In Brief Issue #859


Vale Brian Collis QC and Brian Bourke AM

The Bar lost two legends this week—Brian Bourke AM and Brian Collis QC.

Brian Collis QC (Bar Roll number 839) died on Thursday 29 March at the age of 74, 50 years and eight days after signing the Bar Roll on 21 March 1968. It is a mark of the deep affection with which Brian is held that, when the Bar’s gift to mark the 50th anniversary of his having signed the Bar Roll arrived at his chambers in his absence, a colleague offered to deliver it in person to Brian at his home in Shoreham, together with some baby clothes for Brian’s new grandchild. Greens List’s moving tribute to Brian emphasises his “personal qualities of unwavering honesty, high integrity and sharp intelligence and his succinct, incisive style of advocacy”.  The Bar’s obituary for Brian includes details as to the funeral service which will be held on Thursday 12 April.

Brian Bourke AM (Bar Roll number 612) died last Monday at the age of 88. At the time he retired in October last year, he had practised continuously for more than 57 years, likely the all-time record for a member of our Bar. Brian represented everything that is great about the Victorian Bar—public service, client service, commitment and fearlessness. For Brian, being a barrister was a vocation and a passion. An outstanding criminal barrister and an advocate for social justice, Brian was the founder of the Australian chapter of Amnesty International and the DOXA Youth Foundation. Brian was an inaugural Bar Legend in 1988. The Bar’s obituary may be read here. The funeral service is being held today at 1pm, but members may still have time to attend the wake at Richmond Football Club (Brunton Avenue entrance). 

Vale the two Brians—each a connection to a time when our Bar was much smaller than it is today; a time when it was possible for everyone to know everyone. The Bar may be much bigger today—with more than 2,000 practising members—but our sense of collegiality and shared values are enduring.

2018 Bar Dinner

If you have not done so already, please mark the evening of 25 May in your diary for this year’s Bar Dinner. We have secured the ballroom at the Regent Theatre on Collins Street for the occasion—the ballroom last hosted our annual dinner in the millennium year. I am delighted to announce that our guest speakers will be the Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia, and our own Anne Hassan. Places are sure to sell quickly, so keep an eye out for invitations, which will be sent to members in the near future.

Good news stories for the Bar

It was a big week for the Victorian Bar in the broader community with prominent stories in The Australian, the Australian Financial Review and Lawyers Weekly highlighting aspects of our report on The State of the Victorian Bar, which was released last week.  Lawyers Weekly also published a tribute to the late Brian Bourke


Vicbar News & Events
SAVE THE DATE - Hong Kong 2018 International Commercial Law Conference (HK 2018 ICLC)

Following on from the huge success that was our London 2016 conference, we are thrilled to announce that the 2018 will be held on Friday the 21 and Saturday the 22 of September, 2018 on Hong Kong island. It is a must-attend event for any barrister, solicitor, or corporate counsel. Tickets will be sold from May 1st

Practising Certificate & Professional Indemnity Insurance Renewal - 2018/19

The practising certificate (PC) renewals cycle for 2018/19 opened on Monday 19 March 2018. The deadline for renewing your PC without incurring a surcharge is 30 April 2018.

The LPLC requires payment of the professional indemnity insurance (PII) premium by 31 May 2018. Further information regarding PII will be distributed to members the week beginning 9 April 2018.

You should have received an email from the Legal Services Board (LSB) outlining details of the PC and PII renewal process. (Information is also provided on the Bar’s website).  

Links for online lodgement are available through your member home page or you may go directly to LSB Online and LPLC website. Login to LSB Online and LPLC renewal using your Practitioner Number as the username (your Practitioner Number is published in the email sent to you by the LSB  or you can contact the Bar Office for assistance). If you experience technical difficulties, please contact the LSB Online help desk by email in the first instance.

The LSB Online service deals with all PC administrative matters. There is no printed PC renewal form. Should you require assistance renewing your PC, the Victorian Bar Office can help you to access and use LSB Online, members who wish to attend the Bar office for assistance please do so between 9am - 3pm or contact Daphne Ioannidis on 9225 8326 to make an appointment.

The printed LPLC Applicant Declaration (PII) will be available from the LPLC’s website or from the Victorian Bar Office on Level 5 205 William Street, after 9 April 2018, however practitioners are encouraged to renew on line.

