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Vale the Hon Jerrold Sydney Cripps QC (1933-2015)

Tue Dec 29 2015

The Hon Jerrold Sydney Cripps QC, a former chief judge of the Land and Environment Court, a judge of appeal and a commissioner of the Independent Commission against Corruption has died. Funeral details will be noted in InBrief when available.

LTCS E-News Issue 84

Fri Dec 18 2015

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 84 is now available and includes the new contact details for Lifetime Care and information on holiday season close down times. View LTCS E-News No 84 here.

Large Chambers for Sale

Fri Dec 18 2015
Arguably one of the more impressive chambers in Sydney

Harbour views on one side, Bridge views on the other. Corner office, approx. 40 sqm. Wooden floor and shelving. Room comes with large conference table, leather chairs and couch, two partner’s desks. Nominal consideration. Expressions of interest invited. Please contact Kristen on 9220 9800.

Room for sale or licence in Blackstone Chambers

Fri Dec 18 2015
Room available for Licence or for Sale in Blackstone Chambers in 2016

Room available for sale or licence in Blackstone Chambers. Blackstone is a very busy and strong commercial floor with an enviable reputation. It consists of 44 barristers, 8 of whom are silk, and is located in the MLC Centre. The internal room is well appointed with built in shelving, storage and built in desk and return. It is 16m2 in size and easily fits 4 people for conference. It has no common walls. Blackstone Chambers boasts an extensive library supported by the services of a Librarian and is connected to Barnet. The room is available to buy or for licence and is an exceptional opportunity to join this outstanding floor.

Settlement or commencement of licence in January, February or March 2016 as suits. Enquiries and inspections by appointment are welcome. Please contact Kristen Sproule on 9220 9800.

BOCSAR study on domestic violence

Fri Dec 18 2015

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released its Crime and Justice Statistics Brief, Intimate partner homicides in NSW: 2005 to 2014. The results make interesting reading. The report found that: despite a perception that domestic violence offences are escalating, the number of victims of intimate partner homicide has remained relatively stable since 2005; only one-quarter of victims had taken an AVO out against the homicide offender prior to the homicide event; and while Indigenous people were over-represented among the victims, it was particularly disproportionate in regard to male victims (25%). Learn more here.

2016 Mahla Pearlman Oration

Fri Dec 18 2015

The prestigious annual Mahla Pearlman Oration will be delivered at Commonwealth Law Courts, Queens Square on 10 March 2016 by Professor Jacqueline Peel, from the University of Melbourne. The oration title will be "Addressing Climate Injustice: Human Rights and Climate Change in the Courts". The Hon Justice Rachel Pepper will chair the event. RSVP by 1 March 2016 for catering and security purposes. Learn more here.

The Red Mass 2016

Fri Dec 18 2015

The Red Mass to celebrate the commencement of the 2016 Law Year will be held at 9.00am on Monday, 1 February 2016 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. The Red Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Fisher OP. Concelebrating will be Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay OLM of the Maronite Diocese of St Maroun. Judges and counsel are invited to robe in the Crypt from 8:30am. There will be a procession of judges and counsel into the Cathedral. Morning tea will be served in Cathedral House immediately after the ceremony.

Anglican Church Service for 2016 Law Year

Fri Dec 18 2015

The Anglican 2016 Church Service for the commencement of the 2016 Law Year will be celebrated on Monday, 1 February 2016 at 10.30am in St James’ Anglican Church, King Street,by the Most Rev Dr Glenn Davies, archbishop of Sydney, and the Rev Andrew Sempell, rector of St James’ Anglican Church.

Bar Association office hours during the Christmas - New Year season

Fri Dec 18 2015

The office of the New South Wales Bar Association will close for the Christmas-New Year holiday at 4.00pm today, 18 December 2015. It will reopen on Monday, 4 January 2016 between 9.00am and 5.00pm. Normal office hours (8.00am to 6.00pm) will resume on 27 January 2016.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2016

Tue Dec 15 2015

Registrations are now open for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2016 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 13 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 20 February and Sunday, 21 February: Orange
  • Saturday, 27 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 12 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 19 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue, speakers 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]

Further 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 the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4055 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au.

2016 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Dec 15 2015

Registrations are now open for the 2016 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 5 March. The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided.

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

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited.

To register and pay to secure your place please click here

For more details about the conference program please click here. A detailed program will be soon 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 the Professional Development Department (9229 4055 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Bar Library hours during the Christmas-New Year season

Tue Dec 15 2015

The Bar Library will be closed from Monday, 21 December 2015 to Friday 15 January 2016 and on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. The library will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm between Monday, 18 January 2016 and Monday, 25 January 2016. Normal opening hours will resume from Wednesday, 27 January 2016.

Volunteers wanted at TLC

Tue Dec 15 2015

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

Farewell to the Hon Justice Peter Biscoe

Tue Dec 15 2015

Friday, 18 December 2015 will be the last sitting day for the Hon Justice Biscoe at the Land and Environment Court. To mark the occasion, President Noel Hutley SC will speak briefly during an informal farewell at 9.30am in Court 12A of the Land and Environment Court. The chief judge will not be speaking and robing is not required.

Appointment to the Land and Environment Court

Mon Dec 14 2015

Acting Justice Timothy Moore has been appointed as a permanent judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW. He will replace Justice Peter Biscoe, who will retire after 10 years on the bench. Acting Justice Moore will begin serving as a permanent judge of the Land and Environment Court on 4 January 2016. A ceremonial sitting to welcome his Honour will be held in the Banco Court on Tuesday, 2 February 2016. Members will be advised of further details as soon as they are known.

Law Council calls for stronger safeguards to counter-terrorism legislation

Mon Dec 14 2015

The Law Council of Australia has expressed concerns regarding the latest counter-terrorism bill, particularly the expansion of control orders. The LCA noted that the Bill reduces the age at which control orders can be applied and effectively allows evidence to be admitted into a control order proceeding without the subject of a control order, or his/her legal representative, having access to the information. Learn more here.

Large Chambers for Sale

Mon Dec 14 2015
Arguably one of the more impressive chambers in Sydney

Harbour views on one side, Bridge views on the other. Corner office, approx. 40 sqm. Wooden floor and shelving. Room comes with large conference table, leather chairs and couch, two partner’s desks. Nominal consideration. Expressions of interest invited. Please contact Kristen on 9220 9800.

[2015] (Summer) Bar News

Fri Dec 11 2015

The Summer 2015 edition of Bar News is at the printer and is due to arrive in mailboxes late next week. This is a little later than planned and Bar News regrets any disappointment this might cause. This edition features: an interview with Attorney General Gabrielle Upton; "Tipping the Scales: Equity and Diversity at the Bar", a landmark speech delivered by Jane Needham SC in the Banco Court; a tribute to Sir Kenneth Jacobs KBE QC; a farewell to Paul Daley OAM and more features. There's the usual book reviews and coverage of appointments and recent developments. And of course, no Bar News would be complete without a sports report on the achievements of NSW Bar FC. [2015] (Summer) Bar News is available now on the Bar Association's website.

Commemorating the Martin Place siege

Fri Dec 11 2015

The following message to the Bar Association has been provided by the Department of Premier and Cabinet regarding a public ceremony on 15 December 2015 to commemorate the Martin Place Siege.

The premier of NSW, Mike Baird MP issued a media release earlier today to inform the public of plan to commemorate the first anniversary of the Martin Place siege.

The premier acknowledges that this is an important opportunity to mark one year since the traumatic events of last December.

An understated public ceremony will be held on the evening of 15 December, to remember the victims and survivors of the siege and to recognise the response and resilience of a community that refused, and refuses yet, to be divided by those who wish to cause harm.

The ceremony will begin at 8.15pm in Martin Place between Phillip and Elizabeth Streets. Five nights of light projections on the façade of the Lindt Café building will follow.

The light projections will incorporate images of the floral tribute laid at the Martin Place site, and will reflect on the thousands of notes and messages left by the wider NSW community following the siege.

The families of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, whose lives were lost in the siege, support the ceremony and light projections that are planned to commemorate the anniversary.

All members of the Sydney community are welcome to attend the ceremony and/or view the light projections which will run for 5 nights from 15 December to 19 December (approximately 8.30pm to midnight). Public viewing areas for the ceremony will be between Phillip and Macquarie Streets as well as Elizabeth and Castlereagh Streets in Martin Place. The area of Martin Place between Elizabeth and Phillip Streets will be reserved for invited guests.

Bench and Bar Tennis Day 2015

Fri Dec 11 2015

The Bench and Bar Tennis competition will be held on grass at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. The Hon Susan Crennan Cup will be awarded to the best and fairest female member in the tournament, while the Hon Bryan Beaumont Cup and the Barbour Cup will also be up for grabs. Download a flyer and registration form here.

32nd Great Bar Boat Race - 2015 Invitational Challenge

Fri Dec 11 2015

The 32nd Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 21 December 2015 at 11.00am. Solicitors are invited to compete in a friendly competition with the Bench & Bar. This is a non-spinnaker race for monohull keelboats greater than 6.5m. The Organising Authority is the RAN Sailing Association ("RANSA"). For more information about the race, including the strict insurance prerequisites, or to enter, download a flyer here.

Wanted: volunteers for Indigenous pre-law students' visit

Thu Dec 10 2015

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 9.00am 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.