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Reminder: fees owed to counsel - Adrian Twigg and Co

Wed Jan 27 2010

Pursuant to s623(2) of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW), Raymond John Collins has been appointed manager of the law practice of Adrian Twigg and Co, following the death of Mr Mark Twigg. Counsel with outstanding fees should contact Mr Collins as soon as possible.� Whilst Mr Collins has advised that he would do his best to assist counsel owed fees, it is each counsel's responsibility to ensure the adequacy of his or her commercial arrangements with instructing solicitors.� He may be contacted on: ph: (02) 9926 0240, fax: (02) 9926 0166 or via email: lucy.tang@lawsociety.com.au

2 February 2010

Opening of Law Term Services - Sydney

Wed Jan 27 2010

Members are advised that the following services are to be held in Sydney to mark the opening of Law Term.

The Red Mass will be held at St Mary's Cathedral at 9am on Monday 1 February 2010.

The Anglican Service will be held at St James' Anglican Church at 10.30am on Monday 1 February 2010.

The Jewish Service will be held at The Great Synagogue, 187a Elizabeth Street, Sydney, at 5.30pm on Friday 5 February 2010.

The Pan-Orthodox Service will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 242 Cleveland Street, Redfern at 6.30pm on Thursday 11 February 2010.

27 January 2010

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Vale Christopher Martin Egan (1949-2010)

Wed Jan 27 2010

Christopher Egan, of Sir James Martin Chambers, died on Monday 25 January 2010. Details of funeral arrangements will be provided as soon as they become available.

27 January 2010

Australia Day Honours 2010

Wed Jan 27 2010

In the Australia Day Honours announced on 26 January, the Hon Robert French was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) "for eminent service to the law and to the judiciary, to legal education and administration in the areas of constitutional, competition and native title law, and to legal reform".

The Hon David Levine RFD QC was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) "for service to the judiciary and to the law through the Supreme Court of New South Wales and leadership of state and national boards of review".

The Hon Murray Wilcox was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) "for service to the law as a Judge and a Law Reform Commissioner, particularly in the areas of environmental, native title and industrial law".

The Hon Justice Lloyd Waddy RFD was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for service to the law, the constitutional debate, and to the community through a range of educational and arts organisations".

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27 January 2010

Vale Alan David Bishop (1940-2010)

Mon Jan 25 2010

Alan David Bishop, a former judge of the District Court of New South Wales, died on Friday 22 January. Details of funeral arrangements will be provided as soon as they become available.

25 January 2010

Swearing in for Estelle Hawdon

Fri Jan 22 2010

On Monday 8 February 2010 at 9:00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court there will be a Full Bench ceremony to mark the swearing-in of Estelle Ann Hawdon as a Magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales. Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the bar.

22 January 2010

Review of the Senior Counsel Protocol - extension of deadline

Wed Jan 20 2010

As members would be aware, the Bar Council is reviewing the Senior Counsel Protocol and the related administrative procedures to see where improvements might be effected. The council is to be informed by a report to be prepared on possible improvements by the Hon R V Gyles AO QC. The Bar Council is keen for Mr Gyles to have as wide an expression of views from the bar as possible. The deadline for submissions has just been extended to 19 February 2010.

The Bar Council is seeking views in particular, but certainly not to limit the generality of your comments, on the following questions:

1.� should the method of appointment of senior counsel be generally maintained in its present form; 2.� if so, what modifications do you suggest to improve the present system’s transparency and efficiency; 3.� if you believe an alternative system would be preferable, please outline that system and why you believe it would be preferable; 4.� are there any other concerns you have with the current protocol, such as the criterion to be taken into account by any selection committee ?

Submissions may be sent to the Bar Association's executive director, Philip Selth, or directly to Mr Gyles c/- Level 10, Selborne Chambers, 174 Phillip Street, NSW 2000 by not later than� Friday, 19 February 2010.

