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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.

Nominations for 2015 Bar Council

Tue Oct 07 2014

Members are reminded that nominations for the 2015 Bar Council must be received by the returning officer by 4.00pm on Monday, 13 October 2014.

Nomination forms have been posted to all members. The form is also available from the Association’s Reception (ph. 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) 9229 1754, or e-mail gstow@nswbar.asn.au. P.A. Selth Executive Director & Returning Officer

Tonight in CPD

Tue Oct 07 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm:"How to win more cases: What and how judges think", presented by Greg Curtin SC and chaired by Justice Paul Brereton. For full details please download a flyer here

Tomorrow in CPD

Tue Oct 07 2014

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

Bench and Bar v Solicitors chess match

Fri Oct 03 2014

This year the annual Bench & Bar v Solicitors chess match will be held on Thursday, 13 November 2014. The venue will be Allens, on L38 Deutsche Bank Place, Cnr Hunter & Phillip streets. The match will start at 5.45pm or 6.00pm and finish by 8.00pm. Please advise the Bench & Bar captain, Rob Colquhoun, by email, if you would like to play this year.

16th National Family Law Conference

Fri Oct 03 2014

Family law will be in the spotlight next week with the 16th National Family Law Conference taking place in Sydney. The theme for this year’s professional development event is "Evolution or Revolution". The event will feature an array of high calibre guest speakers from Australia and abroad. The conference will officially open on Tuesday, 7 October with a "Q&A" style event sponsored by Slater and Gordon Nationwide and facilitated by Australian journalist and broadcaster, Mr Tony Jones. Learn more here.

Position vacant: ADF advocate

Fri Oct 03 2014

The Department of Defence is seeking suitably qualified and eligible applicants for the role of defence force advocate. The position involves preparing submissions and representing the workplace interests of ADF members before the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal. The tribunal’s primary role is to inquire into, and determine, salaries and relevant allowances for ADF members. Applications close at 12:00 noon (AEST) on Friday, 10 October 2014. More information about the position and the application procedure is available here.

Common Law Practice Update 67

Fri Oct 03 2014

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 67, with case notes on sections 5B and 49 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) and injury during the course of employment. Download CLPU 67 here.

Religious beliefs, clothing and vilification

Fri Oct 03 2014

The Bar Association has issued a media statement regarding religious beliefs, clothing and racial vilification following comments by certain members of the Australian Parliament purporting to link the wearing of burqas to the risk of terrorism. The statement was quoted in articles by the Sydney Morning Herald on this subject, which can be viewed here and here.

Coming up in CPD on Tuesday

Fri Oct 03 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room on Tuesday 7 October: "How to win more cases:What and how judges think". Presented by Greg Curtin SC and chaired by Justice Paul Brereton. For full details please download a flyer here

The inaugural Spigelman Public Law Oration

Thu Oct 02 2014

The inaugural Spigelman Public Law Oration will be delivered in the Bar Association Common Room at 5:15pm on Monday, 17 November 2014 by the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler of the High Court of Australia. The oration will be followed by the annual dinner of the Public Law Section (formerly the Constitutional and Administrative Law Section) of the NSW Bar. Learn more here.

Family Dispute Resolution Bridging Course

Wed Oct 01 2014

Family dispute resolution practitioners assist parents to explore their issues, consider their options and make arrangements that they and their children can live with for the future. The Australian Institute for Relationship Studies (AIRS) bridging course for family lawyers meets the educational requirements for accreditation with the Attorney General’s Department and is designed to equip them with the expertise and self-assurance to assist couples. AIRS offers a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment: the 6 core units from the nationally recognised qualification CHC80308 Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. Learn more here.

Family Dispute Resolution Bridging Course

Wed Oct 01 2014

Family dispute resolution practitioners assist parents to explore their issues, consider their options and make arrangements that they and their children can live with for the future. The Australian Institute for Relationship Studies (AIRS) bridging course for family lawyers meets the educational requirements for accreditation with the Attorney General’s Department and is designed to equip them with the expertise and self-assurance to assist couples. AIRS offers a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment: the 6 core units from the nationally recognised qualification CHC80308 Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. Learn more here.

Parliamentary hearing on the foreign fighters legislation

Wed Oct 01 2014

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security will hold two public hearings this week for its inquiry into the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014. The committee will hear from the inspector-general of intelligence and security at a hearing on Thursday morning, followed by a full day hearing on Friday at which the Law Council of Australia will make a submission. Audio from both hearings will be broadcast live via the parliament's website.

Members of the public are invited to make submissions to the inquiry by 12.00pm on Friday, 3 October 2014. Due to the short timeframes, individuals or organisations who wish to provide a submission are asked to notify the secretariat by emailing pjcis@aph.gov.au prior to submitting.

Further information about the inquiry, including full programs for the hearings, can be accessed via the committee’s website. The bill and explanatory memorandum can be accessed here.

For more information, please contact the committee's secretariat on ph: (02) 6277 2360 or email pjcis@aph.gov.au.