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Wear it Purple Day

Fri Aug 30 2019

It is WEAR IT PURPLE Day today which focuses on showing LBGTIQ+ youth that they have the right to be proud of who they are. Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 in response to global stories of teenagers suffering bullying and harassment resulting from a lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.

For more information on this 100% volunteer-run organisation or why purple, click here.

Join the Bar cycling team

Fri Aug 30 2019
Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Committee wishes to establish a Bar cycling team for the purpose of enhancing collegiate participation in various cycling events each year, with fundraising opportunity for worthy causes. The first event will be the L’ETape Australia ride (108 km) or race (170 km) in the Snowy Mountains on 30 November 2019. Interested members for L’ETape or the team generally, should contact toddalexis@sixthfloor.com.au

Reflections of the Wootton Decision

Thu Aug 29 2019

Join us for a seminar that considers the impact of Re Wotton v State of Queensland (No 5) [2016] FCA 1457, a successful class action on behalf of Aboriginal residents of Palm Island.

This seminar is a joint initiative of the NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, The NSW Bar Association Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee.

For more information and to register please click here.

Carter, Peden & Eldridge on ‘Contract provisions not to be taken for granted’: 30 August, half-day seminar

Thu Aug 29 2019

The provisions in question are entire agreement clauses, contracting out of good faith and self-imposed writing requirements for contract variation. The speakers are John Carter, Elisabeth Peden and John Eldridge with Barbara McDonald as Chair. This seminar subjects the three classes of provision to critical analysis in light of:

  • the common law principles with which they deal, such as the parol evidence rule;
  • leading cases, eg, Renard Constructions (ME) Pty Ltd v Minister for Public Works (1992) 26 NSWLR 234;
  • recent cases, eg, MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd [2018] UKSC 24.

For more information and to book please visit the CLA website www.cla.org.au

Draft Religious Discrimination Bill welcomed by Law Council

Thu Aug 29 2019

The Law Council of Australia has today issued a Media Release welcoming the release of the Federal Government’s draft Religious Discrimination Bill today for public consultation, marking an important step in the national debate about the importance and protection of human rights.

The Bill’s release and public consultation to follow will play a vital role in framing its final form, and the Law Council encourages all people to participate in a manner respectful of others’ beliefs and views.

“Religious freedom is an important human right and should be protected, with freedom of expression,” Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC said.

Click here for a full copy of the media release

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Thu Aug 29 2019
Today

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture will be held at 5.15 on 29 August in the Banco Court. All are welcome to attend.

Aboriginal Rights, Interests & ADR - A New Epoch' - ADC Seminar

Thu Aug 29 2019

Australian Disputes Centre are hosting a CPD titled ‘Aboriginal Rights, Interests & ADR – A New Epoch? on 5 September 2019.

Ensure your ADR efforts are succeeding in this broadening sector, and help Indigenous businesses and communities thrive.

Join their Expert Panel: Tony McAvoy SC, Frederick Jordan Chambers; Helen Shurven, National Native Title Tribunal, and Stephen Wright, COO Deerrubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Hosted by the Australian Disputes Centre for more information and to register click HERE.

2019 Goldring Lecture

Wed Aug 28 2019

Professor Colin B. Picker, Dean, School of Law, University of Wollongong invites members to the 2019 Goldring Lecture presented by Mr James Christian, Chief Executive Officer, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Click here for more information.

Date: Thursday 26 September 2019 Time: 5:15pm - 6:15pm Venue: University of Wollongong, McKinnon Building 67.104 Foyer, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong

RSVP: Online by Friday 13 September Website: uow.info/goldring

Enquiries: E: law-dean@uow.edu.au P: (02) 4221 3030 Website: uow.info/goldring

Advocacy Skills workshop

Wed Aug 28 2019
Registration are open – 8 & 9 November

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise members registrations are now open for the 2019 Advocacy Skills workshop. The workshop specifically designed for the junior bar provides participating barristers with the opportunity to practice their advocacy skills under the supportive guidance of expert instructors, including judges and experienced advocates.

The practical and constructive workshop will be hosted over two days, Friday 8th and Saturday 9 November.

