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

Thu Jun 30 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 The Hon Justice Stephen Burley is Michael Heath and 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

15 Bobber – His Hon Judge Robert Montgomery

Thu Jun 30 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

Coming up in CPD

Wed Jun 29 2016

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 1pm on Tuesday 5 July: "Juggling practice and family responsibilities" Presented by Julie Soars, Stephen Free, Elizabeth Peden & Kavita Balendra and chaired by Talitha Fishburn. Learn more here.

Ludlows Sydney is Moving

Wed Jun 29 2016

As of 1/7/2016 Ludlows Sydney is relocating from inside The Co-op Book Store to just next door at Australia Forms (153 Phillip Street.)

Same products and service - new location.

Additionally: Take 10% off all Ludlows products until 1/7/2016. www.ludlows.com.au

Room for sale for $1 with free library, furniture and subsidised rent

Wed Jun 29 2016

This room is the largest on Blackstone Chambers (of which Tom Hughes QC was once chairman) and is situated on level 62 MLC Centre. The room has sweeping views of the Harbour and the Bridge. This realistic seller, who has purchased elsewhere, is determined to sell.

The room, which is advertised on NSW Bar Classifieds, is 40 sqm and has wooden floors and shelving. It is arguably one of the most impressive chambers in Sydney.

In order to ensure a quick sale, the price has been reduced to $1 and the following are offered as a bonus:

  • Rent subsidy of $1,500 per month for twelve months (normal floor fees with rent are $6,000 per month);

  • Free Library (CLR, NSWLR and ALJ); and

  • Free furniture (antique partner desks, leather chairs and couch in excellent condition).

The room would suit a silk looking to extract their capital from Wentworth/Selborne but still wanting to practice or a senior junior looking to take their practice to the next level.

If the room cannot be sold quickly, it will be licenced on the best terms offered.

To view the room or for further information, contact the clerk, Kristen, on 9220 9800 or communicate directly with the seller, on a confidential basis, by email on level62mlc@gmail.com.

Bar Knitting Field Trip - Saturday 2 July, 3pm

Wed Jun 29 2016

A reminder to all interested barristers that the Bar Knitting Field Trip commences on Saturday 2 July 2016 at 3pm. Meet at 3pm at Unravelled Textiles, 165 Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove. Afternoon tea nearby, details will be provided at the meeting place. Further information can be obtained from Michelle Painter SC Nine Selborne or Lisa Allen, Bar Library.

NSW Bar Association responds to Government CTP Position Paper

Wed Jun 29 2016

This morning the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation released a media release and position paper on the future of the NSW CTP scheme.

The Government's paper indicates that a workers compensation-style scheme may be introduced for innocent victims of motor accidents. The President of the Bar Association, Noel Hutley SC has this morning issued a media release expressing concerns that a model which concentrates upon time restricted and modest no fault benefits (as opposed to common law remedies) for all but the most seriously injured will adversely affect many thousands of innocent motor accident victims. View the President's media release. Members will be kept up to date with developments via In Brief.

Two rooms for sale in Latham Chambers

Wed Jun 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.

Room for sale in Frederick Jordan Chambers

Wed Jun 29 2016

A room with a window overlooking Martin Place on level 2 of Frederick Jordan Chambers has become available to purchase or Licence. Level 2 has 5 silks and barristers practising in native title, environmental, employment, crime and common law.

The room is 18.5 square metres and comes with fitted shelving and robe cupboard. Available to purchase or for licence from 11 July 2016. Seller paid $95,000 but is willing to meet the market.

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

Room for sale or licence - 9 Windeyer Chambers

Wed Jun 29 2016

An internal room has become available on 9th Floor Windeyer Chambers.

The room is just over13 square metres, with new LED downlights, floor to ceiling cupboards, open shelving and robing cupboard.

Total monthly outgoings are $2,593.00 per month for Rental and Floor/Clerk fees combined. The floor is well regarded as a busy common law/insurance floor, but also has a healthy mix of Crime, Commercial, Equity and FPA across the 15 members. Very harmonious chambers with no ongoing politics and well managed via dedicated support staff.

The floor is a part of Counsels Chambers and is connected to VoIP, with reliable and complimentary internet access.

All offers considered. Please contact the Clerk for any further details or to arrange an inspection.

Emma Hoolahan: clerk9@windeyerchambers.com.au or Phone 9232 2533.

All enquiries will of course be held in the strictest of confidence.

Bar Association committees for 2016-17

Tue Jun 28 2016

President Noel Hutley SC has announced the Bar Association committees for 2016-17. The new committees formally come into effect on 1 July 2016. View the full list of appointees here

Expressions of interest sought for rooms in Blackstone Chambers

Tue Jun 28 2016

The Board of 62nd Level Pty Ltd invites expressions of interest from any barrister who would be interested in joining Blackstone Chambers.

All expressions of interest will be treated on a confidential basis and should be submitted by 30 June 2016, addressed to the Secretary of 62nd Level Pty Ltd, Level 62, 19 Martin Place, Sydney (telephone 9220 9800, email: clerk@blackstone.com.au).

Blackstone Chambers has been in operation for almost 35 years on level 62 of the MLC Centre.

Whilst the existing lease expires on 31 December 2017, negotiations have resulted in an offer for a further lease with long term tenure for 10 years (expiring 31 December 2027) with a 5 year option (expiring 31 December 2032).

For retirement and other reasons, approximately 10 members have indicated a desire to leave Blackstone Chambers by 31 December 2017, with some being prepared to leave in the near future.

