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Senior Counsel Selection Committee 2017

Fri May 26 2017

At the Bar Council meeting on 25 May 2017, it was agreed that the 2017 Silk Selection Committee will consist of:

  • Arthur Moses SC (New Chambers)
  • Tim Game SC (Forbes Chambers)
  • Anthony Bartley SC (Elizabeth Street Chambers)
  • Wendy Abraham QC (12th Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers)
  • Adrian Galasso SC (7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers)
  • Kelly Rees SC (Eleven Wentworth Chambers)
  • The Hon Catherine Branson QC (former judge of the Federal Court of Australia)
  • Ms Lindsay Cane (CEO – Royal Far West)

Law Council says reconciliation can be advanced by constitutional change

Fri May 26 2017

The Law Council of Australia has released its submission to the Referendum Council’s Discussion Paper calling for constitutional change to meet the aspirations and wishes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In a media release issued today, Law Council President Fiona McLeod SC said: "The Law Council has long held that the Australian Constitution should formally recognise the distinct identities of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and secure them equality before the law...This is a reform for all Australians, to strengthen the Australian Commonwealth".

View the LCA media release here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri May 26 2017

Tuesday, May 30 2017 - William Lee: The First Chinese-Australian barrister in NSW

Presented by Malcolm Oakes SC and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. Further details will be available shortly.

Thursday, June 01 2017 - Access networks, uncover opportunities - barristers & social media Presented by Jane Needham SC, Louise Jackson, Marlia Saunders - Senior Associate, Ashurst and Michaela Whitbourn - Journalist, Fairfax. Chaired Michelle Painter SC. This seminar, brought to you by Women Barristers Forum, will discuss how barristers are using social media, how we might use social media more effectively and some traps to watch out for. This seminar is presented as part of the “Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Briefed.” CPD series. #WBFBeSeen

For full details please download a flyer here

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

2017 Justice Awards

Fri May 26 2017

Nominations for 2017 Justice Awards are now open. These annual awards recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. The Foundation is seeking nominations in four Award categories:

The Bar Association sponsors the Law and Justice Volunteer Award. The 2017 Justice Awards dinner will be held on Thursday, 19 October 2017 at the Strangers' Dining Room, NSW Parliament House.

How to nominate

Visit the Justice Awards page to read the selection criteria. Download nomination forms and submit your nomination via email Nominations close 5pm Friday 7 July 2017.

Enquiries

Please email justiceawards@lawfoundation.net.au or call (02) 8227 3200 Follow the awards on Twitter @NSWLawFound #justiceawards2017

The latest offer from ABA Member Benefits

Fri May 26 2017

Members of the New South Wales Bar Association can now get exclusive access to a new online shopping site with The Good Guys Commercial. Watch "live" discounted pricing on their entire range – that’s great deals on over 4,000 products - and make purchases online. Save time and money. Register now!

WBF AGM

Fri May 26 2017

The Women Barristers Forum will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 4.45pm in Bar Association Conference Room 1.

Coming up in CPD

Fri May 26 2017

Tuesday, May 30 2017 - William Lee: The First Chinese-Australian barrister in NSW

Presented by Malcolm Oakes SC and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. Further details will be available shortly.

Thursday, June 01 2017 - Access networks, uncover opportunities - barristers & social media Presented by Jane Needham SC, Louise Jackson, Marlia Saunders - Senior Associate, Ashurst and Michaela Whitbourn - Journalist, Fairfax. Chaired Michelle Painter SC. This seminar, brought to you by Women Barristers Forum, will discuss how barristers are using social media, how we might use social media more effectively and some traps to watch out for. This seminar is presented as part of the “Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Briefed.” CPD series. #WBFBeSeen

For full details please download a flyer here

Tuesday, June 06 2017 - The Role of the Human Rights Commissioner

Presented by Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner and chaired by Professor Andrew Brynes, Chair, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Law. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the New South Wales Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee.

