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Tonight: 2016 Maurice Byers Lecture

Wed Jun 22 2016
At the lectern

The 2016 Maurice Byers Lecture titled, ‘Legal Change – The Role of Advocates’ will be delivered by the Hon R French AC, chief justice of Australia on Wednesday, 22 June at 5.15pm in the Bar Common Room.

Amendments to the High Court Rules

Tue Jun 21 2016

The High Court Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Rules 2016 were registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on 15 June 2016 and take effect from Friday, 1 July 2016. The Amendment Rules amend: Part 26 – Applications for removal under section 40 of the Judiciary Act 1903; Part 41- Applications for leave or special leave to appeal; Rule 44.08 – Outline of oral submissions; and Schedule 1 – Forms.

Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration

Mon Jun 20 2016
Monday, 27 June 2016 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm AEST

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) Limited and the Federal Court of Australia invite members to attend an evening seminar on "Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration". Featuring a panel comprised of: The Hon James Allsop AO, chief justice of the Federal Court of Australia (chair), the Hon James Spigelman AC QC, Damian Sturzaker and Beth Cubitt, the seminar’s topics include: Technical Innovations in International Arbitration Civil and Common Law Approaches to Evidence Contrasted. An interactive Q and A session will follow at the conclusion of proceedings. 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. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Jun 17 2016

A seminar will be held in the Common Room next Monday 20th June at 5.15pm: "How to be a good junior". Presented by Robert Newlinds SC, Sandra Duggan SC and Ruth Higgins and chaired by Janet McKelvey. For full details please download a flyer here.

Queen's Birthday Honours List

Fri Jun 17 2016

The following people have received Queen's Birthday honours in the Order of Australia:

Officer in the Order of Australia (AO)

The Hon Justice Arthur Robert Emmett

For distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, to legal scholarship and education in the field of Roman Law, to professional development, and to the community.

The Hon Roman Finkelstein QC

For distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, to legal education as an academic, to jurisprudence in the fields of commercial and competition law, and to professional organisations.

Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM)

The Hon Ian Vitaly Gzell QC

For significant service to the judiciary, to estate and trust law, to the advancement of professional development, and to the performing arts.

David Maxwell Scarlett RFD

For service to the law, and to the community.

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM)

Douglas John Humphreys

For service to the law through a range of roles, and to professional legal organisations.

First concert of the NSW Lawyers Orchestra - 26 June 2016

Thu Jun 16 2016

The NSW Lawyers Orchestra invites you to join them for their first concert on 26 June 2016, 2.30pm at The Great Hall 215 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010. In their first season, ever, 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 for their first ever season, 2016. Tickets are to be purchased online here.

Award for Mullenjaiwakka

Thu Jun 16 2016

Lloyd McDermott (Mullenjaiwakka), has been named as a "Queensland Great" by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. The awards were announced on Sunday, 12 June 2016 as part of Queensland Week celebrations.

Mullenjaiwakka was Australia’s first Indigenous athlete to play for the Wallabies. He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1972, becoming Australia’s first Indigenous barrister. Throughout his career, Lloyd has devoted his time and energy to promoting opportunities for young Indigenous men and women, as founder of the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Trust. He also established the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, in association with the Australian Rugby Union, to introduce the game to young Indigenous men and women across Australia and foster their personal development.

Bar FC top of the Domain Soccer League table

Thu Jun 16 2016

Bar FC went to the top of the table with a gritty and determined 2-1 win over Sydney Business School today. Whilst we were often beaten by pace and youth, Captain Simon Phillips marshalled the defence to frustrate the opposition. Our first goal followed some excellent pressure with Compton on the far right hitting a perfectly weighted cross into the box, only for the shot from Bedrossian to go wide. No doubt inspired by the Matildas' recent play against the NZ Ferns, Compton followed immediately with a run into the box where she managed to finish a similar cross from Hartford Davis and scored her maiden goal to give Bar FC the lead. SBS hit back shortly after, resulting in the scores being levelled 1-1.

It was great to see both Bedrossian, Maghami and di Michiel working tirelessly across the park richly rewarded by a sublime finish from Bedrossian. Phillips could then be heard suggesting that Bar FC stack the backline and “park the bus” however a demarcation dispute between Manager Stanton and Phillips was averted by Stanton permitting Bedrossian to fall back to the midfield. A satisfactory compromise that ensured the lead was retained unit the final whistle.

A great game by all. The team comprised of the following:

  • Nicole Compton
  • Tim Kane
  • Richard Di Michiel
  • Ivan Griscti
  • Angus Lang
  • Vahan Bedrossian
  • Tim Hackett
  • John Harris
  • Simon Phillips (c)
  • Faraz Maghami
  • Glen Fredericks
  • Matt Vickers
  • Sebastian Hartford Davis
  • Geoff O'Shea

Our next game (weather permitting) is Monday 20 June 2016 at 1.15 p.m. on top of the Domain Car Park. All supporters and hecklers are welcome.”

