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For the diary: the 2016 Francis Gurry Public Lecture on Intellectual Property

Thu Nov 10 2016

The 2016 Francis Gurry Public Lecture on Intellectual Property will be held on 22 November 2016 at 6.15pm to 7.45pm in the Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney. The topic will be "What does a good IP system look like? Good for whom?" Intellectual property is of increasing commercial significance and governments are asking how to ensure that the IP system is fit for purpose and meeting its objectives. Pippa Hall will use economic theory and evidence, and the UK's experiences of reforming its IP regimes, to discuss what a good IP system looks like (and for whom it is good). Register here.

Tonight in CPD

Thu Nov 10 2016

Encroachments on freedoms: The ALRC Freedoms Inquiry

Tonight, Thursday 10 November, "Encroachments on freedoms: The ALRC Freedoms Inquiry" will be presented by Professor Rosalind Croucher AM and chaired by Trent Glover. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD in November

Wed Nov 09 2016

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room this month at 5.15pm:

Wednesday, 2 November: “Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) Awareness Training Seminar” Presented by Ishwar Singh, Workplace Education & Relationship Manager, Pride in Diversity. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Tuesday, 8 and 15 November: “Voice and Performance Skills Workshop” Nervous about your Performance in Court? Voice & Performance Skills Workshops with Lucy Cornell and Christina Koch will be held on 8 and 15 November at 5.00pm in the Bar Association Common Room. The workshops are open to any practising barrister. The cost is $600 + GST per person. Numbers are limited (max 12). Book at www.voicecoach.net/store or on 02 9299 7978

Wednesday, 9 November: “Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma”. Presented by Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker with over 36 years’ experience. Chaired by Peter McGrath SC, Health and Wellbeing Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, 10 November: “‘Encroachments on freedoms: The ALRC Freedoms Inquiry”. Presented by Professor Rosalind Croucher AM and chaired by Trent Glover. For full details please download a flyer here

Learned Friends Hong Kong Conference

Wed Nov 09 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.

Invitation to upcoming AMTAC seminar in Sydney

Wed Nov 09 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.

Tonight: the History of Contract Law

Wed Nov 09 2016

The Forbes Society would like to remind members that Chief Justice Bathurst will deliver a legal history tutorial titled, "The History of Contract Law" this afternoon in Banco Court, commencing at 5:15pm. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Challenges for evidence in the 21st Century

Wed Nov 09 2016

In March 2017 the Australian National University and the National Judicial College of Australia (NJCA) will jointly host a conference on "Brave New Worlds: Challenges for Evidence in the 21st Century". The conference will include sessions on emerging technologies and issues in identity evidence among other topics. Learn more here.

Vale John James Webster (1935-2016)

Wed Nov 09 2016

John Webster, former barrister, died this morning. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Tonight in CPD

Wed Nov 09 2016

Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma

Tonight, Wednesday 9 November, Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker with over 36 years’ experience, will present a seminar on “Vicarious Trauma”. The seminar will deal with the manner in which we, as barristers, are exposed to trauma (crime, accidents, physical injuries, family crises and personal loss) through the cases that we do and how we can manage the ramifications of it. Mental wellbeing and resilience in this area is a priority that we need to address. Chaired by Peter McGrath SC, Health and Wellbeing Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

The seminar will be held at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room

US election coverage in the Common Room

Wed Nov 09 2016

Continuous coverage of counting in the US elections will be available via the big screen projector in the Bar Common Room today, beginning around 12.00 noon and finishing at 5.00pm. All members are welcome to come and savour the excitement of this important presidential race.

Find a Barrister – Build Your Online Presence and Professional Profile with a CV Refresh

Tue Nov 08 2016

The Bar Association has introduced an option for members to upload their Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) on the Find a Barrister (FAB) search facility. The Association has announced that this new search field will allow users to identify barristers who have a curriculum vitae available on their profiles. For those interested in uploading a new and compelling professionally drafted CV, please contact Nicole O’Hare on 9220 1737 or e-mail at nicoleohare@lawconnexion.com.au

Solicitors often refer to information contained in a CV when seeking to brief an appropriate barrister. A professionally drafted and designed CV is imperative for any barrister wanting to articulate their credentials in the most favourable manner and project a strong brand to solicitors in law firms and in-house legal departments.

