In Brief Issue #915


Town Hall-style meeting on proposed reforms to the Constitution of the Victorian Bar

Yesterday we held a ‘town hall’ meeting to discuss proposed reforms to the Bar’s Constitution

The proposed reforms will be put to a Special General Meeting of the Victorian Bar Inc at 5pm on 12 June 2019 in the Neil McPhee room

If you are unable to attend, please appoint a proxy. If you would like to discuss any of the proposed reforms, please speak to any member of Bar Council.

There is more information in the notice below. 


Iftar Dinner

Together with the Australian Intercultural Society, on Monday the Bar co-hosted its first ever Iftar dinner—a dinner to mark the end of the daily fasting period during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

Azmeena Hussain delivered the evening’s keynote address. Ms Hussain, the first Muslim woman to be appointed a principal of a law firm (at Maurice Blackburn), spoke about the pursuit of social justice and the legal profession. I spoke on behalf of the Victorian Bar.

Other speakers included Ahmet Keskin from the Australian Intercultural Society and, in a series of ‘reflections’ from the floor, President Maxwell, Associate Justice Randall, Magistrate Masood, Jennifer Batrouney QC and Gabi Crafti. Imam Aslam Muhammad gave the call to prayer and a recitation from the Quran. The evening was hosted with panache by Donald Betts Jr.

Picture: The Hon Justice Jacinta Forbes, Azmeena Hussain, Dr Matt Collins QC


Bar subscriptions and Bar charities

Members will receive their annual Bar Subscription packs next week. Each pack will include letters respectfully asking for end-of-financial year donations to the three crucial Bar charities that rely on your generosity in order to perform their important work.

Victorian Bar Foundation – letter and donation form

The Victorian Bar Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation progressing the interests of justice in Victoria, particularly through legal education. In recent years the Foundation has contributed financially to the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law, the John Gibson Scholarship, which provides for a student from a refugee background to attend Trinity College, the James Merralls Visiting Fellowship in Law, the Monash University Refugee Scholarship Program, and the Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Award and Mentoring Program, which last year supported 48 student prize winners from 15 outer north western suburban high schools who have shown an interest in and aptitude for the study of law. As well as a $1,500 prize, the students were partnered with a mentor from the junior ranks of the Bar and encouraged to view the Bar as a career path open to all on merit, irrespective of socio-economic circumstances, ethnic background, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability.


Barristers’ Benevolent Foundation – letter and donation form

For nearly a century, the Barristers’ Benevolent Association has been providing financial assistance in the form of gifts and loans to barristers and close family members facing difficult circumstances. One of the aims is to help our fellow members through challenging health or family circumstances so they can remain at the Bar. Thanks to the generosity of members, since 2000, the Association has granted gifts totalling over $600,000 and made loans totalling over $690,000.

The Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery – letter and donation form

The gallery has been extended, linking the foyers of Owen Dixon West and East with stunning portraits and historic installations, incorporating the new Hartog Berkeley QC gallery room. Many new commissions and gifts were unveiled at the opening of the new gallery in March and, with your contribution, the Gallery hopes to commission portraits to pay tribute to several more members whose contributions to the law and broader community have made Victoria and Australia better places.


Federal Court Users Group

The Federal Court of Australia wishes to engage with the legal profession on an ongoing and structured basis by establishing User Groups for the Commercial & Corporations National Practice Areas (NPAs), in order to discuss significant developments in the law as well as practice issues which may arise in respect of the Court’s practice and procedure at a state and national level.

The Court proposes to commence with a:

  • general user group for the Commercial and Corporations NPA;
  • a user group for insolvency (bankruptcy and corporate insolvency); and
  • a Victorian state user group.

The user groups will be convened by the National Coordinating Judges for the relevant NPAs.

The Hon Justice Middleton has written to request the Bar nominate 20 practitioners for those committees. Justice Middleton’s letter contains further information.

The Bar’s protocol for nomination and appointment of members to external bodies can be found here. Your Expression of Interest should include a copy of your CV and identify any relevant areas of experience or expertise. 

Please forward your expression of interest to Denise Bennett at The closing date for EoIs is Monday 17 June 2019 at 5pm.


A busy week

As well as the Iftar event and the town hall meeting, this week I attended a General Counsel lunch as part of the General Counsel engagement project, the Human Rights Law Centre Annual Dinner and an outstanding CPD on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Behind the scenes, I caught up with the Chair and CEO of BCL to discuss future chambers investment plans and attended meetings with the Executive and the media law section of CommBar.

