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BarADR Mediation Accreditation

Tue Apr 30 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to apply for mediator accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are now open and can be made online here. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here.

Members who hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and who have met the NMAS training and experience standards are eligible to be accredited as mediators by the Bar Association. Familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation.

Applications are also sought from:

  • members of the Bar wishing to be accredited by the Bar Association and whose accreditations with other Recognised Mediation Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) are about to expire; and,

  • those who have been accredited by the Bar Association or another RMAB but whose accreditations have lapsed.

The Bar Association is further inviting prospective and existing accredited mediators to apply for their names to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and/or District Court mediator lists.

You may apply to become an accredited mediator and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form provides you with this option. Please note, however, that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court’s list.

The closing date to submit your online form and to upload all relevant evidence in support of your application is 5pm on 21 May 2019.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 or email us at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

Australian & New Zealand Bar Associations Joint Conference

Tue Apr 30 2019
Expressions of interest - Last days

Submit your EOI today to gain VIP access to pre-launch registration and accommodation.

Join us in New Zealand for the Australian Bar Association and the New Zealand Bar Association joint conference on 23 & 24 August 2019 at the beautiful Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel Queenstown & Gala Dinner at Skyline Queenstown.

To register your interest here.

Convergence 2019: The world class conference for litigators

Tue Apr 30 2019
Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Early Bird Pricing Closes 8 May 2019: do not miss out!

REGISTER NOW

Register today to gain access to some of the best minds in law. Topics include:

  • Working with Corporate Counsel: tips for a win/win relationship
  • Third Party Funding: a whole new world? – proudly sponsored by Vannin Captial
  • Aspects of Advocacy in International Arbitration
  • Hot Topics in International Dispute Settlement
  • Cross Border Insolvency and Restructuring: new frontiers in Singapore and Australia
  • Embracing the Digital Age – proudly sponsored by Palo Alto Networks
  • Meet the Silks

View the online program

Considering a getaway with a partner or family? The ABA has developed an excellent 2-day accompanying person program as well as curated some child-friendly activities. Visit the links below to discover what is on offer.

Accompanying persons program

Family activities

Rooms at the Andaz are selling quickly. Register now to avoid disappointment!

More information on flights and accommodation

Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration

Mon Apr 29 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. Details are as follows:

  • Title: Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Speaker: Hon Roger Gyles AO, QC
  • Commentator: Tim Castle, Chair, ABA International Committee

International Commercial Arbitration is a topic of much interest for the commercial Bar. Last year, the Australian Bar Association (ABA) asked Mr Gyles to inquire into and report upon practice opportunities for Australian Barristers in the Asia-Pacific Region. Having consulted widely and considered submissions on this important topic, Mr Gyles, as a former President of the NSW and Australian Bars amongst other roles, is extremely well placed to share some insights in relation to this topic. For full details please click here.

BarCare: confidential consultation, counselling and care

Mon Apr 29 2019
Wellbeing

BarCare is an independent, professional counselling service, which helps members of the Bar Association to manage emotional and stress-related problems, such as marital breakdown, drug or alcohol dependency and practice pressures.

BarCare is available to all members of the Bar Association and their immediate families.

The first consultation is free of charge. The aim is to identify what, if any, follow-up services or treatments are required. BarCare has access to a wide network of professionals across NSW from different disciplines for referral purposes or to discuss aspects of treatment. These include both general and specialist medical practitioners, social workers, psychologists, stress management consultants and dependency counsellors.

If a member requires confidential assistance, he or she is encouraged to contact Jenny Houen, director, care and assistance, to arrange a consultation. Members in rural and regional areas can contact BarCare for assistance in locating an appropriate specialist closer to home. Alternatively, clerks and colleagues in chambers can make a confidential referral. Barristers and their families seeking assistance may contact one of the panel of specialists directly to make an appointment for a consultation.

