ANZAPPL seminar on disability rights (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Jul 30 2010

The Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law invite members to attend a seminar on the proposed Asia-Pacific Regional Disability Rights Tribunal, to be held on Monday, 16 August 2010 at 6.00pm at Carl Shannon Chambers, Level 13, 175 Liverpool St. The chair will be Dr Astrid Birgden, president of ANZAPPL NSW Branch. Presenters include: Greg James, Mental Health Review Tribunal NSW, Yoshikazu Ikehara, Tokyo Advocacy Law Centre, Rob Ramjan, CEO, Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW, Professor Terry Carney, Sydney Law School.

Registration: 5.30pm onwards Seminar: 6.00-8.00pm Admission: Free (Non-ANZAPPL members welcome) but places are limited. Contact Astrid Birgden by 10 August 2010 to register

9 August 2010

Here we go, Here we go! Support the Bar Football Team

Thu Jul 29 2010

The New South Wales Bar Football Team is competing, for the first time, in the solicitors’ Inter-firm Football Day tomorrow, 4 September 2010 at Queens Park Ovals commencing from about 9.30 am. Their first game is against Minter Ellison at 9.30 am, followed by Middletons at 11.30 am and Corrs at 2.30 pm with the finals from 3.00 pm (assuming they qualify). Members should bring their friends, families, a picnic basket and their enthusiasm. Remember to **look for the splendid new Bar Association banners._�**_�

3 September 2010

TONIGHT - ALRC inquiry into discovery in federal courts

Wed Jul 28 2010

The Australian Law Reform Commission will hold a consultation session with interested members of the bar on its current reference entitled Review of Discovery Laws to Improve Access to Justice. The session will be held in the Common Room at 5.00pm tonight. The government has requested the Australian Law Reform Commission to explore options to improve the discovery process in civil litigation in the federal courts, to promote the early and proportionate exchange of information and evidence in court proceedings.� In conducting its inquiry, the commission has been requested to consult closely with the courts and legal profession.�

3 August 2010

Banking and Financial Services Law Association Conference (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Jul 27 2010

The Banking and Financial Services Law Association is holding its 27th Annual Conference on 14 to 16 August 2010 in Queenstown, New Zealand. A conference programme and registration brochure may be downloaded from the BFSLA web site. The NSW Bar Association has accredited the conference with 6 CPD points.

_We are delighted to have Lord Hoffmann speaking this year. We are equally delighted that the Judiciary from both New Zealand and Australia continues its strong support for our Conference.� Justice Dyson Heydon from the High Court of Australia, the� immediate past President of the New Zealand Court of Appeal� and recently appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, Sir William Young, Justice Julie Ward from the Supreme Court of NSW and Dr RP Austin, recently retired from that Court, are also speaking.

In keeping with our regulatory and responsibility theme, we also have Bob Pickel from ISDA, New York, Jane Diplock, Chair of the NZ Securities Commission, and Prof John Armour, Lovells Professor of Law and Finance, Oxford speaking on regulation after the GFC. We also have two PPSA topics, our first ever session an Islamic financing, and many other sessions including cross border insolvency, secondary debt trading, AML and anti-terrorism laws and the new consumer credit laws. � We already have over 200 lawyers registered for the Conference. The Bar has always been a strong supporter of the BFSLA and the Conference and we look forward to seeing many of you at the Conference in Queenstown in August._

27 July 2010

Appointment to the Supreme Court of Victoria

Tue Jul 27 2010

Attorney-General Rob Hulls has announced the appointment of Peter Almond QC as a judge of the Victorian Supreme Court. Mr Almond has specialised in many areas of civil and commercial law, including administrative law, banking and finance, building and construction, commercial law, corporations and securities, telecommunications and trade practices.

27 July 2010

2010 Common Law Dinner - RSVP by today

Tue Jul 27 2010

The Hon Timothy Studdert QC will be the guest speaker at the 2010 Common Law Dinner, which will take place on the evening of Friday, 27 August at the Bond Cafe on Phillip Street. RSVP by today, 20 August 2010. Download your registration form>

20 August 2010

Bar Book Club meets on 17 August

Mon Jul 26 2010

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be on Tuesday, 17 August 2010, at 6.00pm in the library. As our contribution to election fever (as opposed to Masterchef fever) we have opted for a political theme.� The selected books are: Rise of the Ruddbot: observations from the gallery by Annabel Crabb and _Hawke : the Prime Minister _by Blanche d’Alpuget.� Read either or both books and be ready for a freewheeling political debate, four days out from the election.

16 August 2010

Australian Bar Association Conference, Berlin, 3-6 July 2011

Mon Jul 26 2010

The Australian Bar Association Conference 2011 will be held in Berlin between 3 July and 6 July. Among the special guest speakers will be Chief Justice Ngcobo (Sth Africa), Baroness Hale (Supreme Court of the UK), Professor Reinhard Zimmermann (Max Planck Institute) and Lord Neuberger. Download a conference registration form now to reserve your place. The conference will be preceded by the ABA Mediators Conference in Dresden on 27-29 June. Download information about hotel accomodation in Berlin and Dresden, and conference tours. All travel arrangements can be booked using the World Travel Professionals booking form.

