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Exchange better with OFX

Thu Jan 17 2019
Member services and benefits

International payments made safe and simple. New year – new savings! Through your benefits program, experience better-than-bank rates when you open an OFX account. Use it to pay for holidays, international invoices, overseas loan payments, and more*.

You’ll enjoy $0 transaction fees on every transaction over AUD250, better than bank rates and 24/7 phone and online support.

Start saving now. Logon to the NSW Bar Association Member Advantage benefits website or call 1300 853 352.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Bar Council business in 2018

Thu Jan 17 2019
Governance

Bar Council met on 10 May, 24 May, 7 June and 21 June 2018 in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from these summaries of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted here. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director.

2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Jan 17 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).

Bar Council casual vacancies

Thu Jan 17 2019
Governance

Richard Weinstein SC and Nanette Williams have resigned from their positions on Bar Council as a result of their appointments to the District Court of NSW. In accordance with cl. 12.5.1 of the Bar Association's Constitution, Ruth Higgins SC and Sera Mirzabegian have filled the vacant positions as of 15 January 2019 and 6 December 2018 respectively.

ALJ Conference - Religious Freedom After Ruddock

Wed Jan 16 2019
Call for papers

A conference will be held on Saturday, 6 April 2019 to consider the future of religious freedom in Australia following the report of the Religious Freedom Review, led by former attorney-general, Philip Ruddock. The conference is jointly organised by the Australian Law Journal and the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland, and will be held at UQ in Brisbane. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the ALJ later in 2019. Learn more here.

Corporate rates at Anytime Fitness Martin Place

Wed Jan 16 2019
Member services and benefits

Anytime Fitness Martin Place recently opened at 80 Elizabeth Street and are offering discounted corporate rates for members of the Bar Association who wish to join. Anytime Fitness has over 4000 clubs worldwide and are open 24/7. There are no time restrictions on when you can attend.

Take out a 12 month membership for $69.95 per month, with a $49 joining fee and a $69.95 card access fee.

To take advantage of this offer, contact the coordinator of services and benefits for your application and pre-exercise screening forms.

Justice Margaret Beazley AO appointed as governor

Mon Jan 14 2019

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO will be the next governor of NSW. Her Honour’s appointment will commence in May of this year. Justice Beazley came to the New South Wales Bar in 1975 and was appointed senior counsel in 1989. She was first appointed to the bench in 1993 and since that time has had a distinguished judicial career as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and the NSW Court of Appeal, and more recently as president of the Court of Appeal. Justice Beazley has made an outstanding contribution as an advocate, jurist, academic and role model and the New South Wales Bar Association congratulates her on her well-deserved appointment.

Great Bar Boat Race

Mon Jan 14 2019

The 35th Annual Great Bar Boat Race took place in wonderful conditions on Sydney Harbour on 17 December 2018, with blue skies and a good breeze but a bizarre funnel of fog across the Heads. With solid tactics and excellent sailing, Bruce Hodgkinson SC, Jeremy Gormly SC and Peter Allport on Coco took out line honours. First place on handicap went to Paul O’Donnell on Singapore Girl. The race finished on Store Beach with a picnic, swimming and a lot of laughs. Thank you to all competitors. See you next year!

Bench and Bar v Solicitors Golf Day

Mon Jan 14 2019
Bar sports

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to Manly course on Thursday, 24 January 2018. The event will be the usual Two – ball Stableford. The cost for the day is $170.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for Golf only. Manly members pay $80.00). Further details contact Dennis Flaherty on 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623), Paul Bolster (0414 878 946) or John Newnham solicitor on 9264 7788. Download an acceptance form here.

Australian Bar Association (ABA) international conference in Singapore: Convergence 2019

Thu Jan 10 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

2019 Regional Conference Series

Thu Jan 10 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

Funeral Arrangements for Ms Margaret Newby

Tue Jan 08 2019
Vale

Family and Friends of Margaret Newby are invited to attend a Funeral Service to be held in the South Chapel of Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, Military Road, Matraville, on Monday 14 January 2019 commencing at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Salvation Army or St Vincent’s Hospital.

NSWBA and AAI Train the Trainer Workshop

Tue Jan 08 2019
Call for Expressions of Interest

The NSW Bar Associations Professional Development Department is looking for Advocacy Coaches to assist twice yearly with the Bar Practice Course. The coaching is undertaken between 4.30pm and 6pm on selected weeknights (over a two week period) when the course is being conducted. To encourage barristers to participate we will be running a ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop in conjunction with the Australian Advocacy Institute in February 2019. The workshop aims to improve the standards of advocacy throughout Australia. It provides a forum in which ideas and experience in advocacy and advocacy training maybe shared and developed.