Vicbar News & Events
PC & PII Renewal 2019/20 – PII PREMIUM DUE TODAY

The LPLC requires payment of the professional indemnity insurance (PII) premium by 31 May 2019. The forms for LPLC Applicant Declaration (PII) are now available from the LPLC’s website or from the Victorian Bar Office on Level 5 205 William Street, however, practitioners are encouraged to renew online

The practising certificate (PC) renewals cycle for 2019/20 is also open.  Should you still need to renew your PC, links for online lodgement are available through your member home page or you may go directly to LSB Online.  

You can login to LSB Online and the LPLC renewal site using your Practitioner Number as the username (your Practitioner Number is published in the email sent to you by the LSB in March or you can contact the Bar office for assistance).  

If you require assistance renewing either your PC or your PII, please do so by attending the Bar office between 9am - 3pm or contact Daphne Ioannidis on 9225 8326 to make an appointment.

Applications for Silk close TODAY Friday 31 May, 5pm

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Hon Anne Ferguson, this week released details of the silk appointment process for 2019. Suitably experienced lawyers who are officers of the Supreme Court of Victoria are eligible to apply to the Chief Justice to be appointed to the office of Senior Counsel.

Applications opened on Monday, 29 April 2019 and close on Friday 31 May 2019 at 5pm. Members should note that the closing date for applications is earlier than it has been in recent years.

The detailed process for the appointment of Senior Counsel in 2019 can be found here. The Chief Justice has published an important message for intending applicants, which can be found here.

Anyone contemplating applying for silk should read each of those documents carefully. They identify, among other matters, the criteria for appointment as silk and the process for appointment. There are some changes to the process this year of which intending applicants should be aware.

Applicants who have questions about the process, or inquiries concerning completion of the application form, are welcome to contact me on a confidential basis at any time.

 The information session is available for viewing in the Members CPD Catalogue.

Tell us what you think about the Essoign Club | quick survey

The Essoign Club is YOUR club – it needs your involvement in order to survive, thrive and grow.

Bar Council is conducting a review, in conjunction with the Essoign Club Committee, of the operations and services provided by the Essoign Club.

We are seeking your feedback via a short online survey. Please complete the survey by Friday 7 June 2019.

Click here to complete the survey.

Your feedback will help to make sure that the Club is meeting the needs of all its members.

The club needs your support, patronage and membership. The Bar Council and the Essoign Club Committee are committed to the club’s ongoing success.

Bar nominee sought for appointment to the LCA Equal Opportunity Committee

The Bar is calling for expressions of interest for the position of Victorian Bar nominee to the Law Council of Australia Equal Opportunity Committee. The position has become vacant due to the appointment of Justice Jacinta Forbes to the Supreme Court.

Committees of the Law Council of Australia provide expert advice to the Law Council Secretariat on matters of legal policy.

The Equal Opportunity Committee (the Committee) considers issues related to equality, inclusion and diversity in the Australian legal profession. The current strategic priorities of the Committee include: advocating for the implementation of practical measures to address the issue of sexual harassment in the legal profession; promoting cultural diversity in the legal profession, including through information and thought sharing with other bodies; and, five years on from its initial publication, reflecting on the National Attrition and Reengagement Study (NARS).  Most recently, the Committee provided guidance to the Law Council on its submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, and on its proposal for the National Collection of Cultural Diversity Data through the inclusion of three uniform questions in Constituent Bodies’ practicing certificates.

The Chair of the Committee is Ms Kate Eastman SC. Meeting dates are scheduled as follows: 18 July (5.00pm teleconference), 20 September (face-to-face meeting in Melbourne (TBC)), and 14 November (5.00pm teleconference). Work, including through self-nomination to sub-committees, continues ad hoc between meetings. Any member of the Victorian Bar with interest in these areas and the ability to attend the meetings is invited to apply.  

The Bar’s protocol for nomination and appointment of members to external bodies can be found here. Your Expression of Interest may include a copy of your CV and should identify any relevant areas of experience or expertise. 

Please forward your expression of interest to Denise Bennett at The Closing date for EOIs is Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 5pm.

Victorian Bar Re-engagement Lunch

The Equality and Diversity Committee’s Re-engagement Lunch will take place at 1pm on 17 June 2019 in the Bar Council Chambers, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East.

