Reminder: swearing in ceremony for Laura Wells SC

Tue Jul 20 2010

Laura Wells SC will be sworn-in as a District Court judge at a ceremonial sitting on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 at 9.30am in Court 21A of John Maddison Tower. Tom Bathurst QC will speak on behalf of the bar

23 July 2010

Bar Book Club reminder

Mon Jul 19 2010

The Bar Book Club will hold its next meeting at 6.00pm on Thursday, 22 July in the Bar Library.� The book is The Beautiful and the Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald. "This is Fitzgerald 's bleakest novel, infected by a tone of cynicism. Not even Fitzgerald seems to care particularly about Anthony and Gloria Patch, his handsome young couple who decline in dignity and promise as they sue for the inheritance that will make them independently wealthy and, they anticipate, blissfully happy. When the money finally comes their way, however, Anthony has virtually lost his mind and Gloria's beauty has begun to fade and harden." 19 July 2010

TONIGHT - Monday 2 August - Cybercrime: Electronic Evidence – Presenting the Intangible

Fri Jul 16 2010

Cyber crime generally refers to criminal activity where a computer or network (internet) is the source, tool, target, or place of a crime. Electronic evidence is anything that can be used and stored on a computer. Electronic evidence, unlike paper or physical evidence, is easier to tamper with or destroy. More and more criminal and civil matters have an electronic evidence component. It is critical lawyers understand the intricacies of presenting and defending such evidence. Nigel Phair (Australian High Tech Crime Centre, Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention) will present this seminar, and Nick Cowdery AM QC will chair the event. For full details, download a flyer.

2 August 2010

Expansion of legal aid services

Fri Jul 16 2010

The Attorney General, the Hon John Hatzistergos MLC, has announced the availablity of additional legal aid services in New South Wales as a result of an increase of over $10 million in legal aid funding. The additional funding will enable the Legal Aid Commission to deliver more preventative legal services, to expand Family Dispute Resolution Services and expand its legal assistance programme for families experiencing mortgage stress, according to the Attorney General's press release.

16 July 2010

Appointment of His Honour Graeme Henson as a Judge of the District Court

Fri Jul 16 2010

The Attorney General, the Hon John Hatzistergos MLC,� has announced the appointment of Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson as a Judge of the District Court, under a dual commission. The Attorney also announced the appointment of retired Deputy Chief Magistrate Paul Cloran as an Acting Judge of the District and Drug Courts. Read the Attorney's press release. There will be a swearing in ceremony for Chief Magistrate Henson in as a Judge of the District Court at 9.45am on Tuesday, 20 July in Court 21A John Maddison Tower, level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street, Sydney. The Attorney General will speak on behalf of the Bar.

16 July 2010�

Fundraising Dinner for the Martin Place Homeless

Thu Jul 15 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.

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. 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. To secure your place, download a registration form.� Tables of 10 people per table can be accepted and smaller bookings are also welcome. The RSVP is Friday, 12 August 2010.� 15 July 2010

Tonight: the national legal profession reforms

Thu Jul 15 2010

On 14 May 2010 Attorney-General Robert McClelland released the National Legal Profession Reform draft Bill and accompanying materials for public consultation.� The Bar Association's executive director, Philip Selth, will discuss these reforms, and their effect on the bar tonight at 5.15pm in the Bar Common Room. The session will be chaired by the president, Tom Bathurst QC.� For more details download a flyer.

29 July 2010

Applications sought - Workers Compensation Commission arbitrators

Wed Jul 14 2010

Applications are sought from legal practitioners or persons with skills, qualifications and experience relevant to the resolution of workers compensation disputes. The commission seeks applications from practitioners who are interested in being offered full-time or part-time arbitrator appointments in Sydney CBD. Appointments will be offered for an initial period of three years. The closing date for applications is 28 July 2010. Further details about the positions, including terms and conditions, are contained in the Information Package available at: Contact: Sian Leathem, Registrar, Ph: 02 8281 6350

15 July 2010

Access to justice - where to now?

Wed Jul 14 2010

The 3rd National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference on 27-28 August 2010 will address the challenge of "where to now" that faces all of us in improving access to justice in Australia. The organisers are pleased to announce that Chief Justice Paul de Jersey AC will give the opening address on the first day of the conference. The full program is now available online.

