BCL Board

The Honourable John Digby KC
The Honourable John Digby KC
Chairman

The Honourable John Digby KC was appointed Chairman of the BCL Board in September 2021.

 

Whist at the Bar John built a reputation as a leading commercial barrister specialising in engineering and construction matters and appeared in numerous large and complex court proceedings and major arbitrations both in Australia and abroad.

 

John has served for more than a decade as a Director and the Treasurer of the Australian Academy of Law and is a past President of the Commercial Bar Association of the Victorian Bar. John served on the Executive of the Victorian Bar Council and was Chairman of the Victorian Bar in 2008-2009.

 

John came to the Bar in 1979 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1993.  In 2012 John was appointed to the Supreme Court of Australia and having recently retired in 2021, John now undertakes Arbitration, Expert Evaluations and Mediation work.

Sam Hay KC
Sam Hay KC
Deputy Chairman

Sam has a broad commercial practice at the Bar and has extensive experience in a range of fields including banking and finance, corporations law, class actions, professional negligence claims and trade practice disputes.

 

Sam came to the Bar in 2002 and was appointed Silk in 2019.

Eugene Wheelahan KC
Eugene Wheelahan KC

Eugene practises principally in tax law. Eugene acts for both taxpayers and revenue authorities. Eugene has a Master of Tax from the University of Melbourne where he is a Senior Fellow of the Law Faculty lecturing in the subjects Tax Litigation and Tax Avoidance and Planning.

 

Eugene is also Vice President of the Tax Bar Association, Deputy Chair of the Readers’ Course Committee and a director of the Victorian Bar Foundation.

 

Eugene came to the Bar in 2006 and was appointed Silk in 2018.

 

 

Frank Parry KC
Frank Parry KC

Frank practices principally in employment and industrial relations.  Before coming to the law, Frank had worked for Cadbury Schweppes in Australia and the UK.

 

Frank came to the Bar in 1990 having previously been a partner at Freehill Hollingdale & Page. Frank was appointed Silk in 2002.

Benjamin Murphy
Benjamin Murphy

Ben practices in commercial law with experience in contract law, corporations law, all aspects of property law, the Australian Consumer Law, and equity and trust law.

 

Ben came to the Bar in 2007, having previously been a Senior Associate at Baker & McKenzie.

Romauld Andrew
Romauld Andrew

Romauld practices in construction and engineering cases, security of payment adjudications, arbitrations and Building Appeals Board matters.

 

Romauld  is a member of the Victorian Bar’s CPD Committee and the Vice President of the Building Disputes Practitioners Society Inc.

 

Romauld came to the Bar in 1999.

Catherine Walter AM
Catherine Walter AM

Catherine holds a first class honours degree in law, a master of laws and an MBA and has previously served as Managing Partner of the Melbourne office of Clayton Utz, a Commissioner of the City of Melbourne, a director of NAB, ASX, Orica and Victorian Funds Management Corporation and as Chair of the Australian Synchrotron and Federation Square.

 

Currently, Catherine is Chair of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority and Creative Partnerships Australia; and a Director of the Reserve Bank’s Payments System Board and Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited.

Mick Brennan
Mick Brennan

Mick is the Chief Executive Officer of Buxton Private, the family office of Michael Buxton. He was previously on the Advisory Board and Chief Financial Officer of MAB.

 

MAB is a privately-owned property development company owned by the Buxton Family. It has activities in residential, retail, industrial and commercial developments, as well as an investment management business.

 

Mick has 35 years’ experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, and senior management. Mick is commercially focused with experience across Chartered Accounting Firms, multinational and privately-owned organisations.

 

Mick is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.

 

 

Paul Clark
Paul Clark

Paul joined BCL as CEO and Managing Director in March 2018.

 

Paul has led large teams across a diverse range of industries ranging from large banks and government utilities to an ASX listed global technology company. He has over thirty years experience in improving the performance of these businesses through significant cultural and structural change combined with a focus on executing strategy.

 

Paul is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and FINSIA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and the INSEAD AVIRA programme. He has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from RMIT and an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales.

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