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  • 06
    Feb

    2017 VGSO Monthly Seminar Series

    Looking for CPD units relevant to government lawyers and the broader VPS? We've got you covered. The VGSO Monthly Seminar Series calendar has just been released.
  • 15
    Aug
    2016

    VGSO August Monthly Seminar postponed from 18 August to 29 August

    Hanging out for our Monthly VGSO Seminar? It has been postponed from 18 August to 29 August and will be hosted by the Workplace Relations & Occupational Safety. Stay tuned for more details shortly.  
  • 08
    Aug
    2016

    VGSO farewells outgoing Victorian Government Solicitor, Peter Stewart

    Following five years at the helm of the office, Peter Stewart has completed his term as Victorian Government Solicitor. 
  • 13
    May
    2016

    Alumni News

    Read the latest VGSO Alumni News. 
  • 30
    Mar
    2016

    The Report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence released

    The Report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence is now available to the public after being tabled in Parliament earlier today. The report can be viewed online via the RCFV website
  • 21
    Mar
    2016

    VGSO celebrates Equitable Briefing

    On Monday evening, the VGSO launched their internal Equitable Briefing Policy and played host to more than 55 women barristers and bar readers keen to work with government and access high quality briefs. VGSO are signatories to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) joint initiative on Equitable Briefing and the event was a practical step in enabling VGSO solicitors to broaden their briefing pool and network with new faces at the Bar.  Special guests for the evening included Melinda Richards SC, Crown Counsel who moderated a panel of Fiona McLeod SC, Rachel Ellyard, Janine Hebiton and Monika Pekevska. The evening was opened by Catherine Roberts, one of the author's of VGSO's internal policy, who highlighted the key points and aims of the Equitable Briefing Policy. The policy commits VGSO to a number of actions including 50% targets in briefing women barristers, identifying new women commercial barristers, and collecting relevant data and reporting this data to VEOHRC.   Catherine was followed by a panel discussion of the solicitor/barrister relationship, how to promote positive working relationships and reflections on the effects of equitable briefing policies, including how the policies can transform the legal profession.    We would like to thank the panel for their engaging discussion and to the attendees for helping create a successful evening and look forward to similar events in the future.    
  • 12
    Nov
    2015

    VGSO commits to equitable briefing of women barristers

    On Wednesday 11 November, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) launched a joint initiative alongside the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) and members of the Judiciary to target inequitable representation of Victorian women barristers in commercial litigation. 
  • 06
    Nov
    2015

    VGSO blog post: Making sense of 'nuisance': Fertility Control Clinic v Melbourne City Council

    The picketing of abortion clinics has been a hot button issue for many years in the US. Those protests are often portrayed as a 'clash' of rights between religious freedom and peaceful assembly on one hand, and a woman's right to privacy and control of her body on the other.
  • 17
    Sep
    2015

    Charter review handed down today!

    The 2015 Review of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities was handed down today.  The Charter Review 2015 is titled 'From Commitment to Culture' and looks at ways to make the Charter more accessible, effective, and practical.  
  • 26
    May
    2015

    Client newsletter - Duty of Care UK Decisions

    Two recent judgments in the United Kingdom have declined to impose a duty of care on police officers to protect individuals from harm by third parties.

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