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25Sep
In Brief

The collective noun for barristers?

A committee of barristers? A brace of barristers? A thought of barristers?

These were just some of the answers provided to that curly question at the trivia night the Bar held with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office this week. With COVID-19 preventing a repeat of last year’s speed networking event, the trivia night proved to be an excellent stand-in. Participants spent most of the hour in small team break-out rooms – so it was a great opportunity for the barristers and government solicitors to get to know each other, with any awkward silences obviated by the need to answer a couple of dozen thorny questions. Thanks to Chris McDermott, Barrister, for his entertaining compering, and James Kioussis and Poorva Sabnis from the VicBar team for compiling the questions, moving participants around the rooms and Zoom driving. Congratulations to team Zoomageddon who won the night.

23Sep
News

The Governor in Council has appointed four new magistrates, including two members of our Bar, Her Honour Magistrate Stead and Alexandra Burt.

HER HONOUR MAGISTRATE MELISSA STEAD

HIS HONOUR MAGISTRATE GUILLAUME BAILIN

HER HONOUR MAGISTRATE KIMBERLEY SWADESIR

ALEXANDRA BURT

23Sep
News

Concerns about the criteria for appointment and power of “authorised officers” under the Bill have been raised by the Victorian Bar with the Attorney-General, supported by the Australian Bar Association

Melbourne, 23 September 2020: The Victorian Bar has expressed its concerns to the Victorian Attorney-General The Hon. Jill Hennessy about the criteria for appointment, and scope of powers, of “authorised officers” as part of proposed amendments to the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 made by the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill.

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
News

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

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