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Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Wed Oct 14 2015

The Bar Book Club will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 at 6.00pm in the Bar Library. For discussion will be Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, number 32 in the Guardian's 100 best books and available from the Gutenberg Project in Ebook and audio. For those of you who wish to immerse yourself in the story, consider watching Apocalypse Now and Hearts of Darkness.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Oct 14 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm:"Delegate To Elevate". Presented By Arthur Moses SC, Peter Bruckner and Sophie Callan and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. Learn more here

Senior Counsel Scroll Ceremony

Tue Oct 13 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

Advocacy courses designed by barristers for barristers

Tue Oct 13 2015

The next Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive will be held in Melbourne on 18-22 January 2016. The coaching faculty will include Federal and Supreme Court judges, Australian and international counsel from England, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore, as well as performance and voice coaches with expertise in voice, movement and impact. For more information, or to register, please visit the Advocacy Training Council's website.

Copyright Law and Practice Symposium 2015

Tue Oct 13 2015

The Copyright Society of Australia together with the Australian Copyright Council will host the 17th Biennial Copyright Law and Practice Symposium in Sydney on 22-23 October 2015 at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Speakers will include, among others: Jon Baumgarten, former general counsel at the US Copyright Office and a leading US attorney; the Hon Justice David Yates, Federal Court of Australia; and his Honour Judge Nicholas Manousaridis, Federal Circuit Court of Australia. For more information about the program, or to register, visit the Australian Copyright Council's website.

Coming up in CPD next week

Tue Oct 13 2015

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room next week at 5.15:

Tuesday 20 October:"The Plunkett Lecture 2015". Presented by Dr Widdows and chaired by Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Wednesday 21 October:"Conversations about Equitable Briefing". Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Zoe Hillman and chaired by Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Oct 13 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tomorrow at 5.15pm:"Delegate To Elevate". Presented By Arthur Moses SC, Peter Bruckner and Sophie Callan and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. Learn more here

Victory for NSW at the Bar Football State of Origin

Mon Oct 12 2015

On 10 October 2015, around 30 barristers convened at the Neil McPhee Room, Owen Dixon Chambers East, in Melbourne to attend the 5rd Annual Sports Law Conference chaired by Anthony Klotz of the Victoria Bar.

Chris Nikou, Partner, K & L Gates, and director of Melbourne Victory and of Football Federation Australia spoke about the state of football in Australia including the fact that football has over 7.7 million fans in Australia and has the highest participation rates of any team sport with over 1,983,00 registered players, Scott Munn CEO Melbourne City spoke about “The City Group and A-League participation”, Anthony Nolan QC of the Victoria Bar spoke about a number of legal issues associated with and arising from “The Blackest Day in Australian Sport” and Rodrigo Vargas, ex-Melbourne Victory and Socceroo player spoke about the challenges faced by a professional athlete after sport and the work that he is undertaking in the community including with young offenders in prison.

A special thanks to Anthony Klotz, Chris Nikou, Scott Munn, Anthony Nolan QC and Rodrigo Vargas for giving generously of their time to ensure the success of the conference and to all those who attended.

Bar Football "State of Origin"

Immediately following the Sports Law Conference, 45 barristers drawn from Queensland, Victoria and NSW met at the Green Gully Soccer Club at St Albans to take part in the 8th Annual Suncorp NSW Bar v Vic Bar Annual Challenge Cup and the 6th Annual Suncorp NSW Bar v Victoria Bar v Queensland Bar Annual Football Challenge Cup.

The touring squad, keen on avenging the series defeat of 2014, comprised Adrian Canceri, Rohan de Meyrick, John Harris (Capt), Geoff O’Shea, Simon Philips (Acting Manager), Greg Watkins, Anais d’Arville, Colin Magee, Graham Turnbull SC, David Patch, Scott Goodman, Michael Fordham SC, Sebastian Hartford Davis, Richard Sergi, Oshie Fagir, Angus Lang and Anthony Lo Surdo SC. Important duties in Madrid and Barcelona (holidays) prevented Manager David (Sir Alex) Stanton from attending this year.

The first game was between a depleted Queensland team consisting of only 6 regular members (Lee Clark, Andrew Luchich, Andrew Skoien, David Purcell, Michael Hodge and David Chesterman) but ably assisted by NSW Bar FC members de Meyrick, Fagir, O’Shea, Fordham SC and Capt Harris (in goals) against a somewhat youthful and numerically strong Victorian team. Despite some individual brilliance, the Victorians were unable to convert with Queensland defeating Victoria 3 – 0 (with goals to de Meyrick and Fagir [NSW] and Lee Clark [Qld]).

The second game was between NSW and Queensland whose numbers were swelled by Victorian barristers who had already played an hour of football in warm conditions. NSW proved too strong for Queensland running in 3 goals (Di Michiel, Philips and Lang) to nil. Special mention must be made of the rock-solid defence provided by Magee, Philips, Fordham SC, de Meyrick, O’Shea and d’Arville. Best on ground for NSW was Angus Lang and for Queensland Andrew Luchich. The last game saw NSW backing up for a second hour of football against a rested Victorian team in 28 degree temperatures and with storm clouds ominously building. NSW started strong with an opening goal within minutes of the whistle to di Michiel. Though the Victorians exhibited moments of brilliant passing football with occasional counter-attacks which sent the NSW backline scurrying to cover, very few if any serious attempts on goal materialised and the Victorian defence crumbled under the sustained pressure of the NSW mid-field shared by Lang, Watkins, Fagir and Sergi and of the forward line of Canceri, Di Michiel, Hartford Davis, and David (Patchaldino) Patch (before heroically hobbling off injured late in the second half). Di Michiel bagged a hat-trick and Canceri scored twice to hand NSW a resounding 5 nil victory. Best on ground for NSW was Richard di Michiel and for Victoria Andrew Babbianos.

