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Volunteers needed for the Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library

Fri Dec 06 2013

The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library needs volunteers from the NSW Bar to spend a couple of hours packing books for various hostels in New South Wales at the library’s storage unit at Kennard's Storage in Waterloo. The next session is on Saturday, 14 December at 11am. We have been asked to send two volunteers. If you wish to register for the session, please email Lisa Allen at library@nswbar.asn.au Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Allen at the Bar Association Library.

9�December 2013

ATO-Legal Practitioner Round Table members

Fri Dec 06 2013

The Australian Taxation Office has recently posted on its website the list of matters on which it is seeking to consult with the community. Consultation provides an opportunity for the decisions of the ATO to be shaped by the views and experience of the community. Legal practitioners who can contribute significantly to this process based on their understanding and knowledge. Visit the ATO website for more information. Interested practitioners are also encouraged to register with the ATO as consultants. The list will allow the ATO to identify the right people to consult with. The ATO website on its consultation framework can be found here.

6 December 2013

LCA concern over complementary protection provisions

Fri Dec 06 2013

The Law Council of Australia is concerned by the introduction of the Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013, into parliament on 4 December 2013. In a media statement released today, it queries the necessity to remove components of the visa regime designed to provide protection for those shown to be at risk of significant harm.

6 December 2013

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences in 2014

Fri Dec 06 2013

Announcing the NSW Bar Association's CPD Conference Series 2014, proudly supported by LexisNexis. The Bar Association will conduct a number of conferences around the State in February and March 2014. Conferences will be held at:

Ballina, 22 February 2014

Orange, 1-2 March 2014

Newcastle, 8 March 2014

Parramatta, 22 March 2014

Sydney, 29 March 2014

To secure your place and to review speaker details download an information and registration form. Final programs will be available on the Bar Association website in the coming weeks.

For details on CPD requirements, please refer to the Bar Association website.

10 December 2013

Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day

Fri Dec 06 2013

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to Manly course on Thursday, 23 January 2013. It will be a shotgun start at 12.30 pm. Dinner will be around 6.30 pm. The cost for the day is $165.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for Golf only. Manly members pay $77.00). Download and return an acceptance form (together with payment) as soon as possible. For further details contact Dennis Flaherty on (02) 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623) or John Newnham solicitor on (02) 9264 7788.

16 January 2014

Biometric ID for access to NSW prisons

Fri Dec 06 2013

Members have been notified that they are now required to use biometric identification to access NSW prisons. The Department of Corrective Services held two early registration days on 26 and 28 November 2013. The association is currently negotiating with Corrective Services to have further registration days set aside for Bar Association members.

In the meantime, members not already registered on the biometric identification system should arrive 15-20 minutes prior to a scheduled prison visit in order to complete the registration process. A Bar Association member identification card or Legal Aid identification card will be sufficient proof of identity for the registration process.

The Bar Association is still negotiating with the Department of Corrective Services in relation to other aspects of the biometric identification scheme, and the outcome of these negotiations will be advised to members in due course.

Enquiries in relation to biometric identification should be directed to Megan Black on 9229 1739 or at mblack@nswbar.asn.au.

6 December 2013

Found: item of jewellery

Thu Dec 05 2013

The Bar Association is in possession of part of an item of jewellery, which was found in the women's toilets in the lower ground floor of Wentworth Chambers. To reclaim the item, contact June Anderson.

5 December 2013

Farewell ceremony for the Hon Justice Boland

Thu Dec 05 2013

A ceremonial sitting of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW will be held on Thursday, 19 December 2013 to mark the retirement of the Hon Justice Roger Boland. The ceremony will take place at 9.30am in Court Room 4.1, 47 Bridge Street.

5 December 2013

Wanted: volunteers for Indigenous pre-law students' visit

Thu Dec 05 2013

As part of its Reconciliation Action Plan, the Bar Association hosts an annual visit from the Indigenous students attending the UNSW pre-law course. This year the visit is on 17 December and starts at 9 am in the common room. The chair of the Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party is seeking volunteers to attend the morning discussion about life as a barrister and then take several students back to chambers. A visit to the Supreme Court starts at 12.15 pm and then there is a lunch in the common room.

The objective is to demonstrate to the new law students the role of barristers and to encourage them to see the bar as a future career option.

Volunteers are needed. Please come for an enjoyable morning and a rewarding exchange with some aspiring law students. Contact Wendy Incoll by email on wincoll@nswbar.asn.au or telephone her on 9229 1710.

If you have any questions about your possible contribution, please contact Chris Ronalds SC on ronalds@fjc.net.au.

5 December 2013

BOCSAR crime statistics for September quarter 2013

Thu Dec 05 2013

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released its latest quarterly crime report. Most major categories of crime in NSW either fell or remained stable over the 24 months to September 2013. Shooting incidents have now returned to their long term average but there were sizeable increases in a number of recorded drug possession offences, including possession of cocaine (up 45.3%), amphetamines (up 13.6%) and other drugs (up 23.2%).

5 December 2013

New silks in WA

Wed Dec 04 2013

The chief justice of Western Australia, the Hon Wayne Martin, has announced the appointment of five new senior counsel:

Karen Farley Katrina Banks-Smith Linda Petrusa Marcus Solomon John Vaughan

4 December 2013

UNSWLJ call for submissions

Wed Dec 04 2013

The University of New South Wales Law Journal has issued a call for submissions to Issue 37(3), which will address contemporary issues facing the Australian legal profession. The deadline for both the thematic component and general component of Issue 37(3) is 7 July 2014. Publication is set for the second half of 2014. In addition to submissions for the thematic component, authors are welcome to submit on any topic for the general component. The journal will accept articles of between 7000 and 12 000 words in length (excluding footnotes). The style guide for the journal is the third edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, as supplemented by the journal’s ‘Additions’.

