Law Council Welcomes E-conveyancing Initiative

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21 January 2010

Law Council Welcomes



The Law Council says the announcement of a new electronic

conveyancing initiative by three Australian states is a major milestone in

the road to a national system

and will

benefit lawyers and their clients

across the country.  

Law Council

President Glenn Ferguson said, “The Law Council has

been committed to

the establishment

of a national e-conveyancing

system (NECS) since 2005 and has actively participated in its


“Today’s announcement, made by the governments of NSW,

Queensland and Victoria, marks a critical step

in this process with the

commitment of $5 million

by the three states

to accelerate this


“Enabling a lawyer in one state

to conduct a property conveyance in

another, electronically, has been one of the Law Council’s aims through

its involvement in the development of NECS. Speeding up the

conveyancing process in this way will benefit clients and the economy,”

Mr Ferguson said. 

The Law Council has accepted a seat on the Board of the company

established by the three governments. This company will develop NECS

to a point where other states and territories can also contribute to its

operation. The involvement of all states and territories will ensure

compliance with a Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) National

Partnership Agreement for a Seamless National Economy.

The Law Council has nominated experienced property lawyer and a past

President of the Law Society of NSW, John McIntyre, to the Board of the

new company.

“Mr McIntyre will continue the Law Council’s active contribution to this

important national initiative. The Law Council looks forward to working

with the three state governments and other industry representatives on

the new Board in the coming months,” Mr Ferguson concluded.

Media Contact:

Ben Caddaye - Law Council Public Affairs 

P. 02 6246 3725 || M. 041 399 3038

The Law Council of Australia exists to represent the legal

profession at the national level, to speak on behalf of its constituent

bodies on national issues, and to promote the administration of

justice, access to justice and general improvement of the law.

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