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Australian National University Public Law Weekend.

Tue Sep 17 2019

The ANU Centre for International and Public Law will be hosting its annual Public Law Weekend on 1 November 2019.

Bringing together legal academics, government legal advisers and practitioners, the theme this year is ‘Technology, Public Law and Public Administration’.

Click here for more information and to register.

Supreme Court of NSW ADR Address 2019

Tue Sep 17 2019

The Australian Disputes Centre will be hosting their 2nd Annual Supreme Court of New South Wales ADR Address, presented by Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC.

The Address will be held in the Banco Court on 3 October 2019, at 5.30pm with networking reception to follow. Registration is essential. Click here for more information and to register.

Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers

Tue Sep 17 2019

Members are invited to join the WBF and distinguished guests for their biannual lunch and meet the new women at the bar. This is a great networking event and all are welcome to attend.

Hosted by the Women Barristers Forum & WLANSW at 1.00pm Friday 20 September 2019 at The Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney

For more information and to register, click here.

BarADR Mediation Reaccreditation and Accreditation

Tue Sep 17 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to renew their mediator accreditations under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are also sought from members of the Bar wishing to be accredited for the first time by the Bar Association or NSW barristers whose accreditations have now lapsed. To be eligible to be accredited, applicants must hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and have met the NMAS training and experience standards.

Applications to be reaccredited can be made online. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here. Please familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here, to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation or re-accreditation.

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 for accreditation or reaccreditation and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form (here) 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 23 September 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.

Common Law Practice Update 108

Tue Sep 17 2019

The Bar Association has published Common Law Practice Update 108, with case notes on sections 5B, 5F and 5R Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), ss 58, 60, 94 and 126 Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sexual abuse/economic loss, nervous shock/duty of care and more.

Download CLPU 108 here.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Tue Sep 17 2019
Only 2 spaces remaining - register now to avoid disappointment.

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

For more information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited.

Pre-injury average weekly earnings

Mon Sep 16 2019

Further to last week’s In Brief notice regarding the Workers Compensation Amendment (Pre-injury Average Weekly Earnings) Regulation 2019 (NSW) the State Insurance Regulatory Authority has now published an online guide to the new system of calculation of pre-injury average weekly earnings to apply to workers injured on and after 21 October 2019. View the online guide here.

Native Title Mediator List – Expression of Interest

Mon Sep 16 2019

The Federal Court of Australia is reviewing and updating its list of suitably qualified and experienced mediators to assist the court in the management of its native title work. The call for expressions of interest closes 1 November 2019 and it is hoped that the list can be updated during December 2019. Learn more here.

Workers Compensation Amendment (Pre-injury Average Weekly Earnings) Regulation 2019 (NSW)

Fri Sep 13 2019

Her Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has today made the above Regulation under the Workers Compensation Act 1987.

The object of this Regulation is to make provision for various matters in connection with the calculation of a worker's pre-injury average weekly earnings for the purposes of determining the worker's entitlement to weekly payments of compensation.

View the regulation.

Swearing-in ceremony for Richard Cavanagh SC - Monday 16 September 2019

Fri Sep 13 2019

Mr Richard Cavanagh SC will be sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Monday, 16 September. A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held on that day in Banco Court, on Level 13, at 9:15 am. The Attorney General the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Workers Compensation (Indexation) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2019 (NSW)

Fri Sep 13 2019

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority has today published the Workers Compensation (Indexation) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2019 (NSW). The object of this Order is to declare increases in index numbers and adjustable amounts for the purposes of calculating various entitlements under the Workers Compensation Act 1987, the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 and the Workers' Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942.

Click here to view the Order.

Judicial Review of Environmental Planning Instruments seminar

Fri Sep 13 2019

The NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (AIAL) and the Environment and Planning Law Association of NSW (EPLA) are jointly hosting a seminar titled the Judicial Review of Environmental Planning Instruments. The details are as follows:

Speaker: Neil Williams SC, Barrister, Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019 Time: Seminar commences at 5:30pm Venue: Maddocks, Angel Place, Level 27, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney Cost: Member (AIAL/EPLA) $40 per person. Non-member $60 per person. Students free. Registration: Click here for more information and to register.

Media update – the CTP scheme and minor injury

Thu Sep 12 2019

Further to yesterday’s _In Brie_f item (click here) concerning the Bar Association’s submission to the SIRA review of the minor injury definition, there has been coverage of the issue among a number of media outlets.

This afternoon President Tim Game SC appeared on the Steve Price Show on 2GB to put the association’s case regarding the effect of the “minor injury” test under the current Motor Accident Injuries scheme and the low proportion of payouts to the injured under that scheme. A summary and transcript of the interview can be found here.

Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers

Thu Sep 12 2019

Members are invited to join the WBF and distinguished guests for their biannual lunch and meet the new women at the bar. This is a great networking event and all are welcome to attend.

Hosted by the Women Barristers Forum & WLANSW at 1.00pm Friday 20 September 2019 at The Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney

For more information and to register, click here.

Australian National University Public Law Weekend.

Thu Sep 12 2019

The ANU Centre for International and Public Law will be hosting its annual Public Law Weekend on 1 November 2019.

Bringing together legal academics, government legal advisers and practitioners, the theme this year is ‘Technology, Public Law and Public Administration’.

Click here for more information and to register.

Supreme Court of NSW ADR Address 2019

Thu Sep 12 2019

The Australian Disputes Centre will be hosting their 2nd Annual Supreme Court of New South Wales ADR Address, presented by Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC.

The Address will be held in the Banco Court on 3 October 2019, at 5.30pm with networking reception to follow. Registration is essential. Click here for more information and to register.

R U OK?

Thu Sep 12 2019
Wellbeing

Today is R U OK? Day. Stay connected and have meaningful conversations with loved ones, friends and work colleagues. Be a good listener. For more information on the simple steps that could save a life, visit the R U OK? website.

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. To arrange a confidential consultation, visit barcare.org.au or contact Jenny Houen, BarCare's director, on 0427 317 958 or jhouen@barcare.org

Exercise your mood walk

Thu Sep 12 2019
Wellbeing

Join the Black Dog Institute for the next Exercise Your Mood Walk on Saturday, 12 October 2019 at Sydney Olympic Park. Starting at 6.00pm, the walk will take you on a 21.1km journey through urban parkland and past the iconic stadiums of Sydney Olympic Park, finishing at midnight at Fig Grove.

Walking together will provide the opportunity to start a conversation about mental health and the event will raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute. Bring your friends and colleagues, meet our Exercise Your Mood ambassador Michelle Bridges and fundraise $100 for mental health. By walking and raising funds, you will support vital education programs provided to schools, communities and medical professionals.

Sign-up here.

Australian Association of Constitutional Law seminar titled - Inconsistency

Wed Sep 11 2019

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law will host a seminar titled Inconsistency on 18 September 2019. Details are as follows:-

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 Time: 5.30-7.00pm Place: Court 18B, Law Courts Building, Queens Square

Speakers: Craig Lenehan (Fifth Floor St James Hall), Perry Herzfeld (Eleven Wentworth) Zelie Heger (Eleven Wentworth)

Chair: Alison Hammond (Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth)

This seminar will feature presentations and discussion of recent decisions of the High Court in Masson v Parsons, Williams v Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, and Work Health Authority v Outback Ballooning.

8 new Magistrates to the bench of the Local Court of NSW

Wed Sep 11 2019

The Attorney General, the Hon Mark Speakman SC has today announced the appointment of eight new magistrates to the bench of the Local Court of NSW.

Mr Speakman said barristers Holly Kemp and Allison Hawkins and solicitors Sally McLaughlin, Kevin Hockey, Lisa Viney, Jillian Kiely, Janine Lacy and Michael Love will bring a total of more than 150 years of legal experience to the Local Court.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Accident victims short-changed under Government's CTP Scheme

Wed Sep 11 2019

The President, Tim Game SC has today issued a Media Release stating motor accident victims are being short-changed while insurers reap super profits under the current NSW motor accidents scheme. Since the commencement of the scheme, motorists have paid billions of dollars in green slip premiums to insurers, but the most recent figures from the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) indicate that only an estimated 5% of premium collected is actually being paid to people injured on our roads.

Click here to view a copy of the media release.

Mentoring for First Nations law student moot

Wed Sep 11 2019
Call for volunteers

The Indigenous Barristers Trust is seeking volunteer barristers to assist with the annual Mooting Competition of Australia's First Peoples for First Nations law students at NSW universities, providing an opportunity for them to develop and showcase their advocacy skills in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Interested barristers will act as mentors to participating students over a ten day period between Monday, 23 September to Thursday, 3 October 2019.

We are looking for barristers to assist in the preparation of written submissions (due 30 September) as well as offer advice on advocacy skills. Contact with the students may be in person, or by phone and email. Please note that some of the students may be in their first or second year of law.

The preliminary rounds will be held on Tuesday, 1 October.

The final and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 1 October at Gilbert + Tobin, Barangaroo.

If you are interested in assisting please email Sian McGee (s.mcgee@mauricebyers.com) by Friday, 13 September. Sian will let you know by Monday 16 September whether you have been allocated a team.

Equitable briefing report due 30 September

Wed Sep 11 2019

The equitable briefing reporting year closed on 30 June 2019 for the 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 financial year. Reports are due on 30 September 2019.

Reports are to be provided to the Law Council of Australia directly, and can be sent any time after the Law Council opens its reporting portal, which you will be able to find here.

You can find the Law Council’s Guidelines, including templates for record-keeping and reporting, here.

If you have any questions about your reporting obligations under the Equitable Briefing Policy, or any other matter to do with the policy, you are welcome to contact Ms Ting Lim, Senior Policy Lawyer, at the Bar Association: tlim@nswbar.asn.au. You can also contact the Law Council directly at mail@lawcouncil.asn.au.

Bar Association annual general meeting and election timetable

Tue Sep 10 2019
Governance

The Bar Association’s AGM will be held on Thursday, 7 November at 5.00pm, in the Common Room. The election ballot closes at 1.00pm that day and counting commences on the morning of Friday, 8 November, with announcement of the results via In Brief later that day. The nomination forms for election of the 2019 Bar Council will be mailed on Friday, 13 September. A preliminary notice and election timetable is available here.