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The Plunkett Lecture 2016

Fri Sep 23 2016

Does the criminal trial have an Australian history? Lessons from the Prosecution Project. Professor Mark Finnane will deliver the Plunkett lecture on 27 September 2016 at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Presented by Professor Mark Finnane and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Mediating dangerously and negotiating skillfully

Thu Sep 22 2016

"Some years ago I had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting Kenneth Cloke at a private meeting. I was familiar with his work "Mediating Dangerously", but was not prepared for the extraordinary experience of meeting with such a powerful and inspirational communicator. I would highly recommend that all practitioners in the Dispute Resolution field take this opportunity to attend a presentation where the highest level of skills and techniques are modelled in daily communication." - Marilyn Scott, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law UTS

Ken Cloke - Director Center for Dispute Resolution in California, International Mediator and renowned Author of "Mediating Dangerously" and "The Conflict Revolution", will speak in Sydney for the first time and be joined by a host of other international and local conflict resolution experts at "Communicate 2016" - Australia’s first Summit on managing conflict: 26 – 27 September, Sofitel Hotel, Sydney.

Two Ways to Participate

Register to attend and be a part of the conversation. Plus, receive a complimentary live stream back to your office with your registration: http://communicateconference.com

Can’t attend? Live Stream to your chambers for $450 + GST http://livestream.communicateconference.com/

Other Speakers & Panellists at this unique interactive event include: Joan Goldsmith (USA), Hugh Mackay, Bill Hewlett (UK), Joanna Kalowski, John McDonald, Max Kimber SC, Anna Booth, Professor Gillian Triggs, Justice Robert McClelland, The Hon Stephen O’Ryan QC – and more. Full agenda details and speaker bios are available on the website.

For more information or enquiries, email: alex@onqevent.com.au

2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – all welcome

Thu Sep 22 2016
Philanthropy

Members and their friends are invited to the 2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 28 October at Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from 17 October at the Bar Association Reception. RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Friday, 21 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Katie or Hannah on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there.

Nomination forms for Election of the 2017 Bar Council

Thu Sep 22 2016

Nomination forms for election of the 2017 Bar Council were posted on Friday, 16 September to all members of the Bar Association eligible to nominate or be nominated. Any member who has not received their nomination form by the morning of Tuesday, 27 September 2016 and who wishes to nominate should contact the Bar Association on ph: (02) 9232 4055. Nomination forms are also available from the Bar Association's Reception. Nominations close at 4.00pm on Monday, 10 October 2016.

Alastair McConnachie

Deputy Executive Director & Returning Officer

It's an "all-CJ lineup" at the ABA & Vic Bar Conference

Thu Sep 22 2016

It's being called the most impressive lineup of speakers ever presented at a legal conference in Australia. The chief justices of the Federal Court, Family Court and every state and territory Supreme Court in Australia will comprise "The Chief Justices Session" on the opening day of the ABA and Victorian Bar Conference in Melbourne on 27-28 October 2016. The panel session will provide a unique opportunity for the country’s most senior judicial officers to present and discuss the latest developments and challenges before the courts.

The conference will be opened by Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Commonwealth attorney general, with the conference key note address by Chief Justice Robert French AC of the High Court of Australia.

The two-day conference covers all areas of the law, from High Court appeals, the latest developments in intellectual property, evidence, the common law, class actions and commercial arbitration in Asia to terrorism and human rights.

Learn more here and here.

Time For Justice Breakfast 2016

Thu Sep 22 2016

IJM frees people living in poverty in the developing world from violence, prevents violence and works with local legal systems to prove that justice for the poor is possible.

IJM’s annual "Time for Justice" Breakfast is on 6 October 2016 at the Strangers Dining Room, New South Wales Parliament House. The Time For Justice campaign invites legal professionals to donate the equivalent of their charge out rate of one billable hour to combat cybersex trafficking in Cebu, The Philippines.

Cybersex trafficking is transnational and growing at a startling rate, with the rapid expansion of online communication and financial services creating new challenges for law enforcement and industry regulators. An expert panel at the event will discuss what can be done in response to both the demand for abusive content created by perpetrators in Australia, and the supply of the material in developing countries like the Philippines. The panellists are:

  • Andree Wright, Children’s eSafety Commissioner (Acting)
  • Chief Judge John Pascoe AC CVO, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Commander Lesa Gale, Manager Victim Based Crime, Australian Federal Police
  • Amber Hawkes, Founder, IJM Australia

Tickets can be purchased and further information found online at: www.timeforjustice.org.au

Gillian Mahony and the Black Dog Ride

Thu Sep 22 2016
Philanthropy

Gillian Mahony of 8 Wentworth Chambers is soon to embark on a 2,700 km, seven day fundraising motorbike ride from Brunswick Heads to Penrith via Texas, Walcha and Bateman’s Bay. The fundraising aim of ride is to continue funding Lifeline's Online Crisis Support and Mental Health First Aid's teen MHFA program in Australian Secondary Schools. The trip also seeks to start conversations about mental health and suicide and what help is out there. You can donate to Gillian’s ride here.

