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WLA Christmas Cocktails

Fri Nov 14 2014

The Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW invites members to join them for their annual end of year drinks event, on Thursday, 20 November 2014 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the Union, University & Schools Club of Sydney, 25 Bent Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

Victory to Bench and Bar in chess

Fri Nov 14 2014

The Bench and Bar v Solicitors 22nd annual chess tournament, The Terrey Shaw Memorial, was held last night. The Bench and Bar team were victorious 11-9. The standard was high with Justice Steven Rares being awarded the prize for best played game.

Victorian Bar Council 2014-15

Fri Nov 14 2014

following the recent Victorian Bar Council election, the following office bearers have been appointed to the Bar Council for 2014-15.

  • Chairman: James W S Peters QC
  • Senior Vice-Chairman: Paul Anastassiou QC
  • Junior Vice-Chairman: David O’Callaghan QC
  • Honorary Treasurer: Jennifer Batrouney QC
  • Asst. Honorary Treasurer: Daniel Crennan

The following members were elected to the Bar Council for 2014-2015 (in order of seniority):

Eleven counsel who are queen’s counsel, senior counsel or junior counsel who are of not less than fifteen years’ standing:

  • O Paul Holdenson QC
  • Jennifer Jane Batrouney QC
  • Paul Elias Anastassiou QC
  • Michelle Lesley Quigley QC
  • David John O’Callaghan QC
  • James William Sturrock Peters QC
  • Michael Francis Wheelahan QC
  • Gregory John Lyon QC
  • Samantha Lee Marks QC
  • Matthew John Collins QC
  • Christopher James Winneke

Six counsel who are junior counsel and are of not more than fifteen nor less than six years’ standing:

  • Suzanne Ama Kirton
  • Daniel Joseph Crennan
  • Samuel Distin Hay
  • Michelle Rose Sharpe
  • Stewart John Maiden
  • Elizabeth McKinnon

Four counsel who are junior counsel and are of less than 6 years’ standing:

  • Emma Rhiannon Peppler
  • Daniel Bernard Bongiorno
  • Karen Argiropoulos
  • Matthew John Hooper

Youth Koori Court pilot project in Parramatta

Fri Nov 14 2014

The New South Wales Government has announced a new circle sentencing pilot project for young Aboriginal offenders. Attorney General Brad Hazzard announced a 12 month trial of the Youth Koori Court, beginning in January 2015 at Parramatta Children’s Court. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Nov 14 2014

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room this month. Coming up next week:

Monday, 17 November: "The Inaugural Spigelman Public Law Oration. Presented by The Honourable Justice Stephen Gageler and chaired by the Honourable Justice Alan Robertson. For full details please download a flyer here

Tuesday, 18 November: "Male, Female or Non-Specific: NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie. Presented by David Bennett AC QC, Joanna Davidson and Norrie and chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Wednesday, 19 November: "2014 Forbes Lecture". Details to follow.

Bar Association office bearers for 2015

Thu Nov 13 2014

At a meeting of the Bar Council on the evening of 13 November 2014, the following were elected as office bearers of the Bar Association:

President: Jane Needham SC

Senior Vice President: Noel Hutley SC

Junior Vice President: Arthur Moses SC

Treasurer: Justin Hogan-Doran

Hon. Secretary: Philippe Doyle Gray

P A Selth Executive Director

End of year festivities for the Bar Book Club

Thu Nov 13 2014

The last meeting for the year of the Bar Book Club will be held at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 2 December 2014. The book for the next meeting is Ian McEwan’s The Children Act.

We will also be having an end of year dinner at which NO book shall be discussed. This will be held on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 at La Rosa restaurant. If you would like to attend, please email library@nswbar.asn.au by close of business Friday, 14 November 2014.

Save the date : 2015 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Nov 13 2014

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

Speaker details and registration forms 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).

Dates for your Diary : NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2015

Thu Nov 13 2014

The NSW Bar Association 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

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

Each conference will cover all four mandatory CPD strands (Practice Management, Ethics, Advocacy and Substantive Law) and will comprise a total of six CPD points. For the Orange conference, 10 points will be offered over two days.

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).

Cocktails and Canapés to Celebrate the Appointment of Female Senior Counsel for 2014

Wed Nov 12 2014

The Women Barristers Forum, in association with The Women Lawyers Association of NSW, invites members of the Bar Association to join them at a cocktail function to celebrate the appointment of Rashda Rana SC, Belinda Rigg SC and Gabrielle Bashir SC on Thursday, 13 November 2014 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Verandah, 55-65 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. For more information, or to register, download a flyer.

Legal Aid NSW annual report

Wed Nov 12 2014

Legal Aid NSW has published its annual report for 2013-14, during which, one million services in civil, family and criminal law were provided. Attorney General Brad Hazzard praised the organisation, saying: "Legal Aid lawyers are constantly lifting people out of what appears to be insurmountable legal problems – they are champions fighting on behalf of the community." View the attorney's media release here. View the Legal Aid NSW annual report here.

