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Morry Bailes personifies many of the qualities that set Tindall Gask Bentley apart from other law firms. As Managing Partner, he has been an inspirational force in maintaining and building upon the enviable company culture handed down by TGB’s founders.
Hand in glove with his management role as TGB’s forward-thinking strategist, Morry retains a passion for practising the Law that he has held since the start of his career.
His rapport with Associations representing particular workplace groups has seen him establish a specialty practice. He has served as Principal Advisor to such organisations as the Police Association, Correctional Officers’ Legal Fund, and the South Australian State School Leaders Association, advocating for members in criminal and disciplinary matters. He has also advised Associations on their own constitutional and business affairs.
In workplace matters, Morry is renowned for his balanced view of the world, a quality which has prompted both employees and employers to seek out his knowledge.
As Managing Partner, he has overseen the firm’s significant expansion, which now takes in 13 offices across SA, WA, Queensland and the NT. He has also set a different kind of legal precedent – construction of an innovative building at 76 Light Square with high environmental ratings – to serve as TGB’s new home.
Morry’s achievements and influence also extend beyond TGB. He was the 2018 President of the Law Council of Australia and is current Chair of Lawguard Management. He was President of the Law Society of SA from October 2013 to December 2014, and was the recipient of the Law Society’s Brian Withers Award for service to the South Australian legal profession in 2013.
- Bachelor of Law, University of Adelaide
- Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice
- Admitted to practice 1987
My Areas of Expertise
- Associations Law
- Industrial and Employment Law
- Criminal and Disciplinary
- Coronial Inquests and Royal Commissions
My Professional Interests
- President, Law Council of Australia Limited (2018)
- LCA Futures Committee
- Chair, Lawguard Management Pty Ltd
- Past President, Law Society of South Australia (2013-14)
- Previous Member of the Council, Law Society of South Australia
- Previous Member of the Executive, Law Society of South Australia
- Member of the ACICA Appointment Advisory Board
- Member of the Ethics and Practice Committee, Law Society of South Australia
- Member of the International Legal Practice Committee, Law Society of South Australia
- Member of the GDLP Committee, Law Society of South Australia and University of Adelaide
- Chair, Corporate Governance Committee, Law Society of South Australia
- Member, Risk Management Advisory Group, Law Society of South Australia
- Chair, CTP Executive (Law Society of SA, Australian Lawyers Alliance and SA Bar Association)
- Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Member of the Australia China Business Council
- Principal Legal Advisor, Police Association of South Australia
- Legal Advisor, Western Australian Police Union
- Legal Advisor, Northern Territory Police Association
- Principal Legal Advisor, Correctional Officers’ Legal Fund
- Principal Legal Advisor, South Australian State School Leaders Association
- Principal Legal Advisor, Nunkuwarrin Yunti
- Principal Legal Advisor, Aboriginal Sobriety Group
- Principal Legal Advisor, CFS Volunteers Association
- Brian Withers Award winner, 2013
- Columnist, InDaily (indaily.com.au)
Media & Blog Posts
Rugby union star Israel Folau turned to GoFundMe to fight his sport’s bosses, only to have his campaign shut down. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young asked the “crowd” to fund her dispute with former Senator David Leyonhjelm. Crowdfunding is something relatively new in a legal sense. What is interesting from a lawyer’s...Read more
We are in a digital age, of that there is no doubt. There is also no question that digitising health records will be beneficial in the long-run for patients, medical staff and researchers. A single digital health system which connects the silos of health information will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Australia’s...Read more
We speak of the Australian ‘fair go’, yet equality before the law is denied to vulnerable Australians every day. But a landmark new report outlines a path towards a more universal justice system, writes TGB managing partner Morry Bailes in his latest column for InDaily. Read the full column here.Read more
Providing justice for victims of institutional child sex abuse has been a long and winding journey – and we’re not quite there yet, writes TGB managing partner, and Law Council of Australia President, Morry Bailes, in his latest column for InDaily.com.au Read the full column here.Read more
A national facial recognition scheme could be misused for social surveillance and cracking down on traffic infringements unless tightly controlled, warns Law Council of Australia President and TGB managing partner Morry Bailes. He discussed the issue and what is at stake with the ABC’s Sonya Feldhoff. Listen to the full...Read more