15 Bobber: the Hon Associate Justice Philip Hallen

Tue Aug 31 2010

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Associate Justice Philip Hallen to the Supreme Court of NSW will be held on Friday, 24 September 2010. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.15pm with the speeches beginning at 5.30pm. Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be received by the Bar Association by 3.00pm Thursday, 23 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 Bobbers. 22 September 2010

15 Bobber: his Honour Judge Ross Letherbarrow SC

Tue Aug 31 2010

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of his Hon Judge Ross Letherbarrow SC to the District Court of NSW will be held on Friday, 17 September 2010. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be received by the Association by 3.00pm Thursday, 16 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 Bobbers. 10 September 2010

Registrations close 12 noon tomorrow: 2010 Criminal Justice Reform Conference - Friday, 10 September 2010

Tue Aug 31 2010

This conference, convened by Bar Council, will consider the practical problems arising during criminal trials and sentencing of offenders in New South Wales. The principal purpose of this conference is to bring the immediate procedural needs of our criminal justice system to the attention of both government and opposition. The pre-election law and order debate has already commenced and this conference will enable the Bar Association to distil and then to inject some sound proposals for reform to criminal procedure into that debate.

The half-day conference will be a wholly in-house forum in which members of the Bar will discuss the problems of and proposals for improving our criminal justice system. Drinks will follow in the common room. This is a free event, however, registration is required. All members of the Bar are most welcome. For further details download a registration form.

8 September 2010

Calling all Indigenous solicitors and law graduates

Mon Aug 30 2010

The Indigenous Barristers’ Trust The Mum Shirl Fund is run through the New South Wales Bar Association to provide financial and other support for Indigenous law students and lawyers, especially barristers. The National Indigenous Legal Conference is being held in Canberra on 1 and 2 October 2010 and the trust is pleased to announce that it will provide funds to attend the conference for Indigenous law graduates working as NSW solicitors, recent graduates currently working for a law firm, LAC, ALS etc, undertaking the College of Law or equivalent or doing their PLT.

This funding will cover travel costs to and from Canberra, reasonable accommodation and the cost of the conference and conference dinner. A Friday evening pre-dinner social function will be held for all NSW delegates hosted by the trust.

To apply for funding, please send a short email to Cindy Penrose by Monday 6 September 2010, setting out your reasons for wanting to attend the conference.

30 August 2010

TONIGHT: Thursday 16 September - Suncorp: Risk Management

Sun Aug 29 2010

Suncorp has been invited to address the Bar on ‘Risk Management’. The seminar will comprise two parts: Claims Statistics at a Glance (Trends & Losses, Nature of Claims, The Do’s and Don’t’s, if you have a Claim) and Risk Management (Risk Management Strategy, The Do’s and Don’t’s, to avoid a Claim). For more details, download a flyer.

16 September 2010

International Copyright - A European Perspective (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Aug 27 2010

Members are invited to an informative session on Thursday, 2 September at 5:30pm about international copyright issues, from a European perspective. Topics will include Europe’s reaction to the Google Book Settlement, and alternative approaches such as Europeana and the Accessible Registries of Rights Information and Orphan Works (ARROW).

Speaker: Olav Stokkmo, CEO - International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) Chair: Jim Alexander, CEO - Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) When: Thursday, 2nd September, 5:30pm (registrations) Where: CAL, Lvl 15, 233 Castlereagh St, Sydney

For more information and how to book, please visit

27 August 2010

TONIGHT: Tuesday 7 September - Appearing in Coronial Inquests

Fri Aug 27 2010

In 2009, the New South Wales Parliament followed a number of other states and territories in revising and modernising its coronial legislation with the enactment of the Coroners Act 2009 (NSW). Experienced practitioners in this area and newcomers alike will benefit from this presentation by two of the most senior members of the State Coroner's Court (Her Honour Magistrate M S Jerram, State Coroner of New South Wales, and His Honour Magistrate H C B Dillon, Deputy State Coroner). Those who attend will benefit from a discussion with a practical focus as to practice, and changes to practice, in this most ancient of jurisdictions. For further details, download a flyer.

7 September 2010

Lawyers in the Second World War

Thu Aug 26 2010

In March of this year In Brief published Tony Cunneen's request for help in identifying members of the legal profession who served in the Second World War or were involved in war related activities (such as the Red Cross or war crimes trials). Tony was deluged with e-mail (or was it bombarded?) and he has completed an updated list.

Tony would like to thank the many people who supplied information and the draft Honour Roll has been updated and expanded to include a great deal of new material. The new list is supplied for the interest and comment of the bar.

