Tonight: constitutional law seminar

Tue Mar 16 2010

The next seminar in the Australian Association of Constitutional Law's 2010 programme will be held today, 28 April at 5.30pm. Rapporteurs Louise Buchanan (AGS), Patrick Knowles (Tenth Floor Selborne Wentworth), Aditi Rao (Ground Floor Wentworth) and Greg Weeks (UNSW) will provide an update on pending constitutional cases. Commentary from Michael Sexton SC and Emeritus Professor Tony Blackshield will be chaired by Professor Keith Mason AC QC.

28 April 2010

SCNSW issues new Practice Notes for Possession List and Mediation

Mon Mar 15 2010

Chief Justice Spigelman AC has approved changes to the Supreme Court's Practice Notes covering the Possession List and mediation. The amended Practice Notes were issued on 10 March 2010, and both commence today, Monday, 15 March 2010.

The changes to the Mediation Practice Note comprise of very minor changes to the Definitions section and paragraph 10. The changes to the Possession List Practice Note are more extensive. A new paragraph, paragraph 52, has been added to the Note. Paragraph 52 deals with the notification requirements under s 71A of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987� and the evidence the court requires from the plaintiff. There have also been changes to the paragraphs governing directions hearings, stay applications and alternative dispute resolution.

15 March 2010

Cases selected for reporting in CLR and FCR

Mon Mar 15 2010

The following cases were selected by JD Merralls for reporting in CLR: Kirk v Industrial Court [2010] HCA 1 The following cases were selected by V Kline for reporting in FCR: GG v Australian Crime Commission� [2009] FCA 759 GG v Australian Crime Commission� [2010] FCAFC 15 The Ship "Gem of Safaga" v Euroceanica (UK) Ltd� [2010] FCAFC 14 Habib v Commonwealth� [2010] FCAFC 12 Bankstown Handicapped Children's Centre Assoc v Hillman� [2010] FCAFC 11

15 March 2010

Be part of the Great Bar Blood Drive

Mon Mar 15 2010

The Red Cross Blood Service's Elizabeth Street Donor Centre needs to collect more than 80 blood donations every day. The Health, Sport and Recreation Committee has organised a Blood Drive for Wednesday, 23 June 2010 between 7.30am-9.00am. Bring a friend or colleague to help boost the blood supply. Contact Cindy Penrose to make an appointment.

16 June 2010

Sydney Family Law Courts' Liaison Meeting

Fri Mar 12 2010

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Magistrates Court will be holding its next Family Law Liaison Meeting with the legal profession on Wednesday, 24 March at 5.00pm. The meeting provides a valuable opportunity for the courts to brief the profession on recent developments and to hear from the profession their views on issues. All practitioners are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held in the Conference Room 1 on Level 8 Lionel Bowen Building, 99 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

12 March 2010

A salute to Commodore Slattery

Fri Mar 12 2010

On 10 March 2010 the Hon Justice Michael Slattery was appointed as a deputy judge advocate general (DJAG) - a position which carries the rank of commodore in the Royal Australian Navy. Justice Slattery has served as the head of the New South Wales Navy Reserve Legal Panel and was counsel assisting a navy board of inquiry into the helicopter crash on Nias Island, Indonesia, on 2 April 2005.

12 March 2010

Reminder: Law and the Relevance of Social Values is on tonight

Thu Mar 11 2010

The first of a series of lectures on law, social values and advocacy, 'The Law Instinct', will be held this evening at 5.15pm. Professor Dutton, a world-renowned philosopher and author of the best-selling book The Art Instinct, will address evolutionary aspects of law and legal values. Professor Dutton will discuss issues such as the values that predate the emergence of law within communities, and whether such values - for example, proportionate punishment - have a continuing role in developed legal systems.

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.

16 March 2010

Reminder:15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Anna Katzmann

Thu Mar 11 2010

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Justice Anna Katzmann to the Federal Court a 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 9 April 2010. Speaking for Justice Katzmann will be Dennis Wheelahan QC. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be sent to the association by 3.00pm Thursday, 8 April. 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.

8 April 2010

Liquor Licensing in NSW: A Report Card (ADVERTISEMENT)

Thu Mar 11 2010

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19 March 2010

Web watch: New South Wales Court of Appeal

Wed Mar 10 2010

The New South Wales Court of Appeal has launched its new web page. It is designed to provide easy access to information regarding: the practice and procedure of the Court of Appeal; the status of current cases; research tools; and relevant decisions.

