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Coming up in CPD in June

Fri May 29 2015

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm in June:

Thursday 11th June:"Right to Silence". Presented by Trish McDonald SC and chaired by Jane Paingakulam.

Wednesday 17th June:"Uniform Laws". Presented by Mark Brabazon SC, Carol Webster SC and Philip Selth OAM.

Thursday 18th June:"What the Bench and Bar are doing to enhance barristers Advocacy skills", presented by the Honourable Tom Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW, Philip Greenwood SC and Lucy Cornell (Performance Coach)

ABA conference registrations closing 12th June

Fri May 29 2015

Registration for the 2015 ABA conference in Washington DC and Boston closes on the 12th June. To register please visit the conference website by clicking here You can also view the complete program of speakers and social events on the website, to view the conference brochure please click here. Speakers include the co-founder of the Peabody Award winning SCOTUSblog, Tom Goldstein, and the conference key note address to be delivered by the Right Hon Beverley McLachlin PC, Chief Justice of Canada. Social highlights include the 4th of July Independence Day party overlooking Washington DC.

Growing interest in BarBooks, more time for coffee and BarBooks on the go!

Fri May 29 2015

Interest in BarBooks is growing. A big thank you for colleagues who have supported us. BarBooks is designed for barristers by barristers. We value your feedback and regularly enhance our functionalities to meet your needs.

BarBooks combines the advantages of a cloud based platform with a local app on your computer, making it accessible whether or not you are connected to the Internet and ensuring that your data can be accessed quickly regardless of the speed of your Internet connection. You will soon be able to use BarBooks on the go with our iPad and iPhone apps. Stay tuned!

Plus, for a limited time, take advantage of our iPad offer and be rewarded with an iPad Mini 2 when you sign up for a year. Details of that offer, and a 14-day free trial of the app, are available at our website www.barbooksaustralia.com. Send us your feedback on what you're looking for in an accounting package, and you will go in for the chance to win a year's free subscription to BarBooks worth $720. All feedback should be sent by 12 June to charlotte@barbooksaustralia.com The winner will be drawn and announced on 15 June.

Use BarBooks and reduce the time you have to spend billing. Use that time to have a BarBooks coffee! Enjoy your weekend.

New! Legal Profession Uniform Rules

Thu May 28 2015

The Legal Services Council has issued the Legal Profession Uniform Rules, which will apply to the common legal services market in NSW and Victoria from 1 July 2015. The Legal Profession Uniform Law provides for categories of Uniform Rules, which include the types of provisions found in regulations and rules made under the current Legal Profession legislation. The Uniform Law page on the Bar Association's web site will provide relevant information and updates as the commencement date approaches.

Practising Certificate Renewals 2015-16 Update No.4

Thu May 28 2015

There is just over one week left to renew your practising certificate by the due date - 7 June 2015. Do not wait until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.

Not intending to renew your practising certificate?

If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records.

If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the Certification Officer, Barrie Anthony ph: 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

NSW Criminal Court Statistics 2014

Thu May 28 2015

A heavy caseload in the District Court, a higher incidence of not guilty pleas, and the growth of long and complex drug trials have led to an increase in the time taken to finalise criminal trials in the higher courts, according to NSW Criminal Courts Statistics 2014, released today by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. View the report here.

Wanted: judges for ALSA competitions

Thu May 28 2015

The Australian Law Students Association (ALSA) Conference will be held in Sydney in July. The organisers are seeking volunteers to act as judges for their competitions, which include mooting, witness examination, negotiations, paper presentation and client interviewing. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Paul Mersiades or Michael Tran, on mob: 0424 986 056 (Paul), 0424 748 238 (Michael) or via email: alsa.conference.competitions@gmail.com

Web watch: Death Penalty Worldwide

Thu May 28 2015

Did you know that in Japan, offenders on death row are only informed of the date of their execution on the morning the sentence is due to be carried out? Did you know there are 29 countries that maintain a mandatory death penalty for specified offences, or that Iran is the only country to execute an individual by pushing them from an unknown height? These facts and more can be obtained from the website Death Penalty Worldwide, which seeks to "provide legal practitioners and scholars with critical information about the legal framework and practical application of capital punishment in all nations throughout the world".

Established in 2011 by Professor Sandra Babcock, the director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell University Law School, DPW also advocates for the implementation of international human rights standards in death penalty trials and publishes reports and training manuals for professionals involved with death penalty cases throughout the world.

Room for sale - Samuel Griffith Chambers

Thu May 28 2015

A large corner room with stunning views is available for sale. The floor is adjacent to the Family Court, John Maddison Tower and Downing Centre complex. For more information contact the clerk on 9267 4955 or clerk@sgchambers.com.au

Legal Profession Uniform Law is another step closer to implementation

Wed May 27 2015

Attorney General Gabrielle Upton has introduced legislation to prepare for a common legal services market encompassing New South Wales and Victoria. The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is another step toward ensuring NSW is ready for the new scheme on 1 July 2015. In addition, the national Legal Services Council will shortly publicly issue uniform legal profession rules. This announcement is expected in the next twenty four hours. The rules will be posted on the Bar Association’s website when available and included in tomorrow’s edition of In Brief.

Bar Association President Jane Needham SC said "The New South Wales Bar Association welcomes the introduction of the legislation, which provides a blueprint for a single national system of regulation for the legal profession that would bring tangible benefits for legal practitioners and their clients around the country. The commencement of the new scheme on 1 July will involve challenges for regulators and professional associations alike, however any issues in the transition to the new system will be more than outweighed by the certainty and consistency that the new scheme will deliver."

View the attorney general's media release here.

Senior Counsel Information Seminar

Wed May 27 2015

A Senior Counsel Information Seminar being held on Monday, 15 June starting in the Bar Common Room at 5.15pm for all members who wish to apply for silk this year.

ABA conference registrations closing 12th June

Wed May 27 2015

Registration for the 2015 ABA conference in Washington DC and Boston closes on the 12th June. To register please visit the conference website by clicking here You can also view the complete program of speakers and social events on the website, to view the conference brochure please click here. Speakers include the co-founder of the Peabody Award winning SCOTUSblog, Tom Goldstein, and the conference key note address to be delivered by the Right Hon Beverley McLachlin PC, Chief Justice of Canada. Social highlights include the 4th of July Independence Day party overlooking Washington DC.

For sale: Chambers with anteroom

Tue May 26 2015
Second Floor Selborne Chambers $170,000.00 (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.

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 common law (including medical negligence), equity, administrative law, crime, trade practices, taxation and coronial inquiries.

Please contact the clerk, Sarah Aleksovski, on 0416 697 853

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Domestic violence is everybody’s business

Tue May 26 2015

The Bar Association, together with the Judicial Commission of NSW and the Law Society of NSW, will co-sponsor an important seminar on domestic violence on Tuesday, 2 June 2015 at 5.15pm at the Law Society. The event will be presented by Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year 2015, Ms Dixie Link-Gordon (Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia), the Hon Justice Hilary Hannam (Family Court), Ms Cheryl Orr (solicitor) and chaired by Ms Robyn Druitt, (barrister).

Room for sale - Samuel Griffith Chambers

Tue May 26 2015

A large corner room with stunning views is available for sale. The floor is adjacent to the Family Court, John Maddison Tower and Downing Centre complex. For more information contact the clerk on 9267 4955 or clerk@sgchambers.com.au

The end of the Ellis defence

Mon May 25 2015

The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, has said the Ellis defence is no longer a legal tactic used within his archdiocese. Speaking on ABC Radio National this morning, Archbishop Fisher said in respect of victims of child sexual abuse: "If they want their day in court then we will help them identify who is the person to sue and make sure that is backed by insurance or assets." The Truth Justice Healing Council has issued a statement, which can be read here. The Bar Association's Common Law Committee is interested in any examples of use of the Ellis defence. Members are welcome to email Deputy Executive Director Alastair McConnachie with information in that regard.

