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Gartelmann SC appointed to the District Court of NSW

Wed Sep 20 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. View the attorney general's announcement here. Members will be advised of further details closer to the date.

Richard Weinstein SC appointed as Advocate for Change

Wed Sep 20 2017
Diversity

President Arthur Moses SC has appointed Richard Weinstein SC as a New South Wales Bar Advocate for Change for a period of three years. The purpose of the Advocates for Change program is to provide role models who are excellent practitioners and who, through the example of what they do and say in their professional lives as barristers, represent the full width of diversity and inclusion that the Bar Association wishes to promote at the bar. View the announcement here.

Bar Knitting Group

Wed Sep 20 2017
Wellbeing

Bar Knitting Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All interested barristers are invited to attend the next meeting on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles and wool. If you don’t know how to knit/crochet and would like to learn, the group will provide. Refreshments provided.

Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Wed Sep 20 2017
Policy and law reform

The New South Wales Bar Association's submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission's Inquiry Into the Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples was the subject of an article in today's Sydney Morning Herald. The Bar Association's submission is available here.

In his statement to the Herald, Arthur Moses SC said:

The New South Wales Bar Association has provided a detailed submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry regarding Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The submission has been prepared by a high profile expert Joint Working Party including members of the Association’s Criminal Law and Human Rights Committees, the judiciary, a former Attorney General, academics and others involved in Aboriginal Justice issues. The Working Party is chaired by former NSW Bar Association President Phillip Boulten SC and the Chair of the Association’s Human Rights Committee, Sarah Pritchard SC, and will play an ongoing role assisting the Association in developing policy initiatives to respond to the ongoing national shame of aboriginal imprisonment rates.

It is obvious from the increasing rates of Aboriginal incarceration, both in NSW and nationwide, that the justice system as a whole is failing to adequately deal with indigenous offenders. This failure is leading to generations of indigenous persons being incarcerated and their full potential not being realised. The Association’s submission makes a number of recommendations regarding important and urgently required criminal justice improvements ranging from changes to the bail regime, properly resourced diversionary programs for offenders, parole and fine enforcement reform to principles and practice regarding sentencing. Principal amongst these recommendations is the Bar Association submission that systemic and background factors must be considered by courts in sentencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. State and Territory governments should legislate, as a matter of urgency, to expressly require courts to consider the unique systemic and background factors affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when sentencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders. The legislation should introduce provisions as to the purposes of sentencing in each State and Territory that specifically recognise:

(a) a purpose of sentencing as “ameliorating the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in custody”;

(b) a purpose of sentencing of “reparation for harm done by the offending to victims or to the community” rather than current purposes relating to recognition of the harm done to the victim of crime and the community;

(c) a purpose of sentencing of “restoration of harmony within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities”, noting that the latter is an important part of dealing with crime and resolution of disputes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and

(d) a purpose of sentencing of “providing equal justice in sentencing decisions”.

The Association’s submission also notes with particular concern that current funding arrangements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services has not kept up with increased demand and the cost of service delivery. It is obvious that manifestly unacceptable incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cannot even begin to be addressed without adequate, consistent and reliable funding of legal services. In this regard the Association has this week approached the NSW Attorney General regarding funding for the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT). The Government has announced a package of reforms regarding a system for early guilty pleas in the criminal justice system. The early guilty pleas proposal will have an enormous impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our criminal justice system and yet the Government has not provided any additional funding to the ALS to assist it in dealing with increased demand for their services. I have written to the Attorney General urging him to urgently address this oversight and ensure that the ALS receives appropriate additional funds to enable it to fulfil its increased responsibilities under this proposal.

Barristers Classifieds

Wed Sep 20 2017
Services and benefits

Barristers Classifieds are published each Wednesday. Individual notices will remain here until they are sold. No liability will be accepted by the New South Wales Bar Association for the information contained on this webpage or in respect of any action taken as a result of using this information. The information contained on this webpage has been supplied by the barrister concerned. Neither its accuracy nor its reliability have been checked nor verified by the New South Wales Bar Association. Independent advice should be sought where relevant inrespect of the information contained on this webpage. The Bar Association reserves the right to remove inappropriate or irrelevant material.For more information, or to place your advertisement in Barristers Classifieds, contact InBrief here.