Our fee for re-building and optimising your CV is $250.00 + GST.

In its InBrief notification, the Bar Association has indicated that it will commence promoting the availability of this search facility in the very near future and has advised members interested to upload their CV to do so as soon as possible. The Association has indicated that the FAB facility will be demonstrated at the ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel) National Conference in Canberra from 16 – 18 November.

For more information about who we are and what we do, please visit: www.lawconnexion.com.au

Practice Management Eat, Drink, Demo Event at Greenway Chambers

Tue Nov 08 2016

Our 4th Eat, Drink and Demo event will be hosted at Greenway Chambers on 10 November. We'll be showcasing our new feature, live bank feeds. Find out how BarBooks can reduce your admin and data entry, making practice management, bookkeeping and BAS time stress free. Get an opportunity to see a demo of the software, speak directly to the development and support teams, and find out why so many barristers are moving over to BarBooks.

Date: Thursday, 10 November 5.15pm onwards Location: Greenway Chambers, Level 10, 99 Elizabeth St

Nibbles, Wine and Soft Drinks provided

RSVP here.

Inquiry into RDA and Human Rights Commission

Tue Nov 08 2016

Attorney General George Brandis QC has announced that the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights will inquire into the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (including ss 18C and 18D) and the complaints-handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission. The reference has been made under s 7(c) of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 (Cth). View the attorney general's media release here.

50th Golden Jubilee Tennis Tournament - Tennis Day 2016

Tue Nov 08 2016

The Bench and Bar Tennis competition will be held on grass at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay on Tuesday, 20 December 2016. The Hon Susan Crennan Cup will be awarded to the best and fairest female member in the tournament, while the Hon Bryan Beaumont Cup and the Barbour Cup will also be up for grabs. Download a flyer and registration form here.

New Barristers' Committee November breakfast

Tue Nov 08 2016

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the November breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop next Tuesday, 15 November 2016. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Kylie Nomchong SC and Kate Eastman SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Glenn Fredericks

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Nov 07 2016

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room this week at 5.15pm:

Tuesday, 8 November: “Voice and Performance Skills Workshop” Nervous about your Performance in Court? Voice & Performance Skills Workshops with Lucy Cornell and Christina Koch will be held on 8 and 15 November at 5.00pm in the Bar Association Common Room. The workshops are open to any practising barrister. The cost is $600 + GST per person. Numbers are limited (max 12). Book at www.voicecoach.net/store or on 02 9299 7978

Wednesday, 9 November: “Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma”. Presented by Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker with over 36 years’ experience. Chaired by Peter McGrath SC, Health and Wellbeing Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, 10 November: “Encroachments on freedoms: The ALRC Freedoms Inquiry”. Presented by Professor Rosalind Croucher AM and chaired by Trent Glover. For full details please download a flyer here

Support for male family violence victims

Mon Nov 07 2016

The NSW Government has set up a pilot project, The Men's Referral Service, which will provide male victims of family violence with specialist support. In 2015-16, NSW Police identified 3,700 such cases. The pilot will be evaluated by the Department of Justice as part of the Safer Pathway program. View the attorney's media release here.

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

Mon Nov 07 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.

Reform and renewal in constitutional interpretation and legal education

Mon Nov 07 2016

Prof 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.

33rd Great Bar Boat Race - 2016 Invitational Challenge

Mon Nov 07 2016

The 33rd Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 19 December 2016 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.

Bench and Bar v Solicitors Chess Tournament

Mon Nov 07 2016

The 24th Annual Bench & Bar v Solicitors Chess Match will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday, 24 November 2016 at Allens’ offices at level 28, Deutsche Bank Building, 126 Phillip St. Anyone interested in playing please contact Ken Pryde on 9373 7456 or kenpryde@siranthonymason.com.au. It’s a fun evening, with refreshments after the match, played over about 20 boards and catering from casual to highly ranked players – new faces (and spectators) welcome!

Supreme Court commemoration - On the Eve of Remembrance Day 2016

Mon Nov 07 2016

An event to commemorate the sacrifice and service of the New South Wales legal profession in the First World War will be held at Banco Court on 10 November at 5.00pm. The event, which will be introduced by the chief justice the Hon Tom Bathurst AC, will recount the stories of New South Wales barristers who were involved in the Great War. For more information, see the flyer