In Brief Issue #886


Health & Wellbeing Report Launch - 18 October

All practising members are invited to the release of the results of our ‘Wellbeing at the Victorian Bar’ survey. The release will take place on 18 October 2018 from 5:15pm in the Neal McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William Street, Melbourne.

Many of you participated in the Wellbeing at the Victorian Bar survey conducted in June, which was designed to obtain a better understanding of the levels of wellbeing of Victorian barristers. We now have the findings from the University of Portsmouth. 

The findings are a treasure trove of information—positive and not-so-positive—that will be used to help us identify what actions and resources we can put in place to better support and assist health and wellbeing at the Bar. 

I hope you can join us for this important briefing. To register, email

Nominations for Bar Council close on Monday at 5pm

The nomination period for the Bar Council election is underway. If you are considering nominating – and I urge you to do so – your nomination form must be returned by this coming Monday 15 October at 5pm sharp.

For more information about nominating, eligibility, voting and the conduct of the election, see the notice below. Voting will open at 9am on 29 October and close at 5pm on 14 November, with the results being available shortly after the close of voting.

Bar Council News - Sam Hay

In each of the past two weeks, I have given members some insight into the work that is done by the Vice-Presidents of the Bar, Wendy Harris QC and Simon Marks QC.

This week, I want to let members know about the work done by the Bar Council’s Treasurer, Sam Hay. The least visible of the executive roles, it is a role of considerable importance and responsibility. The Bar Council is always acutely conscious of the fact that the Bar’s budget must be managed prudently, so that subscriptions can be kept to the lowest possible level that is consistent with the provision of the services that the Bar is required to provide and that members expect.

Sam is a former Assistant Honorary Secretary and Honorary Secretary of the Bar Council, positions that are key to the operation of the Bar Council and the smooth operation of the Bar itself. He has been elected to Bar Council in each year since 2014, and has served on the Counsel Committee continuously over that period. He was the Assistant Treasurer in 2017, before joining the Executive as Treasurer in the current Bar Council.

Sam has served on the Bar’s Audit and Finance Committee since November 2016 and been Chair of that Committee since November 2017. He has chaired two of the working groups appointed by the Bar Council to review our governance and has served as a member of the constitutional reform working group chaired by Simon Marks QC. He is a member of the Legal Costs Committee which has functions under the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014. With me, he is one of the two trustees of the Barristers’ Benevolent Fund.

Sam is also the Deputy Chair of the Banking and Finance section of the Commercial Bar Association and a member of the Victorian Legal Admissions Committee.

Obviously, Sam’s contribution to the community of the Victorian Bar over many years has been remarkable. As Treasurer, he has acquitted his responsibilities with exemplary diligence and skill. As with the other members of the Executive, I have throughout my term as President relied heavily on his wise assistance and counsel.

As we head into this year’s election, I think it is important that members have information about the very considerable, and never-ending, body of work that is done voluntarily by Bar Councillors to ensure the smooth functioning of our complicated college of 2,100 independent practising advocates.

Reconciliation Action Plan Update July - September 2018

The Reconciliation Working Group has an ongoing role monitoring the implementation of the Bar’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The working group reports that in the third quarter of this year:

  • Following a recommendation from the Indigenous Justice Committee, and in accordance with the Bar’s RAP, in August Bar Council adopted a Policy and Protocol for Acknowledgements of Country and Welcomes to Country. The Policy can be found here. I encourage all members to review the Policy and to contribute to the wider policy of reconciliation.
  • The Bar President and other Bar representatives have continued to give Acknowledgements of Country at judicial welcomes and farewells and other events on behalf of the Bar.
  • Committee Member Tim Goodwin was awarded the National Indigenous Legal Professional of 2018 - congratulations Tim! 
  • The Indigenous Justice Committee has provided ongoing support in relation to the policy work of the Law Council of Australia with respect to legal issues involving Indigenous Australians.
  • The working group will shortly undertake its annual reporting function to Reconciliation Australia, where it will report on the Bar’s RAP and the achievements under that RAP. 

