Media Release – 32 New Readers Join the Victorian Bar and Commence their Careers as Barristers


A unique occasion as the Readers complete their Course and start their careers in a new, virtual environment

Today, the Victorian Bar welcomed 32 Readers to the Bar as barristers.

There is a rich diversity of experience amongst these 15 women and 17 men. Collectively, the group have graduate and post-graduate qualifications in law and legal practice, as well as other fields such as biomedical science and nursing, from highly respected institutions in Australia and overseas. A number are fluent in other languages – Bosnian, Croatian, Farsi, French, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Tagalog. The new barristers completed the nine-week-long Readers’ Course entirely remotely.

The President of the Victorian Bar, Wendy Harris QC, said “We are pleased to receive into our Bar 32 enthusiastic, experienced legal professionals who will, no doubt, make an outstanding contribution to the Victorian Bar and the community. I would particularly like to commend this cohort of Readers, for taking the brave step of joining the Bar in the midst of a pandemic.

“They join a vibrant and diverse college of barristers who serve the community and contribute to the administration of justice. I’d also like to express gratitude to their mentors, experienced members of the Bar who will guide and support the barristers throughout their first seven-months of practice.”

CEO of the Victorian Bar, Katherine Lorenz, said “This ceremony represents a monumental achievement for these new barristers. As Readers, they completed more than 140 online workshops, webinars and moots, despite the distractions that come with blending home and work life. We were delighted that we were able to offer the Readers’ Course entirely remotely, so that these 32 new barristers could sign the Bar Roll and commence their practices as they had anticipated. We look forward to seeing these new barristers flourish in their careers at the Victorian Bar.”

The following barristers have joined the Bar:

Simon Thomas

Amel Masinovic

Jayr Teng

Bridie Kelly

Tessa Meyrick

Katie Powell

Heather Anderson

Patrick Coleridge

Fiona Martin

Shannon Jenkins

Dara Isaacson

Angus Macaskill

Anna Martin

Merys Williams

Rhiannon Malone

Alexander Marcou

Todd Allen

Benjamin Bromberg

Rose Singleton

Rebecca McCarthy

Gemma Cafarella

Nicholas Kotzman

Melania Albarella

Tanya Kamil

Julian Murphy

Shannon Finegan

Shahed Sharify

Alexander Di Stefano

Joshua Lessing

Harry Hill-Smith

Paul Jeffreys

Bradley Hardisty

The Victorian Bar was also very pleased to have been able to extend the Readers’ Course to two interstate participants, Helen Luu and Mardi Conduit, who will be joining the South Australian Bar. Another Reader, Chris O’Donnell, who completed the Course virtually from his home in Moscow, will be signing the Bar Roll when he returns to Melbourne.

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