The purpose of the lunch will be to bring together members of the Bar currently on parental leave, recently returned from parental leave or planning to take parental leave, to discuss how to approach practice after a period of leave, refresh knowledge of practice requirements, and to facilitate reconnection with colleagues.

CLICK HERE to register by Wednesday 12 June 2019

2019 Junior Bar Conference - Registrations now open

Join us for the Junior Bar Conference 2019 where will be exploring how to incorporate health and wellbeing into both your professional and personal lives, with workshops discussing resilience, technology & practice management, and superannuation.

The program is headlined by Commissioner Fiona McLeay, who will be discussing the future of the profession, alongside sessions on ethics, evidence, legal professional privilege and more. Full program coming shortly.

The day begins with breakfast with the Bar Council and ends with drinks with the Junior Bar. There are prizes, surprises, great food and the chance to spend some quality time with your peers.


DATE Friday 21 June 2019

TIME 8:15am - 5:00pm. Drinks from 5:00pm
VENUE Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William Street, Melbourne
Includes full-day of workshops & seminars, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, post-conference drinks, gift bag, automatic entry into the prize draw, and 6 CPD points across all categories.

Rental increases

Chamber & Car Park Rental Increase – Effective 1 July 2019

The Board of Barristers' Chambers Limited has decided to increase chamber and car park rents by 3.75% from 1 July 2019.

Rents are reviewed annually after considering the costs of continuing to provide services across all our buildings and the need to fund our current and future projects.

Ninian Stephen Chambers Rental Increase – Effective 1 May 2019

Rent for Ninian Stephen Chambers will increase by 4.25% from 1 May 2019, reflecting the annual rental increase from the building’s owner under the lease.
The increase for May and June will be reflected in your June invoice.

BCL’s purpose is to provide cost-effective accommodation and technology services to the Bar. Throughout FY19 we have significantly reduced our costs,  improved our responsiveness and increased the reliability of our technology services. There is still a significant amount of work to be completed, including developing a longer term property strategy to cater for the future needs of the Bar and ensure its continued financial strength.

Please contact BCL CEO Paul Clark on 9225 7962 or if you require any additional information.

John Karkar QC
Barristers’ Chambers Limited

CIArb Australia Business Lunch - 5 June 2019 Leah Ratcliff, Global Disputes, Jones Day, Vue de Monde, Melbourne

Proudly sponsored by the Victorian Bar and global law firm, Jones Day, 2019 CIArb Australia Business lunch will be held at Vue de Monde on Wednesday, 5 June 12 – 2 pm.  Guest Speaker: Leah Ratcliff, Global Disputes, Jones Day.  Caroline Kenny QC, CIArb Australia President will deliver Welcome Address and Wendy Harris QC, Senior Vice President, Victorian Bar will give the Vote of Thanks and Sponsor Remarks. 

Federal Court Users Group

The Federal Court of Australia wishes to engage with the legal profession on an ongoing and structured basis by establishing User Groups for the Commercial & Corporations National Practice Areas (NPAs), in order to discuss significant developments in the law as well as practice issues which may arise in respect of the Court’s practice and procedure at a state and national level.

The Court proposes to commence with a:

  • general user group for the Commercial and Corporations NPA;
  • a user group for insolvency (bankruptcy and corporate insolvency); and
  • a Victorian state user group.

The user groups will be convened by the National Coordinating Judges for the relevant NPAs.

The Hon Justice Middleton has written to request the Bar nominate 20 practitioners for those committees. Justice Middleton’s letter contains further information.

The Bar’s protocol for nomination and appointment of members to external bodies can be found here. Your Expression of Interest should include a copy of your CV and identify any relevant areas of experience or expertise. 

Please forward your expression of interest to Denise Bennett at The closing date for EoIs is Monday 17 June 2019 at 5pm.

Victorian Bar Member CPD Events
Vicbar Life
Studio 11 Art Exhibition

Ship of Fools, stoneware, by Alexandra Copeland 36cm x 36cm

Studio 11, located on level 11 Owen Dixon Chambers East, is delighted to share its current exhibition with you, Eclectic Themes, featuring original art work and ceramics by Alexandra Copeland as well as jewellery, by Jenny Brennan. You are welcome to view the exhibition during business hours. As you may know, the Studio 11 initiative started in 2015 and is run on voluntary basis. The idea is to vary and enliven the work space and offer all members of the Victorian Bar community an opportunity to view and enjoy original art in a convenient setting, as part of the everyday. As usual, all works are for sale. There is no commission payable. Work sheets are available on level 11 Owen Dixon Chambers East.  

