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NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Mon Nov 21 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 (Ballina)
  • 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

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

Mon Nov 21 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.

Reform and renewal in constitutional interpretation and legal education

Mon Nov 21 2016

Professor Michael Coper has had a distinguished career as a constitutional lawyer and educationalist, from influencing a dramatic change in the law on s 92 of the Constitution, to conceiving the pioneering Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia, to urging law schools, nationally and internationally, to embrace a pervasive ethos of law reform, social justice and public service. The ANU is celebrating Michael’s career with a conference in his honour with over 20 eminent speakers ranging over new and different ways of thinking about and doing law and legal education, from the vagaries of legal doctrine, to the realities of the judicial process, to the insights we can draw from biography and imagery, to the purposes and values that underpin the role of law schools. Further information about the conference and registration can be found here.

AACL lectures in December and the new year

Mon Nov 21 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.

Opportunity to join 13th Floor St James Hall

Mon Nov 21 2016

Expressions of interest are invited to join 13th Floor St James Hall. The available room would suit a senior or a junior barrister and is fully fitted out with shelving and cupboards.

13th Floor St James Hall has 7 silks and 17 juniors with a variety of practice areas including administrative law, commercial, common law, crime, defamation, equity and trusts, intellectual property, native title, real property, and succession.

There is an extensive floor library with most loose leaf services, internet facilities and a large conference room for the use of floor members.

If you would like to arrange a time to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Eugenie Crosby. All enquiries and written expressions of interest should be directed to the Clerk at clerk.13@stjames.net.au.

Expressions of interest will be afforded the strictest confidence.

Applications close Friday, 25 November 2016.

Opportunity to purchase or licence at 10th Floor St James Hall Chambers

Mon Nov 21 2016
Generous sized room available in Phillip Street location

We invite expressions of interest to either purchase or licence a well-appointed room at Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers – a small, well regarded set of Chambers located in an ideal position on Phillip Street.

The room is of generous size with a large window and comes fitted with sleek wooden shelving and a robing cupboard.

Full details and photos of the room are available HERE.

All enquiries and written expressions of interest should be directed to our Clerk, Emily Giles, who can be reached on 02 9224 1501 or via email at clerk.10@stjames.net.au.

All enquiries will be afforded the strictest confidence.

The Spigelman Public Law Oration and Public Law Section Dinner

Mon Nov 21 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 5:15 Banco Court, level 13, Law Courts Building

The third Spigelman Public Law Oration will be delivered at 5.15pm tomorrow by the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC. The topic is "Judicial legitimacy and the limits of review". The oration is open to all (no registration required) and will be followed by the annual dinner of the Public Law Section of the New South Wales Bar at 6.30 pm in Fratelli Parlamento, 229-231 Macquarie Street.

Cost: $145 pp (including GST)

The event includes a three course dinner, canapes and a selection of wine and other beverages. Please make cheques payable to New South Wales Bar Association and send to New South Wales Bar Association (Public Law Section), or use the EFT details below. Payment for those wishing to attend the dinner (the Oration itself is free) is requested by 16 November.

If you have specific dietary requirements, please contact Joanna Davidson.

For payment by EFT

Account name: NSW Bar Assn: BSB: 082080; Acct number: 509106596

Reference: Please include your name and “Law Dinner”

Please retain a copy of this document for your records. The Bar Association is not the organiser of this function – its role is limited to collecting funds on behalf of the organising committee. Neither tax invoices nor receipts will be issued in relation to this function.

For the diary: last sitting day for Bergin CJ in Equity

Fri Nov 18 2016

The final sitting day for the Hon Justice Patricia Bergin, CJ in Equity, is scheduled for 16 December. Her Honour will be in Commercial Directions and President Noel Hutley SC will speak briefly to farewell her at 9.15am. Wigs and robes are not required. InBrief will advise which courtroom as soon as that is known.

January 2017 Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive: Hurry, bookings close today!

Fri Nov 18 2016

The Australian Bar Association's Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive will be held in Sydney on 23-27 January 2017. The course is filling up and there are only a handful of places left. Applications close 18 November 2016. The coaching faculty will include Federal Court and Supreme Court judges, Australian and international counsel from New Zealand, South Africa, England and Malaysia as well as professional performance coaches with expertise in voice, movement and impact. Download a flyer and a registration brochure.

Bar Book Club Dinner and next meeting - RSVP by today

Fri Nov 18 2016

The Bar Book Club will be having an end of year dinner at La Rosa on Tuesday, 6 December 2016. If you haven’t yet responded to the invitation, please email Lisa Allen by Friday, 18 November 2016. Feel free to attend if you are interested in the Book Club but didn’t have time to get to any other meetings this year. The book for the first meeting of the new year is The Dinner by Herman Koch. A review can be found here. The date for the meeting will be advised next year.

William Lee: The first Chinese-Australian barrister in NSW

Fri Nov 18 2016

On Saturday, 19 November 2016 Malcolm Oakes SC will give a presentation to the Chinese-Australian Historical Society on William Lee - the first Australian of Chinese descent admitted as a NSW barrister in 1938. Lee's cases included a 1949 High Court challenge to the constitutional validity of the deportation of Chinese refugees in 1949. He was the barrister of choice in the Sydney Chinese community.

  • Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Cost: $15/$10 Members incl refreshments
  • Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
  • Enquiries: 0435 134 722 or via email: contact.cahs@gmail.com

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Fri Nov 18 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 cpd@nswbar.asn.au

RACS launches judicial review referral service for fast track applicants

Thu Nov 17 2016

Professor Gillian Triggs was guest speaker when the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) last night officially launched its judicial review referral service for "fast track applicants". The service, called Justice for Refugees or "J4R@RACS" has a steering committee, of which the New South Wales Bar Association is a member.

The project aims to provide a judicial review referral service for "fast track applicants" (as defined in the Migration Act 1958) in New South Wales. It is for those seeking asylum who: arrived by boat between 13 August 2012 and 1 January 2014; have not been on Manus Island or Nauru for processing at any stage; and who have essentially been invited to apply for a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV).

The service relies in part on support from a network of members of the New South Wales Bar who are administrative or immigration law specialists, or those looking to develop a practice in these areas, to provide advice on the prospects of success of an application for judicial review, and if positive, to provide representation in the Federal Circuit Court.

Bar Book Club Dinner and next meeting

Thu Nov 17 2016

The Bar Book Club will be having an end of year dinner at La Rosa on Tuesday, 6 December 2016. If you haven’t yet responded to the invitation, please email Lisa Allen by Friday, 18 November 2016. Feel free to attend if you are interested in the Book Club but didn’t have time to get to any other meetings this year. The book for the first meeting of the new year is The Dinner by Herman Koch. A review can be found here. The date for the meeting will be advised next year.

A room for sale in State Chambers

Thu Nov 17 2016

A room in State Chambers, which will be available at the end of November 2016, is 28 square metres. This natural light filled room is located on the north-east corner of the top floor of 52 Martin Place and features floor to ceiling windows and extensive high quality shelving, cupboards and drawers. The sale price of the room is $20K on a walk in/walk out basis. Included in the sale is: all joinery; furniture; library; and stereo system.

The Floor has 5 senior counsel and 16 junior barristers with practices across a variety of jurisdictions. It is particularly strong in commercial, taxation, common law, constitutional/administrative and employment/industrial.

All enquiries will be treated with the strictest of confidence and should be directed to our Clerk, Fiona Hayden at clerk@statechambers.net

LCA calls for urgent action on Indigenous imprisonment

Thu Nov 17 2016

The Law Council of Australia has called for urgent action on Indigenous incarceration, following the release of Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Key Indicators 2016 - the latest in a series of biennial reports by the Productivity Commission. While the report found improvement in many areas of health, economic participation and aspects of education, the same could not be said with respect to imprisonment and hospitalisation for self-harm. Learn more about the PC report here.

Save the date : 2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Nov 17 2016

The 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March. The conference offers 5 CPD points.

Speaker details and online registration 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

Local Court Practice – protocols when running late

Wed Nov 16 2016

The chief magistrate of the Local Court wishes to remind legal practitioners of the need for professional courtesy, as well as due concern for the client's circumstances, in the event that they are running late for a hearing. If a practitioner seeks indulgence to hold the matter in the list until they arrive, then they must make every reasonable effort to ensure the presiding magistrate is made aware of the delay. Furthermore, the chief magistrate notes that if a client is on bail, practitioners do not have the authority to alter the time of their client's attendance to suit their late arrival. Such a move could result in the issue of a warrant for failing to adhere to bail conditions.

