Board of Directors


Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill has practised as a barrister in NSW since 2004. She holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She has a broad ranging equity and commercial practice covering such areas of the law as contracts, corporate law, insolvency, equity, property, trusts and wills and estates. Sarah has given presentations in many of these areas at industry conferences and to various legal bodies. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia in 2003. Sarah was appointed to the Board of Directors of the CLA in 2018 and was elected President of the CLA in 2022.
Vice President

James Biady

Jim Biady is an experienced commercial lawyer who has practiced for over 35 years. He advises clients in a number of specialty areas including structuring of entities, employment law, commercial litigation, dispute resolution, sales & purchases of businesses, sales & purchases of property, commercial leasing and Wills and Probate. Jim also has a keen interest in SMSF’s, trusts and assisting business owners to resolve difficult issues. He focuses on understanding each client’s business and finding appropriate commercial solutions. Jim is a Business Law Specialist accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales.


Stephen Lamy


Stephen was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1974 and in England and Wales in 1979. He had a private practice involving commercial and revenue work before moving to corporate law in 1990. Stephen's corporate career has included roles with AMP and St George Bank and from 2002 with CBA. He has had 17 years in funds management with an emphasis on superannuation. Stephen has a strong interest in legal education and developments in areas outside his specialisation. Stephen joined the CLA's board of directors in August 2002 and was the President from 2006 to 2012. He is currently serving as the Treasurer.

Stephen P McMahon


Stephen is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia). He is the principal of McMahon Worth Forensic Accountants. He specialises in forensic and investigative accounting, litigation support, business valuations, investigating complex financial and business issues which require the application of a combination of accounting and detective skills. Stephen's interests are in the commercial law and finance sectors. He was appointed as a Director of the CLA in 1998 and currently serves as the Membership Chairman.

Edmund Finnane

Edmund Finnane was called to the NSW Bar on 14 February 1997 and has a wide ranging practice in Insolvency and corporate law; equity; commercial, contract matters; Property (Relationships) Act and related remedies; mortgage and security law and trade practices. Edmund was appointed to the Board of Directors of the CLA in July 2009. He currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the CLA’s Legislative Review Task Force. His published works include Finnane, Newton, Wood, Equity Practice and Precedents, 2008, Thomson.

Sally Moten

Sally Moten was admitted as a Solicitor in NSW in 2005. She has a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Hons), and Bachelor of Commerce, both from the University of Sydney. Sally specialises in all aspects of employment and safety law and has spent several years working in large commercial laws firms, Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and Henry Davis York (merged with Norton Rose Fulbright). She also spent time working in-house at a large NSW Government Agency.  Sally joined Landers and Rogers Lawyers in November 2017 as Special Counsel. She was appointed as a Partner in 2018. Sally provides advice on matters ranging from performance management and disciplinary matters to defending unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, managing industrial disputes, advising on restructuring of organisations, defending WHS prosecutions and providing WHS advice on compliance and safety legislation. Sally joined the CLA’s Board of Directors in 2016.

Professor Gerard Ryan

Gerard is a Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia and has been a solicitor for more than 20 years. He was previously a partner in a large city commercial law firm, specialising in commercial work in the energy sector (including the documentation of electricity derivative transactions and large energy infrastructure projects, as well as regulatory advice). From 2008 to 2012 he was Dean of the School of Law, Sydney at the University of Notre Dame Australia. His current areas of teaching include contracts, commercial practice and ethics.

Norman Donato

Norman is an executive lawyer at Bartier Perry. He was admitted to practice in 1987 and has extensive corporate and finance experience obtained from advising national and international clients including government bodies, major banks, public companies, SMEs and entrepreneurs. He has presented many papers on corporate finance, ecommerce, IT and IP issues at various industry conferences. Norman's clients range across a number of industries, but he has specialist knowledge of the finance, private equity, business structuring, and the retailing and media industries. He is a Director of the CLA and Chair of the Legislative Review Task Force. He is a member of the AICD, the Australian Information Industry Association and the Financial Service Institute of Australia.

Max Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Max Wilson joined the Association as Chief Executive Officer September 2000. He is a Graduate of Macquarie University, and the Commonwealth ASIA Pacific Centre, India. He was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Management Communication in June 2001. Max is an associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Society of Association Executives, the Public Relations Institute of Australia, and the Australian Marketing Institute.

Ben Whitten

Ben has practised as a barrister in Queensland since 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws majoring in commercial law. Ben practises in all aspects of commercial and insurance litigation, with special interests in matters involving technology, engineering and construction issues. Having practised both as a solicitor and as a barrister, he has gained considerable practical experience in representing companies, businesses and individuals in mediations and in interlocutory, trial and appeal hearings in all levels of State and Federal courts. Ben is a committee member of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society, member of the Society of Construction Law of Australia, member of the Australian Insurance Law Association, and an interstate member of the Melbourne Technology Engineering and Construction Chambers. Ben’s work has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as recommended leading counsel in construction law for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Ben is a Fellow and Director of the CLA, and the inaugural Chairman of the Queensland Division of the CLA. He was appointed to the CLA’s board in 2021.

Michael Drummond

Michael Drummond was a practicing solicitor, working in small, mid-tier and large law firms before opening his own practice. More recently, Michael left private practice to take up the positions of In-house Counsel, Director of Corporate Services and eventually Head of Sales – Global for an Australian coffee roaster operating in Australia, New Zealand, China and the USA. Michael commenced as the Clerk for Hemmant’s List in November 2018. He was elected to the Board of the CLA in 2022.
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