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Tomorrow: 15 Bobber for his Hon Judge Robert Montgomery

Thu Aug 11 2016

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for his Hon Judge Robert Montgomery. The 15 Bobber will be held tomorrow, 12 August 2016 in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for his Hon Judge Robert Montgomery is Julian Sexton 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

Barrister does not mean good communicator

Thu Aug 11 2016

The Rules of Court and the control that comes from the right to cross examine, can make you feel like an effective communicator as getting your point of view (your client’s point of view) across can be relatively easy. However, advocating in court is much different from talking with solicitors and clients ‘out of court’ and from relating to your family at home.

When do you last recall achieving real value from seeking to cross examine someone during negotiations, or from ‘winning the argument’ with your spouse, partner, kids or friends, by virtue of your advocacy skills?

In the context of relationships – whether at work or at home – the raw exercise of power is antithetical to valuable connection and resolution of conflict.

Most of us are not naturally good communicators and so (whether we like it or not) whilst confidence to speak up is a good start – we must learn to listen and to acknowledge what is being said to us. That is, to respect the speaker by showing that we understand their point of view.
Register for Communicate 2016 on September 26-27 – you will hear world experts speak on how to communicate more effectively and on the relationship between communication and conflict.

CPD points are available based on Bar Association guidelines. Shared registrations and generous group rates are also available. See http://www.communicateconference.com for full details.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Aug 10 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

Using Cost Orders to Control the Expense of International Commercial Arbitration

Wed Aug 10 2016

Members are invited to attend the third event in the International Arbitration Series, a joint initiative of the CIArb Australia and Federal Court of Australia. Addressed by a distinguished panel: the Hon James Allsop AO, chief justice of the Federal Court of Australia (chair), Prof Doug Jones AO, Prof Janet Walker and Malcolm Holmes QC, this seminar will focus on on using cost orders to control the expense of international commercial arbitration, the subject of the prestigious 2016 CIArb Roebuck Lecture delivered by Prof Doug Jones AO. This event will build on this lecture, the text of which is available here.

An interactive Q and A session will follow at the conclusion of proceedings.

  • Date: Tuesday, 23 August 2016
  • Time: 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm
  • Venue: Federal Court of Australia, Court 1, Level 21, Law Courts Building Queen's Square
  • RSVP: By no later than Friday, 19 August 2016

The Federal Court of Australia will video cast the seminar to all capital cities in states and territories. As the event is free and places are limited, registration is essential. For full details, including registration, click here.

Legal conference on Hvar island, Croatia 16-22 September 2016

Wed Aug 10 2016

Adriatic Conferences is pleased to announce Hvar island, Croatia as the destination for its conference in September. The conference will take place between 16-22 September 2016 with conference sessions on 17,18, 20 and 22 September. The conference will cover topics relevant to family, commercial, equity and criminal law. Speakers are from Australia and the United Kingdom. The conference venue is the Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort. For further details and registration click here or to see the conference program click here.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Wed Aug 10 2016

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held in the Bar Library at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 24 August 2016. The book is New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. A review is available here.

2016 ADR Masterclass - reserve your place now!

Tue Aug 09 2016

The 2016 ADR Masterclass is on Saturday, 13 August in the Hyde Park Room at the Sheraton on the Park. Online registrations have closed, but a number of places are still available, so reserve a place now by calling the Bar Association's Reception on (02) 9232 4055. This year's BarADR event is designed as an interactive masterclass to explore the practicalities of arbitration and mediation in-depth with other experienced practitioners. Opportunities will be provided throughout the day for group discussions and to hear from experts in the field.

2017 Personal Injury Conference: call for papers

Tue Aug 09 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

Thinking Differently About Diversity

Tue Aug 09 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.

