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The Honourable Judge Josh Wilson QC


Hong Kong 2018 International Commercial Law Conference

Modern case management in commercial litigation in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

presented by the Hon. Judge Josh Wilson QC



The Hon. Peter Vickery QC


The Hon. Peter Vickery QC delivered the Keynote Address to launch the 8th International Society of Construction Law Conference hosted by SCL of North America, Chicago, Illinois. The paper is: “Process and Evidence in International Arbitration – ‘Tap Root’ Principles”

A copy of the paper which was delivered can be found here.




Congratulations to Mr Michael Wheelahan QC who has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and will commence in the Melbourne Registry from 3 October 2018.


AIAL seminar - Stephen Moloney speaking


AIAL seminar being held on Thursday 11 October 2018 at which Stephen Moloney, Barrister, will speak on “The Question of Finality of An Administrative Decision”.


Venue: Russell Kennedy Lawyers, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Time: 6.00 pm (please arrive by 5.45 pm)

Fiona McLeod SC Receives AGS AWL Award


The AGS Australian Women Lawyers Award has been presented to Fiona McLeod SC at the 7th National Australian Women Lawyers Conference in Sydney.

The Current State of Statutory Interpretation


25 Oct 2018 9:00am - 25 Oct 2018 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne) 

Adina Apartment Hotel, 189 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

Presented by: Fiona Alpins

Our presenter will outline recent trends and current approaches to statutory interpretation, with reference to recent case law.

This session will include:

  • Reading statutory text the right way – why does it matter in your work?
  • Lessons from the High Court – text, context and purpose;
  • What to do and what to avoid; and
  • Top tips for persuading the decision maker to adopt your contended construction.

It’s statutory interpretation – but not as you know it!



Building and Construction Half Day Conference


6 Sep 2018 9:00am - 6 Sep 2018 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne) 

Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Building and Construction Case Update

This session will cover significant cases that impact on Building and Construction matters. Cases up to August 2018 will be covered. Recent cases and topics to cover include:

  • Valeo Construction Pty Ltd (Valeo) v Pentas Property Investments Pty Ltd (Pentas) concerning a payment claim under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic)
  • Obligations of good faith on construction projects and Lien & Anor v Clontarf Residential Pty Ltd [2018] QSC 94

Presented by: Toby Cogley, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Review of Security of Payment Laws


Hon Peter Vickery QC FCIArb FACICA, together with John Murray AM, addressed Australian construction law practitioners on the Murray Report (17 December 2017) on the Review of Security of Payment Laws examining ways to improve consistency in security of payment legislation and enhance protections to ensure subcontractors get paid on time for work they have done. The event was organised by HFW Australia, and held at Clayton Utz, Melbourne.



Congratulations to former List member The Hon. Justice Terry Forrest on his appointment to the Victorian Court of Appeal and to Steve Moore QC on his appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law


Dever's List is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Monash University Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Annual Conference

Fiona McLeod SC to head up ART


Fiona McLeod SC has been appointed Chair of Accountability Round Table


Kevin Lyons QC


Congratulations to Kevin Lyons QC on his appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. The profession will extend a welcome at a ceremonial sitting in the Banco Court on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 9:15 am.

Mandy Fox QC


Congratulations to Mandy Fox QC on her appointment today as a judge of the County Court.

The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference


Dever's List is a proud sponsor of this event: details can be found here



Resource Capital Fund IV LP v Commissioner of Taxation CPD



Resource Capital Fund IV LP v Commissioner of Taxation - The Federal Court Revisits the Tax Treatment of Limited Partnerships

PRESENTED BY: Tax Bar Association

CHAIR: Andrew Broadfoot QC

SPEAKERS: James Strong & Gareth Redenbach

DATE-Thursday 3 May, 2018
TIME-5:15pm - 6:15pm
VENUE-Neil McPhee Room, Level 1
Owen Dixon Chambers East
205 William Street, Melbourne

CPD POINTS This Seminar is a component of the Victorian Bar CPD Program and will carry one CPD point in the field of Substantive Law


Kerri Judd QC


Congratulations to Kerri Judd QC on her appointment as Director of Public Prosecutions

