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Latest News & Events

22Feb
In Brief

Pro Bono Awards Winners

The Bar’s great tradition of taking on hard cases without fee for people who would otherwise not be able to afford representation, or in order to advance the public interest and further the efficient administration of justice, is as strong as ever. 

22Feb
News

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death on Wednesday 20 February 2019 of Brian Gallagher – Building Consultant, Arbitrator, and Foundation President and first Life Member of the Building Dispute Practitioners’ Society (“BDPS”). Brian was 81.

A Memorial Service will held at the Heritage Funeral Home, 733 Boronia Road, Wantirna next Friday, 1 March 2019 at 1 pm.

22Feb
News

Bar Roll no: 1576

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death on Wednesday 20 February 2019 of Michael Houlihan.

Requiem Mass will be offered at St James Catholic Church, Nar Nar Goon Road, Nar Nar Goon on Tuesday 26 February 2019 at 11 am, immediately preceded by the Rosary at 10:30 am.

A full obituary notice will be posted on Monday.

 

21Feb
News

For his long-standing commitment to pro bono work and his extensive assistance to litigants and the courts, Michael Gronow QC was awarded the Victorian Bar Trophy for exceptional individual achievement in pro bono advocacy at the Victorian Bar 2019 Pro Bono Awards ceremony last night (Wednesday 20 February).

The awards night celebrated the significant pro bono contribution of Victorian barristers and announced the winners of the 2019 Pro Bono Awards for legal services benefitting the Australian community and legal system during 2017 and 2018.

19Feb
News

Bar Roll no: 2788

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death last Saturday 16 February 2019 of Gerard Michael Ryan. Gerard was 77 (born 22 August 1941).

Requiem Mass will be offered at St Leo the Great Catholic Church, 387 Mason St, Altona North on Friday 22 February 2019 at 10:30 am, immediately preceded by the Rosary at 10 am.

18Feb
News

The Victorian Bar welcomes parliamentary debate on the Spent Convictions Bill introduced by Reason Party MP Fiona Patten.

All other Australian jurisdictions have laws that provide for the expungement of certain offences from an individual’s record where the individual has not re-offended.

15Feb
In Brief

Bar Council Priorities for 2019 aka “What do my annual Bar subscription fees pay for?”

Bar Council met last Sunday for a strategy day to discuss and agree our priorities for the year. We have set ambitious goals for the coming months.

Key initiatives for the year, which sit apart from the day-to-day activities that Bar Council oversees, include (among others):

12Feb
News

Family Court of Australia

On 8 February 2019, the Governor-General in Council appointed Her Honour Judge Jillian Elizabeth Williams, a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, to be a Judge of the Family Court of Australia, assigned to the Melbourne Registry.

The Profession will extend a Welcome in Court 4A on Level 4 of the Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William Street, Melbourne on:

Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 4:15 pm

12Feb
News

Bar Roll no: 621

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death last Saturday 9 February 2019 of Barney Cooney. Barney was 84 (born 11 July 1934).

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Ignatius’ Catholic Church, 326 Church Street, Richmond on Friday 22 February 2019 at 1:30 pm.

8Feb
In Brief

Royal Commission into the Management of Informants

There were further revelations this week in relation to Victoria Police’s use of informants, dating back to 1995, in circumstances involving grave duties of confidentiality by a barrister and, potentially, a number of other professionals. The Victorian Bar has no information to suggest that the other professionals are members of our Bar.

6Feb
News

The Victorian Bar welcomes and supports the initiative of the Victorian Legal Services Board and the Victorian Legal Servic

5Feb
News

Bar Roll Numbers: 1813 and 2208

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death last Saturday 2 February 2019 of John Goodman. John was 89 (born 22 July 1929).

His Funeral is at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 626 Pascoe Vale Road, Oak Park on Friday 8 February 2019 at 2:30 pm.