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Bar Library hours during the Christmas-New Year season

Wed Nov 25 2015

The Bar Library will be closed from Monday, 21 December 2015 to Friday 15 January 2016 and on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. The library will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm between Monday, 18 January 2016 and Monday, 25 January 2016. Normal opening hours will resume from Wednesday, 27 January 2016.

SILQ introduces longer support hours and online help

Wed Nov 25 2015

Our support desk is now available 8:30am – 7:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am – 5:00pm Friday. Gavin, Matt or Brian will be happy to take your call during those hours. We’ve also introduced a new "Live Support" feature on our website where you can post your query. In addition, we now have approximately 50 videos on the site offering tips on how you can improve your experience using SILQ. Please click here for the videos.

Learned Friends Lord Howe Island Conference

Wed Nov 25 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 admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

CPD tonight

Wed Nov 25 2015

A seminar will be held in the common room at 5.15pm tonight "Bullying under the Bar Rules". Presented by Pat Griffin SC and Kellie Edwards and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Nov 24 2015

A seminar will be held at 5.15pm tomorrow "Bullying under the Bar Rules". Presented by Pat Griffin Sc and Kellie Edwards and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. Learn more here

New Victorian silks

Tue Nov 24 2015

The chief justice of Victoria, the Hon Marilyn Warren AC, has announced the appointment of 19 new senior counsel. View the list here.

PC fee waiver parental and carer’s leave

Tue Nov 24 2015

At its meeting on 22 October 2015, Bar Council approved an updated policy in relation to the waiver of PC renewal fees for members taking carer’s or parental leave. A copy of the policy is available here. Further notice of the policy will be provided to members with their PC renewal forms.

Appointment to note: Mark Buscombe

Tue Nov 24 2015

Magistrate Mark Buscombe has been elevated to the bench of the District Court of NSW. A swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday, 30 November 2015 at 9.00am on Level 21 of John Maddison Tower. Attorney General Gabrielle Upton will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Barristers work

Mon Nov 23 2015

At its meeting on 7 November the Council of the Australian Bar Association resolved that the Legal Services Council be requested to amend Rule 11 of the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules by amending 11 (d) to read 'representing a client in or conducting a mediation or arbitration or other method of alternative dispute resolution'. The ABA Council’s request has been conveyed to the Legal Services Council.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Mon Nov 23 2015

A seminar will be held in the common room at 5.15pm tonight:"Appearing in the Court of Appeal—rule changes, tips and other quirks". Presented by the Hon Justice Beazley AO and the Hon Justice Basten and chaired by Carol Webster SC. Learn more here

In memory of Andrew Martin

Fri Nov 20 2015
A message from Chalfont Chambers

In memory of their colleague Andrew Martin, Chalfont Chambers will hold a wake on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 4.00pm. It will be followed by a church service at 6.00pm in the Crypt of St Marys Cathedral. RSVP: Tuesday, 24 November 2015 to Ruth on ph: (02) 9232 4534 or email: ruth.lamb@chalfont.com.au. Chalfont Chambers is located at Level 9, 67 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

New queen's counsel in Queensland

Fri Nov 20 2015

The governor of Queensland, acting on the recommendation of the Hon Catherine Holmes, chief justice of Queensland, has approved the appointment of the following as queen’s counsel.

  • Robert James Anderson
  • Ronald Shaw Ashton
  • Gareth David Beacham
  • Madeline Mary Brennan
  • Glen Peter Cash
  • Adrian William Duffy
  • Rowan Peter Sandford Jackson
  • Michael Andrew Jonsson
  • Dennis Raymond Lynch
  • David William Marks

Life membership for Needham SC

Fri Nov 20 2015

At a meeting of Bar Council last night Jane Needham SC was made a life member for "exceptional service to the Bar Association and to the profession of the law".

ABA president's report for November 2015

Fri Nov 20 2015

The president of the Australian Bar Association, Fiona McLeod SC, has published her Report to Members for November 2015. It includes updates on Indigenous incarceration, measures to promote equality and diversity at the bar, funding for legal assistance, advocates immunity, citizenship-stripping laws and more. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Nov 20 2015

Two CPD seminars will be held next week.

Monday, 23 November at 5.15pm:"Appearing in the Court of Appeal—rule changes, tips and other quirks". Presented by the Hon Justice Beazley AO and the Hon Justice Basten and chaired by Carol Webster SC. Learn more here

Wednesday, 25 November at 5.15pm:"Bullying under the Bar Rules". Presented by Pat Griffin Sc and Kellie Edwards and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. Learn more here

Labor unveils plan to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates

Thu Nov 19 2015

The Australian Labor Party today announced its policy on using justice reinvestment to reduce the unacceptably high levels of Indigenous incarceration. An Indigenous adult is 15 times more likely to be imprisoned than a non-Indigenous adult and an Indigenous child is 24 times more likely to be in detention. View "Closing the Gap Justice Targets for Safer, Stronger Communities". The Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia earlier this year formed the "National Justice Coalition" in a campaign called "Change the Record", which is designed to end the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system.

Full-sized Room for Sale on Second Floor Wentworth Chambers

Thu Nov 19 2015

A single room (3000 shares) on Second Floor Wentworth is available for purchase. The floor is fully networked to CCL, uses its VOIP telephone system, and has its own website and electronic diary management by the Clerk. Over the 2015-2016 Christmas-New Year vacation, the floor will undergo a stylish refurbishment of its common areas. There is also easy access from the floor to the Bar Library.

The floor currently comprises 3 silks, 15 juniors and 2 readers. Members practise in most jurisdictions and areas of practice.

The room may be inspected by prior arrangement with the clerk on 9232 4466 or clerk2@wentworthchambers.com.au.

All enquiries will be dealt in the strictest confidence.

Ghana Law School seeks legal resources for their library

Thu Nov 19 2015

Justin Betar, honorary consul to the Republic of Ghana, has asked the Australian Law Librarians Association to help the Ghana School of Law in Accra. The law school's library is critically short of resources. Ghana is a common law country so any general materials that members can spare, including UK and Australian texts and the major law series, would be appreciated.

Some space will be available on a shipping container leaving on Wednesday, 25 November 2015, so time is short. The collection address is:

Consulate-General of the Republic of Ghana, Sydney
Level 7, AWA Building
45-47 York Street, Sydney

Delivery to the consulate will need to be at the cost of the donor.

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Nov 19 2015

Two CPD seminars will be held next week.

Monday, 23 November at 5.15pm:"Appearing in the Court of Appeal—rule changes, tips and other quirks". Presented by the Hon Justice Beazley AO and the Hon Justice Basten and chaired by Carol Webster SC. Learn more here

Wednesday, 25 November at 5.15pm:"Bullying under the Bar Rules". Presented by Pat Griffin Sc and Kellie Edwards and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Nov 18 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight: "Competition and Consumer Law".Presented by Delia Rickard and Sarah Court and chaired by Michelle Painter SC. Learn more here

Federal Court – National Court Framework – Practice Note Consultation Process

Wed Nov 18 2015

The Federal Court is in the process of its implementation of the National Court Framework (NCF). A key component of this reform is the review of the court’s practice documents to ensure nationally consistent and simplified practice. After an extensive internal consultation process involving the judges of the court, the draft Central Practice Note and draft National Practice Area (NPA) Practice Notes have been developed.

The Federal Court considers it important to consult with the profession in relation to the operation of these practice notes and is now expanding its public consultation exercise to seek feedback on the new draft NCF practice notes before they are issued. To access the draft practice notes and provide feedback, please go to the Federal Court’s website.

STEP address: Discretionary Trusts

Wed Nov 18 2015

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by John Armfield TEP, barrister (2nd Floor Wentworth Chambers) on "Discretionary Trusts: attacking and protecting the exercise of discretion by trustees". It will be held tonight 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.