Law Reform Commission of Western Australia
  Print page
  • Small Text
  • Medium Text
  • Large Text
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 an adjunct professor at the Curtin Law School (Curtin). She researches in real property law, particularly housing and tenancy law, competition and consumer law (including small business law) and elder law. Eileen coordinates and teaches the elder law programs at Curtin and the School of Law at the University of South Australia.

Eileen is passionate about housing issues affecting vulnerable members of our society and her recent research has focused on security of tenure for older people, how revised property and planning laws could facilitate more downsizing options for Seniors, law reform to address assets for care arrangements and whether property law and human rights principles could assist older women who have become homeless. In 2019 she will be undertaking research in relation to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Eileen is a member of a number of different independent and government projects across Australia and New Zealand that are working to address issues including housing vulnerability, security of tenure, elder abuse and domestic violence. Eileen is a co-author of Real Property Law in Western Australia (forthcoming 2019 Thomsons) and Focus Land Law (5th Edition) (forthcoming 2019).


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: 8-Feb-2019

[ back to top ]

Home |  Privacy |  Disclaimer |  Copyright |  Accessibility
All contents copyright Government of Western Australia. All rights reserved.