Sessions will be in four streams, criminal justice, pro bono, civil and family law and working together/emerging needs, and plenary session topics will include:

  • The case for funding
  • Access to justice: a vision for the future
  • The widening justice gap in the United States and the Obama Administration response
  • The role of pro bono in access to justice
  • Closing the gap on access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Access to justice and legal assistance - the road ahead

The conference will feature many prominent, local, national and international speakers such as:

  • The Honourable Robert McClelland MP, Attorney-General for Australia
  • Jeffrey L Bleich, US Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
  • Esther F. Lardent, President and Chief Executive Officer, US Pro Bono Institute
  • Glenn Ferguson, President, Law Council of Australia
  • Monsignor David Cappo AO, Vice Chair, Australian Social Inclusion Board and Chair, South Australian Social Inclusion Board
  • Professor Frank Brennan, Institute of Legal Studies, Australian Catholic University
  • Professor Larissa Behrendt, Director of Research; Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • The Honourable Acting Justice Ronald Sackville AO, Supreme Court of NSW and the Chair of the Access to Justice Committee 1994

Register now to attend at

15 July 2010

Diarise for next month: the Common Law Dinner

Wed Jul 14 2010

The 2010 Common Law Dinner will to be held on Friday, 27 August at Bond Caf�. Please reserve the date in your diary for another enjoyable evening. Look out for more information including the RSVP Form in the coming weeks via In Brief.

14 July 2010

Barristers needed to teach a course on ethics

Tue Jul 13 2010

Jane Needham SC and Howard Packer were involved in a recent trial of teaching of ethics in public schools. These sessions provide some thought-provoking and exciting opportunities for those children whose parents chose not to have them taught special religious education (a right recognised by the Department of Education).�

The trial was for Term 2 and has now finished.� It is being independently evaluated and, if successful, a programme of ethics teaching may be rolled out in public schools in the future. The programme needs volunteer teachers. If you, or someone you know, is interested in being trained as an ethics teacher to assist with the programme once it is rolled out, please fill in this form or send an e-mail to Teresa Russell indicating that you are interested in having your name added to the list of prospective ethics teachers.

13 July 2010

Thursday 22 July - Breakfast Seminar: Former Canadian Justice Minister to address Bar Association

Tue Jul 13 2010

The Bar Association is pleased to welcome Irwin Cotler MP to address the Bar at a breakfast seminar commencing at 7.30am on Thursday 22 July. The seminar will be held at Banco Court, with the breakfast to follow in the Judges' Dining Room. Mr Cotler was Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from 2003 until 2006. He is considered an expert on international law and human rights law, and has served as counsel to former prisoners of conscience Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Jacobo Timmerman in Latin America, Muchtar Pakpahan in Asia, as well as other political prisoners and dissidents. For full details of this event, download a flyer.

19 July 2010

Tonight: SILQ Barrister software – Free wine tasting (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Jul 13 2010

At 5.00pm tonight there will be a short presentation of SILQ Barrister software, followed by a free wine tasting event provided by independent wine providores “By the dozen”.� The wine tasting will focus on the Tempranillo grape which is the Spanish red grape dominant in the famous wine producing region of Rioja. Increasingly popular and important in Australia with plantings from the Hunter Valley to Margaret River, this easy drinking and juicy, fruity red could eventually be as prevalent in this country as Shiraz. You’re invited to taste some Aussie examples up against a quality Rioja.

Please indicate your interest by sending an email to 5.00pm tonight, Wednesday 21 of July Hearing Rooms, Level 1, Selborne Chambers 174 Phillip St., Sydney

21 July 2010

Wanted: volunteer judges for UNSW Trial Advocacy Competition

Tue Jul 13 2010

The UNSW Trial Advocacy competition is a mock trial competition for law students judged by practitioners with experience in courtroom advocacy. This year, the competition is low on judges and the organisers need your help. First hand experience in courtroom advocacy is of invaluable benefit to law students. The dates that the competition will be held are as follows:

July: 27, 28, 29 August: 2, 3, 4, 5, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 September: 1