Memorial service for Donald Gerard Stewart

Tue Aug 09 2016

Donald Stewart, former barrister, District and Supreme Court judge, royal commissioner and the inaugural chairman of the National Crime Authority, died on 14 July 2016. Colleagues and friends of Don are warmly invited to honour his life at a memorial service to be held at The Mint (10 Macquarie Street, Sydney) on Thursday, 8 September 2016 commencing at 2.00pm. RSVP to christopher@waltercarter.com.au

15 Bobber – His Hon Judge Robert Montgomery

Mon Aug 08 2016

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for his Hon Judge Robert Montgomery. The 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 12 August 2016 in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for his Hon Judge Robert Montgomery is Julian Sexton 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

New Barristers' Committee August breakfast

Mon Aug 08 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee would like to invite you to attend the August breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow morning, Tuesday 9 August. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Howard Insall SC, Julia Baird SC and Carol Webster SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Ingrid King.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Aug 08 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

LCA urges caution over post-sentence detention

Fri Aug 05 2016

Law Council of Australia President Stuart Clark AM has urged attorneys-general from around the nation to proceed very carefully when altering post-sentence detention laws so as not to compromise the rule of law. View the media release here.

ADC Benefit Ball & Awards Night – ticket sales closing Tuesday, 9 August - Book Now!

Fri Aug 05 2016

A benefit event, the ADC Benefit Ball & Awards Night is a celebration of ADC’s 30th Anniversary and Excellence in ADR. All proceeds go to national ATSI Mediation Training Scholarships. This is a wonderful cause fully aligned with the Bar’s access to justice and dispute resolution values. Bar colleagues may also enjoy Ian Davidson SC piping you in!

It will be a wonderful evening, including a very special tribute to Sir Laurence Street. Sir Laurence and Lady Street are attending, together members of the Street family. With great food and wine at the prestigious Australian Golf Club, Bar members can support colleagues who are nominees for the inaugural Australian ADR Awards and enjoy catching up around the open fire with a glass of port with colleagues, current & former members of the judiciary, law firms, ADR practitioners and other guests. For the fleet of foot, or the ambitious flat-footed; Bossa Beats and a dance floor.

Book online today or call 02 9239 0700.

Swearing-in ceremony for Nicole Noman SC and Warwick Hunt on Monday

Fri Aug 05 2016

Nicole Noman SC and Warwick Hunt will be sworn-in at a ceremonial sitting of the District Court on Monday, 8 August 2016 at 9.00am on Level 21 of John Maddison Tower. Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

ABA Member News

Fri Aug 05 2016

The Australian Bar Association's member newsletter for August is out now. It features articles on: the ABA Essential Trial Advocacy Course; equitable briefing; the NT Bar Association 2016 conference in Timor-Leste, Dili; the president's report and more. View the newsletter here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Aug 05 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

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

Fri Aug 05 2016
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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

Legal History Podcasts on Equity

Thu Aug 04 2016

The Hon J C Campbell QC has put together a series of podcasts for Sydney Law School on the history of the Court of Chancery and the emergence of modern equity. There are 13 in total, ranging from roughly 6.5 minutes to half an hour. One way for those outside the law school to access them is via YouTube. Find out more here.

2016 ADR Masterclass: last day to register!

Thu Aug 04 2016

Members are invited to attend the 2016 Mediation Masterclass to be held on Saturday, 13 August in the Hyde Park Room at the Sheraton on the Park. This year's BarADR event is designed as an interactive masterclass to explore the practicalities of arbitration and mediation in-depth with other experienced practitioners. Opportunities will be provided throughout the day for group discussions and to hear from experts in the field. To view the full program, click here

The 2016 ADR Masterclass is currently open to NSW Barristers only. If you are not a NSW Barrister and would like to register your interest in attending, please email Megan Batchelor with your interest and you will be notified by 4 August should places become available. For more information and to register for the masterclass, please click here

Swearing-in ceremony for Nicole Noman SC and Warwick Hunt

Thu Aug 04 2016

Nicole Noman SC and Warwick Hunt will be sworn-in at a ceremonial sitting of the District Court on Monday, 8 August 2016 at 9.00am on Level 21 of John Maddison Tower. Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

10th AMTAC Annual Address 2016 and Dinner

Wed Aug 03 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.