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Temby AO QC made a life member

Fri Dec 12 2014

At its meeting on 11 December 2014, the Bar Council resolved unanimously that Ian Temby AO QC be made a life member for exceptional service to the Bar Association and to the profession of the law.

Anglican Opening of Law Term service

Fri Dec 12 2014

The Anglican church service to mark the commencement of the 2015 Law Term is to be held at St James Church, King Street, on Monday, 2 February 2015 at 10.30am.

Two excellent rooms in Queens Square Chambers

Thu Dec 11 2014

Queens Square Chambers: Two excellent rooms, one suitable for senior counsel, facing Macquarie Street with full light, and another suitable for junior counsel, are available for occupation from January 2015. QSC is located at 235 Macquarie Street, Sydney and has expanded following the acquisition of new premises making QSC the most proximate and desirable of Sydney’s barristers’ chambers. Please contact for inspection or assistance, QSC Clerk Mr Mark Wilson on 02 9232 4671 or mwilson@qsc.com.au

2015 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Dec 11 2014

Registrations are now open for the 2015 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 21 March. The conference offers 6.5 CPD points.

For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

The conference is run by registration only and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

Speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact Bali Kaur, Professional Development Coordinator (9229 1722 or bkaur@nswbar.asn.au).

Bar FC Awards Breakfast

Thu Dec 11 2014

The silverware was distributed by HG Nelson at the inaugural Bar FC Awards Breakfast held on 26 November 2014 at Hyde Park Barracks Café before participants and supporters of the team. The winners were as follows:

Players Player: John Harris Rookies of the Year: Sebastian Hartford Davis, Hugh Morrison Golden Boot: Richard di Michael Sir Alex Award: Matt Vickers

Congratulations to all the winners and to the team for it’s success in 2014, particularly on winning the grand final in Division 5 of the Domain Soccer League.

Should you be interested in joining the team for 2015, please email the manager of the team, David Stanton at d.stanton@mauricebyers.com. Players of all levels of ability are welcome.

Room for Sale: Second Floor Wentworth Chambers

Thu Dec 11 2014

A single room (3,000 shares) has become available for purchase on Second Floor Wentworth Chambers. The room is air-conditioned, has built-in cupboards and shelving, and enjoys lots of natural light.

The Floor currently consists of two senior counsel, 16 juniors and two readers. Second Floor Wentworth is a busy floor with a diverse mix of practices including commercial, tax, equity, professional and medical negligence, personal injury, insurance, wills and probate, local government and ADR.

The Floor is fully networked to CCL, uses its VOIP telephone system, and has its own website and electronic diary management by the Clerk. There are also approved plans for a complete refurbishment of the Floor’s common areas, which will take place over the next 12 months.

The room may be inspected by prior appointment with the Clerk on 9232 4466 or clerk2@wentworthchambers.com.au. Price is available upon application and all enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

New independent national security legislation monitor

Thu Dec 11 2014

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the recent recommendation by Prime Minister Tony Abbott of the appointment of the Hon Roger Gyles AO QC to the position of independent national security legislation monitor. Learn more here.

New listing practices in the Consumer and Commercial Division of NCAT

Wed Dec 10 2014

Following feedback from a number of users, in particularly legal practitioners, the Consumer and Commercial Division of NCAT recently implemented a change in its listing practices for special fixture hearings. While in the past there was a practice of seeking available dates from the parties and subsequently fixing a date, the delays between the provision of the information by the parties and the setting of the hearing date was creating some difficulties for legal practitioners. Special fixture dates are now set down without seeking availability of the parties, but sufficiently in advance to allow most users to either accommodate the date or to seek an adjournment if necessary and appropriate. Since this new listing process was adopted in September 2014, we understand there has been a reduction in requests for adjournment of special fixture hearing dates.

The new listing practices will be kept under review by NCAT. Any members who experience any difficulties as to the operation of the new system should provide specific details to Alastair McConnachie at the Bar Association at amcconnachie@nswbar.asn.au

NCAT 2013-14 Annual Report

Wed Dec 10 2014

The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal, better known by the acronym, NCAT, has published its first annual report. NCAT was formed by amalgamating 22 existing tribunals and bodies. At the end of June 2014, the tribunal had 266 members. You can read the annual report here.

In Brief distribution during the Christmas-New Year holiday

Tue Dec 09 2014

In Brief will be winding down its daily distribution over the Christmas-New Year period. Beginning Monday, 15 December 2014, bulletins will be distributed once or twice per week. Normal service will resume on Monday, 19 January 2015.

Retirement of the Hon Justice Jacobson

Tue Dec 09 2014

A ceremonial sitting of the Federal Court will be held on Friday, 12 December 2014 to mark the retirement (on 24 January 2015) of the Hon Justice Peter Jacobson. The ceremony will be held at 9.30am in Court 1, L21, Queens Square. President Jane Needham SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear robes, but not wigs.

Assessment Services reduced operations over Christmas-New Year

Tue Dec 09 2014

New South Wales Government agencies will close down over the Christmas-New Year period, from Monday, 22 December 2014 to Friday, 2 January 2015. The Assessment Services Division, which includes (among others) the Medical Assessment Service and CARS, will have a skeleton staff at their registry counter (located at Level 19, 1 Oxford St, Darlinghurst), for reduced hours, during the close down period. Learn more here.

