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Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Wed Jun 19 2019
Thursday, June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Thursday 27 June, at 5.15pm, the Women Barristers Forum will host a seminar on 'Advocacy in judicial review proceedings'. Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please click here.

President appoints Robert Dubler SC as NSW Bar Advocate for Change

Wed Jun 19 2019

On 17 June 2019, the President appointed Robert Dubler 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 outstanding 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.

It is hoped that Robert’s appointment as Advocate for Change will raise awareness, encourage greater access and inclusion at the NSW Bar for members of the Bar, legal profession and community for persons living with disability.

As an Advocate for Change, Robert has agreed to participate in the formulation of strategies to promote equality, diversity and inclusion at the NSW Bar, particularly considering measures to improve access and facilities and increase awareness about the experience for barristers with disability.

He joins Advocates for Change, Jane Needham SC, Hament Dhanji SC and Andrew Pickles SC.

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

National Indigenous Legal Conference - Darwin 13 & 14 August 2019

Wed Jun 19 2019
Early bird registrations are open

The draft program for the National Indigenous Legal Conference, has been released and is available here.

Early Bird registrations are closing on 1st July 2019.

The conference will showcase an extensive speaker list of Northern Territory people with backgrounds in law or involved in the legal system including Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, Eddie Cubillo, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM, Leanne Liddle, Stephanie Monck, Mark Yingiya Guyula MLA, Prof Mick Dodson AM, David Woodroffe (Principal Legal Officer of the Territory’s largest legal practice), Dr James Gaykamangu, Dr Pat Miller AO, Commissioner Andrea Mason OAM, Jasmin Onus, Dr Curtis Roman to name a few.

To register click here.

Annual Federal Courts and Tribunals Fee Increases from 1 July

Wed Jun 19 2019

The fees payable in the federal courts and tribunals will increase from 1 July 2019 to reflect changes to the consumer price index over the past financial year. This is an automatic increase provided by the relevant fees regulations. Click here for a copy of the Gazette notice.

A copy of a notice published in the Government Notices Gazette on 4 June 2019 setting out the new fees payable can be found here.

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

Wed Jun 19 2019
Early Bird Rego extended

You asked for it! We’ve received calls from members seeking an extension on the early bird registration date. The ABA and NZBA will therefore be extending the early bird registration period to 10pm AEST on Saturday 22 June 2019.

REGISTER TODAY

For more information on the program and CPD points available, activities, gala dinner and sponsors, please visit the website: http://nzconf.austbar.asn.au or click here to download the PDF program.

Bench and Bar Lunch 02/2019

Wed Jun 19 2019
Collegiality

The next Bench and Bar Lunch is set down for Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 12.45pm to 2.00pm at Sky Phoenix - Shop 6001/188 Pitt Street. All members of the Bench and Bar are welcome. At $35 per person, it's just, quick and cheap! Reserve your place here.

The Bench and Bar Lunch is an initiative of the Wellbeing Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Unveiling the portrait of Katrina Dawson

Wed Jun 19 2019
Collegiality

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.

Francis Forbes Society - membership renewal & donations

Wed Jun 19 2019

As mentioned at the 2019 Forbes Lecture delivered on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 by Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney), 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave', the forthcoming publication of Pitt Cobbett’s The Constitution and Government of Australia, 1788 to 1919 was supported through the Francis Forbes Fund. One of the Francis Forbes Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains the Francis Forbes Fund for that purpose to which donations may be made –donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.

The Society welcomes donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS.

The Society also welcomes new members and encourages renewal of existing memberships: FFS Membership application – renewal 19-20

The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Wed Jun 19 2019
Wednesday, June 26 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, at 5.15pm, Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, Integrated Compliance at Australian Taxation Office and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office will deliver a seminar on 'The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime'. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Bishop. Details to follow.

Environmental Counsel to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority

Wed Jun 19 2019
Expressions of Interest

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking expressions of interest from senior and junior counsel for appointment as Environmental Counsel to the EPA Board.

