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Latest News & Events

22Oct
In Brief

Meet our thirty-two new barristers

It’s always a proud moment for family, colleagues and friends when a new barrister signs the Bar Roll and becomes part of our professional college.

Today, we welcomed thirty-two new barristers to the Bar: Simon Thomas, Jayr Teng, Tessa Meyrick, Heather Anderson, Fiona Martin, Dara Isaacson, Anna Martin, Rhiannon Malone, Todd Allen, Rose Singleton, Gemma Cafarella, Melania Albarella, Julian Murphy, Shahed Sharify, Joshua Lessing, Paul Jeffreys, Amel Masinovic, Bridie Kelly, Katie Powell, Patrick Coleridge, Shannon Jenkins, Angus Macaskill, Merys Williams, Alexander Marcou, Benjamin Bromberg, Rebecca McCarthy, Nicholas Kotzman, Tanya Kamil, Shannon Finegan, Alexander Di Stefano, Harry Hill-Smith and Bradley Hardisty.

22Oct
News

A unique occasion as the Readers complete their Course and start their careers in a new, virtual environment

Today, the Victorian Bar welcomed 32 Readers to the Bar as barristers.

There is a rich diversity of experience amongst these 15 women and 17 men. Collectively, the group have graduate and post-graduate qualifications in law and legal practice, as well as other fields such as biomedical science and nursing, from highly respected institutions in Australia and overseas. A number are fluent in other languages – Bosnian, Croatian, Farsi, French, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Tagalog. The new barristers completed the nine-week-long Readers’ Course entirely remotely.

22Oct
News

County Court of Victoria

Victorian Bar member Adrian Muller has been appointed as a Judicial Registrar to the Commercial Division of the County Court.

Judicial Registrar Muller’s appointment commenced on 14 October 2020.

20Oct
News

From 12 to 14 October 2020, the International Advocacy Training Committee (IATC) ran a three-day Appellate Advocacy Skills Workshop in Vanuatu, developed through the cooperation of the Victorian Bar, Office of the Public Prosecutor, Public Solicitors Office, State Law Office and the Australian aid-funded Vanuatu Australia Policing and Justice Program.

19Oct
News

The new agreement allows for fast-track appointment of mediators in commercial matters with clear protocols

The Victorian Bar is delighted that it has agreed protocols with the Commercial Division of the County Court of Victoria for the Court to refer matters to Bar mediators under an agreed Protocol. The Protocol will assist parties and their lawyers find appropriate, nationally accredited barrister mediators, to help resolve their disputes out of court, and assist the Court in managing increasingly heavy caseloads.

16Oct
In Brief

The culture of the Bar

This week, I had the privilege of speaking to those attending the Bar Readers’ Course about the culture of the Bar. This is the second of these presentations, in which I addressed how the Bar’s values influence and govern the conduct of barristers within our college.

9Oct
In Brief

Our commitment to the community

Helping those who are disadvantaged in their quest to obtain justice and defend their legal rights is one of the core tenets of the Victorian Bar, and I’m proud of the real difference that the Victorian Bar’s Pro Bono Scheme makes to those in need.

9Oct
News

Nomination forms and the process for nominating for election to Bar Council has changed from previous years as members of the Bar and staff are not able to attend chambers in person due to COVID-19. For this reason, we are unable to accept forms in hard copy. There will be separate interactive PDF nomination forms for candidates and their nominators. A call for nominations for election to the 2020-2021 Bar Council will be emailed on Monday 12 October 2020 to members of counsel eligible to nominate and be nominated, containing the forms, and including instructions on completing the forms.

7Oct
News

The Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner has today issued proceedings in the Supreme Court to obtain an order that Nicola Gobbo’s name be removed (struck-off) from the roll.

5Oct
News

Bar Roll No: 1786

It is with regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of Jillian Crowe who passed away on 4 October after a long illness. Jillian was 68.

2Oct
In Brief

Excellence and leadership at the Bar

If these were "normal" times, this week we would hear the popping of champagne corks, the smacks of kisses and back slaps and much laughter and excitement in chambers to accompany the announcement of the appointment of the new silks. While the halls of Owen Dixon Chambers may be empty of such celebration this year, our hearts are not. I'm sure that all members will join me in congratulating the new Senior Counsel, whose appointment to silk was announced by the Honourable Anne Ferguson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, yesterday.

2Oct
News

The new Scheme allows parties to turn to qualified arbitrators to resolve commercial and civil disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner

The Victorian Bar is delighted to announce the launch of the Victorian Commercial Arbitration Scheme (VCAS). The VCAS website is at vcas.net.au