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Mentoring Program 2017

Fri Mar 31 2017
Mentoring

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.

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New Barristers' Committee April breakfast

Fri Mar 31 2017
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the April breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 4 April. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Jane Needham SC and Hament Dhanji SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas.

Cases to note: High Court decision on the advocate's immunity

Thu Mar 30 2017

The High Court yesterday handed down its decision in Kendirjian v Lepore [2017] HCA 13, an appeal from the New South Wales Court of Appeal regarding the advocate's immunity from suit in relation to advice given in respect of a settlement offer. The court declined to distinguish or reopen its most recent decision on advocates' immunity, Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd (2016) 90 ALJR 572; 331 ALR 1; [2016] HCA 16

Senate passes resolution on cuts to CLCs

Thu Mar 30 2017

The Senate has passed a resolution calling for an immediate reversal of funding cuts to community legal centres and a commitment to sustainable, long term contributions for the legal assistance sector. Learn more here.

Amended Motor Accident Injuries Bill

Thu Mar 30 2017

The Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2017 passed the Legislative Council last night. Various amendments were made to the bill in committee on issues including premium adjustment, insurer profit, medical expenses for citizens or residents outside Australia, past and future economic loss, dispute resolution and legal incapacity. A number of these amendments were in response to the issues raised by the legal profession in its most recent submissions. A link to the debate is available here.

The Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession

Wed Mar 29 2017

The legal profession in Australia is undergoing rapid, widespread transformation. In response, the Law Society of NSW began the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Commission of Inquiry. The commission's report is now available online.

Among its key findings are that: inhouse corporate lawyers are driving change; consumer pressure and lower prices are driving increased use of technology; and artificial intelligence raises regulatory and ethical issues.

New Land and Environment Court practice notes

Wed Mar 29 2017

The chief judge of the Land and Environment Court has issued new practice notes: Class 1 Development Appeals, which will commence on 27 March 2017; and Class 1, 2 and 3 Miscellaneous Appeals which will commence on 27 March 2017 and Practice Note - Class 1 Residential Development Appeals, which will commence on 30 March 2017. The chief judge has also made a new Conciliation Conference Policy (which replaces the existing policy), which will commence on 27 March 2017. Visit the Land and Environment Court's website for up to date versions of practice notes.

Have you got your ticket to this year’s Bench and Bar Dinner?

Wed Mar 29 2017
Collegiality

The president and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association to the 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner. The dinner will take place on Friday, 5 May in the Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The guest of honour is the Hon Patricia Bergin SC. Two seniors will be speaking at this year’s Bench & Bar Dinner, Ms Senior is Michelle Painter SC and Mr Senior is Robert Newlinds SC.

Seating at the dinner will be allocated on a first-in basis. Tables of 10 are preferred, however you may sit up to 12 (Tables of 12 are strictly limited). Smaller bookings will also be accepted. For more details and to book please click the following link: 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner. For further details on how to book please refer to the FAQ page on the website.

If you have any questions about the 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner, please contact Erika Childs on 9232 4055 or email echilds@nswbar.asn.au

Swearing in ceremony for Judge David Michael Wilson SC

Wed Mar 29 2017

David Michael Wilson SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the District Court at a ceremonial sitting on 3 April 2017 at 9.00am. Paresh Khandhar will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

CPD Online

Wed Mar 29 2017

The CPD year ends 31st March.If you are missing a CPD point (or two) then CPD online can assist. Many Bar Association seminars from 2011 onwards are online. If the seminar was accompanied by a paper, that can also be downloaded from CPD online.

You can access CPD online by going onto the Bar Association Website, www.nswbar.asn.au. From here you click on 'For Members' on the left-hand side of the screen, then click on 'CPD' under the quick links menu on the right-hand side, then click on login required under the heading 'CPD online'.

If you have misplaced your login and password details you are able to reset your details by clicking on 'member sign in' which appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen on our homepage. You then click on 'unknown password or username', this will then prompt you to add your surname and date of birth. This will trigger an email to be sent to you with your new details. The email will be sent to the registered email address on our records.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow lunchtime

Wed Mar 29 2017

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

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

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Mar 28 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.

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

TOMORROW: CPD Breakfast

Tue Mar 28 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

Wanted: mediators

Tue Mar 28 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

“The law and lawyers: their limits?”

Tue Mar 28 2017
Avoid disappointment - reserve your seat today!

There are still some seats available at the Australian Academy of Law's first of three ethics-themed events, which 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.

Coming up in CPD this week

Tue Mar 28 2017

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

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

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

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Mar 28 2017

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

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

New Barristers' Committee April breakfast

Mon Mar 27 2017
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the April breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 4 April. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Jane Needham SC and Hament Dhanji SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas.

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

Mon Mar 27 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

Bathurst CJ to deliver ADC Evening Seminar

Mon Mar 27 2017

The Australian Disputes Centre invites members to its Evening Seminar series, the first of which will be held on 30 March 2017 at 5.45-7.00pm. Chief Justice Tom Bathurst AC will deliver "Off with the wig: Issues that arise for advocates when switching from the courtroom to the negotiating table". Learn more here.

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.