In Brief Issue #860


The Hon. George Hampel AM QC – 60 Year Anniversary

On 17 April 1958—60 years ago next Tuesday—a young, talented and principled advocate signed the Bar Roll as member number 576.  Thus began the career of the Hon George Hampel AM QC, who went on, among many other things, to be a judge of the Supreme Court from 1983 to 2000, the Chairman and Founder of the Australian Advocacy Institute, and an adjunct professor at Monash Law School. 

Today, however, I want to reflect upon George’s contribution to the teaching of advocacy at the Victorian Bar, which dates back to before the introduction of our readers’ course in March 1980. The readers’ course was the first of its kind in Australia and its introduction was controversial—there was a view at the time that advocacy could not be taught.  George has dispelled that myth, not only here but throughout the common law world and further afield. George has taught more than 89% of our currently practising members. His contribution was honoured by the Bar last year with the establishment of the George Hampel Gallery—the area outside the Neil McPhee room on level 1 of Owen Dixon East where our readers and members more broadly congregate on a daily basis. A fitting tribute to an extraordinary contribution. Happy 60th anniversary for next Tuesday, George.

Busy week…

My presidential responsibilities this week were particularly onerous. On Tuesday it was my solemn duty to sample the proposed food and wine for the 2018 Bar Dinner, which will be held on 25 May at the Plaza Ballroom on Collins St. Rest assured, it was all delicious. While in the Plaza Ballroom, my mind naturally wandered back to the last time the dinner was held at the venue, on Saturday 2 June 2001.  On that occasion, my predecessor as President of the Bar, Jennifer Batrouney QC, was Madam Junior Silk. À propos of nothing, here is a photo from the winter 2001 edition of the Victorian Bar News. Invitations for this year’s dinner will be sent out this week—don’t miss out.

Among other engagements this week, I met with the President of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Chair of the Wellbeing and the Law Foundation and others to discuss wellbeing in the judiciary and in the profession more broadly, and ways in which we might be able better to coordinate information and responses to the serious issues posed by stress in the practice of the law.

It was also a pleasure yesterday to attend the inaugural meeting of the Bar’s LGBTI working group, which has an ambitious agenda to develop resources and improve support for our LGBTI members.

2018 LCA Business Law Section Scholarships and Baxt Prize

I encourage our early-career members to showcase the Bar’s excellence in research by applying for the LCA Business Law Section scholarships and the Baxt Prize. Three $5,000 scholarships are available: the Gaire Blunt Scholarship for papers in the field of competition law, the Forsyth Pose Scholarship for papers in the field of taxation law, and the Santow Scholarship for papers in the field of corporations law. The $7,500 Baxt Prize is for the best paper based on the topic of penalties in corporate and commercial regulation. See the notices (below) for details.

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

UPDATED: 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.

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 forms for LPLC Applicant Declaration (PII) are now available from the LPLC’s website or from the Victorian Bar Office on Level 5 205 William Street, however, practitioners are encouraged to renew online.

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.

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.

LCA Business Law Section - Baxt Prize

The Baxt Prize honours the contribution of Professor Robert (‘Bob’) Baxt AO to business law in Australia. The 2018 Baxt Prize will be awarded for a research paper of outstanding quality dealing with any aspect of penalties in corporate and commercial regulation. The value of the Baxt Prize is $7500.00.

Click here to view the prize flyer.

Click here to download the application form. 

Scholarship entries close at 5pm, 30 August 2018 AEST.

LCA Business Law Section - Forsyth Pose Scholarship

The Forsyth/Pose Scholarship is offered by the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (BLS) for papers on a topic in the field of taxation law. It was offered for the first time in 2013 to commemorate leading taxation law practitioners Neil Forsyth QC and Kevin Pose. Both were
long-standing members of the BLS specialist Taxation Committee.

Click here to view the scholarship flyer.

Click here to download the application form. 

Scholarship entries close at 5pm, 30 August 2018 AEST.

