Photographs of Counsel

Wed Sep 19 2007

Photographs from the 50th anniversary function to celebrate the opening of Wentworth Chambers that was held last month are now available for purchase online or by contacting the photographer directly.

Visit and click on 'Client viewing', then 'Counsel 50th'

28�September 2007

Vale Anthony William McIntyre

Wed Sep 19 2007

Tony McIntrye, former vice-president of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and a partner of Blake Dawson Waldron, died on 12 September 2007. A funeral service will be held at 11.15am on Thursday, 20 September 2007 at the South Chapel of the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium and Memorial Park, Military Road, Matraville.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, should be made to� the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, GPO Box 9989, Sydney 2001.

19 September 2007

Papers to note: BOCSAR report on alcohol related crime in New South Wales

Tue Sep 18 2007

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research�yesterday released a�new report, which quantifies one aspect of the cost to the community of alcohol related violence. The report has received extensive coverage in the Sydney metropolitan media.

Among the report's findings: the combined total alcohol-related activity salary costs for the time spent by NSW Police in local area commands and the special purpose VIKINGS Unit was estimated to be just under $50 million in 2005. This figure is equivalent to the combined annual salaries of around 1,000 full-time constables in NSW.

Visit the BOCSAR web site to download and view a copy of Estimating the Short-term Cost of Police Time Spent Dealing with Alcohol-Related Crime in NSW. A copy is also held in the Bar Library.

18 September 2007

Papers to note: Sir Gerard Brennan

Mon Sep 17 2007

_**_In this�speech, which�was delivered at the�second annual National Indigenous Legal�Conference in Brisbane on 14 September, the Hon Sir Gerard�Brennan AC KBE reflected the role of Indigenous lawyers in the movement to advance and defend Indigenous interests.� View Sir Gerard's speech in pdf >>

17�September 2007

Reminder: applications for Local Court arbitrators and Supreme Court mediators close on 12 October

Fri Sep 14 2007

**Expressions of interest are sought from members of the Bar wishing to be recommended by the Bar Association for appointment to the 2008-09 arbitrators list maintained by the Local Court and the Bar Association’s list of mediators to be used for referral of Supreme Court matters.�The current lists expire on 31 December 2007**.� View the notice to all members�>�

Visit the Bar Association web site to view the selection criteria for arbitrators�and mediators.

Download application forms for: 2008-09 arbitrators list maintained by the Local Court and the Bar Association’s list of mediators to be used for referral of Supreme Court matters.�

Applications close on Friday, 12 October 2007. No late applications will be accepted.

9 October 2007

@theLCA: the Law Council's e-newsletter, Volume 18, 13 September 2007

Thu Sep 13 2007

Download and view the Law Council's periodic e-newsletter, @theLCA. This bulletin provides timely information to lawyers about issues of national importance. Volume�18,�13 September 2007�is now available online.

In this month's issue: Law Council tables pre-election issues | Forum brings together South Pacific legal minds | LCA seeks more clarification on AML reforms | Rule of law rules centre stage | Inside the minds of our young lawyers | Andrews' chracter test not about character at all | Nominate now for Human Rights Awards

13�September 2007

In Brief: how are we doing?

Thu Sep 13 2007

We want to make In Brief�the benchmark for member-based news & current awareness bulletins serving the legal profession.��Send in your comments�and suggestions�about the�types of information we provide as well as�the frequency,�content�or layout of the bulletins.

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6 December 2007

Diarise for next week: Successful Women Speakers Programme

Thu Sep 13 2007

The president of the Bar Association, Michael Slattery QC, will chair�the latest�seminar in the Successful Women Speakers Programme: a joint initiative of the Equal Opportunity Committee and the Women Barristers Forum.

Dr Elizabeth Elliott (Paediatrics and child health), Dr Deborah Dearing (president of the NSW Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects) and Bernadette Kerrigan (chair of the NSW Professional Development Committee for Chartered Secretaries Australia) will comprise�the�panel of distinguished women professionals.�

CPD points may be claimed in either the Management or Substantive Law strand.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, 18 September, commencing at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room (Lower Ground Floor, Selborne Chambers, 174 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000).

13 September 2007

Reminder: Bench & Bar v Solicitors chess tournament

Thu Sep 13 2007

The annual chess tournament between Bench & Bar and Solicitors - the Terrey Shaw Memorial Tournament - will this year be hosted by the New South Wales Law Society�today, 18 October 2007 at the Law Society Rooms in Phillip Street commencing at 5.30 p.m.�

The evening promises to be an enjoyable joust.� The Bar dominated in the early years but solicitors have come back in the last few years to hold the trophy.� This year promises to be a contest that will be close.


Papers to note: Review of Statutory Self-regulation of Migration Advice Profession

Wed Sep 12 2007

A discussion paper on standards in the migration advice sector was released today by the assistant minister for immigration and citizenship, the Hon Teresa Gambaro MP. The paper examines such issues as the regulatory framework, dual regulation of lawyer agents, professional development requirements for migration agents, and the Migration Agents Registration Authority's performance as an industry regulator.

