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Latest News & Events

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Donations by new Silks

Following the lead set by the silks appointed in late 2017, the silks “class of 2018” have marked their achievement in being appointed Senior Counsel by banding together and raising funds for a number of Bar-run and other charities.

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Bar Office Restructure

Following a comprehensive review, there is to be a restructure of the Bar Office. The restructure is intended to enable the Bar Office to meet members’ requirements more effectively, improve internal governance, and strengthen delivery of the Bar’s strategic plan and objectives.

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Lawyer X

The High Court and the Victorian Court of Appeal have this afternoon lifted suppression orders precluding disclosure of the name of Lawyer X, also known as EF and Informer 3838.

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Pro Bono Awards Winners

The Bar’s great tradition of taking on hard cases without fee for people who would otherwise not be able to afford representation, or in order to advance the public interest and further the efficient administration of justice, is as strong as ever. 

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Bar Council Priorities for 2019 aka “What do my annual Bar subscription fees pay for?”

Bar Council met last Sunday for a strategy day to discuss and agree our priorities for the year. We have set ambitious goals for the coming months.

Key initiatives for the year, which sit apart from the day-to-day activities that Bar Council oversees, include (among others):

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Royal Commission into the Management of Informants

There were further revelations this week in relation to Victoria Police’s use of informants, dating back to 1995, in circumstances involving grave duties of confidentiality by a barrister and, potentially, a number of other professionals. The Victorian Bar has no information to suggest that the other professionals are members of our Bar.

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Happy New (Legal) Year to all members! I hope that, as I did, you managed to get a break, recharge and reconnect with family and friends. I wish all members of the Victorian Bar the very best in professional success and personal satisfaction in 2019. 

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Welcome Back

The legal year will commence with the Opening of the Legal Year on Tuesday 29 January, followed by the Welcome for Paul Anastassiou QC as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia on Friday 1 February.

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Season's Greetings

The Victorian Bar wishes all members a safe, happy and relaxing festive season.

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Silks’ Bows

Yesterday, our 25 newest silks took their bows in ceremonial sittings of the Supreme Court, the Federal Court and the Family Court, in the presence of many members of the judiciary and our Bar, as well as their families and friends.