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2019 Newcastle Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Soon

Wed Feb 13 2019

Early bird registrations for the 2019 Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close next Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Newcastle Conference is set down for Saturday 23 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable Justice Julia Lonergan
  • His Honour Judge Roy Ellis
  • His Honour Judge Warwick Hunt
  • Clinton Towers, Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
  • Michael McHugh SC
  • Kate Eastman SC
  • Suzanne Christie SC
  • Ian Duane
  • Tiffany Wong
  • Peter Krisenthal
  • Peter Maddigan
  • Patrick Williams
  • Diana Tang

Download the full program here -2019 Newcastle Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2019 Bathurst Lecture - Is the modern company fit for purpose?

Tue Feb 12 2019
Save the date

The 2019 Bathurst Lecture, named in honour of the Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW, will be held at 5.15pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019 in the Banco Court.

The 2019 Bathurst Lecture will be delivered by senior company director, former President of the Business Council of Australia and Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel, Graham Bradley AM. Mr Bradley is the Non-Executive Chairman of HSBC Bank Australia, Virgin Australia International Holdings, EnergyAustraliaHoldings and GrainCorp Limited, Chairman of Infrastructure NSW and a director of Tennis Australia.

For further information click here.

Two rooms for Licence - Queens Square Chambers

Tue Feb 12 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.

Altered Local Court Sitting Arrangements - Hunter & Northern NSW Regions

Tue Feb 12 2019

After consideration of all feedback in relation to the additional circuits in the Hunter and Northern New South Wales Regions the Local Court has altered sitting arrangements as attached.

Please note that the new sitting arrangements will commence on Monday 1 July 2019. The operation of these effective circuit arrangements will be reviewed within twelve months.

Click here to view the updates for Hunter.

Click here to view the updates for Northern New South Wales.

2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Feb 12 2019

Registrations are OPEN for the 2019 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park on Saturday 16 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here.

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place, please click on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Personal Injury & Common Law Conference website.

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2019 Regional Conference Series

Tue Feb 12 2019

Registrations are now OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association 2019 Regional CPD Conferences. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here.

  • Saturday, 23 February 2019 - Newcastle
  • Saturday, 2 March 2019 - North Coast Ballina
  • Saturday, 9 March 2019 – Orange
  • Saturday, 23 March 2019 - Parramatta
  • Saturday, 30 March 2019 – Sydney

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place, please click on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Regional Conference Series website.

Further speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

2019 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Tue Feb 12 2019
New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

The New Barristers’ Committee is conducting a Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop in February and March 2019. This year’s (free) cross-examination workshop is aimed at encouraging junior barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach to the same problem. The two-part workshop is relevant to both civil and criminal practitioners.

The seminar will be held on 21 February 2019. The seminar will discuss cross-examination technique. The speakers will provide guidance on cross-examination in an open and relaxed forum, with questions from the floor. The speakers will be Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers).

The workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by two senior counsel. The demonstration will take place in the Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court, starting at 5.15pm. The presiding judge will be The Honourable Justice Bellew.

For further information or to register for the workshop please click here.

CIC vital but must uphold separation of powers

Tue Feb 12 2019

The Law Council of Australia have today issued a media release regarding Constitutional conflict. Constitutional Conflict could occur if a Federal Judicial Commission to investigate alleged judicial misconduct is not separated from the Federal Government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC), the Law Council of Australia has stated today.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

2019 Law Society Diary sold out

Tue Feb 12 2019

The Law Society of New South Wales advises the 2019 diary is completely sold out. No additional diaries will be printed for 2019.

Swearing in of Nanette Williams and Sean Grant to District Court NSW

Tue Feb 12 2019
Appointments

Nanette Williams & Sean Grant 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 Thursday 14 February 2019. All members are invited to attend.

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

The Hon Jeffrey Allan Miles AO (1935 - 2019)

Tue Feb 12 2019
Vale

The Hon Jeffrey Allan Miles AO, former Chief Justice of the ACT died on the 11th of February 2019. Mr Miles also held judicial appointments in New South Wales and Papua New Guinea and was President of the Australian Capital Territory Branch of the International Commission of Jurists.

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

Parramatta Red Mass

Mon Feb 11 2019

The Parramatta and District Regional Law Society and the St Thomas More Society invite members of the New South Wales Bar to attend the inaugural Parramatta Red Mass, on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 at 7.30pm in St Patrick's Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta.

2019 influenza shots and executive health checks

Mon Feb 11 2019
Wellbeing

On 28 January 1919, a little over 100 years ago, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on the first cases of Spanish flu in Australia. More than 40 per cent of Australians fell ill and 15,000 died. More than 50 million died worldwide.

The Bar Association's Wellbeing Committee has organised for members to receive the 2019 Quadrivalent influenza vaccine on Tuesday, 2 April 2019, between 4.00pm and 6.00pm in the Common Room. Information about the vaccine is available here and here. A consent form, which must be completed and presented on the day, is available here.

The cost to members will be $22 (inc. GST).

In addition, members can take the opportunity to have a 10-minute executive health check (cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure) - performed by a registered nurse, for an additional $27.50 (inc. GST).

Register here for the 2019 flu vaccination and / or a 10-minute executive health "Instacheck".
For more information, please email the coordinator of services and benefits, Chris Winslow.

Flu vaccinations and instant health checks are initiatives of the Wellbeing Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Online Court – Supreme Court Possession List

Mon Feb 11 2019
Practice and procedure

The Online Court commenced on 6 February 2019 for matters in the Common Law Division Possession List. All defended matters will be eligible for the Online Court unless the registrar otherwise directs. All legal practitioners appearing in matters in the Possession List must be registered users of the online registry.

Please see Practice Note SC CL 6 for further information about the use of the Online Court in the Possession List.

Program Release: 2019 Orange Conference

Mon Feb 11 2019

The Conference Program for the 2019 Orange Regional Conference has now been released.

The Orange Conference is set down for Saturday 9 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Walter Graham Turnbull SC
  • Dr James Renwick SC
  • Michael Green SC
  • Michael McHugh SC
  • John Paul Redmond
  • Michael King
  • Beth Oliak
  • Sonia Tame
  • Alexandra Rose

Download the full program here - 2019 Orange Conference

For more details about the 2019 Regional CPD Conference Series, including information about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here.

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place, please click on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Regional Conference Series website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

2019 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Mon Feb 11 2019
New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

The New Barristers’ Committee is conducting a Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop in February and March 2019. This year’s (free) cross-examination workshop is aimed at encouraging junior barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach to the same problem. The two-part workshop is relevant to both civil and criminal practitioners.

The seminar will be held on 21 February 2019. The seminar will discuss cross-examination technique. The speakers will provide guidance on cross-examination in an open and relaxed forum, with questions from the floor. The speakers will be Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers).

The workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by two senior counsel. The demonstration will take place in the Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court, starting at 5.15pm. The presiding judge will be The Honourable Justice Bellew.

For further information or to register for the workshop please click here.

2019 Newcastle Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Mon Feb 11 2019

Early bird registrations for the 2019 Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Newcastle Conference is set down for Saturday 23 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable Justice Julia Lonergan
  • His Honour Judge Roy Ellis
  • His Honour Judge Warwick Hunt
  • Clinton Towers, Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
  • Michael McHugh SC
  • Kate Eastman SC
  • Suzanne Christie SC
  • Ian Duane
  • Tiffany Wong
  • Peter Krisenthal
  • Peter Maddigan
  • Patrick Williams
  • Diana Tang

Download the full program here -2019 Newcastle Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Program Release: North Coast (Ballina) Regional Conference Program now available

Fri Feb 08 2019

The Conference Program for the 2019 North Coast Regional Conference has now been released.

The 2019 North Coast (Ballina) Regional Conference will be held on Saturday 2, March at the Ramada Hotel & Suites. It will run from 9.00am - 4.40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points. Speakers include:

  • Her Honour Judge L K Wells SC
  • Her Honour Judge Dina Yehia SC
  • Ian Roberts SC
  • Peter McGrath SC
  • Patrick Griffin SC
  • Jason Watts
  • Kellie Edwards
  • Simon Priestley
  • Sophie Anderson

Download the full program here -2019 North Coast Conference

For more details about the 2019 Regional CPD Conference Series, including information about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here.

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place, please click on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Regional Conference Series website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

2019 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Fri Feb 08 2019
New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

The New Barristers’ Committee is conducting a Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop in February and March 2019. This year’s (free) cross-examination workshop is aimed at encouraging junior barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach to the same problem. The two-part workshop is relevant to both civil and criminal practitioners.

The seminar will be held on 21 February 2019. The seminar will discuss cross-examination technique. The speakers will provide guidance on cross-examination in an open and relaxed forum, with questions from the floor. The speakers will be Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers).

The workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by two senior counsel. The demonstration will take place in the Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court, starting at 5.15pm. The presiding judge will be The Honourable Justice Bellew.

For further information or to register for the workshop please click here.

Online Court – Supreme Court Common Law Division – Possession List

Fri Feb 08 2019
Practice & Procedure

The Online Court commenced on 6 February 2019 for matters in the Common Law Division Possession List. All defended matters will be eligible for the Online Court unless the Registrar otherwise directs. All legal practitioners appearing in matters in the Possession List must be registered users of the online registry.

Please see Practice Note SC CL 6 for further information about the use of the Online Court in the Possession List.

Reminder - Swearing in of Walter Graham Turnbull SC and Richard Weinstein SC to District Court NSW

Fri Feb 08 2019
Appointments - Monday

Walter Graham Turnbull SC and Richard Weinstein 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 11 February 2019. All members are invited to attend.

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

Election of officeholders

Thu Feb 07 2019

Following the resignation of Dr Andrew Bell SC as Senior Vice-President, the following officeholders were elected at the Bar Council meeting of 7 February 2019:

Senior Vice-President: Michael McHugh SC

Junior Vice-President: Gabrielle Bashir SC

2019 Bathurst Lecture - Is the modern company fit for purpose?

Thu Feb 07 2019
Save the date

The 2019 Bathurst Lecture, named in honour of the Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW, will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019 in the Banco Court.

The 2019 Bathurst Lecture will be delivered by senior company director, former President of the Business Council of Australia and Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel, Graham Bradley AM. Mr Bradley is the Non-Executive Chairman of HSBC Bank Australia, Virgin Australia International Holdings, EnergyAustraliaHoldings and GrainCorp Limited, Chairman of Infrastructure NSW and a director of Tennis Australia.

For further information click here.

The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain

Thu Feb 07 2019
Tuesday, 12 February 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.