Common Law Practice Update 92

Wed Dec 09 2015

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 92, with case notes on section 62 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sections 5B, 5F, 5L and 5M of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); amendment of statement of claim; and more. Download CLPU 92 here.

BOCSAR Recorded Crime Statistics Quarterly Update

Wed Dec 09 2015

The New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has published the NSW Recorded Crime Statistics Quarterly Update September 2015. According to the report, in the two years to September 2015, eight major offences were trending downward, including murder (down 20%). For no apparent reason, there was a 29.3 per cent increase in indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences in Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury. View the update here.

Silks of 2015 donate generously

Wed Dec 09 2015

It's a long-standing tradition that each year the new silks make a donation to one or more charities. The silks of 2015 have made donations amounting to $85,300 - $44,150 to the Katrina Dawson Foundation and $41,150 to the Indigenous Barristers Trust.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2016

Tue Dec 08 2015

Registrations are now open for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2016 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 13 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 20 February and Sunday, 21 February: Orange
  • Saturday, 27 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 12 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 19 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click [here]

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click [here]

Further speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4055 or via e-mail

LawAccess: 2015 - A Year In Review

Tue Dec 08 2015

LawAccess, the NSW Government-funded legal referral and advice service, has released a bulletin which briefly sets out highlights for 2015 and plans for the future. Learn more

Court of Arbitration for Sport

Mon Dec 07 2015

Anthony Lo Surdo SC of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers been appointed to the lists from which arbitrators (general list and football list) and mediators of the Court of Arbitration for Sport are selected.

The CAS, created in 1984, is an institution independent of any sports organisation which provides services to facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation by means of procedural rules adapted to the specific needs of the sports world. The CAS has nearly 330 arbitrators from 87 countries, chosen for their specialist knowledge of arbitration and sports law.

The CAS head office is in Lausanne, Switzerland with regional offices in Sydney and New York.

New Barristers' Committee December Breakfast and Junior Drinks

Mon Dec 07 2015

The New Barristers’ Committee would like to invite you to attend the December breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 8 December. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Richard Weinstein SC, Julia Lonergan 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 Corrie Goodhand (

The Junior Drinks will held on Thursday, 10 December, at Metro St James starting at around 5:30pm.

ABA High Court silk bows and dinner 2016 - registrations are now open

Mon Dec 07 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. To register, click here.

NTBA 2016 Conference in Dili

Mon Dec 07 2015

Following the success of the 2014 conference, the Northern Territory Bar Association will be holding its 2016 conference in Dili, Timor Leste. The conference commences with registration and drinks on Wednesday evening 13 July at the conference venue, the Timor Plaza Hotel, extends over Thursday, Friday and Saturday 14 to 16 July and finishes with the conference dinner on the evening of Saturday 16 July on the Timor Plaza’s stunning Sky Garden Terrace. It will also have a social program as well as an accompanying guests program. Numbers are limited so please register your interest in attending as soon as possible by emailing or calling the Northern Territory Bar Association on 08 89824700.

Commemorating the Martin Place siege

Fri Dec 04 2015

The following message to the Bar Association has been provided by the Department of Premier and Cabinet regarding a public ceremony on 15 December 2015 to commemorate the Martin Place Siege.

The premier of NSW, Mike Baird MP issued a media release earlier today to inform the public of plan to commemorate the first anniversary of the Martin Place siege.

The premier acknowledges that this is an important opportunity to mark one year since the traumatic events of last December.

An understated public ceremony will be held on the evening of 15 December, to remember the victims and survivors of the siege and to recognise the response and resilience of a community that refused, and refuses yet, to be divided by those who wish to cause harm.

The ceremony will begin at 8.15pm in Martin Place between Phillip and Elizabeth Streets. Five nights of light projections on the façade of the Lindt Café building will follow.

The light projections will incorporate images of the floral tribute laid at the Martin Place site, and will reflect on the thousands of notes and messages left by the wider NSW community following the siege.

The families of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, whose lives were lost in the siege, support the ceremony and light projections that are planned to commemorate the anniversary.

All members of the Sydney community are welcome to attend the ceremony and/or view the light projections which will run for 5 nights from 15 December to 19 December (approximately 8.30pm to midnight). Public viewing areas for the ceremony will be between Phillip and Macquarie Streets as well as Elizabeth and Castlereagh Streets in Martin Place. The area of Martin Place between Elizabeth and Phillip Streets will be reserved for invited guests.

Prison penalties for serious domestic and non-domestic assault

Fri Dec 04 2015

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has published Issue Paper No. 110, "Prison penalties for serious domestic and non-domestic assault". The research found "no evidence that serious non-domestic assault matters are dealt with more harshly than serious domestic assault matters. In fact, Indigenous offenders found guilty of serious domestic violence related assault are more likely to be sentenced to prison than other violent offenders." Learn more here.

Human Rights Awards

Fri Dec 04 2015

For 28 years the Human Rights Awards have celebrated the extraordinary achievements of individuals, organisations and businesses contributing to human rights in Australia. This year, the Australian Human Rights Commission will hold its awards ceremony as a sit-down lunch on 10 December 2015 at the Westin Sydney from 12.00pm-3.00pm. President of the AHRC, Professor Gillian Triggs, will deliver the keynote address, and talk about some of the major human rights challenges for the year ahead. For more information, or to purchase your ticket, visit the awards booking site.

Bench and Bar v Solicitors Chess Tournament

Fri Dec 04 2015

The 22 annual Bench and Bar v Solicitors chess match took place on 21 boards on Thursday, 19 November 2015. While the solicitors had a narrow win this year, the overall score for the Terrey Shaw Memorial shield stands at Bench and Bar 10, Solicitors 9, ties 3. Barristers Kim Anderson and Charles Alexander shared the Terrey Shaw prize for best played games. Terrey Shaw died at the age of 50 while at the bar. An Australian champion, he represented Australia in nine Chess Olympics winning silver and bronze medals.

Suspicious email from the ABA

Thu Dec 03 2015

Members are warned not to open an email that appears to be from the Australian Bar Association and headed "overdue invoice" or referring to accounts from a holiday retreat. They are being received by members of various bar associations. The usual spam email precautions should be taken - and as IT departments advise, links in spam emails should not be opened.

32nd Great Bar Boat Race - 2015 Invitational Challenge

Thu Dec 03 2015

The 32nd Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 21 December 2015 at 11.00am. Solicitors are invited to compete in a friendly competition with the Bench & Bar. This is a non-spinnaker race for monohull keelboats greater than 6.5m. The Organising Authority is the RAN Sailing Association ("RANSA"). For more information about the race, including the strict insurance prerequisites, or to enter, download a flyer here.

Legal Aid News for December

Thu Dec 03 2015

Legal Aid News for December 2015 is out now. There's a feature article on lawyers from Legal Aid NSW helping consumers appearing before NCAT to settle their everyday consumer disputes about goods and services. There are articles on a new South West Sydney Domestic Violence Unit and new protocols for providers of services to young people in out of home care from 1 December. There is the usual information on community legal education, courses and conferences and panel lawyer news as well. You can view the newsletter here.

Bench and Bar Tennis Day 2015

Thu Dec 03 2015

The Bench and Bar Tennis competition will be held on grass at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. The Hon Susan Crennan Cup will be awarded to the best and fairest female member in the tournament, while the Hon Bryan Beaumont Cup and the Barbour Cup will also be up for grabs. Download a flyer and registration form here.

2016 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

Wed Dec 02 2015

The 15th annual Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday, 12 February 2016. The event is organised by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law with the support of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law.

The conference will focus on developments in the High Court and other Australian courts in 2015 and beyond. It will be addressed by leading practitioners, judges and academics.

Speakers at the conference will review the key themes of constitutional law decisions in the High Court, Federal Court and State Courts in 2015, as well as giving focused attention to recent cases such as McCloy v NSW, CEPU v Queensland Rail, Plaintiff M68/2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, ICAC v Cunneen, NAAJA v Northern Territory and Duncan v NSW. The final session will consider the topic ‘Governing and Constitutional Law’ through the prism of three public offices: Solicitor-General, Parliamentary Counsel and Attorney-General.

The conference will be followed by dinner at NSW Parliament House with the guest speaker being Mr Justin Gleeson SC, solicitor-general of the Commonwealth.

The cost of the event is $465 for the conference and $115 for the dinner (total $580). There is an early-bird conference registration rate of $415 if you register for the conference by 18 December 2015. To register, please see ‘Upcoming Events’ at Alternatively, please email or contact the Centre on (02) 9385 2257.

Swearing-in for John Murphy

Wed Dec 02 2015

John Murphy, barrister at Frederick Jordan Chambers, has been appointed to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC). A ceremonial welcome for Commissioner Murphy will be held on Friday, 4 December 2015 in Court 4.1, Level 4, 47 Bridge Street, Sydney. Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

Papers to note: the first prison experience and recidivism

Wed Dec 02 2015

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has published Crime and Justice Bulletin No.187, which examines the question of whether short prison sentences (up to 12 months) exert a special deterrent effect. The study found that the subsequent time to re-offend did not depend on the type of sentence received. This "suggests that there is no particular deterrent effect in receiving a prison sentence for people who had not previously been sentenced to prison". View the bulletin here.

Learned Friends Lord Howe Island Conference

Wed Dec 02 2015

In April 2016 (2–9 April) Learned Friends is holding a Conference on Lord Howe Island. This conference will mark the 5th Anniversary of the commencement of Learned Friends and to celebrate we are returning to Lord Howe Island, where we held our first conference in April 2011. Speakers include John Wallace, Louise Byrne, Grahame Berecry and Penelope Watson. Please note that April is a busy time of year on the island and as such flights and accommodation are becoming limited. For more information visit the website or email