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2016 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference - Deadline Early Bird Registrations 26 February

Wed Feb 24 2016

Registrations are now open for the 2016 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 5 March. 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].

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

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 is available [here]

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4055 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Dealing with difficult cases: vicarious trauma at the bar

Wed Feb 24 2016

8 March, Bar Association Common Room, from 5.15 to 7pm

Dealing with sensitive subject matter and difficult clients can be challenging. What may seem to be the normal strains associated with a demanding job may in fact be a source of stress that begins to permeate other areas of your life. Training in vicarious trauma is offered to many solicitors by their employers. This is the first time that such training will be offered to members of the Bar. This CPD will be conducted by an external trainer, Emily Keen and chaired by Arthur Moses SC.

The CPD will focus on:

  • recent research on vicarious trauma
  • knowing the difference between burnout and vicarious trauma
  • management plans to address vicarious trauma.

Emily Keen is a Trainer and Telephone and Online Counsellor at Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from The University of New South Wales. Since graduating in 2009 Emily has worked with children in Out-of-Home Care, at this time she was part of pioneering a program to support biological children of foster carers which she presented at the ACWA forum. Emily enjoys overseas adventures and has spent time volunteering in Romania teaching English to primary school children and working in an orphanage. Emily is a big believer in the importance of Self-Care so in her spare time she will usually be found writing, painting or planning her next adventure.

This CPD Seminar will offer you 1.5 CPD Points in: Practice Management and Business Skills

Women in Employment Law

Tue Feb 23 2016

Wednesday 9th March 2016 6-8pm

M+K Lawyers, Level 21, 20 Bond, Sydney

Guest Speakers: Stuart Clark AM, President, Law Council of Australia & Kate Eastman SC Women and men practicing in employment law are warmly invited to join us for a great evening of catching up with old colleagues and friends and meeting new ones over some drinks and canapés. Take the opportunity to meet up and coming female barristers practicing in employment law. To celebrate International Women’s Day we have invited two thought leaders on the state of the profession in 2016 and beyond.

Kate Eastman SC was admitted as a solicitor in 1990 and began practice as a barrister in

  1. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012. Kate was ranked as a Leading Senior Counsel in Employment Law in 2014 and a Pre-eminent Senior Counsel in Employment Law for NSW in 2015 by Doyles Guide. She was co-chair of the 2014 Bar Council Equitable Briefing Working Party.

Stuart Clark AM is the President of the Law Council of Australia and has been a director since 2011. He is a partner in Clayton Utz, Sydney; his practice focuses on class actions, investigations and inquires acting for clients in Australia, the US and Europe. He has served in a range of leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner International of Clayton Utz, as a Director of the NSW Legal Aid Commission, Chair of the Large Law Firm Group (now known as Law Firms Australia) and Chair of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance Ltd (AusLSA).

More information on how to register is available here

Information session on Supreme Court bail applications

Tue Feb 23 2016

Practice Note SC CL 11, governing case management procedures for bail applications filed in the Supreme Court, is due to commence on 7 March 2016 and the court will hold an information session for practitioners. Learn more here.

For the diary: 15th International Criminal Law Congress

Tue Feb 23 2016

The 15th International Criminal Law Congress will be held in Adelaide at the InterContinental Hotel on 12-16 October 2016. Speakers will include the Hon Robert French AC, chief justice of Australia who will present a keynote address on Saturday afternoon. For more information, visit the conference web site here.

2016 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference - Deadline Early Bird Registrations 26 February

Tue Feb 23 2016

Registrations are now open for the 2016 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 5 March. 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].

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

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 is available [here]

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9229 4055 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Parramatta CPD Conference, 12 March 2016 - Deadline Early Bird Registrations: Friday 4 March

Tue Feb 23 2016

The 2016 CPD Conference in Parramatta will be held at the Holiday Inn on Saturday 12 March from 9 to 5pm.

