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New Vic Bar CEO

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Cite as: March 2015 89 (3) LIJ, p.17

Former barrister Sarah Fregon is the new CEO of the Victorian Bar, replacing Stephen Hare who steps down after seven years.

Ms Fregon returns to the Bar, where she practised for eight years, from PZ Cussons where she was general counsel and head of corporate social responsibility.

LIV president Katie Miller congratulated Ms Fregon on her appointment. “Ms Fregon is a fantastic example of the modern legal career, characterised by her choice to employ her considerable skill set to a range of different roles within the legal profession, including in private practice, in-house, at the Bar and on boards,” Ms Miller said.

“The legal profession is fortunate to have strategic thinkers like Ms Fregon and LIV CEO Nerida Wallace managing their professional bodies and helping lawyers adapt to a changing legal landscape.”

When she begins her role this month, communicating the value and diverse skills of the Bar’s almost 2000 members is high on Ms Fregon’s list of priorities.

“What we need to do is continue to show how our skills extend beyond representing our clients in court, and that we provide a variety of advice, conciliation and professional negotiation skills which serve our clients, the community and justice system well,” Ms Fregon said.

The Australian Bar Association is also under new leadership. Former Victorian Bar chair Fiona McLeod SC has been elected president, and the executive director of the NSW Bar Association, Philip Selth, has been appointed CEO.

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