In Brief Issue #854


New-look In Brief

Do not adjust your screen… this is In Brief. New look, compact, mobile-responsive and intuitive. It’s very now, right now. The team has been working on the redesign of In Brief for some months now, with a goal of producing a more modern and user-friendly newsletter for our members. Despite the risks inherent in such an invitation, do let me know what you think.

In honour of this occasion, I will eschew my usual interminable presidential update in favour of leaving you to stare in bewilderment at my portrait in a circular frame keep my message, um, brief.

Three quick things, however, before signing off.

First, voting closes next Wednesday for the Bar Council by-election. Voting is simple and quick.

Secondly, further to my message last week, I ask members to demonstrate their commitment to equitable briefing by adopting the Law Council of Australia’s Equitable Briefing Policy. It has been gratifying to see the numbers of Victorian barristers signed up to the policy increase significantly over the past week. The policy is available for adoption by all barristers, not just silks, and I particularly encourage junior counsel at all levels to sign up and show support for this important initiative.

Finally, to keep up-to-date on and engage with news and events in between editions of In Brief, follow @VictorianBar and @drmattcollins on Twitter (I, in particular, could really do with the followers).

Vicbar News & Events
Adopt the Equitable Briefing Policy

The Victorian Bar has endorsed the Law Council of Australia’s gender equitable briefing policy, which aims to achieve a nationally consistent approach towards bringing about cultural and attitudinal change within the legal profession with respect to gender briefing practices.

Information about the Policy, including FAQs, is available on the Victorian Bar website.

The Policy is available for adoption by individual barristers by completing the form available on the Law Council’s website.

The Bar encourages all members, at all levels of seniority, to show their commitment to equitable briefing by adopting the Policy.

Voting for the Victorian Bar Council By-election is now open
Call for Expressions of Interest – Victorian Legal Admissions Board

The Victorian Bar has been invited to nominate a representative to the Victorian Legal Admissions Board. Members of VLAB serve for a period of three years. The next three-year term commences 1 July 2018. 

The Bar is calling for Expressions of Interest from members who may wish to participate as our representative on the Panel. The Bar’s protocol for nomination and appointment of Vic Bar members to external bodies can be viewed here. The Expression of Interest should identify any relevant areas of experience or expertise. 

Please direct any enquiries or Expressions of Interest to Liz Ingham at the Victorian Bar office:, ph 9225 6947. 

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Friday 9 March 2018.

CPD: Working with VLA (Family Law) Induction

This is an introduction to working with Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) in the family law space. 

The session will cover VLA's objectives, functions and briefly introduce the family law guidelines and fee structure. It will also cover VLA's client base, expectations when taking on a VLA brief, what supports VLA can offer our practice partner barristers, and some interesting cases will be discussed.

Speaker(s): Lauren Galvin, Program Manager, Family Law Services, Tina Nikoloski, Assignments Coordinator, Family Law

When:  Monday, March 5, 2018 - 16:30 to 18:30

Where:  Neil McPhee Room, Level 1 Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

1 CPD point(s): Practice management & business skills;

Registration:  Please register at:

Chair: Gayathri Paramasivam, Associate Director, Family Law


Call for Expressions of Interest – Melbourne Law School Open Witness Examination Competition 2018

Members of the Victorian Bar Association are cordially invited to adjudicate in each round of the competition. Having practising lawyers/barristers/solicitors to act as judges in the competition is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain insightful feedback. It also provides a unique opportunity for students learn more about the Victorian Bar through interactions with its representatives.

Click here to register your interest. 

Vicbar Life
The Victorian Bar Community Choir - Now Taking Enrolments for Term 1

Now taking Enrolments for Term 1, 1 February to 29 March 2018. 
Come sing on Thursdays from 1-2pm with the Victorian Bar Community Choir and the wonderful choir leader Annemarie Sharry! 

Term (9 weeks) subscription $180 
Casual week by week $25 
Experience and obvious talent not required 

Level 11, Owen Dixon Chambers East 

To join 
Please contact Alannah Jones at the Bar Office on 9225 7059 or  

All welcome.

A Unique Family Law CPD Event Presented by Darren Mort

 Monday 19 March, 2018 at 6.30 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, Fitzroy St, St. Kilda. 

