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Coming up in CPD this week

Wed Aug 09 2017
Save the date

On 24 August 2017 there will be a CPD seminar on Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform. It will be presented by Professor David Rolph and chaired by Greg Tolhurst, the Executive Director of the Bar Association. This CPD seminar will be David’s inaugural professorial lecture. To Learn more click here.

Fathers Day gift ideas from ABA Member Benefits

Wed Aug 09 2017

Member Benefits Australia has a range of great Fathers Day gift ideas for members of the Bar Association, including electrical and sporting goods, travel and MBA's Car Buying Service. Learn more here.

Elizabeth Broderick to deliver the 2017 Hal Wootten Lecture

Tue Aug 08 2017

This year UNSW Law is proud to have alumna Elizabeth Broderick AO deliver the 2017 Hal Wootten Lecture on Thursday, 24 August 2017 at 6.30pm. Throughout her career Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond. Registrations are essential. The lecture will be followed by a cocktail reception. Registrations now open!

Exclusive invitation | The KARENGEE Collection - Viewing & Consultation

Tue Aug 08 2017

Karen Gee is a Sydney-based women’s fashion designer producing high-end women’s attire that caters predominantly to professional women both locally and abroad. Karen’s dresses are worn by a vast amount of media personalities, barristers, MPs and professionals in Australia and overseas, and are a favourite among women looking for exquisite, elegant, structured garments that can be tailored to suit the individual.

Karen Gee would like to offer an exclusive opportunity for female members of the NSW Bar Association to view the collection at the Flagship store in Chifley Square, in a private after-hours setting with Karen, to sample the fabrics and be custom measured for future orders. The event will take place on Thursday, 17 August between 5pm and 7pm.

To register your attendance, please contact jessica@karengee.com.au

For more information about the brand please visit www.karengee.com.au

Australian ADR Awards Dinner

Tue Aug 08 2017
Events

Australian Disputes Centre is proud to announce the Hon Robert French AC as its inaugural patron. His first public appearance in this new role will be at the national ADR Awards Dinner this Thursday evening, 10 August, in Sydney. Bookings will close soon. For further details and to book your tickets today please click here.

Mr French has had a long standing interest and involvement in access to justice for indigenous communities and all proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding the national Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Scholarships Program.

A new date for the Garfield Barwick Address

Tue Aug 08 2017
Lectures

It has been decided by the Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation to make the Address and dinner an annual event to be held in March. The proposed function on 23 August 2017 has been deferred to Wednesday, 14 March 2018.

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address will be delivered by the Hon Ian Callinan AC QC at a dinner to be held at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street Sydney at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. Details of registration and payment will be included in the forthcoming formal invitation.

Please save the date.

City2Surf - Paul Daley OAM raising funds for Sydney Children's Hospital

Tue Aug 08 2017
Bar charity

On 13 August 2017 Paul Daley, former clerk and life member of the Bar Association, will be running in his 47th City2Surf. Paul is one of only twenty men to have raced in Sydney’s premier fun run every year since it began in 1971.

This year Paul is aiming to raise $25,000 to purchase equipment for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, including a specialised stroller that allows severely injured young children to move safely around the hospital, and an ambulatory EEG machine to help doctors make more informed assessments of young epilepsy patients.

Paul has been inspired by the courage and endurance of the chronically ill children at Sydney Children’s Hospital, and dedicates his own 14km ordeal to them. If you would like to donate and support Paul and the Sydney Children’s Hospital, please visit his fundraising page.

New CJ for Supreme Court of Victoria

Tue Aug 08 2017

The attorney-general of Victoria has announced the appointment of the Honourable Justice Anne Ferguson as the new chief justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Ferguson, a Victorian Court of Appeal judge, will take up her appointment in early October 2017, replacing retiring Chief Justice Marilyn Warren. View the media release here.

Bar Choir Christmas Concert

Tue Aug 08 2017
Save the date

The Bar Choir is planning a Christmas convert to raise funds for the Tristan Jepson Memorial foundation on Thursday, 7 December 2017 from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at St James Church, King Street. Further and better details will be available closer to the date.

Bar Association unveils its strategic plan for 2017-20

Mon Aug 07 2017
Strategic plan

On 27 July 2017 Bar Council endorsed the New South Wales Bar Association’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020. President Arthur Moses SC, on behalf of the New South Wales Bar, would like to thank the following councillors and former councillors: Chrissa Loukas SC, Sophie Callan, Mary Walker, Paresh Khandhar, Ben Katekar, Anna Mitchelmore and Julia Roy, along with the Bar Association’s Deputy Executive Director Alastair McConnachie, who sat on a sub-committee of Bar Council to draft the plan.

