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Save the date : 2016 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Nov 05 2015

The 2016 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 5 March. The conference offers 6.5 CPD points.

Speaker details and online registration will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact Bali Kaur, Director, Professional Development (9229 1722 or bkaur@nswbar.asn.au

CIArb Centenary Celebrations Australia - 3rd International Arbitration Conference

Thu Nov 05 2015

The 3rd International Arbitration Conference, Opportunities and challenges for dispute resolution in the next century, will be held on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 during Sydney Arbitration Week at the Sofitel Sydney. The conference will be part of the celebrations of the Centenary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), which includes a Welcome Reception, Sydney Harbour Cruise on the evening of Monday 23 November 2015, and a Black Tie Gala Dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art on the evening of Tuesday 24 November 2015 at which The Hon Robert French AC, Chief Justice of Australia, will be the special guest speaker with Richard Ackland as Master of Ceremonies. To see the full programme and to register for the conference and other events, click here.

LTCS E-News Issue 83

Thu Nov 05 2015

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 83 is now available and includes information concerning: "My Plan", the new approach that Lifetime Care uses to help participants plan for the things they want to do and achieve; and the launch of the new Learning Management System (LMS) for use by service providers and other partners. View LTCS E-News No 83 here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Nov 05 2015

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm next 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. 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

Legal Aid News for November

Wed Nov 04 2015

Legal Aid News for November 2015 is out now. There's a feature article on funding for specialist domestic violence legal support. There are articles on Bail Act changes, costs in legally aided criminal matters, specialist accreditation in criminal law for Legal Aid NSW lawyers and a White Ribbon Day workshop in Fairfield. There's the usual information on community legal education, courses and conferences and the Australian Human Rights Awards as well. You can view the newsletter here.

Large room for Sale or Licence on Second Floor Wentworth

Wed Nov 04 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 2 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.

Room for sale: 6 and 7 St James Hall Chambers

Wed Nov 04 2015

A large, well-appointed external room overlooking Phillip Street plus secretarial room is available for purchase. The size of the room and secretarial room is 31.6sqm. The chambers consists of 17 barristers (four of whom are senior counsel) and three door tenants. The barristers practise in a diverse range of areas including commercial, equity, trusts, insolvency, defamation, public law, civil and human rights, trade practices, employment and administrative law (see www.sixstjameshall.com.au).

The room is well equipped with Barnet connection, VOIP telephone system and access to electronic subscription services. The Floor has a good library.

For further details please contact the clerk, Margaret Ashford, ph: (02) 9236 8600, fax: (02) 9221 8686, email: mashford@stjames.net.au

Enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

32nd Great Bar Boat Race - 2015 Invitational Challenge

Wed Nov 04 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.

Arts Law Centre fundraising concert

Wed Nov 04 2015

The Hon Justice MJ Beazley AO, in her capacity as president of the Arts Law Centre of Australia, warmly invites members to attend a fundraising concert featuring renowned classical and jazz pianists Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt. The concert is on Thursday, 5 November, commencing at 7.00pm, and tickets are available here. A raffle with excellent prizes will be drawn on the evening.

Invitation to Share Your Views about Complainants' Evidence

Wed Nov 04 2015

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commissioned a research project about the experience of relevant people in relation to mechanisms for complainants to give evidence in child and adult sexual abuse cases. To participate, please click on this link and complete the brief online survey. Participation is anonymous and confidential, and takes about 20 minutes. It must be completed in one sitting.

The NSW Bar needs you at its AGM

Wed Nov 04 2015

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Common Room of the New South Wales Bar Association, Lower Ground Floor, Selborne Chambers, 174-180 Phillip Street, Sydney this Thursday, 5 November 2015 at 5.00pm. Copies of the minutes of last year’s AGM are available at reception and will also be available at the meeting. The formal notice of the AGM was mailed to all members on Friday, 18 September 2015.

Voting for the 2016 Bar Council closes at 1.00pm on Thursday, 5 November 2015. If you have not voted, please return you ballot papers as soon as possible.

P A Selth
Executive Director & Returning Officer

Increased places at Martin Place Early Learning Centre

Tue Nov 03 2015

The Martin Place Early Learning Centre has been open for just over a year, and during that time all places reserved by the Association have been utilised by families requiring permanent and emergency care. There are a large number of families on the waitlist for a place in 2016. At its meeting on 22 October 2015 Bar Council resolved to increase the number of places reserved at the Centre from 10 full time spaces (50 days per week), to 20 full time spaces (100 days per week).

