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Latest News & Events

30Nov
News

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia – Division 2 - Joint welcome ceremonial sitting

26Nov
In Brief

Tuesday night was a busy night for Annual General Meetings.  

I attended the Victorian Bar Foundation [VBF] directors meeting followed by its Annual General meeting.  The Chair, the Hon. John Digby QC was pleased and excited to announce that the Hon. Justice Michelle Gordon AC has recently accepted an invitation to become the Patron of the Foundation.  The VBF, which was established as a not-for-profit organisation in 2011, works to promote several causes in the community, including encouraging and supporting young adults from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to consider and pursue a career in the law and in particular a career at the Victorian Bar. The Foundation welcomes input from members as to how best to achieve its aims and to engage with any particular community to encourage the future diversity of our Bar. Members who are in a position to make a donation to the Foundation can do so via the donation form here

26Nov
News

The Governor-General in Council has appointed the following members as judges of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

The Honourable Justice Andrew Strum – (Division 1) Melbourne registry

Her Honour Judge Anna Parker – (Division 2) Adelaide registry

The appointments are effective today. Details of any welcome ceremonies will be made available when they are known.

23Nov
News

New Directions

Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer has given a further set of directions pursuant to s. 200(1)(d) of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) concerning mandatory vaccination for certain workers: COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (No 8).

23Nov
News

At its meeting on 11 November 2021, the Bar Council resolved to seek expressions of interest for the positions of Honorary Secretary and Assistant Honorary Secretary. 

Click here to express interest.

Expressions of interest must be received before 5:00pm on Thursday 25 November 2021.

23Nov
News

Bar Roll No: 1942

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of the Honourable Geoffrey Michael Giudice AO on Wednesday 17 November 2021. He was 73.

19Nov
In Brief

Events

On Tuesday, I attended the State Funeral for the Hon. Sir James Gobbo AC CVO QC.  The funeral was well attended by current and former judiciary, including the Chief Justice, Anne Ferguson and the President of the Court of Appeal, Christopher Maxwell.  The Hon. Daniel Andrews and former Premiers of the State were also in attendance, as were a number of members of the Bar. The Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Allen Myers AC QC and Jeremy Gobbo QC delivered eloquent eulogies that told of Sir James’ commitment to community service, his faith, the law and his family.

16Nov
News

The newly appointed President of the Victorian Bar Róisín Annesley QC said the Victorian Government’s proposed amendments to the Pandemic Management Bill do not go far enough to protect the rule of law.

12Nov
In Brief

The Bar has been a hive of activity this week.

On Wednesday, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria announced the appointment of 16 new silks. I congratulate Siobhan Ryan, Graeme Hill, Angus Macnab, Lisa Hespe, Daniel Aghion, Marc Felman, Meghan O’Sullivan, Nicholas Wood, Fiona Ryan, Kathleen Foley, Emily Porter, Elizabeth Bennett, Patrick Doyle, Ruth Shann, Charles Parkinson and Barbara Myers. I wish them every success in their new role as leaders of the Victorian Bar and the legal profession in this State.

12Nov
News

Following the recent Victorian Bar Council election, the following office bearers have been appointed to the Bar Council for the 2021-2022 term:

10Nov
News

Bar Roll No: 652

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of His Honour Graham Lewis Fricke QC on 7 November 2021.

10Nov
News

The appointment of 16 new silks to the Victorian Bar by the Supreme Court of Victoria is welcomed by Victorian Bar President, Christopher Blanden QC.

The Victorian Bar today welcomed the appointment of 16 new Senior Counsel by the Honourable Chief Justice Anne Ferguson of the Supreme Court of Victoria: