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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Wed Dec 07 2016
St James' Church, King Street - Sunday, 18 December 2016 at 7.30pm

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, in the tradition of King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University, will be held at St James’ Church, King Street, Sydney on Sunday, 18 December 2016, commencing at 7:30 pm.

The Guests of Honour will be His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lady Cosgrove. The service will be led by the Rector of St James, The Reverend Andrew Sempell and music will be provided by the highly acclaimed Choir of St James’ under the direction of Warren Trevelyan-Jones.

The structure of the service was developed at Kings College in 1918, but is based on an earlier medieval Christmas celebration. Through the use of music, readings, movement and light the story of Christmas is retold.

This service provides an opportunity to welcome to St James’ our friends and neighbours in the City of Sydney and is designed to be a community celebration.

Ludlows Sydney end of year Wig & Robe Cleaning offer

Wed Dec 07 2016

Bring in your Robes and Wig for cleaning and general maintenance over the Christmas break. This is a great time to rejuvenate your Regalia, with Ludlows’ prompt and unrivalled service. We conduct minor and major repairs on Wigs as well as, Robe repairs and alterations. Our efficiency will ensure that you have your Regalia on the required that. Store hours Monday to Friday 09:00am – 05:30pm, 153 Phillip Street, Sydney 2000 (02) 9222 9794. www.ludlows.com.au/

Stop press: no upward trend in crime

Tue Dec 06 2016

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released the September Quarterly Update of the Recorded Crime Statistics. In the 24 months to September 2016, only one of the 17 major offences (steal from retail store,up 6.4%) showed a significant upward trend across NSW, eight were trending downward and the remaining eight offences were stable.

Reminder: swearing-in ceremony for Justice Michael Walton

Tue Dec 06 2016

The Hon Michael Walton has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court. A swearing-in ceremony will be held on Thursday, 8 December at 9.00am in the Banco Court. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Registration still open for CPE’s January 2017 Conferences!

Tue Dec 06 2016
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Our St Moritz and Cortina d’Ampezzo ski conferences are fantastic networking opportunities for delegates. Visit www.cpeconferences.com to register or read more.

Tender opportunity for facilitators - Defence Abuse Response Taskforce

Tue Dec 06 2016

From 1 December 2016, the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s (OCO) jurisdiction has been expanded to include an independent process to resolve reports of serious abuse in Defence. One of the available actions the OCO can take to respond to individual reports of abuse is to facilitate restorative engagement conferences, similar to those run by the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce.

On Monday, 28 November 2016, the OCO released an Approach to Market (ATM) on AusTender, seeking suitably qualified and experienced facilitators to conduct Restorative Engagement Conferences as a Panel Arrangement.

The Tender closes at 4:00pm Canberra time on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.

Practitioners with experience in mediation, family dispute resolution, restorative practice, conciliation, group facilitation or similar processes may be interested in this tender. The Tender can be viewed following the ATM identification number ATM 2016/55 and link here.

Any queries related to the published ATM should be forwarded to:procurement@ombudsman.gov.au

ALRC inquiry into Indigenous incarceration

Tue Dec 06 2016

The Australian Government has released a consultation draft of terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians. Submissions on the terms of reference should be made by 13 January 2017. More information, including the consultation draft of terms of reference, is available here.

Four new QCs in Queensland

Mon Dec 05 2016

Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has announced the appointment of four new QCs. Vicki Loury, Bernard Porter, Matthew Brady and Christopher Murdoch were appointed by the governor on the recommendation of Chief Justice Holmes.

33rd Great Bar Boat Race - 2016 Invitational Challenge

Mon Dec 05 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.

New childcare agreement with Guardian Early Learning Group

Mon Dec 05 2016
Member Services and Benefits

The New South Wales Bar Association has entered into a new management agreement with Guardian Early Learning Group (Guardian). The new agreement provides association members with guaranteed access to 15 full time equivalent places across two early learning centres – 9 Castlereagh Street and 1 Bligh Street – for the next three years.

At this stage it is anticipated that the Martin Place Early Learning Centre will be closing at the end of August 2017, due to the NSW Government’s resumption of the site. The association understands that Guardian has taken steps to inform Bar Association families of the details of this arrangement. Guardian’s enrolments team will contact both waitlisted and currently enrolled families in the new year to discuss their future plans.

If you wish to access the Bar Association’s childcare scheme please contact Guardian’s enrolments team on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Dec 02 2016

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day - 23 January 2017

Fri Dec 02 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.

Bar Library hours during the Christmas-New Year season

Fri Dec 02 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

Bar Choir Christmas Concert this evening!

Fri Dec 02 2016

The Bar Choir will hold a Christmas Concert at St James Church at 5.15pm this evening to raise funds for the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation. The concert will last for roughly one hour. Donations from attendees will be gratefully received.

2017 Opening of Law Term Church Service at St James' Church

Fri Dec 02 2016

The Most Reverend Dr Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, and the Reverend Andrew Sempell, Rector of St James, invite members of the New South Wales Bar and the judiciary to attend the 2017 Law Term Church Service at St James’ Anglican Church, 173 King Street on Thursday, 2 February 2017 commencing at 10.30am.

Registration still open for CPE’s January 2017 Conferences!

Thu Dec 01 2016
An advertisement from CPE Conferences

CPE Conferences’ success as a quality CPD provider is not based on a formula but an exciting kaleidoscope of internationally crafted academic and social programs perfected over the last 23 years by a team of professionals, for professionals.

Our speakers share their insights with you in an informal setting conducive to fostering an increase in knowledge and networking prospects, as well as the enrichment of your CPD experience. Our bespoke programs provide a dynamic, relevant and rewarding experience that broadens the mind through a cross-pollination of ideas, across a diverse range of cultures and professions.

Our St Moritz and Cortina d’Ampezzo ski conferences are fantastic networking opportunities for delegates. Visit www.cpeconferences.com to register or read more.

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

Thu Dec 01 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 ronalds@fjc.net.au.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chris Ronalds SC
Chair, Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Thu Dec 01 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 cpd@nswbar.asn.au

New Barristers' Committee December breakfast

Thu Dec 01 2016

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the December breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on 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.

Forbes Society Australian Legal History Tutorial

Wed Nov 30 2016

Tonight, Wednesday, 30 November 2016, Justice Emmett will deliver the second part of his Australian legal history tutorial on Roman Law.

The tutorial will commence at 5.15pm in Banco Court.

Everybody is welcome.

Supreme Court DX reinstated

Wed Nov 30 2016

The Supreme Court’s DX membership (DX 829 Sydney) has been reinstated for incoming and outgoing mail. The court would like to acknowledge Toll’s willingness to work with the court and its recognition of the needs of the legal profession, especially those in rural and regional NSW.

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

Wed Nov 30 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.