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Vic Bar chairman sends kudos to new judge

Vic Bar chairman sends kudos to new judge

Victoria Bar Council chairman Will Alstergren has congratulated vice chairman Jonathan Beach QC for being appointed as a judge in the Federal Court of Australia.

“He is highly regarded as a formidable advocate,” Alstergren (pictured) said.

“In particular, his extensive knowledge of chemistry and mathematics, and his forensic attention to detail has distinguished his practice.”

Alstergren praised Beach’s work in the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission, the Royal Commission into the Tricontinental Group of Companies (Victoria) and the Longford Royal Commission (Victoria).

Beach was appointed as a judge last week (12 June), replacing Justice Julie Dodds-Streeton, who resigned on 1 April.

He has served as a member of a professional standards committee of the Victorian Bar Association since 2010.

Beach was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a solicitor and barrister in 1984. He worked as a solicitor with Blake & Riggall (now Ashurst) in Melbourne from 1985 to 1987.

“Mr Beach is one of the Bar’s most highly respected and sought after commercial silks,” Alstergren said.

Beach begins the judgeship on 30 June.

The Victorian Bar Council has appointed Jim Peters QC as the new senior vice chairman to replace Beach in a vote at the Council yesterday.

Peters was previously a junior vice chairman.

The Council voted Paul Anastassiou QC as the new junior vice chairman. 

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