A reminder that places at the Centre are available for members of the Association, chambers staff and employees of the NSW Bar Association. Guardian Early Learning operates a waitlist for Association families seeking places at the Centre. If you would like to place your name on the waitlist, or have any questions, please get in touch with Megan Black on 9229 1739 or at mblack@nswbar.asn.au.

An open day at the Centre will be held tomorrow, to provide families with the opportunity to tour the Centre and meet early childhood educators working at the Centre. Further information in relation to Association support for members with childcare needs can be found on the website: http://www.nswbar.asn.au/for-members/childcare

Forbes Society Legal History Tutorial

Tue Nov 03 2015

On Wednesday, 4 November 2015, Chief Justice Allsop will present a tutorial on the History of the Law of Restitution (Quasi Contract). The tutorial will commence at 5.10 pm and conclude no later than 6.15 pm. The venue will be Court 1, Level 21, Federal Court of Australia, Law Courts Building, Queen's Square. Light refreshments will be served. All members and friends of the Forbes Society are welcome to attend.

Coming up in CPD next week

Tue Nov 03 2015

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm next 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 Emeritus Professor David Barker. Further details to follow.

Thursday 12 November:"Is your voice doing you justice" - maximising performance for advocates". Presented by Lucy Cornell and chaired by Kavita Balendra. Further details to follow.

New Barristers' Committee November breakfast

Mon Nov 02 2015

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the November breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 10 November. 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.

For the Diary: Salvos Legal 2015 Lecture Series

Mon Nov 02 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.

Room for sale: 6 and 7 St James Hall Chambers

Mon Nov 02 2015

A large, well-appointed external room overlooking Phillip Street plus secretarial room is available for purchase. The size of the room and secretarial room is 31.6sqm. The chambers consists of 17 barristers (four of whom are senior counsel) and three door tenants. The barristers practise in a diverse range of areas including commercial, equity, trusts, insolvency, defamation, public law, civil and human rights, trade practices, employment and administrative law (see www.sixstjameshall.com.au).

The room is well equipped with Barnet connection, VOIP telephone system and access to electronic subscription services. The Floor has a good library.

For further details please contact the clerk, Margaret Ashford, ph: (02) 9236 8600, fax: (02) 9221 8686, email: mashford@stjames.net.au

Enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Bar Knitting Group - reminder of next meeting

Mon Nov 02 2015

All interested barristers are invited to attend the next meeting of the Bar Knitting Group, which is to be held on Wednesday, 4 November 2015 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles, and wool etc. If you don’t have a project, or don’t know how to knit/crochet and want to learn, let us know beforehand by sending an email to Michelle Painter SC or to Lisa Allen. Light refreshments will be served.

CPD Tonight

Mon Nov 02 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight: "Meditation for Lawyers" Presented by Jackie Curran and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. Learn more here

Position vacant: Public Defender

Fri Oct 30 2015

Attorney General Upton is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as a public defender under the Public Defenders Act 1995 for a fixed term of up to seven years that may be renewed, subject to an initial twelve-month probationary period. Learn more here.

CIArb Centenary Celebrations Australia - 3rd International Arbitration Conference

Fri Oct 30 2015

The 3rd International Arbitration Conference, Opportunities and challenges for dispute resolution in the next century, will be held on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 during Sydney Arbitration Week at the Sofitel Sydney. The conference will be part of the celebrations of the Centenary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), which includes a Welcome Reception, Sydney Harbour Cruise on the evening of Monday 23 November 2015, and a Black Tie Gala Dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art on the evening of Tuesday 24 November 2015 at which The Hon Robert French AC, Chief Justice of Australia, will be the special guest speaker with Richard Ackland as Master of Ceremonies. To see the full programme and to register for the conference and other events, click here.

Senior Counsel Scroll Ceremony

Fri Oct 30 2015

Newly appointed senior counsel will be presented with their appointment scrolls on Wednesday, 4 November 2015 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association’s Common Room, with the scrolls being presented by Bathurst CJ at 5.45pm. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend the function.

PA Selth
Executive Director

Election of 2016 Bar Council - the Ballot

Fri Oct 30 2015

The ‘How to Vote’ instruction booklet that was issued with each ballot paper contains detailed information about how a valid vote is cast. Members should take care to complete the ballot paper in accordance with the instructions provided. If any member has a query concerning the completion of the ballot paper they should contact the Bar Association for assistance. Ballot papers received after 1.00pm on Thursday, 5 November 2015 will not be counted. More information is available here.