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Women's networking event

Fri Aug 31 2012

Members are invited to a women's networking event, hosted by the NSW Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee and co-sponsored by the Women Barristers Forum. Speakers include the Hon Justice Julie Ward, Dr Jocelynne Scutt and Pamela Jack (partner, Minter Ellison). It will be held on Wednesday, 26 September 2012, between 6.30pm-9.30pm at Minter Ellison Lawyers, L19, 88 Aurora Place. Learn more>

31 August 2012

Mediation accreditation: today is the deadline for applications

Fri Aug 31 2012

Expressions of interest are sought, by 5.00pm today,�from members of the bar wishing to become accredited or re-accredited as a mediator under the National Mediation Standards as well as those who may wish for their names to be included on the District Court mediators list for 2013-2014. The current list expires on 31 December 2012. Download an application form>

20 September�2012

Revised probate filing fee structure effective from 1 September 2012

Wed Aug 29 2012

On 1 September 2012, the existing regulation governing filing fees in the Supreme Court, the Civil Procedure Regulation 2005, will be repealed in accordance with section 10(2) of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989. The replacement fee regulation, the Civil Procedure Regulation 2012, will commence on 1 September 2012. This new Regulation includes significant revisions to the fee structure for probate applications. Learn more >

29 August 2012

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Bar Council business for 9 August 2012

Wed Aug 29 2012

Bar Council met on�9 August�2012 in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted in this summary. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director for further information. View the minutes>

29 August 2012

Australian Academy of Law inaugural Patron's Address

Wed Aug 29 2012

Mark the date in the diary: 5.30 pm, 30 October, Federal Court’s No 1 Courtroom, Level 21, Law Courts Building. The�Australian Academy of Law�will be holding the inaugural Patron’s Address, to be delivered by the chief justice of the High Court, the Hon Robert French AC. The AAL is a broadly-based and permanent body, comprising individuals from all parts of the legal community—elected from the judiciary, legal practitioners and legal academics—united in a common goal of advancement of the discipline of law and the justice system.

French CJ has chosen as his title, "Judges and the Academy—Dialogue of the Hard of Hearing?". Starting from the premise that ‘the things that judges do and that legal academics do are different in kind’, the chief justice suggests that there is nevertheless a "dialogue" of sorts, "as judges refer to academic work and academics review, analyse and criticise the work of the court and offer syntheses and extrapolate doctrinal developments good and bad". In this inaugural Patron’s Address French CJ will offer a judicial perspective on the interaction between legal academic writing and the judicial function.

As places are strictly limited, you will need to register to attend: aal@law.anu.edu.au

If this address is relevant to your professional development, you may claim one CPD point for each hour of attendance.

12 October�2012

Tonight: Overcoming Cultural and Language Barriers

Wed Aug 29 2012

Tonight, Thursday** 30 August**, at 5.15pm K. C. Ramrakha will be presenting a paper on "Overcoming cultural and language barriers in court proceedings with non-English speakers". The seminar has been initiated by the NSW Bar Association's Equal Opportunity Committee and will be chaired by Ashok Kumar. Please click here for further information.

30 August 2012

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Evening Briefing Over Wine

Wed Aug 29 2012

The Technology Dispute Centre invites members to attend a roundtable discussion and drinks on 6 September, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm while the host, Steve White leads a conversation about "Lawyers’, Directors’ and IT Project Managers’ Duties in light of the recent Centro and James Hardie decisions".�This session will look at the practical implications of these recent decisions and appropriate risk mitigation strategies.

Steve White�is the principal and founder of the law firm White SW Computer Law.�A registered trade mark attorney, Steve is a member of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia .au domain name dispute resolution panel, a fellow of the Australian Computer Society, a fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, a member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre general list of mediators and arbitrators and a regularly published author.� Steve has almost 20 years of litigation experience in the Federal Court, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria. Steve has acted as arbitrator in numerous substantial commercial disputes including, without limitation, the only four reported matters to date involving an arbitral decision under the new Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW).

Join the conversation. When? 6 September, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Where?� Technology Dispute Centre (TDC) Level 7, The Trust Building,�155 King Street (at the corner of Castlereagh), Sydney

RSVP: Space is limited, so please reserve your place now.

4 September�2012

Health and wellbeing survey of Australian lawyers

Tue Aug 28 2012

The University of New South Wales Law School is conducting a study of the Australian legal profession. The Australian Research Council funded project hopes to learn about the working conditions, work experience, and health and wellbeing of Australian solicitors and barristers who practise in a variety of settings. If you wish to take the survey, or volunteer to be interviewed, click here. The study is being conducted independently through the University of NSW and no information will be provided to the study by either the Bar Association or BarCare.

BarCare

Members are reminded that BarCare is a confidential independent professional counselling service designed to assist members of the New South Wales Bar manage emotional and stress-related problems, such as marital breakdowns, drug or alcohol dependency and practice pressures.

BarCare is available to all members of the Bar Association and their immediate families. If a member requires assistance, he or she is encouraged to contact Penny Johnston, Director, Care and Assistance, to arrange an appointment for a consultation. Ph 02 9331 3872 or pjohnston@barcare.org

Alternatively members and their families seeking assistance can directly contact one of the panel specialists http://www.barcare.org/specialists/ to make an appointment for a consultation.

30 January 2013

Yoga hiatus

Tue Aug 28 2012

The lunchtime yoga class will not occur this week, but will return next week, 6 September 2012. Lunchtime yoga continues to attract attention at 1pm on Thursdays in the Common Room.

28 August 2012

Boulten SC on air over the defence of provocation

Tue Aug 28 2012

Phillip Boulten SC was a guest yesterday on the Richard Glover Show on ABC Radio 702, concerning the defence of provocation. A copy of the transcript is held in the Bar Library.