The current Senior Counsel Protocol is posted on the Bar Association’s web site at http://www.nswbar.asn.au/silks/protocol.pdf

5 February 2010

Reminder - IAMA National Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation course, February 2010

Mon Jan 18 2010

The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA) will present again the National Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation course in Sydney. The six day course, which meets the requirements of the National Accreditation Standards for Mediators, is divided into two intensive sessions, held over a three week period.� The next course will be held on 17 – 20 February and 26 – 27 February at IAMA's offices: level 9, 52 Phillip Street, Sydney.

Further details and a registration form can be obtained from IAMA's website.

21 January 2010

Reminder - Swearing in for Susan Duncombe and Gregory Grogin

Fri Jan 15 2010

On Friday 22 January 2010 at 9:00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court there will be a Full Bench ceremony to mark the swearing-in of Susan Mary Duncombe and Gregory John Grogin as Magistrates of the Local Court of New South Wales. Peter Maiden SC will speak on behalf of the bar.

21 January 2010

Appointments to the Local Court

Thu Jan 14 2010

The Governor-in-Council has approved of the following appointments as Magistrates of the Local Court of NSW:

Ms Susan Mary Duncombe on and from 22 January 2010

Mr Gregory John Grogin on and from 22 January 2010

Ms Estelle Ann Hawdon on and from 8 February 2010

Ms Duncombe joins the bench from the NSW Workers Compensation Commission.� Mr Grogin practised as a barrister from Henry Parkes Chambers and Ms Hawdon was a solicitor with Legal Aid.

14 January 2010

Fees owed to counsel - Lawrence F Tanna

Wed Jan 13 2010

Pursuant to s623(2) of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW), Raymond John Collins has been appointed manager of the law practice of Lawrence F Tanna principally situated at 433 Beamish Street, Campsie. Counsel with outstanding fees should contact Mr Collins as soon as possible.� Whilst Mr Collins has advised that he would do his best to assist counsel owed fees, it is each counsel's responsibility to ensure the adequacy of his or her commercial arrangements with instructing solicitors.� He may be contacted on: ph: (02) 9926 0240, fax: (02 9926 0166 or via email: lucy.tang@lawsociety.com.au

14 January 2010

AGS Administrative Law Symposium: Commonwealth & NSW (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Jan 13 2010

24-26 March 2010 - Australian Government Solicitor Administrative Law Symposium: Commonwealth and New South Wales at Sydney Law School. The symposium will commence with a dinner on 24 March and will be opened by the Hon. Robert McClelland MP, Attorney-General of the Commonwealth, and the key note address will be delivered by the Hon. Chief Justice James Spigelman AC.

The Symposium considers key and topical administrative law issues in the State and Commonwealth contexts, and brings together eminent members of the Federal Court and New South Wales Supreme Court, the Presidents of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, and leading members of the Bar. Speakers at the Symposium include Justices Spender, Stone, Bennett and Downes of the Federal Court, and Justices Beazley and O'Connor of the New South Wales Supreme Court.� Stephen Lloyd SC and Tom Howe QC are also giving presentations at the Symposium.

For further details download the symposium program, details on the speakers, and a registration form or visit the AGS website.

16 February 2010

New and reissued Practice Notes in the Local Court

Wed Jan 13 2010

On 18 December 2009 the chief magistrate of the Local Court reissued Practice Note 2 of 2005 and Practice Note 6 of 2007.� The Practice Notes deal with Case Management proceedings in the small claims division of the Local Court and Damages for Negligence as a result of motor vehicle collision respectively.

Practice Note 1 of 2010, Procedures to be adopted for Committal hearings in the Local Court for proceedings commences on or after 1 May 2008, and Practice Note 2 of 2010, Procedure for appeals of SDRO annulment decisions, were issued on 4 January 2010.

13 January 2010

Changes to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission Rules

Mon Jan 11 2010

From 1 February 2010 the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (including the Court) will be transitioning to the Uniform Civil Procedure regime that currently operates in the Supreme, Land and Environment, District and Local Courts.

Much of the procedure before the Commission will be determined by reference to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules _2005, however, there will be 'local rules' which prevail - these will be known as the _Industrial Relations Commission Rules 2009.

For further information view the announcement. 12 January 2010