BCL Board

John Karkar QC
John Karkar QC
Chairman

John came to the Bar in 1978 after stints in academia and at the Australian Law Reform Commission. He took silk in 1989 and has a wide commercial law as well as a public law practice.

 

He also serves as a director of the Victorian Bar Foundation.

Adrian J Finanzio SC
Adrian J Finanzio SC
Deputy Chairman

Adrian practices in the field of planning and environment.  He has taught extensively at the University of Melbourne in those fields and in advocacy at Monash University.

 

Adrian is Vice Chair of the Readers’ Course Committee at the Victorian Bar.

Penelope A Neskovcin QC
Penelope A Neskovcin QC

Penny practices primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law, bankruptcy and insolvency, trade practices, administrative law and tax and superannuation law.

 

Penny came to the Bar in 2002, having previously been a Senior Associate at Allens Arthur Robinson, and took silk in 2016.

Susan Brennan SC
Susan Brennan SC

Susan Brennan practices in town planning and environmental law. She signed the bar roll in 1998 and took silk in 2013.

 

Susan has served on the board of many membership and not for profit organisations.

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, she 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, Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited and Melbourne Law School Foundation.

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. He 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.

Sam Hay QC
Sam Hay QC

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 he is also the Chair of the Counsel Committee.

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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