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

Mon Sep 05 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.

Are you OK?

Mon Sep 05 2016
Wellbeing

A reminder from the Bar Association's Health and Well Being Committee: R U OK? Day is Thursday, 8 September 2016.

This is the national day of action for the R U OK? suicide prevention charity. But it’s also a reminder to take time to check in with the colleagues and friends who matter to you. Part of the R U OK? message is that we don’t need to "fix" someone, solve their problems, or give them answers to life. It’s about starting a conversation, supporting them and being there for them.

It is a fact that one in five Australians will experience an issue with mental health. The R U OK? "at Law" project notes the following additional facts about people working in the legal profession:

  • Many of us will hold ourselves to impossibly high standards and not know how to put the mistakes we make into perspective
  • Mental ill-health and depression are big issues in the legal profession. When compared to other professions, lawyers experienced the highest incidence of depressive symptoms.

For more information, including practical tips about ‘starting a conversation’ with a colleague, go to: https://www.ruok.org.au/join-r-u-ok-day

Memorial service for Donald Gerard Stewart

Mon Sep 05 2016

Donald Stewart, former barrister, District and Supreme Court judge, royal commissioner and the inaugural chairman of the National Crime Authority, died on 14 July 2016. Colleagues and friends of Don are warmly invited to honour his life at a memorial service to be held at The Mint (10 Macquarie Street, Sydney) on Thursday, 8 September 2016 commencing at 2.00pm. RSVP to christopher@waltercarter.com.au

Memorial service for Donald Gerard Stewart

Mon Sep 05 2016

Donald Stewart, former barrister, District and Supreme Court judge, royal commissioner and the inaugural chairman of the National Crime Authority, died on 14 July 2016. Colleagues and friends of Don are warmly invited to honour his life at a memorial service to be held at The Mint (10 Macquarie Street, Sydney) on Thursday, 8 September 2016 commencing at 2.00pm. RSVP to christopher@waltercarter.com.au

Last chance to book for the CLA/ANU Commercial Law & Government conference

Mon Sep 05 2016

The CLA / ANU Commercial Law & Government Conference on Friday, 16 September 2016 will cover:

  • Application of the Australian Consumer Law to government activities
  • Does the use of deeds manage risk or create risk?
  • Litigating with corporate regulators
  • Maintaining confidentiality in commercial dealings with government
  • Contracts and executive discretion: what are the limits?

Speakers:

  • The Hon Justice John Griffiths, Federal Court of Australia
  • Professor Nicholas Seddon, ANU
  • Rani John, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Daniel Stewart, ANU
  • Michael O'Meara, 6 Selborne/Wentworth Chambers

When: Friday, 16 September 2016 9.00am-5.00pm

Where: Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library

Cost: CLA members/ANU alumni: $495; Non-members: $695

5 CLE / CPD points

For the full program and to register please visit the CLA website.

Vale John Barrington Bishop (1937-2016)

Mon Sep 05 2016

Dr John Bishop, former barrister at Third Floor Wentworth Chambers, died on Saturday. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Family Court Sydney Registry sitting arrangements

Fri Sep 02 2016

The Sydney Registry of the Family Court of Australia has advised that it will be conducting rolling lists commencing on 27 February and 6 March 2017. The list will involve 11 judges being present in the registry over the 2-week period and the court proposes to list possibly up to 70 matters in those sittings.

The Family Court, on 30 and 31 August 2016, conducted a callover of matters and has by letter to the president of the Bar Association indicated that it hopes to publish by early September 2016 the list of matters that will be heard in the 2-week sittings and the order of listing.

The court has determined that matters that the first 11 cases will be listed to commence at 10.00am on Monday, 27 February 2017. Parties will not know the judge before whom they are allocated and as a judge becomes available, as a consequence of a hearing concluding or otherwise not proceeding, then the next case in the list will come before that judge and be heard until the entirety of the cases listed in the first week have been determined.

As a consequence of concerns expressed by the profession, the court has re-assured the president in the following terms:

The management of the list will not be entirely inflexible. Where the circumstances require, some accommodation can be anticipated. If your member seeks special treatment of individual proceedings – such as the exclusion of the proceedings from the list, they would know to make that application.

The Family Court has expressed the view that the implementation of such a rolling list is as a response to the steadily increasing delays in the Sydney Registry and a desire to reduce the back-log of hearings in the knowledge that the court’s judicial resources are unlikely to increase in the foreseeable future.

Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive

Fri Sep 02 2016

The Australian Bar Association's Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive will be held in Sydney on 23-27 January 2017. The coaching faculty will include Federal Court and Supreme Court judges, Australian and international counsel from New Zealand, South Africa, England and Malaysia as well as professional performance coaches with expertise in voice, movement and impact. Applications close 7 October 2016. Download a flyer and registration brochure.

Part-time employment opportunities wanted for Indigenous law students

Fri Sep 02 2016

Do you need some clerical, administrative or research assistance to run your practice? If the answer is yes - why not employ an Indigenous law student? There are a number of students currently looking for this opportunity. 



As part of the Bar Association's Indigenous Barristers Strategy, all barristers, clerks and chambers are encouraged to identify part-time employment opportunities for 2016 for Indigenous law students. Ideally, this would be for a day or half day a week on a regular basis doing loose-leaf filing, administrative or clerical tasks or research and includes some mentoring and guidance for the student.

This initiative has been highly successful for a number of Indigenous law students and needs the ongoing support of more members of the Bar to ensure its continued success. Contact with the Bar as well as some financial security significantly contributes to the success of the students at their law studies.

Please contact Chris Ronalds SC on ronalds@fjc.net.au or 9229 7378 if you have any openings. 




PA Selth 


Executive Director 



Last chance to book for the CLA/ANU Commercial Law & Government conference

Fri Sep 02 2016

The CLA / ANU Commercial Law & Government Conference on Friday, 16 September 2016 will cover:

  • Application of the Australian Consumer Law to government activities
  • Does the use of deeds manage risk or create risk?
  • Litigating with corporate regulators
  • Maintaining confidentiality in commercial dealings with government
  • Contracts and executive discretion: what are the limits?

Speakers:

  • The Hon Justice John Griffiths, Federal Court of Australia
  • Professor Nicholas Seddon, ANU
  • Rani John, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Daniel Stewart, ANU
  • Michael O'Meara, 6 Selborne/Wentworth Chambers

When: Friday, 16 September 2016 9.00am-5.00pm

Where: Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library

Cost: CLA members/ANU alumni: $495; Non-members: $695

5 CLE / CPD points

For the full program and to register please visit the CLA website.

Last chance to book for the CLA/ANU Commercial Law & Government conference

Thu Sep 01 2016

The CLA / ANU Commercial Law & Government Conference on Friday, 16 September 2016 will cover:

  • Application of the Australian Consumer Law to government activities
  • Does the use of deeds manage risk or create risk?
  • Litigating with corporate regulators
  • Maintaining confidentiality in commercial dealings with government
  • Contracts and executive discretion: what are the limits?

Speakers:

  • The Hon Justice John Griffiths, Federal Court of Australia
  • Professor Nicholas Seddon, ANU
  • Rani John, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Daniel Stewart, ANU
  • Michael O'Meara, 6 Selborne/Wentworth Chambers

When: Friday, 16 September 2016 9.00am-5.00pm

Where: Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library

Cost: CLA members/ANU alumni: $495; Non-members: $695

5 CLE / CPD points

For the full program and to register please visit the CLA website.

Legal conference on Hvar island, Croatia 16-22 September 2016

Thu Sep 01 2016

Adriatic Conferences is pleased to announce Hvar island, Croatia as the destination for its conference in September. The conference will take place between 16-22 September 2016 with conference sessions on 17,18, 20 and 22 September. The conference will cover topics relevant to family, commercial, equity and criminal law. Speakers are from Australia and the United Kingdom. The conference venue is the Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort. For further details and registration click here or to see the conference program click here.

New Supreme Court practice note

Thu Sep 01 2016

Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC has re-issued Practice Note SC EQ 12 – Real Property List, which commenced operation today, 1 September 2016. This Practice Note replaces the previous version of SC Eq 12 that was issued 20 May 2015 and commenced on 1 June 2015. The objective of the Real Property List in the Equity Division and the practice note is to facilitate the prompt and efficient resolution of the real issues in dispute in real property matters.

Legal Aid News for September

Thu Sep 01 2016

Legal Aid News for September 2016 is out now. There is a feature article on a new protocol to protect vulnerable young people from entering the criminal justice system. There's a report on community advice clinics for victims of domestic violence in Burwood and Bankstown. There's news for panel lawyers, updates on community legal education and resources, as well as courses and conferences. You can view the newsletter here.