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2019 Sydney Conference - Registrations Close Today

Fri Mar 22 2019

Registrations for the 2019 Sydney CPD Conference will close today.

The 2019 Sydney Regional Conference will be held on Saturday 30, March at the Hilton Hotel, George Street. The conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Mark James Leeming
  • His Honour Judge Peter Johnstone
  • His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting
  • The Hon Dr Robert Austin
  • Professor David Rolph
  • Michael Green SC
  • Stephanie Fendekian
  • Mark Seymour
  • Richard Wilson
  • Elisabeth Peden
  • Lee-May Saw
  • Belinda Baker
  • Julia Roy

Download the full program here - 2019 Sydney Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Large room for Sale on Second Floor Wentworth

Fri Mar 22 2019

A large room (1 and 1/3, 4000 shares in CCL) on the eastern side of Second Floor Wentworth Chambers is available for purchase. It would suit a silk or senior junior.

The room has original parquetry flooring and some built in shelving and cupboards.

Current CCL Maintenance Contributions are $1,552.86 pm (incl GST) and floor fees are $2,093.85 pm (incl GST).

The floor is fully networked to CCL, uses its VOIP telephone system, and has its own website and electronic diary management by the Clerk. Common areas of the floor were refurbished three years ago. There is easy access to the Bar Library, Bar and Law Society Dispute Resolution rooms and Federal and Supreme Courts.

The floor currently comprises 2 silks, 17 juniors and 2 readers. Members have strong practices across a range of jurisdictions and the floor is harmonious.

The room may be inspected by prior arrangement with the clerk on 9232 4466 or clerk2@wentworthchambers.com.au. Price $225,000 o.n.o. Click here to see photos.

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

ABA Convergence 2019 Registration now open | Singapore | 11-12 July 2019

Fri Mar 22 2019
Registrations are open!

Online registration has now launched and there has been a strong response from the Bar and wider legal profession.

Register today to secure your place at this world-class commercial law conference.

View the Conference Program here.

Accommodation in Singapore

An Accommodation, Conference and Events package has been developed to make planning your trip quick and easy! This package includes 3 nights’ accommodation in a King or Twin room (Wednesday 10 - Saturday 13 July). This can be upgraded to a 'room with a view' or a Studio Suite during registration. Simply select the 'Accommodation, Conference and Event' option, add in an check-in/check-out extension or upgrade request (if applicable).

Not sure which room type to book at the Andaz? 3D tours of each room type are available on the Travel tab of the website. View here.

Due to significant uptake, there is limited availability at the Andaz Singapore. Book today to secure your room for the conference and avoid disappointment!

We do look forward to welcoming you to Singapore.

The Hayne Royal Commission: Implications for lawyers?

Fri Mar 22 2019
Reminder - Monday

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry handed down its final report on 1 February 2019. Although the report did not focus on the conduct of lawyers, what it said about the conduct of participants in the financial services industry has implication for the legal profession.

The Australian Academy of Law will hold its first event for 2019 in Sydney on Monday, 25 March at 5.00pm - 6.30pm in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Among the distinguished panellists will be Phil Boulten SC, former president of the Bar Association. Reserve your place here.

Ceremonial Sitting of the FairWork Commission - Deputy President Gerard Boyce and Deputy President Bryce Cross

Fri Mar 22 2019
Reminder - Tuesday

A Ceremonial sitting of the FairWork Commission to welcome new members, Deputy President Gerard Boyce and Deputy President Bryce Cross will take place on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 4.30pm in the Hearing Room 15.1, Level 15, at Terrace Tower, 80 William Street, East Sydney. Members are invited to attend.

Kylie Nomchong SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar.

Robes and Wigs are not worn.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications open

Fri Mar 22 2019
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 15 April 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

Mentoring Program 2019 - Applications Open

Fri Mar 22 2019
Mentoring

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers, the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. For more information about the benefits of the mentoring program please click here.

