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Policy Agenda

Equitable Briefing Policy

The Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy is intended to drive cultural change within the legal profession, support the progression and retention of women barristers, and address the significant pay gap and underrepresentation of women in the superior courts.

The Policy is available for adoption by Barristers and any briefing entity, including organisations and counsel in addition to clients of briefing entities operating in Australia. The selection of counsel is ultimately the decision of the client, and in-house counsel are encouraged to adopt and apply the Policy when instructing briefing entities and making their selections of barristers.
 

Sign up to the Equitable Briefing Policy

Barristers and Briefing Entities can adopt the Equitable Briefing Policy by completing the following form.

Please note the form requires confirmation on agreeing to the terms and conditions and supplying a company logo (if signing up on behalf of an organisation).
 

Annual Reporting

In adopting the policy, barristers and briefing entities commit to providing a confidential annual report on their briefing practices and measures taken to implement the Policy to the Law Council by 30 September each year.

The Law Council will subsequently collate the data provided and produce a final report of figures for publication. Data will be aggregated and published information will not disclose identifying information.

The Law Council has developed an online portal to assist Policy adoptees in providing their annual reports following the end of each financial year. The Law Council has also developed the Guidelines to assist to Policy adoptees in reporting requirements.
 

Reporting 2021-2022

The reporting portal for 2021-2022 is now open;

A copy of the reporting questions can be accessible below, however adoptees of the policy will need to submit their report via the online portal.

To assist you with reporting, the Equitable Briefing Policy Reporting Template and Guidelines provides detailed information on how to how to make a report and includes a reporting template to show the information required.

Review of the Equitable Briefing Policy

The Law Council has recently conducted a Review of the Equitable Briefing Policy based on the data collected over the last four years. The Review considered matters including the reporting obligations and whether the Policy should address additional areas of diversity.

The Law Council is presently updating the Policy in accordance with the Review, and the revised Policy will be published on the website shortly.

In the meantime, Policy adoptees are to continue collecting and reporting data in the same way as they have been to date.


Previous Annual Reports


Organisations that have endorsed the Policy: 
 

Counsel who have adopted the Policy:

