BarADR Mediation Reaccreditation and Accreditation

Tue Sep 03 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 if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

Equitable briefing report due 30 September

Tue Sep 03 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: You can also contact the Law Council directly at

Forbes Society - Tutorial in Australian Legal History

Tue Sep 03 2019

We remind you of our tutorial in Australian Legal History – today, in Court 13A at 5.15 pm: Professor Mark Lunney (Junior Vice President of the Society), Dr Tanya Josev (Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne Law School) and Dr Susan Bartie (Lecturer, University of Tasmania Faculty of Law), on Legalism in the twentieth century: the chameleon concept.

This will be followed on 18 September 2019 by the Chief Justice, the Hon T F Bathurst AC, on the History of the legal profession in NSW.

Lecture - We are also pleased to announce a lecture co-sponsored by the Forbes Society and the Selden Society, to be given by the Hon John Bryson QC titled “Henry VIII’s Will and the Politics of Succession”. The lecture is on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 5:15pm in Banco Court.

The lecture will be introduced by Justice Lucy McCallum of the NSW Court of Appeal. We are grateful to the Chief Justice for making Banco Court available for the lecture.

Funeral notice - Natalie Zerial 1984 - 2019

Tue Sep 03 2019

A funeral service for Natalie Zeriel will be held Thursday 5 September 2019 at 2pm at the Great Hall, University of Sydney.

Natalie was a former barrister and member of the NSW Bar Association, who sadly passed away in New York last month after battling cancer for 2 years.

Members are welcome to attend.

Advocacy Skills workshop

Tue Sep 03 2019
Registration are open – 8 & 9 November

The Bar Association is pleased to advise members that 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, 8 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.

NSW CCL Annual Fundraising Dinner

Mon Sep 02 2019

The New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties will hold its Annual Fundraising Dinner on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Keynote speaker Ita Buttrose AC OBE will discuss "The role of a free and independent media in a liberal democracy". For more information, or to purchase your tickets, visit the NSWCCL website.

Equal Pay Day

Mon Sep 02 2019
Diversity & Inclusion

It was Equal Pay Day in Australia last week, which seeks to raise awareness of why women do not get equal pay for work of equal value. A gender pay gap exists as soon as women enter the workforce (before they have children) and in 2016, ANU’s Centre for Social Research and Methods analysed the ATO’s 2013-14 data on what men and women earn by occupation and found barristers in Australia to be among those occupations with a large gender pay gap. This year marks the 50th year since the signing of the Equal Pay Act in Australia, which seeks to achieve equality, where everyone gets paid fairly regardless of their gender. More information is available at

Bar Council casual vacancy

Mon Sep 02 2019

Sera Mirzabegian has resigned from her position on Bar Council, effective 30 August 2019. In accordance with cl. 12.5.1 of the Bar Association's Constitution, Lisa-Claire Hutchinson has filled the vacant position as of that date.

Heydon on Contract

Mon Sep 02 2019
Book launch

Members are invited to the launch Heydon on Contract by the Hon Tom Bathurst AC, chief justice of New South Wales and the Hon Justice Andrew Bell, president of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

DATE: Thursday, 5 September 2019 VENUE: The Banco Court, Level 13, Law Courts Building, Queens Square TIME: 5:15pm for 5:30pm start *Refreshments will be served

Places are limited. Click here to RSVP.

The Hon Jane Hamilton Mathews AO (1940-2019)

Mon Sep 02 2019

The Hon Jane Mathews AO, former barrister, judge and life member of the Bar Association, died on Saturday night. The career of Jane Mathews was pioneering in the true sense of the word, marked as it was by a string of 'firsts'.

She began practising at the New South Wales Bar in June 1969. In 1977 she became the state's first female Crown prosecutor. In 1980 she became the first woman judge in New South Wales upon her appointment to the District Court. In 1987 she became the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. In 1994 she went to the Federal Court of Australia and subsequently served as president of the AAT and then deputy-president of the Native Title Tribunal. Jane retired from the Federal Court in April 2001. In 2005 Jane was made an officer in the Order of Australia for 'service to the judiciary, to the legal profession, to the University of New South Wales, and to music'. She was awarded life membership of the Bar Association in 2011.

Speaking on behalf of the New South Wales and Australian Bar Associations upon Jane's retirement from the Federal Court in 2001, Ruth McColl SC spoke of the barriers which Jane Mathews and other women barristers of her era had to overcome. That speech is available here. Jane was interviewed by Juliette Brodsky as part of the Bar Association's legal history program on Pioneering Women. Jane was also interviewed by Tina Jowett for [2015] (Summer) Bar News, which you can view here.

Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.