Members may have seen an advertisement in the weekend paper for the position of Executive Director of the Bar office. Both the title and some of the functions of the person we will engage in running the administrative side of the Bar have changed. The changes are in line with the current Bar Council's view that the Bar Council and Bar office's respective functions needed to be differently and better delineated. We hope to complete the process of engaging a new person for this role in the next few weeks and will advise members accordingly.
On Wednesday evening, the Bar launched its new health and wellbeing portal. The portal is designed to provide information and practical resources to support members and their families address the particular issues that may confront barristers. My congratulations to the Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Committee, Sally Flynn QC, and all those who played a part in getting the portal up and running. Our thanks also to the Victorian Legal Services Board Commissioner, Fiona McLeay, for financially supporting the development of the portal. I encourage you to browse the portal here.
Last week, I referred to the members of the Bar who we have lost in the last year or so and the way our recognition of them has been compromised. Last night, I had the great pleasure to attend a dinner to commemorate the life of the late, great Peter O'Callaghan QC, who really was a legend of our Bar in every sense. As one would expect, there was a large and distinguished turnout and some wonderful speeches reflecting on Peter's life and achievements. Although Peter will be sorely missed, his memory will endure through our gallery named in his honour.
Christopher Blanden QC