In Brief Issue #903


Bar Office Restructure

Following a comprehensive review, there is to be a restructure of the Bar Office. The restructure is intended to enable the Bar Office to meet members’ requirements more effectively, improve internal governance, and strengthen delivery of the Bar’s strategic plan and objectives.

The review revealed a particular need for enhanced capability within the Bar Office in relation to information technology, program management, content development and writing, and legal support for the Bar’s compliance and policy functions. The restructure will enable steps to be taken to address those needs, and members can expect to see significant improvements in each of these areas in coming months.

One of the few constants in modern life is change, and the Victorian Bar is obviously not immune. Our Bar has roughly doubled in size in the past 20 years. I would hazard to say that the complexity of the Bar, and the challenges we face, have increased at a faster rate than our numbers. The days are long gone when the affairs of the Bar could be managed on a part-time basis by volunteer members.

As an association that exists to advance the interests of its members, the Bar Office must be staffed so as to maximise the value that can be extracted from every dollar of membership subscription fees that we each pay every year. This means that its structure must be regularly analysed and reviewed.

As a result of the restructure, two long-standing members of the Bar Office are leaving us.

After many years as part of the fabric of the Bar, Ross Nankivell is leaving us. Ross’ contribution to the Bar over that time is well known, most recently in the role of Manager Assisting the CEO. Among other matters, Ross has assisted successive Chairmen and Presidents of the Bar by providing speeches for all manner of occasions including judicial welcomes and farewells, drafting obituaries, preparing lift notices, responding to requests from outside bodies for information about the Bar, and championing the opening of the legal year. We will miss Ross’ wealth of knowledge of the Bar and its history.

Rachel Chrapot is also leaving us. As General Manager, Member Services and a former barrister, Rachel’s contribution has also been significant. She has been pivotal in improving the Readers’ Course, bringing her understanding of what it takes to be a barrister. Rachel’s enthusiasm and willingness to offer assistance to readers throughout each course was always a feature of her involvement and will be affectionately remembered. She also played a notable role in the management of the Bar entrance examination, and the operation of the Ethics and Indictable Crime Certificate Committees. She is loved by a generation of young barristers who attended “her” readers’ course.

We thank both Ross and Rachel for their contribution to our Bar and wish them well.

Let me take this opportunity to let you know who to contact in the Bar Office for enquiries:

  • General enquiries: Judith Clark, Reception/Administration Assistant, will quickly direct you to the right staff member for any matter T: +61 3 9225 7111 E:
  • Enquiries about your membership: Daphne Ioannidis, Member Services Administrator, T: +61 3 9225 8326 E:
  • Ethics enquiries: Marisa Pretotto, Compliance Officer, T: +61 3 9225 6298 E:
  • Issues related to our conduct policies: Travis McKay, Senior In-House Lawyer, Risk & Compliance T: +61 3 9225 7960 E: or Kai Li Zhu, Policy Lawyer T: +61 3 9225 6164 E:
  • Education enquiries including CPDs and the Readers’ Course: Nina Massara, Education Manager, Christina Mavropoulos, Education Coordinator, Readers and Aylah Lohman, Education Coordinator, CPD, via
  • Website enquiries including login and updating your profile: Daniel Cousens, Digital Communications Coordinator (except for updates in relation to chambers, email and internal phone) T: +61 3 9225 8314 E:
  • Email, IT and phone: to BCL Service Desk via 8888 or
  • Other general enquiries: email


Vale the Honourable Philip Cummins AM

Recently, the Bar lost one of our leaders, the Honourable Philip Cummins AM. Philip was 79. He was a gifted criminal jury advocate who maintained a civil practice. He became a Supreme Court Judge who worked in all divisions of the Court, including as the Senior Judge in the Trial Division, Principal Judge of the Criminal Division and an acting Judge of Appeal.

Philip’s service to the Bar included over a decade on Bar Council including as Chairman, service on 14 Committees, chairing half of those. Further service to the law included terms as Chair of the Victoria Law Foundation, Chair of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children inquiry; Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and President of the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies in London.