Retirement of the Hon Justice Jacobson

Tue Dec 09 2014

A ceremonial sitting of the Federal Court will be held on Friday, 12 December 2014 to mark the retirement (on 24 January 2015) of the Hon Justice Peter Jacobson. The ceremony will be held at 9.30am in Court 1, L21, Queens Square. President Jane Needham SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear robes, but not wigs.

Ten Years of the Civil Procedure Act 2005

Tue Dec 09 2014

On Wednesday, 18 February 2015 Chief Justice Bathurst, Basten JA, Bergin J, Garling J, Sackville AJA and leading experts from the legal profession and academics will gather to discuss the impact and future of civil procedure in NSW after ten years of the Civil Procedure Act 2005 (NSW). A Decade of Insights and a Guide to Future Litigation will take place in the Banco Court from 1.00pm to 6.00pm. For more information, download a brochure. To register, visit the UNSW website.

The new look InBrief

Mon Dec 08 2014

InBrief is the daily news and current awareness bulletin from the New South Wales Bar Association. It's a Boulliabaise of appointments, upcoming CPD seminars, book launches, media releases and more. InBrief has a new look and feel, with a searchable archive, also sorted by year and month. You can get there directly from the home page. And don't forget: you can follow InBrief on Twitter: @InBrief.

Comparative Constitutional Law: final courts roundup for 2014

Mon Dec 08 2014

The AACL invite members to this annual seminar, which will provide an outline of recent constitutional developments in several overseas jurisdictions that are of key interest to Australian constitutional lawyers. Experts from each jurisdiction will report on three of four major constitutional cases argued or decided over the last year; changes in the composition and politics of each country’s highest court; and flag the state of debate over constitutional reform. Together, the panellists will also discuss the potential relevance of these comparative developments for current issues in Australian constitutional law. The event is open to members. Membership of AACL is $70 per annum. Among other benefits, it confers the right to attend AACL events (4-5 seminars per year). Membership applications are accepted at the door. Learn more here.

New CTP claim form

Mon Dec 08 2014

The compulsory third party (CTP) personal injury claim form has been revised and updated. This claim form, which is approved by the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) under section 74 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999, comes into effect from 8 January 2015. The new form will be available on the MAA website from early January.

Bar News (Summer 2014-15) is now available online

Mon Dec 08 2014

The Summer 2014-15 edition of Bar News is now available online. This edition features: the 2014 Maurice Byers Lecture, "Appellate review of the facts"; a fascinating article on "The saga of Egon Kisch and the White Australia Policy"; and a detailed, informative article on how lawyers can use the digital devices and services in an ethical and professional manner. There's the usual mix of recent developments, appointments, obituaries and book reviews. Hard copies are rolling off the printing press and should arrive by Friday or Monday.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2015

Mon Dec 08 2014

Registrations are now open for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences.The 2015 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 21 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 28 February and Sunday, 1 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 7 March: North Coast
  • Saturday, 14 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 28 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue and the costs involved please click here

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

Speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact Bali Kaur, Professional Development Coordinator (ph: 02 9229 1722 or bkaur@nswbar.asn.au).

Wanted: volunteers for Indigenous pre-law students' visit

Fri Dec 05 2014

As part of its Reconciliation Action Plan, the Bar Association hosts an annual visit from the Indigenous students attending the UNSW pre-law course. This year the visit is on 16 December and starts at 9 am in the common room. The chair of the Indigenous Barristers'€™ Strategy Working Party is seeking volunteers to attend the morning discussion about life as a barrister and then take several students back to chambers. A visit to the Supreme Court starts at 12.15 pm and then there is a lunch in the common room.

The objective is to demonstrate to the new law students the role of barristers and to encourage them to see the bar as a future career option.

Volunteers are needed. Please come for an enjoyable morning and a rewarding exchange with some aspiring law students. Contact Wendy Incoll by email on wincoll@nswbar.asn.au or telephone her on 9229 1710.

If you have any questions about your possible contribution, please contact Chris Ronalds SC via email.

Protocol for predictable sitting hours in the Federal and Local Courts

Fri Dec 05 2014

President Jane Needham SC recently wrote to the chief justice of the Federal Court and the chief magistrate of the Local Court in relation to the predictability of sitting hours.

The Federal Court of Australia has circulated a memorandum to all judges noting the relevant issues and requesting that as much notice as possible is given to the profession and the parties and that they are consulted about any possible difficulty in relation to a matter. The chief justice’s memorandum notes that ‘in considering whether or not to set or extend court hours, it is, of course, relevant to consider the family or other carer responsibilities of practitioners and parties’.

The chief magistrate of the Local Court has agreed to accept the proposed protocol contained in the president’s letter dated 10 November 2014.

Submissions sought on the Uniform Rules

Fri Dec 05 2014

The Legal Profession Uniform Law is expected to replace in mid-2015 the Legal Profession Act 2004 and the regulations and rules made under that Act. The Uniform Law aims to create a common legal services market across NSW and Victoria and harmonise regulatory obligations, while retaining local performance of regulatory functions. The Legal Services Council, which is responsible for making rules under the Legal Profession Uniform Law, is seeking submissions from members of the public regarding the Uniform Rules. To facilitate informed comment, the Bar Association has created a page on its website, containing background information and links to relevant documents, including the Australian Bar Association's Proposed Legal Profession Conduct Rules and the Proposed Continuing Professional Development Rules for barristers. The closing date for comments and submissions is Friday, 16 January 2015. To learn more, or to make a submission, visit the Uniform Rules page.