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2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and Centenary Conference

Fri Sep 29 2017

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will delivered by The Hon James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia on 1 November 2017 at 5.30 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room.

The 2017 Annual Lecture will be preceded by the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference, to celebrate the life and times of the late Sir Maurice Byers CBE QC on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The Conference will be held from 2.00pm - 5.00pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. To view the 2017 conference program please click here.

All are welcome to attend.

Click hereTo RSVP for your place at the 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference.

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055. The Maurice Byers Centenary Conference is convened by Maurice Byers Chambers. For more information about the Conference please contact Andrew Naylor or Melissa Brown on 02 8233 0300.

Arts Law's art sale fundraiser

Fri Sep 29 2017
Art and law

Arts Law and Martin Place Chambers will host an art sale fundraiser on Thursday, 2 November 2017 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Learn from experts about the art for sale and add to your collection – or start it! Funds raised will help Arts Law continue its important work supporting the artists of Australia. Catalogue available soon at artslaw.com.au. RSVP to Sophie Byrne, artslaw@artslaw.com.au or ph: (02) 9356 2566.

Senior Counsel appointments for 2017

Fri Sep 29 2017

President Arthur Moses SC has announced the names of 11 barristers who have been appointed Senior Counsel. The successful applicants for 2017, in order of their length of service at the Bar, can be viewed here.

Profiles of the successful applicants can be viewed here.

Statistics regarding Senior Counsel appointments in 2013-17 can be viewed here.

View the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol here.

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Fri Sep 29 2017
Call for papers - Final Call

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2018 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2018 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 17 February
  • Parramatta – Saturday 24 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 10 March
  • Orange – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 24 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Please ensure to include '2018 Regional Conferences' in the email subject line along with the inclusion of a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion in the email.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 29 September.

Senior counsel 2017

Fri Sep 29 2017

The appointment of senior counsel for 2017 will be announced at 1.00pm today. Learn more here.

Bar Association annual general meeting and election timetable

Thu Sep 28 2017
Governance

The Bar Association’s AGM will be held on Thursday, 2 November at 5.00pm, in the Common Room. The election ballot closes at 1.00pm that day and counting commences on the morning of Friday, 3 November, with announcement of the results via In Brief later that day. The nomination forms for election of the 2018 Bar Council were posted on Friday, 15 September. A preliminary notice and election timetable is available here.

Forbes Lecture for 2017 is on tonight!

Thu Sep 28 2017

Members are invited to attend this year's Forbes Lecture, which will be delivered by Justice Margaret Beazley AO, president of the Court of Appeal. It is titled, "An insight into appellate justice in New South Wales". The lecture will be held tonight at 5.15pm in Banco Court.

World Day Against the Death Penalty

Thu Sep 28 2017
Seminars

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 will be the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty and to mark the
occasion, Reprieve Australia invite members of the New South Wales Bar to a seminar by Parvais Jabbar MBE and Saul Lehrfreund MBE, from The Death Penalty Project, London. Be briefed on the current progress in the global anti-death penalty campaign.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 11 October at 6.00pm at the offices of Arnold Block Leibler in Level 24, Chifley Tower. RSVP to events@reprieve.org.au by 4 October 2017.

Reprieve Australia began in 2001 with the sole purpose to work to end the death penalty. They have sent over 100 volunteer legal interns overseas, to support under resourced lawyers. The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG is their patron.

ALRC review of the Family Law System

Thu Sep 28 2017
Law Reform

Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis yesterday announced that the Australian Law Reform Commission would undertake a comprehensive review of the family law system and that he had appointed Professor Helen Rhoades as full-time commissioner to lead the review. Further information, including the attorney-general's media release and the terms of reference, is available here. In response, the Law Council strongly welcomed the review but said that lasting reform will require significant court and legal assistance funding.

Legal Aid NSW Complex Criminal Law Barrister Panel

Wed Sep 27 2017
Panels

The Legal Aid NSW Complex Criminal Law Barrister Panel (formerly known as the Specialist Barrister Panel (Complex Criminal Law) is open for applications by new applicants and panel barristers seeking reappointment. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, 11 October 2017. The panel is open to junior counsel only.