To access more resources on stress, anxiety and depression, or to arrange a confidential consultation, visit barcare.org.au or contact Jenny Houen, BarCare's director, on 0427 317 958 or jhouen@barcare.org

Law Council Update

Mon Apr 29 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council has published its fortnightly Update, which features stories on the LCA's support for Change the Record's Independent Indigenous Legal Assistance Program, its submission to the Productivity Commission regarding mental health, a Commonwealth Integrity Commission and more. Catch up on the latest Law Council media releases and submissions to parliamentary committees and other bodies. View the LCA Update for 29 April 2019 here.

Inclusion and Diversity at the NSW Bar - Note #2

Mon Apr 29 2019

The Diversity & Equality Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association last met on Wednesday, 10 April 2019. At the meeting, we had a guest, Zaahir Edries of the Muslim Legal Network attend and meet members and spoke to them about how the network was formed, issues faced by young Muslim lawyers entering the profession and ways in which the NSW Bar can become a more inclusive environment to Muslim lawyers wanting to join the Bar.

The Muslim Legal Network is hosting an Iftar Dinner on Monday, 20 May from 4:30pm at Doltone House. NSW Bar member, Nicholas Cowdery AM QC will be keynote speaker. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased here.

Lord Chief Justice - Kingdom of Tonga

Mon Apr 29 2019
Notice of judicial vacancy

The Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel, established by the Constitution of the Kingdom of Tonga, makes recommendations to the King in Privy Council on the appointment of eminently qualified persons to the Judiciary.

The Panel hereby notifies that a vacancy is expected in December 2019 for the position of Lord Chief Justice.

Expressions of interest should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Rosamond Bing, Clerk (Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel) at rosamond.c.bing@gmail.com to be received in Tonga no later than 12 Noon on Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

All expressions of interest will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Lord Chief Justice - Kingdom of Tonga

Mon Apr 29 2019
Notice of judicial vacancy

The Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel, established by the Constitution of the Kingdom of Tonga, makes recommendations to the King in Privy Council on the appointment of eminently qualified persons to the Judiciary.

The Panel hereby notifies that a vacancy is expected in December 2019 for the position of Lord Chief Justice.

Expressions of interest should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Rosamond Bing, Clerk (Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel) at rosamond.c.bing@gmail.com to be received in Tonga no later than 12 Noon on Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

All expressions of interest will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Law Council scholarships

Fri Apr 26 2019

The Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia offers three scholarships to junior lawyers (no more than four years' experience) in the fields of taxation, competition and corporations law. Entries close at 5.00pm on 30 August 2019.

2019 CLANT Bali Conference

Fri Apr 26 2019
Conferences

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 Program (draft) for the 2019 CLANT Bali Conference has now been published on our website. Please visit www.solusibs.com and click on the 2019 Program page. Feel free to pass it on by clicking on the I’D LIKE TO SHARE THE PROGRAM button. Let us know if you need any help registering or have any questions.

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.

Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration

Fri Apr 26 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. Details are as follows:

  • Title: Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Speaker: Hon Roger Gyles AO, QC
  • Commentator: Tim Castle, Chair, ABA International Committee

International Commercial Arbitration is a topic of much interest for the commercial Bar. Last year, the Australian Bar Association (ABA) asked Mr Gyles to inquire into and report upon practice opportunities for Australian Barristers in the Asia-Pacific Region. Having consulted widely and considered submissions on this important topic, Mr Gyles, as a former President of the NSW and Australian Bars amongst other roles, is extremely well placed to share some insights in relation to this topic. For full details please click here.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed Apr 24 2019
Save the Date

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture titled “The Constitutional Significance of the Barrister in Australia” will be held on 29 August in the Common Room of the NSW Bar Association. All are welcome to attend.

AAWJ - Invitation to attend a screening of the movie The Judge

Wed Apr 24 2019

The Australian Association of Women Judges invites you to attend a screening of the movie The Judge, which follows one of the first female judges to serve in an Islamic court of law. It has been described as “an intimate profile of Kholoud al-Faqih, who in 2009 was one of two women appointed to preside over a sharia court in the West Bank — becoming the first in that role in the Palestinian territories and still among only a few such female judges in the world.”