Room for sale in Denman Chambers - $35,000.00

Applications are invited to purchase an internal room (13.6 m2) in Denman Chambers. Would suit Junior Barrister. Sale includes Commonwealth Law Reports (Vol 1-199) and NSW LR (Vol 1-65) as well as furniture. The floor has an extensive library and is linked to Barnet. All enquiries should be directed to the clerk of the floor, Michelle Borg on 9264 6899 or michelle@denmanchambers.com.au and will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. For more information about the floor, please visit www.denmanchambers.com.au

Room for sale in Denman Chambers - $70,000.00

Large, well appointed, sunny room overlooking Hyde Park available for sale. Suitable for Silk or Senior Junior. The room size is 29m2 and possesses a large conference room, an extensive library and is linked to Barnet. All enquiries should be directed to the clerk of the floor, Michelle Borg on 9264 6899 or michelle@denmanchambers.com.au and will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. For more information about the floor, please visit www.denmanchambers.com.au

Room to license in Frederick Jordan Chambers for 6 months commencing January 2018.

Spacious corner room on level 6 above Elizabeth St and Martin Place. 23 square metres. Monthly rent $2215 plus gst. Monthly clerks and library fees $1355 plus gst. Contact: Elleanor Gillard via email: clerk@fjc.net.au

Room for purchase in Sir James Martin Chambers

Room with views to the Eastern Suburbs is available for purchase at nominal cost. The room is large, light filled and has good shelving. These well-established chambers have a new 10 year lease commencing March 2018. Enquiries concerning outgoings and to arrange an inspection can be directed to the Clerk, Kirsti Reith on 9223 8088 or clerk@sirjamesmartin.com. All enquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence. For more information, please visit www.sirjamesmartin.com

Trust Chambers - external rooms currently available

No buy in – 6 months get out

Trust Chambers has recently negotiated a new 5 year lease with an option for a further 5 year term. The lease contains no ‘knock down’ clause and the rent compares favourably to the current market. Trust Chambers is a stable, long established Floor which has been around for 25 years.

  • The first room, 16-17 square metres, faces directly on to Hyde Park, with floor to ceiling glass and would suit an experienced Junior Counsel.

  • The second room is 14-15 square metres with large wall to wall windows, with good views of the northern side of the Downing Centre and has built in shelving.

We offer the following:

  • Prime location, just metres from Downing Centre Court complex and a short walk to the Family Court Precinct. Also Museum Railway Station, buses and ample car parking a stone’s throw away;
  • Rent/Clerk fees are very reasonable;
  • A good mix of senior & junior barristers across a range of areas, but predominantly in Criminal, Family Law and Commercial litigation;
  • 6 month notice requirement, i.e. members are not required to hold a room beyond that period if they decide to move on.
  • All enquires can be made in utmost discretion to Luke Robinson -Floor Clerk 9264 9444 or clerk@trustchambers.com.au

Larger size Room for Sale on Second Floor Wentworth

Presently licensed on a short term basis, a larger size room (1 and 1/3 size or 4000 shares in CCL) on the Macquarie Street side of Second Floor Wentworth Chambers is available for purchase. It would most likely suit a silk, aspiring silk or senior junior, with or without a PA, or else a barrister requiring or needing more, but not too much more, extra space. The room has extensive “Rosewood” colour shelving and cupboards and a Mitsubishi air-conditioner. There is also a large leather-topped desk with matching leather office chair, a leather lounge and 2 matching leather lounge chairs, all in excellent condition, which may be included in the sale. CCL Maintenance Contributions are $1,552.86 pm including GST and Floor fees are $2,093.85 pm including GST. The floor is fully networked to CCL, uses its VOIP telephone system, has a WiFi connection, and has its own website and electronic diary management by the Clerk. Recently, the floor’s common areas underwent a stylish refurbishment. There is also easy access from the floor through Second Floor Selborne Chambers and the Selborne lifts to the Bar Library. The floor currently comprises 2 silks, 17 juniors and 2 readers. Members practise in most jurisdictions and areas of practice. Floor members work together harmoniously. The room is realistically priced and terms, including as to delayed settlement, if required, are negotiable. The room may be inspected by prior arrangement with the clerk on 9232 4466 or email to clerk2@wentworthchambers.com.au. All enquiries will be dealt in the strictest confidence.

