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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.

New Barristers' Committee October breakfast

Thu Oct 06 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).

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

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.

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

Wed Oct 05 2016

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.

Coming up in CPD in October

Tue Oct 04 2016

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room this month at 5.15pm:

Thursday, 6 October: "Aboriginal trauma, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the juvenile justice system: a volatile cocktail", presented by June Oscar AO and her Honour Judge Dina Yehia SC. Chaired by Anthony McAvoy SC. Registration is required For full details please download a flyer here

Wednesday, 12 October: "Implementing the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy at the Commercial Bar: What does it mean for you and your practice?"

Thursday, 13 October: "Implementing the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy at the Criminal Bar: What does it mean for you and your practice?"

Wednesday, 26 October: "Preparing an Appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal", presented by Chrissa Loukas SC. Chaired by Stephen Odgers SC. Registration is required For full details please download a flyer here

2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – all welcome

Tue Oct 04 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. 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: Local Court Practice Note 1 of 2015

Tue Oct 04 2016

On 30 September 2016 the Local Court of NSW amended and reissued Practice Note 1 of 2015: Local Court Civil Jurisdiction - Online Court Protocol, which commenced on 1 October 2016. View the practice note here.

Determination of economic and non-economic losses

Fri Sep 30 2016

Pursuant to s 146 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 the minister for finance, services and property has made the Motor Accidents Compensation (Determination of Loss) Amendment Order 2016 (NSW), which from 1 October 2016 increases the maximum amounts that are to apply for (a) past or future economic loss - $4,777 and (b) non-economic loss - $521,000.

Pursuant to s 80 of the Motor Accidents Act 1988 the maximum amount that is to apply for past or future non-economic loss under that Act will, from 1 October 2016, be increased by the Motor Accidents Compensation (Determination of Non-Economic Loss) Amendment Order 2016(NSW).

Workers compensation indexation

Fri Sep 30 2016

The Workers Compensation (Indexation of Amounts) Amendment Order 2016 (NSW) and the Workers Compensation Amendment (Latest Index Number) Regulation (No.2) 2016 will commence on 1 October 2016 and will be published on the Legislation NSW website. The object of the first order is to notify the number that equates to the factor B/C - used in the formula for calculating the variation of the weekly payment to be paid to a worker under section 82A of the Workers Compensation Act 1987. That section provides that weekly payments are to be varied on 1 April and 1 October in each year. The second order updates a number used in the indexation of benefits.

Changes at Legal Aid NSW

Fri Sep 30 2016

Mr Bill Grant will retire from the position of chief executive officer of Legal Aid NSW in December 2016, as will Mr Steve O'Connor, the deputy CEO. Meanwhile, Mr Richard Funston has been appointed deputy CEO of Legal Aid NSW, with effect from 26 September 2016.

Accreditation, re-accreditation as mediators

Fri Sep 30 2016

Applications are now open for members wishing to be accredited or re-accredited as mediators with the NSW Bar Association under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). The accreditation period under the NMAS is for two years. Applicants can also elect to appear on the District Court panels which is also for a period of two years. Applications must be sent in soft copy to Megan Batchelor, mbatchelor@nswbar.asn.au by 5.00pm on 30 September 2016. Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Download an application form here.

Prejudicial material in bail applications

Fri Sep 30 2016

The NSW DPP has, in a letter to the president of the Bar Association, indicated that members of the New South Wales Bar who are concerned that bail reports to be provided to a judicial officer prior to a bail application may contain irrelevant and potentially prejudicial material (for example, reference to charges that did not proceed to conviction) should approach officers of the DPP to redact that material.

Aboriginal trauma, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the juvenile justice system: a volatile cocktail

Fri Sep 30 2016

The NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the NSW Bar Association Indigenous Barristers’ Trust and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee jointly present "Aboriginal trauma, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the juvenile justice system: a volatile cocktail"

Presented by June Oscar AO and Her Honour Judge Dina Yehia SC.

Chaired by Anthony McAvoy SC.

This seminar will be held at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room on Thursday 6 October 2016. Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the seminar

Please note registration is required for this event. To register please email your full name and organisation to mbatchelor@nswbar.asn.au. Places are limited. Please follow the brochure link here.

Senior counsel 2016

Fri Sep 30 2016

The appointment of senior counsel for 2016 will be announced at 1.00pm today. Learn more here.