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Senior counsel applications: deadline is 5.00pm today

Fri Jul 28 2017
Senior counsel 2017

President Arthur Moses SC invites applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2017. Applications must be completed online. The deadline for applications is Friday, 28 July at 5.00pm. The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales. Applications must be completed online and must include a photograph. If you experience any difficulties using the system, please contact Michelle Nisbet at the Bar Association on mnisbet@nswbar.asn.au or ph: (02) 9232 4055

Accountability and the Law 2017 Conference - three weeks to go

Thu Jul 27 2017
17 August 2017 at Parliament House, Canberra

With experts from across legal and academic fields, the Accountability & the Law Conference will discuss the weaknesses in the current federal accountability system and suggest mechanisms for reform, including the establishment of a federal anti-corruption commission. Speakers include former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, counsel assisting ICAC Geoffrey Watson SC, Federal Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC MP and barristers Bret Walker SC and Fiona McLeod SC. For the full program click here. For further information and to purchase tickets please visit www.accountabilityconference.org.au

Are you interested in becoming a tutor?

Thu Jul 27 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 tutor 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.

BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A

Thu Jul 27 2017
Coming up in CPD next week - Monday, 31 July 2017

Presented by Peter Callaghan SC, Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Philip Bambagiotti. Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here

The panel of experienced Arbitrators will address any questions arising from participants. This Q&A session is a follow on from the BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening held on 18 July 2017. If you were unable to attend the BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening please view the seminar here (Please note a username and password in is required). Attendance at, or the online viewing of, the seminar conducted on 18 July 2017 forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators.
This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Thu Jul 27 2017
Coming up in CPD tonight - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

Arbitration law reform in the South Pacific

Wed Jul 26 2017
Appointments to note

Daniel Meltz has been appointed by the Asian Development Bank to an international commercial arbitration law reform project in the South Pacific. The project involves advising on accession to the New York Convention, technical assistance on the drafting of international arbitration legislation and capacity building amongst the judiciary, government and the private sector. This month the International Arbitration Bill 2017 was tabled in the Fijian Parliament and further countries in the South Pacific region are expected to engage with the reform which is directed at attracting increased foreign direct investment.

Bar FC draw again

Wed Jul 26 2017
Bar sports

As we near the end of the DSL season, Bar FC played well today in a draw (0-0) against Reserve Bank B. Keeper Harris did not have much to do for most of the game thanks to excellent work by defenders Philips, Fredericks and Rico. The midfield was creative and solid with Coutinho, d’Arville, Boyle, Hunter and Hartford Davis combining well. Bar FC were unlucky today with Hunter delivering an excellent corner, met by Hartford Davis’ head with the keeper pulling off a diving save to push the ball around the top corner. Certainly one for the year’s highlights reel.

Next week sees Bar FC play their final game of the DSL season before they go into camp to prepare for the Tri State Championship this year to be held on 9 September 2017. Hopefully a win in the last DSL game of the season will be the reward for the team who have been unlucky at times (such as today) throughout the season.

Todays team was as follows:

  • Simon Philips
  • John Harris (GK)
  • Geoff O'Shea
  • Jeh Coutinho
  • Sebastian Hartford Davis
  • Joe Hunter
  • Glen Fredericks
  • Anais D'Arville
  • Tim Hackett
  • Hugh Morrison
  • Tim Boyle
  • Rico

BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A

Wed Jul 26 2017
Coming up in CPD next week - Monday, 31 July 2017

Presented by Peter Callaghan SC, Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Philip Bambagiotti. Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here

The panel of experienced Arbitrators will address any questions arising from participants. This Q&A session is a follow on from the BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening held on 18 July 2017. If you were unable to attend the BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening please view the seminar here (Please note a username and password in is required). Attendance at, or the online viewing of, the seminar conducted on 18 July 2017 forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators.
This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Wed Jul 26 2017
Coming up in CPD tomorrow - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

