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Competition Law Conference 2016

Thu Apr 14 2016

This annual one-day conference will be held in Sydney on Saturday 21 May 2016 at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel. The conference, which has been held since 1989, continues to attract about 100 registrants, including Federal Court Judges, Judges from New Zealand, regulators from Australia and New Zealand, lawyers from both Australia and New Zealand, economists and academics. The Hon Justice John Mansfield AM will address the conference as the Keynote Speaker on the topic: “Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it!?” For further details download the full programme and registration form or email Chris Hodgekiss SC.

This conference will provide 1 CPD points per hour in: Substantive Law, Practice and Procedure, and Evidence

Upcoming CPD Seminar: Getting Chambers

Thu Apr 14 2016

Thursday 21 April 2016, 5.15 pm Bar Association Common Room (please note that this seminar has been rescheduled from the 27 April).

Challenges and realities of buying-in, moving chambers, negotiating licences, working in annexes and life after readership Acquiring a secure base to practice is one of the challenges of the first few years at the bar. This panel will discuss their experiences and provide advice on buying into chambers (both in a Wentworth/Selborne floor and a rental floor), licensing a room, life in an annex/annexes, moving onto a newly established floor, and maintaining your practice and connections when moving chambers as a junior barrister.

Speakers: Ingrid King (Frederick Jordan) Ishita Sethi (7 Wentworth Selborne) Nicholas Mirzai (Level 22 Chambers) Andrew Laughlin (11 Wentworth) Fiona Hayden (State Chambers)

Chair: Nicholas Smith (Blackstone Chambers)

Strand: Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here]

Civil juries

Wed Apr 13 2016

In February this year President Noel Hutley SC wrote to Attorney General the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP concerning the reinstatement of the right to elect for a jury in a civil trial. The attorney general has advised the president that the government has no plans to reinstate a general right to civil jury trial in New South Wales.

Position vacant: public defender

Wed Apr 13 2016

The attorney general 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, and subject to an initial twelve-month probationary period. Learn more here.

An extraordinary and unprecedented attack upon individual freedoms and the rule of law

Wed Apr 13 2016

The Bar Association has raised the alarm about the NSW Government’s Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Bill 2016, which is scheduled for parliamentary debate in early May. In a media release issued today, President Noel Hutley SC said the legislation "constituted an unprecedented attack on individual freedoms and the rule of law". View the media release here and the Bar Association's submission here.

Farewell to his Honour Judge Christopher Armitage

Wed Apr 13 2016

The District Court of NSW will hold a ceremonial sitting on Friday, 6 May 2016 at 9.00am on Level 21 of John Maddison Tower to farewell his Honour Judge Christopher Armitage. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior Counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Support the NSW Bar team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

Tue Apr 12 2016

The beautiful Autumn running season is upon us. For its second year, the New South Wales Bar is entering a team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon (Sunday 15 May) to raise money for the Katrina Dawson Foundation. Last year close to $50,000 was raised for the Foundation from this event alone.

Members are invited and encouraged to participate in the 2016 event by running and donating. You can register for the NSW Bar team here. If you wish to donate, please visit the team's fundraising page on Everyday Hero.


2016 Bench & Bar Dinner – currently sold-out, waitlist open

Tue Apr 12 2016
Collegiality

The 2016 Bench & Bar Dinner is on Friday, 6 May at the Hilton Sydney. We have currently sold-out of tickets, however more tickets may be released soon. Should you wish to attend then dinner and you have not yet purchased a ticket, please add your name to the waitlist via the registration site or email events@nswbar.asn.au with your name and the number of tickets required. Tickets will be offered on a first-on-the-list basis and you will be given 2 days to take-up the offer of a ticket if they become available.

Should you have any questions regarding the dinner, please contact Katie on 9232 4055 or at events@nswbar.asn.au

The 23rd International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress

Tue Apr 12 2016

Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) is delighted to invite members of the New South Wales Bar to an evening seminar held at the Australian Disputes Centre to explore the opportunities for Australian practitioners arising out of the ICCA Congress in Mauritius. The event will take place on 18 April 2016 at 5:30pm for 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Australian Disputes Centre, Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Guest speaker will be Roger De Robilliard, barrister.

