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On Tuesday evening, Bar Council approved a new Strategic Plan 2024-2028, to guide the work of Bar Council for the next four years.

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On Monday, Sam Hay KC and I met with the Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes and members of her staff. The meeting was arranged as part of the Strategic Plan Working Group’s consultation process and was an excellent opportunity for us to discuss the role of the Independent Bar and how it can work most effectively with Government to further the administration of justice.


Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)

The Attorney-General of Australia has announced that Simone Bingham has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia effective 03 June 2024.

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Bar Dinner

The Bar Dinner, held last Saturday evening, was a great success. The move to the glorious Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria and a Saturday night worked well to elevate spirits. Of course, no Bar Dinner is a success without a great speaker, and we were all privileged to hear a truly great speech, delivered with warmth and humour, from the Honourable Justice Robert Beech-Jones. His Honour reminded us how privileged we are to be members of the Victorian Bar and explained why it is so important that we ensure, as far as possible, that the composition of our membership fairly reflects the public that it serves. Our Bar Office staff put in great effort to ensure the evening went smoothly. I would like to make special mention of Stephen Porter and Roisin Ryan, from our Events and Communications team, who plan and execute these large events with poise, calm, and an eye for detail.


His Honour Magistrate Michael Gurvich
His Honour Magistrate Andrew Waters

A welcome sitting to mark the appointments of his Honour Magistrate Michael Gurvich and his Honour Magistrate Andrew Waters will be held in Courtroom 1, Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, 233 William Street Melbourne on:

Friday, 31 May 2024 at 9:00am


Bar Roll No. 708

A funeral will be held at St Joan of Arc, 118 New Street, Brighton on:

Friday, 7 June 2024 at 11:00am.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Ian's family and friends.

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Last Friday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the NSW Bar & Bench Dinner. It was a lively event, and the speeches were excellent, especially that of the guest speaker, the Honourable Justice Beech-Jones of the High Court of Australia. For those of you attending the Victorian Bar Dinner tomorrow evening, you are in for a treat. I thank the President of the NSW Bar, Dr Ruth Higgins SC, and the NSW Bar Council for their hospitality.

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On Wednesday at lunchtime, I attended a ‘town hall’ style meeting conducted by the Strategic Plan Working Group in the Neil McPhee Room. It was interesting to participate in the conversation and hear from members about what the Bar’s focus should be over the next five years. On behalf of the Bar Council, I thank the Strategic Plan Working Group and all members who attended.


The Attorney-General of Victoria has announced the appointments of seven Magistrates to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, including two members of the Victorian Bar:

Michael Gurvich

Andrew Waters

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On Thursday evening, I was honoured to welcome the 47 March 2024 Readers who signed the Bar Roll at a Ceremony held in the Banco Court. On behalf of us all, I congratulated them on their decision to join our Bar and wished them well as they embark upon what I hope will be rewarding careers as independent members of counsel. I also thanked all those who have worked so tirelessly to deliver another successful Readers’ Course: our dedicated Education Team, in particular, Michelle James and Nikki Walker; our Readers’ Course Committee led by Anthony Strahan KC and Ben Ihle KC; and the members of our Bar and the judiciary who so generously give their time to instruct our readers. We are grateful to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for allowing the Bar to use the Banco Court.