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Change at the Bar

Briefs

Cite as: Jan/Feb 2015 89 (1/2) LIJ, p.17

Improving the relationship between barristers and private firms, in-house counsel and government solicitors is a priority for 2015 Victorian Bar chair Jim Peters QC. 

Furthering the legal profession’s understanding of the value of briefing counsel early and appropriately is another.

“Costs are saved if skillful specialist advocates are briefed at an early stage,” Mr Peters said. To improve access to justice, he urged government organisations to engage experienced advocates at the Bar “for the benefit of those who are particularly vulnerable in the criminal process”.

Mr Peters also expressed concern over the “growing absence of junior counsel in criminal matters in the lower courts”. Mr Peters takes over the role of leading the 21-member council from Will Alstergren QC.

He will be assisted by senior vice chairman Paul Anastassiou QC and junior vice chairman David O’Callaghan QC. Jennifer Batrouney QC was appointed treasurer.

Mr Peters signed the Bar roll in 1987 and specialises in complex commercial litigation.

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