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Appointments to the AAT

Fri May 06 2016

Attorney-General George Brandis QC has announced 76 re-appointments and appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Learn more here.

Position vacant: Crown advocate

Fri May 06 2016

The attorney general is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as Crown advocate under the Crown Advocate Act 1979 for a fixed term not exceeding seven years that may be renewed. $371,510 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $20,805 per annum. Applications in Word or PDF, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online by 11.59 pm on Sunday 29 May 2016.

Position vacant: magistrate

Fri May 06 2016

The attorney general is seeking applications from persons qualified for appointment as a magistrate under the Local Court Act 2007 on a full-time or part-time basis. Selection criteria: Applicants must be Australian lawyers of at least five years’ standing, or current or former judicial officers, and should be conversant with the law and procedures applied in the Local Court and the Children’s Court of NSW. In addition, all applicants should refer to the selection criteria and guidance at www.justice.nsw.gov.au/appointments.

Applications 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 29 May 2016.

It will be necessary for previous applicants to submit a fresh application if they still seek such appointment.

2016 Bench & Bar Dinner at the Hilton Sydney

Fri May 06 2016
Collegiality

Tonight’s Bench & Bar Dinner is in the Grand Ballroom on level 3 of the Hilton Sydney at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Table allocations by surname are available here. Please note: table numbers do not necessarily reflect the table’s location. Floor plans with the location of tables will be available at the venue this evening. Tables have been allocated on a first-in basis and everyone’s table is in a good spot. We look forward to seeing those attending the dinner tonight.

Competition Law Conference 2016

Fri May 06 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.

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Fri May 06 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts Magistrate Stafford, Magistrate Tsavdaridis and Chrissa Loukas SC for breakfast in Parramatta on 20 October 2017 from 8am. The breakfast will be held at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta.

Drop in for a short(or long) time from 8:00am – 9:30am.

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Corrie Goodhand, 8th Floor Selborne Chambers, at: cgoodhand@eightselborne.com.au

Supreme Court commercial equity seminars have changed venue

Thu May 05 2016

The second Supreme Court commercial equity seminar, to be held this evening at 5.00pm has been moved from Courtroom 9D to the Banco Court. Registration is not required.

Seminar 2: Thursday, 5 May 2016, 5:00 pm

The Honourable Justice R McDougall, the Honourable Justice D Hammerschlag, the Honourable Justice M Ball

  • Practical matters of interest relating to the Commercial, Technology & Construction, and Commercial Arbitration lists;
  • The effective use of hearing separate questions;
  • Managing the court book in large cases;
  • Practice Note SC Eq 11 update;
  • The re-burgeoning of expert evidence;
  • Representative actions;
  • Additional judges to hear short matters

The State of the Australian Judicature

Thu May 05 2016

Chief Justice Robert French AC delivered "The State of the Australian Judicature" address at a joint gathering of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Bar Association in Hobart on 29 April 2016. Learn more here.

Appointments to the Human Rights Commission

Thu May 05 2016

Attorney General George Brandis QC has announced appointments to the Human Rights Commission: the Hon Dr Kay Patterson as age discrimination commissioner; Mr Alastair McEwin as disability discrimination commissioner and Mr Edward Santow as human rights commissioner. These appointments will be for five years.

Bar FC back to their winning ways

Thu May 05 2016

Bar FC defeated Reserve Bank C today in the Domain Soccer League with the final score being 1-0. Di Michael opened his account for the season with a well struck shot across the keeper who was kept busy during saving good shots by Bedrossian, Hartford Davis, Jonathan Clark and O’Shea. The backs also worked hard with newcomer Kane shoring up the centre with stalwart Vickers. Both backs were being given instruction by the opposition strikers – a sure sign they were doing their job. Goalkeeper and Captain Harris also deserves a mention. Whilst some might suggest his new public service position has meant that his sharpness has left him, a superb one handed save tipping a shot over the cross bar proved such detractors wrong.

A great team effort and probably one deserving of a few more goals.

Today’s team was as follows

  • Richard di Michael
  • Vahan Bedrossian
  • Sebastian Hartford Davis
  • Ivan Griscti
  • Jonathan Clark
  • Matt Vickers
  • Darren Covell
  • Anais d’Arville
  • John Harris (Capt.)
  • Nicole Compton
  • Geoff O’Shea
  • Tim Kane

Bar FC's next game is Tuesday, 10 May 2015 at 1,15 p.m.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Wed May 04 2016

The next meeting of the Bar Book club will be on Tuesday, 7 June 2016 at 6.00pm. The subject will be Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life, described in this review as "as haunting and as spare as Stoner". For those members who enjoyed John Williams’s Stoner, hopefully this will be just as good.

Serious Crime Prevention Orders

Wed May 04 2016

The Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Bill 2016 (NSW) has passed the Legislative Assembly and is awaiting second-reading in the Legislative Council. During debate, the Bar Association's submission was referred to repeatedly by members in both major parties. View the Hansard debate here.

The High Court on advocate's immunity

Wed May 04 2016

The High Court, by majority, has allowed an appeal against a decision of the NSW Court of Appeal. In Attwells & Anor v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Limited [2016] HCA 16, the court held that the advocate's immunity from suit does not extend to negligent advice given by a lawyer which leads to the settlement of a case by agreement between the parties embodied in consent orders. Learn more here.

Belvoir's Barrister-led Family Programming Campaign

Tue May 03 2016
Philanthropy

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in enabling greater access to theatre for young people by supporting Family Programming at one of Australia’s most acclaimed theatre companies, Belvoir. To pledge your support email charlotte@belvoir.com.auor donate now.

Belvoir is dear to our heart. It is one of Australia’s great cultural institutions. For more than 30 years, it has been presenting an artistic program that is razor sharp, popular and challenging. The company has launched the careers of Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, and Neil Armfield, to name a few, and has led the Australian theatre industry by example in programming at least two Indigenous-led productions every year. Further to this, Belvoir’s Education program reaches more than 10,000 Metro and Regional NSW school students every year.

A core part of Belvoir’s vision is to encourage and empower diverse audiences to engage with their work by proactively addressing any cultural, economic and geographical barriers to their participation. Belvoir has identified two major barriers to young people's engagement with the theatre: cost and content. That's why the money raised through their Family Programming campaign will be put towards the creative development of new work for young people, and the subsidisation of tickets for them and their families. As passionate long-term audience members and supporters of Belvoir, we share this vision.

Belvoir recently received a Plus1 grant from Creative Partnerships Australia, who will match up to $50,000 in donations towards their program for young people and their families. That means that for every $1 donated to their Family Programming campaign, we get $2 closer to securing $100,000 for kids at Belvoir. The deadline for these matching donations is 13 May 2016.

In order to help Belvoir reach this target by 13 May, the five of us agreed to each donate $500 to support Family Programming at Belvoir. That will raise $5,000 towards kids at Belvoir. We are hoping to get others at the Bar to join us and are aiming to raise a further $2500, which when matched will mean $10,000 will be raised in total.

Please join us in agreeing to donate $500 before 13 May. All donations are tax deductible. Of course, donations of any size are very gratefully received, though recognition varies according to level of giving (see below).

What’s in it for me?

All $500+ donors will be publicly acknowledged on Belvoir’s website and in printed publications relating to the two family-oriented shows in 2016: Ruby’s Wish (for ages 6+) and Girl Asleep (for ages 14+). Further, supporters and their families will be invited to a special money-can’t-buy event connected to one of the two shows mentioned above, depending on their preference.

All $250-$499 donors will be publicly acknowledged on Belvoir’s website.

Current supporters

Pledge your support and add your name to this list by emailing charlotte@belvoir.com.au or donate now.

Fifth judge for the ACT Supreme Court

Tue May 03 2016

The president of the Law Society of the ACT, Mr Martin Hockridge, and the president of the ACT Bar Association, Mr Shane Gill, have welcomed the announcement that New South Wales District Court Judge Michael Elkaim will be appointed to the ACT Supreme Court. View the joint media release here.

Competition Law Conference 2016

Tue May 03 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.

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta

Tue May 03 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts Magistrate Stafford, Magistrate Tsavdaridis and Chrissa Loukas SC for breakfast in Parramatta on 17 May 2016 from 8am. The breakfast will be held at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta.

Drop in for a short(or long) time from 8:00am – 9:30am.

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Mary Rebehy, Arthur Phillip Chambers, at: mary.rebehy@gmail.com.

Please download the flyer here

Organised Crime and Public Safety Bill 2016

Mon May 02 2016

The Bar Association has made a submission on the Criminal Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Public Safety) Bill 2016. Like the Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Bill 2016 (NSW) with which it was introduced (and which is the subject of a separate submission of the NSW Bar Association on 13 April 2016), the Criminal Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Public Safety) Bill 2016 (NSW) has serious implications for the rule of law and individual freedoms in New South Wales. View the submission here.

Serious Crime Prevention Orders

Mon May 02 2016

The Bar Association has published a media brief on differences between the Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Bill 2016 (NSW) and the United Kingdom Serious Crime Act 2007. It comes as a response to an opinion piece by Mr Alister Henskens SC MP in The Australian on 22 April 2016. View the media brief here.