The Bar’s full obituary for “Fabulous Phil” can be read here.


Retirement of a legend—David Curtain QC

As this edition of In Brief hits in-boxes, a long lunch is underway at an undisclosed location (rumoured to be MoVida) to farewell another legend of the Victorian Bar, David Curtain QC, who has today officially retired from active practice.

David signed the Roll of Counsel in 1976. Among many selfless contributions to the Bar, he served on Bar Council as an ordinary member, as well as Treasurer, Vice-Chairman, and then Chairman for an 18 month period in 1998 and 1999. He will be remembered for, among other matters, his commitment to many Bar initiatives, including pioneering work in relation to gender equality at the Bar, something that he identified as an objective of his term as Chairman. On this International Women’s Day, while it is sobering to reflect on how glacial progress towards true equality has seemed, we can also celebrate the strides that have been made at the Victorian Bar in the past 20 years. In 1998, women represented about 15% of practising barristers at the Victorian Bar; they now represent 30% of practising barristers, and more than 40% of barristers of 15 years call and under. 

On behalf of the entire Bar, all the best, David, for your retirement.


Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants

The Royal Commission’s public submission process is now open.

At the invitation of the Commissioner, the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC, the Victorian Bar will provide a submission.

However, any member of the public may make a submission, including members of our Bar. The Commission’s Terms of Reference may be found here. Information about making a submission, including information about privacy issues and a link to a secure online submission portal can be found on the Royal Commission’s submissions page. Submissions concerning the number of and extent to which cases may have been affected by the conduct of Nicola Gobbo as a human source are due by Friday, 15 March 2019. Submissions relating to all other matters set out in the terms of reference are due by Friday, 12 April 2019.


ABA Conference: Convergence 2019– Program and Early Bird Tickets for Singapore in July

Early Bird tickets are available for the Australian Bar Association’s biennial international conference, Convergence 2019. The Conference Program has been released, together with an Accompanying Persons’ Program and a program of Family and Optional Activities.

Featured speakers include the Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC of the High Court of Australia, and the Hon Chief Justice Sudaresh Menon of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

There are special delegate airfares with Singapore Airlines, including for families, to Singapore and beyond, with the specials extending to post-conference destinations.

This will be the conference highlight of the year—a unique opportunity to meet up with colleagues from the other independent referral Bars of Australia, obtain your annual quota of CPD points at sessions presented by pre-eminent members of the judiciary and the profession, and get some sun in the middle of Melbourne’s winter.

ABA Committee membership—expressions of interest close Monday 11 March, 5pm

Speaking of the ABA—among its functions include providing advice, evaluating legislation, drafting submissions, reporting on current and anticipated developments which could affect the legal profession, and contributing articles on current issues, in relation to matters of national importance, such as Commonwealth law and policy and the regulation of the legal profession.

I encourage members of the Victorian Bar to contribute to the important work of the ABA by applying to serve (or remain) on the following ABA Committees:

  • Criminal Law Committee
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • Family Law Committee
  • Futures Committee
  • Indigenous Issues Committee
  • International Committee
  • Taxation Committee

Applications have closed for members of other Bars, but I have negotiated a short extension of time for members of the Victorian Bar, to ensure that we are fully and appropriately represented on all committees. Time is tight, though—expressions of interest close next Monday, 11 March, at 5pm.

To apply, please do not delay: complete the online form indicating the committees for which you wish to be considered (no more than two).

This is an excellent opportunity for members of the Victorian Bar to contribute to the development of national law and policy, as well as to build contacts with like-minded barristers from our companion Bars.

The ABA is the national voice of the independent referral Bars of Australia. The Victorian Bar is an active constituent member.


A busy week

Behind the scenes this week, among other things, I met with the Legal Services Commissioner together with the Bar Council Executive, representatives of the Bar Council’s Governance Working Group, my fellow trustee of the Barristers’ Benevolent Fund, and the Chair of the Ethics Committee; and continued the process of providing feedback to last year’s silk candidates.