Speakers

  • Noel Hutley SC, President, and Philip Selth OAM, Executive Director
  • The Honourable Justice G Bellew, Supreme Court of NSW
  • His Honour Judge Dunkley, Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Patrick Griffin SC
  • Robert Angyal SC
  • Michelle Painter SC
  • Paul Sansom SC
  • Robyn Druitt
  • James T Johnson
  • Caroline Dobraszczyk

For the full program for Parramatta conference, please click [here].

FEES NSW Barrister (holds a PC in NSW) AUD $ 230.00 - Discounted Price AUD $ 200.00 (If Registered by Friday, March 4, 2016) Solicitors & non-NSW Barristers AUD $ 280.00 - Discounted Price AUD $ 250.00 (If Registered by Friday, March 4, 2016)

For more information about fees and accommodation, please click [here]

To secure a spot, please register [here]

Dealing with difficult cases: vicarious trauma at the bar

Mon Feb 22 2016

8 March, Bar Association Common Room

Dealing with sensitive subject matter and difficult clients can be challenging. What may seem to be the normal strains associated with a demanding job may in fact be a source of stress that begins to permeate other areas of your life. Training in vicarious trauma is offered to many solicitors by their employers. This is the first time that such training will be offered to members of the Bar. This CPD will be conducted by an external trainer, Emily Keen and chaired by Arthur Moses SC.

The CPD will focus on:

  • recent research on vicarious trauma
  • knowing the difference between burnout and vicarious trauma
  • management plans to address vicarious trauma.

Emily Keen is a Trainer and Telephone and Online Counsellor at Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from The University of New South Wales. Since graduating in 2009 Emily has worked with children in Out-of-Home Care, at this time she was part of pioneering a program to support biological children of foster carers which she presented at the ACWA forum. Emily enjoys overseas adventures and has spent time volunteering in Romania teaching English to primary school children and working in an orphanage. Emily is a big believer in the importance of Self-Care so in her spare time she will usually be found writing, painting or planning her next adventure.

This CPD Seminar will offer you 1.5 CPD Points in: Practice Management and Business Skills

Bar Knitting Group

Mon Feb 22 2016
Wellbeing

All interested barristers are invited to attend the first meeting of 2016 of the Bar Knitting Group. This will be held on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles, and wool etc. If you don’t have a project, or don’t know how to knit/crochet and want to learn, let us know beforehand by sending an email to Michelle Painter SC or to Lisa Allen. Light refreshments will be served.

For the diary: Press Freedom in a Challenging Environment

Mon Feb 22 2016

The Australian Press Council will hold its 40th anniversary international conference in Sydney on 4-5 May 2016 at L'Aqua, Darling Harbour. Among the key themes of the conference will be the need for reform of secrecy, censorship and defamation laws and over-regulation by governments. Learn more here.

Support Bruce Miles on his 400km charity ride

Mon Feb 22 2016
Philanthropy

Bruce Miles of Frederick Jordan Chambers will be joining 108 cyclists to ride 400 km from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour to raise funds for Royal Far West’s work for country kids.

In the 2015 ride Bruce got great support from members of the bar and together the riders raised close to $200,000, funds that were directed solely to the cost of services such as 2,000 "school readiness" health and wellbeing checks and delivering tele-care speech and psychology to 500 kids in isolated communities.

Just click on this link to make a tax deductible donation to help Royal Far West provide health and education services to less advantaged children in regional and remote NSW and accommodation services for those kids and families who need to travel to Sydney for therapy and treatment.

Percentage Based Contingency Fee Agreements

Mon Feb 22 2016

The Bar Council has established a working party to formulate the Bar Association’s response to the Law Council report, Percentage Based Contingency Fee Agreements. The working party wishes to engage with members and seek their views on the matters raised in the report. Any members who wish to provide input should send their comments to amcconnachie@nswbar.asn.au by Wednesday, 24 February. Members wishing to make a submission should also be aware of sections 181, 182 and 183 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW). Sections 181 and 182 provide for conditional costs agreements and conditional costs agreement involving uplift fees, while s 183 is the provision which currently prohibits contingency fees.

The working party will host a forum next Monday, 29 February to engage with members and obtain their views on this important issue.

