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Child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

Fri May 30 2014

The New South Wales Government has today released three out of the four volumes of the report by the special commission of inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The commission has recommended that the fourth volume of the report remain confidential at this time. Learn more here.

Common Law Practice Update 55

Fri May 30 2014

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 55, with case notes on: ss 5B, 5R and 43A of the Civil Liability Act; contributory negligence, occupiers liability, expert witnesses and choice of law. Learn more here.

New Bar Council office bearers

Fri May 30 2014

At a special Bar Council meeting tonight, Phillip Boulten SC formally resigned as president of the New South Wales Bar Association.

The Bar Council then elected a new president, senior vice-president and junior vice-president. The Bar Council’s office bearers are now:

  • President: Jane Needham SC
  • Senior Vice President: Noel Hutley SC
  • Junior Vice President: Arthur Moses SC
  • Treasurer: Michael McHugh SC
  • Secretary: Dominic Toomey

The Bar Council appointed by acclamation Phillip Boulten SC as a life member of the Bar Association for ‘exceptional service to the Bar Association and to the profession of the law’.

Pursuant to clause 12.5.1 of the Bar Association’s Constitution, Chrissa Loukas SC will fill the casual vacancy on the Bar Council which has arisen because of Boulten SC’s resignation.

Family Law Settlement Service

Fri May 30 2014

Members who meet the family law experience requirement for inclusion on the Family Law Settlement Service (FLSS) Panel, but are not currently accredited as a mediator with the Bar Association or as a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), are invited to apply from 14 August 2014. Learn more here.

Practising Certificate Renewals Update No.4

Fri May 30 2014

There is only one week left to renew your practising certificate by the due date next Friday, 6 June 2014. Do not wait until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.

Not intending to renew your practising certificate?

If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records.

If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the Certification Officer, Barrie Anthony ph: (02) 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

Walker SC on Lateline

Wed May 28 2014

Bret Walker SC, formerly the Australian Government's independent national security legislation monitor, was interviewed on the ABC's Lateline program, regarding his final report. Mr Walker recommends, among other things, amendments to the Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978 and making it easier for authorities to stop Australians travelling to fight in Syria. Learn more here.

ABA Appellate Advocacy Course

Wed May 28 2014

Applications are now invited for the 2014 ABA Appellate Advocacy Course, to be held in Sydney from the 12-14 September 2014. There are only 24 positions available, and a minimum of 8 years experience at the private bar is required. The total cost of the course is $2,300 (incl GST) with registrations closing the 8 August, or until all positions have been filled. To find out more, download a brochure here or visit the ABA web site.

15 Bobber - The Hon Justice Francois Kunc

Wed May 28 2014

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Francois Kunc to the Supreme Court of New South Wales will be held on Friday, 7 June 2013. Speaking for His Honour will be Dr Andrew Bell SC. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. Pre-registration for the 15 Bobber is $15 and MUST be received by the association by 3.00pm Thursday, 6 June. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25. Download a registration form and return it with payment to Katie Retford at the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY, e-mail kretford@nswbar.asn.au or fax 9221 1149.

NSW Bar FC puts Corrs to the sword

Tue May 27 2014

An organised and well-disciplined NSW Bar FC defeated the big end of town with Corrs suffering a 1-0 loss yesterday. In a tightly fought contest, a well-executed passing move through the mid-field that would have made Pep Guardiola proud was richly rewarded by di Michael’s hammer blow into the back of the net. Indeed the midfield was a work of art with Free and debutante Hartford Davis impressing with their link up play. A notable performance by d’Arville at the back shored up the lead and kept the Corrs attack at bay.

Our next game on 2 June 2014 will see a top of the table clash between Bar FC and Treasury United. All followers of the beautiful game are of course welcome.

Volunteers needed at the Toongabbie and Blacktown legal centres

Tue May 27 2014

Toongabbie Legal Centre (TLC) and Blacktown Legal Centre (BLC) invite barristers with over ten years experience to volunteer with its free legal service in Toongabbie and Blacktown. They also invite those practitioners who plan to retire to join their team as consultants and to help mentor their young lawyers. Please email: admin@tlc.asn.au (TLC incorporated manages BLC as well). For more information on TLC visit their website: www.tlc.asn.au

Aboriginal Children in Care and Family Law Proceedings

Tue May 27 2014

The Bar Association's Indigenous Barrister's Strategy Working Party, in conjunction with Ngalaya and the Law Society's Indigenous Issues Committee will host a seminar on "Providing for Culture: Aboriginal Children in Care and Family Proceedings", on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 5.15pm in the Common Room. The seminar will be presented by His Honour Judge M Myers AM of the Federal Circuit Court, Rick Welsh, CEO of the Men's Shed and Esther Lawson of Culwalla Chambers. Chris Ronalds SC will chair the proceedings. Learn more here.

Burnside QC wins Sydney Peace Prize

Tue May 27 2014

Julian Burnside AO QC has been selected to receive the 2014 Sydney Peace Prize. The prize will be awarded at the 2014 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, to be given by Julian Burnside at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday, 5 November. Learn more here.

Consumer Claims Regulation 2014

Tue May 27 2014

The Consumer Claims Regulation 2014 came into effect on 9 May 2014. It increases from $30,000 to $40,000 the maximum amount consumers can now seek in orders from the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Learn more here.

