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FIJI LAW SOCIETY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Graham Everett Leung | Nehla Basawaiya | Ronald Rajesh Gordon | Tupou Draunidalo | Josaia Waqaivolvola | Laurel Vaurasi | Mosese Naivalu | Neel Shivam

Graham Everett Leung is the President of the Fiji Law Society. He is the Managing Partner of Howards. He holds an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Adelaide. In 1978, he was a recipient of a Fulbright Award and completed an advanced Degree in Law at the University of California in Lose Angeles. He also read law at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Mr Leung was called to the South Australian Bar in 1981. He practiced as a Senior Attorney in the Fiji Government for over 14 years and is a former Crown Counsel in the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions. In 1990, he completed a one year stint with the South Pacific Forum Secretariat as Legal/Political Adviser.

Between 1994 – 1996, Graham was Fiji’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and upon his return from New York, was appointed acting Deputy Solicitor-General.

Mr Leung is a Board Member of Greenpeace Australia. He is a member of the CMDA Regulation Committee and Finance Council for the Archdiocese of Suva. He is also a Trustee of Veikauwaitaki Association (a prison rehabilitation group), and the Raiwaqa Interlane Basketball Club. He is Chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union Disciplinary Appeals Committee.

Graham has been a Council member of the Fiji Law Society for the last three years.
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Nehla Basawaiya is the Vice- President of the Fiji Law Society and is the first female member of the Law Society to hold this position.

Ms Basawaiya is an associate with Munro leys. She holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tasmania and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Auckland. She also holds a Masters of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne.

Ms. Basawaiya was called to the ACT bar in 1995 and the Fiji bar in 1996. She was previously the Principal Legal Officer in the Attorney Generals Chamber.
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Ronald Rajesh Gordon is a Council Member of the Fiji Law Society. Mr. Gordon attended Natabua High School in 1985, attended St John's College, Victoria Australia in 1986 and attended Chisholm College, Victoria Australia from 1987-1988. He was awarded Victorian Certificate of Education in 1988. Mr Gordon graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Bond University. He has also done a course in professional conduct and legal ethics from the Queensdland University of Technology.

Mr. Gordon also holds a Bachelor of Economics (accounting) from La Trobe University. On 18 February 1994 he was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the New South Wales Supreme Court and on 1 July 1994 he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji.

Mr. Gordon has his own law practice under the name and style of "Gordon & Co" in Lautoka and is married to Rupa Gordon.
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Tupou Draunidalo is a Council Member of the Fiji Law Society. She is the In-House Legal and Marketing Officer of the Fiji Audio Visual Commission, prior to this position she has worked for the Colonial Group of Companies, as their In-house Commercial Lawyer and as an associate with the firm of Patel and Sahrma, Lawyers, in Nadi.

Ms. Draunidalo holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from ANU. Ms Draunidalo was an Adviser and Activist for the Fijian Association Party.
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Josaia Waqaivolvola is a Council Member of the Fiji Law Society. He is the In-House Legal Practitioner of Carpenters Fiji Limited. Josaia attended Lelean Memorial School in Nausori where he was awarded the Leadership Award in 1992, he was the Head Boy the school in 1993.

Mr Waqaivolavola is a graduate of USP and is from the ‘pioneering’ Bachelor of Law class of 1997. In 1998 he completed Professional Diploma in Legal Practice from the Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies (IJALS). In 2002 he attained a Post Graduate Diploma In Litigation Skills from the New Zealand Crown Law Office.

Mr Waqaivolavola commenced employment as an associate with K.R Bulewa in Association with Minter Ellison Australia in October 1998. In September 2000 he joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution as a Legal Counsel. Josaia is a member of the Fiji Young Lawyers Association and is married to Leona Reece Waqaivolvola and they have 2 daughters, Avon and Monique.
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Laurel Vaurasi is a Council Member of the Fiji Law Society. She is a partner with the law firm of Muaror & Co. Laurel holds a Bachelor of Law at Bond University and a Masters of Law from Queensland University of Technology. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Fiji.

Ms. Vaurasi has worked for over 4 years in private Practice with Mishra Prakash & Associates in Lautoka. She was also the in-house Solicitor for Carpenters Fiji Limited.

Laurel has been an actively involved with the Fiji Law Society as the Western Committee Member. She has also participated as the Fiji Law Society judgement Head Note writer and served as the Vice-President of the Fiji Young Lawyers Association. She is the Treasurer of Fiji Women Lawyers Association.
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MOSESE WAQANIKA NAIVALU is a Council member of Fiji Law Society.

Mosese Naivalu graduated with a Masters of Law and a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Waikato. He was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and also admitted to the High Court of Fiji in 1998. Mr. Naivalu has worked for FIRCA and A K Narayan Lawyers. Mr. Naivalu now practises on his own under the name "Law Naivalu."

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Neel Shivam graduated with a Bachelor of Law from University of Waikato where he also was the President and social event organizer for University of Waikato Fiji Students Association.

Mr. Shivam has previously worked for G P Lala & Associates. He was a partner in O'Driscoll & Shivam. Neel Shivam has his own practice under the name "Neel Shivam Lawyers". His areas of practice are predominantly commercial, criminal and family law.

 

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