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Time to talk about a properly resourced "Family Court of Australia 2.0"

Tue Jul 31 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The New South Wales Bar Association has today released a discussion paper to encourage a national conversation about the benefits of preserving a specialist "Family Court of Australia 2.0" as an alternative to the restructure proposed by the Commonwealth attorney-general on 30 May 2018.

In an op-ed article for today's Daily Telegraph, Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC said: "Australia’s family law system contributes immeasurable social and economic value to our society. For more than forty years, the Family Court of Australia has been one of Australia’s premier legal institutions, a specialist superior court admired by other family law jurisdictions around the world for its innovative management of the most complex and difficult family law matters. A specialist family court should not be disassembled without informed consideration of alternative options".

The media release prefacing the discussion paper is available here.

Coming up in CPD in next week

Tue Jul 31 2018
Professional development

Thursday, August 09 2018 - 'Appearing in Industrial Tribunals'

Presented by Vice President J Catanzariti, Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC. Learn more here.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here..

TONIGHT: Paperless trials in the Land and Environment Court

Tue Jul 31 2018
Professional development

Tonight Ian Hemmings SC of Martin Place Chambers will present a seminar on how to run a fully electronic hearing in a paperless environment.

The Land and Environment Court has introduced a system of paperless trials for a number of matters, eliminating the need to bring large volumes of documents to court. The application of this new technology brings potential benefits for the courts and practitioners alike. This session has been arranged by the Practice Development Committee for the benefit of all members as a case study on the skills needed for paperless trials generally. Learn more here.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Human Rights Awards 2018 – Nominations for Law category close soon!

Tue Jul 31 2018
Law reform and public affairs

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year, the Human Rights Awards recognises the amazing work being done in our communities by ordinary Australians, organisations, businesses and community groups to further human rights and freedoms in Australia.

Last year’s Law Award recognised a diverse range of legal practitioners, with finalists including Canberra Community Law’s Socio-Legal Practice Clinic, Helen Pearce, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), Vincent Shin and Western Community Legal Centre - Wyndham Branch and David Woodroffe.

Nominate by 5 August to make sure they get the recognition they deserve! The nine Awards categories are:

  • Human Rights Medal
  • Young People’s Human Rights Medal
  • Business Award
  • Government
  • Racism. It Stops With Me Award
  • Media Award
  • Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award
  • Community Organisation Award
  • Law Award

Hurry to make sure those who deserve to be recognised, are recognised. Details and nomination forms are online at http://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au

Launching in August - your New South Wales Bar Association member benefits website

Tue Jul 31 2018
Member services and benefits

New South Wales Bar Association has partnered with Member Advantage, giving you access to a range of benefits. Members have the opportunity to save on lifestyle, leisure and financial offers exclusively:

  • Travel benefits including reduced accommodation costs, specially negotiated travel insurance and discounted corporate rates on airline lounge memberships.

  • Lifestyle benefits including savings on health insurance premiums, credit cards and international money transfer.

Leisure activities including savings on adventure experiences and iconic activities, discounted dining and pre-purchased gift cards, movie tickets and package tours.

Launching in August!

Vacancy at William Owen Chambers in Orange

Tue Jul 31 2018
Member services and benefits

In November a vacancy will occur in William Owen Chambers in Orange. These Chambers have been established since 1991. This is an opportunity to practice in the western region of the State, and at the same time, enjoy the benefits of living in a progressive and attractive regional city. Please contact Jack Cairn, mob: 0425 833 606 or click here to email. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

The Hon Morris David Ireland QC (1928-2018)

Tue Jul 31 2018
Vale

The Hon M D Ireland QC, former barrister on 12th Floor Wentworth Chambers and judge of the Supreme Court, died on Thursday, 26 July. A funeral service will be held at St John the Baptist Anglican Church Mudgee on Friday, 3 August 2018, commencing at 12 noon. A memorial service will be held at Knox Grammar School Chapel, Sydney on Wednesday 22 August commencing at 2pm. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to The Huntington’s Association NSW & ACT.

