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Great Wall walk for Black Dog institute

Mon Aug 26 2019

Elizabeth Picker from Edmund Barton Chambers will take on the Great Wall Trek in China from 30 September to 7 October to raise money for the Black Dog institute.

Elizabeth is inspired by the work of Black Dog Institute and wants to support this worthy cause by her participation in Black Dog Institute's Hike for Mental Health: China 2019. Please help Elizabeth to support the Black Dog Institute by donating whatever you can. Click here for more information and to donate.

The more people that know about Black Dog Institute, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing the page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to so many.

Room for Sale - Maurice Byers Chambers

Mon Aug 26 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.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Mon Aug 26 2019
29 August - Banco Court

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.

ADR Joint CPD event

Fri Aug 23 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.

Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Reforms

Fri Aug 23 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The New South Wales Bar Association Criminal Law Committee have been invited by the Department of Justice to participate in consultations throughout 2019 on the implementation of the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) reforms. The next consultation meeting will be held on Thursday, 22 August 2019. To assist the association in its participation in the consultations, the committee will be collating information as to the workings of the EAGP reforms and the experiences of practitioners with the scheme.

Members who have general feedback on the case conference under the EAGP scheme or specifically in respect of the following issues:

Charge certification and sufficiency of brief of evidence

  • Was the most serious certified charge the same as the most serious police charge
  • Was the brief of evidence sufficient to enable proper advice to be given before the case conference
  • If so was the missing material provided prior to case conference

Case conference

  • Did the prosecutor who certified the charge attend the case conference?
  • Were any defence adjournments required for the attendance for case conference, and were they granted?

Committal

  • Was the matter committed for trial or sentence?
  • Was the most serious matter committed for trial or sentence the same as the most serious certified charge?

Trial/sentence

  • Was the prosecutor who appeared on trial/sentence the same prosecutor who certified the charge and/or appeared at conference?
  • Was evidence served post committal that would have been relevant to charge negotiations prior to committal?
  • Did the Crown make/accept a better offer than they had made/accepted prior to committal?
  • If the accused pleaded guilty did they do so because the Crown had accepted or made a new offer, or new evidence was served or the accused changed their mind.

Please email Ms Sophia Beckett at Sophia.beckett@justice.nsw.gov.au by Wednesday, 21 August 2019.

Katrina Dawson Award

Fri Aug 23 2019
Applications close today

Katrina Dawson was a much-loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. This award, named in her honour, 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 23 August 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

Room for Sale - Maurice Byers Chambers

Thu Aug 22 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.

Room for Sale or Licence – State Chambers

Thu Aug 22 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.

Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference 2019

Thu Aug 22 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

Internal room for sale - Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers

Thu Aug 22 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.

The ethical limits of advocacy at mediation

Thu Aug 22 2019
Professional development

Members are invited to a Commercial Law Association lunchtime seminar on "The ethical limits of advocacy at mediation", to be presented by Robert Angyal SC on Friday, 20 September 2019 at 12.45 to 2.00pm. This practical seminar explains how the Australian Consumer Law, as well as the Barristers Rules apply to lawyers acting as advocates at mediations. Learn more about the seminar, the venue and registration here.

Don’t wait until next tax year to save on health insurance

Wed Aug 21 2019
Member services and benefits

How much did you pay for the Medicare Levy surcharge on your tax return? When it comes to saving on health insurance - the more you earn, the more it pays to have hospital cover come tax time. As the new health insurance reforms roll out, now is a good time to discover what policy best suits you.

Get a quote through your benefits program and discover HCF’s exclusive Corporate health insurance range.

Different from the retail product range available to the general public, you get access to specially negotiated premiums, improved benefits and Limit Boost for dental and optical after 12 months.

Get quote online now. Visit www.nswbar.asn.au and login to your member dashboard, then follow the link from the Member Advantage tab.

Terms and conditions apply, ’Limit boost’ excluded from Essential and Lifestyle Essentials Extras Cover.

Bar FC win Domain Soccer League Grand Final

Wed Aug 21 2019
Wellbeing

In a close contest, Bar FC narrowly defeated Factset FC to take the silverware in a gripping 1-0 grand final today.

The first half saw the team start a little tentatively however the half time talk from Sir Alex (Stanton) seemed to work its magic. The only instruction was to do things more quickly and the goal soon followed with the ball being moved rapidly from defence to attack, with Di Michiel finishing the season with the winning goal and the Golden Boot award.

Solid performances across the pitch was the order of the day with Gaolkeeper Harris not really threatened as a result of the defensive efforts of the team.

Today's team was as follows:

SIMON PHILIPS (C) SHAUN MCCARTHY RICHARD DI MICHIEL ANDY MUNRO JEH COUTINHO TIMOTHY BOYLE SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS DAVID LARISH ANAIS D¹ARVILLE JOHN HARRIS (GK) STEPHEN DAMETTO JON TSANG HAYDEN DORIA ANTHONY CANCERI

This completes the winter competition. Sir Alex would also like to thank the eighty six members of Bar FC who have contributed throughout the year. Click here to see a photo of the winning team.

Bar FC now head north to meet the QLD and VIC Bars in the Tri State Championship on 20 September 2019. All members are invited to join us in this annual event.

A link to photographs of the game is available here.

Advocacy Skills workshop

Wed Aug 21 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.

Systemic unconscionable conduct: evidentiary hurdles and recent cases 

Wed Aug 21 2019
Continuing Professional Development

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.

Women Lawyers Gala Presentation Dinner

Tue Aug 20 2019
Diversity

Members are invited to the biennial Gala Presentation Dinner for the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards, to be held on Friday, 23 August 2019 at Dockside Cockle Bay. The guest speaker will be Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission. For more information, or to reserve your place, click here.

NSWCCL Annual Fundraising Dinner

Tue Aug 20 2019

New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the NSWCCL Annual Fundraising Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 10th September. The keynote address will be presented by Ita Buttrose AC OBE: The role of a free and independent media in a liberal democracy.

At the dinner, the Inaugural Awards for Excellence in Civil Liberties Journalism will be presented. Two awards will be announced, one for a Young Journalist and one in the Open Category, for works of journalism published in Australia promoting civil liberties.

Come along on your own or with a friend, and meet fabulous people from our civil liberties community, or book a table of 10 or 12 for your organisation.

For more information and to book your tickets please click here.

Bar Book Club

Tue Aug 20 2019

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 October 2019 at 5.30 pm in the Bar Library. The book is : The Everlasting Sunday by Robert Lukins (UQP) reviewed here.

All welcome (that includes new readers). Light refreshments will be served.

Domain Soccer League Grand Final

Tue Aug 20 2019
Wellbeing

For all supporters of Bar FC, tomorrow the team will play in the Grand Final of the DSL.

The game kicks off at 1.00 pm and is played on top of the Domain Car Park in the Domain. Last weeks game ended in a penalty shoot out and we hope to avoid this by winning in normal time.

Bar FC looks forward to seeing you at the game tomorrow.

2020 Regional Conference Series

Mon Aug 19 2019
Call for papers

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the Association's 2020 Regional CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2020 Conferences are:

  • Newcastle, Saturday 22 February 2020, Novotel Newcastle Beach
  • North Coast (Ballina), Saturday 29 February 2020, Ramada Hotel
  • Orange, Saturday 7 March 2020, Orange Ex-Servicemen’s
  • Sydney, Saturday 21 March 2020, Hilton Hotel Sydney
  • Parramatta, Saturday 28 March 2020, Park Royal Parramatta

Interested barristers, solicitors, academics, legal and non-legal professionals are invited to submit suggestions for papers online, HERE. During the submission process, you will be asked to provide your contact details, conference preference, a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion presentation. All submissions must come under at least one of the four categories of CPD.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Monday 30 September 2019.

For any enquiries, please contact Tiffany McDonald at cpd@nswbar.asn.au.

Systemic unconscionable conduct: evidentiary hurdles and recent cases 

Mon Aug 19 2019
Continuing Professional Development

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.

Mary Walker in the ADR Hall of Fame

Mon Aug 19 2019

Congratulations to Mary Walker, Chair of the Bar Association’s ADR Committee, on being the first person to be inducted into the Australian ADR Awards inaugural ADR Hall Of Fame and being awarded International Mediator of the Year for 2019 at the Australian ADR Awards in Sydney earlier this month. Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC presented the ADR Awards at a ceremony and gala dinner held at the Australian Golf Club on 9 August. The full list of ADR award categories and winners can be found here.

LGBTQIA+ Sydney University Law Society’s Queer Mentoring Program

Mon Aug 19 2019

Sydney University Law Society’s inaugural Queer Mentoring Program is seeking LGBTQIA+ mentors from the NSW Bar. The aim is to match LGBTQIA+ identifying practitioners with LGBTQIA+ identifying law students who are interested in entering an area of legal practice which the practitioner predominantly works in. If you are interested in becoming a mentor in this program please fill out this form. An information sheet about the Queer Mentoring Program is available here.

Public Defender Vacancy

Mon Aug 19 2019
Position vacant

The Public Defenders are seeking applications for a Sydney-based position to be advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald on 24 August 2019. To apply, go to iworkfor.nsw.gov.au and select position code 000078HG-Public Defender (Sydney). For further details and link to the application site go to the Public Defenders website at www.publicdefenders.nsw.gov.auApplications close 8 September. All enquiries to Belinda Rigg SC, Senior Public Defender on 02 9268 3111.