"I am still looking for further information and particularly photos from their service days of the men named in the Honour Roll for an accompanying article, so if there are any available that people are willing to share then please contact me", said Tony.

Anyone with relevant information is invited to contact Tony providing names, service information, fate, legal career and sources for further information.

26 August 2010

Appointment to the Local Court

Thu Aug 26 2010

Attorney General John Hatzistergos has announced the appointment of Megan Greenwood as a magistrate of the Local Court. She will be sworn in on 27 September 2010. Further details regarding the swearing in will be provided as soon as they become available.

"For the past ten years, Ms Greenwood has served with distinction as a court registrar with the Supreme and Land and Environment Courts," Mr Hatzistergos said. " Learn more >

26 August 2010

Australian Professional Indemnity Group National Conference (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Aug 25 2010

Members are invited to attend the Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG's) National Conference on 6 September 2010 at Dockside, Cockle Bay. Bar Association Members can claim a special introductory discount - pay just $370 for the one day conference. Attendance at the full programme will attract six points.

APIG provides an excellent forum for people involved in professional indemnity and directors’ & officers’ insurance to come together to exchange ideas with leaders in the field. Hear about issues that directly affect some of the complexities that face professional lines practitioners. �


The Global Insurance Market from Duncan West, CEO of CGU (keynote) Contagion Exposure - The Asbestos for Financial Lines Underwriting Agencies - A growing and innovative segment� Electronic Commerce Capabilities Cyber Crime Liability, insights from the Crime Commission The State of the Market a powerful panel discussion No Kidnap & Ransom Insurance ?� How bad can it get ?� With Nigel Brennan, freelance journalist held hostage in Somalia� for 462 days, as seen on� ABC’s "Australian Story" 2010. � Plus, a special D & O Fundamentals workshop.�

The conference will be followed by the Gala Dinner� that usually attracts well over 400.

For details on how to claim your discount and registration contact Rosie Traill on 02 9449 8919 or 0405 136 001.

25 August 2010

Humanitarian Law Perspectives Seminar 2010 (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Aug 25 2010

Australian Red Cross and Mallesons Stephen Jaques will hold their annual Humanitarian Law Perspectives seminar on Monday, 6 September 2010 from 6.00pm at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney. This year's seminar is entitled "Nowhere to Hide? Universal Jurisdiction and Impunity from International Crimes", and will address issues and debates relating to the exercise of universal jurisdiction, considering questions arising at both the national and international level. Guest speakers at the event will be Professor Gillian Triggs (Dean of the Faculty of Law, Sydney University) and Sir Kenneth Keith (current judge of the International Court of Justice).� The 2010 HLP seminar is free, but bookings are essential.� For further information contact Branka Gajic at

25 August 2010

TONIGHT - Wednesday 25 August: Richard of Anstey and the Sackville Inheritance

Wed Aug 25 2010

This lecture will be presented by The Hon John P Bryson QC and chaired by The Hon Justice P W Young AO, and is co-sponsored by the Selden Society and the Forbes Society in conjunction with the New South Wales Bar Association. Richard of Anstey's claim to inherit his late uncle's manors took five years to reach decision by King Henry II and�there were many�delays and adjournments,� procedural manoeuvres, irrelevant arguments, interlocutory appeals, overseas journeys,�masses of documents, doubtful law and enormous expense and trouble. There was no restraint in this family conflict. Richard attacked his niece's legitimacy and she responded with claims of fraud in high places. Some constants of litigation were present in the Twelfth Century. For more details download a flyer.

25 August 2010

TONIGHT: Tuesday 31 August - The State of the Professional Indemnity Market

Tue Aug 24 2010

Presented by Willis Australia, this seminar is designed to provide an overview of the current state of the professional indemnity market both for barristers and other professions. The seminar will include a discussion of where they think the market is headed, how a professional indemnity policy operates and what you should do in the event of a claim and/or notification and will conclude with claims hypotheticals for discussion. Download a flyer for full details.

31 August 2010

Toongabbie Legal Centre fund raising dinner

Tue Aug 24 2010

Members are invited to the Toongabbie Legal Centre's third annual fundraising dinner, to be held at the Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown, at 6.45pm on Friday, 15 October 2010. Special guests include Attorney General John Hatzistergos and the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, patron of the Toongabbie Legal Centre Inc. For more information, or to reserve your seat, download an invitation and registration form > RSVP has been extended to 13 October 2010. If you are unable to attend, sponsorship opportunities are available.

