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Accreditation, re-accreditation as mediators

Wed Sep 28 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.

The complete list of women who practised at the NSW Bar

Wed Sep 28 2016

The Bar Association is endeavouring to compile a list of all women who practised at the New South Wales Bar. Unfortunately, the historical written record for the early years is sparse. There are problems in identifying those women who were admitted as a barrister and then practised. A list has been compiled from admission records, the Law Almanac, ALJ, Bar Association records and anecdotal sources.

There will undoubtedly be errors in the list. The list is being published in the hope that members of the NSW Bar, and others, will be able to help us correct errors or omissions. If you are able to help, please contact Kim Kemp, the Association’s Senior Projects Lawyer, who has done the ground-breaking work in compiling the list: kkemp@nswbar.asn.au.

Immigration Advice and Rights Centre movie night

Wed Sep 28 2016

The Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC) is holding a movie night to raise funds for its Domestic Violence Program. Come and see Life, Animated (Rated PG, 1hr 30 mins) at the Dendy Cinemas, Newtown on Wednesday, 19 October 2016. Drinks start from 6.15pm and the screening is from 7.00pm. Buy your ticket or make a donation by clicking here.

Be sure to bring cash on the night to purchase a raffle ticket!

The Immigration Advice & Rights Centre is a not for profit Community Legal Centre that provides free expert immigration advice to vulnerable asylum seekers, refugees and recently arrived migrants.

2016 Salvos Legal Lecture Series

Wed Sep 28 2016

The Salvos Legal Lecture Series will be held on Saturday, 12 November 2016 and the theme will be "Mental Health and the Law".

The program features expert speakers addressing a range of topics including: the Mental Health Review Tribunal, the role of a Guardian-ad-Litem, the interaction between addiction, mental illness and the criminal justice system, effective approaches for working with clients suffering from mental illness, and strategies for promoting the psychological well-being of legal practitioners.

Learn more here.

Tuesday lunchtime yoga classes are back

Wed Sep 28 2016

Attention yogis: the Tuesday 1.00pm yoga classes have resumed, following completion of the Bar Practice Course. For more information please contact Jolie on 0414 092 502.

New Barristers' Committee October breakfast

Wed Sep 28 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).

Proposed Escrow Payment Service for barristers

Wed Sep 28 2016

The NSW Bar Association, through Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC and the former treasurer, Justin Hogan-Doran, is working on a project with the National Australia Bank with the aim of providing members with an on-line escrow payment service, if they choose to use it.

On Thursday, 29 September 2016, a general presentation about the proposed Escrow Payment Service will be held for members in the Bar Common Room. Clerks of Chambers are also invited to attend.

Chair: Arthur Moses SC

Presenters: Justin Hogan-Doran (7 Wentworth Selborne), Theo Gavrilos (head of Corporate Services, NAB) and Mr Murray Lord (senior legal counsel, NAB)

Attendance of this session attracts 1 CPD point per hour in the ‘Practice Management and Business Skills’ strand

Final call for papers - 2017 Personal Injury Conference:

Wed Sep 28 2016

The NSW Bar Association's 2017 Personal Injury Conference is scheduled for Saturday, 11 March 2017. The association's Professional Development Department would like to invite members to submit abstracts for papers to be included on the day. Suggestions for papers can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 30 September 2016.

Positions vacant: Crown Prosecutors

Tue Sep 27 2016
$281,790 per annum plus Conveyance Allowance of $16,990 per annum

The Attorney General is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as Crown Prosecutors under the Crown Prosecutors Act 1986 for a fixed term of up to seven years that may be renewed, following an initial twelve-month probationary period.

Crown Prosecutors are barristers who conduct and appear as counsel in proceedings on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The positions could be based at various locations around the State, with the successful applicants being required to attend regional courts as directed. Selection criteria: Applicants must be Australian lawyers and must have experience as counsel in jury trials and/or appellate advocacy in criminal matters; extensive knowledge of NSW criminal laws, the rules of evidence and relevant Prosecution Guidelines and legal principles applicable to Crown Prosecutors and the relevant Rules of the NSW Bar Association. Applicants must outline their experience in conducting complex jury trials. Successful solicitor applicants who have not completed the Bar Reading Course will be required to do so within 12 months of taking up the role of Crown Prosecutor.

Note: Probity checks will be conducted.

Inquiries: Mr Lloyd Babb, SC, Director of Public Prosecutions, (02) 9285 8888.

Please visit iworkfor.nsw.gov.au with reference 00004QGN 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 23 October 2016.

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

NSW Lawyers Orchestra Season 2

Tue Sep 27 2016

After a successful inaugural season, the NSW Lawyers Orchestra, in its second season, will perform some of the more popular movie scores by composer John Williams, among them Star Wars, Schindler's List, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Harry Potter. The concert will be held on Sunday, 27 November 2016 at 2:30pm at The Australian Hall, 150 Elizabeth Street Sydney (opposite the Downing Centre and John Maddison Tower).

The orchestra will also perform the "Ascent of the Rock" by Bruce Smeaton from the film Picnic at Hanging Rock; the "Love Theme" from The Godfather; "Gabriel’s Oboe" from The Mission and the Last of the Mohicans.

Tickets are to be purchased online.

The orchestra is grateful to the home of the NSW Doctors Orchestra – Abbotsleigh – which has provided the orchestra with premises in which to rehearse at minimum cost. If you still wish to play in this season, it is not too late. Rehearsals begin on 15 October 2016. The orchestra is seeking more trombone, French horn, harp, oboe, bassoon and mandolin players. Email Sarah Haddad for any enquiries in relation to the current season of the orchestra.

