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Michael Abbott AO QC has been appointed as Chair of the Legal Services Commission, following the resignation of the Commission’s long-serving Chair, Dymphina Eszenyi.

Attorney General John Rau said Mr Abbott was one of South Australia’s leading barristers, who will bring a wealth of experience to the Commission.

“Mr Abbott has extensive experience in all areas of the law, having appeared as Senior Counsel in many leading cases and Royal Commissions,” he said.

“Mr Abbott will be well placed to continue the good work of the Commission and I welcome him to the role.

“I would like to thank Ms Eszenyi for her many years of service.

“The excellent reputation of the Commission and its sound financial position are due in no small part to Ms Eszenyi’s tireless work as Chair and I wish her the very best,” Mr Rau said.

Director of the Legal Services Commission Gabrielle Canny welcomed Mr Abbott's appointment.

"I feel confident that Mr Abbott will bring to the Commission strong corporate governance skills and will be a passionate advocate for legal aid,” she said.

Ms Alison Lloydd-Wright has also been appointed as a member of the Commission.

“Ms Lloydd-Wright is the Director of the Office of the Chief Executive at the Attorney-General’s Department. With extensive experience in public administration her appointment is very welcome,” Mr Rau said.

“The Legal Services Commission is an important community service, providing legal advice and representation for people who cannot afford private legal services.

“Last financial year, the Commission assisted more than 100,000 South Australians with legal advice and representation.

“The appointment of Mr Abbott and Ms Lloydd-Wright come at a pivotal time for the Commission, as it implements changes towards its service delivery model to further protect people’s rights and provide better access to justice.

“I congratulate both Mr Abbott and Ms Lloydd-Wright on their appointments and, along with the other Commission members, look forward to them leading the Legal Services Commission into the future.”

Both Mr Abbott’s and Mrs Lloydd-Wright’s appointments come into effect today.


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