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Commemorative service for Jennifer David (1941-2012)

Tue Nov 13 2012

Jennifer David, a long time academic at Sydney University Law School and ADR trainer known to many at the New South Wales Bar, died on 9 October. A commemorative service for Jennifer will be held on 30 November 2012 at 3.30pm in the training rooms of the IAMA national office. Learn more>

13 November 2012

Toongabbie Legal Centre criminal law conference

Tue Nov 13 2012

The Toongabbie Legal Centre's one-day MCLE / CPD conference on criminal law will be held on Saturday 2 March 2013. Speakers will include, among others, Phillip Boulten SC and Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, with sessions being chaired by the Honourable Justice Anna Katzmann, His Honour Judge Peter Maiden SC, His Honour Judge Michael Finnane QC. The final programme is available from the TLC website.

26 February 2013

Tonight: Superannuation Strategies for Time-poor Professionals

Tue Nov 13 2012

Tonight's seminar will look at building superannuation wealth. The seminar will be structured for barristers in practice for up to 20 years who are looking for ways to streamline their wealth management and implement strategies to insure against any unforeseen circumstances. The seminar will seek to cover the following:

a. Market update from Simon Kent Jones, Ord Minnett chief investment strategist b. The importance of insurance for time poor professionals c. Investment philosophy d. Superannuation Solutions – why should I be thinking about it and what should I be focusing on?

Opportunities to arrange for further consultations will be provided. For full details, please download a flyer.

13 November 2012

Sydney welcome for Justice Gageler

Mon Nov 12 2012

The official welcome for Justice Gageler in Sydney will commence at 9:15 am on Friday, 16 November 2012. This is immediately prior to the commencement of the special leave list which is scheduled to begin that day at 9:30 am. Tim Game SC will be representing the New South Wales Bar.

12 November 2012

Room for sale in Maurice Byers Chambers (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Nov 12 2012

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7 February 2013

Bar FC in Law Firms Challenge Cup

Mon Nov 12 2012

On 11 November 2012, NSW Bar FC competed in the Law Firms Challenge Cup at Queens Park under sunny skies. Also competing were teams drawn from Clayton Utz, Swaab Attorneys, Makinson & d'Apice, Fragomen, Holding Redlich, Kemp Strang, Norton Rose, Freehills, Bartier Perry, Law in Order, King & Wood Mallesons, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Minter Ellison.

The squad consisting of David Stanton, Simon Philips, Vahan Bedrossian, Adrian Canceri, Lachlan Gyles SC, Michael Fordham SC, Stephen Free, John Harris, Faraz Maghami, David Patch, Justin Doyle, Ben Phillips, Shereff Habib SC, Iain Todd, Craig Bolger, Matthew Graham, Evan Walker and Anthony Lo Surdo SC was divided into two teams which competed in separate pools. Common to all of our opponents on the day was their relative youth and vitality which was countered by the Bar's enthusiasm and experience.

NSW Bar 1 squared off against Clayton Utz, Makinson & d'Apice and Swaab Attorneys in Group A whilst NSW Bar 2 met Minter Ellison and Corrs in their Group D encounters.

NSW Bar 1 accounted for Clayton Utz 2-0 with an own goal matching Habib's brilliant free-kick from about 20 metres and against a wall of 3 defenders to seal the deal!� The game against Makinson & d'Apice ended in a 2 all draw with goals to the NSW Bar coming from Bedrossian and Maghami. The last pool encounter was against Swaab Attorneys with NSW Bar snaring a 2-1 win to forge a place in the quarter finals against Fragomen. Honours in this game went to Bedrossian from an exquisitely-timed cross from Free and to Canceri from an equally impressive free-kick from Free.

In the sudden death quarter-final clash against Fragomen keeper Harris was his usual diligent but modest self as he and an impressive defence led by (Simon) Philips, Fordham SC and new-comer Ben Phillips, repelled foray after foray to keep our opponents scoreless at the final bell. Shereff, Habib SC and Gyles SC combined brilliantly to give Bedrossian the chance he needed to slam one into the back of the net to secure a spot in the semi-final against Law in Order.

The semi was a torrid affair as exhaustion and aching limbs took their toll on bodies wearied by battle and age. Law in Order looked cool and calm as well they might have been having cruised to their semi-finals berth and with an average age dating back to the 1990's when Britney Spears swelled the air waves with the dulcet tones of "Baby one more time." Undaunted and missing our star striker Bedrossian (who had to leave for a family commitment) the deft skills of Stanton (who also had to leave for a family commitment) and Maghami (out with a nasty calf muscle tear) first blood went to Fragomen. With minutes left in the game our impressive mid-field again combined to give Shereff the opportunity he needed to equalise. With no provision for extra-time a place in the Grand Final was decided on penalty kicks with the NSW Bar 1 narrowly losing 4-3.

NSW Bar 2 met an extraordinarily fit and youthful group from Minter Ellison in its first pool match which had just accounted for Corrs 4-2 in their opening encounter. Patch playing in his favoured striker position led from the front (albeit uncharacteristically right of centre) and was cruelly denied on several occasions. Graham and Walker combined in the attacking mid-field to give structure and depth to the team. Despite some impressive defence by Todd, (Ben) Phillips and Doyle, NSW Bar 2 was unable to stop Minters sneaking two past keeper Bolger to secure victory.

Smarting from its loss to Minters, Corrs were out to set the record straight in the next pool match against NSW Bar 2. With Harris temporarily detained elsewhere and Bolger keen to take the field, Fordham SC courageously volunteered to keep and was set to task almost immediately repelling volley after volley despite a stalwart defensive line of Doyle, (Ben) Phillips and Todd. Corrs slammed 2 into the back of the net before half time when a grateful Fordham SC handed back the keeper's gloves to Harris.� Sensing victory, Corrs were relentless in their pursuit and snared an additional 2 goals but not before Patch converted a penalty from a hand-ball a few minutes into the second term.

Congratulations to all those who competed and thanks also to the partners, wives and children who provided their support on the day.

12 November 2012

This week in CPD

Mon Nov 12 2012

Tuesday 13 November: Superannuation Strategies for Time-poor Professionals, Part 1 of 2. Please click here for further details.

Wednesday 14 November: Concurrent Expert Evidence - perspectives from the hot tub. Please click here for further details.

Thursday 15 November: "To Inquire Into and Report Upon". Presented by Ian Temby AO QC. Please click here for further details.

12 November 2012

Book launch in the Common Room

Fri Nov 09 2012

Members are invited to the launch of Lawyers Then and Now: An Australian Legal Miscellany, by the Hon Keith Mason AC QC, which will be held in the Common Room on Thursday, 29 November from 5.30-7.30pm. The Hon A M Gleeson AC will launch the book. This vastly entertaining book will fascinate lawyers with its true tales from Australian law. Keith Mason uses wit and humour, and considerable erudition, to paint an entertaining, engrossing picture of the people of the law, its history and the cases which have occurred.

The book has chapters on law’s interface with religion, art, sport, gambling and literature. Mason finds amusement and truth in the quirkiness of the law and the humanity of its people. "Then and now" in the title points to the recurring constancies and changes in Australian legal culture while the final chapter "Fallible All" recapitulates the theme that lawyers are far from perfect even as (most of them) struggle to perform at their best. Readers will discover:

  • who was Australia’s youngest judge,
  • instances of extreme rudeness in court and between judges, humour of all sorts,
  • which judges served the longest and shortest terms in office,
  • the barriers facing women who wanted to practise law and when they were scaled,
  • which judge was tried and acquitted of murder and which law officer was convicted of murder and sentenced to hang.Special launch price available on the night only $50.00 (rrp $59.95)21 November 2012

Legal Aid News

Thu Nov 08 2012

Legal Aid News November 2012 is out now, featuring articles on the initial findings of a national survey of legal needs, a new disbursement support scheme for Commonwealth, non-criminal law matters, an amendment to the Civil Law Policy in relation to guardianship matters and much more. View the newsletter now>

8 November 2012

Common Law Practice Update No.12

Thu Nov 08 2012

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 12, with case notes on occupiers liability, product liability, section 15 of the Civil Liability Act 2002, intentional torts and more. Learn more>

8 November 2012

New ASIC guidance on insolvency reforms

Thu Nov 08 2012

ASIC has today released policy guidance on ASIC’s power to wind up an abandoned company under new powers contained in the Corporations Act 2001. It has also updated its guidance on ASIC’s approach to, and criteria for, funding liquidator investigations, reports and actions from the Assetless Administration Fund (AA Fund). Learn more >

8 November 2012

Appointments to note

Thu Nov 08 2012

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has announced the following appointments.

