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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 professional regulation and 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. 

Suzanne commences a term as the Adelaide Law School's Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in July 2014. She is the secretary of the Corporate Law Teachers Association, and the editor of ‘Reports, Comments and Notes’ for the UK journal, Legal Ethics. Suzanne 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, the Governance Institute Australia, the Hong Kong Law Society, the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission 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 Aida Abdul Razak's doctoral work on the regulation of corporate manslaughter.


Chapters in Edited Books:


2014                           ‘Working towards Independence as a “Term of Art”’, in Philippe Coen and Christophe Roquilly (eds) Company Lawyer: Independent by Design, European Corporate Lawyers Association: An ECLA White Paper, (invited contribution) (Paris, LexisNexis, 2014).


2014                           Fortification: Lacing Skills Development with Ethical Content’, in Leon Wolf and Maria Nicolae (eds), in press, The First Year Experience in Law: A New Beginning? (Halstead Press; ISBN: 9781925043075))


2007                           ‘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



Refereed Articles:


2014                           ‘Judicial Conduct: Crafting a System that Enhances Institutional Integrity’ (with Gabrielle Appleby) (2014) 38(1) Melbourne University Law Review (forthcoming)


2014                           ‘It’s not Fair! The Duty of Fairness and the Corporate Regulator’ forthcoming (2014) Sydney Law Review (forthcoming)


2013                            ‘Independence and Independent Company Directors’ (with George Gilligan) (2013) 13(2) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 443


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


2008                           ‘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 Christine 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 158-188. (with Parker, Evans, Haller & Mortensen)


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


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


‘Document Destruction and Corporate Culture: A Victorian Initiative’, invited paper, Special Edition,(2006) 19(3) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 304



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


Other Publications:


2013                         Australia: Ethics and Corporate Litigation—Considering Bell Group’ (2013) 16(2) Legal Ethics 370


2012                         ‘As the Dust Settles—Duties of General Counsel: Correspondent’s Report from Australia’  (2012) 15(2) Legal Ethics 392


                                 ‘From Boothby to Murphy, Fallibility has Clouded Judgments on the Bench’, Opinion piece with John Williams and Gabrielle Appleby, The Australian, 10 August 2012


2010                         ‘From Scandal to Scrutiny: Ethical Possibilities in Large Law Firms’ (2008) 11(2) Legal Ethics 131-136 (Special Issue editorial: with Evans and Parker)

Professional Associations

Secretary, Corporate Law Teachers Association.


Member, Judicial Development Commitee

Legal Member, Human Research Ethics Committee, University of Adelaide

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, 21 Dec 2014

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