Trials start between 6.00 and 7.00pm at UNSW's Kensington campus and run for 1.5 hours, with about half an hour for feedback. For more information, or to volunteer, contact:

Paul Ye or June Guo at the Trial Advocacy Coordinators Competitions Portfolio UNSW Law Society 2010 University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052 M� 0413 546 617 (Paul) | 0432 182 993 (June) E� W� �

13 July 2010

Client legal privilege case notes

Mon Jul 12 2010

The Law Council’s Federal Litigation Section has added updates to its CLPwatch web site, which includes a number of case notes affecting client legal privilege.The site is designed to keep practitioners up to date with judgments that provide significant rulings affecting client legal privilege.

The latest updates to the site include case notes on:

Priceline Pty Ltd v JHY Nominees Pty Ltd and Ors[2010] VSC 61 (11 March2010). Zentai v Honourable Brendan O’Connor (No 2) [2010] FCA 252 (19 March 2010). Schulman v Abbott Tout Lawyers [2010] FCA 308 (31 March 2010). Goldamere Pty Ltd v Metso Minterals Industries (No 2) [2010] TASSC 14 (1 April 2010).

Regular updates will continue to be made to the site.

12 July 2010

Workers Compensation Regulation 2010: call for submissions

Mon Jul 12 2010

WorkCover is inviting written comments and submissions on the draft Workers Compensation Regulation 2010 and Regulatory Impact Statement .The Workers Compensation Regulation 2003 is due to be repealed on 1 September 2010, in accordance with section 10(2) of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989. It is proposed to remake the current Regulation with minor changes.� The remade Regulation, the Workers Compensation Regulation 2010, will commence operation from 1 September 2010.

12 July 2010

Federal Court announces full court sitting dates for 2011

Mon Jul 12 2010

Chief Justice Keane of the Federal Court has approved the dates for the sitting of the full court in 2011. Subject to there being sufficient business, sittings of a full court during 2011 will be held in all capital cities on 7 February – 4 March 2011; 2-27 May 2011; 1-24 August 2011; and 31 October - 25 November 2011. Any urgent matter may be transferred to a place of sitting other than that at which the matter was heard at first instance. If the circumstances require it, a full court may sit to hear appeals on dates other than those listed.

12 July 2010

Remains of WWI barrister identified

Fri Jul 09 2010

It was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday, 8 July that� the remains of Sydney barrister and soldier, Lieutenant Colonel Ignatius Bertram (Bert) Norris, had been one of those idientified in the recently discovered war graves at Pheasants’ Wood in Northern France. Tony Cunneen, who has written a number of legal history articles for Bar News gives us this insight into the life of Lt Col Norris. Interested people can contact Tony on

9 July 2010

Saturday 28 August - 2010 Alternative Dispute Workshop - RSVP today

Fri Jul 09 2010

As a result of government policy and the recent developments of ADR in the courts, in practice and in proposed legislation, ADR is fast becoming an increasingly important area of legal practice. This Alternative Dispute Workshop will cover all the latest developments in ADR to keep you up to date. The Hon Justice Patricia Bergin, Chief Judge in Equity, will give the opening address, and the keynote address will be delivered by The Hon John Hazistergos MLC, Attorney-General for NSW. Click here to download further details, including the registration form. Full attendance at the conference will accrue 7 CPD points and 7 points towards Mediator accreditation.�

20 August 2010

Applications to be an expert determiner will close this Friday

Fri Jul 09 2010

For those practitioners who would like to be approved as expert determiners by the NSW Bar Association, applications are now open for those who have practised for seven years as a legal practitioner and have attended the recent 2 x 2 hour Expert Determination Workshops conducted by the Bar Association, or who can otherwise demonstrate substantial relevant experience. Applications close on Friday, 6 August. For more information, contact Jo Wilton at the Bar Association.

1 August 2010

Federal and ACT senior counsel appointments

Fri Jul 09 2010

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced the appointment of� George Witynski as a Commonwealth senior counsel. Mr Witynski is the deputy chief general counsel of the Australian Government Solicitor.� Meanwhile, the president of the Australian Capital Territory Bar Association, Stuart Pilkinton has announced the appointment of Gregory Stretton as a senior counsel.

9 July 2010