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National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference

Thu Apr 30 2015

The Fifth National Access to Justice & Pro Bono Conference will be held in Sydney on 18 and 19 June 2015 at the Sheraton on the Park. The biennial conference gathers legal professionals, judges, government law officers, academics and students from across Australia and overseas. The program includes leading speakers who will discuss critical and current access to justice issues facing Australians. The speakers are from around Australia and overseas, including Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

The 2015 Conference will celebrate the 800-year anniversary of the Magna Carta, the historic charter that would eventually lead to the establishment of constitutional law throughout the English-speaking world.

Bar Association First World War probate packs

Thu Apr 30 2015

The Supreme Court of New South Wales has made 11,000 boxes of First World War probate packets accessible to public, with help from NSW State Records and donations from the Bar Association and the Law Society. The records contain valuable information about occupations at the time, along with marriage and divorce records, and should be enormously valuable to genealogists and historians. Soon they will be formally transferred to public access at the NSW Sate Records Office Western Sydney Records Centre in Kingswood and listed online. In an interview for Australasian Lawyer, the CEO and principal registrar of the NSW Supreme Court has thanked the Bar Association for its generous support of the project.

Change the Record on Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system

Thu Apr 30 2015

Leading Indigenous, human rights and peak legal professional organisations have joined the "National Justice Coalition" in a campaign to end the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system. "Change the Record" was launched this morning in Redfern with the support of the Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia. The immediate past president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Phillip Boulten SC, will chair the ABA working party contributing to finding new ways to approach the issue. Learn more here and here.

ABA president's report for April 2015

Wed Apr 29 2015

The president of the Australian Bar Association, Fiona McLeod SC, has published her Report to Members for April 2015. It includes updates on the death penalty, legal aid advocacy, Indigenous incarceration, conduct and admission rules under the Uniform Legal Profession Act, as well as field dispatches from meetings in Singapore and advocacy training workshops in Borneo. View the report here.

Practising Certificate Renewals Update No.2 of 2015

Wed Apr 29 2015

All New South Wales barristers' practising certificates expire on 30 June 2015. A new practising certificate has to have been issued before a barrister may practise on and from 1 July 2015. All practising certificate renewal forms were sent out last week. If you have not received your forms, or have any questions regarding its completion, please contact the certification officer Barrie Anthony on ph:(02) 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au. View Practising Certificate Renewals Update No.2 of 2015.

Australian Academy of Law Patron's Address for 2015

Wed Apr 29 2015

The Australian Academy of Law (AAL) will be holding the fourth of its annual Patron’s Addresses on Monday, 18 May 2015 at 5.30pm on Level 21, Queens Square. "Magna Carta and the Development of the Common Law" will be delivered by Professor Paul Brand FBA, emeritus fellow, All Souls College, Oxford. To learn more about the address, or how to reserve your place, download a flyer here.

ABA Platinum Reserve Credit Card

Wed Apr 29 2015

With unrivalled travel, shopping and dining privileges, the ABA Platinum Reserve Credit Card is the Card that truly rewards you for living life to the fullest – making it the ideal Card for hard-working ABA members.

Apply now to receive a $295 Statement Credit

New Card Members who apply by 30 April 2015, are approved and spend $500 on eligible purchases within the first two months will receive a $295 Statement Credit – that’s enough to cover your first year’s annual Card fee.

This introductory offer excludes existing Card Members or previous Card Members who have held an American Express Card in the last 12 months.

Spacious room for sale or lease on Third Floor Wentworth

Wed Apr 29 2015

A double sized room (easily converted into two standard rooms) is now available for purchase or lease on the Third Floor, Wentworth Chambers. The room has a traditional fit-out with large built-in cupboards, shelving and robing space, as well as a new split-system air conditioner. It would suit a silk or two junior barristers perfectly as it is one of the largest spaces in the building.

The floor has been operating for 58 years and has 14 busy senior junior barristers, and one silk. Floor fees are modest and the floor has the benefit of fast CCL broadband internet, telephony and secure wireless throughout the building. It has recently been renovated by CCL with brand new wide windows in brushed chrome that provide an abundance of natural light.

The room faces the western side of Lockhart chambers, Beenbah chambers and the Law Courts building.

For more information visit www.3wentworth.com.au

Price: $400,000 (or $200,000 per room).

For all confidential inquiries such as inspection appointments, please contact the clerk, Katelyn Sawyer on ph: (02) 9232 3937 or clerk3@wentworthchambers.com.au

AG and LCA make last ditch appeals to Indonesian authorities

Tue Apr 28 2015

Attorney General George Brandis QC has written to Indonesian Attorney-General Prasetyo regarding Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, urging the Indonesian Government to stay the executions until Constitutional Court and Judicial Commission inquiries into their trial have been completed. The Law Council of Australia has also called on Indonesian authorities to stay the impending executions to allow both men to give evidence before Indonesia’s Constitutional Court. Learn more here.

