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Opening statement by LCA president at Senate hearing

Fri Mar 24 2017

The president of the Law Council of Australia, Fiona McLeod SC, has appeared before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee's hearing into the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. One of the bill's objects is to redefine conduct prohibited by s 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. View Ms McLeod's opening address to the committee here.

Specialised Indigenous Lists

Fri Mar 24 2017
Sydney Registry of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The Federal Circuit Court in the Sydney Registry is continuing to trial specialised lists for matters involving one or more Indigenous parties. Where either party identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, the registry should be asked to list the matter on one of the following dates before Judge Sexton:

  • 5 May 2017
  • 15 June 2017
  • 21 July 2017
  • 21 September 2017
  • 26 October 2017
  • 7 December 2017

Legal representatives and indigenous support workers will be available to assist litigants on those dates.

Conference on Professional Firms and Employed Professionals

Fri Mar 24 2017
12 April 2017 - UNSW Centre for Law Markets and Regulation

In 2016 this conference on the modern condition of professions had Richard Susskind speaking on changes associated with technology in professional work. This year the theme is employed professionals in large organisations: in corporations, government and professional firms. The particular challenge is that to traditional professional ethos which relies on individual agency (independence, client loyalty and expert individual advice and judgment) from the imperatives of organisations: profit, efficiency, government policy and entity rather than individual accountability. The keynote address will be from Professor John Flood an internationally regarded scholar and author on the modern condition of professions. You are warmly invited to consider the entire program and to register to attend this conference (free of charge) in the Sydney CBD by going to this link.

FACS External Legal Services Panel – Child Protection

Fri Mar 24 2017

A Request for Tender (RFT) was published on Monday, 20 March 2017 on eTendering for a new FACS External Legal Services Panel for child protection legal work. The RFT will be open for six weeks, closing 1 May 2017 at 2.00pm.

The Panel will consist of two Sub-Panels, (1) Care Litigation Sub-Panel and (2) Audit and Civil Claims Sub-Panel. Existing panel members and new service providers are welcome to apply for either or both Sub-Panels.

The new Sub-Panels will supersede the existing FACS Legal Services Child Protection panels (which expire on 17 October 2017). Therefore, if you are a current panel member and wish to continue to provide legal services to FACS beyond 17 October 2017, you will need to submit a response to the RFT.

The new panel will commence on 18 October 2017 and is intended to operate for three years.

To find out more information about the tender, please visit the NSW Government's eTendering website.

If you have any inquiries about the RFT, please forward them to Catherine Samuels at Catherine.samuels@facs.nsw.gov.au and copy in Jane Liggett at Jane.liggett@facs.nsw.gov.au

David Wilson SC appointed to the District Court

Fri Mar 24 2017

David Michael Wilson SC has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of NSW, replacing Judge Raymond McLoughlin SC, who retired on 15 March. A swearing-in ceremony will be held on 3 April 2017 at 9.00am. InBrief will announce further details closer to the date. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Mar 24 2017

Tuesday, March 28 2017: "Financial Agreements: Pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 Cth Binding? Are they worth the effort?" Presented by Denise Reid and chaired by Ian Coleman SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday, March 29 2017: "Marketing tools and strategies for barristers: Three perspectives" Presented by Tean Kerr, Partner, Lander & Rogers; Michael Green SC, Level 22 Chamber and Jeh Coutinho, Clerk, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Michelle Painter SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 30 2017: "Equitable Compensation for Breach of Confidence" Presented by The Honourable Justice Mark Leeming, Justice of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales and Dr Peter Turner. Chaired by Professor David Rolph, University of Sydney Law School. This seminar has been organised in association with the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at the Sydney University Law School. Please note this is a lunchtime seminar from 1 pm to 2 pm, For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 30 2017:"Family Provision claims: recent decisions and practical tips" Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Despina Christofis. Chaired byJane Needham SC. For full details please download a flyer here

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Bar Association Common Room.