I thank all those involved in the implementation of the Bar’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

Flight at the Melbourne International Arts Festival

The Barristers’ Consortium—a group of our members—is the presenting partner for Flight, which is currently playing as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Many members of the Consortium attended a production of Flight on Tuesday evening, followed by a reception with the author of the work on which the production is based (Hinterland by Caroline Brothers), representatives of the production company (Vox Motus) and the Artistic and Executive Directors of the Festival.

The work is astonishing in its creativity. After descending into the bowels of the Arts Centre, on a flight of your own, you are seated in a booth, fitted with headphones, and immersed in the world of Aryan and Kabir, two Afghan boys who flee Afghanistan with a dream of finding refuge in England. Their story unfolds before you in a series of static diorama that are illuminated in turn as a carousel scrolls past your eyes.

The season extends to 21 October so it is not too late to get a ticket. There was a review of the show in The Age earlier in the week.

Congratulations to new Magistrates

Congratulations to Victorian Bar members Alanna Duffy and Timothy Hoare and former Victorian Bar member Constantinos (Costas) Kilias, who have been appointed as Magistrates.  Their Honours Magistrates Hoare and Kilias and were appointed effective 10 October.  Alanna Duffy’s appointment will be effective from Monday 15 October. 

Details of ceremonial welcomes are to be advised.  I wish them all the very best personal and career satisfaction in their service to the law.

Ceremonial Welcomes

The Profession will extend a welcome to The Hon Justice Michael Wheelahan , who was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court effective 3 October, on Friday 26 October at 9.30am.

The Profession will extend a welcome to their Honours Magistrates Jade Bott and Michelle Mykytowycz on Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 9.15am. Their Honours were sworn-in privately by Chief Justice Ferguson on Monday 20 August 2018, following their appointments on 14 August 2018.

Carn Sharn

[MC: I did not write the following item. I do not really understand what it is about.]

Over the course of 50 days, two teams of 12 contestants (12 'Contenders’ and 12 ‘Champions’) battled it out in the Fijian Jungle to take out the title of Australian Survivor (broadcast on Channel 10). The goal of Australian Survivor is to 'outwit, outplay and outlast' the other 23 competitors in a combination of physical, mental and social challenges in a hostile environment. One of the Victorian Bar’s own, Sharn-Adelle A Coombes (‘Sharn’) was one of the 12 Champions to compete in this Battle Royale. Sharn successfully outwitted, outplayed and outlasted 22 of her competitors, frequently taking out physical immunity challenges, and came very close to taking out the title of Australian Survivor, coming runner up to another Champion, 5 time Olympic Medal Swimming Champion, Shane Gould. Using her professional skills as a barrister, Sharn successfully persuaded 4 out of 9 jury members to vote for her, but Shane Gould scraped home with 5 Jury votes. An anonymous Australian Survivor tragic at our Bar has stated: ‘Clearly, one jury member has failed to correctly spell the name of the real winner. The results should be referred to the Court of Disputed Returns, ASAP’.  Well done Sharn!


Vicbar News & Events
Ballarat & District Law Association Event

Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: The Pub With Two Names, 331 Mair Street, Ballarat Central 3350

Ballarat & District Law Association and the Victorian Bar warmly invite their members to attend an informal networking evening at the recently refurbished “The Pub With Two Names”.

Please join us in Ballarat in order to build an even stronger relationship between the Ballarat profession and the Bar.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 via

The Bar will provide coach transport to and from the event, leaving 205 William Street at approximately 4.30pm. Please email to register your interest in travelling on the coach.

Notice of Annual General Meetings of the Victorian Bar Inc & Barristers Benevolent Association of Victoria

The 2018 Annual General Meetings of the Victorian Bar Inc and the Barristers’ Benevolent Association of Victoria will be held on Monday 22 October 2018 at 4:30 pm in the Bar Council Chambers, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East.

AGM notices and associated materials have been circulated to members via email.


Call for Expressions of Interest - Nomination for appointment to the Law Library of Victoria and Supreme Court Library Committees

The Victorian Bar has been invited to nominate two local legal practitioners for appointment to the Law Library of Victoria and Supreme Court Library Committees. In accordance with the Supreme Court Library Rules, these appointees must be confirmed by the Council of Judges in December each year.

Interested members should submit their expression of interest, together with a copy of their CV and details of any relevant experience or expertise.

