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The Public Law Weekend

Tue Oct 18 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.

2016 Justice Awards

Mon Oct 17 2016

The 2016 Justice Awards were held on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at the Strangers' Dining Room, Parliament House, Sydney. The Bar Association sponsors the Law and Justice Volunteer Award, which this year was awarded to Janette Perram. For more than 25 years Janette has worked on ADVO cases at Burwood Local Court. Chrissa Loukas SC represented the Bar Association and presented the award. Stan Grant delivered the 2016 Law and Justice Address. Learn more about the awards and the recipients here.

Cocktail function to celebrate the appointment of women silks

Mon Oct 17 2016

On 3 November at 5.30pm-7.30pm the Women Barristers Forum and the Women Lawyers Association will host an evening cocktail function at Verandah Restaurant & Wine Bar to celebrate the appointment of three women silks in 2016 - Kate Williams SC, Kate Richardson SC and Kara Shead SC. Learn more here.

Launch of the NSW Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association

Mon Oct 17 2016

Members are invited to the launch of the New South Wales Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association on Friday, 11 November 2016 at 6.00pm-7.00pm in the Banco Court. The NSW HAL will be launched by the Hon Tom Bathurst AC, chief justice of NSW. Other distinguished speakers will be the Hon Justice Melissa Perry, NSW patron of Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association; and the Hon Chris Kourakis, national patron of HAL. For more information about the launch, or how to register, download a flyer here.

Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture

Mon Oct 17 2016

The Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture for 2016 was delivered by General David Morrison at 6.00pm on Thursday, 13 October. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC attended on behalf of the Bar Association. An edited version of the lecture is available on the foundation's website.

Room for sale - 10th Floor St James Hall Chambers

Mon Oct 17 2016

A large, light filled room approximately 21.5 sq./m is available for sale at Tenth Floor St James Hall. Price is $40,000.00.

Tenth Floor is an established and friendly floor with 11 members comprising 3 silks and 8 junior counsel. We are largely a commercial floor in a sought after location on Phillip Street, directly across from the Supreme and Federal Courts.

Full details and photos of the room are available here.

All enquiries and written expressions of interest should be direct to our Clerk, Emily Giles, who can be reached on 02 9224 1501 or emailed at clerk.10@stjames.net.au.

All enquiries will be afforded the strictest confidence.

Sir Owen Dixon Chambers – Level 64 MLC Centre – Room for Sale

Mon Oct 17 2016

A room is currently available for purchase at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers. The room is a good sized internal room with a very practical fitout. The floor comprises 58 barristers including four senior counsel. The floor has a long term lease and features excellent facilities, including wi-fi, video conferencing capabilities and a good library.

To arrange an inspection or if you have any queries please contact the clerk, Ian Irvine, on 8076 6600 or via email to clerk@sirowendixon.com.au

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

www.sirowendixon.com.au

Legal Aid NSW Care and Protection Panel

Mon Oct 17 2016

The Legal Aid NSW Care and Protection Panel (the panel) is open for new applications and applications for reappointment by current panel members. Current panel members due for reappointment must apply for reappointment to the panel if they wish to continue to undertake legally aided care and protection matters. Panel members who are due to reapply, will be directly notified by email.

Current panel members who are unsure whether they are required to apply for reappointment can contact Professional Practices on (02) 9219 5662 or at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

New applications and applications for reappointment must be submitted through the Panels Application website by Sunday, 4 December 2016 for consideration by the Selection Committee. Applications received after this date will not be considered until the next Selection Committee meeting to be scheduled sometime in 2018.

Information about the panel is available on the panels, audit and practice standards web page. This contains additional information that can be viewed or downloaded:

For any further enquiries regarding the panel, please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Preparing an Appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal

Mon Oct 17 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 17 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee invite you to attend the October breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow morning, Tuesday 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).

Open Day for Female Law Students - volunteer barristers wanted

Fri Oct 14 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.