Chambers with anteroom for sale (4,100 shares) - Second Floor, Selborne Chambers

This room is well appointed with extensive storage both in the anteroom and the main room. The anteroom which is presently used for a PA is also suitable as a work station leaving the main room available as a dedicated conference facility. Subject to floor approval, it may also be licensed to defray expenses. The room also has Mitsubishi air-conditioning. Outgoing are only $1565.17 inclusive of GST (CCL) and $1210.00 inclusive of GST in respect of floor fees. There is a considerable diversity of practices amongst members of this strong and congenial floor including commercial, common law (including medical negligence), equity, administrative law, crime, trade practices, tax law and coronial inquiries. Fast internet via CCL VoIp telephone system is available. Asking price $135,000 For further information and inspection contact the floor clerk Sarah Aleksovski or her assistant Skye Arnold on 92336400 or email salekovski@selbornechambers.com.au. All applications will be treated in strict confidence.

Priced to sell

A well-appointed full sized room is available for purchase on Third Floor Wentworth Chambers. With an attractive fit-out and windows to the light well. All reasonable offers will be considered. Enquiries and expressions of interest will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and should be directed to: Adria Poljak, tel: 0414 281 158 email: adriapoljak@wentworthchambers.com.au

Room for licence in Chalfont Chambers

A small internal room has become available to licence in Chalfont Chambers. The available room would suit a junior barrister and is fully fitted out with a desk and shelving. The monthly licence fee is $1,200 excl. GST plus disbursements. Chalfont Chambers is located in the Culwulla Chambers building at 9/67 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. If you are interested in inspecting the room, please contact the Clerk, Justine Ferraro on 02 9232 0186 or clerk@chalfont.com.au All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

7 Windeyer Chambers

Two internal rooms are available for licence/sale. Join a harmonious floor of industrious barristers (practice areas include Administrative, Crime, Equity, Family and Probate). With a Macquarie Street location (Land and Environment Court building), the Supreme/Federal Courts are in close proximity. High speed internet/email connection to Counsel's Chambers Limited is available, together with VoIP telephone system. Enquiries should be directed to Helen Simpkin on 9232 2944 or clerk7@windeyerchambers.com

Level 8 Windeyer Chambers

Sale or Licence Internal room 15.75 square metres

Sale price - Negotiable

Situated in the same building as the Land & Environment Court. Within 100 metres of the Supreme & Federal Courts and NSW Bar Association Dispute Resolution Centre. The floor consists of established senior juniors practising in equity, land and environment law, insolvency and a range of other commercial areas. Counsels' Chambers Limited levies per month are $854.15 [incl GST] Number of shares with Counsels' Chambers Limited is 2,200. Floor Fees are $1725 [incl GST] Enquiries: Sharon Hiller, Clerk of Chambers. Tel: (02) 9235 3033 clerk8@windeyerchambers.com.au www.windeyer8.com.au

For Sale - Internal standard sized room 10.3 squares metres

Sale price: Negotiable

Furnished with shelving and robing cupboard. The floor consists of established senior juniors practising in a wide range of commercial areas. 2040 shares in Counsels Chambers Ltd. Situated in the same building as the Land & Environment Court. Close to the Supreme Court & NSW Bar Dispute Resolution Centre. Possesses working library, high speed internet & email access via Counsels Chambers Network. Counsel Chambers' Levies are $793 per month (GST incl). Floor fees $1725 [ incl GST ] Sharon Hiller Clerk of Chambers Tel: (02) 9235 3033 clerk8@windeyerchambers.com.au www.windeyer8.com.au

Internal standard sized room 13.6 squares metres

Sale Price - negotiable

Furnished with shelving and robing cupboard. The floor consists of established senior juniors practising in a wide range of commercial areas. 2040 shares in Counsels Chambers Ltd. Situated in the same building as the Land & Environment Court. Close to the Supreme Court & NSW Bar Dispute Resolution Centre. Possesses working library, high speed internet & email access via Counsels Chambers Network. Counsel Chambers' Levies are $793.00 per month (GST incl). Floor fees $1725 [ incl GST ] Sharon Hiller, Clerk of Chambers, Tel: (02) 9235 3033 clerk8@windeyerchambers.com.au www.windeyer8.com.au

Eighth Floor Wentworth Chambers

An opportunity to purchase a single room has become available on the Eighth Floor, Wentworth Chambers. The room is tastefully fitted out, with extensive shelving and a robing 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.

