Attorney General announces new Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid NSW

Wed Oct 26 2011

The Attorney General, Greg Smith SC, today announced the appointment of Bill Grant OAM as the new Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid NSW. Mr Grant has served for the last four years as Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia, and previously held the Chief Executive Officer's position at Legal Aid NSW from 2001-2007. Read more

26 October 2011


Bar Association shares the podium at the Justice Awards

Tue Oct 25 2011

Contributions�from members of the�bar, through the�Bar Association's Legal Assistance Referral Scheme, received due recognition�at�the Law and Justice Foundation's annual��Justice Awards, which�were held last night at the Strangers' Dining Room in Parliament House.�The Bar Association was joint winner of the Pro Bono Partnership award for the Sexual Assault Communications Privilege Pro Bono Scheme,�together with the Women's Legal Service, Freehills, Clayton Utz, Blake Dawson and the ODPP.

The Pro Bono Partnership Award is sponsored by the National Pro Bono Resource Centre. It is presented to a partnership comprising a private law firm, community organisation and/or community legal centre in NSW which has developed an outstanding pro bono legal assistance relationship, resulting in improved access to justice for disadvantaged people in the community.

25 October 2011

Positions vacant: District Court judge

Tue Oct 25 2011

Attorney General�Greg Smith SC�is seeking expressions of interest from, or nominations of, persons qualified for appointment as a judge of the District Court of NSW under the District Court Act 1973.�Interested or nominated persons must be either current or former judicial officers or Australian lawyers of at least seven years’ standing and should be conversant with the law and procedures applied in the District Court of NSW. In addition, all persons expressing an interest or nominating another person should refer to the selection criteria and guidance.

Enquiries:�the Honourable Justice R O Blanch AM, chief judge, District Court of NSW, (02) 9377 5821, or Mr Laurie Glanfield, director general, Department of Attorney General and Justice, (02) 8688 7313.

Expressions of interest: Expressions of interest in Word or PDF format addressing each of the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, and a response to each pre-screening question, must be completed online by 11 November 2011.

It will be necessary for previous applicants to submit a fresh expression of interest if they still seek such appointment.

2 November 2011

End of year Bar Library notice

Tue Oct 25 2011

The Bar Library will be closed from 12 pm Friday, 23 December 2011 to Friday, 13 January 2012. It will be open from 10am to 4pm between Monday, 16 January 2012 and Friday 27 January 2012. Normal opening hours will resume from Monday, 30 January 2012.

22�December 2011

An important notice about the Bar Council election ballot papers

Tue Oct 25 2011

It has come to the Bar Association's attention that a batch of ballot papers for the upcoming Bar Council election has an incorrect�return-addressed envelope (Cosmos Magazine Subscription Department) despatched by the mailing house. Please�discard this envelope.�A new, correctly addressed�envelope will be sent to you.�The Bar Association apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

All members who intend to vote are reminded�to�print their�name and�signature on�the back of the envelope.

25 October 2011

Mediator chat at the Martin Place Bar

Mon Oct 24 2011

The Mediation Practice Group, a sub-committee of the Bar Association's ADR Committee invites you to their inaugural 'mediator chat' and twilight drinks on tonight from 5.30pm to 7pm at Martin Place Bar. All welcome.

9 November�2011

Bar Council ballot papers are in the mail

Mon Oct 24 2011

Ballot papers for the election of the 2012 Bar Council have been mailed to all those eligible to vote. Any member who has not received their ballot paper by COB Friday, 28 October and who wishes to cast a vote should contact the Association’s Certification Officer, Mr�Barrie Anthony, on ph. 9232 4055 or e-mail

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24 October 2011

NSW Government introduces amendment to sentencing procedure

Fri Oct 21 2011

The O'Farrell government has introduced into the Legislative Council the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Children in Vehicles) Bill 2011 to make the presence of children an�exacerbating factor during the sentencing of drivers for a number of serious traffic offences. The opposition has criticised the bill as "tinkering" and pointed to the fact that judges already take such factors into consideration. Notwithstanding this critique, Labor will not oppose the bill. View the minister's second reading speech>

21 October 2011

ALMA 2012 conference registration closing soon (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Oct 21 2011

ALMA 2012 – the Australasia Legal, Mediation & Arbitration Conference, to be held in Hong Kong in 11-13 January – boasts an exceptional speaker program and includes a series of specialist seminars hosted by local firms, including Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Dechert, Haldanes, Withers Worldwide, Minter Ellison, Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Ince & Co.�The Hong Kong supporting firms have expressed their strong interest in meeting with our delegation and creating business relationships - do not miss your opportunity to meet these important representatives in the SE Asian market.

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21 October 2011

Lord Howe Legal Conference – March/April 2012 (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Oct 21 2011

Learned Friends Professional Education is holding a conference on Lord Howe Island from 31 March to 6 April 2012.��We hope you can join us!�Speakers include Judge Helen Murrell of the District Court, Federal Magistrate Rolf Driver, Mark Robinson SC and Peter Gray SC. As this is a popular time of year on Lord Howe Island accommodation and flights should be booked well in advance.� Learned Friends are holding some accommodation reservations.�For more information about the conference programme and/or how to arrange accommodation and flights please email

6 February�2012

Implementing national work health and safety laws

Thu Oct 20 2011

Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce and Attorney General Greg Smith SC have announced the next phase in national work health and safety laws, which involves transitioning work health and safety prosecutions from the Industrial Court to the District Court and Local Court. Learn more>

20 October 2011

2012 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

Thu Oct 20 2011

A�major conference on constitutional law, the eleventh in a series, will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday, 17 February 2012. The event is organised by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law with the support of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law. The conference will focus on developments in the High Court and other Australian courts in 2011 and beyond. The conference will be followed by dinner at NSW Parliament House hosted by New South Wales Attorney General Greg Smith SC. The guest speaker at the dinner will be the Hon James Spigelman AC QC.� The full program for the conference may be accessed here >

20 October 2011

Islamic Influences on International Arbitration (ADVERTISEMENT)

Thu Oct 20 2011

Members�are invited to attend the 10th annual Clayton Utz International Arbitration lecture, to be held in the Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court, Queens Square on Tuesday, 8 November 2011. The title of the lecture will be "Islamic Influences on International Arbitration" and will be presented by Essam Al Tamimi, a renowned international arbitrator. Essam Al Tamimi will focus on: the�scope for Sharia in international arbitration;�the extent�to which�Sharia is applicable to international arbitration, either directly or through modern laws; and whether�Sharia can�be considered as equivalent to the equitable law and the general rules of law and justice that are often applied by arbitrators in international arbitration. Learn more>

20 October 2011

Law Council urges more jurisdictions to join the national legal profession

Wed Oct 19 2011

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed yesterday's announcement by the Attorney-General Robert McClelland about the new National Legal Services Board and national legal services commissioner, as well�as the host jurisdictions for the legislation. The LCA also expressed�hope that non-participating jurisdictions will see the�benefits of a national profession and join it.�

None were more delighted than NSW Attorney General Greg Smith SC, who said the decision to locate the headquarters for the new national regulator in Sydney was recognition of the wealth of experience which NSW has in regulating Australia's largest and most diverse legal sector.

20�October 2011

Changes in criminal law matters

Wed Oct 19 2011

Legal Aid NSW is introducing changes to the way aid is granted in criminal law matters.

These changes include:

1.�Amendments to the Criminal Law Fee Scale. 2.�The introduction of two panels; Specialist Barrister Panel (Complex Criminal Matters) and Criminal Appellate Matters Panel. 3.�A new application form in Grants Online, for District or Supreme Court trial and sentence matters, and Supreme Court Bail. 4.�The introduction of new Legal Aid NSW guidelines, and amendments to the Serious Criminal Law Panel and General Criminal Law Panel Practice Standards

For further information about these changes see the Legal Aid NSW website.

19 October 2011

2011 Silks Presentation Ceremony

Wed Oct 19 2011

Newly appointed senior counsel will be presented with their appointment scrolls on Thursday, 3 November 2011, at 5.00pm in the Bar Association’s Common Room, with the scrolls being presented by Chief Justice Bathurst at 5.30pm.�Members and their guests are most welcome to attend the function. P.A. Selth Executive Director 19 October 2011

NSW AG special guest at Toongabbie Legal Centre fundraiser

Tue Oct 18 2011

Members are invited to the Toongabbie Legal Centre's fourth annual fundraising dinner on Friday, 28 October 2011. The special guest will be the Hon Greg Smith SC MP, attorney general of New South Wales, along with the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, patron of the TLC. Master of ceremonies will be Angela Pearman. For more information about the Toongabbie Legal Centre, or to register for the dinner, download a flyer>

18 October 2011

15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Christine Adamson

Tue Oct 18 2011

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Justice Christine Adamson to the Supreme Court of NSW will be held on Friday, 25 November 2011. Speaking for Justice Adamson will be Jeremy Morris. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm.

24�November 2011

Senior counsel bows ceremonies

Mon Oct 17 2011

The senior counsel of 2011 are due to take their�bows in the following courts:

Supreme Court of NSW:�Wednesday, 19 October - 9.30am – Court 12D District Court of NSW:�Thursday, 20 October – 9.15am – Court 3.1 in the Downing Centre Land and Environment Court of NSW: Friday, 21 October – 9.00am - Court 12A� 225 Macquarie St Industrial Relations Commission: Monday, 24 October 2011 – 9.00am� - Court 4.1 Level 4, 47 Bridge street Federal Court of Australia: Wednesday, 2 November 2011 – 9.30am - Court 1 level 21, Law Courts Building Family Court of Australia: Friday, 28 October 2011 – 9.30am, Lionel Bowen Building (Goulburn Street), Full Court – 7C – Level 7.

21�October 2011