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ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Thu May 30 2019
Looking for a reason to book your next skiing adventure?

It is with great pleasure the ABA and NZBA announce that registration has opened for Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives

We are delighted to provide you with early bird registration access until 8 June.

Session Highlights

  • Keynote, The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann
  • What Can Criminal Lawyers Teach Civil Litigators? The Hon. Justice Michael Corboy (AU), Marie Dhyrberg QC (NZ), Peter Callaghan SC (AU), Ken Archer (AU)
  • Advocacy in Inquiries Simon Mount QC (NZ), Rowena Orr QC (AU), Mary Scholtens QC (NZ) and Aaron Martin (Deputy Solicitor General, NZ)
  • Indigenous Rights, The Hon Christian Whata (NZ), Tony McAvoy SC (AU), Simeon Beckett (AU)
  • The Rights, Responsibilities and Role of Media in Criminal Justice, Arthur Moses SC (AU), Jonathan Eaton QC (NZ), Marie Mills (MD, Mills Wilson), Cate Brett (NZ), Garry Williams (NZ)
  • Americas Cup: Action on the Water and in the Courts, Dr James Farmer QC (NZ/AU), Dr Hamish Ross (NZ)

Visit the event website to learn about the:
• Excellent conference program and mountain-top gala dinner • Outdoor activities including catered sailing or snow golfing experiences • Selection of fabulous hotels available https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ Register today to ensure your pick of the accommodation in Queenstown. Do not delay: rooms will sell quickly.

Attached are the following:
Speaker HighlightsConference Program We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Thu May 30 2019
Nominations now open

The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding women lawyers, mentors and firms that have achieved excellence in their area of practice and helped create opportunities for women in the law. Nominations are open and close 31st May. We would encourage you to support the biennial Awards by nominating yourself, your firm, your mentor, or many of the other outstanding members of our legal community. Please visit our 2019 Awards page for details.

Proudly sponsored by the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Department of Justice, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Australia and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Request for barristers to judge Senior Mooting Competition at UNSW

Thu May 30 2019

The Allens Linklaters Senior Mooting Competition is open to senior law students at UNSW. The Competition Directors are requesting the assistance of barristers to volunteer as judges in the preliminary rounds between June 17 and June 28 2019.

Moots will be held at the UNSW CBD Campus on O’Connell Street, or the UNSW Kensington Campus in the Law Building (depending on your preference). We can arrange for moots to start at 6pm, 6.30pm or 7pm. Moots run for between 90 minutes to 2 hours.

This round’s problem question covers the principles of private law, specifically those pertaining to property. Particular expertise in this area is not necessary – a detailed bench memorandum will be provided to you in advance.

Our Competition depends for its success on the generosity of experienced advocates. Your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please register by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessie and Brian, the Competition Directors, at senior.mooting@unswlawsoc.org.

First Female Senior Public Defender for NSW

Thu May 30 2019
Media Release

Attorney General Mark Speakman announced yesterday the appointment of Belinda Rigg SC as Senior Public Defender for NSW. Mr Speakman said "Ms Rigg has been a Public Defender since 2004, delivering an outstanding legal service to disadvantaged members of our community,". "She has become a leader in the field of criminal justice in NSW and her elevation to Senior Public Defender is well deserved."

Ms Rigg is the first woman to be appointed as NSW’s Senior Public Defender and will replace Justice Mark Ierace, who has joined the bench of the NSW Supreme Court.

A full copy of the Media Release is available here.

Room for Licence - 11 Garfield Barwick Chambers

Wed May 29 2019

A small to medium sized internal room is now available for a 12-month licence. Located on a busy, well-established floor of 30 barristers practising in a wide range of areas in a well-positioned area of legal Sydney.

The room is an internal room with a built in desk. The room is fitted with shelving, cupboards, and robe cupboard. The room has Internet and Wi-Fi access.

11GBC consists of 4 Senior Counsel, 26 Junior Barristers.

Practice on the floor covers a wide range of jurisdictions including commercial, corporate, equity, wills & probate, insurance, medical negligence, personal injury, building and construction, criminal, family and workers compensation.

