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Katrina Dawson Award - applications close 10 August 2018

Tue Jul 17 2018
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. Applications are now open and will close on 10 August 2018. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

“Making ADR Work: Core Issues for Mediators” at the ADR Masterclass 2018

Tue Jul 17 2018

Federal Court of Australia Registrars Tony Tesoriero and Kim Lackenby bring their insights and expertise to the ADR Masterclass 2018. Tony and Kim will join Scott Friedman, Director of Harris Friedman lawyers, Stephen Parbery, founder of PPB Advisory, and Max Kimber SC to discuss key issues facing mediators in the 21st century, including evolution and adaptation. Tickets are on sale now for the ADR Masterclass, a highly-respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution.

The Masterclass will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney and the theme for this year’s conference is “Making ADR work in a #fakenews world”. Speakers include the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon T F Bathurst AC and UNCITRAL rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick.

This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation but places are limited so register today to avoid disappointment! Click here to view the conference program and register now.

Appearing in Industrial Tribunals

Tue Jul 17 2018

On Thursday, 9 August 2018 Vice President J Catanzariti of the Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC will present "Appearing in Industrial Tribunals", a CPD seminar on rights of appearance, jurisdiction, practice notes and expectations of practitioners in the Fair Work Commission.

Lodin v Lodin and the Succession Act

Tue Jul 17 2018

On Tuesday, 24 July 2018 Philip Carr will present a CPD seminar on "Lodin v Lodin - the lessons learnt." The seminar will chaired by Lindsay Ellison SC. Learn more here.

Explanatory Note on the Judicial Process and Participation of Muslims

Tue Jul 17 2018

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), with the assistance of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales, has prepared an Explanatory Note on the Judicial Process and the Participation of Muslims. The Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity has asked the president of the NSW Bar Association to draw the Explanatory Note to the attention of members of the NSW Bar. Copies of the ANIC's public statement be accessed here.

John Carter's 30th Anniversary Journal of Contract Law Conference

Mon Jul 16 2018

Last chance to book for Emeritus Professor John Carter’s 30th Anniversary Journal of Contract Law Conference on Friday, 27 July 2018 at the NSW State Library. The conference will focus on smart contracts (Assistant Professor Eliza Mik); the limits of e-conveyancing (Dr Simon Blount); penalties post-Paciocco (Professor Elisabeth Peden); the CISG: a new common law? (Professor Howard Hunter); prohibitions on the assignment of contracts (Dr Greg Tolhurst); mitigation and remoteness (Associate Professor Katy Barnett); and causation and mitigation (Associate Professor Wayne Courtney). See the complete program here. Don’t miss out, register now.

Appellate Advocacy workshop

Mon Jul 16 2018

Registrations are now open for the Excellence in Appellate Advocacy workshop in Brisbane on 7-9 September 2018. This three-day, non residential workshop is limited to 24 barristers, with a recommended 7+ years experience at the private bar. For more information about the course, or to reserve your place, visit the ABA website.

Mentoring for a moot

Mon Jul 16 2018
Call for volunteers

The Indigenous Barristers Trust is looking for volunteers to assist with the fourth annual Mooting Competition of Australia's First Peoples for First Nations law students an NSW universities, providing an opportunity for them to develop and showcase their advocacy skills in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Interested barristers will act as mentors to participating students over a ten day period from Monday 23 July to Thursday 2 August.

We are looking for barristers who are able to assist in the preparation of written submissions (due 30 July) as well as offer advice on advocacy skills. Contact with the student may be in person or by phone and email. Please note that some of the students may be in their first or second year of law.

The preliminary rounds will be held on Thursday 2 August.

The semi-finals, the grand final and awards ceremony will be held on Friday 3 August.

If you are interested in assisting please let Chris Ronalds SC know at ronalds@fjc.net.au. She will let you know by Monday 23 July whether you have been allocated a team.

Law Reform and Public Affairs

Mon Jul 16 2018
A message from President Arthur Moses SC

The Bar Association’s input is being sought more than ever on policy issues. Our policy work is one of the key functions under our Strategic Plan, which acknowledges that “informed public debate and the provision of legal expertise to law reform proposals is crucial to the maintenance of the rule of law in society and the administration of justice” and to this end contains the strategic objective “To continue the role of the New South Wales Bar Association, collectively and through individual members, as a voice on issues relating to the administration of justice.”

Over the 2017-18 financial year, the Association’s Law Reform and Public Affairs Department finalised 102 submissions to Government, statutory bodies such as such as the NSW Law Reform Commission, Parliamentary Committees and the Courts. The number of submissions has increased from 70 the previous year.

The expertise of our members is being sought and provided to Government on a wide range of issues and in many cases proposed legislation has been amended to reflect our concerns. This policy work is increasingly important now, more than ever, in the light of the absence of specialist policy units such as the former Criminal Law Review Division which had been located in the Attorney General’s Department.

I would like the thank the Association’s team of policy lawyers along with members of our Committees, Sections and Working Parties for their contribution to this key aspect of our operations.

Walkley award-winning journalist joins the ADR Masterclass 2018

Mon Jul 16 2018

Announcing that Gold Walkley-winning journalist and lawyer Richard Ackland AM will be joining Garry McGrath SC at the ADR Masterclass to share their thoughts on making ADR work in a #fakenews world. The ADR Masterclass is a highly respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution and will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.

Masterclass speakers include the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon T F Bathurst AC, and UNCITRAL rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick. Tickets are $300 for members of the NSW Bar Association and $340 for Non-Members. This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme, but places are limited so get in quick! Click here to register now.

New version of Motor Accident Guidelines

Fri Jul 13 2018

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority has today published the new iteration of the Motor Accidents Guidelines as at 13 July 2018, which replaces the previous version published on 30 April 2018 View the new guidelines.

rise2018. Early Bird Period extended to 27 July 2018

Thu Jul 12 2018
Conferences

Have you registered? rise2018 National Conference early-bird registration prices have been extended to 27 July. Register now for expert opinions and inspiring addresses, led by the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon Susan Kiefel AC and the Chief Justice of NSW, the Hon Tom Bathurst AC. Click here for more information and to register.

Appearing in Industrial Tribunals

Thu Jul 12 2018

On Thursday, 9 August 2018 Vice President J Catanzariti of the Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC will present "Appearing in Industrial Tribunals", a CPD seminar on rights of appearance, jurisdiction, practice notes and expectations of practitioners in the Fair Work Commission.

Bar FC hitting form at the right time

Thu Jul 12 2018
Wellbeing

With Patchildinho back from Russia and providing recently learnt tactical assistance, Bar FC won today's fixture against Sydney Business School 2-0. Notwithstanding a very physical contest, Bar FC maintained its composure and played some of the best football seen in the Domain for some time.

A perfectly placed free kick by Coutinho found the glancing head of Hartford Davis who guided the ball off a defender and into the back of the net. The second goal was one of beauty. Played out from the back, a switch of play by Canceri, a wonderful centre kick followed to find the returning Di Michiel unmarked and ready to bury the ball into the back of the net. Bar FC then defended valiantly to see out the win.

Great individual performances across the park meant that there was no player of the match today. Bar FC were happy to welcome debutante Dewashish Adhikary who displayed some deft touches and soon looked at home amongst the fold.

Next week sees us take on the current wooden spooners, BT Financial on Thursday 19 July at 1.15 p.m. Hopefully another win will aid our late run up the ladder. All friends and supporters are welcome.

Today’s team was as follows:

  • SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS (C)
  • DAVID LARISH
  • HUGH MORRISON
  • TIMOTHY BOYLE
  • RICHARD DI MICHIEL
  • ANTHONY CANCERI
  • NICOLE COMPTON
  • GEOFF O’SHEA
  • ANAIS D’ARVILLE
  • JEH COUTINHO
  • FARAZ MAGHAMI
  • ANTHONY CHAD (GK)
  • IVAN GRISCTI
  • PATCHALDINHO
  • DEWASHISH ADHIKARY

Childcare in Phillip Street

Thu Jul 12 2018
Member services and benefits

The NSW Bar Association childcare offering includes The Pavilion Centre, located at level 4, 146 Phillip Street. Guardian Early Learning Group has places allocated for children and grandchildren of NSW Bar Association members and chambers staff at the Pavilion and two other centres in the Sydney CBD (Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre located at 9 Castlereagh Street and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, located at 1 Bligh Street).

NSW Bar Association members and chambers staff receive priority for a limited number of guaranteed places.

More information about the Pavilion centre is available here. More information about the childcare offering in general is available on our website.

2018 Industrial Bar Drinks

Thu Jul 12 2018

The Industrial Employment Health and Safety Committee was established earlier this year. The Committee’s role is to assist the Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and to engage with barristers practicing these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members. To mark the establishment of the Committee, a drinks function for the Industrial Bar will be held on 22 August at the Attic Bar, Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney from 6.00pm. Tickets to the drinks are $65 and registrations are due by COB 16 August. Click here to register now.

Appointment of acting deputy senior crown prosecutors

Wed Jul 11 2018

Brendan Campbell, Neil Adams, Philip Hogan, Nanette Williams and David Scully have been appointed as Acting Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutors for the period commencing on 16 July 2018 and expiring on 15 July 2019.

District Court practice note

Tue Jul 10 2018

The Hon Justice D M Price AM, chief judge of the District Court, has published Criminal Practice Note 15 - Sentence Matters, which will commence on 30 July. Learn more here.

Common Law Practice Update 106

Tue Jul 10 2018

The Bar Association has published Common Law Practice Update 106, with case notes on sections 44, 58 and 63 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sections 5B, 5K and 5L of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); occupiers liability; limitation periods; medical negligence and more. Download CLPU 106.

Lodin v Lodin and the Succession Act

Tue Jul 10 2018

On Tuesday, 24 July 2018 Philip Carr will present a CPD seminar on "Lodin v Lodin - the lessons learnt." The seminar will chaired by Lindsay Ellison SC. Learn more here.

Reminder: applications for appointment as senior counsel are open

Mon Jul 09 2018
Senior counsel 2018

President Arthur Moses SC has invited applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2018. Applications must be completed online. The deadline for applications is Monday, 30 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. It is intended the names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October.