Come and see two short films: 

1. The internationally award winning Family Violence Film, DEGREE OF SEPARATION 
2. TO BE LOVED - a film on Child Alienation and the impact of the family law system 

Special Guest Speakers include our former Chief Justice The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC & Annette Gillespie CEO Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre…plus some other special guests. 

Every patron attending shall become officially credited as a Producer in the titles in our next blockbuster - TOMMY - a story about a young boy navigating his parent’s conflictual separation. Prospectus attached with further details. 

So come and have a champagne and nibble with us and enjoy this wonderful insightful event. Look forward to seeing you……and VIC BAR has granted 1 CPD Point per Hour for this special presentation

For Bookings follow this link:

Click here to download the event flyer.

Live Jazz at the Essoign - Save the Date

Friday 23rd of March from 5pm.
Join us for a night of live Jazz at the Essoign.
The Ruby Rodgers Experience.
See our website for more details   

Studio 11 Indigenous Art Exhibition - ​Owen Dixon Chambers East ​

Studio 11, located at Level 11, Owen Dixon Chambers East is hosting its latest exhibition featuring some 14 works by various Indigenous artists which may be enjoyed during business hours from 29 January 2018 - 29 March 2018. The works are available for sale. Catalogue sheets are located on level 11 ODC East. All members of the Victorian Bar, family, friends and colleagues are very welcome to view and enjoy the works. The most recent exhibition featured works by Melbourne artist, Fred Colla. The next exhibition will feature works by Melbourne artist, Claire Lefebvre.  

Trial and Error - Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018

Vicbar barrister (and part time comedian) John Leung is producing a stand-up open mic for the legal industry in the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival called “Trial and Error”. The show will be taking place from 10-14 April 2018. John is looking for practising lawyers or others in the legal industry who would like to try their hand at stand-up comedy for the first time. “Trial and Error" will also include experienced comedian-lawyers including John himself, Jess Moir, Andrew Portelli and Cait Johnson. All profits from the show will be donated to the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation. 

If you’re interested in flexing your comedy muscles, please contact John at   

BottledSnail Productions Audition Notice: The Snail in the Bottle and the Carbolic Smoke Ball - Two Famous Cases in Song

Members of the judiciary and magistracy in Victoria and barristers are invited to audition to take part in BottledSnail’s Law Week production of two short operettas based on Carbolic Smoke Ball Co and Donoghue v Stevenson set to the tune of Gilbert & Sullivan songs by law lecturer Stephen Todd. 

Performances will be open to the public and held in the Law Library of Victoria on the evenings of Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May and daytime performances on Saturday 19 May (dates to be finally confirmed). For further details, or to book an audition time, see the attached notice.  

Practice & Profession News
Law Council Update

Read the latest news from the Law Council of Australia in the fortnightly Law Council Update.

Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner RPA News #41

Issue 41 of the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner RPA News, is available to read here.  

Victoria Law Foundation - Law Week Grants

Victoria Law Foundation is offering grants for Law Week 2018 events. You can apply for a Law Week Grant of up to $3000 (excl. GST). To be eligible, events must be for the community and delivered during Law Week (14–20 May 2018). 

About Law Week 
Delivered in May each year, Law Week is a festival of events for Victorians that makes learning about the law easy. In 2018 Law Week will run from 14-20 May. 
Examples of past Law Week events include information sessions, pop-up legal health clinics, debates, panel discussions, mock trials, guided tours and events with less traditional formats that give learning about the law an entertaining twist. 

Learn more about Law Week here

About Law Week Grants 
Law Week Grants for 2018 opened from Monday 4 December 2017 and will close at COB, Friday 2 March 2018. 

Before you apply: 

  • read our grants criteria – this will help you understand what kinds of projects we want to fund
  • contact our Grants Manager to discuss your project – contact us before you apply wherever possible.

Find out how to apply for a Law Week Grant. 

More information 
Our Grants Manager will be happy to discuss your idea for a Law Week event and provide feedback on your application for a Law Week Grant. 
Contact our Grants Manager, Melanie Rygl, on (03) 9604 8100 or by email.

Victorian Legal Services Board Elections 2018

In April this year Victorian lawyers will have the opportunity to vote for one barrister and two solicitors to become members of the Victorian Legal Services Board. The input of these three lawyer members is vital in guiding how the Board responds to all issues that impact on Victorian lawyers.

