The women lawyers practical toolkit for 2017

Wed Nov 30 2016

The Women Legal 2017 forum will be held on 7-8 February 2017 at Rydges World Square. Speakers include: Tuanh Nguyen, president of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association; Kingsley Liu, president of the AALA NSW Branch; and Ann-Maree David, president of Australian Women Lawyers. Gender and intersectional diversity will be among topics being addressed. Both men and women are welcome to attend. Members of the NSW Bar Association will receive a discount of $200 for each day of the roundtable conference.

For the diary: Singapore seminars on international arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region

Wed Nov 30 2016

On 7 December 2016, 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers, in conjunction with the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Stephenson Harwood and Latham & Watkins, will be holding a conference at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore on "Managing International Arbitration with a South East Asian Dimension." The program, with details on how to register for the event, is available here. On 8 December 2016, members of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers will also be speaking at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore on "International Arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region: Australia’s Contribution to Regional Jurisprudence". Details of this seminar including how to register, can be found here.

Room for sale in Frederick Jordan Chambers

Wed Nov 30 2016

External room for sale on 5th floor, Frederick Jordan Chambers, 53 Martin Place. Comfortable light and airy, 14 square metres with built in shelving. Freshly painted. Sale includes desk and return, bookshelf and three chairs. Friendly collegiate chambers. Offered at $70K (negotiable). Contact Clerk of Chambers on 9229 7333.

The Hon Justice Susan Kiefel AC to be the next Chief Justice of the High Court

Tue Nov 29 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney General George Brandis QC have announced the appointment of the Hon Justice Susan Kiefel AC as the next Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. Her Honour will be the first female Chief Justice of the High Court.

In 1987 Justice Kiefel became the first woman to be appointed QC in the State of Queensland. She served as president of the Queensland Bar Association and was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland (1993) and the Federal Court (1994) before she was made a justice of the High Court of Australia in 2007.

Justice Kiefel steps into the position upon the retirement of the Hon Robert French AC, who has led the nation’s highest court since September 2008.

Also announced today was the appointment to the High Court of the Hon Justice James Edelman, who has had a distinguished career at the bar, in academia and on the bench of the Supreme Court of WA and of the Federal Court.

Law Council Executive for 2017

Tue Nov 29 2016

The following have been elected to the Executive of the Law Council of Australia for 2017: President: Fiona McLeod SC; President-elect: Morry Bailes; Treasurer: Arthur Moses SC; Pauline Wright; Konrad de Kerloy; and Geoff Bowyer. Learn more here.

Swearing-in ceremony for Justice Michael Walton

Tue Nov 29 2016

The Hon Michael Walton has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. A swearing-in ceremony will be held on Thursday, 8 December 2016 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 Nov 29 2016

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 to register or read more.

Anti-death penalty advocate awarded LCA President's Medal

Mon Nov 28 2016

The Law Council of Australia has announced Julian McMahon as the recipient of the 2016 Law Council of Australia President’s Medal. Mr McMahon was recognised for his work over 13 years representing Australians facing the death penalty overseas, such as Van Nguyen in Singapore, George Forbes in Sudan and Chan and Sukumaran in Indonesia. Learn more here.

Silks of 2016 donate generously

Mon Nov 28 2016

It's a long-standing tradition that each year the new silks make a donation to one or more charities. The 2016 silks have donated $37,000 to the Katrina Dawson Foundation and $37,000 to the UTS Diversity Access Scholarship Program.

Amendment to the Supreme Court Rules

Mon Nov 28 2016

The Industrial Relations Amendment (Industrial Court) Act 2016 will amend the Industrial Relations Act 1996 to abolish the Industrial Court and transfer its functions to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Rules Committee has approved Amendment No 430, setting out the procedure to be followed for applications concerning the contravention of dispute orders and the recovery of civil penalties under the Industrial Relations Act 1996. The amendment was published on the NSW Legislation website last week and will commence on 8 December 2016.

AACL lectures in December and the new year

Mon Nov 28 2016

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law will host lectures on Monday, 12 December 2016 and Thursday, 16 February 2017.

Comparative Courts Roundup: Special Discussion on Future Directions for the US Supreme Court after Clinton v Trump

The lecture will be delivered by Associate Professor David Fontana (George Washington University), Professor Philip Weiser (University of Colorado) and Professor Rosalind Dixon (UNSW) on Monday, 12 December 2016 at 5.30pm – 7.00pm in Courtroom 18B, Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square.

In conjunction with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW and the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

2017 George Winterton Memorial Lecture: Sir Owen Dixon Today

The lecture will be delivered by the Honourable Professor William Gummow AC QC on Thursday, 16 February 2017 at 6.15pm for 6.30pm – 7.45pm in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of NSW, Queens Square.

More than half a century since his retirement and nearly 90 years since he joined the High Court, Sir Owen Dixon remains at the forefront of the judicial pantheon. Yet in the period following his death in 1972 some law teachers and even judges tended, to his detriment, to associate with Dixon the epithet "legalism"; this was seen to cloak undisclosed "policy choices" and, at best, as a crippling formalism. But even a cursory reading of decisions over the last 20 years reveals continued recourse to his judgments. This paper seeks to indicate how Dixon's reputation was acquired and the characteristics of his thought and work which today sustain much of that reputation.

