Law Council of Australia Poll
I anticipate that the Bar’s poll in relation to membership of the LCA will open later today. The poll will remain open until Monday, 28 June. May I again urge all members to have their views on this important matter considered, by voting. I reiterate that the result of the poll will determine the Bar’s ongoing relationship with the LCA.
Applications for Silk
A reminder also that today is the last day for those wishing to make an application this year for Silk. Members should ensure their completed applications are lodged with the Supreme Court of Victoria by 5:00pm.
Barristers' Chambers Limited
The Bar yesterday received the resignation of John Karkar QC from the position of Chair of Barristers' Chambers Limited (BCL). John is a widely respected and admired member of the Victorian Bar and continues to be one of the leading commercial Silks practising in Australia.
As the sole shareholder of BCL, the Victorian Bar thanks John and is indebted to him for his considerable and valuable contribution to BCL as Chairman over the past two and a half years. John’s experience, guidance and sound judgment have allowed BCL to grow and prosper in what are now challenging times.
An announcement of the new Chair of BCL will be made in the coming weeks.
BCL’s legacy to the Bar and the wider community is as substantial as it is important. As the owner or controller of virtually all barristers’ Chambers in Melbourne, BCL has been in continuous operation for 60 years, and remains unique amongst the Australian Bars in that it provides affordable and equitable access to Chambers and practice for all persons wishing to practise as barristers in this jurisdiction. Unlike other jurisdictions where barristers have to purchase Chambers within a specific set or group of barristers, there is no financial or social barrier to entry to practice at the Victorian Bar. This ensures the growth in diversity of our Bar.
The Bar looks forward to continuing to work with BCL in the future to ensure that the Courts and the public continue to be readily served by Victoria’s best and brightest advocates.
Christopher Blanden QC