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National Indigenous Legal Conference - Darwin 13 & 14 August 2019

Mon Jun 24 2019
Early bird registrations are open

The draft program for the National Indigenous Legal Conference, has been released and is available here.

Early Bird registrations are closing on 1st July 2019.

The conference will showcase an extensive speaker list of Northern Territory people with backgrounds in law or involved in the legal system including Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, Eddie Cubillo, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM, Leanne Liddle, Stephanie Monck, Mark Yingiya Guyula MLA, Prof Mick Dodson AM, David Woodroffe (Principal Legal Officer of the Territory’s largest legal practice), Dr James Gaykamangu, Dr Pat Miller AO, Commissioner Andrea Mason OAM, Jasmin Onus, Dr Curtis Roman to name a few.

To register click here.

Francis Forbes Society - membership renewal & donations

Mon Jun 24 2019

As mentioned at the 2019 Forbes Lecture delivered on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 by Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney), 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave', the forthcoming publication of Pitt Cobbett’s The Constitution and Government of Australia, 1788 to 1919 was supported through the Francis Forbes Fund. One of the Francis Forbes Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains the Francis Forbes Fund for that purpose to which donations may be made –donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.

The Society welcomes donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS.

The Society also welcomes new members and encourages renewal of existing memberships: FFS Membership application – renewal 19-20

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Mon Jun 24 2019
New Session Announcement

The Reasoned Negotiation of Risk: Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties in Western Democracies

The ABA and NZBA are delighted to confirm that Dr Anne Aly MP, Federal Member for Cowan, will present one of the conference's keynotes. Founder of People Against Violent Extremism, a Professor at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, Dr Aly has written on terrorist recruitment and counter-messaging. With the increasing global concern of terrorism in modern society, this keynote will explore the role and challenges of the law and law makers in tackling terrorism in present day.

Dr Anne Aly MP, Member for Cowan

Dr Aly is the Labor Federal Member for Cowan elected in 2016.

Anne’s background is as a Professor, Academic and Practitioner in the fields of counter terrorism and counter radicalisation. She has published over 100 articles and texts on terrorism and related issues and is the author and editor of five books. Prior to becoming an academic she worked in government policy.

Anne is the founder of Australia’s first non-government organisation to combat violent extremism. People against Violent Extremism (PaVE) is a not for profit organisation that developed a social media campaign against violent extremism and delivered a series of hackathons to harness young people’s skills and talents to address issues in their communities.

Anne’s contributions to national and international security have been recognised internationally. In 2015 she was the only Australian civil society representative to be invited to speak at President Obama’s White House Summit on CVE. Later that year, she was again the only Australian representative to participate in the Club de Madrid +10 policy dialogues. Anne has also been an expert adviser to the United Nations Security Council and has participated in experts’ meetings.

In 2011, Anne was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was named one of Australia’s 100 most Influential Women by Westpac/Fin Review. In 2016 she was awarded the Instyle Woman of Style award in the category of Community and Charity. Also in 2016 Anne was nominated for the Australian of the Year and received the prestigious Australian Security Medal.

Anne lives in her electorate in the northern suburbs with her husband David. She has two adult sons.

Register here today to attend Dr Aly's keynote: "The Reasoned Negotiation of Risk: Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties in Western Democracies"

Early bird registration is still available but must close this Saturday 22 June at 10pm AEST. https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/

Last chance to register - Unveiling the portrait of Katrina Dawson

Mon Jun 24 2019
Collegiality

In 2018 the Bar Association commissioned acclaimed Australian artist Peter Smeeth to do a portrait of the late Katrina Dawson. His work will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Friday, 28 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Dr Peter Smeeth MBBS FRAS AWI, winner of numerous Australian art prizes, including the 2017 Archibald Packing Room prize, will be guest of honour for the evening. Sandy Dawson SC will speak on behalf of the Dawson Family and the Katrina Dawson Foundation, while President Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the Bar Association and all members of the New South Wales Bar, on whom Katrina left an indelible impression during her brief but successful career.

