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LCA submission on Commonwealth serious and organised crime legislation

Mon Aug 31 2009

The Law Council of Australia has released its submission to the inquiry by the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs into the provisions of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill 2009 (Cth). The Law Council has raised a number of concerns, in particular, the introduction of "unexplained wealth" provisions, which place the onus on a person to demonstrate that his or her wealth was lawfully acquired. View the LCA submission >

31 August 2009

Final Cheap and Quick Bench and Bar Lunch for the year

Mon Aug 31 2009

The final Bench and Bar Lunch for 2009 will be held at 1 pm on 29 September 2009 at the Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie Street. A selection of main courses will be offered with tea or coffee for just $25. To book a place, please send your name, e-mail address and $25 to Jeremy Gormly SC, Denman Chambers, DX 185 SYDNEY.� Payments can be made by cash or cheque (payable to ‘Jeremy Gormly’).� Please ensure that you send a confirmation e-mail to gormly@denmanchambers.com.au upon payment.� Unless you hear otherwise, your booking will be automatically confirmed. �

The service at the Barracks will be prompt and people who need to return to court will be given special preference to ensure that they can have their lunch comfortably within one hour. � Seating will be limited, so it is not too crowded or noisy and so people can move around more comfortably. �

Any enquiries about the lunches may be directed to Jeremy Gormly SC at gormly@denmanchambers.com.au, Joshua Knackstredt at knackstredt@12thfloor.com.au or Kylie Day at kylie.day@12thfloor.com.au

28 September 2009

New members of the Bar Association

Fri Aug 28 2009

At a meeting of Bar Council on 13 August, the persons listed below were accepted as members of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Surname Given name Chambers Class
Elder Anthony Owen Dixon Chambers (Melb) B
Guild Wayne Cronulla, NSW B
Mahmud Sarah 7 Selborne Chambers A
McEniery Patricia��� 16 Wardell Chambers A
McRae Peter Kogarah NSW B
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Reminder: LC inquiry into decision making for people lacking capacity

Thu Aug 27 2009

The Legislative Council's Standing Committee on Social Issues is inquiring into provisions for substitute decision-making for people lacking capacity, and in particular whether any state legislation requires amendment to make better provision for the management of estates of people incapable of managing their affairs, as well as the guardianship of people who have disabilities. The committee will accept submissions until Friday, 18 September. To lodge a submission, or to view submissions already made, visit the committee's web site>

15 September 2009

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards Gala Dinner

Wed Aug 26 2009

The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards Gala Dinner will be held on Friday, 25 September at the WatersEdge, Sydney. The keynote speaker for the Awards Gala Dinner will be the Hon Justice Virginia Bell of the High Court of Australia. The Hon John Hatzistergos, attorney general of NSW, and the Hon Justice Jane Mathews AO of the Supreme Court of NSW, will be among the honoured guests.

The awards celebrate the success and achievements of women in law, and are supported by the Attorney General’s Department of NSW, the New South Wales Bar Association, the Law Society of New South Wales, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, and the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.

Download a registration brochure to reserve your place. Tables of 10, with Corporate signage if required, are available at $1550. Places are limited so reserve your seating early to avoid disappointment.

26 August 2009

Mock Trial Competition: feedback and contributions from the bar are welcome

Wed Aug 26 2009

The Law Society's Interschool Mock Trial Competition was launched in 1981 to foster an understanding of legal principles in high school students. Robyn Cross, the programme co-coordinator, is keen to hear from any practitioners who have been involved in the competition, particularly as a student. She would value comments on how the competition can be improved, and the role the mock trials played in motivating students to practise law.

Twenty eight schools participated in the first year of the competition, which has grown to 260 schools in NSW and ACT. Typically, the trials are keenly fought and strongly supported by staff and parents.

In 1999 the competition expanded to include schools from the UK. The trials were held via video conference facilities provided by the Department of Education and Training.� In 2009, Penrith High School competed against Hangdong School from South Korea. It is planned to expand this competition to other Asian countries.

David Thiering, a barrister who has acted as a magistrate in the competition for many years and also judged a grand final, says:

"I firmly believe that the programme has, over many years, been a nursery for lawyers, encouraging high school students to develop an interest in law as a career� and which has been the starting point for academic and professional satisfaction for many who now practice.

