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Our Board

Aaron McDonald

Chairperson

Aaron is the Director of Pragma Lawyers. He sits on the Courts Committees of the Law Society of Western Australia. Aaron also is a member of The Piddington Society – an organisation which promotes access to justice in the community and collegiality within the legal profession.

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Catriona Macleod

Catriona is the Director of Cullen Macleod Lawyers. Her practice centres on commercial litigation and dispute resolution, with emphasis on the areas of construction, property, consumer law and franchising disputes. She sits on several boards and committees, including the Western Suburbs Business Association, Perth International Cabaret Festival and The Piddington Society. She was awarded the WLWA Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2021. Catriona has a particular interest in the intersection between technology and legal services and the opportunities that offers for access to justice.

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Tom French

Tom is a partner at MinterEllison, specialising in commercial dispute resolution (including litigation, arbitration, and adjudication) in projects & construction, energy & resources, and professional practices. He regularly advises contractors, principals, and engineers on major infrastructure disputes in respect to the construction of infrastructure on significant mining and resources projects in Western Australia, and commercial projects in the Perth metropolitan area.

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Tom Hennessy

Tom is the Strategic Planning Manager of Newcrest Mining. He has extensive business knowledge and experience. Tom is also an active community member and Director of The Mercy Health Foundation.

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Erica Thuijs

Erica is a solicitor at Jackson McDonald. She has experience in conducting a range of personal injury matters including motor vehicle, workers' compensation, industrial accident and criminal injury compensation claims and has extensive knowledge of workers' compensation legislation, WorkCover processes and claims management.

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Ben Macpherson

Ben is the Manager of Taxation Services at Pitcher Partners. He brings a wealth of taxation knowledge and has experience in structuring investments and business operations. Ben regularly assists local start-up companies with structuring and ongoing tax issues.

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Yannis Vrodos

Yannis is a Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, where he advises on major infrastructure, mining and energy projects. He is an active contributor to WA’s community sector, with a particular focus on childrens' charities and the arts sector. Yannis is also a sessional tutor at the UWA Law School.

Our Story

The SJC was established informally in the late 1990’s as the Subiaco Legal Service and was run by a team of committed volunteer lawyers in temporary accommodation provided by the City of Subiaco.

In 2018, a group of these volunteers were determined to provide long-term stability and sustainability for the organisation and a Board was formed. The organisation became incorporated providing a strong foundation for growth and subsequently, the SJC established articles of association and obtained public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

The SJC is now governed by a hands-on, pro-active group of lawyers and business professionals that make up the Board. To date, the SJC has been completely self-funded with modest resources raised through fundraising events and sponsorship from the City of Subiaco and several corporate donors. The SJC is now poised to expand its offering and deliver a wide range of legal services to the community, particularly to those experiencing disadvantage.

Our Future
The SJC is now governed by a hands-on, pro-active group of lawyers and business professionals that make up the Board. To date, the SJC has been completely self-funded with modest resources raised through fundraising events and sponsorship from the City of Subiaco and several corporate donors. The organisation recently hired its first employee, a part-time General Manager to build capacity for its operations. The SJC is now poised to expand its offering and deliver a wide range of legal services to the community, particularly to those experiencing disadvantage.
2021
Board Members
In 2018, a group of these volunteers were determined to provide long-term stability and sustainability for the organisation and a Board was formed. The organisation became incorporated providing a strong foundation for growth and subsequently, the SJC established articles of association and obtained public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
2018
Subiaco Justice Centre Established
The SJC was established informally 10 years ago as the Subiaco Legal Centre and was run by a team of committed volunteer lawyers in temporary accommodation provided by the City of Subiaco.
2011

Our Constitution

A copy of our constitution is available to download.