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Find a Barrister – CVs can be uploaded to members’ profiles

Wed Dec 21 2016

Many barristers have already added their CVs to their Find a Barrister profiles. Members who have not done so are encouraged to take advantage of the new facility (instructions below).

As previously reported in InBrief, use of find-a-barrister was promoted to in house corporate and government counsel as a means of finding barristers for their particular needs, whether in the context of direct briefing, briefing through external solicitors or as part of implementing the Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy at the Association of Corporate Counsel National Annual Conference in Canberra last week.

Members of the clerks association were in attendance and held one on one demonstrations of the Find a Barrister search facility.

The ability to refine a search by reference to the following criteria appear to be useful to in house counsel:

  • practice area and sub-practice area;
  • seniority;
  • willingness to accept direct briefs from in-house counsel;
  • existence of an attached CV on the barrister’s Find a Barrister profile;
  • gender.

Members who want their profiles to appear in searches limited by the "attached CV" field need to upload a PDF version of their CV to their find-a-barrister profile.

How to add your CV to your FAB profile - It only takes a few minutes

Log in to the members' section of the Bar Association website, click on MEMBER SIGN IN on the top right hand corner of the home page.

At the SIGN IN page, enter your username and password. In most cases, this will be the same as your CPD video streaming login. If you are unaware of either or both details, click on Unknown username or password? and follow the prompts.

If your sign in is successful, it will say WELCOME [NAME] in the top right corner of the home page.

Click on the cog wheel next to your name. This will take you to the Member Dashboard page.

In the General Details section, click on the "upload your CV" button, browse to find your PDF CV on your system and select it.

The CV will then be automatically uploaded to your Find a Barrister profile.

Members can revise and update their CVs using the same approach as required in the future.

Ludlows Sydney end of year Wig & Robe Cleaning offer

Wed Dec 21 2016

Bring in your Robes and Wig for cleaning and general maintenance over the Christmas break. This is a great time to rejuvenate your Regalia, with Ludlows’ prompt and unrivalled service. We conduct minor and major repairs on Wigs as well as, Robe repairs and alterations. Our efficiency will ensure that you have your Regalia on the required that. Store hours Monday to Friday 09:00am – 05:30pm, 153 Phillip Street, Sydney 2000 (02) 9222 9794. www.ludlows.com.au/

Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Panel

Wed Dec 21 2016

The Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Panel (the DVP) is currently open for applications. The panel is open to solicitors and barristers in private practice.

ROLE OF THE DVP

The DVP is a specialist panel. Practitioners appointed to the DVP are expected to provide:

  1. Legal advice, assistance and referrals for individuals experiencing domestic and family violence in relation to a broad range of legal problems precipitated by domestic and family violence;

  2. Legal advice and representation for adults and children and young people who are seeking a private ADVO; and

  3. Legal advice and representation for defendants to applications for ADVO’s where the client is also a protected person in an associated ADVO cross application or where it appears that the client is a victim of domestic or family violence.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE DVP

Information about the DVP is available on the DV Panel Web Page and includes the following:

  • Information for Applicants – contains more information about the role of the DVP, duty work and assigned grants of aid covered by the panel, fee rates, as well as the Selection Criteria and selection process
  • Practice Standards
  • Service Agreement
  • Information for Panel Referees
  • DV Panel Duty Guidelines

Applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Monday, 20 February 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee.

More information about how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

How to apply for appointment to a panel

Quick Guide for Panels Application Website

For any enquiries regarding this panel please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

NSW Bar Association CPD Conference - North Coast

Tue Dec 20 2016

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences.

The North Coast Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program here

Full attendance at the North Coast Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practicing certificate year.

Registration details are available here. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

You're invited to morning tea

Mon Dec 19 2016

The NSW Bar Association has reserved dedicated childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre. Delicious morning teas, prepared by in-house cooks, will be held in February 2017 for members to have a look around the centres, meet the educators and learn more about Guardian and its approach to early childhood education. Castlereagh Street will hold its morning tea on Wednesday, 1 February 2017, followed by Little Steps on Tuesday, 7 February.

