Craigie SC thanked for his service

Mon Aug 13 2012

Attorney General Nicola Roxon�has thanked Chris Craigie SC for his distinguished service as the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) following his announcement that he would not seek re-appointment when his term expires in October. Learn more >

13 August 2012

15 Bobber - The Hon Justice Geoff Lindsay

Mon Aug 13 2012

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Justice Geoff Lindsay to the Supreme Court of New South Wales will be held on�Friday, 14 September 2012. Speaking for the Hon Justice G Lindsay will be Garry McGrath SC. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be received by the association by 3.00pm Thursday, 13 September. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25. Download a registration form�and return it with payment to Katie Hall at the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY, e-mail��or fax 9221 1149. Please contact Katie Hall on ph (02) 9229 1720 if you have any questions regarding the 15 Bobber.

12 September 2012�


Supreme Court re-issues three practice notes

Mon Aug 13 2012

Chief Justice Bathurst�has re-issued three Supreme Court of NSW practice notes, SC CL6, SC Eq 10, and SC Eq 5, which supersede versions issued, 19 March 2012, 22 September 2010, and 23 December 2008 respectively. The changes to all three practice notes�took effect on�10 August 2012.

SC CL 6 - Possession List

A new Usual Order for Hearing has been added to the Note at Annexure 2, which has prompted a re-write of paragraph 27.

A further minor amendment is made to paragraph 52 so that the paragraph no longer solely refers to investigations by the Financial Ombudsman.� Thirdly, a minor correction to paragraph 29 is included so that the Note reflects the reduced hours of operation for the Duty Registrar, who since January this year serves his/her last client at 4.30pm instead of 5pm.

SC Eq 10 - Revenue List

There is an addition of a template summons at Annexure A of SC Eq 10 to help parties commence Chief Commissioner proceedings in the List.

SC Eq 5 - Expert Evidence

There is an amendment to paragraph 15 that includes the Revenue List as a specialist case management list in the Equity Division within which directions for expert evidence can be sought from the presiding judge.

13 August 2012

Vale Philip Biggins (1944-2012)

Mon Aug 13 2012

The funeral for Philip Biggins will be held this Friday, 17 August at 2pm at the Knox Grammar School Chapel, Borambil Avenue, Wahroonga.� There will be a wake at Philip’s home – 39 Glenridge Avenue, West Pennant Hills after the funeral.

13 August 2012

Practice Management for Senior Juniors

Sun Aug 12 2012

The Association is inviting expressions of interest from senior juniors who might wish to attend three CPD workshops relating to practice management.� The workshops will be conducted in small groups of 8-12 barristers.� Each group will be facilitated by two senior counsel and a judge or retired judge.� The workshops will cover: 1) Advocacy, including ethical considerations; 2) Learning and Contribution; and 3) Practicalities of career progression.� The confidential discussions will cover a range of topics under each heading.� The workshops will be run on various evenings, at the Bar Association during September – December 2012.

If you have any questions, or would like to register your interest, please contact Chris D’Aeth,, by Friday 24 August 2012.

23�August 2012

CPD Tonight: Disclosure in Mediation

Sun Aug 12 2012

The ADR Committe has arranged for another lively seminar to take place this evening commencing at 5:15pm. The panel of speakers includes Paul Menzies QC, Greg Burton SC and Julia Baird SC and the session will be facilitated by Andrew Fox. For further information, please download a brochure.


13 August 2012

City to Surf – Sunday REMINDER!

Fri Aug 10 2012

Thank you to all those your registered for the Bar�Association’s City to Surf team! Do not forget that this momentous event will take place this Sunday, 12 August 2012. The Health, Sport and Recreation Committee encourages all members to get into the spirit and participate in some form of activity over the weekend. For more information on the City to Surf, check out� For more information about the Health, Sport and Recreation Committee and the different activities the committee organises/supports, please visit their web page.

