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Bar FC’s dominance on show

Tue Jun 30 2015

Today saw Bar FC claw back a 1-0 deficit at half time to win 3-1 against Sydney Business School. An early goal against the run of play saw a little sagging of shoulders before a half time pep talk had the desired effect. Di Michiel opened the scoring, with Hogan Doran and Lang finishing two wonderful team goals as a result of some slick passing through the midfield. Vickers in goals had little to do in the second half due to the excellent defensive work by d’Arville marshalling the troops at the back. With today's win, Bar FC are now second on the competition ladder. Today's team consisted of the following:

Mahmoud Mandoh
Geoff O’Shea
Nicole Compton
Faraz Maghami
Stephen Free
Sebastian Hartford Davis
Darren Covell
Ivan Griscti
Richard Di Michiel
Nicholas Newton
Matt Vickers
Justin Hogan Doran
Angus Lang
Anais d’Arville
David Jordan

Our next game is Monday 6 July 2015 against Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

New Uniform Law applies from tomorrow. How SILQ helps you comply

Tue Jun 30 2015

Promoted by SILQ


The introduction of the new Uniform Law tomorrow means you need to change your precedents dealing with cost disclosures and bills/invoices.

To make things easy for you, SILQ have created examples of costs disclosure letters and bills under the Uniform Law together with a video showing step-by-step how to edit your templates. Visit SILQ Barrister

Opportunity to join 13th Floor St James Hall

Mon Jun 29 2015

An opportunity has arisen to join 13th Floor St James Hall. The room (approx. 24 sq metres) would suit a senior barrister. Room is fully fitted out with wooden shelving and cupboards and has views over Phillip Street.

13th Floor St James Hall has 6 silks and 17 juniors with a variety of practice areas including administrative law, commercial, common law, crime, defamation, equity and trusts, intellectual property, native title, real property, and succession.

There is an extensive floor library with most loose leaf services, BarNet facilities and a large conference room for the use of floor members.

If you would like to arrange a time to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Emma Murrell. All enquiries and written expressions of interest should be directed to the Clerk.

Expressions of interest will be afforded the strictest confidence.

Applications close Wednesday 8 July.

STEP address: Australian International Taxation of Attributed Trust Gains

Mon Jun 29 2015

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Mark Brabazon SC, on "Australian International Taxation of Attributed Trust Gains". The event will take place on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer here.

No changes to family law fees

Fri Jun 26 2015

On 4 June 2015 InBrief reported on changes to court fees in the Federal Court, the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, which were due to commence on 1 July 2015. However, Labor, the Greens and cross-benchers combined in the Senate to disallowed Schedule 2 of the Federal Courts Legislation Amendment (Fees) Regulation 2015, describing the amendments to the Family Law (Fees) Regulation 2012 as a "divorce tax". As a result, there will be no family law fee increases on 1 July 2015. A revised brochure on family law fees is available here.

Upcoming CPD Courses: Accounting & Valuation

Fri Jun 26 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

Registrations open for Paul Daley's 15 Bobber

Thu Jun 25 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.

15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Fagan

Thu Jun 25 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.

Women Lawyers Achievement Awards: nominations close 30 June

Thu Jun 25 2015

The Women Lawyers Association of NSW (WLANSW) will host its 7th Women Lawyers Achievement Awards at a Gala Presentation Dinner, Dockside Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour on 11 September 2015. The New South Wales Bar Association is a platinum sponsor and one of the categories is Woman Barrister of the Year. Nominations close on 30 June 2015 and final applications are due by 17 July 2015. Members are encouraged to make nominations. Information about the awards, including nominations, can be found here.

New Uniform Law and SILQ

Thu Jun 25 2015

The introduction of the new Uniform Law on 1 July 2015 means you need to change your precedents dealing with cost disclosures and bills/invoices. To make things easy for you, SILQ have created examples of costs disclosure letters and bills under the Uniform Law together with a video showing step-by-step how to edit your templates. Visit SILQ Barrister.

Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture

Thu Jun 25 2015

The TC Beirne School of Law and the Federal Court of Australia invite members to the Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Professor Jonathan Fulcher on Thursday, 20 August from 5.30pm to 7.30pm AEST. The title will be "A 'Diminished Nation?' The 'races' power, non-discrimination and the Native Title Act". The lecture will take place in Court 1, Level 7, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts, 119 North Quay, Brisbane. It will be broadcast live to locations around the country, including Court 1, Level 21, Law Courts Building, Queens Square in Sydney. For more information, or to reserve your place, visit the TC Beirne School of Law website. Registration closes Thursday, 13 August 2015.

Bar Association Corporate Vehicle Purchasing Programme

Wed Jun 24 2015

The Bar Association and Trivett Automotive Group offer special benefits on a range of new prestige vehicles through a corporate programme tailored to meet the needs of members. Simply log on to the Trivett website and follow four simple steps.

  • Review the benefits available to you by clicking on the brand selection tab.
  • Complete the enquiry form for information on vehicles, test drives, finance, availability and pricing or contact Paul Cumerlato or Bronwyn Knight directly.
  • Once you have decided on a vehicle Trivett will confirm availability, pricing and payment.
  • Your new Vehicle Delivery will be scheduled for a time and date convenient for you.

Visit the Trivett website.

The Sun-Herald City 2 Surf

Wed Jun 24 2015

Members are invited to participate in the NSW Bar Association team in the Sun-Herald City 2 Surf on Sunday, 9 August 2015. The race is 14km in distance starting from the intersection of Park and College streets in Sydney's CBD and finishes at spectacular Bondi Beach.