The Bar’s protocol for nomination and appointment of Vic Bar members to external bodies can be viewed here.

Please direct any enquiries or Expressions of Interest to Denise Bennett at

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Thursday, 11 October 2018.

Victorian Bar News – call for contributions

Victorian Bar News is a twice yearly magazine published by the Victorian Bar for its members. The Editors of Bar News are now calling for contributions for the December Issue. We are happy to receive draft content in written form, but general expressions of interest are also welcome.

Topics of particular interest include:

  • Who we are -  if you have climbed Everest (or a much smaller mountain), make great wine, cook good food, play a little known sport, have an obscure interest or hobby, are a polymath who has changed careers, or you are a Renaissance man or woman, we want to hear from you.
  • Market disruption - The Bar is not immune from market forces. Stories about what is causing change within our practices, positive and negative, are important to us.
  • Barristers who blog - If you blog for personal or professional reasons, let us know who you are, and the name of your blog or website.

Now is also the time to become involved in Bar News for members with a background in editing, journalism, photography, illustration and/or a passion for story-telling. 

In the meantime, please contact the Editors, Natalie Hickey, Justin Wheelahan and Annette Charak at or via their personal contact details.

Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Working Group

The Cultural & Linguistic Working Group is working to inform members of the Bar about the breadth of diversity at the Bar.  To do that the group is calling for members to contribute short vignettes which capture their experience as a member of the Bar from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.  The Working Group wishes to hear how members have felt challenged or excluded by reason of their background so that we can all begin to contemplate what it means to belong to the Bar.  Others may also wish to contribute stories that highlight their acceptance or appreciation of their background at the Bar.

Set out below is a suggested format for submissions of your vignette:



How it made me feel:  

You can forward your story, anonymously if you wish to

Vicbar Life
BottledSnail - Lunchtime concert for the year

BottledSnail is holding its last free lunchtime concert for the year in the Law Library this Thursday 18 October at 1.15pm. The concert will feature Daniel Macpherson on piano, Michael Wilson on classical guitar and wind trio Winded! Entry is free and there is no need to book. For further details contact

Flight - Sponsored by the Barristers Consortium

Date: Friday 5 - Sunday 21 October

Two orphaned brothers embark on a desperate road trip across Europe in search of a place to call home. With their tiny inheritance stitched into their clothes, they brave hazardous sea crossings and bustling train stations, the menace of strangers and the constant threat of violence, in a heart-wrenching story of terror, hope and survival.

Vox Motus' adaptation of Caroline Brother's novel Hinterland is a theatrical realisation unlike any you've witnessed: take a seat in a private booth as your window opens to reveal the tiny figures who will enact this tale. This is your gateway into a diorama that unfolds as a sequence of exquisitely fashioned frames passing by, detailing this continent-crossing journey in crystalline detail.

Like a graphic novel in three dimensions or live theatre snap-frozen into discrete moments, Flight is both a gripping tale of little boys lost and an astonishing feat of artistic imagination.

By turns unsettling and uplifting, its miniature storytelling is a distillation of the largest and most urgent of contemporary stories facing us today.

Click here to buy tickets and for more information.   

Formed on the Plains - Studio 11 Art Exhibition

Date: 8 October - 21 December 

The exhibition comprises a series of works by local artists, Drydan, McEachern and Manifold including sculpture. 

It’s a must see exhibition, particularly if you are someone connected to the Victorian plains, someone who enjoys art or someone who is just curious to see and experience a wonderful exhibition. Stay as long as you like. 

As always, the work is for sale, commission free, direct from the artists. Catalogue sheets and biographies are located on level 11 ODC East. The initiative is run on a voluntary basis. 

Click here to download the exhibition flyer. 

KordaMentha Expert Evidence: Recent Cases Edition 2

KordaMentha Forensic have continued the format established in the first edition of Expert Evidence, reviewing over 2,500 recent cases from Australian courts to identify judgments relating to the principles of expert evidence and emerging trends in this area of the law.

Expert Evidence: Recent Cases Edition 2 summarises over 200 judgments relating to expert evidence and presents 40 case reviews discussing the facts, issues and potential relevance to this area of law and practice.