Room for sale or licence - 9 Windeyer Chambers

Thu Jun 16 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.

15 Bobber for her Honour Judge Penelope Wass SC

Thu Jun 16 2016

Members of the New South Wales Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for her Honour Judge Penelope Wass SC. The 15 Bobber is to be held on Friday, 17 June 2016 in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for her Honour Judge Penelope Wass SC is James Hmelnitsky SC. The event begins at 5.30 PM with speeches beginning at 5.45 PM. Pre-purchased tickets: $15. Tickets at the door will be $25. Please RSVP by COB Thursday, 16 June - click here.

Ignite your Spirit - meditation for lawyers

Wed Jun 15 2016

Ignite Your Spirit meditation sessions will bring you rest and relief from a busy week. Learn ways to manage stress day to day, leaving you feeling lighter, brighter and happier. Presented by Chamundai (Jackie Curran), lawyer, business owner, spiritual teacher and healer in the NSW Bar Association, Conference Room No.3 from 4.30pm–5.45pm starting Friday, 10 June 2016. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Wed Jun 15 2016

A seminar will be held in the Common Room next Monday 20th June at 5.15pm: "How to be a good junior". Presented by Robert Newlinds SC, Sandra Duggan SC and Ruth Higgins and chaired by Janet McKelvey. For full details please download a flyer here.

WBA Colloquium in honour of Chief Justice Robert French AC

Wed Jun 15 2016

The Western Australian Bar Association is hosting a colloquium to honour the outstanding contribution of Chief Justice Robert French AC on 24 November 2016 at the UWA Club. Papers will cover various aspects of the French High Court and its decisions, as well as seeking to trace his Honour’s influence, across the breadth of his career, on certain areas of law. Learn more here.

ALRC Issues Paper 47: Elder Abuse

Wed Jun 15 2016

The Australian Law Reform Commission has published Issues Paper 47: Elder Abuse, regarding how to protect older Australians from abuse by formal and informal carers, supporters, and representatives. The submissions and further consultation rounds will inform the next stages of the inquiry process: a Discussion Paper to be released in November 2016 and the Final Report in May 2017. The Issues Paper is available free of charge on the ALRC website at https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/elder-abuse and as an ebook. The ALRC prefers submissions via the ALRC online submission form. Submissions should reach the ALRC by 18 August 2016.

15th International Criminal Law Congress

Wed Jun 15 2016

The 15th International Criminal Law Congress will be held on 12-16 October 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel, Adelaide, SA. For more information about the program and speakers, visit the conference website here.

15 Bobber for her Honour Judge Penelope Wass SC

Tue Jun 14 2016

Members of the New South Wales Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for her Honour Judge Penelope Wass SC. The 15 Bobber is to be held on Friday, 17 June 2016 in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for her Honour Judge Penelope Wass SC is James Hmelnitsky SC. The event begins at 5.30 PM with speeches beginning at 5.45 PM. Pre-purchased tickets: $15. Tickets at the door will be $25. Please RSVP by Thursday, 16 June - click here.

Deterring domestic violence

Tue Jun 14 2016

New research by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) shows that prison is no more effective in deterring domestic violence (DV) offenders than a suspended sentence. Learn more here.

Never Pay for Practice Management Software Again

Tue Jun 14 2016

Very rarely did you ever get anything for free. Well, we are happy to say that times have changed. We would like you to never ever have to pay for practice management software again. Over the last few months, we have been testing our cloud-based product with focus groups and beta users to make sure that it does everything any self-respecting barrister would ever want. From what we have heard, Tiro is super easy to use, can be used anywhere with internet on PC, Mac, mobile, ticks all the boxes and looks great. Case management, time tracking, Dropbox storage integration, invoicing and reporting, Tiro does that and more.

As great feedback as this may be, we have huge plans for Tiro. Practice management can be so much more than what it is seen as today, and we can’t wait to get stuck into this next challenge. It is for these reasons; we want you to have Tiro’s practice management software, for free, forever. Yes, forever, and no catches.

We feel that the level of technology in the market at the moment is so primitive, you should never have had to pay for it in the first place. A big call, sure, but seriously, sign up for Tiro, start using it and you’ll never ever look back.

Head over to www.tiro.com.au and get started.

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Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Jun 14 2016

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm:"Technology in Chambers- Practice Management software deathmatch". Presented by Steven Richardson and Graham Cousens (Silq), Charlotte Jeggo and Martin Chee (Barbooks) and David Darcy (Tiro) and chaired by Philippe Doyle Gray. For full details please download a flyer here

Law Council sets out election priorities

Fri Jun 10 2016

The Law Council of Australia today launched its 2016 Federal Election Policy Platform, which outlines its priorities for a newly-elected federal government, such as: the legal aid funding crisis; reducing family violence; abolishing mandatory sentencing; and Closing the Gap to reduce Indigenous imprisonment. Learn more here.