The EPA is the primary environmental regulator for NSW. We partner with business, government and the community to reduce pollution and waste, protect human health, and prevent degradation of the environment.

Under the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991, Environmental Counsel are practising barristers approved by the Minister for Energy and Environment and engaged by the EPA. The functions of Environmental Counsel include:

  • advising the EPA Board in relation to proposed serious environment protection offences under legislation administered by the EPA, so that the Board can determine whether or not the EPA should prosecute those offences;
  • advising the EPA Board on matters as requested; and
  • appearing for the EPA in matters as instructed.

Expressions of interest close on 21 June 2019. For more information and to apply please click here.

Welcome drinks for May 2019 intake of New Barristers – Wednesday 26 June 2019

Wed Jun 19 2019
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ Committee welcomes our newest barristers from the recent May intake!

Drinks will be held on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at Verandah Bar from 5:30 pm, hosted by the New Barristers’ Committee. Canapés and a drink on arrival will be provided. New Readers and all under 5’s are encouraged to attend to meet the new cohort and to provide words of wisdom on adjusting to life at the Bar as a Reader! Over 5’s are welcome too. Drop in for a short time or stay for the evening. To ensure we have catered for you, please let us know you’re coming using this RSVP link here.

Tonight: Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Wed Jun 19 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.

Message from the President - Legal Aid Work Unsustainable for NSW Barristers

Wed Jun 19 2019

The provision of a properly funded legal aid system is crucial to upholding the rule of law and should be a first priority of government. The legal aid system is broken and relies on individual practitioners to make financial sacrifices or compromise their professional standards in order for it to survive. The failure of the State Government to provide sufficient legal aid funding in this week’s State budget means that this work is no longer a viable option for many barristers in this State.

As members may be aware, there has not been any increase in legal aid rates paid to private practitioners since 2007. There has not even been indexation for CPI increases over that period. This means that barristers undertaking legal aid work have experienced at least a 20 per cent reduction in fees in real terms over the last twelve years.

Yesterday’s State Budget failed to address this growing problem. Without a significant increase in counsel’s rates, it is no longer financially sustainable for many barristers to spend the time and do everything that it is necessary to undertake legal aid work.

Our ethical obligations as barristers require us to fearlessly promote our clients’ interests to the best of our skill and diligence. Unfortunately the current abysmal state of legal aid rates makes it increasingly difficult for barristers in many cases to spend the time to do all of the necessary work to properly prepare their clients’ cases and satisfy those ethical obligations in the absence of anything like adequate funding.

The Bar Association has frequently raised these issues with successive governments over many years, but our representations have fallen upon deaf ears. There has simply been no will on the part of governments to address the problem.

This is now the Government’s problem to fix – the legal profession has warned about this issue for a long time and has carried the burden through overwork and the negative impact on the health and personal life of members that that brings. The matter is now out of the profession’s hands.

In these circumstances members of the New South Wales Bar should not feel that they have any obligation to take on legal aid briefs when they will not receive anything approaching adequate payment to perform this important work.

I have today issued a media release setting out the Association’s position. Available here

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Wed Jun 19 2019
Conferences

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Peter Cummings 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.

2019 Industrial Bar social function - 15 August 2019

Tue Jun 18 2019
Collegiality

Members are cordially invited to the 2019 Industrial Bar social drinks function.

The event has been organised by the Industrial Employment Health & Safety Committee which assists Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and engages with barristers practising in these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members.

When: Thursday, 15 August 2019 Time: 6pm start Where: Hotel CBD - Club Bar (52 King St, Sydney)

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

International Bar Association Conference - The Singapore Convention – Life after 7 August 2019

Tue Jun 18 2019

Registration is now open for the Singapore Convention – Life after 7 August 2019 taking place in Singapore on 8 August 2019.

Register here before 5 July to receive early bird discounts.

