Australasian Barrister Chambers is a private company that supports the development of a national practice for Australian Barristers.
This site has been established to allow any barrister with a national focus to publicise and promote their areas of expertise to consumers of legal services, both in Australia and Asia.
AustBar Chambers is an independent chambers established by barristers for barristers and is not associated with, nor supported by any Australian Bar association.
AustBar Chambers is not the ABA
“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path, always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
– Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique published in 1764.
Barristers may have read in the press that the Australian Bar Association (ABA) has objected to the establishment of AustBar Chambers and threatened legal action.
AustBar Chambers has been established to do the things the ABA does not do: provide virtual chambers services, electronic clerking and marketing support to barristers who wish to offer their services nationally.
Why a National Chambers for Barristers?
Barristers are by their Bar Rules unable to form companies or be employed. Although there are many chambers of barristers whose members have achieved eminence locally, there are no chambers that are focussed on providing services internationally, or even nationally. With an overarching federal court system and the increasing dominance and pervasiveness of federal legislation – it makes sense to have a national practice.
The growth of ADR (alternative dispute resolution) and its increasing use to obtain “commercial settlements” reduces the need for barristers to perform lengthy cross-examination and reduces court hearing time. This is a trend that is going to continue as governments and consumers alike prefer the lower costs and quicker resolutions that ADR processes provide.
With the pervasiveness of the internet and the increasing savvy of legal consumers to seek out services directly, there are no impediments to forming a national presence for barristers through membership of a “virtual chambers”. Barristers who believe that the Federal government’s push for a unified national legal market and national regulation of lawyers is a positive move, can now allow themselves to think nationally if not globally.
On 6 December 2013, the NSW and Victorian governments agreed upon a uniform scheme for the regulation of the legal profession in their two states. The scheme is proposed to commence on 1 July 2014.
Countdown for the move to a National Practice:
Ready to join AustBar Chambers?
• Interested in publicising your practice nationally?
• Want to be able to identify yourself to consumers of legal services by your areas of expertise?
• Need assistance with marketing your practice to people outside your state and to corporate counsel?
All Barristers who have the experience and interest in practising outside of their home State or Territory, are welcome to join. However, with over 5,500 barristers practising in Australia, AustBar chambers can only accept a limited number of members. Those first to join will be offered a secured position.
Join AustBar chambers and have the benefits of a classified listing by states and areas in which you practise. As a “virtual chambers” joining is easy. There is no investment needed in facilities or furnishings. We can supply the technology to take your practice into the Internet age. Read about AustBar services here: Services
Chambers Fees are charged monthly and you can terminate your membership at any time. Or make a commitment to developing your practice with our assistance for an annual term. Just complete the registration of your details here: Register
National ROLL – free
Not ready to join but want to ensure that your contact details are available nationally? Confirm that you are listed on our Roll of Australian Barristers: AustBar Roll
What is a Barrister?
Learned in the Law
A Barrister is an Australian lawyer who practises as a specialist advocate in courts and as an adviser in the law.
Each barrister practises as an individual who is not in partnership with any other lawyers nor an employee or an employer of other legal practitioners.
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