LCA Business Law Section - Gaire Blunt Scholarship

The Gaire Blunt Scholarship is offered by the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (BLS) for papers on a topic in the field of competition law. First awarded in 2008, it commemorates Gaire Blunt, a leading competition law practitioner and a partner at Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens) from 1970 to 2005.

Click here to view the scholarship flyer.

Click here to download the application form. 

Scholarship entries close at 5pm, 30 August 2018 AEST.

LCA Business Law Section - Santow Scholarship

The Santow Scholarship is offered by the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (BLS) for papers on a topic in the field of corporations law. Offered for the first time in 2014, it commemorates the Hon Kim Santow AO, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and prior to that a leading corporations law practitioner at Freehills.

Click here to view the scholarship flyer.

Click here to download the application form. 

Scholarship entries close at 5pm, 30 August 2018 AEST.

Vicbar Life
Art Exhibition - Ian Friend at the Essoign Club

The Art and Collections Committee invites Bar members to the opening of a retrospective exhibition of art by Ian Friend at the Essoign Club Today 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.

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:

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Practice & Profession News
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


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.


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 Collins 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.


The Law Library of Victoria - Switch On… JADE

Thursday 3 May, 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.

JADE is a freemium Australian current awareness service and legal research platform designed to make it easier to find, use, share and present accurate legal information. This session will enable you to perform faster-than-normal complex searches to identify case law, legislative points and keypoints in authorities.

All are welcome and entry is free. To RSVP please email

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


The Council of Law Reporting for Victoria - Autumn Drinks 2018

The Council of Law Reporting for Victoria, the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales, and the Council of Law Reporting for New South Wales cordially invite you to drinks and canapés celebrating developments and collaborations in the law reporting sector.

Location and Date: Melbourne 10 May 2018 5.30pm RACV City Club, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne

Introductory remarks by The Hon Justice Cameron Macaulay Supreme Court of Victoria 

Places are limited. 

Please RSVP by email to by 17 April 2018.

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:

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Accelerated Route Towards Fellowship Course 19 - 20 May 2018

Fast track your way to a career in international commercial arbitration. Registrations are now open for the 2018 CIArb Accelerated Route Towards Fellowship (ARF) course which will be held from 19 - 20 May 2018 at the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre.  Delivered by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) this course is intended for suitably qualified candidates who are practising lawyers with at least 10 years’ standing and who have  experience in arbitration.  The Course syllabus is based on international arbitration law and it is essential that candidates have at least a reasonable working knowledge of the UNCITRAL Model Law and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. CIArb accreditation carries a global qualification in the growing practice of international arbitration.   Places are limited. For further details and to register please click here.

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

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:

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:

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

Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria Expressions of Interest - Casual Conciliators

Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) are inviting Expressions of Interest for casual Conciliator positions. 

Functions of the DBDRV include assessment of referrals, technical building assessments, conciliation of disputes, Records of Agreement and Dispute Resolution Orders and compliance investigations (visit for further information).  

Reporting to the Client Services Manager, the Conciliator panel member will work in conjunction with DBDRV staff to facilitate dispute resolution under the Act. 

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate: 

  • A working knowledge of relevant legislation and Acts including but not limited to the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2015; 
  • National Mediator Accreditation; 
  • Experience in mediation or conciliation; 
  • Demonstrated ability to provide expert advice within a conciliator role.

Interviews will be held with applicants to further discuss their Expression of Interest, and successful candidates will be provided with a day of induction and training in the week commencing Monday 21st May, 2018. 

Expressions of Interest must include a current resume and cover letter briefly outlining your interest in the role and your skills and experience as relevant to the role. Closing date is Sunday 22nd April 2018. 

Forward your Expressions of Interest via email to:
Anita De Blasio
DBDRV Continuous Improvement Officer

If you have any questions or require further information you can telephone Anita on 9194-2713.

Click here to download the full position description. 

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. 

The 2018 scholarships are now OPEN.

Click here for more information. 

Deadline for the next issue:5pm, 19th April 2018