NSW Bar FC now recruiting for 2013 season

Thu Jan 31 2013

NSW Bar FC is open to barristers, members of the judiciary, clerks and employees of the Bar Association regardless of level of ability or fitness but who are united in a passion for the World Game and a determination to free themselves, if only temporarily, of the shackles of professional life.

NSW Bar FC competes in the Domain Soccer League (DSL) (a lunchtime league), in the annual "State of Origin" tournament against teams from the Victoria and Queensland Bars and in the Law Firm Champions Cup.

To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the club a new playing strip will be launched to coincide with the commencement of the DSL in April which players and supporters will be able to purchase. (Samples will be available for sizing purposes towards the end of next week).

Anyone interested in playing, supporting and purchasing a strip or who would like further information should contact Anthony Lo Surdo SC on 9223 3181 or

31 January 2013

National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference

Tue Jan 29 2013

The National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference will be held in Melbourne on 21–22 March 2013. The event is jointly hosted by the Law Council of Australia, Law Institute of Victoria and National Pro Bono Resource Centre. The program covers cutting edge access to justice issues faced across Australia and includes speakers from around Australia and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, Japan and the United Kingdom. Delegates will also have the opportunity to network with leaders in the legal assistance sector at a number of social events, including the conference dinner. More information is available on the conference website at

29 January 2013

It's an honour: members recognised in the Australia Day Honours

Tue Jan 29 2013

The following members of the Bar Association were recognised in this year's Australia Day Honours:

The Hon Justice James Allsop AO (Officer in the General Division) - for distinguished service to the judiciary and the law, as a judge, through reforms to equity and access, and through contributions to the administration of maritime law and legal education.

Mark Tedeschi AM QC (Member in the General Division) - for significant service to the law as a prosecutor and to photography.

29 January 2013

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

Tue Jan 29 2013

The following case/s will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: CUR24 v Director of Public Prosecutions [2012] NSWCA 65 Lavorato v The Queen [2012] NSWCCA 61 Miljus v Watpow Constructions Pty Ltd [2012] NSWCA 96 SH v The Queen [2012] NSWCCA 79 Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd v Sprod [2012] NSWCA 281 Andrew v Andrew [2012] NSWCA 308 R v Pogson; R v Lapham; R v Martin [2012] NSWCCA 225

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

29 January 2013

Legal Aid NSW Specialist Barrister Panel for Complex Criminal Law Matters

Fri Jan 25 2013

The Legal Aid NSW Specialist Barrister Panel (Complex Criminal Law) will reopen for applications from 4 February 2013 and close on 4 March 2013. Information about the Panel is available on the Specialist criminal law barrister panels web page.

The web page contains information on:

•who can apply •matters covered by the panel •the information package (to be downloaded and viewed) •how to apply •contact information

29 January 2013

Mahla Pearlman Environment and Planning Law Oration 2013

Fri Jan 25 2013

The Mahla Pearlman Environment and Planning Law Oration 2013 will be held on Thursday 14 March 2013, at 5pm in the Dixson Room, State Library of NSW. The Hon Paul Stein AM QC will be delivering the address.

12 March 2013

LTCS E-News Issue 73

Wed Jan 23 2013

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 73 is now available and includes information concerning the LTCS training and workshop calendar, Care Needs Training Workshops and more. View LTCS E-News No 73

23 January 2013

Seminar on the right to silence 11 February 2013, 5.15pm

Mon Jan 21 2013

On Monday 11 February, the Association is hosting a joint seminar with the Sydney Institute of Criminology on proposed changes to the right to silence in NSW. The NSW Government has foreshadowed legislation that will change the standard caution given to suspects held in police custody. This panel session will examine the impact of the proposed amendments on one of the fundamental tenets of our legal system - the right to silence - and the implications for accused, legal practitioners and the criminal justice system as a whole. Speakers will include the President, Phillip Boulten SC and Associate Professor David Hamer from the University of Sydney Law School. Admission is free, but registration is essential. Register now.

