In Brief Issue #887


Wellbeing of the Victorian Bar survey results

Last night I presented the findings of the Bar’s first “Wellbeing of the Victorian Bar” survey to members. We were delighted to be joined by Chief Justice Ferguson at the briefing. The judiciary and the Bar are at one on the importance of good physical and mental health if we are all to achieve our potential. We all know that judges and counsel alike work in a high stress, high performance environment, and that we must work together, in partnership, to safeguard the efficient administration of justice.

There were 856 valid responses to the survey from currently practising counsel—a response rate of 40%. The survey findings showed that:

  • 73% of respondents are satisfied with the overall quality of their working lives;
  • 79% are satisfied with their jobs as a whole; and
  • 90% agreed or strongly agreed that they get a sense of achievement from doing their jobs.

These results were very pleasing, and well above benchmarks from comparable surveys conducted elsewhere in Australia and the United Kingdom.

However, there were areas of concern, including that 68% of respondents said they experienced stress at work and only 33% said they get the sleep they need every night.

The survey also sought information about Victorian barristers’ experiences of discrimination, harassment and bullying, and here the results were also concerning.

In the last year, one-third of women barristers and one-in-six male barristers reported experiencing discrimination: mostly gender, but also age, race and other discrimination. About 60% of those identified as being responsible for the reported discrimination were external to the Bar.

One-in-six women barristers and 2% of male barristers reported sexual harassment in the last year, with about one-third of those identified as being responsible being external to the Bar.

One-third of women barristers and one-in-five male barristers reported experiencing workplace bullying in the past year, with two-thirds of the persons identified as responsible being external to the Bar. A disturbing 59% of respondents said they had experienced judicial bullying in the course of their careers.

As I said at the briefing last night, discrimination, bullying and harassment are not acceptable in any workplace and certainly not at the Victorian Bar.

Whilst rates of discrimination, bullying and harassment experienced at the Victorian Bar appear to be lower than those of Australian workplaces in general and the legal profession as a whole, the survey findings have highlighted the need for measures to address problem areas.

Bar Council and the Health and Wellbeing Committee will consider a range of measures. We welcome, in particular, the grant we have received from the Victorian Legal Services Board which will enable us to create a health and wellbeing information and resources portal and to evaluate other initiatives.

I have shared the survey results with heads of jurisdiction, all of whom have committed to working with the Bar to introduce measures to address the report findings. More information appears in the next item of my message.

I encourage you to read the presentation made to members last night here and to take a look at the full report on the survey findings here.

Finally, remember that our profession, whilst rewarding for most of us, can be pressured and stressful at times, and to look out for and support your colleagues. Your Bar is committed to providing the resources and support to address these pressures and to providing a supportive work environment.

Judicial Conduct Policy and Protocol

In response to the findings in the Wellbeing of the Bar report, the Bar Council last week adopted a policy in relation to good judicial conduct. The policy is available on our website

Just as judicial officers are entitled to expect the highest standards of professionalism and integrity from members of the Victorian Bar, so too members of the Victorian Bar are entitled to expect the highest standards of conduct from the judicial officers before whom we appear.

Our judicial conduct policy is an Australian first.

The policy outlines options for members who believe they have experienced or witnessed inappropriate judicial conduct. It also outlines the support mechanisms that are available for those who need it.

The Bar Council has appointed two Judicial Conduct Advisers, Jack Rush RFD QC and Fiona McLeod SC. They are available to provide members with advice and support in relation to concerns about judicial conduct. They will be able to advise you as to whether something you have experienced or witnessed may have crossed the line, and provide information about options. Jack and Fiona add to the other existing support mechanisms available at the Bar, including mentors and senior mentors, the Bar Council, our open-door policy, and the availability of free, 24/7 professional counselling for members and their families.

The judicial conduct policy also introduces a new reporting mechanism for members who have experienced or witnessed inappropriate judicial conduct, but do not wish to make a formal or informal complaint. This mechanism is similar to that available under the Bar’s bullying, harassment and discrimination policies. By reporting conduct, even if you do not want to make a complaint, you will help us to understand the prevalence of inappropriate conduct and the contexts in which it occurs, to enable us to tailor our information and resources, and to share information with Victoria’s courts and tribunals.

I am also pleased to be able to announce that the Chief Justice and I have developed a written protocol for raising directly with her Honour, in a relatively informal manner, concerns about judicial conduct at the Supreme Court. I expect that a similar protocol will be finalised shortly with the Chief Judge of the County Court and that protocols of these kinds will be expanded to cover all Victorian courts, and be adopted by the Law Institute of Victoria. The protocols commit to writing long-standing informal arrangements between the leadership of the Bar and heads of jurisdictions. The written protocols are Australian firsts, and graphic testament to the shared commitment of the Courts and the Bar to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in our courtrooms.

The judicial conduct policy and protocols are intended to work alongside the more formal complaints mechanism available via the Judicial Commission of Victoria.

The Bar Council is committed to maintaining an open and frank dialogue with heads of jurisdiction about these issues. I am proud that our Bar, together with the Courts, is leading the way in grappling with these issues.

