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Call for papers: 2016 Personal Injury Conference

Fri Oct 23 2015

The NSW Bar Association's 2016 Personal Injury Conference is scheduled for Saturday 5 March 2016. The association's Professional Development Department would like to invite members to submit abstracts for papers to be included on the day. Suggestions for papers can be submitted to the senior projects manager, Anna Hurtig Adair.

Reminder: swearing-in for Tony Saunders

Fri Oct 23 2015

Tony Saunders will be sworn-in as a member of the Fair Work Commission at a ceremonial sitting on Monday, 26 October 2015 at 9.00am in Court 15.1, 80 William Street, East Sydney.

Coming up in CPD on Monday

Fri Oct 23 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm on Monday next week:"Depression: an issue in the practice of law. Presented by Justice Marshall and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Oct 23 2015

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

Monday 26 October:"Depression: an issue in the practice of law. Presented by Justice Marshall and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. Learn more here.

Tuesday 27 October:"Second Annual Spigelman Public Law Oration". Presented by The Hon J Allsop AO Chief Justice and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here.

Thursday 29 October:"Under 5's - Could you improve your Performance at the Bar?". Presented by Shannon Dolan and Lucy Cornell and chaired by Phil Greenwood SC. Learn more here

National Court Framework draft practice notes

Thu Oct 22 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.

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Oct 22 2015

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

Monday 26 October:"Depression: an issue in the practice of law. Presented by Justice Marshall and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. Learn more here.

Tuesday 27 October:"Second Annual Spigelman Public Law Oration". Presented by The Hon J Allsop AO Chief Justice and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here.

Thursday 29 October:"Under 5's - Could you improve your Performance at the Bar?". Presented by Shannon Dolan and Lucy Cornell and chaired by Phil Greenwood SC. Learn more here

NSW Lawyers Orchestra

Thu Oct 22 2015

Expressions of interest are sought from all musicians in the legal field across New South Wales to register to play in the first season of the NSW Lawyers Orchestra.

Commitment required

It is anticipated that the orchestra will be established at the beginning of law term 2016. The orchestra will have two concerts a year, in June and November. February to June 2016 will be the first season. July to November 2016 will be the second season. Music scores will be distributed to members approximately 2-4 months prior to each concert and player’s practise in their own time. There will only be 4-6 rehearsals prior to each concert. The orchestra is designed for busy legal practitioners and legal practitioners, legal employees or law students who come from rural parts of New South Wales that cannot commute for weekly rehearsals.

Conductor

The conductor is Sydney barrister and experienced legal practitioner Peter Godkin. Prior to being admitted as a legal practitioner in NSW, Peter was the head of music of a leading independent school in Sydney for several years. He is experienced in conceiving, planning and implementing large scale concerts featuring over 600 performers to an audience in excess of 1200. Peter has conducted in the Sydney Opera House and is an experienced and inspiring orchestral trainer and conductor. Peter is a graduate of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music and holds the Fellowship diploma in performance from Trinity College London.

Who is this orchestra designed for?

Players from all parts of NSW, rural, regional and metropolitan and those from country areas of NSW are encouraged to register. The orchestra is open to legal practitioners, other legal employees and law students representing general practice and all specialities. The goal of each concert is to culminate the months of work by many people who share a dream of combining their passion for music with their professional commitments in law; and wish to turn that dream into a reality.

As the orchestra develops, we would welcome assistance from professional musicians who may tutor different sections in the orchestra; players will have the experience of playing in an orchestra and the added inspiration of opportunities that may arise to work with internationally renowned soloists.

As the orchestra develops it is expected that the orchestra will support charities in both the arts and law, as well as take part in a variety of significant events.

To register for the first season email the following details to Sarah Haddad (shaddad@lathamchambers.com.au):

  • Full Name:
  • Date of Birth:
  • Instrument played:
  • Work address (or university and degree if you are a tertiary law student):
  • Email address:
  • Telephone numbers:
  • AMEB level (or equivalent) and brief summary of any orchestral experience

Advocacy courses designed by barristers for barristers

Thu Oct 22 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.

Jack Shand Chambers - room for sale

Thu Oct 22 2015

An east south-east facing, 25.12sqm room is for sale on Jack Shand Chambers, level 55 MLC Centre building Sydney. The floor has 32 Members, 12 of whom are Silk. Price on application to Dennis Wheelahan QC or Stephen Upton Clerk of Chambers. Ph: (02) 9233-7711

Vale Thomas Swanson Davidson (1932-2015)

Wed Oct 21 2015

Tom Davidson QC, former Crown prosecutor and District Court judge, died on 17 October 2015. A funeral will be held at St James Anglican Church, King Street, Turramurra, on Monday, 26 October 2015 at 10.00am.

CIArb Accelerated Route Toward Fellowship Course, Melbourne, 7 ­ 8 November 2015

Wed Oct 21 2015

Registrations are open for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Accelerated Route Towards Fellowship (ARF) Course which will be held in Melbourne on 7 - 8 November 2015. It is intended for suitably qualified candidates who are practising lawyers with at least 10 years standing and who have substantial experience in arbitration. The course syllabus is based on international commercial arbitration.

Places are strictly limited. More information about the course and how to register is here.

