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EDO NSW is seeking experienced counsel for pro bono program

Tue Oct 14 2014

EDO NSW (formerly Environmental Defender’s Office) is an independent community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. It was established in 1985 and today provides a full suite of legal services to help individuals, community groups and conservation groups to protect the environment through law.

EDO NSW is seeking counsel experienced in a range of areas to provide pro bono or reduced fee assistance for their high profile strategic litigation program, such as judicial review, merits cases and civil enforcement matters. These areas include administrative law, corporate law, consumer law, criminal law and planning and environmental law. Assistance in these areas would augment their well-established and long-standing relationships with the planning and environmental bar.

If you are interested in assisting, please contact their principal solicitor, Sue Higginson, by email or on ph: (02) 9262 6989 or 0428 227 363 for further information.

2014 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture - tomorrow at 6.00pm

Tue Oct 14 2014

The 2014 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture will be delivered by The Hon J D Heydon QC AC at the University of Sydney Law School from 6.00pm on Wednesday, 15 October. Attendance is complementary, however registration is essential. For details concerning registration and the Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture see the flyer.

Time For Justice

Tue Oct 14 2014

Throughout October, International Justice Mission Australia is running the Time For Justice campaign. The Barrister's Clerks Association, along with 9 Windeyer Chambers and Trust Chambers, are ambassadors for the campaign.

Time For Justice engages legal practitioners to commit to donating the equivalent of one billable hour at their charge-out rate to sponsor local IJM lawyers and social workers in Cebu, The Philippines. Essentially, a practitioner’s billable hour becomes a means of empowering lawyers in Australia to partner with their incomparably under-resourced colleagues in the developing world who are committed to liberating the oppressed. All donations are tax deductible. The campaign target is to raise $100,000 - the equivalent of the annual salary of five full-time lawyers in Cebu.

Donations can be made through the NSW Barrister's Clerks Association GoFundraise page.

International Justice Mission is a global organisation that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.

All funds raised from the Time For Justice campaign will support the extension of a landmark project in the Philippines that has dramatically reduced the rate of children being sold for sex in one of the world’s worst sexual exploitation hotspots. IJM’s "Project Lantern" is now in its second four-year phase. The first phase of the project has seen a 79% reduction in the number of children being sold for sex in metro Cebu in the Philippines. IJM’s philosophy is simple: When public justice systems are made to protect the poor – and slave owners, traffickers and other criminals can no longer act with impunity – millions of vulnerable children, women and men will never be abused.

Tonight in CPD

Tue Oct 14 2014

The 2014 Plunkett Lecture, will be held tonight at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. It will be presented by Professor Anne Twomey and chaired by Chief Justice Allsop AO. The topic for this year's lecture is "The Exercise of Reserve Powers in Victoria from 1912-1945". For full details, please download a flyer here

Election of the 2015 Bar Council - Nominations have closed

Mon Oct 13 2014

Nominations for the 2015 Bar Council closed at 4.00pm today.

Thirty-nine senior counsel and 71 members of the junior bar (including nineteen under 5s) have nominated.

An acknowledgment of the returning officer’s receipt of the nomination has been sent to each candidate.

If any candidate has not received an acknowledgment they should immediately contact Ms Georgina Stow at the Bar Association on ph: (02) 9232 4055, or email gstow@nswbar.asn.au before 1.00pm on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 when the ballot paper will be finalised.

Ballot papers will be posted by Friday, 19 October 2013 when the ballot opens.

P A Selth


Returning Officer

Web watch: the Osgoode Digital Commons

Mon Oct 13 2014

The Osgoode Hall Law School Library in Canada has announced the official launch of the Osgoode Digital Commons, providing free, online access to its legal scholarship.

Osgoode is the first law school in Canada to provide full-text copies of scholarly articles, journals, graduate theses, books and videos, which it has published, as well as other digitization projects undertaken by the library.

STEP address: Equitable Remedies Against a Bribed Fiduciary

Mon Oct 13 2014

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by the Hon Joe Campbell QC FAAL, adjunct professor, Sydney Law School on "Equitable Remedies Against a Bribed Fiduciary - the Australian Position After FHR European Ventures LLP v Cedar Capital Partners LLC". The event will take place on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer here.

Common Law Practice Update 68

Mon Oct 13 2014

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 68, with case notes on sections 63, 95 and 126 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 and employment / extension of time. Download CLPU 68 here.

Tomorrow in CPD

Mon Oct 13 2014

The 2014 Plunkett Lecture, will be held tomorrow at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. It will be presented by Professor Anne Twomey and chaired by Chief Justice Allsop AO. The topic for this year's lecture is "The Exercise of Reserve Powers in Victoria from 1912-1945". For full details, please download a flyer here

Sir James Martin Chambers - Room for Sale

Mon Oct 13 2014

Large external south/east facing room available.

A large and light south/east facing external room has become available for sale and would ideally suit a senior/junior or Silk.

The room has an extensive dark wood fit out for brief and book storage.

Further details will be available upon request and treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Expression of interest to the Clerk - Kirsti Reith clerk@sirjamesmartin.com or 9223 8088 and/or Justine Chamma 0402 096 484.

The Hon John Hatzistergos appointed to the District Court of NSW

Fri Oct 10 2014

The Hon John Hatzistergos has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9.30am on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Attorney General Brad Hazzard will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Mediator Chat

Fri Oct 10 2014

The Mediation Practice Group, a sub-committee of the Bar Association's ADR committee, will be hosting a "Mediator Chat" on "Med-Arb - it's the unloved mongrel of ADR" on Tuesday, 28 October 5.30pm in Silks Coffee Lounge, 170 Phillip Street. The guest speakers will be John West QC and Mark Dempsey SC.