Sir Owen Dixon Chambers – Level 64 MLC Centre

A room is currently available for purchase or licence at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers. The room is a good sized internal room with fitout. The floor comprises 60 barristers including three 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.auAll enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence. www.sirowendixon.com.au

An internal half room is available to share on prestigious Sir Owen Dixon Chambers which is on L64 of the MLC Centre. The floor has an impressive library and online research room with access to Westlaw and LexisNexis. The floor has both criminal and civil barristers and has a strong open-door collegial atmosphere. To view the room or for further information, contact the clerk, Ian Irvine, on 8076 6600 or communicate directly with Ngaire Watson, on a confidential basis, by email on ngaire.watson@sirowendixon.com.au or 0403 487 488.

Room for sale in 9 Windeyer Chambers

Room size: 21m2

Room features:

  • 1.5 standard rooms.
  • Newly refurbished.
  • Extensive cupboards and shelving space.
  • Built in large working desk.
  • Space for a 10 seater conference table.
  • Two robe cupboards. Total monthly outgoings are $3,380 in total for maintenance levy and Clerks fees. Counsels Chambers high speed internet access connection. Phones are connected to VoIP. The floor is busy, stable and very harmonious. The floor predominantly practices in common law, insurance, crime, equity and commercial matters. Please contact me if you have any further queries, or would like to make an application or inspection. All enquiries will of course be treated in the strictest of confidence. Contact details: Victoria Leva, personal assistant, Office direct line: (02) 8224 2212, Mobile: 0466 334 846 secretary9@windeyerchambers.com.au

Room for sale on Second Floor Wentworth Chambers

Limited offer - rent free to January 2018

A well-appointed full sized room (3,000 shares in CCL) is available for purchase on Second Floor Wentworth Chambers. With an attractive fit-out and windows to the light well, it provides a high standard of accommodation in chambers that have been fully renovated in the last 18 months. It includes extensive built-in shelving and furniture. There are seventeen members of the Floor including two senior counsel and a number of senior juniors with strong practices in a variety of jurisdictions. The sale price is $180,000. Reasonable offers will be considered. The vendor wishes to sell the room before the end of September 2017. As an incentive, as part of an agreement for sale before that time, the vendor will pay floor fees and CCL maintenance contribution fees up to and including January 2018. Occupation of the room will be available 4 weeks after an agreement is reached. All enquiries and expressions of interest will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and should be directed to: Rhonda Dalton, tel: 9232 4466 email: rhonda.dalton@wentworthchambers.com.au

Opportunity of a Lifetime at Fourth Floor Wentworth Chambers

Are you new at the Bar? Are you looking for Chambers? A room has become available for licence – at no cost (excluding disbursements), and for a period of not less than one year. Due to the extreme generosity of a member of the Floor, this opportunity only exists for a recently admitted member of the Bar. Expressions of interest, together with your CV, should be emailed to the Clerk, Leanne Ferguson.

  • 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers
  • 180 Phillip Street, Sydney
  • Tel: 9232 2722
  • Clerk: Leanne Ferguson – lferguson@4wentworth.com.au Please contact the Clerk if you have any queries. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Rooms for sale or license in Frederick Jordan Chambers

External room for sale on level 1

  • 2 windows overlooking Elizabeth Street.
  • 24 m2
  • $65,000
  • Monthly rent and outgoings $3650 plus GST

External room for sale on level 2

  • 1 window overlooking Martin Place.
  • 18.5 m2
  • $40,000
  • Monthly rent and outgoings $3280 plus GST

External room for sale on level 2

  • 2 windows overlooking Martin Place.
  • 19.5 m2
  • $120,000
  • Monthly rent and outgoings $3355 plus GST

Large external corner room on level 2

  • Available for 6 months from mid December 2017
  • 33m2 - overlooking Martin Place and Phillip Street.
  • Monthly rent $3322 plus gst.

Internal room for sale on level 4

  • Modern fitout
  • 14 m2
  • $25,000
  • Monthly rent and outgoings $2880 plus GST

Room for license

  • Internal room on level 5
  • 14 m2
  • Monthly rent $1530 plus GST
  • Monthly outgoings $1355 plus GST
  • Rental subsidy may apply- please enquire

Internal room on level 6

Available immediately. 15m2
Monthly rent $1590 plus gst. This room is also available to purchase.

External corner room on level 6

Available for 6 months from January 2018 22.5m2 - overlooking Martin Place and Elizabeth Street. Monthly rent $2215 plus gst.

Monthly clerks and library fees are $1355 plus gst on each room.

Contact Elleanor Gillard, Clerk to Chambers on phone 9229 7333 or email clerk@fjc.net.au for further information.

Opportunity to join 13th Floor St James Hall

A room has become available for sale (or license) on 13th Floor St James Hall Chambers. The is fully fitted out with shelving and cupboards. It is 6 m x 3.5 m, located on the Phillip Street side of the building and receives natural light. 13th Floor St James Hall has 7 silks and 17 juniors with a variety of practice areas including administrative law, commercial, common law, crime, defamation, equity and trusts, intellectual property, native title, real property, and succession. There is an extensive floor library with most loose leaf services, internet facilities and a large conference room for the use of floor members. All enquiries should be directed to the clerk and will be treated with strict confidence. Eugene Crosby: clerk.13@stjames.net.au.Ph: 9335 3001.

Opportunity to license/buy on 11th Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers

The room is a generously sized internal room with full wall library, large windows providing natural light, ample brief shelving, plenty of cupboard storage, mini fridge cupboard and a robing closet. Please contact Elisa Tringali with expressions of interest by email or on phone on (02) 9335 3091. All enquiries will be afforded strict confidence.

Law reports for sale

A retired magistrate and member of the Bar Association would like to sell Australian Law Reports (Vol.1-70, plus consolidated index) and New South Wales Law Reports (Vol.1-83, plus index). Open to offers to purchase book case as well. Enquiries: (02) 9969 8071.

Law reports and journals for sale

Reasonable offers accepted for all or some of the following, all in excellent condition:

  • New South Wales Law Reports, [1971] 1 NSWLR to (2016) 91 NSWLR, bound volumes, complete.

  • Western Australian Law Reports, (1991) 6 WALR to (2016) 50 WALR, bound volumes, complete

  • Tasmanian Law Reports (1991) 1 Tas LR to (2015) 23 Tas LR, bound volumes, complete

  • Australian Case Citator – complete 1825-2017, 16 bound volumes + updates to 2017

  • Australian Property Law Journal vol 1 to date, loose leaf folders, complete

  • Butterworths Property Reports, vol 1 to date, loose leaf volumes, complete

Contact: Peter Butt; (02) 9436 2400; peter.butt@sydney.edu.au

Desk for sale

I am a retired solicitor and have a very large Victorian era partner’s desk that I wish to sell. It is in fine condition with a green coloured tooled leather top and would be very suitable for a busy barrister requiring extensive work space. It has dimensions of approximately 1.8 m by 1.6 m. It has a sheet of clear glass of the same dimensions, if required, to protect the leather surface. The desk is in three parts: two pedestals with drawers on both sides and the desk top, which makes it convenient to move. The abundant work space is the particular attraction. Contact: Graham Bellamy, PO Box 597 Mosman 2088, grahambellamy@bigpond.com or ph: (02) 9969 8005

2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – All welcome

Tue Sep 19 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 Friday, 20 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.

The Ron McCallum Debate

Tue Sep 19 2017
Debates

The 7th Annual Ron McCallum Debate will be hosted by the Australian Institute of Employment Rights (AIER) at the UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Auditorium on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 (4pm to 6pm). This year’s debate will challenge whether the Workplace Relations system is in need of fixing and how the future of work should be regulated.

Registration is essential via the AIER. Please call: 03 9647 9111 or email: admin@aierights.com.au

Presented by the Australian Institute of Employment Rights, an independent, not-for-profit organisation that works in the public interest to promote fairer workplaces.

