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Link to Law Council submissions

Mon Oct 31 2016

The New South Wales Bar Association is a constituent body of the Law Council of Australia and its members serve on Law Council committees, working groups and other advisory bodies, assisting in the drafting of submissions. The Resources page on the Bar Association's website now includes a link to LCA submissions.

Coming up in CPD in November

Fri Oct 28 2016

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

Election of 2017 Bar Council - the Ballot

Fri Oct 28 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.

Pink & Blue Ribbon Success!

Fri Oct 28 2016
Philanthropy

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2016 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast held this morning. Through the raffle and donations, just over $6,000 was raised for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The New South Wales Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee thanks the Association’s members for their support of the event. The highlight of the day was again the raffle with over 20 prizes from Veronika Maine, Fairfax & Roberts, The Design Hunter in Waverley, Bianca Spender, Hermès, Sambag, Bennelong Restaurant and many more – click here for a full list of our raffle supporters. A special mention to Caroline Davoren and Melinda Morris for their extensive work in organising the raffle.

We look forward to seeing you at the breakfast next year.

Motor Accidents Compensation Amendment (Claims) Regulation 2016

Fri Oct 28 2016

The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation has today published a regulation to amend the Motor Accidents Compensation Regulation 2015 to make further provision with respect to the maximum legal costs recoverable in connection with claims under the compulsory third-party insurance scheme established under the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999. The Regulation has been made following representations from the legal profession earlier this year, and will commence on 1 November. View the Regulation

Experts Cross-examination Seminar

Thu Oct 27 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.

Encroachments on freedoms: The ALRC Freedoms Inquiry

Thu Oct 27 2016

On Thursday 10 November the New South Wales Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee present ‘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

15 Bobber tomorrow – His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt

Thu Oct 27 2016

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt. The 15 Bobber will be held tomorrow Friday 28 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for His Hon Judge Warwick Hunt will be Phillip Boulten SC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 6.00pm Thursday, 27 October. Tickets purchased on the door will be $25.

Australian Law Reform Commission examination into Indigenous incarceration

Thu Oct 27 2016

The Commonwealth Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, today announced that the Federal Government will ask the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to examine the factors leading to the over representation of Indigenous Australians in our prison system. The announcement has been welcomed by the Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia

NSW adult prison population continues to increase

Thu Oct 27 2016

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research today released its September 2016 Quarterly Update of NSW Custody Statistics. The Report indicates that the NSW adult prison population grew by 4.6 per cent between October 2015 and September 2016, reaching a new record high of 12,641 in September this year. This brings the total increase in the NSW adult prison population over the last two years to 21 per cent. In contrast, the number of juveniles in custody fell by 12 per cent over the last twelve months. See the Bureau's media release

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) Awareness Training Seminar

Thu Oct 27 2016
Diversity

The NSW Bar Association is now a member of Pride in Diversity, the Australian not for profit support program specifically designed to assist member organisations nationally with all aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex inclusion.

On Wednesday 2nd November Ishwar Singh, Workplace Education & Relationship Manager, Pride in Diversity will present a 'Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) Awareness Training Seminar'. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, 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.

Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma  

Thu Oct 27 2016
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 9 November 2016 Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker with over 36 years’ experience, will present "Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma"

In this presentation you will learn about what vicarious trauma is; how it arises from a neuroscience perspective; signs that you may be suffering from it; steps you can take to minimise its impact, including practical steps to avoid or minimise the trauma to you of difficult or distressing material; how to notice signs that a colleague may be affected, what to do and how to intervene helpfully and effectively. The seminar will be 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 NSW Bar Association Common Room

Voicecoach Voice & Performance Skills Workshop

Thu Oct 27 2016

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

2 CPD Points | Barristers' Skills Strand

Supreme Court commemoration - On the Eve of Remembrance Day 2016

Wed Oct 26 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 5pm. The event, which will be introduced by the Chief Justice the Hon Tom Bathurst AC, will involve readings of accounts by New South Wales barristers who were involved in the Great War. For more information, see the flyer

Spigelman Public Law Oration And Public Law Section Dinner

Wed Oct 26 2016

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 Virginia Bell AC, Justice of the High Court of Australia.

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. Payment to the Bar Association for the event is requested by 16 November.

For more information, including payment details, see the flyer.

Vale Trevor Newton Small (1941-2016)

Wed Oct 26 2016

Trevor Small, former barrister at Edmund Barton Chambers, died on 22 October. A memorial service will be held at Albert and Meyer Chapel, Cnr of Pennant Hills Road and Thornleigh Street, Thornleigh, at mid-day this Friday 28 October.

Direct briefing and Find a Barrister

Wed Oct 26 2016

The Bar Association has introduced a new search field for its Find a Barrister (FAB) facility which will allow users to identify barristers who accept direct briefs from in house counsel (corporate and government) without the involvement of an external solicitor.

Members who do accept direct briefs from in house counsel should update their individual profiles to check the box which indicates that they accept direct briefs (see how to, below).

Members who do not wish to be listed on their FAB profile as accepting direct briefs need do nothing.

How to amend 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] the top right corner of the home page.
  • Click on the cog wheel next to your name. This will deposit you on the Member Dashboard page.
  • In the General Details section, check the box which says “Accepts Direct Briefs". This will display on your Find a Barrister profile as "Accepts direct briefs from in-house counsel - Yes”.

The words "Direct Briefs" will be hyperlinked to the existing page on the website which provides information for in-house counsel on direct briefing: http://www.nswbar.asn.au/briefing-barristers/in-house-counsel.

The Bar Association will commence promoting the availability of this search facility in the very near future. Members who wish to do so are encouraged to update their profiles as soon as possible.

Experts Cross-Examination Seminar

Tue Oct 25 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 seminar will be held from 5.15pm to approx. 6.45pm in the Supreme Court, Law Courts Building.