For catering purposes, registration is required.

Rainbow Lodge

Fri Jun 21 2019
Philanthropy

Rainbow Lodge, honouring Judge Alf Rainbow, provides 12 weeks residential transition for selected men leaving correctional custody. All our clients are categorised as high recidivism risk by Corrective Services. Not surprisingly then, upon exiting custody all are homeless; nearly all have drug, alcohol and serious mental health challenges. The majority gives new meaning to ‘socially isolated’. We offer an intensive therapeutic program. We also try to assist our residents access affordable housing. Recently Rainbow Lodge has become a pathfinder in post-release custody by offering a free Outreach support service in the two post-release years to the 40 or so men, about half of whom are Aboriginal, passing through Rainbow Lodge annually. From extensive past, post-release setback experiences we regard this support crucial to reducing recidivism.

Support comes in several forms, including connecting men to housing, medical, mental and dental services, advice, food support, budgeting and social contact support. Employment is a dream for most and a reality for the exceptional few. For a minority of clients we are seeking to extend our support to helping them obtain rapid legal assistance in the event of arrest for further court matters.

Only Rainbow Lodge’s residential service is government funded – its Outreach Service, which is alwayys resource demanding, struggles for funds. We are seeking support from the legal profession to assist some of the most vulnerable people the law has interacted with.
Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Please send your donation to Rainbow Lodge, P.O. Box 131 Glebe, NSW 2037.

UNSW 2019 Mason Conversation with the Hon Michael McHugh AC QC

Fri Jun 21 2019

Presented by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW, the 2019 Mason Conversation features The Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC in conversation with Professor George Williams AO.

The Mason Conversation is a series named in honour of Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM marking his outstanding generosity and contribution over decades to the University of New South Wales. As well as a distinguished career in the law, including as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1987-95), Sir Anthony was the fifth Chancellor of the University of New South Wales between 1994 and 1999 and the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

When: Monday 5 August 2019 Time: 5.45pm - 7.30pm Where: Banco Court, Level 13 - Law Courts Building, 184 Philip Street Sydney, 2000

The talk will start promptly at 6.00pm and will be followed by a short networking reception at 7.00pm.

For more information and to register, click here.

Welcome drinks for May 2019 intake of New Barristers – Wednesday 26 June 2019

Fri Jun 21 2019
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ Committee welcomes our newest barristers from the recent May intake!

Drinks will be held on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at Verandah Bar from 5:30 pm, hosted by the New Barristers’ Committee. Canapés and a drink on arrival will be provided. New Readers and all under 5’s are encouraged to attend to meet the new cohort and to provide words of wisdom on adjusting to life at the Bar as a Reader! Over 5’s are welcome too. Drop in for a short time or stay for the evening. To ensure we have catered for you, please let us know you’re coming using this RSVP link here.

The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Fri Jun 21 2019
Wednesday, June 26 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, at 5.15pm, Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, Integrated Compliance at Australian Taxation Office and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office will deliver a seminar on 'The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime'. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Bishop. Find out more here.

Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Fri Jun 21 2019
Thursday, June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Thursday 27 June, at 5.15pm, the Women Barristers Forum will host a seminar on 'Advocacy in judicial review proceedings'. Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please click here.

Bar FC victorious again

Thu Jun 20 2019
Wellbeing

No doubt inspired by the Matilda’s performances at the World Cup, Bar FC had to pick itself off the canvas today and return to the winners podium. A somewhat disjointed performance resulted in a final score line of 2-1. Had Di Michiel or Canceri performed like Sam Kerr, the score would have been far greater. Nevertheless, a workmanlike shift saw both strikers score and Di Michiel now move to equal third (with Morrison and Condylis who did not play today) in the race for the golden boot.