Raising funds in the NY City Marathon

Tue Sep 19 2017
Charity at the bar

Nerida Harvey, the pro bono solicitor for the Law Society and valued colleague of the Bar Association's Legal Assistance Referral Scheme, will run the 2017 New York City Marathon with the Team for Kids. Nerida's target is to raise $2,620 for the NY Road Runners Youth Programs by 3 October 2017. To learn more about Nerida or her cause, visit her fundraising page here.

Workers Compensation Regulation Bulletin

Tue Sep 19 2017

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has published the Workers Compensation Regulation Bulletin, Issue 28, 09/2017. This edition has a feature article (in fact, it's the only article) on "Indexed adjustments to workers compensation benefits from 1 October 2017". View the bulletin on the SIRA website.

Federal Court replaces Interest on Judgments Practice Note

Tue Sep 19 2017
Practice and procedure

The Chief Justice of the Federal Court has revoked the Interest on Judgments Practice Note (GPN-INT) issued on 25 October 2016. Its replacement is now available on the Federal Court website.

The Interest on Judgments Practice Note (GPN-INT) is one of the Court’s General Practice Notes and clarifies certain matters relevant to the calculation of interest on Federal Court judgments. As part of the 12-month review of the General Practice Notes the court has made minor changes to this practice note.

For calculation of interest, please refer to the table of Pre-judgment & Post-judgment Interest Rates on the court's website. If you have any questions about this practice note please email the court at practice.notes@fedcourt.gov.au

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Tue Sep 19 2017

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.

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Mon Sep 18 2017
Call for papers

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.

Congratulations to the Bar Half Marathon Team

Mon Sep 18 2017
Charity at the New South Wales Bar

Cynthia Cochrane and Ben Symons ran the Blackmores Half Marathon yesterday and raised $4,400 for the Katrina Dawson Foundation, well in excess of the $3,000 target. Cynthia finished with the official time of 2:04:24, while Ben finished in 1:38. The Everyday Hero page will stay online a little longer, giving members one last chance to raise even more. Well done Cynthia and Ben!

UN Women National Committee Australia: call for board expressions of interest

Mon Sep 18 2017
Diversity

UN Women National Committee Australia is calling for nominations for three members of the Board of Directors, to commence a three year term in November 2017. Applications close 24 September 2017. To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, candidates must be a current financial member of UN Women NC Australia. Learn more about the selection criteria here. For more about the UN Women and the UN Women National Commmittee Australia visit UN Women.

Members obligations under the Professional Standards Scheme

Mon Sep 18 2017
Services and benefits

Every barrister who holds a NSW practising certificate, is a member of the Bar Association and has approved professional indemnity insurance is covered by the New South Wales Bar Association’s Professional Standards Scheme, which limits their liability for damages to $1.5 million.

Mandatory disclosure statement

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation

All members covered by the scheme are reminded of their obligation to display the mandatory disclosure statement on all documentation sent to existing and prospective clients – including instructing solicitors. This ensures that the scheme can be relied upon to protect against unlimited liability. A person covered by a scheme who does not use the disclosure statement as required is guilty of an offence (refer s33(2) of the Professional Standards Act 1994).

The 2017 annual random audit of members on the use of the mandatory statement has shown that a small number of members have not been displaying the mandatory disclosure statement as required. The main breaches are using:

  • a variation of words other than that prescribed by the Regulation;
  • the former prescribed statement which expired on 25 October 2005; and
  • a typeface that is smaller than the minimum required under the Regulation.

Clause 9 of the Professional Standards Regulation 2014 sets out the prescribed disclosure statement to be used, i.e. ‘Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation’. The statement must be printed on a size not less than the face measurement of Times New Roman typeface in 8 point.

The Professional Standards Council published a guide on responsibilities of members to use the disclosure statement which can be viewed here.

Please check to ensure you are using the correct disclosure statement on all documents as required.

Should you have any queries regarding the Scheme, please contact the Bar Association’s Scheme Administrator and Senior Projects Lawyer, Ms Kim Kemp on ph 9232 4055, fax 9221 1149 or e-mail kkemp@nswbar.asn.au.

