Articles by Elizabeth Lathlean
At the time of writing Elizabeth Lathlean was a Senior Lawyer in Gilbert + Tobin’s Charities + Social Sector Group. Elizabeth specialises in the provision of legal advice and assistance to charities, not-for-profits and social sector organisations. She provides expert assistance on all areas of charity and not-for-profit regulation and compliance, as well as acting in relation to mergers and acquisitions, restructuring transactions and corporate governance.
Elizabeth is a non-executive director of CBM Australia, a registered charity and international development organisation. Best Lawyers 2023 recognises Elizabeth for her work in the area of Corporate Law. Elizabeth is a regular speaker on matters relating to not-for-profit governance, including at the 2020 Legalwise Not for Profits and Charities Law Forum and the 2019 Better Boards Conference, as well as for various boards and senior management teams. She has also authored and featured in articles regarding not-for-profit governance, including for Governance Directions, Lawyers Weekly and Precedent. Elizabeth co-authored the legal and regulatory framework component of LexisNexis Practical Guidance – Governance. Elizabeth has a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies (Journalism) with Distinction from the University of Wollongong.
Elizabeth is admitted as a solicitor of the New South Wales Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia. She is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising).
In Service of Two Masters – Conflicts in the Context of Multiple Directorships
Director recruitment is an important task for both not-for-profit and for-profit organisations alike. It is an opportunity to enhance the skills, experience and diversity of the existing board and ensure the directors are best placed to serve the organisation into the future. But what happens when the preferred candidate already sits on multiple boards, including the board of a potential competitor? It is a well-known principle of corporate governance that a director owes certain duties to the organisation they serve.