Submitting subpoenaed items online to NSW courts

Mon Aug 07 2017
Practice and procedure

The online eSubpoena service is now available for the return of subpoenaed documents to registries across the NSW Supreme, District, Local and Land and Environment Courts for civil matters. Subpoena respondents can electronically submit up to 50 files with a total size of 3GB, removing the need to personally deliver documents to civil registries across the state. Learn more here.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Mon Aug 07 2017
Services and benefits

Do you need childcare in an emergency? Do your childcare needs vary from day to day or from week to week? Or are you looking for a permanent childcare arrangement?

New South Wales Bar Association members and chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30 am to 6.00pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au. Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available on the Bar Association's website.

Hellenic Australian Lawyers to host conference in Rhodes

Mon Aug 07 2017
Conferences

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association is hosting an international conference in Rhodes, Greece in July 2018. Chief Justice Kiefel AC will be the keynote speaker, and five other chief justices from around Australia, as well as eminent jurists from Australia and overseas, will be speaking. Details of the conference, including about the speakers, organised tours and registrations are available at the website www.hal.asn.au/Rhodes-conference

Are you interested in becoming a tutor?

Mon Aug 07 2017
Professional development

The tutor/reader relationship forms a critical part of the introduction and transition to a career at the bar. For commencing practitioners, and the profession at large, it is critical that potential tutors and readers are able to connect. The NSW Bar Association will be publishing a list of potential tutors on our website.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, and meet the pre-requisites for being a potential tutor set out in the Bar Association's Tutor Policy, please compete the “Potential Tutor” form here. Once complete please email the form to Courtney Ford at cford@nswbar.asn.au. Courtney will advise of any further step needed to complete the process. Inclusion on the list does not involve an offer or commitment to accept a reader.

Are you interested in becoming a tutor?

Fri Aug 04 2017
Professional development

The tutor/reader relationship forms a critical part of the introduction and transition to a career at the bar. For commencing practitioners, and the profession at large, it is critical that potential tutors and readers are able to connect. The NSW Bar Association will be publishing a list of potential tutors on our website.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, and meet the pre-requisites for being a potential tutor set out in the Bar Association's Tutor Policy, please compete the “Potential Tutor” form here. Once complete please email the form to Courtney Ford at cford@nswbar.asn.au. Courtney will advise of any further step needed to complete the process. Inclusion on the list does not involve an offer or commitment to accept a reader.

Increases to attorney general's rates for legal representation

Fri Aug 04 2017

Attorney General Mark Speakman SC has written to President Arthur Moses SC to advise that the attorney's rates for junior and senior counsel have increased by 1.9% (based on the CPI), effective 1 August 2017. The following rates will apply:

  • Solicitor: $285 per hour with a daily maximum of $2850 plus GST
  • Junior counsel: $285 per hour with a daily maximum of $2140 plus GST
  • Senior counsel: $470 per hour with a daily maximum of $4,700 plus GST

These rates include all overheads, secretarial, legal and administrative assistance but not out of pocket disbursements.

The next review will be conducted after the end of the 2017-18 financial year.

New portraits added to the Bar Association's art collection

Fri Aug 04 2017
Bar art

The portraits of Justice Bell and Justice Gageler were presented last night to President Arthur Moses SC for addition to the permanent Bar Association collection. The portrait of Justice Bell was commissioned out of monies raised by senior members of the criminal bar including her old floor Frederick Jordan chambers. The portrait of Justice Gageler was commissioned by his old floor Eleventh Floor.

At the unveiling last night the president expressed the appreciation of the New South Wales Bar for the portraits and said: "Portraits of members of the New South Wales Bar who have served on The High Court are an important part of the bar's history. It is with a great deal of pride that I welcome back to the Bar Association two of our most revered members, Justice Bell and Justice Gageler, who have served with distinction on the High Court. They have each earnt the admiration of the profession and our bar will be deeply appreciative to have their portraits hanging in this our home."

The artist who did the portraits, Tomas Maceiras, is pictured with Justice Bell and Justice Gageler at the unveiling.

Legal Aid NSW General Criminal Law Panel applications

Fri Aug 04 2017
Positions vacant

The General Criminal Law Panel (the Panel) is currently open for applications.

Applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Monday, 4 September 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee. More information about the Panel and how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

For any further enquiries regarding the Panel please email panels@legalaidnsw.gov.au or contact Professional Practices on 9219 5662.

Wanted: principal lawyers at the Workers Compensation Commission of NSW

Fri Aug 04 2017
Positions vacant

The Workers Compensation Commission of NSW is seeking applications from legal practitioners for two Principal Lawyer permanent roles. Principal Lawyers work as part of the Legal Services Unit and provide professional legal services to the Commission and its stakeholders on complex and challenging matters.

Successful candidates will have substantial legal experience and a sound understanding of workers compensation law and administrative law. Applications (one page covering letter and up to 5 page CV) must be submitted online at iworkfor.nsw.gov.au by Monday, 14 August 2017 (11:59 pm). More information, including a role description, is available here or here.