2011 Ross Parsons Address in Taxation and Book Launch (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Sep 27 2011

The Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law is pleased to announce the 2011 Ross Parsons Address in Taxation Law. This year's lecturer is Professor Dr Wolfgang Sch�n of Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance (Germany). His topic is the Distinct Equity of the Debt-Equity Distinction. As part of this event The Hon Justice RF Edmonds, Federal Court of Australia will launch a special anniversary edition of Ross Parson's seminal publication, Income and Taxation in Australia. The evening concludes with a cocktail function generously sponsored by Thomson Reuters. To learn more about this event, or to register, click here.

27 September 2011

A call to arms from the NSW Barristers Hockey Team

Tue Sep 27 2011

It's�been a big year at the bar for hockey.� The Legal Eagles have for the first time secured back to back premierships and among the regular players confidence is high. Now the NSW Bar has been challenged by the Victorian Bar to defend the Rupert Balfe – Leycester Meares Cup in Melbourne on 12 November 2011 and are calling for players to join in the fun and camaraderie. Members interested in trying out for the team should contact Andrew Scotting by e-mail or by phone (02) 9335 3080.

27 September 2009

Julia Baird SC wins WLA NSW award

Mon Sep 26 2011

The Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW (WLA NSW) announced the winners of the 2011 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards at a gala dinner held last Friday, 23 September 2011 at the WatersEdge.� The awards were supported by the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. The recipients of the awards were:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: The Honourable Elizabeth Evatt AO
  • Woman Lawyer Advocate of the Year: Julia Baird SC, 12th Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers
  • Woman Lawyer of the Year in Private Practice: Anna Walsh, Maurice Blackburn
  • "In House" Woman Lawyer of the Year sponsored by Blake Dawson : Kate Perumal, Abigroup Ltd
  • Woman Lawyer of the Year in a Community Organisation: Emma Golledge, Kingsford Legal Centre
  • "Up & Coming" Woman Lawyer of the Year sponsored by Middletons, and with MGSM Leadership Course included: Claire Hammerton, NSW Aboriginal Land Council
  • “Highly Commended” Judging Panel’s Award: Dr Chandrika Subramaniyan, Success Lawyers & Barristers.

Further information about the Award recipients and nominees and photographs from the dinner will be available on the WLA NSW website shortly.

26 September 2011

NSWLRC to review the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act

Mon Sep 26 2011

The Sentencing Snapshots�published by the Bureau of Crime Statistics follows an announcement by Attorney General Greg Smith SC MP on Friday that the NSW Law Reform Commission would�examine sentencing laws to ensure courts have adequate options when dealing with offenders. The terms of reference can be viewed on the NSWLRC web site. The deadline for preliminary submissions is 31 October 2011.

26 September 2011

NSW Courts sentence offenders to more than a slap on the wrist

Mon Sep 26 2011

It won't come as any surprise to�members of the legal profession, but�the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research�has released�a series of "Sentencing Snapshots", which indicate�that the courts dispense tougher justice than the�"slap on the wrist" so often reported by the media. To view the reports, visit the BOCSAR web site>

26 September 2011

ADT on the move

Fri Sep 23 2011

The Administrative Decisions Tribunal is moving. As of 25 October 2011 the ADT's new address will be L10, John Maddison Tower, 86 Goulburn Street. Their new contact details will be: (switch)9377 5711; (fax) 9377�5723; (TTY) 9377 5859.

17 October�2011�

Extra time for submissions on serious invasion of privacy

Fri Sep 23 2011

Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information Brendan O’Connor extended the deadline for submissions on a proposed statutory cause of action for serious invasions of privacy, following requests for more time from several organisations. The deadline has been extended by 10 working days until Friday, 18 November. Further details on how to make a submission and copies of the Issues Paper are available on the website of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet at

7 November�2011

Trivia night an outstanding success

Fri Sep 23 2011

The successful Equal Opportunity and Health Sport and Recreation Committee fundraising trivia night yesterday raised over $2,100 for the Young Love Foundation. Thank you to all those who participated and donated money to such a worthwhile cause.

The Young Love Foundation provide school and community based mentoring programs and personal development workshops for young people who are facing profound challenges in their lives, including mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and sexual health issues. Click here for a summary of their programs and for more information, please see

Did you know:

  • The most common illness faced by teenagers now is depression
  • 1 in 3 young Australian deaths is due to suicide
  • 1 in 4 12-15 year olds consume alcohol weekly
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys are victims of child sexual abuse
  • Australia has the third highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the developed world
  • All the indicators are that many of our teenagers are in crisis, and their self esteem is suffering.

To help the Young Love Foundation continue their important work, please follow the donation link on their website�

23 September 2011

2011 Clerks Conference and Dinner – Friday, 7 October

Fri Sep 23 2011

The Barristers Clerks’ Association will be holding its inaugural conference followed by its Annual Dinner on Friday, 7 October 2011. �The dinner is at the Establishment Ballroom, and the guest of honour is the Chief Justice of Australia, The Hon Robert French.� All clerks are encouraged to attend and can bring up to 4 barristers.�If you are interested in attending, contact your clerk for details. A copy of the RSVP form can be downloaded here.

23 September 2011

Nominations for 2012 Bar Council elections

Fri Sep 23 2011

Nomination forms for election of the 2012 Bar Council were posted on Friday, 23 September to all members of the Bar Association eligible to nominate or be nominated.Nominations close at 4.00pm on Monday 17 October 2011. Learn more>

5 October 2011

Call for submissions on consolidation of federal anti-discrimination laws

Thu Sep 22 2011

Attorney General Robert McClelland and Minister for Finance and Deregulation Penny Wong today launched a public discussion paper to seek community views on the consolidation of federal anti-discrimination laws. Submissions on the discussion paper can be made until 1 February 2012. The discussion paper, details on how to make a submission and further information about the project are available at

22 September 2011

Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library Book Drive

Thu Sep 22 2011

Thank you to�members who supported the Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library Book Drive. There was a splendid response. The organisers would particularly like to thank Fiona Campbell who marshalled the students at Ascham School to donate lots of dictionaries, Soula Papadopoulos, who co-ordinated donations from the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office and Bernadette O’Reilly and the members of the Austinmer early morning swimmers group.