30 March 2011

Private Ancilliary Funds (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Jul 26 2010

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by John Emerson AM on Private Ancillary Funds. The address will take place on Wednesday, 11 August 2010 at 5.30pm sharp at Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer>

26 July 2010

BOCSAR report on suspended sentences

Fri Jul 23 2010

The use of suspended sentences is growing rapidly in NSW, according to a new report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. The Bureau examined trends in the use of suspended sentences and other sanctions between 1994 and 2008. Since they were re-introduced to NSW in April 2000, the use of suspended prison sentences has tripled in NSW Local Courts and more than doubled in NSW Higher (District and Supreme) criminal courts.

23 July 2010

Free tickets to The Waiting City

Thu Jul 22 2010

The newly-released Australian film The Waiting City _has interesting connections with the legal profession. The main female lead character (superbly played by the beautiful Radha Mitchell) is a senior associate soon to be partner, in a major (fictional) Sydney law firm. She and her husband Ben (Joel Edgerton) are in Calcutta to adopt a little girl. The story is about what happens to them. _The Waiting City has opened to many favourable reviews and has been endorsed by Steve Waugh amongst others.

This film’s other legal connection is through the producer Jamie Hilton, who is a cousin of Jeffrey Hilton SC, Head of 9 Selbourne Chambers and the script writer/director Claire McCarthy, who is the daughter of John McCarthy QC, head of 5 Wentworth Chambers.

To celebrate these legal connections of The Waiting City arrangements have been made for five complementary passes for the first five members of the Bar Association who contact In Brief.

22 July 2010

The annual Banking and Financial Services Law and Practice Conference

Thu Jul 22 2010

The 27th Annual Banking and Financial Services Law and Practice Conference will be held at the Millenium Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand on 14-16 August 2010. The theme is "Apres GFC: the regulatory and responsibility hangover" with sessions on the new consumer credit laws, cross-border insolvency, secondary debt trading, regulation after the GFC and Islamic financing. Learn more>

22 July 2010

Take part in DJAG's online usability survey

Thu Jul 22 2010

The Department of Justice and Attorney General is undertaking a major review of the websites for NSW courts and tribunals. The department is seeking input from users of the web sites and would like to invite members of the legal community to participate in a 20 minute online usability exercise in early August 2010. The exercise can be undertaken from participants' PCs. If you are interested in participating, or would like more information, please contact Miriam Cha.

22 July 2010

Fundraising Trivia Night at the Bar Association – Thursday, 12 August

Thu Jul 22 2010

Righteous Pups Australia is a not for profit organisation with a mission to raise, socialise and train Autism Assistance Dogs to do a variety of practical tasks for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and their families. An Autism Assistance dog will cost approximately $29,000 to rear, train and place over an 18-month period.

The New South Wales Bar Association is hosting a Trivia Night in the Common Room on Thursday, 12 August to raise vital funds for this wonderful organisation. So it’s time to get your heads together and come and join the fun!� Friends, partners, clients and instructing solicitors are all welcome. Although be warned: anyone caught trying to Google the answers will be fined $20, which will go directly to Righteous Pups Australia.�

Tickets are $35 per person, or $350 for a table of 10. This includes trivia, snacks and beverages. On the night there will be also be a raffle. Limited tickets to trivia available, so get in early. Be sure to book your table by Thursday, 5 August.

If you are not able to attend the evening but would still like to make a donation to Righteous Pups Australia, please complete your details below and send the form with payment to Katie Hall at the Bar Association. Details on the booking form.

Any questions regarding the night, please contact Stephanie Mancell (Wednesday – Friday) at e-mail address or phone (02) 9229 1717.

3 August 2010

LCA seeks pre-election views on key legal issues

Wed Jul 21 2010

The Law Council has invited political parties contesting the 2010 Federal Election to provide their views on key national issues of relevance to the Australian legal profession. The Law Council has prepared a document containing a list of issues and requested political parties provide the details of their policy platform on these key areas by 28 July.� Learn more >

21 July 2010

Tonight: trial efficiency and case management under the Criminal Procedure Act

Wed Jul 21 2010

At 5.00pm tonight, in the Banco Court, Lord Justice Leveson, formerly senior presiding judge in Queens Bench and presently the chair of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales, will talk about efficiency reforms in relation to criminal trials in England and his work in sentencing.� Justice McClellan, chief judge at Common Law, will speak about the 2009 report of the NSW Trial Efficiency Working Group and the subsequent amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act 1986. Learn more>

16 August 2010

Final reminder: the fifth John Lehane Memorial Lecture

Wed Jul 21 2010

Members are reminded that the fifth John Lehane Memorial Lecture will be held on Wednesday, 18 August 2010 at 6.00pm in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Lord Hoffmann will speak on the Influence of European Law on the Common Law in English Courts. Attendance will attract one CPD point in the substantive law strand.�

17 August 2010

Mediators Conference

Wed Jul 21 2010

The Bar Association of Queensland will hold its annual Mediators Conference over the weekend of Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 August 2010 at the Hyatt Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast, Queensland. For more information or to register your interest, download a conference brochure. A separate accommodation form is available. Attendance will attract six CPD points.

