Expressions of interest for appointment as resident judge in the ACT

Mon Sep 12 2016

The ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate invites expressions of interest from eligible and suitably qualified people for appointment as a resident judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. Written expressions of interest, addressing the selection criteria, and accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae should be emailed to or posted to:

Ms Vicki Parker

Deputy Director-General Justice Justice and Community Safety Directorate

GPO Box 158

Canberra ACT 2601

General inquiries should be directed to the Deputy Director-General Justice, Justice and Community Safety Directorate, on (02) 6205 3504 or email

Expressions of interest close 7 October 2016. Late applications may be accepted at the panel’s discretion.

New Barristers' Committee September breakfast

Mon Sep 12 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee would like to invite you to attend the September breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop next Tuesday morning, 20 September. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. 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

Bar FC completes its season with mixed fortunes at the Tri State Football Championship

Mon Sep 12 2016

On Saturday, 10 September 2016 Bar FC travelled north to Brisbane to compete in the 9th Annual Tri State Football Championship.

Under torrential skies, Bar FC managed to retain the Annual Vic – NSW Cup with a comfortable 6-0 win over our southern neighbours.

Immediately following this game and on a pitch resembling a swimming pool, Bar FC fought hard against a QLD side who had enjoyed the home team advantage of a one hour break between games. Bar FC were first to score after a deft finish from Di Michiel following a wonderful pass from Captain Philips in the deep. Unfortunately, the score was leveled a few minutes later when an over enthusiastic challenge inside the box resulted in a penalty.

Both sides worked hard in the second half and Harris was excellent in goals to keep out the raiding Queenslanders. With chances at both ends, Queensland managed to put one in the back of the net to win the game 2-1 and take home the silverware.

Manager Stanton was heard to say that the effort by all players was second to none. The tournament was conducted with much respect and friendship by all concerned. Lo Surdo SC also officiated tirelessly for three straight hours in at times monsoonal like conditions. Whist no doubt some might differ, he did not get a call wrong all day. Thanks also to Justice Lindsay who travelled north to support the team.

All in all a great tournament and a fitting end to Bar FC’s season.

The Hon Richard Alan Conti QC (1937-2016)

Mon Sep 12 2016

The Hon Richard Conti QC, former judge of the Federal Court, died on Saturday morning. His funeral will be held at St James' Anglican Church, King Street on Thursday, 15 September 2016 at 9.30am.

Family Court of Australia - Sydney Rolling List

Fri Sep 09 2016

Details were provided via In Brief last week regarding new Family Court arrangements involving rolling lists in February and March 2017. The Court has now released the list of matters and their assigned priority in the Family Court of Australia Sydney Registry Rolling List to be conducted from 27 February to 10 March 2017, inclusive. Also attached is a document setting out the format of the Sydney Registry Rolling List.

The Family Court has advised that it will be writing to the parties/legal representatives of each matter included in the Sydney Registry Rolling List and providing them with copies of the two documents.

NSW Sentencing Council vacancies

Fri Sep 09 2016

The NSW Attorney General is calling for applications for appointment as members of the NSW Sentencing Council for terms of up to three years. Applications close on Monday 3 October 2016.

The NSW Sentencing Council advises the NSW Attorney General on sentencing matters and prepares research papers and reports. The Council meets monthly in the Sydney CBD. Learn more

ABA Considers Alternative Funding Options To End Australia's Legal Assistance Crisis

Fri Sep 09 2016

The Australian Bar Association has today published a media release indicating that, in addition to its work in urging Federal and State Governments to appropriately fund legal assistance for those in need, it is considering new and alternative sources of funding for the sector. The ABA has, among other things, proposed placing a levy on the alcohol and gambling industries to raise more money for legal assistance. The comments from ABA President Patrick O'Sullivan QC have been reported by ABC News. View the ABA media release

Bar FC aim to restore state pride by beating QLD and VIC

Thu Sep 08 2016

Bar FC is heading north to Brisbane on Saturday, 10 September 2016 to compete against players from the Queensland and Victorian bars. As NSW are the current holders of the Tri State Annual Challenge Cup and the NSW-Vic Challenge Cup, both our neighbours will be looking for weaknesses to exploit as they attempt to wrestle the silverware from our grasp.