The program has been designed in conjunction with Art of Mentoring and the NSWBA Education Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentee or mentor please read and complete the online application form. Applications close Friday 12 April 2019.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Danita Needleman (mailto:danita@artofmentoring.net "") or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

2019 Parramatta Conference this Saturday

Fri Mar 22 2019
Reminder

The 2019 Parramatta CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 23 March 2019. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. The conference will be held in the Gidley King Room at the ParkRoyal Hotel, 30 Phillip St, Parramatta. Download the full program here - 2019 Parramatta Program

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Fri Mar 22 2019
There’s still time to register - Part 2 - 28 March 2019

The New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop is aimed at encouraging junior barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach to the same problem. The two-part workshop is relevant to both civil and criminal practitioners.

The first session of the New Barristers’ Committee 2019 Cross Examination Workshop was held on 21 February 2019 and is now available of CPD Online. To view the seminar please click here. The seminar conducted by Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers) discussed cross-examination technique.

Part two of the Cross Examination Workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by Tunc Ozen SC (Public Defender) and Neil Adams SC (Crown Prosecutor). The demonstration will take place in the Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court, starting at 5.15pm. The presiding judge will be The Honourable Justice Bellew.

For further information or to register for part two of the workshop please click here.

How to prepare and run an administrative law case

Fri Mar 22 2019
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Presented by Neil Williams SC and Joanna Davidson. Chaired by The Hon Justice John Basten, Supreme Court of NSW. Learn more here

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

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

How could the election impact your finances?

Fri Mar 22 2019
Monday, March 25 2019

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to offer you the opportunity to attend a special investment information event on Monday, 25 March hosted in partnership with leading wealth management firm, Dixon Advisory.

This seminar has been designed to cover the key challenges and opportunities presented by today’s superannuation and investment environment, including:

  • the proposed changes to tax and superannuation policy
  • potential tax strategies to consider leading into 30 June 2019
  • how the proposals may impact you
  • investment opportunities in today’s markets.

To find out more about the session and Dixon Advisory, visit www.dixon.com.au/partnerships/nsw-bar-association

The session will be hosted in the Bar Association Common Room commencing at 5.15pm.

Swearing in Ceremony for Mr Stephen Olischlager to the Local Court of NSW

Fri Mar 22 2019
Reminder - Monday

On Monday 25 March 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court there will be a Full Bench ceremony to mark the swearing-in of Mr Stephen Olischlager as a Magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales. All members are invited to attend.

Julia Roy will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

Welcome ceremony for Angus Stewart as Judge of the Federal Court of Australia

Fri Mar 22 2019
Reminder - Monday

Justice Angus Stewart was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, to be resident in Sydney, with effect from 25 February 2019.

A ceremonial sitting of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia will be held in Sydney at which the new Judge will be welcomed. The sitting will be held at 9.30 am on Monday, 25 March 2019 in Court 1, Level 21, Federal Court of Australia, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney.

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend. Michael McHugh SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar Association. Barristers are to wear robes, wigs are not worn.

SMH Half Marathon - Join the NSW Bar team today!

Thu Mar 21 2019
Wellbeing

The New South Wales Bar has formed a team for runners in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, 19 May 2019 to raise money for the Black Dog Institute. Bart Vasic, Iain Todd and Arthur Moses SC and John-Paul Redmond are already signed. If you'd like to run with the NSW Bar Half Marathon Team, follow this link. Register before 19 March and take advantage of the early bird rate of $98 (plus applicable credit card fee).

The NSW Bar Half Marathon Team is an initiative of the Bar Association's Wellbeing Committee.

Director of Public Prosecutions Reference No 1 of 2017 [2019] HCA 9

Thu Mar 21 2019

The High Court has held that a trial judge may not direct a jury in a criminal trial that it is open at any time after the close of the prosecution case to acquit the accused if the jury consider the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction. Such a direction, commonly referred to as a “Prasad direction”, is not permissible under the common law of Australia.

Further, the Court held that the common law of Australia does not recognise that the jury empanelled to try a criminal case on indictment have a right to return a verdict of not guilty of their own motion at any time after the close of the prosecution case.

How to prepare and run an administrative law case

Thu Mar 21 2019
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Presented by Neil Williams SC and Joanna Davidson. Chaired by The Hon Justice John Basten, Supreme Court of NSW. Learn more here

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

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

2019 Sydney Conference - Registrations Close Tomorrow

Thu Mar 21 2019

Registrations for the 2019 Sydney CPD Conference will close tomorrow.

The 2019 Sydney Regional Conference will be held on Saturday 30, March at the Hilton Hotel, George Street. The conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Mark James Leeming
  • His Honour Judge Peter Johnstone
  • His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting
  • The Hon Dr Robert Austin
  • Professor David Rolph
  • Michael Green SC
  • Stephanie Fendekian
  • Mark Seymour
  • Richard Wilson
  • Elisabeth Peden
  • Lee-May Saw
  • Belinda Baker
  • Julia Roy

Download the full program here - 2019 Sydney Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

How could the election impact your finances?

Thu Mar 21 2019
Monday, March 25 2019

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to offer you the opportunity to attend a special investment information event on Monday, 25 March hosted in partnership with leading wealth management firm, Dixon Advisory.

This seminar has been designed to cover the key challenges and opportunities presented by today’s superannuation and investment environment, including:

  • the proposed changes to tax and superannuation policy
  • potential tax strategies to consider leading into 30 June 2019
  • how the proposals may impact you
  • investment opportunities in today’s markets.

To find out more about the session and Dixon Advisory, visit www.dixon.com.au/partnerships/nsw-bar-association

The session will be hosted in the Bar Association Common Room commencing at 5.15pm.

Tonight - Health and Safety prosecutions in the District Court

Thu Mar 21 2019
Thursday, March 21 2019

Presented by His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting and chaired by Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial, Employment, Health & Safety Committee.

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

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

New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Thu Mar 21 2019
There’s still time to register

The New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop is aimed at encouraging junior barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach to the same problem. The two-part workshop is relevant to both civil and criminal practitioners.

The first session of the New Barristers’ Committee 2019 Cross Examination Workshop was held on 21 February 2019 and is now available of CPD Online. To view the seminar please click here. The seminar conducted by Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers) discussed cross-examination technique.

Part two of the Cross Examination Workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by Tunc Ozen SC (Public Defender) and Neil Adams SC (Crown Prosecutor). The demonstration will take place in the Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court, starting at 5.15pm. The presiding judge will be The Honourable Justice Bellew.

For further information or to register for part two of the workshop please click here.

2019 Bench & Bar Dinner

Thu Mar 21 2019
Registrations are open

The president and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association to the 2019 Bench & Bar Dinner. The dinner will take place on Friday, 17 May in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 7.00 PM for 7.30 PM start. The guest of honour will be the Hon Justice Julie Ward, Chief Judge in the Equity division of the Supreme Court of NSW. Ms Senior is Ruth Higgins SC and Ms Junior is Julia Roy.

For further information and to register, click here.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications now open

Thu Mar 21 2019
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 15 April 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

RICS Building Confidence conference

Thu Mar 21 2019

RICS is heeding the call of government, industry and the public by convening property professionals at our Building Confidence conference on 2 May 2019.

Professional challenges in building, construction and development have achieved prominence, particularly post-Opal Tower and Lacrosse fire. However, other industry challenges persist around investment uncertainty, fragmented regulation and professional indemnity insurance.

We have assembled senior speakers to lead discussion throughout the day around how effective professional competencies, standards and regulation can help improve performance, transparency, confidence, certainty and public trust in property – ultimately delivering better outcomes.

For more information and to register, click here.

The Lawyers Orchestra Incorporated

Wed Mar 20 2019

The Lawyers’ Orchestra is performing on Sunday 24th March 2019 at 2.30pm in the Trixie Forest Centre, St Scholastica’s College, 4 Avenue Road, Glebe.

The orchestra will be performing Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041, movements from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM and President of the Human Rights Commission is the orchestra’s patron and oboist. The conductor for the concert is barrister, Peter Godkin and the concertmaster and soloist is barrister, Cameron Jackson.

Tickets available through Eventbrite (The Lawyers Orchestra) or at the door; $25 adult/$10 concession/under 12 free admission.