Pacific neighbour pays visit

Tongan Law Society President Lopeti Senituli met with QLS President Rebecca Fogerty and General Manager of Advocacy Matt Dunn. Photo: Geoff McLeod

Tongan Law Society (TLS) President Lopeti Senituli met his Queensland counterpart during a Brisbane stopover on Friday.

A law practitioner in Tonga, Lopeti was a political and media advisor to Prime Ministers Dr Feleti Vaka’uta Sevele and Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

As head of the TLS, which is a relatively young organisation founded in 1990, he met with Queensland Law Society (QLS) President Rebecca Fogerty, who wants to forge strong ties with Pacific neighbours.

“TLS wishes to have closer ties with other law societies in the Pacific including Queensland,” Lopeti said.

“We are already collaborating with the Queensland Bar Association which allows members of TLS to access, free of charge, the regular CLE sessions it runs for its members.

“The CLEs held in 2023 focused on criminal law. We hope it can be expanded to other areas of the law.”


During the QLS catch-up, Lopeti said he raised the possibility of accessing assistance in terms of office equipment for the TLS office and other financial assistance.

“We look forward to strengthening the relationship between QLS and TLS with the former providing on-the-ground training for our members in Tonga.”

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