Register to receive the Expert Evidence: Recent Cases Edition 2 eBook which will be released in October 2018.

Artists for Kids’ Culture 25th Year Annual Charity Art Auction

Date: Thursday 25 October, 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: The Park, 36 Lakeside Drive, Albert Park 
Tickets: $65.00  ~ drinks, canapes and entertainment 

On Thursday 25th October 2018, 60 works donated by prominent Australian artists will go under the hammer. 

Artists include Lewis Miller, Jenny Watson, Lisa Roet, Reko Rennie, David Bromley, Andrew Taylor, Roger Kemp, Sally Smart, Adam Cullen, Hoda Afshar, Mark Schaller and, of course founder, David Larwill. 

Funds raised give children experiencing hardship a chance to participate in cultural, artistic, musical, sporting and educational activities that would not otherwise be available to them. Each year the foundation has been able to grant over $100,000 from proceeds from the auction.  

This is a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of art from a leading Australian artist and make a valuable difference to a child's life. 

VIP TICKETS: $185  Also includes an AKC gift bag with hand selected luxury items, allocated table seating and table service.

To view artworks, purchase tickets please see the website: 

Enquiries: Shivani Pillai, Committee Member, AKC (Barrister Foley's List 0411446500 

Hockey Players Required - VicBar vs LIV

Date: Thursday 1 November 2018, 7.00pm
Venue: Hawthorn Hockey Centre

Looking for players of any age and ability for the annual Hockey match between VicBar and Law Institute Victoria.

Please email Trish with your availability:

The Essoign Members October wine offer

The Essoign Members October wine offer. 

Don’t miss out on these exquisite boutique wines on offer now!

These prices will not be repeated.

Download order form or email 

Cheers from the Essoign team.

Samsonite - 40% off

Samsonite are offering VicBar members 40% off site-wide. The discount is available for redemption from the 21st of September 2018 – 21st October 2018 inclusive. Simply register an account on Samsonite (any email address) and enter the code VICBAR40 at checkout to redeem.

Click here to download the promo flyer.  

Irvine Wines - 15% off

Irvine Wines are offering VicBar members 15% off site-wide. Visit and enter the code vicbarhk at checkout to redeem.

Click here to download the promo flyer. 

Member Benefits Australia - October exclusive member offers

Don't miss out on these exclusive member deals for October from Mercedes, David Jones, Volvo and more!

Practice & Profession News
Changes to Supreme Court civil court fees

New regulations covering most civil court fees in the Supreme Court of Victoria will commenced on 30 September 2018. To help Court users better understand the new fee structures and changes, the Supreme Court has put together a FAQ document. For more information, refer to the Supreme Court’s website.

Profession CPD & Events
rise2018 - 2018 ABA & NSWBA National Conference

The Australian Bar Association and the NSW Bar Association are looking forward to co-hosting the 2018 National Conference on 15 - 17 November in Sydney. 

The preeminent legal conference of 2018 – rise2018 relevant/resilient/respected is a prestigious two-day conference that boasts an impressive speaker line-up which will highlight and profile the excellence of the Australian legal profession.

For all the details and to register please visit

The Role of Law in International Arbitration

Date: Monday, 15 October 2018, 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm (with networking drinks until 7.15pm)
Venue: Allens, Level 37, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
RSVP: By no later than Monday, 11 October 2018
Guest Speaker: The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO, Federal Court of Australia

Maintaining our leadership as a contributor to global arbitration scholarship, we are pleased to host the inaugural CIArb Australia Lecture. To be held in Melbourne on 15 October, the lecture will launch Australian Arbitration Week.  Our guest speaker is the Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO, Federal Court of Australia, who will speak on The Role of Law in International Arbitration.  Proudly sponsored by global law firm, Allens, the lecture will be followed by a Q & A session with drinks and canapés to be served at the conclusion of proceedings. Although the event is free of charge, registration is essential.

