Back to the Bar initiative
Today the Bar commenced a new initiative aimed at helping members to rebuild their practices when they return after a period of leave, especially from parental or carers’ leave.
You may have seen a new notice in the lifts and on our website, headed ‘Back to the Bar’, welcoming a member back to work.
As you know, barristers are often asked to recommend a colleague, so the idea is to let members know that a returning colleague may be available for work. This could be helpful in those first few months after a period of absence.
While the initiative is aimed at members returning from parental or carer’s leave, it is suitable for all members.
We have asked the clerks to assist, but any member is welcome to let us know that they are returning after an extended absence.
Covid-19 and the forthcoming winter flu season
All currently practising members have received an email from me today outlining some sensible measures the Bar and BCL are taking to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (the new coronavirus disease), and technology support BCL may be able to provide to help you avoid disruption, should you wish to work from home.
If you have any queries about the new sanitation facilities or appropriate technology for your practice, contact BCL on 9225 8888.
New assistance available for members with disability
The Victorian Bar is committed to ensuring all members have the support they need to work and engage in Bar activities throughout their careers. To this end, the Bar has commenced a new policy in which I will assist members with disability to navigate the available services.
Please contact me by email or telephone me via our reception (9225 7111) if you need help or support in any of these areas.
There is more information, including links to court and tribunal policies, on our website.
Welcomes and appointments
This week, the Governor in Council appointed four new Magistrates, including three from our Bar. Details of appointments and all forthcoming welcome ceremonies are set out in the notices below.
On Thursday morning our members were in the unfortunate situation of having to choose between attending the welcome for Her Honour Judge Dalziel or His Honour Magistrate Michael Richards. But you can read the delightful speeches on behalf of the Bar by Simon Moglia for Judge Dalziel and Trevor Monti QC for Magistrate Richards.