch, A. Boog, D. Castle, C. Felicio, T. Hunter, J. Kabos, T. Masters, K. McLean, T. Mylecharane, D. Ramsay, B. Roe, L. Serafim (YL Rep), R. Snowden, J. Stathis, A. Vatani.

How to join a committee
Law Society Committees have powers, authorities and tasks delegated by the Council. Consisting of dedicated
volunteers, each committee focuses on a particular area of law, pooling together specialist skills and experience in
order to scrutinise legislation, court decisions and other government policies.


There are three broad categories of committees:

  • Regulatory committees – perform statutory duties under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)
  • Liaison committees – linked to other professions or organisations
  • Policy committees

By drawing on the insights of committees, the Law Society can meet its statutory duties and act as a major player
in law reform and policy debates.