11 October 2010

TONIGHT - Tuesday 24 August - The Prohibitions Del Roy

Tue Aug 24 2010

This seminar will deal with the dramatic confrontation between Sir Edward Coke and King James I in relation to the judicial and prerogative power of the King epitomised by The Prohibitions del Roy.� To be presented by Dermot Ryan SC and chaired by Howard Insall SC. Download a flyer for more information.�

24 August 2010

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Tue Aug 24 2010

Standards for law graduates: what should they be?

Mon Aug 23 2010

As part of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council-funded project developing minimum or ‘threshold’ national Learning and Teaching Academic Standards for the Bachelor of Laws, the Discipline Scholars in Law (Prof. Sally Kift from QUT and Prof. Mark Israel from UWA) are running a process of consultation involving meetings across Australia with the profession. These include two sessions in Sydney, one in Wollongong and one in Canberra. Learn more about the Project, the dates for consultations, and register online.� Learn more about TEQSA and the dates for consultations.

23 August 2010

Federal constitutional influences on state judicial review: an AACL seminar

Mon Aug 23 2010

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law invites members to attend a lecture by Dr Matthew Groves (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University) regarding 'Federal Constitutional Influences on State Judicial Review', to be held on Thursday, 26 August 2010 at 5:30 pm.

Several federal constitutional principles, including the ‘entrenched minimum provision of judicial review’ (Plaintiff S157 (2003) 211 CLR 476, [103]), impose restraints on state judicial review but offer few protections. Thus, state administrative law cases such as Quin (1990) and Enfield (1999) have imposed doctrinal limits upon judicial review by considerations referable to the federal Constitution. These considerations have also precluded the adoption, at the state level, of new grounds of review, such as substantive unfairness (Lam 2003), a remedy for ‘serious administrative injustice’ (S20, 2003) or the adoption of innovations such as proportionality via bills or charters of rights. Conversely, state judicial review has enjoyed few federal protections. Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission [2010] HCA 1 now suggests that the integrated judicial system established by the Constitution may provide some entrenched protections for state judicial review rather than just restrictions.

Commentators: The Hon Justice Brian Preston (chief justice of the Land and Environment Court) and Mr Mark Robinson (Third Floor Wentworth Chambers)

Chair: Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE QC

Venue: Court 18A, Federal Court, Queens Square

The seminar is for AACL members only. Membership is $50 per year. Membership applications may be obtained at the door.

23 August 2010

NSW v Victorian Barristers Hockey Match - 9 October 2010

Mon Aug 23 2010

Last year, in a stunning reversal of form, the Rupert Balfe – Leycester Meares Cup was returned its rightful and proud position in the NSW Bar Association Common Room cabinet after a period of absence which has proven impossible to quantify.� This year’s match is to be held on 9 October 2010 at 2.00pm at Kyeemagh RSL, on the corner of Mutch Avenue and Tancred Avenue, Kyeemagh.�

While all returning players are welcome, there is always need to replenish team stocks with new and exciting hockey talent, real or imagined.� Luckily, the rules of hockey are simple and learned quickly, although skills take a longer period to develop.� Accordingly, all interested players – barristers, judges, clerks – should contact Andrew Scotting on 9335 3080 or by e-mail As the present holders of the cup the NSW team would also appreciate the support of spectators, including families of players. The match promises to be an exciting prelude to the social occasion that inevitably follows in the confines of the RSL.

23 August 2010

Wednesday 1 September: Duties of Counsel: Recent Developments

Sun Aug 22 2010

This seminar, to be presented by The Hon Justice P R Garling, will cover the duties of counsel to the court. In particular, it will explore whether the recent decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in Rees v Bailey Aluminium Ladders Pty Ltd (Rees v Bailey Aluminium Products Pty Ltd — (2008) 21 VR 478; [2008] VSCA 244) gives rise to a new set of more onerous obligations on counsel in the conduct of litigation. Attendance at this seminar will provide 1.5 CPD points in the Ethics or Substantive Law strands.� Download a flyer for more information.

30 August 2010

Upcoming 15 Bobbers – Dates for the diary

Fri Aug 20 2010

A 15 Bobber will be held to celebrate the appointment of his Honour Judge Ross Letherbarrow SC to the District Court of NSW on Friday, 17 September 2010. A 15 Bobber will also be held to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Associate Justice Philip Hallen to the Supreme Court of NSW on Friday, 24 September 2010. RSVP details and payment forms will be sent out through In Brief �next week. If you have any questions regarding the above functions, please contact Katie Hall on 9229 1720. 20 August 2010 �

Tom Bathurst QC on Justinian

Fri Aug 20 2010

The Association's President, Tom Bathurst QC, was recently interviewed for Justinian, where he discussed the National Legal Profession Reforms and practice as a barrister. See the interview.

�20 August 2010