Anne Robinson AM
Anne Robinson is the founder and principal of Prolegis Lawyers, provider of legal services to the not-for-profit sector. She has advised on corporate law, governance, charitable trust structuring and tax issues for the whole range of Australia's charitable institutions. She has also had 30 years' experience in governance of not-for-profit organisations, including as Director and Board Chair of World Vision Australia for 12 years until 2012.
Anne was Deputy Chair of the Not-for-Profit Sector Reform Council and a member of the NFP Tax Concession Working Group (as established by the previous government). Anne founded the Australian Charity Law Association in 2009 (now known as the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand).
Matthew Turnour is the Managing Director of Neumann & Turnour Lawyers and heads the Corporate and Commercial Law Division of the practice. He is Chair of the Queensland Law Society's Subcommittee for the Not-for-profit Sector and a Director of the Australian Charity Law Association. Matthew is a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission's Professional User Group.
His PhD thesis, entitled Beyond Charity: Outlines of a Jurisprudence for Civil Society was awarded Outstanding Thesis Award from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His other degrees are a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Arts by research from QUT. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.
Matthew Harding is a Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne. Matthew graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998 with first class honours degrees in law and in arts. He also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree (with distinction) and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. During his time as a postgraduate student in Oxford, Matthew held Chevening and Clarendon Fund Scholarships and, during 2002-3, a research fellowship funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. His D.Phil thesis was on the moral foundations of fiduciary law. Prior to undertaking postgraduate study, Matthew also worked as a solicitor for Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens) in Melbourne.
Matthew has published widely on issues in moral philosophy, fiduciary law, equitable property, land title registration, the doctrine of precedent, and the law of charity. He is the author of (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and the co-editor (with Professor Elise Bant) of (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and (with Professors Ann O'Connell and Miranda Stewart) of (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is also an editor of theJennifer Batrouney QC
Jennifer is a highly respected and sought after advocate and advisor. She has had extensive experience in appearing before the High Court, the Federal Court and the superior State courts – mainly in revenue matters. She is President of the Tax Bar Association.
She graduated with an honours degree in law and a commerce degree majoring in accounting from the University of Melbourne in 1987. She completed her articles with Blake & Riggall (now Ashurst) in 1988 and remained with that firm as a solicitor until moving to the Bar in 1991. She was appointed a QC in 2000. With over 20 years' experience at the Bar (including 14 years as a silk), Jennifer is a trusted advisor to an extensive range of clients. In addition to general income tax matters, she has vast experience in advising in relation to indirect, employment and State taxes. Jennifer is known for her collaborative approach to conducting major complex tax litigation, as well as for her clear and concise commercial opinions. She has a substantial practice in the not-for-profit sector and has assisted numerous not-for-profit entities to obtain or retain their tax concession charity status.
Jennifer is a director of the Law Council of Australia, a member of the Victorian Bar Council and a member of the Melbourne Law School Advisory Council. She was the president of Australian Women Lawyers in 2003-2004 and was Deputy Chairman of the Board of Barristers’ Clerking Services Pty Ltd (“List A”) from 2004 until 2007. She has sat on the Law Council of Australia’s Tax Committee since 1991 and presently represents the Law Council on the Federal Court Users’ Committee. She is also a consultant to the Federal Treasury in relation to the Tax Issues Entry System and was a member of the Advisory Panel to the Board of Taxation from 2010 - 2013.
Jennifer is also a coach in the Australian Bar Association Appellant Advocacy Program, a director of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and, in 2014, was the Law Institute Mentor of the Year.
Seak-King Huang is currently the Principal for Prolegis Lawyers' Melbourne office. Previously she was Company Secretary & Executive Counsel at World Vision Australia and prior to that a partner at Clayton Utz. Seak-King is also on the Board of Light Melbourne (broadcaster of 89.9 Light FM and Light Digital in Melbourne) and a member of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and of the 16th General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.
Sue Barker is director of Sue Barker Charities Law, a boutique law firm based in Wellington, New Zealand, specialising in charities law and public tax law. In 2015, the firm was voted Boutique Charities Law Firm of the Year – New Zealand, at the Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards. Sue is the author of a number of articles and book chapters on charities law issues, and is co-author of the text, The Law and Practice of Charities in New Zealand.