As we approach the end of the financial year, many members would normally consider upcoming holidays. While lockdowns and ongoing restrictions have put a dampener on some travel plans, it is important to take the opportunity, if you can, to have a break from work and engage in some rest and recuperation. Ours is a stressful profession. As most of us found out last year, a year without holidays is a pretty grim prospect.
The Bar Council met last Thursday evening. We received a presentation from Barristers’ Chambers Limited, which has helped us understand its current position. In short, although vacancies are higher than projected, its continued operations remain sound. We dealt with an array of matters that had been the subject of Counsel Committee consideration and a range of transfers and accreditations. Various policy submissions by the Bar in relation to the Review of Model Defamation Provisions, Professional Standards and the draft Implementation Monitor Bill were noted.
An absentee from Bar Council for the first time since last year’s election was Helen Rofe QC (Judge Rofe of the Federal Court of Australia as of 12 July). I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all Helen’s hard work and effort on the Bar Council, on the Bar Executive (including in its weekly meetings) and on a day-to-day basis. We wish her well in her judicial career.
On a lighter note, during the week diners at the Essoign Club were delighted to stop and have a chat with one of our junior members who had brought her parents and 5-month-old baby to the club for lunch. The baby was a particular hit with some Judges and senior Silks on one table, some of whom have recently become grandparents themselves.
Law Council of Australia Poll
I’m sure most members don’t need reminding that the poll as to whether we remain a member of the LCA closes on Monday. Please cast a vote, so your opinion counts.
Christopher Blanden QC