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Tonight: Law and the Uses of History

Tue Mar 23 2010

The second lecture of a series on law, social values and advocacy, "Law and the Uses of History", will be held this evening at 5.15pm. The Hon Justice Gummow will address the impact of the common law system of adjudication upon disputed matters of history; the significance of legal history from the remote past for modern cases, and the significance of legal history in constitutional law.

Professor Prest will address issues including how the legal historian identifies and approaches the available range of primary sources to enable the development of fresh insights into settled subjects and fields of enquiry.

Justin Gleeson SC will then address the persuasive use of values in legal advocacy; for example, when it is useful to construct arguments which, self-consciously or otherwise, identify and appeal to the values (for example, autonomy, dignity) which underpin the legal rule or principle in question.

23 March 2010

Free seminar on facial recognition and photo-comparison (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Mar 23 2010

Members are invited to attend a seminar on facial recognition and photo-comparison. e.law Asia Pacific have teamed up with forensic & evidence management consultant, Dr Robin Watt, to host "Looking at Faces - What Machines Don't See", on Tuesday, 30 March at 6.00pm. Attendance will attract one CPD point.

Robin is New Zealand’s first and so far only forensic anthropologist. The seminar will be held in the head office of e.law at Level 3, 9 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Drinks & nibbles provided.�RSVP Allan Watt at e.law by Thursday, 25 March 2010.

23 March 2010

Don't miss the Practical Insolvency Conference and Dinner (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Mar 22 2010

The 9th Annual Practical Insolvency Conference and Dinner will be held on 29-30 March 2010 at Dockside, Cockle Bay. This year there is a focus on recent regulatory activity, with a review of the Ariff deregistration and Gould suspension. There will be a banking hypothetical plus a "state of the market" session in which senior representatives from major banks identify industry issues and hot spots. There will be fresh papers on section 420A, practitioner personal liability and DOCA challenges.

22 March 2010

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Mon Mar 22 2010

Join the Bar Association Half Marathon Team

Mon Mar 22 2010

The 19th Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, 16 May 2010. The Health, Sport and Recreation committee encourage you to register as a member of the Bar Association team. The Half Marathon starts at St Mary’s Cathedral and ends in Hyde Park, taking in Sydney’s beautiful surrounds and breathtaking views along the way. Places are limited !!! Bar Association running shirts will be available for the event. If you wish to register as a member of the Bar Association’s team please contact Cindy Penrose. 22 March 2010

Cases selected for reporting in NSWLR by the editor, Bret Walker SC

Mon Mar 22 2010

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: Lee v Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) [2009] NSWCA 347 Sahab Holdings Pty Ltd v Registrar-General and Another [2009] NSWSC 1143 Elfar v New South Wales Crime Commission [2009] NSWCA 348 New South Wales Crime Commission v Kelaita [2008] NSWCA 284

For further information, please contact the Council of Law Reporting office: office@nswlr.com.au, phone 9266 0768.

22 March 2010�

ABA Residential Advanced Trial Advocacy Course - more places have been added

Mon Mar 22 2010

Due to unexpected demand, an extra six places have been added to the fifth ABA Residential Advanced Trial Advocacy Course. Registrations are still open. The course will be held from 17-21 January 2011 in Melbourne. It is designed for experienced advocates who wish to take that next step in their professional development and places are limited to people with seniority of at least two years at the private bar. Don't delay. Reserve your place now.

3 December 2010

Parliament passes Trans-Tasman Proceedings Bill

Fri Mar 19 2010

The Australian Parliament has passed legislation to make trans-Tasman litigation simpler, cheaper and more efficient. The Trans-Tasman Proceedings Bill 2009 implements a treaty between Australia and New Zealand signed in 2008 and will allow judgments to be registered and enforced between Australia and New Zealand; fines imposed in one country to be enforced in the other; court appearances by video-link from one country to the other; and the enforcement of regulatory regimes supporting trans-Tasman markets.

19 March 2010

Old editions of Bar News (1985-1999) scanned and available online

Fri Mar 19 2010

Back issues of Bar News: The Journal of the New South Wales Bar Association have been scanned and made available on the association's web site. The online collection now includes every edition since 1985. This is a valuable resource for legal and historical research. There are articles of record, such as "The transition from Queens Counsel to Senior Counsel" (1993), and others with a timeless theme, like "Why are cases taking longer nowadays?" (1993). There are photos of past social engagements, sporting events, obituaries and stories penned by people who have since been appointed to the bench or have passed away. 19 March 2090 �

Australia signs up to the Hague Convention on Service Abroad

Fri Mar 19 2010

Attorney-General Robert McClelland announced that Australia had acceded to the Hague Convention on Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters 1965. The convention will simplify cross border litigation by streamlining the process for serving court documents overseas. Accession to the convention will help Australians and Australian companies enforce their legal rights in foreign jurisdictions more efficiently and effectively, Mr McClelland said. Learn more >

19 March 2010

The Bar Book Club - correction to the starting date

Fri Mar 19 2010

Last Friday's In Brief included an invitation to join the Bar Book Club. The first meeting will be held in the Bar Library at 6.00pm on 15 April 2010, not the date that was given. In Brief apologises for any confusion that may have been caused.

