Tonight: Seminar for Arbitrator Accreditation

Fri Jun 28 2013

A series of three arbitration workshops are being held at the Bar Association during July and August. The workshops offer members with 7 years’ experience as legal practitioners and a current practising certificate the opportunity to become Approved Arbitrators under the Association’s BarADR scheme. Those members who are seeking approval will be required to attend all three seminars, write an arbitral award based on a scenario to be handed out at the final workshop and submit an application form. One of the three workshops may be viewed online.

Arbitrators who are already approved by the Bar Association are not required to seek re-approval but are welcome to attend these seminars to gain the 1 hour of arbitration training required every 2 years. Similarly, members who do not fulfil the requirement of 7 years’ practice or who do not wish to apply to be an approved arbitrator are invited to attend to increase their expertise in representing parties at arbitrations.

The final workshop will take place from 5.00 to 7.00pm tonight, Wednesday 14 August. The speakers include The Honourable Justice Hammerschlag, Janet Grey and Greg Nell SC. For more details please click here.

14 August 2013

Appointment of crown prosecutor

Fri Jun 28 2013

Christopher Michael Todd has been appointed as a crown prosecutor for the period commencing on 1 July 2013 and expiring on 30 June 2020

28 June 2013

This week in CPD

Fri Jun 28 2013

Monday, 19 August: Practical Mediation Intensive: Practical Mediation. Seminar to be presented by Jeremy Gormly SC, Robert Angyal SC & Max Kimber SC. For full details, please click here.

Wednesday, 21 August: Investors are not like skydivers and the stock market is not a casino, so where were fiduciary duties in 1929? Seminar to be presented by Pip Ryan. For full details, please click here.

Thursday, 22 August: Effective Mentoring - Structuring the Tutor - Reader Relationship. Seminar to be presented by Neil Williams SC, Kylie Nomchong SC and Anthony Cheshire and chaired by Anthony Payne SC. For full details, please click here.

19 August 2013

Applications for appointment as senior counsel

Thu Jun 27 2013

President Phillip Boulten SC invites applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2013. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm tomorrow Friday, 26 July 2013. The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales. Applications must include a completed Senior Counsel Application Cover Sheet. The names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October 2013.

25 July 2013

NCAT Project Update

Thu Jun 27 2013

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) will begin operations on 1 January 2014. A Corporate Services Coordinating Committee is working on the integration of corporate service functions of different tribunals. The fifth edition of the NCAT newsletter is out now.

27 June 2013

Biographical links to life members of the NSW Bar Association

Thu Jun 27 2013

The Life Member page of the Bar Association’s website now provides links to biographical details of those members. Simply go to the Life Member page of the website and click on the person’s name for further details.

As this is a work in progress, any suggested links for those Life Members who do not have a biographical entry would be appreciated. Please e-mail Jo Wilton at the Association if you have suggestions.

27 June 2013

Portrait of the Hon Keith Mason AC QC

Thu Jun 27 2013

The Bar Association has commissioned a portrait of The Hon Keith Mason AC QC to be donated to the New South Wales Court of Appeal for display in the area of the President’s Court. Keith Mason AC QC is a former president of the Court of Appeal of New South Wales, solicitor general of New South Wales and chair of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission.

The gift is a symbol of the great esteem in which Keith is held by the Bar in New South Wales.

The artist chosen is Jiawei Shen who painted the portrait of The Hon Tom Hughes AO QC, which hangs in the Bar Association Common Room.

Jiawei Shen is one of Australia’s leading portrait artists, known for the academic and literary qualities of his works. Recent portraits include former Melbourne Lord Mayor John So, the Hon Tom Hughes AO QC, the portrait of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (2005) which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and the portrait of former Prime Minister John Howard which hangs in the Members’ Hall at Parliament House, Canberra. In 2006 he won the Sir John Sulman Prize. He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2011 and 2012.

It is hoped to cover the full cost of the portrait by individual member donations.

The names of those who donated to the cost will be suitably acknowledged when the gift is made to the court.

Download a donation form. The form can be completed and returned to the Bar Association for the attention of June Anderson or email

27 June 13

Inner City Legal Centre seeks your support

Wed Jun 26 2013

In 2012 the Inner City Legal Centre launched the ICLC Foundation Charitable Trust. Since then, the foundation has provided funding to support the Inner City Legal Centre to deliver of legal services to disadvantaged and marginalised clients. They now seek further support to continue their valuable work in the 2013-14 year.

Please consider donating to the ICLC Foundation before 30 June. If you do you will be supporting the Inner City Legal Centre to:

  • develop at least one new legal education publication to assist understanding of legal issues impacting on our clients;
  • provide outreach to some vulnerable clients in need of legal advice; and
  • conduct some cases with particular public interest for our client groups.

For more information about the foundation, or to donate, visit or complete the attached donation form and return it by email to or fax it to 02 9360 5941.

26 June 2013

6th Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Wed Jun 26 2013

The Women Lawyers Association of NSW (WLANSW) will host its 6th Women Lawyers Achievement Awards at a Gala Presentation Dinner, Dockside Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour on Friday, 25 October 2013. Nominations close on 30 August 2013. To obtain a Nomination Form or to find out more about opportunities for sponsorship, visit the WLA web site here.

26 June 2013

Common Law Practice Update 33

Wed Jun 26 2013

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 33 with case notes on intentional infliction of harm, duty of care in workplace injuries and section 63 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW).

26 June 2013

Common Law Practice Update 32

Tue Jun 25 2013

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 32, with case notes on school bullying, evidence, relatives' duty of care and section 5D of the Civil Liability Act 2002.

