VICTORIAN BAR

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Latest News & Events

18Sep
In Brief

Taking inspiration from our clients

During these past few months, we have all bunkered down in constrained personal and professional existences that have provided us more limited visibility than usual on what is happening in the legal marketplace. It was very gratifying, therefore, to have the opportunity to be part of the judging panel for the 2020 Association of Corporate Counsel Australia Corporate Lawyer Awards – to be able to look over the parapet and observe some of the trends in "client land".

18Sep
News

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The Governor-General in Council has appointed Patrick O’Shannessy S.C. as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in the Melbourne registry.

11Sep
In Brief

Patience and persistence are crucial to the Bar’s success

One of the most infamous miscarriages of justice in Australia occurred in 1982, when Lindy Chamberlain was wrongly convicted of the murder of her baby, Azaria, and her husband, Michael, was wrongly convicted of being an accessory after the fact. The Chamberlains’ personal and legal ordeal was epic – through the original trial, appeals to the Federal and High Courts, four coronial inquests and the Morling Royal Commission, which finally exonerated the Chamberlains. Their convictions were quashed in 1988. The final inquest, in 2012, found that Azaria had died as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo.  

8Sep
News

Bar Roll No: 2989

The Bar has today been informed that Victorian Bar member John Selimi passed away in August 2020 at the age of 55 years.

4Sep
In Brief

Supporting current and future members of the Bar

Some phenomena are spoken of as “great equalisers” because their impact transcends wealth, age, race, gender and occupation. Early in the pandemic, some touted the coronavirus as a great equaliser, due to its indiscriminately infectious nature. But we know the health impact of the pandemic has not been “shared” equally. It has also yielded some very different economic outcomes across society.

4Sep
News

The Victorian Bar viewed with concern the footage of the arrest of Ballarat woman, Zoe Buhler, on incitement charges, after she posted details of a protest against government health directives on h

4Sep
News

The Victorian Bar is proud to have sponsored the ADC-ICC Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition held on 31 August – 1 September 2020.

28Aug
In Brief

New beginnings herald a culture shift at the Bar

Last week, we welcomed 35 Readers to the Victorian Bar’s Readers’ Course. Our education team and the Bar Readers’ Course Committee worked hard to produce a course that is the first in Australia to be delivered entirely online and offered during COVID. We’re particularly pleased to have been able to extend our Course to two Readers who will eventually sign the South Australian Bar Roll.

21Aug
In Brief

Our role as leaders

There are many examples, too many to list in this message, of members and former members of the Bar stepping up to leadership positions in our community – in the judiciary, in not-for-profit and charitable organisations, in politics, in business, in the media. The Bar is rightfully proud of the contribution that they have made, and are continuing to make, to maintaining the robust institutions that underpin our society and democracy.

17Aug
News

In August, we welcomed 35 Readers to the Victorian Bar’s Readers’ Course.

14Aug
In Brief

Essential work behind the scenes

One point five meters. Lockdowns. Restrictions. Social distancing. Curfews. These five concepts have dominated our lives since March this year, turning our working and private lives upside down. These dramatic changes to our way of life, while uncomfortable, have increased our awareness of the people who have both physically and virtually enabled us to be kept fed and working. I, for one, have even greater respect for teachers and childcare workers, and as I listen to my daughter’s zoom classes, I’m amazed at the incredible skill they employ each day when they teach. We also have a new respect for ‘front line’ workers – the shelf stackers, cleaners, delivery drivers, supermarket workers, hospital workers – and the court personnel and IT advisors who are arranging and helping us access the virtual meetings on which we now depend.

12Aug
News

Congratulations to Victorian Bar member Felicity Gerry QC, winner of this year’s Lawyers Weekly Barrister of the Year Award.