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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.

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.

Coming up in CPD next week

Tue Nov 17 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

32nd Great Bar Boat Race - 2015 Invitational Challenge

Tue Nov 17 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.

Self Tort Stripped Bare

Tue Nov 17 2015

Keen readers of InBrief would know that Brian Ralston (Latham Chambers) is also a musician and head of the band Self Tort, which won the ABC's "Exhumed" competition in August 2013. The band will release its new CD, "Stripped Bare", at The Basement on 30 November 2015. All members of the bar are welcome to come along. For more information, or to book a ticket, visit The Basement's website.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Nov 17 2015

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

Representing barristers at the ACLA National Conference

Tue Nov 17 2015

The Bar Association was represented at the ACLA National Conference & In-house Lawyer Awards at the Sheraton Mirage, Gold Coast on Thursday and Friday last week. The newly elected president, Noel Hutley SC, was joined by Liz Cheeseman SC, Christopher Wood and Michele Kearns. As part of the Bar Association's efforts to promote the bar to in-house counsel, it has published Direct Briefing: A Guide for Corporate or Government Counsel a copy of which can be viewed here.