Glossary

Glossary

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There are currently 3 names in this directory beginning with the letter B.
Barrister
A lawyer who holds a current practising certificate issued by the Victorian Legal Services Boardand has been admitted to the Bar. A barrister’s main role is to represent clients in court. They usually workclosely with a solicitor and have limited contact with a client. A barrister can provide advice on strategy andcomplex legal issues, if requested by the solicitor and client. Also referred to as “Counsel”.

Bench
the place where the judge, registrar or magistrate sit. Can be used to describe the judicial officer,for example, “a decision by the Bench”.

Binding Financial Agreement
Commonly referred to as a binding financial agreement, sometimes referredto as a pre-nup or cohabitation agreement, but correctly called a Financial Agreement, sets out the waysome or all of a couple’s assets will be divided in the event of separation. These agreements can also dealwith spousal maintenance.