Appointments to the panel will be for two years at the conclusion of the selection process, to allow for a further review of the panel and its requirements before the panel is re-opened again. Barristers appointed to the panel will be required to re-apply for appointment at that time.

Barristers appointed to the panel are eligible to be briefed in the following legally aided matters:

  • All Supreme Court trials and pleas
  • Manslaughter trials and pleas
  • Matters where the trial is complex because of the nature of the charge or the defence or where significant case management is required. For example: sex slavery, fraud or money laundering charges where there are more than 30 counts and/or the total value is more than $500,000
  • Those trials involving a number of expert witnesses and identified by the trial judge as requiring significant case management pursuant to s 141 Criminal Procedure Act 1986
  • Where the trial length is estimated at 20 days or more
  • Where the brief of evidence is more than 5,000 pages
  • All terrorism matters
  • Where there are multiple complainants and/or multiple defendants in sexual assault trials

The panel arrangements will not apply to other matters not covered by the panel. The policy requiring solicitors to instruct Public Defenders, if available, will continue to apply.

Current panel members need to apply for reappointment if they wish to continue to be briefed in complex criminal law matters. These barristers will have been contacted by email providing further information.

Panel barristers who want to confirm whether they have to apply for reappointment can contact Professional Practices on (02) 9219 5662 or at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

All applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Wednesday, 11 October 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee.

Information about the panel is available on the Complex Criminal Law Barrister Panel web page and contains the following:

  • Information for current panel members applying for reappointment
  • Information for new applicants
  • Practice standards
  • Service agreement

More information about how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

For any enquiries regarding the panel please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Wed Sep 27 2017
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts Magistrate Stafford and Magistrate Tsavdaridis for breakfast in Parramatta on 20 October 2017 from 8am. The breakfast will be held at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta.

Drop in for a short(or long) time from 8:00am – 9:30am.

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Corrie Goodhand, 8th Floor Selborne Chambers, at: cgoodhand@eightselborne.com.

NCAT Legal Bulletin No 8 of 2017

Wed Sep 27 2017

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has publishes the NCAT Legal Bulletin – an e-newsletter highlighting interesting case law from NCAT’s jurisdiction, and other useful information significant to the tribunal’s work. Issue 8 of 2017 can be viewed here.

Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride

Wed Sep 27 2017
Charity at the New South Wales Bar

Nathan Avery-Williams took part in the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride last Sunday. Thanks in part to the generosity of the New South Wales Bar, he raised $2,213, while his team raised $4,423. The Sydney ride itself raised over $300,000.

The Future of Hong Kong: 20 Years After Handover

Wed Sep 27 2017
Of interest to members

Twenty years ago, Britain handed over the colony of Hong Kong to Mainland China. Fast forward to the present, and the relationship between the Mainland and its Special Administrative Region is becoming increasingly turbulent. Hong Kong is allegedly governed under the “One country, two systems” approach, where it is considered part of China, but has a different legal system. Yet these lines may be blurring. What does the future of the Hong Kong look like going forward? How has it changed since handover? What are the some of the most pressing challenges for its legal system, including human rights?

These questions and others will be answered by a panel of speakers at an event hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) on Thursday, 5 October 2017 at 6.30pm-7.30pm at Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street. Keynote speaker will be Professor Johannes Chan SC, who has appeared in a number of cases on constitutional law and human rights. For more information, or to register, click here.

Swearing-in ceremony for Gartelmann SC

Tue Sep 26 2017
Appointments

Timothy Gartelmann SC has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9:00am on Tuesday, 3 October 2017. Attorney General Mark Speakman SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers are to wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

National Model Equitable Briefing Policy Report

Tue Sep 26 2017
Gender Equitable Briefing

The Bar Association adopted the National Model Equitable Briefing Policy on 1 September 2016. As a briefing entity, the association is required to report and is pleased to report that from 1 September 2016 to 30 June 2017 women were selected for 25% of briefs and account for 55% of the value of all brief fees paid. Learn more here.