22 March 2010

Pembroke SC appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Thu Mar 18 2010

Michael Pembroke SC has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW. Mr Pembroke was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1981 and was appointed senior counsel in 1995. He was an assistant commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 1997. He will be sworn in as a Supreme Court judge on 12 April 2010. Learn more>

18 March 2010

Appointments to the Local Court

Thu Mar 18 2010

Attorney General John Hatzistergos has announced the appointments of David Degnan, Alexander Mijovich and Harriet Grahame as magistrates of the Local Court of NSW. Learn more>

18 March 2010

Peter Deakin QC appointed chairman of the BSAF

Thu Mar 18 2010

Peter Deakin QC has been appointed chairman of the Barristers' Sickness and Accident Fund Pty Ltd, replacing Malcolm Craig QC (now the Hon Justice Craig). Soon, a new director will be appointed to the fund and members will be advised as soon as the appointment has been made.

18 March 2010

NSWIRC ceremonial sitting in honour of the Hon W K Fisher AO QC

Thu Mar 18 2010

The Industrial Relations Commission in Court Session will hold a ceremony on Monday, 22 March 2010 to honour the life of the Hon W K Fisher AO QC.� It will be at 9.30am in Court 4.1, Level 4, 47 Bridge Street. Neville Wran QC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

18 March 2010

Barristers wanted for the Oxfam Trailwalker

Thu Mar 18 2010

The Health, Sport and Recreation committee encourage you to register (or join) a Bar Association team in the Oxfam Trailwalker, to be held in Sydney on 27-29 August 2010. Oxfam Trailwalker is the world's greatest team challenge. And it's also one of the toughest. The challenge is to get your team of four across 100km of Australian bush in less than 48 hours - and, collectively, to raise money to help to overcome poverty and suffering around the world.

Oxfam Trailwalker is all about teamwork - you need to start together, go through each checkpoint together, and finish together. It is challenging-but you don't need to be a marathon runner or a professional athlete to do it.� There is plenty of time to train for the event.� Anyone can do it !!!

This year Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney will see 500 teams (that's 2,000 individual participants!) walk 100km on the weekend of 27-29 August, principally on the Great North Walk and the Harbour to Hawkesbury Walking Track in the bushland of northern Sydney.

Oxfam trailwalker is limited to a maximum of 500 teams, at the request of NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.� You need to register early as it is a very popular event!

If you wish to register a team or are looking to join a team please contact Cindy Penrose at cpenrose@nswbar.asn.au

18 March 2010

Es ist fantastisch! Volkswagen's Corporate Program benefits are now available to members

Wed Mar 17 2010

The Volkswagen Corporate Program offers preferential pricing and a fixed dealer delivery fee for all current models. It is available to all members of the New South Wales Bar Association, subject to providing a letter from the certification officer, confirming your status. This offer does not apply to options and accessories and some limited edition models. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Please contact your nearest dealer for model specific pricing or call Volkswagen Customer Assist on 1800 607 822 for any queries.

17 March 2010

Towards a new Australian Consumer Law

Wed Mar 17 2010

The Australian Government has introduced the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill (No. 2) 2010, which will eventually replace 17 state and territory laws with a new Australian Consumer Law.� The amendments will create national laws for consumer product safety and statutory consumer guarantees. View the explanatory memorandum and the minister's second reading speech. At the same time, the Senate passed other amendments to the Trade Practices Act that provide for fines of up to $1.1 million for companies that engage in unconscionable conduct or make false or misleading representations.

17 March 2010

Parliament calls for new standards in extradition treaties

Tue Mar 16 2010

The Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has released Report 110, which recommends that extradition agreements should include a requirement that the requesting country provide annual information concerning the trial status and health of extradited persons and the conditions of the detention facilities in which they are held.

16 March 2010

Call for submissions on trustee companies' conduct obligations

Tue Mar 16 2010

ASIC has released Consultation Paper 132 Trustee Companies: Financial Requirement and Conduct Obligations (CP 132) seeking comment on the financial requirements and other conduct obligations for trustee companies that provide traditional trustee company services, such as acting in deceased estates and under powers of attorney. Submissions on the proposals contained in the consultation paper close on Wednesday, 7 April 2010. Details on how to make a submission are contained in CP 132. View the ASIC announcement regarding CP 132 >

16 March 2010