Media roundup: CTP reform features on 730 Report

Tue Sep 27 2016

The Bar Association's opposition to key tenets of proposed reforms to the NSW compulsory third party insurance scheme featured in an investigation by the 730 Report last night. Elizabeth Welsh, a member of the Common Law Committee, was interviewed. You can view the report here.

Tonight: the 2016 Plunkett Lecture

Tue Sep 27 2016

Professor Mark Finnane will deliver the 2016 Plunkett lecture tonight at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Mark Finnane and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For more information, download the lecture program here.

South Australian Bar Council 2016-17

Tue Sep 27 2016

The South Australian Bar Association held its annual general meeting on 20 September 2016, as a result of which, a new Bar Council was elected. Ian Robertson SC was elected president; Meredith Dickson as vice-president and Shane Spence as treasurer/public officer. The full SA Bar Council can be viewed here.

A room with a View

Tue Sep 27 2016
For Sale or Licence

Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers has an impressive large external room (17.35 sq m) with views of historic Macquarie Street and genuine harbour glimpses. Learn more here.

For the diary: the Asia Pacific Coroners' Society Conference

Tue Sep 27 2016

The 2016 Asia Pacific Coroners' Society Conference will be held on 8-11 November 2016 at the Pan Pacific Hotel Perth, WA. Early bird registration closes Saturday, 1 October 2016. With an overriding theme of "Pathways to Prevention", the program will examine the coroner's death prevention role from different perspectives, with presentations from a number of expert domestic and international speakers. Learn more about the conference here.

Spring into 2017 with a Chambers Refresh – Limited Vacancies

Tue Sep 27 2016

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.

WBF general meeting

Tue Sep 27 2016

The Women Barristers Forum will hold its next general meeting tomorrow, 28 September 2016 at 4.45pm in Bar Association Conference Room 3. All members are welcome.

National Advocacy Competition

Mon Sep 26 2016

The New Barristers Committee has announced that Helen Roberts, from Crown Prosecutors Chambers, Penrith, will represent the New South Wales Bar at the 2016 National Advocacy Competition at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 28 October 2016, as part of the Victorian Bar and the Australia Bar Association’s National Conference. The Bar Association congratulates Helen.

For the diary: The Hague Conference on Private International Law

Mon Sep 26 2016

The Hon Shaoquett Moselomane MLC, opposition whip in the Legislative Council, will host a lecture on The Hague Conference on Private International Law at the Theatrette, NSW Parliament House on 30 September 2016. The keynote speaker will be Dr Christophe Bernasconi, with a speakers panel that includes Ian Coleman SC, David Hughes (7, Wentworth Selborne), Sandrine Alexandre-Hughes (Queens Square Chambers). Admission is free, three CPD units for practitioners. Learn more here.

Supreme Court Document Exchange (DX) Service

Mon Sep 26 2016

The Supreme Court of New South Wales will be closing its DX box at the end of 2016. The court will continue to receive mail via the DX service until the end of 2016, but mail from the court via the DX will cease on 1 October 2016. Any self-addressed envelopes received by the court (such as those accompanying probate applications for the return of completed grants of probate) must have sufficient Australia Post postage stamps or, if using a different courier service, be pre-paid.

The Supreme Court's postal address remains unaltered: GPO Box 3, Sydney NSW 2001.

Common Law Practice Update 97

Mon Sep 26 2016

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 97, with case notes on sections 57-60 and 94 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sections 5D, 43A and 45 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); duty of care owed to children; occupiers' liability; employment and more. Download CLPU 97 here.

Time For Justice Breakfast 2016

Mon Sep 26 2016

IJM frees people living in poverty in the developing world from violence, prevents violence and works with local legal systems to prove that justice for the poor is possible.

IJM’s annual "Time for Justice" Breakfast is on 6 October 2016 at the Strangers Dining Room, New South Wales Parliament House. The Time For Justice campaign invites legal professionals to donate the equivalent of their charge out rate of one billable hour to combat cybersex trafficking in Cebu, The Philippines.

Cybersex trafficking is transnational and growing at a startling rate, with the rapid expansion of online communication and financial services creating new challenges for law enforcement and industry regulators. An expert panel at the event will discuss what can be done in response to both the demand for abusive content created by perpetrators in Australia, and the supply of the material in developing countries like the Philippines. The panellists are:

  • Andree Wright, Children’s eSafety Commissioner (Acting)
  • Chief Judge John Pascoe AC CVO, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Commander Lesa Gale, Manager Victim Based Crime, Australian Federal Police
  • Amber Hawkes, Founder, IJM Australia

Tickets can be purchased and further information found online at: www.timeforjustice.org.au

Proposed Escrow Payment Service for barristers

Mon Sep 26 2016

The NSW Bar Association, through Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC and the former treasurer, Justin Hogan-Doran, is working on a project with the National Australia Bank with the aim of providing members with an on-line escrow payment service, if they choose to use it.

On Thursday, 29 September 2016, a general presentation about the proposed Escrow Payment Service will be held for members in the Bar Common Room. Clerks of Chambers are also invited to attend.

Chair: Arthur Moses SC

Presenters: Justin Hogan-Doran (7 Wentworth Selborne), Theo Gavrilos (head of Corporate Services, NAB) and Mr Murray Lord (senior legal counsel, NAB)

Call for papers: 2017 CPD Conferences

Mon Sep 26 2016

The NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Department invite members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the Bar Association's 2017 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2017 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 18 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 25 February
  • Orange – Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March
  • Parramatta – Saturday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 25 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 30 September 2016.