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Bar Knitting Group

Fri Mar 18 2016
Wellbeing

All interested barristers are invited to attend the first meeting of 2016 of the Bar Knitting Group. This will be held on Tuesday, 22nd March 2016 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles, and wool etc. If you don’t have a project, or don’t know how to knit/crochet and want to learn, let us know beforehand by sending an email to Michelle Painter SC or to Lisa Allen. Light refreshments will be served.

Bar Association submission critical of NSW anti-protest law

Thu Mar 17 2016
Advocacy

The NSW Government's legislation to limit protections for peaceful protests, increase police powers and raise penalties for certain protest actions, has passed both houses of the NSW Parliament. The Bar Association made a submission in respect of The Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016. The submission raised concerns regarding many provisions in the bill, such as the creation of a new criminal offence - "aggravated unlawful entry on inclosed lands" - and restrictions on the right to participate in peaceful assembly. The Bar Association's submission featured in debate, which is recorded in the Hansard here and here. The association's concerns were reported in the Guardian, which can be viewed here.

Expressions of interest sought for NCAT legal assistance panel

Thu Mar 17 2016

In response to a request from the president of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), the Hon Justice Robertson Wright, the New South Wales Bar Association is seeking expressions of interest from members of the bar with experience in matters under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) to assist self-represented litigants before the tribunal.

The tribunal proposes to make information concerning the Bar Association’s Legal Assistance Referral Scheme (LARS) available to litigants in discrimination matters in the Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division.

Any matters which come to the attention of LARS, and comply with the guidelines of the scheme, will then be referred to barristers who have volunteered their services for advice and if appropriate, representation.

If you would like to place your name on this list, could you please do so by responding to Ms Heather Sare, the manager of LARS, on hsare@nswbar.asn.au.

2016 Cross Examination Workshop - mock trial demonstration of cross-examination technique

Thu Mar 17 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016 5.15pm in Banco Court, Level 13, Law Courts Building, Queens Square

The Cross-examination workshop is put on every year by the New Barristers Committee and is aimed at encouraging new barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach to the same problem. The presiding judge will be Hon Justice Elizabeth Fullerton, Supreme Court of New South Wales. The advocates will be Peter McGrath SC (Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecutors Chambers) and Simon Couper QC (Blackstone Chambers).

This activity will offer 1.5 CPD Points in the following strand: -Barristers’ Skills

2016 Cross Examination Workshop

Wed Mar 16 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016 5.15pm in Banco Court, Level 13, Law Courts Building, Queens Square

The Cross-examination workshop is put on every year by the New Barristers Committee and is aimed at encouraging new barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach to the same problem. The presiding judge will be Hon Justice Elizabeth Fullerton, Supreme Court of New South Wales. The advocates will be Peter McGrath SC (Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecutors Chambers) and Simon Couper QC (Blackstone Chambers).

This activity will offer 1.5 CPD Points in the following strand: -Barristers’ Skills

CPD Tonight: Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Wed Mar 16 2016

Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 5.15 pm, NSW Bar Association, Common Room

Presented by Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Chaired by:

  • Sarah Pritchard SC (Chair of the Human Rights Committee), and
  • Anthony McGrath SC (Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee)

Dr Tim Soutphommasane is the Race Discrimination Commissioner since 20 August 2013 at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Prior to this he was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.

Dr Soutphommasane is the author of four books, I’m not racist but … (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and in 2013 presented the documentary series “Mongrel Nation” on ABC Radio National.

For more information please visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website

Download the flyer [here]

CPD Tomorrow: The Reader/Tutor Guidelines – Some received wisdom and new developments

Wed Mar 16 2016

Thursday 17 March, 5.15 pm, NSW Bar Association, Common Room

Presented by Robert Hollo SC

This session reviews the new edition of the NSW Bar Association’s Reader-Tutor Guidelines and addresses some underlying practical and ethical issues that may arise in the context of the reader-tutor relationship.

This seminar will offer 1 CPD Point in:

Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here].

Don't forget this season's flu shot

Wed Mar 16 2016

The Health & Wellbeing Committee has organised for members to receive a €˜flu shot between 4:00 and 5.30 pm on Monday, 11 April 2016 in the Bar Association Common Room. The price will be $27. Please complete a consent form and bring correct change or a cheque made out to imedicallife. The €˜flu shot takes less than a minute. No bookings required.

Request for judges for national moot at UNSW

Tue Mar 15 2016

The Ashurst Australian Private Law Moot is a new national mooting competition, now in its third year, being held at UNSW from Friday, 1 April to Sunday, 3 April 2016. The problem question is aimed at students in the latter stages of their degree who have a strong interest in advocacy, and this year's problem focuses on issues in equity and corporations law. The conveners are grateful to barristers that acted as judges in the competition in 2014 and 2015 and hope they enjoyed the competition. They are once again requesting the assistance of barristers to act as judges in the preliminary rounds on 1 – 2 April and the semi-final round on 3 April. Moots typically run for about 90 minutes, and a detailed judging guide will be provided to assist you. The grand final will be judged by an esteemed panel, including members of the NSW Court of Appeal. Your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please contact Virginia Wang and Wee-An Tan at: privatelawmoot@unswlawsoc.org

2016 Bench & Bar Dinner

Tue Mar 15 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

Federal Court of Australia - Practitioners’ Consultation Forum on Commercial & Corporations NPA

Tue Mar 15 2016

The Federal Court will conduct a consultation forum to discuss the Commercial & Corporations National Practice Area (NPA) in Sydney on Tuesday, 5 April 2016, commencing at 5.15pm. The forum will be chaired by Justice Middleton and Justice Foster with Justice Foster presenting.

The key topics for discussion will include the draft Central Practice Note, draft Commercial & Corporations NPA Practice Note and the draft Class Actions Practice Note.

For further details of the consultation forum please refer to flyer on the court’s website.

CPD Tonight: The art of Persuasion: "Advocacy" at mediation

Tue Mar 15 2016

Tuesday 15 March 2016 at 5.15 pm, NSW Bar Association, Common Room

Presented by: Robert Angyal SC and Julie Soars

You should attend this seminar if:

  • You think that “mediation advocacy” is an oxymoron; or
  • You think that you and your client always behave rationally at mediations . There will be power point slides.

This seminar will offer CPD points in:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility;
  • Substantive Law, Practice and Procedure, and Evidence;
  • Barristers' Skills.

Download the flyer [here]

CPD Tomorrow: Race Discrimination - Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Tue Mar 15 2016

Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 5.15 pm, NSW Bar Association, Common Room

Presented by Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Chaired by:

  • Sarah Pritchard SC (Chair of the Human Rights Committee), and
  • Anthony McGrath SC (Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee)

Dr Tim Soutphommasane is the Race Discrimination Commissioner since 20 August 2013 at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Prior to this he was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.

Dr Soutphommasane is the author of four books, I’m not racist but … (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and in 2013 presented the documentary series “Mongrel Nation” on ABC Radio National.

For more information please visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website

Download the flyer [here]

The Hon Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC appointed to the AAT

Mon Mar 14 2016

In Brief neglected to mention that on 25 February the Hon Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC was appointed as a deputy president of the Administrative Appeal Tribunal for a period of five years, commencing on 1 March 2016. View the attorney general's media release here.

15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Robert Bromwich

Mon Mar 14 2016
Collegiality

Members of the New South Wales Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Robert Bromwich and Her Hon 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.

Swearing-in ceremony for Justice Robert Bromwich

Mon Mar 14 2016

The Federal Court of Australia will hold a ceremonial welcome for Justice Robert Bromwich at 9.30am on 21 March 2016 in Court 1, Level 21. Noel Hutley SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales and Australian bar associations. Barristers should wear gowns but not wigs.

STEP address: Unconscionability and Promissory Estoppel

Mon Mar 14 2016

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by the Hon Justice Peter Young AO on "Unconscionability and Promissory Estoppel". It will be held Wednesday, 16 March 2016 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer here.

CPD Seminars this week

Mon Mar 14 2016
  • Inquest, Royal Commissions, ICAC Monday 14 March, 5.15 pm, NSW Bar Association, Common Room State Coroner Michael Barnes, Paul Menzies QC, Phillip Boulten SC, Philip Strickland SC, Arthur Moses SC, Sarah McNaughton SC. Download the flyer [here].

  • The art of Persuasion: "Advocacy" at mediation Tuesday 15 March 2016 at 5.15 pm, NSW Bar Association, Common Room Robert Angyal SC and Julie Soars. Download the flyer [here].

  • Race Discrimination - Race Discrimination Commissioner Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 5.15 pm, NSW Bar Association, Common Room Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Chaired by Sarah Pritchard SC and Anthony McGrath SC. Download the flyer [here].

  • The Reader/Tutor Guidelines – Some received wisdom and new developments Thursday 17 March, 5.15 pm, NSW Bar Association, Common Room Robert Hollo SC. Download the flyer [here].

Sydney CPD Conference, 19 March 2016

Mon Mar 14 2016

The 2016 CPD Conference in Sydney will be held at the Hilton on Saturday 19 March from 9 to 5pm. The deadline for early bird registrations is today Friday, 11 March 2016.

Speakers

  • Noel Hutley SC, President & Philip Selth OAM, Executive Director
  • The Honourable Justice S Gageler
  • The Hon Justice J Stevenson
  • Stuart Donaldson SC
  • Garry Hatcher SC
  • Belinda Rigg SC
  • Kate Eastman SC
  • Gabrielle Bashir SC
  • Mark Walsh SC
  • Edward Muston SC
  • Ben Katekar
  • Gillian Mahony
  • Caroline Dobraszczyk

For the full program for the Sydney conference please click [here].

FEES NSW Barrister (holds a PC in NSW) AUD $ 230.00 - Discounted Price AUD $ 200.00 (If Registered by Friday, March 11, 2016) Solicitors & non-NSW Barristers AUD $ 280.00 - Discounted Price AUD $ 250.00 (If Registered by Friday, March 11, 2016)

For more information about fees and accommodation, please click [here]

To secure a spot, please register [here]

NSW CTP Green Slip scheme under review

Fri Mar 11 2016

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello has announced a major review of the NSW CTP Green Slip Scheme during a speech at the Australian Lawyers Alliance NSW State Conference this morning.

"Most motorists in NSW are now paying around $600 or more for their green slip and without reform of the scheme, premiums are forecast to increase by a further 10 to 20 per cent over the coming year," the minister said. "Over the past decade only 45 cents in every premium dollar has been returned in benefits to injured road users, with the rest going towards scheme costs and providers."

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority has released a discussion paper on options for reforming CTP insurance and is seeking feedback by Friday, 22 April 2016. The SIRA web site includes other relevant information, such as the Report of the Independent Review of Insurer Profit within the NSW CTP Scheme.

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee is meeting on Tuesday to discuss issues arising from the government’s options paper. Any members with comments regarding the government’s proposals, or regarding issues relevant to the government’s CTP Fraud Taskforce on which the Bar Association is represented should provide them to Alastair McConnachie at amcconnachie@nswbar.asn.au

Reminder - Practice Note SC CL 11 - Bail

Fri Mar 11 2016

InBrief reported on 4 February that Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC had issued Practice Note SC CL 11 - Bail. Members are reminded that the practice note commenced operation this week, on Monday, 7 March 2016. The purpose of the practice note is to establish the procedures to be followed when filing an application under the Bail Act 2013 (NSW) in the Supreme Court.

Local Court special sitting arrangements

Fri Mar 11 2016

The chief magistrate of the NSW Local Court has announced the special sitting arrangements during the local Court Annual Conference, which will take place from Wednesday, 1 June 2016 through Friday, 3 June 2016. Learn more here.