Essoign Wine of the month offer

Hollick Wine Of The Month “last chance offer”

For every purchase of any mix 6 or more, receive a Limited Edition Hollick Estate Decanter.

All orders must be in by 9.00am Monday the 3rd of June.

Download order form or email  

Cheers from the Essoign team.

Craiglee Wine Dinner at The Essoign

Join us on Wednesday 19th June along with wine maker Pat Carmody for a three course dinner with matching Craiglee wines.

Craiglee is a local family run winery who have cemented itself as one of the finest producers of Shiraz and Chardonnay in Australia with its world class wines. 

Limited spaces available and bookings are essential.

Book at

See attached for more information or to make a booking. For any enquiries please contact Marijana on 9225 6748.

RACV Club special offer for VicBar members

Claim your RACV Club benefits today

The Victorian Bar has secured RACV Club benefits for its members in Melbourne City and Healesville.

A special introductory offer for Vic Bar members wanting to join the RACV Club ends on 30 June, 2019. If you join before 30 June 2019, the RACV will waive its joining fee, so the annual membership fee of $910 will be reduced to $520.  Membership includes exclusive access to the RACV City Club in Melbourne’s CBD, the Healesville Country Club in the Yarra Valley, and over 160 reciprocal clubs globally.

By joining RACV Club, you gain access to a range of social, leisure and business facilities and services. You will receive a 50% discount on accommodation at RACV Resorts, as well as discounted dining and day spa packages through the club rewards program. Members also receive unlimited golf with their stay at the Healesville Country Club, which boasts one of the best golf courses in Australia.

Other exclusive offerings for RACV Club members includes access to the fully equipped business centre and discounted parking rates at the Melbourne CBD venue. An optional subscription to the RACV Club fitness facilities in Bourke Street (valued at $595) is also available to members.

3 Day Thomson Reuters Book Sale: Tuesday 4 - Thursday 6 June

Thomson Reuters will be holding their 3 day end of year book sale from Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th of June in the Owen Dixon Chambers East Foyer (near security).

The book sale will run from 9am – 5pm each day with a wide variety of books available. Barristers will receive a minimum of 20% off all local titles, including new release and pre-orders as well as a large range of clearance titles with up to 60% the RRP. There is also a special on international titles from Sweet & Maxwell, buy 1 get 15% off or buy 2 or more and get 20% discount off.

Click here to view sale book list or visit the website for the full range:

For  more information please contact Travis Mether via email

Practice & Profession News
VLRC- Contempt of Court - Release of Consultation Paper

I am pleased to advise that the Commission's consultation paper on contempt of court was published online yesterday on the Commission's website (link below) together with a summary document.

The closing date for written submissions is 28 June 2019.

For ease of reference, click here for a copy of the consultation paper.

We look forward to discussing the reference further with you at our meeting on 18 July 2019.

Please note that a meeting agenda and papers will be circulated closer to the meeting date.

In the interim, should you have any queries, please do not hesitate in contacting either myself or Anna Beesley, the reference team leader.

Kind regards

Bruce Gardner PSM
Acting Chair

Victorian Law Reform Commission
Executive Assistant:
Tel:  +61 3 8608 7800
Fax: +61 3 8608 7888
Level 3 / 333 Queen St

Council Releases Sentencing Snapshots for Six Sex Offences

The Council has released new Sentencing Snapshots for six offences sentenced in the Victorian higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts):

The new Snapshots detail sentencing trends in the five years to 30 June 2018. They present data on the type and length of sentences imposed for the principal offence (the most serious offence in a case). Since March 2011, Snapshots have incorporated changes to sentence or conviction following an appeal.


The majority of people sentenced for persistent sexual abuse of a child under 16 (93%), rape (91%) and sexual penetration of a child aged under 12 (81%) received a custodial sentence.

The percentage of people receiving a sentence of imprisonment was highest for the most severe sex offences:

  • persistent sexual abuse of a child under 16 (88%)
  • rape (85%)
  • sexual penetration of a child aged under 12 (74%).

Of the six offences, persistent sexual abuse of a child under 16 had the highest median principal imprisonment length (6 years). The median for rape was 5 years and the median for sexual penetration of a child aged under 12 was 4 years.

