Law Reform Commission of Western Australia
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About the Commission

Current Members

The Commission currently has three part-time members appointed by the Governor of Western Australia, although the Commission may consist of up to five members (two full-time and three part-time).  Of the part-time members, one is to be a private legal practitioner with not less than eight years’ experience; one is to be a person engaged in the teaching of law at a university in the State; and one must be an officer of the State Solicitors Office. 


Dr David Cox

Dr David Cox (Chair)
Dr David Cox joined the Commission in August 2014. He has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry and Microbiology with Honours and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Biochemistry) from the University of Western Australia. He is a Barrister at Francis Burt Chambers. Prior to joining the Bar, David was a partner at a leading local law firm. His practice is wide and varied with a strong focus on assisting clients to identify, protect and derive value from their intangible assets (such as intellectual Property). David’s expertise in this regard has been recognised over the past 8 years in numerous surveys of his peers conducted by organisations such as Doyle’s Guides and Best Lawyers in Australia.


Dr Eileen Webb

Dr Eileen Webb
Dr Eileen Webb is the Director of the Consumer Law and Small Business Law Discipline at the Curtin Law School. Eileen teaches and researches in real property law, particularly housing and tenancy law, competition and consumer law (including small business law) and elder law. She has a national and international profile in her areas of expertise. Eileen is a member of the Australian arm of The Dynamics of Enduring Property Relationships Project, a collaboration of international real property scholars. She is also a member of interdisciplinary research teams for two national AHURI projects on housing affordability, a Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre project on security of tenure for older renters, and a review of prevalence and characteristics of elder abuse in Queensland. Recently, she was appointed to the Expert Reference Group for the international cross-organisational research initiative, The Implications of the Tenure Revolution for New Zealand and its Ageing Society.


Ms Fiona_Seaward

Ms Fiona Seaward
Fiona Seaward joined the Commission in August 2015.  She is a Senior Assistant State Solicitor employed in the State Solicitor's Office, where she has worked in various capacities since 2000. Ms Seaward graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1999 with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce.  Ms Seaward provides advice and acts as counsel for the State government and its agencies in relation to a range of matters, principally in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, land compensation and the fields of privacy and information sharing.

Last updated: 25-Jan-2018

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