Welcomes and appointments

The profession will extend welcomes at ceremonial sittings of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia as follows:

  • Justice Michael O’Bryan, who commenced in the Melbourne Registry of the Court on 26 February, will be welcomed on Tuesday 9 April at 9.30am.
  • John Snaden will be both sworn in and welcomed on Monday 29 April 2019 at 9.30am.
Vicbar News & Events
Save the Date - Victorian Bar Dinner

This year's Bar Dinner will be held at the Plaza Ballroom on Friday 17 May.

The Honourable Chief Justice Anne Ferguson, of the Supreme Court of Victoria, is the guest of honour and keynote speaker.

Be sure to keep the date free in your diary.

Lawyer’s Mediation Certification Course

The Victorian Bar is proud to present the 2019 Lawyer's Mediation Certification Course.  Places are limited – book now to avoid disappointment.

The course runs over 6 days in early May as an intensive and interactive educational experience.  The participants will learn negotiation strategies, participate in a number of role-playing simulations, and receive personalised feedback from highly skilled mediation practitioners.

COST:  $3075 (inc GST) for Members*

            $3590 (inc GST) for Non-members

A discount of 10% is available to participants in the March 2019 or September 2018 Reader's Courses.

DATE:  3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12 May 2019, 8.30 – 18.00

WHERE:  Owen Dixon Chambers East, Level 1, 205 William Street, Melbourne

CPD POINTS:  8 CPD points are available in the Ethics & Professional Responsibility; and Barrister Skills categories.

The Victorian Bar is proud to have amongst its members some of the most experienced lawyer mediation practitioners in the country. If you would like more information please click here, or register for the course please fill out the online form.

WBA AGM - Join the Committee!

WBA will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 3 April 2019, at 1pm, in the Bar Council Chamber on Level 1 in Owen Dixon Chambers East. 

The AGM is open for all members to attend and WBA also encourages new members to attend and join. 

Further, the WBA wishes to put out a call for new committee members. Anyone interested in joining the Committee is welcome to email or call Kylie Weston-Scheuber or Georgia Berlic to discuss, or simply send a nomination form to Jess Swanwick by no later than 5pm on 29 March 2019

At the AGM, the Committee for 2019/2020 will be elected and other business (including accounts for the year) will be considered.

Disputes in Sport – a number of perspectives

In recent years, sports have faced integrity dilemmas from cobalt, the Essendon doping saga, genetics and gender-identity, live-baiting, match fixing, “sandpaper-gate” and most recently Weir, to name a few. 

In this Q&A style seminar, we have three highly regarded practitioners giving their views from their side of the  field:

Jack Rush RFD QC, the Victorian Bar

Jeff Gleeson QC, the Victorian Bar

Laura Sigal, AFL Players Association

Respectively, highly experienced tribunal member, counsel assisting and lawyer for the athlete. 

This will be an interactive session designed towards an open discussion on issues faced by sports law practitioners today.

19 March 2019

The Essoign

5pm to 7pm

This seminar will count for 1 CPD point.

Duty Lawyering with Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid & The Victorian Bar

In light of the new Bail and Remand Court at Melbourne, and almost around-the-clock courts, there is a huge demand for experienced criminal law barristers to be involved in the Victoria Legal Aid duty lawyer service.

Victoria Legal Aid has an established relationship with the Victorian Bar, with barristers regularly accepting briefs as duty lawyer in various courts around the State. We are increasing the number of briefs to the criminal bar, including remand courts and mention courts. This is a great opportunity to pursue an additional work base which will complement your daily practice.


