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Progress to Partnership – Law Firm Comparison Study Launch 2016

Tue Oct 11 2016

Women Lawyers Association of NSW invites members to hear from a range of experts on the progression of women in the legal profession in NSW. The event will take place on 13 October 2016 between 5.30pm and 8.00pm in the offices of Ashurst, L9, 5 Martin Place. The panel will discuss the available data and compare it to the position of women in other professions and from an international perspective. For more information, or to register for the event, visit the WLA website here.

For the diary: drinks to celebrate the appointment of women silks

Tue Oct 11 2016

On 3 November 2016 the Women Barristers Forum and the Women Lawyers Association will host an evening cocktail function to celebrate the appointment of three women silks in 2016 - Kate Williams SC, Kate Richardson SC and Kara Shead SC. Further information on the venue and price will be available soon.

China Law Breakfast

Tue Oct 11 2016

The Law Council's International Law Section will host a China Law breakfast on Wednesday, 26 October at King & Wood Mallesons. Judge Judith Gibson of the District Court of New South Wales will chair a panel of six experts in Chinese law to discuss contemporary legal issues facing the country today.

Toongabbie Legal Centre Fundraising Dinner

Tue Oct 11 2016

The Toongabbie Legal Centre will hold its 9th Annual Community Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, 22 October 2016 at 6.00pm for 6.30pm in Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown. The chief guest will be Gary Ulman, president of the Law Society, with the Hon Justice M J Beazley AO present as well. Learn more here.

Junior Drinks

Tue Oct 11 2016

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

New life members of the Bar Association

Mon Oct 10 2016

At a meeting of Bar Council on 6 October 2016 Philip Selth OAM, Michael Fordham SC and Penny Johnston were made life members for "exceptional service to the Bar Association and to the profession of the law".

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Oct 10 2016

The Gender Equitable Briefing Policy: what does it mean for your practice?

Members are invited to attend two panel discussions on implementing the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy - to be held on Wednesday, 12 October and Thursday, 13 October 2016. The first seminar, to be presented by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC, Andrew Bell SC and John Sheahan QC (chaired by Steven Finch SC) will discuss equitable briefing at the Commercial Bar. The second, to be presented by Tim Game SC, Chrissa Loukas SC and chaired by Phil Boulten SC, will discuss its application to the Criminal Bar.

Election of 2017 Bar Council - Nominations have closed

Mon Oct 10 2016

Nominations for the 2017 Bar Council closed at 4.00pm today. Nominations have been received from 18 Senior Counsel and 35 members of the Junior Bar (including 7 under 5s). An acknowledgment of the Returning Officer’s receipt of the nomination has been, or will be, sent to each candidate.

If any candidate has not received an acknowledgment by 1.00pm on Tuesday, 11 October 2016, they should immediately contact Ms Georgina Stow at the Bar Association on ph 9232 4055 or email gstow@nswbar.asn.au.

Ballot papers will on posted by Friday, 14 October 2016 when the ballot opens.

Alastair McConnachie
Returning Officer

Open Day for Female Law Students - volunteer barristers wanted

Mon Oct 10 2016

Volunteer barristers are needed for Female Student Open Day on Friday, 21 October 2016. Organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee the Open Day provides a wonderful opportunity for female law students to meet barristers and observe a day spent in chambers and at court. The Open Day program is available [here]. For more information, contact Ting Lim at the Bar Association.(http://inbrief.nswbar.asn.au/posts/7be4753ee4e26b4fd93440f819314df7/attachment/female_open_day.pdf "").

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law Annual Conference 2016

Mon Oct 10 2016

The Kaldor Centre annual conference brings together academics, practitioners and policymakers to discuss key challenges in international refugee law on 18 November 2016, from 9.00am - 5.30pm at the Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor, Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus.

The theme of this year’s conference is "From refugee emergency to protracted exile: The role of "time" in international protection". The conference will explore various aspects of refugee protection through the lens of time. What are the implications of delay and expedited procedures for refugee status determination? How does the law shape refugees’ experience of time? Do we need to rethink the notions of "crisis", "emergency" and "development" in refugee responses?

Register here.

Download the full program and speaker biographies here.

Celebrating 100 Years of the Commonwealth solicitor-general

Mon Oct 10 2016

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law, together with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre for Public Law, invite members to attend an event marking the centenary of the Commonwealth solicitor-general on Monday, 24 October 2016 at 6.00pm – 7.30pm in the Banco Court, Level 13, Queens Square. Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC will provide opening remarks, and will be followed by a panel discussion with the Hon Robert Ellicott QC, Dr Gavan Griffith AO QC, Dr David Bennett AC QC and the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler. The event will be chaired by Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby. Learn more here.

In conjunction with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Registration is free but essential. Click here.

Closing of Nominations for 2017 Bar Council

Mon Oct 10 2016

Members are reminded that nominations for the 2017 Bar Council must be received by the Returning Officer by 4.00pm on Monday, 10 October 2016.

Nomination forms have been posted to all members. The form is also available from the Association’s Reception (ph. 9232 4055; fax 9221 1149 or e-mail reception@nswbar.asn.au).

