WBF Cocktails and Canapes to celebrate the women silks of 2018

Tue Nov 06 2018

The Women Barristers Forum invites members to join them for cocktails and canapes at the Verandah Bar Restaurant on Wednesday 7 November from 5.30 - 7.30pm, to celebrate the appointment of women senior counsel for 2018. Guest speaker will be The Hon Justice Lucy McCallum. All members are welcome. Early bird registration ends 1 November 2018. Please register here.


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Tue Nov 06 2018
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Sign the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Mon Nov 05 2018

Tonight, the Bar Association will host a special event on the Uluru Statement from the Heart. For those who are unable to attend, a copy of the Uluru Statement will be available for judges, magistrates and barristers to sign as a demonstration of their support. The copy will be kept in Conference Room 1 from Tuesday morning through to COB on Friday, 9 November. If you wish to sign, please make yourself known to reception before entering the conference room.

RACS Fast-Track Judicial Review Workshop

Mon Nov 05 2018

Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) will run another fast track judicial review workshop in Sydney, based on the Law Institute of Victoria training materials. It is scheduled for Monday, 26 November 2018, from 6.00–8.00pm at Lander & Rogers in the CBD. Participants will need to prepare by viewing training videos and reading materials. It is a great opportunity for those wanting to contribute to RACS’s judicial review referral service: Justice for Refugees (J4R). For more information, contact Nadine Darling at RACS.

The Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) would like to thank the Bar Association and its members for the ongoing support of our Justice for Refugees, judicial review referral service for people seeking asylum who came by boat. The pro bono support received from barristers since the project began in 2016 has made a tangible difference to the lives of many people. The patron of RACS, the Hon Michael Kirby, said recently: "this is not a good time for the rule of law in Australia….. we have to engage the very best lawyers for those who come seeking sanctuary in our country…. years from now we will look back on this time and we will be surprised at what we have done but we will honour those who have assisted, who can make sure the rule of law is a reality for those who come to us seeking asylum."

Since the commencement of Justice for Refugees (J4R) pro bono barristers have provided 190 opinions on prospects of success for clients who can’t afford legal assistance. Of those, about 70 opinions have been positive and RACS have found instructing solicitors from their network of 18 pro bono law firms to run the matters in the Federal Circuit Court.

But there is much more to do for the fast track group (the people who came by boat after August 13 2012) with just over half of the estimated 7000 fast track applicants in NSW having had their protection visa applications processed. RACS could easily be approached by about 400 more clients needing help. That is why RACS needs more barristers and law firms who are prepared to assist clients who are in genuine need.

Note: The material covered will be the same as the Workshops run on 23 Jan & 28 May 2018.

Family Court appeals

Mon Nov 05 2018

The Family Court will host a seminar titled 'Appeals to the Full Court - Preparation and Procedure, Crafting Grounds and Appellate Advocacy' on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Hosted by Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace, Justice Judith Ryan and Justice Murray Aldridge, the event will be held in the Level 8 Conference Room of the Lionel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

Supreme Court commemoration of Armistice Day

Mon Nov 05 2018

The Supreme Court commemorates the sacrifice and service of the New South Wales Legal Profession in the First World War by telling the stories of the New South Wales lawyers who were there.

  • When: Monday, 12 November 2018
  • Time: 5:15 PM
  • Venue: Banco Court Level 13, Law Courts Building Queens Square, Sydney

For more information click here.

Celebrating the appointment of women senior counsel 2018

Mon Nov 05 2018

The Women Barristers Forum is pleased to invite members of the New South Wales Bar to celebrate the 2018 appointments of women senior counsel, with guest speaker, the Hon Justice Lucy McCallum. The event will be held at Verandah Bar on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 from 5.30pm. All members are welcome. Please register here.


Paul Anastassiou QC appointed to the Federal Court

Fri Nov 02 2018

Attorney-General, Christian Porter has today announced Mr Paul Anastassiou QC has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and will commence in the Melbourne Registry on 1 February 2019.

For a full copy of the Media Release click here.

Female applicants to Canada's federal courts outnumber men for first time

Fri Nov 02 2018

For the first time in Canada female applicants to Federal Courts have outnumbered men. The President of the Canadian Bar Assoc quoted, “a phenomenally good news story. Women are now applying to be judges at a rate that is reflective of their presence in their profession."

Click here for a full copy of the media release.