The median prison sentence for the principal offence of sexual penetration of a child aged 12 to 16 (2 years and 9 months) was substantially lower than the median prison sentence for sexual penetration of a child aged under 12 (4 years).

The average prison sentence was highest in 2017-18 for four of the six offences:

  • rape (6 years and 8 months)
  • sexual penetration of a child aged 12 to 16 (3 years and 3 months)
  • sexual assault (2 years and 2 months)
  • indecent act with a child under 16 (1 year and 11 months).







Profession CPD & Events

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from some of the profession’s greatest minds and enjoy networking with colleagues from throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Asia.  Register from as little as $1,990*



Wednesday 10 July: Arrival Drinks

Mr Stork

Nestled at the rooftop on Level 39 of the Andaz, Mr Stork is a destination bar providing 360-degree views of the city. Named after the white and long-legged birds, which are often viewed as a good omen, Mr Stork houses ten teepee huts and relaxed seating set amid lush tropical landscaping to best enjoy the breathtaking views.

Dress: smart casual                       


Thursday 11 July: Welcome Party 

Aura, National Gallery of Singapore

Spanning across two floors of National Gallery Singapore, Aura is an elegant and modern multi-concept dining destination by Michelin star chef-restaurateur Beppe de Vito.  Join delegates at the former Supreme Court of Singapore as we celebrate the conclusion of day 1 with spectacular views of Singapore.

Dress: smart 


Friday 12 July: Gala Dinner

The Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a modern hotel that pays tribute to a bygone era. Infused with a sense of refinement and a style that is both contemporary and international, its iconic dining destination is The Clifford Pier.  Join colleagues under the white vaulted ceiling at this fabulous destination as we celebrate the close of the conference.

Dress: black-tie                

For more information on the excellent program, speakers and sponsors of Convergence, please visit the website:  


Camilla Gray

ABA Event Manager


T: 02 9229 1720

M: 0411 323 873

*Junior Bar under 7 years at the bar - first 30 registrants

National Commercial Law Seminar Series - 5 June 2019

Financial Services law and enforcement after the Banking Royal Commission

This seminar will examine the seismic changes in this field arising from recent legislative reform and ASIC’s greater focus on litigation. It will consider the types of enforcement actions that are likely to brought in the future against Australian Financial Services Licence holders, company directors, and directors of superannuation trustee companies, and include practical tips for counsel and practitioners advising clients subject to regulatory action.

The Honourable Justice Mark Moshinsky
Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Lucinda Hill, Ashurst
Catherine Button QC Victorian Bar
Daniel Crennan QC Deputy Chair, ASIC

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

5.15pm – 6.15pm

Court 8A, Federal Court of Australia
Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building
305 William Street, Melbourne

Monday 3 June 2019, online at


Switch On… Lawlex

Thursday 6 June, 1.15pm-1.45pm

Lawlex brings together legislation and parliamentary information in a one-stop location. Linking through to authorised versions of legislation from all jurisdictions, Lawlex also provides links to explanatory material and Hansard. Come along to the Supreme Court Library and see how you can search the freely accessible parts of Lawlex.

All are welcome and entry is free. To register please email

Inaugural John Emerson AM Oration delivered by Robert Fitzgerald AM - Legal Practice Section - Law Council of Australia

The Charities and Not for Profits Committee of the Legal Practice Section will host the inaugural John Emerson AM Oration on 7 August 2019.

The oration will be delivered by Robert Fitzgerald AM in relation to ‘Lawyers and their influence under the public spotlight’  - Will  Royal Commissions  and community expectations change legal practice?

You are invited to register by using the this link

For any inquiries please do not hesitate to contact Travis Kotzur.

Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives

Looking for a reason to book your next skiing adventure?

Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives

Join the ABA/NZBA's joint Criminal and Public Law conference in Queenstown from 23-24 August 2019.  We are delighted to provide you with early bird registration access until 8 June.

The program has been carefully curated by both the Australian and New Zealand Bar Associations to include topical sessions of interest to all practitioners in both jurisdictions.  The conference will be held at the Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown and practioners from all areas of the legal profession may gain up to 8.75 CPD hours.