Annual VicBar Satisfaction Survey

The management team and staff of the Victorian Bar are always striving to provide the best possible services to you. In order to do this effectively we need to generate feedback from you so we can obtain a clear and complete picture of your current needs, and your likely future needs. In order to do this we are conducting our annual barrister satisfaction survey. This year’s survey will also address issues of diversity, disability, and the Vicbar Library.

Please note this survey is for all barristers practicing at the Victorian Bar, and should not be confused with the separate survey conducted by BCL. This survey is designed to provide feedback and input to assist with the ongoing development of the policies and services that the Victorian Bar provides to all barristers.

The survey will be conducted over the period starting 29 March 2017 through to 17 April 2018 inclusive. All you have to do is click onto the link below and complete the survey, which should take no more than 6 - 7 minutes.


The survey is confidential.  Only Adept Research will have access to all of the responses and will only see de-identified survey ID numbers, not individual names. The Victorian Bar will receive the analysis of the survey from Adept, but we will not have access to Adept’s database.  All members who participate in the survey will go into a random draw to receive a 1 x 9.7 inch iPad Pro 128 GB valued at $999. For this purpose Adept Research will extract the name of the winning survey participant, but will do so for this purpose only.

Once again we welcome your participation, so that we may better serve your needs.

Women Barristers Association (WBA) AGM

The Women Barristers Association (WBA) will be holding their AGM on 11 April 2018, at 1pm, in the conference room on level 15 in Owen Dixon Chambers West. 

The AGM is open for all members to attend and WBA also encourages new members to attend and join. 

Further, the WBA wishes to put out a call for new committee members. Anyone interested in joining the Committee is welcome to email or call Kylie Weston-Scheuber or Sandra Karabidian to discuss, or simply send a nomination form to Jess Swanwick by no later than 5pm on 4 April 2018. 

At the AGM, the Committee for 2018/2019 will be elected and other business (including accounts for the year) will be considered.

Save the date – Victorian Bar Dinner

This year's Bar Dinner will be held at the Plaza Ballroom on Friday 25 May.

Be sure to keep the date free in your diary.

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.

Call for Expressions of Interest – Bar Conciliators

The Victorian Bar is calling for Expressions of Interest from members to be appointed by Bar Council as conciliators for complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination and workplace bullying. 

The Bar is expanding the opportunity for informal and co-operative resolution of complaints about this type of conduct by its members. 

Conciliators will play a role in the informal investigation and co-operative resolution of complaints about the conduct of barristers.  This process will include complaints by other barristers or by other persons who engage with barristers. 

Conciliators will have no authority to impose co-operation, nor will they be able to determine the merits of any complaint.   If a mutually acceptable outcome cannot be achieved with the assistance of a Conciliator, then the Conciliator provides information as to other available avenues of Complaint. 

Knowledge of the law surrounding discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying is helpful but not essential.  Training will be provided to those appointed as Conciliators.

The Bar seeks to appoint a diverse panel of Conciliators from both the Senior and Junior bars including men and women across all areas of practice.

For further information about the role, please contact Jacinta Forbes QC - / 9225 8905

Expressions of Interest can be submitted here.  The deadline is Friday 6 April at 5pm.

Victorian Bar Member CPD Events

Upcoming CPD events:

You must be a member of the Victorian Bar and logged into the VicBar website to view the following events.

Vicbar Life
Ian Friend Exhibition

The Art and Collections Committee invites Bar members to the opening of a retrospective exhibition of art by Ian Friend at the Essoign Club on Friday 13 April at 5.15pm.

Friend's show of prints and paintings dates from 1985 to 2017. Some recent works are for sale. Friend is represented by Gallerysmith in North Melbourne and Andrew Baker in Brisbane.

Ian Friend is an English born abstract artist who has lived in Australia since the mid 1980s. His works hang in the Tate Gallery, the National Galleries in Canberra and Melbourne and in many other public and private collections.

The exhibition will run for six weeks.

Scholarship to attend the IBA Rome Conference

Each year, the International Bar Association (IBA) holds an Annual Conference, which attracts the participation of some 6000 lawyers from more than 100 jurisdictions. Scholarships are awarded to young lawyers who wish to participate at the Annual Conference, but may find it financially difficult to do so. 


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”.  A number of lawyers, including members of the Bar will be trying their hand at 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.

Tickets available here:

April Exclusive Member Offers

Great gift ideas sure to make mum’s day this Mother’s Day! Access discounted products from The Good Guys Commercial and JB Hi-Fi, great travel deals, and special offers from Audi and BMW. Visit your member portal to access all the other benefits available to you. 

