Law Council of Australia Poll
The Bar’s membership of the Law Council of Australia (LCA) has been a topic of discussion for some months. To briefly recap, the capitation fee owing to the LCA had not been paid by the previous Bar Council and was overdue. We elected to pay the outstanding debt, thereby securing membership for the current financial year. In December last year, we gave notice to the LCA of our intention not to renew our membership when it fell due, in order to avoid automatically incurring capitation fees for the 2021-2022 year. We hoped to negotiate a better financial arrangement, however that has not been possible.
In line with our stated intent, we will conduct a poll of members to determine your views on whether we should remain a member of the LCA or cease our membership. Next week members will receive a fact sheet and a one-page summary of the arguments both for and against. We ask that as many members as possible vote so that we have a representative view. A simple majority will determine the result. Whatever the result, the poll will determine the Bar’s ongoing relationship with the LCA.
Applications for Silk
On Thursday night, I hosted the Silks information session for 2021 with the Honourable Stephen Charles QC and the Honourable Pamela Tate SC. A reminder to potential applicants that any further queries may be addressed to email@example.com and we will endeavour to answer them as quickly as possible. Please note that applications will close on Friday, 18 June 2021.
Although those members still in Melbourne will be unable to travel, the long weekend will at least provide some respite from the current lockdown. It is hoped that relative normality will return later next week. I wish everyone an enjoyable break.
Christopher Blanden QC