Invitation to the unveiling of a portrait of the Hon Mary Gaudron

Tue Jan 30 2007

On Wednesday, 21 February 2007 at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room, the association will be honoured to unveil the portrait of the Hon Mary Gaudron which the Bar Association has commissioned. Mary Gaudron will join us for the unveiling.

Over the last twelve months Mary has kindly donated her time to sit for her portrait by well known portrait artist Sally Robinson. The artist forged a successful career as a fine-art printmaker before depicting the wild landscapes of Australia and Antarctica. Since first exhibiting her portraits in 1999, Sally Robinson has had two accepted for the Archibald Prize Exhibition, two for the Archibald Refuse and three for the Portia Geach Portrait Award exhibition. Her portrait of Hazel Hawke is in the collection of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Perth, and her portrait of Phillip Law is in the collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. Her portrait of Mary Gaudron is a truly remarkable work which will, I am sure, become one of the enduring public images of Mary Gaudron throughout Australia.

Michael Slattery QC President 12 February 2007

Federal Magistrates Court Practice Direction 1 of 2007

Mon Jan 29 2007

Practice Direction No 1 of 2007 has been issued by the chief federal magistrate. As noted in the Practice Direction, the new divorce forms are available for use in divorce proceedings from 5 February 2007. The forms and kits are now available at Printed copies of the kits will be available in family law registries on 5 February 2007. Practitioners and litigants are encouraged to use the new forms commencing 5 February 2007 however the court will not insist on immediate compliance.

Registry staff will accept previous versions of the forms until 30 June 2007 after which time they will no longer be accepted.

Download a copy of the Practice Direction .

Senior public defender

Mon Jan 29 2007

The Hon Bob Debus MP, Attorney General, is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as the senior public defender under the Public Defenders Act 1995 for a period of up to seven years. Public defenders are barristers who appear throughout NSW in trials and appeals for legally aided persons charged with serious criminal offences. The senior public defender is responsible to the attorney general for the administration of the public defenders, including their deployment, allocation of duties and assignment of particular cases. The senior public defender is also required to personally undertake some of the more difficult or complex trials and appeals.

$248,670 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $15,840 per annum.

Selection criteria: minimum seven years standing as a legal practitioner; extensive experience as an advocate in appeals (including appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court) and in a wide range of criminal trials (particularly murder trials); managerial experience.

Inquiries: Mr Laurie Glanfield, Director General, Attorney General’s Department of NSW, (02) 9228 7313.

Expressions of interest must be in writing, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, and forwarded to the statutory appointments officer, Attorney General’s Department of NSW, GPO Box 6, Sydney NSW 2001, or by e-mail to by 16 February 2007.

Ceremonial court sittings for January-February 2007

Mon Jan 29 2007

The following ceremonial court sittings will take place during January-February 2007.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

>> David Hammerschlag SC will be sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Tuesday, 30 January 2007 at 9.30am in the Banco Court.

>> Peter Zahra SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Tuesday, 30 January, 2007 at 11.30 am in Court 21 of John Maddison Tower, level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street.

Monday, 5 February 2007

>> Christopher O'Brien will be sworn in as a magistrate of the Local Court on Monday, 5 February 2007 at 9.00am in Court 5.2 of the Downing Centre.

Tuesday, 6 February 2007

>> Richard Dominic Cogswell SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 at 9.30 am in Court 21 of John Maddison Tower, level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street.

Monday, 12 February 2007

>> Ian Harrison SC will be sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on 12 February 2007 at 9.30am in the Banco Court.

Monday, 19 February 2007

>> Elizabeth Fullerton SC will be sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Monday, 19 February 2007 at 9.30am in the Banco Court.

P A Selth 29 January 2007

Bar Association committees for 2007

Wed Jan 24 2007

Below are the membership lists for the Bar Association’s 2007 committees. As happens every year, we have received an overwhelming number of offers to assist in the work of the committees. It is simply not possible to take up everyone’s offer. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to serve.