2017 Sydney Conference this weekend

Fri Mar 24 2017

The 2017 Sydney CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 25 March 2017. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please click the link for the full program - 2017 Sydney Conference.

The conference is on level 4 at the Hilton Sydney. Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, click here.

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

CPD Breakfast: ‘Experts and interpreters: non-lawyers essential to the legal system’

Fri Mar 24 2017

Thomson Reuters invites all members to attend a CPD Breakfast Seminar on Wednesday 29 March. The seminar, ‘Experts and interpreters: non-lawyers essential to the legal system’, will be presented by The Honourable Justice François Kunc, Supreme Court of NSW, and chaired by Timothy Pollard, ANZ General Manager, Legal Portfolio Australia. The seminar will commence at 8am and conclude with a light breakfast and drinks.

For full details please download a flyer here

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Mar 23 2017

Tuesday, March 28 2017: "Financial Agreements: Pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 Cth Binding? Are they worth the effort?" Presented by Denise Reid and chaired by Ian Coleman SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday, March 29 2017: "Marketing tools and strategies for barristers: Three perspectives" Presented by Tean Kerr, Partner, Lander & Rogers; Michael Green SC, Level 22 Chamber and Jeh Coutinho, Clerk, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Michelle Painter SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 30 2017: "Equitable Compensation for Breach of Confidence" Presented by The Honourable Justice Mark Leeming, Justice of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales and Dr Peter Turner. Chaired by Professor David Rolph, University of Sydney Law School. This seminar has been organised in association with the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at the Sydney University Law School. Please note this is a lunchtime seminar from 1 pm to 2 pm, For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 30 2017:"Family Provision claims: recent decisions and practical tips" Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Despina Christofis. Chaired byJane Needham SC. For full details please download a flyer here

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Bar Association Common Room.

Cuts to CLCs: LCA predicts more people will "fall through the cracks"

Thu Mar 23 2017

The president of the Law Council, Fiona McLeod SC, has warned that drastic cuts to already under-resourced community legal centres will precipitate a legal aid crisis. The LCA predicts that $35m cuts in Commonwealth funding between 2017 and 2020 will mean 36,000 fewer clients will be assisted. View the Law Council's media release here.

Start training for the SMH Half Marathon

Thu Mar 23 2017

The New South Wales Bar will enter a team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, 21 May 2017 to raise money for the Katrina Dawson Foundation. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC has been joined by Ben Symons and John-Paul Redmond. If you'd like to run with the Bar's Half Marathon Team, follow this link. The entry price is $105.00.

TONIGHT: Tutor and Readers Seminar

Thu Mar 23 2017

The tutor and reader relationship is an important and formative institution for successful practice at an independent bar. All members are invited to attend a seminar on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at 5.15pm where Robert Hollo SC, Eugene Romaniuk SC and Julia Roy will present a review of the Reader/Tutor Guidelines and the Tutor Handbook, which provide information and assistance on several aspects of the relationship and which are intended to promote the objectives of the Reading Program.

The pre-requisites for being a potential tutor are set out in the Bar Association's Tutor Policy. When a member takes on the role of tutor it is a requirement that they attend a compulsory CPD seminar relating to the Tutor Handbook and Tutor & Reader Guidelines. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016.

All tutors who have satisfied this requirement will be included on the list of tutors on the Bar Association's website.

CPD Breakfast: ‘Experts and interpreters: non-lawyers essential to the legal system’

Wed Mar 22 2017

Thomson Reuters invites all members to attend a CPD Breakfast Seminar on Wednesday 29 March. The seminar, ‘Experts and interpreters: non-lawyers essential to the legal system’, will be presented by The Honourable Justice François Kunc, Supreme Court of NSW, and chaired by Timothy Pollard, ANZ General Manager, Legal Portfolio Australia. The seminar will commence at 8am and conclude with a light breakfast and drinks.