The Board is now calling for nominations for eligible lawyers to stand in the election. For further information, including how to nominate for the election and eligibility criteria, please see the Board’s website.

Family Law Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Rules 2018: NOTICE TO LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

Family Law Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Rules 2018

The Family Law Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Rules 2018 introduces a number of significant procedural changes that come into effect from 1 March 2018.  As a result, there will be a number of new forms as well as amendments to existing forms.  The new and updated forms will be published on the Court’s website on 1 March 2018.


Application for Consent Orders

Orders relating to superannuation interests

  • The amendments repeal the requirement to file a completed superannuation information form with an Application for Consent Orders if the orders sought relate to a superannuation interest and substitute a requirement to file proof of value of the interest in accordance with section 90MT(2) of the Family Law Act 1975 (the Act).  The requirement to file proof of value will be mandatory.

Risk of abuse or family violence

The amendments provide that in relation to an Application for Consent Orders (‘the Application’) seeking parenting orders:

  • The Application must certify whether the child concerned has been abused or is at risk of being abused and whether there has been, or there is a risk of, family violence by one of the parties.
  • The Application must explain how the orders deal with any allegations.
  • Accordingly the ‘Annexure to Proposed Consent Order’ now forms part of the amended Application (at q 25) and is no longer filed with the Application.
  • If there are any allegations the notice in prescribed form must be filed as required by ss 67Z and 67ZBA of the Act.
  • The amendments prescribe a Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk of Family Violence (Application for Consent Orders) for use in relation to an Application for Consent Orders.
  • The amendments prescribe the Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk of Family Violence (Current Case) for use in current cases.
  • Although the ‘Annexure to Proposed Consent Order’ now forms part of the amended Application (at q 25) and need not be filed with the Application, it remains a requirement where consent parenting orders are sought in on-going parenting proceedings and has been renamed ‘Annexure to Proposed Consent Order (Current Case)’.

Filing a copy of a Family Violence Order

  • The amendments provide by r 2.05(2A) that the option of filing an undertaking to file a Family Violence Order, if the Family Violence Order  is not available, has been removed when an Application for Consent Orders is filed. A copy of the Family Violence Order must be filed.

Submitting notice

  • The amendments insert new r 8.07 into the Rules in relation to submitting notices. It provides that a party may file a submitting notice if they:
  • have been served with an Initiating Application (Family Law) seeking final orders (Initiating Application), a Response to an Initiating Application (Family Law) (Response), a Reply to a Response to an Initiating Application (Family Law) (Reply), or a Notice of Appeal, and
  • do not want to contest the relief sought.
  • The party filing the notice must state that they submit to any order the Court may make, include an address for service, and state whether the party wants to be heard on the question of costs.
  • The amendments enable a party to avoid the undue expense of filing documents and remain informed about the proceedings. When the proceedings are finalised an application may be made for an order for costs (r 19.08).
  • The amendments harmonise with r 12.01 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (the Federal Court Rules) which rule is also applied by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia by pt 2 of sch 3 of the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001.

Notice of contention

  • The amendments insert new r 22.08A into the Rules in relation to notices of contention. It enables a respondent in an appeal, who does not want to cross-appeal from any part of the order, to contend that the order should be affirmed on grounds other than those relied on by the court appealed from.
  • The amendments harmonise with r 36.24 of the Federal Court Rules.

Child support after the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015

  • Div 4.2.5 of the Rules has been amended because the Family Court no longer has jurisdiction to hear appeals on a question of law under the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 after the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015.

Transferring a Case — safety concerns

  • The amendments add as a factor to be considered when a decision is being made about transferring a case under r 11.18 of the Rules any safety concerns.

Documents to be used in conjunction with affidavits

  • The amendments to r 15.08 of the Rules provide that a document that is to be used in conjunction with an affidavit (‘a document’) and tendered in evidence in a proceeding, must be identified in the affidavit but must not be attached to or annexed to the affidavit, or filed as an exhibit to the affidavit (subject to contrary Rules or orders of the Court).
  • A hard copy of a document identified in an affidavit must be served contemporaneously with the affidavit.
  • The document must then be tendered in evidence as required.
  • Rule 15.12, which previously dealt with documents to be used in conjunction with an affidavit, has been repealed.

