Bar Council elections
The Bar Council election results were announced yesterday afternoon.
Bar Council has also appointed its officeholders and honorary secretary. The two Vice Presidents are Simon Marks QC and Sam Hay SC. The Treasurer is Stewart Maiden QC and Assistant Treasurer Gabi Crafti. The Honorary Secretary is Kat Brazenor. Thank you to everyone who voted in the election.
The Bar Council Committee Expression of Interest process commenced this morning—see the notice below.
I was delighted and honoured to be elected as President of the Victorian Bar by the Bar Council yesterday. It is a privilege to represent this organisation and I am excited by the possibilities, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. You’ll hear more about the priorities of the Bar Council in the coming weeks.
I look forward to working with the newly appointed Bar Council to take our organisation into the year ahead.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Bar Councillors Áine Magee QC, Erin Hill, Nawaar Hassan and Nicole Papaleo, and our outgoing Honorary Secretary Andrew Bell for their significant contribution to the work of the Bar Council over the past year.
Going forward, I will be sharing this weekly message with our stellar CEO, Katherine Lorenz, who will focus particularly on membership matters. Katherine has just completed her first year at the helm, and has already been responsible for significant governance and operational reforms which have materially improved the functioning of the Bar office and effective service delivery. If you have any ideas or concerns that you would like to discuss, please send them to me at email@example.com or to Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Matt Collins AM QC
During his two-year term as President, Dr Matthew Collins AM QC provided exemplary leadership of the Victorian Bar. He achieved a balance between the old and the new—preserving the best of our traditions and values while embarking on a program of modernisation and growth that will help us remain strong and relevant into the future.
Matt’s legacy is marked by numerous achievements—so many that space does not permit me to list them all. However, I would like to mention Matt’s commitment to improving diversity and equality at the Bar, his ambitious review and reform of our governance and constitution, his oversight of a comprehensive review of our pro bono schemes, and his professional and sensitive response to the external scrutiny of our practices around wellbeing and conduct. He is passionate about, and a tireless advocate for, our college.
Matt was a devoted and skilful leader, exhibiting good grace, enthusiasm and a determination to help the Bar achieve its full potential. We were fortunate to have him as our President for two terms.
Jennifer Batrouney QC
Jennifer Batrouney QC will complete her term as President of the Australian Bar Association tomorrow. Among other things, during her time as ABA President Jennifer led the reform of the ABA’s governance, shepherded them through a new strategic plan, led the organisation of two highly successful conferences in Singapore and Sydney, and launched the new ABA website. On behalf of the Bar, I thank Jennifer for her two years of service to the ABA, which immediately followed her term as President of the Victorian Bar. Her service to our profession through these roles has been outstanding.
Judicial welcomes and farewells
Yesterday the profession welcomed the Honourable Justice Lisa Nichols to the Supreme Court of Victoria. Dr Matt Collins AM QC’s speech on behalf of the Bar can be read here.
On Tuesday the profession welcomed her Honour Judge Hassan to the County Court of Victoria. Simon Moglia’s speech on behalf of the Bar can be read here.
This morning the profession farewelled his Honour Chief Magistrate Lauritsen. My speech on behalf of the Bar can be read here.