Get To Know: Leonie Kyriacou, Equity partner at Pigott Stinson lawyers
Leonie Kyriacou leads both the commercial law and workplace relations practice groups. Leonie has worked for the taxi industry for over 17 years. She has worked on the full range of legal matters impacting the industry and works for taxi networks throughout NSW, as well as in other States.
Leonie does a lot of volunteer work. She is a member of the Public Gift Giving Board for WIRES and a board member of national charity, Endometriosis Australia. Leonie has two boys aged 8 and 10, and manages their sporting teams. She also volunteers as an ethics teacher for the local primary school.
The South Australian Government will seize the dubious honour of becoming the only jurisdiction in the world to actively disincentivise the purchase of electric vehicles through tax if it goes through with measures announced early November by SA Treasurer Rob Lucas.
"While governments around the world are using every means possible to incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles, South Australia reckons they have it all wrong," said Electric Vehicle Council chief executive Behyad Jafari.
"If the revenue from fuel excise is falling because South Australians are burning less foreign oil, that should be considered a blessing."
The Maurice Blackburn class action against Uber Technologies (Uber) was instigated by Rod Barton MP and Transport Alliance Director, André Baruch on behalf of Melbourne, Sydney and Perth taxi and hire car licence owners.
There is also a lawsuit filed against Uber by the Sydney based company behind ride-booking platform GoCatch, Taxi Apps.
Both the class action and lawsuit have accused Uber of conspiring to illegally operate UberX in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia since April 2014, and in Victoria since it was regulated in 2017.