Deciding Tax Cases in an International Context - Andrew Broadfoot QC


On 13 March 2018 at 5pm, Andrew Broadfoot QC will be one of the speakers at a presentation and panel discussion hosted by Melbourne Law School and the International Fiscal Association at the Federal Court, on the topic of Deciding Tax Cases in an International Context. The other speakers are President Dr Peter Darak, the President of the Curia of Hungary which is the supreme judicial authority of Hungary, Justice Jennifer Davies of the Federal Court, formerly a Supreme Court judge and Senior Counsel with Dever’s List, and Mr Jeremy Geale, Deputy Chief Tax Counsel of the Australian Taxation Office.

This is a public event and attendance is free, but an rsvp is necessary. A copy of the invitation and registration details can be found  here.

Congratulations to Caroline Kirton QC


On 14 December 2017 Caroline Kirton QC was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Chambers and Partners - Tax


We are delighted to see that in the latest Chambers and Partners guide to the leading tax barristers in Australia, Andrew Broadfoot QC and Eugene Wheelahan have been recognised, based on independent research and client surveys, for their dedication and expertise. This is the link to the ranked barristers across Australia:


Lewski v Commissioner of Taxation


On 12 December 2017 Claire Nicholson (Dever’s List) and Anna Wilson presented a CPD seminar on the recent Full Federal Court decision in Lewski v Commissioner of Taxation. The session was chaired by Andrew Broadfoot QC (Dever’s List) who appeared for the successful taxpayer in the case. The case is an interesting one as it touches on a range of procedural and substantive legal issues, it distinguishes the long standing decision of an earlier Full Federal Court in Malouf, and is the first decided tax case that considers the effect of trust distribution resolutions that contemplate adjustments in beneficial entitlements to income in the event that the Commissioner seeks to amend an assessment. A copy of the slides from the session is available here.

The Honourable Marilyn Warren AC QC


The Honurable Marilyn Warren AC QC is available to Arbitrate matters either in Australia or Internationally.


She returns to the Bar after 14 years as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 


All enquiries should be directed to or John Dever 0416 087999


Richard Niall QC appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal


New Silk


Dever's List congratulates Paul Hayes S.C., Scott Stuckey S.C. and Michael Gronow S.C. on their elevation to silk.

Appointment - Eamonn Patrick Aquinas Moran PSM QC


Inspector – The Victorian Inspectorate

On Wednesday 15 November 2017, the Governor in Council appointed Eamonn Patrick Aquinas Moran PSM QC the Inspector of the Victorian Inspectorate, commencing from 1 January 2018.

The appointment is made under the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011 (Vic) and is for a term of 5 years. The Inspector is an Independent Officer of the Parliament.

Doyles Guide Leading Insurance Barristers


Congratulations to the Dever’s List Barristers who have been recognised in Doyles Guide Leading Insurance Barristers

Patricia Riddell announced as a judge of the County Court.


Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Patricia Riddell as a judge of the County Court.

Ms Riddell brings more than 20 years of legal experience to her new role, specialising in criminal law, occupational health and safety, medical negligence and professional disciplinary matters.

Walsh Chambers Opening


Congratulations to Matt Walsh on the opening of Walsh Chambers in Geelong. Walsh chambers allows for a permanent presence of counsel in the heart of Geelong and includes mediation and conference facilities as well as a hot desk for solicitors and barristers.


William Alstergren QC appointed as new Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court


Effective 13th October 2017, William Alstergren QC was appointed as the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court and he was also issued a joint commission as a Justice of the Family Court of Australia.

Mark Robins QC appearing in "The Browning Version"


Mark Robins QC is appearing in a one-act play on 5, 6 and 7 October 2017 at Melbourne Grammar (St Kilda Road, Melbourne). It is titled “The Browning Version,” and is a play about a school master whose life is spiraling horribly out of control. 


It is being presented on a double-bill with a new Australian play about the Challenger shuttle disaster.


You can book online at:


Andrew Broadfoot QC Seminar


On 20 September 2017 Andrew Broadfoot QC and Gareth Redenbach presented a seminar on the availability of declaratory relief in revenue law disputes, following the recent decision in Sandini v Commissioner of Taxation. In that case a single proceeding for declaratory relief avoided the potential for two sets of inconsistent alternative assessments which may have led to duplication in objections, objection decisions and court proceedings. Copies of the slides used by Gareth and Andrew and a copy of Andrew’s speaking notes which discuss the relevant principles can be obtained by clicking the hyperlinks.

Tony Horan receives Consult Australia's President’s Award


At the Consult Australia Awards for Excellence dinner in Sydney last Thursday, Tony received the President’s Award. The Award recognises the individual or firm who has contributed most to Consult Australia and/or the industry over the past 12 months.

Consult Australia is the professional association representing consulting firms in the built environment sector including engineers, architects, environmental scientists and others:

2017 Asia Pacific Insurance Conference (APIC).


Dever's List is a sponsor of the upcoming 2017 Asia Pacific Insurance Conference (APIC), held from the 18th – 20th October 2017 in Singapore.

Caroline Kirton QC, Tim McEvoy QC, Ian Percy and Anthony Strahan are all attending, as is Michael Dever.


Vale Noel Ackman QC 1946-2017


It is with deep regret that we inform of the death yesterday of Noel Ackman QC. 

County Court appointment


Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Aileen Ryan QC as a judge of the County Court.

New Chief Justice For Victoria


Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of the Honourable Justice Anne Ferguson as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Ria Sotiropoulos appointed as a part-time member of the Tax Practitioners Board


The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP appointed Ria as a part-time member of the Tax Practitioners Board for a three year period from 22 July 2017.

Media release:


Paul Hayes IBU Appointment


Paul has been appointed to the International Biathlon Union (‘IBU’) Anti-Doping Hearing Panel and the IBU Court of Arbitration.

Vale Allan McDonald AO QC


It is with deep regret that we inform of the death yesterday of The Honourable Allan McDonald AO QC.


Concussion and Sports Liability Seminar


Paul J Hayes is chairing this UNSW Seminar; speakers include Elle Nikou and Adrian Anderson



Vale John Edward Barnard QC


It is with deep regret that we inform of the death this morning of John Barnard QC. John was 86.

Criminal Appeals and Reviews in Victoria Book Launch


Congratulations to Susan Borg who has co-authored this publication with Christopher Corns and Adrian Castle


New Readers


Dever's List welcomes Coral Alden, Fatmir Badali and Angus Christophersen to the Bar.


AILA SEMINAR Monday 5 June 2017


Who’s Driving the Injured Worker?

An update on the challenges and issues facing TAC & Worksafe

Neil McPhee Room, Level 1,
Owen Dixon Chambers East
205 William St, Melbourne

Federal Court Hearing Regarding Costs


Interesting judgement in the Federal Court recently in regards to hearing costs

Vale Chris Gilligan


Chris sadly passed away over the Easter weekend. He will be missed by all.



By His Honour Judge Josh Wilson and Nonni Sdraulig, Deputy Associate to his Honour Judge Wilson, Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Paul Hayes


Congratulations to Paul Hayes on his appointment to the World Rugby Anti-Doping Judicial Panel

John Leung Comedy Fesitval: The Cunning Linguist


Vale Jeff Moore QC


Jeff sadly passed away on Tuesday 28th March. He will be missed by all.

2017 ABA CONFERENCE – London & Dublin - 2-7 JULY


The Australian Bar Association invites you to attend the 2017 ABA Conference to be held in London and Dublin from 2 – 7 July.

The biennial conference presents a rare and unique opportunity for barristers and members of judiciary to discuss and share innovative ideas, political influences and the challenges and opportunities facing the profession. Leaders of the UK, Irish and Australian Bars and bench will come together to consider trends in litigation, legal access and policy, including an examination of recent developments concerning Brexit and world markets.

The conference program includes a full day session at London’s Inner Temple and two and a half days of sessions in Dublin. A separate Taxation stream will also be offered in London.

Highlights include keynote addresses from The Hon. Justice Keane AC, High Court of Australia and The Hon. Stephen Gageler AC, High Court of Australia.

The conference program also includes an exciting schedule of social and networking events and is expected to attract over 150 barristers from Australia. Social program includes a tour of the Irish Bar and Courts, drinks functions and a Gala Dinner at Dublin’s King’s Inns.

Advantageous conference rates have been negotiated for both travel and accommodation. Registrations are now open at Early bird rates are available until 21 April.

Congratulations to Tony Burns


Congratulations to Tony Burns on his appointment to the Magistrates' Court of Victoria 

The Honourable Stephen Charles AO QC


In 2017 Charles was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the law and to the judiciary, particularly in the areas of commercial arbitration and mediation, to judicial administration, and to legal professional organisations

Vale John Riordan


John sadly passed away on Wednesday 22nd Feb. He will be missed by all.

Monash University Human Rights Conference


Dever's List is Sponsoring the Human Rights 2017 Annual Conference on 21 July, hosted by Monash University's Castan Centre for Human Right Law

Will Alstergren QC new ABA President


The Australian Bar Association has welcomed in the 2017 law term with the announcement of the association’s new President, Will Alstergren QC and new CEO, Cindy Penrose.

AILA Dinner 2017


Devers List is a proud sponsor of the 2017 AILA Victorian Annual General Meeting and Dinner

Paul Menzies QC presenting at Government Lawyers Intensive 14th March 2017


Paul Menzies QC will be presenting at Leo Cussen on 14th March 2017 at their Government Lawyers Intensive.

His topic will be "Compromise or Leave"

"How should you react and what should / can you do when your professional principles and judgments are questioned and personal values are at risk? With reference to recent high profile examples, this session will address the risks, consequences and ethical issues raised when you feel compromised."



Fiona McLeod SC elected President of the Law Council of Australia


Congratulations to Fiona McLeod SC who is the President of the Law Council of Australia for 2017

Silk Announcements


Congratulations to newly appointed Senior Counsel Mandy Fox, Tim McEvoy, Paul Connor, Andrew Broadfoot and Daniel Crennan. 

Caroline Kirton QC presenting at RAIF panel in Sydney


Caroline Kirton QC is now an accredited Arbitrator in the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators List of Arbitrators maintained pursuant to Regulation 67B of the Family Law Regulations 1984 (Cth). She will be part of a panel discussing the untapped potential of arbitration in family law at the upcoming RAIF Arbitration Conference 2016 in Sydney

Dever's List welcomes the following barristers


We wish Oliver Cain, Roshena Campbell, Emily Golshtein, Paul Lamb, Katie Manning and Sarah Zeleznikow all the best with their careers at the Bar.

2016 Barristers v Solicitors Frank Galbally Cup


This year's Reclink charity AFL game was won by the barristers for the first time in six years! Special mention to Dugald McWilliams for his huge efforts over four quarters. Monies raised will provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage.

Junior Bar Advocacy Competition


Congratulations to Daniel Kinsey with adjudicator the Hon. Justice Hollingworth for winning the 2017 VicBar Junior Bar Advocacy Competition

Asia Pacific Insurance Conference


Held from 26 – 29 September 2017 in Singapore

Upsetting Wills – Testator’s Family Maintenance Proceedings in Victoria 2017 by Richard Cook



This work discusses in detail:
  • who is an “eligible person”
  • the four steps in making a TFM claim
  • the factors to be considered when making a claim for a family provision order; a series of other considerations and practical matters
 Please email if you would like to order a copy


New Judge For County Court Of Victoria


Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Samantha Marks QC as a judge of the County Court.

Congratulations to Fiona McLeod SC


Fiona McLeod SC has a new position at Australian Government Interim Working Group Open Government National Action Plan

Adrian Anderson helps GGGM football players


Former AFL operations manager Adrian Anderson has helped two Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong football players win their appeal.

For the full story please click here  

Timber Creek Aboriginal custodians win historic $3.3 million payout for native titles rights loss - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


For more information click here

Paul Hayes on doping in sport


Paul Hayes has contributed to a new book titled 'Doping in Sport and the Law,' which will be launched by former WADA chairman John Fahey AC tomorrow in Sydney.

'Doping in Sport and the Law' will be released by Hart Publishing on 22nd of September and can be purchased from this link.

A detailed overview of the book and be viewed here.

