In light of the important news detailed below, the Holiday Edition of In Brief detailing work on the Bar Council’s current signature programs will be held over until next week.
It is my unhappy duty to report to members to that Sarah Fregon has given notice of her resignation as CEO of the Bar, in order to take up an exciting and challenging new position as a Senior Partner of Deloitte Legal.
Accordingly, the Bar Council has commenced an executive recruitment process for a new CEO to build on the strong foundation Sarah has established during her tenure, and to take the Victorian Bar to the next level both operationally and in the implementation of our strategic objectives.
Sarah will remain CEO until a replacement has been appointed.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Sarah who, in three and a half short years, has created an outstanding legacy, having overseen restructure, modernisation, strategic implementation and improved corporate governance.
Among other things, Sarah has led the implementation of an HR framework and organisational restructure, the redevelopment of the Victorian Bar website, and implementation of strategic communications planning. She has established new business development projects including CPD In Session, Barrister Connect, and the expansion of the Bar’s Mediation Centre.
The Bar is an entirely different and more professional organisation thanks to Sarah’s leadership.
Sarah’s new position at Deloitte is a ‘greenfields’ role leading Deloitte’s Legal Management Consulting (LMC). Our disappointment at having to let Sarah go is mitigated by the recognition that this is an excellent opportunity for her. We will of course look forward to working with Sarah in her new role albeit in a different capacity, on the other side of the Bar Table so to speak.
Sarah will, in due course, leave the Bar on excellent terms and with our very best wishes for her future success.
Thank you very much to all of you who have completed the ‘Wellbeing at the Victorian Bar’ survey. We have received 956 completed surveys, a terrific response. Supporting and maintaining the health and wellbeing of our members is vitally important. The survey findings will be used to develop preventative resources that provide support for members experiencing poor health and wellbeing, and to educate all our members on health and wellbeing strategies. We will report the findings and recommendations later in 2018.
Last Friday the Bar issued a media release which welcomed the Federal Government announcement of Commonwealth agencies’ targets for briefing women barristers from 1 July 2018. You can read the media release here.
The Victorian Bar has been invited to nominate two representatives to the Victorian Legal Admissions Committee. The Committee's role is to consider suitability matters and determine whether applicants are fit and proper to be admitted for admission to the Supreme Court.
There are more details in the Notices section below.