To register, please click here

Arbitration Week 2018

Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 12.30pm Commencement, 2.00pm Close
Venue: HFW Australia, Level-39 Bourk e Place, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Offshore energy arbitration: lessons learnt

The offshore energy sector has grown rapidly. Lessons learnt from contractual disputes relating to offshore energy projects provide valuable insights about the opportunities and traps for future arbitrations in this sector. Join us at this stimulating panel discussion, generously sponsored by HFW Australia, with leading arbitrators experienced in off-shore energy disputes, Nick Pane QC, Bronwyn Lincoln (Corrs Chamber Westgarth) and Matthew Blycha (HFW Australia). Scroll down to find out more about each of our panellists.

Click here for more information and registration. 

6th International Arbitration Conference

Date: 17 October 2018 
Sofitel on Collins, Melbourne Australia 

Co-presented by the  Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration  and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) the 6th Annual International Arbitration Conference: The Business of International Commercial Arbitration  is the pre-eminent event of the 2018 Australia Arbitration Week, which is being held for the first time in Melbourne. With the support of local and international arbitral bodies and firms, the conference features distinguished speakers from across Australia and around the world who will be discussing the emerging trends and hot topics in international commercial arbitration. The conference will be opened by Dr Michael Pryles AO PBM, who will deliver the keynote address: Australia’s Place In International Arbitration.

CIArb Australia Annual Dinner – 17 October 2018, No35 Restaurant, Sofitel on Collins, Melbourne Australia

Following the day’s proceedings, will be the CIArb Australia Annual Dinner, featuring guest speaker, Allan Myers AC QC, Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, leading international arbitrator and prominent businessman. Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s proceedings will be  Patrick Durkin, Melbourne Bureau Chief, Australian Financial Review. 

For further details about the program and how to register, please click here  

2018 CIArb Australia Annual Dinner

Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Venue: Atrium Bar & No35, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000

The CIArb Australia Board and Management invite you to attend the 2018 CIArb Australia Dinner featuring guest speaker, Allan Myers AC QC. To be held at No35, the dinner will be attended by distinguished guests including members of the judiciary, business, government, media and global leaders of international dispute resolution. Located within Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, No35 is an elegant dining destination designed with contemporary artworks and breathtaking views of Melbourne. The three-course dinner will commence with Pre-Dinner Drinks from 7 pm - 7.30 pm at the Atrium Bar and will conclude at 11 pm.

Click here for further details and to register. 

La Trobe Law School Seminar - The use or misuse of criminal profiling evidence in criminal trials

Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Venue: La Trobe University (Social Sciences Building room 232 - Moot Court), Plenty Road, Bundoora, VIC 3086
Speaker: Pascale Chifflet

Registration and further details:

ArbitralWomen Breakfast

Date: 18 October 2018, 7:30 am - 10:00 am

Venue: Corrs Chambers, Westgarth Level 25, 567 Collins Street, Melbourne

Commerciality in International Arbitration

Please join us for a practical discussion on Commerciality in International Arbitration where our esteemed panel members will provide their insights from the perspectives of an arbitration practitioner, a third party funder and an expert.

Click here for more information and registration

Seventh Annual Australian Academy of Law Patron’s Address

Date: Thursday 18 October 2018, 5pm
Venue: Court One, Federal Court of Australia Level 8, Commonwealth Law Courts, 305 William Street Melbourne

The Patron’s Address will be delivered by The Rt. Honourable Dame Sian Elias, GNZM, Chief Justice of New Zealand.  The address will review directions for the future in what may be seen as a period of transitional justice. 

The address will be held at Court One, Federal Court of Australia, Level 8, Commonwealth Law Courts, 305 William Street Melbourne.

Please register for this event by Monday 15 October by visiting -

Click here to download the event flyer. 

The Law and You Forum: Is Sport Playing by the Rules?

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2018, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Venue: Deakin Edge Fed Square, Cnr Flinders Street & Swanston Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

On issues like assault, drugs and pay, sport runs its own race. But is the pressure growing for greater alignment between the rules of sport and the law of the land?

This forum will explore the state of play in sport: where does it differ from community standards? Where is it off the pace? And where is it more progressive?

Click here to download the event flyer. 


60th Anniversary of the New York Convention 1958 - 2018

Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Venue: Federal Court of Australia, 305 William Street, Melbourne, 3000 

International commercial arbitration is founded upon one of UNCITRAL’s most successful conventions, the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. Three-quarters of all nations, including Australia, have signed on to the New York Convention over its 60 year history. The Convention allows arbitration to cut through the problem of resolving international disputes by allowing parties to choose a neutral tribunal to determine their disputes, and permits lawyers to appear in these arbitrations wherever they are held without needing special practicing rights.

