Military Bar Association


The Military Bar Association of Victoria is the peak body of barristers who have served in the armed forces.

The Military Bar Association is the peak representative body for Barristers at the Victorian Bar who practice in Military Law in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Members of the association are Legal Officers of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army (AA) or Australian Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) who are also Victorian Barristers or have been Victorian Judges.

Our Members are experienced practitioners in the three practice areas of Military Law, namely:

  • Military Administrative Law
  • Military Discipline Law
  • Military Operations Law

We encourage you to approach any member of the association's Executive Committee about the ways in which the association and its members might work with you to meet key deliverables to the ADF.

Members’ Expertise

Military Bar Association Barristers are Reservists who practise in one or more of the three broad practice areas of Military Law as well as in their own chosen fields of civilian legal practice as Barristers.

For clients, the association gives you centralised access to a group of Barristers who, through their professional skill, expertise and group collaboration, are highly informed, up to date, very skilled and are considered Australia-wide leaders in Military Law.

For members, the association promotes opportunities for introductions to, and provides networking opportunities with, briefing partners as well as establishing closer collegial ties with permanent members of the ADF Legal Corps. The association provides a collegiate forum for sharing and improving knowledge and skills, including: providing CPD presentations; discussing points of Military Law; and reviewing recent developments in Military Law.

Finding and Briefing a Military Bar Association Barrister

If you are seeking a Military Bar Association Barrister, consider using our quick search:

Direct briefing of Barristers can help in reducing costs and in giving you greater control over the direction and strategy of your matter.

Permanent Legal Officers

Permanent Legal Officers can brief Military Bar Association Barristers through the usual briefing practices within the ADF, by providing an R1 Form to the Barrister of your choice.

In-House Counsel & Government Solicitors

In-House Counsel within the ADF, ADF Legal Office, Defence Materiel Organisation or Government Solicitors within the Australian Government Solicitor’s Office, are responsible not only for the legal issues faced by the ADF, but also for ensuring that legal solutions are cost effective, practical and aligned to the ADF’s values, interests and objectives.

In-House Counsel & Government Solicitors with a current practising certificate are entitled to brief barristers directly and there are many instances where it is practical and more economical to do so. Equally, there are times when it is better to engage a law firm who will then work with the barrister.

 

Executive Committee

Members of the MBV Executive

Patron

The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC and The Honourable Marilyn Warren AC Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria

Chairman

William Alstergren QC Lieutenant Commander, RANR

Deputy Chair, Secretary

Paul Panayi Lieutenant Commander, RANR Barrister

Treasurer

Ben Gibson Captain (Army) Barrister

Navy Patron

The Honourable Justice Jack Rush RFD QC Commodore, RANR Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria

Army Patron

The Honourable Justice Richard Tracey, RFD Major General Justice of the Federal Court of Australia ADF Judge Advocate General

Air Force Patron

Andrew J Kirkham AM RFD QC Air Commodore Barrister