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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.

Full-sized Room for Sale on Second Floor Wentworth Chambers

Wed Nov 11 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.

Clerk Sought for Newer Chambers

Wed Nov 11 2015

Applications for the position of Clerk are sought for a new floor, Greenway Chambers*, which will commence operation on 1 February 2016.

This is an opportunity to be involved from the outset in developing a new strong floor of 30 barristers.

The floor is looking for a forward thinking person with strong communication and marketing skills and a demonstrated capacity to manage a floor of barristers.

The full time position will formally commence in mid-January. The successful applicant will be involved before then in the establishment of chambers.

A competitive market salary package will be offered to the successful candidate.

A position description and further information can be obtained from Ingmar Taylor SC on (02) 9223 1522.

Applications for the position of Clerk of Chambers should address the position description and be sent to ingmar.taylor@statechambers.net by no later than midday on Monday 16 November 2015.

All inquiries and applications will be in confidence.

*Named after Francis Greenway, architect, three of whose masterpieces the Chambers overlooks, and a man who had a uniquely Australian relationship to the law.

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 WPIenquiryMAIR@sira.nsw.gov.au.

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 amcconnachie@nswbar.asn.au by Friday 13 November.

Tonight: The Refugee Justice Network Information Evening for Barristers

Mon Nov 09 2015

The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), in conjunction with the Bar Association and Justice Connect are seeking to develop the Refugee Justice Network: barristers who are willing to provide advice and assistance to asylum seekers seeking help with judicial review. Members of the New South Wales Bar are invited to an information evening tonight, 9 November 2015 at 6.00pm for 6.30pm. It will take place at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street. Learn more here

Vacancy for position of Clerk

Mon Nov 09 2015

Applications for the position of Clerk are sought for a new floor, Greenway Chambers*, which will commence operation on 1 February 2016.

This is an opportunity to be involved from the outset in developing a new strong floor of 30 barristers.

The floor is looking for a forward thinking person with strong communication and marketing skills and a demonstrated capacity to manage a floor of barristers.

The full time position will formally commence in mid-January. The successful applicant will be involved before then in the establishment of chambers.

A competitive market salary package will be offered to the successful candidate.

A position description and further information can be obtained from Ingmar Taylor SC on (02) 9223 1522.

Applications for the position of Clerk of Chambers should address the position description and be sent to ingmar.taylor@statechambers.net by no later than midday on Monday 16 November 2015.

All inquiries and applications will be in confidence.

*Named after Francis Greenway, architect, three of whose masterpieces the Chambers overlooks, and a man who had a uniquely Australian relationship to the law.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Nov 09 2015

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

Monday 9 November:"Developing good tax and financial habits". Presented by Bill Nussbaum, Basil Scaravilli and Michael Hutton and chaired by Greg Antipas. Learn more here

Tuesday 10 November:"Suicide: It could be anyone of us. How to help". Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. Learn more here

Wednesday 11 November:"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

Thursday 12 November:"Is your voice doing you justice" - maximising performance for advocates". Presented by Lucy Cornell and chaired by Kavita Balendra. Learn more here

Bar Library hours during the Christmas-New Year season

Mon Nov 09 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.

Common Law Practice Update 91

Mon Nov 09 2015

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 91, with case notes on section 15 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); section 34 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); exemplary damages and production of documents. Download CLPU 91.

New Barristers' Committee November breakfast

Mon Nov 09 2015

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the November breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Craig Leggat SC and Tom Howard SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Ingrid King.

CPD tonight

Mon Nov 09 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm "Developing good tax and financial habits". Presented by Bill Nussbaum, Basil Scaravilli and Michael Hutton and chaired by Greg Antipas. Learn more here. Refreshments will be provided after the seminar.

Registering for childcare? Make sure you tell them you are a Bar Association family

Fri Nov 06 2015

If you would like to register for childcare, and intend to contact Guardian Early Learning directly to do so, it is important that you tell them that you are using the Bar Association’s childcare scheme. If you do not do so, you will be placed on their "community waitlist", which is considerably longer.

If members are allocated "community" places when there are places available in the Bar Association program, that will also result in the association unnecessarily paying the daily rate for that unutilised Bar Association spot.

It is useful for the association to keep a record of families on the waitlist, so that we can cross-check our list with the list held by Guardian. If you are interested in placing your name on the waitlist, please get in touch with Megan Black on 9229 1739 or at mblack@nswbar.asn.au.

Vacancy for position of Clerk

Fri Nov 06 2015

Applications for the position of Clerk are sought for a new floor, Greenway Chambers*, which will commence operation on 1 February 2016.

This is an opportunity to be involved from the outset in developing a new strong floor of 30 barristers.

The floor is looking for a forward thinking person with strong communication and marketing skills and a demonstrated capacity to manage a floor of barristers.

The full time position will formally commence in mid-January. The successful applicant will be involved before then in the establishment of chambers.

A competitive market salary package will be offered to the successful candidate.

A position description and further information can be obtained from Ingmar Taylor SC on (02) 9223 1522.

Applications for the position of Clerk of Chambers should address the position description and be sent to ingmar.taylor@statechambers.net by no later than midday on Monday 16 November 2015.

All inquiries and applications will be in confidence.

*Named after Francis Greenway, architect, three of whose masterpieces the Chambers overlooks, and a man who had a uniquely Australian relationship to the law.

Teaching opportunities at the University of New England

Fri Nov 06 2015

The University of New England School of Law would like to hear from barristers who are interested in undertaking some sessional teaching work in criminal law, including for tutoring, marking and possibly lecturing. All teaching activities are able to be done entirely online. Interested members should forward a CV to Michelle Edgely.

ALAANZ seminar on Legal Rules of Engagement in Conflict

Fri Nov 06 2015

On Thursday, 19 November 2015 the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (ALAANZ) is hosting an evening seminar with a presentation from Squadron Leader Bryan Cavanagh - Air Force legal officer on rules of engagement and an insight into his recent posting in Iraq. Please join ALAANZ for this evening seminar followed by drinks and nibbles. Pushback is 5.30pm for 5.45pm takeoff at the offices of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Level 14, Australia Square, 264-278 George Street, Sydney. RSVP by Friday, 13 November 2015 to Adam Vines - cost includes seminar, drinks and nibbles - members of ALAANZ $35 (incl GST) - non-members of ALAANZ $45 (incl GST).

Ceremonial welcome for Judge Steven Middleton

Fri Nov 06 2015

A ceremonial sitting to welcome the appointment Steven Middleton as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia will be held in Newcastle on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 at 9.30am. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom 1, Level 4 of the Federal Circuit Court, 61 Bolton Street, Newcastle. Peter Cummings SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

Coming up in CPD on Monday

Fri Nov 06 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm on Monday 9 November:"Developing good tax and financial habits". Presented by Bill Nussbaum, Basil Scaravilli and Michael Hutton and chaired by Greg Antipas. Learn more here. Refreshments will be provided after the seminar.