28 August 2012

Upcoming events presented by the University of Sydney Law School (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Aug 28 2012

Professor James Crawford, University of Cambridge, "State immunity, war crimes and human rights", 27 September�from 6-7.30pm (registration and refreshments from 5.30pm), No.1 Court, Federal Court of Australia (Queens Square, Sydney), $15 (inc GST) MCLE / CPD�points: 1.5. For further information and to register CLICK HERE

20 September�2012

Tonight: A guide to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Tue Aug 28 2012

Tonight at 5.15 PM in the Bar Association Common Room, The Hon Francis Marks, former Judge of the Industrial Court of NSW, will present the first of a two part seminar series entitled "A guide to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011". Arthur Moses SC will be providing comment and The Honourable Justice Blanch AM, Chief Judge of the District Court of NSW, will be chairing the session. The second seminar in the series will be conducted on 19 September. For full details, please click here.

28 August 2012

2012 National Mediation Conference (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Aug 27 2012

Interested in Mediation?� Join us at the 2012 National Mediation Conference,� 11-13 September 2012, in Sydney. Hear�Maurice Edwards give a�timely update on initiatives in the Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court;�Angela Bowne�SC on intellectual property and Robert Angyal SC�on evaluative mediation.� With more than 100 presenters at the National Mediation Conference and workshops, you will be spoilt for choice and the most difficult decision will be which sessions to attend!�

Pre-conference half-day workshops on solution focused mediation, crisis management or multi-party conflict� or� the post-conference full-day Advanced Practice Clinic offered by USA lawyer Robert Benjamin are also� likely to be of interest to members of the bar.� Conference highlights include an opening presentation by Allan Parker, co-author of the best-selling book Switch on Your Brain, author of the Negotiator’s Toolkit, and one of the co-authors of Beyond Yes - Negotiating and Networking. Allan was a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee to the College of Law & Business, University of Western Sydney who were responsible for the design, development and delivery of the Masters of Dispute Resolution. Allan was awarded an adjunct professorship for this contribution to the field. The conference will conclude with Amanda Gore, winner of the NSAA Keynote Excellence Award 2009, who will educate and entertain you in a way that you will not easily forget. Register before 30 August to avoid the September price increase.

Full� details of the conference program, optional workshops and registration are available at http://nmc12.mediationconference.com.au

27 August 2012

EPLA 2012 Conference (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Aug 27 2012

The Environment & Planning Law Association Annual Conference�Conference will be held on 18-20 October 2012�at Shoal Bay Resort & Spa.�For more information about the program, or to register, download a brochure or contact Michele Kearns�via email�or ph: (02) 82279600. To learn more about conference accommodation, or to book a room, download a brochure here.

27 August 2012���

Reminder: position vacant

Mon Aug 27 2012

Attorney-General�Greg Smith SC MP is seeking applications from, or nominations of, persons qualified for appointment as a magistrate under the Local Court Act 2007 on a full-time or part-time basis. Please visit www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/appointments to apply. Applications in Word or PDF 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 14 September 2012.

5 September�2012

Common Law Practice Update 4

Mon Aug 27 2012

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 4, with case notes on sections 62, 63 and 94 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act, as well as medical negligence.

27 August 2012

Tonight: Open Forum on the Bar Association's Strategic Plan

Mon Aug 27 2012

Members are invited to attend an open forum to discuss the revised strategic plan.� It will be held in the Bar Association Common Room tonight, 12 September 2012, from 5:00pm.�The Strategic Planning Committee was delighted with the number and depth of submissions received after an earlier version of the plan was circulated.� The committee received comments and submissions from numerous members of the NSW Bar, the Barristers’ Clerks Association and the Women Barristers’ Forum.� The purpose of the forum is to further refine the useful suggestions which have been received.

12 September 2012

This Week in CPD

Mon Aug 27 2012

Tomorrow, Tuesday 28 August, the first of a two part seminar series entitled "A guide to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011" will be presented by The Hon Francis Marks, former Judge of the Industrial Court of NSW. Arthur Moses SC will be providing comment and The Honourable Justice Blanch AM, Chief Judge of the District Court of NSW, will be chairing the session. The second seminar in the series will be conducted on 19 September. For full details, please click here.

On Wednesday 29 August, The Forbes Society Legal History Discussion Group will be meeting to hear Philip Selth OAM discuss his research on "The Court Martial of Captain John Joseph Murphy".

On Thursday 30 August, K. C. Ramrakha will be presenting a paper on "Overcoming cultural and language barriers in court proceedings with non-English speakers". The seminar has been initiated by the NSW Bar Association's Equal Opportunity Committee and will be chaired by Ashok Kumar. Please click here for further information.

27 August� 2012

Common Law Practice Update 3

Thu Aug 23 2012

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 3, with case notes on contributory negligence, medical negligence, duty of care to subcontractor's employees,�occupier's liability, proportionality of damages and more.

23 August 2012

Bar Council business for 26 July 2012

Thu Aug 23 2012

Bar Council met on�26 July 2012 in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted in this summary. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director for further information. View the minutes>

23 August 2012

Tonight: New Australian Emissions Trading Law

Wed Aug 22 2012

Tonight,** 23 August, Murray Wilcox AO QC and Michael Rennie will present a seminar on the new Australian Emissions Trading Law which follows the release of their recently published book with the same title. The seminar will be chaired by Alexander Street SC. For full details, [click here][1].�

23 August 2012

[1]: http://www.nswbar.asn.au/cpdattachs/Emissions Trading Law, Wilcox AO QC & Rennie, 23 August 2012.pdf