The Sir Alex award for the best player on the pitch must go to d’Arville who organised the backs well and worked tirelessly to fend off the oppositions attacks. Today’s squad was as follows:

JEH COUTINHO GRAHAM CONNOLLY SHAUN MCCARTHY TIMOTHY BOYLE BEN PHILLIPS JON TSANG NICHOLAS OLSON ANDY MUNRO JOHN HARRIS (GK) IVAN GRISCTI ANTHONY CANCERI DAVID STANTON RICHARD DI MICHIEL ANAIS D’ARVILLE

Our next game is against current league leaders Pendal FC on Thursday 27 June at 1.15 pm on top of the Domain Car Park. No doubt a tough test given that they have won 6 games and drawn one (scoring 25 goals with only 3 goals against). All supporters of Bar FC are welcome.

Admiralty and Maritime Law Seminar - Justice Angus Stewart

Thu Jun 20 2019

The Federal Court of Australia are holding and Admiralty and Maritime Seminar on 24 July 2019 – 1.10pm-1.50pm est.

The Topic of the seminar is Salvage learnings from the Thor Commander presented by Justice Angus Stewart.

For more information click here.

Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Thu Jun 20 2019
Thursday, June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Thursday 27 June, at 5.15pm, the Women Barristers Forum will host a seminar on 'Advocacy in judicial review proceedings'. Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please click here.

Important Practising Certificate Renewal information

Thu Jun 20 2019

The standard renewal period for practising certificates expired on Friday, 7 June 2019 (Clause 4 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015).

By Friday 7 June 2019, the Bar Association should have received:

  1. your completed practising certificate renewal form (for members to completed online only - no hard copies will be provided or accepted);

  2. confirmation of payment of your renewal; and

  3. confirmation from your insurance provider that you have insurance. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin whilst you are waiting for confirmation of your insurance. However, your practising certificate cannot be issued until proof of professional indemnity insurance coverage has been received.

As the 7 June deadline has now passed A late fee of $30 or 10% of the relevant practising certificate fee, whichever is the higher, applies where the practising certificate renewal form and/or fee is received before 1 July 2019.

Click here for more information.

Welcome drinks for May 2019 intake of New Barristers – Wednesday 26 June 2019

Thu Jun 20 2019
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ Committee welcomes our newest barristers from the recent May intake!

Drinks will be held on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at Verandah Bar from 5:30 pm, hosted by the New Barristers’ Committee. Canapés and a drink on arrival will be provided. New Readers and all under 5’s are encouraged to attend to meet the new cohort and to provide words of wisdom on adjusting to life at the Bar as a Reader! Over 5’s are welcome too. Drop in for a short time or stay for the evening. To ensure we have catered for you, please let us know you’re coming using this RSVP link here.

Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Wed Jun 19 2019
Thursday, June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Thursday 27 June, at 5.15pm, the Women Barristers Forum will host a seminar on 'Advocacy in judicial review proceedings'. Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please click here.

President appoints Robert Dubler SC as NSW Bar Advocate for Change

Wed Jun 19 2019

On 17 June 2019, the President appointed Robert Dubler SC as a NSW Bar Advocate for Change for a period of three years.

The purpose of the Advocates for Change program is to provide role models who are outstanding practitioners and who, through the example of what they do and say in their professional lives as barristers, represent the full width of diversity and inclusion that the NSW Bar Association wishes to promote at the Bar.

It is hoped that Robert’s appointment as Advocate for Change will raise awareness, encourage greater access and inclusion at the NSW Bar for members of the Bar, legal profession and community for persons living with disability.

As an Advocate for Change, Robert has agreed to participate in the formulation of strategies to promote equality, diversity and inclusion at the NSW Bar, particularly considering measures to improve access and facilities and increase awareness about the experience for barristers with disability.

He joins Advocates for Change, Jane Needham SC, Hament Dhanji SC and Andrew Pickles SC.

More information about the NSW Bar Advocates for Change program can be found here.

National Indigenous Legal Conference - Darwin 13 & 14 August 2019

Wed Jun 19 2019
Early bird registrations are open

The draft program for the National Indigenous Legal Conference, has been released and is available here.

Early Bird registrations are closing on 1st July 2019.

The conference will showcase an extensive speaker list of Northern Territory people with backgrounds in law or involved in the legal system including Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, Eddie Cubillo, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM, Leanne Liddle, Stephanie Monck, Mark Yingiya Guyula MLA, Prof Mick Dodson AM, David Woodroffe (Principal Legal Officer of the Territory’s largest legal practice), Dr James Gaykamangu, Dr Pat Miller AO, Commissioner Andrea Mason OAM, Jasmin Onus, Dr Curtis Roman to name a few.

To register click here.

Annual Federal Courts and Tribunals Fee Increases from 1 July

Wed Jun 19 2019

The fees payable in the federal courts and tribunals will increase from 1 July 2019 to reflect changes to the consumer price index over the past financial year. This is an automatic increase provided by the relevant fees regulations. Click here for a copy of the Gazette notice.

A copy of a notice published in the Government Notices Gazette on 4 June 2019 setting out the new fees payable can be found here.

Bench and Bar Lunch 02/2019

Wed Jun 19 2019
Collegiality

The next Bench and Bar Lunch is set down for Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 12.45pm to 2.00pm at Sky Phoenix - Shop 6001/188 Pitt Street. All members of the Bench and Bar are welcome. At $35 per person, it's just, quick and cheap! Reserve your place here.

The Bench and Bar Lunch is an initiative of the Wellbeing Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Unveiling the portrait of Katrina Dawson

Wed Jun 19 2019
Collegiality

In 2018 the Bar Association commissioned acclaimed Australian artist Peter Smeeth to do a portrait of the late Katrina Dawson. His work will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Friday, 28 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Dr Peter Smeeth MBBS FRAS AWI, winner of numerous Australian art prizes, including the 2017 Archibald Packing Room prize, will be guest of honour for the evening. Sandy Dawson SC will speak on behalf of the Dawson Family and the Katrina Dawson Foundation, while President Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the Bar Association and all members of the New South Wales Bar, on whom Katrina left an indelible impression during her brief but successful career.

For catering purposes, registration is required.

Francis Forbes Society - membership renewal & donations

Wed Jun 19 2019

As mentioned at the 2019 Forbes Lecture delivered on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 by Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney), 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave', the forthcoming publication of Pitt Cobbett’s The Constitution and Government of Australia, 1788 to 1919 was supported through the Francis Forbes Fund. One of the Francis Forbes Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains the Francis Forbes Fund for that purpose to which donations may be made –donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.

The Society welcomes donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS.

The Society also welcomes new members and encourages renewal of existing memberships: FFS Membership application – renewal 19-20

Environmental Counsel to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority

Wed Jun 19 2019
Expressions of Interest

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking expressions of interest from senior and junior counsel for appointment as Environmental Counsel to the EPA Board.

The EPA is the primary environmental regulator for NSW. We partner with business, government and the community to reduce pollution and waste, protect human health, and prevent degradation of the environment.

Under the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991, Environmental Counsel are practising barristers approved by the Minister for Energy and Environment and engaged by the EPA. The functions of Environmental Counsel include:

  • advising the EPA Board in relation to proposed serious environment protection offences under legislation administered by the EPA, so that the Board can determine whether or not the EPA should prosecute those offences;
  • advising the EPA Board on matters as requested; and
  • appearing for the EPA in matters as instructed.

Expressions of interest close on 21 June 2019. For more information and to apply please click here.

Welcome drinks for May 2019 intake of New Barristers – Wednesday 26 June 2019

Wed Jun 19 2019
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ Committee welcomes our newest barristers from the recent May intake!

Drinks will be held on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at Verandah Bar from 5:30 pm, hosted by the New Barristers’ Committee. Canapés and a drink on arrival will be provided. New Readers and all under 5’s are encouraged to attend to meet the new cohort and to provide words of wisdom on adjusting to life at the Bar as a Reader! Over 5’s are welcome too. Drop in for a short time or stay for the evening. To ensure we have catered for you, please let us know you’re coming using this RSVP link here.

Tonight: Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Wed Jun 19 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Emma Beechey, and chaired by the Hon Justice Guy Parker, will explain what you need to know about blockchain and its evidentiary value. For full details please click here.