Changes to CPD seminars in February and March

Mon Feb 22 2016

Due to structural damage to the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room, CPD seminars in February have been moved offsite and the ones during the first week of March have been postponed. Attendee numbers are limited at the seminar, so seats will be provided on a first-in basis. The offsite seminars will not be recorded or available through CPD online. If you would like to hear the seminars, please ensure you arrive on time.

CPD on Contingency Fees

Mon Feb 22 2016

Monday, 29 February at 5.15pm, Doltone House Hyde Park, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, The Bar Council has established a working party to formulate the Bar Association’s response to the Law Council report, Percentage Based Contingency Fee Agreements. The working party wishes to engage with members and seek their views on the matters raised in the report. This session, hosted by members of the working party, will outline the Law Council’s draft proposal and canvass possible responses from the Bar Association. The forum will provide members with an opportunity to put forward their views on this important issue.

Members of the working party:

  • Andrew Bell SC
  • Elizabeth Welsh
  • Paresh Khandhar
  • Catherine Gleeson
  • Julia Roy

Dealing with difficult cases: vicarious trauma at the bar

Fri Feb 19 2016

8 March, Bar Association Common Room

Dealing with sensitive subject matter and difficult clients can be challenging. What may seem to be the normal strains associated with a demanding job may in fact be a source of stress that begins to permeate other areas of your life. Training in vicarious trauma is offered to many solicitors by their employers. This is the first time that such training will be offered to members of the Bar. This CPD will be conducted by an external trainer, Emily Keen and chaired by Arthur Moses SC.

The CPD will focus on:

  • recent research on vicarious trauma
  • knowing the difference between burnout and vicarious trauma
  • management plans to address vicarious trauma.

This CPD Seminar will offer you 1.5 CPD Point in: Practice Management and Business Skills

2016 Seminar on cross-examination technique 22 February 2016, 5.15pm

Fri Feb 19 2016

Doltone House Hyde Park, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street

The seminar will discuss cross-examination technique. The speakers will provide guidance on cross-examination in an open and relaxed forum, with questions from the floor.

The speakers are Maria Cinque SC and Kara Shead.

Attendee numbers are limited at the seminar, seats will be provided on a first-in basis. This seminar will not be recorded or available through CPD online. If you would like to hear the seminar, please ensure you arrive on time.

CPD: Challenging expert forensic evidence - what lawyers should do?

Fri Feb 19 2016

Wednesday, 24 February at 5.15pm,

Doltone House Hyde Park, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Presented by professor Gary Edmond, Chair Stephen Odgers SC.

Gary Edmond is a Professor, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and Director, Expertise, Evidence & Law Program, School of Law, at the University of New South Wales. He has published extensively on expert evidence in general, and the problems with forensic evidence in particular.
Stephen Odgers SC is chair of the Criminal Law Committee.

The seminar will provide you 1.5 CPD Points in Substantive Law, Practice and Procedure, and Evidence

CPD on Contingency Fees

Fri Feb 19 2016

Monday, 29 February at 5.15pm, Doltone House Hyde Park, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, The Bar Council has established a working party to formulate the Bar Association’s response to the Law Council report, Percentage Based Contingency Fee Agreements. The working party wishes to engage with members and seek their views on the matters raised in the report. This session, hosted by members of the working party, will outline the Law Council’s draft proposal and canvass possible responses from the Bar Association. The forum will provide members with an opportunity to put forward their views on this important issue.

Members of the working party:

  • Andrew Bell SC
  • Elizabeth Welsh
  • Paresh Khandhar
  • Catherine Gleeson
  • Julia Roy

NSW Government Gazettes on Trove

Fri Feb 19 2016

The State Library of NSW and the National Library of Australia are digitising the NSW Government Gazette (1832 to 2001) and a sample will be available when the updated Trove is launched on 25 February 2016. Nearly one million pages of full-text searchable Gazettes will be completed by the end of the project.

World Bar Conference 2016

Fri Feb 19 2016

The Faculty of Advocates will host the World Bar Conference 2016 at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, from 14 to 16 April 2016. Learn more here.