Bar News (Autumn 2015) is now available online

Tue Apr 28 2015

The Autumn 2015 edition of Bar News is at the printer, but select articles are now available online. This edition features articles on drugs policy, working with interpreters and in a very topical opinion piece John Nader QC discusses his reasons for not attending a conference in Bali. Plus, there's the usual mix of recent developments, appointments and book reviews.

ADR and taxation: an AIDC Evening Seminar

Tue Apr 28 2015

Members are invited to an evening seminar at the Australian International Disputes Centre (AIDC). Professor Tania Sourdin will discuss the role of ADR practitioners in taxation matters on 7 May 2015 at 5.45pm. For more information, and to reserve your place, download a flyer here.

One External Room Available with Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour Views

Tue Apr 28 2015

The busy Chambers has a senior counsel and 11 junior members. The main practice areas comprise common and commercial law.

The well-sized room has excellent natural lighting from large panoramic windows with views over Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour to the Pacific Ocean.

Parking is available at very competitive rates under the building with single elevator access to and from the car park to chambers.

Location

The Chambers are located in a blue-ribbon precinct of Elizabeth Street, adjacent to Tattersalls Club and the Sheraton on the Park. In the last year there has been a steady flow of big tier law firms to the immediate area, such as Freehills.

It is conveniently located equidistant between the Supreme & Federal Courts in Queens Square and the Family, District & Local Courts downtown and across the road from NCAT.

Features

The Chambers has recently secured a new long-term lease, with a competitive rent. This is an opportunity to secure a room in a much sought after building.

In 2014 the Chambers underwent a cutting edge architectural renovation. It features two conference rooms, one of which has views over Hyde Park and the harbour, a comprehensive electronic library and an eastern balcony uniquely spanning the entire length of the building. The balcony offers impressive views over Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral and Sydney Harbour to the Pacific Ocean. Chambers also feature a high spec kitchen, an executive shower room and modern art collection with artists in residence.

The room may be inspected by appointment.

Please direct enquiries to the Clerk, Janine Todd: Telephone (02) 9373 7447 or email janine.todd@siranythonymason.com.au. All requests for information will be dealt with in strictest confidence.

Out now!! Seddon on Deeds by Nicholas Seddon

Tue Apr 28 2015

This is the first Australian text on the law of deeds. Until now, practitioners have had to use Norton A Treatise on Deeds, an English text of 1928. Seddon on Deeds comprehensively sets out the law applicable to the use of deeds by lawyers, referring, so far as possible, to Australian cases, and covering the 20th century Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation that modifies the ancient common law rules.

Contents

  • Chapter 1 examines the pros and cons of using deeds. There are many ways that deeds can be defective
  • Chapter 2 sets out the law on execution of deeds for all types of legal entities
  • Chapter 3 examines the elusive concept of delivery and the use of escrows
  • Chapter 4 analyses the legal consequences of altering a deed, either inadvertently or by agreement. The 400-year-old troublesome rule in Pigot’s Case still applies in all jurisdictions except for New South Wales
  • Chapter 5 considers issues of interpretation of deeds, a particularly important topic when using a settlement deed
  • Chapter 6 examines enforcement and remedies. Enforcement concentrates on the “who” question: who can enforce and who is bound? Remedies focus on the “how” question
  • Chapter 7 covers the various ways that a deed is discharged. Seddon on Deeds provides important insights for practitioners on the hazards that can be encountered in using deeds and sets out how to ensure that a deed is legally sound and how to avoid trouble.
  • rrp $145.00 / Direct Price $135.00 Order your copy now from The Federation Press

Bar Association members get local early bird rates at Global Technology Law Conference 2015

Mon Apr 27 2015

The Global Technology Law Conference 2015: The Future of Money & Data, will be held at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 29 – 30 June 2015. Members of the New South Wales Bar Association will be entitled to the same early bird rate as members of the Singapore Academy of Law.

This two-day conference organised by the Singapore Academy of Law will focus on the subjects of money and data, twin subjects which underpin all business transactions today. The list of speakers includes representatives from Google, PayPal, World Bank, VISA, Western Union, PriceWaterhouse Cooper, Microsoft and members of the judiciary. Learn more here.

SMH Half Marathon - NSW Bar Association Corporate Team Established

Mon Apr 27 2015

Members are invited to join the NSW Bar Association team participating in the upcoming Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, 17 May 2015 starting at 6.45am. The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon is the largest in Australia. For further details about the Marathon please click here.

