A paralegal/law student working with one of our members has started an initiative to help raise awareness and money for Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis. Titled "Camp 4 Afghanistan", the idea is to camp out at home and help raise money. Information can be found here. Please consider supporting this worthwhile project.
The Law Council of Australia has invited a nomination from the Bar of one individual for its 2021 President's Award, conferred in recognition of an Australian lawyer's outstanding contribution to the public or other service. The eligibility criteria can be found here.
Many Victorian barristers have won this award in the past. We ask that you turn your mind to which of our members might qualify and be appropriately nominated this year and advise the Bar office accordingly by Thursday, 9 September 2021. More information is in the notice below. I am delighted to announce that recently retired the Honourable John Digby QC has accepted the Bar Council's invitation to take up the role of Chair of Barristers' Chambers Limited. John's seniority and experience are precisely what is required at this important and difficult time. I anticipate the appointment will be formalised in the next few days.
Finally, the government overnight quietly changed the stay-at-home directions to significantly restrict in-home childminding. We anticipate this will adversely affect our members. We will provide an update this afternoon, but rest assured we will contact the Attorney-General's office and others in government to minimise any adverse effects.
Christopher Blanden QC