View the discussion paper>

12 September 2007

Briefing sessions for the new MAA Permanent Impairment Guidelines

Tue Sep 11 2007

The Motor Accidents Authority is holding�two briefing sessions for the new MAA Permanent Impairment Guidelines. The aim of these sessions is to cover the main changes to the new guidelines.

The sessions are designed for insurers and lawyers who have an existing understanding of permanent impairment, and will be held on Friday, 28 September 2007 at the MAA, 580 George St, Sydney. Session 1 is from 1.30pm-2.30pm, session 2 is from 3.00pm-4.00pm. The presenters are Dr Dwight Dowda and Dr Michael Baldwin, both experienced MAS Assessors who were involved in the guideline review.

There is no cost to attend but numbers are limited.

The new MAA Permanent Impairment Guidelines will come into effect on 1 October 2007. These guidelines are to be used in conjunction with the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, American Medical Association, Fourth Edition, for the assessment of permanent impairment in the NSW Motor Accidents Scheme.

The new guidelines include a provision for the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme which came into effect for children under 16 years of age on 1 October 2006, and will come into effect for adults on 1 October 2007. Other changes are to provide more guidance to assessors on complex areas of permanent impairment assessment.

If you would like to register please email with your name, background, organisation and which session you would like to attend. Registrations close on Monday 24 September 2007.

Here is the link to the new guidelines on the MAA website.

14 September 2007

Papers to note: BOCSAR statistics on conviction rate for sexual offences

Tue Sep 11 2007

On�Monday, 11 September 2007, the�Daily Telegraph�gave extensive coverage to�a study by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research on�the proportion of people convicted of sexual offences in NSW�criminal courts over the past three years (Janet Fife-Yeomans and Lisa Davies, "Women fight back: Rape victims are finally being taken seriously, p.5") View the BOCSAR paper >>

11 September 2007

Evaluation of young adult conferencing pilot programme: new report out today

Tue Sep 11 2007

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released its latest�report, An Evaluation of the NSW Community Conferencing For Young Adults Pilot Program.� The pilot programme�enables young�offenders�"to apologise to the victim, explain the reasons for his/her offence(s) and make some form of restitution to the victim and/or the community".

The bureau found that�ninety-one per cent of victims said they were satisfied with the intervention plan and that the outcome was fair to them. However, the research shows no effect on the numbers sent to prison and an indeterminate effect on recidivisim.

View the report >>

11 September 2007

Appointments to the Copyright Tribunal

Mon Sep 10 2007

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the appointment of two Federal Court judges to the Copyright Tribunal of Australia – Justice Robert Arthur Emmett as the president and Justice James Leslie Bain Allsop as a deputy president. Both appointments begin on 11 October and run for three years. View the attorney-general's media release >>

10 September 2007

Reminder: swearing in ceremony for magistrates Dunlevy and Holdsworth

Thu Sep 06 2007

On 17 September 2007, at 9am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre, there will be a ceremonial sitting of the Local Court for the swearing in of solicitors Geoff Dunlevy and Sharon Holdsworth as magistrates. Attorney General John Hatzistergos will speak on behalf of the Bar.

14�September 2007

Papers to note: National Pro Bono Resource Centre Survey

Thu Sep 06 2007

The National Pro Bono Resource Centre has released the results of its national survey of community legal centres. The results show that�without pro bono assistance, 70 per cent would not be able to deliver key services such as advice clinics, complex casework and litigation at current levels.�

The full report is due to be released at the National CLC Conference titled ‘Justice in a Climate of Change’, to be held in Brisbane from 9-12 September. Download a copy of the report >

6 September 2007

Persuasion Power seminars

Wed Sep 05 2007

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department is pleased to announce the Persuasion Power series of seminars. Presented by Open Door Productions the ‘Persuasion Power’ series focuses on how individuals, through core practical experiences, can tap into their own power, their own personality and their own performance.

In sessions similar to an ‘actors’ workshop’, each participant gets exposure to and practises multiple persuasion, presentation and communication styles, in an intensive, small-group format that is liberating and exhilarating. Find out more about the series >�Places are limited, so�to reserve your place, download a registration form>

17�September 2007

Law Society launches new guide: Working with Barristers (2nd Edition)

Wed Sep 05 2007

The Law Society of New South Wales has launched a new edition of _Working With Barristers: A Solicitor's Guide to Relations With the Bar. _The book, by Dr Tom Altobelli (now a federal magistrate), looks in detail at finding and selecting a barrister, acceptance and return of briefs, fees and complaints procedures. It also contains nine appendices, including a sample of a brief to counsel to appear and an example of a brief to counsel to advise on evidence.

A copy of Working With Barristers is held in the Bar Library.

5 September 2007

Fees owed to counsel

Wed Sep 05 2007

Pursuant to s623(2) of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW), Andrew Brown has been appointed manager of the following practice: **Orr and Co.

**Counsel with outstanding fees should contact Mr Brown as soon as possible. Whilst Mr Brown has advised that he cannot guarantee fees outstanding would be paid in total or recover of any fee due from any source, he would do his best to assist counsel owed fees. Andrew Brown may be contacted on:

ph: (02) 9926 0321 fax: (02) 9926 0166 or via e-mail:

5 September 2007