Key Panel Officers

Graeme McEwen – Founder and Former Chair and Director


  • Graeme McEwen is a member of the Victorian bar and is a practicing barrister for over 25 years who specialises in commercial law and:
  • Is the inaugural lecturer (part-time) in Animal Law in the undergraduate law course at Melbourne University
  • Graeme McEwen:
  • – was one of a small team of counsel who appeared for Laurie Levy (the well-known campaigner against duck shooting) in the High Court milestone free speech case of Levy v State of Victoria [1997] HCA 31; (1997) 146 ALR 248;
  • – is a past president of Animals Australia (1983 – 1994);
  • – is a former Advisory Director of the World Society for the Protection of Animals;
  • – is a former member of the animal welfare advisory committee to the Federal Minister for Agriculture(then known as the National Consultative Committee on Animal Welfare) and;
  • – is a former senior associate, Mallesons.

Joana Fuller – Former Chair now coordinator for South Australia

joana fuller

Joana Fuller was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1994 and has been practising as a barrister at Bar Chambers since August 1997. She specialises in traffic law but her general practice is in criminal law and she regularly appears in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Court of South Australia in both the trial and appellate jurisdiction. Joana also appears as counsel for the RSPCA in prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act 1985 and has appeared as counsel for Animal Liberation in civil and criminal proceedings.

Joana is the Chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia and has held this position since the inception of the Committee in February 2010. The Animal Law Committee is a specialist Committee established by the Law Society of South Australia to represent the interests of the Society and the profession in legal regulation of the relationships between animals and people and other entities or organisations (“Animal Law”).


  • Joana Fuller is:
  • – the legal member of the Review Committee established under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.
  • – the author of the Thomsons looseleaf service Motor Vehicle Law South Australia.
  • – a member of the RAAF and holds the rank of SQNLDR in the RAAF Specialist Reserve and;
  • – has been vegetarian since she was 11 years old and a vegan since 2010.

Sean Selleck (Vic) – Company Secretary and Director


Dyson Hore-Lacey SC (Vic) – Director

Dyson F Hore-Lacy S.C.

Admitted to practice in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory.
Vast majority of work since admission has been court work. Has appeared extensively for Aboriginals in Northern Territory and Western Australia. Took silk in 1995. In recent years, has practiced mainly in Criminal Law, Personal Injuries cases, Coronial Inquests including a number of police shootings as well as some Commercial. Practices in appellate jurisdictions in both civil and criminal jurisdictions.

Dyson was admitted to Victorian Bar in 1967. In early years, appeared in a wide variety of jurisdictions including:

  • – Crime;
  • – Police Offences;
  • – Maintenance (Family Law);
  • – Motor Accident Damages Claims;
  • – Divorce and Tribunals (VRC);
  • – Liquor Licensing etc).

Other Directors

Anthony Schlicht (Vic)
Richard Kendall QC (Vic)
Graeme Page QC (QLD)
Robert Stitt QC (NSW
Mark Rinaldi (Tas)


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  1. My partners 2 dogs a Great Dane x and a Collie x were involved in a fight with 2 other dogs last year whilst being walked in a park, they were off the lead at the time. The other owners dogs were on leads. The City of Joondalup Rangers gave her 2 infringements and she opted to have the matter heard in Court. She eventually pleaded guilty in court only because the the Magistrate warned my partner of the very high costs if she lost. She got a $700 fine and had to pay $2000 of the City of Joondalups Court cost. All up it cost her $2700.

    2 weeks ago the dogs escaped from their house via a door left open by the occupants. We received a call from the Rangers an hour later. The Ranger told us the dogs had attacked a small dog and bitten the owner. I will take the Ranger at his word. He allowed us to take the dogs home. I have found out the owner who is an old woman and she did require medical attention and the dog was severely injured.
    A week later the ranger attended our house and checked the security.
    A week later (today) the ranger in company with the Senior Ranger produced a warrant and seized the dogs and has taken them away. They will be kept at the RSPCA. The ranger said my partner will be summonsed to court. My partner asked if they had looked at declaring the dogs as “Dangerous” but the ranger said the director of the shire will not consider this option. Since the first Court case the dogs were never let of of their leads and their home is padlocked and secure.
    The dogs only got out because of human error but it would now appear they they are going to be destroyed.
    My partner is distraught and does not know what to do.

    I wonder if you could help us.

    Kind regards
    Kenton Bibby

  2. Hi
    I’m the founder of For the Love of Wildlife and instrumental in getting the recent ban of lion trophies and body parts announced by Greg Hunt in March this year.

    Blood Lions was just premiered at the Durban Film Festival with outstanding success. Ian Michler (lead role/conservationist) and Pippa Hankinson (Producer) are coming out to Australia in September to attend screenings that I’m hosting.

    The screenings are being held at Melb Uni and UTS Sydney with a panel discussion / Q&A following. The panel will consist of Ian Michler and Pippa Hankinson, Mark Pearson (yet to be confirmed) or Bruce Poon, Animal Justice Party and it would be fabulous to have an animal rights lawyer to also participate.

    Nichola Donovan as agreed to participate in Melbourne and would like to extend an invite to the Sydney event which will be Friday 4th September.

    If you wish to discuss further please call me 0417 939 042.

    Many thanks

  3. I’m interested in helping anybody who’s finding their dog unruly

    By and large, there are a few simple techniques that people can learn to keep the dog (and themselves!) calm

    I am a teacher by training, and I’ve practised counselling and mindfulness

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