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

Mon Oct 16 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.

2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and Centenary Conference

Mon Oct 16 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.

Whitmore Lecture 2017

Fri Oct 13 2017
Lectures

The Council of Australasian Tribunals (COAT) invites members to the Whitmore Lecture 2017 "Separation of Powers – Dialogue and Deference", which will be delivered by the Hon Justice John Basten on Tuesday 17 October 2017 between 6.00pm and 7.30pm in the Banco Court, Queens Square. The lecture will be followed by light refreshments. This is a free event but bookings are essential by 16 October. Register here.

2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – All welcome

Fri Oct 13 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 Wednesday 18 October at the Bar Association Reception. RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs have been extended until Tuesday 24 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. RSVPS Close 18 October 2017.

Coming up in CPD on Monday

Thu Oct 12 2017

Monday, October 16 2017: 'Crossing the line: Behaviour that gets barristers into trouble' Presented by Kate Eastman SC and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar will be livestreamed to members via the CPD Online platform at: https://www.nswbar.asn.au/live-stream/members

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

Party season savings - special offer from Guardian Early Learning Group

Thu Oct 12 2017
Member services and benefits

Between now and Christmas, Guardian Early Learning Group are offering $100 Mondays and/or Fridays for enrolled bar families currently seeking additional childcare days. This is being offered at select centres, including Castlereagh Street and Little Steps. More information, including terms and conditions, is available here.

Qld Bar Dispute Resolution Conference

Wed Oct 11 2017
Conferences

The Bar Association of Queensland will hold its Dispute Resolution Conference on Saturday, 28 - Sunday, 29 October at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast. Learn more here.

Appointments to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court

Wed Oct 11 2017
Appointments

The Hon John Pascoe AC CVO has been appointed as chief justice of the Family Court of Australia. In addition, William Alstergren QC has been appointed chief judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. View the attorney general's media release here.

2017 Forbes Society Australian Legal History Essay Competition

Wed Oct 11 2017

Each year the Forbes Society conducts an essay competition for secondary and university students. The competition offers an opportunity to explore a question of Australian legal history and aims to encourage students to develop a facility for describing historical events and recognising their place in broader themes. The winners of the 2016 competition were:

Daniel McKay (in the tertiary student category) for an essay titled, “Under the Crown: Evolving Interpretations of the Office of Australian Governor-General as Constitutional Link to the British Empire, 1890-1931”; and Kyung Suh Park (in the junior secondary category) for an essay that explored the life and legacy of Thomas Jeffries.

Entries close on 11 December 2017. Details of the 2017 competition can be found on the Forbes Society’s website. We encourage members to pass on this information to any students who might be interested in entering the competition.

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

Wed Oct 11 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. 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.

2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and Centenary Conference

Wed Oct 11 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.

2017 Justice 4 Refugees Cocktail Evening - TONIGHT!

Wed Oct 11 2017
Charity at the bar

On behalf of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), the New South Wales Bar Association we look forward to welcoming all members of the NSW Bar to the Justice 4 Refugees (J4R) Cocktail Evening tonight 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 this evening will be donated directly to the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).

October deals from ABA Member Benefits

Tue Oct 10 2017
Member 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 October 2017 can be viewed here.

Modified TJMF Guidelines for barristers chambers

Tue Oct 10 2017
Wellbeing

The Bar Association has adapted the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation's Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for use in barristers chambers. The aim of these Modified TJMF Guidelines is to assist chambers to create workplaces that fulfill each of the 13 psychosocial factors known to have a powerful impact on organisational health, the health of individuals and the financial outcomes. Download a copy of the modified guidelines, together with a sample Chambers Wellbeing Policy from 6 St James Hall here.

TONIGHT: Sir Frederick Jordan's brushes with "degenerate art"

Tue Oct 10 2017

The Forbes Society invites members to a lecture by the Hon Keith Mason AC QC in which he will discuss his latest project on Sir Frederick Jordan. The lecture is titled "Sir Frederick Jordan's brushes with "degenerate art"" and promises to be a fascinating exploration of history and art. The lecture will be held at 5.15pm tonight in Banco Court.

Save the date : 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Oct 10 2017

The 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. The conference offers 5 CPD points.

Speaker details and online registration will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

Election of 2018 Bar Council

Tue Oct 10 2017
Governance

Nominations for the 2018 Bar Council closed at 4.00pm yesterday. Nominations have been received from 22 Senior Counsel and 46 members of the Junior Bar (including 12 under 5s). An acknowledgment of the Returning Officer’s receipt of the nomination has been, or will be, sent to each candidate.

If any candidate has not received an acknowledgment by 9am on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, they should immediately contact Michelle Nisbet at the Bar Association on ph 9232 4055 or email mnisbet@nswbar.asn.au.

Ballot papers will be posted on Friday, 13 October 2017 when the ballot opens.

  • Greg Tolhurst
  • Returning Officer

Coming up in CPD next week

Tue Oct 10 2017

Monday, October 16 2017: 'Crossing the line: Behaviour that gets barristers into trouble' Presented by Kate Eastman SC and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar will be livestreamed to members via the CPD Online platform at: https://www.nswbar.asn.au/live-stream/members

Thursday, October 19 2017: 'Choice of Court Agreements under an International Civil Law Act' Presented by Michael Douglas, University of Sydney Law School and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here. Please note this is a lunchtime seminar, commencing at 1 pm.

Seminars commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless otherwise noted.

CPD: Coming up in October 2017

Mon Oct 09 2017

Monday, October 16 2017: 'Crossing the line: Behaviour that gets barristers into trouble' Presented by Kate Eastman SC and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar will be livestreamed to members via the CPD Online platform at: https://www.nswbar.asn.au/live-stream/members

Thursday, October 19 2017: 'Choice of Court Agreements under an International Civil Law Act' Presented by Michael Douglas, University of Sydney Law School and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday, October 24 2017: 'The Uluru Statement – First Nations Voice towards achieving sovereignty' Introduced by Susan Phillips. Presented by Professor Megan Davis, Noel Pearson and Professor Rosalind Dixon. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar is a joint initiative of the NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the NSW Bar Association Indigenous Barristers’ Trust and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee. Please register for catering purposes. To register please contact Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

Wednesday, October 25 2017: 'A white coat view of black robe health' Presented by Professor Matthew Large, School of Psychiatry, UNSW, and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless otherwise noted.

Nominations for 2018 Bar Council

Mon Oct 09 2017
Governance

Members are reminded that nominations for election to the 2018 Bar Council close at 4.00pm today - Monday, 9 October 2017. Any member who has not received a nomination form can obtain one from the Association’s Reception (ph. 9232 4055; fax 9221 1149 or e-mail reception@nswbar.asn.au).

All nominations are acknowledged by e-mail to the candidate within 24 hours of their receipt by the Returning Officer. A candidate who has not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours of when they believe the nomination would have been received by the Returning Officer should immediately contact Michelle Nisbet at the Bar Association on ph: 9229 4055, or e-mail mnisbet@nswbar.asn.au.

  • Greg Tolhurst
  • Executive Director & Returning Officer

HAL International Conference Rhodes, Greece 2018

Mon Oct 09 2017
Conferences

Hellenic Australian Lawyers (HAL) Association is hosting an international conference on “Contemporary Legal Issues and the Influence of Hellenism” at the Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Greece on 9-12 July 2018. HAL is privileged to have Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC as the keynote speaker. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register early. The number of places available is limited. Registrations and expressions of interest to date suggest the conference is likely to be closed before the first early bird registration date of 24 October 2017. A number of tours, included in the registration fee, have been organised for delegates and accompanying persons. Further details are available at www.hal.asn.au/rhodes-conference/

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Mon Oct 09 2017

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our host 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.

Save the date : 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Oct 06 2017

The 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. The conference offers 5 CPD points.

Speaker details and online registration will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

2017 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture

Fri Oct 06 2017
Lectures

The 2017 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Terry O'Gorman on Wednesday, 1 November at the University of Sydney. The title of this year's lecture will be "15 years after - Terrorist laws and civil liberties: Is the balance right or wrong?". It will take place in the Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building F10, Eastern Avenue of the university's Camperdown Campus. Attendance is free, however registration is essential. More information about the lecture, and how to register, is available here.