Jack Shand Chambers - room for sale

Wed Oct 21 2015

An east south-east facing, 25.12sqm room is for sale on Jack Shand Chambers, level 55 MLC Centre building Sydney. The floor has 32 Members, 12 of whom are Silk. Price on application to Dennis Wheelahan QC or Stephen Upton Clerk of Chambers. Ph: (02) 9233-7711

Position vacant: Public Defender

Wed Oct 21 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.

Bench and Bar Lunch

Wed Oct 21 2015

The Bench and Bar Lunch on Thursday, 22 October 2015 at the Hyde Park Barracks Cafe is now sold out. InBrief will advise members of the time and place for subsequent lunches.

Public Law Section Dinner 27 October

Wed Oct 21 2015

The second Spigelman Public Law Oration will be delivered in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15pm on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 by the Hon James Allsop AO, chief justice of the Federal Court of Australia. The topic will be "Values in Public Law". The oration will be followed by the annual dinner of the Public Law Section (formerly the Constitutional and Administrative Law Section) of the NSW Bar. Learn more here.

Readers and Tutors – Unpaid Work

Wed Oct 21 2015

Members are reminded of paragraphs 46 and 47 of the Reader / Tutor Guidelines which provide guidance on the payment of readers in circumstances where they undertake devilling work for tutors.

Although no rigid rule is laid down, it is important to recognise that readers are not unpaid research assistants. It is inappropriate for tutors to require readers to undertake significant work without sharing the benefits that flow from that work.

Readers should not expect to be paid for all the work that they undertake for their tutors. The work is often given for the reader's benefit, not for that of the tutors. An expectation by readers of payment for all work undertaken will only lead to a 'drying up' of the opportunities to learn from doing work. On the other hand, an expectation by tutors of significant work being undertaken by readers without payment and without sharing any benefits of such work is inappropriate and exploitative.

It is important that readers and tutors understand and accept the ground rules at the outset and that an arrangement be reached whereby readers are remunerated for significant work undertaken for their tutors.

Jane Needham SC
President

Nanny Pilot Programme – Applications closing soon

Wed Oct 21 2015

Families struggling to access child care and who require more flexible arrangements can apply to participate in the Australian Government’s new Nanny Pilot Programme. The two-year pilot will begin in 2016 and provide fee assistance to help eligible families with the cost of using a nanny in their family home.

This is a great opportunity for parents, particularly those who live away from existing child care, or who work non-standard hours—like police officers, nurses, firefighters and other emergency workers, or those in the hospitality industry.

Families are eligible if they earn less than $250,000, both parents (or in the case of a sole parent family, the sole parent) work, train or study at least eight hours a fortnight, and at least one parent is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Families have until 5pm AEDT on 30 October 2015 to apply.

To find out whether you’re eligible and to apply, go to the Department of Social Services website.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Oct 21 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight: "Conversations about Equitable Briefing". Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Zoe Hillman and chaired by Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Law Rocks

Tue Oct 20 2015

Lou Lungo, Crown prosecutor, has formed a band from members of the bar - Philip Hogan, Graham Turnbull SC, Dean Jordan SC and Tim Watts - to compete in "Law Rocks", which is being held at the Oxford Arts Factory from 7.00pm on Wednesday, 28 October. Members are encouraged to support the NSW Bar in the "battle of the legal bands".

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Oct 20 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tonight: "The 2015 Plunkett Lecture". Presented by Dr Kelvin Widdows and chaired By Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

NSW CLCs celebrate 40 years

Tue Oct 20 2015

Community legal centres in NSW are celebrating 40 years of achievements. Events will be held over two days, commencing on 19 November 2015 with an evening cocktail party at Doltone House at Hyde Park. The celebration will continue on 20 November 2015 with an Oration delivered by a guest speaker followed by a CLC trivia quiz. This two-day celebration will welcome staff and volunteers from CLCs, community workers, academics, students, government representatives, members of the judiciary and lawyers from private and public sectors. For more information or to register for an event, visit the CLC website.

Three well-appointed rooms for purchase or licence

Tue Oct 20 2015

Three well-appointed external rooms with great natural light and harbour or city views are available for purchase or licence on Blackstone Chambers, a commercial floor of 44 barristers. Each room has full shelving and ample storage. Chambers has an extensive library and is connected to Barnet. The rooms are available for purchase for $65,000 each. For further information please contact the clerk, Lynette MacDonald, on 9220 9800.

Join One Hundred Women

Tue Oct 20 2015

Funding from women is being sought for a documentary about women refugees from different parts of Africa. The film covers the traumatic events that forced them to flee their home countries and become refugees, as well as giving us a deep insight into their extraordinary resilience and courage, which has enabled them to build productive new lives in Australia. For each of them in their own way, it is a journey from trauma and pain, to strength and empowerment, as they find their own voice. This is a vital story told in an artful way, that will give other women victims of violence and abuse, inspiration and hope.

As women lawyers, we all are concerned about justice. If you are interested in the arts, women's issues, refugees' experiences and challenges, human rights issues and/or the importance of therapy for PTSD, you will want to donate to this extraordinary documentary. The director of the documentary is Ros Horin, the acclaimed director, playwright and former artistic director of the Griffin Theatre. Ros Horin's idea as the film-maker is to get 100 women to put $500 or more in each to make a film about African women refugees with whom she worked, first in drama therapy, then in the play based on their lives (The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe which played at Parramatta Riverside, Belvoir and the Opera House to great reviews). All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made by clicking here.