Bench and Bar Lunch

Fri Oct 02 2015

The Bench and Bar Lunch is set to return, due to popular demand, on Thursday, 22 October 2015 at the Hyde Park Barracks Cafe. Learn more here.

NSW Bar FC taking on Victoria and Queensland

Fri Oct 02 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 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 on "The City Group and A-League Participation"

  • Anthony Nolan QC (Vic Bar) on “Legal Issues associated with 'The Blackest Day in Australian Sport'"

  • Rodrigo Vargas, ex-Melbourne Victory & Socceroo and The Big Issue on "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 ph: (02) 9223 3181).

ABA announce High Court silk bows and dinner 2016

Fri Oct 02 2015

All new silks for 2015 will be invited to take their bows before the High Court of Australia at 3.30pm on Monday, 1 February 2016 in Courtroom 1. The dinner to mark the occasion will be held that evening in the Great Hall of the High Court at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. All barristers, not just the new silks, and their partners are invited to attend. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Oct 01 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm:"Data Retention and how it impacts on Australian Lawyers and their clients", it will be presented by Michael Green, 13th Floor, St James’ Hall on behalf of BarNet, Yaseen Shariff, 12th Floor Selborne/ Wentworth on behalf of Counsel’s Chambers Limited and chaired by Arthur Moses SC, Junior Vice President. Learn more here

Nominations for 2016 Bar Council

Thu Oct 01 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 email

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 the Bar Association on ph: (02) 9232 4055.

P.A. Selth
Executive Director & Returning Officer

EPLA annual conference

Thu Oct 01 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.

Determination of economic and non-economic losses

Wed Sep 30 2015

Pursuant to s 146 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 the minister for finance, services and property has made the Motor Accidents Compensation (Determination of Loss) Amendment Order 2015 (NSW), which from 1 October 2015 increases the maximum amounts that are to apply for (a) past or future economic loss - $4,688 and (b) non-economic loss - $511,000.

Pursuant to s 80 of the Motor Accidents Act 1988 the maximum amount that is to apply for past or future non-economic loss under that Act will, from 1 October 2015, be increased by the Motor Accidents Compensation (Determination of Non-Economic Loss) Amendment Order 2015(NSW).

Forbes Chambers – new rooms / membership

Wed Sep 30 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.

2015 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture

Wed Sep 30 2015

The 2015 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture will be delivered by the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC on Thursday, 22 October at the University of Sydney. The title of this year's lecture will be "Keeping the Criminal Law in 'Serviceable Condition'- A Task for the Court or the Parliament?". It will take place in the Law Foyer, New Law Building F10, Eastern Avenue of the university's Camperdown Campus. Attendance is free, however registration is essential. More information about the lecture, and how to register, is available here.

Time for Justice Premier's Breakfast 2015 - still some places left

Wed Sep 30 2015

On Thursday, 8 October 2015 International Justice Mission Australia will host a breakfast event with NSW Premier Mike Baird. Explore ways to help strengthen justice systems in our region so that the poor are protected from violence, slavery and exploitation by the commercial sex trade. Arthur Moses SC will host a table for the Bar Association and anyone who wishes to come should contact Karin Hopman (ph: 9151 2075 or Please forward to Moses SC a cheque for $100 payable to "International Justice Mission Australia".

ABA says PNG Government must lift travel ban on Australian lawyers

Wed Sep 30 2015

The Australian Bar Association is concerned by reports that two Australian lawyers, both of whom have a right of practise in Papua New Guinea, are being denied entry to the country. The Papua New Guinea Law Society, in a statement issued yesterday, confirmed that Greg Egan and Terence Lambert hold current practising certificates. Both lawyers are representing members of the PNG Police in matters relating to a warrant of arrest for the prime minister of PNG, Peter O’Neill. View the ABA media release here.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Sep 30 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tomorrow at 5.15pm:"Data Retention and how it impacts on Australian Lawyers and their clients", it will be presented by Michael Green, 13th Floor, St James’ Hall on behalf of BarNet, Yaseen Shariff, 12th Floor Selborne/ Wentworth on behalf of Counsel’s Chambers Limited and chaired by Arthur Moses SC, Junior Vice President. Learn more here

New Barristers' Committee October breakfast

Wed Sep 30 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 (

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

Wed Sep 30 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 will also be available to pre-purchase from 20 October 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.

For the diary: ALA seminar on workers compensation and CTP costs disclosure

Tue Sep 29 2015
New changes to NSW workers compensation and CTP claims! Make Sure you are prepared.

Australian Lawyers Alliance will host two seminars on the changes to workers compensation claims brought about by the Workers Compensation Amendment Bill 2015 and recently decided cases including Cram Fluid Power Pty Ltd v Green. Learn about the CTP Changes, including costs disclosure and recent cases such as Scott v NRMA. The seminar will be held at two locations: Parramatta on 13 October and Sydney CBD on 20 October.

Appointment to the AAI

Tue Sep 29 2015

The Hon Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace has been appointed as the new chair of the Australian Advocacy Institute's Board of Directors. Learn more here.

Clerks' Conference and Dinner

Tue Sep 29 2015

The 2015 Clerks' Conference and Dinner will take place on Friday, 23 October. It will be held in the Manhattan Room at Doltone House. The Guest of Honour at the dinner will be The Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson SC. The theme of this year’s conference is “Bouncing Back – Building Resilience for a Stronger Future”.

All clerks are encouraged to attend for what promises to be a full program including sessions on workplace health & safety, dealing with emergency situations and their aftermath and performing under pressure. For full program details please download a flyer here.

Following the conference the Clerk€™s' dinner will be held in the ballroom at Doltone House. As usual, clerks will be able to invite members of their chambers to the dinner. To RSVP please click here

Coming to the NSW Bar - registrations are still open!

Mon Sep 28 2015

Barristers are invited to attend a panel discussion for women solicitors on Coming to the Bar, to be held in the Bar Common Room on 6 October 2015 at 5.00pm-7.00pm. Members of the panel include the Hon Justice Lucy McCallum, President Jane Needham SC, Kavita Balendra (4th Floor Wentworth Chambers) and Chris D'Aeth (New South Wales Bar Association). Drinks & canapes provided. All barristers welcome, RSVP by tomorrow, 29 September at

Coming up in CPD in October

Mon Sep 28 2015

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

Thursday 1 October:"Data retention and how it impacts on Australian Lawyers and their clients". Learn more here

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. Further details to follow.

Tuesday 20 October:"2015 Plunkett Lecture". Presented by Dr Widdows. Further details to follow.

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

Monday 26 October:"Depression: an issue in the practice of law. Presented by Justice Marshall and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. Further details to follow.

Tuesday 27 October:"Second Annual Spigelman Public Law Oration". Presented by The Hon J Allsop AO Chief Justice. Further details to follow.

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. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Sep 28 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room on Thursday, 1 October at 5.15pm:"Data Retention and how it impacts on Australian Lawyers and their clients" will be presented by Michael Green, 13th Floor, St James’ Hall on behalf of BarNet, Yaseen Shariff, 12th Floor Selborne/ Wentworth on behalf of Counsel’s Chambers Limited and chaired by Arthur Moses SC, Junior Vice President next Thursday 1 October 2015 at 5.15pm in the Common Room. Learn more here

Workers compensation indexation

Fri Sep 25 2015

The Workers Compensation (Weekly Payments Indexation) Amendment Order (No 2) 2015 (NSW) and the Workers Compensation Amendment (Latest Index Number) Regulation (No 2) 2015 are now published on the Legislation NSW website and have taken effect. The object of the first order is to notify the number that equates to the factor B/C - used in the formula for calculating the variation of the weekly payment to be paid to a worker under section 82A of the Workers Compensation Act 1987. That section provides that weekly payments are to be varied on 1 April and 1 October in each year. The second order updates a number used in the indexation of benefits.

Contracts in Commercial Law

Fri Sep 25 2015

Contracts in Commercial Law is an international conference exploring the nature and operation of the law of contracts in commercial law. The speakers for Contracts in Commercial Law are leaders in contracts scholarship and practice drawn from the highest ranks of the judiciary, academy and profession. The conference is convened by Professor Simone Degeling (UNSW Law), The Hon Justice James Edelman (Federal Court of Australia) and Associate Professor James Goudkamp (University of Oxford) and is the successor to the highly successful Fusion Conference (2004), Restitution in Commercial Law Conference (2007) and Torts in Commercial Law (2010).

  • Host: UNSW Law
  • Dates: 18—19 December 2015
  • Location: Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Register & Information:
  • Contact Information:
  • Discounts: 10% discount for Alumni of UNSW or University of Oxford

Yoga returns

Fri Sep 25 2015

Yoga classes begin again at 1.00pm on Tuesdays, downstairs in the Bar Common Room. Our next 10 week term will begin on 29 September to 1 December. Please contact Jolie on ph: 0414 092 502 for details!