21 July 2010

ONE SPACE REMAINING - Persuasion Power Workshop Series: 17, 24 and 31 October 2010

Wed Jul 21 2010

This Workshop Series focuses on how Barristers can maximise their persuasive ability. Participants practise and analyse persuasive and presentational strategies, tactics and techniques, using material that is specifically designed to enhance persuasiveness in many facets of legal work. This hands-on, small-group format is a laboratory for experiment with each individual’s approach and temperament, in an entertaining, collegial atmosphere where experience is pooled and shared. The emphasis is on helping participants to develop personal persuasive and presentational styles, through intensive practice of micro-skills, often honed under questioning pressure. The series consists of three workshops to be held on Sunday 17, 24 and **31 October 2010 from 10.00am - 2.00pm. Attendance will provide 6 CPD points in the Advocacy strand**. For more information download a flyer. To register, click here.

**12 October 2010


Aviation law seminar: "Shark 02 has crashed"

Tue Jul 20 2010

The Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (ALAANZ) invite members to a seminar over dinner on the subject of the Nias Island Sea King Accident on 2 April 2005. Barristers David Jordan and Paul W Kerr, who appeared in the Naval Inquiry into this tragic accident, will be presenting a talk on the proceedings and final report.

The seminar and dinner will be hosted at Blake Dawson (Grosvenor Place level 36, 225 George Street, Sydney) on Thursday, 5 August 2010 @ 6pm for 6:30pm

RSVP by Friday, 30 July 2010 to or ph: (02) 9258 5615 - cost including dinner and drinks - members $65 (incl GST) - non-members $75 (incl GST).

20 July 2010

The Twentieth British Legal History Conference: call for papers

Tue Jul 20 2010

The Twentieth British Legal History Conference will be held in Cambridge from Wednesday, 13 July 2011 to Saturday, 16 July 2011. The conference theme will be: Law and Legal Process. It will address the intersection between law and legal process, the ways in which the processes of courts and other tribunals, the practices of judges and lawyers, and the needs of litigants, influence each other and shape the development of the law; and the influences in turn of legal doctrine upon the practices of those coming into contact with the law.

The conference organisers welcome papers concerning all jurisdictions, branches of the law and historical periods. Ideally, papers should reflect the conference theme. Papers reflecting the results of innovative legal history research are most welcome. Submissions from doctoral students are encouraged.

Proposals for papers (up to 500 words) are invited, to reach the organisers – preferably by email attachment (in Word or pdf format) sent to the address below – by 31 August 2010. If potential contributors are unsure whether their proposals suitably reflect the theme, the organisers are very happy to be contacted informally by email (again to the address below).

A draft programme and details of registration and accommodation will be circulated early in 2011. Conference Organisers

Professor Sir John Baker; Professor David Ibbetson; Dr Neil Jones; Dr Isabella Alexander and Dr Matt Dyson.

Conference email:

20 July 2010

15 Bobber: the Hon Justice Margaret Cleary

Tue Jul 20 2010

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Justice Margaret Cleary to the Family Court of Australia will be held on Friday, 30 July 2010. Speaking for Justice Cleary will be John McCarthy 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, 29 July. 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.

27 July 2010

Fundraising for the Martin Place Homeless - RSVPs due TOMORROW

Tue Jul 20 2010

The president and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association and their guests to a Fundraising Dinner for the Martin Place homeless. The dinner is to take place on Thursday, 19 August 2010 in the Strangers’ Dining Room at NSW Parliament House. The dinner commences at 6.00pm. The RSVP due date is tomorrow, 12 August 2010. For 364 nights per year, volunteers provide an evening meal in Martin Place and the surrounding areas for approximately 175 people. Many of these groups are under-funded and are often not able to provide nutritious meals. The aim of this dinner is to raise sufficient funds to provide these 175 homeless people with a nutritious meal every night for one year. A voluntary tax deductible donation of $100, included with your payment for the dinner, will ensure this can happen. The cost for the dinner is $135 per person (GST inclusive) as well as the voluntary tax deductible donation of $100, included with your payment for the dinner to ensure 175 homeless men and women are fed a nutritious meal every night for one year. If you are unable to attend the dinner but would none the less like to make a donation, this would be most welcome. Please complete the registration form and only fill in the details necessary to make the donation. Please note: All payments should be made to, The New South Wales Bar Association. The donation payments will be held in trust by The New South Wales Bar Association and donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society at the conclusion of the dinner. Following the evening receipts will be provided by St Vincent de Paul. Tables of 10 people per table can be accepted and smaller bookings are also welcome.� 11 August 2010