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2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference Program

Tue Feb 21 2017

The 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference program has been finalised. Please view the program here

The Personal Injury and Common Law Conference is scheduled to be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Junior Drinks

Tue Feb 21 2017

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues tomorrow, Wednesday 22 February, at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

Coming up in CPD

Tue Feb 21 2017

Tuesday, February 28 2017: 'Statutory Construction for Advocates' Presented by Neil Williams SC and Surya Palaniappan of Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Nye Perram, Federal Court of Australia. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday, March 07 2017: 'Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma' Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Thursday, March 09 2017: 'Gender Equitable Briefing – Making it Happen: The Solicitor’s View' Presented by Jennie Mansfield, Partner, Ashurst; Rachel Quigley, Assistant Crown Solicitor and Michael Greene, Managing Partner, Henry Davis York. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of this seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register email your full name to Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

Monday, March 13 2017; 'Alternative Dispute Resolution – Refining Skills for Early Resolution' Presented by Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday, March 15 2017: 'Tips on Dealing with Common Pitfalls in the Early Years at the Bar' Presented by Penny Thew, Barrister, 8th Floor Wentworth Chambers, and Tobias O’Hehir, Senior Clerk, Greenway Chambers. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC , Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 16 2017: 'Direct Access Briefs – Avoiding the Pitfalls' Presented by Dominic Toomey SC and chaired Iain Todd. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday, March 22 2017: 'Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) Awareness Training Seminar' Presented by Ross Wetherbee, Senior Program Manager, Pride in Diversity and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Newcastle CPD Conference this Saturday

Tue Feb 21 2017

The Newcastle Conference is set down for this Saturday, 25 February. The conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice M Perry
  • Graham Turnbull SC
  • Anthony McGrath SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Giles Coakes
  • Ian Duane
  • Ben Katekar
  • Tina Jowett

Download the full program here - 2017 Newcastle Conference

Places are still available for the Newcastle Conference. To register please call 02 9232 4919. For all remaining conferences in the 2017 CPD Conference series, please register online here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma

Tue Feb 21 2017

Improve Work Performance & Health: Recognising and dealing with the effects of the work that we are often required to undertake do is a critical part of ensuring that we as barristers are able to perform at our best. On 7 March 2017 at 5.00pm a seminar will address the effects of dealing with cases involving terrible crimes, significant injuries, bitter family disputes that often mean that barristers suffer from the vicarious trauma of those events. Robyn Bradey, who has worked extensively in this area (and particularly with lawyers) will be returning (due to popular demand) to address "Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma" .

Start training for the SMH Half Marathon

Tue Feb 21 2017

The New South Wales Bar plans to enter a team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, 21 May 2017 to raise money for the Katrina Dawson Foundation. Information on how to join the team, as well as how to donate, will be published via InBrief in coming weeks.

Learned Friends Hong Kong Conference

Tue Feb 21 2017

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 Judge Kevin Lapthorn, Michelle Painter SC, Peter Cummings SC, Michael Hartman GBS (Hong Kong) and Caroline Counsel (Counsel Family Lawyers). For more information visit our website or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Appointment to note

Tue Feb 21 2017

Peter McGrath SC has been appointed a deputy senior public defender, effective 23 January 2017.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Tue Feb 21 2017

The next meeting of the book club will be on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. The book for discussion is Edward III: A Heroic Failure by Jonathan Sumption. Good Reads summary here.

For the diary: 2017 workplace influenza vaccinations

Tue Feb 21 2017

The Health and Wellbeing Committee has organised for members to receive a flu shot on Thursday, 6 April 2017, between 4.00pm and 6.00pm in the Bar Association Common Room and conference rooms. More information about the vaccines and their cost, as well as consent forms, will be published via InBrief in coming weeks.

Brave New Worlds: Challenges for Evidence in the 21st Century

Mon Feb 20 2017

The National Judicial College of Australia and the ANU College of Law invite you to attend their annual conference to be held at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra on 4 & 5 March 2017. The theme of the conference is Brave New Worlds: Challenges for Evidence in the 21st Century.

The conference will focus on emerging research and issues in the areas of evidence and evidence law, including offender identification, expert opinion, the use of technology to identify online predators and machine versus human decision-making. Speakers include leading researchers, academics and judicial officers.

Register here.

For the diary: “The law and lawyers: their limits?”

Mon Feb 20 2017
Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 5.30–7.00pm

The Australian Academy of Law extends a warm invitation to attend the first in a series of three ethics-themed events that it is holding in Sydney this year. The first will be a "hypothetical" which will pose questions concerning "The law and lawyers: their limits?" It will take place Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court of Australia, Level 21, Law Courts Building, Queen’s Square on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 5.30–7.00pm. A stellar panel will be moderated by John Sheahan QC.

