Local Court swearing-in

Fri Aug 29 2014

A ceremonial sitting of the Local Court will be held on Monday, 8 September 2014 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court for the swearing-in of Erin Kennedy and Philip Stewart as magistrates of the Local Court. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

2014 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – Friday, 24 October – all welcome!

Fri Aug 29 2014

Members and their friends are invited to the 2014 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 24 October at Hyde Park Barracks Café. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with over $1,000 worth of prizes available to be won! Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from 20 October at the Bar Association Reception. Register for the breakfast today, RSVP’s will be accepted until Friday, 17 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the EO Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Katie or Kirsten on 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there.

Vale Bernard Michael Niven (1944-2014)

Fri Aug 29 2014

Bernard (Bernie) Niven, formerly of 7 Windeyer Chambers, died this morning. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

MAA Permanent Impairment Guidelines

Thu Aug 28 2014

The MAA Permanent Impairment Guidelines Interpretation Group (PI-GIG) was formed in November 2008 to provide expert and considered advice on any anomalies in the MAA Impairment Guidelines and AMA4 Guides, or areas which are open to interpretation or have the potential for inconsistent assessments.

One of the roles of the PI-GIG is to develop guidance notes to clarify or outline the clinically preferred interpretation of existing guideline provisions.

Guidance Notes developed by the PI-GIG will in no way contradict the existing provisions of the AMA 4 Guides or MAA Guidelines, but may provide a clinically preferred method of interpretation in circumstances where:

  • Existing provisions are ambiguous
  • Existing provisions do not cover a particular condition
  • Existing provisions are contradictory
  • Existing provisions require definition or clarification

The following NEW Guidance Note will be available for use by Medical Assessors from 1st September 2014:

  1. Guidance Note 19_ Determination of a recognised psychiatric diagnosis

The Guidance Notes are to be used by Medical Assessors when assessing the degree of permanent impairment under the NSW CTP scheme.

The Guidance Notes can be found on the Motor Accidents Authority website: News and Events or MAAS > Medical Assessment Service

Should you wish to provide comment or have any queries on any of the Guidance Notes please click on the following link:

Responses will be collated for a period of six months following the date of launch of the Guidance Note and presented to the MAA Permanent Impairment Guidelines Interpretation Group for further consideration.

Wanted: experienced prosecutions advisor in Port Moresby

Thu Aug 28 2014

The governments of PNG and Australia are seeking applications from experienced prosecutors to fill a senior prosecutions advisor position in the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) in Port Moresby, with specialist expertise in the prosecution of family and sexual violence. Applications close 17 September 2014. Learn more here.

Bar Council business for 27 March 2014

Thu Aug 28 2014

Bar Council met on 27 March 2014 in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted in this summary. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director for further information. View the minutes for 27 March 2014.

Vale Billy Purves (1933-2014)

Thu Aug 28 2014

Billy Purves, a Crown prosecutor for more than 15 years, died yesterday. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

AMTAC annual address 2014

Wed Aug 27 2014

On Thursday, 4 September 2014 the Federal Court's Sydney Registry will host the Australian Maritime and Transport Arbitration Commission's annual address. Entitled "LNG - Driving Gas Globalisation: An Australian Perspective", it will be delivered this year by David Byers, chief executive of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. The address will be videocast to Federal Court registries in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth, beginning 5.15pm for 5.30pm AEST. Learn more here.

Legal Aid NSW launches iOS app

Wed Aug 27 2014

Legal Aid NSW has launched an app for Apple/iOS portable devices to provide easy access to information about their services and plain language information about the law. The mobile app also features: a dedicated section for lawyers and community workers where they can search for a private lawyer who undertakes legal aid work; easy access to Legal Aid NSW policies; and a means test calculator. An Android version will be developed in the near future. You can download a copy from the iTunes app store.

Public Law in the Age of Statutes

Wed Aug 27 2014

On Friday, 24 October the Australian National University's College of Law will hold a one day conference in honour of Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce, entitled Public Law in the Age of Statutes. Among the speakers will be the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler of the High Court of Australia, Professor Margaret Allars of the University of Sydney and Professor Cheryl Saunders of the University of Melbourne. At the conclusion of the conference, and before the conference dinner, Chief Justice Robert French AC of the High Court will launch the fortieth anniversary edition of Statutory Interpretation in Australia, written by Professor Pearce and Harry Geddes. Learn more here.

National Commercial Law Seminar Series

Wed Aug 27 2014

The next National Commercial Law Seminar will be 'Commercial Transactions in an Insolvency Context: ASIC and the Commonwealth DPP - What to Expect and How to Deal with Them'. It will take place on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 at 5:15pm (EST) in Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building in Melbourne. Members in Sydney can watch the video broadcast in Courtroom No.1, Level 21, Queens Square. Learn more here.