The fact that all schools can participate and that in practice it is not restricted to affluent or city based schools, opens up the possibility of being a lawyer to many children from families with no culture of university study or idea of a professional career. Those responsible are to be congratulated and I only hope the competition continues to grow for many years to come."

In October this year, barristers will be asked to volunteer their time to assist the competition either as a coach or judge. To volunteer, or to forward your comments, please contact Robyn Cross at rnc@lawsoc.nsw.asn.au or David Thiering at thiering@bigpond.net.au

26 August 2009

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Wed Aug 26 2009

The following 18 cases have been selected by V Kline for reporting in FCR: Keo v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship� [2009] FCA 676 JMB Beverages Pty Ltd v Federal Commissioner of Taxation� [2009] FCA 668 Collett v Repatriation Commission� [2009] FCA 667 Inspector-General in Bankruptcy v McGushin� [2009] FCA 662 Re Venturex Resources Lt_d� [2009] FCA 677 _Conquo v Jackson� [2009] FCA 634 John Holland Pty Ltd v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (NSW Branch)� [2009] FCA 645

Elwood Clothing Pty Ltd v Cotton On Clothing Pty Ltd� [2009] FCA 633 Cassaniti v Tax Agents' Board of New South Wales� [2009] FCA 619 Blaze Asset Pty Ltd v Target Energy Ltd� [2009] FCA 698 AA v Board of the Australian Crime Commission� [2009] FCA 642 Rural Export and Trading (WA) Pty Ltd v Hahnheuser� [2009] FCA 678 Huntley Management Ltd v Australian Olives Ltd (No 2)� [2009] FCA 686 MW McIntosh Pty Ltd v Federal Commissioner of Taxation� [2009] FCAFC 88 Hill v Repatriation Commission� [2009] FCAFC 91 Waller v Freehills� [2009] FCAFC 89� Collins v Repatriation Commission� [2009] FCAFC 90 Murdaca v Australian Securities and Investments Commission� [2009] FCAFC 92�

26 August 2009

Call for submissions on draft bankruptcy legislation

Tue Aug 25 2009

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has released an exposure draft of the Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Bill 2009. Members who would like to make a submission should send their written comments to bankruptcy@ag.gov.au by 14 September 2009.�

The objects of the bill, as provided by the explanatory memorandum, are:

1. to provide a more streamlined process for fixing trustee remuneration and a more transparent process for reviewing that remuneration; 2. strengthen the penalties for some offences and ensure these are in line with the penalties for other similar offences; 3. to remove the outdated concept of Bankruptcy Districts in order to provide more flexibility in personal insolvency administration; 4. to increase the minimum debt for a creditor’s petition to reflect changes in the economic environment; 5. to increase the stay period that follows a declaration of intent to file a debtor’s petition to allow debtors to better assess their options; and 6. to increase the debt, income and asset tests thresholds for debt agreements to ensure the thresholds keep pace with increasing wages and the increasing availability of credit.

25 August 2009

Diversity on the menu at the next WLA corporate lunch

Tue Aug 25 2009

Members are invited to the next Women Lawyers corporate lunch on Monday, 7 September 2009. The guest speaker, Lori Callahan, general manager of liability & third party claims at Allianz Australia, will discuss the implementation of diversity programmes. Download a registration flyer>

25 August 2009

The annual Supreme Court Concert

Tue Aug 25 2009

All members of the legal community are invited to an evening of music in the Banco Court, Queens Square, on Monday, 18 October 2010. Under the title "Baroque and Beyond", this year's concert features performances by chamber ensemble The Marais Project, Eva Kong, Anna Yun, Dora Armannsdottir, David Hidden and Julia de Plater. Learn more about the performing artists. Don’t miss out!� Book without delay to enjoy your first Spring concert for 2010. Download an invitation flyer >

28 September 2010

Memorial service for John McKenna

Tue Aug 25 2009

A memorial service will be held for John McKenna on Wednesday, 2 September 2009 at 11.00 am at St Marys Anglican Church, 240 Birrell Street, Waverley.

26 August 2009

15 Bobber: the Hon Justice David Davies and his Honour Judge Michael Bozic SC

Mon Aug 24 2009

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Justice David Davies to the Supreme Court and his Hon Michael Bozic SC to the District Court a 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 25 September 2009. Speaking for Justice Davies will be Phil Hallen SC and for Judge Bozic SC will be Mark Dempsey SC. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.15pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be sent to the association by 3.00pm Thursday, 24 September. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25.

