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2015 Tutors and Readers Dinner: photos available now

Fri Jul 31 2015

The 2015 Tutors & Readers Dinner was held at Doltone House Hyde Park, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney on Friday, 24 July 2015. Photos from the evening are available for browsing and purchase via the website of Murray Harris Photography.

Visit www.murrayharris.com.au Click 'Client Viewing' 'Readers and Tutors Dinner 2015' Password is: RTD-2015

Web watch: Supporting Working Parents

Fri Jul 31 2015

The Australian Government has published a new online resource for employers and employees the legal obligations and entitlements of pregnant women and parents in the workplace. Learn more here.

15 Bobber for Paul Daley OAM

Fri Jul 31 2015

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of Paul Daley OAM to the position of Retired Gentleman will be held on Friday, 14 August 2015. Speaking for Daley will be Andrew Bell SC. Online registration is now open and costs $15. Registration on the day is $25 cash at the door. To register, please click here. Online registration closes Thursday, 13 August, 2015.

2015 Common Law Drinks

Fri Jul 31 2015

Judges, barristers and clerks are warmly invited to the 2015 Common Law Drinks to be held on Friday, 21 August at Hotel CBD, upstairs in the Club Bar, 52 King Street, Sydney. The guest speaker will be His Honour Justice Bellew of the Supreme Court.

It was on 26 August 1928 that Mrs May Donoghue drank ginger beer from a tumbler which, it was claimed, contained the remains of a decomposed snail. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Common Law Bar to relax and share stories in a pleasant and convivial atmosphere and to mark the occasion of the 87th anniversary of this momentous event in the history of the common law.

Tickets cost $90 per person or $70 for barristers of up to 5 years seniority (called to the Bar in 2010 or later). The event is kindly sponsored by Bar Cover. For further information on the event and to register click here. RSVP is essential by Friday, 14 August 2015.

15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Fagan

Fri Jul 31 2015

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Justice D J Fagan to the Supreme Court of New South Wales will be held on Friday, 7 August 2015 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Speaking for his Honour will be Mr Garry McGrath SC. Online registration is now open and costs $15. Registration on the day is $25 cash at the door. To register, please click here. Online registration closes Thursday, 6 August 2015.

LegalWise Seminars in August-October

Thu Jul 30 2015

CPD Compliance in Cambodia 2015, 8–9 October 2015, The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Siem ReapSave $300 early bird ends this Friday, 31 July

Hear from 8 eminent members of the Australian and Cambodian legal profession including judiciary, senior barristers and leading lawyers. Focusing on areas of the law including, Property Law, Family Law, Wills and Succession Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, you will earn your full 10 points CPD requirement with one of the most awe-inspiring backdrops on the planet. Included is a sunrise tour of UNESCO’s World Heritage Temple of Angkor Wat as well as 3 nights’ accommodation at the stunning Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Siem Reap. Click here for details.

5th Annual International Family Law Conference, 31 August – 3 September 2015, Crowne Plaza Queenstown, New Zealand

Experience an unrivalled opportunity to learn from some of Australian and New Zealand’s most senior members of the judiciary, barristers and leading lawyers. Hear about state-of-the nation challenges with a focus on the unique cross-border issues relevant to the Australian/New Zealand family law landscape. Now in its 5th year this conference has become a must-attend event for family law practitioners across the country. Take this opportunity to also visit some of the most spectacular sights New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere has to offer. Included in the conference, you will experience a fully guided tour of some of Queenstown’s best loved wineries and lake cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw. Click here for details.

Arbitration workshops

Thu Jul 30 2015

A series of three arbitration workshops are being held at the Bar Association during August. The workshops offer members with a minimum of 7 years’ experience as legal practitioners and a current practising certificate the opportunity to become Approved Arbitrators under the association’s BarADR scheme. Those members who are seeking approval will be required to attend all three seminars, write an arbitral award based on a scenario to be handed out at the final workshop and submit an application form. One of the three workshops may be viewed online.

Arbitrators who are already approved by the Bar Association are not required to seek re-approval but are welcome to attend these seminars, including to gain the 1 hour of arbitration training required every 2 years. Similarly, members who do not fulfil the requirement of 7 years practice or who do not wish to apply to be an approved arbitrator are invited to attend to increase their expertise in representing parties at arbitrations. The first of these workshops will be held on Wednesday, 5 August 2015.