Wanted: mentors for the Freehills Women's Mentoring Program

Tue Apr 12 2016

The Freehills Women’s Mentoring Program is an annual mentoring program sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, with the purpose of connecting aspiring female law students with successful female legal professionals. They are currently looking for mentors from a variety of legal backgrounds to accommodate the diverse career interests of potential mentees. Mentors will be assigned one female student in their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year of an undergraduate law degree, or 2nd or 3rd year of a postgraduate law degree. More information about the program and how to register as a mentor is available here. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Kelly Wu via email at mentoring.director@unswlawsoc.org or on 0423 402 807.

Penang Family Law Legal Conference

Tue Apr 12 2016

In July 2016 Learned Friends are travelling to Penang for our first family law legal conference. Speakers include Michael Kearney SC, Peter Campton SC, Suzanne Christie, Norman O’Dowd and Suzanne Delbridge. For more information about the speakers, the venue or how to register, visit the Learned Friends website.

Reform of compulsory third party insurance

Mon Apr 11 2016

As members would be aware, the NSW Government has released a discussion paper into CTP reform. Whilst the government is seeking views with regard to improving scheme performance and efficiency there is a more immediate issue of concern with regard to scheme performance.

Over the past three years there has been a significant escalation in claim numbers. The increase is almost entirely in low severity legally represented claims. There has not been any corresponding increase in accident numbers.

The increase in claim numbers is sufficient to threaten the stability of the scheme, and the NSW Government has released a discussion paper seeking views on four options for reform.

To address this immediate crisis the Bar Association, the Law Society and the Australian Lawyers Alliance have made a joint submission to government, recommending changes to the costs regulations to deter some of the claims behaviour that may be fuelling the increase in claims numbers. These proposals were viewed as an essential measure to help restore balance to the scheme. A failure to address the current crisis risked a far more severe response from the government.

The Bar Association is involved in extensive discussions with the government and SIRA over the broader reform agenda and members will be kept advised as to the progress of those discussions.

Model Law in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong

Mon Apr 11 2016

Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) invite members to an evening seminar event held at the Australian Disputes Centre on 19 April 2016 at 5.30pm for 6.0pm to 7.30pm.

Registration: Please RSVP to secretariat@acica.org.au by 14 April 2016.

Venues

  • Australian Disputes Centre, Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
  • (By video link) Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre, 4/223 William Street, Melbourne

The Challenge of the Commons

Mon Apr 11 2016

Peter King of the NSW Bar has just written a new book entitled The Challenge of the Commons which proposes a broadened and updated sequel to the Kyoto Protocol under the Climate Change Convention to which Australia is a party. The proposal is less penal upon the world’s farmers including Australia’s farmers who have suffered suicides, family break ups and other hardships under the current regime. The book also critiques Australia’s performance, and suggests new measures under a revised Protocol. Prefaced by Professor Paul Martin of the UNE and a member of the IUCN, the work is 216 pages.

STEP address: Establishing a Trust Estate without a Perpetuity Period

Mon Apr 11 2016

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by David Raphael, barrister, on "Establishing a Trust Estate without a Perpetuity Period". It will be held Wednesday, 20 April 2016 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.

This afternoon: don't forget this season's flu shot

Mon Apr 11 2016

The Health & Wellbeing Committee has organised for members to receive a €˜flu shot between 4:00 and 5.30 pm on Monday, 11 April 2016 in the Bar Association Common Room. The price will be $27. Please complete a consent form and bring correct change or a cheque made out to imedicallife. The €˜flu shot takes less than a minute. No bookings required.

Tomorrow: New Barristers' April breakfast

Mon Apr 11 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to a breakfast catch-up for members of the junior Bar Tuesday April 12 at Silks Coffee Shop, hosted by The Hon. Justice Peter Hamill, Phillip Boulten SC and Kevin Connor SC. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Awais Ahmad at: a.ahmad@mauricebyers.com.

Upcoming CPD Seminar: Getting Chambers

Mon Apr 11 2016

Thursday 21 April 2016, 5.15 pm Bar Association Common Room (please note that this seminar has been rescheduled from the 27 April).

Challenges and realities of buying-in, moving chambers, negotiating licences, working in annexes and life after readership Acquiring a secure base to practice is one of the challenges of the first few years at the bar. This panel will discuss their experiences and provide advice on buying into chambers (both in a Wentworth/Selborne floor and a rental floor), licensing a room, life in an annex/annexes, moving onto a newly established floor, and maintaining your practice and connections when moving chambers as a junior barrister.