The theme of the events is based on the objects of the Academy — to promote the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional responsibility, to enhance understanding and observance of the rule of law, and to provide a forum for debate and the interchange of views.

Room for sale

Mon Feb 20 2017

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 is suitable for junior counsel.

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

Gender equitable briefing - the solicitor's view

Mon Feb 20 2017

Members are invited to hear from a panel of experienced solicitors who will share their views on gender equitable briefing and what their organisations are doing to implement it. The seminar will be held on Thursday, 9 March 2017 at 5.15pm and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, chair of the Diversity and Equality Committee. Please register for catering purposes. To register, email your full name to Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au. Learn more here.

Junior Drinks

Mon Feb 20 2017

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues on Wednesday 22 February at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

Parramatta Program - 2017 CPD Conference Series

Mon Feb 20 2017

The 2017 Parramatta CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program here

The Parramatta CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 18 March 2017 at the ParkRoyal Hotel, Parramatta.

Full attendance at the Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practising certificate year. NSW barristers, interstate barristers and solicitors are welcome to attend.

For more details about the Parramatta Conference, or any of the 2017 CPD Conference Series, please click here.

To register please click here. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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

Early bird registrations closing for the Orange CPD Conference this Friday

Mon Feb 20 2017

Early bird registrations for the Orange CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 24 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Orange Conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm on Saturday, 4 March and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday, 5 March. February. Full attendance over the two days attracts 10 CPD points. In 2017 the Orange CPD Conference is open to NSW Barristers only. Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice J Stevenson
  • Peter Callaghan SC
  • Ian Coleman SC
  • Michael Hall SC
  • Andrew Stone SC
  • Susan Philips
  • Dr James Renwick

Download the full program here - 2017 Orange Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2017 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Mon Feb 20 2017

The New Barristers Committee will be running a (free) cross-examination seminar in February-March 2017. The workshop is divided into two parts and will include a discussion in the Bar Association Common Room on Monday 27 February 2017, followed by a practical demonstration of cross-examination technique on Monday 27 March 2017, by two senior counsel before The Honourable Justice Garling RFD at the Supreme Court. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn the art of cross-examination. 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 by Friday 24 February 2017. For full details please download a flyer here.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Mon Feb 20 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Forensics Breakfast Series

Mon Feb 20 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday until 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

Shave for a Cure

Fri Feb 17 2017

Daniel Roff of Eleventh Floor Garfield Barwick has agreed to shave his hair and beard to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets to the event on 1 April 2017 can be purchased through this link or, if you can't attend, tax deductible donations can be made via the same page (just click on "Tickets" anyway).

Add value to your details on Find a Barrister

Fri Feb 17 2017

Members are reminded of the value in periodically reviewing and updating their personal profile on Find-a-Barrister. Indicate if you are willing to accept briefs direct from corporate counsel without an external solicitor. Add areas of practice, an up-to-date CV, links to chambers websites or even LinkedIn profiles with additional biographical information.

Members can nominate up to seven principal areas of practice, and an unlimited number of sub-categories under each primary area. This system provides more specific guidance for solicitors and others who use the facility to find those barristers most appropriate to their particular circumstances.

How to amend your FAB profile
  • 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.

  • Here, you can attach a photo of yourself. The photo must be current and suitable for your professional profile, not one which might be used for social media purposes.

  • Here, you can also enter the address of your personal website or LinkedIn page you wish to direct people towards.

  • Remember, clicking on a broad area of practice automatically selects every sub-category. It is up to you to "un-select" the narrower practice areas that do not relate to you. It is advisable to keep the selection of the broad area of practice in order for a more general search to locate you. For example: If you select Common law / personal injury, but do not do appellate or professional negligence matters, then unselect those two sub-categories, while being sure to retain Common law / personal injury.

  • When you have finished your practice area selection, log out of the member dashboard.

If you have tried these steps, and still are unable to add or amend your practice areas, contact the Bar Association on ph: (02) 9232 4055 for further assistance.

AIJA Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice

Fri Feb 17 2017

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration’s Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice will be held at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour in Sydney from 6-8 April 2017. Judges, academics and lawyers from the US, NZ, Singapore, Israel and every state in Australia will be sharing information and insights about non-adversarial justice practices across the world. Areas covered include family law, mediation, "problem-solving courts", and the use of restorative justice in criminal cases. Program and registration details at www.naj2017.com.