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Australian Lawyers Orchestra

Wed May 31 2017
Wellbeing

The Australian Lawyers Orchestra invites you to their Opera Gala Concert with over a hundred singers and soloists from the New South Wales Bar Choir and Willoughby Symphony Choir; featuring the greatest operas of all time. The concert will be held on Sunday, 4 June 2017 at 2.30pm in the Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School, Cleveland St, Moore Park. Tickets are available here.

Clerks' Conference and Dinner

Wed May 31 2017
Collegiality

The 2017 Clerks' Conference and Dinner will take place on Friday, 21 July 2017. It will be held in ‘The Loft’ at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont.

The conference will again be chaired by the fabulous, Jean Kittson. Keynote presentations and workshops will focus on the development, marketing and administration of chambers; from the day to day as well as the long term legal obligations we have as Clerks running our Chambers. For full details please download the invitation here. To register please click here

Following the conference the Clerks' dinner will be held in at the South Pier, Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont. As usual, clerks will be able to invite members of their chambers to the dinner. To RSVP please click here

The NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association will be donating $20 from each dinner ticket sold to The Katrina Dawson Foundation.’

The ALJ is turning 90

Wed May 31 2017

Thomson Reuters is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Australian Law Journal. To mark this important occasion the general editor, the Hon Justice Francois Kunc, has commissioned a special edition,which will be launched on Thursday, 8 June 2017 from 5.00pm in the Banco Court. Guest speaker will be Attorney-General George Brandis QC. RSVP by 31 May to rsvp.auevents@tr.com

Junior Drinks June 2017

Wed May 31 2017
Collegiality

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 Thursday, 15 June 2017 at the Verandah Bar from 5.30pm.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue May 30 2017

Thursday, June 01 2017:Access networks, uncover opportunities: barristers and social media

Presented by Jane Needham SC, Louise Jackson, Marlia Saunders - Senior Associate, Ashurst and Michaela Whitbourn - Journalist, Fairfax. Chaired Michelle Painter SC. This seminar, brought to you by Women Barristers Forum, will discuss how barristers are using social media, how we might use social media more effectively and some traps to watch out for. This seminar is presented as part of the “Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Briefed.” CPD series. #WBFBeSeen

For full details please download a flyer here

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

Farewell sitting for Chief Justice Bryant

Tue May 30 2017

The chief justice of the Family Court, the Hon Diana Bryant AO, will hold her final sitting in Sydney on Wednesday, 21 June 2017. To mark the occasion the court has arranged a short sitting at 9.30am on Level 7 of the Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street. Michael Kearney SC has been invited to speak on behalf of both the New South Wales Bar and the family law profession.

The (mostly) June Judges lunchtime seminar series

Tue May 30 2017

This year we’re delighted to have the Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO and the Hon Justices Ruth McColl AO and Stephen Robb as our speakers. You can book for the complete series or register for each seminar individually.

12.30-2.00pm, Friday, 9 June; Friday, 16 June; and Friday, 18 August The Gallery Room Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library (Lunch and GST inc) For the complete series: $320 for CLA members; $400 for non-members For an individual seminar: $119 for CLA members; $149 for non-members

Register at www.cla.org.au

Friday, 9 June The Hon Justice Stephen Robb, Supreme Court of NSW Practical reflections on success and survival in litigation

Friday, 16 June The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO, Federal Court of Australia The statutory introduction of unconscionability in trade and commerce: the new business conscience

Friday, 18 August The Hon Justice Ruth McColl AO, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW What did you mean? Contractual interpretation and the reasonable business person Due to circumstances beyond her control, Her Honour was unable to make the original date. The topic will remain the same.

Wardell Chambers

Tue May 30 2017

Following the acquisition of 39 Martin Place by TfNSW for the new metro, many of the former members of 16 Wardell Chambers have set up as Wardell Chambers. They are located at Level 10 St James Centre, 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney. Tel numbers and DX remain the same, with the website launching soon. There will be an official opening in due course. There may be opportunities for accommodation in internal rooms. Applicants should contact the clerk, Karen Walker Flynn on ph: 02 9231 3133.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue May 30 2017

Tuesday, May 30 2017 - William Lee: The First Chinese-Australian barrister in NSW

Presented by Malcolm Oakes SC and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Practising certificate renewals 2017-18

Mon May 29 2017
Renewals Update #3

There is only just over one week left to renew your practising certificate by the due date – Wednesday 7 June 2017

DO NOT WAIT until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.

Not intending to renew your practising certificate? If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records.

If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the Certification Officer, Barrie Anthony ph9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

Law Society charity visual arts and music competition

Mon May 29 2017

The Law Society of New South Wales welcomes entries in their Just Art and Just Music competitions proudly supporting their president’s 2017 charity, Bara Barang Corporation Ltd. Flex your artistic muscles with a visual arts or musical piece on the theme of justice. Finalists will be showcased at events in September. Entries close 31 July. Visit www.lawsociety.com.au/president for details, terms and entry.