4 December 2013

Law Council awards President's Medal

Wed Dec 04 2013

The Law Council of Australia has announced Mrs Elizabeth Heenan as the 2013 recipient of the Law Council of Australia President’s Medal. The President’s Medal is an annual award that recognises an Australian lawyer’s outstanding contribution to the legal profession. Learn more here.

4 December 2013

A history of the Law Council

Tue Dec 03 2013

The Law Council of Australia: The People, the Profession and the Institutions traces the evolution of the Law Council and its constituent bodies and professional groupings throughout Australia, from their beginnings to the present day. Members can order a copy direct from the Law Council.

3 December 2013

Law Council office bearers for 2014

Tue Dec 03 2013

At the meeting of Law Council directors’ held on 30 November 2013, the following office bearers were appointed to the Executive for 2014:

President: Michael Colbran QC (Vic) President-elect: Duncan McConnel (NT) Treasurer: Leanne Topfer (Tasmania) Executive member: Fiona McLeod SC (Victoria) Executive member: Justin Dowd (NSW) Executive member: Dr Chris Kendall (WA)

3 December 2013

Copyright Society of Australia Function

Mon Dec 02 2013

The Copyright Society of Australia has invited a panel of distinguished speakers to a debate on "Copyright & The Economy – What will the ALRC recommend in its final report and how should the government respond?", to be held on Thursday, 5 December 2013 at 6:00 pm (registration and drinks from 5:30pm) at The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street.

The panel

Peter Banki, Partner, Banki Haddock Fiora Brett Cottle, CEO, APRA|AMCOS Dr Rebecca Giblin, Monash University Maurice Gonsalves, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Chair: Michael Green, Barrister, St James Hall Chambers

For more information and how to book, go to http://copyright.asn.au/events/2013-debate

To become a member of the CSA go to http://copyright.asn.au/membership The Copyright Society is a non profit organisation whose members are people with an interest in copyright. The purpose of the Society is to provide a forum for education, discussion, and exchange of ideas and information about copyright issues.

2 December 2013

Arbitration conference in Sydney

Mon Dec 02 2013

The Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia in conjunction with the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the International Bar Association (IBA) will host a major regional arbitration conference in Sydney on 5 December 2013 as part of Sydney Arbitration Week. Learn more.

2 December 2013

Get your tickets for IQ2 in 2014

Fri Nov 29 2013

St James Ethics Centre have now confirmed their debate motions for the 2014 IQ2 Debates. The debates will be televised in partnership with the ABC and BBC World, going out to a televised global audience of up to 70 million people! In Brief readers can get their tickets to the 2014 debates for a special price of $125 for tickets to all 5 debates.

Next year’s series will feature topics as diverse as foreign investment in Australia and the place of technology in modern life. With the debates held at City Recital Hall in Angel Place (just off Martin Place) on Thursday evenings, it’s a great after work event with close proximity to bars and restaurants.

29 November 2013

Human Rights Awards: new event for 2013

Fri Nov 29 2013

The Human Rights Commission will celebrate International Human Rights Day this year by presenting the Human Rights Awards at a not-to-be-missed cocktail event on **Tuesday, 10 December at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

**The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel is the event’s MC, so expect a little irreverence. And there’ll be great food, sparkling conversation and a jazz trio to further enhance the mood. Ten awards will be announced on the night, including the Human Rights Medal and the Law Award.

Ian Thorpe, who won last year’s Human Rights Medal for his work with Indigenous children, will be on hand to present the medal to this year’s winner.

“We received a record number of nominations for this year’s awards, which made it more difficult than ever to select the finalists for each award category,” said Commission President, Professor Triggs.

“But after intense debate and much deliberation, we have a shortlist of outstanding nominees from the community sector, business, law, the media and non-fiction literature.

“Please come and join us for the 2013 Human Rights Awards.

“The evening provides a wonderful opportunity to show your support for human rights and to celebrate International Human Rights Day with good friends and colleagues.”

Tickets and further details are available online.

4 December 2013

Changes to the MAA Claims Assessment Guidelines

Fri Nov 29 2013

Following the NSW Court of Appeal decision in Smalley v Allianz [2013] NSWCA 318, the Motor Accidents Authority has advised the Association that changes to the Claims Assessment Guidelines may be introduced shortly (as early as mid-December).

The changes proposed are significant. No longer will cases where breach of duty or liability is denied or contributory negligence of greater than 25% alleged be automatically exempted. Rather, all such matters may now have to be submitted to CARS for determination of whether there should be a discretionary exemption or whether the cases can be kept within the CARS system.

The Bar Association has prepared detailed submissions which have been sent to the MAA. The Bar Association is meeting with the Motor Accidents Authority to urge moderation of their proposal.

A copy of the Bar Association submission can be seen here.

It should be noted that the guideline changes would apply to all exemption applications lodged from the date of gazettal of the proposed changes. That could be as early as mid-December.

Barristers may wish to consider advising their solicitors as to this proposed change and the limited opportunity that may currently be available to lodge an Application for Exemption in relevant cases whilst the exemption can be obtained as of right, rather than as a discretionary determination of a CARS assessor.

5 December 2013

Common Law Practice Update 45

Fri Nov 29 2013

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 45, which features case notes on s 108 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW), ss 5I and 5L of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) and legal professional privilege.

29 November 2013