Session Highlights 

The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann

What Can Criminal Lawyers Teach Civil Litigators?
The Hon. Justice Michael Corboy (AU)
Marie Dhyrberg QC (NZ)
Peter Callaghan SC (AU)
Ken Archer (AU)

Advocacy in Inquiries
Simon Mount QC (NZ)
Rowena Orr QC (AU)
Mary Scholtens QC (NZ)
Aaron Martin (Deputy Solicitor General, NZ)

Indigenous Rights
The Hon Christian Whata (NZ)
Tony McAvoy SC (AU)
Simeon Beckett (AU)

The Rights, Responsibilities and Role of Media in Criminal Justice
Arthur Moses SC (AU)
Jonathan Eaton QC (NZ)
Marie Mills (MD, Mills Wilson)
Cate Brett (NZ)
Garry Williams (NZ) 

Americas Cup: Action on the Water and in the Courts
Dr James Farmer QC (NZ/AU)
Dr Hamish Ross (NZ)

Visit the event website to learn about the:

  • Excellent conference program and gala dinner
  • Outdoor activities including catered sailing or snow golfing experiences
  • Selection of fabulous hotels available

Register today to ensure your pick of the accommodation in Queenstown.  Do not delay: rooms will sell quickly.

Attached for your convenience are the following PDFs:

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!


Camilla Gray

ABA Event Manager
T: 02 9229 1720
M: 0411 323 873

IBA Annual Conference Seoul 2019

The IBA's Annual Conference 2019 is taking place in Seoul, South Korea between the dates of 22-27 September 2019.

More information on the Conference is available on the IBA website and in the live programme.

CORO Melbourne 2019 - Different Perspectives


Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019

This year, in Melbourne’s iconic CBD, we will be giving you a fresh take on CORO.  Please save the date, and join us for CORO Melbourne 2019 “Different Perspectives”.

In addition, please join us for a welcome networking event on Monday 14 October, the evening before the 2 full days of the conference begins.

Please find attached the flyer providing initial details of this exciting event.

Programme details will be available once bookings open in July. The VLSB+C is very much looking forward to hosting you all in 2019.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact us via email

Careers & Opportunities
Crown Prosecutor

Legal practitioners with experience in criminal law and advocacy, and a passion for the administration of justice, are invited to apply for Senior Crown Prosecutor and Crown Prosecutor positions.

This is an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified and experienced legal practitioners to undertake and support criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Victorian community.

Crown Prosecutors perform a vital role in the criminal justice system, appearing on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions in criminal trials and appeals and providing legal advice to the Office of Public Prosecutions.

Working within the Crown Prosecutors’ Chambers is an opportunity to advance your career and be at the forefront of the move to sophisticated technology changes within criminal law, including e-trials.

The successful applicant/s will prosecute and advise on serious crimes, appear in a wide range of matters in all criminal jurisdictions, including regional courts.

The successful appointee(s) will have access to flexible working conditions.

Salary will be commensurate to relevant experience.

To submit your expression of interest please visit and provide a current CV and cover letter.

For more information please contact:

Chief Crown Prosecutor Brendan Kissane QC

Applications close: 11.59 pm Sunday 2 June 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

Australian Academy of Law: Annual Essay Prize 2019

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the offering of its Annual Essay Prize for 2019.

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

The amount of the Prize is $10,000.

The essay topic for the Prize in 2019 is as follows:

How do private law and public law interact in Australia?  What are, and what should be, the available remedies (public or private or both) where they interact?

The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2019. This time limit is strictly observed, as the Rules Governing the Annual Essay Prize make clear.

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

Refer to the Academy’s website also for further information about the actual submission of an entry as well as information on previous winners.

Appointments to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

The Attorney-General seeks expressions of interest for appointment as full-time or sessional members of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), for the Planning and Environment, Building and Property, Guardianship, Human Rights, and Review and Regulation Lists.

VCAT members are appointed for a period of seven years by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General. Qualifications and conditions of employment are set out in Part 2 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that Victoria’s courts and tribunals reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community. Applications are welcome from people of all ages, genders and sexual orientations, people with a disability (adjustments to the recruitment process will be provided upon request), Aboriginal Australians and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Appointment is subject to probity checks, including a National Police Check.

To apply, please go to the Victorian Government’s ‘Get on Board’ website. Expressions of interest must be received no later than midnight on 30 June 2019.

Please note: Applicants who submitted an expression of interest in appointment as a VCAT member before 1 January 2019 must resubmit an application if they wish to be considered for appointment.

InBrief Submissions - please email to: 
Deadline for the next issue:5pm, 30th May 2019