Elizabeth Carroll, President

Elizabeth is a founding partner in Holding Redlich’s Canberra office. Specialising in public and administrative law, she has led the legal teams of three Commonwealth agencies. First elected to Council in 2017, she was elected Vice President in 2018. She joined the Law Society's Government Law Committee in 2018, and received the Society's Government Law Award in 2016. With over twenty years’ experience in both government and private practice, Elizabeth is representative of the diverse nature of our local profession, and she is passionate about the role professional associations play in benefitting members and the wider community.

Farzana Choudhury, Vice President

Farzana is a Senior Solicitor with Canberra Community Law (CCL). She runs CCL’s Disability Discrimination Law service and also provides free legal assistance to people experiencing homelessness through CCL's Street Law program. Farzana has channelled her passion for social justice through various initiatives, including establishing a legal education and advice clinic for women in prison, and investigating the application of poverty discrimination law frameworks as a 2019 Churchill Fellow. She was awarded ACT Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019 and ANU Young Alumna of the Year in 2020, in recognition of her professional and community engagement to support people facing disadvantage. Farzana has been an active member of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee since 2018. She was first elected to Council in 2018 and to Vice President in 2020.

Susan Platis, Vice President

Susan is an experienced legal adviser and practitioner with a background in the government and community legal space. Prior to commencing practice in 2016, she spent six years advising Australia’s longest serving Foreign Minister. She commenced her criminal defence practice at Legal Aid ACT, and in 2019 was seconded to the ACT Coroner as Counsel Assisting. She provided advice to the ACT Government on criminal law and policy in 2020 and 2021. Susan has served four terms as a member of Council and has also been a member of the Pro Bono Clearing House Management Committee. Susan currently works for the ACT Government Solicitor, where her practice includes a mix of advice work and litigation. In her spare time Susan enjoys mentoring young legal professionals.

George Marques, Secretary

George is a Partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. He has over 30 years’ experience in a broad range of commercial law, including commercial property, procurement and contracting, corporations law and probity and corporate governance. He specialises in advising on complex, sensitive and bespoke transactions for public and private companies, Commonwealth and State governments and not for profits. George has been named in Best LawyersTM Australia for Commercial Law and Mergers and Acquisitions, and has twice been named “Lawyer of the Year” for Canberra Commercial Law by Best LawyersTM Australia. He was elected to Council in 2013 and to Secretary in 2018.

Mark Tigwell, Treasurer

Mark has practised in Canberra since his admission in 1984, and has worked variously in sole practice, and as a partner, director, and special counsel in local firms. In February 2019 he co-founded Bedfords Legal. He was a member of Council from 2010 to 2014, before stepping down for a few years. He was re-elected to Council in 2018 and was elected Treasurer in 2020. He has been a member of the Society’s Professional Standards Committee since 2007.

Gavin Lee, Councillor appointed to Executive

Gavin was admitted to practise in 1985 and spent 10 years in private practice before joining insurance firm Willis Aust Ltd, then Arthur J Gallagher & Co. He has managed the ACT Law Society Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme for the last 23 years, helping local practitioners deal with allegations of negligence, advising on local and national professional indemnity insurance issues, conduct issues, and the National Conduct Rules. Gavin has served on Council for the last seven years.

Chris Donohue, Immediate Past President

Chris has been a sole practitioner in the ACT since 1978. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, commercial, conveyancing and probate. His involvement in community groups has included serving as president of the Commercial and Retail Tenants Association, the Canberra Environment Centre, and the Residents Rally (a local political party). Chris has served on Council since 2007 (excluding two years), both as a councillor and executive member, including for two years as Vice President, and two as President (2018-20). He is now a member of Council as the Immediate Past President, and is a member of the Family Violence & Children’s Committee.