22 September 2011

Appointments to the Land and Environment Court

Thu Sep 22 2011

The Hon Michael Moore has been appointed as an acting judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 3 October 2011 and expiring on 16 December 2011.

Anthony�McAvoy has been appointed as an acting commissioner of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 21 September 2011 and expiring on 20 September 2012.

22 September 2011

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

Thu Sep 22 2011

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: Burns v The Queen [2011] NSWCCA 56 May v Christodoulou [2011] NSWCA 75 Rodger v De Gelder and Another [2011] NSWCA 97

Bradford Insulation Industries Pty Ltd and Anor v Babcock Australia Pty Ltd and Ors [2011] NSWCA 117 Meriton Apartments Pty Ltd v Council of the City of Sydney (No 3) [2011] NSWLEC 65

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

22 September 2011

Campbell SC discusses CTP insurer profits

Wed Sep 21 2011

Following the release of the Association's media statement earlier this week , the Chair of the Association's Common Law Committee Stephen Campbell SC has appeared on ABC 702 News and the Morning Show on ABC Radio Newcastle, discussing the need for an independent inquiry into NSW personal injury laws. Transcripts of the interviews are held in the Bar Library. 21 September 2011

Amendments to Federal Magistrates Court forms

Wed Sep 21 2011

The Federal Magistrates Court (FMC) has advised the Association of changes to a number of forms as follows.

Fair Work Forms

In regard to applications in the Fair Work division of the FMC, there have been minor amendments to Forms 2, 3 & 4.

In Part H of forms 2 and 3 and in Part I of form 4 an additional sentence has been added under the injunction tick box as follows:

Please specify on an attached sheet the terms of the injunction or injunctions sought.

The amended forms are available on the Court's website

Draft Consent Parenting Orders

The Application – Draft Consent Parenting Orders and allegations of abuse or family violence has been amended.� Aside from some formatting changes, the new form has a new explanatory paragraph at the bottom of page 1 and now allows for additional parties, and the ICL, to sign the same form.

21 September 2011

TONIGHT: Arbitration Seminar 2 of 2

Wed Sep 21 2011

These seminars have been designed to provide comprehensive information about current domestic and international arbitration practice and procedures across state and federal jurisdictions. The seminars will cover legislative updates, recent cases and current issues. The seminars� have been designed for senior counsel but juniors are welcome to attend, particularly those who attended the ‘Writing Arbitral Awards’ seminar in August who require all three seminars to be approved as BarADR arbitrators for the first time. For full details, please download a flyer and a program. **

21 September 2011**

Survey on the police complaints system in NSW

Tue Sep 20 2011

A confidential online survey on perceptions and experiences of the police complaints system in NSW is being conducted by Community Legal Centres NSW together with Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty at Charles Sturt University.�The survey is open to members of the legal profession. The results will be used to inform improvements to the current system. Learn more>

29 September 2011

2011 EPLA (NSW) annual conference (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Sep 20 2011

The Environment and Planning Law Association (NSW) will hold its annual conference on 13-14 October at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney. The keynote address will be delivered by the Hon Justice Brian Preston, chief judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW. Download a conference brochure and registration form>

20 September 2011

Retirement of Giles JA

Tue Sep 20 2011

The Hon Justice Roger Giles will retire as a judge of appeal of the Supreme Court on Friday, 23 December 2011. A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held in Federal Court 1, L21, Queens Square, at 9.30am on Friday, 16 December. Attorney General Greg Smith SC will speak on behalf of the bar. Barristers should wear robes and wigs. Senior counsel wear full-bottomed wigs.

16 December 2011

Diploma Course in International Arbitration (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Sep 19 2011

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators will hold its Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration�in Sydney on�8-16 October 2011.� Participants will be taught the practice of international commercial arbitration, including all major forms of arbitration and arbitration institutions such as ACICA, WIPO and CIETAC. Participants will gain the ability to appear in or act as an arbitrator in such arbitrations in different contexts. Click here for more information, or to obtain a brochure.

27�September 2011

Legalwise Seminars November CPD Events (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Sep 19 2011

Join our influential and expert speakers to discuss a variety of contemporary topics in November.�The seminars include:�Contaminated Sites;�Carbon Pricing: Risk, Obligations and Opportunities;�Contract Litigation;�Fraud and Corruption in Government.

Venue: Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney (UNSW CBD Campus) Contact: Legalwise Seminars ph: 02 9387 8133 fax: 02 9387 8711 email:

28�September 2011

Universal Ethics and Ideals of a Justice System (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Sep 19 2011

The Centre for Universal Ethics and Society invites members to a special forum with the Hon Murray Gleeson AC, former chief justice of the High Court of Australia, together with Rabbi Dr Shimon Cowen, director of the IJC Program in Ethics and son of former governor-general Sir Zelman Cowen. The title of the forum is "Universal Ethics and Ideals of a Justice System" and it will be held on Tuesday, 20 September 2011�at Ord Minnett,�Level 8, NAB House, 255 George Street, Sydney.�Cocktails: 5:00pm, Forum: 5:20 - 6:15pm, Questions: 6:15 - 6:30pm.

The forum will consider questions such as: What ethical principles govern the administration of justice? How does our justice system match up to them in practice?

RSVP and for more information, PLEASE EMAIL

19 September 2011