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Last chance to RSVP - Party for the Hon Thomas Hughes AO QC

Wed Nov 13 2013

The Bar Council invites members to a party to mark the retirement from practice of the Hon Thomas Hughes AO QC and to celebrate his outstanding contribution to the Bar Association and more widely to the profession of law.

The event will be held on Friday, 15 November 2013 at 5.15pm, with speeches beginning at 5.45pm, in the Bar Association’s Common Room. The Hon M H McHugh AC QC will speak of Mr Hughes achievements.

There is no cost to attend the event. However, for catering purposes we ask that you RSVP, if you are able to attend. Please send your rsvp to rsvp@nswbar.asn.au. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Katie Retford on 9232 4055.

13 November 2013

Attacks on judges undermine public confidence in our courts

Wed Nov 13 2013

The Bar Association has issued a media release, warning that attacks on the integrity of Justice Stephen Campbell following the sentence handed down in the Kieran Loveridge case will undermine our system of justice. Learn more here.

13 November 2013

NSW Government proposes "one punch law"

Tue Nov 12 2013

The NSW Government has proposed a new offence to cover situations where an unlawful assault causes death. According to Attorney General Greg Smith SC, it would be based on a Western Australian law, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. Learn more here.

12 November 2013

Breaking the cycle: U of Wollongong Drug Court Forum

Tue Nov 12 2013

The University of Wollongong will host a one day forum on the NSW Drug Court on Saturday, 30 November 2013 between 9.30am and 4.00pm. The theme will be "Breaking the cycle: How can courts help people overcome drug addiction?" and guest speakers will include Judge Roger Dive and Dr Don Weatherburn. View a program here and a profile of speakers here.

12 November 2013

Papers to note: the 2013 Law and Justice Address

Tue Nov 12 2013

Winners of the Law and Justice Foundation's 2013 Justice Awards were announced at a formal dinner in Parliament House on 21 October 2013. The Law and Justice Address, "Justice in the Eye of the Beholder", was delivered by Chief Justice Robert French AC. Download a copy here.

12 November 2013

Bench and Bar Lunch POSTPONED

Tue Nov 12 2013

The Bench and Bar Lunch scheduled for 1.00pm on Friday, 22 November 2013 at the Hellenic Club Restaurant, has been postponed until next year. Any enquiries about the lunch may be directed to Kylie Nomchong at ktn@denmanchambers.com.au

18 November 2013

Sydney Civil Registry relocation

Mon Nov 11 2013

On 14 October the new Sydney Civil Registry commenced on Level 4, John Maddison Tower, 86 Goulburn Street. It incorporates the Local Court Registry (formerly on Level 5, Downing Centre) and the District Court (formerly on Level 9, John Maddison Tower). Contact telephone and facsimile numbers for the registry remain unchanged.

11 November 2013

TONIGHT: Equity and Property Rights in a Nineteenth Century Marriage

Mon Nov 11 2013

The 2013 Francis Forbes Lecture will be held tonight at 5.15pm in the Bar Common Room. "Equity and Property Rights in a Nineteenth Century Marriage" will be delivered by Professor Diane Kirkby (La Trobe University) and Dr Hilary Golder (UNSW). It will examine how the interplay between class and the rules of equity delayed until 1870 the necessary reforms to the law governing the property of married women. The lecture will be chaired by Jane Needham SC. Download a flyer here.

13 November 2013

Funeral service for Brian Bannon

Mon Nov 11 2013

A funeral service for Brian Bannon will be held at Regina Coeli Catholic Church, 70 Ponyarra Road Beverly Hills on Friday, 15 November 2013 at 10. 30am. In lieu of flowers donations to be made to the St George Private Hospital Oncology Day Centre.

11 November 2013

Federal cuts leave refugees, courts in limbo

Fri Nov 08 2013

The Bar Association has issued a media release condemning the Australian Government’s decision to axe the Refugee Review Tribunal Legal Advice Scheme. President Phil Boulten SC said the move will significantly increase the number of self-represented litigants and blow out appeals and delays in the Federal Circuit Court.

8 November 2013

Legal Aid News for November 2013

Fri Nov 08 2013

The November 2013 edition of Legal Aid News is now available on the Legal Aid NSW website and features articles on legal assistance for NSW bushfire victims, panel lawyers news, community legal education, courses and conferences.

8 November 2013

Common Law Practice Update 42

Fri Nov 08 2013

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has released Practice Update 42, which features case notes on: sections 62, 63 81 and 94 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); ss 5F, 5G and 5L of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); expert evidence and more.

November 2013

TONIGHT: Re June (No. 2) [2013] NSWSC 111: Who has a right to be heard in child care and protection proceedings?

Thu Nov 07 2013

This evening, 19 November at 5.15pm, His Honour Judge Myers AM, Louise Goodchild and Cheryl Orr, together with Chris Ronalds SC, will discuss various implications of this decision. Particular attention will be given to the possible effects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

The seminar has been jointly organised by the NSW Bar Association's Indigenous Barristers Strategy Working Party and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committe.

For full details, please download a flyer.

19 November 2013

Next week in CPD

Thu Nov 07 2013

We**dnesday, 13 November: The 2013 Forbes Lecture.** Presented by Professor Diane Kirkby, LaTrobe University and Hilary Golder. Further details to follow.