A big week at the Bar

There were three other large, successful events this week in addition to the launch of the Wellbeing of the Bar report. Hats off to the Victorian Bar events team.

VicBar Family Law Arbitration Group Launch

On Wednesday evening, around 150 people attended the launch of the VicBar Family Law Arbitration Group – “VFLAG”. Speakers included the newly appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court, Chief Justice Alstergren. VFLAG is well poised to fulfil its objective of raising awareness within the profession and the public of the opportunities which arbitrations provide for timely and efficient resolution of family law disputes.

Networking event in Ballarat

Last night, about 90 barristers and solicitors attended an informal networking evening in Ballarat, hosted by the Ballarat & District Law Association and the Victorian Bar, and sponsored by Dever’s List and Holmes List. By all accounts it was a great success.  Sam Hay attended on behalf of the Bar, together with fellow Bar Councillors Erin Hill and Justin Wheelahan. I was sorry to miss the event because of the clash with the launch of the Wellbeing of the Bar report.

Photo: Sam Hay, Stephen Jurica, James Remington and Adrian Tinetti

Annual Industrial Law Update

This week about 140 people attended the annual Industrial Law update, with Justice Bromberg chairing a panel of four speakers on recent developments in that practice area. Congratulations to the Industrial Bar Association who hosted the event.

A busy week

The release of the Wellbeing of the Bar report dominated my week. Earlier today I presented the results to the judiciary at an event organised by the Judicial College of Victoria and chaired by Chief Justice Ferguson. The event was well attended by many members of the judiciary from all jurisdictions, lured I suspect by the invitation which was sent under cover of an email with the subject line, “Hear what over 850 barristers have to say about their experiences of judicial conduct”.

This week, I also attended a Bar Council meeting, a Bar Council Executive meeting, a Diversity & Inclusion Working Group meeting, a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators dinner (representing the ABA in that case), caught up with the CEO of the Australian Bar Association and held my weekly meeting with the Victorian Bar’s CEO Sarah Fregon.

Vicbar News & Events
Celebration of a Life His Honour Judge Kevin Patrick O’Connor AM

Drinks to celebrate the life of Kevin O’Connor – Friday 26 October 2018 in The Essoign from 5 to 6:30 pm.

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death on Sunday 30 September 2018 of His Honour Judge Kevin Patrick O’Connor AM – an Acting Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and a Deputy President of the New South Wales Civil & Administrative Tribunal (“NCAT”). Kevin was 72 years of age (born 20 June 1946).

Click here to read the full obituary notice.

Call out to Barristers - Advocacy Instructor Training Workshop

The Victorian Bar will be holding a complimentary workshop for barristers who are interested in teaching advocacy skills.  Being an advocacy instructor is an important contribution to the profession and to the education program of the bar. The personal benefit of instructing is the improvement in ones’ own advocacy and the satisfaction of teaching others. The practical workshop is the first step in a Program of instructor training.

All barristers with a reasonable amount of experience in witness handling, in whatever jurisdiction, are encouraged to participate.

Introductory Session: Friday 9 November 2018, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Workshop: Saturday 10 November 2018, 9.00am – 5.00pm

Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 Williams Street

This workshop is a component of the Victorian Bar CPD Program and will carry 10 CPD points in Barrister Skills    

Please note that numbers in this workshop are limited, so register early to secure your place.

Click here to Register


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.


“The Changing Face of the Bar” - Purchase your prints

Just a reminder for all of those who participated in “The Changing Face of the Bar”, you can go online and view 

Some of the photographs taken and purchase digital or print options.

Please go to with the code that with the code that was emailed to you.

If you need your code to register please email Garth at or

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
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. 

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 - Cambridge Studio Gallery presents Carole Milton

The Essoign Club in conjunction with Cambridge Studio Gallery presents afternoon tea with the artist Carole Milton, Tuesday 23rd of October from 3pm – 5pm at the Essoign Club.

Click here to download the event flyer. 

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!

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 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.

Technological Innovation in Corporate Financing: Regulatory Challenges for the Fintech Era

Date: Monday 12 November 2018
Venue: Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

The Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies (CLARS) at Monash University Faculty of Law is hosting a symposium - Technological Innovation in Corporate Financing: Regulatory Challenges for the Fintech Era – at 9AM on Monday 12 November 2018 at Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. 

Click here to download the event flyer. 

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: 

Arbitration in Sport

Date: 14 November 2018
Venue: Madgwicks Lawyers, Level 6/140 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Join the Victorian arbitration and determinative Special Interest Group for this event, where a panel will discuss:

  • Issues about appointment of arbitrators, independence, natural justice, and access to the courts
  • Whether sports arbitration should fit within the Domestic and International Arbitration Acts
  • The proposed National Sports Tribunal, and overseas experience
  • Should each sport control its members destiny?
  • What really happens in practice?
  • A growth area of practice in sport.

This event will contribute 1 CPD point under the relevant Resolution Institute accreditation and grading schemes.

Click here for more information and registration.

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, 25th October 2018