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FIJI LAW SOCIETY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Chen Bunn Young|Adish K Narayan
|Vasantika Patel|Graham Everett Leung|Tanya Marion Waqanika|Gwen Phillips|Savenaca Banuve|Ronald Rajesh Gordon|

Chen Bunn Young is the President of the Fiji Law Society. Mr. Young went to complete his secondary education at Kings College in Auckland, New Zealand. He then attended Auckland University and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and was later admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. He returned to Fiji and worked as an associate for three years with the law firm of Stuart, Reddy& Co at Lautoka.

Mr Young commenced practice on his own account under the name and style of Young & Asssociates in Lautoka. This is his second term as President of the Fiji Law Society. Previously he served as Vice President for two terms and prior to that as a Council Member.

He is married to Joy Anne Young and they have two sons,Caleb (11) and Joshua ( 6 ).


  Adish K Narayan
is the Vice President of the Fiji Law Society. He graduated with a BA( Hons) Law from Metropolitan University, England in 1977, a Dip from Ex Central London College in 1979 and Degree of Utter Barrister from the Inn's Court School of Law, London in 1979. Mr Narayan was admitted as a barrister of Gray's Inn, London (1979) Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji in 1980 Barrister and Solicitor in ACT, Australia in 1987 and Barrister and Solicitor, NSW, Australia (1997)

Mr Narayan is also a member of LAWASIA (Law Association of the Asia and Pacific), a Alternate-Country Councillor with the Law Society of New South Wales and Member of the Honorable Society of Gray's Inn (London). He is also the Vice President of the Ba Chamber of Commerce.

After a short spell of pupillage in England following his call to the Bar, Mr Narayan relocated to Fiji. Having completed a total of nine months practice with three firms in Fiji's Western Division, Mr Narayan set up his own firm under the name and style of A.K. Narayan & Company from 1st September 1981 in Ba.

He has had varied practice experience in crime, property, commercial including insurance, family, administrative, local government, conveyancing, bank securities and personal injury matters. Mr Narayan provides over 20 years of litigation experience in most of his listed practice areas.

Mr Narayan is married to Anita who is a serving Councillor with the Ba Town Council. They have two teenage sons, Avin and Ash.

Vasantika Patel is the first female Council Member to sit on the Fiji Law Society. She operates as a sole Practioner in Nadi. Ms Patel is the daughter of former prominent lawyer and politican Mr A. D. Patel.

From 1974 - 1977, Ms Patel studied at Queen Mary College, University of London where she attained a Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Hons). In July 1978 she was admitted as a Barrister at Law at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and Inns Court, London, England.
In 1978 she was called to the Degree of the Utter Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Inns Court of England. She was later admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Fiji in 1979. She is also admitted a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT, Australia in 1987. She was appointed a Notary Public for Fiji in March 1988. In the year 2000, she was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW, Australia.

Ms Patel was elected and served as Council Member of the Fiji Law Society from 1985 - 1986. She is also currently one of longest serving Council Members of the Fiji Law Society (1995 - 2002). She has been a long time member of the Fiji Law Society since 1979.

Ms Patel is currently the Chairperson of the Fiji Electoral Commision.

Graham Everett Leung is a Senior 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 Los 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. He 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 presently chairs the Board of Greenpeace Pacific, and is a Board Member of Greenpeace Australia.

Tanya Marion Waqanika was elected as a Council Member in 2001. She currently heads the Legal Section of the Suva City Council.

Tanya attained a Bachelor of Laws Degree and Diploma in Professional Legal Education in 1997 from Bond University, Qld, Australia. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Australia in 1997. She was also admitted as Barrister and Solicitor in Fiji in 1997. She is a member of the Fiji Young Lawyers Association.

She is married to Peni Sigabalavu and they have 3 children, Atonio, Benjamin and Vasemaca.

"Gwen Phillips
is an Associate in the Suva firm, Munro Leys. Gwen received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in 1989 and was admitted to the Bars of the High Courts of New Zealand and Fiji in the same year.
Immediately before joining Munro Leys in 2000. Gwen was the Resident Magistrate, Suva in charge of civil matters. Prior to that she had been the Principal Legal Officer in charge of the Attorney-General's Chambers at Lautoka and responsible for all Government litigation and advisory work in the Western Division of Fiji.

Gwen is a general civil litigator with a particular emphasis on commercial, administrative and land law. She has a keen interest in human rights, the government and legal reform. While in Government she was instrumental in setting up the Small Claims Tribunal and was a member of the Committee for Judicial Education."

Savenaca Banuve
Savenaca Banuve is a State Solicitor for Attorney General's Chambers. Mr Banuve is a Council Member and Treasurer of the Fiji Law Society. He graduated with an LLB from University of Tasmania in 1986 and Masters in Law in 1995 at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Mr Banuve's work includes high level advisory and litigation work for Government and selected agencies such as the ,Reserve Bank of Fiji, Prices and Incomes Board. He is a Member of the Capital Markets Development Authority(CMDA).

His main interest of law is in the Commercial & International arena.

Mr Banuve is married to Doctor Rosa Banuve and they have 1 son.

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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