On Sunday 16 September 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Government's decision to establish a Royal Commission into the aged care sector.
The focus of the Royal Commission will be on the quality of care and safety of aged care recipients but will also investigate young Australians with disabilities who live in residential aged care facilities.
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On Thursday 6 September, Lavan’s Planning and Environment team was fortunate to host the PIA Planners’ Forum with special guest speaker, Chairman of the Western Australian Planning Commission, David Caddy.
David spoke about the future of planning in Western Australia; including planning reform, state priorities and the strategy behind upcoming state development projects.
In its third year, Lavan is proud to once again partner with Youth Focus for the Lavan FIT30 kicking off on 1 September 2018.
Youth Focus is a Western Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting young people suffering with depression and mental health issues.
The Lavan FIT30 invites you to focus on your physical and mental health by exercising for 30 minutes each day in September and at the same time raising much needed funds to support Youth Focus.
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Lavan’s Construction and Infrastructure special counsel Tamica D’Uva was recently appointed as the WA chapter representative on the AIB National Council for a term of 2 years. Tamica’s role as a councillor involves governing the national body of the institute to drive their mission to raise the professional standards of all disciplines within the building profession and to support its members.
Tamica is one of only three women ever appointed to the AIB national council.
The Lavan story started 120 years ago in 1898 when Michael Gibson Lavan commenced practice in Perth in the Manufacturers Building at 29 Barrack Street, Perth from 1898 until 1966.
The legal practice established by Michael Lavan has evolved over the past 120 years. Lavan and its predecessor firms have moved offices, formed partnerships with other firms and changed names from Horgan & Lavan, Smith & Lavan, Lavan & Walsh, Lavan Solomon, Phillips Fox, Lavan Legal and most recently Lavan, to become the leading independent Western Australian law firm it is today.
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On Thursday evening 21 June, Lavan's managing partner Dean Hely, Property partner Tamara Heng and Liqour Licensing partner Jessica Patterson, braved the Perth winter temperatures to participate in the 2018 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.
Dean, Tamara and Jess are extremeley thankful for everyone's support of their participation in the event.
They set themselves a target of $15,000 in an effort to give a voice to those often overlooked and in particular, to raise awareness of the growing rate of women who are experiencing homelessness.
The incredible generosity of clients, collegues, family and friends enabled them to exceed their goal and raise over $18,000.
"On the night we were acutely aware of how privileged we are and how our small discomfort could not in anyway compare to the isolation of people experiencing homelessness. We also learnt about the holistic approach the Vinnies take to break the cycle of poverty by providing food, accommodation and individual support programs. Our supporters have truly made a positive difference and we are so grateful", said Tamara Heng.
Lavan is pleased to announce the appointment of Mario Pisano as chief operations officer. Mario is a senior executive with over 25 years of finance, strategy, commercial and client management experience.
Mario will report to managing partner Dean Hely and work closely with the Lavan partners and management team. As chief operations officer, Mario will be responsible for supporting the operational aspects of the firm and the implementation of the firm strategy.
Lavan is pleased to anncounce that our Construction and Infrastructure special counsel Tamica D'Uva is the recipient of the 2018 AIB Western Australian Chapter Presidents Award.
The award recognises the significant contribution made to the science and practice of building through activity to promote the objectives and the purposes of the Western Australian Chapter of Institute.
On Wednesday evening 20 June 2018, Lavan’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee was proud to formally launch its Stretch RAP for 2018 to 2020. The launch was hosted by emeritus partner and RAP committee chairperson Dan Mossenson, with an attendance of over 60 guests including prominent members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
The evening outlined the collaborative history and vision behind the RAP and Lavan’s ongoing dedication to work closely with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community to harness a relationship of mutual respect and support.
Honoured guest Reverend Sealin Garlett opened the event with a Welcome to Country and the Hon. Fred Chaney AO made the keynote address noting Lavan’s longstanding commitment to reconciliation and recognising initiatives of significance in Lavan’s 2018 to 2020 RAP.
With a focus on embracing Aboriginal art and culture, attendees were treated to a performance of Shakespearean sonnets in Noongar by the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, as well as traditionally-inspired canapés provided by the Aboriginal owned and operated Kuditj catering.
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In 2018, Lavan celebrates 120 years since Michael Gibson Lavan KC commenced practice in Perth in 1898.
In 1934, John Martin Lavan joined his father Michael Gibson Lavan at Lavan & Walsh. The image below was taken in Gingin in 1943. Seated astride the horse on the right is Lieutenant John Martin Lavan of the Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment, beside Captain B. N. G. Meecham.
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