All nominations are acknowledged by e-mail to the candidate within 24 hours of their receipt by the Returning Officer. A candidate who has not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours of when they believe the nomination would have been received by the Returning Officer should immediately contact Ms Georgina Stow at the Bar Association on ph 9232 4055, or e-mail gstow@nswbar.asn.au.

Alastair McConnachie
Deputy Executive Director & Returning Officer

Preparing an Appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal

Mon Oct 10 2016

On Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Chrissa Loukas SC will present a practical advocacy seminar on appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal. The seminar, to be co-chaired by the Hon Justice Fullerton and Stephen Odgers SC, incorporates both severity and conviction appeals. The emphasis will be on the essentials of written submissions and oral advocacy. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee.

Registration is required. Please send your RSVP response to Greg Antipas, Chair, New Barristers Committee at gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au

New Barristers' Committee October breakfast

Mon Oct 10 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee invite you to attend the October breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday morning, 18 October 2016. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. President Noel Hutley SC, Junior Vice-President Tim Game SC and Treasurer Chrissa Loukas SC will host the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas (gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au).

The Public Law Weekend

Thu Oct 06 2016

The ANU College of Law / Centre for International and Public Law conference will be held at the National Museum of Australia on Friday, 28 October 2016. The 2016 Public Law Weekend will focus on a range of current and important administrative law issues and developments. The program features distinguished administrative law jurists, commentators and practitioners. Learn more here.

PM to open the ABA - Vic Bar National Conference in Melbourne

Thu Oct 06 2016

The Australian Bar Association and the Victorian Bar are delighted to announce that the prime minister of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, will be delivering the Prime Minister’s Address at the National Conference. The prime minister joins the most impressive line-up ever assembled at a legal conference in Australia. An exciting two day program brings together eminent keynote speakers and panels from the bar, the bench and the major firms with government and corporate lawyers. To learn more about the program, or to register, visit the conference website.

Preparing an Appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal

Wed Oct 05 2016

On Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Chrissa Loukas SC will present a practical advocacy seminar on appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal. The seminar, to be co-chaired by the Hon Justice Fullerton and Stephen Odgers SC, incorporates both severity and conviction appeals. The emphasis will be on the essentials of written submissions and oral advocacy. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee.

Registration is required. Please send your RSVP response to Greg Antipas, Chair, New Barristers Committee at gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au

Australian Academy of Law's 2016 Patron's Address

Wed Oct 05 2016

Coming up soon! Academy of Law’s 2016 Patron’s Address "The Increasing Internationalisation of Australian Law", to be delivered by Justin Gleeson SC, solicitor-general for the Commonwealth of Australia, on Tuesday 18 October, Banco Court, Supreme Court of NSW. Learn more here.

Nominations for 2017 Bar Council

Wed Oct 05 2016

Members are reminded that nominations for the 2017 Bar Council must be received by the returning officer by 4.00pm on Monday, 10 October 2016.

Nomination forms have been posted to all members. The form is also available from the Bar Association’s Reception (ph: 9232 4055; fax: 9221 1149 or e-mail: reception@nswbar.asn.au).

All nominations are acknowledged by e-mail to the candidate within 24 hours of their receipt by the returning officer. A candidate who has not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours of when they believe the nomination would have been received by the returning officer should immediately contact the Bar Association on ph: 9232 4055.

Alastair McConnachie
Deputy Executive Director & Returning Officer

Junior Drinks

Wed Oct 05 2016
Collegiality

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

Let BarBooks live bank feeds take care of some of your practice's admin

Wed Oct 05 2016

On average, barristers are spending up to 4-8 hours per month entering expenses and reconciling payments. That’s a couple of hours per week! Our new Bank Rec feature can avoid you wasting this time.

To celebrate the release of our Bank Rec feature, join BarBooks today and we’ll reward you with a $200 cash card. This is a limited offer and only available for the first 50 customers who sign up from today. It might not quite be a chargeable hour, but we thought you could use the money to treat yourself during the time you save using the new Bank Rec feature!

What does Bank Rec do?

Tired of checking your bank statements? Do you find payments in your account with no reference, requiring you to spend 15 minutes trying to work out who it came from? Do you get to the end of the quarter and have to spend hours going through a shoe box of receipts for expenses to create your BAS statement?

Does this sound like you? Not anymore.

BarBooks has implemented live bank feeds through Bank Rec. Bank Rec lets you know exactly what is happening with the money in your bank account(s) and compares it against outstanding invoices in BarBooks. We’ll even take care of matching them for you through automated matching rules. The Bank Rec feature also helps out with your expenses. Bank Rec can auto-create your expenses for you. Just specify those you want inputted into BarBooks and in one click, those entries will be added. Using this feature will ensure you are not one of the 50% of barristers who do not claim all of their tax deductible expenses.

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Spring into 2017 with a Chambers Refresh – Expressions of Interest close 14 October

Wed Oct 05 2016

Due to a high response rate over the past fortnight, we strongly encourage chambers to submit their expressions of interest prior to the closing date.

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.