Wanted: wigs and gowns for the Inter-School Mock Trial grand final

Wed Nov 24 2010

The Law Society has issued an urgent request for gowns and wigs (four of each), to be used in the grand final of the Inter-School Mock Trial, which will be held on 1 December 2010 at the Wesley Centre. The items would be collected on Tuesday afternoon and returned on Wednesday afternoon. If you are able to help, please contact Robyn Cross, the mock trial coordinator on ph:� 02 9926 0253, fax: 02 9926 0118 or by e-mail:

24 November 2010

Papers to note: Family Violence - A National Legal Response

Tue Nov 23 2010

The Australian and NSW Law Reform Commissions were asked in 2009 to examine the interaction of Commonwealth, state and territory laws relating to family violence and child protection. The report, Family Violence - A National Legal Response, makes a number of other recommendations to improve legal frameworks and practices across jurisdictions including:

  • amending the Family Law Act to give Children’s Courts the same power as Magistrates Courts

  • national reforms to sexual assault laws that give victims greater protections in court

  • nationally consistent child protection reforms

  • corresponding jurisdictions giving all courts dealing with violence protection orders the ability to continue dealing with family matters on an interim basis

  • improving the quality and use of evidence, to make it easier for victims to have their stories heard in court

  • the further development of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

23 November 2010

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

Tue Nov 23 2010

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: Fenato v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2010] NSWCA 80 Hatfield v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd [2010] NSWCA 69 Bushby v Dixon Homes du Pont Pty Ltd [2010] NSWSC 234

Pselletes v Randwick City Council [2009] NSWCA 262

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

23 November 2010

Vale Kathleen Trevelyan

Mon Nov 22 2010

Kathleen Trevelyan, who in 1957 became the seventh woman to be admitted to the New South Wales Bar, has died. A funeral will be held at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium at 1.30pm on Friday, 26 November 2010. Donations, in lieu of flowers, should be made to the Salvation Army.

22 November 2010

Expansion of the Legal Aid NSW Regional Outreach Clinic Program

Mon Nov 22 2010

Legal Aid NSW is expanding the Regional Outreach Clinic Program to six additional rural, regional and remote areas in NSW. Expressions of interest are invited from practitioners wanting to participate in the Program. Expressions of interest will be open from Monday, 22 November to close of business Monday, 13 December 2010. The information package is available from the Legal Aid NSW website at� in the Info Centre Section. For any further enquiries, please contact Louise Blazejowska on (02) 9219 5993.�

22 November 2010

Inter-School Mock Trial Grand Final

Fri Nov 19 2010

Anthony Lo Surdo (12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers) will be the Bar Association’s representative to co-adjudicate the Law Society Inter-School Mock Trial Grand Final on 1 December 2010 at the Wesley Centre. The trial will be judged by Justice Julie Ward and co-adjudicated by Anthony Lo Surdo and Alex Martin, solicitor.

19 November 2010

17th Commonwealth Law Conference, Hyderabad

Fri Nov 19 2010

The 17th Commonwealth Law Conference will take place in Hyderabad from 5 - 9 February 2011 and it is anticipated that over 1,000 lawyers, judges, and legal academics from 54 Commonwealth countries will attend. The theme of the conference is 'Emerging Economies and the Rule of Law: Challenges and Opportunities' and the diverse business programme will cover human rights and the rule of law, corporate and commercial law and the legal and judicial professions. Deadline for early-bird registrations is 17 December 2010. For more information, or to register, visit the conference web site>

19 November 2010

REMINDER: Bench and Bar Tennis Day 2011

Fri Nov 19 2010

The annual bench and bar tennis doubles competition will be held on grass at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay on Tuesday, 20 December 2011. The Hon Susan Crennan Cup will be awarded to the best and fairest female member in the tournament, while the Hon Bryan Beaumont Cup and the Barbour-Backhouse Cup will also be up for grabs. Download an entry form > 9 December�2011

Bar Association office bearers for 2011

Thu Nov 18 2010

At a Bar Council meeting on 18 November 2010, the following were elected as office bearers of the Bar Association for 2011: President: Tom Bathurst QC Senior Vice-President: Bernard Coles QC Junior Vice-President: Phillip Boulten SC Treasurer: Ian Temby QC Secretary: Michael McHugh 18 November 2010

Bench & Bar v Solicitors Golf Day

Wed Nov 17 2010

The Bench & Bar v Solicitors Golf Day will again be held at Elanora on Monday, 17 January 2011. Further details will be provided closer to that date. 17 November 2010

Get your Bar Association photo ID card

Wed Nov 17 2010

The Bar Association will be unable to process applications for identity cards over the 2010-11 Christmas holiday season, due to the planned refurbishment of its premises. Members who wish to apply for a Bar Association ID card should make an appointment with reception on ph: (02)�9232 4055 or to have their photograph taken before the week of 6-10 December. A Bar Association photo ID card can be used when making professional visits to inmates at NSW correctional centres. This card can also be used in the association’s library to borrow and photocopy items. Download an application for an ID card>

29 November 2010

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

Wed Nov 17 2010

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: ABB Service Pty Ltd v Pyrmont Light Rail Company Ltd [2010] NSWSC 831 Chase Oyster Bar v Hamo Industries [2010] NSWCA 190 Thiess Ltd v Industrial Court of New South Wales [2010] NSWCA 252 Meeuwissen v Boden [2010] NSWCA 253