Present costs are approximately $2,900 monthly inclusive of GST plus outgoings. Enquiries may be directed to the clerk Michael Watson mwatson@chambers.net.au. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Women Barristers Forum - Annual General Meeting

Wed May 29 2019
Reminder - Tonight

The Women Barristers Forum will hold their Annual General Meeting at 5pm tonight.

The meeting will be held in Conference Room 2 of the NSW Bar Association, 174 Phillip Street, Sydney.

For any further information please contact Liz Picker on T: 9220 6100 or Email: epicker@ebc44.com or Ting Lim on T: 9232 4055 or Email: tlim@nswbar.asn.au

Unveiling the portrait of Katrina Dawson

Wed May 29 2019

In 2018 the Bar Association commissioned acclaimed Australian artist Peter Smeeth to do a portrait of the late Katrina Dawson. His work will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Friday, 28 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Dr Peter Smeeth MBBS FRAS AWI, winner of numerous Australian art prizes, including the 2017 Archibald Packing Room prize, will be guest of honour for the evening. Sandy Dawson SC will speak on behalf of the Dawson Family and the Katrina Dawson Foundation, while President Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the Bar Association and all members of the New South Wales Bar, on whom Katrina left an indelible impression during her brief but successful career.

For catering purposes, registration is required.

Senior Counsel Information Seminar - Wednesday 11 June 2019

Wed May 29 2019

The Senior Vice President Michael McHugh SC will host the Senior Counsel Information Seminar in the Bar Common Room on Tuesday, 11 June at 5.15 pm for all members who wish to apply for silk this year. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects.

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Wed May 29 2019
Nominations now open

The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding women lawyers, mentors and firms that have achieved excellence in their area of practice and helped create opportunities for women in the law. Nominations are open and close 31st May. We would encourage you to support the biennial Awards by nominating yourself, your firm, your mentor, or many of the other outstanding members of our legal community. Please visit our 2019 Awards page for details.

Proudly sponsored by the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Department of Justice, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Australia and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Screenings of Half a Million steps

Wed May 29 2019

The New South Wales Bar Association is a member of the Uniting Fair Treatment Drug Reform campaign. Following the launch of the Fair Treatment campaign on October 12th 2018, Uniting and the Uniting Church organised “The Long Walk to Treatment”, a journey on foot from Dubbo to Sydney to highlight the need for more drug and alcohol treatment facilities in regional NSW. The long walk has been documented in the film “Half a Million Steps”, which will be premiering in Sydney and Dubbo on the following dates:

  • Palace Cinema in Paddington Sydney on 13 June 2019 RSVP here
  • Dubbo RSL on 14 June 2019 RSVP here.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Wed May 29 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.

In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Wed May 29 2019
Thursday, June 13 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

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

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 - What you need to know

Wed May 29 2019
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.

Francis Forbes Society - 2019 Forbes Lecture and support of research projects

Wed May 29 2019

On Wednesday 5 June 2019 Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney) will deliver the 2019 Forbes Lecture, titled 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave'. Click here for further information.

In Spence v Queensland, the High Court recently referred to the whispers of the pre-Engineers ghosts. One of those ghosts is Pitt Cobbett, a former Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney who died on the last day of Sir Samuel Griffith's term as Chief Justice. Cobbett wrote a great opus on the Constitution but its publication was frustrated by the Engineers Case and the new constitutional order it created. A century after Cobbett's death, his work is about to be published and his voice heard from the grave. Join Cobbett's successor, Professor Anne Twomey, as she explores what is surprising and what we can learn from Cobbett's century-old understanding of the Constitution.

The lecture will take place at 5.15 pm in Court 13A in the Law Courts Building. Again, everyone is welcome to attend.

One of the Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains a fund for that purpose to which donations may be made – the Francis Forbes Fund. The Society was able to support Professor Twomey’s project to publish Pitt Cobbett's grand opus called ‘The Government of Australia’ through the Fund and is delighted to note that this important work is be published.

The Society through the Fund also supported, in part, a research project by Dr J.M. Bennett and Ronald C Solomon which resulted in the recently published monograph ‘Sir Francis Villeneuve Smith, Third Chief Justice of Tasmania 1870 – 1855’ (for more information about this monograph, see http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760022037 ) The Society encourages donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects (donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS

Francis Forbes Society - 2019 Forbes Lecture and support of research projects

Tue May 28 2019

On Wednesday 5 June 2019 Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney) will deliver the 2019 Forbes Lecture, titled 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave'. Click here for further information.