Swearing-in ceremony for Tanya Bright

Mon Dec 19 2016

Tanya Bright has been appointed a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9.00am on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Members should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Ludlows Sydney end of year Wig & Robe Cleaning offer

Mon Dec 19 2016

Bring in your Robes and Wig for cleaning and general maintenance over the Christmas break. This is a great time to rejuvenate your Regalia, with Ludlows’ prompt and unrivalled service. We conduct minor and major repairs on Wigs as well as, Robe repairs and alterations. Our efficiency will ensure that you have your Regalia on the required that. Store hours Monday to Friday 09:00am – 05:30pm, 153 Phillip Street, Sydney 2000 (02) 9222 9794. www.ludlows.com.au/

Sir Anthony Mason to deliver the next Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Mon Dec 19 2016

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation is pleased and honoured to advise that an Address will be delivered by the Hon Sir Anthony Mason AK KBE QC at a dinner to be held on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at the Castlereagh Hotel at 6.30pm. Further details will be circulated in early 2017. The Foundation is an independent non-profit charity registered with the ACNC whose purpose is to organise the Address and if possible its publication.

The NSW IRC is NOT moving

Fri Dec 16 2016

Last month InBrief reported that the Industrial Relations Commission is moving to the Masonic Centre. InBrief has now been advised that the IRC will remain at its current location while the Department of Justice and State Property identify alternative accommodation. All Sydney listings for the period commencing 9 January 2017 will remain in the Chief Secretary’s Building, 47 Bridge Street Sydney.

Opportunity to licence at 53 Martin Place Chambers

Fri Dec 16 2016

We are welcoming expressions of interest to licence a room at 53 Martin Place Chambers. Spacious single room with plenty of natural light available now. Reasonable monthly outgoings. For more information about chambers, please visit our website at www.53mpc.com. All enquiries & expressions of interest will be treated with confidence and should be directed to Emily Caradus on ph: (02) 8246 9011 or ecaradus@53mpc.com.

A number of federal appointments

Fri Dec 16 2016

Dr Robert Harper SC of 9th Floor Wentworth Chambers has been appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, effective 18 January 2017, while yesterday Attorney-General George Brandis announced 17 appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Learn more here and here.

33rd Great Bar Boat Race - 2016 Invitational Challenge

Fri Dec 16 2016

The 33rd Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 19 December 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.

Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day - 23 January 2017

Fri Dec 16 2016

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to the Manly Golf Club on Monday, 23 January 2017. Shotgun start at 12.30pm followed by dinner (at around 6.00 pm). The cost for the day is $170.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for golf only. Manly members pay $80.00). Download an Acceptance Form, complete and return it (together with payment) as soon as possible. Further details contact Dennis Flaherty on ph: (02) 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623) or John Newnham solicitor on 9264 7788.

Relocation of CARS Assessment Conferences- January to May 2017

Fri Dec 16 2016

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority has advised that Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS) Assessment Conferences will not be held in the usual hearing rooms on Level 21, 1 Oxford St Darlinghurst between January and May 2017 due to renovations. Alternative hearing rooms will be made available for CARS assessment conferences over this period.

SIRA advises that every effort will be made to ensure that Assessment Conferences proceed at their scheduled times at new venues. However, if a scheduled time and date needs to be altered due to the availability of alternative rooms, parties will be contacted by claims assessment staff to reschedule the matter. SIRA advises that every effort will be made to minimise disruption and inconvenience to the parties and injured persons. See the information sheet from SIRA regarding the changes.

The Association has been making representations to SIRA to ensure that an adequate number of rooms are being made available. There are concerns that there may be delays in the listing of cases due to room availability issues. Any members who experience difficulties with the new arrangements and wish to bring them to the Association’s attention so that further representations can be made should contact Alastair McConnachie at amcconnachie@nswbar.asn.au

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Dec 16 2016

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Dec 16 2016

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2017 Mahla Pearlman Oration

Wed Dec 14 2016

The annual Mahla Pearlman Oration will be delivered in Court 21 of the Federal Court, Queens Square on 9 March 2017 by Professor Jane McAdam, from the University of New South Wales. The oration title will be "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Shaping International Responses to Climate Change, Disasters and Displacement". The Hon Justice Rachel Pepper will chair the event. RSVP by 3 March 2016 for catering and security purposes. Learn more here.