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

17 November 2010

Amendments to sexual assault communications privilege

Mon Nov 15 2010

Attorney General John Hatzistergos has flagged amendments to laws relating to sexual assault communications privilege, which will, among other things, also extend the protection of privilege to victims of sexual assault that occurred outside NSW. Learn more>

15 November 2010

The CPD Year ends on 31 March - places are still available at the Sydney CPD Conference

Mon Nov 15 2010

Places are still available at the Bar Association's Sydney CPD conference, which will be held at the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney on Saturday, 26 March. The conference will run from 8.00am to 6.20pm and full attendance will attract 10 CPD points to assist members in meeting their annual CPD requirement. To register, please complete the registration form and return it with payment. Click here to download the programme. Please contact Katie Hall (ph: 02 9232 4055, if you have any questions regarding the conference.

18 March 2011

Legal Aid NSW to introduce specialist panels for criminal law matters in 2011

Mon Nov 15 2010

Legal Aid NSW is planning to implement two specialist panels of barristers, one for complex criminal law matters and one for criminal appellate matters. The panels will be open to junior counsel only.� Senior counsel may continue to be briefed in these matters subject to Legal Aid approval. Solicitors will usually only be permitted to brief junior counsel appointed to the panels in matters covered by the panels.� Barristers will be required to submit an application for appointment to both panels that addresses certain criteria and selection will be based on merit.�

It is anticipated that membership to the complex criminal law panel will be capped at 50 barristers.� The appointment period will be between two and five years.� Twelve months after the panel becomes operational, Legal Aid NSW will liaise with the NSW Bar Association and the Law Society of NSW regarding any changes to membership.� The criminal appellate matters panel is unlimited in number and barristers will be permitted to apply at any time.

The Bar Association is currently negotiating with Legal Aid NSW regarding amended fee proposals applicable to all barristers who work on criminal law matters for Legal Aid and will keep members updated in this regard.�

PA Selth Executive Director

15 November 2010


The DPP and his wish list

Fri Nov 12 2010

On 6 November 2010 Nicholas Cowdery AM QC delivered an address titled, "Rule of Law and A Director of Public Prosecutions" at the 2010 Rule of Law in Australia Conference. In his speech, the DPP outlined what he would do with a "legislative wand": decriminalise drug possession and use and small-scale trafficking, transfer the conduct of all prosecutions, including summary prosecutions, to the DPP, expand the range of rehabilitative and therapeutic programs provided in prisons and create a Bail Act "quite unlike the draft that is out for consultation". His speech is available from the ODPP web site>

12 November 2010

2010 Great Bar Boat Race - entries close tomorrow

Fri Nov 12 2010

The Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 20 December 2010. Avoid the late fee by lodging your entry by COB tomorrow, Friday, 10 December. The starting line is in the vicinity of Shark Island, finishing at Store Beach. Presentation of trophies and a post-race picnic will take place on Store Beach. All members who own or can borrow yachts or otherwise may take part in what is expected to be a most enjoyable day on the harbour can download a flyer for more information or a registration form to enter the race.


The Bar Association’s current insurance policy does not cover this activity. It is a strict condition of entry that all skippers have arranged appropriate third party, property and personal injury insurance, to cover themselves, their crew and their guests for the duration of the event. Boats will not be entered into the race without a copy of this certificate being presented to the Bar Association – prior to Friday, 5 December.


All participants are required to sign the indemnity incorporated in the entry form in order to compete in the race.

For further information please contact Katie Hall on ph: (02) 9229 1720.

3 December 2010

High Court rules Sri Lankan asylum seekers were denied procedural fairness

Thu Nov 11 2010

Today the High Court held in Plaintiff M61/2010E; Plaintiff M69 v Commonwealth of Australia that two Sri Lankan citizens who arrived at Christmas Island claiming refugee status were also denied procedural fairness in the review of the assessment of their claims. Each plaintiff argued before the High Court that he was not afforded procedural fairness during the assessment or review process, and that the persons conducting the assessment and review erred in law by not treating themselves as bound by relevant provisions of the Migration Act and relevant decisions of Australian courts.

11 November 2010

Volunteers sought for Martin Place homeless charity BBQ

Wed Nov 10 2010

Following the successful fundraising dinner at Parliament House in August, a BBQ will be held on 25 November 2010 to further lift the spirits of the Martin Place homeless. Serving will start about 8.15 – 8.30pm and around 300 – 400 homeless people are expected to attend. The Bar Choir is singing from about 8.30. All costs will be met using the excess of funds raised at the August dinner. Greg Curtin SC is calling for 15 volunteers to assist with the barbeque and handing out tea/coffee from about 7.30 pm – 10 pm, or such time as they are able. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Greg Curtin on ph: (02) 9225-7200 or via e-mail:� 10 November 2010

Tonight: Justice Campbell to deliver the STEP address (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Nov 10 2010

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Justice Joseph Campbell on "Should the "rule in Hastings-Bass" be followed in Australia? - Trustees' Duty to Enquire and Trustees' Mistakes". The address will take place on Thursday, 25 November 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>

25 November 2010