For further information about the workshop, fees and registration please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Internal room for sale - Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers

Wed Aug 28 2019

An internal room is available for sale or licence at Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers due to a statutory appointment.

The sale price is $25k negotiable, floor fees are $2,653.00 per month (including GST and CCL maintenance levy). The floor recently underwent renovations. Practice areas include Commercial, Equity, Native Title, Criminal Law and Land & Environment.

Please contact the clerk, Heather, on (02) 9235 3100 or clerk6@windeyerchambers.com.au All enquiries will be kept confidential. Link to website is here.

Room for Sale or Licence – State Chambers

Wed Aug 28 2019

A 30 sqm east facing, light filled room overlooking the Domain with views out to the Heads and Bondi is for sale or licence at State Chambers, located on level 36 at 52 Martin Place. The room has floor to ceiling windows with automatic blinds complete with modern built in shelving and cupboards. All enquiries treated with confidentiality – please contact Mark Matulich on 9188 9634. Click here for photos.

Room for Sale - Maurice Byers Chambers

Wed Aug 28 2019

One large full sized external room is available now for purchase in Maurice Byers Chambers at Level 60, MLC Centre. It has plenty of natural light in well-established, recently renovated, busy chambers. The room is about 36 square metres and has large windows with panoramic views of the North and South Heads and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The room has an extensive new fit-out with large built-in cupboards, shelving and robing space. The room is suited to Senior Counsel or a senior junior. The chambers comprise 52 barristers including 8 Silks, with broad areas of practice, specialising in Medical Negligence, Criminal Law¸ Coronial Inquiries and Inquests as well as Commissions of Inquiry and Personal Injury.

The floor has the benefit of broadband internet, VOIP telephony and secure wireless throughout the floor. The room is available for inspection at any time. For more information and view photos please click here.

For more information about the floor or the room visit - www.mauricebyers.com Price is negotiable. All applications or inquiries should be directed to the chambers Clerk, Melissa Brown at clerk@mauricebyers.com or 82330300 and will be treated in strict confidence.

Advocacy Skills workshop

Tue Aug 27 2019
Registration are open – 8 & 9 November

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise members registrations are now open for the 2019 Advocacy Skills workshop. The workshop specifically designed for the junior bar provides participating barristers with the opportunity to practice their advocacy skills under the supportive guidance of expert instructors, including judges and experienced advocates.

The practical and constructive workshop will be hosted over two days, Friday 8th and Saturday 9 November.

For further information about the workshop, fees and registration please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference 2019

Tue Aug 27 2019

The Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference supported by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Law Society of New South Wales and the University of Sydney will be held on Tuesday 29 October 2019.

In the wake of Commissioner Hayne’s Report and the continuing consequences of the Global Financial Crisis a decade earlier, what is the future of the Australian business corporation and is it adequately equipped to deal with the challenges of our future?

Register now for an engaging afternoon as we explore this thought-provoking topic at the Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Commercial and Corporate Law Conference on Tuesday 29 October 2019. Hear from our distinguished speakers as they seek to provide a coherent answer to this important question, which could have profound consequences for business, regulators and the legal profession.

Event details are as follows:

Time: 1.00pm - 6.00pm Venue: Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square

For more information and to register please visit the conference website here.

Speakers include: • The Honourable TF Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales • The Honourable Justice James Edelman, High Court of Australia • Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School, University of Oxford • Catherine Livingstone AO, Chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia • Daniel Crennan QC, Deputy Chairman, ASIC • Dr R P Austin, Barrister, Level 22 Chambers

Systemic unconscionable conduct: evidentiary hurdles and recent cases 

Tue Aug 27 2019
Today

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Dr Elisabeth Peden and Daniel Tynan, and chaired by The Honourable J L B Allsop AO, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia, will discuss the history and development of the concept of statutory unconscionable conduct and some of the key evidentiary challenges in proving a case alleging such conduct. The presenters will also discuss the implications of the High Court’s most recent decision on the topic in ASIC v Kobelt [2019] HCA 18. For full details please click here.

2019 Holt Prize Presentation

Tue Aug 27 2019

The Federation Press cordially invites you to the presentation of the 2019 Holt Prize which will be awarded to Shipra Chordia for her manuscript, Proportionality in Australian Constitutional Law.

The distinguished judging panel of Professor William Gummow AC, Justice Alan Robertson and Dr Ruth Higgins SC, were unanimous in their decision. Ms Chordia is a barrister at the NSW Bar with a PhD in Constitutional Law from UNSW and an LLB with first class honours from the University of Sydney. She is also a sessional lecturer in public law at UNSW.

The Holt Prize was established in 2015 to honour the late Christopher Holt, co-founder of The Federation Press, and is awarded every second year to a first-time author of a manuscript that covers an academic or practical area of the law. The award, which includes a publishing contract and $12,000 in prize money, reflects the ongoing commitment of The Federation Press to new authors and original Australian scholarship.

Date Thursday 5th September 5.45pm for 6 - 7.30pm

Location Sydney Law School, Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

RSVP Click here to RSVP or call John Xenos on (02) 9552 2200. RSVP acceptances by Monday 2nd September 2019.**

ADR Joint CPD event

Mon Aug 26 2019

The New South Wales Bar Association and the Law Society of New South Wales invite members to the next joint ADR CPD event for the year, which will be held at the Law Society of NSW from 5.30pm on Thursday, 29 August.

The event will be facilitated by Mr. John McDermott, McDermott & Associates, with panellists The Hon Peter Jacobson QC, 7 Selborne Chambers, Dr. Jane Bolitho, UNSW and Ms. Claire Bibby, Immediation COO, General Counsel and Non-Executive Director, with closing remarks by Ms Mary Walker, Chair of the NSW Bar Association’s ADR Committee. Learn more here.

Diana Tang named Woman Barrister of the Year

Mon Aug 26 2019

The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019 was held at a gala presentation dinner on Friday, 23 August 2019 at Dockside Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour Sydney, with Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, as the guest speaker.

The Women Barrister of the Year award was sponsored by the New South Wales Bar Association, and was received by Ms Diana Tang of New Chambers. Our heartiest congratulations to Ms Tang, together with the other finalists for this award, Melanie Cairns, Sera Mirzabegian and Vanessa Whittaker SC.

Carter, Peden & Eldridge on ‘Contract provisions not to be taken for granted’: 30 August, half-day seminar

Mon Aug 26 2019

The provisions in question are entire agreement clauses, contracting out of good faith and self-imposed writing requirements for contract variation. The speakers are John Carter, Elisabeth Peden and John Eldridge with Barbara McDonald as Chair. This seminar subjects the three classes of provision to critical analysis in light of:

  • the common law principles with which they deal, such as the parol evidence rule;
  • leading cases, eg, Renard Constructions (ME) Pty Ltd v Minister for Public Works (1992) 26 NSWLR 234;
  • recent cases, eg, MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd [2018] UKSC 24.

For more information and to book please visit the CLA website www.cla.org.au

Internal room for sale - Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers

Mon Aug 26 2019

An internal room is available for sale or licence at Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers due to a statutory appointment.

The sale price is $25k negotiable, floor fees are $2,653.00 per month (including GST and CCL maintenance levy). The floor recently underwent renovations. Practice areas include Commercial, Equity, Native Title, Criminal Law and Land & Environment.

Please contact the clerk, Heather, on (02) 9235 3100 or clerk6@windeyerchambers.com.au All enquiries will be kept confidential. Link to website is here.

Bar (not only) Knitting Group

Mon Aug 26 2019

The Bar (not only) Knitting Group‘s next meeting is on the 27 August at 5.30pm in the Bar Library.

Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. Participants should bring their latest project or just an enquiring mind. We can arrange to teach you to knit/crochet if you’d like

Room for Sale or Licence – State Chambers

Mon Aug 26 2019

A 30 sqm east facing, light filled room overlooking the Domain with views out to the Heads and Bondi is for sale or licence at State Chambers, located on level 36 at 52 Martin Place. The room has floor to ceiling windows with automatic blinds complete with modern built in shelving and cupboards. All enquiries treated with confidentiality – please contact Mark Matulich on 9188 9634. Click here for photos.