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Positions vacant: NCAT - Consumer and Commercial Division

Wed Aug 17 2016

The attorney general is calling for applications from qualified persons for appointment to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal as senior and general members of the Consumer and Commercial Division. The on-line application forms and information packages are accessible now on the iworkfor.nsw.gov.au website.

Thinking Differently About Diversity

Wed Aug 17 2016

The Women Lawyers Association of NSW invites members to a panel discussion: "Thinking Differently About Diversity". The event will be held on Thursday, 25 August 2016 at 5.30pm for 6.00-7.30pm, in the office of McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Level 32 MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place. Guest speakers are: Juliet Bourke, Partner Deloitte Australia’s Diversity & Inclusion Consulting; Saba Vasefi, academic, feminist filmmaker, poet & human rights activist; and Dominic McGann, chair of partners at McCullough Robertson. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Aug 17 2016

Wednesday 17 August: 'Practical advice from clerks on building, marketing and managing your practice in the early years'. Presented by Angela Noakes, clerk, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers; Paul Walker, clerk, Thirteen Wentworth/Selborne Chambers; Alistair Coyne, clerk, Nigel Bowen Chambers and Ryan Coleiro, clerk, Forbes Chambers. Chaired by Greg Antipas. For full details please download a flyer here

This seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm.

Meditation for Lawyers

Tue Aug 16 2016

Presented by Chamundai (Jackie Curran) lawyer, business owner, spiritual teacher and healer in Bar Association Conference Room 3, 4.30pm – 5.45pm starting Friday, 2 September 2016.

  • Week 1 – Friday, 2 September
  • Week 2 – Friday, 9 September
  • Week 3 – Friday, 16 September
  • Week 4 – Friday, 23 September
  • Week 5 – Friday, 30 September

For full details please download a flyer here

Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive

Tue Aug 16 2016

The Australian Bar Association's Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive will be held in Sydney on 23-27 January 2017. The coaching faculty will include Federal Court and Supreme Court judges, Australian and international counsel from New Zealand, South Africa, England and Malaysia as well as professional performance coaches with expertise in voice, movement and impact. Applications close 7 October 2016. Download a flyer and registration brochure here.

10th AMTAC Annual Address 2016 and Dinner

Tue Aug 16 2016

The Australian Maritime and Transport Arbitration Commission (AMTAC) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016. Peter McQueen, chair of AMTAC invites members to attend the 10th AMTAC Annual Address 2016 and Dinner on Wednesday, 7 September. The Annual Address will be on "Maritime Arbitration – Old & New" at 5.30pm for 5.45pm in the Federal Court, Courtroom No.1, Queens Square. This will be followed by dinner at 6.45pm for 7.00pm in the Dining Rooms of Ashurst Australia, Level 11, 5 Martin Place. Learn more here.

2016 Common Law Drinks

Tue Aug 16 2016
Collegiality

Judges, barristers and Clerks are invited to attend the 2016 Common Law Drinks on Friday, 2 September. The drinks will be held in the Club Bar at Hotel CBD, 52 King Street, Sydney. The drinks mark the 88th anniversary the momentous event in common law where Mrs Mary May Donoghue drank ginger beer from the tumbler which, it was claimed, contained the remains of a decomposed snail. The guest speaker on the evening will be the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW. Drinks begin at 5.30pm and cost $85 for judges and barristers over 5 years and $65 for barristers under 5 years and clerks. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

The 2016 Common Law Drinks are kindly sponsored by Bar Cover.

15 Bobber – The Hon Justice Stephen Burley & Her Hon Judge Brana Obradovic

Mon Aug 15 2016

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Stephen Burley & her Hon Judge Brana Obradovic. The 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 19 August 2016 in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for his Hon Justice Burley will be Michael Heath and the speaker for her Hon Judge Brana Obradovic is Ian Neil SC. The event begins at 5.30 PM with speeches beginning at 5.45 PM. Pre-purchased tickets are $15 and are available until COB Thursday, 11 August. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25. To RSVP, click here

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Aug 15 2016

Wednesday, 17 August: 'Practical advice from clerks on building, marketing and managing your practice in the early years'. Presented by Angela Noakes, clerk, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers; Paul Walker, clerk, Thirteen Wentworth/Selborne Chambers; Alistair Coyne, clerk, Nigel Bowen Chambers and Ryan Coleiro, clerk, Forbes Chambers. Chaired by Greg Antipas. For full details please download a flyer here This seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm

Call for papers: 2017 CPD Conferences

Mon Aug 15 2016

The NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Department invite members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the Bar Association's 2017 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2017 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 18 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 25 February
  • Orange – Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March
  • Parramatta – Saturday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 25 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 30 September 2016.

2017 Personal Injury Conference: call for papers

Mon Aug 15 2016

The NSW Bar Association's 2017 Personal Injury Conference is scheduled for Saturday, 11 March 2017. 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 professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 30 September 2016.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Aug 12 2016

Wednesday 17 August: 'Practical advice from clerks on building, marketing and managing your practice in the early years'. Presented by Angela Noakes, clerk, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers; Paul Walker, clerk, Thirteen Wentworth/Selborne Chambers; Alistair Coyne, clerk, Nigel Bowen Chambers and Ryan Coleiro, clerk, Forbes Chambers. Chaired by Greg Antipas. For full details please download a flyer here

This seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm.

