Bar Associations

Specialist expertise. A collective voice.

The Bar Associations bring together groups of barristers based on specialisations and areas of practice. Members share resources and knowledge, discuss latest cases and issues affecting their areas of legal practice and together lobby for legal reform. While the Victorian Bar supports the Associations and their activities, the Bar Associations have an independent voice.

The Children’s Court Bar Association comprises members of Counsel who specialise in Children’s Law. Members of our Association appear regularly in the Family and Criminal Divisions of the Children’s Court, undertake appeal work arising out of this jurisdiction in both the County and Supreme Courts, and also appear in review hearings at VCAT and in matters involving the welfare of children in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

Commercial Bar members practise in commercial matters across Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region.

The Common Law Bar Association was formed to promote and safeguard common law rights from undue or ill-considered interference by legislation.

The Compensation Law Bar Association caters for barristers practicing in the area of personal injury/compensation law.

The Criminal Bar Association is the peak body for barristers in Victoria practising in criminal law.

The Family Law Bar Association represents members of the Victorian Bar practising in the family law jurisdiction.

Industrial Bar Association members practise in all areas of industrial and employment law.

The Migration Law Bar Association was established in 2015.

Tax Bar's aims include providing information to the legal profession and community about barristers working in this sphere.

The Women Barristers' Association (WBA) is open to all members of the Victorian Bar to join.

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