Yoga classes resume this week

Mon May 29 2017

Bar yoga classes will resume this week after the completion of the Bar Practice Course. Classes will be running in a 10 week term, on Wednesdays at 1.00pm, from 31 May to 2 August. Yogis can pay upfront for the term or on a casual basis. For more information, contact Jolie on mob:0414 092 502.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Mon May 29 2017

Tuesday, May 30 2017 - - William Lee: The First Chinese-Australian barrister in NSW

Presented by Malcolm Oakes SC and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Senior Counsel Selection Committee 2017

Fri May 26 2017

At the Bar Council meeting on 25 May 2017, it was agreed that the 2017 Silk Selection Committee will consist of:

  • Arthur Moses SC (New Chambers)
  • Tim Game SC (Forbes Chambers)
  • Anthony Bartley SC (Elizabeth Street Chambers)
  • Wendy Abraham QC (12th Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers)
  • Adrian Galasso SC (7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers)
  • Kelly Rees SC (Eleven Wentworth Chambers)
  • The Hon Catherine Branson QC (former judge of the Federal Court of Australia)
  • Ms Lindsay Cane (CEO – Royal Far West)

Law Council says reconciliation can be advanced by constitutional change

Fri May 26 2017

The Law Council of Australia has released its submission to the Referendum Council’s Discussion Paper calling for constitutional change to meet the aspirations and wishes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In a media release issued today, Law Council President Fiona McLeod SC said: "The Law Council has long held that the Australian Constitution should formally recognise the distinct identities of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and secure them equality before the law...This is a reform for all Australians, to strengthen the Australian Commonwealth".

View the LCA media release here.

2017 Justice Awards

Fri May 26 2017

Nominations for 2017 Justice Awards are now open. These annual awards recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. The Foundation is seeking nominations in four Award categories:

The Bar Association sponsors the Law and Justice Volunteer Award. The 2017 Justice Awards dinner will be held on Thursday, 19 October 2017 at the Strangers' Dining Room, NSW Parliament House.

How to nominate

Visit the Justice Awards page to read the selection criteria. Download nomination forms and submit your nomination via email Nominations close 5pm Friday 7 July 2017.

Enquiries

Please email justiceawards@lawfoundation.net.au or call (02) 8227 3200 Follow the awards on Twitter @NSWLawFound #justiceawards2017

WBF AGM

Fri May 26 2017
Diversity

The Women Barristers Forum will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 4.45pm in Bar Association Conference Room 1.

Tutorials in Australian Legal History

Thu May 25 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. There is one final tutorial scheduled for the first half of the year:

  • The History of Property Law - old system title 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 on Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

Tutorials in Australian Legal History

Thu May 25 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. There is one final tutorial scheduled for the first half of the year:

  • The History of Property Law - old system title 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 on Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

PCO Drafting Practice Documents

Thu May 25 2017

The NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office has begun to publish documents (called drafting practice documents or DPs) on the NSW legislation website (www.legislation.nsw.gov.au) that outline some of its drafting practices and the reasons for them. Additional documents will be added in the future.

A drafting practice document expresses the official view of the NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office concerning the drafting practice to which it relates. An explanation of the status of, and how to use, drafting practice documents is contained in the drafting practice document entitled DP1: Using PCO drafting practice documents.

Drafting practice documents can be found on the Legislation Information (LegInfo) page of the NSW legislation website under the heading "PCO drafting practices" using this link.

It is not intended for drafting practice documents to deal with all aspects of the drafting practices of the NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office. They will, instead, focus on important or topical areas.

The (mostly) June Judges lunchtime seminar series

Thu May 25 2017

This year we’re delighted to have the Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO and the Hon Justices Ruth McColl AO and Stephen Robb as our speakers. You can book for the complete series or register for each seminar individually.

12.30-2.00pm, Friday, 9 June; Friday, 16 June; and Friday, 18 August The Gallery Room Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library (Lunch and GST inc) For the complete series: $320 for CLA members; $400 for non-members For an individual seminar: $119 for CLA members; $149 for non-members

Register at www.cla.org.au

Friday, 9 June The Hon Justice Stephen Robb, Supreme Court of NSW Practical reflections on success and survival in litigation

Friday, 16 June The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO, Federal Court of Australia The statutory introduction of unconscionability in trade and commerce: the new business conscience

Friday, 18 August The Hon Justice Ruth McColl AO, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW What did you mean? Contractual interpretation and the reasonable business person Due to circumstances beyond her control, Her Honour was unable to make the original date. The topic will remain the same.

Swearing-in ceremony for Joy Boulos

Thu May 25 2017
Appointments

Ms Joy Boulos will be sworn-in as a magistrate of the Local Court on Monday, 29 May 2017 at 9.00am in Courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Bar Councillor Ben Katekar will speak on behalf of the bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

Bar FC narrowly defeated by Freehills 2-1

Wed May 24 2017
Wellbeing

Today was always going to be tough as Bar FC took on a young Freehills side who lead the division with a goal difference of eight after five games. The backline of Boyle, Philips and Griscti worked tirelessly to thwart the raids made into Bar FC's defensive half.

Game was given the job of man marking Freehills playmaker and did so brilliantly. As a result, Bar FC went into the break dominating the last five minutes and with the scores level at 0-0.

The midfield came out firing with excellent lead up play by Jaegar resulting in a pinpoint cross that was finished brilliantly by Morrison who has returned to the fold. With the momentum behind them, Bar FC pushed for a further goal however the younger Freehills (not a partner in sight) pushed hard to equalise, did so and scored again in the dying minutes of the game.

Hard to pick a player of the match given the contribution made by all.

Next week's game is on Wednesday, 31 May at 1.15 above the Domain Car Park. All supporters of Bar FC are welcome.