  • Access to support from Legal Aid lawyers while on duty
  • Flexible working hours, with availabilities during the day, in the evening, and on weekends
  • Working in a team environment with other Legal Aid lawyers
  • Client interaction
  • Satisfying work in the criminal justice area
  • Extensive training and access to support materials
  • Competitive rates

Dan Nicholson, Executive Director Criminal Law           

Sharon Keith
Kate Bundrock

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 5.15 - 6.15pm

McPhee, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

To register go to

Workshop Series: Writing for Wellbeing – Emotions

Children's Court Bar Association

The writing workshop is an 8-part series that is suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring their emotional world creatively through writing for relief, self-empowerment and self-awareness. It is a small, personal group and suits people who want to explore the emotional world that they inhabit in the workplace but prefer not to do so through traditional therapy.

There are 8 workshops in this series, and each week a different emotion will be creatively engaged with and explored through the writing. The workshop facilitator uses a variety of writing exercises and brief discussion. There is no obligation to engage in discussion (or share what has been written) but the opportunity is there for those who wish to.

The purpose of the workshop is to develop the ability to listen, engage with and learn from our emotional reality. At the end of the workshop participants will have a journal full of writing and many may choose to continue on with journaling as a useful modality to process emotions that arise out of their workplace on a continuing basis.

These approaches to writing through emotions can be added to a practitioners healthy coping mechanisms for unpacking their experiences and constructively working through and expressing their emotional experiences so that their emotions don’t get ’stuck’ or ‘clouded’ or vented in less productive ways.

Angelina Mirabito, PhD

April 16 & 30;

May 14 & 28;

June 11 & 25; and

July 9 & 23, at 17.00-19.00

Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

$320 as a package OR
$45 per session

RSVP is essential for this workshop.
To register please contact:

ABA Committee membership: Expressions of interest

The Australian Bar Association draws upon the experience and knowledge of its members to effectively represent the profession and advance public debate on law reform and legal policy issues.

The ABA's committees are comprised of members from the Association's constituent bodies.

Each year the ABA reviews the need for committees, the role of each committee and membership of committees.

A list of committees receiving nominations can be found here:

ABA members who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee should complete the online form indicating the committees for which they wish to be considered. Members should nominate for no more than two committees.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the online form

Expressions of interest will now close at 5pm on Monday 11 March 2019.

Owen Dixon Chambers East entrance revitalisation

A new entrance experience is currently under construction in Owen Dixon Chambers East – the original home of the bar.

Led by Peter Jopling AM QC, Chair of the Art & Collections Committee, in collaboration with Barristers’ Chambers Limited and Carr Design, the concept is complete with the revitalisation of a welcoming entrance and extension of the Art Gallery in one of our busiest and historical chambers.

After an extensive program of research, design, care and consideration the design has been complete with works having commenced in the middle of January, 2019 and include:-

  • Extension of the gallery and available hanging area with the removal of the central control room,
  • Relocation and a new modern design meeting and concierge area,
  • Modern way finding and signage,
  • A memorial wall to honour members that have served for our country.

A memorable unveiling is planned and we look forward to sharing more in further communications from BCL and the Victorian Bar, and included in, In Brief.

The program of work will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete from 14 January, 2019.  BCL will communicate directly with all tenants with regards to any planned disruptions (if any) during this time.

Peter Jopling AM QC & Barristers’ Chamber Limited

Victorian Bar Member CPD Events
Vicbar Life
Personal Injury Social Drinks

Supporting Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.

Join us from 5pm on Friday 15 March at The Essoign Club.

See flyer for more details.

The Essoign Members March 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.

Art Exhibition - STUDIO 11

Image Sharyn Madder
Millionaire’s Leap
Soft Pastel

You are warmly invited to view the current Art Exhibition at Studio 11, located on Level 11 Owen Dixon Chambers East, Conversations, featuring 73 works by local artists, Wendy Roche and Sharyn Madder.

The body of work comprises mixed media, conte, felting, eco-dyeing, watercolour, pastel, charcoal and pencil work. The exhibition offers the community of the Victorian Bar, family, friends and colleagues an opportunity to take a break and explore the work at leisure. All works are for sale, directly from the artists, commission free.

