Norman Donato

Norman is an executive lawyer at Bartier Perry. He was admitted to practice in 1987 and has extensive corporate and finance experience obtained from advising national and international clients including government bodies, major banks, public companies, SMEs and entrepreneurs. He has presented many papers on corporate finance, ecommerce, IT and IP issues at various industry conferences. Norman's clients range across a number of industries, but he has specialist knowledge of the finance, private equity, business structuring, and the retailing and media industries. He is a Director of the CLA and Chair of the Legislative Review Task Force. He is a member of the AICD, the Australian Information Industry Association and the Financial Service Institute of Australia.
Vice President

James Biady

 Jim Biady is an experienced commercial lawyer who has practiced for over 25 years. He advises clients in a number of specialty areas including structuring of entities, employment law, commercial litigation, dispute resolution, sale & purchases of businesses, sale & purchases of property as well as commercial leasing. He focuses on understanding each client’s business and finding appropriate commercial solutions. Jim is a Business Law Specialist accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales. 

Stephen Lamy


Stephen was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1974 and in England and Wales in 1979. He had a private practice involving commercial and revenue work before moving to corporate law in 1990. Stephen's corporate career has included roles with AMP and St George Bank and from 2002 with CBA. He has had 17 years in funds management with an emphasis on superannuation. Stephen has a strong interest in legal education and developments in areas outside his specialisation. Stephen joined the CLA's board of directors in August 2002 and was the President from 2006 to 2012. He is currently serving as the Treasurer.

Stephen P McMahon


Stephen is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia). He is the principal of McMahon Worth Forensic Accountants. He specialises in forensic and investigative accounting, litigation support, business valuations, investigating complex financial and business issues which require the application of a combination of accounting and detective skills. Stephen's interests are in the commercial law and finance sectors. He was appointed as a Director of the CLA in 1998 and currently serves as the Membership Chairman.

Jane Ann Gray


Jane Ann Gray is Special Counsel within the Corporate Group at Clifford Chance. She was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1979. She practised for 20 years as a corporate and commercial partner first at Baker & McKenzie then at Atanskovic Hartnell, KPMG Legal and Middletons before joining Chang Pistilli & Simmons in July 2006. Chang Pistilli & Simmons merged with Clifford Chance in 2011. Jane Ann's principal areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions including under Chapter 6 of the Corporate Act; business structuring and restructuring including schemes of arrangement; capital raisings; corporate regulation including for listed entities and commercial contracts.

Edmund Finnane

Edmund Finnane was called to the NSW Bar on 14 February 1997 and has a wide ranging practice in Insolvency and corporate law; equity; commercial, contract matters; Property (Relationships) Act and related remedies; mortgage and security law and trade practices. Edmund was appointed to the Board of Directors of the CLA in July 2009. He currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the CLA’s Legislative Review Task Force. His published works include Finnane, Newton, Wood, Equity Practice and Precedents, 2008, Thomson.

Max Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Max Wilson joined the Association as Chief Executive Officer September 2000. He is a Graduate of Macquarie University, and the Commonwealth ASIA Pacific Centre, India. He was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Management Communication in June 2001. Max is an associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Society of Association Executives, the Public Relations Institute of Australia, and the Australian Marketing Institute.

Verity McWilliam

Verity McWilliam has practised as a barrister in NSW since 2006. She has a wide ranging practice covering such areas of the law as commercial, constitutional, contracts, administrative, equity, employment, environment and local government. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia in 2002. Verity is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Federal Constitutional Law at the University of NSW. She authored the Administrative Law Chapter of Court Forms Precedents & Pleadings NSW (2013, LexisNexis). 

Jenny Wily

LLB (Hons) BCL (Hons) FCLA

Jenny is a solicitor in practice on her own account at Wily Legal and Consulting Pty Limited, having formerly been a Partner with Norton Rose for a number of years. In her current practice, Jenny provides legal and consulting services primarily in the areas of funds management, AFS licensing, compliance and corporate structuring and governance. Jenny has been a Director of the CLA since July 2000.