2017 Justice 4 Refugees Cocktail Evening

Mon Sep 18 2017
Charity at the bar

On behalf of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), the New South Wales Bar Association invites all members of the NSW Bar to be our guest at the Justice 4 Refugees (J4R) Cocktail Evening on Wednesday 11 October 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Guest Speakers include The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs.

The New South Wales Bar Council has resolved to be a RACS Fundraising Partner. The J4R Cocktail Evening aims to raise funds and celebrate the work of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service who for more than 30 years has been actively protecting and advocating for the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia.

All proceeds raised on the evening will be donated directly to the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).

Should you wish for more information or to attend this event, please forward your RSVP to rsvp@nswbar.asn.au by Wednesday 4 October 2017 - Spaces are strictly limited

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

Mon Sep 18 2017
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for Mr David Bennett AC QC, celebrating his 50 years at the Bar. The 15 Bobber 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.

Finals fever deals from ABA Member Benefits

Fri Sep 15 2017
Services and benefits

Members of the New South Wales Bar Association enjoy access to the Australian Bar Association's member benefits scheme. The service partner, MBA Benefits, has negotiated special offers on luxury cars, electrical goods, travel experiences and holiday packages. Their exclusive offers for September 2017 can be viewed here.

Copyright Law and Practice Symposium

Fri Sep 15 2017
Conferences

The Australian Copyright Council, along with the Copyright Society of Australia, invite members to the 18th Biennial Copyright Law and Practice Symposium on 12-13 October 2017 at Lendlease Darling Harbour. Keynote speaker will be the Hon Pierre N Leval, justice of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Learn more here.

New federal dispute resolution scheme for consumers

Thu Sep 14 2017
Dispute resolution

The Australian Government has announced the formation of a new "one-stop shop dispute resolution scheme", the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). AFCA will replace the three existing schemes – the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), the Credit and Investments Ombudsman (CIO) and the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (SCT) - and will have a monetary limit of $1 million and compensation cap of $500,000. Learn more here.

Wellbeing at the New South Wales Bar

Thu Sep 14 2017
Wellbeing

R U OK? Day is the perfect opportunity to check out the new and revised Wellbeing pages on the New South Wales Bar Association's website. There, you will find information on: how to get help (BarCare, Bar Cover, Benevolent Fund); how to get involved in social, sporting and recreational events; as well as information about relevant lectures on vicarious trauma and the TJMF Guidelines to Psychological Wellbeing. Bookmark the page and visit it often.

R U OK?

Thu Sep 14 2017

Wellbeing

Today is R U OK? Day. Stay connected and have meaningful conversations with a loved one, friend and work colleague. Be a good listener. For more information on the simple steps that could save a life, visit the R U OK? website.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Thu Sep 14 2017
Wellbeing

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 at 6.00pm. Up for discussion will be The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover. You can read a review here.

Benevolent Association: donations may now be made online

Wed Sep 13 2017
Services and benefits

Message from the Treasurer, Andrew Bell SC and Chair of the Wellbeing Committee, Kylie Nomchong SC

The Barristers’ Benevolent Association of New South Wales was established to set up a scheme whereby financial assistance may be provided to persons who are (or have been) members of the NSW Bar and who have practiced predominantly in NSW.

There are no fixed circumstances in which such assistance may be provided save for it being directed to “necessitous and deserving cases”. It provides a fund for those who are suffering from hardship either in the short term or long term. The funding is an important part of the collegiate life of the Bar and how we look after each other. In order to ensure that the Fund is maintained and available for our colleagues who need it, the Fund must receive the support of those at the Bar who are able to do so. Donations may now be made online. Donations are tax deductible.

Applications may be made to the Benevolent Association and ought include the basis on which the application is made together with any supporting documentation. Grants of assistance may extend to the Member’s spouse (including surviving spouse), partner in a defacto relationship (both opposite and same sex relationships) (including surviving defacto partner), children (including adopted children and children of any aforementioned spouse or partner) and any such other persons that may be determined by the Committee of Management to be dependants.

Applications are confidential. Applications are assessed on a case by case basis by the Committee of Management of the Benevolent Association, whose decisions are final and conclusive. The Committee is comprised of the Executive of the Bar Council.