For full details please download a flyer here

2017 Sydney Conference this weekend

Wed Mar 22 2017

The 2017 Sydney CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 25 March 2017. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please click the link for the full program - 2017 Sydney Conference.

The conference is on level 4 at the Hilton Sydney. Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, click here.

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

Coming up in CPD Tonight

Wed Mar 22 2017

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.

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

Wanted: mediators

Wed Mar 22 2017

The Workers Compensation Commission invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for appointment as a sessional mediator, for a period up to three years. Applications are sought from dispute resolution practitioners or persons with skills, qualifications and experience relevant to the resolution of workers compensation disputes. Applications close on 9 April 2017 at 11.59pm.

Further details about the role, including terms and conditions, are contained in the Information Package available here. Enquiries: Annette Farrell, ph: 02 8281 6489

Bar Book Club meeting in March

Wed Mar 22 2017

Members are reminded that the Bar Book Club meets on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at 6.00pm in the Bar Library. The book for discussion is Edward III: A Heroic Failure by Jonathan Sumption.

Redfern Legal Centre is turning 40

Wed Mar 22 2017

The Redfern Legal Centre is turning 40 this year and they are holding a fundraising dinner at Sydney Town Hall on 27 April 2017. Virginia Bell is the guest speaker and the Bar Association is a sponsor of the dinner. Tickets are $200 with money going towards Redfern Legal Centre and you can book online here. If you are unable to attend the dinner, you can make a donation to the Redfern Legal Centre here or you may wish to donate a gift for the auction that will be held on the night.

Tracing a construction case

Wed Mar 22 2017

Members are invited to a unique seminar, which will trace a construction case (based on the facts of an actual but unidentified dispute in Asia), from commencement with the QS / claims manager's involvement, moving through all legal processes to judgement via mediation and arbitration. The seminar will take place on 3 April 2017 at 5.30pm in the Banco Court, Queens Square. This evening will appeal to all those involved in construction claims, including front and back end lawyers, in-house counsel, lawyers specialising in construction, claims consultants, quantity surveyors and contract administrators. Learn more here.

Wellbeing & Quality of Working Life Research for the New South Wales Bar

Tue Mar 21 2017

The Bar Council urges members to complete the wellness survey, which commenced last week. The survey uses a link to a confidential online platform. Participants cannot be identified by their link. The survey ends on 31 March 2017. If you need the link to be re-sent, then send a request to Georgina Stow via email.

The NSW Bar Council has been assisted with the design and delivery of the survey by a team from the United Kingdom, who conducted similar work on behalf of the General Council of the Bar. The UK project has been beneficial to the profession in terms of engagement with their members, representation with government and other third parties, which utilised the data gathered. A report will be received by the NSW Bar Council, which will analyse the data generated by the survey and assist the NSW Bar Council to provide a strategic review and determine what resources are needed to safeguard the profession.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Mar 21 2017

Tuesday, March 21 2017: 'How to run a merit review case' Presented by The Honourable Justice Duncan Kerr Chev LH, President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Bernard McCabe, Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and The Honourable Justice Robertson Wright, President of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. For full details please download a flyer here

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

CPD Breakfast: ‘Experts and interpreters: non-lawyers essential to the legal system’

Tue Mar 21 2017

Thomson Reuters invites all members to attend a CPD Breakfast Seminar on Wednesday 29 March. The seminar, ‘Experts and interpreters: non-lawyers essential to the legal system’, will be presented by The Honourable Justice François Kunc, Supreme Court of NSW, and chaired by Timothy Pollard, ANZ General Manager, Legal Portfolio Australia. The seminar will commence at 8am and conclude with a light breakfast and drinks.

For full details please download a flyer here

Common Law Practice Update 100

Tue Mar 21 2017

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 100, with case notes on sections 33 and 62 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sections 5B and 5E of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); nervous shock; contributory negligence; fatigue and more. Download CLPU 100.

Forensics Breakfast Series

Tue Mar 21 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.

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: