School of law

Dean’s External Advisory Group

The Group serves as clearinghouse for advice, ideas, feedback for everything the Law School does and helps the Law School to remain firmly grounded and be aware of expectations and perceptions outside academia in the broader legal community. The group consists of:


The Hon Justice Ralph Simmonds (Ret.)

The Hon Justice Ralph Simmonds

Justice Simmonds is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (LLB Hons, 1972) and of the University of Toronto (LLM, 1976). He taught and published in law in Canada, first at the University of Windsor and then at McGill University (1976 to 1990), before returning to Western Australia, to become Foundation Professor of Law and later Foundation Dean of Law at Murdoch University (1990 to 2004). He was admitted to the practice of law in Western Australia (1974) and Ontario (1978). Between 2004-2016 Justice Simmonds was a Justice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Ralph is also an Emeritus Professor with the School of Law.

The Hon Cheryl Edwardes

The Hon Cheryl Edwardes

Hon Cheryl Edwardes, a former Attorney General for Western Australia and Minister for the Environment, provides government relations counsel, with particular expertise in the mining and environmental sectors.

Most recently, she served as Partner with an international law firm, providing clients with strategic government relations advice regarding environmental and government approvals. Prior to that, Cheryl was the Executive General Manager for External Affairs, Government Relations and Approvals at an Australian mineral exploration and extraction company. She also served as an alternate Director on the company’s Board.

Prior to her time in the private sector, Cheryl had a long and distinguished career in Western Australian politics, serving as the state's Minister for the Environment from 1997 to 2001 and also as Western Australia's first female Attorney General.

The Hon Carol Adams

The Hon Carol Adams

Carol was elected as a Councillor to the then Town of Kwinana in May 1997, she served as Deputy from 2005-2006 before being elected as the first woman Mayor to represent the Council in May 2006. Carol was re-elected unopposed to the position of Mayor in 2013 and her term expires in October 2017.

Carol holds a law degree from Murdoch University, has practiced law since 1998, and was the Principle Solicitor at the WA Police Union up until June 2011. Carol is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Carol is currently the metropolitan Commissioner on the WA Local Government Grants Commission, a board member of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, chairperson of the Armadale Redevelopment Committee, chairperson of the Kwinana Early Years Service Inc, board member of the Gilmore College Independent School and the Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation. Carol is also a state councillor on the WA Local Government Association.

The Hon Alannah MacTiernan

The Hon Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah graduated in arts and later law at the University of Western Australia. Alannah worked for the Commonwealth Government in Aboriginal Employment and Training around Western Australia. In 1987, Alannah began legal practice in the commercial law department of Dwyer Durack, becoming a partner in 1992.

Alannah was elected to the Perth City Council in 1988 and served as a Councillor until 1994. She was first elected to Parliament in 1993 as member of the Legislative Council and in 1996 as the member for Armadale in the Legislative Assembly. Alannah served as WA Minister for Planning and Infrastructure from 2001 – 2008. Having served as Mayor of Vincent from October 2011, Alannah was elected as Federal Member for Perth in September 2013 and held the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Western Australia and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Infrastructure until mid-2016. Alannah was appointed as Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food and Minister assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade in the 2017 after the Labour Government came into power in WA.

Mr Chris Shanahan

Mr Chris Shanahan

Christopher Shanahan SC is an independent barrister and was appointed silk on 1 December 2004. He is a member of the WA Bar Association, of which he was Vice-President between 2005 and 2007. Chris's practice focuses on, administrative, civil and commercial matters, with an emphasis on appeals. Whilst he no longer accepts instructions in crime at first instance Chris continues to argue occasional criminal appeals including the successful appeal in the High Court in Smith v. Western Australia (2013) 250 CLR 473. Whilst Chris practices from Murray Chambers in Perth he is also a door tenant at Bar Chambers in Adelaide.

From 2005 until August 2010 he served part time as A/g Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia (“CCC”); he has also served as an A/g Information Commissioner for Western Australia. He was reappointed an A/g Commissioner of the CCC in April 2014 and served until July 2016. From April 2014 - April 2015 Chris took a more active role in the CCC during a lengthy vacancy in the office of substantive Commissioner during which time he shared that substantive role with his fellow A/g Commissioner.