Claire Nicholson appears in last minute injunction


Claire Nicholson appears in last minute injunction for squatters being removed from houses bought in the scrapped East/West Link project.


For more information click here

New Senior Crown Prosecutor


Congratulations to Kerri Judd QC on being appointed Senior Crown Prosecutor.

Follow this link for more details.

2017 Melbourne Commonwealth Law Conference


The 2017 Commonwealth Law Conference will be held between 20-24 of March, and will feature Fiona McLeod SC speaking about Human Trafficking and Forced Marriage.

Register interest via this link.

The Honourable Dr Alan Henry Goldberg AO QC


Dever's List sends its deepest condolences to the family of The Honourable Dr Alan Henry Goldberg AO QC. Alan was a treasured member of the List and will be missed by all.

Court of Arbitration for Sport


Paul Hayes was involved in a successful decision this week involving Mitchell Iles' selection for the Australian olympic shooting team.

View decision here

More information regarding the matter can be viewed at the below link.

Judge Josh Wilson Welcome Transcript


Please view the link

AILA Annual Dinner


The 24th February AILA Annual Dinner at the RACV proved, yet again, to be a very enjoyable evening, as all those involved in insurance law in Australia came together in a congenial atmosphere.

Devers List again sponsored the event and all who attended would like to thank the speaker, Simon Wilson QC, the senior silk and member of Greens List.

John Dever wishes to thank AILA for their superb management of the event as well as their ongoing commitment to ensuring members of AILA are well served by their membership of this organisation.


Judge Sara Hinchey Appointed State Coroner


The Attorney-General has appointed Judge Sara Hinchey as the new State Coroner.

See details of the appointment at the below link.

Lawyers Weekly Women In Law Awards 2015


Congratulations to Fiona McLeod QC on  winning not one, not two, but three awards at last Friday nights Women In Law Awards evening.

Fiona won the 'Mentor of The Year Award' as well as the 'Barrister of The Year Award.'On top of these two prestigious wins Fiona also was awarded the 'Excellence Award,' which was chosen from all the winners on the night.

For all the award winners please see the attached link below. 

Congratulations Mark Moshinsky QC & Dr Josh Wilson QC


Congratulations to Mark Moshinsky QC who has been appointed to the Federal Court, his appointment will commence on the 2nd of November 2015.


Congratulations to Dr Josh Wilson QC who has been appointed to the Federal Circuit Court, his appointment will commence on the 2nd of November 2015.  

Family Will Disputes


John Tesarsch has published an article on the Huffington Post Blog regarding Family Will Disputes, please see link below for article.   

New Supreme Court Rules for Victoria


Samantha Marks QC has provided a useful summary of the New Supreme Court Rules of Victoria due to take effect in November 2015, please see the link below.

You may also wish to regularly check Sam's blog for many other useful and interesting reads.

Victoria Bar and LIV Conference 2015


Just a reminder that early bird bookings close this Friday 11th, save $100 by doing so. See link below. 

Peter Kidd S.C. - Appointed Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria


 The Victorian Bar President, James Peters QC, congratulates Peter Kidd S.C. on his appointment as Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria.

The Governor in Council made the appointment today, to commence on Monday 28 September 2015.

Congratulations The Hon. Justice Jane Dixon QC


Dever's List would like to congratulate and welcome The Hon. Justice Jane Dixon QC to the Supreme Court of Victoria. In case you missed it, you can view her welcome via the below link.

International Arbitration 2016


Below is a piece that Andrew Broadfoot has written with Allan Myers AO QC on international arbitration for the Chambers Practice Guide: International Arbitration 2016


Mutual Wills Decision


Samantha Marks QC was involved in a Mutual Wills decision yesterday in the Supreme Court. View Judgment below.

Congratulations Caroline Kirton QC


Caroline Kirton QC had received her Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and therefore has been upgraded to Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Stock Market Manipulation Paper


Dr Josh Wilson QC and Tony Burns delivered the attached paper to group of lawyers at Slater & Gordon.



Sara Hinchey appointed to the County Court of Victoria


On 26th May 2015, the Attorney-General announced the appointment of Sara Hinchey to the County Court of Victoria.

