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Queen's counsel in Queensland

Fri Dec 05 2014

The Queensland Bar Association has announced the appointment of nine new queen's counsel.

  • John Joseph Allen
  • Jacoba Brasch
  • Michael Cowen
  • Peter Robert Franco
  • Catherine Claire Heyworth-Smith
  • Jonathan Mark Horton
  • David Murray Logan
  • Phillip Paul McQuade
  • Dominic Bernard O'Sullivan

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2015

Fri Dec 05 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).

For the diary: 2015 ABA High Court Dinner

Fri Dec 05 2014

The Australian Bar Association will hold a dinner in the Great Hall of the High Court of Australia on Monday, 2 February 2015 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm - the night of the new silks taking their bows in Canberra. All barristers, not just the new silks, and their partners are invited to attend. For more information, or to reserve your seat, click here.

Legal Aid NSW Specialist Barrister Panel (Criminal Appellate Matters)

Thu Dec 04 2014

The Legal Aid NSW Specialist Barrister Panel (Criminal Appellate Matters) (the panel) will re-open on Monday, 8 December 2014 following a review of the panel documentation. The Panel is open to suitably experienced junior counsel and applies to the following matters:

  • Provision of advices on appeals (if there is no merit) and grounds and submissions (if there is merit) to the Supreme Court including the CCA and the High Court.
  • Preparation and conduct of appeals before the CCA and the High Court.
  • Preparation and conduct of appeals to the Supreme Court.
  • Preparation of applications to review convictions and sentences pursuant to Part 7 and 8 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act.

Applications must be submitted through the Panels Application website by no later than 6 March 2015 for consideration by the Selection Committee. Any applications received after this date will not be considered until the next available Selection Committee meeting.

Information about the panel is available on the Specialist Criminal Law Barrister page. This page contains the following which can be viewed or downloaded:

  • Information for applicants containing the selection criteria
  • Practice Standards for the Specialist Barrister panel (Criminal Appellate Matters)
  • Panel service agreement

Help with submitting an application is available at:

For any further enquiries regarding the panel please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or contact Professional Practices on ph: (02) 9219 5662.

Legal Aid NSW Specialist Barrister Panel (Criminal Appellate Matters) Revised Practice Standards

Thu Dec 04 2014

The Legal Aid NSW practice standards for junior counsel appointed to the Specialist Barrister Panel (Criminal Appellate Matters) have been revised. The revised practice standards take effect from 1 December 2014.

The revised practice standards contain important updates on panel lawyers' responsibilities to legally aided clients, instructing solicitors, the relevant Courts and Legal Aid NSW.

More information about the revised practice standards is available at the Practice standards in legally aided matters web page.

New appointment to the High Court

Thu Dec 04 2014

Attorney-General George Brandis has announced the appointment of the Hon Geoffrey Arthur Akeroyd Nettle, a member of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, as the next justice of the High Court of Australia. Justice Nettle will replace the Hon Justice Susan Crennan AC, who leaves the court on 3 February 2015. Learn more here.

Law Council concerned about developments in Timor Leste

Thu Dec 04 2014

The Law Council has joined the Australian Bar Association and the Judicial Conference of Australia in censuring the government and parliament of Timor Leste for terminating the contracts of all international judges, prosecutors, defenders and other international advisors working in the judicial system. Learn more here.

Tonight in CPD

Thu Dec 04 2014

A seminar will be held tonight in the Common Room at 5.15pm:"It's 2014 so stop working like it's 1914". Presented by Philippe Doyle Gray, Stephen Walsh and Thomas Krober. For full details please download a flyer here

Productivity Commission report: Access to Justice Arrangements

Wed Dec 03 2014

The Productivity Commission has released its report into Australia's system of civil dispute resolution, with a focus on constraining costs and promoting access to justice and equality before the law. The report, Access to Justice Arrangements, can be viewed here. The New South Wales Bar Association made a submission in response to the commission's draft report in April 2014.

LCA opposes mandatory data retention

Wed Dec 03 2014

The Law Council of Australia has adopted a policy opposing the currently proposed mandatory data retention scheme in the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014. Learn more here.

Law Council President's Medal 2014

Wed Dec 03 2014

The Law Council of Australia has announced the Hon Geoffrey Eames AM QC and Ms Raelene Webb QC as the recipients of the 2014 Law Council of Australia President's Medal. Learn more here.

LTCS E-News Issue 80

Wed Dec 03 2014

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 80 is now available and includes information concerning: new Severe Injury Advice Forms, the 2013-14 Annual Report, the new LTCS website and extranet, the launch of the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research and more. View LTCS E-News No 80 here.

Appointments to note

Wed Dec 03 2014

Peter Kite SC of Frederick Jordan Chambers has been appointed as an acting judge of the Industrial Court of NSW and acting deputy president of the Industrial Relations Commission.

Tonight in CPD

Wed Dec 03 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm:"60 tips in 60 minutes". Presented by Nigel Cotman SC, Garry McGrath SC, Philippe Doyle Gray and Nicolas Kirby. For full details please download a flyer here

Tomorrow in CPD

Wed Dec 03 2014

A seminar will be held tomorrow night in the Common Room at 5.15pm:"It's 2014 so stop working like it's 1914". Presented by Philippe Doyle Gray, Stephen Walsh and Thomas Krober. For full details please download a flyer here

Tomorrow in CPD

Tue Dec 02 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tomorrow night at 5.15pm:"60 tips in 60 minutes". Presented by Nigel Cotman SC, Garry McGrath SC, Philippe Doyle Gray and Nicolas Kirby. For full details please download a flyer here

Legal Aid News for December

Tue Dec 02 2014

Legal Aid News for December 2014 is out now, featuring articles on applications to join the Specialist Barrister Panel, the new director of the Criminal Law Division of Legal Aid NSW, changes to the civil law fee scale, training sessions on changes to the Bail Act 2013, courses, conferences and more. You can view the newsletter here.

Common Law Practice Update 71

Tue Dec 02 2014

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 71, with case notes on sections 3, 61 and 63 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999, sections 5B, 5G and 5R of the Civil Liability Act 2002, damages and life expectancy and more. Download CLPU 71.

Coming up in CPD

Mon Dec 01 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room on Wednesday night at 5.15pm:"60 tips in 60 minutes". Presented by Nigel Cotman SC, Garry McGrath SC, Philippe Doyle Gray and Nicolas Kirby. For full details please download a flyer here

Old Law, New Law - tonight

Mon Dec 01 2014

Members are invited to the launch of the latest book by the Hon Keith Mason QC, Old Law, New Law: A Second Australian Legal Miscellany tonight at 5.30pm-7.30pm in the Common Room. There to launch the book will be the Hon John Bryson QC and the Hon Justice Geoff Lindsay will be master of ceremonies. Drinks and canapes will be served. The book will be available for purchase at the launch − special price $50.00. Learn more by visiting the Federation Press website.

New Law Council Executive Elected

Mon Dec 01 2014

At the Law Council of Australia AGM and Meeting of Directors on Saturday, 29 November 2014 in Canberra, members of the Executive were elected as follows:

  • Mr Duncan McConnel, President (Northern Territory Bar Association)
  • Mr Stuart Clark, President-elect (Large Law Firm Group)
  • Ms Fiona McLeod SC, Treasurer (Victorian Bar Association)
  • Dr Christopher Kendall, Executive Member (Western Australia Bar Association)
  • Mr Morry Bailes, Executive Member (Law Society of South Australia)
  • Mr Ian Brown, Executive Member (Queensland Law Society)

Comcare changes threaten workers’ rights and workplace safety: ALA

Fri Nov 28 2014

The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has warned that state and territory-based workers’ compensation schemes are in danger of being abandoned by employers if changes to the Comcare scheme are approved.

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (Cth) was debated this week in the House of Representatives. It will encourage employers registered in more than one state to move their workers out of state-based compensation schemes and into the Comcare scheme, which provides inferior support to workers who face serious injury, and inferior safety oversight.

Read the ALA media release here.

Statement from the ABA on addressing Indigenous imprisonment rates

Fri Nov 28 2014

The Australian Bar Association has issued a statement regarding the unacceptable rates of Indigenous incarceration, which were highlighted by the Productivity Commission’s report, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage. The ABA again calls on federal, state and territory governments to adopt justice reinvestment as a guiding practice, whereby funds that would otherwise be allocated for imprisonment are instead directed to local communities with a high concentration of offenders addressing the underlying causes of crime within that community.Read the ABA statement here.

ABA voices concern over Timor Leste dismissals

Fri Nov 28 2014

The Australian Bar Association has joined the Judicial Conference of Australia in expressing deep concern over moves last month by the government and parliament of Timor Leste to dismiss foreign judges. Learn more here.