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The case for a royal commission into conditions in immigration detention

Thu Mar 31 2016

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights invites members to join them for an expert panel discussion seeking to examine the case for a royal commission to investigate the practices of successive Australian Governments in relation to the mandatory and prolonged detention of asylum seekers.

Their highly esteemed panelists include Professor Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Mohammad Ali Baqiri, refugee advocate and former child asylum seeker who spent three years in immigration detention in Nauru; and Dr Peter Young, psychiatrist and former director of mental health services for International Health and Medical Services, a private contractor engaged by the Department of Immigration. Learn more here.

Room for Lease at Mid North Chambers

Thu Mar 31 2016
Large room available for lease at Mid North Chambers in Coffs Harbour

Corner room of 42 square metres with windows on two sides, natural light and ventilation. Fully air-conditioned with NBN internet connection and reserved undercover secure parking. Full access to kitchenette, toilet, washroom and mezzanine lounge-room.

Five minutes’ walk to the new Coffs Harbour Justice Precinct which hosts four courtrooms. Suitably placed to commute to other courts in the region.

Share with two other barristers. One is an experienced barrister with an established criminal law practice in Coffs Harbour, the mid north coast and the northern inland region. The other is a junior barrister. There is a good likelihood of referral work.

Would particularly suit counsel with some experience in conducting criminal trials, who wishes to develop a long term trial practice in this beautiful region.

Rent: $1,380.00 per month.

Estimated contribution to services (including electricity): $120 per month.

Lease term negotiable.

Contact johncarty@midnorthbar.com.au or call 0413 456 484

Tomorrow: 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Bromwich & her Honour Judge Boyle

Thu Mar 31 2016

Members of the New South Wales Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Robert Bromwich and her Honour Judge Elizabeth Boyle. The 15 Bobber is to be held tomorrow, 1 April 2016 in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for the Hon Justice Robert Bromwich is Peter Hastings QC and for Her Hon Judge Elizabeth Boyle, Donna Ward. The event begins at 5.30 PM with speeches beginning at 5.45 PM. Tickets pre-purchased by Thursday, 31 March are $15.00. Tickets after this time will be $25 on the door. To RSVP, please click here.

Common Law Practice Update 94

Thu Mar 31 2016

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 94, with case notes on section 126 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sections 5B and 45 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); slip/fall and liability of councils; expert evidence; employer negligence; and more. Download CLPU 94 here.

New Bankruptcy Rules 2016

Thu Mar 31 2016

With effect from 1 April 2016, the Federal Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2016 will replace the current Federal Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2005 and the Federal Circuit Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2016 will replace the current Federal Circuit Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2006. The new Bankruptcy Rules rewrite the existing rules in a contemporary drafting style using consistent terminology with the Bankruptcy Act 1966. New approved forms will complement the new rules. More information about the change is available on the Federal Court of Australia’s website and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’s website.

Penang Family Law Legal Conference

Thu Mar 31 2016

In July 2016 Learned Friends are travelling to Penang for our first family law legal conference. Speakers include Michael Kearney SC, Peter Campton SC, Suzanne Christie, Norman O’Dowd and Suzanne Delbridge. For more information about the speakers, the venue or how to register, visit the Learned Friends website.

CPD Tonight: Best practice in professional conduct: the operation of the Best Practice Guidelines

Thu Mar 31 2016

31 Mar 2016 at 5:15 pm Bar Association Common Room

Presented by Penelope Thew Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC

The Bar Association’s Best Practice Guidelines were approved by Bar Council in June 2014 and are designed to encourage and assist chambers in maintaining professional standards and to comply with state and Commonwealth employment, equality and diversity laws. This session looks at the practical operation of the Best Practice Guidelines and the obligations of barristers and chambers under relevant state and Commonwealth laws as well as Rule 123 of the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015.

Download the flyer [here]

2016 Bench & Bar Dinner

Wed Mar 30 2016

The President and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association to the 2016 Bench & Bar Dinner. The dinner will take place on Friday, 6 May in the Ballroom of the Hilton Sydney at 7.00 PM for 7.30 PM. The Guests of Honour are the Hon R J Ellicott QC and David Jackson AM QC. Speaking for the Hon R J Ellicott QC will be Tony Bannon SC & for David Jackson AM QC will be Elizabeth Cheeseman SC.

Seating at the dinner will be allocated on a first-in basis. Tables of 10 are preferred, however you may sit up to 12 on tables. Smaller bookings will also be accepted.

For more details and to book, please click the following link: 2016 Bench & Bar Dinner. For further details on how to book, please refer to the FAQ page on the website.

If you have any questions regarding the dinner, please contact Katie Retford on 9232 4055 or email, kretford@nswbar.asn.au

CPD Tomorrow: Best practice in professional conduct: the operation of the Best Practice Guidelines

Wed Mar 30 2016

31 Mar 2016 at 5:15 pm Bar Association Common Room

Presented by Penelope Thew Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC

Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC The Bar Association’s Best Practice Guidelines were approved by Bar Council in June 2014 and are designed to encourage and assist chambers in maintaining professional standards and to comply with state and Commonwealth employment, equality and diversity laws. This session looks at the practical operation of the Best Practice Guidelines and the obligations of barristers and chambers under relevant state and Commonwealth laws as well as Rule 123 of the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015.

Download the flyer [here]

CPD Tonight: Direct Access Briefs – Avoiding the Pitfalls

Wed Mar 30 2016

30 Mar 2016 at 5:15 pm Bar Association Common Room Presented by Dominic Toomey SC Chaired by Iain Todd

The talk will cover the rules and regulations which apply to direct access briefs, including the regulation of fees in advance. It will also give some practical tips about avoiding positions of conflict and anticipating problems well in advance.

CPD Points in the following Strands: Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here]

Practising Certificate Renewals Update No.1

Wed Mar 30 2016

All New South Wales barristers' practising certificates expire on 30 June 2016. A new practising certificate has to have been issued before a barrister may practise on and from 1 July 2016.

All practising certificate renewal forms will be sent in the post/DX on Tuesday 26 April 2016. If you know you will be absent from chambers from 26 April until the due date of 7 June, you can contact the certification officer Barrie Anthony on 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au to arrange for a renewal form to be sent to you now so you may complete the documentation and return it with your payment to avoid the statutory late fee – you can then arrange your insurance at a later date.

Not intending to renew your practising certificate?

If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records.

Bench and Bar Lunch

Wed Mar 30 2016

The Bench and Bar Lunch is set to return on 6 April 2016 between 12.45pm to 2.00pm at the Sky Phoenix Restaurant in the Westfield Shopping Centre. More information about the venue and how to reserve your place is available here.

Ceremonial welcome for Judge Elizabeth Boyle

Wed Mar 30 2016

The Federal Circuit Court will hold a ceremonial sitting to welcome Judge Elizabeth Boyle. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom 3C of the Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney, on Wednesday, 6 April 2016 at 9.30am. Richard Schonell SC will speak on behalf of the Australian and New South Wales bar associations. Barristers are to wear robes but not wigs.

Life Balance - postponed to Wednesday 8 June

Tue Mar 29 2016

Wednesday 8 June, Bar Association Common Room, please note that this seminar was postponed from the 5 of April. 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

15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Bromwich & her Honour Judge Boyle

Tue Mar 29 2016

Members of the New South Wales Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Robert Bromwich and her Honour Judge Elizabeth Boyle. The 15 Bobber is to be held on Friday, 1 April in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for the Hon Justice Robert Bromwich is Peter Hastings QC and for Her Hon Judge Elizabeth Boyle, Donna Ward. The event begins at 5.30 PM with speeches beginning at 5.45 PM. Tickets pre-purchased by Thursday, 31 March are $15.00. Tickets after this time will be $25 on the door. To RSVP, please click here.

The Mediator Chat is on tonight!

Tue Mar 29 2016

It's not too late to come to this evening's Mediator Chat. Enjoy food and drinks while you collect CPD points. Angela Bowne SC and Mary Rebehy will lead the "chat" on "Mindfulness in Mediation – Magnificent or Just a Slogan?" at Silks Coffee Lounge 70 Phillip Street tonight from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. More information is available here.

TOMORROW: Swearing-in ceremony for Anthony Payne SC

Tue Mar 29 2016

Anthony Payne SC will be sworn-in at a ceremonial sitting in the Banco Court at 9.30am tomorrow, 30 March 2016. Attorney General Upton will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Congratulations Ingrid King

Tue Mar 29 2016

Ingrid King, who is a member of the Bar Knitting Club, received a Highly Commended award in the knitting competition at the 2016 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Despite not being very good with technology, Arthur Moses SC managed to take this shot with his iPhone.

Appointment of new inspector of custodial services

Tue Mar 29 2016

The Department of Justice today announced the appointment of Fiona Rafter as inspector of custodial services, effective 11 April 2016. The inspector reviews correctional and juvenile justice facilities and reports to parliament. Learn more here.

Positions vacant: deputy DPP

Tue Mar 29 2016
$371,510 per annum plus Conveyance Allowance of $20,805 per annum

The attorney general is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as a deputy director of public prosecutions under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 for a fixed term that may be renewed. Interested persons must be Australian lawyers of at least five years’ standing. A position description is available here.

Inquiries: Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb SC (02) 9285 8888.

Applications should be submitted in Word or PDF addressing each of the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online by 11.59 pm on Sunday, 10 April 2016.

Competition Law Conference 2016

Tue Mar 29 2016

This annual one-day conference will be held in Sydney on Saturday 21 May 2016 at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel. The conference, which has been held since 1989, continues to attract about 100 registrants, including Federal Court Judges, Judges from New Zealand, regulators from Australia and New Zealand, lawyers from both Australia and New Zealand, economists and academics. The Hon Justice John Mansfield AM will address the conference as the Keynote Speaker on the topic: “Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it!?” For further details download the full programme and registration form or email Chris Hodgekiss SC.

CPD Thursday: Best practice in professional conduct: the operation of the Best Practice Guidelines

Tue Mar 29 2016

31 Mar 2016 at 5:15 pm Bar Association Common Room

Presented by Penelope Thew Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC

Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC The Bar Association’s Best Practice Guidelines were approved by Bar Council in June 2014 and are designed to encourage and assist chambers in maintaining professional standards and to comply with state and Commonwealth employment, equality and diversity laws. This session looks at the practical operation of the Best Practice Guidelines and the obligations of barristers and chambers under relevant state and Commonwealth laws as well as Rule 123 of the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015.

Download the flyer [here]

CPD Tomorrow: Direct Access Briefs – Avoiding the Pitfalls

Tue Mar 29 2016

30 Mar 2016 at 5:15 pm Bar Association Common Room Presented by Dominic Toomey SC Chaired by Iain Todd

The talk will cover the rules and regulations which apply to direct access briefs, including the regulation of fees in advance. It will also give some practical tips about avoiding positions of conflict and anticipating problems well in advance.

CPD Points in the following Strands: Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here]