Forbes Chambers – new rooms / membership

Thu Oct 08 2015

Three new rooms are available on level 12 at Forbes Chambers. Expressions of interest in these rooms and membership of Forbes Chambers are invited. Price is available on application. Enquiries may be made with the Clerk, Ryan Coleiro on 02 9390 7777 or Expressions of interest will be received in writing or via email until close of business Friday 16th October 2015. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

EPLA annual conference

Thu Oct 08 2015

The 2015 Annual Environment and Planning Law Association Conference will be held on 15 and 16 October 2015 at the beautifully restored Eternity Theatre, located on the corner of Burton and Palmer Streets in Darlinghurst. Download a conference brochure and speaker program.

Bar FC taking part in 8th Annual "State of Origin" Football Tournament

Thu Oct 08 2015

On 10 October 2015, the NSW Bar FC competes in the 8th Annual Suncorp Football "State of Origin" Tournament against the Victorian Bar and the Queensland Bar at Green Gully Reserve, St Albans, Victoria (the home of the Green Gully Soccer Club).

The touring squad is: Anais d’Arville; Richard Di Michiel; Simon Philips (Acting Manager); John Harris (Capt.); Geoff O’Shea; Scott Goodman; Graham Turnbull SC; Colin Magee; Michael Fordham SC; Sebastian Hartford Davis; Rohan de Meyrick; David (Patchildinho) Patch; Greg Watkins; Richard Sergi; Oshie Fagir; Adrian Canceri; and Angus Lang with Match Officials Graham Turnbull SC and Anthony Lo Surdo SC.

The action kicks off at 1.00pm with Vic v Qld, followed by NSW v Qld at 2.15pm and NSW v Vic at 3.30pm.

NSW will be keen to avenge its first ever series defeat in 2014 and bring home the silverware.

The tournament will be preceded by a Sports Law Conference to be held at the Neil McPhee Room (Level 1 Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William Street, Melbourne) from 8.30 am to 11.30 am. Speaking at the conference are:

  • Scott Munn, CEO Melbourne City & Chris Nikou, Partner K&L Gates, FFA Director, "The City Group and A-League Participation"
  • Anthony Nolan QC (Vic Bar), "Legal Issues associated with 'The Blackest Day in Australian Sport'"
  • Rodrigo Vargas, ex-Melbourne Victory & Socceroo and The Big Issue, "Dealing with my Big Issues!" (Grand Finals, Socceroo selection, Transition from A-League & work with young offenders in prison) Registration for 3 CPD points is a mere $80 with all proceeds being donated to The Big Issue.

A light lunch will be served at the conclusion of the conference.

All members of the NSW Bar and Judiciary are invited and encouraged to attend the Sports Law Conference and to support your FC in its quest for glory.

For registration information or any questions concerning what promises to be a fabulous day please contact Anthony Lo Surdo SC ( or 9223 3181).

Get the professional edge needed to accelerate your career

Thu Oct 08 2015

Whether you’re looking to set global precedents, or to advocate for global change, you can tailor the UNSW LLM to meet your needs. Learn from internationally recognised academics, former judges, and industry professionals. We offer classes at our Sydney CBD and Kensington Campuses. Substantial postgraduate scholarships are available.

Choose from a number of specialisations in our Master of Laws program:

  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights & Social Justice
  • Media & Technology
  • Innovation
  • International Law
  • International Business & Economic Law
  • Taxation
  • Criminal Justice & Criminology

To find out more, join us for drinks at our upcoming information evening. Speak one-to-one with our staff and learn about our cutting edge programs, flexible study options, international opportunities, and entry requirements.

Find out how you can credit UNSW CLE attendance towards the UNSW LLM.

Take the next step towards fast-tracking your career.

Event date: 12 October 2015 5:30pm to 7pm

Venue: Level 6, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney, 2000

Cost: Free

Register now

Women in Leadership forum

Wed Oct 07 2015

Layne Beachley's Aim For the Stars Foundation provides grants to girls and women in all fields of endeavour. Justice Kunc of the NSW Supreme Court is the chairman. On 20 November the foundation is holding its inaugural "Women in Leadership" forum at the Shangri-La Hotel. The Hon Julia Gillard is giving the keynote address, and other speakers include Dr Cathy Foley (Dep Director CSIRO), Louise Herron (CEO Sydney Opera House), Holly Ransom (CEO Emergent Solutions) and Cindy Hook (CEO Deloitte Australia). The WBF encourages members of the Bar Association to attend the forum. The forum is intended to raise funds to enable the foundation to double its annual scholarship spend - last year it was about $80,000. Learn more here.

Copyright Law and Practice Symposium 2015

Wed Oct 07 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.

Celebrate the appointment of three female silks

Wed Oct 07 2015

The Women Barristers Forum, in association with the Women Lawyers Association of NSW, invites you to join them for cocktails and canapes to celebrate the appointment of female senior counsel for 2015: Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, Maria Cinque SC and Gina O'Rourke SC. Guest speaker will be Fiona McLeod SC, president of the Australian Bar Association. The function will take place on 27 October 2015 between 5.30pm-7.30pm at the Hyde Park Barracks Cafe. For more information and to RSVP, download a registration form here.

Bar Council business for 27 August 2015

Wed Oct 07 2015

Bar Council met on 27 August 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 27 August here.

Bench and Bar v Solicitors chess match

Wed Oct 07 2015

The 22nd annual Terry Shaw Memorial Shield chess match will be held on Thursday, 19 November 2015 commencing at 6.00pm. Any members wishing to play should contact the team captain Rob Colquhoun via email: All standards of play are accommodated.

Invitation to apply

Wed Oct 07 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

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.

