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2019 GayBar Drinks - THURSDAY 11 APRIL

Thu Mar 28 2019
Diversity

6 St James Hall Chambers have the pleasure of hosting the next GayBar Drinks, inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association and Judiciary. Drinks will take place on Thursday, 11 April 2019 at 5.30pm – 8pm at Level 6, 169 Phillip Street Sydney. Andrew Pickles SC, NSW Bar Advocate for Change will give a few words of welcome.

To RSVP please email Nora Faulua at nfaulua@stjames.net.au

New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Thu Mar 28 2019
Tonight

The New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and 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 first session of the New Barristers’ Committee 2019 Cross Examination Workshop was held on 21 February 2019 and is now available of CPD Online. To view the seminar please click here. The seminar conducted by Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selborne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers) discussed cross-examination technique.

Part two of the Cross Examination Workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by Tunc Ozen SC (Public Defender) and Neil Adams SC (Crown Prosecutor). 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 part two of the workshop please click here.

ABA Convergence 2019 Registration now open | Singapore | 11-12 July 2019

Thu Mar 28 2019
Registrations are open!

Online registration has now launched and there has been a strong response from the Bar and wider legal profession.

Register today to secure your place at this world-class commercial law conference.

View the Conference flyer here.

Accommodation in Singapore

An Accommodation, Conference and Events package has been developed to make planning your trip quick and easy! This package includes 3 nights’ accommodation in a King or Twin room (Wednesday 10 - Saturday 13 July). This can be upgraded to a 'room with a view' or a Studio Suite during registration. Simply select the 'Accommodation, Conference and Event' option, add in an check-in/check-out extension or upgrade request (if applicable).

Not sure which room type to book at the Andaz? 3D tours of each room type are available on the Travel tab of the website. View here.

Due to significant uptake, there is limited availability at the Andaz Singapore. Book today to secure your room for the conference and avoid disappointment!

We do look forward to welcoming you to Singapore.

One year on, Government fails to respond to ALRC’s Indigenous over-incarceration report

Thu Mar 28 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia have today issued a media release stating the Federal Government’s failure to respond to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Pathways to Justice report is disappointing and demonstrates a lack of appreciation as to the difficulties faced by generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which we are all responsible for as a nation.

The comprehensive report into the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was released a year ago today, highlighting stark over-representation in prison populations and providing recommendations as to how to tackle the issue.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Comprehensive response to Indigenous incarceration required from governments

Thu Mar 28 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Tim Game SC has today issued a media release stating Federal and State governments must unite to address the appalling rates of Indigenous imprisonment in this country.

“A year ago the Australian Law Reform Commission released its Pathways to Justice Report, which recommended a suite of reforms aimed at reducing Aboriginal disadvantage in the justice system. Yet, twelve months on from the ALRC report, we have not seen any commitment from Federal or New South Wales Governments to implement and properly resource the report’s recommendations” Mr Game said.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Support Stephen Gardiner in the 2019 Beyond Bitumen Rally

Thu Mar 28 2019
Philanthropy

Later today Stephen Gardiner of Waratah Chambers embarks on a charity car event proudly supporting Beyond Blue to help achieve a greater awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide in our society. They will venture over 1400kms between today and Monday 1 April 2019 to help spread the word that we do not have to fight mental illness alone. The rally raised in excess of $300,000.00 last year. If you can I am asking that you help support Beyondblue to continue their work. All donations go directly to Beyondblue as participants in the rally pay their own way. Donations can be made here.

Exercise your mood walk

Thu Mar 28 2019
Philanthropy

Join the Black Dog Institute for their inaugural Exercise Your Moodwalk.

This new event will take place on Saturday, 4th May 2019. You can choose to walk* either 5km or 10km through scenic Centennial Parklands, Sydney, and start a conversation about mental health.

Bring your friends and colleagues, meet our celebrity ambassador Michelle Bridges and fundraise $100 for mental health.

Here's why it's important to get involved:

  • 1 in 5 Australians experience a mental illness each year
  • 65% of those do not seek help
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-45

By walking and raising funds, you will support vital education programs provided to schools, communities and medical professionals. You'll help change the statistics and remove the stigma around mental illness.

  • Date: 4th May 2019
  • Start: 8:00am
  • Distance: Walk 5km or 10km
  • Location: Centennial Parklands, Sydney

Pre-register now here.

Large room for Sale on Second Floor Wentworth

Wed Mar 27 2019
Member services and benefits

A large room (1 and 1/3, 4000 shares in CCL) on the eastern side of Second Floor Wentworth Chambers is available for purchase. It would suit a silk or senior junior.

The room has original parquetry flooring and some built in shelving and cupboards.

Current CCL Maintenance Contributions are $1,552.86 pm (incl GST) and floor fees are $2,093.85 pm (incl GST).

The floor is fully networked to CCL, uses its VOIP telephone system, and has its own website and electronic diary management by the Clerk. Common areas of the floor were refurbished three years ago. There is easy access to the Bar Library, Bar and Law Society Dispute Resolution rooms and Federal and Supreme Courts.

The floor currently comprises 2 silks, 17 juniors and 2 readers. Members have strong practices across a range of jurisdictions and the floor is harmonious.

The room may be inspected by prior arrangement with the clerk on 9232 4466 or clerk2@wentworthchambers.com.au. Price $225,000 o.n.o. Click here to see photos.

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

2019 flu vaccinations and executive health checks

Wed Mar 27 2019
Don't miss out! Registrations close today

Members can 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.

RICS Building Confidence conference

Wed Mar 27 2019

RICS is heeding the call of government, industry and the public by convening property professionals at our Building Confidence conference on 2 May 2019.

Professional challenges in building, construction and development have achieved prominence, particularly post-Opal Tower and Lacrosse fire. However, other industry challenges persist around investment uncertainty, fragmented regulation and professional indemnity insurance.

We have assembled senior speakers to lead discussion throughout the day around how effective professional competencies, standards and regulation can help improve performance, transparency, confidence, certainty and public trust in property – ultimately delivering better outcomes.

For more information and to register, click here.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Wed Mar 27 2019
Conferences

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Mark Robinson SC, Suzanne Christie SC and Kim Morrissey. Please note that Seville and Lisbon are popular destinations and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended.

For more information visit their website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Chambers for sale - 4 Wentworth

Wed Mar 27 2019
Member services and benefits

A full size room has become available for sale on 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers.

The room has updated built-in and moveable shelving cupboards and a robing cupboard, together with air conditioning, new carpet, is freshly painted in neutral tones and has lots of natural light.

4 Wentworth is a busy, harmonious and well established floor of varying practices. The Floor is fully networked through the CCL network, VOIP phone system and has access to online library subscription. For more information about the room or the Floor, please contact our Clerk, Leanne Somerton on 02 9232 2722 or visit our website:www.4wentworth.com.au.

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

John Gray Spencer (1938 - 2019)

Wed Mar 27 2019
Vale

John Gray Spencer, a former Barrister of Samuel Griffith Chambers, died on the 24th of March 2019. Mr Spencer came to the bar on 5 September 1980 and had a distinguished career at the criminal bar.

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

2019 Sydney Conference this Saturday

Wed Mar 27 2019
Reminder

The 2019 Sydney CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 30 March 2019. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. The conference will be held on Level 3, Hilton Hotel, George Street. Download the full program here.

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).

Mentoring Program 2019

Wed Mar 27 2019
Mentoring

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers, the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. For more information about the benefits of the mentoring program please click here.

The program has been designed in conjunction with Art of Mentoring and the NSWBA Education Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentee or mentor please read and complete the online application form. Applications close Friday 12 April 2019.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Danita Needleman (mailto:danita@artofmentoring.net "") or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner

Tue Mar 26 2019
Sydney Voices for Justice

Date: WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2019 Venue: CARRIAGEWORKS, 245 WILSON ST, EVELEIGH | SYDNEY Time: 6:30pm Reception, 7:15pm Program and Dinner

The Voices for Justice Annual Dinner honours courageous individuals who speak out where there is silence.

Join us as we honour Nujeen Mustafa of Syria with our highest tribute, the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, in recognition of her unwavering, fearless commitment to human rights. For more information, contact Pippa Brown at +61 2 9221 9422 or brownp@hrw.org

For more information and to register click here.

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018

Tue Mar 26 2019
Update

Further to the previous Family Law Amendment issued on 12 March please find attached here a further update received from the Attorney General's Department today.

The Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018 commenced on 11 March 2019.

The amendments protect victims of family violence by banning personal cross-examination in certain circumstances in family law proceedings, and requiring instead that cross examination be conducted by a legal representative. The amendments will apply to hearings from 10th of September 2019, in proceedings instituted before or after that commencement.

The amendments prohibit personal cross-examination in family law proceedings where there is an allegation of family violence between two parties and any of the following circumstances apply:

  • either party has been convicted of, or is charged with, an offence involving violence, or a threat of violence, to the other party
  • a family violence order (other than an interim order) applies to both parties
  • an injunction under sections 68B or 114 for the personal protection of either party is directed against the other party, or
  • the court makes an order that the mandatory requirements apply to the cross examination.

When the ban applies, cross examination of both parties must be conducted by a lawyer. Parties will need to hire a private lawyer or apply to their relevant state or territory legal aid commission for legal representation under the Commonwealth Family Violence and Cross Examination of Parties Scheme.

While these measures apply in family law proceedings, they also have relevance for family violence matters in state and territory courts as the presence of a conviction or a final family violence order will now result in parties being unable to personally cross-examine one another in a family law proceeding where there are allegations of family violence.

Attached here is an information sheet on the new measures for distribution within your networks.

A copy of the legislation and explanatory memorandum is available on the Australian Parliament House website.

NT Government’s ‘unacceptable’ Don Dale backflip fails young people and community

Tue Mar 26 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Society of the Northern Territory and Law Council of Australia have today called on the Gunner government to honour its commitment to replace the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre with a new purpose-built facility as a matter of urgency.

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Territory, released in November 2017, recommended Don Dale be closed and replaced to protect the safety and rights of children in detention.

The NT Government promised to implement all 227 Royal Commission recommendations, however, a year on Don Dale remains.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Tue Mar 26 2019
There’s still time to register - Part 2 - 28 March 2019

The New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and 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 first session of the New Barristers’ Committee 2019 Cross Examination Workshop was held on 21 February 2019 and is now available of CPD Online. To view the seminar please click here. The seminar conducted by Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers) discussed cross-examination technique.

Part two of the Cross Examination Workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by Tunc Ozen SC (Public Defender) and Neil Adams SC (Crown Prosecutor). 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 part two of the workshop please click here.

Tonight: How to prepare and run an administrative law case

Tue Mar 26 2019
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Presented by Neil Williams SC and Joanna Davidson. Chaired by The Hon Justice John Basten, Supreme Court of NSW. Learn more here

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

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

Mentoring Program 2019 - Applications Open

Tue Mar 26 2019
Mentoring

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers, the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. For more information about the benefits of the mentoring program please click here.

The program has been designed in conjunction with Art of Mentoring and the NSWBA Education Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentee or mentor please read and complete the online application form. Applications close Friday 12 April 2019.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Danita Needleman (mailto:danita@artofmentoring.net "") or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications now open

Tue Mar 26 2019
Diversity

Katrina Dawson was a much-loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. She was tragically killed during the Lindt Cafe siege. The Katrina Dawson Award seeks to encourage women to practise at the bar. The award is open to women who have passed the New South Wales Bar exam and committed to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award. Applications are now open and will close on 15 April 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

Andrew Pickles SC appointed as NSW Bar Advocate for Change

Mon Mar 25 2019
Diversity

On 25 March 2019, President Tim Game SC appointed Andrew Pickles SC as a NSW Bar Advocate for Change for a period of three years.

The purpose of the Advocates for Change program is to provide role models who are excellent practitioners and who, through the example of what they do and say in their professional lives as barristers, represent the full width of diversity and inclusion that the NSW Bar Association wishes to promote at the Bar.

Through Andrew’s work at the Bar and the NSW community has demonstrated a commitment to LGBTI diversity and inclusion and it is hoped that his appointment as NSW Bar Advocate for Change will contribute to the advancement of LGBTI inclusion and diversity at the NSW Bar.

As an Advocate for Change, Andrew has agreed to participate in the formulation of strategies to promote equality, diversity and inclusion at the NSW Bar.

There may be three Advocates for Change serving at any one time. He joins Advocates for Change, Jane Needham SC and Hament Dhanji SC who were appointed in June 2017.

More information about the NSW Bar Advocates for Change program can be found here.

Ceremonial sitting of the FairWork Commission

Mon Mar 25 2019
Reminder - Tuesday

A ceremonial sitting of the FairWork Commission, to welcome new members, Deputy President Gerard Boyce and Deputy President Bryce Cross, will take place on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 4.30pm in the Hearing Room 15.1, Level 15, at Terrace Tower, 80 William Street, East Sydney. Members are invited to attend.

Kylie Nomchong SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar.

Robes and wigs are not worn.

Top ranking for Bar News book review

Mon Mar 25 2019

Bar News

The Spring 2018 edition of Bar News featured a book review by Anthony Cheshire SC of Geoffrey Robertson's Rather His Own Man - Reliable Memoirs. Anthony described it as "the rollicking adventures of an exceptional talent with an unwavering commitment to human rights ..." This was picked up by the publishers, who were obviously pleased enough to quote Anthony at the top of its list of reviews on the verso.

Bar News welcomes book reviews for every genre, not just the law. If you would like to have your review published in a journal of influence, please submit your copy to barnews@nswbar.asn.au