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The Modern Slavery Act 2018 - What you need to know

Thu Jun 13 2019
8 am Tuesday, June 18 2019, Clayton Utz, Level 14, 1 Bligh Street Sydney

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act) came into force on 1 January 2019, and the first reporting period under the legislation is the 2019 financial year. The Act requires over 3000 Australian companies and other entities to disclose how their operations and supply chain may contribute to modern slavery and explain the steps they are taking to address those risks. Entities in New South Wales are obliged to report under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) if they have a turnover of $50 million.

Under the Act, senior management are accountable for preparing Modern Slavery Statements which are to be approved at Board level. The Reports need to address mandatory criteria, including: the entity’s structure, operations and supply chains; the action the entity has taken to assess and address those risks and how the entity assesses the effectiveness of those actions.

This panel session will examine the requirements of the Commonwealth and State legislation, their application and what needs to be done by entities and their legal advisers to ensure compliance. Moderator:

  • Cilla Robinson, Partner, Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Group, Clayton Utz

Panel members:

  • Arthur Moses SC, President Law Council of Australia
  • Jon Downes, Head of Legal – Australasia and Deputy General Counsel - International, Willis Towers Watson
  • Mark Devadason, Director, The Mekong Club

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial Employment Health and Safety Committee and registration is open to members of the New South Wales Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia. Find out more HERE.

Registration required for catering purposes. To register please click HERE.

ABA International Conference: Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Thu Jun 13 2019
Last chance to register

Convergence 2019: the world-class conference for litigators

Registration closes on Sunday 16 June at 11.59pm. Don’t miss your opportunity to join the delegation in Singapore.

For information on the program and events, please visit the website: http://convergence2019.com.au

Click here to download a copy of the program.

Enquiries

  • Camilla Gray
  • ABA Event Manager
  • E: rsvp@austbar.asn.au
  • T: 02 9229 1720
  • M: 0411 323 873 *Junior Bar under 7 years at the bar - first 30 registrants

Environmental Counsel to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority

Thu Jun 13 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.

A “hypothetical” on Climate Change: the Science and the Law

Wed Jun 12 2019

The Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Law are hosting a joint Symposium - a "hypothetical" on Climate Change: the Science and the Law.

A panel of experts on the science and the law relating to climate change will be asked questions by Justin Gleeson SC of the New South Wales Bar on this important topic.

DATE: Thursday 22 August 2019, 5.00pm – 7.30pm PLACE: Federal Court - Court No 1 Level 21 Law Courts Building, Queen’s Square, Sydney

The symposium will be followed by refreshments

Click here for more information and to register.

Remuneration Debate Event

Wed Jun 12 2019

Despite the predominance of women entering the profession there continues to be significant under-representation of women in the most senior roles as partners, in leadership roles, at the Bar and in the judiciary. The gender wage gap in the legal profession is one of the largest in Australia, reported to be 29.7% by WGEA in 2017 compared to an all industries gap of 22.4%. Keeping remuneration secret is a significant contributor to the large wage gap for women but it also has broader implications for work place culture in regard to trust, respect and very importantly collegiality and a sense of inclusiveness. Should firms publicly disclose their remuneration in quartile bands, like the UK model for pay disclosure requires?

Join us and our panel at 5.30pm on Tuesday 18th June 2019 to discuss and debate the issue:

Andrew Pike, Executive Partner Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills; Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency; Michael Bradley, Managing Partner, Marque Lawyers; Riana Steyn, CEO, Bartier Perry

Proudly hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

Members FREE / Guests & Non-Members $20pp (includes refreshments ) MORE INFO click here / BOOK TICKETS click here

Tonight: Financial planning strategies seminar

Wed Jun 12 2019
Coming up in CPD - Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Government changes to super and SMSF’s, ASX market update, insurance, estate planning and financial planning strategies

Presented by Charles Stewart, National Head of Financial Planning at Shaw and Partners. This seminar will cover an update of important changes in the financial markets, insurance sector, estate planning and general financial planning strategies. For full details please download a flyer [here]

This seminar commences at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room

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

Linton Mearns Morris QC (1935 - 2019)

Wed Jun 12 2019
Vale

Mr Linton Mearns Morris QC formerly of Jack Shand Chambers, Blackstone Chambers and 7 Selborne Chambers, died last night, 11 June 2019.

Mr Morris came to the Bar in 1960 and took Silk in 1979.

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

Law Council questions the appropriateness of comments by the Deputy Chair of ASIC

Tue Jun 11 2019
Media Release

The President of the Law Council of Australia, Arthur Moses SC has today issued a media release stating the "statements attributed in Wednesday’s Australian Financial Review to the Deputy Chair of ASIC regarding client legal privilege and the conduct of litigation are extremely concerning, particularly in the light of ASIC’s status as a model litigant".

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Deficient Security Laws threaten essential rights and freedoms

Tue Jun 11 2019
Media Release

The President of the NSW Bar Association, Tim Game SC has issued a media release stating that recent Australian Federal Police raids on journalists and media institutions have called into question whether the laws of this nation have struck the right balance between security and freedom of speech.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

ABA International Conference: Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Tue Jun 11 2019
Last chance to register

Convergence 2019: the world-class conference for litigators

Registration closes on Sunday 16 June at 11.59pm. Don’t miss your opportunity to join the delegation in Singapore.

For information on the program and events, please visit the website: http://convergence2019.com.au

Click here to download a copy of the program.

Enquiries

  • Camilla Gray
  • ABA Event Manager
  • E: rsvp@austbar.asn.au
  • T: 02 9229 1720
  • M: 0411 323 873 *Junior Bar under 7 years at the bar - first 30 registrants

Environmental Counsel to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority

Tue Jun 11 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.

Room for sale at 6 St James Hall Chambers

Tue Jun 11 2019

A substantial, well-appointed, room is available for sale at 6 St James Hall Chambers. The room would suit a senior junior.

This busy chambers consists of 28 barristers practising in commercial, public, employment, family and international law. For member profiles see http://www.sixstjameshall.com.au.

The room has a large window, a robe cupboard, large briefs cupboards and full wall shelving for law reports and textbooks. Chambers is connected to Barnet and uses VOIP telephony. Members have personal access to Thomson Reuters online subscription and an extensive library of law reports and loose-leaf services.

Price & Outgoings on Application. For further information please contact the Practice Manager, Nora Faulua on 9236 8600 or via email to nfaulua@stjames.net.au.

Enquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Tenth Floor St James Hall - Large External Room for Sale or Licence

Tue Jun 11 2019

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers currently has a large, well- lit, external room for sale or licence measuring 5.6m by 3.6m. The room includes built in, wooden storage as well as a robing cupboard.

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers is a well-established, welcoming floor located opposite the Supreme Court of NSW. The Floor consists of 2 Senior Counsel and 8 Juniors, all of whom practice across a broad range of areas.

If you require any further information or would like to arrange an appointment to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Grace Kenny on 9224 1501 or at clerk.10@stjames.net.au. Click here to view photos.

All enquiries and applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Save the date: The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Tue Jun 11 2019
Coming up in CPD

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. Details to follow.

In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Tue Jun 11 2019
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, June 13 2019

How do our clients know who is that safe pair of hands?

Panel: The Honourable Justice Gleeson (chair), Jane Needham SC, Kylie Gray (Westpac), Gwyn Jones (RMS).

The seminar will be followed by refreshments. All welcome. Learn more here.

Numbers are limited. Please email Ting Lim (tlim@nswbar.asn.au) to register your attendance.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee

Register Now: The Modern Slavery Act 2018 - What you need to know

Tue Jun 11 2019
8 am Tuesday, June 18 2019, Clayton Utz, Level 14, 1 Bligh Street Sydney

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act) came into force on 1 January 2019, and the first reporting period under the legislation is the 2019 financial year. The Act requires over 3000 Australian companies and other entities to disclose how their operations and supply chain may contribute to modern slavery and explain the steps they are taking to address those risks. Entities in New South Wales are obliged to report under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) if they have a turnover of $50 million.

Under the Act, senior management are accountable for preparing Modern Slavery Statements which are to be approved at Board level. The Reports need to address mandatory criteria, including: the entity’s structure, operations and supply chains; the action the entity has taken to assess and address those risks and how the entity assesses the effectiveness of those actions.

This panel session will examine the requirements of the Commonwealth and State legislation, their application and what needs to be done by entities and their legal advisers to ensure compliance. Moderator:

  • Cilla Robinson, Partner, Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Group, Clayton Utz

Panel members:

  • Arthur Moses SC, President Law Council of Australia
  • Jon Downes, Head of Legal – Australasia and Deputy General Counsel - International, Willis Towers Watson
  • Mark Devadason, Director, The Mekong Club

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial Employment Health and Safety Committee and registration is open to members of the New South Wales Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia. Find out more HERE.

Registration required for catering purposes. To register please click HERE.

Tomorrow: Financial planning strategies seminar

Tue Jun 11 2019
Coming up in CPD - Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Government changes to super and SMSF’s, ASX market update, insurance, estate planning and financial planning strategies

Presented by Charles Stewart, National Head of Financial Planning at Shaw and Partners. This seminar will cover an update of important changes in the financial markets, insurance sector, estate planning and general financial planning strategies. For full details please download a flyer [here]

This seminar commences at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room

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

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Tue Jun 11 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.

Deficient security laws threaten essential rights and freedoms

Sat Jun 08 2019
Media release

Recent Australian Federal Police raids on journalists and media institutions have called into question whether the laws of this nation have struck the right balance between security and freedom of speech, the president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Tim Game SC, said today. View the media release here.

Forbes Flyer Winter 2019

Fri Jun 07 2019

Further to the 2019 Forbes Lecture given by Professor Twomey on Wednesday evening, the latest edition of Forbes Flyer is now available on the society’s website.

Skydiving barrister in (another) record-breaking jump

Fri Jun 07 2019
Wellbeing

Mark Higgins, barrister at 11 Garfield Barwick Chambers, has done it again. On 2 June 2019 he took part in a successful 130 person formation skydive in Perris Valley, California. The jump involved seven planes at 17,500 feet and broke the previous record set in 2015.

Mark told InBrief that can be seen in this picture,"at 4 o'clock on the right leg of a jumper in an orange jumpsuit".

It may be counter-intuitive, but jumping out of a well-functioning plane is thought to be the sort of activity that releases endorphins, lifts your mood and increases resilience to stress.

In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Fri Jun 07 2019
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, June 13 2019

How do our clients know who is that safe pair of hands?

Panel: The Honourable Justice Gleeson (chair), Jane Needham SC, Kylie Gray (Westpac), Gwyn Jones (RMS).

The seminar will be followed by refreshments. All welcome. Learn more here.

Numbers are limited. Please email Ting Lim (tlim@nswbar.asn.au) to register your attendance.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Fri Jun 07 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.