Please register for the 2017 George Winterton Memorial Lecture.

AACL members are reminded to renew their membership.

2016 Human Rights Awards ceremony

Mon Nov 28 2016

The 2016 Australian Human Rights Awards ceremony will be hosted by Magda Szubanski on 9 December from 12 noon to 3.00pm at the Westin Hotel Sydney. AHRC President Professor Gillian Triggs will give a short address to open the awards ceremony, followed by Dame Quentin Bryce, former governor-general and sex discrimination commissioner, who will deliver the keynote address paying special tribute to 30 years of human rights in Australia. Tickets are on sale now and include 2-course lunch and beverages. Purchase them here|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/articles/7be4753ee4e26b4fd93440f819254235&utmv=-&utmk=262099469 "").

Geoffrey Charles Herkes

Mon Nov 28 2016

Geoffrey Charles Herkes, former barrister and retired judge of the Workers Compensation Court, died at his home on Tuesday, 17 October 2006. A funeral service was held at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Friday, 20 October 2006.


NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Mon Nov 28 2016

Registrations are now 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

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

Fri Nov 25 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.

ABA High Court silk bows and dinner 2017

Fri Nov 25 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.

Office bearers of the NT Bar Association

Fri Nov 25 2016

Following the Annual General Meeting of the NT Bar Association on 22 November 2016, the individuals elected to the executive are: President Wade Roper; Vice-President Andrew George; Secretary Mark Thomas; and Treasurer Tarryn Brown.

NSW Lawyers Orchestra to hold final concert of 2016

Fri Nov 25 2016

Members are welcome to join the NSW Lawyers Orchestra for their concert of cinematic masterpieces on Sunday, 27 November 2016 at 2.30pm in John Painter Hall, 1-15 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills (opposite Central Station). Children and families are welcome. Read the program here and order your tickets here.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Nov 24 2016

Registrations are now 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

For the diary: seminar on international law and the South China Sea

Thu Nov 24 2016

On Tuesday, 29 November Gilbert + Tobin and the International Law Association will host 6 St James' International's Dr Christopher Ward SC and Professor Tim Stephens at an evening seminar to discuss the consequences of recent developments in international law regarding the South China Sea (including the recent arbitral award from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, and its implications for Australia) in the context of a rapidly changing geo-political environment in our region. The seminar will begin at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start in the offices of Gilbert + Tobin, L35, Tower Two, International Towers Sydney, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo. Attendance is free but RSVP for catering purposes. To register or to learn more, click here.

NSW Bar presents on direct briefing at Association of Corporate Counsel National Conference

Thu Nov 24 2016

The Association of Corporate Counsel National Conference is being held in Canberra this week.

As part of yesterday’s program, a direct briefing masterclass session was presented on behalf of the NSW Bar by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC and Caspar Conde from the Bar Association’s Practice Development Committee, along with Terri Esparza, Head of Litigation, TAL Life Limited. Michelle Painter SC from the Practice Development Committee presented the ACC Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award on behalf of the NSW Bar Association at the ACC Australia In-house Lawyer Awards Dinner last night.

Today, Kate Eastman SC spoke for the New South Wales and Australian bar associations about the Law Council's Gender Equitable Briefing Policy and in-house counsel. She shared the panel with Michael Kirby, Michael Rowe (Head of Legal MetLife) and Helen Watchirs (ACT Human Rights).

The direct briefing panel panel session focussed upon how in-house counsel can brief the Bar direct on a range of matters involving dispute resolution and beyond, including informing and setting corporate strategies, policies and responses. In conjunction with the session, members of the NSW Barristers Clerks Association attended the conference to provide practical advice to in-house counsel delegates on how to find the right barrister for their particular needs. These initiatives emphasised the utility of the Association’s Find a Barrister facility, which now allows searches to be made by reference to whether a barrister accepts briefs direct from in house counsel and barristers who have a CV available on their profile. Members who have not done so already are encouraged to update their Find a Barrister profiles to incorporate this information.

Bar Council business for September-October 2016

Wed Nov 23 2016

Bar Council met on 1 and 8 September and 6 October 2016 in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted here. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director. View the minutes for 1 September; 8 September; & 6 October.

South Australian silks

Wed Nov 23 2016

The South Australian Bar Association has announced the appointment of six new senior counsel: Graham Edmonds-Wilson SC; Scott Henchliffe SC; Simon Ower SC; the Hon John Rau SC; Emily Telfer SC; and Michael Wait SC.

LCA backs measures to fight "revenge pornography"

Wed Nov 23 2016

The Law Council has backed the federal government's planned public consultation on civil penalties for perpetrators and sites that host "revenge pornography", as well as an expanded role for the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner.

"Our laws need to keep pace with shifting technology and culture and currently they do not adequately capture the social and psychological harm that results from the use of sexual imagery to cause harm and distress", said Law Council of Australia President Stuart Clark AM.

View the Law Council's media release here.