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Five appointments to the District Court of NSW

Fri Jul 29 2016

Attorney General Gabrielle Upton yesterday announced the appointment of five new judges to the NSW District Court. The appointees are: Nicole Noman SC, Philip Ingram SC, Jeffery McLennan SC and Robert Sutherland SC, and former Local and Children’s Court magistrate Warwick Hunt. View the attorney's media release here and the attorney has released short profiles of the appointees, which can be viewed here.

Two rooms for sale in Latham Chambers

Fri Jul 29 2016

Room 1 [18m2]

An external strata-titled north facing room located on the eight floor of the historic Culwulla Chambers Building 67 Castlereagh Street is available for sale. The north facing room has half height timber framed bay windows with views overlooking King and Castlereagh Streets. The room comes with attractive timber shelving and a timber desk and a computer station is included in the sale. The floor has an extensive library and is connected to BarNet. There are currently 14 junior barristers, predominantly senior juniors with a variety of practice including commercial law, trusts and equity, succession, defamation, taxation, insolvency, industrial law, discrimination law and criminal law. The Chambers are staffed with experienced and reliable personnel. Annual outgoings including strata levies total approximately $6,386 and monthly floor fees are $1,815 inclusive of GST.

The room is priced at $250,000 exclusive of GST but is available to licence to the right applicant.

Room 2 [13m2]

A second external strata-titled room adjacent to Room 1 is also available for sale. The room is well lit with a half-height timber framed window and westerly views overlooking King Street. The dividing wall between Room 1 and Room 2 can be easily modified to provide a connection between both rooms.

Annual outgoings including strata levies total approximately $4,268 and monthly floor fees are $1,815 inclusive of GST.

The room is priced at $190,000 exclusive of GST but is available to licence to the right applicant.

For all confidential enquiries and expressions of interest and to arrange an inspection or either of these two rooms please contact the clerk Janice Robson 02 92211755 or email clerk@lathamchambers.com.au.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Jul 29 2016

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room next week at 5.15pm:

Monday 1 August: "Leaner and Greener: Top Tech Tips for a more Portable Practice" Presented by Dermot Ryan SC and Adam Hochroth, from the NSW Bar; joined by Beth Patterson, Allens’ Chief Legal & Technology Services Officer. Chaired by Dr Pip Ryan, UTS Faculty of Law. For full details please download a flyer here

Wednesday 3 August: "Does social media beef up the bottom line?" Presented by Louise Jackson. Chaired by Michelle Painter SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday 4 August: 'Understanding transgenerational trauma in Aboriginal communities" Presented by Professor Mick Dodson AM, Dr Robyn Shields and Magistrate Duncombe. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Stephen Rothman AM, Supreme Court of NSW. Please note REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this event. To register please email your full name and organisation to tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au. Places are limited. For full details please download a flyer here

Applications for appointment as senior counsel close today

Fri Jul 29 2016

President Noel Hutley SC invites applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2016. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm today. Applications must be completed online. A photograph must be uploaded along with the application. Applications that are lodged correctly will receive confirmation via an email from the Bar Association. Applicants who have not received confirmation are advised to contact Georgina Stow on ph: (02) 9232 4055.

It is intended the names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October.

The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales.

15 Bobber – His Hon Judge Robert Montgomery

Thu Jul 28 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

Life without parole in Louisiana

Thu Jul 28 2016

In September 2015 InBrief reported that Bernadette O’Reilly, barrister at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers and Angela Jones, solicitor at Legal Aid NSW, had volunteered for the Innocence Project in New Orleans (IPNO) in January - March 2016. Now, upon their return, join Bernadette & Angela for "Life without parole in Louisiana" - a report on their work and what they learnt in New Orleans. Learn more here.

Bar Council business for April-June 2016

Thu Jul 28 2016

Bar Council met on 7 April, 12 May, 26 May and 9 June 2016 in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted in this summary. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director. View the minutes for 7 April, 12 May, 26 May and 9 June 2016.

Applications for appointment as senior counsel close this Friday

Wed Jul 27 2016

President Noel Hutley SC invites applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2016. The deadline for applications is this Friday, 29 July at 5.00pm. Applications must be completed online. A photograph must be uploaded along with the application. Applications that are lodged correctly will receive confirmation via an email from the Bar Association. Applicants who have not received confirmation are advised to contact Georgina Stow on ph: (02) 9232 4055.

It is intended the names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October.

The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales.

Learned Friends London Legal Conference

Wed Jul 27 2016

Promoted by Learned Friends

Learned Friends will hold its London Legal Conference in September 2016. Topics will include "EU challenges for UK lawyers", "Ethical challenges for the 21st century lawyer", "The evolution of the concept of genocide", "The tort of malicious prosecution" and more. Speakers include his Honour Judge Phillip Mahony SC, Andrew Stone SC and Iain Morley QC. For more information about the program and accommodation, or to register, visit the conference website.

Tonight: Australian Legal History Tutorial

Wed Jul 27 2016

A major activity for the Forbes Society in recent years has been the conduct of tutorials on Australian legal history. Despite a delayed start, the tutorials are continuing again this year. The first tutorial in the series will be delivered by Keith Mason AC QC, who will provide an introduction to Australian legal history tonight at 5.15pm in Banco Court. Further tutorials will be scheduled at regular intervals throughout the remainder of the year and details of these will be provided shortly. All are welcome.

