WBA Events & CPDs


Upcoming WBA Events

Wotton + Kearney Networking Lunch


Together with Wotton + Kearney and VWL, the WBA invites members to attend an in-house lunch at Wotton + Kearney for women barristers in insurance law and decision makers at Wotton + Kearney. The purpose of the lunch is to:

  1. Expose female barristers in the insurance space to partners within the firm to encourage the briefing of more women barristers by the firm;
  2. Expose junior female lawyers with the firm to more female barristers;
  3. Provide an opportunity for female barristers in insurance to talk about the area in an open environment. 

Members wishing to attend please send expressions of interest to mtait@vicbar.com.au.


WBA Criminal law networking evening – 5 October 2017

Women Barristers Association is pleased to host a special networking event for solicitors and women barristers who specialise in indictable crime and quasi-criminal matters.

Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth and Criminal Bar Association President Lesley Taylor QC will speak on the evening.

This event will facilitate networking with women barristers on the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List or who hold an Indictable Crime Certificate (or those who are close to receiving their ICC).

The event will take place on 5 October 2017 between 5.15-7pm at the Essoign Club, at Level 1 of Owen Dixon Chambers.  Wine and canapés will be provided

For further information contact Diana Price of Astrid Haban-Beer.


Diversity- My Experiences in the Law – 9 October 2017

The WBA and the Asian Australian Lawyers Association are proud to host a panel of esteemed speakers to speak on their experiences of diversity in the law.

Our speakers Judicial Registrar Tran of the County Court; Tuan Van Le, Executive Director (Dispute Resolution) at the ATO and Rochelle Castro, Principal at RC & CO Lawyers will share their experiences of diversity in the law and provide their insight as to how best to improve diversity in our profession.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from the leaders in our profession and forms part of Herbert Smith Freehill's Diversity Week.

The event is open to all WBA members. We are also pleased to invite members to register non-member guests to attend this free event.

The event will be followed by networking and drinks.

Please click on the link to register http://aala.org.au/event-2631205


Past Events

Women in Wine networking event

On Tuesday 19 September, WBA hosted a great networking event in the Neil McPhee – “Women in Wine”. Over two hours, Clare Burder of the Humble Tumbler was joined by local winemakers Melanie Chester of Sutton Grange and Caroline Mooney of Bird on a Wire to profile great local wines accompanied by cheese.

A number of WBA members attended accompanied by guest solicitors. The event was a great success and plans are already underway for a similar event next year.

VWL/WBA breakfast in honour of the Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren

On Thursday 14 September, VWL and WBA jointly hosted a breakfast event at new Melbourne venue White Lane to honour Chief Justice Warren’s contribution to equality and the progression of women in the legal profession.

Justice Pamela Tate and Jennifer Batrouney QC delivered wonderful tributes to the Chief Justice, a copy of Justice Pamela Tate's speech is available here, a copy of Jennifer Batrouney QC's speech is available here

Her Honour accepted an award of honorary membership of WBA, in recognition of her Honour’s contribution as patron of the organisation over many years.

VWL/WBA speed networking event

On 24 August, VWL and WBA combined to organise a speed networking event at El Coco in the Melbourne CBD. Over a couple of hours, barristers and solicitors networked at “speed” – chatting and exchanging details for 5 minutes before moving on to speak to someone else in the same practice area.

The speed networking event built on the success of similar events held previously, and is just one of a number of networking events organised by WBA for its members.

2017 Court of Appeal Moots for Women Barristers

On Saturday 20 May 2017, the Court of Appeal hosted, for the second consecutive year, an advocacy program aimed at providing opportunities for female barristers to deliver oral submissions before a panel of judges.

Eight barristers appeared before a three-member panel of judges in the Court of Appeal to argue a case based on the Supreme Court decision in Antunovic v Dawson (2010) 30 VR 355 prepared by her Honour Justice Jane Dixon. Each appellant and respondent spoke for 35 minutes, followed by a performance critique from the Bench.

Justices Tate, Hollingworth, Emerton, McMillan, Zammit, Jane Dixon, and Associate Justice Ierodiaconou of the Supreme Court, and Justices Davies and Mortimer of the Federal Court generously gave of their time to sit as members of the Bench, with barristers Megan Casey, Georgina Connelly, Georgina Costello, Kylie Evans, Lisa De Ferrari, Anna Robertson, Anne Sheehan and Michelle Wilson appearing before them.

Their Honours were very impressed with the standard of advocacy.

The statistics in the Court of Appeal record that, from July 2016 to April 2017, female counsel had a speaking role in only 5 per cent of civil appeals.  In criminal appeals female counsel delivered oral submissions in 17 per cent of cases.

Women Barristers’ Association was proud to help coordinate the program with Justice Tate.  The program is intended  to be one of a number of initiatives to assist in addressing gender based inequality in the legal profession, as recognised in the Quantum Leap.

For further information about the program, please contact Kylie Weston-Scheuber on kylie.weston-scheuber@vicbar.com.au.

Grievance Protocol CPD

Thursday 30 March 2017 at 1pm.

Seminar Room 7, Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street Melbourne.

The Bar's Grievance Protocol sets out a procedure for barristers to raise complaints about discrimination, bullying and harassment by other barristers.

WBA members are invited to attend a panel discussion comprising Ted Woodward SC, Michelle Quigley QC, Peter Rozen and Meredith Schilling. This session will feature a brief overview of the Grievance Protocol and some of the matters that have been raised under the protocol to date.

This will be followed by an informal Q&A session where members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues involving bullying and harassment at the Bar.

1 CPD point for Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Click here to view the seminar slides.

VWL/WBA Mentoring Program

This is the 10th year of the Law Student Mentoring Program, run jointly by Victorian Women Lawyers and the Women Barristers' Association. The program is endorsed by the Honourable Marcia Neave AO and the Honourable Justice Rita Zammit. The program is a wonderful opportunity for female law students to gain insight into working in the law, develop valuable networks and share ideas with mentors in the legal profession. For mentors, there is the satisfaction that comes from helping to shape the career of a female law student.

Mentors do not need to hold a VWL or WBA membership to participate in the program.

First-round registration is open until Sunday, 26 March 2017.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact program coordinator, Caroline Jones at vwlwbamentoring@gmail.com