An invitation to the women of the NSW Bar

Fri Mar 21 2014

Women barristers are warmly invited to a forum, to be held on Saturday, 5 April 2014 between 9.00am and 1.30pm in the Bar Common Room. Come and discuss ways we can continue to advance women's career and life at the bar. For inspiration, Justice Melissa Perry of the Federal Court and formerly of the New South Wales Bar, will start the day with a talk on "Women at the Bar: Aspirations and Inspirations". We will then discuss what matters to women barristers and whether the Women Barristers Forum should remain a section or become a committee of the New South Wales Bar Association.


Women at the bar are invited to complete a short online survey regarding their specific issues of concern. The results of the survey will be used as a basis for the discussion at the Forum on 5 April 2014. It should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete, and is anonymous. To complete the survey, please click on the following link:

Schedule for the day

9.00am-9.20am: Tea and coffee 9.20am-9.30am: Introduction 9.30am-10.15am: Justice Perry 10.15am-11.00am: Questions & discussion groups on women's concerns regarding life at the bar 11.00am-11.15am: Morning tea 11.15am-12.30pm: Discussion groups and plenary on committee / section issue 12.30pm-1.30pm: Lunch

Cover charge

A $20 charge is required to cover the cost of catering.

Attendance will attract 1 CPD point.

There have been two previous such fora, the first when the WBF was formed in 2004 and one in 2007. Please come and make history, share, meet other women at the bar and enjoy time together. Women at all levels of seniority at the New South Wales bar are most welcome.


RSVP (for catering purposes) by completing and returning the registration form to by COB Tuesday, 1 April 2014. Should you have any questions, please contact Mandy Tibbey, chair of the WBF, via email: or on ph: (02) 9233 2339.

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