Does social media beef up the bottom line?

Wed Jul 27 2016

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm on Wednesday 3 August 2016. "Does social media beef up the bottom line?" Presented by Louise Jackson. Chaired by Michelle Painter SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Room for sale in Frederick Jordan Chambers

Tue Jul 26 2016

An internal room 13 m2 is for sale in Frederick Jordan Chambers for $45,000.

The room is available furnished with a desk, client chairs, a cupboard and bookshelves, or can be left vacant if you prefer to bring your own furniture.

Frederick Jordan Chambers is one of the largest and most diverse barristers’ chambers in Sydney. It is ideally located on Martin Place between Phillip and Elizabeth Streets, close to the Law Courts Building in Queens’ Square, and the Land and Environment Court in Macquarie Street.

The Chambers has excellent facilities, including an extensive library and two full-time librarians.

Monthly outgoings, including rent and clerks and library fees, are $2,557 plus GST.

Please contact Elleanor Gillard on 92297377 or clerk@fjc.net.au for further enquiries.

Room for Sale in Jack Shand Chambers

Tue Jul 26 2016

An exceptional Silk’s room is for sale on Jack Shand Chambers level 55 MLC building Martin Place Sydney. The room is 40sqm with 5 large windows and north easterly harbour views from the Harbour Bridge to the Heads and Bondi. The room has an extensive fit-out. Applications should be made to the Clerk of the floor Stephen Upton on 9233-7711.

2016 Common Law Drinks

Tue Jul 26 2016

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.

Bar FC remain undefeated

Tue Jul 26 2016

Play today resumed in the Domain Soccer League after two weeks of wash outs. Bar FC came up against Announcer FC, a team who clearly have an age limit of thirty. After the final whistle, a 0-0 draw fairly reflected the contest and maintained Bar FC’s unbeaten record.

All members of Bar FC contributed, with Compton and O’Shea worthy of special mention. Both had chances to score by being in the right spot at the right time and on a different day, the outcome may well have been different. Bar FC also welcomed Santucci to the team. Good to see the recruiters doing their job at the Bar Reading course.

Today’s team was as follows:

  • Simon Phillips
  • Nicole Compton
  • Justin Hogan Doran
  • Phil Santucci
  • Anais D'Arville
  • Colin Magee
  • Stephen Free
  • John Harris
  • Geoff O'Shea
  • Matt Vickers
  • Glen Fredericks
  • Ivan Griscti
  • Sebastian Hartford Davis

The teams next outing is against BT Financial on 2 August 2016.

LCA supports royal commission

Tue Jul 26 2016

The Law Council of Australia today offered its full support for a royal commission into the abuse of children in detention in the Northern Territory, and called for it to examine an apparent culture that tolerates the abuse of minors and incarceration of youths at three times the rate of any other jurisdiction. Learn more here.

ADR Benefits Ball and Australian ADR Awards Night

Tue Jul 26 2016

The Australian Disputes Centre invites members of the Bar Association to the ADR Benefits Ball and Australian ADR Awards Night, on Saturday, 13 August 2016 at the Australian Golf Club. Celebrate 30 years advancing ADR in Australia and promoting Australia's ADR expertise internationally. Learn more here.

Book launch

Mon Jul 25 2016
Bar, Bench and Land Law, by John P Bryson

The Hon Keith Mason AC QC will speak when this book of essays by John Bryson QC is launched at the Union, University and Schools Club at 11.30 am on Friday, 5 August. Some essays have earlier been published in Bar News and deal with the Sydney legal world in past years, and some deal with by-ways of legal history. In lieu of payment for the book, members will be encouraged to make a donation to the Barristers Benevolent Fund.

Applications for appointment as senior counsel close this Friday

Mon Jul 25 2016

President Noel Hutley SC invites applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2016. The deadline for applications is Friday 29 July at 5.00pm. The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales. Applications must be completed online and must include a photograph. It is intended the names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October.

Newcastle Bar Association annual dinner

Mon Jul 25 2016

The Newcastle Bar Association held its Annual Dinner on Friday, 22 July 2016 at the Newcastle Club. The guest speaker for the evening was the Honourable Justice Ward of the NSW Court of Appeal, who was welcomed by the president of the Newcastle Bar Association, Peter Cummings SC. The senior vice-president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC also addressed the dinner.

Double Room for Sale Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Mon Jul 25 2016

A double sized room (if required, it is readily able to be converted into two full sized standard rooms) is available now for purchase on the Third Floor, Wentworth Chambers. It comprises 6,000 shares in Counsels Chambers Limited.

The room has a traditional fit-out with large built-in cupboards, shelving and robing space, as well as a new split-system air conditioner.

It would suit a silk or two or three junior barristers perfectly as it is one of the largest spaces in the building. Learn more

Price: Must sell. Price negotiable for double room or single rooms.

For all confidential inquiries such as inspection appointments, please contact Melissa Brown on 8233 0300 or email any enquires to clerk@mauricebyers.com

Room for licence in Henry Parkes

Mon Jul 25 2016

Henry Parkes Chambers has a room for licence. Please contact the Floor Clerk Mark Dalley for details: 9264 6665.