Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has announced the appointment of Andrew Christopoulos as its new national president, succeeding outgoing president Noor Blumer.
Christopoulos is the principal of AC Lawyers and is experienced in personal injury litigation and dispute resolution. The appointment marked the occasion of ALA’s 25th anniversary. The national association began in 1994 and was originally known as the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association.
In a statement, Christopoulos reaffirmed the ALA’s commitment to preserving common law rights and ensuring access to justice for everyone.
“The 25th anniversary is a good time to take stock of the important work that has been done by the ALA and review where our journey has taken us,” said Christopoulos. “It is also an ideal opportunity for further discussion about balancing rights and interests in our advocacy work to protect the common law. Australia is unusual among common law countries in not having a legislative bill of rights. While the courts are vested with power to protect those rights, legislation can specifically override this power. We are committed to protecting the rights of individuals to access justice. All Australians have a right to access legal services and our legal system runs the risk of becoming meaningless if barriers prevent people from accessing or enforcing their rights.”