Common Law Practice Update 70

Wed Nov 12 2014

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 70, with case notes on section 62 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999, sections 5D and 5R of the Civil Liability Act 2002, occupier's liability and employment. Download CLPU 70 here.

Tonight in CPD

Wed Nov 12 2014

A seminar will be held tonight at 5.15pm in the Common Room:"Commonwealth Criminal Law - Traps for young players". Presented by Wendy Abraham QC and chaired by David Scully. For full details please download a flyer here

Health and Wellbeing Committee

Tue Nov 11 2014

On 28 August 2014 the Bar Council established a Health and Wellbeing Committee. The following members have been appointed to the committee for 2014-15.

Arthur Moses SC (Chair) Anthony Lo Surdo SC Duncan Graham SC Peter McGrath SC Adrian Gruzman David Jordan Anne Healey Dominique Hogan-Doran Andrew Scotting Adam Casselden Scott Corish Eva Elbourne Matthew Lewis Michael Gleeson Elizabeth James

The 4th Annual Ron McCallum Debate

Tue Nov 11 2014

The Australian Institute of Employment Rights will hold the 4th Annual Ron McCallum Debate at the Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 (4.00pm to 6.00pm). The debate will be chaired by the Hon Geoff Giudice AO and will feature Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO, Stephen Smith, director national industrial relations, Australian Industry Group, Louise Tarrant, former national secretary, United Voice, Professor Barbara Pocock, former director of the Centre for Work + Life and Colleen Chen, co-founder of Interns Australia. The event is free of charge but registration is essential. To register, please contact the AIER directly on ph:(03) 9647 9102 or email: admin@aierights.com.au For more information, download a flyer.

Forbes Society legal history tutorial

Tue Nov 11 2014

On Wednesday, 12 November 2014 Justice Richard Button of the Supreme Court will present a Forbes Society tutorial on the history of the criminal law in NSW. The tutorial will commence at 5.10pm and conclude no later than 6.10pm. The venue for the tutorial will be Court No 1 in the Hospital Road Court Complex, with entry via the chambers of Lindsay J. Everybody is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

2014 Great Bar Boat Race

Tue Nov 11 2014

The 31st Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 22 December 2014 at 11.00am. Members are invited to compete in a friendly competition with solicitors. The Organising Authority is the RAN Sailing Association ("RANSA"). For more information about the race, including the strict insurance prerequisites, download a flyer here. To enter in the race, complete a registration form here.

Appointment to note

Tue Nov 11 2014

Renee Bianchi of 13 St James Hall has been elected vice president of Young Lawyers NSW.

Coming up in CPD

Tue Nov 11 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm on Tuesday, 18 November: "Male, Female or Non-Specific: NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie. Presented by David Bennett AC QC, Joanna Davidson and Norrie and chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Tomorrow in CPD

Tue Nov 11 2014

A seminar will be held tomorrow night at 5.15pm in the Common Room:"Commonwealth Criminal Law - Traps for young players". Presented by Wendy Abraham QC and chaired by David Scully. For full details please download a flyer here

Tonight in CPD

Tue Nov 11 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm:"Foundation Financial Strategies". Presented by Kate McCallum and Tony Clark and chaired by Callan O'Neill. For full details please download a flyer here

Tonight in CPD

Mon Nov 10 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm: "The Real Trial of Breaker Morant". Presented by Craig Wilcox and chaired by Jane Needham SC. For full details please download a flyer here

It's time: Toongabbie Legal Centre Fundraising Dinner, Bowman Hall, Blacktown

Mon Nov 10 2014

The chief justice of the Federal Court, the Hon J L B Allsop AO will be the chief guest at Toongabbie Legal Centre’s (TLC) Seventh Annual Fundraising Dinner on Friday, 28 November 2014 at Bowman Hall, Blacktown: Reserve your ticket and support a worthwhile cause providing free legal advice to vulnerable communities. For more details visit TLC’s website: www.tlc.asn.auor email: admin@tlc.asn.au

Also, the TLC will hold a full-day legal education seminar on family law on Saturday, 29 November 2014. Please register early. For details visit www.tlc.asn.au or email: admin@tlc.asn.au

Toongabbie Legal Centre is inviting barristers with over five years experience to volunteer with its free legal service in Toongabbie and Blacktown. Please email: admin@tlc.asn.au for more information. Website: www.tlc.asn.au

Tomorrow in CPD

Mon Nov 10 2014

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tomorrow at 5.15pm:"Foundation Financial Strategies". Presented by Kate McCallum and Tony Clark and chaired by Callan O'Neill. For full details please download a flyer here

Next week in CPD

Fri Nov 07 2014

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room next week:

Monday, 10 November: "The Real Trial of Breaker Morant". Presented by Craig Wilcox and chaired by Jane Needham SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Tuesday, 11 November: "Foundation Financial Strategies". Presented by Kate McCallum and Tony Clark and chaired by Callan O’Neill. For full details please download a flyer here

Wednesday, 12 November: "Commonwealth Criminal Law - Traps for young players". Presented by Wendy Abraham QC and chaired by David Scully. For full details please download a flyer here