The appointment of the Hon Justice Ward as a judge of appeal commencing on and from 12 November 2012.

The appointment of the Hon Associate Justice Hallen as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales commencing on and from 12 November 2012.

The appointment of the Hon Justice R O Blanch, AM, as a member and as the president of the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales commencing on and from 8 November 2012. His Honour will hold the office of president of the Dust Diseases Tribunal concurrently with his existing commission as chief judge of the District Court of New South Wales.

The reappointment of Associate Professor Judith Anne Cashmore AO and the appointment of Mr David Phillip Giddy as members of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales for the period commencing on 7 November 2012 and expiring on 6 November 2015.

The reappointment of Mr David Louthean Patten as a part-time deputy president of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal of New South Wales for the period commencing on 8 November 2012 and expiring on 31 October 2013.

8 November 2012

Library hours over the Christmas holiday season

Wed Nov 07 2012

The Bar Library will be open from 10am to 4pm between Monday, 21 January 2013 and Friday, 25 January 2013. Normal opening hours will resume from Tuesday, 29 January 2013.

11 January 2013

REMINDER NOTICE - 2013 Bar Council Election and Annual General Meeting

Wed Nov 07 2012

Voting for the 2013 Bar Council closes at 5pm on this Thursday, 8 November 2012. If you have not voted, please return your ballot papers as soon as possible. The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Common Room of the New South Wales Bar Association, Lower Ground Floor, Selborne Chambers, 174-180 Phillip Street, Sydney, this Thursday, 8 November 2012 at 5.00pm.The formal notice of the AGM was mailed to all members on Friday, 21 September along with the 2013 Bar Council nomination forms.

PA Selth Executive Director & Returning Officer

7 November 2012

Common Law Practice Update 11

Tue Nov 06 2012

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 11, with a case note on s�5R of the Civil Liability Act 2002�(NSW). Learn more>

6 November 2012

Position vacant at the NSW Law Reform Commission

Mon Nov 05 2012

Attorney General Greg Smith SC MP is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as a full-time commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission for a period of up to seven years commencing in March 2013. Applications in Word or PDF addressing the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online by 23 November 2012. Learn more>

13 November 2012

This week in CPD

Mon Nov 05 2012

Wednesday 7 November: Bilingual Courtroom - Ensuring effective interpreted communication. Presented by Professor Ludmila Stern. Please click here for further details.

5 November 2012

Bar Association Strategic Plan now available

Fri Nov 02 2012

On 4 February 2012 the Bar Council held an all-day meeting in the Common Room to discuss the functions of the�Bar Association, its services to�members, its�role in public debate on issues affecting the administration of justice, diversity at the bar, governance and practice development. Bar Council established a sub-committee, which received comments from members before preparing the final Strategic Plan. That plan is now available here>

2 November 2012

A new round of Star Grants for improving professional standards

Fri Nov 02 2012

The fourth round of Star Grants, an initiative of the Professional Standards Councils, is now open for applications for members of Cover of Excellence Schemes. The initiative offers funding for projects which focus on improvements to professional standards. Applications are open until 28 February 2014. Learn more>

1 November 2013

2012 Justice Awards announced last night

Thu Nov 01 2012

Winners of the Law and Justice Foundation's 2012 Justice Awards were announced at a formal dinner on Wednesday 31 October at Parliament House. The Law and Justice Volunteer Award, which is sponsored by the Bar Association,�was presented to Elizabeth Gilmore, who has volunteered at Penrith Court for 11 years as part of the Community Restorative Centre’s court support program. Each month Elizabeth assists hundreds of people to Penrith Court, helping them to navigate what can be a complex and intimidating environment. Also announced last night was the�Law and Justice Foundation’s Aboriginal Justice Award, awarded to Linden McGrady.

1 November 2012