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Latest News & Events

20Apr
In Brief

Ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court at the new Shepparton Law Courts

In a society governed by the rule of law, the Courts of this State should sit in the communities they exist to serve. So, it was a pleasure to represent the Bar on Monday at the first ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court in the outstanding new law courts complex in Shepparton. 

13Apr
In Brief

The Hon. George Hampel AM QC – 60 Year Anniversary

On 17 April 1958—60 years ago next Tuesday—a young, talented and principled advocate signed the Bar Roll as member number 576.  Thus began the career of the Hon George Hampel AM QC, who went on, among many other things, to be a judge of the Supreme Court from 1983 to 2000, the Chairman and Founder of the Australian Advocacy Institute, and an adjunct professor at Monash Law School. 

10Apr
News

Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria

The Governor in Council has today appointed Matthew Neil Connock QC a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The Profession will extend a Welcome at a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court in the Banco Court of the Supreme Court, 210 William Street, Melbourne on:

Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 9:15 am

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend, robed (wigs are not worn in the Supreme Court).

10Apr
News

Supreme Court of Victoria

The Profession will extend a Farewell to The Honourable Justice Peter Norman Vickery at a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court in the Banco Court of the Supreme Court, 210 William Street, Melbourne on:

Tuesday 8 May 2018 at 5:00 pm

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend, robed (wigs are not worn in the Supreme Court).

10Apr
News

Court of Appeal - Supreme Court of Victoria

The Profession will extend a Farewell to The Honourable Justice Mark Samuel Weinberg AO at a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court in the Banco Court of the Supreme Court, 210 William Street, Melbourne on:

Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 5:00 pm

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend, robed (wigs are not worn in the Supreme Court).

6Apr
In Brief

Vale Brian Collis QC and Brian Bourke AM

The Bar lost two legends this week—Brian Bourke AM and Brian Collis QC.

3Apr
News

BAR ROLL NO: 839

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death last Thursday 29 March 2018 of Brian William Collis QC. Brian was 74 (born 8 October 1943 in Foster). 

A Memorial Service will be held next Thursday 12 April 2018 at 2 pm at the Catholic Church of St Thomas More, 313 Canadian Bay Road, Mt Eliza.

30Mar
News

BAR ROLL NO: 612

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death this morning of Brian Bourke. Brian was 88 (born 13 June 1929 in Wangaratta).

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday 6 April at 1 pm at St Ignatius Catholic Church, 326 Church Street, Richmond. The wake will be held immediately following the funeral mass at the Richmond Football Club (Brunton Avenue entrance).  

 

29Mar
In Brief

The highlight of this week was the release of the State of the Victorian Bar report on Tuesday evening. The report is the most comprehensive demographic survey the Victorian Bar has ever produced, combining data drawn from the Bar Roll and a survey to which 627 of our members—31% of the Bar—responded. The report provides fascinating insights into trends in practice, income, equality and diversity. In releasing the report, the Bar is celebrating our achievements as well as squarely facing our challenges.

27Mar
News
  • Women now comprise 29% of Victorian barristers compared to 5.5% in 1980.
  • More than 40% of barristers under both 10 and 15 years’ call are women.
  • 2020 equitable briefing target of 30% exceeded.
  • New measures introduced to promote equality, inclusion and diversity.
  • Changing work practices reflect greater competition with law firms for work.  
23Mar
In Brief

Last year, we conducted the biggest and most comprehensive survey ever undertaken of the state of the Bar. I will present the results of the survey at a special event next Tuesday, 27 March 2018, at 5.30pm in the Neil McPhee room on Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East. The results fall broadly into three categories: our changing demography; trends in relation to income; and changing work practices. The results provide a fascinating insight into the modern Victorian Bar, showing how far we have come in many areas, and where we face challenges. I encourage everyone to attend the event next Tuesday and look forward to seeing as many members as possible then. If you have not done so already, please email rsvp@vicbar.com.au to register if you are planning to attend.