How to build a practice as a Sydney-based female arbitrator

Fri Feb 19 2016

Members are invited to a breakfast panel discussion on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 from 7.30am-9.00am hosted by ArbitralWomen, the international network of women in dispute resolution. The topic will be: "How to build a practice as a Sydney-based female arbitrator", with a panel featuring (among others) Julie Soars, barrister, mediator and arbitrator from 7 Wentworth Chambers. The event will be held in the Australian Disputes Centre, Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

Upcoming CPD Seminars February - March 2016

Thu Feb 18 2016

To assist members in completing their CPD requirements before the 31 March cut-off date, a number of seminars and conferences have been organised. As the Bar Practice Exams are taking place this month, the below seminars will be held in the Common Room during February.

In March there will be at least 3 seminars every week from 5.15pm to 6.45pm. One CPD point is earned for each completed hour of engagement in a CPD activity.

A full CPD program will be soon available.

CPD seminars can also be viewed on line http://cpd-streaming.nswbar.asn.au/login, if you need assistance with your login details, please contact us at: cpd@nswbar.asn.au.

These are the upcoming Seminars:

  • Wednesday, 24 February at 5.15pm, Venue to be confirmed, Criminal Law Committee CPD - Challenging expert forensic evidence – what lawyers should do. Presented by professor Gary Edmond, Chair Stephen Odgers SC.

  • Monday, 29 February at 5.15pm, Venue to be confirmed, The Bar Council has established a working party to formulate the Bar Association’s response to the Law Council report, Percentage Based Contingency Fee Agreements. The working party wishes to engage with members and seek their views on the matters raised in the report. This session, hosted by members of the Working Party, will outline the Law Council’s draft proposal and canvass possible responses from the Association. The forum will provide members with an opportunity to put forward their views on this important issue.

  • Tuesday 5 April at 5.15pm, NSW Bar Association Common Room, Life Balance Seminar. When your life is out of balance it can all seem too hard. You always feel rushed, there is never enough quality time for yourself or your family, your sleep suffers, you feel unwell and you end up exhausted. In this module we work on life harmony so you can find amazing energy by getting healthy, developing laser like focus to make optimal use of time, by relaxing and learning to let go of memories and habits that no longer serve you. Presented by Ian Hawkins.

  • Thursday 3 March at 5.15pm, NSW Bar Association Common Room, The Reader/Tutor Guidelines – Some received wisdom and new developments. Presented by Robert Hollo SC.

Newcastle CPD Conference, 27 February 2016 - Deadline Early Bird Registrations: Friday 19 February 2016

Thu Feb 18 2016

The 2016 CPD Conference in Newcastle will be held at the Novotel in Newcastle Beach on Saturday 27 February from 9 to 5pm.

Speakers

  • Ms J Lonergan SC and Philip Selth OAM, Executive Director
  • The Honourable Dr Gregory James AM QC
  • Ian Davidson SC
  • Robert Hollo SC
  • Mark Walsh SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Gabriel Wendler
  • Kellie Edwards
  • Caroline Dobraszczyk
  • Professor Aidan Foy

For the full program for Newcastle, please click [here].

FEES

  • NSW Barrister (holds a PC in NSW) AUD $ 230.00 - Discounted Price AUD $ 200.00 (If Registered by Friday, February 19, 2016)
  • Solicitors & non-NSW Barristers AUD $ 280.00 - Discounted Price AUD $ 250.00 (If Registered by Friday, February 19, 2016)

For more information about fees and accommodation, please click [here]

To secure a spot, please register [here]

Changes to CPD seminars in February and March

Thu Feb 18 2016

Due to structural damage to the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room, CPD seminars in February have been moved offsite and the ones during the first week of March have been postponed. Attendee numbers are limited at the seminar, so seats will be provided on a first-in basis. The offsite seminars will not be recorded or available through CPD online. If you would like to hear the seminars, please ensure you arrive on time.

Changes to conditions of entry to courthouses

Thu Feb 18 2016

The Office of the Sheriff has advised the Bar Association that effective Monday, 22 February 2016 all persons entering the court premises are to separate all electronic devices (laptops, tablet devices, mobile phones) and place them separately in trays for security screening.