10 March 2010

Results for 2010 Bar Library Academy Awards Competition

Tue Mar 09 2010

The winner of this year’s competition is Hal Altan, of Tenth Floor St James' Hall Chambers, with a total of 12 correct answers. Results ranged between three and 12. To be tactful, and to spare the executive director's feelings, only those who reached double figures have been named. A copy of the results and the entry forms are available in the Bar Library.

Those selecting Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director were mainly women! Go figure. The category with the most correct answers was Best Cinematography (Avatar). The Best Short Film (Live Action) had the most incorrect responses (Miracle Fish). Never allow patriotism to interfere in a competition. Selections for Best Foreign Film were - mostly - just plain wrong. More incredibly, a number of entries were incomplete.

Better luck next year! Here is the abridged list of results:

12 Hal Altan, Tenth Floor St James' Hall Chambers 11 Katie Hall, New South Wales Bar Association 11 Leonie Anderson, Bar Library 10 Gary Lowe, University Chambers 10 Anna Pengo, Frederick Jordan Chambers 10 Justin Hewitt, 8th Floor Selborne Chambers 10 Jenny Nott, Bar Library 10 Matthew Darke, Tenth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers 10 Ron Desiatnik, author, editor and potter

9 March 2010

Cheap and Quick Bench and Bar Lunch

Mon Mar 08 2010

A Bench and Bar Lunch will be held tomorrow at 1.00pm in 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 Kylie Nomchong, Denman Chambers, DX 185 SYDNEY.� Payments can be made by cash or cheque (payable to ‘Kylie Nomchong’).� Please ensure that you send a [confirmation e-mail to Kylie][1] 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. � Bench and Bar lunches will also be held throughout the year on the following dates:

  • 4 May 2010;
  • 20 July 2010;
  • 14 September 2010; and
  • 16 November 2010. We suggest that you note these dates in your diary now. Any enquiries about the lunches may be directed to Joshua Knackstredt at [ ][2]or Kylie Nomchong at to [][3]. 15 March 2010 [1]: [2]: [3]:

Opportunities for legal practitioners with RAMSI Law and Justice Program

Mon Mar 08 2010

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) Law and Justice Program offers an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic developing environment, mentoring and empowering local Solomon Islands personnel. RAMSI, through GRM International Pty Ltd (GRM), is seeking highly qualified applicants for the following positions:

Legal Positions:

  • Registrar – National Judiciary
  • Solicitor - General– Attorney-General’s Chambers
  • Deputy DPP – Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Prosecution Adviser(s) – Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Prosecution Adviser – Police Prosecutions Directorate, Royal Solomon Islands Police Force
  • Legal Adviser(s) – Public Solicitor’s Office
  • Legal Practice Manager – Public Solicitor’s Office
  • Legal Policy Adviser(s) – various Justice Sector agencies

Justice Sector Support Positions:

  • Organisational Development Adviser – Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs
  • Assets and Infrastructure Projects Coordinator – Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs
  • Finance Adviser – Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs
  • Operations Manager – Case Support Unit

RAMSI is a partnership between the government and people of Solomon Islands and 15 contributing countries of the Pacific Islands Forum. For information on RAMSI, visit The RAMSI Law and Justice Program supports the Solomon Islands Government in building efficient, affordable, accountable and sustainable justice sector institutions. GRM manages the implementation of the RAMSI Law and Justice Program.

Details of the remuneration package will be released to short-listed candidates. GRM and RAMSI value Equal Employment Opportunity. Further information and details on how to apply are available at under ‘Project Employment’.

If you have further queries, contact Ms Louise Jennion on +61 7 3025 8571 or at Applications close midday 29 March 2010.

8 March 2010

Breakfast on the run: a healthy option for time-poor barristers

Mon Mar 08 2010

Going to court on an empty stomach?� Just forgetting to eat at all? The Health, Sport and Recreation Committee has arranged for three local eateries to provide healthy, quick takeaway breakfast deals for stressed out, time-poor barristers. To save time, place your order a few minutes in advance by ringing or texting the numbers provided:

Society Caf�, 169 Phillip Street Sydney 1.�� �Bircher muesli, yoghurt, fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee: $9.90. Call 9232-0877.

