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Room for Licence - 11 Garfield Barwick Chambers

Fri May 24 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.

Resources at the Bar Library

Fri May 24 2019

Don’t have time to pop down to the Bar Library and peruse the shelves for new books? Need to know what new resources are available so that you don’t have to make that trek to the library?

Subscribe to the Library Bulletin, a weekly current awareness service to alert our library patrons to new publications and developments. The Bulletin features news; the latest books, journals and reports acquired by the library; legislation updates and more. Just login on to the library website and go to My Profile where you can subscribe to the Bulletin with one click.

Mediation Training, Accreditation and Refresher Program

Fri May 24 2019

The Australian Disputes Centre is offering its internationally recognised Mediation Training, Accreditation and Refresher Program over 3 weeks this May. The module course offers great flexibility to complete your training in May, or split it with a later course in 2019.

Starting with Sir Laurence Street’s first mediation training in 1986, ADC has built an unparalleled reputation as Australia’s leading ADR training provider. We are a Registered Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) in Australia, and internationally, our training is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

For further details on ADC’s May dates, and to register for this world-class training please see: HERE

For experienced mediation practitioners, ADC’s hands-on refresher training with its specialist coaching offers an exceptional opportunity to hone your skills leaders in the field. Please see our website HERE for further information and to register, or please feel free to call us to discuss.

Important Practising Certificate Renewal information

Fri May 24 2019
Due Date - 7 June 2019

The standard renewal period for practising certificates expires on Friday, 7 June 2019 (Clause 4 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015).

By Friday 7 June 2019, the Bar Association will need to have received:

  1. your completed practising certificate renewal form (to be completed online only - no hard copies will be provided);

  2. confirmation of payment of your renewal; and

  3. confirmation from your insurance provider that you have insurance. If you have not secured insurance by 7 June, do not delay lodging your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin whilst you are waiting for confirmation of your insurance. However, your practising certificate cannot be issued until proof of professional indemnity insurance coverage has been received.

Click here for more information.

Encryption and citizenship stripping legislation: Are Australia’s latest security laws necessary and proportionate?

Fri May 24 2019

Since September 11, Australia has enacted over 80 counterterrorism and national security laws. The laws are often controversial although usually passed quickly through Parliament.

The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) reports on whether such laws are necessary, proportionate to the threats that caused them to be enacted, and comply with human rights standards and international law obligations. The role has been described as “an important and valued component of Australia’s national security architecture”.

Join Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan in conversation with the current Monitor, Dr James Renwick SC, as they discuss the role of the INSLM and two laws under his review: the so-called ‘encryption laws’ that allow security agencies to access encrypted messages; and the laws that lead to automatic loss of citizenship by dual citizens who engage in acts of terrorism.

Dr James Renwick SC is a member of the NSW Bar with a general commercial and public law practice, and particular interests in appellate, disciplinary, national security and inquiry work. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Australian National University and since 2017 has been the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor.

WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, 12 June 2019 | 12:30pm for 12:45pm to 1:45pm Lowy Institute Level 3, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney NSW RSVP: Please click here to reserve your seat for this event

In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Fri May 24 2019
Thursday, June 13 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

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

Panel: 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

Fri May 24 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.

In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Thu May 23 2019
Thursday, June 13 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

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

Join our panel to discuss briefing decisions, how clients can and do find information about barristers, the importance of expertise and relationships, and where and how clients are prepared to take risks in briefing outside the box.

The panel discussion will be followed by refreshments, with thanks to the Women Barristers Forum. All are welcome. Learn more here.

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

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

Thu May 23 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.

Guardian ad Litem - Expressions of Interest sought

Thu May 23 2019

The Office of the General Counsel, Department of Justice is currently recruiting additional Guardian ad Litems for court appointments in NCAT and the Children’s Court.

What is a Guardian ad Litem? A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is someone who is responsible for the conduct of legal proceedings for a person, where that person is: • incapable of representing him or herself, • incapable of giving proper instructions to his or her legal representative, and/or • under legal incapacity due to age, mental illness or incapacity, disability or other special circumstances in relation to the conduct of the proceedings.

Once a person is designated as a GAL Panel member, he/she is eligible for appointment as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in proceedings under order of a participating Court or Tribunal and at the discretion of the Office of the General Counsel.

Qualifications/Experience Desired • Qualifications in social, health or behavioural sciences or related disciplines, or equivalent experience. • Mediation, advocacy and decision making skills. • Ability to communicate effectively with various professionals and family members. • Basic knowledge of legal proceedings and the legal process. • Knowledge of issues affecting children and young people, people with illness, disability or disorder which may affect their decision-making capacity.

Expressions of Interest If you are interested in applying to be on the Guardian ad Litem Panel, please send your expression of interest to the Guardian ad Litem Panel Co-ordinator at the following email address: enquiries-generalcounsel@justice.nsw.gov.au.

Documentation required:Selection Criteria; • A copy of your curriculum vitae; and • Confirmation that you have a current Working with Children Check, see the Working with Children Check website. If you do not currently have approval, you can apply for this at the interview stage, however, approval is required before confirmation of any designations to the Panel. Further information in relation to guardian ad litems can be found on the Department of Justice Website here.

Aboriginal mothers are incarcerated at alarming rates

Thu May 23 2019
Article of Interest

The Conversation has published a piece by a number of academics relating to incarceration rates of Aboriginal Women.

Aboriginal women are the fastest growing prison population in Australia. They comprise around one-third of female prisoners in New South Wales, despite making up just 3% of the population. The majority of Aboriginal women in prison (more than 80%) are mothers.

For a full copy of the article please click here.

Bar FC back to its winning ways

Thu May 23 2019
Wellbeing

A full strength Bar FC took on Factset Athletico in the Domain Soccer League on Thursday 23 May 2019.

A very balanced midfield saw Free SC return to the fold and control the centre of the park, ably assisted by Coutinho, d’Arville and Lang. A beautiful passing move from the back saw Hartford Davis released into space on his beloved left hand side and place a cross into the box onto the attacking head of Morrison. A beautiful goal that was to be the decider with Bar FC winning 1-0.

It was then time for the defenders to do their bit and Harris (GK), Larish, Kane, McCarthy and Griscti worked tirelessly to keep the lead. A cameo appearance from Sir Alex (Stanton) saw him run on with fifteen minutes to go and put in a shift without injury.

Today’s line up was as follows:

DAVID STANTON SHAUN MCCARTHY IVAN GRISCTI RICO ANGUS LANG ANAIS D’ARVILLE TIM KANE DAVID LARISH (C) HUGH MORRISON JOHN HARRIS (GK) SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS JEH COUTINHO NICHOLAS OLSEN STEPHEN FREE SC

Lexis Red and the Bar Library

Thu May 23 2019

Lexis Red is an app that allows you to access the library’s Lexis loose-leaf subscriptions remotely.

Titles can be borrowed for a fortnight at a time, downloaded onto your device and then used on and offline. Updates will only be downloaded when you are online again.

The app can be used on ipads, android tablets, Mac OS and Windows 8.1 and above. You can use it on up to two devices.

The library has subscribed to a large number of titles, including Ritchie’s, Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and Mason & Handler’s Succession Law. Click here for a full list of titles To borrow, just register your interest with the library. Email lexisred@nswbar.asn.au with your Bar Association member number and the email address that you want to use for the platform (if you have personal subscriptions with Lexis you will need to use a different email).

Bar Book Club

Thu May 23 2019

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Tuesday 2 July 2019 at 5.30pm in the Bar Library. Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome (that includes Bar Practice Course participants).

The book is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and a top ten title of the New York Times in 2018, you will find a New Yorker review here.

Legal aid is now available for Commonwealth parole matters

Thu May 23 2019

The Legal Aid NSW Board has approved new policies for Commonwealth parole matters and revocation of Commonwealth parole matters. These two matters are dealt with separately.

Commonwealth Parole Assistance is available for Commonwealth parole matters. Assistance for these matters is only available through the in-house practice and is provided by the Commonwealth Crime Unit (CCU) under Extended Legal Assistance (ELA). Please see Policy Bulletin 2019 No.5 for more details and contact the CCU for queries and referrals: ccu@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

Revocation of Commonwealth Parole Legal aid is available for revocation of Commonwealth Parole matters in the Local Court. When Commonwealth parole is revoked the matter is heard in the Local Court, as the State Parole Authority does not have the jurisdiction. Previously, there was not a policy that captured this specific circumstance and there was the potential for clients to appear unrepresented. The new policy makes it clear that legal aid is available for revocation of Commonwealth Parole matters in the Local Court as well as appeals to the Supreme Court. Please see the Policy Bulletin 2019 No.8 for details of the policy.

Annual Essay Prize 2019

Thu May 23 2019

The Australian Academy of Law has opened applications for its Annual Essay Prize for 2019.

The Prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law based occupation. There is no limit by reference to the age or seniority or experience of, or position held by, a person who may submit an entry. Accordingly, judicial officers, legal practitioners, legal academics and law students are all eligible to submit an essay.

The amount of the Prize is $10,000.

The essay topic for the Prize in 2019 is as follows:

How do private law and public law interact in Australia? What are, and what should be, the available remedies (public or private or both) where they interact?

The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2019. This time limit is strictly observed, as the Rules Governing the Annual Essay Prize make clear.

Those Rules can be accessed on the Academy’s website: www.academyoflaw.org.au

Refer to the Academy’s website also for further information about the actual submission of an entry as well as information on previous winners.

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Wed May 22 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.

15 Bobber- The Hon Justice Andrew Bell & The Hon Justice Angus Stewart

Wed May 22 2019
Collegiality

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the The Hon Justice Bell & The Hon Justice Stewart celebrating their recent appointments. The celebration will take place on Friday the 14th of June from 5:15pm onwards in the Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for The Hon Justice Bell will be Ian Pike SC, speaking for The Hon Justice Stewart will be Elizabeth Cheeseman SC.

The President will also present Arthur Moses SC with his Life Membership Certificate.

Tickets are $15 if you pre-register or $25 cash at the door.

The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm. RSVP here.

Screenings of Half a Million steps

Wed May 22 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.

Common Law Practice Update 107

Tue May 21 2019

The Bar Association has published Common Law Practice Update 107, with case notes on sections 5B, 5C, 5F, 5I, 5L and 5O Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), ss 34 and 63 Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); choice of law, limitation periods, medical negligence and more. Download CLPU 107 here.

Half Marathon team smashes its fundraising goal

Tue May 21 2019
Philanthropy

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon was held on Sunday, 19 May and the New South Wales Bar Half Marathon Team raised the remarkable sum of $13,880 for the Black Dog Institute. A late, desperate dash saw Arthur Moses SC overtake Robert Glasson in the fundraising stakes, if not in the actual race itself. Robert was the first across the line for team NSW Bar with a time of 1:38:11. The full race results are available here.

It is not too late to donate at https://smhhalfmarathon2019.everydayhero.com/au/nsw-bar

The NSW Bar Half Marathon Team is an initiative of the Bar Association's Wellbeing Committee.

Room for Licence - 11 Garfield Barwick Chambers

Tue May 21 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.

Tenth Floor St James Hall - Large External Room for Sale

Tue May 21 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.