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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

Large room for Sale or Licence on Second Floor Wentworth

Tue Nov 17 2015

A large room (1 and 1/3 or 4000 shares in CCL) on the eastern side of Second Floor Wentworth Chambers will soon become available for purchase or licence. It would most suit a silk, aspiring silk or senior junior, with or without a PA, or else may be capable of subdivision into two smaller rooms. The room has extensive “Rosewood” colour shelving and cupboards, as well as a new Mitsubishi air-conditioner. There is also a large leather-topped desk with matching leather office chair, lounge and lounge chairs.

Current CCL Maintenance Contributions are $1,552.86 pm and SFWC Floor fees are $1,663.50 pm.

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 and 16 juniors, including 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. Price is available upon application and all enquiries will be dealt in the strictest confidence.

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.

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 danjolie@bigpond.com

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

Full-sized Room for Sale on Second Floor Wentworth Chambers

Mon Nov 16 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.

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: www.tlc.asn.au or email admin@tlc.asn.au

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: admin@tlc.asn.au for more information. Website: www.tlc.asn.au

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.