The Victorian Bar has elected its president and Bar Council for 2019, with six new faces making the cut.
Dr Matthew Collins QC has been re-elected as the Victorian Bar’s president for a second term. In doing so, he will be the first to serve a second term as president of the Vic Bar since 1999.
Other members of the executive team have also been re-elected. Six new members will join them, bringing the total number on council up to 21 – 12 women and nine men.
The 21-person council comprises: senior vice-president Wendy A Harris QC; junior vice-president Simon E Marks QC; honorary treasurer Sam D Hay; assistant honorary treasurer Stewart J Maiden QC; honorary secretary Andrew Bell; O Paul Holdenson QC; Dr Ian R L Freckelton QC; Adrian J Finanzio S.C.; Jacinta M Forbes QC; Áine M Magee QC; P Justin Hannebery; Elizabeth H Ruddle; Meg J O'Sullivan; Emily C V Porter; Gabi Crafti; Sarah J Keating; Kathleen E Foley; Erin Hill; Nawaar Hassan; Nicole L Papaleo; and Daniel D Nguyen.
Dr Collins’ said the members provide an excellent balance of continuity and renewal, and bring a broad range of skills and abilities to Council.
“I am honoured to continue as president for a second year, and to have the opportunity to continue working on behalf of our bar, which is leading the nation in many areas,” said Dr Collins.
“With the advantage of stability and experience in our Council Executive, we will maintain a clear focus on our core objectives of expanding the market share of barristers, providing enhanced member services, fostering excellence, and being a strong, independent and authoritative voice.
“The bar’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in our profession is reflected in there being, for the second consecutive year, a majority of women on the Council.
“In a legal and social landscape undergoing constant disruption and challenges, the Victorian Bar Council remains steadfastly committed to furthering the administration of justice and the rule of law, and maintenance of the highest professional and ethical standards.”