The UN Day Lecture is an annual initiative of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA) to introduce and recognise the work of UNCITRAL. This year, the Lecture will be held around Australia in all capital cities to commemorate this important Convention. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Click here for more information and to register. 

Gender on the Agenda In Conversation with Dr Anne Summers AO & Emma Alberici Presentation of the Inaugural VWL Pay Equity Award

Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Venue: Myer Mural Hall, Bourke St Mall
Tickets: Member (ticket only): $99, Non-member (ticket only): $119, Member (ticket and copy of ‘Unfettere and Alive’): $125, Non-member (ticket and copy of ‘Unfettered and Alive’): $145

Join VWL for two-course lunch and an in-depth discussion focused on the persistent gender pay gap in professional services hosted by Dr Anne Summers AO and Emma Alberici. At the conclusion of the event, VWL will present results from the Gender on the Agenda: Survey of the Victorian Legal Profession and the recipient of the inaugural Pay Equity Award will be announced. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase Dr Summers’ recently released memoir Unfettered and Alive and receive 35% of the RRP.

Click here For further information and registration details

Melbourne Law School Events: 2018 Rare Books Lecture - Vulnerable Law Sources, and How to Take Care of Them

Date: Thursday 25 October 2018,6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Theatre G08, Ground Floor, Melbourne Law School

The description of legal books as ‘rare’ invokes a sense of romance: the preservation of fragments of previous centuries, in specialist archives and libraries, awaiting discovery by the assiduous scholar. Ann’s work concerns telling Australian law stories of the past 60 years, and her archival adventures have been far less romantic, but raise urgent problems. In a time of open access the notes, books, documents, records, court files, and transcripts created closest to our own time should exist in robust proliferation, and enable myriad stories to be told about developments in our law and public life. The reality is that they might be better described as precarious, or vulnerable. Many are of uncertain status or dispersed location; others have already been sentenced.

In her talk Ann will reflect on two recent projects, ‘Lives Lived with Law’ and the ‘Court as Archive’, as both anchor around how Australian public institutions might understand their custodial responsibilities for contemporary law sources. In doing so, she will also contemplate her own scholarly obligations when conducting such research, and why it is she cares about these rich and irreplaceable materials, and the diverse Australian stories of living with law that they tell.

Interested parties can register here


Annual Australasian Jury Conference

Date: Friday 2 November 2018

Registrations for the Australasian Jury Research and Practice Conference on Friday 2 November 2018 are now open.

To purchase your ticket to attend the conference, please follow this link here

To view the speakers and program for the conference, click here.

La Trobe Law School Seminar - From Dole Bludger to Mutual Obligation: Activation with an Antipodean Accent

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 12noon-1pm
Venue: La Trobe University, Bundoora campus, Social Sciences Building, Level 2, room SS232 (Moot Court)
Speaker: Anthony O'Donnell

Registration and further details: 

End of Year Celebration

Date: Thursday 15 November 2018, 5:30-7:30pm
Venue: Ms Collins (The Ballroom), 425 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD 

The Victorian Committee invites you to join them for the ALA's End of Year Celebration. Together, let's reflect on what we have learned and celebrate all we have achieved.

With exclusive use of The Ballroom at Ms Collins, you will be greeted with the ALA special Appletini and toast to the new year. Enjoy a gourmet selection of canapés and drinks, on us!

Attendance is FREE for members but online registration is essential. Non-members are welcome to join the celebration for small fee of $45.

What better way to send off the year? Register now to avoid missing out as places are limited.

Click here for more information and registration. 

Ethics Lunch & Learn Seminar : The 3 Cs of ethics – confidentiality, conflict, and duty to the court

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 12:30-1:30pm
Venue: College of Law Victoria, Level 10, 459 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

This one hour lunch and learn seminar will enhance your understanding of a lawyer’s professional conduct obligations and give practical tips on how to deal with the common ethical dilemmas faced by members of the legal profession.

Click here for more information and registration. 

