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Swearing-in ceremony for Magistrate Derek Lee

Tue Nov 20 2012

Derek Lee will be sworn-in�as a magistrate at a ceremonial sitting of the Local Court of NSW on Monday, 26 November 2012 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Phil Boulten SC will speak on behalf of the bar.

20 November 2012

Bench and Bar Tennis Day 2012

Tue Nov 20 2012

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, 18 December 2012. 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 Cup will also be up for grabs. Download an entry form >

21 November 2012

Appointments to the High Court and Federal Court

Tue Nov 20 2012

Commonwealth Attorney General Nicola Roxon has announced two judicial appointments. The Hon Patrick Keane has been appointed to the High Court of Australia, while the Hon James Allsop has been appointed to succeed him as the next chief justice of the Federal Court. Chief Justice Keane's appointment will follow the retirement of the Hon Justice JD Heydon AC on 1 March 2013. NSW Attorney General Greg Smith SC has welcomed the appointments, as has the Law Council of Australia.

20 November 2012

Australian Government releases exposure draft of anti-discrimination bill

Tue Nov 20 2012

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and the minister for finance and deregulation, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, have released exposure draft legislation for the consolidated anti-discrimination law. The draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012, accompanying explanatory notes and more can be obtained here.

20 November 2012

Law Council welcomes anti-discrimination law reform

Tue Nov 20 2012

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the release of the exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill consolidating Commonwealth legislation regarding age, disability, race, sex and other forms of discrimination into a single Act. Learn more>

20 November 2012

Notification from the Land and Environment Court

Tue Nov 20 2012

The final registrar's directions hearing list for 2012 will be on Wednesday, 19 December 2012. The registrar's directions hearing list will resume on Monday, 14 January 2013. A return of subpoena list will be held on Wednesday, 9 January 2013. From Tuesday, 15 January the registrar’s directions lists will commence at 9 am. The start time for the Monday telephone directions lists will remain at 10 am.

20 November 2012

This Week in CPD

Tue Nov 20 2012

Wednesday 21 November: Superannuation Strategies for Time-poor Professionals, Part 2 of 2. Please click here for further details.

Thursday 22 November: Aspects of Expert and Opinion Evidence. Presented by Dermot Ryan SC. Please click here for further details.

20 November 2012

Reminder - Ceremonial sitting in Banco, Monday 3 December, 9.30am

Mon Nov 19 2012

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Court of Criminal Appeal and the re-opening of Banco after refurbishment, there will be a ceremonial sitting of the court in Banco at 9.30am on Monday, 3 December 2012. Members of the legal profession and the general public are invited to attend. No bookings in advance are required. However, it is recommended that any members of the legal profession or the public wishing to attend should arrive early as seating will be limited due to the number of visitors expected at the ceremony. Senior Counsel are to wear full bottomed wigs for the occasion.

30 November 2012

Common Law Practice Update 13

Mon Nov 19 2012

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 13, with case notes on occupiers liability, dust diseases, ss 3 and 4 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999, section 45 of the Civil Liability Act 2002, and more. Learn more>

19 November 2012

Victorian Bar Council elects office bearers

Fri Nov 16 2012

At a meeting of the newly-formed Victorian Bar Council on 15 November, the following office-bearers were appointed:

Chair: Fiona McLeod SC Vice-Chairmen: Jonathan Beach QC and William Alstergren Honorary Treasurer: Jim Peters SC Assistant Honorary Treasurer: Paul Connor Honorary Secretary: Robert Craig Assistant Honorary Secretary: Jane Treleaven

16 November 2012

Appointment to note: Local Court of NSW

Fri Nov 16 2012

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has announced the appointment of barrister Derek Lee as a magistrate of the Local Court of NSW. Mr Lee will be sworn in as a magistrate on 26 November 2012. Learn more>

16 November 2012

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Fri Nov 16 2012

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be on Tuesday, 4 December 2012 which will delve into the world of novellas and short stories. The selected books are Reunion by Fred Uhlman and At the Bay by Katherine Mansfield (available in most of the Mansfield collections – Kindle version free).