Uluru Statement from the Heart

Fri Nov 02 2018

In May 2017 a convention of First Nations People from across the continent gathered at Yulara NT and adopted the Uluru Statement from the Heart as an expression of their aspirations for a path travelled together with all Australians to a new future. That future is one in which a Voice to parliament is constitutionally enshrined and a Makarrata (or peace making) Commission is established to facilitate treaty making and truth telling. The Statement for the Heart was endorsed by the Referendum Council and has since been endorsed by NSW Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Bar Association.

Register now for a unique event and hear from Thomas Mayor (a custodian of the Statement) about his travels around Australia since the Uluru Convention with the Statement from the Heart.

  • When: Monday, 5 November 2018
  • Where: NSW Bar Common Room
  • Time: 5.00pm

Also hear from Tony McAvoy SC and Arthur Moses SC on the importance of the Statement and the role of the legal profession.

LCA Opinion Piece - Federal Court deserves a fair hearing

Fri Nov 02 2018
Law reform and public affairs

Morry Bailes, President, Law Council of Australia has written an Opinion Piece which was published in The Australian Financial Review today regarding the Federal Court of Australia.

For a copy of the full piece, click here.

Queensland Bar Association announce first female President

Fri Nov 02 2018

Congratulations to Ms Rebecca Treston QC who has been elected President of the Bar Association of Queensland. Ms Treston is the first female President to be elected by the Queensland Bar.
Ms Treston QC will take over the office of President, effective from the AGM on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

Further congratulations go to the incoming Vice President, Mr Thomas Sullivan QC.

Reports of children leaving Nauru, LCA urges government to keep families together

Thu Nov 01 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Australian legal profession is today cautiously welcoming media reports that all asylum seeker children will be removed from Nauru by the end of the year.

Law Council of Australia President, Morry Bailes, said that if the reports were correct it was very positive news, but added that the Australian Government must ensure that families are relocated together.

Click here to read the full media release.

A message from President Arthur Moses SC

Thu Nov 01 2018
Bar standards

It is with regret that I find myself having to remind practitioners that rudeness, aggression, abuse and hostility towards the staff of the Bar Association will not be tolerated.

Our staff work extremely hard to support and promote our profession in a range of ways. Many of the staff are themselves very experienced, highly qualified professionals in legal and other fields, and in any case, should be treated with respect in their workplace.

Our staff are mindful of the myriad pressures that practitioners may be suffering, both personal and professional, be it because they are the subject of a complaint, the Bar Practice Course, exam failure, chambers conflicts, financial, domestic or health issues. Our staff recognise that a core part of their role is to assist and support the profession, but members of the Bar should also bear in mind that some staff are also carrying out statutory functions on behalf of the Bar Council.

Our staff are entitled to work without abuse, bullying or intimidation. The Bar Council takes a zero tolerance approach to this kind of behaviour.

I urge all of my colleagues to remain mindful of that, and not be tempted to vent your anger and frustration on our staff. If you feel that you are not coping with a particular personal or professional situation and need support, I urge you to contact BarCare on

Unfortunately instances of unacceptable behaviour have been brought to my attention. Employees of the Bar Association have the right to refuse to deal with anyone who behaves in that way. Practitioners should be aware that particularly serious outbursts, or persistent inappropriate behaviour might result in a complaint to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner.

CIArb Australia Debate: To arbitrate or to litigate, that is the question

Thu Nov 01 2018

Members are invited to attend a debate of Shakespearean proportions; of a Danish nature ... Motion to Debate: “To arbitrate or litigate, that is the question” Moderator: Angus Stewart QC, New Chambers Debaters:
For Arbitration: Brenda Horrigan, Herbert Smith Freehills and Damian Sturzaker, Marque Lawyers For Litigation: Sandrah Foda, 10 St James Chambers and Justin Hogan-Doran, 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers

Proudly sponsored by global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, the debate will be followed by drinks and canapés. Although the event is free of charge, registration is essential. Date: Tuesday, 13 November 2018 Time: 5.45 pm – 7.00 pm (with networking drinks until 7.30pm)

Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills, ANZ Tower, Level 34, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000

RSVP: By no later than Friday, 9 November 2018

For further details and how to register, please click here.

Janine Webster Appointed as IRC Commissioner

Thu Nov 01 2018

Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Dominic Perrottet today announced the appointment of Janine Webster as a new commissioner of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).

Mr Perrottet congratulated Ms Webster on her appointment and highlighted the expertise she brings to the position. “Janine has over 16 years experience in the legal field of workplace relations, most recently as the Chief Counsel for the Fair Work Ombudsman, and brings a wealth of practical experience with her,” Mr Perrottet said. “I am delighted Ms Webster has accepted the appointment, and the experience she brings will serve the people of NSW well in this important position.”

Mr Perrottet also announced that Commissioner John Stanton has been re-appointed for a three-year period, hearing matters two days a week, primarily in Newcastle. This appointment will maintain an IRC presence in Newcastle.

Ms Webster will commence her role as commissioner on 3 December 2018.

Commissioner Stanton has been re-appointed in his new capacity for the period 22 October 2018 to 21 October 2021. Click here for the full media release.

2019 Bar Council Annual General Meeting

Thu Nov 01 2018

The Annual General Meeting will be held tonight at 5.00pm in the Common Room of the New South Wales Bar Association, Lower Ground Floor, Selborne Chambers, 174-180 Phillip Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

In conversation with Dr Richard Harris - Thai cave rescue hero

Thu Nov 01 2018
5 days to left to register

Dr Richard ‘Harry’ Harris – Australian anaesthetist and expert cave diver – will address guests at the Rise2018 ABA-NSWBA national conference on Saturday, 17 November "In Conversation" at 10am. Click here.

Register now

Hear Dr Richard Harris’ remarkable story of “Mission Impossible”: the Tham Luang Cave rescue of the ‘Wild Boars’ football team. One of the most extraordinary acts of heroism, discipline, teamwork and resilience this century.

Dr Harris has expertise in diving, wilderness and remote area health. His passion for cave diving goes back to the 1980’s and has taken him to the corners of the globe in search of new adventures.

An exclusive opportunity to hear Dr Harris’ remarkable story of how his cave diving passion and medical expertise uniquely placed him in an international rescue mission.

  • When: Saturday 17 November, 10.00am
  • Where: ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
  • Who: open to all professionals
  • Cost: 1 & 2 day tickets available – from $500

A detailed program, including social events, can be found here.

Please contact the event organisers here if you have any questions in relation to the program, pricing or how to register.

CDPP and fees for Counsel

Thu Nov 01 2018
Practice support

On 20 August 2018, the president notified members that he had held discussions with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commonwealth Solicitor for Public Prosecutions (CDPP)regarding fee rates and payment for preparation time. The Bar Association received submissions from members of the NSW Bar on issues regarding fees paid by the CDPP on a confidential basis. On 31 October 2018, the president wrote to the CDPP setting out the issues raised by members. A copy of the letter can be viewed here. If members have any questions they may contact the senior policy lawyer, Ms Ting Lim on 9229 1739 or by email at:

2019 Bar Council Election and Annual General Meeting

Thu Nov 01 2018

Voting for the 2019 Bar Council closes today at 1.00pm. The Annual General Meeting will be held tonight at 5.00pm in the Common Room of the New South Wales Bar Association, Lower Ground Floor, Selborne Chambers, 174-180 Phillip Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

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Remembering Katrina Dawson

Wed Oct 31 2018

Friends and family of Katrina Dawson gathered yesterday evening in the Common Room to honour the first three recipients of the Bar Association's Katrina Dawson Award: Claire Palmer, Josie Dempster and Ashley Cameron. Present at the gathering were members of the extended Dawson family, including her parents, Jane and Sandy Dawson, her brothers, Sandy and Angus, as well as her sister-in-law, Nikki.

Speaking to the gathering, President Arthur Moses SC, noted that the aim of the award is to encourage and assist women to practise as barristers. "Female law students make up over 66 per cent of all law graduates and we need more women to practise at the NSW Bar in order for us to remain a strong and independent bar."

Claire Palmer, the inaugural recipient in August 2017 is currently practising from Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers. Josie Dempster, who was the recipient of the award in April 2018, is currently practising at the NSW Bar at Key Chambers in Canberra, while Ashley Cameron, who was the recipient of the award in August 2018, starts at the NSW Bar in May 2019.

Mr Moses ended with the prospect of a new addition to the Common Room art collection. "This is one of my last addresses in this common room and it is a pleasure to be with you here this evening. I hope under our new president I will be invited back to see the unveiling of Katrina’s portrait, which will be hung in this Common Room. As I have said previously, Katrina will not be forgotten by the NSW Bar."