The Bar Association will be fielding a team of runners and walkers. Once again runners will be raising 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.

Team members can add themselves to the team by following the instructions below.

  • Go to http://www.city2surf.com.au/ and click on the ‘enter now’ button
  • Enter your email address and password to create your Fairfax Events Members Hub
  • Are you part of a team? select ‘yes’
  • Are you creating a team? select ‘no’
  • Choose a team, please select ‘NSW Bar Association’ from the drop down menu
  • Enter the team password 'Katrina'
  • Fill out the rest of your personal details, selecting your relevant start group (please note that you cannot change your start group after registration) and click ‘next’
  • Proceed through the charity donation page, online store and then through to the payment screen Once your entry has been paid for, you will receive two separate emails, one from Fairfax Events with the link to your members hub, the second is your eTicket for the event.

Support Robert Lovas on his epic fundraising ride before 30 June

Wed Jun 24 2015

Robert Lovas of Fourth Floor Selborne Chambers is fundraising for "Sids and Kids". In August, Lovas will be participating in The Great Australian Ride – an off-road motorcycle adventure fund raiser of about 7500km over about 20 days. About 12 riders will set off from the mainland’s most eastern point, Cape Byron, and travel through the heart of Australia, including the Strzelecki, Sturt Stony, Simpson and Gibson deserts to reach their goal, Steep Point, its most western point. They’ll be riding through such iconic Australian towns as Birdsville, Innaminka and Alice Springs, and spending time at Uluru, Kings Canyon and The Olgas.

The riders are all raising money for "Sids and Kids". It's a great and worthy cause, dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children and also supporting bereaved families. Lovas would really appreciate it if members of the bar and bench would sponsor him through his online fundraising page. It’s tax deductible, very easy to donate and you get a receipt emailed straight to you. Just click on this link.

Support Robert Lovas on his epic fundraising ride before 30 June

Wed Jun 24 2015

Robert Lovas of Fourth Floor Selborne Chambers is fundraising for "Sids and Kids". In August, Lovas will be participating in The Great Australian Ride – an off-road motorcycle adventure fund raiser of about 7500km over about 20 days. About 12 riders will set off from the mainland’s most eastern point, Cape Byron, and travel through the heart of Australia, including the Strzelecki, Sturt Stony, Simpson and Gibson deserts to reach their goal, Steep Point, its most western point. They’ll be riding through such iconic Australian towns as Birdsville, Innaminka and Alice Springs, and spending time at Uluru, Kings Canyon and The Olgas.

The riders are all raising money for "Sids and Kids". It's a great and worthy cause, dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children and also supporting bereaved families. Lovas would really appreciate it if members of the bar and bench would sponsor him through his online fundraising page. It’s tax deductible, very easy to donate and you get a receipt emailed straight to you. Just click on this link.

AAL Annual Essay Prize worth $10,000

Wed Jun 24 2015

The Australian Academy of Law Annual Essay Prize is worth a cool $10,000. It's is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law based occupation. There is no limit by reference to the age or seniority or experience of, or position held by, a person who may submit an entry. Learn more here.

AAL Annual Essay Prize worth $10,000

Wed Jun 24 2015

The Australian Academy of Law Annual Essay Prize is worth a cool $10,000. It's is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law based occupation. There is no limit by reference to the age or seniority or experience of, or position held by, a person who may submit an entry. Learn more here.

The CLA celebrates 50 years

Wed Jun 24 2015

The Commercial Law Association of Australia is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 and to mark the occasion, the CLA has organised a special one-day conference on "50 Years of Commercial Law", to be held on Friday, 31 July 2015. The list of distinguished speakers will include Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC, Dr Robert Austin, Justice P A Bergin, Christopher Hodgekiss SC, Peter Brereton SC, Justice Fabian Gleeson and Emeritus Professor John Carter. To register, visit the CLA's website.

Bar Association Committees for 2015-16

Wed Jun 24 2015

President Jane Needham SC has announced the Bar Association committees for 2015-16. The new committees formally come into effect on 1 July 2015. View the full list of appointees here.

Chambers with anteroom for sale

Tue Jun 23 2015
Second Floor Selborne Chambers $170,000 ono (4,100 shares)

A rare opportunity to acquire these well-appointed chambers which are entered via an anteroom (approximately 380cm x 220cm) on a long established floor with moderate outgoings.

The anteroom may be used as a work station either by a PA or barrister wishing to use the major room as a conference facility. Alternatively, it may suit a person who wishes to defray his or her expenses by licensing the anteroom.

There is a considerable diversity of practices amongst members of this strong and congenial floor including commercial, common law (including medical negligence), equity, administrative law, crime, trade practices, taxation and coronial inquiries.

Price on application.

Please contact the clerk, Sarah Aleksovski, on 92336400

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

NSW Budget 2015

Tue Jun 23 2015

The government of Premier Mike Baird has delivered its first budget since it was re-elected in March. Among the highlights, at least as far as the legal profession is concerned, is an investment of $20.6 million to complete the $90 million the new Newcastle Justice Precinct and $11 million to complete the $17 million upgrade of the Wagga Wagga Courthouse. Learn more here.

WBF meets tomorrow

Tue Jun 23 2015

The next Women Barristers Forum meeting is on Wednesday, 24 June at 5.15pm in the Bar Association. An agenda for the meeting, together with a calendar of events in 2015, is available here.