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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

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.

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.

For the diary: ADR in a Changing World

Wed Oct 08 2014

The ADR Committee of the Bar Association of Queensland invites members to the annual ADR Conference to be held at the Sheraton Noosa Resort on Saturday, 8 and Sunday, 9 November 2014. The theme is "ADR in a Changing World - Perspectives from Home & Abroad". More information about the program, and registration is available here.

Tonight in CPD

Wed Oct 08 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm. "Creating Quality Leaders" will be presented by Wendy McCarthy AO and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Tomorrow in CPD

Wed Oct 08 2014

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

For the diary: Commercial Surrogacy and Women's Rights

Wed Oct 08 2014

On Wednesday, 5 November 2014 at 12.00-2.00pm the Womens Legal Services NSW Foundation will host a forum on "Commercial Surrogacy and Women's Rights". It will take place in the offices of Gilbert and Tobin, 2 Park Street, Sydney.

The Baby Gammy case has shone light on the issue of surrogacy in Australia. Should commercial surrogacy be legalised in Australia? Can exploitation of vulnerable women be addressed through regulation?

Information about the forum and registration can be obtained here.

Senior counsel appointments for 2014

Wed Oct 08 2014

President Jane Needham SC has announced that the following applicants have been appointed senior counsel for 2014. The successful applicants, in order of seniority, can be viewed here.

Profiles of the successful applicants can be viewed here.

Statistics regarding senior counsel appointments in 2012-14 can be viewed here.

View the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol here.

Trial of changes to civil transcript services in the Supreme Court

Tue Oct 07 2014

The Department of Justice has advised that a new civil transcript service model is to be trialled in the Supreme Court of NSW from 20 October.

Under the new arrangements, parties in multi-day civil matters will be able to directly engage accredited contractors to provide a court reporting service. The department has advised that there will be no additional cost to parties under the new arrangements, and that it will maintain responsibility for ensuring that the quality and timeliness of the service continues to meet the requirements of the court. The maximum fee for transcript will continue to be set by legislation and the existing arrangements for fee waiver and postponement will continue to apply. Departmental staff will continue to provide reporting services for criminal and single day civil matters in the Supreme Court.

It is anticipated that the trial will run for six months and will be fully evaluated.

New terror laws: a conversation with Walker SC and Professor George Williams

Tue Oct 07 2014

The Australian Government has introduced two tranches of complex and significant anti-terrorism legislation, with minimal debate and little scrutiny. One bill has passed the parliament. The more controversial "foreign fighters" bill is due back before parliament in mid October. This event, organised by the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers, will analyse the current and proposed laws. Bret Walker SC and Professor George Williams will examine the legislation at a forum to be held on Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 6:15pm for 6.30pm start, in the office of Gilbert + Tobin, 2 Park St, Level 37. Please RSVP by clicking here.

2014 Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture

Tue Oct 07 2014

The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC will deliver the 9th Annual Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture, entitled 'Putting the Guidelines to Work'. The lecture will be held on Thursday, 23 October 2014 from 5.45pm to 7.45pm (AEDT) in the Federal Court of Australia, Level 21, Queens Square. More information about the lecture and how to reserve your place can be obtained here.

Legal Aid News for October

Tue Oct 07 2014

Legal Aid News for October 2014 is out now, featuring articles on improving safety for domestic violence victims in NSW; a new Legal Aid office for the Mid North Coast; panel lawyer news; courses and conferences and more. You can view the newsletter here.