Speakers: Ingrid King (Frederick Jordan) Ishita Sethi (7 Wentworth Selborne) Nicholas Mirzai (Level 22 Chambers) Andrew Laughlin (11 Wentworth) Fiona Hayden (State Chambers)

Chair: Nicholas Smith (Blackstone Chambers)

Strand: Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here]

Changes to limitation periods in civil claims for child abuse

Fri Apr 08 2016

Important changes to the Limitation Act 1969 commenced on 17 March 2016 with the assent of the Limitations Amendment (Child Abuse) Act 2016. The NSW Department of Justice has acknowledged the contribution of the Bar Association, as one of the 48 stakeholders who provided submissions to the discussion paper released in January 2015. The wide range of contributors included survivors, advocacy groups, academics, religious organisations, Indigenous advocacy groups, legal profession peak bodies, insurance industry representatives, legal advocates, child protection and disability service providers and the judiciary.

The amendments to the Limitation Act 1969 remove the limitation periods from an action for damages that relates to death or personal injury resulting from 'child abuse'. The changes to the law are retrospective.

Claims for compensation can be made by any person who suffered sexual abuse or serious physical abuse under the age of 18 years - regardless of where the abuse occurred and who is responsible for the abuse. If a person has suffered sexual or serious physical abuse (the threshold), no limitation period applies. A court considering any such claim can also consider any other abuse that is connected to the threshold abuse - minor physical or psychological abuse, for example.

More information including a Fact Sheet and Infographic is available at the NSW Department of Justice website. Where applicable, stakeholders are welcome to republish and forward to your members and/or clients.

The Fact Sheet contains contact details for a range of services including free legal advice and victims counselling through the Victims Support Scheme.

A full copy of the amended Act can be downloaded from the NSW Legislation website.

POSITION VACANT: DEPUTY DPP

Fri Apr 08 2016
$371,510 per annum plus Conveyance Allowance of $20,805 per annum

The attorney general is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as a deputy director of public prosecutions under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 for a fixed term that may be renewed. Interested persons must be Australian lawyers of at least five years’ standing. A position description is available here.

Inquiries: Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb SC (02) 9285 8888.

Applications should be submitted in Word or PDF addressing each of the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online by 11.59 pm on Sunday, 10 April 2016.

Australian Bar Association agenda to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates

Fri Apr 08 2016

The president of the Australian Bar Association (ABA), Patrick O’Sullivan QC, is calling for national co-operation to tackle the alarming and disproportionate rates of Indigenous incarceration. The ABA is proposing mandatory sentencing laws, that have the biggest impact with minimum effect on Indigenous people, be amended or removed, and funds saved from housing prisoners redirected into programs that rehabilitate and reduce recidivism. View the ABA media release here.

Monday 11 April: don't forget this season's flu shot

Fri Apr 08 2016

The Health & Wellbeing Committee has organised for members to receive a €˜flu shot between 4:00 and 5.30 pm on Monday, 11 April 2016 in the Bar Association Common Room. The price will be $27. Please complete a consent form and bring correct change or a cheque made out to imedicallife. The €˜flu shot takes less than a minute. No bookings required.

New Barristers' April breakfast - Tuesday 12 April

Fri Apr 08 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to a breakfast catch-up for members of the junior Bar Tuesday April 12 at Silks Coffee Shop, hosted by The Hon. Justice Peter Hamill, Phillip Boulten SC and Kevin Connor SC. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Awais Ahmad at: a.ahmad@mauricebyers.com.

2016 Bench & Bar Dinner - only a handful of tickets remain

Thu Apr 07 2016
Collegiality

Tickets for the 2016 Bench & Bar Dinner are selling fast. Less than 100 places remain. Book now to avoid disappointment. Seating at the dinner will be allocated on a first-in basis. Tables of 10 are preferred, however you may sit up to 12 on tables. Smaller bookings will also be accepted. For more details and to book, please click the following link: 2016 Bench & Bar Dinner. For further details on how to book, please refer to the FAQ page on the website.

This year's dinner will take place on Friday, 6 May in the Ballroom of the Hilton Sydney at 7.00 PM for 7.30 PM. The Guests of Honour are the Hon R J Ellicott QC and David Jackson AM QC. Speaking for the Hon R J Ellicott QC will be Tony Bannon SC & for David Jackson AM QC will be Elizabeth Cheeseman SC.

If you have any questions regarding the dinner, please contact Katie Retford on 9232 4055 or email, kretford@nswbar.asn.au