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Latest News & Events

30Nov
News

The Victorian Bar welcomes and supports the recommendations in the Final Report of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.

27Nov
In Brief

Essoign Club

Members will no doubt be pleased to hear that preliminary discussions have commenced with the Essoign Club Committee in relation to the renewal of the Club’s lease in July next year. The discussions will be wide-ranging and cover all aspects of the Club, including its presentation and attractiveness to all members of the Bar.

26Nov
News

The Victorian Government has appointed Kathleen Foley, member of the Victorian Bar, to the VLRC to assist in a review of the state’s laws relating to sexual offences.  

The Victorian Bar congratulates Kathleen Foley on her appointment to the Victorian Law Reform Commission to assist in the review of the state’s laws relating to rape, sexual assault and associated adult and child sexual offences in order to improve processes and reduce the trauma experienced by victims. 

20Nov
In Brief

Resignation of Bar Council member

On Thursday 12 November 2020, Simon Marks QC announced his intention to resign from Bar Council. The resignation took effect on 13 November, when written notice was received, thus creating a casual vacancy on Bar Council.

13Nov
News

The Victorian Bar Inc has conducted its annual election for members of the Bar Council. 

Polls opened two weeks ago at 9.00 am on Wednesday 28 October 2020 and closed at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 11 November 2020.  This year’s election attracted a voter turnout of approximately 70% of those eligible to vote, the highest in the Victorian Bar’s recent history, and a very substantial increase compared to the previous election. 

13Nov
In Brief

The Victorian Bar Inc has conducted its annual election for members of the Bar Council. 

Polls opened two weeks ago at 9.00 am on Wednesday 28 October 2020 and closed at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 11 November 2020.  This year’s election attracted a voter turnout of approximately 70% of those eligible to vote, the highest in the Victorian Bar’s recent history, and a very substantial increase compared to the previous election. 

13Nov
News

Following the recent Victorian Bar Council election, the following office bearers have been appointed to the Bar Council for the 2020-2021 term:

President – Christopher Blanden QC

Senior Vice President – Róisín Annesley QC

Junior Vice President – Helen Rofe QC

Honorary Treasurer – Mary Anne Hartley QC

Assist. Hon Treasurer – Robyn Sweet   

11Nov
News

The Victorian Bar congratulates the following members who were elected to the Victorian Bar Council, in order of seniority. 

6Nov
In Brief

A collective endeavour

From time to time over the years, I’ve been asked a version of the following question: “what actually is the Victorian Bar?” The answer is much more than the phrase in bold on our website – which recites that the Victorian Bar is “the professional association of Victorian barristers who provide strong, independent legal representation”. This truth is demonstrated every year – and in particular this one – by the many collectives of members with shared interests, who spend a considerable amount of their personal time in ensuring that the Bar provides support to members, and maintains the legacy of service for which we are respected throughout the community.

2Nov
News

The International Bar Association (IBA) has embarked on a global project aimed at addressing the mental wellbeing of legal professionals around the world. To lead this work, IBA President Horacio Bernardes Neto has convened the IBA Wellbeing Taskforce, led by IBA Bar Issues Commission Officers, with assistance from the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit

30Oct
In Brief

The Future

I have been thinking a lot about the future of the Bar recently. About how the decisions we make now will affect the practices of barristers who have not long embarked on their professional journey, and those yet to come. Well before the events of this year, the practice of the barrister and the market in which we operate had been changing. The State of the Bar survey confirmed what we already sensed and observed. It felt like we were approaching a set of crossroads. Seemingly, COVID has accelerated our arrival at that junction.

30Oct
News

The five-day workshop was delivered remotely for the first time to 82 graduate lawyers in PNG

For more than 30 years, members of the Victorian Bar and judiciary have assisted the Papua New Guinea legal profession by providing advocacy training to lawyers in PNG.