Launch of Pro Bono platform
This week the Bar launched our new Pro Bono platform, which can be used by all current practising members to access and manage pro bono requests from the Supreme Court, County Court and Coroner’s Court of Victoria, as well as managing and documenting personal pro bono briefs.
The platform is easy to use and will enable you to share documents and notes with colleagues working on the same pro bono cases, and to log your hours.
The platform is currently undergoing the final stages of testing. Further details will be communicated with you in the near future once the platform is live.
Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy MP speaking at the launch of our Pro Bono platform
Call for Expressions of Interest for Membership of Bar Committees 2020
A reminder that expressions of interest for membership of bar committees closes at 5 pm, MONDAY 25 November 2019, please see notice section below for further details.
Need CPD points?
As you know, the Victorian Bar offers a wide range of CPD seminars exclusive to members of the Bar.
I draw your attention to seminars in the coming week, including ‘Nothing to Write Home About: Australia the Defamation Capital of the World’ – a debate between senior members of the Victorian Bar on the topic of Australian defamation law.
Another seminar, ‘Practical Issues with commercial damages and account of profits’ will examine issues commonly arising in commercial matters when seeking to quantify damages or an account of profits. The session will look at the appropriate measure of damages, date for assessing loss, dealing with subsequent gains/losses and failures to mitigate, and the treatment of taxation, interest and overheads/fixed costs.
Attendance for these CPD seminars are free for all Victorian Bar members and each bears one CPD point.
Details can be accessed through the Events Calendar and for members through the Upcoming CPD section of the website.
The upcoming ‘Should we, even if we can?’ CPD on Thursday 28 November will be the final Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) & VicBar co-hosted event in 2019. These CPD sessions have been hugely successful for the Bar. These sessions provide a great opportunity for members to build relationships with corporate counsel, share knowledge and build capability.
This session ‘Should we even if we can? Ethical corporate decision making in a post-Hayne world’ is not to be missed. Chaired by our President, Wendy Harris QC, the panel will comprise Catherine Walter AM & Carolyn McSweeney, both of whom have extensive experience in organisations subject to regulatory scrutiny, such as commissions of inquiry, alongside barrister Kat Brazenor. Together, they will examine the role of organisational culture in corporate decision making.
This is your last opportunity for the year to take advantage of our relationship with the ACC right here at the Bar. We know that corporate counsel are just as keen as you are build relationships and spending a few hours on a Thursday evening is a very effective way to do that.
On Tuesday this week the profession welcomed his Honour Judge Doyle to the County Court of Victoria. Jennifer Clark’s speech on behalf of the Bar can be read here.
On Wednesday the profession welcomed her Honour Chief Magistrate Hannan to the Magistrates Court of Victoria. Wendy Harris QC’s speech on behalf of the Bar can be read here.
End of Year drinks
VicBar’s annual End of Year drinks will be held this year on Friday 6 December. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you have any ideas, questions or concerns about membership matters, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org