What do government solicitors need from barristers?
When schedules get busy, time is precious and budgets are tight, it is important to focus on what matters most to clients. This week, Wendy Harris QC and the Bar hosted more than 30 solicitors from the VGSO at a networking event to help the government solicitors get to know more barristers, and for the Bar to gain a deeper insight into how the VGSO works and what the VGSO and its clients need from those they instruct.
Matt Hocking, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, made it clear that the Bar’s legal advice should be succinct, timely and commercial, and that barristers should be open to accepting e-briefs. It was an informative session and a reminder of how barristers can provide valuable service to the VGSO and its internal clients. Matt Hocking, addressing the gathering, is pictured below.
Matt Hocking of the VGSO discussing the needs of government lawyers with members of the Bar
A quick and efficient way of finding case law
When an unexpected research task crosses your desk and the deadline looms large, you need to know where to look and how to efficiently find what you need. Do you have the latest tools to find the relevant case law? Join representatives of the Victorian Bar Library Committee and the Law Library of Victoria on Wednesday 11 December for ‘Beyond AustLII: Finding Cases Online’. You’ll hear from the experts about the latest tools and techniques to ensure your research skills are current, comprehensive and targeted to your purpose. Visit the Events Calendar on the Vic Bar website to register and for more information about upcoming CPD seminars.
Join your colleagues up north in 2020
Our Queensland colleagues are gearing up to host the 2020 Bar Association of Queensland and Australian Bar Association Annual Conference. Attending is a great opportunity to discuss emerging issues in the law and best legal practice with local and international experts. The keynote address is by the Honourable Malcolm Wallis of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa. The conference will be held from 5 to 7 March 2020 at the W Hotel in Brisbane. Booking and price details are here and the preliminary program is here. Register now to take advantage of early bird rates.
Bar and Bench end of year drinks tonight
The Victorian Bar Council has invited members of the Victorian Bar and Bench to join them for a drink this afternoon (Friday) from 5pm in the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery. We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate the end of another busy year.
Welcome to Judge John Cain
On Thursday this week, the profession welcomed his Honour Judge John Cain to the County Court and to the position of State Coroner of Victoria. Wendy Harris QC’s speech on behalf of the Victorian Bar can be read here.
Update on Bar Council Committees
The selection process for Bar Council Committees is underway. Members who expressed interest can expect to receive news of their application on 13 December.
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