Compliance with subpoenas for production (general and in an arbitration) — Electronic copies

  • The amendment of the rr 15.29(4) and 26B.23(3) definitions of “copy” for the purpose of compliance with a subpoena for production electronically provide that a copy in an electronic format must be approved by the Registry Manager and be capable of being printed without loss of content.


  • Chapter 17, about orders, is amended to add pt 17.2 in relation to the requirements for the provision of undertakings.
  • The amendments regulate the requirements for the provision of oral undertakings, written undertakings and undertakings as to damages.

Additional delegations to Deputy Registrars

The amendments delegate additional powers to Deputy Registrars:

  • To grant leave to commence proceedings out of time in certain financial proceedings with the consent of the parties:
  • where the approval under s 87 of an agreement has been revoked (s 44(3A)(d))
  • where a financial agreement has been set aside or found to be invalid (s 44(3B)(d), and
  • after the end of the standard application period (s 44(6)).
  • To make location orders other than Commonwealth information orders and to make Commonwealth information orders (ss 67M(2), 67N(2)).
  • To make an order directing a person to execute a deed or instrument (s 106A).
  • To register an overseas child order received other than from the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department (reg 23(6) of the Family Law Regulations 1984).
  • To dismiss an interim or procedural application or response if no party attends (r 5.11(2)).
  • To make orders in relation to case guardians (pt 6.3).
  • To dismiss all or part of a case if a party does not comply with the Rules, the Regulations or a procedural order (r 11.02(2)(a)).
  • To dismiss a case if a party has not taken a step in a case for one year provided that at least 14 days before making the order the court has given the parties written notice of the date and time when it will consider the application (rr 11.06(1), (2).

Force and effect of a costs assessment order

  • The amendment specifies that when a costs assessment order is made it has the force and effect of an order of the court (rr 19.31, 19.32, 19.37).

For more information see the Rules and Explanatory Statement.


Submitting Notice

  • A Submitting Notice may be filed if a party has been served with an Initiating Application, Response, Reply or a Notice of Appeal, and does not want to contest the relief sought.

Notice of Contention

  • A Notice of Contention must be filed by a respondent to an appeal if they do not want to cross-appeal from any part of the order, but contend that the order should be affirmed on grounds other than those relied on by the court appealed from.

Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk of Family Violence (Application for Consent Orders)

  • The Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk of Family Violence (Application for Consent Orders) is a new form to be used in the Court in conjunction with an Application for Consent Orders which includes parenting orders, when required to be filed by ss 67Z or 67ZBA of the Act.


Application for consent orders – amended form

  • The amended form provides:
  • if orders are sought in relation to a superannuation interest by consent, proof of value of the interest in accordance with s 90MT(2) of the Act must be filed with an Application for Consent Orders
  • for the parties to certify whether a child has been abused or is at risk of being abused, or there has been, or there is a risk of, family violence by one of the parties.
  • The Annexure to Proposed Consent Parenting Orders has been incorporated into the form at Q25.

Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk of Family Violence (Current Case) – amended form including new title

The information sheet and rule and section references have been updated and a new title. From 1 March this should only be used in current cases (i.e. ongoing proceedings for parenting orders other than consent orders).

Annexure to Proposed Consent Parenting Order (Current Case) – new title

This form has had minor amendments and text updates and a new title. From 1 March it is only to be used when parenting orders are sought by consent in ongoing proceedings for parenting orders.

Note: eFiling from 1 March 2018 will not be available with these changes. There will be an initial three month grace period (until 1 June 2018) in relation to these amendments. You can continue to eFile using the old form until 1 June 2018 or alternatively use the new paper forms available on the Court’s website. We will advise you when the electronic form on the Commonwealth Courts Portal has been updated.

Profession CPD & Events
Survey: "Expert opinion questionnaire on the perceived importance of different cannabis laws and regulations"

This is the final week to complete the questionnaire on cannabis laws in Australia for the study being conducted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. The questionnaire is completely confidential, should take no longer than 5minutes and is asking our members for their expertise and perceptions of cannabis laws in Australia.