Keynote speaker:

  • Justice Belinda Ang Chairperson, Singapore Mediation Centre, Singapore

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable P A Bergin SC International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court, Singapore
  • Sarah Grimmer Secretary-General, HKIAC, Hong Kong SAR
  • Lucy Reed International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court, Singapore

Topics will include:

  • Views from Asia on the Convention, incorporating the topic: ‘Ethical and professional issues on mediation representation’
  • Views from Australia, New Zealand and UK on the Convention, incorporating the topic: ‘Mediation as a profession’
  • Views from USA and Europe on the Convention, incorporating the topic: ‘Fee arrangements that supports mediation’
  • Views on the future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Who should attend?

  • Private practitioners, in-house counsels and mediators
  • Dispute-resolution-service providers and governmental agencies

For more information and to register, please click here.

External room for sale at 6 St James Hall Chambers

Tue Jun 18 2019

A substantial, well-appointed, external room is available for sale at 6 St James Hall Chambers. The room would suit a senior junior.

This busy chambers consists of 28 barristers practising in commercial, public, employment, family and international law. For member profiles see http://www.sixstjameshall.com.au.

The room has a large window, a robe cupboard, large briefs cupboards and full wall shelving for law reports and textbooks. Chambers is connected to Barnet and uses VOIP telephony. Members have personal access to Thomson Reuters online subscription and an extensive library of law reports and loose-leaf services.

Price & Outgoings on Application. For further information please contact the Practice Manager, Nora Faulua on 9236 8600 or via email to nfaulua@stjames.net.au.

Enquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence

The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Tue Jun 18 2019
Wednesday, June 26 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, at 5.15pm, Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, Integrated Compliance at Australian Taxation Office and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office will deliver a seminar on 'The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime'. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Bishop. Details to follow.

Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Tue Jun 18 2019
Thursday, June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Thursday 27 June, at 5.15pm, the Women's Barrister forum will host a seminar on 'Advocacy in judicial review proceedings'. Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please click here.

Tomorrow: Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Tue Jun 18 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.

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

Mon Jun 17 2019
Early Bird Rego extended

You asked for it! We’ve received calls from members seeking an extension on the early bird registration date. The ABA and NZBA will therefore be extending the early bird registration period to 10pm AEST on Saturday 22 June 2019.

REGISTER TODAY

For more information on the program and CPD points available, activities, gala dinner and sponsors, please visit the website: http://nzconf.austbar.asn.au or click here to download the PDF program.

Inclusion and Diversity at the NSW Bar - #5

Mon Jun 17 2019
Diversity

On 13 June 2019, the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee hosted a CPD in the Bar Association Common Room: "In Conversation With Our Clients: Fresh Perspectives on Equitable Briefing". The Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson, as chair, was joined by Kylie Gray (Westpac Deputy General Counsel – Regulatory Investigations & Dispute Resolution), Gywn Jones (Roads and Maritime Services Senior Legal Counsel – Environment Planning Property) and Jane Needham SC.

After a sobering account of the statistics by Gleeson J, the panel discussed what the picture looks like from the client's perspective, then moved on to how clients, solicitors and counsel can work together to improve the diversity of briefing, for the benefit of all involved. Some of the innovative and practical solutions suggested included potential sponsorship for junior barristers by corporates, encouraging clients to delve into their own statistics and understand the quality of their equality of briefing by looking at the distribution of speaking and non-speaking roles, and developing in-house CPD programmes delivered by barristers.

The seminar was well attended with the audience including members of the judiciary, general counsel of high profile corporates government agencies and law firm partners as well as members of the Bar. The WBF and the DEC are looking forward to working with clients and law firms to further develop these exciting initiatives.

Principles for Australian Refugee Policy

Mon Jun 17 2019
Law reform and public affairs

On 13 June 2019 the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law launched its Principles for Australian Refugee Policy. Described as "grounded in evidence and informed by good practices from other countries, as well as from Australia’s past", the report aims to "re-imagine the current approach" and to show the pathway to a "more positive, sustainable, long-term refugee policy". Read the full Kaldor Centre Principles for Australian Refugee Policy here or read the summary and key priorities here.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Mon Jun 17 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.

UNSW Law Seminar - Recent developments in corporate governance and compliance

Mon Jun 17 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.