Congratulations Sharon Burchell & My Anh Tran


Sharon Burchell & My Anh Tran have been appointed as Judicial Registrars to the County Courts Commercial Division.

Garry Moore honored by Victorian State Council


Dever's List would like to congratulate Garry Moore on being granted life membership to the Victorian State Branch. This honor was bestowed because of Garry's commitment to representing and helping Veterans and their affairs.

New Appointment


Dever's List would like to congratulate Peter Riordan QC on his appointment to The Trial Division of The Supreme Court of Victoria.

The Honourable Sue Crennan AC


Devers List would like to welcome The Honourable Justice Sue Crennan AC. Available as an Arbitrator and Mediator from February the 3rd 2015.

New Silk Appointments


Dever's List would like to congratulate Jacinta Forbes S.C. and Steven Moore S.C. on being appointed to silk.

Tim Bourke Appointed to Magistrates Court of Victoria


Dever's List would like to extended a well deserved congratulations to Tim Bourke on being appointed to the Magistrates Court of Victoria.

Congratulations Sharon


Dever's List would like to congratulate Sharon Burchell on being a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards. See the link below for details.

This decision could have serious implications in the Australian banking industry


Dever's List members D.Crennan, A.Bailey and T.Dowling were involved in a recent decision of Hargrave J, that could have serious implications in the banker/customer relationship and the duties owed by a bank to borrowers.

The Principles of Propriety


Brian Mason has written a fantastic article for the latest edition of the Law Institute Journal, please view the link attached.

Jane Dixon QC wins Lawyers Weekly Award


We would like to congratulate Jane Dixon QC on winning the Lawyers Weekly Senior Barrister Award. A congratulations to Eugene Wheelahan for making the finals in the Junior Barrister Award.

Daniel Clough's New Book


Daniel Clough has just released his new book 'Competition Law - The Laws of Australia', if you would like a copy please visit the link below.

New Amendments to The Insurance Law Contracts Act


Please view the below link to the cover story of the latest issue of Resolve.

2014 Australian Bar Association Conference


The 2014 ABA Conference is to be held from the 7-10 of July in Boston, Massachusetts USA. Please register any interest you may have by emailing the link below.

Legal Aid News


All the latest news from Victorian Legal Aid

New Edition of In Brief


All the latest news from the Victorian Bar.

Law Week


Victorian Law Week is just around the corner, running from May 12th until May 18th. There are many different events running over the week from mock trials to free advice from legal professionals. Please view the program at the link below:

New Edition of In Brief


All the latest from the Victorian Bar.

Law Council Review


The latest from the Law Council of Australia

Tristan Sedal Involved In Landmark Construction Case


Tristan Sedal involved in a landmark result against building giants Metricon

The Victorian Law Foundation's Quarterly Update


End of the CPD year


Please note that the end of the CPD year is approaching fast (31st of March), please make sure that all minimum requirements are satisfied.

Opening of the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre (MCAM)


Chairman of the Victorian Bar and Dever's List member Will Alstergren SC opens the new Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre (MCAM), along with Attorney General Robert Clark and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court the Hon Marilyn Warren.

Fiona McLeod SC inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women


Dever's List would like to congratulate Fiona McLeod SC on her induction to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women on International Women's Day.

New Workplace Bullying Law from January 2014


A summary provided by Darryl Burnett of the New Workplace Bullying Law can be found via the link

Senior Counsel appointments


Richard Attiwill SC and Greg Harris SC have been appointed as Senior Counsel in and for the State of Victoria.

William Alstergren SC appointed as Victorian Bar Chairman


Will Alstergren SC is the new Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council, following elections which saw 10 new council members elected to the 21 member Council for the 2013-14 term.

Paul Hayes receives Denis Callinan Award


Paul Hayes has received the Denis Callinan Award which was announced at the ANZSLA Annual Conference in Brisbane last night. The Denis Callinan Award recognises members who render commendable community service in the field of sports law.



Michael Hines is presenting this seminar Tuesday 1st October 7.15am at the Neil McPhee Room. If attending please email

Insuring Confusion - article by John Tesarsch


The decision in the case of Chubb Insurance v Moore in the NSW Court of Appeal is a welcome one for company directors...

Footy Comp Winner 2013


Congratulations to Ron Gipp on taking out the 2013 Footy Comp!

Dr Reid


Ross Gillies QC is leading Benjamin Jellis for Dr Reid in the ASADA and AFL matter

CPD SEMINAR 3RD SEPTEMBER - Drafting mistakes that lead to litigation


Samantha Marks S.C. is presenting this seminar on the 3rd September, 7.15am at the Neil McPhee Room (Level 1, 205 William St). If attending please email

12 Angry Men


A production of 12 Angry Men will be showing 24-27 September and the cast are all barristers! Details and tickets via the link

Congratulations to Melanie Sloss SC on her appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria


Fiona McLeod SC receives advocacy award


Paul Hayes


Acted for defendant in Stanton v Fell



The Southern Solicitors Group [SSG] dinner was held last night at the Bentleigh Club. A major part of the evening was to record the work of John Garde in the formation of the group. Those who spoke to his memory were his son, Justice Garde, Loch Adams, Geoff Gronow, Peter Lay and John Dever – all recalled the superb lawyer and person that John Garde was and his personal and professional contribution to the community



Geraldine Andrews QC from London is presenting a seminar on Guarantees on the 8th August, 1.00pm at the Neil McPhee Room (Level 1, 205 William St). If you would like to attend please email



Ian Percy is presenting a seminar on Expert Evidence on the 6th August, 7.15am at the Neil McPhee Room (Level 1, 205 William St). If you would like to attend please email

Garry Moore is now a Doctor of Philosophy


Garry's thesis examines efforts to delineate Victoria's borders according to British prescriptions. It shows how those prescriptions, and the efforts to implement them, generated practical uncertainties and legal disputes that continue today. It also considers whether the legal doctrine of prescription and acquiescence could resolve those disputes.

Mary Anne Hartley SC, Sarah Thomas and Viola Nadj in the Williamson Austin Health Psychiatric Ward inquest


The Governor-General in Council today appointed as Judges of the Federal Court of Australia List members The Honourable Justice Jennifer Davies (effective 4 July 2013); and Debbie Mortimer SC (effective 12 July 2013).


For further information regarding Lord Buddha Pty Ltd v Harpur [2013] VSCA 101 follow Samantha Marks SC's blog


Dever’s List barristers Samantha Marks SC and Kathleen Foley had a win in the Court of Appeal last week. On 9 May 2013 the Court of Appeal delivered a unanimous judgment in Lord Buddha Pty Ltd v Harpur [2013] VSCA 101. Instructed by Chantal Reigo of Mills


David Shavin QC for Kym Ellery - follow Dever's List on Twitter for the link


Thanks to Jeremy Twigg for this morning's CPD presentation regarding Proportionate Liability - if you would like to attend future CPD seminars please email


We are keen to know what you think of the websites and how they can be improved to assist you in the initial search for counsel, we of course remain available to answer questions about availability, fees and whether counsel are a good ‘fit’ for your case


We have created a mobile iphone etc version of the website – search for Dever’s List on your device and have a look


Congratulations to Aileen Ryan, Mark Robins, Neill Murdoch, Nick Hopkins, Kevin Lyons, William Alstergren, Andrew Clements and Bernard Quinn on their appointments as Senior Counsel


Congratulations to John Digby QC on his appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.


Congratulations to Fiona McLeod SC, winner of the 2012 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Award


Michael Hines recently conducted a seminar for ICU on appeals in family law property disputes.


We would like to welcome David Loadman back to the bar. David's practice is based in the Gippsland area and he is available for matters in that region.


Congratulations to The Honourable David Brookes on his elevation as a judge of the County Court of Victoria.


Congratulations to Caroline Kirton SC for receiving the Women Lawyers Achievement Award in General Excellence (Advocacy/Academic/Judiciary).


Our best wishes to The Hon. Gregory Garde AO RFD QC who was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and as of the 1st June 2012, President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.


Congratulations to Will Astergren who received the Victorian Bar Pro Bono Trophy for his contribution to the scheme


Congratulations to Chris Wren SC who received The 2012 Richard J Evans Award from the VPELA



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