Go to content

MEDIA RELEASE - Vale Bill Grant

23 Jan 2017

Former CEO of Legal Aid NSW Bill Grant OAM passed away unexpectedly on the weekend.

Bill Grant

Former CEO of Legal Aid NSW Bill Grant OAM passed away unexpectedly on the weekend.

Mr Grant, 65, had retired in December after a combined 11 years at the head of Legal Aid NSW.

Acting CEO Richard Funston said Mr Grant had left an incredible legacy at Legal Aid NSW and his leadership and vision had been inspirational.

"Bill's former colleagues are in shock at his sudden and unexpected death, so soon after he entered what was to be his well-deserved retirement."

"He left a large hole when he left the organisation, and his passing will leave a large hole in the hearts of his family and many who worked with him."

"Legal Aid NSW is what it is today because of his vision, experience and instincts," Mr Funston said.

Bill's legacy includes making services for victims of domestic violence a core part of the work of Legal Aid NSW, expanding civil law services, and bringing legal services to remote, rural and regional NSW. During his recent time as CEO, Legal Aid NSW established offices in Port Macquarie and Albury and expanded services for people in South Western NSW, Far Northern NSW and Broken Hill.

Bill Grant had been CEO of Legal Aid NSW from 2001 to 2007 and from late 2011 to December 2016.

In his farewell message to staff, Mr Grant said he was leaving with a feeling of regret and optimism. "I am grateful to have worked at Legal Aid NSW, grateful for the people I have worked with every day and grateful for the work we do to assist our clients."

Media Contact: Geesche Jacobsen (9219 5668 or 0407-238 906)


Bill Grant OAM LLB

Bill Grant retired as CEO of Legal Aid NSW in December 2016. Bill had been appointed in late 2011 by the then Attorney General after a four-year absence from the organisation. He had also served as CEO of Legal Aid NSW from 2001 to 2007.

Bill was Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia from 2008 to 2011 – a body representing more than 50,000 lawyers – and previously held the position of Deputy Director-General of the NSW Attorney General's Department from 1992 to 2001. In that period, he chaired the Victims Advisory Board and was a member of the NSW Privacy Committee and the NSW Legal Practitioners Board.

Bill graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws in 1975. He began his career at the Crown Solicitor's Office, where he worked in the prosecuting, constitutional law and special litigation branches.

Bill also served as Acting Commissioner of the Health Care Complaints Commission.