WBF election of office bearers

Mon May 26 2014

The Women Barristers Forum held its annual general meeting on 22 May 2014. The following office bearers were elected to the Executive Committee:

  • Chair: Michelle Painter SC
  • Vice chair: Kate Morgan
  • Vice chair: Lee-May Saw
  • Secretary: Amy Douglas-Baker
  • Secretary: Kavita Balendra
  • Treasurer: Rosalind Winfield

Lunchtime yoga classes resume tomorrow

Mon May 26 2014

Attention bar yogis: Tuesday lunch time yoga classes resume tomorrow, 27 May, at 1.00pm in the Common Room. Don't forget your mats. Any enquiries, contact Jolie on 0414092502. Namaste.

Suppression orders and open justice in Australia and the UK

Mon May 26 2014

The Rule of Law Institute, together with the Centre for Independent Journalism and the Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre both at UTS are holding a one day workshop on the suppression orders and their impact on the principle of open justice. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 at Maryann House, Level 3, 645 Harris St Ultimo. Speakers include the Hon Philip Cummins, chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, Peter Bartlett, legal advisor to Fairfax Media and barrister Miiko Kumar. Learn more here.

Murray Gleeson The Smiler - change of venue for the launch

Fri May 23 2014

Due to an overwhelming response, next Tuesday's official launch of Michael Pelly's new book, Murray Gleeson: The Smiler, has been moved to Court 21A (at 5.30pm for 6.00pm) of the Law Courts Building. The book will be launched by the Hon James Spigelman AC QC.

Review of the Costs Assessment Scheme

Fri May 23 2014

On 7 September 2011, Chief Justice Bathurst announced that he was instigating a comprehensive review of the Costs Assessment Scheme provided for by Chapter 3, Part 3.2, Division 11 of the Legal Profession Act 2004. The review was undertaken by the Honourable Justice Brereton AM RFD, with the support of a committee of representative stakeholders.

His Honour's report, which detailed the committee's recommendations for proposed reforms to the scheme and the reasons for the proposed reforms, was published on the court's website on 12 March 2013, as the chief justice wished to give the legal and broader community a final opportunity to comment on the proposed future structure of the scheme.

On 21 May 2014 Chief Justice Bathurst announced the outcome of the review.

It's the NOT the NSW Bar Association World Cup Tipping Competition

Fri May 23 2014

In four weeks that greatest of sporting festivals recommences: the World Cup. For the fifth time, Ingmar Taylor SC and Mark Gibian have organised the Not The NSW Bar Association World Cup Tipping Competition. Join another exciting month of football and tipping followed by a party where cheques will be presented to the three winning charities (and to the three winning tippers who nominated them).

Instructions

The tipping form for this year's competition can be downloaded here. We recommend that you don't use Internet Explorer 11 and that you save the document. Tab though the fields (when filling it in press "tab", not "enter" to avoid unwanted page breaks).

The form has some images embedded in it. If your security system won’t let it through send a note to the organisers, Ingmar Taylor SC and Mark Gibian, and they will email a pdf version, which you can complete by hand. Otherwise it's best that you complete it on screen, save it and email it back. You have up until kick-off of the first game to get your tips in – but don’t forget!

Feel free to forward this to colleagues or immediate family members and encourage them join too – after all winning the comp is second to beating them.

Try to always "reply" to emails or otherwise remember to have "world cup" as the subject of any email you send so they can easily find and sort the emails.

The SBS match schedule lists all the broadcast times and allows you to work out who plays who in the later rounds.

Happy tipping!

The Law Kitchen - legal assistance for the homeless

Fri May 23 2014

The New South Wales Bar Association works in conjunction with the Law Kitchen (TLK), a non-profit association, to provide free legal services to persons who are transiently, episodically or chronically homeless. On Tuesday, 27 May 2014 at 5.15pm a CPD seminar will be held in the Common Room outlining how members can help people who face some of life's most challenging issues. President Phil Boulten SC will chair the seminar, which will be presented by Les Einstein and Steve Rickards. Learn more here.

Practising Certificate Renewals 2014-15 Update No.3

Fri May 23 2014

There are only just two weeks to renew your practising certificate by the due date - Friday, 6 June 2014. Do not wait until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.

Not intending to renew your practising certificate?

If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records. If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the Certification Officer, Barrie Anthony ph: (02) 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

Mentors wanted for the Indigenous Law Students Mentoring Program: Parramatta or Sydney

Fri May 23 2014

Have you been at the bar between three and seven years and looking for a new challenge that provides an important opportunity to assist Indigenous law students on their way through law school?

The Indigenous Barristers Trust is now seeking mentors for its Indigenous Law Students Mentoring Program. We are specifically looking for several barristers practising in Parramatta and in Sydney.

The program provides barristers with the opportunity to share their professional expertise and life experiences with New South Wales Indigenous law students.

It is hoped the experience will provide guidance to the students and encourage them to one day consider the NSW Bar as a realistic and interesting career choice.

If you are interested in making a difference and becoming a mentor, please complete a registration form and send it to Wendy Incoll at wincoll@nswbar.asn.au or call (02) 9229-1710 for more information. Those who express interest will receive further information about the program.