Join a well-established floor in a prestigious location

Wed Oct 07 2015

Following a reorganisation of State Chambers, an opportunity exists to join a well established floor in a prestigious location. State Chambers is located on the top floor of 52 Martin Place, corner Martin Place and Phillip Street. Chambers has negotiated an attractive lease renewal to commence on 1 January 2016 for five years, with a five-year option. The proposed lease provides very attractive terms.

Details will be provided on a commercial in-confidence basis upon enquiry. The floor will include pre-eminent silks and juniors with strong practices in the areas of employment, taxation and revenue, administrative and common law. Expressions of interest are open until Thursday, 8 October 2015 by emailing the clerk at

Indexation of non-economic loss under the Civil Liability Act

Tue Oct 06 2015

The Civil Liability (Non-economic Loss) Amendment Order 2015 has been published on the NSW Legislation website. The object of this order is to adjust, for the year commencing 1 October 2015, the amount that may be awarded for damages for non-economic loss under the Civil Liability Act 2002. Learn more here.

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

Tue Oct 06 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.

New Barristers' Committee October Breakfast and Junior Drinks

Tue Oct 06 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 (

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

Reminder: CIArb Centenary Celebrations Australia

Tue Oct 06 2015
23–24 November 2015, Sydney

Members are invited to help celebrate the centenary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The program includes discussion on "Opportunities and Challenges presented by Australia’s new Free Trade Agreements", "Australia and New Zealand as Seats for Arbitration", "The Hague Convention on Court Agreements and the Establishment of Regional International Commercial Courts" and more. For a program or to register, please visit the CIArb website.

For the diary: Pathways to Parity

Tue Oct 06 2015

Members are invited to hear Lt General David Morrison AO (Retd) deliver the key note address to the PNG Gender Parity Symposium, "Pathways to Parity Dinner", organised by the Asia Pacific Professionals Association Ltd and the Papua New Guinea High Commission. The event will take place in Sydney on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art from 6.45pm until late. Learn more here.

Tomorrow: Forbes Society legal history tutorial

Tue Oct 06 2015

On Wednesday, 7 October 2015 the Hon Justice Ashley Black will present the next Forbes Society legal history tutorial. "The History of Statutory Interpretation" will commence at 5.10pm and conclude no later than 6.10pm. The venue will be the Banco Court on the 13th Floor of the Law Courts Building, Queen's Square. All members and friends of the Forbes Society are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, please contact Mary-Ann de Mestre, tipstaff to Lindsay J:

Nominations for 2016 Bar Council

Tue Oct 06 2015

Members are reminded that nominations for the 2016 Bar Council must be received by the returning officer by 4.00pm on Monday, 12 October 2015. Nomination forms have been posted to all members. The form is also available from the Bar Association’s reception (ph: (02) 9232 4055; fax (02) 9221 1149 or e-mail

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: (02) 9229 1754, or e-mail

P.A. Selth
Executive Director & Returning Officer

2015 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – Friday, 30 October – all welcome!

Tue Oct 06 2015

Members and their friends are invited to the 2015 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 30 October, 7.45am at Hyde Park Barracks Café. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with over $6,000 worth of prizes available to be won! Raffle tickets are available to pre-purchase at the Bar Association Reception. Register for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Friday, 23 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the EO Committee.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

Coming up in CPD next week

Tue Oct 06 2015

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

Monday 12th October:"MAA New Costs Disclosure Regime". Presented by Andrew Stone SC. Learn more here.

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

Join a well-established floor in a prestigious location

Fri Oct 02 2015

Following a reorganisation of State Chambers, an opportunity exists to join a well established floor in a prestigious location. State Chambers is located on the top floor of 52 Martin Place, corner Martin Place and Phillip Street. Chambers has negotiated an attractive lease renewal to commence on 1 January 2016 for five years, with a five-year option. The proposed lease provides very attractive terms.

Details will be provided on a commercial in-confidence basis upon enquiry. The floor will include pre-eminent silks and juniors with strong practices in the areas of employment, taxation and revenue, administrative and common law. Expressions of interest are open until Thursday, 8 October 2015 by emailing the clerk at

Workers' comp changes begin on 16 October

Fri Oct 02 2015

Changes to the state's workers compensation scheme, announced in August by the New South Wales Government, are due to commence on 16 October. The changes include three new organisations to manage the scheme; increased lump sum and minimum weekly payments, and new financial assistance for return to work, education and retraining, as well as premium reductions for businesses. View the minister's media release here or visit the government's purpose-built website.

The Australian apologises

Fri Oct 02 2015

This morning The Australian has published an apology to Fiona Roughley (Legal Affairs, p27), together with an edited version of this statement (Letters to the Editor, p13) after publishing an article ("Inquiry delivers Jackson heads-up", 8/9/15, p1) about her conduct when she served as junior counsel assisting the trade union royal commission in 2014.

The article purported to quote and paraphrase a commission file note recording a conversation between Ms Kathy Jackson and Ms Roughley. The article quoted the file note as saying that she gave Ms Jackson "advice on thinking of specific examples to use in her defence". This was inaccurate. These words do not appear in the file note. The article said that Ms Roughley "coached" Ms Jackson and made "suggestions that she use her time on the stand to tackle media critics". This was also inaccurate. Ms Roughley was not given the opportunity to comment.

In addition to the apology, News Corp Australia has made a donation on her behalf to the Katrina Dawson Foundation.

Legal Aid News for October

Fri Oct 02 2015

Legal Aid News for October 2015 is out now, packed with articles on Legal Aid's Reconciliation Action Plan and their advice to 7-Eleven workers. There are articles on getting help with NDIS complaints and appeals, the growing complexity of the care and protection jurisdiction as well as representing young people within the justice system. There's the usual information on community legal education and resources as well. You can view the newsletter here.