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

Mon Nov 07 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.

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

Save the dates: CPD Conference Dates 2017

Mon Nov 07 2016

The Bar Association's CPD conference program for 2017 will be released shortly. In the meantime members may wish to note the dates and venues:

  • Saturday 18 February 2017 - North Coast
  • Saturday 25 February 2017 - Newcastle
  • Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 March 2017 - Orange
  • Saturday 11 March 2017 - Personal Injury / Common Law Conference, Sydney
  • Saturday 18 March 2017 - Parramatta
  • Saturday 25 March 2017 - Sydney

Programs and online registration will shortly be available on the Association's website and through In Brief.

Media briefing: barristers marketing online

Fri Nov 04 2016

The Legal Review published in today's edition of The Australian features articles on innovation, technology and "digital disruption" and how they affect the bar and the courts. "Brand Builders", by Michael Pelly, features an interview with Elizabeth Cheeseman SC, chair of the Practice Development Committee and examines how the "Net Generation" of barristers is using Internet search engine optimization to help bring in clients. Also, Chief Justice James Allsop has penned a feature on the "New order in court", where innovation is driving improvements to efficiency in the Federal Court. A copy of Legal Review is held in the Bar Library.

Supreme Court commemoration - On the Eve of Remembrance Day 2016

Fri Nov 04 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

Bar Book Club Dinner and next meeting

Fri Nov 04 2016

The Bar Book Club will be having an end of year dinner at La Rosa on Tuesday 6 December 2016. If you would like to attend please email Lisa Allen by Friday, 11 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.

Toongabbie Legal Centre Saturday seminar

Fri Nov 04 2016

The Toongabbie Legal Centre will hold a full-day seminar on "Tax & Equity - Current and Contentious Issues" in the offices of Ashurst, 5 Martin Place, Sydney, on Saturday, 12 November 2016. Learn more here.

Equitable briefing in the media

Fri Nov 04 2016

The Law Council of Australia’s National Equitable Briefing Policy was the subject of a story in today's Sydney Morning Herald. The Herald reports that three large corporations and 11 leading law firms have signed up to the commitment to brief more women barristers. The Law Council issued a media release, which can be viewed here. The Herald article, which is behind a paywall, can be viewed here. Alternatively, a copy of the article is held in the Bar Library.

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.

Room for sale - Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers

Thu Nov 03 2016

An opportunity has become available to purchase a room on the Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers. The room is light-filled, overlooks Martin Place and has built-in shelving. It would be suitable for a junior or senior junior.

The floor is well-established and has been operating from these Chambers since 1979. The floor has 4 senior counsel and 11 junior counsel with practices across a variety of jurisdictions including crime, Commonwealth and white collar prosecutions, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, inquiries and inquests, revenue law, insurance and personal injuries.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join this outstanding floor. For all relevant details please contact the Clerk, Mark Grace: 9224 5600 or by email: mark.grace@7gbc.com.au

Room for Sale - Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Thu Nov 03 2016

A beautifully appointed, light-filled room is available for purchase on Third Floor Wentworth Chambers.

The room is standard sized and has large windows which face into a light well. There are no built in shelving units giving the buyer a fresh canvas to create a space to their own taste. By negotiation, furniture may also be included in the purchase, including a three seater King Furniture couch; Beachwood Furniture bookshelf, solid wood desk with large draws, standing lamp and sideboard with doors and shelving for briefs; three client chairs and a desk chair. The Floor boasts low monthly floor fees and a collegiate atmosphere. For more information visit www.3wentworth.com.au

The room is being offered for $200,000 (negotiable. Reasonable offers will be considered). All enquiries and expressions of interest should be directed to the floor clerk, Katelyn Faiella, on 02 9232 3937 or via email at clerk3@wentworthchambers.com.au. All enquiries will be afforded the strictest confidence.

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.

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

Wed Nov 02 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.

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