Work sheets together with artist biographies are available on Level 11. The Studio 11 initiative is run on a voluntary basis.

The exhibition runs until 4 April 2019.

The Essoign – The Lex Pistols are back!

Its official, the Lex Pistols will be back to perform live at the Essoign Club on Friday the 5th of April at 6.00pm.

Click here to view the flyer.

Absolute is Celebrating International Women’s Day

To celebrate IWD2019 we are offering free initial consults with our Performance Coaches for the week.

Absolute is proud of the fact that 51% of our clientele are female. Each & every day we see amazing women in our centre getting stronger, healthier, reducing stress and taking pride in their achievements.  To celebrate IWD2019 we offering free initial consults for the week starting Friday 8th March with our industry leading Performance Coaches.  To book your place please email

Practice & Profession News
ABA Arbitration Inquiry Submission: New Deadline 15 March 2019

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) has asked the Hon Roger Gyles AO QC to inquire into and report on actions that the ABA can take to enhance opportunities for Australian Barristers to practice in International Disputes, with a focus on Arbitration in the Asia - Pacific region.

There are two aspects to be considered by Mr Gyles in his inquiry and report:

  1. How to retain international work in, and bring such work to, Australia;
  2. How to facilitate the briefing of Australian barristers in work overseas, particularly in the region.

Mr Gyles is due to report on 1 May 2019. Practitioners are encouraged to provide their views to Mr Gyles by 15 March 2019. 
For details of the Terms of Reference and submission details, see

Changes introduced by Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 5) Bill 2018 (Cth)

Please click here for a Law Council memo on changes introduced by Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 5) Bill 2018 (Cth).

Profession CPD & Events
ABA CONVERGENCE 2019 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN | Singapore | 11-12 July 2019

The ABA is delighted to announce registration for its Commercial Law conference in Singapore is now open.  Open to all members of the Australian and Asia-Pacific legal professions, we invite you to register for what will be an excellent 2-day conference and social program.

Visit the Convergence 2019 website now

Payment options include credit card or EFT at a later date.  

Among the confirmed speakers are:

  • The Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia
  • The Hon Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore
  • The Hon Stephen Gageler AC, High Court of Australia
  • The Hon Andrew Phang, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • The Hon Dr Michael Hwang SC, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts
  • The Hon Craig Colvin, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon Jacqueline Gleeson, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon A S Bell, President, NSW Court of Appeal
  • The Hon Judith C Kelly, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory​
  • The Hon John Vaughan, Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • V. K. Rajah, former Attorney-General of Singapore 
  • Judith Gill QC, 20 Essex Street Chambers, London Court of International Arbitration
  • Fedelma C. Smith, Senior Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • Kathryn Haigh, General Counsel, AUSTRAC
  • Cameron Ford, Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tinto
  • George Lim SC, Chair, Singapore International Mediation Centre
  • Samuel Chacko, Legis Point LLC, Singapore
  • Jimmy Chan, Clifford Chance, Hong Kong
  • Dinesh Dhillon, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
  • Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University 
  • Michelle Quigley, Group Manager, Legal & Risk, AusGroup

Registration is available from just $1,990 (excluding flights and accommodation), and a tax invoice will be sent once successfully registered. 

Unable to attend?  The ABA is also pleased to announce that you can now sponsor a barrister of under 7 years practice to attend the conference. ​

For more information, please visit the event website or contact the events team at

2019 Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture: Innovation and Experimentation in the International Climate Change Regime

Presented by Professor Lavanya Rajamani, Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Date: Tuesday 12 March 2019

Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Theatre G08, Ground Floor, Melbourne Law School

The international climate change negotiations, plagued as they are by deep-seated and seemingly irresolvable differences, have had to demonstrate remarkable dexterity over the years in skirting political dysfunction to reach agreement. The agreements reached reflect innovation and experimentation in several respects: the architecture of the legal instruments adopted, the profusion of norms of differing legal character in these instruments, the forms of differentiation between developed and developing countries, and even in the processes and procedures parties followed to reach agreement. This lecture will explore innovation and experimentation across the climate change regime, with a focus on issues relating to legal character and differentiation.

The Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture honours the Fourth Dean of the Melbourne Law School, Kenneth Hamilton Bailey, who played a significant part in Australia's contribution to the formation of the United Nations. Kenneth Hamilton Bailey was born in Melbourne in 1898, was awarded the Rhodes scholarship for Victoria in 1919 and graduated Oxford with a degree in Law and Arts. Bailey returned to The University of Melbourne in 1924, where he became a Professor of Jurisprudence, and later, a Professor of Public Law.

This event is co-hosted by the Melbourne Journal of International Law.

Interested parties can register here

Please see flyer here.

Cyngler Consulting Courses

2019 Courses

  • Do you ever find yourself in difficult conversations? Come and join one our programs.
  • Do you need mediation accreditation or reaccreditation? Enrol in our next course.
  • Are you wanting to extend and enlarge your mediation skills? Come and take one of our Mediation Masterclasses.
  • Do you need training or support in conflict management, decision making or listening skills? Get in touch with us.

This year’s scheduled programs are listed below. We look forward to assisting you in 2019.

March 18-20 and 25-27 
National Mediator Accreditation - 6 Days

Visit our website for more information and to register.

Tigers@Law – Kicking off the 2019 AFL Season

Are you a Tiger tragic counting down to the start of the AFL season?

Friday 15 March 2019 from 7.15-8.45am

Breakfast at the Essoign, Owen Dixon Chambers, Level 1, 205 William Street, Melbourne with a welcome by the Patron of the Tigers@Law, the Honourable Chief Justice Ferguson, and Guest Speaker Peggy O’Neal, President of the Richmond Football Club in conversation with Age journalist Konrad Marshall.

All Tiger supporting legal representatives and support staff are welcome.  $60 per head including GST.

Register at or contact Simon Rubenstein on 9225 7432

Saints in Law Function

St Kilda supporters are invited to drinks, canapes and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of RSEA Park, Moorabbin, on Tuesday 19 March 2019. CEO Matt Finnis and Head of Football Simon Lethlean will also be there for a chat. 

Click here to download the event flyer. 

Kids behind barbed wire – A panel session with global experts on child rights

Thursday, 21 March 2019 from 6pm at Deakin Downtown, Tower 2, Level 12, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne

30 years after the launching of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children are being held in appalling conditions in military detention in Palestine, behind wire in Mexico, on Manus and Nauru as part of Australia’s offshore processing policy and in a prison condemned for adult occupation in the NT of Australia. Children with mental disabilities suffer doubly in custody and in institutional care.

This panel event by the International Commission of Jurists Victoria in conjunction with Deakin Law School brings together global experts in person, online and by video to highlight the growing concern that the rights of children have been lost in the miasma of political rhetoric.

Our panel will answer questions on their experience of the practical and legal issues in their roles attempting to find dignity and respect for children subjected to the harshest of treatment.

Click here for further information regarding panel members and registration details.


CIArb Australia Branch Courses
Transparency International Australia – Tackling Corruption Together: Rebuilding Trust in Australian Business and Regulators

Transparency International Australia’s 2019 national conference – Tackling Corruption Together: Rebuilding Trust in Australian Business and Regulators – will set the stage for public officials and business leaders to learn from each other, demonstrate good practice and champion a path towards better governance and corporate social responsibility.

Join us for the one-day conference on April 4 to focus on solutions for the private sector to tackle corruption and strengthen integrity across the financial, property and mining sectors.

For more information, visit the conference website:

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.  

Careers & Opportunities
Deputy Registrar, Common Law, Supreme Court of Victoria

Senior leadership role in the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria – fixed term to March 2020.