10 August 2012

Wanted: CDPP (Canberra-based)

Fri Aug 10 2012

The Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department is seeking interested applicants for the position of director of public prosecutions. For the full position description for this Canberra-based role or to apply, please email EWK lnternational at lf further information is required in addition to that document or to discuss this role please call Mark Lelliott on 03 8626 0600. Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday, 24 August 2012. The CDPP is appointed for a statutory term of up to seven years.

10 August 2012

Amendments to the UCPR - and they take effect today!

Fri Aug 10 2012

At a meeting on 6 August 2012 the Uniform Rules Committee approved amendments to the UCPR.

Amendments to Part 51 - Court of Appeal: inserting a new rule 51.39A dealing with the filing of written submissions in leave applications that are heard concurrently with the appeal hearing, and amending r 51.45 which deals with proceedings in the Court of Appeal's supervisory jurisdiction.

Amendment to rule 1.5: �inserting a new sub rule (4) that makes it clear that despite Schedule 1 any rules that are expressed to apply only in relation to a specified court or courts do not apply to any other courts.

These amendments�were published on the NSW legislation website today, and will take effect from today.

10 August 2012

2012 Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture

Fri Aug 10 2012

The 2012 Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture will be held on Thursday, 11 October 2012 in the Federal Court of Australia, Level 21, Queens Square at 5.45 pm for a 6.00pm start. Julie McCrossin, freelance journalist, UNSW law alumna�will�lead a guest panel�in a stimulating discussion about the legal workplace culture and mental health. Learn more>

4 October�2012

Fleming's Law of Torts: Australia's role in making the 'King' of Torts

Wed Aug 08 2012

**Tonight, a Forbes Society Public Lecture will be held in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. The seminar is on the topic: Fleming’s ‘Law of Torts’: Australian-made or foreign import?� Australia’s role in making the ‘King’ of Torts. It will be presented by Professor Mark Lunney and chaired by the Hon Justice J L B Allsop, president of the Court of Appeal.**

9�August 2012

Match report: Bar FC v Middletons

Wed Aug 08 2012

A significantly depleted and injury riddled�NSW Bar FC (a cruel combination of age and misadventure)�faced off against younger and fitter rivals from Middletons today.

Maghami upfront linked up with Smith, Jackson and Clarke in the mid-section and was cruelly denied on more than one occasion.

The backline, led by Captain Philips and ably supported by Younan (back from a European sojourn), McCarthy, Peden, Mahony (playing under an injury cloud) and Vickers (in goal) withstood, in Herculean fashion, repeated and punishing onslaughts from our youthful adversaries.

The result, a 4-0 loss.

Next Game v Reserve Bank, Tuesday 14 August 2012, 1.15 pm

NSW Bar FC’s penultimate game of the DSL season is against Reserve Bank on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 at 1.15 pm.

8 August 2012

A joint Bar Association and Law Society media release on workers compensation

Tue Aug 07 2012

The NSW�Government has this afternoon released a surprise statement on the implementation of parts of its workers compensation reforms, which will proceed in several stages. The government has not released any specific information about how the scheme will operate, the commencement of the costs amendment to s 341 or whether the problems caused by that amendment will be overcome. The Bar�Association and the Law Society have brought out a media release calling on the government to declare its position on the costs issue.

7 August 2012

One for the diary: ADR conference in Singapore

Tue Aug 07 2012

An ADR conference will be held in Singapore on 4-5 October 2012. The conference aims to promote awareness of alternative dispute resolution processes, and provide a forum for both local and international ADR practitioners to share their practices. It will bring together members of the judiciary, experienced practitioners, renowned academics and key policy-makers from Singapore and beyond to reflect on existing policies and shape policies for the future. Learn more >

7 August 2012

Fishing Club meets tomorrow

Tue Aug 07 2012

The first meeting of the NSW Bar Association Fishing Club is now scheduled for 5pm tomorrow, Tuesday, 14 August 2012 at 13 St James’ Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Andrew Scotting at

13�August 2012

Semester 2 Intensive: World Trade Organization - Dispute Resolution (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Aug 06 2012

Sydney Law School has announced a new semester 2 intensive,�"World Trade Organization - Dispute Resolution", which will be held on�12-13 & 22-23 October 2012 in seminar Room 346, Sydney Law School (F10) Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney. The course will be taught by Alan Bennett,�a practising Australian lawyer, and principal of his own law firm specialising in international trade law and in particular, trade barriers law, and Andrew Percival, special counsel Corrs Chambers Westgarth. To apply online go to and follow the links. You can also contact the Postgraduate Team: T +61 2 9351 0351 E

6 August 2012

2013 Maurice Byers Lecture

Mon Aug 06 2012

The Hon A M Gleeson AC QC will deliver next year’s Maurice Byers lecture, which will take place on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 in the Common Room.

6 August 2012

Bar Book Club meets tomorrow

Mon Aug 06 2012

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be tomorrow, 18 September 2012 at 6pm in the Bar Library. The book is� A Legacy by Sybille Bedford.�And for the better prepared amongst us, the book for the following session is Skios by Michael Frayn. You’ll find a review here.� Date to be advised.

17 September 2012

DSL Match Report - Bar FC vs Corrs

Fri Aug 03 2012

Yesterday, NSW Bar FC faced off against a much younger and desperate Corrs, currently placed fourth on the leader-board and anxious to maintain that position in the run-up to the finals.

This week�Bar FC�welcomed back to the fold Callan (having not played since�she debuted for NSW Bar FC in the inaugural State of Origin against Victoria in 2008) and Turnbull SC (after a long work induced absence). Callan had big boots to fill as Mahony was sidelined with injury. Out also with injury was Captain Harris (with a niggling groin). Patch was back for his second successive week and chasing the elusive Golden Boot gong. � The first scoring opportunity from a brilliant throw by Afshar on the downhill slope went begging as Patch narrowly missed putting boot to ball about 6 minutes into the first term. It was an even contest as our defenders (led by de Meyrick, Callan and Free playing uncharacteristically in the backline) expertly repelled the occasional forays into NSW Bar’s half enabling our mid-section (Smith, Stanton, Graham and Fordham) to feed the ball up to our attacking mid-field and strikers (Patch, Afshar, Maghami and Bolger).

A nice pass a few minutes before half-time enticed Turnbull (in goals) from his line and was snuck in for the first point of the match.

Harris was heard at half-time reminding Patchy that he could only pose a threat to the Golden Boot if he actually scored. Fired up by these obvious words of encouragement, Patch was instrumental in NSW Bar FC’s first goal a few minutes into the second term when a passing header in the penalty box failed to connect with Stanton.� A defender sensing Stanton’s menacing presence brought him down with what appeared theatric poise reminiscent of the Azzuris last World Cup campaign (except in Stanton's case there was unlawful contact). The subsequent penalty was sensationally converted by Free to even up the score at 1 apiece.

With about 5 minutes left in the game, Fordham lurking in the midsection cleared a beautiful kick to a rampaging Afshar who slammed the ball into the back of the net from about 20 metres out for what must be the goal of the season. � NSW Bar FC held out to record a 2-1 win. � Next Game v Middletons � Bar FC's next game is against third-placed Middletons on Wednesday, 8 August 2012 at 1.15 pm. � With only 3 games left in the season and NSW Bar FC seemingly peaking,�they need every win if they are to retain any prospect of a semi-finals berth.

3 August 2012

AGS 2nd National Information Law Conference

Wed Aug 01 2012

The Australian Government Solicitors will hold their�2nd National Information Law Conference at Gandel Hall, at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra during 14-16 November 2012.� There will be international and Australian speakers as well as representatives from the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane bars to share their knowledge and experiences.�Organisers are offering�an advanced registration fee of $1,350 (GST inclusive) which includes the conference dinner and drinks. This price will be available until cob, 31 August 2012.�For further information on the conference download a brochure>

1 August 2012

Reminder: book launch on Monday

Wed Aug 01 2012

Stephen Odgers SC's latest book, Sentence: The Law of Sentencing in NSW Courts for State and Federal Offences will be launched�on** Monday, 27 August at 5 pm** in the Common Room. The guest of honour, Chief Justice Tom Bathurst, will launch the book. For more information about the book visit

24�August 2012