Joining Blackstone has many advantages including:

  1. The buy-in cost is presently nominal.
  2. Most rooms available have great views and many are large with Sydney Harbour views.
  3. The floor is in a healthy financial position and holds significant reserve funds.
  4. The floor has an extensive library, great staff and excellent facilities (including a large board room, fully equipped kitchen and open plan bays).

Room for sale

Tue Jun 28 2016
Denman Chambers

Applications are invited to purchase an internal room (12.9 sqm) in Denman Chambers.

The room has shelving which is included in the price. The room is next to a large conference room owned by the floor which is available for conferences. The floor has an extensive library and is linked to Barnet.

Denman Chambers is a well-established chambers consisting of 20 barristers, 5 of whom are Senior Counsel. The barristers on the floor practice in a diverse range of areas including industrial law, employment law, work health and safety, crime and personal injury.

All enquiries should be directed to the clerk of the floor, Michelle Borg on 9264 6899 or michelle@denmanchambers.com.au and will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

For more information about the floor, please visit www.denmanchambers.com.au

Ludlows Sydney is Moving

Tue Jun 28 2016

As of 1/7/2016 Ludlows Sydney is relocating from inside The Co-op Book Store to just next door at Australia Forms (153 Phillip Street.)

Same products and service- new location.

Additionally: Take 10% off all Ludlows products until 1/7/2016. www.ludlows.com.au

A room for purchase in Sir James Martin Chambers

Tue Jun 28 2016

A large, light filled, East facing room with full timber fit out has become available for purchase on this harmonious floor. Sir James Martin Chambers is situated in a modern, recently refurbished building (52 Martin Place) and is conveniently located.

The floor comprises 29 Barristers, 5 of whom are Senior Counsel and has an extensive paper and online library available.

Details of the price and other matters (including bank guarantee required under the lease) are available from the Clerk, Kirsti Reith 9222 8088 or clerk@sirjamesmartin.com. All enquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence.

For more information, please visit www.sirjamesmartin.com

Double Room for Sale Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Mon Jun 27 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

Tonight - Senior Counsel Information Seminar

Mon Jun 27 2016

A Senior Counsel Information Seminar is being held tonight, Monday, 27 June 2016, starting in the Bar Common Room at 5.15pm for all members who wish to apply for silk this year. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to the Practical Aspects of appointing silks (2016 edition).

Senior Counsel Information Seminar - Tonight, 5.15pm

Mon Jun 27 2016

A Senior Counsel Information Seminar being held tonight, Monday, 27 June 2016 starting in the Bar Common Room at 5.15pm for all members who wish to apply for silk this year. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to the Practical Aspects of appointing silks (2016 edition).

LCA launches equitable briefing targets

Fri Jun 24 2016

The Law Council of Australia has launched a landmark new equitable briefing policy aimed at improving the briefing of women barristers across the country. The policy includes, for the first time, interim and long term targets with the ultimate aim of briefing women in at least 30 per cent of all matters and paying 30 per cent of the value of all brief fees by 2020. The New South Wales Bar Association is a signatory to the policy. The National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy can be viewed here.

Supreme Court Equity seminar for the profession

Fri Jun 24 2016

Members are invited to the Supreme Court's Equity seminar, to be held in the Banco Court on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 at 5.00pm. Speakers will include the Hon Justice Bergin, the Hon Justice Sackar and the Hon Justice Darke. Learn more here.

Expressions of interest sought for rooms in Blackstone Chambers

Fri Jun 24 2016

The Board of 62nd Level Pty Ltd invites expressions of interest from any barrister who would be interested in joining Blackstone Chambers.

All expressions of interest will be treated on a confidential basis and should be submitted by 30 June 2016, addressed to the Secretary of 62nd Level Pty Ltd, Level 62, 19 Martin Place, Sydney (telephone 9220 9800, email: clerk@blackstone.com.au).

Blackstone Chambers has been in operation for almost 35 years on level 62 of the MLC Centre.

Whilst the existing lease expires on 31 December 2017, negotiations have resulted in an offer for a further lease with long term tenure for 10 years (expiring 31 December 2027) with a 5 year option (expiring 31 December 2032).

For retirement and other reasons, approximately 10 members have indicated a desire to leave Blackstone Chambers by 31 December 2017, with some being prepared to leave in the near future.

Joining Blackstone has many advantages including:

  1. The buy-in cost is presently nominal.
  2. Most rooms available have great views and many are large with Sydney Harbour views.
  3. The floor is in a healthy financial position and holds significant reserve funds.
  4. The floor has an extensive library, great staff and excellent facilities (including a large board room, fully equipped kitchen and open plan bays).

Senior Counsel Information Seminar

Thu Jun 23 2016

A Senior Counsel Information Seminar is being held on Monday, 27 June 2016 starting in the Bar Common Room at 5.15pm for all members who wish to apply for silk this year. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to the Practical Aspects of appointing silks (2016 edition).

First concert of the NSW Lawyers Orchestra - 26 June 2016

Thu Jun 23 2016

The NSW Lawyers Orchestra held their first full weekend rehearsal on 18-19 June 2016 at the Law Society Dispute Resolution Centre. This passionate group of musicians, most of whom come from different branches of the legal profession, including the judiciary, barristers, solicitors and legal tertiary education. Come and hear them play their first concert on 26 June 2016, 2.30pm at The Great Hall 215 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

The orchestra will bring Russian Theatre and Ballet music alive, with performances of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev narrated by Justice Peter Hidden, the Masquerade Waltz by Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suite by Sergei Prokofiev; and the Allegro meno mosso of Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No 1 in F minor.

Please see the full program here. Tickets are to be purchased online here.