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Important news for all users of Authorised UK Law Reports

Thu Apr 07 2016

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales ("ICLR") will be removing their Authorised UK Law Reports content from LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters online platforms effective 1 January 2017.

From 1 January 2017, law reports published by ICLR will no longer be available to subscribers via the online services provided by LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters in Australia.

What ICLR content is affected?

Access to the following ICLR series of law reports will be affected:

  • The Law Reports (1865 to present) – the official series of law reports in England and Wales. The series is divided into four divisions: Appeal Cases (AC), Chancery (Ch), Family (Fam) and Queen’s Bench (QB)

  • The Weekly Law Reports (1953 to present) – ICLR’s core generalist series of law reports, known by the abbreviation "WLR".

  • The Industrial Cases Reports (1972 to present) – ICLR’s employment and industrial relations specialist series, known by the abbreviation "ICR".

  • The Business Law Reports (2007 to present) – ICLR’s company and commercial law specialist series, known by the abbreviation "Bus LR".

  • The Public and Third Sector Law Reports (2009 to present) – ICLR’s public law specialist series, known by the abbreviation "PTSR".

Who will this affect?

This will affect you if you access content published by ICLR through the online services provided by LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters. If you are unsure whether this announcement affects you it is important that you contact ICLR’s Australian Sales Agent TimeBase at nickie.zammit@timebase.com.au or call 1800 077 088.

When will this affect me?

The removal of ICLR content from the affected territories will take effect on 1 January 2017. If you are renewing an annual subscription with LexisNexis or Thomson Reuters in 2016 that includes access to ICLR content, access to that content will end as of 1 January 2017.

What should I do now?

Contact Nickie Zammit at nickie.zammit@timebase.com.au or call on 1800 077 088.

The full media release is available here.

Competition Law Conference 2016

Thu Apr 07 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 07 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]

Expressions of interest sought: Family Law Settlement Service Panel

Wed Apr 06 2016

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in conjunction with the Law Society of NSW and the NSW Bar Association are appointing a panel of mediators with family law experience to be available to conduct flat fee property mediations for the Family Law Settlement Service. Appointments will be for a period of two years. Please note that appointment to the panel does not guarantee family law mediation work.

Expressions of interest are being sought from barristers with the following qualifications and experience:

  • Accreditation as a mediator with the NSW Bar Association; and/OR
  • Accreditation as a family dispute resolution practitioner; and
  • A current NSW Bar Association practising certificate; and
  • Demonstrated substantial involvement in the area of family law in the three years prior to application; and
  • Demonstrated that the time devoted to this area of practice, in each year of the past three years, is not less than 25% of normal full-time practice; or
  • If you are unable to meet the above criteria (for example, if you have had an illness or been on parental leave), but still wish to be considered for the FLSS Panel, it will be necessary to demonstrate your family law mediation and litigation experience.

Under the arrangements agreed with the courts, mediations will involve two hours towards preliminary conferences and reading and three hours for a mediation session at a flat fee of $990.00 excluding GST payable.

The venue for the mediation will be arranged by the mediator in consultation with the parties. Any cost of hiring a venue will be an additional cost payable by the parties.

Barristers who wish to apply be part of the service should complete the application form and return it to Megan Batchelor at the Bar Association by e-mail mbatchelor@nswbar.asn.au by Friday, 8 April 2016. Barristers who are currently on the list will also need to re-submit an application form. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

Model Law in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong

Wed Apr 06 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

Funeral arrangements for Chris Murtough

Wed Apr 06 2016

The funeral for Chris Murtough will be held on Thursday, 14 April 2016 at 1.00pm at the St Aloysius College Chapel, 47 Upper Pitt, St Milsons Point. There will be a private cremation. A wake will be held at a nearby pub immediately after the funeral. The pub will be announced at the funeral.

Upcoming CPD Seminar: Getting Chambers

Wed Apr 06 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: Fiona Hayden (Clerk, State Chambers) Andrew Laughlin (Clerk, Eleven Wentworth) Ingrid King (Frederick Jordan Chambers) Nicholas Mirzai (Level 22 Chambers)

Chair: Nicholas Smith (Blackstone Chambers)

Strand: Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here]

Swearing-in ceremony for Judge Pickering SC and Judge Herbert

Tue Apr 05 2016

John Pickering SC and Siobhan Herbert will be welcomed as judges of the District Court during a ceremonial sitting on Monday, 11 April 2016 at 9.00am on Level 21 of John Maddison Tower. Attorney General Gabrielle Upton will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Upcoming CPD Seminar: Getting Chambers

Tue Apr 05 2016
Wednesday 27 April 2016, 5.15 pm Bar Association Common Room

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: Fiona Hayden (Clerk, State Chambers) Paul Walker (Clerk, 13 Wentworth Selborne) Ingrid King (Frederick Jordan Chambers) Talitha Fishburn (Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers) Nicholas Mirzai (Level 22 Chambers)

Chair: Nicholas Smith (Blackstone Chambers)

Strand: Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here]

Legal Aid News for April

Tue Apr 05 2016

Legal Aid News for April 2016 is out now. There's a review of the Youth Koori Court and an article on training college scams. There's the usual information on courses and conferences, such as the Legal Aid NSW Criminal Law Conference 2016 and panel lawyer news as well. You can view the newsletter here.

Penang Family Law Legal Conference

Tue Apr 05 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.