Veena Bedekar, Councillor

Veena is a Special Counsel at Maddocks, advising Commonwealth clients primarily on probity and commercial property matters. She has been a Council member since 2020. As well as working at large or national law firms, she also has experience working in a new law provider (in Canberra) and has contracted to the inhouse legal team of a large financial services company (in London). She is a member of the ACT Chapter of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, sits on the ACT Pro-bono Clearing House Assessment Panel, and has served as Chair of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Georgia Briggs, Councillor

Georgia began her career 6 years ago, working primarily in criminal law with a law firm in Queanbeyan. She went on to work as a prosecutor, before switching to family law and then opening her own firm, Briggs Law, in February 2021. She currently works in criminal, family, care and protection, and estate planning law. Georgia also lectures and tutors at the University of Canberra, Charles Sturt University and UNE, and is a mentor to many university students through several programs. She has been a member of the Young Lawyers Committee since early 2021, and has been shortlisted as one of the Top 10 Best Criminal Lawyers in Australia Under 30 in 2019 and 2021. Georgia has also just been appointed as a Director of the Board of Capital Football. She has just finished a Masters in Law and is currently also completing a PhD in the area of criminal law.

Catherine Coles, Councillor

Catherine is a Founding Director of the family law firm Parker Coles Curtis that commenced operation in September 2020. Prior to that she worked in a national family law firm and also Legal Aid ACT. She was admitted to practice in 2010 and obtained Specialist Accreditation in Family Law (NSW) in 2015. She is also an Independent Children’s Lawyer, a mentor for ANU and UC law students, and volunteers at the Women’s Legal Centre. She previously served on Council from 2013 to 2017, taking time off to have two children who are now 4 years and 2 years old and keep her busy. She has been recognised as a leading family and divorce lawyer and parenting custody lawyer in the Doyles Guide for multiple consecutive years.

Tim Dingwall, Councillor

Tim Dingwall has been a member of Council for two terms. He was admitted to the profession in 2018 as a mature age entrant after a previous career as a software developer and IT consultant. He is currently a Senior Associate at Griffin Legal in the general commercial practice group, with a focus on intellectual property, privacy, and technology. Tim has a particular interest in the interaction between technology and the legal industry, and specifically how it relates to legal professional responsibilities.

Brice Hamack, Councillor

Brice has practiced in the USA and Australia since 2013. He is currently a senior solicitor with the ACT Government Solicitor in the Commercial and Major Projects team. From 2016, he volunteered with Legal Aid ACT, and on being admitted in 2018, joined the civil litigation team, focusing on family violence and employment matters. He also supervised the Youth Law Centre, and helped launch Legal Aid ACT’s Tenancy Advice Service. While living in the US, he was a civil rights lawyer for a national non-profit network primarily serving American Muslim and immigrant communities.

Sarah Milson-Mahy, Councillor

Sarah commenced her legal career in Goondiwindi and was admitted to practice in 1993. She has worked in private practice in Townsville, Sydney, and Canberra. In 2017 she became a partner with local firm, Gabbedy Milson Lee. Seeking a change and an opportunity to give back , in July 2020, she accepted the role of Deputy Principal Solicitor and Head of Practice (Family Law) at the Women’s Legal Centre. She is also a NMAS Accredited Mediator. She is a current member of the Family Law Committee, and also mentors young law students through the Women in Law Mentor Program at ANU.

Lisa Quilty, Councillor

Lisa is a Special Counsel at King & Wood Mallesons, having been admitted to practice in 2004. She works predominantly in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, acting for the Commonwealth Government and also private clients in several legal areas. She is a strong advocate for gender equality and the benefits of flexible work arrangements, being a mother of three young children. She is passionate about fostering a culture that embraces diversity, equality, flexibility and inclusion.

Ian Temby, Councillor

Ian is a partner at Clayton Utz, in the firm’s public sector group, predominantly acting for Commonwealth agencies, advising decision-makers in the exercise of their statutory obligations, and defending administrative decisions in merits and judicial review proceedings. His practice also includes commercial and insurance disputes, investigations and risk management advice work. He has been practising for 20 years (19 of those in Canberra).

Amanda Wescombe, Councillor

Amanda is a senior commercial lawyer working at lawyerbank, specialising in telecommunications, technology and cybersecurity. Since her admission in 2006, she has worked across multiple areas in corporate and federal government in-house roles and private practice. She was also recently the commercial and procurement lead for a global corporate, delivering a major project for the Department of Defence. Amanda was a finalist in the Australian Women in Defence Awards, and a winner of Telstra Corporation Ltd’s “Extreme” award for employees.