It is necessary for there to be some change in committee membership each year. It is important that committee membership reflect as wide a cross-section of the Bar as possible. There is neither room on a committee, nor is it fair to others who wish to be on a committee, for members who for whatever reason are not able to make a sustained contribution to the work of their committee. The new committees have been chosen with these things in mind.

During the year the Bar Council will inevitably need the assistance of members on a wide range of matters that do not fall into a committee’s jurisdiction. This assistance will be sought from those who have volunteered but who at this time we have been unable to place on a committee.

If anyone selected for membership of a committee is at any time unable to give full service, I would ask that he or she let the executive director know as soon as possible.

Thank you to all those members who are not continuing on a committee this year for all their assistance in past years. It is in accordance with the highest standards of the profession that so many members of the Bar keep offering to work on committees, often for many years service.

In a few cases the retiring members will have commitments outstanding, for example a PCC report. I would ask that these commitments be met as quickly as possible.

Michael Slattery QC President

Mediation committee Robert Angyal SC (Chair) Peter Callaghan SC Bruce Hodgkinson SC Angela Bowne SC Chris Ronalds SC Andrew Colefax SC Robert Dubler SC Michael McGrowdie Graham Barter Richard Bell Samuel Reuben Mary Walker Susan Phillips Miles Condon Andrew Bulley Rashelle Seiden Hakan Sonmez

Costs & Fees Tom Bathurst QC (Chair) Bernie Coles QC Dr Chris Birch SC Mark Brabazon Rachel Pepper Philippe Doyle-Gray

Legal Aid Committee Tim Game SC (Chair) Geoff Lindsay SC Chris Craigie SC Philip Boulten SC Linda McSpedden Stephen Hanley Susan Kluss Mark Buscombe Luke Brasch Rachel Francois Nicole Carroll

Family Law Grahame Richardson SC (Chair) Robert Lethbridge SC Margaret Cleary Warwick Tregilgas Peter Cook Paul Sansom Richard Schonell Neill Macpherson Emily Pender

Human Rights Committee Anna Katzmann SC (Chair) Elizabeth Wilkins SC (Deputy Chair) Ian Barker QC Nicholas Cowdery QC Richard Button SC Simeon Beckett Kate Eastman Angelina Gomez Ben Kasep Sera Mirzabegian Alissa Moen Sarah Pritchard Mandy Tibbey Andrew Byrnes UNSW

Equal Opportunity Committee Liz Olsson SC (Chair) Angela Bowne SC Simon Kalfas SC Julia Baird Kate Eastman Rhonda Bell Melissa Fisher Norman Laing Trish McDonald Michelle Painter David Price Jocelynne Scutt Richard Weinstein

Criminal Law Committee Stephen Odgers SC (Chair) Anthony Bellanto QC Tim Game SC Phillip Boulten SC John Stratton SC Carolyn Davenport SC Daniel Howard SC Elizabeth Wilkins SC Patrick Barrett Susan Kluss Mark Austin Margaret Cunneen Frank Veltro Sally Dowling Donna Spears Maria Cinque Gaby Bashir Matthew Johnston Paul Kerr

Common Law Peter Garling (Chair) Ross Letherbarrow SC (Deputy Chair) Andrew Morrison SC Larry King SC John Harris SC Stephen Campbell SC Simon Harben SC Richard McHugh SC Michael Adamo Elizabeth Beilby Graham Grant Julia Lonergan Lorna McFee Kylie Nomchong Andrew Stone

PCC 1 Nye Perram SC (Chair) Stephen Robb QC John Sheahan SC Richard McHugh SC Margaret Cunneen Michael Loewenstein Anne Healey Mark Best Ian Tonking� Richard Lancaster Hugh Stowe Alister Abadee Philippe Doyle-Gray Naomi Sharp Edward Muston Cynthia Cochrane

PCC 2 Robert Toner SC (Chair) Ian Temby AO QC Liz Olsson SC Peter Hamill SC Virginia Lydiard Jay Anderson Michael Jenkins Richard Weinstein Sandra Duggan Dr James Renwick Gail Furness David Ash Vahan Bedrossian Rachel Francois Philip Carr

