This will be the final ‘In Brief’ for the year.
A strategy day will be one of the first undertakings of the Bar Council in the new year. We have fixed Saturday, 6 February 2021 as an appropriate date.
On behalf of members, may I extend our congratulations to Peter Chadwick QC on his recent election to the Bar Council. May I also thank all those who nominated for the election.
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The Bar Council has resolved to pay the outstanding capitation fee, which is due and payable to the LCA. We are continuing discussions with the LCA as to our involvement in the future. I anticipate we will reach a concluded view early in the New Year and will report to members accordingly.
Katherine Lorenz, CEO of the Victorian Bar, has tendered her resignation, which takes effect today.
Ms Lorenz loyally served as CEO under the two previous Bar Councils, led by Dr Matt Collins AM QC and Wendy Harris QC respectively, and worked hard towards achieving the strategic aims set by those Bar Councils.
We wish her well in her future endeavours outside the Victorian Bar.
The usual end of year sporting activities of the Bar have been significantly curtailed by continuing Covid concerns. Nonetheless, I am able to report a bright spot on an otherwise dull horizon. Last Saturday, the Bar and Bench defeated the Solicitors 3 sets to 1, to regain the J.B. Box Trophy for the first time since 2015. The match was played at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club. Congratulations to all the participants.
It has been a long and difficult year for everyone, with sections of the Bar particularly hard hit. I suspect most can’t wait for the year to end. At least the New Year brings the promise of the resumption of jury trials and a return to actual, rather than virtual, courtrooms. On behalf of the Bar Council, may I wish all our members and staff a Merry Christmas and the compliments of the season. Hopefully, we will all return refreshed and renewed after a break.
Christopher Blanden QC