Thursday, 14 November: Consent Orders - terminology and finality. Seminar organised by the New Barrister's Committee and presented by Awais Ahmad. [For full details, please click here][1].

7 November 2013

[1]: http://www.nswbar.asn.au/cpdattachs/Settlement, 14 November 2013.pdf

UNSW crowd funding campaign for law scholarship

Thu Nov 07 2013

Law alumni and students from UNSW have today launched an online crowd funding campaign to raise money for a scholarship program that helps disadvantaged young people from Sydney’s south-west study law. The group aims to raise $30,000 to ensure the Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship is offered again in 2014.

The scholarship gives a student from a non-selective, public school in south-west Sydney, who has suffered financial hardship or socio-economic disadvantage, the opportunity to study law at UNSW. For more information about Tram Nguyen and the scholarship, go to the UNSW Law website or the scholarship’s facebook page.

7 November 2013

New DG for DAGJ

Wed Nov 06 2013

Attorney General Greg Smith SC yesterday announced the appointment of Andrew Cappie-Wood as the new director general of the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice. Learn more here.

6 November 2013

Barristers' libraries to remain tax decuctible

Wed Nov 06 2013

The Australian Government has announced that it will not proceed with the planned $2,000 cap on deductions for self-education expenses, including training and educational courses, textbooks and other accreditation expenses.

6 November 2013

NCAT Project Update

Wed Nov 06 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 ninth edition of the NCAT newsletter is out now and features an update on the appointment of the president and principal registrar.

6 November 2013

Survey on childcare for members closes today at 5.00pm

Wed Nov 06 2013

The Bar Association has been considering ways in which it can assist those of its members who require assistance with childcare. The association is also seeking to better understand the needs of its members with respect to the availability of long day care in the Sydney CBD. Members are invited to complete a survey with information in relation to their long day care needs, or their likely long day care needs in the near future. The survey, which takes less than 2 minutes to complete, is available here. The survey will be open until close of business today. The Bar Association already has an arrangement with McArthur Management for the provision of emergency childcare. Information in relation to this service appears below.

Emergency childcare

McArthur Management has provided emergency childcare to members of the Bar since 2003. McArthur can make carers available in emergencies or when regular childcare arrangements break down. If, for example, the child’s usual carer is unwell, or if the member is detained in court, the carer from McArthur could be called upon to provide childcare at short notice.

All McArthur In Home Carers are fully screened in accordance with the law, have an early childhood certification/qualification and are personally interviewed and assessed by McArthur. The hourly rate for in home childcare is $43.50.

Families wishing to retain McArthur for in home child care are requested to register in advance, although this is not essential. Following registration McArthur will conduct a Home Safety Check. This is not an intrusive process, but it is required for McArthur to meet its workplace health and safety obligations. It is recommended that families who would like to have the same carer available to them when needed retain the services of that carer for a minimum of 4 hours per fortnight

McArthur can also arrange for the placement of permanent in home carers. The fee for the recruitment of a carer is 11% of the annual salary plus superannuation.

Members with an enquiry, or who wish to make a booking, can call Melissa Sciglitano or Bernadette Dunn from McArthur on 02 9277 7000. Calls made outside of business hours go to a pager service and a McArthur consultant will be advised of your enquiry/request for a carer.

General enquiries

Barristers with general enquiries in relation to childcare at the Bar are invited to get in touch with Megan Black at the Bar Association on 02 9229 1739.

19 November 2013

Australian Construction Law Discussion Group seminar and annual dinner

Tue Nov 05 2013

Australian Construction Law Discussion Group seminar and annual dinner will be held at Bond Cafe, 111 Phillip Street, on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. The guest speaker will be Justice James Stevenson and the chair will be Glen Miller QC. Learn more here.

14 November 2013

NSWLRC consultation paper on early guilty pleas

Tue Nov 05 2013

The NSW Law Reform Commission has published Consultation Paper 15: Encouraging Appropriate Early Guilty Pleas: Models for Discussion. The purpose of the paper is to generate discussion on what models (or combination of models) can be adopted by NSW to improve the rate of appropriate early guilty pleas.

The NSWLRC invites submissions on the questions presented in the consultation paper and any other relevant matter for Friday, 13 December. Send your submission by post, DX or email. Submissions are normally published on the NSWLRC website, but confidentiality can be requested. For more information contact Sallie McLean on 8061 9265 or sallie_mclean@agd.nsw.gov.au

5 November 2013

Legal Aid NSW amends Local Court Criminal Law Policy

Tue Nov 05 2013

At the June Board meeting the Legal Aid NSW Board approved an amendment to the Local Court Criminal Law Policy in relation to Local Court defended hearings. The changes apply to applications for legal aid received on or after 4 November 2013: See Policy Bulletin for further details.

5 November 2013

Professional Certificate in Arbitration (ADVERTISING)

Tue Nov 05 2013

The Professional Certificate in Arbitration is designed to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the role of Arbitration and the process and legislative framework of commercial arbitration in Australia. The program is jointly offered by the University of Adelaide and The Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA) nationally. Courses commence in March 2014 and are delivered through a mix of face to face workshops and online learning, over one year. For more information please visit the website.

5 November 2013