2017 Personal Injury Conference: call for papers

Thu Sep 22 2016

The NSW Bar Association's 2017 Personal Injury Conference is scheduled for Saturday, 11 March 2017. The association's Professional Development Department would like to invite members to submit abstracts for papers to be included on the day. Suggestions for papers can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 30 September 2016.

Appointments to note: Australian Young Lawyers Forum

Wed Sep 21 2016

Greg Antipas, of Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers, has been appointed to the Law Council’s Australian Young Lawyers Forum (AYLF) as the new representative for the New South Wales Bar Association.

CTP Changes: Adding Insult to Injury

Wed Sep 21 2016

The Bar Association and the Law Society of NSW have launched a state wide campaign highlighting the key benefits that will be lost under the NSW Government’s proposed changes to CTP Green Slip Insurance. CTP Changes: Adding Insult to Injury aims to increase public understanding of the key benefits currently covered by their CTP Green Slip insurance.

President of the NSW Bar Association, Mr Noel Hutley SC said that under the current proposals, for example, loss of earnings would be restricted to 5 years and capped at 1.5 time Average Weekly earnings.

"This is particularly harsh for those who are injured but who have a long working life ahead of them. It also singles out those who rely on their physical fitness to earn a living – such as tradespeople," Mr Hultey said.

View the joint Bar Association - Law Society media release here and the Insult to Injury brochure here.

2016 CIArb Accelerated Route Towards Fellowship 15 – 16 October 2016, Melbourne

Wed Sep 21 2016

Registrations are now open for the 2016 CIArb Accelerated Route Towards Fellowship (ARF) course which will be held from 15 - 16 October at the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre.

Delivered by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) this course is intended for suitably qualified candidates who are practising lawyers with at least 10 years’ standing and who have substantial experience in arbitration. The Course syllabus is based on international arbitration law and it is essential that candidates have at least a reasonable working knowledge of the UNCITRAL Model Law and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. CIArb accreditation carries a global qualification in the growing practice of international arbitration. Places are limited. Read more here.

Women's Legal Service NSW fundraiser

Tue Sep 20 2016

The Women’s Legal Service NSW, which provides free legal services to women across NSW, invites members to hear Rosie Batty and Moo Baulch speak at a breakfast event in the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, 13 October 2016.

The Women’s Legal Service NSW will direct all funds raised at the breakfast to go towards Bonnie women’s refuge (Bonnie Support Service) to provide a solicitor for a regular drop-in advice service at its premises in south west Sydney. This is a high priority because early access to legal advice can minimise problems from getting bigger if left unaddressed. These include getting Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders, making arrangements for the children, accessing victim’s support and protecting rights to marital property. They need to raise $14,000 to place a solicitor at Bonnie’s one day per week for a year, enabling approximately 250 women escaping violence to access justice and protect their rights.

Time: 6:30am arrival for a 7:00 am start.

The event will run from 7.00am – 8.30am

Single Ticket Price: $90 per person but group discounts are available. Learn more here.

15 Bobber – His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt

Tue Sep 20 2016

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt. The 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 28 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt will be Phillip Boulten SC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 6.00pm Thursday 27 October. Tickets purchased on the door will be $25.

2016 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture

Tue Sep 20 2016

The 2016 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Stephen Odgers SC on Monday, 17 October at the University of Sydney. The title of this year's lecture will be "Uniform Evidence Law at 21". It will take place in the Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building F10, Eastern Avenue of the university's Camperdown Campus. Attendance is free, however registration is essential. More information about the lecture, and how to register, is available here.

Time For Justice Breakfast 2016

Tue Sep 20 2016

IJM frees people living in poverty in the developing world from violence, prevents violence and works with local legal systems to prove that justice for the poor is possible.

IJM’s annual "Time for Justice" Breakfast is on 6 October 2016 at the Strangers Dining Room, New South Wales Parliament House. The Time For Justice campaign invites legal professionals to donate the equivalent of their charge out rate of one billable hour to combat cybersex trafficking in Cebu, The Philippines.