Assisting the Family Court with self-represented litigants

Wed Aug 27 2014

The Bar Association has been approached by the Family Law Court of Australia to establish a panel of suitably experienced barristers to assist self-represented litigants appearing before the full bench. In appropriate cases a referral will be made by the court to the Bar Association’s Legal Assistance Referral Scheme. If the applicant is eligible for assistance under the LARS Guidelines, the manager of the scheme will contact members of the panel and provide details of the referral. If you are interested in being on the panel to assist the court, please contact Heather Sare via or 9229.1733.

Swearing-in ceremony for Julia Baly SC

Tue Aug 26 2014

Julia Baly SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Monday, 1 September 2014 at 9.30am in Court 21A of the John Maddison Tower, 86-90 Goulburn Street, Sydney. President Jane Needham SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Farewell for Children's Magistrate Mulroney

Tue Aug 26 2014

Children's Magistrate Paul Mulroney will retire from the bench on Friday, 7 November 2014. A farewell ceremony will be held in the Children's Court, Parramatta at 9.30am. Judge Peter Johnstone, president of the Children's Court of NSW and Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson will preside.

For the diary: seminar on civil justice reform

Tue Aug 26 2014

UNSW is hosting a special seminar on Civil Justice Reform. Among the speakers are the Right Hon Lord Dyson speaking on the Jackson reforms to civil justice in the England and Wales; Chief Justice James Allsop AO on costs management; and Angela Bowne SC on alternative dispute resolution and the courts. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, 9 September 2014 at 1.00pm - 5.00pm, at Herbert Smith Freehills, Level 34, ANZ Tower 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Admission is free, but registration is required. Register here.

Football State of Origin and Sports Law Conference

Tue Aug 26 2014

The Annual Football State of Origin and Sports Law Conference are to be held in Brisbane on 20 September 2014.

The Sports Law Conference will be at the Inns of Court, 107 North Quay Brisbane from 9 am to 12 pm (registration from 8.30 am). Attendance is open to all members of the Bar, the Judiciary and Barristers’ Clerks.

The fee for attendance will be $95 (GST inc) with all proceeds to be donated to the Bar Association of Queensland’s Mullenjaiwakka Trust (established to assist young indigenous lawyers).

Places at the conference are strictly limited. Secure a booking by completing a registration form and returning it with your remittance to the Qld Bar Association.

The conference will be chaired by Justice Forrest of the Family Court of Australia.

The keynote address will be given by Justice Keane of the High Court of Australia who will be speaking on “Intersections of Sport & the Law.” Graham Turnbull SC (NSW) will speak on “Football & Probative Value” and Mike Mulvey, Coach of the premiership winning Brisbane Roar and Jade North, footballer, Brisbane Roar will speak on “The Relationship(s) between Professional Footballers and Agents/Lawyers.

The football is to be held at the Brisbane Boys’ College, Kensington Terrace, Toowong. It will be followed by a presentation and drinks.

Please contact Anthony Lo Surdo SC (; 9223 3181) or David Stanton (; 8233 0345) for further information or to register your interest.”

Bar FC into the semi-finals!

Mon Aug 25 2014

In a dry run to the semi-finals next week, Bar FC played some beautiful possession football in the Domain today against a youthful Announcer FC. Notwithstanding some great midfield play by Free and Lang, the game was a scoreless draw at full time. Notable was the performance of the two silks in the backline, Gyles SC and Fordham SC who were seen at one stage exchanging high fives (reminiscent of the days of the Woodies domination of doubles tennis). Captain (John) Harris was kept busy in goal and assiduously managed to avoid being twice kicked in the head (a feat that escaped him when last on the park).

O’Shea and Griscti put in solid performances with Morrison putting in an enormous work rate up front following the late withdrawal of golden boot hopeful and crowd-pleaser David “Patchildinho” Patch.

Bar FC play Announcer FC again in the sudden-death semi-final at 12.00pm, 1 September 2014. Pack a sandwich lunch and support your FC!

Bar News is now available online

Mon Aug 25 2014

The Winter 2014 edition of Bar News is now available on the Bar Association's web site. This edition features: an interview with Attorney General Brad Hazzard; a fascinating piece of forensic history by Peter Lowe; and, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War, Tony Cunneen writes about NSW barristers who served on the battlefield and on the home front. Catherine Gleeson reports on the Law Council’s National Attrition and Re-Engagement study and the Bar Association’s response. There's the usual mix of recent developments, bar history, appointments, obituaries and book reviews. And Bullfry ponders negligence and the dropped chip protocol. The printed edition is at the mailing house and should arrive before too long.

LTCS E-News Issue 78

Mon Aug 25 2014

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 78 is now available and includes information concerning: changes to the approval period for services required for participants on discharge from hospital; an update on the paediatric care and needs scale; clarification about approval of service providers; and more. View LTCS E-News No 78 here.

Position vacant: solicitor for public prosecutions

Mon Aug 25 2014

The attorney general is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as solicitor for public prosecutions under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 for a fixed term of up to seven years that may be renewed. Learn more here.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Mon Aug 25 2014

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held at La Rosa restaurant in the Strand Arcade at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. If you would like to attend, please email by close of business Monday, 15 September 2014. The book we will be discussing is Rabbit Run by John Updike. A review of this and other titles in the quartet can be found here.