Brian Lacy came to the legal profession somewhat late in life graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University in 1983. He subsequently completed a Master of Commerce with Honours in 1992.
Entering the legal profession at a mature age has clearly been an advantage.
Brian has practiced as a Solicitor, a Barrister and in 2001 was appointed as a Senior Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission [AIRC]. Most recently Brian returned to Melbourne from the Indian Ocean Territories [IOT] at the conclusion of his three year commission as Administrator for Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
Having resettled in Melbourne and ever keen to challenge himself, Brian has returned to practice as a Barrister. Before being commissioned as a Senior Deputy President of the AIRC, Brian’s private practice included extensive work in administrative law, equal opportunity and human rights, employment and industrial law. His time on the bench at the AIRC has given him 8 years experience in alternative dispute resolution.
Brian has a broad range of knowledge and experience in community and corporate responsibilities and administration. He served as an analyst special duties and Indonesian Interpreter with the Australian Regular Army and Defence Signals from 1961 to 1974, seeing active service in Singapore, Sabah, Sarawak and South Vietnam. He was District Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia and Registrar in Bankruptcy from 1983 to 1986. Whilst practicing as a solicitor he was appointed managing partner of the firm from 1987 until 1992.
Brian’s strong sense of community remains an important part of his life. He has served two years as President of the Industrial Relations Society Victoria, one year as President of Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association and is currently the IRSV Patron. He has returned to voluntary work with UnitingCare Harrison, an organisation which provides a range of services and support for the homeless and other people in need. He previously served nine years as Chair of Harrison Community Services. Brian also chaired the Trinity Uniting Church North Balwyn Council from 2006 until 2009. He recently joined the North Balwyn Rotary Club and enjoys helping his local community through the assistance they provide to those in need.
Brian is also very passionate about the plight of refugees. His hands-on experience with asylum seekers whilst Administrator of the IOT makes him a well-qualified speaker on this issue and he frequently speaks to community groups, members of the legal profession and other related professionals sharing his ideas for solutions to this world wide problem.
But at the end of the day, Brian, like most people, enjoys spending time with family, supporting his beloved Melbourne Storm and making time for the occasional round of golf.
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