New ACT Supreme Court judge

Wed Dec 14 2016

ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay today announced the appointment of Mr David Mossop as the new resident judge of the ACT Supreme Court. Mr Mossop will start in his new role on 13 February 2017 and will replace Justice Refshauge, who retires next year. Learn more here.

Find a Barrister – CVs can be uploaded to members’ profiles

Wed Dec 14 2016

Many barristers have already added their CVs to their Find a Barrister profiles. Members who have not done so are encouraged to take advantage of the new facility (instructions below).

As previously reported in InBrief, use of find-a-barrister was promoted to in house corporate and government counsel as a means of finding barristers for their particular needs, whether in the context of direct briefing, briefing through external solicitors or as part of implementing the Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy at the Association of Corporate Counsel National Annual Conference in Canberra last week.

Members of the clerks association were in attendance and held one on one demonstrations of the Find a Barrister search facility.

The ability to refine a search by reference to the following criteria appear to be useful to in house counsel:

  • practice area and sub-practice area;
  • seniority;
  • willingness to accept direct briefs from in-house counsel;
  • existence of an attached CV on the barrister’s Find a Barrister profile;
  • gender.

Members who want their profiles to appear in searches limited by the "attached CV" field need to upload a PDF version of their CV to their find-a-barrister profile.

How to add your CV to your FAB profile - It only takes a few minutes

Log in to the members' section of the Bar Association website, click on MEMBER SIGN IN on the top right hand corner of the home page.

At the SIGN IN page, enter your username and password. In most cases, this will be the same as your CPD video streaming login. If you are unaware of either or both details, click on Unknown username or password? and follow the prompts.

If your sign in is successful, it will say WELCOME [NAME] in the top right corner of the home page.

Click on the cog wheel next to your name. This will take you to the Member Dashboard page.

In the General Details section, click on the "upload your CV" button, browse to find your PDF CV on your system and select it.

The CV will then be automatically uploaded to your Find a Barrister profile.

Members can revise and update their CVs using the same approach as required in the future.

Law Council launches cybersecurity resource custom-built for Australian lawyers

Wed Dec 14 2016
www.cyberprecedent.com.au

The Law Council of Australia has launched a new information campaign to help lawyers protect themselves against cyber threats. Cyber Precedent has been custom-built for Australian legal professionals and is based on expert advice.

Cybercrime and cyberespionage are not new problems for the Australian legal sector. They are, however, problems that are growing exponentially. Lawyers are an attractive target, because of the sensitive information we hold. They are also a sensitive target, because any breach of security will likely affect client confidentiality.

Many Australian law firms and practices have invested in cybersecurity measures and protocols. But it can be daunting, especially for barristers, as sole-practitioners, to find the time and resources to defend against cybercrime.

The Law Council of Australia has launched a new information campaign to help lawyers protect themselves against cyber threats. Cyber Precedent has been custom-built for Australian legal professionals and is based on expert advice. It also includes valuable input from a number of Law Societies and Bar Associations. The easy to navigate resources include:

  • A list of the essential cybersecurity precautions law firms should take;
  • Advice on how to protect against ransomware;
  • A response checklist in the case of a cyber attack; and
  • A cybersecurity toolkit for the education of staff.

It is every Australian lawyer’s responsibility to take cybersecurity seriously. The Law Council hope these new resources, which will be updated regularly, will help members do just that. We strongly urge members to bookmark this page today and start exploring what’s available.

Ludlows Sydney end of year Wig & Robe Cleaning offer

Wed Dec 14 2016

Bring in your Robes and Wig for cleaning and general maintenance over the Christmas break. This is a great time to rejuvenate your Regalia, with Ludlows’ prompt and unrivalled service. We conduct minor and major repairs on Wigs as well as, Robe repairs and alterations. Our efficiency will ensure that you have your Regalia on the required that. Store hours Monday to Friday 09:00am – 05:30pm, 153 Phillip Street, Sydney 2000 (02) 9222 9794. www.ludlows.com.au/