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Dr Suzanne Le Mire

Telephone +61 8 8313 0102
Position Senior Lecturer
Fax +61 8 8313 4344
Building Ligertwood Building
Floor/Room 3 08
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Law School

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Biography/ Background

Dr Suzanne Le Mire is a senior lecturer at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. Prior to moving to academia, Suzanne practiced law at Adelaide Law firm, Piper Alderman.  She previously taught in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. Suzanne teaches corporate law, corporate governance and legal ethics. She is currently supervising a number of PhD and masters students in these fields.

Suzanne’s research demonstrates a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the particular pressures involved in governance and legal representation.  She has written widely on corporate governance and lawyers’ ethics for highly regarded national, and international, journals. Suzanne has a particular interest in the roles and regulation of board members and lawyers. Her expertise in this area marries a knowledge of the theoretical and regulatory framework, with an understanding of the practical imperatives at play.  In this vein, her doctoral work, completed in 2010, examined the role and regulation of independent directors in large publicly-listed companies and included an empirical study based on interviews with ‘top 100’ company directors.

In addition to her teaching and research, Suzanne is the First Year Programme Coordinator at the Adelaide Law School. She is also the director of the Adelaide Law School’s seminar series for the continuing professional development of members of the legal profession.  Suzanne is on the executive of the Corporate Law Teachers Association, and the editor of ‘Reports, Comments and Notes’ for the UK journal, Legal Ethics. She is the legal member of the University of Adelaide’s Human Research Ethics Committee, and a member of the South Australian Judicial Development Committee. She is also a council member at St Ignatius College.  Suzanne is regularly invited to speak at a variety of public and professional events including those organised by the Law Society of South Australia, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and others.  Suzanne is a consultant with Build Your Board, a firm that advises new and established organisations about corporate governance.

In 2012 Suzanne was awarded a fellowship by the National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism based at Georgia State University in recognition of her teaching activities.





PhD, Monash University

BA, University of Adelaide

LLB( Hons), University of Adelaide

GDLP, South Australia Institute of Technology

Barrister and Solicitor Supreme Court of South Australia

Barrister and Solicitor High Court of Australia

Teaching Interests

Corporate Law and Legal Ethics.

Research Interests

Suzanne's research interests fall into two main areas:

  1. Corporate law, governance, and ethics;
  2. The legal profession, its regulation, and ethics.

Suzanne would be happy to supervise masters and doctoral students in these areas.   She is currently supervising Heath Evan's doctoral thesis on corporate social responsiblity in small to medium enterprises and Franc De Zwart's thesis on relational corporate governance.


Academic articles and book chapters:

Striking off: Criminal Lawyers and Disclosure of their Convictions (2005) 79 Australian Law Journal 461-468.

Non-Executive Directors: Problem or Solution?(2006) 2(3) Monash Business Review 14, (with Katherine Hall).

Document Destruction and Corporate Culture: A Victorian Initiative (2006)19(3) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 304.

‘The Case Study: James Hardie and its Implications for the Teaching of Ethics’, in Bronwyn Naylor and Ross Hyams (eds), Innovation in Clinical Legal Education: Educating Lawyers for the Future, (Melbourne, Legal Service Bulletin Cooperative Ltd, 2007) 25-33).

‘Keeping it In-house: Ethics in the Relationship between Large Law Firm Lawyers and Corporate Clients through the Eyes of In-house Counsel’ (2008) 11(2) Legal Ethics 201-229 (with Parker).

‘The Ethical Infrastructure of Legal Practice in Larger Law Firms: Values, Policy and Behaviour’, (2008) 31(1) University of New South Wales Law Journal, (with Parker, Evans, Haller & Mortensen) 158-188.

‘Playing for Keeps? Tobacco Litigation, Document Retention, Corporate Culture and Legal Ethics’, (2008) 34(1) Monash University Law Review (with Dr Matthew Harvey) 163-189

‘Testing Times: In-House Counsel and Independence’ (2011) 14(1) Legal Ethics 163-189

Fortification: Lacing Skills Development with Ethical Content’, in Leon Wolf and Maria Nicolae (eds), forthcoming edited book, The First Year Experience in Law: A New Beginning? (Halstead Press)

‘Developing a More Complete Understanding of the Independence of Corporate Directors' (with George Gilligan) forthcoming in (2013) 13(2) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 

Conference Papers:

Unreasonable Expectations of Independent Directors, presented at CLTA, Sydney, February, 2005, published online at (accessed 16/05/05).

The Case Study: James Hardie and its Implications for the Teaching of Ethics, presented at Flowers in the Desert Conference: Clinical Legal Education, Ethical Awareness and Community Service, Melbourne, July, 2005.

The Independent Director: The Regulatory Technique that Unifies the Theorists, presented at PhD Symposium, University of Sydney, 25th-26th November, 2005.

Document Destruction and Corporate Culture: A Victorian Initiative, presented at the Corporate Law Teachers Association Conference, Brisbane, February, 2006.

The Embedded Regulator: The Independent Director in the Line of Fire, Frontiers of Regulation: Assessing Scholarly Debates and Policy Challenges, University of Bath, UK, September 2006.

The Great White Hope: The Independent Director as a Mechanism for Controlling Corporate Behaviour, Corporate Responsibility Research Conference Dublin, September 2006

Other Presentations:

Should Lawyers try to give Corporations Ethical Advice? Staff Seminar, Monash University, Faculty of Law, 26th May, 2005.

The Corporation, the Lawyers, its Scheme and their Ethics, Leo Cussens Institute, Melbourne, 5th August, 2005.

The Independent Director: Board Composition in the Shadow of the State? HDR Reporting Seminar, Monash University, Faculty of Law, 31st August, 2005.

Costs Agreements: Just One Word?, presented at the Launch of the Legal Profession Act, Monash University City Campus, 12th December 2005.

Managerialism and Legal Practice, Leo Cussens Institute, Melbourne, August, 2006.

Professional Associations

Member, Corporate Law Teachers Association.

Member, Law Society of South Australia.

Member, Monash Governance Research Group.

Member, Legal Ethics Teachers Network 

Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesLaw, Crime & Justice, Ethics
ExpertiseCorporate law; corporate governance; corporate ethics; legal profession; lawyer regulation; legal ethics
NotesPhD(Monash; LLB(Hons) BA (Adelaide) Member of executive, Corporate Law Teachers Association. Legal member, University of Adelaide human Research Ethics Committee Member, Judicial Development Committee Member, Legal Ethics Teachers Network 2012 Fellow of the National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism (Georgia State University) Barrister and Solicitor

Entry last updated: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014

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