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19Jul
In Brief

Judicial Remuneration

On 10 May 2024, Peter Dunning KC, President of the Australian Bar Association, shared a letter addressed to the Federal Attorney-General, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer regarding proposed legislation that would adversely affect the entitlements of current and former judges of superior courts of record in the Commonwealth and the Territories. The ABA expressed concerns that the changes would be corrosive to judicial independence and the separation of powers. We agree with the ABA that, as a profession, we owe it to the judges to come to their aid when attempts are made to compromise their independence. We trust that there will soon be a response to the concerns expressed by the ABA and that the proposed changes are subject to appropriate consultation. 

19Jul
News

Bar Roll No: 1744

Denis McDonald was a member of the Victorian Bar for nearly 37 years. He attended Aquinas College where he became school captain in his final year before the completion of dual degrees in Law and Economics at Monash University. He was admitted to practice on 1 November 1979 and signed the Bar Roll on 18 November 1982 having read with Paul O’Dwyer. Denis was a mentor to Dee Brooker and Patmalar Ambikapathy.

18Jul
News

Bar Roll No: 1778

It is with deep regret that the Bar informs members of the death of Malcolm Gray.

17Jul
News

Supreme Court of Victoria

The Honourable Chief Justice Anne Ferguson has advised that the Executive Council has appointed the Honourable Susan Coralie Kenny AM as a Reserve Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, effective 16 July 2024.

15Jul
News

Bar Roll No: 2663

It is with deep regret that the Bar informs members of the death of Gerard Long.

12Jul
In Brief

Another school holiday edition of InBrief. 

Our Commercial Bar Association colleagues are slowly returning to Australia after what I understand was a very successful conference in London. 

9Jul
News

Bar Roll No: 1744

It is with deep regret that the Bar informs members of the death of Denis McDonald.

5Jul
In Brief

Student Engagement Committee (SEC) - Shadowing Program

The July intake of the shadowing program commenced this week with 40 students inducted on Monday morning by Adam Rollnik, Paul Hannan, Daniel Nguyen, and Abilene Singh. The program matches a barrister mentor with tertiary students and is particularly aimed at students who otherwise do not have links to the Bar or may face barriers seeking a career at the Bar. Thanks to Bonnie Renou, Erik Dober, and Tim Farhall from the Student Engagement Committee, and Lisa Paykel from the Bar Office for managing the program.

3Jul
News

Members of the Bar are invited to attend a “town hall” meeting where they can ask questions of BCL and the Bar Council regarding the acquisition of 200 Queen Street, Melbourne.

2Jul
News

Bar Roll No: 1092

It is with deep regret that the Bar informs members of the death of Peter F McDermott.

1Jul
News

Bar Roll No: 2888

It is with deep regret that the Bar informs members of the death of the Honourable Frank Turner.

28Jun
In Brief

On Wednesday, members received my email announcing BCL’s acquisition of 200 Queen Street, Melbourne. The purchase will ensure the sustainability of our unique BCL chambers model well into the future. A "town hall" meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 30 July 2024, at 4:30pm in the Neil McPhee Room to address any questions you may have about this important development. If you would like to submit questions prior to the meeting, please complete the form here, and we will endeavour to answer them on the evening.