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Position vacant: Public Defender

Fri Oct 30 2015

Attorney General Upton is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as a public defender under the Public Defenders Act 1995 for a fixed term of up to seven years that may be renewed, subject to an initial twelve-month probationary period. Learn more here.

CIArb Centenary Celebrations Australia - 3rd International Arbitration Conference

Fri Oct 30 2015

The 3rd International Arbitration Conference, Opportunities and challenges for dispute resolution in the next century, will be held on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 during Sydney Arbitration Week at the Sofitel Sydney. The conference will be part of the celebrations of the Centenary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), which includes a Welcome Reception, Sydney Harbour Cruise on the evening of Monday 23 November 2015, and a Black Tie Gala Dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art on the evening of Tuesday 24 November 2015 at which The Hon Robert French AC, Chief Justice of Australia, will be the special guest speaker with Richard Ackland as Master of Ceremonies. To see the full programme and to register for the conference and other events, click here.

Senior Counsel Scroll Ceremony

Fri Oct 30 2015

Newly appointed senior counsel will be presented with their appointment scrolls on Wednesday, 4 November 2015 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association’s Common Room, with the scrolls being presented by Bathurst CJ at 5.45pm. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend the function.

PA Selth
Executive Director

Election of 2016 Bar Council - the Ballot

Fri Oct 30 2015

The ‘How to Vote’ instruction booklet that was issued with each ballot paper contains detailed information about how a valid vote is cast. Members should take care to complete the ballot paper in accordance with the instructions provided. If any member has a query concerning the completion of the ballot paper they should contact the Bar Association for assistance. Ballot papers received after 1.00pm on Thursday, 5 November 2015 will not be counted. More information is available here.

Coming up in CPD in November

Fri Oct 30 2015

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

Monday 2 November:"Meditation for lawyers". Presented by Jackie Curran and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. Learn more here

Tuesday 10 November:"Suicide: It could be anyone of us. How to help". Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. Learn more here

Wednesday 11 November:"Forbes Lecture - The History of Legal Education in Australia. Presented By Professor David Barker. Further details to follow.

Thursday 12 November:"Is your voice doing you justice" - maximising performance for advocates". Presented by Lucy Cornell and chaired by Kavita Balendra. Further details to follow.

Wednesday 18 November:"Competition and Consumer Law".Presented by Delia Rickard and Sarah Court and chaired by Michelle Painter SC. Learn more here

Monday 23 November:"New Uniform Rules". Further details to follow.

Tuesday 24 October:"CCA Severity Appeal: Practical Advocacy". Presented by Chrissa Loukas SC and chaired by Stephen Odgers SC. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Oct 30 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm on Monday 2 November: "Meditation for Lawyers" Presented by Jackie Curran and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. Learn more here

How SILQ helps you comply with the LPUL (Legal Profession Uniform Law)

Thu Oct 29 2015

On 1 July 2015 the Legal Profession Uniform Law changed the way the legal profession is regulated in NSW and Victoria. If you haven’t already done so, you will need to change your templates dealing with cost disclosures and bills/invoices within SILQ to reflect the new Uniform Law. Click here for a video explaining how easy it is to set up.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Oct 29 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight: "Under 5s - Could you improve your Performance at the Bar?" Presented by Shannon Dolan and Lucy Cornell and chaired by Phil Greenwood SC. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided after the seminar to allow for further networking. Learn more here

Federal appointments to note

Thu Oct 29 2015

Philip Dowdy has been appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. His was among a number of federal judicial appointments announced today by Attorney-General George Brandis QC. Learn more here.

Costs related to work capacity decision reviews for injured workers

Thu Oct 29 2015

The NSW Government has announced a public consultation on the regulation of legal costs related to work capacity decision reviews for injured workers. The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has released a discussion paper following new workers compensation laws that came into effect in August. The discussion paper is available here. Submissions close 23 November 2015. Email submissions to 2015benefitsreform@sira.nsw.gov.au

A lecture by the Australian Heraldry Society

Thu Oct 29 2015

The College of Arms and the Court of Chivalry associated with it are the bodies responsible for administering and enforcing that most arcane branch of English law, the Law of Arms which we inherited along with much other English law. While claims to a current right to grant arms in Australia on the part of the College of Arms are contestable and the rights claimed are now inappropriate, it is undeniable that over the years the English Kings of Arms have granted arms to Australian bodies and individuals, including the Law Society of New South Wales and the New South Wales Bar Association, and several lawyers and judges.

The Australian Heraldry Society invites members of the New South Wales Bar Association to attend a lecture by one of the experts from the College of Arms, David White, Somerset Herald, to be held in Sydney on the evening of Thursday, 26 November 2015. This event will be held in the Mitchell Theatre at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts and is titled "Heraldry Across the Tasman: Early New Zealand Grantees of Arms". Including some forty illustrations largely taken from the records of the College of Arms, the lecture will show grants of arms made to New Zealanders from the 1860s until the 1940s. Examining the symbolism of the arms and discussing the motives of the grantees, parallels will be drawn with grants made to Australians in the same period. Full details of the lecture can be found here.

Coming up in CPD this week

Wed Oct 28 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm on Thursday 29th October: "Under 5's - Could you improve your Performance at the Bar?". Presented by Shannon Dolan and Lucy Cornell and chaired by Phil Greenwood SC. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided after the seminar to allow for further networking. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD tomorow

Wed Oct 28 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tomorrow: "Under 5's - Could you improve your Performance at the Bar?". Presented by Shannon Dolan and Lucy Cornell and chaired by Phil Greenwood SC. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided after the seminar to allow for further networking. Learn more here

Labor to support National Redress Scheme

Tue Oct 27 2015

The federal opposition has announced that, if elected, it will establish a National Redress Scheme for approximately 60,0000 survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Oct 27 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight:"Second Annual Spigelman Public Law Oration". Presented by The Hon J Allsop AO Chief Justice and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Mon Oct 26 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight:"Depression: an issue in the practice of law. Presented by Justice Marshall and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. Learn more here.

Invitation to apply

Mon Oct 26 2015
The Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Justice

The Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Justice invites applications from junior counsel for appointment to a prequalified panel to provide legal representation to the Department of Justice and to assist in coronial inquests and inquiries (the Panel). Applicants will be appointed to the Panel following an application, evaluation and selection process.

Successful applicants will be appointed to the Panel for a period of 3 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years. Information on the Panel, including the application form, can be found on the Office of the General Counsel website. If you have any questions, you may contact Lida Kaban, A/General Counsel on 8346 1388 or via email to enquiries_generalcounsel@justice.nsw.gov.au.

The right to engage counsel outside of the Panel is reserved and there should be no expectation that appointment to the Panel will generate any work. Appointment to the Panel is independent of any arrangement you may have with the Crown Solicitor’s Office.

Forbes Society Legal History Tutorial

Mon Oct 26 2015

Tomorrow, Tuesday 27 October 2015, Chief Justice Bathurst will present a tutorial on "The History of Equity". The tutorial will commence at 5.10 pm and conclude no later than 6:10 pm. The venue will be the Banco Court, Level 13, Law Courts Building, Queen's Square. Light refreshments will be served. All members and friends of the Forbes Society are welcome to attend. Everybody is welcome.

New workers compensation regulation to clarify one claim limit

Mon Oct 26 2015

The NSW Government will make a new regulation to enable injured workers in NSW, who made a claim for lump sum compensation before 19 June 2012, to make one further claim if their condition significantly deteriorates. Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello said the new regulation responded to a recent court decision, Cram Fluid Power v Green [2015] NSWCA 250. View the minister's media release here.

Celebrate the appointment of three female silks

Mon Oct 26 2015

A reminder that the annual Women Barristers Forum event, "Cocktails and Canapés" is on tomorrow night. This year the event is to be held at Hyde Park Barracks Café, on Tuesday, 27 October from 5.30 pm. Fiona McLeod SC, president of the Australian Bar Association will be guest speaker. Fiona has long been a passionate supporter of issues such as gender equity and equitable briefing, both very topical at present. But the main event is to celebrate the appointments of Dominique Hogan Doran SC, Maria Cinque SC and Gina O’Rourke SC. ALL barristers are welcome – men and women alike.

Election of 2016 Bar Council - the Ballot

Mon Oct 26 2015

The ‘How to Vote’ instruction booklet that was issued with each ballot paper contains detailed information about how a valid vote is cast. Members should take care to complete the ballot paper in accordance with the instructions provided. If any member has a query concerning the completion of the ballot paper they should contact the Bar Association for assistance. Ballot papers received after 1.00pm on Thursday, 5 November 2015 will not be counted. More information is available here.

Bar Council business for September 2015

Mon Oct 26 2015

Bar Council met on 10 September and 24 September 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 10 September and 24 September.

Position vacant: District Court Judge

Mon Oct 26 2015
$386,160 per annum plus Conveyance Allowance of $20,805 per annum

The Attorney General is seeking applications from, or nominations of, persons qualified for appointment as a Judge of the District Court of NSW under the District Court Act 1973.

Selection criteria: Applicants or nominated persons must be either current or former judicial officers or Australian lawyers of at least seven years' standing and should be conversant with the law and procedures applied in the District Court of NSW. In addition, all applicants and persons nominating another person should refer to the selection criteria and guidance at www.justice.nsw.gov.au/appointments.

Inquiries: the Honourable Justice Derek Price AM, Chief Judge, District Court of NSW, (02) 9377 5821.

Note: Probity checks will be conducted.

​​​Applications in Word or PDF addressing each of the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online by 11.59 pm 8 November 2015.

It will be necessary for previous applicants to submit a fresh application if they still seek such appointment.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Oct 26 2015

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm next week: Tuesday 27 October:"Second Annual Spigelman Public Law Oration". Presented by The Hon J Allsop AO Chief Justice and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here.

Thursday 29 October:"Under 5's - Could you improve your Performance at the Bar?". Presented by Shannon Dolan and Lucy Cornell and chaired by Phil Greenwood SC. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided after the seminar to allow for further networking. Learn more here