Bar Library hours during the Christmas-New Year season

Tue Dec 13 2016

The Bar Library will be closed from 12.00pm on Friday, 23 December 2016 to Friday, 20 January 2017 and on Thursday, 26 January 2017. Members in chambers during January are advised to borrow books before 23 December (no overdue notices will be issued until the library re-opens). The library will be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm between Monday, 23 January 2017 to Friday, 27 January 2017. Normal opening hours will resume from Monday, 31 January 2017

Amendments to the UCPR

Mon Dec 12 2016

On 5 December 2016, the Uniform Rules Committee approved Amendments No 82 and No 83 to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules. The amendments take into consideration changes made by the Harmonisation Committee that have been approved by the Council of Chief Justices and that are now ready for promulgation in each state. The amendments were published on the NSW Legislation website on 9 December 2016 and commenced on that day.

Papers to note: Elder Abuse

Mon Dec 12 2016

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released Discussion Paper 83: Elder Abuse. The Law Council has issued a media release welcoming many of the 43 proposals contained in the discussion paper. The ALRC strongly encourages online submissions directly through the ALRC website where an online submission form will allow you to respond to individual proposals and questions. The closing date for submissions is 27 February 2017.

Position vacant: Workers Compensation Commission

Mon Dec 12 2016

The Workers Compensation Commission is seeking applications from suitably qualified persons for appointment as a Deputy President. Term opportunity for a period up to seven (7) years; Sydney CBD based; Remuneration package at $308,440 per annum plus $16,990 conveyance allowance.

Deputy Presidents are responsible for the determination of appeals from decisions of Arbitrators in relation to disputes about workers’ compensation entitlements. This is a great opportunity for a senior legal practitioner to join the Commission and apply their knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience in the resolution of workers compensation disputes, including the determination of appeals.

High quality candidates will have superior knowledge and experience of NSW workers’ compensation law and demonstrated integrity and independence. They will have a strong ability to employ sound judgment and a structured approach to decision making, combined with high-level writing skills and comfort operating in an electronic environment. Their interpersonal and influencing skills will be well developed to enable effective interaction with parties, Commission members and staff.

To obtain an Information Kit, or to apply, please go to I Work for NSW and enter the number 00004WZV in the job reference field. If further information is required after reviewing that documentation and our website, please contact Judge Greg Keating, WCC President on (02) 8281 6430 or Rod Parsons, WCC Registrar on (02) 8281 6403.

Applications close: Tuesday 3rd January 2017 AEDST

At WCC we are committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Sydney farewell to French CJ

Mon Dec 12 2016

Chief Justice Robert French AC will preside at the special leave list in Sydney on Friday, 16 December 2016, commencing at 9:30 am. The location will be Level 23, Law Courts Building, Queens Square. It will be the chief justice's last ever sitting date.

Swearing-in ceremony for Tanya Bright

Mon Dec 12 2016

Tanya Bright has been appointed a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9:00am on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Members of the bar should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Time for government to reconsider ‘justice cluster’ arrangements

Mon Dec 12 2016

The president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Noel Hutley SC, and the president of the Law Society of New South Wales, Gary Ulman, have called upon the premier to review agency arrangements and administrative orders to reflect the independence of the attorney general as first law officer and her department.

Under the current "justice cluster" arrangements, the minister for justice and police has been the senior minister, which has either allowed or created the perception of police interests setting the priorities for criminal justice policy in this state.

New Barristers' Committee December breakfast

Mon Dec 12 2016

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the December breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow morning, Tuesday 13 December. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. The Honourable Justice Beech-Jones, Stuart Donaldson SC and Miles Condon SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Danielle Woods.

Appointments to LCA International Law Section

Fri Dec 09 2016

Tim Castle of 6 St James Hall Chambers has been elected as deputy chair of the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and Mary Walker of 9 Wentworth has also been elected to the ILS Executive Committee for 2017. The section chair is Dr Wolfgang Babeck of Dibbs Barker, and the treasurer is Dr Martyn Taylor of Norton Rose Fulbright. Any members of the New South Wales Bar interested in participating in the work of the International Law Section in 2017, should contact Tim or Mary for further details.

Appointment of acting judge at the Land and Environment Court

Fri Dec 09 2016

Justice Pepper will be taking leave of absence from the Land and Environment Court for 12 months from January 2017 to January 2018 to chair an inquiry. Professor Simon Molesworth AO QC has been appointed an acting judge of the court from 23 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. Learn more here.

Applications to vacate or adjourn hearing dates in the District Court

Thu Dec 08 2016

There has been a recent significant increase in applications to vacate or adjourn hearing dates in the District Court. Such applications are being brought either very close to the hearing date in question or on the day that the hearing is due to commence and where the matter was set down for hearing many months previously. A substantial number of these applications are made because of a failure to properly prepare the matter for hearing and often in circumstances where one or more of the parties are in breach of court orders.

As set out in the standard orders made when matters are set down for hearing, adjournments of hearings will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Subject to sections 56 – 60 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005, practitioners are advised that a failure to properly prepare a matter for hearing will not be regarded as constituting an exceptional circumstance. The standard orders are amended as of 6 December 2016 to make this clear.

