Two rooms for Licence - Queens Square Chambers

Thu Jan 31 2019

Two spacious and renovated rooms in the congenial Queen's Square Chambers (adjacent to the Supreme and Federal Courts in Macquarie Street) have recently become available for licence One large room with adjoining annex would be suitable for Senior Counsel with Personal Assistant/Secretary.

One large light filled room is also available.

All rooms have access to The Counsels Chambers internet and VOiP phone system Rates are affordable and Chambers does not require Key Money to join

For information on rates, availability and an inspection please contact the Head of Chambers, Marcus Pesman or the Clerk, Mark Wilson: 02 9232 4671

Guardian Early Learning Group - Twilight Tour

Thu Jan 31 2019
Member Services and Benefits

You’re Invited to Explore Your Local Guardian Early Learning Centre

Discover a day in the life of Guardian children by attending the Twilight Tour on February 21 at participating Sydney CBD centres. From 5pm to 7pm, you’ll be able to meet the educators, explore the wondrous spaces and sample the seasonal menus. Every day is a new opportunity for discovery and growth at Guardian. By creating a supportive, caring and curiosity-igniting environment, they help children to learn, play and, most of all, have fun. To find out more or to register to attend, click here.

A flyer is available here.

Swearing in Ceremony for Ian Bourke SC and Jonathan Priestly SC

Thu Jan 31 2019

Ian Bourke SC and Jonathan Priestly SC have been appointed as Judges of the District Court of New South Wales.

A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9:00am on Monday 4th February 2019. All members are invited to attend.

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP will speak on behalf of the Bar Association. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Funeral arrangements for Grahame Berecry

Thu Jan 31 2019

The funeral arrangements for Grahame Berecry are as follows:

Wednesday 6th February at 10am at Macquarie Park Crematorium (Magnolia Chapel).

Wake planned for 12pm at Northbridge Golf Club (TBC)

Defamation Reform to be 'Parliament ready" in 2020

Thu Jan 31 2019
Media Release

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP has today issued a media release announcing Attorneys-General from all Australian jurisdictions have agreed to a timetable for defamation reform that seeks to enable all Australian Parliaments to begin enacting changes from the middle of 2020.

A full copy of the media release is available here. Click here for a copy of the associated timetable.

Lo Surdo appointed to the Racing Appeals Tribunal

Thu Jan 31 2019

Anthony Lo Surdo SC of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers has been appointed by the Hon Paul Toole MP, minister for racing, as Acting Racing Appeals Tribunal under s 7 of the Racing Appeals Tribunal Act 1983 for a term of three years, commencing 4 February 2019. The tribunal hears appeals relating to thoroughbred racing, greyhound racing and harness racing in NSW.

Room for sale or Licence - Maurice Byers Chambers

Wed Jan 30 2019

One large full sized external room is available now for purchase or licence 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.

For more information and to see photos click here.

Position vacant: senior public defender

Wed Jan 30 2019
Position vacant

The attorney general is seeking applications from persons qualified for appointment as the senior public defender under the Public Defenders Act 1995. This position will be advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, 2 February 2019.

Applicants must apply online at For further information about this role and the appointment of public defenders go to

All inquiries should be made to Kathrina Lo, Deputy Secretary, Department of Justice on 02 8688 7019.

Tomorrow: swearing-in ceremony for Mark Ierace SC

Wed Jan 30 2019

Mark Ierace SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales at a ceremonial sitting tomorrow, 31 January 2019 at 9.15am in the Banco Court. President Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Opening of Law Term ceremony at the new IRC premises in Parramatta

Wed Jan 30 2019

On 21 December 2018 the Industrial Relations Commission moved from Bridge Street to its new premises at 10-12 Smith Street, Parramatta. The commission will mark the opening of the new law term with a ceremonial sitting on 5 February at 9.30am in Court 1, L10, 10-12 Smith Street, Parramatta. Kylie Nomchong SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

Grahame Berecry (1947-2019)

Wed Jan 30 2019

Grahame Berecry, former Supreme Court registrar and barrister at Edmund Barton Chambers, died this morning. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

LCA warns against powers to render Australians stateless

Wed Jan 30 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council today warned the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security that proposed citizenship-stripping laws would create the potential for the home affairs minister to render Australians stateless, and may be inconsistent with Australia's international legal obligations.

Law Council President Arthur Moses SC said "The proposed changes create a real risk that a person could have their citizenship removed while possessing no other citizenship, thus rendering them stateless ... As the recent history demonstrates, in both the case of members of Parliament and the Prakash case, determining existing foreign citizenship can be extremely difficult. Determinations based on predictions about future foreign citizenship, which may include decisions by foreign governments, are obviously fraught."

Read the media release here.

Compare and save on your health insurance before premiums increase

Wed Jan 30 2019
Member Services and Benefits

HCF is a not-for-profit and an award-winning insurer committed to offering tailored protection which adapts with you at every stage through life’s journey. Some exclusive benefits on offer to members include:

  • Heart cover on all hospital products*.
  • One hospital excess per year with no excess for dependent children*.
  • Free Limit Boosts to top up your annual dental and optical limits*.
  • Superior medical gap coverage to minimise out-of-pocket expenses*.
  • Top level hospital cover for up to 90 days in injured in an accident*.
  • Access to a rewards system the longer you remain with HCF*.

To find out more and get a no-obligation free quote, log-in to your Bar Association member dashboard, then click through to the Member Advantage website, or call 1300 853 352.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Corporate rates at Anytime Fitness Martin Place

Wed Jan 30 2019
Member Services and Benefits

Have you made a new year's resolution to be healthier and more active? Is your commitment faltering already? Fortunately, Anytime Fitness Martin Place recently opened at 80 Elizabeth Street and is offering discounted corporate rates for members of the Bar Association who wish to join. Anytime Fitness has over 4000 clubs worldwide. If you're bashful, you can sneak in late at night. They are open 24/7.

Take out a 12 month membership for $69.95 per month, with a $49 joining fee and a $69.95 card access fee.

To take advantage of this offer, contact the coordinator of services and benefits for your application and pre-exercise screening forms.

Yogis return

Wed Jan 30 2019

Dust off your mats! Wednesday lunchtime (1.00pm) Yoga classes will resume in the Bar Association Common Room next week. Classes will run from Wednesday, 6 February to Wednesday, 1 May (following which, there will be a recess while the May Bar Practice course sits).

The fee for the whole term is $250 - or pay the casual rate of $25 per class on the day. Contact Jolie to register on 0414 092 502; or via email

Swearing-in ceremony for Dr Andrew Bell SC

Wed Jan 30 2019

Dr Andrew Bell SC will be sworn-in Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, a Judge of Appeal and President of the Court of Appeal. A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held in Banco Court, on Level 13, at 9:15 AM on Thursday, 28 February 2019. The ceremony will be notified in the Law List on Tuesday, 26 February, Wednesday, 27 February and Thursday, 28 February 2019.

ACT Integrity Commissioner

Tue Jan 29 2019
Position vacant

In late November 2018 the ACT Integrity Commission Bill was passed. The resulting Act establishes the ACT Integrity Commission and applications are now invited for the part-time statutory position of ACT Integrity Commissioner.

The appointee must have been a Supreme or Federal Court judge; a justice of the High Court; or a lawyer of at least 10 years’ standing. A fixed term of seven years is available with pro-rata remuneration and entitlements aligned to those available to Federal and ACT Supreme Court judges.

Further information can be obtained by emailing

Retirement of the Honourable Justice Beazley AO

Tue Jan 29 2019

The Honourable Justice Beazley AO will retire as President of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Thursday, 28 February 2019. A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held in Banco Court, on Level 13, at 9:15 AM on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. The ceremony will be notified in the Law List on Monday, 25 February, Tuesday, 26 February and Wednesday, 27 February 2019.

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP will speak on behalf of the Bar Association.

NSW Bar Association 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission to Treasury

Tue Jan 29 2019

The NSW Bar Association’s pre-budget submission to Treasury urges the Federal Government to increase funding of our family law system, to improve access to affordable and timely justice for children and families in need of family law assistance. A copy of the submission is available here.

Tomorrow: swearing in of Patricia Henry

Tue Jan 29 2019

Ms Patricia Henry will be sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW at at 9:15 am on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 at Banco Court on Level 13 of the Law Courts Building.

Attorney General Mark Speakman SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Australia Day Honours

Tue Jan 29 2019

The following members of the Bar Association received Australia Day Honours in the Order of Australia:

Brian Rayment QC was made an officer of the Order of Australia (OAM)in the General Division for service to the law.

Dr James Renwick SC RANR was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for outstanding devotion to duty as a legal officer in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve.

AIFLAM 2019 Training Courses

Tue Jan 29 2019
Training Courses

AIFLAM has released the dates for its first courses of 2019, as set out below. links to our website for online registration.

Mediation Training Course
Monday 4 – Thursday 7 February 2019 PARKROYAL Hotel, Sydney For more information and to register for Mediation Training click here.

Arbitration Training Course
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 March 2019 PARKROYAL Hotel, Sydney For more information and to register for Arbitration Training click here.

Accommodation is also available for both courses at the discounted AIFLAM rate. Please use the Manual Registration Forms (Mediation and Arbitration), available via the buttons above, should you need to book accommodation through AIFLAM.

Steven Arthur Woods (1965-2019)

Tue Jan 29 2019

Steven Arthur Woods, barrister at Thirteen Wentworth Selborne Chambers, died on Sunday, 27 January 2019. A public thanksgiving service, followed by afternoon tea, will be held this Friday, 1 February from 2.00pm at Jannali Anglican Church, 83 Wattle Road, Jannali.

The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain

Tue Jan 29 2019
Tuesday, February 12 2019

Presented by John Eldridge, Lecturer, The University of Sydney. Chaired by Greg Tolhurst. This is a lunchtime seminar commencing at 1 pm. Learn more here.

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