Practice & Profession News
Screening of visitors entering the High Court building in Canberra

In October 2017 the High Court introduced screening of visitors entering the High Court building in Canberra.  At that time, as an interim measure, legal practitioners attending the building for hearings were excluded from the screening regime provided they used the entrance formerly identified as the Practitioners’ Entrance and showed photo identification at the security centre on arrival.

From Monday 9 April 2018 screening will be extended to all visitors to the building, including legal practitioners.

All practitioners entering the building will need to use the ground level main entrance and pass through the screening point, regardless of the time of their arrival.

The list of practitioners attending each hearing will be provided to the security guards at the screening point.  Practitioners may enter the building between 8:00am and 6:00pm.  Practitioners arriving outside the public opening hours (9:45am to 4:30pm) will need to show photo identification at the screening point.

Items larger than airline carry-on luggage size will not be permitted in the building.  Practitioners should make arrangements for larger luggage to be stored elsewhere before arriving at the High Court building.

Any questions may be directed to the Senior Registrar, Carolyn Rogers, by telephoning (02) 6270 6862 or by emailing

Judicial College – New Family Violence Laws

Courts have new powers and obligations to protect children under provisions of the Family Violence Protection Amendment Act 2017 which commenced on Thursday 29 March.

A requirement for judicial officers to explain the operation of interim intervention orders also is among the provisions that commenced last week.

The amendments - which implement recommendations of the Family Violence Royal Commission – also included:

New provisions on service of orders;

Allowing prosecutors to use a VARE in criminal proceedings for offences involving family violence;

Giving the County Court and the Supreme Court a power to strike out intervention order appeals.

Find out more about these changes through our overview or the Family Violence Bench Book.

Sentencing Advisory Council - Restitution & Compensation for Victims of Crime - Tell Us What You Think

The Sentencing Advisory Council wants to hear from people in the criminal justice system and from the wider the community about offender-paid restitution and compensation in Victoria.

In particular, Council seeks your input on:

  • Whether offender-paid compensation orders should become sentencing orders;
  • Whether purposes of sentencing should include the financial reparation of victims; and
  • How the orders should be enforced.

Your submissions will inform our advice to the Attorney-General on possible changes to restitution and compensation orders in Victoria.

Details of the existing system, and some options for reform can be found in the Restitution and Compensation Orders: Issues and Options Paper on Council’s website.

Your submissions can be detailed or brief, and can be made in person, in writing, or via an online survey. You can choose whether your submission is public, anonymous, or confidential.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 20 April 2018.

For more information visit the Council’s website, or call 1300 363 196


Melbourne Magistrates' Court - Practice Direction 2 of 2018 - Applications to Vary Bail
Monash LSS (JD) Moot Competition 2018

The Monash University Law Students’ Society (LSS) warmly invites you to take part in its upcoming 2018 Juris Doctor (JD) Moot Competition. 

The Moot requires participants to advocate on behalf of a client through written and oral submissions. Each moot involves two opposing teams (comprising of two to three students each) who act as barristers (or an additional solicitor in the instance of a team of three) for their respective client. Each team is provided with a mock appeal scenario that requires the teams to address legal issues before a judge. It is the competitors’ responsibility to try to persuade the court as to the legitimacy of their legal arguments. Teams are assessed on how sound their legal arguments (both written and oral) are, the level of their advocacy skills, and their professional manner. 

We are currently requesting judges for the following sessions: 

Preliminary Rounds: 
Monday 14 May 2018 for the 2:30pm and 6:00pm fixtures; 
Thursday 17 May 2018 for the 11:30am and 2:30pm fixtures; and 

Semi-final Round: 
Monday 21 May 2018 for the 6:00pm fixture 

We are also looking for guest speakers for a pre-competition ‘How to: Moot’ workshop for LSS members. This will take place:  Monday 30 April 2018 at 6:00pm 

The preliminary and semi-final rounds will take place at the Monash University Law Chambers at 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne. 

We invite you to please follow this link to record your preference as to which dates you would be interested to judge this competition. We encourage judges to participate in multiple sessions.

If you are unable to participate as a judge or guest speaker for the JD Moot, the LSS Competition Portfolios will be hosting other competitions throughout the year. You can find further details of each by visiting the LSS (JD) Competitions webpage and the LSS (LLB) Competitions webpage.  

Should you require any further information, please contact Chad Drever, JD Competitions Director, on 0401 039 351 or at  

Profession CPD & Events
Court of Appeal Appellate Advocacy Training

Throughout April and May the Court of Appeal will be hosting two-part practical appellate advocacy workshops for both criminal and civil areas of law. In these free workshops, Judges of Appeal, together with members of the Victorian Bar, will demonstrate appellate advocacy in action. Learn what works (and what does not), how to make it work for you and how to develop your own appellate practice. These workshops are primarily aimed at barristers or solicitors practising or wishing to practise in the Court of Appeal.

Click here for more information.


Family Law Conference in Havana, Cuba

There will be a family law conference held in Havana Cuba from 7 - 12 April 2019. The conference will take place at the Grand Hotel Kempinski, it will include papers from various barristers, solicitors and others who deal with family law.  There will be time to see the city and partake in cultural activities.


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.

Melbourne Law School Events - Uluru Statement from the Heart

On behalf of Melbourne Law School, we would like to invite you to the Uluru Statement of the Heart presented by Jill Gallagher AO, Professor Kirsty Glover, Thomas Mayor, Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders and Professor Adrienne Stone on Monday 9 April from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  

The lecture will take place in the David P Derham Theatre, Mezzanine Level, 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.  


Monash University - The Susan Campbell Oration: The Transformative Nature of Clinical Legal Education

Clinical legal education has expanded across the globe. Moving through time and across borders, clinical legal education demonstrates its capacity to adapt to the needs of differing societies and legal systems and varying clients and problems within a country, to transform students, and to evolve and change its own methods and forms.

Date Monday 16 April 2018
Time 6pm – 7.30pm
Venue Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP Wednesday 11 April HERE or via email to

Click here for further information. 

Cultural Diversity in the Workplace - CEO Series

AALA in collaboration with Herbert Smith Freehills is this year hosting a series of events with CEOs of Australian companies to explore their views on the importance of cultural diversity in the workplace. These events will be held in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Melbourne office.

The second of these events will be held on the evening of Tuesday 17 April and will feature David Hackett, CEO and Executive Director of MLC Life Insurance. Raji Azzam, Partner, and Sarah Yu, Special Counsel, in the Corporate team at Herbert Smith Freehills will also be joining David on the panel. Angela Lee, a Melbourne-based barrister and AALA committee member, will lead the panel discussion about MLC’s efforts to leverage the power of cultural diversity amongst its workforce. The panel will also discuss the wider importance of such issues for Australian businesses and the legal profession in Australia.

We are pleased to invite you to join us for this event. This is a unique opportunity to hear from leaders in the business world about diversity issues facing Australian businesses and the legal profession.

Date: 17 April 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Herbert Smith Freehills Level 42, 101 Collin s St, Melbourne
RSVP:  via

La Trobe Law School lunchtime seminar

Topic: Changing the system: advocacy and alliances for open knowledge

Speaker: Dr Virginia Barbour

Location: La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Social Sciences Building, Level 2, room 232 (Moot Court)

Date & Time: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 12noon to 1pm

Registration and further information:

IFA, Federal Court & Melb Law School Tax Workshop

The Federal Court of Australia, together with the IFA Australian branch and the Melbourne Law School, invites you to a Tax Workshop on Monday 30 April 2018.


Competition Law Conference 2018

Competition Law Conference 2018

This annual one-day Conference will be held in Sydney on Saturday 5 May 2018 at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney.

The Conference, which has been held since 1989, continues to attract about 100 registrants, including Federal Court Judges, Judges from New Zealand, regulators from Australia and New Zealand, lawyers from both Australia and New Zealand, economists and academics.

The Hon. Justice Lindsay Foster will address the conference as the Keynote Speaker on the topic: “Concerted Practices; A Contravention without a definition”

Venue: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
Date: Saturday 5 May 2018
Time: 9.15 am to 4.30 pm (registration opens at 8.45am)
CPD Strand: Substantive Law, Practice & Procedure
CPD Points: 5 (one point per hour excluding breaks)

For further details, and to download the full programme and registration form, please follow this link or email


La Trobe Law School lunchtime seminar & Law Week event

Topic: Decoding Privacy Protection in Australia: Future Directions and Challenges

Speakers: Professor David Watts (former Victorian Privacy Commissioner) and Dr Bridget Bainbridge (privacy by design expert)

Location: La Trobe University, City Campus, 360 Collins Street, Level 2, Room 2.15, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Date & time: Wed. 16 May 2018, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm AEST

Registration and further information:

See the future of justice at the AIJA’s Forces of Change conference: May 24-26, 2018 in Brisbane

What will 2050's court system look like? Will technological advances merely create the need for new laws or do they present a threat to the rule of law? Does the legal profession still have a future?  And if so, what is it? How do "lawyerbots" actually work? And do videolink hearings represent the future of the court system or a breakdown of the division between court and prison?

These are just a few of the questions to be raised at “Forces of Change: Defining Future Justice”, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration’s next conference, 24 - 26 May at Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza Hotel.

The conference aims to conceptualise and visualise the shape of future justice and hold an in-depth conversation on the fundamental principles that underpin our concept of justice but may be challenged in a period of significant change and disruption.

The line-up of speakers contributing is an eclectic mix of judges, academics and tech-experts. It includes the Chief Justice of New Zealand, Dame Sian Elias, the High Court's Justice Michelle Gordon, Justice Helen Winkelmann from NZ’s Court of Appeal and Chief Judge Peter Kidd of the County Court. Other speakers will include  Mr Murray Bruce, formerly with IBM’s AI platform "Watson", CSIRO IP expert Mr Rajiv Cabraal, lawyerbot inventors Mr Athol Birtley and Mr Adrian Cartland, and “blockchain” expert Dr Philippa Ryan, from the University of Technology, Sydney

Beginning with a keynote talk on "the world in the year 2050", the conference will feature an opening address on the experience of the use of technology in the legal system in England and Wales, by the Right Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. This will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Radio National’s The Law Report presenter Damien Carrick.

Subsequent sessions include: a hands-on introduction to lawyerbots and AI; a look at the new laws that will be required by new technologies; and a survey of the future mental health needs of judicial officers and court staff. To close, a session on "management of change" will challenge participants to identify their own views. Are you an "early adopter"? Or a "maintain the rager"? Come along and join the conversation.

See the program and register at

Early bird discount registration available until March 30.

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:   

9th Annual Bali Family Law Conference

The 9th annual Family Law conference in Bali is to be held from 8 - 11 June at the Oberoi Hotel. This conference will include a session on negotiation which may be of interest to those who do not practice in family law, and attendees at this conference will be from the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.


Melbourne Law School Events - Public Law Conference

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

From 11 - 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:

Arctic Family Law Conference

Following on from our successful conference in Antarctica in January 2017 there will be a further family Law conference in the Arctic in July 2020. There will be time on board the new ship, the Greg Mortimer, to hold a conference and also partake in the activities on and off the ship.


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.

Job Opportunity: Principal Public Interest Monitor

The Principal Public Interest Monitor is appointed under the Public Interest Monitor Act 2011 to provide a safeguard of the rights and privacy of citizens in relation to applications to use certain covert or coercive investigative powers in Victoria.

JCV Employment Opportunity: Education Program Manager - Therapeutic Justice

A rare Therapeutic Justice role is now available within the Victorian court system.

This opportunity at the Judicial College of Victoria will help lead and influence change in the delivery of justice in Victoria.

The new Education Manager position will work with teams with an increasingly specialised focus dealing with family violence, youth justice and drug and alcohol abuse in the courts.

The role will make a difference for people participating and working in the justice system, bringing specialist knowledge and experience as you build knowledgeable and highly skilled teams.

It is a role that calls for exceptional awareness of national and international trends in therapeutic justice and specialist courts, and ability to engage with experts and to develop productive working relationships with the complete range of law and justice professionals.

Further information is available at:

Lawyer - Common Law Division, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Melbourne CBS
  • Full time, fixed term for 24 months

A Registry Lawyer is a member of a team providing case management support to judicial officers in the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court and promotes the Court's just, efficient, timely and cost effective resolution of cases.

Working largely with proceedings in the Personal Injuries List, the Dust Diseases List and the Civil Circuit List, the Registry Lawyer manages files under the supervision of the Deputy Registrar and Senior Registry Lawyer. The Registry Lawyer is responsible for providing substantive and procedural legal analysis and high level administrative management of cases including regular contact with practitioners, litigants and judicial officers.

For further information on this position and to submit your application, please visit by 8 April 2018

Expressions of Interest sought to teach at RMIT University

Property Law Second Semester 2018 in the school of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University. 

Three hour day class. Teaching day negotiable. 

Contact: Associate Dean Judith Callanan.
M: 0448 049 186

Deadline for the next issue:5pm, 12th April 2018