Date: Thursday, 9 May 2019 Screening 5.15pm for a screening start at 5.45pm Venue: ACT Law Courts, 4 Knowles Place, Canberra City, Level 1 - Jury Assembly Room
Pre Screening: Informal Drinks and Nibbles, Ice Cream for screening

Registrations are essential. For more information and for details on how to register please click here.

Mediation Training, Accreditation and Refresher Program

Wed Apr 24 2019

The Australian Disputes Centre is offering its internationally recognised Mediation Training, Accreditation and Refresher Program over 3 weeks this May. The module course offers great flexibility to complete your training in May, or split it with a later course in 2019.

Starting with Sir Laurence Street’s first mediation training in 1986, ADC has built an unparalleled reputation as Australia’s leading ADR training provider. We are a Registered Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) in Australia, and internationally, our training is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

For further details on ADC’s May dates, and to register for this world-class training please see: HERE

For experienced mediation practitioners, ADC’s hands-on refresher training with its specialist coaching offers an exceptional opportunity to hone your skills leaders in the field. Please see our website HERE for further information and to register, or please feel free to call us to discuss.

Fairfax & Roberts Mother’s Day pop up gift shop

Wed Apr 24 2019
Invitation

Need to buy a last minute gift for Mothers Day?

Fairfax & Roberts will be hosting a Mothers Day pop up gift shop exclusive to all Bar Association members and staff.

There will be a specially curated selection of jewellery ranging from $50 all beautifully packaged in a velvet pouch and gift box.

In addition 10% of all sales on the day will be donated to Minds Count Foundation.

Please join us on the 1st of May from 10am to 4pm in the Bar Common Room on Lower Ground Floor of 174 Phillip Street and enjoy a complimentary jewellery clean while you browse the collections. For more information click here.

All cards and cash accepted.

Australian & New Zealand Bar Associations Joint Conference

Wed Apr 24 2019
Expressions of interest Closing Soon

Submit your EOI today to gain VIP access to pre-launch registration and accommodation.

Join us in New Zealand for the Australian Bar Association and the New Zealand Bar Association joint conference on 23 & 24 August 2019 at the beautiful Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel Queenstown & Gala Dinner at Skyline Queenstown.

To register your interest here.

Convergence 2019: The world class conference for litigators

Wed Apr 24 2019
Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Early Bird Pricing Closes 8 May 2019: do not miss out!

REGISTER NOW

Register today to gain access to some of the best minds in law. Topics include:

  • Working with Corporate Counsel: tips for a win/win relationship
  • Third Party Funding: a whole new world? – proudly sponsored by Vannin Captial
  • Aspects of Advocacy in International Arbitration
  • Hot Topics in International Dispute Settlement
  • Cross Border Insolvency and Restructuring: new frontiers in Singapore and Australia
  • Embracing the Digital Age – proudly sponsored by Palo Alto Networks
  • Meet the Silks

View the online program

Considering a getaway with a partner or family? The ABA has developed an excellent 2-day accompanying person program as well as curated some child-friendly activities. Visit the links below to discover what is on offer.

Accompanying persons program

Family activities

Rooms at the Andaz are selling quickly. Register now to avoid disappointment!

More information on flights and accommodation

Half Marathon team raising funds for the Black Dog Institute

Tue Apr 23 2019
Philanthropy

The New South Wales Bar has entered a strong team of seven runners in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, 19 May 2019 to raise money for the Black Dog Institute. Robert Glasson retains a comfortable lead in the fundraising stakes, with more than $2800.00 raised. Please donate generously by visiting the NSW Bar Everyday Hero fundraising page. Note: Click 'Show all 7 members' to sponsor Emma Bathurst and Mark Robert.

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

Law Council scholarships

Tue Apr 23 2019

The Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia offers three scholarships to junior lawyers (no more than four years' experience) in the fields of taxation, competition and corporations law. Entries close at 5.00pm on 30 August 2019.

BarADR Mediation Accreditation

Tue Apr 23 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to apply for mediator accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are now open and can be made online here. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here.

Members who hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and who have met the NMAS training and experience standards are eligible to be accredited as mediators by the Bar Association. Familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation.

Applications are also sought from:

  • members of the Bar wishing to be accredited by the Bar Association and whose accreditations with other Recognised Mediation Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) are about to expire; and,

  • those who have been accredited by the Bar Association or another RMAB but whose accreditations have lapsed.

The Bar Association is further inviting prospective and existing accredited mediators to apply for their names to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and/or District Court mediator lists.

You may apply to become an accredited mediator and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form provides you with this option. Please note, however, that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court’s list.

The closing date to submit your online form and to upload all relevant evidence in support of your application is 5pm on 21 May 2019.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 or email us at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

Swearing-in ceremony for Wendy Abraham QC

Tue Apr 23 2019
Appointments

Wendy Abraham QC has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, effective 7 May 2019. A ceremonial sitting will be held on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 9.30am in Court 1, Level 21, Queens Square, Sydney. Michael McHugh SC will speak on behalf of the Australian and New South Wales Bar Associations. Barristers should wear robes, but not wigs.

Bar FC begin season 2019 with a win

Tue Apr 23 2019
Wellbeing

No doubt inspired by overnight success in the Champions League, Bar FC began season 2019 with a 2-0 win over Announcer FC in the Domain Soccer League last Thursday. After a slightly scratchy first half, two goals to Nick Condylis secured the win in the second half. No doubt the gaffers words at half time to relax, pass and keep shooting were heard by all as some wonderful moves resulted in the goals. The first assist was from Captain Larish who won the ball in defence and ventured forward to release Condylis. The second assist was from a silky back line move that saw O’Shea feed the ball to newcomer Hayden Doria, who found Coutinho who made a pass to set up the goal. Harris was, as always, solid in goal, d’Arville unlucky when his shot struck the cross bar and Patch robbed of a penalty when the opposition was caught napping by his new found speed (nothing like three weeks skiing in Canada)!

A great start to the season.

The winning line up was as follows:

Shaun MCCARTHY John HARRIS (GK) Nicholas CONDYLIS Ivan GRISCTI Anais D’ARVILLE Thomas LIU Geoff O’SHEA Nicole COMPTON David LARISH (C) Darren COVELL Hayden DORIA Jeh COUTINHO Nicholas OLSEN David PATCH

Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration

Tue Apr 23 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. Details are as follows:

  • Title: Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Speaker: Hon Roger Gyles AO, QC
  • Commentator: Tim Castle, Chair, ABA International Committee

International Commercial Arbitration is a topic of much interest for the commercial Bar. Last year, the Australian Bar Association (ABA) asked Mr Gyles to inquire into and report upon practice opportunities for Australian Barristers in the Asia-Pacific Region. Having consulted widely and considered submissions on this important topic, Mr Gyles, as a former President of the NSW and Australian Bars amongst other roles, is extremely well placed to share some insights in relation to this topic. Additional comments will be provided by Mr Castle, about the work being done by the ABA’s International Committee on this issue, in advance of the ABA’s Singapore Conference on 10-11 July.

Amendment to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules - Amendment to rule 1.9

Thu Apr 18 2019
Commences today

On 15 April 2019, the Uniform Rules Committee approved Amendment No 91 to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules.

The amendment makes it clear that when an objection is made to the production of a document on the ground of privilege, access to the document must not be granted unless and until the objection is overruled, and that the production of a document to the court under a claim for privilege does not constitute a waiver of privilege.

The amendment was published on the NSW Legislation Website on 18 April 2019 and commences today.

A copy of the amendment is attached here.