World order has been restored with the silverware is now bound for the trophy cabinet in the NSW Bar Association.

Like all good football sides, NSW Bar FC will be recruiting heavily in the off-season. We look forward to welcoming new members to the squad in 2016. If you are interested in joining the team please email David Stanton (d.stanton@mauricebyers.com) to join the mailing list. If you would like to attend or speak at the 6th Annual Sports Law Conference next year please contact Anthony Lo Surdo SC (losurdo@12thfloor.com.au or 9223 3181).

LCA concerned by tactics used at NT youth detention centre

Mon Oct 12 2015

The Law Council of Australia has expressed concern over the recently released Northern Territory children’s commissioner’s report into incidents in the Behaviour Management Unit at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre between 4 and 21 August 2014. That report made findings that child detainees were subject to: hoods and handcuffs being used indiscriminately; solitary confinement in breach of the Youth Justice Act; and tear-gas being used with no meaningful attempt to negotiate a peaceful outcome. View the LCA's media release here.

28th LawAsia Conference, Sydney

Mon Oct 12 2015

The 28th LawAsia Conference will be held on 6-9 November 2015 at the Hilton Sydney. The theme of this year's conference will be "Cross-border law and practice in the Asia Pacific region" and among the list of speakers are: the attorney-general, senator, the Hon George Brandis QC; the Hon Robert French AC, chief justice of Australia; the Hon James Allsop AO, chief justice of the Federal Court; and Nicholas Cowdery AM QC. For more information about the program, or to register, visit the conference website.

Invitation to apply

Mon Oct 12 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.

STEP address: The powers of a court to vary trust terms

Mon Oct 12 2015

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Denis Barlin (13 Wentworth Selborne Chambers) on "The powers of a court to vary trust terms". It will be held on Wednesday, 21 October 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.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Oct 12 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm this week:

Wednesday 14 October:"Delegate To Elevate". Presented By Arthur Moses SC, Peter Bruckner and Sophie Callan and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. Learn more here

New Barristers' Committee October Breakfast and Junior Drinks

Mon Oct 12 2015

The New Barristers’ Committee would like to invite you to attend the October breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Arthur Moses SC, Junior Vice President and Dominic Toomey SC from the Bar Council will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas (gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au).

The Junior Drinks will held on Thursday 15 October, at Verandah Bar, 55-65 Elizabeth Street starting at around 5:00 - 5:30pm.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Mon Oct 12 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm: "MAA New Costs Disclosure Regime". Presented by Andrew Stone SC. Learn more here.

Nominations for 2016 Bar Council

Fri Oct 09 2015

Members are reminded that nominations for election to the 2016 Bar Council close at 4.00pm on Monday, 12 October 2015. Any member who has not received a nomination form can obtain one from the Association’s Reception (ph. 9232 4055; fax 9221 1149 or e-mail reception@nswbar.asn.au).

All nominations are acknowledged by e-mail to the candidate within 24 hours of their receipt by the Returning Officer. A candidate who has not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours of when they believe the nomination would have been received by the Returning Officer should immediately contact Ms Georgina Stow at the Bar Association on ph: 99229 1754, or e-mail gstow@nswbar.ans.au.

P.A. Selth
Executive Director & Returning Officer

Papers to note: Local Court Practice Note 1 of 2015

Fri Oct 09 2015

Local Court Practice Note 1 of 2015 - Online Court Protocol was issued on 25 September and took effect on 1 October 2015. The object is to facilitate a pilot program for Local Court (Civil Jurisdiction) General Division matters listed for defence callover at the John Maddison Tower, where the first appearance was on or after 1 October 2015. View the Practice Note 1 of 2015 here.

Positions vacant: deputy senior Crown prosecutors

Fri Oct 09 2015
Three vacancies: $300,920 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $16,645 per annum

The attorney general is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as deputy senior Crown prosecutors under the Crown Prosecutors Act 1986 for a fixed term of up to seven years that may be renewed, following an initial twelve-month probationary period. The current vacancies (3) to be filled are located in Sydney, Sydney West (based in Parramatta) and Country (based in Newcastle). For more information, contact Mr Lloyd Babb SC, director of public prosecutions on ph:(02) 9285 8888 or visit www.justice.nsw.gov.au/appointments to apply. 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 24 October 2015.

New Barristers' Committee October Breakfast and Junior Drinks

Fri Oct 09 2015

The New Barristers’ Committee would like to invite you to attend the October breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday 13 October. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Arthur Moses SC, Junior Vice President and Dominic Toomey SC from the Bar Council will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas (gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au).

The Junior Drinks will held on Thursday 15 October, at Verandah Bar, 55-65 Elizabeth Street starting at around 5:00 - 5:30pm.