  • Ms Abbie Roodenburg
  • Mr Adam Casselden SC, Greenway Chambers
  • Ms Aine Magee KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Albert Monichino, List A Barristers
  • Ms Alexandra Rose, 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
  • Ms Amanda Carruthers
  • Ms Amy Hando, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Anastasia Smietanka, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Andreia Monteiro, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Andrew Bell SC, Eleven Wentworth
  • Mr Andrew Clements KC
  • Mr Andrew Conley, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Andrew Kirby, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Angela Lee, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Angus Stewart SC
  • Ms Anna Robertson, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Anne Sheehan, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Anthony Eyers, Equus Chambers
  • Mr Anthony McGrath SC, Alinea Chambers
  • Ms Antoinette Totta, Hall & Wilcox Smarter Law
  • Ms Aphrodite Kouloubaritsis, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Arthur Moses SC, New Chambers
  • Mr Asanka Gunasekera, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Astrid Haban-Beer, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Benjamin Jacobs, Greenway Chambers
  • Mr Bill Stephenson, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Brad Penno
  • Ms Brenda Tronson, Level 22 Chambers
  • Mr Brian Walters, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Briana Goding, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Bronwyn Byrnes, 6 St James Hall Chambers
  • Ms Caitlin Dwyer, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Calum Henderson, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Cam Truong, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Camerson Murphy, Denman Chambers
  • Ms Carly Roberton, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Carmella Ben-Simon, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Carmen Currie, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Caroline Dawes, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Carolyn Buchan, Country to Coast Lawyers
  • Ms Carolyn Moss, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Catherin Dermody, Foley's List
  • Ms Catherine Gleeson, New Chambers
  • Ms Catherine Hamilton-Jewell, Alinea Chambers
  • Ms Cathy Dowsett
  • Ms Cecily Hollingworth, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Chad Jacobi, Edmund Barton Chambers
  • Mr Chester Brown, 7 Wentworth Selborne
  • Mr Chris Canavan
  • Mr Chris Carr
  • Ms Chrissa Loukas SC, Public Defenders Chambers
  • Ms Christie Jones, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Christoper Caleo KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Christopher Lum, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Christopher Wood
  • Ms Claire Harris SC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Claire Vinnicombe, Bennett
  • Ms Clare Dart, Win Paten Chambers
  • Ms Courtney Ensor, New Chambers
  • Mr Craig Dowling SC, Foley's List
  • Mr Dan Star KC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Danae Younger, Griffith Chambers
  • Mr Daniel Aghion
  • Mr Daniel Bongiorno, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Daniel Briggs, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Daniel Clough, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Daniel Edward Thomas, Level 22 Chambers
  • Mr Daniel McInerney, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Daniel Nguyen, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Danielle Woods, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers
  • Mr Darren Ferrari, Victorian Bar
  • Mr David Catterns KC, Nigel Bowen Chambers
  • Mr David Cox, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Mr David Hooke SC, Jack Shand Chambers
  • Mr David Klempfner, Foley's List
  • Mr David McLure SC, New Chambers
  • Mr David Morgan, List G Barristers
  • Mr David Neal SC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr David Purcell SC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Dean Guidolin, Aickin Chambers
  • Ms Deanna Caruso, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Diana Costaras, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Diana Price, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Dominique Hogan-Doran SC
  • Mr Edward Moon
  • Mr Edward Muston SC, 7 Wentworth Selborne
  • Ms Elisa Tringali, 13th Floor St James Hall
  • Ms Eliza Bergin
  • Ms Elizabeth Boros, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Elizabeth Ruddle, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Elle Nikou Madalin, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Elly Phelan, 9 Wentworth Chambers
  • Ms Elspeth Hensler, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Emily Porter, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Emma Luck, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Emma Peppler, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Erin Gardner, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Eugene Wheelahan, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Felicity Blair, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Ffyona Livingstone Clark, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Fiona Cameron, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Fiona Ellis, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Fiona Knowles, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Fiona McLeod SC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Franceska Leoncio, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Gabi Crafti, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Garry Rich SC, 5th Floor St James Hall
  • Mr George Georgiou, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Georgia Douglas, Victoria Bar
  • Ms Georgina Connelly, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Geralsine Gray, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Gillian Walker, Murray Chambers
  • Mr Glenn Dickson
  • Ms Glenys Jardine
  • Ms Grace Lawson, Queensland Bar
  • Mr Greg Antipas, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers
  • Mr Greg Laughton SC, 13 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
  • Mr Gregory Buchhorn, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Haroon Hassan, Young's List
  • Mr Harrison Grace, 7 Wentworth Selbourne
  • Ms Hayley Bennett, New Chambers
  • Ms Helen Symon KC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Helen Tiplady, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Helena Maria Mann, 7 Wentworth Selbourne Chambers
  • Ms Holly Stanley, Edmund Barton Chambers
  • Mr Huw Watkins, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Ian Freckelton KC
  • Mr Ian Martindale KC, List A Barristers
  • Mr Ian Fraser, Frederick Jordan Chambers
  • Mr Ingmar Taylor SC, Greenway Chambers
  • Ms Ingrid King, Tenth Floor St James Hall
  • Ms Irene Watson, University of South Australia
  • Ms Irina Hoskinson, 3 St James Hall
  • Mr Ivan Griscti, Level 22 Chambers
  • Ms Jacinta Forbes KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr James Barber, Owen Dixon Chambers
  • Mr James McDougall, Victorian Bar
  • Mr James Peters KC
  • Ms Jane Needham SC, New South Wales Bar
  • Ms Jane Rawlings
  • Ms Janelle Kerrisk, Helix Legal
  • Ms Janet McDonald, Level 22 Chambers
  • Mr Jarrod Williams, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Jeff Gleeson
  • Ms Jennifer Batrouney KC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Jennifer Trewhella, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Jenny Firkin, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Jeremy Ruskin KC
  • Ms Jessica Swanwick, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Jillian Williams, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Jim Delany KC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Jo Shepard, 12 Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers
  • Ms Jo-Anne Deuter, Anthony Mason Chambers
  • Ms Jocelyn Williams, 12 Wentworth Selbourne Chambers
  • Ms Jodi Steele, 13 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
  • Mr John Dickie, Victorian Bar
  • Mr John Leung, Victorian Bar
  • Mr John Sheahan KC, 5 Wentworth
  • Mr John Southalan
  • Mr Jonathan Evans, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Jonathan Forbes, Aickin Chambers
  • Mr Jonathan Kirkwood, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Jonathon Moore, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Jonathan Wilkison, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Julia Baird SC
  • Ms Julie Granger, 7 Wentworth Selbourne
  • Ms Julie Taylor, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Julie Wright, Greenway Chambers
  • Ms Juliet Curtin, Alinea Chambers
  • Mr Justin Brereton, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Justin Carter
  • Mr Justin Graham, List A Barristers Pty Ltd
  • Mr Justin Hannebery, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Justin Hogan-Doran, 7 Wentworth Selborne
  • Mr Justin Simpkins, New Chambers
  • Ms Justine Beaumont, Nigel Bowen Chambers
  • Ms Karen Le Faucheur, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Kate Boyd, PG Hely Chambers
  • Ms Kate Burgess, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Kate Burke
  • Ms Kate Eastman SC, New Chambers
  • Ms Kate Williams SC, Eleven Wentworth Chambers
  • Ms Kateena O'Gorman, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Katherine Marie Richardson SC
  • Ms Kathleen Foley, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Katie Stynes, List A
  • Ms Katrina Musgrove
  • Ms Kess Dovey, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Kim Bradey, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Kim Knights
  • Ms Kristen Walker KC, Solicitor-General for Victoria
  • Ms Kristine Hanscombe
  • Ms Kristy Katavic, Blackburn Chambers
  • Ms Kylie Hillard, Griffith Chambers
  • Dr Kylie Weston-Scheuber, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Lachlan Armstrong, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Larissa Andelman
  • Ms Leah Marrone
  • Ms Leah Marrone, Flinders Chambers
  • Mr Lee-May Saw, Frederick Jordon Chambers
  • Mr Leigh Howard, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Leonie Bird, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Lesley Whalan, Frederick Jordon Chambers
  • Mr Liam James, Level 22 Chambers
  • Ms Lisa De Ferrari SC, Castan Chambers
  • Ms Lisa Hannon, Dever's List
  • Ms Lisa Maree Lo Piccolo
  • Ms Liz Cheeseman SC, New Chambers
  • Ms Louise Byrne, Frederick Jordan Chambers
  • Ms Louise Glanville, Victorian Legal Aid
  • Ms Louise Hulmes, Eight Selbourne Chambers
  • Ms Louise Martin, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Lucy Barnes, Barrister-at-Law
  • Ms Lucy Davis
  • Ms Lucy Kirwan, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Lucy Line, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Lucy McGovern, 5 Selborne Chambers
  • Ms Madeleine Bridgett, 6 St James Hall Chambers
  • Mr Marc Felman
  • Mr Marco Patrick Nesbeth, Level 22 Chambers
  • Mr Marcus Finlay, Svenson Barristers
  • Mr Marcus Fleming, List G Barristers
  • Ms Marea Wilson, Denman Chambers
  • Ms Maree Norton, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Margaux Matthews (née Harris), 9 Wentworth Chambers
  • Ms Marianne Barker
  • Ms Marion Isobel, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Marita Foley, List G Barristers
  • Mr Mark Brabazon SC, 7 Wentworth Selborne
  • Mr Mark Champion, Foley's List
  • Mr Mark Dempsey SC, 7 Wentworth & Selborne Chambers
  • Mr Mark Irving SC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Mark Steele SC, 7 Wentworth Selbourne Chambers
  • Mr Martin Bartfeld KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Martin Scott KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Matt Connock KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Matt Karam, New Chambers
  • Mr Matthew Albert, Victorian Bar
  • Dr Matthew Collins KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Matthew Hooper, Denver's List
  • Mr Matthew Howard SC, Francic Burt Chambers
  • Mr Matthew Kenneally, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Meg O'Sullivan, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Megan Fitzgerald, Greens List