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Tutorials in Australian Legal History

Thu May 25 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History is once again presenting a series of tutorials on Australian legal history. All tutorials will be presented in the Banco Court. Each tutorial will commence at 5.15pm and conclude at 6.15pm. There is one final tutorial scheduled for the first half of the year:

  • The History of Property Law - old system title by the Hon John Bryson QC: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Further tutorials are planned for the second half of the year, including The History of Criminal Law by Chief Justice Bathurst on Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

PCO Drafting Practice Documents

Thu May 25 2017

The NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office has begun to publish documents (called drafting practice documents or DPs) on the NSW legislation website (www.legislation.nsw.gov.au) that outline some of its drafting practices and the reasons for them. Additional documents will be added in the future.

A drafting practice document expresses the official view of the NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office concerning the drafting practice to which it relates. An explanation of the status of, and how to use, drafting practice documents is contained in the drafting practice document entitled DP1: Using PCO drafting practice documents.

Drafting practice documents can be found on the Legislation Information (LegInfo) page of the NSW legislation website under the heading "PCO drafting practices" using this link.

It is not intended for drafting practice documents to deal with all aspects of the drafting practices of the NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office. They will, instead, focus on important or topical areas.

The (mostly) June Judges lunchtime seminar series

Thu May 25 2017

This year we’re delighted to have the Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO and the Hon Justices Ruth McColl AO and Stephen Robb as our speakers. You can book for the complete series or register for each seminar individually.

12.30-2.00pm, Friday, 9 June; Friday, 16 June; and Friday, 18 August The Gallery Room Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library (Lunch and GST inc) For the complete series: $320 for CLA members; $400 for non-members For an individual seminar: $119 for CLA members; $149 for non-members

Register at www.cla.org.au

Friday, 9 June The Hon Justice Stephen Robb, Supreme Court of NSW Practical reflections on success and survival in litigation

Friday, 16 June The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO, Federal Court of Australia The statutory introduction of unconscionability in trade and commerce: the new business conscience

Friday, 18 August The Hon Justice Ruth McColl AO, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW What did you mean? Contractual interpretation and the reasonable business person Due to circumstances beyond her control, Her Honour was unable to make the original date. The topic will remain the same.

Swearing-in ceremony for Joy Boulos

Thu May 25 2017

Ms Joy Boulos will be sworn-in as a magistrate of the Local Court on Monday, 29 May 2017 at 9.00am in Courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Bar Councillor Ben Katekar will speak on behalf of the bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Thu May 25 2017

Do you need childcare in an emergency? Do your childcare needs vary from day to day or from week to week? Or are you looking for a permanent childcare arrangement?

NSW Bar Association members and chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30 am to 6pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au. Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available on the NSW Bar Association website

Bar FC narrowly defeated by Freehills 2-1

Wed May 24 2017

Today was always going to be tough as Bar FC took on a young Freehills side who lead the division with a goal difference of eight after five games. The backline of Boyle, Philips and Griscti worked tirelessly to thwart the raids made into Bar FC's defensive half.

Game was given the job of man marking Freehills playmaker and did so brilliantly. As a result, Bar FC went into the break dominating the last five minutes and with the scores level at 0-0.

The midfield came out firing with excellent lead up play by Jaegar resulting in a pinpoint cross that was finished brilliantly by Morrison who has returned to the fold. With the momentum behind them, Bar FC pushed for a further goal however the younger Freehills (not a partner in sight) pushed hard to equalise, did so and scored again in the dying minutes of the game.

Hard to pick a player of the match given the contribution made by all.

Next week's game is on Wednesday, 31 May at 1.15 above the Domain Car Park. All supporters of Bar FC are welcome.

Coming up in CPD next week

Wed May 24 2017

Tuesday, May 30 2017 - William Lee: The First Chinese-Australian barrister in NSW

Presented by Malcolm Oakes SC and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, June 01 2017 - Access networks, uncover opportunities - barristers & social media Presented by Jane Needham SC, Louise Jackson, Marlia Saunders - Senior Associate, Ashurst and Michaela Whitbourn - Journalist, Fairfax. Chaired Michelle Painter SC. This seminar, brought to you by Women Barristers Forum, will discuss how barristers are using social media, how we might use social media more effectively and some traps to watch out for. This seminar is presented as part of the “Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Briefed.” CPD series. #WBFBeSeen

For full details please download a flyer here

Seminars commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Positions vacant at the Workers Compensation Commission

Wed May 24 2017
Applications are still open

The Workers Compensation Commission of NSW seeks applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for appointment to the positions of arbitrator and deputy president. To obtain and information kit, including assessment / selection criteria, or to apply, please go to www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au. If further information is required after reviewing the information kit and www.wcc.nsw.gov.au, please contact Judge Greg Keating, president of the WCC, on (02) 8281 6465.