ABA High Court silk bows and dinner 2017

Fri Oct 14 2016

All new silks from 2016 will be invited to take their bows before the High Court of Australia at 3.30pm on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 in Courtroom 1. The dinner to mark the occasion will be held that evening in the Great Hall of the High Court at 7.00pm. All barristers, not just the new silks, and their partners are invited to attend. To RSVP, click here.

2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – all welcome

Fri Oct 14 2016

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(1 ticket $5; 3 tickets $10; 7 tickets $20; 20 tickets $50). 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.

Papers to note: amendment to the UCPR

Fri Oct 14 2016

On 4 October 2016, the Uniform Rules Committee approved Amendment No 78 to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules.

The amendments are to rules 4.10, 4.12 and 10.8. Each of these rules relates to the filing and service of documents with court registries by using an authorised document exchange (DX) system.

Some registries have ceased using DX as a means to send and receive documents for filing. Notably, the Supreme Court ceased using DX on 30 September 2016. The amendment to each of these rules omits outdated references to the use of DX addresses for registries. For those registries still using DX, a broad interpretation of ‘post’ will be given to accept documents for filing by DX.

The amendment was published on the NSW Legislation Website on 14 October 2016 and commenced today.

Opportunity to license at 10th Floor St James Hall Chambers

Thu Oct 13 2016
Generous sized room available in Phillip Street location

We invite expressions of interest to license for a period of 12 months at Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers – a small, well regarded set of Chambers located in an ideal position on Phillip Street.

The room is of generous size with a large window and comes fitted with sleek wooden shelving and a robing cupboard.

Full details and photos of the room are available here.

All enquiries and written expressions of interest should be directed to our Clerk, Emily Giles, who can be reached on 02 9224 1501 or via email at clerk.10@stjames.net.au.

All enquiries will be afforded the strictest confidence.

Vacancy at the Orange Bar

Thu Oct 13 2016

A vacancy exists at William Owen Chambers in Orange. Please contact Bill Walsh on 0429 124 174 This is an opportunity to practise at the Regional Bar and enjoy the benefits of living in a thriving regional area.

Toongabbie Legal Centre Saturday seminar

Thu Oct 13 2016

The Toongabbie Legal Centre will hold a one-day continuing legal education seminar on "Employment Law" on Saturday, 29 October 2016 in the conference room at Ashurst, 5 Martin Place, Sydney. Learn more here.

Sir Owen Dixon Chambers – Level 64 MLC Centre – Room for Sale

Thu Oct 13 2016

A room is currently available for purchase at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers. The room is a good sized internal room with a very practical fitout. The floor comprises 58 barristers including four senior counsel. The floor has a long term lease and features excellent facilities, including wi-fi, video conferencing capabilities and a good library.

To arrange an inspection or if you have any queries please contact the clerk, Ian Irvine, on 8076 6600 or via email to clerk@sirowendixon.com.au

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

www.sirowendixon.com.au

Tonight: Junior Drinks

Thu Oct 13 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 tonight, Thursday 13th October, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

Most violent offenders are not recidivists

Wed Oct 12 2016

The New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has published the results of a longitudinal study of 26,472 violent offenders, which found that a majority desist after just one offence. The director of BOCSAR, Dr Don Weatherburn, said the research "highlighted the dangers associated with stereotyping all violent offenders as dangerous recidivists". Learn more here.

Tonight in CPD: Implementing the Equitable Briefing Policy at the Commercial Bar

Wed Oct 12 2016
What does it mean for you and your practice?

Hear panel members Elizabeth Cheeseman SC, Andrew Bell SC and John Sheahan QC in conversation with chairperson Steven Finch SC on implementing the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy at the Commercial Bar. Learn more here. Discussion starts at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Federal Court - issue of new national practice notes on 25 October

Wed Oct 12 2016

The Federal Court of Australia is in the process of implementing its National Court Framework (NCF) reforms. Under the NCF, the court’s practice documents have been consolidated and refined from 60 practice documents to 25 new national practice notes. The new national practice notes will be issued on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. An update has been prepared that provides an outline of these reforms and a reference table of the new national practice notes. Learn more here.