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Mediator Chat

Wed Apr 30 2014

Angela Bowne SC and Nick Kidd SC will lead a witty, light hearted debate on the topic of whether "The only neutral mediator is a dead one" during the "Mediator Chat" and twilight drinks on Tuesday, 6 May from 5.30-7.00pm at Silks Cafe. The Mediation Practice Group, a sub-committee of the Bar Association's ADR committee, will host the event.

Cost

The cost is $30 per head payable in cash at the door, and will include two drinks (wine/beer/soft drink or mineral water) and assorted canapes.

RSVP

Please RSVP by Thursday, 1 May to Julie Soars or Deborah Robinson. Attendees are entitled to claim one point towards continuing professional education for the purposes of mediator accreditation/re-accreditation.

Bar Association submission on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act

Wed Apr 30 2014

The New South Wales Bar Association has lodged its submission on the exposure draft of the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s 18C) Bill 2014 (Exposure Draft), which proposes certain amendments to the racial vilification provisions in ss 18B to 18E of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

The Bar Association submits that the case for amendment of the existing racial vilification provisions in ss 18B-18E of the RDA has not been made out. The Bar Association considers that any amendment to, let alone repeal of the existing provisions should be preceded by a rigorous and comprehensive review of the alleged deficiencies in their operation, undertaken by an appropriate body such as the Australian Law Reform Commission, and drawing on the expertise and experience of a broad range of groups and individuals.

Common Law Practice Update 53

Tue Apr 29 2014

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 53, with case notes on sections 7B and 61 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act, workplace psychiatric injury, occupier's liability and more. Learn more here.

Funeral mass for the Hon Barry O'Keefe AM QC

Tue Apr 29 2014

A funeral Mass for the Hon Barry O'Keefe AM QC, former president of the Bar Association and life member, will be held at St Mary's Cathedral this Friday, 2 May 2014 at 11.00am.

Practising Certificate Renewals Update No.1 of 2014

Tue Apr 29 2014

All New South Wales barristers' practising certificates expire on 30 June 2014. A new practising certificate must be issued before a barrister may practise on and from 1 July 2014. All practising certificate renewal forms were sent in the post today along with the Bar Survey. If you have not received your forms by next Wednesday, 7 May, or have any questions regarding its completion, please contact the certification officer, Barrie Anthony, on 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au. Learn more here.

Vale Bryan Reginald Pape (1945-2014)

Tue Apr 29 2014

Bryan Pape, barrister, formerly at Lockhart Chambers, died yesterday. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

NSW Workers Compensation Scheme announces robust surplus

Mon Apr 28 2014

The New South Wales Government has announced a surplus of $1.36 billion for the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme, a result it attributes largely to a return of $690 million from its investments rather than reduced compensation. Learn more here.

Evolution or Revolution? The 16th Biennial National Family Law Conference

Mon Apr 28 2014

Registration is now open for the 16th Biennial National Family Law Conference, to be held in Sydney from 7-10 October 2014. With more than 90 international and local presenters, the professional program will showcase cutting edge developments in the law and provide practical guidance to family lawyers. It will also examine how the family law system can be improved and how those who work within it can foster change.

A dynamic format

The conference will benefit and challenge all delegates regardless of experience level. Featuring a more dynamic format, there will be increased audience interaction and a focus on exchanging knowledge and experience.

CPD / CLE

Most practitioners will be able to claim their full CPD/CLE quota by attending the conference.

Q & A

Pre-eminent Australian journalist and broadcaster, Tony Jones, will open the conference at the Sydney Recital Hall with a ‘Q & A’ Style event.

Social program

There is an outstanding social program, with the highlight being the Gala Ball at Sydney landmark, Luna Park.

More information

Please see the conference website for further information.

Swearing-in ceremony for Peter Hamill SC

Mon Apr 28 2014

Peter Hamill SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales tomorrow, 29 April 2014 at 9.15am in the Banco Court. Phil Boulten SC will speak on behalf of the bar. Barristers are to wear robes and wigs. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Comments sought on National Attrition and Re-engagement

Thu Apr 24 2014

The Law Council of Australia recently released the National Attrition and Re-engagement Study (NARS) Report and Discussion Paper.

Comments

Bar Council Executive has formed a working party to prepare the association’s response to the report, which is due on 26 May 2014. Members are invited to consider the report and discussion paper and provide comments/suggestions to senior policy lawyer, Megan Black at mblack@nswbar.asn.au, by 6 May 2014.

Invitation - See the lights of Vivid Sydney on board the Mari Nawi

Thu Apr 24 2014

All members and their guests are invited to join the Trustees of the Indigenous Barristers’ Trust for a fabulous evening celebrating Indigenous culture during National Reconciliation Week while taking in the lights of Vivid Sydney on Thursday, 29 May. Mari Nawi, the all-weather boat is fully owned and operated by the Tribal Warrior Association, a non-profit community organisation initiated and directed by Aboriginal people with Aboriginal Elders that provides specialised training programs leading to employment opportunities in the maritime industries for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. For more information on the Tribal Warrior Association, visit their web site.

Embarking and disembarking

The cruise will pick-up from the Eastern Pontoon at Circular Quay at 6.30pm and provide additional pick-up and drop-off times at 7.00pm & 9.30pm at the Eastern Pontoon and at 8.30pm at the Jeffrey Street Wharf Kirribilli.

Vivid Sydney

Sydney Landmarks will be lit with a spectacular lights installation, such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as well as the MCA and Customs House, for two weeks only. The Mari Nawi has been invited to be part of the festival and will also be lit up with several light installations. We might even be lucky with some fireworks on the harbour. Follow this link for more information on Vivid Sydney. Bush tucker food and drinks will be served throughout the night and Indigenous performers will be showcasing the traditional elements of Aboriginal cultural ceremony. Any funds raised from the evening will support the aims of the Indigenous Barristers’ Trust The Mum Shirl Fund. Follow the link for more information on the trust. More information about National Reconciliation Week can be found here.

Tickets

Tickets are $150 per person and include the cruise, dinner, drinks and entertainment. Please RSVP by Wednesday, 21 May. Download your invitation & RSVP. Please contact Katie Retford, kretford@nswbar.asn.au, or ph: (02)9229 1720 if you have any questions. You can also sponsor an Indigenous Law Student to attend for $100 per student (a limit of 15 student sponsorships available). If you are unable to attend the cruise, consider sponsoring a student or providing a tax deductible donation to the trust. Cruise numbers are limited – book early so you are not disappointed! This is one event not to be missed.

Swearing-in ceremony for Helen Wilson SC

Thu Apr 24 2014

Helen McLeod Wilson SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Monday, 28 April 2014 at 9.30am in Court 21A John Maddison Tower. Michael McHugh SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

Vale the Hon Barry O'Keefe AM QC (1933-2014)

Thu Apr 24 2014

The Hon Barry O'Keefe AM QC, president of the Bar Association between November 1989 and December 1991 and life member, died this morning. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Wed Apr 23 2014

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be on Wednesday, 30 April 2014, in the library at 6.00pm. The book is The Razor’s Edge by W Somerset Maugham freely available at your local library; sadly it's not free from Project Gutenberg but you can purchase a copy from ‘any good bookstore’. Good Reads has some interesting commentary and for those interested in a review, please see JM Coetzee, The Razor’s Edge, NYRB, November 1, 2001 Issue. It is a review of ‘Half a life’ by V S Naipaul but goes into some detail about The Razor’s Edge

Law Reform Commission consultation paper on dispute resolution

Wed Apr 23 2014

The NSW Law Reform Commission has released Consultation Paper 16, Dispute Resolution: Frameworks in New South Wales and is calling for responses to the questions raised therein. Further information on the review may be found here.

Making submissions

Post: GPO Box 5199, Sydney NSW 2001 DX: DX 1227 Sydney Email: nsw_lrc@agd.nsw.gov.au The commission prefers submissions in electronic form. The closing date for submissions is Monday, 17 June 2014. Further information on the use of submissions and confidentiality may be obtained here.

Arbitrators and mediators wanted at the WCC

Tue Apr 22 2014

The Workers Compensation Commission of NSW is currently advertising for arbitrators, senior arbitrators and mediators. Applications close on Friday, 9 May 2014. Further details about the positions, including terms and conditions, are contained in the WCC's information package. Enquiries can be directed to Nerida Killen on ph:(02) 9372 9144.

Senior arbitrator (various)

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment as a senior arbitrator, Workers Compensation Commission, for a period up to five years. Up to two full-time positions are available, based in the Sydney CBD. Applications close on Friday, 9 May 2014. Further details about the positions, including terms and conditions and how to apply, are contained in information packages available within senior arbitrator advertisements on www.jobs.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries: Nerida Killen - ph: (02) 9372 9144

Arbitrator (various)

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment as an arbitrator, Workers Compensation Commission, for a period up to five years. A number of full-time, part-time and sessional arbitral positions are available in Sydney, Newcastle and various regional New South Wales locations. Applications close on Friday, 9 May 2014. Further details about the roles, including terms and conditions and how to apply, are contained in information packages available within arbitrator job advertisements on www.jobs.nsw.gov.au Enquiries: Nerida Killen - ph: (02) 9372 9144

Mediator (various)

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment as a sessional mediator, Workers Compensation Commission, for a period up to five years. A number of sessional mediators from the Sydney, Newcastle, and Wollongong metropolitan areas are sought, as well as those from regional New South Wales locations.

Vale Neville Kenneth Wran AC QC (1926-2014)

Tue Apr 22 2014

Neville Wran AC QC died on Sunday. Mr Wran was admitted to the bar on 26 July 1957 and took silk in November 1968. Details of the state funeral will be announced later today.