Request for views regarding the consequences of the decision in Burns v Corbett

Wed May 24 2017

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) is concerned that various litigants in the Consumer & Commercial Division and the Administrative & Equal Opportunity Division are being adversely affected by the consequences of the decision in Burns v Corbett [2017] NSWCA 3. Members interested in providing input on this issue can provide them to the Bar Association’s Deputy Executive Director Alastair McConnachie by close of business Tuesday, 30 May.

Two Single Rooms for Sale Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Wed May 24 2017

Two full sized standard rooms are available now for purchase on the Third Floor, Wentworth Chambers. They comprise 3,000 shares each in Counsels Chambers Limited (CCL). Each room has a traditional fit-out with large built-in cupboards, shelving and robing space. One of them has a split-system air conditioner. They are available for inspection at any time.

The floor has been operating for 60 years and has 14 busy senior junior barristers, and one silk. Floor fees are modest and the floor has the benefit of fast CCL broadband internet, telephony and secure wireless throughout the building. It has been renovated in recent years by CCL with wide windows in brushed chrome that provide an abundance of natural light.

The rooms face the western side of the Law Courts building, Lockhart chambers and Beenbah chambers. For more information about the floor visit www.3wentworth.com.au

Price: Must sell. Price is negotiable. For all confidential inquiries such as inspection appointments, please contact Susan Michael on 8233 0300 or email any enquires to clerk@mauricebyers.com

Climate change, migration law and the Pacific - the 2017 Displacement Project lecture

Wed May 24 2017

On 7 June 2017, King & Wood Mallesons, together with UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, will host a public lecture on “The Displacement Project – Perspectives on Climate Change and Planned Relocation in the Pacific”. Speakers at this year's event will be international law expert, Professor Jane McAdam, and political geographer, Professor Jon Barnett. For more details about the event, download a brochure or reserve your place here.

The Displacement Project is a collaboration between KWM and the Kaldor Centre, which aims to raise awareness among members of the legal profession and the broader community about climate change-related migration and displacement, the limitations of existing international legal frameworks and the policies that can be implemented in response to this issue.

Coronial processes essential to ensure our safety

Tue May 23 2017

The President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, yesterday issued a media release defending the coronial process, following criticism by a member of the NSW Police Association.

"It was inappropriate and unfair for the coronial process and the lawyers to have been attacked in this manner. The lawyers involved in this Inquiry had a difficult job to do and discharged their functions with integrity" said Mr Moses.

View the media release here.

PC renewals 2017-18 Update No.2

Tue May 23 2017

There are only just over two weeks left to renew your practising certificate by the due date - 7 June 2017.

Do not wait until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.

Not intending to renew your practising certificate?

If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records.

If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the Certification Officer, Barrie Anthony ph:(02)9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

Tutorials in Australian Legal History

Tue May 23 2017

The third Francis Forbes Society legal history tutorial for 2017 is being presented tonight at 5.15pm. The "History of Equity" will be presented by the Hon Peter Young QC in the Banco Court, Level 13, Queens Square. There will be a paper available at the conclusion of the tutorial. The tutorial will conclude at 6.15pm. Further tutorials are planned for the second half of the year, including The History of Criminal Law by Chief Justice Bathurst.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Tue May 23 2017

The next meeting of the Bar Book club will be at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 in the Bar Library. The book for this meeting is The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre. Reviews and recommendations abound. Light refreshments will be served. If you are coming from outside the building, please make sure to get here before the lock out at 6.00pm – or call the library 9233 4025 for admission.