Download a registration form and return it with payment to the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY or fax 9221 1149.

Please contact Katie Hall on ph (02) 9229 1720 if you have any questions regarding the 15 Bobber.

23 September 2009

President's interview on Sky News

Thu Aug 20 2009

The President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Anna Katzmann SC, was interviewed yesterday on the the Law TV programme on Sky News Business Channel. In the second segment of the programme, the interview covered topics such as life at the bar and the particular issues facing women barristers, along with dealing with depressive and related illness in the legal profession.

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20 August 2009

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Calling all participants in the Law Society Interschool Mock Trial Competition

Wed Aug 19 2009

In 2010 the� Interschool Mock Trial Competition will celebrate its 29th year. Robyn Cross, the programme coordinator, is keen to hear from any practitioners who have had experience with the programme over the years, particularly anyone who might have been a student who participated in the trials. She would value any comments on how the competition can be improved, and the role the mock trials may have played in nurturing a desire to become a lawyer. In October this year, barristers will be asked to volunteer their time to assist the competition either as a coach or judge.�

The Interschool Mock Trial Competition started in 1981 and was intended to foster an� understanding of legal principles in high school students. Twenty eight schools in NSW� participated in the first year. The competition has grown and now 260 schools in NSW and ACT compete each year.� Typically, the trials are keenly fought and strongly supported by staff and parents. In 1999 it was expanded to include an international competition with UK. The trials were held via video conference facilities provided by the Department of Education and Training.� In 2009 Penrith High School competed in the first international trial against Hangdong School in Korea. It is planned to expand this competition to other Asian countries.�

David Thiering a barrister who has acted as a magistrate in the competition for many years, and also judged a Grand Final says:

_I firmly believe that the programme has, over many years, been a nursery for lawyers, encouraging high school students to develop an interest in law as a career� and which has been the starting point for academic and professional satisfaction for many who now practice.

The fact that all schools can participate and that in practice it is not restricted to affluent or city based schools, opens up the possibility of being a lawyer to many children from families with no culture of university study or idea of a professional career. Those responsible are to be congratulated and I only hope the competition continues to grow for many years to come._

If you can assist, please contact Robyn Cross at rnc@lawsoc.nsw.asn.au or David Thiering at thiering@bigpond.net.au

19 August 2009

Book your place at the 36th Australian Legal Convention

Wed Aug 19 2009

Members are invited to attend the 36th Australian Legal Convention, which will be held in Perth at the Burswood Entertainment Complex from 17 to 19 September 2009. The convention will showcase leaders and decision-makers from the legal profession in Australia and across the world. The deadline to receive standard registration rates ends on 31 August 2009. Register before this date to receive a discount on your registration costs. The Australian Legal Convention, which only happens every second year, is the premier national CPD event on the Australian legal calendar. The business program features a range of topics of great relevance to the practising profession.� In particular, the business streams will deal with issues including legal professional structures, challenges to the rule of law in our region, and access to foreign law markets by Australian lawyers.� Featured speakers include the Hon Wayne Martin, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Mr Jim Dunstan, executive partner – Asia, of Allens Arthur Robinson, Mr Andrew Grech, the managing director of Slater Gordon and Mr Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society of Ireland.

Download a brochure

For the first time in the convention’s history it will incorporate the inaugural Australian Young Lawyers’ Conference. One of the highlights of the convention is the young lawyer’s stream - covering a number of relevant and diverse topics.

29 August 2009

David Ipp nominated to be next ICAC commissioner

Wed Aug 19 2009

New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees has announced that the Hon David Ipp AO will be the government’s nominee to become the next commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Learn more >

19 August 2009

Parliamentary committee report on organised crime groups

Tue Aug 18 2009

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Crime Commission has issued a report on legislative and administrative approaches adopted in a number of jurisdictions to tackle both domestic and transnational crime. Of particular interest is South Australia and New South Wales, which have passed legislation to curb the alleged involvement of motorcycle clubs in serious and organised crime. The Serious and Organised Crime (Control) Act 2008 (SA) and The Crimes (Criminal Organisations) Control Act 2009 (NSW) have, in the words of the committee, "signalled a new approach to tackling serious and organised crime in Australia". View their report >

18 August 2009