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

Valerie Heath and Robert Dubler SC (chair)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

John Fernon SC (chair)

Bar News

Ingmar Taylor SC and Catherine Gleeson (chair)

Climate Change

Richard Lancaster SC and Sebastian Hartford Davis (chair)

Common Law

David Hooke SC and Bede Kelleher SC (chair)

Costs and Fees

Dominic Toomey SC (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

Simeon Beckett SC & Miiko Kumar (chair)

Industrial, Employment, Health and Safety

Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC & Yaseen Shariff SC (chair)

Media and Information Law and Technology

Matthew Richardson SC and Ben Kremer (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

Lindsay Ellison 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

Ingmar Taylor SC (chair)

PCC #4

Dominic Toomey SC (chair)