"Mediator Chat" is an opportunity for ADR practitioners at the NSW Bar to get together in an informal social environment, with the bonus that at each function a topic relevant to mediators will be discussed in a light hearted way.

The cost of $30 is payable at the door and will include two drinks (wine/beer/soft drink or mineral water) and assorted canapés.

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Julie Soars on ph: (02) 8224 3017 or soars@sevenwentworth.com.au or Deborah Robinson on ph:(02) 8224 3008 or robinson@sevenwentworth.com.au by 23 October.

The 2014 Plunkett Lecture

Fri Oct 10 2014

The 2014 Plunkett Lecture, scheduled for Tuesday, 14 October at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, will be presented by Professor Anne Twomey and chaired by Chief Justice Allsop AO. The topic for this year's lecture is "The Exercise of Reserve Powers in Victoria from 1912-1945". For full details, please download a flyer here

Nominations for 2015 Bar Council - final reminder

Fri Oct 10 2014

Members are reminded that nominations for election to the 2015 Bar Council close at 4.00pm on Monday, 13 October 2014.

Any member who has not received a nomination form can obtain one from the Bar Association’s reception (ph: (02) 9232 4055; fax 9221 1149 or e-mail reception@nswbar.asn.au).

All nominations are acknowledged by e-mail to the candidate within 24 hours of their receipt by the returning officer. A candidate who has not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours of when they believe the nomination would have been received by the returning officer should immediately contact Ms Georgina Stow at the Bar Association on ph: (02) 99229 1754, or e-mail gstow@nswbar.asn.au.

P A Selth

Executive Director & Returning Officer

Reflections on the origins of the parens patriae jurisdiction

Fri Oct 10 2014

On Wednesday, 15 October 2014 Justice Francois Kunc and Kathleen Heath will present a Francis Forbes Society legal history tutorial entitled: "Dented and rusty like a suit of armour? Reflections on the origins of the parens patriae jurisdiction". The venue will be Court No 1 in the Hospital Road Court Complex, with entrance through the chambers of Lindsay J. The tutorial will commence at 5.10pm and conclude no later than 6.10pm. Materials will be distributed early next week. All are welcome.

Victorian Court of Appeal decision on conditional costs agreements

Thu Oct 09 2014

In Mainieri & Anor v Cirillo [2014] VSCA 227, the Victorian Court of Appeal has confirmed that the indemnity principle is satisfied by a conditional costs agreement where the client who is represented pro bono is liable to pay costs if they receive a costs award in their favour. The judgment brings a degree of certainty to the question of whether a client with pro bono representation can be awarded costs. Learn more here.

Hearts for Arts Law inaugural band night

Thu Oct 09 2014

To support the work of the Arts Law Centre of Australia, Hearts for Arts Law invites you to its inaugural band night "Band Together" on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 featuring a stellar line-up of electronic, indie and indie pop bands including Triple-J-unearthed competitors Embassy and Noire as well as Dobeil and No Illuminati. All profits go to the Arts Law Centre of Australia, Australia’s independent community legal centre for the arts. Tickets are available here.

Room for sale on 9th Floor Windeyer Chambers

Thu Oct 09 2014

An internal room has become available for purchase on 9th Floor Windeyer Chambers.

  • Room size is 14.37 square metres. The room has recently been fitted out with extensive storage cupboards and shelving. Large modern desk with return included.
  • Monthly outgoings are $2580.00 in total for rent and Clerks fees.
  • Counsels Chambers high speed internet access connection. Phones are connected to VoIP.
  • The floor is busy, stable and very harmonious. The floor predominantly practices in common law, insurance, crime, equity and commercial matters.
  • Price on application.

Please contact me if you have any further queries, or would like to make an application or inspection. All enquiries will of course be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Emma Hoolahan Clerk to Chambers Phone: 9232 2533 Mobile: 0403 129 441 Email: clerk9@windeyerchambers.com.au

Coming up in CPD

Thu Oct 09 2014

On Monday 27 October a seminar will be held in the common room at 5.15pm:"Regulation 176 and Best Practice Guidelines". Presented by Penny Thew and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Tonight in CPD

Thu Oct 09 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm. "An introduction to Financial Statements and Accounting Misdemeanours" will be presented by Simon Skelton and Quentin Olde from FTI Consulting and chaired by Nicolas Kirby. For full details please download a flyer here

NSW anti-bikie laws upheld by High Court

Wed Oct 08 2014

Attorney General Brad Hazzard and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres have issued a joint media release welcoming the High Court’s finding that NSW’s anti-consorting laws are valid. Learn more here.

"Hail to the Chiefs": The 2014 Salvos Legal Lecture Series

Wed Oct 08 2014

The 2014 Salvos Legal Lecture Series will be held on Saturday, 8 November 2014, between 9.30am and 4.00pm at 140 Elizabeth Street (opposite the Downing Centre). Entitled "Hail to the Chiefs", the program boasts a remarkable list of speakers, such as Chief Justice Bathurst AC, Chief Justice Allsop AO, Chief Justice Carmody of the Supreme Court of Queensland, the chief judge of the District Court and the chief magistrate of the New South Wales Local Court. For more information, or to register, visit the Salvos Legal website.