Web watch: The History of International Law

Thu Jul 30 2015

Oxford Academic have created The History of International Law, a website that's both beautiful and informative. Click on icons to learn more about the signing of major treaties, the foundation of fundamental institutions and the development of doctrines. Access publicly available chapters from the Oxford Historical Treaties, the Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Public International Law, relevant book chapters, blog pieces and journal articles.

Bar FC victorious again

Wed Jul 29 2015

Members of the junior bar took time out from their silk applications to defeat Reserve Bank C today 4-0 in the Domain Soccer League. An important win as it should see the team move to second position and hot on the heels of Treasury who lead the competition.

Determined, focussed and silky, Bar FC clicked into overdrive with a strong presence from the old guard joining our ranks. Simon Phillips at centre back made certain goalkeeper Harris had little to do whilst Magee, d’Arville and Free were dynamic in midfield. Hogan Doran was a threat up front with a wonderful assist and a goal to his name. The other notable performance was from his front partner, Jonathan Clark who hunted all day and was rewarded with two goals to his name. The final goal was an own goal from a corner wickedly whipped into the danger area by d’ Arville.

Todays team sheet was as follows:

  • Jonathan Clark
  • Stephen Free
  • Geoff O’Shea
  • Simon Phillips
  • Colin Magee
  • Darren Covell
  • Ivan Griscti
  • David Jordan
  • John Harris (GK)
  • David Larish
  • Justin Hogan Doran
  • Bilal Rauf
  • Anais d’Arville

Surge in prisoners on remand

Wed Jul 29 2015

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has published NSW Custody Statistics: Quarterly Update June 2015 and the findings are grim. The state's adult prison population grew by 12.2 per cent in the 2014-15 financial year (i.e. an additional 1,261 prisoners). According to BOCSAR, the increase is "almost entirely attributable to a growth in prisoners on remand". Learn more here.

Open Day for Female Law Students - hosts wanted

Wed Jul 29 2015

On 14 August 2015 the Bar Association will host its annual Open Day for Female Law Students. It's an extremely popular and rewarding event, for students and barristers alike. This year, more than 130 students from UNSW, the University of Western Sydney, the University of Wollongong and Macquarie University have registered to attend. Such is the level of response from students, there is now an acute shortage of barristers to serve as hosts for the day. Can you help?

What's involved?

The Open Day commences at 8.45am in the common room with a brief address from the president of the Bar Association and the chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee. The students are then divided into groups and allocated to a pair of barristers, who may then:

  • take the students to court to watch a matter
  • meet with a judge in chambers
  • have a general discussion with their group in chambers or over coffee about a career at the bar
  • introduce students to colleagues on their floor

The day concludes with lunch in the common room from 12.30 - 1.30 pm. If you are interested in volunteering to host a group of students on 14 August 2015, please complete the online registration form, which is available online here.

Who to contact?

Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Megan Black on 9229 1739 or at mblack@nswbar.asn.au

New BarBooks template editor

Wed Jul 29 2015

You speak and we listen! Thanks to your feedback, BarBooks will shortly be launching a new text editor allowing you to create any matter documents you need based on your practice. Customise your documents by uploading your letterheads, change the layout, format and font.

If you need help, remember BarBooks offers full offsite and Sydney CBD onsite support as part of your subscription.

Not a subscriber of BarBooks yet? Download a free 14 day trial of BarBooks https://lnkd.in/bW-xvb2 and get started using a simple intuitive bookkeeping application.

Encouraging Appropriate Early Guilty Pleas

Tue Jul 28 2015

Yesterday's InBrief cited statistics from the NSW Law Reform Commission's Report No. 141, Encouraging Appropriate Early Guilty Pleas, which indicated that delays in criminal cases before the District Court are worsening.

In 2013 the Bar Association made a submission to the LRC inquiry, arguing in favour of retaining the system of committals in the Local Court, among other things. However, the commission's final report has recommended replacing the committals system.

Other Bar Association submissions are available from the association's website.

Arbitration workshops

Tue Jul 28 2015

A series of three arbitration workshops are being held at the Bar Association during August. The workshops offer members with a minimum of 7 years’ experience as legal practitioners and a current practising certificate the opportunity to become Approved Arbitrators under the association’s BarADR scheme. Those members who are seeking approval will be required to attend all three seminars, write an arbitral award based on a scenario to be handed out at the final workshop and submit an application form. One of the three workshops may be viewed online.

Arbitrators who are already approved by the Bar Association are not required to seek re-approval but are welcome to attend these seminars, including to gain the 1 hour of arbitration training required every 2 years. Similarly, members who do not fulfil the requirement of 7 years practice or who do not wish to apply to be an approved arbitrator are invited to attend to increase their expertise in representing parties at arbitrations. The first of these workshops will be held on Wednesday, 5 August 2015, for more information please see here.

Common Law Practice Update 85

Tue Jul 28 2015

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 85, with case notes on sections 13, 14 and 45 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) and section 58 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW). Download CLPU 85 here.

2015 Judicial Q&A: registrations close today!

Tue Jul 28 2015

Specifically for the junior bar (barristers called to the New South Wales Bar in 2008 or later), the Judicial Q&A enables the junior bar to put questions to a judicial panel. After the event, members of the judiciary and the junior bar are invited to stay for drinks and canapés. The event is on Wednesday, 29 July in the Bar Association Common Room and it's free for 2/14 and 1/15 readers and $10 for other barristers up to seven years. Barristers up to seven years can find out more information and RSVP here.

CPD tonight: Commonwealth and State Application Laws

Mon Jul 27 2015

Tonight, the Public Law Section of the Bar Association (formerly the Constitutional and Administrative Law Section) will host a CPD seminar titled: "The Constitutional Aspects of Commonwealth and State Application Laws (with special attention to ss 79 and 80 of the Judiciary Act)". It will be presented by Justice Mark Leeming of the NSW Court of Appeal and chaired by Stephen Lloyd SC. Learn more here.

Fee recovery assistance

Mon Jul 27 2015

The Bar Association assists members with recovery from solicitors of unpaid fees, which have been outstanding for more than three months, but less than two years.

In providing this assistance, the Bar Association is not undertaking to act for the member in any legal capacity.

Assistance will generally be offered as follows:

  • The Association will write to the solicitor requesting payment.
  • In the event that payment is not forthcoming, the Association will telephone the solicitor seeking an explanation.
  • If the above efforts are unsuccessful, the Association provides names of firms of solicitors or costs consultants who are willing to provide the member with advice or professional assistance for the recovery of the member’s fees.

Requests for fee recovery assistance from the Bar Association should include the following:

  • A letter/email containing a brief chronology of events;
  • A copy of the costs disclosure and any costs agreement;
  • A copy of all invoices rendered; and
  • Any relevant correspondence.

The Bar Association can also provide assistance in relation to general enquiries concerning fee recovery. Email Sorrel Palmer or call her on ph: (02) 9232 4055.

Applications for senior counsel

Mon Jul 27 2015

Invitations to apply for appointment as senior counsel have been sent to all members of the outer bar. Applications must be lodged online by 5.00pm on Friday, 31 July 2015. If you have commenced your application, but have not yet received an acknowledgement from the Bar Association, you might not have submitted it properly. Please ensure your application is submitted and acknowledged. Late applications or those received in hard copy will not be accepted or considered.

Log-in and password

All applicants for senior counsel must use the same Bar Association log-in and password as they would to amend their Find a Barrister profile or view a CPD seminar online.

Forgot your username and password?

If you cannot remember your username and password use the link below the login form and fill in your surname and date of birth. Then click the button for "forgot username" or "forgot password".

Further instructions

Instructions on the application procedure and where to obtain relevant information, is contained in this circular and the Appointment of Silk: A Guide to Practical Aspects.

Tonight: Meditation for Lawyers

Fri Jul 24 2015

The second in a five-week meditation course for lawyers will be held tonight, 24 July at 4.30pm in the Bar Association Common Room. The course has been organised by the New South Wales Bar Association Health and Wellbeing Committee and is open to all members. For further details please click here.

Basic principles of accounting & valuation

Fri Jul 24 2015

This practical four week course has been organised in collaboration with KordaMentha Forensic. The course will run over four consecutive Thursdays (5pm to 7pm) in July/August and October 2015. It is designed to teach barristers the basic principles of accounting and valuations. The course is interactive and leads the participants through the transactions of a simple company. It also uses the financial statements of a major listed company to illustrate accounting and valuation concepts.

The course will be taught by experts from KordaMentha who are experienced in explaining accounting and valuation issues in expert reports and in evidence. Each session will run for about two hours and there will be optional additional reading between these sessions.

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

These workshops are run by registration only and places in each course are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place, please click here