Barristers' Chambers Limited

BCL’s purpose is to be the home of the Victorian Bar, open to all.

Established in 1959 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Victorian Bar, BCL owns and leases buildings within the Melbourne CBD court precinct.

By providing barristers with the opportunity to secure a variety of chamber options and move within the BCL network on 30 day tenancies, BCL gives barristers the flexibility and opportunity to take chambers at no entry cost and move chambers as their practice needs change.

BCL manages and coordinates all property and technology services including property management, technology and telephony services and practice support services. All services are supported and delivered by a dedicated Service Desk, with consultants providing both remote and on-site support.

Strategy

Great People

  • A high performing team and culture, who are client focused, efficient, reliable, and responsive whilst controlling the costs passed onto the Bar

Improving Property Portfolio

  • Effective management and growth of our assets for the benefit of the Bar
  • Knowledge of our business including buildings to provide modern chambers and facilities that foster a collegiate environment

Innovative Technology Solutions

  • Provision of relevant, reliable, competitive, innovative technology solutions and services with an understanding of risk and security to see barristers into the future

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.

Eight new floors at Aickin Chambers and Castan Chambers opened.

New entrance and Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery unveiled at Owen Dixon Chambers East.

Two new floors at Castan Chambers announced.

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
2018
2019

Opus Workspaces

Opus is a wholly owned subsidiary of BCL, providing flexible workspace solutions to the legal industry.  Situated in one of BCL’s premium locations alongside 14 levels of barristers; Opus operates across four levels and is the perfect choice for legal professionals who wish to work closely with their peers and colleagues at a prestigious address within the courts precinct.

Leveraging BCL’s extensive knowledge of property management, the legal industry and client services, Opus offers competitive rates, great networking opportunities and excellent on-site amenity.

Visit the Opus Workspaces website.

 

 

 

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