  • Ms Melanie Cairns, Alinea Chambers
  • Ms Melissa Marcus, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Michael Borsky KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Michael O’Haire, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Michael Rivette, Chancery Chambers
  • Mr Michael Rush, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Michael Stanton, Brian Bourke Chambers
  • Mr Michael Thompson KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Michael Wheelahan KC, Dever's List
  • Mr Michael Wise KC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Michelle Jenkins, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Michelle Painter SC, Nine Selborne Chambers
  • Ms Michelle Quigley KC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Michelle Wilson, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Miguel Belmar Salas, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Min Guo, List G Barristers
  • Ms Minal Vohra SC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Monika Paszkiewicz
  • Mr Morgan McLay, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Natalie Blok, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Natalie Campbell, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Natalie Hickey, List G Barristers
  • Mr Nick Harrington
  • Mr Noel Hutley SC, 5th Floor St James Hall
  • Mr Norman O'Bryan SC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Olivia Perkiss, Alfred Lutwyche Chambers
  • Ms Patricia Cahill SC, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Mr Patrick Griffin SC, 7 Garfield Barwick Chambers
  • Mr Patrick O'Sullivan KC
  • Mr Patrick Over, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Patrick Wheelahan
  • Mr Paul Carasco, Concord Chambers
  • Mr Paul Livingstone, Frederick Jordan Chambers
  • Mr Paul O'Grady, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Paul Smallwood
  • Mr Paul Yovich, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Penny Harris, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Penny Thew, 8 Wentworth Chambers
  • Ms Peta Willoughby, Queensland Bar
  • Mr Peter Brereton SC
  • Mr Peter Cawthorn KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Peter Fox KC
  • Mr Peter O'Farrell
  • Mr Philip Carr
  • Mr Philip Crutchfield KC, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Philip Teo, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Phoebe Knowles, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Prue Bindon, Key Chambers
  • Mr R Tyson Wodak
  • Ms Rachel Cosentino, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Rachel Joseph, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Rachel Varshney, Queensland Bar
  • Ms Raelene Sharp, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Raini Zambelli, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Rebecca Fogerty, Jasper Fogerty Lawyers
  • Ms Rebecca Lee, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Rebecca Nelson, List G Barristers
  • Mr Rebecca Preston, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Reiko Okazaki, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Renee Bianchi
  • Mr Richard Dalton, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Richard Ingleby, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Richard Knowles, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Richard Potter, 153 Phillip Barristers
  • Mr Richard Scruby, Tenth Floor Chambers
  • Mr Robert O'Neill
  • Mr Roshan Chaile, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Sally Flynn, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Samantha Cipriano, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Samuel Hay, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Sandra Karabidian, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Sarah Heesom, Heesom Legal
  • Ms Sarah Porritt, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Sarah Roach, Helix Legal
  • Ms Sarah Russell, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Sarah Thomas
  • Ms Sarala Fitzgerald, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Sashi Maharaj KC, Dever's List
  • Ms Sera Mirzabegianm Tenth Floor Chambers
  • Ms Shanta Martin
  • Ms Sharon Keeling, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Sharon Lacy, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Shipra Chordia, New Chambers
  • Ms Shivani Pillai, Foley's List
  • Mr Simon Fitzpatrick, 7 Wentworth Selborne
  • Mr Simon Grant, Queensland Bar
  • Mr Simon Marks KC
  • Ms Simone Jacobson, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Siobhan Kelly
  • Ms Sonia Tame, New Chambers
  • Ms Sophie Callan, 12 Wentworth/Selborne Chambers
  • Ms Sophie Goddard SC, Nigel Bowen Chambers
  • Ms Sophie Mariole, Victorian Bar
  • Mr St. John Hibble, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Stephanie Hooper, List A Barristers
  • Ms Stephanie Scully, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Stephen Jurica
  • Mr Stephen Parmenter, List A Barristers
  • Mr Stephen Rebikoff, List G Barristers
  • Mr Steve Gordon, Douglas Steven Gordon
  • Mr Steven Finch SC, Tenth Floor
  • Mr Stewart Maiden SC, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Susan Aufgang, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Susan Brennan, Foley's List
  • Ms Suzanne Kirton, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Talitha Fishburn, New South Wales Bar
  • Ms Tamasin Jonker, Alinea Chambers
  • Ms Taruna Heuzenroeder, Murray Chambers
  • Mr Terry Murphy KC, Chancery Chambers
  • Mr Tim Farhall, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Timothy Goodwin, List A Barristers
  • Ms Tiphanie Acreman, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Tom Clarke, List G Barristers
  • Mr Tom Thawley
  • Ms Tracy Flintoff, Newcastle Chambers
  • Mr Travis Mitchell, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Victoria Brigden, Eight Selborne Chambers
  • Ms Victoria McLeod, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Wayne Muddle SC, Independent Counsel
  • Ms Wendy Gillan, Francis Burt Chambers
  • Ms Wendy Harris, Victorian Bar
  • Ms Zoë Brereton
  • Ms Zoe Hillman, Alinea Chambers

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