Upcoming Family Law conferences

Havana Cuba

There will be a family law conference held in Havana Cuba from 7 to 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”

Click here to download the conference flyer.  

Arctic 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.”

Click here to download the conference flyer.  

Bali Conference

The 9th annual Family Law conference in Bali is to be held from 8th to 11th  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.

Click here to download the conference flyer.  

Jam Boutique Conferences: Family Law Conference - 9 -12 June 2019

Join us in sunny Malta for a 3 day conference – registration fee includes:

  • Registration and Welcome evening
  • 3 night’s accommodation at the Palace Hotel, Sliema Malta (5 star)
  • Daily breakfast, morning tea & lunch
  • 8 professional development sessions
  • Australian and Maltese presenters

Flights not included (but lots of early bird specials about for 2019)

Registration fee

$2,000 conference attendee

$350 non-attendee (sharing room with attendee)


Email one of us and we will issue you with tax invoice $500 (per conference attendee) non-refundable deposit is payable with your book and the final payment due 1 April 2019.   

Marlene Ebejer: 0411 772 064

John Spender: 0409 147 646

Angela de Mel: 0411 611 171               

Careers & Opportunities
30th International human rights competition for lawyers

The Caen Memorial International human rights competition for lawyers is open to all lawyers registered with a bar, irrespective of their nationality, language or age, who are willing to inform the public of the profession’s commitment to defend the human rights. The competition is only open to the defence of individual cases. Lawyers agree to not compromise or prejudice the defended person. Human rights are binding on all and concern all defendants, whoever they may be, under the fundamental right of defence.

The closing date for submitting pleadings to the Memorial de Caen museum is Friday 9 November 2018.

The final of the competition will be held at the Memorial de Caen on 27 January 2019.

6 Day November Course – Last Chance to Become a Nationally Accredited Mediator in 2018

Registrations are now open for our November 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
November 19, 20, 21 & 26, 27, 28

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

2019 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

The Koowarta Scholarship was established in 1994, with the aim of promoting the study and practice of the law by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and, commemorates John Koowarta as a member of the Winychanam community and a traditional owner of the Archer River region on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. John Koowarta is widely regarded as being at the forefront of Aboriginal land rights in Australia during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is today revered as one of the most important figures in the progression of Native Title rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Koowarta Scholarship is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an Australian tertiary institution undertaking an approved course of study provided that may lead to admission as a legal practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction.

Click here to apply and view the Eligibility Criteria. 

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2018.

The Justice and Society Symposium

Date: 29 – 30 November
Venue: Cranlana House, Toorak
Cost: $3814 

Is Justice Possible?

Members of the Victorian Bar are warmly invited to attend this exclusive symposium to explore the conceptions of justice underpinning our society.

Open to up to 20 leading minds in the Justice Sector, participants will engage in moderated discussion looking at the pragmatic, aspirational, and actual aims of Justice in the social fabric. The clarification of the role of justice in society helps inform our role as practitioners of the Law – and sharpens our ethical and moral judgement of the decisions we must make in our position each day.

Over the course of the two days, we will discuss questions such as: Do we believe the rule of law to be good because it is just or is it just because we think it is good? To what degree is our understanding of justice determined by the laws under which we live? Are there certain universal requirements that any just law must full? Is it possible to have a just society without a base of guaranteed moral rights? If not, what are those guaranteed moral rights?

Visit or contact us on 03 9827 2660 to find out more.

Australian Bar Association Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive

Date: 21 - 25 January 2019

Are you 5 years or more at the Bar, looking to refresh or to ‘ramp up’ your advocacy skills? Considering applying for silk? Looking to stimulate your advocacy?

If so, the Advanced Advocacy Course is for you. A 5 day live-in intensive course, where you run a trial, with each aspect of your conduct of the trial being analysed and reviewed. 

Many members of the Bar have had the benefit of the training provided by the Course, sometimes as a precursor to talking silk, or generally to increase their trial skills.  

The instructors comprise highly experienced instructors, including silks, judges and international trainers.

Click here to download the brochure for more details.

Contact Carolyn Sparke QC ( or x 8492) for more information.

Deadline for the next issue:5pm, 18th October 2018