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    Entries in Victorian Bar (21)

    Thursday
    Nov272014

    It's raining on Yarraside's silks parade 

    The future of Vic Bar's two-step QC scheme is riding on the outcome of Saturday's election ... Ambition to switch from SC to QC likely to be thwarted if Labor is returned to government ... Intriguing possibilities 

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    Tuesday
    Sep302014

    Portraits of the law 

    Yarraside bar launches portrait gallery of ancient monuments ... How to shop in a wig and gown ... Stalled career relaunched at the bar ... Standby for silk fest ... Fighting for you 

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    Friday
    Sep122014

    Vic's Lawn Order agenda

    Victoria in election mode as government seeks to shift sentencing away from the judges ... NSW's mandatory sentencing plans remain in parliamentary deadlock ... Sex offenders registration unworkable ... Liberty Victoria on the case ... Kevin Childs reports 

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    Tuesday
    May202014

    Right royal skewering of NSW republicans 

    Victorian silken-one warns about the evils of NSW SCs ... Where is the public interest? ... NSW should adopt the Victorian silk selection model ... The inferiority of Senior Counsel ... Discuss among yourselves 

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    Wednesday
    Apr162014

    Email from Willy

    Willy Alstergren says new QCs can pick-up their letters patent from the Vic Bar office on April 23 ... Discount framing available ... Here's his latest missive to SCs clamouring for the royal bauble ... Too much excitement, so never mind the grammar 

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    Monday
    Apr142014

    It's a date

    Big day announced for Yarraside Queens ... Barrister instructs ICAC on important differences between Greeks and Hellenes ... Shady debt and mortgage entrepreneur caught by party snaps ... Modest wedding preparations for a humble London solicitor 

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    Friday
    Feb212014

    The avalanche to upgrade

    Rush for the patent letter at Vic's Bar n Grill ... Surge of SCs with hands-up for queen's bauble ... Monarchist sympathies awakened

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    Thursday
    Jan302014

    McLeod's Daughters

    Victorian silks pledge to be nice to wymyn barristers ... Bar-O-Meter ... Not all plain sailing for hurdlers doing the Quantum Leap ... Alix Piatek reports 

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    Friday
    Nov222013

    Dance of the sugar plum fairy

    Anti-gay rant from barrister ... Upsetting bar election results ... The Page Boy to receive a good talking-to ... Bar's monopoly fees for readers ... Jarrod Bleijie is dancing rings around No Waves 

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    Monday
    Oct282013

    All the Queen's horses 

    The Wyles One touting new numbers favouring QC option for Yarraside bar ... Five percent speak ... Sydney barrister Greg Curtin issues bar election manifesto: solicitors can be bad for the administration of justice

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    Wednesday
    May152013

    Queue See

    Qld gazettes arrangements for converting from senior counsel to queens' counsel ... Marketing ploy in a desperately needy climate ... Melbourne SC still pressing for the queens' counsel option while fighting off attacks on the "imponderables" of selection ... Warning: original notion of the QC had little to do with higher fees  

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    Thursday
    Mar072013

    Queen Victoria Land

    Barrister branding … War of the post-nominals … Tidal wave of support at Yarraside Bar 'n' Grill for gold plating the business … Letters Patent-Leather and the return of QCs 

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    Wednesday
    Feb272013

    Wymyn baristas

    Vic EO & HRC didn't include wymyn baristas in its recent study of women in the law ... Law Council doing its own report, but going in a different direction ... Reports and inquiries aplenty ... Meanwhile, bar has policy meeting on women applying for silk, but only a few knew about it ... Alix Piatek reports 

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    Wednesday
    Dec052012

    The bar's up

    NSW bar more gender equal than its Yarraside counterpart ... Why is that so, when there are so many lovely sentiments about equality? ... VicBar actions on parental leave at odds with stated policy ... Gender correspondent Ginger Snatch reports 

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    Thursday
    Nov082012

    Vote early, vote often

    Updated on Friday, November 9, 2012 by Registered CommenterJustinian

    Sydney and Melbourne bars go to the polls ... Same old candidates turn-up for re-election … Wall of men … Women fighting to be counted 

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    Friday
    Oct192012

    Where's my dividend? 

    Last shout ... Undercurrents at Vic Grill ... Money the root of all trouble ... Mrs K comes up with $4.5 million ... Christmas prezzie for creditors 

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    Monday
    May022011

    Sick of silks

    Chief Justice of Victoria shunts the silk selection business ... Too busy for this beloved duty ... Dismay abounds as NSW model is in contention

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    Wednesday
    Mar232011

    Judicial impartiality

    Barry Lane takes issues with Marilyn Warren CJ ... By being a member of VicBar and openingly spruiking its cause the CJ might be getting up the nose of the bar's competitors ... It's mostly about self-interest and repelling boarders

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    Friday
    Mar112011

    Chief Justice's wake-up call to the bar 'n' grill

    UPDATE ... "Earl" Warren says the Victorian bar should do some deep strategic thinking about its future ... It has dropped the ball and allowed law firms to steal its turf ... Fight back ... Promote ... Get with it ... Also, the reinvigorated notion of "duty to the court"

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    Thursday
    Mar102011

    Chief Justice's wake-up call to the bar 'n' grill

    "Earl" Warren CJ says the Victorian bar should do some deep strategic thinking ... It's dropped the ball and allowed law firms to steal its turf ... Fight back ... Promote ... Expand into new territory ... Get technological ... Get with it

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