Proctor : February 2019
47 PROCTOR | February 2019 Michael Lynch Family Lawyers are specialist family lawyers, located in Brisbane. NEED AN EXPERIENCED FAMILY LAWYER? By recommending us, you can ensure your client receives up-to-date, tailored and practical advice on: • Property settlement • Parenting www.mlfl.com.au P: (07) 3221 4300 Contact us to discuss matters confidentially or to make an appointment. ADVICE. SERVICE. SOLUTIONS. • Divorce • Other family law matters. E: firstname.lastname@example.org Read our clients’ testimonials on our website. Proctor Advert - 185mm W x 80mm D.indd 1 21/12/18 3:53 pm becoming leading practitioners in the law, mainly in Lex’s area of practice, banking and finance (particularly retail credit). Lex was chair of the QLS Banking and Finance Committee and the undisputed leading practitioner in this area of the law for well over 30 years. He took great care in engaging all of the committee members in its work – particularly in the preparation and drafting of submissions on legislative reform, both at state and national levels, and the writing of articles for legal publications, particularly the monthly banking and finance column of Proctor. This being said, Lex was always the person who developed and drafted the final-but-one submission, ensuring that recommendations were practical and effective and that the submissions were concise, well-argued and influential. Lex would leave it to the industry and consumer groups to argue the partisan points; his submissions were all about fairness and effectiveness, the rule of law and the efficient and fair administration of the law. It was understood that the government bodies considering the various submissions on a proposed legislative change or the like would always put to one side the QLS/Lex submissions to be read last, as they would be sure that this would most likely be the submission that ‘tipped the scale’ on difficult and contentious matters. Of course, Lex would never publicly claim any of this, but rather pass it off as the joint work of the committee. As noted at his wake, Lex once remarked that “You can achieve anything...as long as you don’t care who receives the credit”, and this indeed was his method of operation. It proved effective, as Lex’s submissions were sought and carefully considered by governments at state and federal levels, and he held one of the best strike rates of all stakeholders in terms of the success of his recommendations. Conclusion Lex was a great family man and lawyer, a wise mentor and firm friend to many lawyers junior to him. But hidden behind that mischievous and hale-fellow-well-met persona was a razor- sharp mind, a golden heart with no evil intent for anyone, and a substantial legislative legacy in the areas of law in which he practised and which still serve us well today. Lex’s legal legacy was acknowledged at a celebration dinner at QLS for Lex and Del after Lex’s resignation from his beloved QLS Banking and Finance Committee. His contribution was celebrated by the profession and the then Regional Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, as well as his counterpart from the state’s Office of Fair Trading, who jointly acknowledged Lex’s significant personal contribution and thanked him on behalf of all those who had benefited from his insight. It was a wonderful night and appropriate that his peers had the chance to thank Lex in person, and also in the company of his beloved Del. At his wake, we were reminded that the name ‘Alexander’ means ‘defender of men’. Lex’s contribution to the many aspects of his huge legacy – his family, legacy in law reform and indeed all of his wonderful life well lived ensures that he will be remembered as a stout defender indeed of the rule of law, its efficient administration, a wonderful family man, but most of all as a unique personality the like of which we are unlikely to see again. Vale Lex and thanks for all you did and were for us – your family, friends and colleagues. In memoriam This article has been compiled by Lex’s family members, friends and colleagues, based on recollections at his wake.