ACCC priorities 2017/18 and the Harper Reforms

Tue Jul 25 2017

This is a practical, "what you need to know" half-day seminar at the NSW State Library on Friday, 11 August 2017. It will cover the ACCC’s enforcement and compliance priorities for 2017-18 along with the Harper changes — concerted practices, joint ventures and tying, plus a practical look at conduct that may be captured by the revised law. Our speakers include Marcus Bezzi, Executive General Manager, Competition Enforcement, ACCC; Jacqueline Downes, Partner, Allens; and Katrina Groshinski, Partner, Minter Ellison. Russell Miller AM will act as chair. For more information and to register visit http://www.cla.org.au/

Exclusive invitation | The KARENGEE Collection - Viewing & Consultation

Tue Jul 25 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

Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Tue Jul 25 2017
ALRC Discussion Paper

The Australian Law Reform Commission last week released its Discussion Paper 84: "Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples". The Discussion Paper contains a number of proposals aimed at reducing indigenous incarceration rates in Australia and raises a number of questions for comment.

Submissions close on 4 September 2017.

The Discussion Paper, along with details on the Commission's Inquiry and Terms of Reference can be found here

The Bar Council has established a specific Working Party to examine the over-representation of Indigenous People in the Criminal Justice System and prepare submissions to the Australian Law Reform Commission on this issue.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Tue Jul 25 2017
Coming up in CPD this week - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

NSW Attorney General Announces Review of Child Abuse Civil Litigation Laws

Mon Jul 24 2017

The NSW Attorney General, the Hon Mark Speakman SC, has announced the release of a consultation paper on the civil litigation recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The paper examines the Royal Commission’s remaining recommendations to hold institutions accountable for child abuse and to remove the barriers faced by victims when making civil claims and identifying a proper civil defendant.

Submissions are due on 4 September 2017. The consultation paper can be found here

Moses SC goes "On the Couch" with Justinian

Mon Jul 24 2017
Interviews

It's a rite of passage for presidents of the Bar Association and now Arthur Moses SC has gone "On the Couch" with Justinian. Learn more about the goals he's set for his presidency, his wish list for a better Australia, the contents of his refrigerator and a lot more besides.

Clerks’ Conference & Dinner – Money raised for The Katrina Dawson Foundation

Mon Jul 24 2017
Charity at the bar

On behalf of the NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association and the NSW Bar Association, we are delighted to announce that $6,840 was raised for The Katrina Dawson Foundation at the 2017 Clerks’ Conference and Dinner on Friday 21st July. All money raised was from the proceeds of the dinner tickets and from generous donations made at the event. Thank you to all those who supported the 2017 Clerks’ Conference and Dinner.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Mon Jul 24 2017
Coming up in CPD this week - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A

Mon Jul 24 2017
CPD - Monday, 31 July 2017

Presented by Peter Callaghan SC, Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Philip Bambagiotti. Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here

The panel of experienced Arbitrators will address any questions arising from participants. This Q&A session is a follow on from the BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening held on 18 July 2017. If you were unable to attend the BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening please view the seminar here (Please note a username and password in is required). Attendance at, or the online viewing of, the seminar conducted on 18 July 2017 forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators.
This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Katrina Dawson Award: applications close 1 August 2017

Mon Jul 24 2017
Awards

Katrina Dawson was a much loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. She was tragically killed during the Lindt Cafe siege. The Katrina Dawson Award seeks to encourage women to practise at the bar. The award is open to women who have passed the New South Wales Bar exam and committed to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award.

Vale David Fulton Rofe QC (1932-2017)

Sun Jul 23 2017

Mr David Rofe QC died on Friday, 21 July 2017. Members will be advised of funeral and memorial arrangements as soon as they are known.

Next meeting of the Bar Knitting Group

Sun Jul 23 2017

All interested barristers are invited to attend the next meeting of the Bar Knitting Group. It will be held on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles, and wool etc. Instruction available if required. Patterns for the wig pictured will be available.

Light refreshments will be served.