22 January 2013

2013 Presentation Power Workshop Series

Thu Jan 17 2013

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department is pleased to announce the 2013 Presentation Power series of seminars. Presented by Open Door Productions the ‘Presentation Power’ series seeks to build the skills and tools needed for making powerful submissions and speeches to judges and juries, including Opening Address and Closing Argument. The focus is on how barristers can enhance their persuasive success through the preparation and delivery of these trial elements.

Find out more about the series here. Places are limited, so to reserve your place, download and complete a registration form.

25 February 2013

Public Defenders Criminal Law Conference 2013

Thu Jan 17 2013

The Public Defenders’ annual criminal law conference for 2013 will be held on the weekend of 16 and 17 March 2013, at Taronga Centre Harbourview Ballroom and Terrace at Taronga Zoo. For more details, and to register, please refer to the conference website.

17 January 2013

Swearing in ceremony for the Hon Justice James Allsop as Chief Justice of the Federal Court

Wed Jan 16 2013

The Hon Justice James Allsop will be sworn in as Chief Justice of the Federal Court at a ceremonial sitting of the Full Court of the Federal Court in Sydney on Monday 4 March 2013.The ceremonial sitting will be held at 9.30am in Court 1, Level 21, Federal Court of Australia, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney. Bar Association President Phillip Boulten SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

28 February 2013

Common Law Practice Update 15

Mon Jan 14 2013

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 15, with a case note on section 26B of the Civil Liability Act 2002. Learn more

14 January 2013

Parramatta service to mark the opening of Law Term - 1 February 2013

Mon Jan 14 2013

All members are invited to attend an Inter-Church Law Service to mark the commencement of the 2013 Law Term to be held in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Cnr Marist Place and Victoria Road, Parramatta at 9.30am on Friday 1 February. The procession will assemble in the Plaza prior to 9:15 and will move to the Cathedral at approximately 9:20 am on the day.

Morning Tea will be served in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Presbytery. For catering purposes, it would be appreciated if those attending could please RSVP to Mrs Maureen Sewell by telephone on 8838 3411 or by email to by Thursday, 24 January 2013.

14 January 2013

Government announces formal establishment of the royal commission on child abuse

Fri Jan 11 2013

The Australian Government has appointed a six-member Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, to be led by the Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM. The royal commission is to prepare an interim report by no later than 30 June 2014. The government's media statement, together with profiles of the commissioners, as well as the Letters Patent, can be viewed here.

11 January 2013

Wills Register has expired

Fri Jan 11 2013

The Wills Register has been removed from the website of the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages and will be closed in late 2013. Searches relating to wills already listed on the register will not be affected, and interested parties can continue to make applications for information about the location of those wills in the normal fashion. For further information, contact Tony Collins at the registry.

11 January 2013

Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship

Fri Jan 11 2013

The Australian Institute of International Affairs and the International Law Association (Australian Branch) call for applications for the 2013 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship. Applications close on 30 January 2013. Each year, the internship provides a student, graduate or post graduate with the rare opportunity to travel to The Hague in The Netherlands and work in the area of Private International Law. Successful applicants receive their travel expenses to The Netherlands and a contribution to their living expenses for the duration of the internship. Prospective applicants should visit the AIIA's website at or email Shikha Sethi at

11 January 2013

15 Bobber His Hon Judge C Craigie SC

Fri Jan 11 2013

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of his Honour Judge Chris Craigie SC to the District Court of New South Wales will be held on Friday, 8 February 2013. Speaking for His Honour will be Chrissa Loukas SC and Helen Cox. Please note the later start time with the 15 Bobber commencing at 5.45pm with the speeches beginning at 6.00pm. Pre-registration for the 15 Bobber is $15 and MUST be received by the association by 3.00pm Thursday, 7 February. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25. Download a registration form and return it with payment to Katie Retford at the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY, e-mail or fax 9221 1149.

4 February�2013

LCA president outlines agenda for 2013

Fri Jan 04 2013

The new Law Council of Australia president, Joseph Catanzariti, has today outlined his vision for 2013. Mr Catanzariti identified five key priorities for the Law Council, including access to justice, human rights advocacy, international engagement, strengthening the position of the Law Council sections, and addressing the high attrition rates of women lawyers. Learn more>

4 January 2013