Bar Council of Western Australia

Wed Dec 08 2010

At a general meeting of the Western Australian Bar Association, held on 1 December 2010, it was announced that the following members were elected to Bar Council for 2010-11:

President: Grant Donaldson SC

Vice President: Theo Lampropoulos SC

Ordinary members: Elspeth Hensler, Mark Holler, Paul Mendelow, Peter Quinlan, Joshua Thomson, Sam Vandongen

Members of less than three years' standing: Sarah Russell, Joel Yeldon

Non WA Bar Chambers Ltd members: Belinda Lonsdale, Marco Tedeschi

8 December 2010

Synagogue service - opening of Law Term 2011

Wed Dec 08 2010

The Jewish service to mark the opening of the 2011 Law Term will be held at the Great Synagogue on Friday, 11 February 2011. The service and procession led by Chief Justice Spigelman AC will start at 5.30pm and is followed by the Friday night service and dinner with guest speaker Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, the governor-general of Australia. Cost for the dinner is $100 (inc. GST, $70 for children under 12). For more information or to RSVP for the service and/or dinner email: or ph: 9267 2477. Early booking is advisable.

8 December 2010

Appointment of senior counsel in Queensland

Wed Dec 08 2010

Chief Justice Paul de Jersey AC has selected the following persons (listed alphabetically) for appointment as senior counsel in Queensland:

Kenneth Anthony Barlow
Graeme Francis Crow
Colin James Forrest
Todd Arnold Fuller
Carl Wayne Heaton
Kerri Anne Mellifont
Peter John Roney
8 December 2010


Two new appointments to the District Court

Wed Dec 08 2010

Donna Woodburne SC and Elizabeth Olsson SC have been appointed as judges of the District Court. Ms Woodburne is a deputy director of public prosecutions who has been part of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions since 1988. She was appointed a barrister in 1997 and a senior counsel in 2008. Ms Olsson, who was appointed a senior counsel in 2003, is a part-time deputy president of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal and a part-time member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal. Ms Woodburne will be sworn in as a District Court judge on 7 February 2011, while Ms Olsson will be sworn in on 7 March 2011.

8 December 2010

E-filing in Supreme Court corporations matters

Mon Dec 06 2010

Effective immediately, e-filed documents in corporations matters in the Supreme Court will be dealt with and returned within four hours. To benefit from this service level, a matter must be identified as "corporations originating application" in the "document type" field. If a matter is not returned in this timeframe, ring 9230 8705 or 9230 8062.

6 December 2010

Margo SC recognised with community service award

Mon Dec 06 2010

The Community Relations Commission’s 2010 Community Service Award for Volunteering was yesterday presented by Premier Kristina Keneally to Robin Margo SC. �

In the presentation speech at Parliament House,� Attorney General John Hatzistergos, referred to Margo SC’s extensive voluntary contribution to interfaith and cross-cultural harmony in the community of New South Wales, including through the Sydney Alliance. Margo SC also is the immediate past president of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, and has been active in bringing together Muslim, Christian and Jewish faith leaders for dialogue with non-religious organisations.

6 December 2010

Review of the bar education program - deadline for written submissions

Mon Dec 06 2010

Members are reminded that the deadline for making written submissions to the Bar Council's review of the education programme is Friday, 17 December 2010. The review, conducted by the Hon Kevin Lindgren QC, is covering all of the aspects of the educational activities of the bar, such as: the mandatory examinations that precede the Bar Practice Course; the Bar Practice Course; and all aspects of Continuing Professional Development, including the regional conferences. To have your say, contact the Hon Kevin Lindgren QC at PO Box 1467 CHATSWOOD� NSW� 2057, or via e-mail:

6 December 2010

Vale Paul Joseph (1946-2010)

Mon Dec 06 2010

Paul Frederick Joseph, formerly of University Chambers, died on Saturday, 4 December. The funeral service is to be held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Avoca Street, Randwick at 1.30 pm tomorrow, Tuesday 7 December 2010. At the request of the family, flowers should not be sent.

6 December 2010

Insall SC appointed chair of the CALDB

Fri Dec 03 2010

Howard Insall SC has been appointed chairman of the Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board. His term will expire on 30 November 2013.�

3 December 2010

Greens motion for gay marriage blocked in the Legislative Council

Thu Dec 02 2010

The� NSW Government has blocked a Greens motion in the Legislative Council calling on it to legislate for marriage equality in the event that the Federal Parliament fails to do so in 2011. The Greens will move the motion again in the new parliament in 2011.

2 December 2010�

Law Council would like to see the new Draft National Law and Rules.

Wed Dec 01 2010

The Law Council of Australia has written to Attorney-General Robert McClelland to express its concern and disappointment that the legal profession will not be given the opportunity to examine the new Draft National Law and Rules. The Law Council has requested the legislative package be released to the profession so it can examine the details of the national regulatory scheme before it is signed off by COAG. Learn more>

1 December 2010

Australian Bar Association office bearers for 2011

Tue Nov 30 2010

On Saturday, 27 November the Australian Bar Council elected the following office bearers for 2011: President:� Michael Stewart SC (Queensland) Vice President:� Craig Colvin SC (WA) Hon Secretary:� Dan O'Connor (Qld) Hon Treasurer: Michael Colbran QC (Vic) Chair, Advocacy Training Council: Philip Greenwood SC (NSW)

30 November 2010

Refurbishment of Bar Association premises during December-January

Tue Nov 30 2010

The Bar Association's premises will be closed from Monday, 6 December 2010. It will re-open on Monday, 30 January 2011. The association will operate out of temporary offices on Level 1, Selborne Chambers.� The reception will operate from 8.30am to 5.00 pm, beginning 6 December.

3 December 2010

Law Council office bearers for 2011

Mon Nov 29 2010

At meeting of Law Council directors on 27 November the 2011 office bearers were elected. They are: President:� Alex Ward (SA Law Society) President elect: Cathy Gale (Law Institute of Victoria) Treasurer: Joe Catanzariti (NSW Law Society) Executive members:� Michael Colbran QC (Victorian Bar) Duncan McConnell (NT Law Society) Leanne Topfer (Law Society of Tasmania)

29 November 2009

Crown rates for junior and senior counsel - an update

Fri Nov 26 2010

As reported by in-brief last month, the Attorney General has approved the following increases in Crown rates for junior and senior counsel, effective 18 October 2010: junior counsel - $240 per hour with a daily maximum of $1,800 plus GST; senior counsel - $400 per hour with a daily maximum of $4,000 plus GST. These rates include all overheads, secretarial, legal and administrative assistance but _not _out of pocket disbursements.

Advice has now been received from the Attorney General's Department that these increases apply only in respect of "Attorney General's matters", that is, matters where the Crown Solicitor is acting on behalf of the Attorney General or his Department.

The new rates do not apply in respect of Crown Solicitors matters where the Crown Solicitor is acting for other Government agencies.�

The Association is continuing its negotiations in this regard, and members will be kept informed as to developments.

26 November 2010


Final reminder: applications for 2011 committee membership are due at 5pm TODAY

Thu Nov 25 2010

Members (not just those holding a practising certificate) who wish to join a committee should complete the application form online or in hard copy. Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the form. Expressions of interest will close at 5pm today, Monday 13 December 2010.

The Bar Association is very fortunate that we have many more volunteers for committees than can possibly be accommodated. The president has therefore asked that members restrict their choice of committees to no more than two.

In confirming committee membership, the president ensures that all parts of the bar – geographically, practice areas and seniority – are represented on each committee. Please note that until new committees are established and promulgated, the existing committees continue unchanged. The existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association continue unless and until the President determines otherwise.

Acknowledgement of your expression of interest will be emailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact or telephone Corinne Brown on 9229 1754.

Thank you.

**PA Selth Executive Director

13 December 2010**

Competition to name the Barristers' Dispute Resolution Service

Thu Nov 25 2010

The Barristers’ Dispute Resolution Service will be re-launched in early 2011. The ADR Committee has been busy updating pro-forma agreements; barristers have been approved or accredited as expert determiners, mediators and arbitrators and the stage is almost set. Now all we need is a new name! We’re after a short, catchy name that encapsulates what the service is about, which is to provide a portal for the provision of ADR services by the NSW Bar. The service will have a dedicated section of the website and will use the name to promote barristers practicing ADR to solicitors and the wider community. Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday, 1 December and the winner will receive 2 complimentary movie tickets. Please send your entries to Jo Wilton at the Bar Association

25 November 2010

Legal Aid NSW specialist barrister panels for complex criminal law matters

Wed Nov 24 2010

Legal Aid NSW plans to open the Specialist Barrister Panel (Complex Criminal Law) from 17 December 2010 to 11 February 2011.� Information about the Legal Aid NSW specialist barrister panels is available on the Legal Aid NSW web site. The web site contains information on:

•�� �who can apply •�� �matters covered by the panel •�� �the DRAFT information package (to be downloaded and viewed) •�� �fee rates •�� �how to apply •�� �contact information

26 November 2010

Lord Howe Island Legal Conference – April 2011 (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Nov 24 2010

Learned Friends Professional Education is holding a conference on Lord Howe Island from 2-9 April 2011.� Speakers include judges Sidis and Murrell of the District Court and the CEO of Lord Howe Island.� The programme is designed to provide 10 CPD points.� There are some places left and accommodation and flights can still be arranged. Full details of the conference including accommodation and flight details can be obtained by emailing or contacting Peter Cummings�

11 February 2011