2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – All welcome

Tue Sep 26 2017
Charity at the bar

Members and their friends are invited to the 2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 27 October at Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from early October at the Bar Association Reception. RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Wednesday 18 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact the Associations, Events Coordinator Erika Childs on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there.

2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – All welcome

Tue Sep 26 2017
Charity at the bar

Members and their friends are invited to the 2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 27 October at Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from early October at the Bar Association Reception. RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Wednesday 18 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact the Associations, Events Coordinator Erika Childs on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there.

Health Law Masterclass

Tue Sep 26 2017
Seminars

On Friday, 6 October, from 9.00am to 4.00pm Sydney Law School and QUT School of Law are co-hosting a Health Law Masterclass on recent developments in health law practice and regulation. This will be of particular interest to practising health lawyers who provide services to the health sector, health professionals with an interest in legal, bioethical and regulatory issues, executives and managers of health care organisations, and students. It will be held at Sydney Law School Common Room, level 4, New Law School Building (F10) Eastern Avenue, Camperdown. To learn more, or to register for the event, download a program here.

Kaldor Centre Conference 2017: The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration

Tue Sep 26 2017
Conferences

In 2018, world leaders will adopt two landmark documents – a Global Compact on Refugees, and a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration. Bringing together leading international and local experts involved in the process, including Elizabeth Ferris and Alexander Betts, the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 on 24 Nov will review progress and anticipate what developments. Will the Global Compacts represent a turning point in the global governance of human movement? Will they promote new international standards and responses? Or will they simply reflect the status quo? And what will this mean for Australia and the world? CPD points available. More information and registration is here.

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Tue Sep 26 2017
Call for papers - Final week

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2018 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2018 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 17 February
  • Parramatta – Saturday 24 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 10 March
  • Orange – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 24 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Please ensure to include '2018 Regional Conferences' in the email subject line along with the inclusion of a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion in the email.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 29 September.

AACL seminar - Scholarship, Advocacy and Judgment

Tue Sep 26 2017
Seminars

Australian Association of Constitutional Law will host a special panel discussion on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 between The Hon Robert French AC, Professor Adrienne Stone and Dr Ruth Higgins. The event will be held in Courtroom 18B, Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square between 5.30pm and 7.00pm.

Reflecting the AACL’s diverse membership spanning the judiciary, the academy, and the practising profession, speakers will converse on the topic of Scholarship, Advocacy and Judgment, exploring the relationship between courts, universities and practitioners both generally and in connection with current affairs, which has seen constitutional law in the public eye.

The event will appeal to practitioners and scholars seeking an understanding of the various uses that can be made of scholarship in practice and vice versa, as well as those interested more broadly in the relationship between the different branches of the legal profession.

The event is open to non-members of the AACL.

Mr David Bennett AC QC - Celebrating 50 Years at the Bar

Mon Sep 25 2017
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend an event for Mr David Bennett AC QC, celebrating his 50 years at the Bar. It will be held Friday, 20 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Mr David Bennett AC QC will be Mr John Sheahan QC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 5.00pm Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Proposed Commercial Law Section of the New South Wales Bar

Mon Sep 25 2017

For many years, members of the NSW Bar have organised a series of occasional seminars, and lectures and an annual dinner under the banner of the Public Law Section of the Bar. In response both to the success of that Section and interest from members, it is proposed to establish a Commercial Law Section of the NSW Bar with a view to holding a quarterly seminar/lecture/discussion (which would also attract CPD points) and an annual dinner following a named lecture. It is proposed that the Commercial Law Section will also engage with solicitors and members of the judiciary who will be invited to events and round table discussions.

It is contemplated that the subject matter reach of the proposed section would extend to include corporations law, insolvency, transnational commercial litigation, commercial class actions and commercial arbitration (including international commercial arbitration). For planning purposes, expressions of interest are invited for both topics and speakers. Please communicate expressions of interest by email to Andrew Bell SC (asbell@elevenwentworth.com) and Michael Izzo (mizzo@elevenwentworth.com).