Cybersex trafficking is transnational and growing at a startling rate, with the rapid expansion of online communication and financial services creating new challenges for law enforcement and industry regulators. An expert panel at the event will discuss what can be done in response to both the demand for abusive content created by perpetrators in Australia, and the supply of the material in developing countries like the Philippines. The panellists are:

  • Andree Wright, Children’s eSafety Commissioner (Acting)
  • Chief Judge John Pascoe AC CVO, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Commander Lesa Gale, Manager Victim Based Crime, Australian Federal Police
  • Amber Hawkes, Founder, IJM Australia

Tickets can be purchased and further information found online at: www.timeforjustice.org.au

Spring into 2017 with a Chambers Refresh – Limited Vacancies

Tue Sep 20 2016

A first of its kind, LawConnexion is a progressive, forward-thinking, solutions-driven consultancy for individual barristers, alternative dispute resolution practitioners and entire chambers. We specialise in business development for, and strategic management of, our clients and our mission is to promote the Bar as a leading provider of legal services.

Since LawConnexion’s inception in 2013, we have collaborated with chambers in Sydney on various projects; we have created strong profiles for individual members of, and powerful brands for, entire chambers, which is a "must" in a competitive and progressive legal market. We have also successfully connected Australian barristers with solicitors in law firms and in-house legal departments domestically and in the Asia-Pacific region and United Kingdom. For more information about who we are and what we do, please visit www.lawconnexion.com.au

LawConnexion works both autonomously and in collaboration with members of chambers and chambers’ clerks to deliver a broad range of services. Please click here to find out more about our service offering to chambers.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for 2017 from chambers in New South Wales (or practice groups within chambers). Vacancies are limited.

Expressions of interest close on Friday, 14 October 2016.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Nicole O’Hare on + 61 2 9220 1737. Alternatively, please e-mail Nicole at nicoleohare@lawconnexion.com.au or address any correspondence to Level 57, MLC Centre, Sydney NSW 2000.

For individual barrister or ADR practitioner enquiries, or if you are interested in seeking international work, please contact Nicole on the details above.

Please visit www.lawconnexion.com.au for further details.

Justice reinvestment: breaking the cycle of juvenile crime

Mon Sep 19 2016

ABC TV's Four Corners will tonight feature a story on justice reinvestment. "Backing Bourke" will highlight attempts to break the cycle of juvenile crime, incarceration and recidivism by diverting funds from prisons into training and other programs, such as free driving lessons. Learn more here.

Memorial service for Eric John Shields QC (1926-2016)

Mon Sep 19 2016

Eric John Shields QC died last week. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 24 September at 11.00am at Wentworth Falls Presbyterian Church, 62 Falls Road, Wentworth Falls. Refreshments will follow at an address to be advised.

For the diary: ALSA breakfast

Mon Sep 19 2016
Wellbeing

The Australasian Lawyers Surfing Association invites members to breakfast with two times world champion Tom Carroll and Surfaid founder, Dr Dave Jenkins on Monday, 26 September 2016 at 7:30am, Level 19, 20 Bond Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

Mediator Chat in September - Laurence Boulle

Mon Sep 19 2016

The Bar Association's ADR committee is pleased to present Laurence Boulle, guest speaker at Mediator Chat and twilight drinks on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 from 5.30pm at Silks Coffee Lounge, 70 Phillip Street.

"Mediator chat" is an opportunity for mediators at the New South Wales Bar to get together in an informal social environment, with the bonus that at each function a topic relevant to mediators will be discussed in a lighthearted way.

The proposed topic for our September light hearted “chat” to commence at 6.00pm, with discussion to follow, is "Computers can Win at Chess: Can Mediators Outsmart Robots?"

Professor Laurence Boulle a well-known academic, mediator and consultant to government on conflict management and dispute systems design will lead the "chat".

The cost is $30 per head payable in cash at the door, and will include 2 drinks (wine/beer/soft drink or mineral water) and assorted canapés.

For catering purposes, please RSVP in advance if you can make it by 16 September 2016 to Julie Soars on 8224 3017 or soars@sevenwentworth.com.au or Deborah Robinson on 8224 3008 or robinson@sevenwentworth.com.au

Attendees are entitled to claim one point towards continuing professional education for the purposes of mediator accreditation/re-accreditation.

New Barristers' Committee September breakfast

Mon Sep 19 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee would like to invite you to attend the September breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow morning, 20 September. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. The Association's Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC and Michael McHugh SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas