World cup tipping competition

Mon May 31 2010

"Amongst all unimportant subjects, football is by far the most important." Pope John Paul II

Distract yourself from June 11 by entering the Not The NSW Bar Association World Cup Tipping Competition. To join follow the instructions on the tipping form (which is marginally less complicated than it looks) or contact the co-ordinators, Ingmar Taylor and Mark Gibian.

Note: If the past three competitions are any guide detailed knowledge of football is not essential, indeed appears to constitute a positive handicap (our 2006 winner Rena Sofroniou being an obvious exception).

"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. It is much more important than that." Bill Shankly

31 May 2010

Reminder: silk selection seminar in the Common Room

Mon May 31 2010

Applications for appointment as senior counsel will open at the beginning of 1 July 2010 and will close on 31 July 2010. Tonight at 5.00pm in the Bar Association Common Room, President Tom Bathurst QC will conduct a seminar for members of the bar who wish to have more information about the process of applying for and the appointing of senior counsel. The president will discuss the Senior Counsel Protocol and answer members’ questions about the process at this seminar.

All interested members are welcome to attend. The seminar is not only open to those members who are considering applying for appointment as senior counsel this year but also for members considering making an application in future years who will find the seminar to be of value.

9 June 2010

New property law journal - a call for articles

Fri May 28 2010

In September 2010 Thomson Reuters is due to launch a new peer-reviewed journal, Property Law Review. The editors are now inviting members of the bar to submit articles, comments, reviews or notes for publication in 2010. Learn more >

28 May 2010

Peter Garling SC appointed to the New South Wales Supreme Court

Fri May 28 2010

Peter Garling SC has been appointed as a Supreme Court judge. In making his announcement, Attorney General John Hatzistergos cited highlights of Mr Garling's distinguished 32-year career.� Mr Garling has been involved in a number of significant court cases, royal commissions and public inquiries, including hearings into the Thredbo landslide, the Waterfall and Glenbrook rail accidents, the Sydney bushfires in 1996 and the collapse of HIH. In 2008, he led the special commission of inquiry into acute care services in the state’s public hospitals.

28 May 2010

Corporate Law in Focus: Takeovers Panel Conference

Thu May 27 2010

The Ross Parsons Centre at Sydney Law School will host a one day conference on 4 June 2010 commemorating the 10th anniversary of the reconstituted and reinvigorated Takeovers Panel.� The focus of the conference will be a review of the panel’s achievements and prospects. Professor Jennifer Hill and Professor Robert Austin are the convenors of the conference. Guest speakers include representatives of the judiciary, barristers, solicitors and ASIC. Closing remarks will be made by Justice Reg Barrett of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Learn more>

27 May 2010

Federal Court administrative notice

Thu May 27 2010

The Federal Court has issued Administrative Notice NSW 2 regarding listing and case management arrangements for all Corporations matters in the New South Wales Registry. It clarifies which types of matters may be dealt with by a registrar or by a corporations duty judge.

27 May 2010

New Barristers Committee Cross Examination Workshop: June-July 2010

Thu May 27 2010

The New Barristers Committee is conducting another workshop for juniors to further hone their advocacy skills. The (free) ‘Cross-Examination of Experts’ workshop will be held in June-July 2010 and is being provided solely for junior practitioners i.e. barristers with less than six years experience at the NSW Bar. Registrations close on Monday 14 June. Please download a flyer for details.

**7 June 2010



TONIGHT - Second Seminar on Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission of NSW

Thu May 27 2010

Tonight the Administrative Law and Constitutional Law Section will present a CPD seminar on the impact of the High Court judgment in Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission of NSW (2010) 239 CLR 531. This evening's seminar will emphasise the implications of Kirk for the judicial review of inferior court/tribunal decisions.Click here to download a flyer for this event.

2 June 2010

Oral history project on the first women barristers - help wanted

Thu May 27 2010

The Women Barrister’s Forum, a section of the NSW Bar Association, is undertaking a project to document the history of the first 27 women barristers admitted in NSW. A 15 minute multimedia slideshow presentation will be permanently available, when complete, as a link on the Bar Association website. The interviews conducted as part of the project will be retained in the Bar Library, for any further study. Ms Juliette Brodsky, who has prepared a similar presentation for the Victorian Bar website, will be undertaking interviews in Sydney on 26 June – 4 July 2010. If you have information, newsclips, photos, anecdotes or information about any of the women barristers on the attached list, please let Juliette Brodsky know as soon as possible. If there is anyone you believe should be included in the list but who is not presently listed, please also advise. The WBF does not have contact details for the following women barristers: Mary H E Appleby, Ann� Bernard and Mary Cass. If you have any information about how to contact them or information about their practice at the bar, please contact the WBF. 27 May 2010

Changes to the Supreme Court attire policy

Wed May 26 2010

The Supreme Court has decided that in the Corporations List neither wigs nor robes should be worn for interlocutory matters, including motions and directions. This decision is effective immediately and the court attire policy has been updated. For information, contact Megan Greenwood, CEO and principal registrar, on phone 02 9230 8097.

25 May 2010

Positions vacant: senior arbitrators at the Workers Compensation Commission (NSW)

Wed May 26 2010

Applications are sought from legal practitioners or persons with skills, qualifications and experience relevant to the resolution of workers compensation disputes. The Workers Compensation Commission seeks applications from practitioners who are interested in being offered a full-time three year appointment commencing in or around July 2010. There are two positions available and both positions are located in Sydney. The closing date for applications is 14 June 2010. Further details about the positions, including terms and conditions, are contained in the Information Package. Contact: Sian Leathem, registrar, on ph: 02 8281 6350.

25 May 2010

UNSW Law Society Trial Advocacy Competition needs judges

Tue May 25 2010

The UNSW Trial Advocacy Competition needs adjudicators and the coordinators have issued an invitation to barristers to take part. Comments and criticisms from professional advocates are of great benefit for the law students. For further information about the competition, or to volunteer as a judge, contact Paul Ye and June Guo, coordinators of the Trial Advocacy Competition, on or mob: 0413 546 617 (Paul), 0432 182 993 (June).

25 May 2010

Entries open for the City2Surf

Tue May 25 2010

Celebrate 40 years of fun, fitness and fundraising by being part of the NSW Bar Association team in the worlds largest run and Sydney's favourite sporting event,� The Sun-Herald City2Surf, presented by Westpac, on Sunday, 8 August 2010. Entries are now open, so take on the challenge of this world-renowned 14km run from the CBD to Bondi Beach and experience the unique City2Surf atmosphere alongside more than 75,000 excited entrants. If you wish to register as a member of the Bar Association’s team please contact Cindy Penrose at

16 June 2010

Willis (Allianz) professional indemnity insurance policy now approved

Fri May 21 2010

In addition to the Marsh, Suncorp and Aon policies, the attorney general has now approved the Willis (Allianz) professional indemnity insurance policy pursuant to s 403(2) of the Legal Profession Act. All four PII policies have now been approved. Copies of the approved policies are on the association's web site and are also available from the Bar Association's reception. All enquiries about the policies, including premium information, should be addressed direct to the brokers/insurers. The Bar Association is unable to provide any advice as to the merits of the policies or an individual's premium.

21 May 2010

Appointments to the AAT

Fri May 21 2010

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced twelve appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Learn more >

21 May 2010

Breakfast talk series - How should our dual heritage affect one’s life in the public square?

Fri May 21 2010

This is the� final� talk� in a� series of five Thursday breakfast talks� "Athens and Jerusalem - Must I live under two laws at once?"� where Emeritus Prof Edwin Judge explores both the classical and biblical cultural traditions whose interaction have created the distinctive dynamic mix forming Western civilisation. The talk will take place on Thursday, 27 May.�

The 'two laws' – of Athens and Jerusalem – are not simply alternative options, they are radical alternative worldviews. Yet this uneasy heritage of both Athens and Jerusalem is built into each of our individual minds - it explains the dynamism of Western thought. Athens’ classical thought required reason and behaviour within the natural order, while Jerusalem’s Genesis account opened up the universe to the experimental method, creating modern science which tests a world subject to change. This duality of thought means that each of us are kept in suspense between Athens’ orderly ethics and Jerusalem’s sacrificial morality.

Emeritus Prof Judge of Macquarie University is one of the leading academic figures in Australia.

Venue:� Silks Coffee Lounge, 170 Phillip St (next to Selborne Chambers).� �

Breakfast from 7:20am, (at own cost), please order by 7.30am –�� talks commence 7:40am, conclude 8:20am.

Attendance at this event will attract 0.5 points under the Continuing Professional Development Programme

For more detail see:

For more information, contact: or or 02 9232 8700.

Tonight: Indigenous Barristers Trust is raffling an original Indigenous artwork

Fri May 21 2010

Last chance to purchase tickets in the Indigenous Barristers Trust raffle of an original indigenous artwork - ‘Pukara’ by Iyawi Wikilyiri.� Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased before 4pm today. An image of the painting is attached. The original is on display in the reception area of the Bar Association. The raffle will be drawn tonight by one of the Trustees.� The winner will be announced in InBrief tomorrow.� To purchase tickets, click here.

More about the work: it measures 920mm x 715mm and is acrylic on canvas.� The work comes from the Tjungu Palya arts centre (Nyapari, APY Lands, South Australia).� It is valued at approximately $2000 and a certificate of authenticity is available.

More about the artist: Iyawi Wikilyiri was born in the bush near Ernabella around 1945. Iyawi's mother was a Yankunytjatjara woman from Ernabella and her father was a Ptjantjatjara man from Pukura. Iyawi paints Pukura which is her father’s country and where she spent a lot of her childhood.

2 June 2010

New Supreme Court Practice Note SC Eq 4 - Corporations List

Thu May 20 2010

The Chief Justice has issued Practice Note SC Eq 4 - Corporations List.� It replaces former Practice Note SC Eq 4 issued on 11 March 2009.� �

The new Practice Note commences on Monday 31 May 2010.� �

The Practice Note relates to the new structure in the Corporations List in the Equity Division.�

All proceedings and applications in the Corporations List (except those in the Corporations Registrar's List) will be managed by the Corporations List Judge with the aim of achieving speedy resolution of the real issues in the proceedings.� There will also be a Corporations Duty Judge available at all times to hear any urgent applications in corporations matters.

The Registrars' delegated powers are outlined in Schedule 1 of the Practice Note.

Schedule 2 outlines arrangements that apply to the appointment of liquidators by the Court.

20 May 2010

CPD seminars on Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission of NSW

Wed May 19 2010

There will be two CPD seminars to discuss the impact of the High Court judgment in Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission of NSW & Anor (2010) 84 ALJR 154. On 31 May the Industrial Law Section will address, in particular, the decision's significance for occupational health and safety prosecutions in NSW and judicial review by the NSW Court of Appeal of decisions by the Industrial Court / Industrial Relations Commission and other inferior courts. On 2 June the Administrative Law and Constitutional Law Section will emphasise the implications of Kirk for the judicial review of inferior court/tribunal decisions.�

�19 May 2010