Clerks' Conference and Dinner: Early Bird Registrations close today

Mon Jun 26 2017

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.’

PG Hely Chambers

Mon Jun 26 2017

Following the acquisition of 39 Martin Place by TfNSW for the new metro, PG Hely Chambers have relocated to level 9, 75 Elizabeth St, Sydney (cnr King St). Telephone numbers and all other contact details for members remain the same. Any queries please contact the clerk, Debbie Van Den Hoek, on 9224 9755.

ICAC appointments: a statement from President Arthur Moses SC

Fri Jun 23 2017

The New South Wales Bar Association welcomes the nominations of Trish McDonald SC and Stephen Rushton SC as commissioners of ICAC and Bruce McClintock SC as inspector of ICAC. Each of the nominees are senior members of the bar who are respected by their peers for their intellect and integrity. The bar is confident that each of the nominees will discharge to a high standard the important functions of the respective offices to which they have been nominated. View the government's media release here.

Save on 2018 CPE conferences

Fri Jun 23 2017

End of financial year savings available for our 2018 conferences! As June 30 approaches, you may find it useful to pay for self-education expenses in relation to conference registration, accommodation and travel for our forthcoming conferences. CPE Travel have released their annual EOFY cruise and 2 for 1 travel packages, allowing you to make the most of your self-education budget.

Contact the CPE Team for further information on 07 3254 3331 or

Moses SC raises more than $20K in Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Fri Jun 23 2017

InBrief is pleased to report that President Arthur Moses SC survived last night's 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout and raised more than $20,000 for the cause. Speaking after the event, the president told InBrief: "We regularly see people who are homeless taking refuge in the legal profession precinct. One of the more confronting trends this winter is the increasing rates of women over the age of 55 years old who are homeless. I would like to thank the profession for donating to this worthwhile cause." The CEO Sleepout website is still accepting donations. Make yours here.

EPLA 2017 Conference: Sustainability in Action, 19-20 October

Fri Jun 23 2017

The annual EPLA Conference will be held on 19 and 20 October 2017 at the Lendlease Darling Quarter "Monkey Baa" Theatre at Darling Harbour. The annual EPLA conference covers a wide spectrum of topics selected to engage and interest professionals from many disciplines who practice across the diverse areas of planning, local government, environmental law, administrative and property law, and climate change. In 2017 the focus is on sustainability across land, water and air. Download a program here.

Bar Knitting Group

Fri Jun 23 2017

All interested barristers are invited to attend the next meeting of the Bar Knitting Group. It will be held on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles, and wool etc. Instruction available if required. Light refreshments will be served.

Wellbeing at the bar: Keep up to date with events and activities

Thu Jun 22 2017

The Bar Association's Wellbeing Committee encourages members of the bar to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle through education and participation in organised sporting, social and recreational activities. The committee's page on the Bar Association's website features the TJMF Guidelines to Wellbeing and information on how to get help and how to get involved in sporting and recreational activities. The list will be added to in coming months. Visit the Wellbeing web page or contact the Wellbeing Committee.

Wax your board for the 10th annual ALSA Conference, Bali

Thu Jun 22 2017

The Australasian Lawyers Surfing Association is hosting its 10th annual conference at a Padang Padang, Bali, on 6-11 August 2017. Part of the founding philosophy of ALSA is to help impoverished communities situated in areas hosting the conferences. This year, participants will have an opportunity to visit the East Bali Poverty Project. Learn more here.

If surfing isn't your thing, you can find out more about other sporting and social events by visiting the Health and Wellbeing Committee's page on the Bar Association's website.

Save on Qantas & Virgin Club Memberships

Thu Jun 22 2017

Members now have access to heavily discounted airline memberships with Qantas and Virgin Australia as part of the Australian Bar Association's benefits program. Learn more here.

Fitted for Work clothing drive closes tomorrow

Thu Jun 22 2017

Clear out your (or your partner’s) closet for a good cause – Fitted For Work clothing drive, 19 – 23 June 2017. Fitted for Work is a charity that dresses and coaches disadvantaged women for job interviews. Members are asked to raid their (or their partner’s) wardrobes and donate good quality business clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories to the inaugural Fitted For Work clothing drive. Donations can be delivered to Two Wentworth Chambers between 19-23 June 2017. All donations will be delivered to Fitted for Work in Parramatta.

Panel Discussion: Elder Law & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Thu Jun 22 2017

Elder mediation is a new and growing practice area gaining increased attention. As our population ages there is going to be an inevitable increase is disputes between family members and other third parties (such as nursing homes, retirement villages and financial institutions). The Law Society will host a panel discussion on Thursday, 22 June 2017 at 5.30pm. Learn more here

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Thu Jun 22 2017

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Out in the cold: Moses SC in the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Thu Jun 22 2017

President Arthur Moses SC is closing in on his fundraising target in tonight's 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. This year $4.4m has been pledged to support the St Vincent de Paul's homeless services. Moses SC has set a fundraising target of $20,000. Please give generously. Make your donation here.

Parliament needs more than one day to consider lethal force legislation

Wed Jun 21 2017

The Bar Association and the Law Society of NSW have issued a joint media release urging the New South Wales Parliament not to pass a new terrorism bill in haste. The Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Powers and Parole) Bill 2017 would, among other things, enable the commissioner of police to declare an incident a terrorist act, authorising the use of force (including lethal force) by police. "We urge the Government to allow proper consideration of the Bill to ensure that it does not contain any unintended consequences and in fact meets the objectives it purports to be directed at achieving", the presidents said. View the media release here.

Vale Carolyn Jane Barkell

Wed Jun 21 2017

Carolyn Barkell, former barrister and magistrate, has died. A funeral will be held at 1.30pm Friday, 23 June 2017 at West Chapel, Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park followed by a gathering at Timbah, 375 Glebe Point Road, Glebe from 2.30pm. Please send flowers to the memorial park.

Appointment to note: NSW privacy commissioner

Wed Jun 21 2017

Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced the proposed appointment of Samantha Gavel as NSW privacy commissioner after an independent recruitment process led by the NSW public service commissioner. View the media release here.

Ethical Guidance Scheme

Tue Jun 20 2017

The Bar Association conducts an ethical guidance scheme whereby barrister members of the New South Wales Bar Association can seek urgent ethical guidance. The scheme operates in the following manner:

  • Barristers may contact senior counsel currently serving on the Bar Association’s professional conduct committees. In urgent cases the contact may be by telephone.

  • The names and telephone numbers of senior counsel can be obtained by telephoning the Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Department (phone 9232 4055). The names of senior counsel serving on professional conduct committees are also available on the Bar Association website on the Appointments page that lists all Bar Council committees.

  • If the barrister wishes to have a record of the discussion with senior counsel, he or she should send a letter to senior counsel as soon as is practicable, recording the facts and the guidance given. A copy of the letter to senior counsel may also, if the barrister wishes, be sent to the Director, Professional Conduct.

  • However, any decision and all responsibility is that of the individual barrister. The role of senior counsel is to provide an opportunity for discussion to assist members in reaching a conclusion, not to give legal advice or a 'ruling'. (A previous system for providing ‘ethics rulings’ to barristers was reviewed by the Bar Council some years ago and is no longer in place).

  • Members should, of course make themselves familiar with the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015. The rules are available on the Bar Association website's Uniform Law page and the New South Wales legislation website.

  • There is no provision in the current barristers’ conduct rules for the Bar Council or president to waive compliance with any rule.

  • Similarly there is no provision in the rules requiring the approval of the Bar Council or president (as was the case with the previous rules 96 and 99(n)).

  • If you have any questions about the ethical guidance scheme please contact the Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Department (on phone 9232 4055 or at )

Coming up in CPD: Mediation Advocacy - Ethics & Skills

Tue Jun 20 2017
Presented by David Ash. Chaired by Ian Davidson SC.

On Wednesday, 28 June 2017 there will be a CPD seminar dealing with three advocacy issues in the context of mediation. First, advocate's immunity. Secondly, ethics (with reference to the Bar Rules and the Civil Procedure Act). Thirdly, the advocate's role in numerous aspects including choosing a mediator, pre-mediation conferences with the client, preparing a position paper, making an opening, advising the client during mediation, and preparing for settlement. For full details please download a flyer here.

Money for courtrooms and CLCs in the NSW Budget

Tue Jun 20 2017

The NSW Government has released its 2017-18 budget and among the key initiatives for the justice system are: $17.8 million towards redevelopment of the Surry Hills Children’s Court; $8.54 million for two new secure trial courtrooms; and $6m over two years for Community Legal Centres. View the attorney general's media release here.

A great EOFY deal from the MBA Car Buying Service

Tue Jun 20 2017
Free service for members, saving time and money

June is a great time to look at upgrading your vehicle; if you are in the market for a new car, let the MBA Car Buying Service help. It's an obligation free, complete end to end car purchasing service, where you pick the car and we take care of the rest. We can help you achieve a great deal on any new car you are looking to purchase, regardless of make or model. As well as sourcing a competitive price, we can look after your trade-in, and even organise finance and insurance.

Online art auction for the EDO NT

Mon Jun 19 2017

Each year the Environment Defenders Office NT ('EDO NT') holds an online art auction. The EDO NT lost its funding in the 2014 federal budget and now relies on the auction to fund its operations. The online auction will remain open until 22 June 2017. More information about the artists and their works can be found hereand here.

The EDO NT is a not-for-profit legal centre which represents many community members, including Aboriginal clients, to protect their environment.