The study organisers are asking for anyone who hasn’t yet completed the survey to please consider doing so as the higher the response rate, the more valid the results will be.

If you would like to participate, please review the details of the project in the attached document and follow the below link to complete the questionnaire:


Victoria University - Public lecture Royal Commissions: How do they shape public policy?

Public lecture Royal Commissions: How do they shape public policy? explores how the methods and approaches of royal commissions have gained the public’s trust.


  • Alan Kohler, financial journalist and newspaper editor (commenting on the terms of reference of the Financial Services Royal Commission)
  • The Hon. Bernard Teague AO, former Chair of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
  • The Hon. Marcia Neave AO, former Chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria).

When:  5 March 2018, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: Melbourne CBD, Venue to be confirmed Melbourne VIC 3000 

Click here for more information.

Victoria Law Foundation: Better Information Workshop – Get the most out of your smartphone

Learn how to shoot like a professional with the video camera in your pocket! Through a series of hands-on activities, Tom McKendrick from Fairfax Media will help you create compelling and effective digital stories for your audience and show you how to get the most out of your smartphone.

When: Wednesday 7 March 2018 
Time: 9:30 am–12:00 pm 
Where: Victoria Law Foundation  Level 5, 43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne 
Cost: Free

Click here for more information and to register.

Monash University - National Commercial Law Seminar Series - International Arbitration Procedure and the Courts

International commercial arbitration is globally accepted as the preferred means of dispute resolution for cross border transactions. Australia is a key regional player in the international arbitration space. This panel of experts will discuss recent developments in international commercial arbitration practice and procedure, and the role of the courts. 

Date: Wednesday, 7 March 2018 
Time: 5.15pm – 6.15pm 
Venue: Court 8A, Federal Court of Australia Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building 305 William Street, Melbourne 
RSVP: Monday 5 March 2018, online at  

Click here to download the event flyer.  

The Federal Court of Australia, with the IFA Australian branch and the Melbourne Law School, invites you to a presentation and panel discussion on: Deciding Tax Cases in an International Context

In today’s rapidly changing era of taxation post-BEPS, this panel addresses the judicial approach to deciding tax cases in an international context. It will commence with an expert presentation from Dr Péter Darák, President of the Curia, the supreme judicial authority of Hungary, on deciding tax cases in the international and European tax context, in a civil law jurisdiction. A panel of experts will provide comments from an Australian perspective including on recent cases, and the Chair will facilitate a panel discussion and questions from the floor. Topics include different approaches to statutory and tax treaty interpretation in the new international tax era; tax incentives and state aid in Europe; and interpretation of specific and general anti-abuse rules.

Date & Time Tuesday 13 March 5:00pm - 6.30pm Melbourne; and national livestream:

Federal Court of Australia,
Court 8A

5:00 pm, Sydney, Court 18A 4:00 pm, Brisbane, Court 2
5:00 pm, Canberra, Court 1 4:30 pm, Adelaide, Court 3
5:00 pm, Hobart, Court 1 3:30 pm, Darwin, Court 9

2:00 pm, Perth, Court 4

Click here to download the event invitation. 

Melbourne Law School Events - Public lecture: “The Dramatic Transformations in HIV Science and Policy” presented by Professor Sharon Lewin

Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018 
Time: Free Public Lecture 6.15pm – 8.00pm 

Please see the attached flyer for more information. The lecture will take place at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton. 

If you would like to be notified of any future events, please subscribe to our newsletter here.

Click here to download the event flyer.   

The County Court - Automated Writ Template Training Sessions - Melbourne and Geelong

On 21 March 2018 the County Court in association with its eFiling service provider CITEC – Confirm is releasing a new eFiling functionality. 

Practitioners needing to file a writ in the Court will be able to do so by using an automated systems generated writ document that is properly formatted and compliant with the Civil Procedure Rules. 

CITEC will provide a training session in Geelong and Melbourne on the following dates: 
Geelong Law Courts - Railway Terrace, Geelong on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 3pm
Melbourne County Court - 250 William Street, Melbourne on Monday 19 March 2018 at 1pm (meet at the County Court reception at 12.45 for a 1pm start) 

At the training sessions you will get a chance to see first hand how the system works and ask questions. Practitioners and legal assistants are welcome to attend. 

If you have any questions please call Justin Hargreaves on 8636 6508 or email 

Melbourne Law School Events - ‘Brexit: Constitution, Law and Market” – Public Lecture

On behalf of Melbourne Law School, we would like to invite you to the public lecture, “Brexit: Constitution, Law and Market” presented by Professor Richard Rawlings on Tuesday 20 March at 6.00pm-7.30pm

Please see the attached flyers for more information. These lectures will take place at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton. 

If you would like to attend this free public event, please register here. If you would like to be notified of any future events, please subscribe to our newsletter here.  

Creating Utopia Conference: Proudly Sponsored By Deakin University 22-25th March 2018

Creating Utopia: Imagining and Making Futures – Art, Architecture and Sustainability will explore the intersection between art, culture and the natural environment as the inaugural conference of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.

Dates: Thursday, 22 March - 4:00pm to Sunday, 25 March - 12:00pm 
Location: The View Room, Lorne Hotel, 176 Great Ocean Rd, Lorne 
Tel: +61 3 8344 7437/0425 788 581

Click here to download the event flyer. 
Click here to register.

Melbourne Law School Events - Launch of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

On behalf of Melbourne Law School, we would like to invite you to the launch of Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness on Monday 26 March from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

At this launch event, leading experts on statelessness will discuss the scale and scope of the global challenge of statelessness, the impact of statelessness, the role of the United Nations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in addressing the challenge, and the role of academic research in contributing to the eradication of statelessness.

The Melbourne Law School’s Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness has been established with the objective of undertaking research, teaching and engagement activities aimed at reducing statelessness and protecting the rights of stateless people in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and as appropriate more broadly. The Centre on Statelessness will fill a critical gap in academic research and engagement on the issue of statelessness and is currently the only university resident and supported institute of its type.

If you would like to attend this free public event, please register here

If you would like to be notified of any future events, please subscribe to our newsletter here.  

Melbourne Law School Events - ‘Charities, Politics and Tax”: 2018 George Turner Lecture and Randomistas Book Launch

On behalf of Melbourne Law School, we would like to invite you to the following events: 

2018 George Turner Lecture, “Charities, Politics and Tax” presented by Justice Susan Glazebrook DNZM onWednesday 28 March, 6:30-7:30pm

Randomistas Book Launch presented by Andrew Leigh on Thursday 8 March, 5:30-6:30pm

Please see the attached flyers for more information. The lecture and book launch will take place at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton. 

If you would like to be notified of any future events, please subscribe to our newsletter here.  

"Legal Reasoning and Written Advocacy” International Advocacy Training Council conference in South Africa - 2 and 3 April

The IATC and South African bar will be hosting a Legal Reasoning & Written Advocacy Conference on the 2nd and 3rd April 2018 at the Wallenberg in Stellenbosch (near Capetown). 
Will clear and effective legal reasoning and writing survive the relentless onslaught of social media and the tyranny of the twitterati? 

Speakers includeThe Rt. Hon. The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Former President the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; Justice Geraldine Andrews (UK); Justice Glenn Martin, Supreme Court (Qld); Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace (Fam Crt App); Phillip Greenwood SC ( NSW) and speakers from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, will be involved in presentations and panel discussions. 

Judges, advocates, attorneys, university teachers and all legal professionals involved in the teaching of advocacy skills, should find the conference very interesting. 

The conference will stimulate debate and explore solutions to the state of legal reasoning and writing in the advocates’ profession and the judiciary. 
Please visit the below link to view the speakers and to register online. 

The Law Library of Victoria - Switch On… Setting up legal alerts

Thursday 5 April, 1.15pm-1.40pm

The Law Library of Victoria invites you to attend our Switch On… information sessions. These twenty-five minute sessions are suited to judicial officers, court staff, legal professionals, law students, and anyone with an interest in law.

This session will highlight some of the best legal alerts freely available. We will demonstrate how to create alerts so you can stay up to date on the latest case law, legislation developments, and legal news. These include alerts provided by the Law Library of Victoria, JADE, the High Court of Australia, TimeBase, the Victorian Government, and a variety of social media.

For more information or to RSVP please email

Monash University - Increased Regulation of Litigation Funding - a Timely Crackdown or a Regulatory 'solution' in Search of a Problem?

Both the Victorian Law Reform Commission and the Australian Law Reform Commission are currently enquiring into the issue of regulation of litigation funding in class actions. The keynote speakers and the panel members will discuss the pros and cons of such regulation and the issues to be considered with reference to both overseas and Australian experience. 

Date: Monday 9 April, 2018 
Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm 
Venue: Court 8A, Federal Court of  Australia, Owen Dixon Commonwealth  Law Courts Building, 305 William St,  Melbourne 
RSVP: To register, please go to by Tuesday 20 March

Click here to download the event flyer.

7th LAWASIA Family Law & Children's Rights Conference

Date: 6-8 June 2018, Vientiane, Laos 
Venue: Crowne Plaza Vientiane 
Theme: ‘Family Law: Realities, Expectations and Hope’ 
Registration: Opening in February 

Keynote Speaker: The Honourable John Pascoe AC CVO 

The conference will focus on a range of cross border family law and children’ rights issues including: 

  • trafficking of the vulnerable;
  • surrogacy and ethical challenges;
  • impact of social media on family law;
  • support for families and children in distress;
  • effective negotiations and understanding the client, the lawyer and the child;
  • technology in family law practice;
  • International family law and Conventions;
  • the protection of vulnerable members of the family;
  • estrangement and alienation and future world – family law in the next decade.

Please visit the conference website to register and for more information on travel, accommodation and the conference program:   

Melbourne Law School Events - Public Law Conference

Date: 11-13 July 2018
Venue: Melbourne Law School

From 11 to 13 July 2018, Melbourne Law School will hold the third biennial Public Law Conference, co-organised by the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. The theme of the 2018 conference is ‘The Frontiers of Public Law’. The Public Law series is the pre-eminent regular forum for the discussion of public law matters in the common law world. The first two conferences in the series were held at Cambridge in 2014 and 2016. The 2018 conference will feature approximately 80 speakers, including leading judges, practitioners and scholars from across the common law world, and bring together over 300 delegates to discuss the most important issues in public law today. Keynote speakers include Lord Mance (UKSC), Hon Mr Kenneth Hayne (formerly HCA), Justice Debbie Mortimer (FCA), Sir Jack Beatson (English Court of Appeal), Justice Grant Huscroft (Ontario Court of Appeal), Justice Matthew Palmer (NZ High Court), Prof Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne), Prof David Feldman (Cambridge), Prof Anne Davies (Oxford), Prof Carol Harlow (LSE), Prof Mark Aronson (UNSW), Prof Anne Twomey (Sydney), Prof Benedict Kingsbury (NYU), and Prof Megan Davis (UNSW).

For further information and to register please visit our website:

Melbourne Law School Events - Obligations IX Conference

Date: 17-20 July 2018
Venue: Melbourne Law School

From 17-20 July 2018, Melbourne Law School will host the 9th biennial Obligations Conference in conjunction with the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. The biennial Obligations Conferences bring together scholars and practitioners from throughout the common law world to discuss current issues in contract law, the law of torts, equity, and unjust enrichment. The Obligations Conference is the leading international forum for discussion of these subject areas. Approximately 90 presentations will be made over the three days of the conference, including keynote presentations by Professor Andrew Burrows (Oxford), the Hon Justice James Edelman (High Court of Australia), the Hon Justice Michelle Gordon (High Court of Australia), Professor Birke Häcker (Oxford), the Hon Justice Mark Leeming (NSW Court of Appeal), Professor Matthew Harding (Melbourne), and Professor Liam Murphy (NYU).

For further information and to register please visit our website:

Careers & Opportunities
Law Council of Australia - The Tom Yuncken Young Construction Lawyer Award 2018​​

In 2018, the Victorian Construction & Infrastructure Committee of the Law Council of Australia will again award the Tom Yuncken Young Construction Lawyer Award, which was established in 2008 in memory of Allens Arthur Robinson partner and construction lawyer Tom Yuncken.

While previously a Victorian award, this is now a national award and open to all eligible Australian young construction lawyers.

Please see the attached flyer for details regarding eligibility, award criteria, award procedures, and the nomination process.

Nominations close on 28 April 2018.

Deadline for the next issue:5pm, 8th March 2018