Victoria’s highest Court is seeking a legally qualified individual as Deputy Registrar in its Common Law Division. The successful candidate will lead a small team of lawyers and administrative staff managing proceedings in specialist lists in the Common Law Division including the Judicial Review and Appeals List and the Trusts, Equity and Probate List. As a senior legal officer, the Deputy Registrar also provides strategic and legal support to the Judicial Registrar and other judicial officers and senior Court administrators.

The successful candidate will have significant demonstrated experience in litigation in one or more areas of the Common Law Division’s jurisdiction and have a keen interest in the administration of justice

While the successful candidate will be offered a fixed term contract to March 2020, there is the possibility of ongoing employment.

Applications close 11 March 2019. For more information on this position please visit:

Have you considered being on a Victorian building or plumbing board?

Upcoming opportunities exist for a range of building and plumbing boards through the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

From March, Expressions of Interest open to join one of these boards.

Click here to view the flyer with more information.

Legal & Policy Officer, Common Law Division, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Victoria’s highest court is seeking an experienced lawyer to provide legal and policy support to judicial officers of the Common Law Division.
  • Legal research & policy focus - fixed term to 14 January 2020 – VPS Grade 4 – CBD location.

An opportunity exists for an experienced lawyer to provide significant legal, policy and administrative support to the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The Legal & Policy Officer works closely with the Principal Judge, Judicial Registrar and Deputy Registrars of the Division to undertake and coordinate research, policy advice and reports on areas of priority to the Court to ensure its smooth running and to identify and address emerging issues and trends in litigation. Further information concerning the role can be found in the accompanying Position Description or by contacting Kate Clark, Deputy Registrar - Common Law Division.

Applications should include a covering letter, detailed CV and a copy of the applicant's academic transcript.

Applications close 19 March 2019. For more information on this position please visit:

Registry Lawyer, Supreme Court of Victoria

The Supreme Court of Victoria seeks a legally qualified person with two to three years post-admission experience to assist judicial officers with the management of personal injury proceedings.

About the role

As a Registry Lawyer you will be part of a team providing key pre-trial case management support to the judicial officers managing the Personal Injuries, Dust Diseases and Civil Circuit Lists to promote the just, efficient, timely and cost effective resolution of cases.

You will manage files under the supervision of the Judicial Registrar, Deputy Registrar and Senior Registry Lawyer responsible for these Lists and will provide substantive and procedural legal analysis and high level administrative management of proceedings and will have regular contact with practitioners, litigants and judicial officers.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have at least two to three years post-admission litigation experience, ideally including personal injury claims.

You will also have the ability to work collaboratively with other members of a team to plan and prioritise tasks required for the management of a high volume caseload and be able to contribute to the development, implementation and refinement of best practice and procedure.

Good interpersonal skills, an inquiring mind, an eye for detail and a keen interest in the administration of justice will also stand you in good stead to excel in this role.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Applications close: Tuesday 19 March 2019

Banking and Financial Services Law Association - Annual Scholarship and Research Essay Prize



The Banking and Financial Services Law Association is the leading professional organisation for banking and financial services law in Australia and New Zealand. The BFSLA’s objects include the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge of banking and financial services law and practice in Australia and New Zealand, including by encouraging research.

To that end, each year the BFSLA invites citizens and permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand to submit research essays on important matters in banking and financial services law and/or practice (including insolvency) that are currently topical in Australia or New Zealand, in competition for a prize pool.

The prize pool in 2019 is A$12,000.

Entries must be submitted by 5pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, 5 July 2019. The winner or winners, if any, will be announced at or around the BFSLA’s annual conference, which this year will be held from Thursday, 29 August 2019 to Saturday, 31 August 2019 at the Sheraton Mirage resort on the Gold Coast.

To be eligible, entries need to display a high degree of legal scholarship and original thinking, and to be of a standard, as regards both content and presentation, that is suitable for publication in a refereed law journal.

For a full list of conditions, more information about the prize and an explanation of how to enter, go to the Association’s website,

If you have any other questions about the prize, please email Julia Clancy at

InBrief Submissions - please email to: 
Deadline for the next issue:5pm, 14th March 2019