Beanbah Caf�, 235 Macquarie St 1.�� �Porridge and coffee: $7 � 2.�� �Muesli, fruit salad and yoghurt and coffee:� $8 Call or text 0401 266 439 (if texting indicate coffee requirements)

Silks Coffee Lounge, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney 1.�� �Small fruit salad with yoghurt, Emma & Toms juice and coffee:� $10 2.�� �Ham, cheese, tomato on soy & linseed roll, Emma & Toms juice and coffee:� $12����� � Order at the counter. NB. Prices based on regular sized coffee and juice

8 March 2010

The Bar Football Team seeks talented players

Thu Mar 04 2010

Expressions of interest are sought from members of the bar who wish to join the NSW Bar Football Squad in 2010. The only qualification for selection is a love of the Beautiful Game. A team was formed two years ago in response to a challenge from the Victorians. Thus began the friendly on-field rivalry that is the annual Suncorp NSW Bar v Victorian Bar Challenge Cup. The NSW Bar won at the inaugural encounter in Sydney in 2008 and successfully defended it in Melbourne the following year. In August-September of this year the NSW Bar will defend its title against a resurgent Victorian squad, this time on home soil. Dedicated fans will be watching closely to see if, as rumours suggest, the Victorian Bar has imported one or more Brazilian star players.

In 2009, the NSW Bar fielded its first team in the Domain Soccer League, a lunchtime competition in Sydney's Domain, and the team will return to the Domain between April and August. Plans are also underway to:

  • resurrect the Sir Arthur George Challenge Cup (an annual match with the NSW Solicitors – last contested and won by the bar in 1988);

  • start a NSW Bar v Queensland Bar Challenge Cup; and

  • field a team in the annual Solicitors’ Inter-firm Football Day.

Please direct any enquiries to Anthony Lo Surdo (ph: 9223 3181 or, John Harris (ph: 9232 2722 or or Simon Philips (ph: 9223 8233 or

4 March 2010

New dispute resolution facilities for Sydney

Wed Mar 03 2010

Commonwealth Attorney General Robert McClelland and NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos have unveiled plans for "Australia’s first dedicated international dispute resolution centre", which will enjoy a "prime location" in Sydney. The Australian International Disputes Centre will be close to existing legal services and will feature audiovisual and video conferencing facilities, tribunal facilities, conference rooms and access to translation and transcription services.

According to Mr Hatzistergos, work on the $600,000 fitting out will begin this month and should be completed around the middle of the year. He said the centre will position Sydney as "the new regional hub for international dispute resolution".

3 March 2010

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

Wed Mar 03 2010

The following four cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: Badawi v Nexon Asia Pacific Pty Ltd t/as Commander Australia Pty Ltd [2009] NSWCA 324 Rubicon Asset Management Ltd (Administrators Appointed) [2009] NSWSC 1068 Centennial Coal Company Ltd v Xstrata Coal Pty Ltd [2009] NSWCA 341 TJ v R [2009] NSWCCA 257

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

3 March 2010

Papers to note: updated comparison of workers compensation in Australia and NZ

Tue Mar 02 2010

Safe Work Australia has published the latest edition of The Comparison of Workers’ Compensation Arrangements in Australia and New Zealand. This edition has new sections on permanent impairment, deemed occupational diseases and the treatment of superannuation for purposes of workers’ compensation. It provides background to the evolution of workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand, and discusses the way that each scheme deals with key aspects such as the size and nature of the schemes, coverage, benefits, return to work provisions, self-insurance, common law, dispute resolution and cross-border arrangements.

2 March 2010

New courses from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Mar 02 2010

FAST TRACK TO FELLOWSHIP: 17-18 April 2010, Sydney This course is designed for practising lawyers with at least 10 years litigation experience and who have sufficient experience in arbitration. It leads to Fellowship after the completion of the Awarding Writing Examination (FCIArb) Course fee: $3000 (incl. GST)

AWARD WRITING WORKSHOP – 1 May 2010, Sydney This workshop is for those who are interested in practising their award writing skills.� It is recommended that those who wish to sit the Award Writing Examination attend this Workshop. Course fee: $1000 (incl. GST)

AWARD WRITING EXAMINATION – 22 May 2010, Sydney This is the date for the written examination component of the Award Writing Examination. Course fee $1000 (incl GST)

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26 March 2010

Reminder: 2010 Maurice Byers Address is on tonight

Tue Mar 02 2010

The 2010 Maurice Byers Address will be delivered by David Bennett AC QC, tonight, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. The title of the lecture will be "Rules that ought not to be applied – the ultimate iconoclasm". Learn more>

3 March 2010