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

Wed Nov 16 2016

In response to feedback received from users of the Find a Barrister (FAB) facility, the Bar Association has introduced a new search field which allows users to identify barristers who have a curriculum vitae available on their profiles. Users will be able to search FAB by this criteria alone or in conjunction with other criteria. Members who wish to add their curriculum vitae to their individual profiles will need to upload a PDF version of their CV (see how to details below).

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.

The Bar Association will commence promoting the availability of this search facility in the very near future.

In particular, the FAB facility will be demonstrated at the ACC National Conference in Canberra, 16 to 18 November 2016.

Members who wish to do so are encouraged to upload their CVs as soon as possible.

Learned Friends Hong Kong Conference

Wed Nov 16 2016

Promoted by Learned Friends

In April 2017 (8 – 14 April) Learned Friends is holding a conference in Hong Kong. This dynamic and vibrant city is a fusion of many cultures with remnants of a colonial past. Speakers include Michelle Painter SC, Peter Cummings SC, Michael Hartman GBS (Hong Kong), Caroline Counsel (Counsel Family Lawyers) and David Jones (Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers). For more information visit the website or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Large Room for Sale - Second Floor Wentworth Chambers

Wed Nov 16 2016

A large room (1 and 1/3 or 4000 shares in CCL) on the eastern side of Second Floor Wentworth Chambers is available for purchase. It would most suit a silk, aspiring silk or senior junior, with or without a PA, or else may be capable of subdivision into 2 smaller rooms.

The room has extensive “Rosewood” colour shelving and cupboards, and a Mitsubishi air-conditioner. There is also a large leather-topped desk with matching leather office chair, lounge and lounge chairs.

Current CCL Maintenance Contributions are $1,552.86 pm (incl GST) and SFWC Floor fees are $2,093.85 pm (incl GST).

The floor is fully networked to CCL, uses its VOIP telephone system, has a WiFi connection, and has its own website and electronic diary management by the Clerk. The floor has recently had a refurbishment of its common areas. There is also easy access from the floor to the Bar Library. The floor currently comprises 2 silks and 16 juniors, including 2 readers. Members practise in most jurisdictions and areas of practice. Floor members work together harmoniously.

The room may be inspected by prior arrangement with the clerk on 9232 4466 or clerk2@wentworthchambers.com.au. Price is available upon application and all enquiries will be dealt in the strictest confidence.

Opportunity to purchase or licence at 10th Floor St James Hall Chambers

Wed Nov 16 2016
Generous sized room available in Phillip Street location

We invite expressions of interest to either purchase or licence a well-appointed room at Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers – a small, well regarded set of Chambers located in an ideal position on Phillip Street.

The room is of generous size with a large window and comes fitted with sleek wooden shelving and a robing cupboard.

Full details and photos of the room are available HERE.

All enquiries and written expressions of interest should be directed to our Clerk, Emily Giles, who can be reached on 02 9224 1501 or via email at clerk.10@stjames.net.au.

All enquiries will be afforded the strictest confidence.

Invitation to upcoming AMTAC seminar in Sydney

Tue Nov 15 2016

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Australian Maritime and Transport Arbitration Commission (AMTAC), Peter McQueen, AMTAC Chair, invites members to attend an AMTAC seminar on Monday, 21 November 2016 exploring current topical issues confronting the maritime and transport industry.

Venue: New Chambers, Level 34, 126 Phillip St, Sydney Time: 5:30pm

Speakers & panellists:

  • Angus Stewart SC, Barrister and Arbitrator, New Chambers
  • Julie Soars, Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator, 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
  • Justin Hogan-Doran, Barrister and Arbitrator, 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
  • Chris Sacré, Special Counsel, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
  • Stuart Hetherington, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers and President, Comité Maritime International (CMI)
  • Catherine Gleeson, Barrister, New Chambers
  • Gregory Nell SC, Barrister, New Chambers

Registration for the event is complimentary and may be completed through the ACICA website. Further details and direct links to event registration, can be found here.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Tue Nov 15 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 cpd@nswbar.asn.au