16 November 2012

Business development and networking for female lawyers

Fri Nov 16 2012

The Law Society of NSW and the Women Lawyers Association of NSW are proud to host two networking workshops aimed at female solicitors and barristers, with guest presenters Katrina Howard SC, and Odette Gourley, partner, national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. In an informal networking workshop, join Odette and Katrina to hear their tips on how to build and enhance your business development skills, either Friday, 23 November, 1pm – 2pm, or Thursday, 29 November, 5.30pm – 6.30pm at The Law Society of NSW. Learn more >

16 November 2012

Northern Territory Bar Association office bearers

Fri Nov 16 2012

At its annual general meeting on 12 November 2012 the Northern Territory Bar Association elected the following office bearers:

President: Mr John Lawrence SC Vice President: Mr Alistair Wyvill SC Treasurer: Mr Wade Roper Secretary & Public Offcer: Mr Ben O'Loughlin

16 November 2012

This Week in CPD

Fri Nov 16 2012

We look forward to another busy week of CPD in the Bar Association Common Room. The following events have been scheduled:

Monday 19 November: Addressing the 'Impunity Gap": Accountabilility for Sri Lankan War Crimes. Presented by Mark Ierace SC and Claire Hammerton and chaired by Phillip Boulten SC. Hosted by the NSW Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee. Please click here for further details about the seminar.

The International Crimes Evidence Project (ICEP) aims to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the mass atrocities that allegedly took place in the final stages of Sri Lanka's civil war. The investigation involves the gathering of testimonial, documentary and audio-visual evidence. The project has now reached a critical juncture in terms of its ongoing financial viability. In order to allow this important work to continue, PIAC is seeking financial support from the legal profession for the project, and has asked members of the bar to consider making a donation. Tax deductible donations can be made through PIAC's website at:http://www.piac.asn.au/donate-now/donations Please mention "ICEP" when you donate. Members who are interested in further information about the project can email ICEP at admin@icepgroup.com.

Tuesday 20 November: The Legal History Discussion Group will meet to hear from James Watson and Justin Gleeson SC on Sydney Law School’s new Legal History Course and their new book of essays on Australian Legal History. The Discussion Group meeting will commence at 5.30.

Wednesday 21 November: Superannuation Strategies for Time-poor Professionals, Part 2 of 2. Please click here for further details.

Thursday 22 November: Aspects of Expert and Opinion Evidence. Presented by Dermot Ryan SC. Please click here for further details.

19 November 2012

Tonight: To Inquire Into and Report Upon

Thu Nov 15 2012

Tonight's seminar will be presented by Ian Temby AO QC and chaired by Michael Wigney SC. The seminar will deal with the conduct of inquiries and include reference to the HSU Inquiry, the Finance Broking Royal Commission in Perth, and some ICAC Inquiries. For full details, please download a brochure.

15 November 2012

Member Benefits: Experience the Jaguar XJ

Thu Nov 15 2012

In an exclusive offer to members of the NSW Bar Association, Jaguar Australia are offering a complimentary experience of arriving in chauffeured XJ style. To take advantage of this limited offer click here.

28 November 2012

Appointment to the Local Court

Thu Nov 15 2012

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has announced the appointment of Derek Lee as a magistrate of the Local Court of NSW, commencing on and from 26 November 2012.

Members will be advised of swearing in arrangements as soon as they are known.

15 November 2012

15 Bobber for Craigie DCJ postponed

Wed Nov 14 2012

The 15 Bobber for his Honour Judge Craigie SC has been postponed until 8 February 2013. Chrissa Loukas SC and Helen Cox will speak for his honour. A new registration form will be circulated closer to the date. Note: The life membership presentations to Meagher JA and Dr Lindgren will go ahead on 30 November.

14 November 2012

Bar Association office bearers for 2013

Wed Nov 14 2012

At a Bar Council meeting on 15 November 2012, the following were elected as office bearers of the Bar Association for 2013:

President: Phillip Boulten SC Senior Vice-President: Jane Needham SC Junior Vice-President: Ian Temby QC Treasurer: Michael McHugh SC Honorary Secretary: Kate Traill

15 November 2012

Book launch: Contemporary Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia

Wed Nov 14 2012

Professor Gillian Triggs President of the Australian Human Rights Commission will launch Contemporary Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia, by Dr Paula Gerber and Ms Melissa Castan (editors) on Thursday, 6 December 2012 between 5.30pm (for 6pm start) – 7.30pm at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney. RSVP by Friday, 30 November 2012 to law-marketing@monash.edu or (03) 9905 2630.

14 November 2012

Tonight: Concurrent Expert Evidence - perspectives from the hot tub

Wed Nov 14 2012

In tonight's seminar, KordaMentha Forensics partners Nigel Carson, John Temple-Cole and Andrew Ross each talk about their experiences in the “hot-tub”, providing insights into the advantages and disadvantages of this approach.

This includes issues such as:

  • the different approaches taken and formats used by the Court
  • the skills required to give concurrent evidence
  • the type of preparation needed
  • preparing joint reports for use in Court
  • the pitfalls of concurrent evidence.

The seminar will be chaired by Philip Doherty SC of the NSW Bar Common Law Committee. For full details, please download a flyer.

14 November 2012