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The following services for the 2021 Opening of the Legal Year will be taking place:


Bar Roll No: 923

It is with regret that we inform members of the passing of Colin Lovitt QC, who died on Sunday, 10 January. Colin was 76 years of age.


The Hon Dr Christopher Jessup QC has been appointed as Acting Inspector‑General of Intelligence and Security.

In Brief

This will be the final ‘In Brief’ for the year.

A strategy day will be one of the first undertakings of the Bar Council in the new year. We have fixed Saturday, 6 February 2021 as an appropriate date.


On behalf of members, may I extend our congratulations to Peter Chadwick QC on his recent election to the Bar Council. May I also thank all those who nominated for the election.


The Victorian Bar has a proud culture and tradition of providing pro bono assistance. Many of us know of colleagues who make an outstanding contribution representing parties on a pro bono basis. Please consider nominating them for the Victorian Bar Pro Bono Awards for pro bono work provided during 2019 and 2020. 


Following the recent Victorian Bar Council by-election, Peter Chadwick QC has been elected to the Bar Council in Category A.


The Victorian Bar recognises the service of the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP in her role as Attorney-General of Victoria. The Bar and the Attorney-General’s office has always had a constructive working relationship and we look forward to continuing that relationship under her successor.


Supreme Court of Victoria

The Executive Council has today appointed three members of the Bar to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Trial Division:

In Brief

Return to Chambers

I remind you of the guidance I gave in last week’s In Brief about complying with the Chief Health Officer’s directions in Chambers.

On Monday, 7 December 2020, the Chief Health Officer published updated directions. Of significance to barristers returning to Chambers are the:

  • Workplace Directions (No 12), and
  • Stay Safe Directions (Victoria) (No 4).

County Court of Victoria

The Governor in Council has today appointed Justin Hannebery QC as a judge of the County Court of Victoria, commencing today.

Details of the welcome ceremony will be announced when they are known.