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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: privatelawmoot@unswlawsoc.org.

Please visit https://www.unswlawsoc.org/private-law-moot/ for more details about the competition.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Thu Apr 27 2017

Do you need childcare in an emergency? Do your childcare needs vary from day to day or from week to week? Or are you looking for a permanent childcare arrangement?

NSW Bar Association members and Chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30 am to 6pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au. Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available here as well as on the NSW Bar Association website.

Room for Sale - 6 St James Hall Chambers. Purchase Price & Outgoings on Application

Thu Apr 27 2017

A generous, well-appointed, natural light-filled internal room with modern fit-out is available for sale on 6 St James Hall Chambers. This busy commerial chambers consists of 23 barristers, five of whom are silk, including 2 female silk.

The room has three large windows, a built-in robe cupboard, briefs cupboards and bookshelves. Chambers is connected to Barnet and uses VOIP telephony. Members have personal access to Thomson Reuters online subscription and an extensive library of law reports and loose-leaf services.

For further information please contact the Practice Manager, Nora Faulua on 9236 8600 or via email to nfaulua@stjames.net.au.

Enquiries treated with the strictest confidence. www.sixstjameshall.com.au

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: sanderson@cbchambers.com.au 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.

ABA WELCOMES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING INJECTION INTO LEGAL ASSISTANCE SECTOR

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 media@austbar.asn.au

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.

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

Mon Apr 24 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 gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au

Eighth Floor, Wentworth Chambers – Room for Sale

Mon Apr 24 2017

An opportunity to purchase an external single Phillip Street room has become available on the Eighth Floor, Wentworth Chambers.

The room is well appointed and tastefully fitted out, with extensive inbuilt shelving, storage and a robe cupboard.

The Floor is well established, collegiate and busy. It includes four senior counsel with a wide range of practice areas, including commercial, equity, corporations, insolvency, probate, property, building, trade practices, employment, common law, criminal, appellate and taxation.

The Floor is recently renovated, provides an excellent library, has VOIP telephony, and is connected to Counsels Chambers Network.

Applications and enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be addressed to the Clerk, Michael Wilcox, via email mwilcox@8wentworth.com.au or telephone 02 8231 5905. www.8wentworth.com.au

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: www.kurdijiproject.com or the website: www.kurdijiproject.org. 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 events@nswbar.asn.au 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 echilds@nswbar.asn.au

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 - tomorrow, Friday 21 April, 9.30am

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 gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au

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!

Sir Owen Dixon Chambers – Level 64 MLC Centre – Room for Sale

Wed Apr 19 2017

A room is currently available for purchase at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers.

The room is a good sized internal room with fitout.

The floor comprises 56 barristers including four senior counsel.

The floor has a long term lease and features excellent facilities.

To arrange an inspection or if you have any queries please contact the clerk, Ian Irvine, on 8076 6600 or via email to clerk@sirowendixon.com.au

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence. www.sirowendixon.com.au

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Apr 19 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.

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 pcd@nswbar.asn.au.

ROOM FOR SALE – 7 Garfield Barwick Chambers

Tue Apr 18 2017

An external room overlooking Martin Place has become available to purchase on Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers. The purchase price is $35,000.

The room is light-filled, has built-in shelving and is suitable for junior counsel. The floor is harmonious and well-established. It 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 or to arrange an inspection please contact the Clerk, Mark Grace: 9224 5600 or by email: mark.grace@7gbc.com.au