Family Law Amendment (Arbitration and Other Measures) Rules 2015

Tue Apr 05 2016

New Arbitration rules now apply in the Family Court of Australia.

The following new arbitration forms are now available on the Family Court website forms page:

  • Application in an Arbitration
  • Response to an Application in an Arbitration
  • Subpoena in an Arbitration
  • Notice of Request to Inspect - Arbitration

Forms 6 - 9 from the Family Law Regulations are also now available on the Family Court website as fillable forms.

  • Form 6 - Application for arbitration
  • Form 7 - Application relating to relevant property or financial arbitration
  • Form 8 - Application to register arbitration award
  • Form 9 - Application to register decree affecting registered arbitration award

Review of NSW CTP scheme begins today

Tue Apr 05 2016

The Legislative Council's Law and Justice Committee began its review of the state’s compulsory third party (CTP) personal injury insurance scheme today - the first since the role of the MAA was assumed by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA).

Submissions to the review are due by Friday, 13 May 2016. Please note the terms of reference prevent the committee from investigating individual participants’ matters in relation to the scheme.

Further information about the review can be obtained from the Committee Secretariat via telephone (02) 9230 3307, fax (02) 9230 2981, email: lawandjustice@parliament.nsw.gov.au, or on the committee’s website: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lawandjustice.

Survey on reporting and transcription services

Tue Apr 05 2016

The Department of Justice has commenced a review into the needs of court and tribunal users for reporting and transcription services, and how those services meet those needs. A brief survey relating to how these services are utilised is available here. The information provided will enable the department to identify ways to improve these services. Survey responses are anonymous and confidential and are requested by the closing date of Friday, 15 April.

Next upcoming CPD Seminar: Get a Room

Mon Apr 04 2016

Wednesday 27 April 2016, 5.15 pm Bar Association Common Room

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: Fiona Hayden (Clerk, State Chambers) Paul Walker (Clerk, 13 Wentworth Selborne) Ingrid King (Frederick Jordan Chambers) Talitha Fishburn (Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers) Nicholas Mirzai (Level 22 Chambers)

Chair: Nicholas Smith (Blackstone Chambers)

Strand: Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here].

Save the Date – 15 Bobbers

Mon Apr 04 2016
Collegiality

The 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Anthony Payne & Natalie Adams SC will be held on Friday, 3 June. The 15 bobber will begin at 5.30pm with speeches commencing at 5.45pm.

The 15 Bobber for Penelope Wass SC will be held on Friday, 17 June. The 15 bobber will begin at 5.30pm with speeches commencing at 5.45pm.

RSVPs will open later in the month for both events.

POSITION VACANT: DEPUTY DPP

Mon Apr 04 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.

The Challenge of the Commons

Mon Apr 04 2016
A new book by barrister Peter E King

This study examines the difficult policy and legal issues associated with climate change in the context of the recent conference of the parties at Paris, known as COP 21.

Based on the theme of the Oscar winning film Fury Road, with its idealisation of "the green place", the book proposes a new climate change platform. The work reviews the Paris proposals.

It reviews the agenda for Paris and contends Paris does not address the bigger issues apart from vegetation and trees. It also proposes an alternative whole of climate response including for soils, clean air, vegetation and water. It sets out, in a detailed schedule, the relevant alterations to the Kyoto Protocol necessary to achieve these common sense objectives. The work contains a convenient copy of both major international instruments. The work is critical of the Australian response since 1991 to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

Copies are available from Mark Wilson at mwilson@qsc.com.au or on 02 92324671, at a cost of $30 inclusive of GST and postage or send a cheque payable to Queens Square Chambers at Ground Floor 235 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000.

STEP address: Establishing a Trust Estate without a Perpetuity Period

Mon Apr 04 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.

TOMORROW: swearing-in ceremony for Justice Natalie Adams

Mon Apr 04 2016

Natalie Adams SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW on Tuesday, 5 April 2016 at 9.30am in the Banco Court. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs. Attorney General Gabrielle Upton will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

Bench and Bar Lunch

Mon Apr 04 2016
Wellbeing

The Bench and Bar Lunch is set to return on 6 April 2016 between 12.45pm to 2.00pm at the Sky Phoenix Restaurant in the Westfield Shopping Centre. More information about the venue and how to reserve your place is available here.

Inaugural William Lee Address hosted by Asian Australian Lawyers Association

Mon Apr 04 2016

The Asian Australian Lawyers Association, NSW branch (AALA) is excited to invite you to attend a panel Q&A session followed by networking drinks for the inaugural William Lee Address on Monday, 2 May 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Clayton Utz Boardroom, Level 14, 1 Bligh St, Sydney. The panelists will be: the Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia; Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner of the Australian Human Rights Commission; Mr Tony McAvoy SC, Barrister and the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed Senior Counsel in Australia; and Ms Sam Mostyn, Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia Board; former AFL Commissioner and company director. The moderator will be Theresa Baw, barrister and AALA committee member. The address aims to provide a forum to explore the challenges in promoting Asian cultural diversity within the legal profession. To register for the event, please click here.

Supreme Court seminars for the profession

Mon Apr 04 2016

Members are invited to attend a two-part series of commercial equity seminars on Tuesday, 26 April 2016, at 5.00pm and Thursday, 5 May 2016, also at 5.00pm. Both seminars will be held in Courtroom 9D, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square. Registration is not required. Information about the topics and presenters is available here.