ADVOCACY COACHING

The NSW Bar Practice Course is the entry point to our profession and forms the basis of Readers first year of practice, and indeed for the whole of their careers at the Bar. It gives Readers an opportunity that they will have only once in their professional careers: senior members of our profession will dedicate their time over a period of one month to teach, share knowledge and experience, and act as peers and mentors in the pursuit of professional excellence.

The role of the advocacy coach is an integral part of the Bar Practice Course. The coaches can, and do, have a huge impact on these new members of the Bar. Advocacy coaches inspire, motivate and encourage Readers in a respectful, supportive, professional and shared endeavour. Coaches provide insight and feedback to both the Readers and the Course Director. Equally importantly, coaches are required to practically demonstrate what they are teaching. Through this, Readers are able to see their coaches as highly competent and genuinely interested in assisting them to improve. It is a mutual relationship of professional respect and trust. Participating in the Bar Practice Course as an Advocacy Coach is a perfect opportunity to give back. It is an important contribution to the profession and the personal benefit of instructing is the improvements of one’s own advocacy skills. Equally, it is an excellent opportunity to remind oneself of best practice at the Bar as an advocate.

ELIGIBILITY

All Barristers with a reasonable amount of experience in whatever jurisdiction, are encouraged to complete the expression of interest form. Ideal candidates will:

  • Have continuously held a New South Wales barristers’ practising certificate or a practising certificate of another Australian jurisdiction for not less than seven years
  • Be a full-time practising New South Wales barrister
  • Be able to commit to a minimum of two evening advocacy sessions (4.30 pm – 6 pm) per Bar Practice Course (May and September)

Successful applicants will be invited to attend, free of charge, the Train the Trainer workshop on Saturday 16 February 2019, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Family Court of Australia, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney. Please note, an Introductory Session will also be held on Friday 15 February 2019, 5.00pm – 7.00pm, NSW Bar Association Common Room.

HOW TO APPLY

Please complete the ‘expression of interest form

**Please note, completion of the form does not imply that a place on the course is guaranteed.

2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Jan 08 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 Jan 08 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

Bar Association Library

Mon Jan 07 2019

The NSW Bar Association library will be closed from 21 December 2018 and will reopen on 21 January 2018 between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm. Normal library opening hours will resume on 29 January 2018.

ABA Silks Ceremony and Dinner

Mon Jan 07 2019

The Australian Bar Association will hold its annual dinner on the night of the new silks taking their bows in the High Court. The dinner will be held in the Great Hall of the High Court in Canberra on Monday, 4 February 2019 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. All judges and barristers, not just the new silks, and their partners are invited to attend. Dress for the evening is black tie and the cost for the dinner is $400 per person (including GST). Members of the judiciary and friends of counsel who wish to attend the dinner should complete an RSVP together with payment, by Friday 11 January 2018.

High Court of Australia – Schedule of Fees and Sitting Start Times for 2019

Mon Jan 07 2019

The High Court of Australia have recently advised the Law Council of Australia of the following change in start times for 2019.

Please find attached for your information:

  • Attachment 1: Revised sitting start times for 2019
  • Attachment 2: Explanatory Statement and High Court Amendment (Fees) Rules 2018 to take effect from 1 January 2019
  • Attachment 3: High Court Amendment (Fees) Rules 2018

For further information, please contact the Senior Registrars’ Office at the High Court of Australia directly on (02) 6270 6811.

Commencement of the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme

Mon Jan 07 2019

The Law Council of Australia have advised that the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (the scheme) commenced on 10 December 2018. From this date, potential registrants will need to complete a registration form on the scheme's website and supply certain information and documents.

Please find attached here the Law Council memo in regard to the commencement of the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme. Fact Sheet 1 (what is the foreign influence transparency scheme?) can be found here and Factsheet 8 (exemptions from registration) can be found here.

Vale Robert Bellamy (1964-2018)

Fri Jan 04 2019

Robert Ian Bellamy, admitted to the NSW Bar in 1995 and member of 11 St James Hall, tragically deceased on 23rd December 2018.

A service to honour and celebrate his life will be held by his beloved partner Dr Lauren Taylor and the Bellamy family on Monday 14th January 2019 at the Art Gallery of NSW. Please arrive at 5.30pm for 6pm Memorial Service commencement,to be held in the Chiswick function room, followed by refreshments in the Chiswick restaurant.