25 June 2013

Seminar on emerging trends in alcohol and drug research

Mon Jun 24 2013

On Wednesday, 24 July 2013 Professor Michael Farrell, director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), will discuss emerging trends in alcohol and drug research. The seminar will take place in the Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, between 10.20am and 11.30am. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Prior to joining NDARC, Michael was Professor of Addiction Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His extensive research interests include treatment evaluation, including the development of the National Treatment Outcomes Profile, a brief outcomes measurement instrument for drug and alcohol dependence. He has a long standing interest in drug dependence in prisons and within the wider criminal justice system. He has been a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug and Alcohol Dependence since 1995 and chaired the WHO External Evaluation of the Swiss Heroin Trial. Professor Farrell has chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA) from 2007 to the present.

If you wish to attend please RSVP to Maria at by Wednesday, 17 July.

10 July 2013

TONIGHT: Professor Harold Hongju Koh

Mon Jun 24 2013

On Thursday, 11 July 2013, at 5.15pm, Professor Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and former advisor to the Obama administration, will present a seminar on the Obama administration's global legal strategy. Chairing the event will be Tim Game SC, with Bret Walker SC providing commentary. The talk has been jointly organised by the University of New South Wales Law School, the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and the New South Wales Bar Association's Human Rights Committee. For full details, please download a brochure here.

11 July 2013

Retirement of the Hon Justice David Collier

Mon Jun 24 2013

On 23 July 2013 the Hon Justice David Collier will retire as a judge of the Family Court. To mark this occasion, a ceremony will be held at the Commonwealth Law Courts Building, L3 1-3 George Street, Parramatta, Court Room 9 on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 at 4.30pm. Michael Kearney SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

2 July 2013

Appointment to the District Court

Fri Jun 21 2013

Stephen Scott Hanley SC has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales, effective 15 July 2013. Members will be advised of the swearing-in details as soon as they are known.

21 June 2013

The Right to Silence: How it Operates in England and Wales

Thu Jun 20 2013

On Thursday, 4 July 2013 at 5pm to 6.30pm English barrister Colin Wells will explain how legal practitioners in England and Wales operate in the context of the curtailed right to silence. Afterwards he will be joined in a panel discussion by Ken Averre MBE and Troy Edwards, both ex-English practitioners currently in Forbes Chambers, to discuss what lessons there may be for NSW from the English experience. Learn more here.

Venue: Public Defenders Chambers Bookings are essential. RSVP to Enquiries: Suzie ph: (02) 9268 3196

27 June 2013

Cuts to Local Court will affect our quality of justice

Thu Jun 20 2013

Sweeping cuts to the budget of the Local Court of NSW by the NSW Government will increase court delays and reduce access to justice, according to the president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Phillip Boulten SC. Learn more here.

20 June 2013

Options for justice reinvestment

Thu Jun 20 2013

What are the economic and social costs of imprisonment and recidivism? How can governments halt the increasing incarceration rate in Australia? What if it was possible to curb spending on corrections and reinvest the savings from this reduced spending in strategies that can decrease crime and strengthen neighbourhoods? The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee discusses these issues and more in a newly tabled report, Value of a Justice Reinvestment Approach to Criminal Justice in Australia.

20 June 2013

Junior Drinks

Wed Jun 19 2013

['Junior Drinks'][1] is a monthly social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues on 27 June at 5pm at Rabbit Hole Bar, 82 Elizabeth Street.

25 June 2013

[1]: Drinks @ Rabbit Hole.pdf

TONIGHT: Federal Judicial Review - where to from here?

Wed Jun 19 2013

Tonight's seminar is entitled _Federal Judicial Review – where to from here? Analysis of the Administrative Review Council's 2012 recommendations and other prospects for change. _The seminar will be presented by the Honourable Justice Robertson of the Federal Court of Australia and Kristina Stern SC. Stephen Lloyd SC will be chairing the event. For full details, [please click here][1].

19 June 2013

[1]: judicial review, Robertson J, 9 June 2013.pdf

NSW Government defers controversial motor accidents injuries bill

Wed Jun 19 2013

The NSW Government has confirmed that the Motor Accidents Injuries Amendment Bill 2013 has been deferred until August 2013. The acting minister for finance, Andrew Constance, has announced that there will be consultation with stakeholders between now and August.

The Bar Association’s preferred position is that the bill be abandoned due to the unfairness of the proposed no fault scheme. The work of the legal profession, including the significant efforts of the Bar Association, has contributed to the decision of the cross-benchers not to support the bill, and the decision of the NSW Government to defer it pending further consultation. Andrew Stone has appeared twice this week on the Bar Association's behalf on the Ray Hadley Show (2GB) to discuss the proposals in the bill. Transcripts are held in the Bar Library.

The Bar Association will be involved in the further consultation foreshadowed by the government and members will be kept informed of developments.

19 June 2013

Rooms for Licence: 5th Floor Selborne Chambers (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Jun 19 2013

5th Floor Selborne Chambers has two rooms available for licence in its annex on 2nd Floor of Lockhart Chambers. The rooms are 21.2 square metres and 10.6 square metres. Licence fees are $1,750.00 per month (excl. GST) and $950.00 per month (excl. GST) respectively. The floor fee for each is $800.00 per month (exclusive of GST). Applications to licence should be sent, together with a current CV, to the floor clerk, Terry Funnell, by email or to DX 341 Sydney. Full details of the chambers and its members can be found on its website. All enquiries and applications will be handled in the strictest confidence.

16 December 2013