Indigenous pre-law students visit to the Bar Association - 14 December 2016

Thu Dec 08 2016

As part of the NSW Bar Association’s Reconciliation Action Plan, we host an annual visit from the Indigenous students attending the UNSW pre-law course. This year the visit is on 14 December and starts at 9.00am in the common room. We seek volunteers to attend the morning discussion about life as a barrister and then take several students back to Chambers. A visit to the Supreme Court starts at 12.15 pm and then there is a lunch in the common room.

The objective is to demonstrate to the new law students the role of barristers and to encourage them to see the Bar as a future career option.

We need volunteers. Please come for an enjoyable morning and a rewarding exchange with some aspiring law students.

To volunteer, please send me an email at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chris Ronalds SC
Chair, Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party

LCA Cyber Security Information Campaign

Thu Dec 08 2016

Members are invited to the launch of the Law Council’s Cyber Security Information Campaign Wednesday, 14 December 2016 at 10.45am for 11.00am to 12.00pm. As the threat of cybercrime and cyber espionage grows exponentially across the globe, the Law Council will unveil a new information campaign aimed at strengthening the legal profession’s defence against online threats.

Venue: Clayton Utz Boardroom, Level 14, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney.

Who: The launch will include short speeches from the minister assisting the prime minister for cyber security, The Hon Dan Tehan MP; and Law Council President Stuart Clark AM.

Morning tea will be provided. Please RSVP by 9 December 2016. If you have any special dietary requirements, or further questions, please send an email to or phone Krystal James on 02 6246 3713.

Find a Barrister – CVs can be uploaded to members’ profiles

Thu Dec 08 2016

Many barristers have already added their CVs to their Find a Barrister profiles. Members who have not done so are encouraged to take advantage of the new facility (instructions below).

As previously reported in InBrief, use of find-a-barrister was promoted to in house corporate and government counsel as a means of finding barristers for their particular needs, whether in the context of direct briefing, briefing through external solicitors or as part of implementing the Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy at the Association of Corporate Counsel National Annual Conference in Canberra last week.

Members of the clerks association were in attendance and held one on one demonstrations of the Find a Barrister search facility.

The ability to refine a search by reference to the following criteria appear to be useful to in house counsel:

  • practice area and sub-practice area;
  • seniority;
  • willingness to accept direct briefs from in-house counsel;
  • existence of an attached CV on the barrister’s Find a Barrister profile;
  • gender.

Members who want their profiles to appear in searches limited by the "attached CV" field need to upload a PDF version of their CV to their find-a-barrister profile.

How to add your CV to your FAB profile - It only takes a few minutes

Log in to the members' section of the Bar Association website, click on MEMBER SIGN IN on the top right hand corner of the home page.

At the SIGN IN page, enter your username and password. In most cases, this will be the same as your CPD video streaming login. If you are unaware of either or both details, click on Unknown username or password? and follow the prompts.

If your sign in is successful, it will say WELCOME [NAME] in the top right corner of the home page.

Click on the cog wheel next to your name. This will take you to the Member Dashboard page.

In the General Details section, click on the "upload your CV" button, browse to find your PDF CV on your system and select it.

The CV will then be automatically uploaded to your Find a Barrister profile.

Members can revise and update their CVs using the same approach as required in the future.

Save the date: 15 Bobber for Brender and Soars

Thu Dec 08 2016

The 15 Bobber celebrating the appointments of Rodney Brender & Julie Soars to the Local Court of NSW will be held on Friday, 17 March 2017 in the NSW Bar Association Common Room at 5.30pm. Also on the evening, the life membership certificates for Michael Fordham SC, Philip Selth OAM and Penny Johnson will be presented. RSVP details for the evening will be sent via In Brief in the new year.

Opening of 2017 Law Term religious services

Thu Dec 08 2016

Thursday, 2 February 2017

  • St Mary's Cathedral – 9:00 AM
  • St James' Church – 10:30 AM

Monday, 6 February 2017

  • The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

  • The Great Synagogue – 5:30 PM

Thursday, 9 February 2017

  • Islamic Mosque Service – 6:00 PM

Chief Justice French's final sitting

Thu Dec 08 2016

Chief Justice French AC will preside at the special leave list in Sydney on Friday, 16 December 2016, commencing at 9.30 am. The location will be Level 23, Law Courts Building, Queens Square.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Thu Dec 08 2016

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

Further speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail

Consultation on ALRC terms of reference welcome: ABA

Wed Dec 07 2016

The Australian Bar Association has welcomed the Australian Government’s consultation on the draft terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rates of Indigenous Australians and encourages Commonwealth and state governments to introduce immediately legislative and regulatory reforms. Learn more here.

Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day - 23 January 2017

Wed Dec 07 2016

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to the Manly Golf Club on Monday, 23 January 2017. Shotgun start at 12.30pm followed by dinner (at around 6.00 pm). The cost for the day is $170.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for golf only. Manly members pay $80.00). Download an Acceptance Form, complete and return it (together with payment) as soon as possible. Further details contact Dennis Flaherty on ph: (02) 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623) or John Newnham solicitor on 9264 7788.

33rd Great Bar Boat Race - 2016 Invitational Challenge

Wed Dec 07 2016

The 33rd Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 19 December at 11.00am. Solicitors are invited to compete in a friendly competition with the Bench & Bar. This is a non-spinnaker race for monohull keelboats greater than 6.5m. The organising authority is the RAN Sailing Association ("RANSA"). For more information about the race, including the strict insurance prerequisites, or to enter, download a flyer here.

BarBooks Drop In event at Level 1 Selborne Chambers Thursday 8 December

Wed Dec 07 2016

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