Don't let the Footpath Library become homeless

Mon May 25 2015

In recent years, InBrief has gladly promoted the good work done by the Footpath Library, which aims to make books more accessible to the homeless and disadvantaged members of our society. Unfortunately, the library risks becoming homeless when their premises are re-let in June. In order to continue their operations, the Footpath Library needs to raise funds to pay rent and office expenses for 3-4 months until they find another in-kind donor. Their campaign target is $4,000. To learn more, or to give generously, click here.

Law, Crime and Community Safety Council communique

Mon May 25 2015

The Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) (formerly SCAG) held its first meeting for 2015 on 22 May in Canberra. The communique refers to the National Organised Crime Response Plan 2015-18, National Domestic Violence Order Scheme and information sharing system, the Martin Place Siege Review Recommendation and more.

Tiro: Functionality, Price, and Flexibility: Top reasons to get excited about Tiro

Mon May 25 2015

What an exciting week since our first sponsored article in InBrief! Thanks to the overwhelming amount of people who showed interest in finding our more about the next generation of Practice Management Software by going to www.tiro.com.au. We are very pleased to have received such a large amount of contact, support, and direct emails; there is obviously a great appetite for the introduction of this offering to the market due for release in two months’ time. From the feedback we have received this week here are the top reasons barristers are excited for the introduction of Tiro:

  1. Price – We are keeping pricing as simple as possible, the monthly access subscription is $50 ex. GST. At Tiro we also understand the financial challenges of those in their first year at the bar, so are delighted to offer Tiro free of charge to Readers. Additionally we are offering a sign-up special of $300 ex. GST for the first 12 month subscription. In order to take advantage of this special please register your details via www.tiro.com.au and we let you know when the offer period begins.

  2. Holistic approach to practice management – Tiro has been built from the ground up after speaking to a variety of Barristers from different backgrounds. Tiro does not just replicate similar functionality to other offerings but introduces a step change approach to Barrister Practice Management. We understand that managing a practice is about a lot more than invoices and expenses. Tiro provides a holistic approach that includes Customer Relationship Management features. This allows you to stay on top of all facets of your practice.

  3. Availability and flexibility - We have built Tiro as a web-based platform using responsive design. This means that it can work on any computer, smartphone or tablet using a modern web browser. Responsive design allows users to access Tiro from any Mac, PC, Linux, iPhone or Android device, wherever there is an Internet connection.

Thank you all to those who have already registered and received your information packs. If you have not already done so but would like to know more including further details about Tiro functionality, pricing structures, and special introductory pricing offers just register your details at www.tiro.com.au and we will send through this information to you.

Tonight in CPD

Mon May 25 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm: "Appelate Advocacy". It will be presented by David Jackson QC and chaired by Neil Williams SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Legal Aid NSW General Criminal Law Panel

Fri May 22 2015

The Legal Aid NSW General Criminal Law Panel (the panel) will be reopening on Monday, 1 June 2015 for new applications and for applications for reappointment by current panel lawyers. Panel members due for renewal during 2015 must apply for reappointment to the panel if they wish to continue to undertake legally aided criminal law work. These panel members have recently received an email from Legal Aid NSW providing further information. Current panel members wishing to confirm their renewal date may do so by contacting Margaret Bible on (02) 9219 5804 or at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

New applications and applications for reappointment must be submitted through the Panels Application website by no later than Friday, 31 July 2015 for consideration by the Selection Committee. Any applications received after this date will not be considered until the next Selection Committee meeting which will take place in 2016.

Information about the panel is available on the Panels, audit and practice standards web page. This page contains the following which can be viewed or downloaded:

For any further enquiries regarding the panel, please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Lots more solicitors (and most of them are women)

Fri May 22 2015

The number of practising solicitors in Australia has increased by 12 per cent since 2011. That's according to the 2014 National Profile of Solicitors in Australia, which was released today by the Law Society of NSW. Three fifths (60.2 per cent) of all solicitors admitted in the past year are female. Learn more here.