In Spence v Queensland, the High Court recently referred to the whispers of the pre-Engineers ghosts. One of those ghosts is Pitt Cobbett, a former Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney who died on the last day of Sir Samuel Griffith's term as Chief Justice. Cobbett wrote a great opus on the Constitution but its publication was frustrated by the Engineers Case and the new constitutional order it created. A century after Cobbett's death, his work is about to be published and his voice heard from the grave. Join Cobbett's successor, Professor Anne Twomey, as she explores what is surprising and what we can learn from Cobbett's century-old understanding of the Constitution.

The lecture will take place at 5.15 pm in Court 13A in the Law Courts Building. Again, everyone is welcome to attend.

One of the Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains a fund for that purpose to which donations may be made – the Francis Forbes Fund. The Society was able to support Professor Twomey’s project to publish Pitt Cobbett's grand opus called ‘The Government of Australia’ through the Fund and is delighted to note that this important work is be published.

The Society through the Fund also supported, in part, a research project by Dr J.M. Bennett and Ronald C Solomon which resulted in the recently published monograph ‘Sir Francis Villeneuve Smith, Third Chief Justice of Tasmania 1870 – 1855’ (for more information about this monograph, see http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760022037 ) The Society encourages donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects (donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS

Tenth Floor St James Hall - Large External Room for Sale

Tue May 28 2019

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers currently has a large, well-lit, external room for sale measuring 5.6m by 3.6 m. 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.

UNSW Law Seminar - Recent developments in corporate governance and compliance

Tue May 28 2019

Hear from experts including Daniel Crennan QC, Deputy Chair of ASIC, in this seminar which examines cutting edge issues in compliance and corporate governance.

Topics include ASIC enforcement after the Banking Royal Commission, the new whistleblower legislation and compliance with the Modern Slavery Acts including reporting obligations of relevant corporations. There will be a special Q&A session in the final fifteen minutes of the seminar, during which participants will have the opportunity to ask Professor Justine Nolan questions.

CPD units: 4 Knowledge area: Substantive law

Where: UNSW CBD Campus, UNSW CBD Campus Theatres 5 & 6, Level 7, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney When: Tue • 8:30 am – 12:45 pm (AEST)

Click here for more information and to register.

Unveiling the portrait of Katrina Dawson

Tue May 28 2019

In 2018 the Bar Association commissioned acclaimed Australian artist Peter Smeeth to do a portrait of the late Katrina Dawson. His work will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Friday, 28 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Dr Peter Smeeth MBBS FRAS AWI, winner of numerous Australian art prizes, including the 2017 Archibald Packing Room prize, will be guest of honour for the evening. Sandy Dawson SC will speak on behalf of the Dawson Family and the Katrina Dawson Foundation, while President Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the Bar Association and all members of the New South Wales Bar, on whom Katrina left an indelible impression during her brief but successful career.

For catering purposes, registration is required.

Free energy comparison

Tue May 28 2019
Member services and benefits

Before you get stung with hefty winter energy bills, find out if you could be saving money with a free Energy Comparison.

Member Advantage has partnered with energy experts Make it Cheaper to provide NSW Bar Association members with a free service to help you save money.

Over 80%* of Australian households and business are overpaying for their energy bills due to the different tariffs, discounts and incentives that are on offer today.

By using the FREE Make it Cheaper energy comparison service, their energy experts will analyse your current bill against their panel of leading Australian energy retailers to see if they can find a plan to save your household or business hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. Then if you like the savings they find you, they can also help you switch - all in one phone call. Upload your bill today and stop overpaying on energy bills.

  • Availability of retailers and plans can vary state by state and at times commercial relationships may impact what retailers or plans are made available, read the full terms and conditions here.

Inclusion and Diversity at the NSW Bar #4

Mon May 27 2019

Last Monday, 20 May the Muslim Legal Network hosted an Iftar Dinner at Doltone House. The dinner was held during the month of Ramadan. The NSW Bar Association was invited to attend and in attendance was the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC and the Attorney General of NSW as well as members of the of the judiciary including the Honourable Chief Justice Allsop AO of the Federal Court of Australia and Chief Justice Bathurst AC of the Supreme Court of NSW. Several members of the NSW Bar were also in attendance.

Law Council welcomes new ministry, looks to relationship of trust, honesty and collaboration

Mon May 27 2019
Media Release

The Law Council of Australia have today issued a media release welcoming the announcement of the Federal Government’s new ministry and looks forward to a collaborative, consultative relationship with new and returning Ministers.

Law Council President Arthur Moses SC today congratulated re-appointed Attorney-General Christian Porter, who also adds Industrial Relations and Leader of the House to his portfolio. Mr Moses also congratulated the new Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, the first Aboriginal Australian appointed to the portfolio.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Inaugural John Emmerson AM Oration

Mon May 27 2019
‘Lawyers and their influence under the public spotlight’

Will Royal Commissions and community expectations change legal practice?

The Legal Practice Section invites you to attend the Not for Profit Legal Practice and Charities Committee Inaugural John Emerson AM Oration delivered in Melbourne on 7 August 2019. Video conferencing will be available for this event and will be broadcast to interstate Federal Court registries, provided there are sufficient registrations.

The Oration will be delivered by Robert Fitzgerald AM and chaired by Jennifer Batrouney QC, Chair of the Law Council’s Not-for-Profit and Legal Practice and Charities Committee.

Please note, even though the event is free, registration is essential. Please select the ticket corresponding with the location you wish to attend. Limited tickets available.

Click here for more information.

First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform

Mon May 27 2019
Exchanging Ideas: First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform, Nation Building and Treaty Making Processes

The Judicial Commission of NSW is partnering with the Law Society of NSW and the Bar Association to organise a one-day conference on Saturday, 15 June 2019 to facilitate communication between judicial officers, lawyers, and Aboriginal community members.

The 2017 National Constitutional Convention at Uluru brought together over 250 Indigenous leaders to discuss approaches to constitutional reform. That conference saw the making of the Uluru Statement From the Heart which set out the aspirations for Aboriginal people for Constitutional recognition, agreement making and truth telling about Indigenous history. But how was consensus reached? What happened during that journey? And more importantly, how can we learn from this achievement and apply it to other challenges faced by the Indigenous community?

The processes of nation building and treaty making that are currently being undertaken in a number of communities and jurisdictions also create challenges for the design of processes that can be inclusive and can facilitative of community consensus.

Join us for a conversation on the making of the Uluru Statement, the mechanisms used to engage in dialogue and other approaches to similar issues. Register here

Date and time: Saturday 15 June 2019, 10:00am – 4:30pm

Venue: Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney (Admission is complimentary, however registrations must be received by 10 June 2019) *5 CPD Points

Speakers include:

  • Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW and Professor of Law, UNSW Law
  • Professor Mick Dodson AM, Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner
  • Ms Jill Gallagher AO, Commissioner, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
  • Mr Sean Gordon, Chair, Uphold & Recognise and former Chief Executive Officer with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Mr Anthony McAvoy SC, Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owner, barrister and native title law expert
  • Professor Daryle Rigney, University of Technology Sydney (former Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science at Flinders University)
  • Mr Damein Bell, CEO, Gunditj Mirring Aboriginal Corporation
  • Ms Teela May Reid, lawyer and human rights advocate

*CPD Units – If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.

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

Fri May 24 2019

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers currently has a large, well-lit, external room for sale or lease measuring 5.6m by 3.6 m. 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.

The CLA June Judges series on Friday 14, 21 & 28 June

Fri May 24 2019

The CLA is once again running its annual June Judges series. Our speakers this year are the Hon Justice Hammerschlag (14 June) on ’The unwisdom of commercial arbitration?’; Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW, (21 June) on ’The interface of public law and corporations law in the light of the findings of the Royal Commission’; and the Hon Justice Perram on ’The ordinary or reasonable consumer in misleading or deceptive conduct cases’. You can book for each seminar separately or book for the entire series at a discount.

Visit https://cla.org.au/ to register.