PCC 3 Justin Gleeson SC (Chair) David Higgs SC David Davies SC Robert Beech-Jones SC Lorna McFee Barry Cross Ian Davidson David Jordan Graham Turnbull James Lockhart Louise Byrne Michael McHugh Penny Sibtain Paul Kerr

PCC 4 Bernie Coles QC (Chair) Larry King SC David J Russell SC Andrew Colefax SC Brendan Hull Julian Van Aalst Peter Tomasetti Geoffrey Rich Igor Mescher Patrick Griffin Carol Webster Sigrid Higgins David McLure Margaret Holz

New Barristers Committee Margaret Holz (Chair) Naomi Sharp Andrew Justice Rachel Francois John-Paul Redmond Madeleine Avenell Teni Anne Berberian Craig Biscoe Kylie Day Esther Lawson Jennifer Single

Bar News Andrew Bell SC (Editor) Keith Chapple SC Gregory Nell SC John Mancy Arthur Moses Chris O’Donnell Carol Webster Richard Beasley David Ash Michael Kearney Louise Clegg Julie Soars Kylie Day Geoff Hull (Clerk)

Tax Holger Sorensen (Chair) Christopher Branson QC Anthony Slater QC Igor Mescher Mark Richmond Narelle Butler Christopher Catt

The season for regional CPD mini-conferences

Fri Jan 19 2007

The end of the Continuing Professional Development year is less than two months away. Many members will be thinking about completing their CPD requirements and obtaining the final few points required in order to renew their practising certificates. As in previous years, the association will be running six regional conferences in February and March to allow all members the opportunity to accrue the necessary number of points by 31 March 2007. As interest in the mini-conferences grows year-by-year the Bar Association has moved away from the traditional university venues to allow greater numbers to attend and to encourage members to consider attending the regional events with their partners and family.

The Orange mini-conference is always well attended due, in no small part, to the hospitality shown by the local members, led by Bill Walsh. The dinner on the Saturday evening allows everyone to relax after a long day and enjoy some of the best wines the region has to offer. This year the Orange mini-conference will be held on 3 March.

Sydney and Parramatta barristers are also well catered for. On 17 March the Sydney mini-conference will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour. This event is always well subscribed and members are encouraged to register early if they wish to attend.

The Parramatta conference will be held on the final day of the CPD year, Saturday 31 March, at the Carlton Hotel, Parramatta. The ACT conference will be held at the Canberra Hyatt on 24 March.

Members of the Bar Council and the judiciary have already volunteered to present papers at many of the conferences. The complete programme for each venue is still being finalised and will be published on the Bar Association web site shortly. A registration form is available on the homepage. The Bar Association would like to acknowledge the generous support of LexisNexis as primary sponsors of CPD regional miniconferences. Silqware Pty Ltd are also supporting these conferences.

Download a mini-conference registration brochure

As of 2007/08, the CPD year will run from 1 April to 31 March. As a transitional measure, the 2006/07 CPD year will run from 1 July 2006 to 31 March 2007. Barristers must still accrue 10 CPD points in this period, with one point being accrued in each of the four strands.

Monday, 12 February 2007

Invitation to ABA Dinner

Wed Jan 10 2007

It has become the practice to hold a dinner on the night of the new silks taking their bows in the High Court in Canberra. The dinner to mark the occasion will be held in the Great Hall of the High Court of Australia on Monday, 29 January 2007 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. All barristers (not just the new silks) and their partners are invited to attend. Dress will be black tie and the cost will be $140.00 per person (including GST). The dinners have proved to be very enjoyable in the past and it is hoped that a large number from the Bar will be able to attend.

Download an invitation

10 January 2007

Vale Nick Gye

Thu Jan 04 2007

Mr R N (Nick) Gye of 16 Wardell Chambers died on 29 December 2006. A funeral service will be held at St James Church, King Street, Sydney on Monday, 8 January 2007, commencing at 11am. Followed by a private burial. In lieu of flowers donations to St James Music Foundation.