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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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Moses SC to sleep in the cold tonight

Thu Jun 23 2016

Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will take part in the 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout tonight. Over the past ten years the event has raised $24 million to support the St Vincent de Paul's homeless services. Moses SC has set a fundraising target of $20,000. Make your donation here.

Stars of The Castle join the Legal Aid Matters campaign

Thu Jun 23 2016

Michael Caton and Costas Kilias, both of whom starred in The Castle, have joined the Legal Aid Matters campaign. Both have donated their time to make YouTube videos calling on the federal government to restore funding for legal aid. View the videos here and here.

Adding value to your details on Find a Barrister

Wed Jun 22 2016

Members are reminded to periodically review and update their personal profile on Find-a-Barrister. If a member wishes to provide additional biographical information, it is advisable to insert a link to their profile on LinkedIn or the relevant page on their chambers website.

Members can nominate up to seven principal areas of practice, and an unlimited number of sub-categories under each primary area. This system provides more specific guidance for solicitors and others who use the facility to find those barristers most appropriate to their particular circumstances.

How to amend your FAB profile
  • Log in to the members' section of the Bar Association website, click on MEMBER SIGN IN on the top right hand corner of the home page.

  • At the SIGN IN page, enter your username and password. In most cases, this will be the same as your CPD video streaming login. If you are unaware of either or both details, click on Unknown username or password? and follow the prompts.

  • If your sign in is successful, it will say WELCOME [NAME] the top right corner of the home page.

  • Click on the cog wheel next to your name. This will deposit you on the Member Dashboard page.

  • Here, you can attach a photo of yourself. The photo must be current and suitable for your professional profile, not one which might be used for social media purposes.

  • Here, you can also enter the address of your personal website or LinkedIn page you wish to direct people towards.

  • Remember, clicking on a broad area of practice automatically selects every sub-category. It is up to you to "un-select" the narrower practice areas that do not relate to you. It is advisable to keep the selection of the broad area of practice in order for a more general search to locate you. For example: If you select Common law / personal injury, but do not do appellate or professional negligence matters, then unselect those two sub-categories, while being sure to retain Common law / personal injury.

  • When you have finished your practice area selection, log out of the member dashboard.

If you have tried these steps, and still are unable to add or amend your practice areas, contact the Bar Association on ph: (02) 9232 4055 for further assistance.

Ludlows Sydney is Moving

Wed Jun 22 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

2016 Tutors & Readers Dinner

Wed Jun 22 2016

All Readers from the 2/15 and 1/16 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 29 July. The dinner will be held at the Rooftop Terrace, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is the Hon Justice Natalie Adams and the Readers speaker is Jon-Baxter-Wright. For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

Precedent forms for use in the Supreme Court Adoptions List

Wed Jun 22 2016

In conjunction with the development of Practice Note SC EQ 13 – Adoptions, precedent forms of summons and affidavits have been developed for use in the Adoptions List. The forms may be located here. These precedent forms should be consulted from time to time as they may be periodically updated.