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Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Nov 04 2016

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room next 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

Tonight! NSW Bar Association Annual General Meeting

Thu Nov 03 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the New South Wales Bar Association will be held in the Common Room this evening at 5.00pm. Copies of the minutes of last year's AGM are available at reception and will also be available at the meeting. The formal notice of the AGM was mailed to all members on Friday, 16 September 2016.

Alastair McConnachie
Deputy Executive Director & Returning Officer

Book launch of Accommodating Muslims under Common Law

Thu Nov 03 2016

Members are invited to join authors, Dr Salim Farrar (The University of Sydney) and Dr Ghena Krayem (The University of Sydney), as the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO officially launches Accommodating Muslims under Common Law: A Comparative Analysis on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 at 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Level 4, New Law School Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, The University of Sydney. RSVP via email: law.events@sydney.edu.au by Friday, 18 November.

25 Years of Native Title Anthropology

Thu Nov 03 2016

The Federal Court of Australia, the National Native Title Tribunal and the Centre for Native Title Anthropology invite members to a seminar on "25 Years of Native Title Anthropology: A tribute to the contribution of anthropologists to the development of Australian native title law", to be held on Friday, 10 February 2017 in Court 1, Level 7, Commonwealth Law Courts, 1 Victoria Ave, Perth. Attendance is free of charge, but numbers are limited to 100. For more information about the program and how to reserve your place, download a brochure here.

NSW Government Gazettes on Trove

Thu Nov 03 2016

The State Library of NSW, in partnership with the National Library of Australia, has digitised over one million pages of NSW Government Gazettes. The entire collection of gazettes is now available free of charge on Trove, the National Library's appropriately-named website. View 150 years of the NSW Government Gazettes here.

WA Bar Association office bearers

Wed Nov 02 2016

Following the Western Australian Bar Association elections and Annual General Meeting held on 25 October 2016, the following members were elected to Bar Council for 2016-17:

President: Matthew Howard SC

Vice President: Stephen Davies SC

Ordinary members

  • Martin Cuerden SC
  • Geoffrey Hancy
  • Elspeth Hensler
  • Rebecca Lee
  • Rachel Oakeley
  • Sarah Russell

Members of less than 3 years' standing

  • Asanka Gunasekera
  • Clinton Russell

Non WA Bar Chambers Ltd members

  • Craig Mclntosh
  • Fraser Robertson

NSWLRC review of the Guardianship Act 1987

Wed Nov 02 2016

The New South Wales Law Reform Commission is undertaking a review of guardianship laws. On 22 August 2016 the commission released Question Paper 1: Preconditions for alternative decision-making arrangements. Now, the second consultation package has been released. It includes: Question Paper 2: Decision-making models and Question Paper 3: The role of guardians and financial managers.

All of these materials can be accessed here. An infographic that explains the submission process is available here.

Submissions close on 31 January 2017 and can be emailed to nsw_lrc@justice.nsw.gov.au or posted to GPO Box 31, Sydney NSW 2001.

Learned Friends Hong Kong Conference

Wed Nov 02 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.

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

Wed Nov 02 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.

2017 Bar Council Election and Annual General Meeting

Wed Nov 02 2016

Voting for the 2017 Bar Council closes at 1.00pm on Thursday, 3 November 2016. If you have not voted, please return your ballot papers as soon as possible. The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Common Room of the New South Wales Bar Association, Lower Ground Floor, Selborne Chambers, 174-180 Phillip Street, Sydney this Thursday, 3 November 2016 at 5.00pm. Copies of the minutes of last year are available at reception and will also be available at the meeting. The formal notice of the AGM was mailed to all members on Friday, 16 September 2016.

Alastair McConnachie
Deputy Executive Director & Returning Officer

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) Awareness Training Seminar

Wed Nov 02 2016
Tonight in CPD

Tonight, Ishwar Singh, workplace education & relationship manager, Pride in Diversity, will present a "Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) Awareness Training Seminar". The event will be chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, chair of the Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

This seminar will be held at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room.

Voicecoach Voice & Performance Skills Workshop

Wed Nov 02 2016

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

2 CPD Points | Barristers' Skills Strand

Funeral arrangements for Jens Herbert Lichtenberger

Tue Nov 01 2016

Jens Lichtenberger passed away on Saturday, 29 October. An open memorial and celebration of his life will be held on Monday, 7 November (following a private internment) from 2.00pm until 5.00pm at the Elkington Park Rotunda, Glassop Street, Balmain. Dress code: celebration (not all black please). For those attending, please be mindful of the parking issues in Balmain and consider using public transport.

Arbitration in China and the Asia-Pacific Region

Tue Nov 01 2016

Members are invited to a breakfast panel discussion with ArbitralWomen on "Arbitration in China and the Asia-Pacific Region" on Thursday, 24 November 2016 from 7.30am – 9.00am (discussion starts at 7.45am) in 7 Wentworth / Selborne Chambers Meeting Room, 1st Floor, 174 Phillip Street. As this is a free event, registrations are essential by 11 November 2016 to soars@7thfloor.com.au. Light breakfast refreshments will be served. Counsel's Chambers Ltd is a sponsor of the event.

Election of 2017 Bar Council - the Ballot

Tue Nov 01 2016

Ballot papers for the election of the 2017 Bar Council have been mailed to all those eligible to vote.

Return of ballot paper

The envelope containing the ballot paper must bear the name of the member casting the vote to be valid. Envelopes that do not bear the name of the member casting the vote cannot be counted. Please note that failure to return your ballot paper in an envelope on which your name is legibly printed will invalidate your vote.

How many candidates may you vote for?

A change in the Association’s Constitution means there is no longer a requirement to vote for a minimum number of senior counsel. Members may vote for up to 21 candidates in any category.
The ‘How to Vote’ instruction booklet that was issued with each ballot paper contains detailed information about how a valid vote is cast. Members should take care to complete the ballot paper in accordance with the instructions provided. If any member has a query concerning the completion of the ballot paper they should contact the Bar Association for assistance.

Poll deadline

Ballot papers received after 1.00pm on Thursday, 3 November 2016 will not be counted.

Replacement of ballot papers

Any member who loses or spoils his or her ballot paper may obtain and complete a replacement ballot paper before the close of poll. In all such cases, immediate contact should be made with the Certification Officer, Mr Barrie Anthony on ph. 9232 4055 or e-mail banthony@nswbar.asn.au.

Vale Jens Herbert Lichtenberger (1950-2016)

Tue Nov 01 2016

Jens Lichtenberger, formerly of 7 Garfield Barwick Chambers, died on Saturday morning. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Experts Cross-examination Seminar

Tue Nov 01 2016

Following on from this year’s successful Cross-Examination Workshop, the New Barristers’ Committee will be running a cross-examination of experts seminar on 8 November 2016. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn the art of cross-examination of expert witnesses. Expert witnesses will be cross-examined by two senior counsel before Justice Stevenson at the Supreme Court. A question and answer session will follow thereafter. This workshop is open to all members of the Bar, but is particularly recommended for junior members of the Bar. Registration is required. Please email Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) by 1 November 2016, if you wish to attend.

The workshop will commence at 5.15pm in the Supreme Court, Law Courts Building, Queens Square.

Book launch: Cowen and Zine's Federal Jurisdiction in Australia (4th ed)

Mon Oct 31 2016

The Federation Press invites members to the launch by the Hon Robert French AC and the Hon James Allsop AO of Cowen and Zines's Federal Jurisdiction in Australia 4th edition by Geoffrey Lindell on Thursday, 10 November 2016, 5.15pm for 5.30pm–7.00pm in the Federal Court of Australia, Court 1, Level 21 Law Courts Building. RSVP acceptances only by Tuesday, 1 November 2016. Contact: John Xenos, The Federation Press, email: rsvp@federationpress.com.au, phone: (02) 9552 2200.

The Spigelman Public Law Oration and Public Law Section Dinner

Mon Oct 31 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 5:15 Banco Court, level 13, Law Courts Building

The third Spigelman Public Law Oration will be delivered in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15pm on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 by the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC. The oration will be followed by the annual dinner of the Public Law Section (formerly the Constitutional and Administrative 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, no later than 16 November 2016 to reserve your place.

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.

Experts Cross-examination Seminar

Mon Oct 31 2016

Following on from this year’s successful Cross-Examination Workshop, the New Barristers’ Committee will be running a cross-examination of experts seminar on 8 November 2016. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn the art of cross-examination of expert witnesses. Expert witnesses will be cross-examined by two senior counsel before Justice Stevenson at the Supreme Court. A question and answer session will follow thereafter. This workshop is open to all members of the New South Wales Bar, but is particularly recommended for junior members. Registration is required. Please email Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) by 1 November 2016, if you wish to attend.

The workshop will commence at 5.15pm in the Supreme Court, Law Courts Building, Queens Square.

The Federation Press invites submissions for the 2017 Holt Prize

Mon Oct 31 2016

The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC, the Hon Keith Mason AC QC and Professor George Williams AO will comprise the distinguished judging panel for 2017 Holt Prize, named after the late Christopher Holt, co-founder of The Federation Press. The Holt Prize is awarded biennially to first-time authors of an unpublished legal work of an academic or practical nature. The winner receives a $12,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with The Federation Press. The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2017. Learn more here.

Common Law Practice Update 98

Mon Oct 31 2016

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 98, with case notes on sections 58 and 62 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sections 5D and 5R of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); section 15 of the Motor Accidents (Lifetime Care & Support) Act 2006 (NSW); employment and more. Download CLPU 98 here.