Bench and Bar Tennis Day 2013

Mon Nov 16 2015

The annual bench and bar tennis doubles competition will be held on grass at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay on Monday, 23 December 2013. 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 an entry form > 4 December 2013

Calling all yogis

Mon Nov 16 2015

Yoga classes at the New South Wales Bar Association will be held on Tuesdays at 7.15am and 1.00pm in the Common Room until 15 December. Contact Jolie with any questions & to receive information. Register for the class via mobile: 0414092502; or via email

Competition and Consumer Law

Mon Nov 16 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm on Wednesday, 18 November: "Competition and Consumer Law". It will be presented by Delia Rickard and Sarah Court and chaired by Michelle Painter SC. Learn more here

STEP address: Discretionary Trusts

Mon Nov 16 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 on Wednesday, 18 November 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.

ABA High Court silk bows and dinner 2016

Mon Nov 16 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.

Hike 2 Halve Suicides

Mon Nov 16 2015

Members are encouraged to participate in The Hike 2 Halve Suicides will take place on 13-19 August 2016 across the beautiful Larapinta Trail in Central Australia. Participants will be raising funds to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members working in urban and remote location suicide prevention programs to attend the 2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference. Sadly, this group continues to represent some of the highest rates of suicide anywhere in the world.

Coming up in CPD in November

Fri Nov 13 2015

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

Monday 23 November:"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:"Bullying under the Bar Rules". Presented by Pat Griffin Sc and Kellie Edwards. Learn more here

Toongabbie Legal Centre Fundraising Dinner

Fri Nov 13 2015

The Hon Brad Hazaard MP, former attorney general and minister for justice (now minister for family and community services and minister for social housing) will be the chief guest at Toongabbie Legal Centre’s (TLC) 8th Annual Fundraising Dinner on Friday, 20 November 2015 at Bowman Hall, Blacktown. Reserve your ticket and support a worthwhile cause providing free legal advice to the vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. A registration form is available here. For more details visit TLC’s website: or email

Toongabbie Legal Centre is inviting Legal Practitioners with over five years experience to volunteer with its free legal service in Toongabbie and Blacktown. Please email: for more information. Website:

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Nov 13 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm next week: Wednesday 18 November:"Competition and Consumer Law".Presented by Delia Rickard and Sarah Court and chaired by Michelle Painter SC. Learn more here

Vale Andrew Thomas Martin (1973-2015)

Fri Nov 13 2015

Andrew Thomas Martin, barrister at Chalfont Chambers, has died. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Revised citizenship bill still of concern

Fri Nov 13 2015

The president of the Australian Bar Association, Fiona McLeod SC, remains concerned about aspects of the government's revised citizenship bill. In a media release issued this morning, Ms McLeod warned that the proposed mechanism for revocation of citizenship may breach the doctrine of separation of powers and "will inevitably be the subject of a constitutional challenge to the High Court at some point." View the media release here.

Bar Association office bearers for 2016

Thu Nov 12 2015

At a meeting of the Bar Council on the evening of 12 November 2015, the following were elected as office bearers of the Bar Association:

President: Noel Hutley SC

Senior Vice President: Arthur Moses SC

Junior Vice President: Tim Game SC

Treasurer: Chrissa Loukas SC

Hon. Secretary: Paresh Khandhar

P A Selth

Executive Director

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Nov 12 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight: "Is your voice doing you justice" - maximising performance for advocates". Presented by Lucy Cornell and chaired by Kavita Balendra. Learn more here

32nd Great Bar Boat Race - 2015 Invitational Challenge

Thu Nov 12 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.

Reflections on leadership

Thu Nov 12 2015

Jane Needham SC will be the special guest speaker at a Women Lawyers breakfast on Thursday, 19 November 2015 at 7.15am. "Reflections on Leadership" will be held at the premises of McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Level 32 MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place. In the last "Inspiration over Breakfast" speakers series this year, Jane will share her reflections on women in leadership roles; championing diversity at the NSW Bar; and the NSW Bar more broadly.

Barristers in the First World War

Wed Nov 11 2015

John Bede Dalley was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1902. When the First World War broke out Dalley was several times rejected for service with the Australian Imperial Force because of his deafness, but was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Australian Field Artillery. Joseph Lamaro was initially rejected for service in the AIF because of poor eyesight. He eventually enlisted in January 1916 and served as a signaller in the Battle of the Somme. Lamaro returned to Australia and was admitted to the bar in 1922. These are just some of men who served in the First World War, either before or after practising at the bar. A list of those who served is being compiled by Tony Cunneen and is available on the Bar Association website for viewing. If you are aware of more names that ought to be added, please contact Tony via email.

Salvos Legal 2015 Lecture Series

Wed Nov 11 2015

Members are invited to attend the Salvos Legal 2015 Lecture Series, to be held on Saturday, 14 November at 140 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. Speakers include the Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC, the Hon Justice Rachel Pepper, Judge Tom Altobelli, Judge Justin Smith SC and Judge Elizabeth Olsson SC. Support the community and earn CPD points by attending this conference. Attendance for a full day will attract five CPD points. For more information about speakers, or to register, visit Salvos Legal.

Private law in the 21st Century

Wed Nov 11 2015

Members are invited to Private Law in the 21st Century, a conference being held on 14-15 December 2015 Brisbane at the Stamford Plaza Hotel, 39 Edward St, Brisbane. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the identification and debate of the key questions and challenges that private law is likely to face, nationally and internationally in the 21st century, setting a clear agenda for legal practitioners, the legal academy and policy-makers within the field. Learn more here.

Review of intensive correction orders

Wed Nov 11 2015

The NSW Sentencing Council is conducting a statutory review of intensive correction orders in accordance with s 73A of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW). The review must be completed by 1 October 2016. They are seeking preliminary submissions on this review by Monday, 21 December 2015. For further information, please visit the council's website.

Advocacy courses designed by barristers for barristers

Wed Nov 11 2015

The next Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive will be held in Melbourne on 18-22 January 2016. The coaching faculty will include Federal and Supreme Court judges, Australian and international counsel from England, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore, as well as performance and voice coaches with expertise in voice, movement and impact. For more information, or to register, please visit the Advocacy Training Council's website.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Nov 11 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tomorrow:"Is your voice doing you justice" - maximising performance for advocates". Presented by Lucy Cornell and chaired by Kavita Balendra. Learn more here

CPD Tonight

Wed Nov 11 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight:"Forbes Lecture - The History of Legal Education in Australia". Presented By Professor David Barker AM and chaired by The Honourable Justice Leeming. Learn more here

Publication of New Medical Assessor Guidance Notes for use in NSW CTP scheme

Tue Nov 10 2015

The Permanent Impairment Guidelines Interpretation Group (PI-GIG) was formed in November 2008 to provide expert and considered advice on any anomalies in the NSW motor accidents scheme Permanent Impairment Guidelines and AMA4 Guides.

One of the roles of the PI-GIG is to develop guidance notes to clarify or outline the clinically preferred interpretation of existing guideline provisions for any anomalies, areas which are open to interpretation, or have the potential for inconsistent assessments.

Guidance Notes developed by the PI-GIG will in no way contradict the existing provisions of the NSW motor accidents scheme Permanent Impairment Guidelines or AMA4 Guides, but may provide a clinically preferred method of interpretation in circumstances where:

• Existing provisions are ambiguous

• Existing provisions do not cover a particular condition

• Existing provisions are contradictory

• Existing provisions require definition or clarification

The following new Guidance Notes are available for use by Medical Assessors:

• Guidance Note 21 - Assessment of Digestive system: use of medications and assessment of the upper gastrointestinal tract

• Guidance Note 22 - Assessment of Digestive system: use of medications and the assessment of the colon, rectum and anus.

The Guidance Notes are to be used by Medical Assessors when assessing the degree of permanent impairment under the NSW CTP scheme.

The Guidance Notes can be found on the Motor Accidents Authority's website

Should you wish to provide comment or have any queries on any of the Guidance Notes please forward your email to

Responses will be collated for a period of six months following the date of launch of the Guidance Note and presented to the Permanent Impairment Guidelines Interpretation Group for further consideration.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Nov 10 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight:"Suicide: It could be anyone of us. How to help". Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. Learn more here

National Court Framework draft practice notes

Mon Nov 09 2015

The Federal Court is seeking comment on the following draft practice notes on their website.

  • Central Practice Note
  • Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights NPA Practice Note
  • Admiralty and Maritime NPA Practice Note
  • Commercial and Corporations NPA Practice
  • Employment and Industrial Relations NPA Practice Note
  • Intellectual Property NPA Practice Note
  • Native Title NPA Practice Note
  • Taxation NPA Practice Note

The Bar Association will be providing a collective summary response to the Federal Court on the draft practice notes. Any members who wish to provide input can send comments to by Friday 13 November.