In June, WLA ACT in conjunction with the ACT Bar Association held a ‘Come to the Bar’ information evening.
The aim of the event was to provide members with an opportunity to hear from current practising barristers and their path to the bar (including hints and tips on how to pass the very onerous NSW bar exams) and an introduction to other support that is important to practising as a barrister.
Our panel of speakers provided the following take home tips:
Chief Justice Helen Murrell: If you’re thinking about going to the bar, you should ask yourself: a) do you love being an advocate? b) are you prepared to tough it out? If your answer to both questions is ‘yes’, then you should take the risk!
Justice Hilary Penfold: You are better than you think. Always keep this in mind.
Ken Archer, President of the ACT Bar Association: there are lots of practical things you should be aware of (how much you’ll be earning, how much your overheads will be), and you should never be afraid to ask other barristers for advice.
Charlotte Jeggo of BarBooks: BarBooks is a computer software that will manage your accounting and the business side of your practice. Speak to Charlotte about how to use technology as part of your practice so you don’t need to worry about generating invoices, paying BAS etc.
Jacqueline Jago of Bloom Coaching: Jacqueline is in the process of developing a Women Barristers Colloquium – a forum for women barristers to get together and learn from each other.
WLA ACT would like to thank all of our speakers and Blackburn Chambers for the use of their venue.