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.

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.

#Governance #Elections #AGM

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."

Bar Council of the Western Australian Bar Association

Wed Oct 31 2018

The Western Australian Bar Association held their Annual General Meeting on 24 October 2018 and the following members were elected to Bar Council for 2018-2019:

President: Stephen Davies SC

Vice President: Martin Cuerden SC

Ordinary Members:

  • Brahma Dharmananda SC
  • Asanka Gunasekera
  • Etspath Henster
  • Sarah Russell
  • Fiona Stanton
  • Joel Yeldon

Association Members of less than 3 years' standing:

  • Rachel Joseph
  • Jenny Thornton

Non-WA Bar Chambers Ltd Members:

  • Timothy Hammond
  • Terence Palmer

Fair Treatment Campaign Event - the long walk to treatment

Wed Oct 31 2018

Fair Treatment Campaign Event – the long walk to treatment is being held on Friday 2 November at 12.30pm

The NSW Bar Association is a member of the Fair Treatment campaign for drug law reform. Members of the campaign support the following principles:

  • Increased investment in harm reduction and demand reduction strategies; and
  • Further measures to decriminalise individual possession of small amounts of illegal drugs (not to decriminalise the illegal supply of drugs).

As part of the campaign, the Long Walk to Treatment has involved more than 100 participants walking from Dubbo to Parliament House in Macquarie Street.

All members are invited to St Stephens Uniting Church 197 Macquarie St, Sydney (opposite NSW Parliament), this Friday 2 November at 12:30pm to attend this milestone occasion.

Members can register their attendance by clicking here.

Interested members can add an online signature of support for the campaign at

Inner City Legal Centre - Transgender Day of Remembrance

Wed Oct 31 2018

On Tuesday the 20th of November, Inner City Legal Centre we will be hosting a breakfast at Clayton Utz to honour and remember those who have suffered violence as a result of transphobia. The keynote speaker, Imogen Brackin (Transgender Inclusion Educator), will share her experience and reflections on what TDOR means and its significance. Warm breakfast and drinks are provided. All funds raised will go directly towards supporting ICLC – a not-for-profit community legal centre that has been providing free legal advice to vulnerable people in NSW for almost 30 years. ICLC has long been recognised as an award-winning statewide practice that specialises in LGBTIQ matters.

Attached is the invitation with further details about the event.

WBF Cocktails and Canapes to celebrate the women silks of 2018

Wed Oct 31 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.


CPD Tonight: Appearing before Tribunals

Wed Oct 31 2018
Continuing Professional Development

Please join Deputy Presidents of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal as they discuss tips for effective advocacy when appearing before tribunals. The panel includes The Hon. Acting Judge Jennifer Boland AM, Deputy President, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ms Jan Redfern PSM, Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Surya Palaniappan, Sixth Floor. Learn more here.

The seminar will be held in the Law Society, Level 3, 170 Philip Street commencing at 5.15pm.

This is the second CPD in the Women Barristers Forum’s Advocacy Skills Series.

Litigation on two fronts: when family law and criminal law intersect

Wed Oct 31 2018
CPD Save the Date!

In both parenting and financial litigation in courts exercising family law jurisdiction one (or maybe both) of the parties whose relationship has broken down are simultaneously facing criminal charges or the threat of the same. The evidence may be the same but the procedure and consequences may be vastly different. Navigating the pathway requires some cross-jurisdictional gymnastics and cooperation between practitioners in two specialists jurisdictions. Presenters Suzanne Christie SC and April Francis will discuss some of the issues which arise.

  • When: After 5pm, Wednesday 21 November 2018 (Start time TBC)
  • Where: New South Wales Bar Association Common Room