In Brief Issue #861


Ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court at the new Shepparton Law Courts

In a society governed by the rule of law, the Courts of this State should sit in the communities they exist to serve. So, it was a pleasure to represent the Bar on Monday at the first ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court in the outstanding new law courts complex in Shepparton. 

Mr Robert Nichols (Uncle Bobby Nichols) who gave the Welcome to Country, Victorian Bar President Dr Matt Collins QC and Ms Kaz Gurney of the Goulburn Valley Legal Association. Photo: Supreme Court of Victoria

The wrapped timber layers and artwork in the foyer of the new complex evoke a sense of place, the region's rich Aboriginal heritage, and connection to the Goulburn River. The court rooms are light, bright and well-appointed with up-to-date facilities. Chief Justice Ferguson described the architecture as "testament to the benefits of looking at things from the users' perspective."

The ceremonial sitting was of a Full Court of the Supreme Court, comprising Ferguson CJ, sitting with Osborn and Beach JJA. The event was well attended by members of the local legal community and the public, including a number of Aboriginal elders. The Chief Justice’s speech can be read here. My speech can be read here.

After the ceremonial sitting, the Court of Appeal sat, hearing its first matter in the new complex, a sentencing appeal in which Paul Smallwood and Joe Connolly of counsel appeared for the applicant.

Legal Services Board election

Members should by now have received in the post their ballot papers for the election of members to the Victorian Legal Services Board. The Board comprises a chair, three non-lawyer members and three lawyer members (one barrister and two solicitors). Members of the Victorian Bar are eligible to vote for the barrister member of the Board. There are three outstanding candidates: Jennifer Batrouney QC, Jason Harkess and Lisa Nichols QC. Statements by the candidates are available here. Voting closes on 9 May 2018.

Lots going on…

This week, the Honourable Justice Connock was welcomed as the newest judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria by the profession. My speech on behalf of the Bar may be read here. All speeches can be viewed here.

While I was in Shepparton, Wendy Harris QC, in her capacity as Senior Vice-President of the Bar, attended an event to thank retiring judges who have been involved in assessing indictable crime certificate moots. The retiring judges have devoted countless hours to the assessment of candidates for indictable crime certificates, which are awarded under the Victorian Bar’s pioneering program for the certification of counsel with expertise in conducting complicated criminal trials.

Finally, this week, on Wednesday evening I attended the awards ceremony for 2017 recipients of the Supreme Court Prize. Chief Justice Ferguson and Kyrou JA—who each won the Supreme Court prize themselves in 1982 (the Chief Justice from Monash Law School; Kyrou JA from Melbourne Law School)—spoke. I sat quietly as the intimidatingly clever winners from each of the State’s law schools received their awards.

Register online for Bar Dinner

The most efficient way to organise your table for the Bar Dinner on 25 May is to click here to register online (please note that this event is for Victorian Bar members only). Using the online form, you can book your tickets as an individual guest, as a guest on an organised table, or as a table organiser.  Electronic registration also makes life easier for our hard-working VicBar events team.

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.

Please note that the top up Insurance terms and application are not yet available. You will be notified as soon as they become available.

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.

Melbourne City Council - Lord Mayor by-election

A by-election for the vacant position of Lord Mayor will be held in May 2018. It will be conducted entirely by postal voting, with ballot packs mailed to voters between Monday 23 April and Thursday 26 April.

Voting is compulsory for all voters listed on the Melbourne City Council voters roll at 4.00 pm on Friday 16 March 2018.

When you receive your ballot pack you must complete your ballot paper, and return it as soon as possible using the reply paid envelope.

Alternatively, you may hand-deliver your completed ballot material to the election office by 6.00 pm on Friday 11 May 2018.

Completed ballot material must be posted – or in the hands of the Returning Officer – by 6.00 pm on Friday 11 May 2018, when voting closes. Ballot material posted after this date cannot be accepted and you may incur a fine.

Click here for more information.  

New Barristers' Committee & LIV Young Lawyers - Social Drinks

Save the Date: Junior Bar Conference 1 June 2018

We are pleased to advise that planning is underway for the next Junior Bar Conference for 1 June 2018 in the Neil McPhee Room.

Due to popular demand, this year we are increasing the range and inviting barristers who have practiced for up to 10 years.

An exciting program is currently under development.  More information and invitations will follow soon.

Please save the date and mark this in your calendar.

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.

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 opened on Friday 13 April 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:

The Essoign - We Want Your Feedback

We want your opinion.
Your feedback is important to us.
Please submit your feedback and/or any suggestions for the Essoign Club at your next visit via our new suggestion box in the Club or email us at
Menu, Beverages, Club décor, Special events, Service and or anything you would like us to know, we want your opinion.
We have a new Café and Breakfast menu coming soon. Any suggestions?


Studio 11 Indigenous Art Exhibition - ​Claire Lefebvre ​

Art Exhibition at Level 11 Owen Dixon Chambers East (aka Studio 11). Barristers on Level 11 of ODC East invite you to come view solo art exhibition by Melbourne Artist, Claire Lefebvre, "Lush. Layer Light", featuring some 20 works, comprising a series of paintings and limited edition prints which use layering techniques and mark making such as dots and lines. The works explore human emotion and perception as well as the material potential of acrylic paint, ink and various gloss and matte mediums. The paintings allude to architectural and biological forms, with surfaces which invite touch.

The exhibition runs from 16 April - 29 June. The works are for sale with no commission payable. Work sheets are found on level 11 East. Come up, have a break and just admire the work which is there to be enjoyed and shared.  

"Studio 11" as it is colloquially referred to hosts art exhibitions on a term by term, voluntary basis. The aim is to allow all members of the Victorian Bar, colleagues, clients, staff, family and friends to easily access, enjoy and celebrate various original art by local artists in the work environment.

Family Law Drinks TONIGHT - Supporting Bravehearts - Educate Empower Protect our Kids

Personal Injury Social Drinks at The Essoign - TONIGHT

ANAM Orchestra – Friday 27 April, 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall - $75 per ticket

A Bernstein Collection – Guest conductor Jose Luis Gomez’s program celebrates the music of American goliath Leonard Bernstein and his close colleagues Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber.

Society of Labor Lawyers Victoria - Function with Guest Speaker Mark Dreyfus

Labor Lawyers invite you to a function with guest speaker Mark Dreyfus, Federal Shadow Attorney General:
6 pm on Thursday 3 May 2018.

Slate Restaurant and Bar, 9 Goldsborough Lane (mezzanine level) Melbourne (Entry up the ramp of the CGU building on corner of Little Bourke Street and William Street).

Entry includes finger food. Drinks at bar prices.s.

Prices are as follows:

Non-members $60
Members $40
Membership plus entry $55
Trainees, first to fourth year solicitors and first year barristers $20
Law students and Leo Cussen students $10


The function will be preceded by the Labor Lawyers Society of Victoria AGM at 5.15pm at the same venue.
Please find attached notice of AGM

We look forward to seeing you at the function and/or the AGM.  If you are unable to attend but wish to renew your membership, please click this link.

11th Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 3-17 May

Check out this year’s HRAFF program featuring a stellar line up of films, art, talks and performances, including Opening Night Film, After the Apology (3 May), Matthew Sleeth’s film Guilty (4 May) about Muyuran Sukumaran’s last 72 hours and World Premier of Border Politics (12 May) featuring Julian Burnside QC.  Visit for more info and tickets. 

See the stories that matter.   

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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 Today, 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.


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.

Monash University - An industry panel debates the challenges to the sustainability of legal practice in the 21st Century

The Panel

Join the new Legal Services Commissioner and a panel of lawyers drawn from small to medium private, government and in-house practice as they discuss and debate the challenges to the sustainability of legal practice in the 21st Century.

Expert Panellists

Fiona McLeay, Victorian Legal Services Commissioner
Peter Moran, Principal, Peer Legal
Adrian Shavitsky, Director,Commercial Law, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources
Tarryn Billings, Senior Corporate Solicitor, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria

DATE: Tuesday 15 May, 2018
TIME: 7.45am – 8.45am (7.15am light breakfast served)
VENUE: Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: Wednesday 9 May Click HERE

Click here for more information and to register for this event. 

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:

La Trobe Law School lunchtime seminar: Child abuse litigation - a legal revolution

Topic: Child abuse litigation – a legal revolution
Speaker: Alan Collins
Location: La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Social Sciences building, level 2, room SS232 (Moot Court)
Date & time: Friday 18 May 2018, 12noon – 1pm

Registration and further details:

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.

LCA Business Law Section - Scholarships

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Australian Academy of Law - Notice of Annual Essay Prize 2018

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the offering of its Annual Essay Prize for 2018.

The Prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law based occupation. There is no limit by reference to the age or seniority or experience of, or position held by, a person who may submit an entry. Accordingly, judicial officers, legal practitioners, legal academics and law students are all eligible to submit an essay.

The amount of the Prize is $10,000.

The essay topic for the Prize in 2018 is as follows:

“Rights and freedoms under the Australian Constitution: what are they and do they meet the needs of contemporary Australian society?”

The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2018 and persons intending to submit an essay must notify the Academy of that intention in writing via the Academy’s website to be received by 30 June 2018. Both of these time limits are strictly observed, as the Rules Governing the Annual Essay Prize make clear.

Those Rules can be accessed on the Academy’s website:

Refer to the Academy’s website also for further information about notification of intention to enter and about the actual submission of an entry.

Cyngler Consulting - National Mediator Accreditation – Early Bird Offer ends 22 May 2018

Registrations are now open for our June 6 day National Mediator Accreditation program scheduled in Melbourne. The program gives participants the opportunity to learn Conflict Transformation skills and receive their mediator training assessment as required by the National Mediator Accreditation System and upon successful assessment apply to become a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Click on the below link for more information and to register.

National Mediator Accreditation Course
June 22 to 27

Visit our website for more information or join our mailing list to keep informed on courses that are coming up.

Deadline for the next issue:5pm, 26th April 2018