Barristers' Chambers Limited

Barristers’ Chambers Limited (BCL) works with the Victorian Bar members and businesses to achieve sustainability, collegiality and success for its members.

BCL provides premium business offices and full service solutions to the Victorian Bar. Established in 1959, BCL’s range of chambers in Melbourne’s legal precinct balances prestige with practical efficiency.

BCL manages office suites in varied sizes and configurations, with rental terms to suit a broad range of requirements. We work in consultation with members of the Victorian Bar to ensure our chambers’ technological and business facilities always exceed requirements.

Read more about BCL’s portfolio of office suites and chambers here.

Purpose

To be the preferred long-term supplier of facilities and services to members of the Victorian Bar and to do so in a financially sustainable way that facilitates open access to the Bar in a collegiate environment and without imposing onerous obligations upon entering or remaining at the Bar.

Values

Safe

A positive environment, reflecting the care we have for all our tenants, team, contractors and visitors, always demonstrating respect and inclusion.

Agile

A responsive and flexible organisation, reflecting a small yet highly capable/nimble team addressing challenges and customer needs quickly and efficiently.

Creative

Proactive problem solvers, working with stakeholders to deliver continuous improvement, bringing new ideas and opportunities to further support our clients.

Reliable

Committed to building transparent and trusted relationships across all stakeholders, delivering on promises and committed to the highest standards of performance and governance.

Goals

BCL aims to be the preferred supplier of facilities and services to members of the Victorian Bar through:

  • Appropriate quality and location of products and services
  • Delivering agile technology platforms
  • Developing appropriate and adjacent business efficiency services
  • Continuous improvement in operating standards
  • Promoting collegiately

Service Standard

Our relationship with the Victorian Bar is meaningful, historic and productive. As the Bar has changed, we have innovated to best serve its members. We recognise the importance of our continuing to serve our clients consistent with our values and the constantly changing environment in which they work.

  • Responsiveness: we will continue to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients with creativity and agility
  • Innovation: we will continue to develop novel, valuable and practical services to complement and support the work of Victoria’s barristers
  • Reliability: we will provide services our clients can trust and rely upon
  • Security: we will provide a safe working environment for all of our clients, ensuring both physical and digital security
  • Communication: we will always be contactable for support and assistance and we will consult with our clients on improvements and changes to our services
  • Excellence: we will preserve the tradition and quality of the accommodation and services we have always provided

We commit to delivering on these promises to the highest standard.

History

Barristers’ Chambers Limited (BCL) was incorporated in December and purchased land at 205 William Street in the same month.

Owen Dixon Chambers East was built and officially opened by Sir Robert Menzies on 16 October 1961 in the presence of the Premier and Sir Owen Dixon.

The whole of the accommodation provided by BCL for barristers was fully occupied, with 300 tenants in Owen Dixon Chambers, 35 in Tait Chambers, 35 in the Hooker building and more in Equity Chambers.

In the same year, the BCL’s Board adopted a policy of members subscribing for debentures in BCL.

Now accommodating 504 barristers, BCL took up 2 further floors in Four Courts and a large section of a further floor in Equity Chambers. BCL also took one floor in the new National Bank building in Bourke Street, which provided chambers for 40 additional barristers.

With the approval of the Bar, BCL purchased the Lonsdale Street building immediately across Guests Lane from Owen Dixon Chambers, then occupied by the ABC.

BCL commenced the demolition of the ABC building to make way for a new building to house the Bar. In the same year, members of the Bar voted to retain the rule requiring counsel to lease chambers from BCL.

Owen Dixon Chambers West opened at 525 Lonsdale Street.

BCL purchased Four Courts Chambers at 180 William Street and began refurbishing it as the new Douglas Menzies Chambers, which was opened in 1996. Isaacs Chambers was established at 555 Lonsdale Street.

The Bar and BCL established the ‘Vicbar’ internet network for members.

Joan Rosanove Chambers was established.

BCL purchased Owen Dixon Chambers West for $54m plus GST.

Gorman Chambers were established.

Coldrey Chambers and Ninian Stephen Chambers were established.

The green ratings of both Owen Dixon Chambers West and Douglas Menzies Chambers were improved through refurbishments, which also added capacity to accommodate new tenants.

A refurbishment project, commenced in 2012 at Owen Dixon Chambers West, continued with an extension commenced adding 82 new chambers on 6 new floors. Owen Dixon Chambers West also received a high-rise lift upgrade.

Construction on the eight new floors at Aickin Chambers and Castan Chambers commenced.

Annual Reports

Barristers’ Chambers Limited (BCL) proudly publish details of our performance annually, for transparency and accountability. The full reports can be downloaded by clicking on these links.

2015
2016
2017

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