Chris has an extensive background in legal education and is an experienced advocacy trainer. He has been a member of the Australian Bar Association's Advocacy Training Council since its inception in 2008. He was Course Director of the ABA’s first Appellate Advocacy Course in Sydney in October 2012 and a member of the faculty in that course in September 2015. Chris taught in the South-Eastern Circuit's Advanced Advocacy Course at Keble College in Oxford in 2005 and also in 2010, he also has been a member of faculty in the ABA’s Advanced Advocacy Courses in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014. He has lectured in law at both Macquarie and Murdoch Universities. He is a member of the External Advisory Committee advising the Dean at Murdoch School of Law. Chris is an Associate of Curtin University.

Mr Tony Chong

Tony Chong resized for web.jpgTony Chong is a graduate of the Murdoch Law School having gained a LLB and B.Comm (Accounting) at Murdoch University, and a Master of Taxation from UNSW. He is the head of corporate services and partner at Lavan. He is a strong supporter of the Murdoch Law School, having been on the gift committee raising funds to build the law school building; and established the James TF Chong Memorial Scholarship with the Law School in 2007. Tony is an advocate for public interest issues. He is currently the chairman and board member of various organisations in the arts, culture, education and professional service sectors.

Mr David Stewart

Mr David Stewart

Dave is a principal of Bennett & Co Corporate and Commercial Law in Perth. He is a lawyer, trade mark attorney, and public notary, and has worked in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. Dave received his LLB from Murdoch School of Law in 1993, and his LLM (Intellectual Property) from Murdoch School of Law in 2000.

Dave has lectured at Murdoch University (in 2000, 2007, 2012, 2014, and 2016), the MBA program of the Australian Graduate School of Management in Hong Kong in 2000 and 2001, and Edith Cowan University's design school. In 2004 - 2005 in Phnom Penh he lectured industry, Cambodian government ministers, judges, and unions on the behalf of The Asia Foundation on the WTO Treaty's IP implications. Dave attended the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Advanced Domain Name Workshop in Geneva in 2011, and in 2018 attended Oxford University’s Saïd Business School’s Negotiation programme. Dave is an Adjunct Professor with the Murdoch School of Law.

Mr Glen McLeod

Mr David Stewart

Glen McLeod is an Adjunct Professor in the Murdoch University Law School.
He is an independent town planning, environmental and infrastructure consulting lawyer who in his 38 year legal career has been a partner in major Australian and International law firms.

He is Chairman of the International Bar Association’s Environment, Health and Safety Committee, and a member of various Government boards and community organisations.

Paul Evans

Paul Evans

Paul D Evans is the foundation partner of the Perth office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, the world’s largest specialist commercial litigation firm.

Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel in April 2017 Paul held the position of State Solicitor for Western Australia and head of the State Solicitor’s Office for over 5 years from August 2011, joining from the Perth office of Herbert Smith Freehills.

His focus lies in dispute resolution with particular interests in the areas of corporations law, competition and economic law and complex disputes.

Paul brings to his role in advising clients in large commercial disputes the benefits of over 30 years of practice experience, 24 of them as a litigation partner of Herbert Smith Freehills and 5 at senior levels of Government, a great diversity of practice experience across several areas and in most of the States of Australia, experience in the conduct of many substantial cases, in a diversity of industries and areas of law and a history of involvement in management and commerce, as a past board member of Freehills and public companies.

Paul is an Adjunct Professor with Murdoch School of Law.

John Poulsen

John Paulsen

John is the Principal of People, Passion & Performance and has deep ‘hands on’ experience in creating and developing workplaces where people have a shared vision and purpose, are fully motivated, engaged
and empowered and which results in incredible sustainable performance of the organisation.

John was until 31 December 2017, the Australian Managing Partner and CEO of Squire Patton Boggs, a top 10 Global Law Firm and who led the firm to be one of the fastest growing law firms in Australia, with offices in Perth, Sydney and Darwin. John held that role (initially as Managing Partner of Minter Ellison Perth), from September 2006.

John coaches and mentors leaders and emerging leaders to develop or enhance their people skills so that they fully motivate, engage and empower their people to succeed in these volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times.

Joseph McGrath

McGrath J email.jpgJustice McGrath was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in November 2016. Prior to his appointment Justice McGrath was the Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia since February 2010. Formerly a Senior Assistant Director at the Commonwealth DPP, he was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2011.


From 2001 until his appointment as the DPP, he practiced as a barrister at Francis Burt Chambers. He was counsel assisting both the Royal Commission into the Finance Broking Industry and into the Western Australian Police, and is a former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia.