Request for barristers to judge national equity moot at UNSW

Thu Apr 27 2017

The Allen & Overy Private Law Moot is a national mooting competition hosted by UNSW Law. The competition convenors are requesting the assistance of barristers to act as judges in the preliminary round moots on 20 and 21 May at the UNSW Kensington Campus. The problem question this year focuses on issues in equity and remedies. Moots will run for between 90 mins to 2 hours, and a detailed judging guide will be provided to judges in advance.

14 teams from universities from across Australia as well as Singapore, New Zealand, Pakistan and the South Pacific will be competing this year. The convenors are grateful to barristers who acted as judges in the competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please contact Veronica Sebesfi and Wee-An Tan, the competition convenors, at:

Please visit for more details about the competition.

New North Coast representative for the Bar Association

Thu Apr 27 2017

Sophie Anderson of Commercial Bank Chambers, Lismore has recently taken up the position of North Coast representative for the Bar Association. Her contact details are below. Commercial Bank Chambers Level 1, 61 Molesworth Street LISMORE NSW 2480 Email: Phone: 0414 563 099

Bar FC grind out a hard fought draw

Thu Apr 27 2017

Under cloudy skies on the near perfect Domain pitch, Bar FC battled a younger and fitter side on Wednesday 26 April to pick up a point for a draw.

The opposition started quickly and John Harris in goals was busy in the first half with some textbook keeping. He was assisted by the hardworking Philips (the managers’ man of the match) who marshaled Kane and the other backs in his usual direct and efficient way.

The midfield looked great with some nice passing moves between d’Arville, Hilary Monteith, Hartford Davis and the German rookie (Johannes “Joe” Jaeger).

The second half saw Kuklik take the field and perform a sliding tackle that would have made Eric Cantona proud. Nothing like a ball and all tackle to get the blood pumping. Bar FC had some chances to steal a win with Justin Hogan Doran’s shot on goal a golden opportunity to take two more points. Alas it was not to be.

Our next game is Wednesday 3 May 2016 at 1.15 p.m. on top of the Domain Car Park. All supporters of the team and lovers of the round ball game are welcome.


Mon Apr 24 2017

The Australian Bar Association has today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement to commit an additional $55.7 million over the next three years to the community legal assistance sector in the upcoming 2017-18 Budget.

See the media release from the ABA here

Australian Bar Association President, Will Alstergren QC said, “Today’s announcement is a significant step to addressing the shortfalls of the current legal assistance budget and shows a firm commitment from the Federal Government to provide crucial and equal access to legal services for all Australians.”

“The Australian Bar Association has been a vocal campaigner for increased funding and support to the legal assistance sector, particularly for community legal centres. The Government’s re-consideration of this issue, and significant injection of funds is particularly positive news,” said Will Alstergren QC.

“The legal profession, particularly the Independent Bars and the community legal centres, have provided an extraordinary amount of pro bono work, which has become unsustainable for many. Today’s announcement will be warmly welcomed by the profession and is an excellent first step to ensuring everyday Australians have proper access to justice.”

“The increased funding to the Indigenous legal services sector is a particularly substantial commitment and one that the ABA welcomes enthusiastically. The number of Indigenous people coming before the justice system in Australia is a national disgrace and one that can only be addressed through a multi-faceted approach, that includes increased and intensive legal assistance funding.”

In welcoming today’s announcement, the Australian Bar Association is calling upon all sections of government to work together to ensure that equal access to affordable and quality legal assistance remains a priority. The ABA considers that equal access to justice through the legal assistance sector is a basic and crucial issue for all Australians.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Jo Oakes 0439 700 076

Last-minute cancellation of legal assistance funding cuts

Mon Apr 24 2017
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council states that The Federal Government's cancellation of million of dollars worth of cuts to legal assistance services is a huge relief with profound consequences for the justice system.

See the media release from the Law Council of Australia here

2017 ABA Conference – London and Dublin - Early bird registrations close today Friday 21st April

Mon Apr 24 2017

Specialist Tax Stream: If you’re a tax specialist, the 2017 ABA Biennial Conference should be at the top of your ‘TO DO’ list for 2017. The Specialist Tax Stream features a stellar array of globally recognised tax jurists and advocates and will cover issues from combatting tax avoidance to unilateral measures in a multi-national world. To view the speakers line-up click here.

The 2017 ABA Conference in London and Dublin has something for everyone. Whether your interest or specialisation is in international law, the implications of Brexit, corporate mega litigation, defamation or social justice, register now for a truly inspiring, informative and engaging conference experience.

The Kurdiji Project seeks donations to help tackle the problem of indigenous suicide

Thu Apr 20 2017

Three aboriginal people a week in this country commit suicide, and an indigenous person is four times more likely to take their own life than a non-indigenous person. Despite millions of dollars spent by non-indigenous mental health organisations on this problem, the suicide rates in Aboriginal Australia continue to climb. Indigenous elders have been saying for years that reconnection with culture is the key to preventing suicides.

Now a Warlpiri community in the Tanami desert is tackling the problem of indigenous suicide. They’re creating a suicide prevention app based on stories, ceremonies and law. The project is community-initiated and community-led, with indigenous elders providing all of the app’s content. Kurdiji 1.0 is designed to reconnect young Aboriginal people with language, kinship, ceremony and law – no matter where they live.

The ideas of Kurdiji (“shield” in Warlpiri) have been used to increase resilience and prevent suicide in Aboriginal communities for thousands of years. The suicide rate across indigenous Australia is now at an epidemic level – it’s time we invested in Aboriginal solutions.

The project aims to raise AUD $280,000 to cover the costs of app development and clinical trials.

No Aboriginal child should have to question whether life is worth living.

The project is asking for donations - to its crowdfunding campaign, or to the project directly . Even small contributions make a big difference. You can find out more about the project, and watch the video (with Uncle Jack Charles) on the GoFundMe page: or the website: Or connect with us via Facebook. Those interested in donating directly can email the Project to obtain further information.

Support for the Project will help empower Aboriginal communities and save young indigenous lives.

2017 Bench & Bar Dinner – currently sold-out, waitlist open

Thu Apr 20 2017

The 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner is on Friday, 5 May at the Hyatt Regency Sydney. We have currently sold-out of tickets, however more tickets may be released soon. Should you wish to attend then dinner and you have not yet purchased a ticket, please add your name to the waitlist via the registration site or email with your name and the number of tickets required. Tickets will be offered on a first-on-the-list basis and you will be given 2 days to take-up the offer of a ticket if they become available.

Should you have any questions regarding the dinner, please contact Erika Childs on 9232 4055 or at

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Apr 20 2017

Thursday 20 April 2017: ‘Getting Chambers’: presented by Glenn Fredericks (State Chambers), Linda Clarke (2 Wentworth Chambers), Sonia Tame (New Chambers), Russ Johnson (Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers), Michele Kearns (Martin Place Chambers), Kristen Sproule (Blackstone Chambers), chaired by Greg Antipas. For full details, please download a flyer here

Organised by the New Barristers Committee, the seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Swearing-in ceremony for the Hon Justice Michael Lee

Thu Apr 20 2017

The Federal Court of Australia will hold a ceremonial sitting to welcome the appointment of the Hon Justice Michael Lee tomorrow morning at 9.30am. The ceremony will be held in Court 1, L21, Queens Square. President Noel Hutley SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar and the Australian Bar Association. Barristers should wear gowns but not wigs.

New Barristers Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 3 May, 8am

Wed Apr 19 2017

The New Barristers Committee invites you to join our hosts, Magistrate Stafford, Magistrate Tsavdaridis and Chrissa Loukas SC for breakfast in Parramatta on Wednesday 3 May 2017. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8.00am - 9.30am at the Legal Grind Café. Learn more

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Greg Antipas at

NSW Bar FC kicks off season 2017

Wed Apr 19 2017

NSW Bar FC opened its Domain Soccer League season today against reigning divisional champions Herbert Smith Freehills. In what many players and on-lookers described as one of the best games of football seen on the Domain in some time, NSW Bar FC more than had the measure of their younger counterparts. Philips, Griscti, O’Shea, Fredericks, Kane, d’Arville, Covell and keeper Harris were fearless in defence. The mid-field was commanded masterfully by Hartford David, Boyle and Maghami who combined to provide plenty of ball to striker Di Michael. Compton and debutant (Hilary) Montieth worked tirelessly on the wings. The first half was dominated by a steely defence from both sides with a few forays but even fewer opportunities. A HSF strike from just outside of the 18 yard box about 4 minutes before the end of the first term hit the cross-bar and miraculously went over the goal line to give HSF the lead 1-0. The score line did not change despite spirited attacks from Bar FC in the second half. NSW Bar FC next play Lands FC on Thursday, 26 April 2017 at 1.15 pm. Come and support your FC!

ADC seminar - mediation of complex multi-party disputes - 20 April 5.45pm

Wed Apr 19 2017

The Australian Disputes Centre is hosting a seminar regarding the mediation of complex multi-party disputes tomorrow 20 April commencing at 5.45pm. The seminar will be presented by John West QC and will be held at the Australian Disputes Centre, Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street Sydney. For further details see the flyer.

Trust money accounts – Barrister’s fees in advance – External Examination

Tue Apr 18 2017

Any barrister who has received fees in advance – that is, as described in the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 (the LPULAR), money on account of legal costs for legal services in advance of the provision by the barrister of the legal services – must appoint an External Examiner to carry out an examination of the clause 15 account for the period 1 July 2015 to 31 March 2017. Clause 15(2) of the LPULAR also requires that a copy of the External Examination report be provided to the Bar Council, in an approved form, no later than 7 June 2017. A copy of the approved form is available on the Bar Association’s website under the heading ‘Fees in Advance’ here.

It is essential that a barrister who receives fees in advance examines clause 15 of the LPULAR in detail. Links to the legislation can be found on the Bar Association website here.

Any questions? Please contact the Bar Association’s Legal Officer, Angela Huang, on 9232 4055 or

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Apr 12 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017: "Notices of Appeal: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" Presented by The Honourable Justice John Basten and The Honourable Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO. For full details please download a flyer here

This seminar will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room

Bar Association Office and Library hours

Wed Apr 12 2017
Practice support

Members are advised that the Bar Association Office and Library will close early on Thursday afternoon at 4pm ahead of the Easter break. Both the Association's Office and the Library will reopen at 8am on Tuesday 18 April.

Register now for the 2017 ABA Conference in London & Dublin

Tue Apr 11 2017

The ABA Council is delighted to confirm that the Right Honourable Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will open the ABA 2017 Biennial Conference in London on 3 July. His Excellency the Honourable Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, will open the London sessions and Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales, will welcome delegates.

The ABA is also pleased to announce another exceptional presenter in the conference line-up and a very unique opportunity with a special ‘In conversation’ session with The Right Hon Lady Hale, Baroness of Richmond. Lady Hale is the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. In 2004, she joined the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. She is the only woman to have been appointed to this position. She served as a Law Lord until 2009 when she, along with the other Law Lords, transferred to the new Supreme Court.

Further information regarding presenters at the Conference can be found here

To view updates to the conference program visit:

There are only 3 months to go, so be sure to finalise your registration now and speak to Brittany Smith at Corporate Traveller to tailor a travel package designed to save you time and money.

The Australian Bar Association looks forward to welcoming you to London and Dublin in July 2017. For more information about conference sessions, travel arrangements and conference fees visit

RACS training session on judicial review of Immigration Assessment Authority decisions, 1 May, 5.30pm

Tue Apr 11 2017

The Refugee Advice and Case Work Service (RACS) is pleased to announce that Nicholas Poynder of Frederick Jordan Chambers will be running a training session for barristers and instructing solicitors on Part 7AA of the Migration Act 1958 and judicial review of Immigration Assessment Authority (‘IAA’) decisions.

The IAA reviews decisions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection refusing to grant protection visas to certain people seeking asylum who arrived in Australia as unauthorised maritime arrivals.

Any counsel currently participating in RACS’ Judicial Review Referral Service (J4R), or any who would like to become involved, are cordially invited to attend. Allens has kindly agreed to host the training session. Details are as follows:

Date: 1 May 2017 Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm Location: Allens, Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place, 126 Phillip Street, Sydney RSVP: By Wednesday 26 April 2017 via email to Seniz DaFonseca at Allens

Enquires to: Nadine Darling at RACS

Parenting facilities at Courts

Mon Apr 10 2017

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia, located in the Lionel Bowen Building, Goulburn St, Sydney have parenting rooms with changing facilities on levels 4, 5, 6 and 7. There is also a parenting room at the Downing Centre on the ground floor behind the stairs.

At other Local and District Court locations across Sydney, a parenting room can be made available upon request to either the Sheriff’s Office or the Registrar at the location. Similar arrangements also can be made at Local and District Court locations in regional areas if a room is available.

Tutorials in Australian Legal History commence tomorrow

Mon Apr 10 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History is once again presenting a series of tutorials on Australian legal history. All tutorials will be presented in the Banco Court. Each tutorial will commence at 5.15pm and conclude at 6.15pm. The program for the first half of the year is as follows:

  • The importance of legal history and the work of William Blackstone by Emeritus Professor Wilf Prest (University of Adelaide): tomorrow Tuesday, 11 April 2017.
  • The History of Corporation Law by Justice Ashley Black: Tuesday, 2 May 2017
  • The History of Equity by the Hon Peter Young QC: Tuesday, 23 May 2017
  • The History of Property Law by the Hon John Bryson QC: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Further tutorials are planned for the second half of the year, including The History of Criminal Law by Chief Justice Bathurst.

Mentoring Program 2017

Mon Apr 10 2017

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. To get the gist of what mentors and mentees have gained from the program, check out our Q&A with Danielle Tucker and Sophie Callan as well as Sonia Tame and Lachlan Gyles.

The program has been designed in conjunction with McCarthy Mentoring, the Women Barristers Forum, the Education Committee and the Diversity and Equality Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentor for a barrister in their second year of practice please download and complete the information and registration form.