Amendment to the Criminal Appeal Rules

Fri Aug 12 2016

On 1 August 2016 the Supreme Court Rules Committee approved Amendment No 1 to the Criminal Appeal Rules. The amendments require leave to be sought from the Court of Criminal Appeal for applications to set aside or vary its orders and enables the court to determine the grant of leave and the application on the papers. The amendment was published today on the NSW Legislation website and has now commenced.

15 Bobber – The Hon Justice Stephen Burley & Her Hon Judge Brana Obradovic

Fri Aug 12 2016

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Stephen Burley & her Hon Judge Brana Obradovic. The 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 19 August 2016 in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for his Hon Justice Burley will be Michael Heath and the speaker for her Hon Judge Brana Obradovic is Ian Neil SC. The event begins at 5.30 PM with speeches beginning at 5.45 PM. Pre-purchased tickets are $15 and are available until COB Thursday, 11 August. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25. To RSVP, click here

2016 Common Law Drinks

Fri Aug 12 2016
Collegiality

Judges, barristers and Clerks are invited to attend the 2016 Common Law Drinks on Friday, 2 September. The drinks will be held in the Club Bar at Hotel CBD, 52 King Street, Sydney. The drinks mark the 88th anniversary the momentous event in common law where Mrs Mary May Donoghue drank ginger beer from the tumbler which, it was claimed, contained the remains of a decomposed snail. The guest speaker on the evening will be the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW. Drinks begin at 5.30pm and cost $85 for judges and barristers over 5 years and $65 for barristers under 5 years and clerks. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

The 2016 Common Law Drinks are kindly sponsored by Bar Cover.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Aug 11 2016

Thursday 11 August: 'Handling Grievances in Chambers'. Presented by Jane Seymour and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

This seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm

2016 Harm Minimisation Summit

Thu Aug 11 2016

Today, in State Parliament, the NSW Cross-Party Harm Minimisation Roundtable convened the 2016 Harm Minimisation Summit. The New South Wales Bar Association was represented by the chair of the Criminal Law Committee, Stephen Odgers SC and Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC. Among those to address the summit was the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG. The summit has a Facebook page with video files of most speeches, which can be viewed here.

Arthur Moses SC co-signed a communique, in the form of a letter to the premeier and leader of the opposition, which called upon both major parties to convene a drugs summit with "the power to present recommendations and legislation to parliament to further address the challenge of illicit drug dependence, mental health and the impacts on our legal system".

In November 2014 the Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee published its discussion paper, Drug Law Reform, which can be viewed here. The Parliamentary Research Service has also published Briefing Paper No.4/2016 Illegal Drug Use and Possession: Current Policy and Debates, which can be viewed here.

Swearing-in ceremony for Robert Sutherland SC and Phillip Ingram SC

Thu Aug 11 2016

Robert Sutherland SC and Phillip Ingram SC have been appointed judges 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 Monday, 15 August 2016. 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.

Call for papers: 2017 CPD Conferences

Thu Aug 11 2016

The NSW Bar Association's professional development department invite members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the Bar Association's 2017 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March. The dates for 2017 Conferences are: North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 18 February Newcastle – Saturday 25 February Orange – Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March Parramatta – Saturday 18 March Sydney – Saturday 25 March Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the Professional Development Coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 30 September 2016.

Succession Conference at the Hydro Majestic

Thu Aug 11 2016

The Blue Mountains Law Society will hold its inaugural Succession Conference over two days, Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 September 2016 at the Hydro Majestic in Medlow Bath. For more information, or to register, download a brochure here.

Bar FC getting closer to the finals

Thu Aug 11 2016

Today saw the resumption of play in the chase to the final four positions in the Domain Soccer League. Reserve Bank "C" forfeited the game due to a lack of players, before arranging for some skillful additions to their team for their game against Bar FC today. The "friendly" resulted in Bar FC being narrowly beaten 2-1.

Today saw some of the latest influx from the readers course take the field. Trent March with his left foot was welcomed to the team and played solidly on debut. Both Kane and Vickers worked hard in defence, whilst Lang was back to his former confident self after a year plagued by injury. The player of the match however was Hartford Davis who worked tirelessly all day and whose wonder strike gave momentum to Bar FC’s attack in the second half.

Only 4 points separates the top 5 positions with Bar FC currently second on 22 points. The last game before the finals will be on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 at 1.15 p.m. against BT Financial "B".

Today’s team was as follows:

  • Trent March
  • Angus Lang
  • Ivan Griscti
  • Tim Kane
  • Phillip Santucci
  • Richard Sergi
  • John Harris (GK)
  • Geoff O'Shea
  • Matt Vickers
  • Glen Fredericks
  • Sebastian Hartford Davis
  • Darren Covell

For the diary: Abortion law reform in NSW

Thu Aug 11 2016

On Tuesday, 23 August 2016 Australian Lawyers for Human Rights will host a special seminar on abortion law reform in NSW. A range of speakers will discuss the different political, policy, legal and medical perspectives on abortion law reform in NSW, specifically the Abortion Law Reform (Miscellaneous Acts Amendment) Bill 2016 and Summary Offences Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2016, which would decriminalise abortion and lead to the creation of exclusion zones at abortion clinics in NSW.

Date & time: Tuesday 23 August 2016, 6–7:30pm

Kindly hosted by Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC at the Jubilee Room, Parliament House, Macquarie Street.