This year, the NSW Bar Association team shall raise funds for The Katrina Dawson Foundation, whose aim is to promote the education of young women. For Further details about the Katrina Dawson Foundation, please click here

To register:

  1. Go to www.smhhalfmarathon.com.au and click on the ‘enter now’ button
  2. Enter your email address and password to create your Fairfax Events Members Hub
  3. Are you part of a team? select ‘yes’
  4. Are you creating a team? select ‘no’
  5. Choose a team, please select 'NSW Bar Association' from the drop down menu
  6. Enter your team password 'Katrina'
  7. Fill out your personal details, selecting the yellow start group and continue through to the ‘review order’
  8. Select confirm order and proceed through to the payment page
  9. Upon payment being accepted, you will then receive two emails; one will be a welcome letter from Fairfax Events, the other will be your eTicket confirmation from the Half Marathon.

The team's charity/fundraising page will be established later this week.

SMH Half Marathon - NSW Bar Association Corporate Team Established

Mon Apr 27 2015

Members are invited to join the NSW Bar Association team participating in the upcoming Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, 17 May 2015 starting at 6.45am. The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon is the largest in Australia. For further details about the Marathon please click here.

This year, the NSW Bar Association team shall raise funds for The Katrina Dawson Foundation, whose aim is to promote the education of young women. For Further details about the Katrina Dawson Foundation, please click here

To register:

  1. Go to www.smhhalfmarathon.com.au and click on the ‘enter now’ button
  2. Enter your email address and password to create your Fairfax Events Members Hub
  3. Are you part of a team? select ‘yes’
  4. Are you creating a team? select ‘no’
  5. Choose a team, please select 'NSW Bar Association' from the drop down menu
  6. Enter your team password 'Katrina'
  7. Fill out your personal details, selecting the yellow start group and continue through to the ‘review order’
  8. Select confirm order and proceed through to the payment page
  9. Upon payment being accepted, you will then receive two emails; one will be a welcome letter from Fairfax Events, the other will be your eTicket confirmation from the Half Marathon. The team's charity/fundraising page will be established next week.

Support Moses SC in the 2015 Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Mon Apr 27 2015

Junior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will take part in the 2015 Vinnies CEO Sleepout on 18 June. Over the past ten years the event has raised $24 million to support the St Vincent de Paul's homeless services. Moses SC has set a fundraising target of $20,000. Make your donation here.

Spacious room for sale or lease on Third Floor Wentworth

Mon Apr 27 2015

A double sized room (easily converted into two standard rooms) is now available for purchase or lease on the Third Floor, Wentworth Chambers. The room has a traditional fit-out with large built-in cupboards, shelving and robing space, as well as a new split-system air conditioner. It would suit a silk or two junior barristers perfectly as it is one of the largest spaces in the building.

The floor has been operating for 58 years and has 14 busy senior junior barristers, and one silk. Floor fees are modest and the floor has the benefit of fast CCL broadband internet, telephony and secure wireless throughout the building. It has recently been renovated by CCL with brand new wide windows in brushed chrome that provide an abundance of natural light.

The room faces the western side of Lockhart chambers, Beenbah chambers and the Law Courts building.

For more information visit www.3wentworth.com.au

Price: $400,000 (or $200,000 per room).

For all confidential inquiries such as inspection appointments, please contact the clerk, Katelyn Sawyer on ph: (02) 9232 3937 or clerk3@wentworthchambers.com.au

CIArb Introduction to International Arbitration

Mon Apr 27 2015

CIArb Australia is offering the course "Introduction to International Arbitration" on Saturday, 23 May 2015 in Brisbane. The course will provide candidates with an introduction to the legal framework of, and good practice and procedure in, international arbitration and an understanding of the general principles of international arbitration. The course comprises one day of attendance and a post-course assignment. Candidates who successfully complete the course are eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators at the Associate level. For full details of the course and how to register, click here.

Happy Monday billing with BarBooks!

Mon Apr 27 2015

With its easy, intuitive and logical interface, BarBooks makes billing, and keeping track of invoices, easier and much more bearable (and potentially even enjoyable)!

We provide information sessions for chambers and one-on-one training for barristers. To unlock its capabilities and to learn how you can deploy BarBooks’ functionalities to further your and colleagues’ practises, or to organise an information session for your chambers, contact us by emailing charlotte@barbooksaustralia.com.

We listen to barristers and appreciate your feedback! To be part of the conversation, please send your feedback and ideas to admin@barbooksaustralia.com.

Learn more about BarBooks and take advantage of our great iPad Mini 2 offer by going to our website, www.barbooksaustralia.com.

And happy billing!

Bar Council business for March 2015

Mon Apr 27 2015

Bar Council met on 26 March 2015 in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted in this summary. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director. View the minutes for 26 March 2015.

Bar Association committees for 2015-16

Mon Apr 27 2015

Each year the president reviews the need for the Bar Association’s various committees, the role of those committees and their membership. Members will be able to apply online for the 2015-16 committees from 9.00am on Monday, 4 May 2015 and applications will close at 5.00pm on Friday, 15 May 2015.