Greek-Australian commercial lawyer Steven Sapountsis was appointed as the new president of the Law Institute of Victoria for the year 2016. Sapountsis is special counsel at Moores and has 32 years experience in litigation and regulatory and compliance work.
His portfolios include the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Taskforce, the Corporate Governance Portfolio and the Future Focus Portfolio. He was elected to LIV Council in 2010. He is the current President-elect, and is a member of the Audit Committee, Costs Policy Committee, Ethics Committee, Rules of Practice Committee and the Suburban Law Association Committee. He is also a member of the Collaborative Practice Executive Committee, and is Council Liaison for the Collaborative Law Section and the Litigation Lawyers’ Section.
The Greek-Australian lawyer migrated to Australia from northern Greece in 1961. He studied economics and law at Monash University and then worked at the Kossoulis Sapountsis and Co. lawyer firm, where he mostly dealt with clients from the Greek community and within three years he was made a partner.
During his presidency Sapountsis will try to further diversify in the legal profession and find new ways to increase inclusion.“The LIV has been impressive in its work on diversity so far, and I think we need to keep pressing that. It is an issue of fairness and inclusion. I want to use the opportunity as president to further access to justice, and I am looking forward to listening to as many people as possible about how our profession can be recognized and improved. I will have an open door policy,” he noted.