This year's touring party is as follows:

  • Craig Bolger
  • Richard Di Michiel
  • Justin Hogan-Doran
  • Geoff O’Shea
  • Adrian Canceri
  • Vahan Bedrossian
  • Tim Kane
  • Colin Magee
  • Gillian Mahoney
  • Ben Kremer
  • Simon Philips (C)
  • Rohan de Meyric
  • Matt Vickers
  • Darren Covell
  • Glen Fredericks
  • John Harris (GK)
  • Official : Anthony Lo Surdo SC
  • Manager: David Stanton

15 Bobber – His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt

Thu Sep 08 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.

Positions vacant: NCAT - Consumer and Commercial Division

Thu Sep 08 2016

The attorney general is calling for applications from qualified persons for appointment to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal as senior and general members of the Consumer and Commercial Division. The on-line application forms and information packages are accessible now on the website.

Bar Book Club meeting in September

Thu Sep 08 2016

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 at 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Up for discussion will be I Came to Find a Girl by Jaq Hazell. The Telegraph described it as one of the best crime novels of 2015. Hopefully it will be a page turner. The Kindle version is only $1.32.

NSWLRC review of the Guardianship Act 1987

Thu Sep 08 2016

The New South Wales Law Reform Commission is undertaking a review of guardianship laws. On 22 August 2016 the commission released Question Paper 1: Preconditions for alternative decision-making arrangements. It considers the circumstances that must exist before a decision-maker can be appointed under the system of guardianship in NSW to make personal, financial and medical decisions for somebody else. The commission is seeking submissions regarding these preconditions. Submissions close on Monday, 17 October 2016.​ For more information about the review, Question Paper 1 and how to make a submission, visit the NSWLRC website.

Funeral arrangements for John Barrington Bishop (1937-2016)

Thu Sep 08 2016

Dr John Bishop, barrister at Third Floor Wentworth Chambers, died on Saturday. His funeral will be held at 2.00pm on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 at St Andrews Cathedral, corner of George Street and Bathurst Street, Sydney. Afterwards, refreshments will be served in the Upper Chapter House.

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

Wed Sep 07 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.

Position vacant: District Court judge

Wed Sep 07 2016
$395,810 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $21,240 per annum

The attorney general is seeking applications from qualified person for appointment as a judge of the District Court of NSW under the District Court Act 1973.

Selection criteria: Applicants must be either current or former judicial officers or Australian lawyers of at least seven years’ standing and should be conversant with the law and procedures applied in the District Court of NSW. All applicants should refer to the selection criteria and guidance at

Inquiries: The Honourable Justice Derek Price AM, chief judge, District Court of NSW, (02) 9377 5821.

Note: Probity checks will be conducted.

Please visit with reference 00004NLA to apply. 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, 25 September 2016.

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

Scholarship on early modern English legal history

Wed Sep 07 2016

Applications are invited for a scholarship leading to the degree of PhD in the School of Law, University of Adelaide. The scholarship is supported by the Australian Research Council under Discovery Project DP160100265: 'A New History of Law in Post-Revolutionary England, 1689-1760' (chief investigators: Em. Prof Wilfrid Prest and Prof David Lemmings, University of Adelaide, and Dr Mike Macnair, University of Oxford).

The successful candidate will pursue research leading to a PhD on some aspect of the English legal order, c.1689-1760. Prof. Prest is particularly interested in supervising research on case notes and law reporting or another aspect of legal literature during the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. However candidates are encouraged to outline (in no more than 250 words) any proposal they may have for a thesis topic related to the overall field of study.

Applicants must be acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide. International candidates are welcome, as are Australian citizens and permanent residents.

The scholarship will be for three years full-time study, with a stipend of $31,288 per annum. It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.

Enquiries: Prof. Em. Wilfrid Prest, Adelaide Law School Tel +61 (08) 8313 5883 Fax +61(08) 8313 4344 Email:

Application for Admission by domestic students must be submitted using the Online Application Form.

International students should use the Online Application Form available here.

Please email a summary of your application for admission to Dr. Helen Payne with "Application for Legal History PhD Scholarship" in the subject heading. You can request a copy of your application summary by emailing with the subject heading 'Request for application summary'.

Lionel Robberds AM QC - a celebration of 50 years at the bar

Tue Sep 06 2016

Members are invited to a celebration of Lionel Robberds AM QC's 50th anniversary at the New South Wales Bar. The event will be held on Friday, 16 September 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.00pm at the University Union and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street.

Three course dinner - $150 per person (please advise dietary requirements).

RSVP is essential by Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

Contact: Elleanor Gillard: (02) 9229 7333 or

Please attach cheque made payable to Barristers' Services Co-operative Ltd.

Dress code: business attire.

For the diary: the 6th annual Ron McCallum Debate

Tue Sep 06 2016

The Australian Institute of Employment Rights is hosting the 6th Annual Ron McCallum Debate - a free public event - on Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 4.00pm - 6.00pm at the Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street, Sydney. The topic will be "Inequality and insecurity: responding to the challenge of precarious work". The panel discussion will be moderated by the Hon Geoff Giudice AO. To ensure a place, RSVP by 26 September 2016 to or call 03 9647 9111.

2016 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture

Tue Sep 06 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.

Important news for all users of Authorised UK Law Reports

Tue Sep 06 2016

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales ("ICLR") will be removing their Authorised UK Law Reports content from LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters online platforms effective 1 January 2017.

From 1 January 2017, law reports published by ICLR will no longer be available to subscribers via the online services provided by LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters in Australia.

What ICLR content is affected?

Access to the following ICLR series of law reports will be affected:

  • The Law Reports (1865 to present) – the official series of law reports in England and Wales. The series is divided into four divisions: Appeal Cases (AC), Chancery (Ch), Family (Fam) and Queen’s Bench (QB)

  • The Weekly Law Reports (1953 to present) – ICLR’s core generalist series of law reports, known by the abbreviation "WLR".

  • The Industrial Cases Reports (1972 to present) – ICLR’s employment and industrial relations specialist series, known by the abbreviation "ICR".

  • The Business Law Reports (2007 to present) – ICLR’s company and commercial law specialist series, known by the abbreviation "Bus LR".

  • The Public and Third Sector Law Reports (2009 to present) – ICLR’s public law specialist series, known by the abbreviation "PTSR".

Who will this affect?

This will affect you if you access content published by ICLR through the online services provided by LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters. If you are unsure whether this announcement affects you it is important that you contact ICLR’s Australian Sales Agent TimeBase at or call 1800 077 088.

When will this affect me?

The removal of ICLR content from the affected territories will take effect on 1 January 2017. If you are renewing an annual subscription with LexisNexis or Thomson Reuters in 2016 that includes access to ICLR content, access to that content will end as of 1 January 2017.

What should I do now?

Contact Nickie Zammit at or call on 1800 077 088.

The full media release is available here.

Appointment of executive director

Mon Sep 05 2016

Following an extensive executive search conducted by Korn Ferry in conjunction with the NSW Bar Association, Mr Gregory Tolhurst has been appointed to the role of Executive Director, NSW Bar Association. Mr Tolhurst will commence in the position from 24 October 2016.

Mr Tolhurst is at present a Professor of Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. He currently holds the role of Associate Dean, Indigenous, implementing the University’s Wingara Mura strategy at the Faculty, and has previously held the roles of Acting Dean, Pro-Dean, Associate Dean, Research and Chair of the Teaching and Curriculum Committee at the Faculty of Law.

Mr Tolhurst will succeed Philip Selth, OAM FAAL BA (Hons) LLB, who is retiring from the role after providing loyal and outstanding service to the NSW Bar Association in the role of Executive Director. Philip served 12 Presidents over a period of 19 years. The NSW Bar Association and Bar Council extend their sincerest gratitude to Philip for his dedication to the profession, and wish him the very best in his future endeavours.