John Corcoran AM


John Corcoran AM is Principal at the law practice of Russell Kennedy and was Chair of that firm for 10 years until 30 June 2017. He is a member of the board of Mercy Health.

He has been a board member of the Legal Services Board as well as the International Bar Association. He is also a past President of the Law Institute of Victoria and was President of the Law Council of Australia in 2009.

His experience as a commercial lawyer is in the areas of commercial property, retirement and aged care, as well as sale and purchase of business, and securities

Patricia Kelly

Committee Member

Tricia has extensive experience in the financial services industry. She worked for Suncorp/AAMI where her roles included Executive General Manager Strategy & Business Development Personal Insurance and General Manager AAMI New South Wales. Prior to that she was a Director and Executive General Manager Life & Superannuation of Norwich Union Life Australia.

Tricia is a past president and honorary life member of the Insurance Institute of Victoria and a former Director of the Australian Insurance Institute. She is currently a non-executive Director of ANSVAR Ltd and of RACV Limited and subsidiary companies.

Helen Thornton

Committee Member

Helen is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience across a wide range of industries including financial services. Helen has extensive experience in governance, audit and risk management and she has held senior leadership roles at Deloittes, KPMG, BHP Ltd and Bluescope Steel Ltd, where she was responsible for the global risk management and insurance program.

Helen has 16 years’ experience as a non-executive director and is an experienced Chair of Audit and Risk Committees. She is currently on the board of Yarra Valley Water, the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board and is an independent member of the Risk & Audit Committees of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and Training. She is a former board member of Rural Finance Corporation and Big Sky Building Society.

Catriona Lowe

Committee Member

Catriona is a lawyer with extensive experience in the consumer sector including directorships at the Consumers’ Federation of Australia, the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. Catriona is also  Co-Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Consumer Consultative Committee.

Catriona’s skills and expertise include policy analysis and corporate governance, legal practice management and consumer and competition law as well as dispute resolution  and regulation.

John Cain

Committee Member

John has extensive legal experience in both the public and private sectors. He was the Managing Partner at Herbert Geer from 2011 to 2014 and the consultant overseeing the merger of that firm with Thomson Lawyers to create Thomson Geer. During John’s five years as Victorian Government Solicitor starting in 2006, he oversaw the restructuring of that office as well as the creation of a whole of government legal services panel. While in that position John also represented the Victorian Government and its departments and agencies at the 2009 Bushfire Royal Commission. Prior to these roles John was the CEO at the Law Institute of Victoria (2002-2006) and Managing Partner at Maurice Blackburn from 1991 to 2002.

John is the chair of the Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University, an advisory board member in the School of Business and Law, Victoria University and an advisory board member of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre.

Adrian Finanzio SC

Committee Member

Adrian signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 1998, was appointed Silk in 2012 and is a leading Victorian barrister practising in the areas of planning and environment, local government, and major projects. He brings to LPLC a broad range of skills arising from the various committees on which he serves, including Barristers Chambers Limited, the Bar Readers Course Committee (as Vice Chair) and the Victorian Planning and Environment Law Association (as Vice President) and as a past member of the Victorian Bar Council.

Justin Toohey

Chief Executive Officer

Justin was engaged in private practice for 15 years, and was formerly a partner with Tress Cocks & Maddox, specialising in professional indemnity litigation (including as a panel solicitor to the LPLC). Prior to joining LPLC, Justin was employed by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.