Parental leave - information roundtable

Mon Jul 30 2018
Diversity

The Women Barristers Forum will host a round-table lunch on 7 August 2018 in the Bar Common Room on the subject of parental leave. A panel comprised of Gabby Bashir SC, Jonathan Clark, Melanie Cairns and Naomi Oreb will be on hand to answer questions from those currently on parental leave - or not, as the case may be. Learn more here. Lunch will be provided at no charge (and children are welcome). For catering purposes, please RSVP to Ting Lim at the Bar Association by Friday, 3 August 2018.

LCA Update

Mon Jul 30 2018

The Law Council Update for 26 July 2018 is out now, featuring articles on cross-examination of parties in family violence cases; the International Bar Association global survey on bullying and sexual harassment and the second round of reporting n the Equitable Briefing Policy. Catch up on upcoming events, submissions to parliamentary committees and other inquiries, as well as LCA media releases and mentions in the media. Learn more here.

Female Law Students Open Day

Mon Jul 30 2018
Diversity

The Bar Association seeks volunteers to assist in running the Female Law Students Open Day on the morning of Friday, 17 August 2018. Volunteers are needed to take groups of students to meet with judges, to see the courts in operation and to answer queries the students may have about life as a barrister. The Open Day provides students with an opportunity to gain some insight into the workings of the Bar, and is conducted to encourage students to consider a career as a barrister. If you are able to volunteer your time between the hours of 8.45am and 12.30pm please email Zoe Hillman here.

2018 Industrial Bar Drinks

Mon Jul 30 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 practising in 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 midday 10 August. Click here to register now.

Applications for appointment as senior counsel close today

Mon Jul 30 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 today, 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.

Last week to book your place at the ADR Masterclass 2018

Mon Jul 30 2018

Don’t miss out on inspiring keynote speeches by the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon T F Bathurst AC, and the President of the New Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, at this year’s ADR Masterclass 2018 – register today!

The 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. The theme for this year’s conference is “Making ADR work in a #fakenews world”. The ADR Masterclass line-up includes UNCITRAL rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick and Gold Walkley award-winning journalist and lawyer Richard Ackland AM.

This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme, but hurry - registration closes this Friday 3 August.

Click here to view the conference program and register now.

2019 Regional Conference Series

Mon Jul 30 2018
Call for papers

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2019 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2019 Conferences are:

  • Newcastle – Saturday 23 February
  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 2 March
  • Orange – Saturday 9 March (Please note, from 2019 Orange will be a single day Saturday conference due to falling demand)
  • Parramatta - Saturday 23 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 30 March

Interested barristers, solicitors, academics, legal and non-legal professionals are invited to submit suggestions for papers online, HERE. During the submission process, you will be asked to provide your contact details, conference preference, a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion presentation.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Monday 1 October.

New South Wales Bar Association scam email alert

Mon Jul 30 2018
Data security

Some members might have received an email purporting to be from the New South Wales Bar Association inviting them to click on a link to update their data on the association's website. This email is a scam. Recipients should report it to the ACCC Scamwatch website without delay.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Mon Jul 30 2018

Tuesday, July 31 2018 - 'Paperless trials in the Land and Environment Court'

Presented by Ian Hemmings SC of Martin Place Chambers. Learn more here.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Register Now: Litigation Funding Seminar

Mon Jul 30 2018

On Thursday 9 August, the Commercial Law Section will be hosting a lunchtime seminar on litigation funding.

The speaker will be Craig Arnott, Managing Director at Burford Capital. The event chair is Elizabeth Cheeseman SC of New Chambers. Learn more here.

The lecture will commence at 12pm and conclude at 1.30pm, with a light lunch provided for all attendees. The seminar is provided free of charge. However, registration is required for catering purposes.

REGISTER HERE.

CDPP Launches Commonwealth Sentencing Resources

Fri Jul 27 2018

Two new sentencing resources are now available on the CDPP webpage. The National Legal Direction – Duties and Role of the Prosecution in a Sentencing Hearing and the Sentencing of Federal Offenders in Australia – A Guide for Practitioners are now available at www.cdpp.gov.au under NEWS, Publications and Policies.

The Sentencing Resources are the result of a collaboration between CDPP lawyers and Counsel Desmond Lane of the Victoria Bar and Lester Fernandez of the NSW Bar and provides a comprehensive resource not only for CDPP lawyers, but for all legal practitioners, judicial officers, and others who deal with the sentencing of Federal Offenders.

It is planned that these resources will be updated on a regular basis to ensure that they continue to provide a useful and comprehensive guide to federal sentencing.

Early Bird Registration ends today!

Fri Jul 27 2018

BOOK NOW to take advantage of Early Bird ticket pricing. While booking your early bird ticket why not take advantage of our exclusive travel discounts, for more information click here

Don't miss out on expert opinions and inspiring addresses from a stellar line up, lead by the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and the Chief Justice of New South Wales. Click here to register now. Early bird registration closes today.

Celebration of the Life of Peter James Phelan 1934-2018

Fri Jul 27 2018

We have been advised that there will be a celebration of the life of Peter James Phelan at 10am, Tuesday, 31st July. The celebration will be at Somerset Lodge, 411 Upper Colo Road, Central Colo, NSW.

The Phelan family have requested donations to The Fred Hollows Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Reminder: applications for appointment as senior counsel close on Monday 30 July

Fri Jul 27 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.

Register Now: Litigation Funding Seminar

Fri Jul 27 2018

On Thursday 9 August, the Commercial Law Section will be hosting a lunchtime seminar on litigation funding.

The speaker will be Craig Arnott, Managing Director at Burford Capital. The event chair is Elizabeth Cheeseman SC of New Chambers. Learn more here.

The lecture will commence at 12pm and conclude at 1.30pm, with a light lunch provided for all attendees. The seminar is provided free of charge. However, registration is required for catering purposes.

REGISTER HERE.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Jul 27 2018

Tuesday, July 31 2018 - 'Paperless trials in the Land and Environment Court'

Presented by Ian Hemmings SC of Martin Place Chambers. Learn more here.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Coming up in CPD in August

Fri Jul 27 2018

Monday, August 06 2018 - 'Mindfulness Meditation'

Presented by Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Chris O’Donnell SC, Nick Poynder, Michelle Yu & Theresa Baw. Chaired by Kylie Nomchong SC. Learn more here. This seminar has been organised by the NSWBA Health and Wellbeing Committee. Thursday, August 09 2018 - 'Appearing in Industrial Tribunals'

Presented by Vice President J Catanzariti, Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC. Learn more here.

Tuesday, August 14 2018 - 'In conversation with Jane Needham SC'

Interviewer Stephen Free and Interviewee Jane Needham SC. Learn more here. This seminar has been organised by the NSWBA Diversity and Equality Committee

Wednesday, August 15 2018 - 'Getting Your Insurance Right: Understanding all areas of insurance to best protect yourself and your family, particularly income protection, life and trauma insurance'

Presented by Robert Jason, Senior Financial Adviser, AON and chaired by Richard Cavanagh SC. Learn more here.

Get behind the NSW Bar team in the City to Surf

Thu Jul 26 2018
Philanthropy

The City2Surf will soon be upon us. Seven barristers, including Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC, have entered the 2018 Sun-Herald City to Surf on Sunday, 12 August 2018 to raise money jointly for the Black Dog Institute. So far, Team Black Dog has raised $67,724, while Cynthia Cochrane is the top fundraiser among the barristers.

Each has their own fundraising page, but the aim is for each to raise at least $1000. Please give generously to: