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2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Feb 07 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).

Two rooms for Licence - Queens Square Chambers

Thu Feb 07 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

2019 Newcastle Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Soon

Wed Feb 06 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).

ABA international conference in Singapore: Convergence 2019

Wed Feb 06 2019

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) will host their biennial international conference in Singapore: Convergence 2019, 11 - 12 July 2019. More information is available here.

• Sponsored by Singapore Airlines: 9-20% off best available Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First-Class fares for delegates and their families • Staying and conferencing at the Andaz Singapore (Hyatt) • Gala dinner: Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Clifford Pier • There will be excellent Partner and half-day Family Programmes available • Return flights to Singapore and beyond: Europe, America, Asia • The first 100 passengers flying on Singapore Airlines will receive a status match for eligible Gold Frequent Flyer delegates who can become KrisFlyer Elite Gold members. • Lower fare levels already booking out! Accommodation and airfare bookings are now available! Email mice@spencertravel.com.au to take advantage of these exclusive offers. depending on the class of travel and booking class available at the time of booking

Tonight - The Jewish Community Commencement of Law Term Services for 2019

Wed Feb 06 2019
Reminder

Members are invited to attend the Jewish Community Law Service for 2019 which will take place Tonight, Wednesday 6 February at 5.30pm.

This service has been conducted for over 60 years and takes place in the presence of the Chief Justice of New South Wales and State and Federal Judiciary. It marks the beginning of the legal year and is the Jewish community’s tribute to the men and women who ensure that we are all governed by law, fairness and justice.

All members are invited to attend and to join the reception after the service.

The Law Council of Australia call on the NT Government to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility

Wed Feb 06 2019

Last week, representatives from The Law Council of Australia and the Law Society of the Northern Territory were in Darwin to call on the Northern Territory government keep to its promise to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility.

Philippe Perez at CAAMA Radio spoke with the President of the LCA about the law year, raising the age of criminal responsibility in the NT and the Law Council's support for the Statement from the Heart from Uluru.

A full copy of the interview is available here.

Swearing in Ceremony for Robert Weber SC and Kara Shead SC

Wed Feb 06 2019
Tomorrow

Robert Weber SC and Kara Shead 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 Thursday 7 February 2019. All members are invited to attend.

Michael McHugh SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain

Wed Feb 06 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.

Program Release: 2019 Newcastle and North Coast Regional Conference Programs now available

Wed Feb 06 2019

The Conference Programs for the 2019 Newcastle and North Coast Regional Conferences have now been released.

  • Saturday, 23 February 2019 - Newcastle - Program
  • Saturday, 2 March 2019 - North Coast Ballina - Program

The programs for Orange, Parramatta and Sydney will be made available in the coming weeks.

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 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Feb 05 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).

‘Sweeping changes’: Focus on simplified laws, consumer rights in Banking RC final report

Tue Feb 05 2019
Media Release

The Law Council of Australia had today issued a media release after recommendations by the Royal Commission into the Banking and Financial Services Industry were released last night.

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the recommendations, which will have a far-reaching impact on the banking and financial services sector, ensuring consumers are treated fairly and honestly, in accordance with key principles of the law.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

CLANT Bali Conference 2019

Tue Feb 05 2019
Conferences

Registration is open and places are filling fast.

The 17th biennial criminal law conference hosted by the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT) will be held at the Hyatt Regency (formerly the Bali Hyatt), 22 - 29 June 2019.

Accommodation at the Hyatt Regency is filling up fast for the conference dates - you can still book a room during the registration process at conference rates!

ACT NOW to avoid disappointment. Click here for more information and to register.

2019 Bathurst Lecture

Tue Feb 05 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.

The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain

Tue Feb 05 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.

Legal Aid News for February 2019

Mon Feb 04 2019

Legal Aid News for February 2019 is out now. There are feature articles on Legal Aid's advocacy on behalf of vulnerable council ratepayers, as well as students targeted by unscrupulous vocational education and training (VET) providers. There is more news for panel lawyers, updates on community legal education and resources, as well as courses and conferences. You can view the newsletter here.

Robin Sharwood Lecture in Church Law

Mon Feb 04 2019
Lecture

The 2019 Sharwood Lecture is the pre eminent lecture on ecclesiastical Law in the Southern Hemisphere and will be held in Sydney on Thursday 21 February 2019 at 6.00pm at St James' Church, King Street, Sydney

The second Robin Sharwood Lecture will be delivered by Professor Mark Hill, QC. Professor Hill was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009 and is Chancellor of the Church of England Dioceses of Chichester, Leeds and Europe, a member of the Legal Advisory Commission of the General Synod of the Church of England, an Honorary Professor of Law at Cardiff University, and an adjunct professor at Notre Dame University Law School in Sydney.

For further information please click here.

First meeting of the Bar Book Club in 2019

Mon Feb 04 2019
Wellbeing

The first meeting of the Bar Book Club for 2019 will be held on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 at 5.30pm in the library. The book will be Love is Blind, by William Boyd. A review is available here.

George Winterton Memorial Lecture

Mon Feb 04 2019
Lecture

Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC will deliver the 2019 George Winterton Memorial Lecture on 14 February 2019 at 5.30pm in the Banco Court (registration from 5 pm, cocktail reception to follow at 6.45 pm). The title of the lecture will be "The Mysteries of Judicial Power: Defining the Relationship between Law and Power in the Modern State".

In 1918, the High Court held that the judicial power of the Commonwealth cannot be vested otherwise than in a court in accordance with s 71 in Chapter III of the Constitution. Since that time, courts have sought to define the nature and limits of “judicial power” and its place within the judicial structure established by Chapter III. Sometimes, these questions have arisen from and concern fairly anodyne areas of law. Other times, they have resulted in a fundamental rethinking of long-assumed legal doctrine. However, regardless of their abstract legal significance, they will almost always have a significant practical effect on how individuals interact with the power exercised by the modern state.

This lecture will examine the role of the concept of “judicial power” in defining the relationship between the law and power in Australia, and will highlight the potential challenges to this relationship which may arise in the future.

Registration is required. More information is available here.

Australian & New Zealand Bar Associations Joint Conference

Fri Feb 01 2019
Save the Date

Join us in New Zealand for the Australian Bar Association and the New Zealand Bar Association joint conference on 23 & 24 August 2019 at the beautiful Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel Queenstown & Gala Dinner at Skyline Queenstown.

To register your interest here.

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

Fri Feb 01 2019
Appointments

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.

Swearing in Ceremony for Robert Weber SC and Kara Shead SC

Fri Feb 01 2019
Appointments

Robert Weber SC and Kara Shead 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 Thursday 7 February 2019. All members are invited to attend.

Michael McHugh SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Reminder - Swearing in Ceremony for Ian Bourke SC and Jonathan Priestly SC

Fri Feb 01 2019
Monday

Ian Bourke SC and Jonathan Priestly 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 4th 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.

Bar Council casual vacancy

Fri Feb 01 2019
Governance

Andrew Bell SC has resigned from his position on Bar Council as a result of his appointment to the Court of Appeal. In accordance with cl. 12.5.1 of the Bar Association's Constitution, Garry McGrath SC has filled the vacant position as of 1 February 2019.

Two rooms for Licence - Queens Square Chambers

Thu Jan 31 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