Robyn Rankin painting for sale

Wed Dec 12 2018
Barristers Classifieds

For sale: an original Robyn Rankin acrylic on canvas artwork (‘At the Law Courts’) commissioned in 2004 by Sydney solicitor Jason Macarthur.

The work is 120cm x 132cm. Jason has recently relocated to London, and has reluctantly decided this work deserves a new home. Rankin’s work is joyful and distinctive. ‘At the law courts’ conveys Rankin’s unique lens on the law in society, and would be a fantastic addition to chambers.

Amendments to Uniform Civil Procedure Rules

Tue Dec 11 2018

On 3 December 2018, the Uniform Rules Committee approved Amendments No 87 and 88 to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules.

Amendment No 87:

The amendment is to rule 39.39A.

This rule sets out when a garnishee is not obligated to pay an amount to judgment creditor. The amendment increases the minimum amount in credit to a judgment debtor before a garnishee order may operate to incorporate the minimum account balance specified by section 118A of the Civil Procedure Act 2005. Please note that the amendment commenced and was published on the NSW Legislation Website on 7 December 2018. Attached here is a copy of amendment number 87.

Amendment No 88:

The amendment creates rule 7.4.

The rule makes provision for an unincorporated organisation to appoint an entity to act as the proper defendant in proceedings for a civil claim arising from abuse against a child.
Please note that the amendment was published on the NSW Legislation Website on 7 December 2018 however has not yet commenced. The rule will commence on the day on which Division 4 or Part 1B of the Civil Liability Act 2002, as inserted by Schedule 1 [4] to the Civil Liability Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse Liability) Act 2018 commences. Please advise by return email if you would like for me to notify you of the commencement date when it is available.
Attached here is a copy of amendment number 88.

UCPR form 162

The Uniform Rules Committee has approved the creation of UCPR form 162 to provide an approved form for consent to be provided by a proper defendant acting for an unincorporated organisation. Version 1 of form 162 will be published today at Attached here is a copy of the form.

A generous donation from the silks of 2018

Tue Dec 11 2018

In keeping with a long-standing tradition, the 2018 silks have this year made generous donations to the following two charities, $34,000 to Gunawirra and $52,500 to Weave Youth & Community Services.


The primary role of Gunawirra is the design of unique, innovative and transformational programs. These models of excellence are fully evaluated to empower young Aboriginal parents with children aged 0-5 years to intervene in their own lives, breaking the life cycle of suffering caused by loss of country, community, culture and family.

Gunawirra works in targeted areas of Sydney's inner and outer suburbs, Gunawirra provides highly specialised programs that have the immediate purposes of prevention and early intervention for the protection of the infant, child and family unit.

Gunawirra creates projects, programs, booklets across NSW preschools. It provides training, consultation and emotional support to Aboriginal and non aboriginal preschool teachers and workers in Aboriginal community areas.

Weave Youth and Community Services

Weave is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a way up and a way forward supporting children, young people, families and communities facing complex situations.

Weave offers a diverse range of programs which have been designed to help tackle issues related to poverty, drugs, alcohol and mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, family breakdown and isolation.

These grants make a real difference in assisting these wonderful organisations and we thank the Silks of 2018.

Appointment of Patricia Henry - Supreme Court of New South Wales

Tue Dec 11 2018

Ms Patricia Henry has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held in Banco Court, on Level 13, at 9:15 AM on Wednesday, 30 January 2019. The ceremony will be notified in the Law List on Friday, 25 January, Tuesday, 29 January and Wednesday, 30 January 2019.

Members of the Bar are welcome to attend.

#Appointments #Diversity

Bench and Bar v Solicitors Golf Day

Tue Dec 11 2018

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to Manly course on Thursday, 24 January 2018. The event will be the usual Two – ball Stableford. The cost for the day is $170.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for Golf only. Manly members pay $80.00). Further details contact Dennis Flaherty on 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623), Paul Bolster (0414 878 946) or John Newnham solicitor on 9264 7788. Download an acceptance form here.

The 35th Great Bar Boat Race - Get your entries in!

Tue Dec 11 2018

The 35th Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 17 December 2018 beginning in the vicinity of Shark Island at 11.00am and finishing at Store Beach. All barristers, judges and solicitors, practising or retired are welcome to take part. Please get your entry documentation into race organisers as soon as possible. All enquiries should be addressed to Adrian Gruzman on 0400 22-2211 or The Notice of Race is available here.

NSWBA and AAI Train the Trainer Workshop

Tue Dec 11 2018
Continuing Professional Development

The NSW Bar Associations Professional Development Department is looking for Advocacy Coaches to assist twice yearly with the Bar Practice Course. The coaching is undertaken between 4.30pm and 6pm on selected weeknights (over a two week period) when the course is being conducted. To encourage barristers to participate we will be running a ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop in conjunction with the Australian Advocacy Institute in February 2019. The workshop aims to improve the standards of advocacy throughout Australia. It provides a forum in which ideas and experience in advocacy and advocacy training maybe shared and developed.


The NSW Bar Practice Course is the entry point to our profession and forms the basis of Readers first year of practice, and indeed for the whole of their careers at the Bar. It gives Readers an opportunity that they will have only once in their professional careers: senior members of our profession will dedicate their time over a period of one month to teach, share knowledge and experience, and act as peers and mentors in the pursuit of professional excellence.

The role of the advocacy coach is an integral part of the Bar Practice Course. The coaches can, and do, have a huge impact on these new members of the Bar. Advocacy coaches inspire, motivate and encourage Readers in a respectful, supportive, professional and shared endeavour. Coaches provide insight and feedback to both the Readers and the Course Director. Equally importantly, coaches are required to practically demonstrate what they are teaching. Through this, Readers are able to see their coaches as highly competent and genuinely interested in assisting them to improve. It is a mutual relationship of professional respect and trust. Participating in the Bar Practice Course as an Advocacy Coach is a perfect opportunity to give back. It is an important contribution to the profession and the personal benefit of instructing is the improvements of one’s own advocacy skills. Equally, it is an excellent opportunity to remind oneself of best practice at the Bar as an advocate.


All Barristers with a reasonable amount of experience in whatever jurisdiction, are encouraged to complete the expression of interest form. Ideal candidates will:

  • Have continuously held a New South Wales barristers’ practising certificate or a practising certificate of another Australian jurisdiction for not less than seven years
  • Be a full-time practising New South Wales barrister
  • Be able to commit to a minimum of two evening advocacy sessions (4.30 pm – 6 pm) per Bar Practice Course (May and September)

Successful applicants will be invited to attend, free of charge, the Train the Trainer workshop on Saturday 16 February 2019, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Family Court of Australia, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney. Please note, an Introductory Session will also be held on Friday 15 February 2019, 5.00pm – 7.00pm, NSW Bar Association Common Room.


Please complete the ‘expression of interest form

**Please note, completion of the form does not imply that a place on the course is guaranteed.

For the diary: 2019 CLANT Bali Conference

Mon Dec 10 2018

The Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT) will host its 17th biennial criminal law conference on 22 to 29 June 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sanur (formerly The Bali Hyatt). Keynote Speaker will be George Georgiou SC.

The "Bali Conference" as it is known, was launched back in 1987 at the Sanur Beach Hotel by Darwin criminal practitioners. Keynote speakers have included, among others, Michael Kirby AC CMG, Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE CBE QC, Justice Lex Lasry AM QC, Julian Burnside AO QC, Ian Barker QC, Robert Richter QC, Noel Pearson, and Major Dan Mori. Learn more here.

Australia's unfinished human rights business

Mon Dec 10 2018

The Law Council has marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by calling for Australia to adopt a national Human Rights Act. The president of the LCA, Morry Bailes, noted that Australia was one of eight states whose delegates drafted the UDHR, yet "Australia is now the only Western democracy without a national Human Rights Act or bill of rights". View the Law Council's full media release here.

Advising an accused on whether or not to testify

Mon Dec 10 2018

The attention of members is drawn to the recent judgment of the Western Australian Court of Criminal Appeal in Jeffery v The State of Western Australia [2018] WASCA 219, dealing with the obligations on defence counsel with respect to advising an accused person on whether or not to testify in his or her defence. It was held that the appellant suffered a miscarriage of justice because of the inadequate advice given to him by his legal advisers regarding the advantages and disadvantages of testifying as well as the timing of the advice (at the beginning of the defence case). View the case here.

CDPP revised National Letter of Engagement to Counsel

Mon Dec 10 2018
Message from President Tim Game SC

Following representations from the New South Wales Bar Association to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP), correspondence has now been received from the CDPP stating that they have reconsidered their policy in relation to the payment of fees during jury deliberations and propose to adjust their National Letter of Engagement. Counsel will now be remunerated by way of a full daily fee throughout jury deliberations, for each day of deliberations, regardless of whether counsel attends court. This decision is effective immediately.

Members may view a copy of the CDPP’s correspondence to the Bar Association here.

The issue of CDPP counsel rates is the subject of ongoing consideration by the CDPP and of discussions with the New South Wales Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia. Members will be kept informed of developments in this regard.

If members have any questions please contact Alastair McConnachie at

State Coroner Les Mabbutt to return to the Local Court

Fri Dec 07 2018

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP had advised via media release that State Coroner Les Mabbutt will leave the position on Friday, 14 December at the end of this year’s Law term. He will return to the bench of the Local Court at the end of January 2019.

Deputy State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan will be appointed to act as State Coroner until a permanent appointment is made in due course.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Changes to wills of people in same sex marriages

Fri Dec 07 2018
Law reform and public affairs

A Bill to make changes to the Succession Act 2006 to clarify the effect of marriage or divorce on a will of a person whose marriage was recognised in Australia on 9 December 2017 (the date that the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 (Cth) commenced and same sex marriage was recognised in Australia) commenced on Wednesday 28 December.

The Bill is now available on the NSW Legislation website here.

The Department of Justice has released a factsheet (available here) to explain recent technical amendments to the Succession Act 2006.

New appointments to the Fair Work Commission (FED)

Fri Dec 07 2018

The Coalition Government has appointed six new Deputy Presidents and a Commissioner to the Fair Work Commission.

Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP said "the appointees bring an impressive breadth of knowledge, qualifications and experience in workplace relations to the Fair Work Commission".

A full copy of the media release is available here.

High Court Rules - Amendments to Second Schedule

Fri Dec 07 2018

The High Court have advised it has made amendments to the High Court Rules 2004, amending Schedule 2, available here.

The explanatory statement is available here.

The amendments to Schedule 2 will apply in relation to all work done and services performed by solicitors after 1 January 2019.

2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Dec 07 2018

Registrations are OPEN for the 2019 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park on Saturday 16 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here.

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place, please click on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Personal Injury & Common Law Conference website.

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 (9223 4919 or

Seven New District Court Judges Appointed

Thu Dec 06 2018

Attorney General Mark Speakman announced this morning the appointment of seven of the state’s top barristers, including five senior counsel, will become judges of the NSW District Court in February next year as part of the NSW Government’s $150 million package to deliver swifter justice and reduce pressure on the court.

The new additions to the bench are Ian Bourke SC, Sean Grant, Jonathon Priestley SC, Kara Shead SC, Robert Weber SC, Richard Weinstein SC and Nanette Williams.

A copy of the full media release is available here. Biographies of the new judges are available here.

2019 Anglican Law Term Service

Thu Dec 06 2018

The Most Reverend Dr Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, and Reverend Andrew Sempell, invite members of the judiciary, bar and legal profession to attend the 2019 Opening of Law Term Church Service at St James' Church, 173 King Street, on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 commencing at 10.30am followed by morning tea.

Family Law Amendment (Costs) Rules 2018

Wed Dec 05 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Family Law Amendment (Costs) Rules 2018 have been signed by a majority of judicial officers and were registered on 4 December. A full copy is available here.

New Supreme Court and Court of Appeal Judges

Wed Dec 05 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP has today announced Justice Lucy McCallum will be elevated to the Court of Appeal and Sydney solicitor Trish Henry will be appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court. A full copy of the media release is available here.

Sentencing of repeat traffic offenders

Wed Dec 05 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The NSW Attorney General has asked for a review of the sentencing of repeat traffic offenders who may pose an ongoing risk to the community.

Having received preliminary submissions, the Department of Justice has now produced a consultation paper to seek further input on the issue.

The consultation paper is available on their website, click here, together with information about how to respond to the questions and make a submission to the Sentencing Council.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 22 March 2019

Tonight - 2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed Dec 05 2018
At the lectern

The 2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Adrienne Stone, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, Director, Centre of Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School this evening, beginning at 5.15 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. The title of the lecture is 'Proportionality in Australian Constitutional Law'.

All are welcome to attend.

The 2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please click here or contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055.