Bar Council is assisted by specialist committees comprised of barrister volunteers who offer their skills and expertise for the benefit of the public and the profession. Committees regularly advise and assist the Bar Council in matters of law reform and public affairs, including responding to matters of public policy and the administration of justice. This can involve providing expert commentary to ministers, members of parliament, government and parliamentary committees and law reform agencies. Committees operate in accordance with the Bar Association’s Guidelines for Committee Tenure and Governance.

Accessibility Panel

Sean Docker SC and Robert Dubler SC (chair)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

John Fernon SC (chair)

Bar News

Catherine Gleeson SC (chair)

Climate Change

Richard Lancaster SC and Sebastian Hartford Davis (chair)

Common Law

David Hooke SC and Bede Kelleher SC (chair)

Costs and Fees

Gillian Mahony SC and Michelle Castle (chair)

Criminal Law

Stephen Odgers SC & Helen Roberts SC (chair)

Diversity and Equality

Sera Mirzabegian SC and Ragni Mathur SC (chair)


Patrick Griffin SC and Zelie Heger (chair)

Family Care and Adoption

Robert Lethbridge SC and Martha Barnett SC (chair)

First Nations

Tony McAvoy SC and Damian Beaufils (chair)

Human Rights

Trent Glover (chair)

Industrial, Employment, Health and Safety

Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC (chair)

Media and Information Law and Technology

Matthew Richardson SC and Ben Kremer SC (chair)

Inquests & Inquiries

Donna Ward SC and Scott Robertson SC (chair)


Greg Laughton SC and Mark Dempsey SC (chair)

Legal Aid

Sharyn Hall SC & James Trevallion (chair)

New Barristers

Elly Phelan & Nicholas Bentley (chair)

Practice Development

David Thomas SC (chair)

Succession and Protective Law

Ian Davidson SC and Hayley Bennett (chair)


Vanessa Whittaker SC (chair)

PCC #1

Edward Muston SC & Kate Morgan SC (chair)

PCC #2

Michael Izzo SC (chair)

PCC #3

James Emmett SC (chair)

PCC #4

Dominic Toomey SC (chair)