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Vic Bar to drive national profession

Vic Bar to drive national profession

The Victorian Bar Council has voted in a new chairman, who has strong plans for the legal profession.

MICHAEL Colbran QC has been elected the new chairman of the Victorian Bar Council following elections which saw seven new council members elected to the 21 member Council.

Colbran replaces the retiring chairman, John Digby QC, with Mark Moshinsky SC taking up the position of Senior Vice Chair and Cameron Macaulay SC taking up the position of Junior Vice Chair.

Colbran, who has worked in the profession for 27 years, has a history of working with the national bodies. He is a director in the Law Council of Australia, and has worked within the Australian Bar Association. He is interested in issues related to the development of the national profession and conduct rules and national issues affecting the judicial system.

“Much work has gone into the ‘nationalisation’ of the profession with the idea of a seamless legal profession able to operate across state borders according to consistent rules and regulations. The opportunities for practitioners who see their practice developing beyond their home state or territory have never been greater,” he said.

Colbran said the Bar must also play a greater role closer to home: “We owe it to the members of the community to better communicate about the way barristers now serve them and engage constructively in the discussion about further ways in which we can and should serve them.”

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