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Fundraiser for the Indigenous Barristers Trust - The Mum Shirl Fund

Tue Nov 12 2019
Philanthropy

The First Nations Committee will host a fundraiser on 20 November from 5.00pm at the Public Defenders Chambers, 23/1 Oxford Street. Try some bush tucker food and drinks by First Nations’ producers. There will be First Nations’ art and other items for sale and up for raffle PLUS an Auction for two extras’ roles in the next ABC series of Total Control, directed by Rachel Perkins, and an onset lunch with Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths.

Have fun and raise funds for the Indigenous Barristers Trust The Mum Shirl Fund, an important NSW Bar Association venture. For further details and to register, click here.

Sir Frederick Jordan: Fire Under the Frost

Tue Nov 12 2019
Book launch

The Federation Press cordially invites members to the launch of Sir Frederick Jordan: Fire Under the Frost, by the Hon Keith Mason AC QC on Tuesday, 26 November at 5.15pm for 5.30pm–7pm. It will be launched by the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC in Banco Court.

Refreshments will be served, and the book will be available for purchase at the launch. You can also purchase directly from the Federation Press website by clicking here.

Please RSVP here by Tuesday, 19 November 2019 or email J.Romeo@federationpress.com.au

Forbes members may recall the lecture delivered by the Hon Keith Mason on 10 October 2017, titled “Sir Frederick Jordan’s brushes with ‘degenerate art’”.

Room for Sale - Sir James Martin Chambers

Tue Nov 12 2019

A well-sized light external room (25sqm) with lovely views has become available at Sir James Martin Chambers. The floor consists of six senior counsel and nineteen senior junior and junior counsel.

The floor has the benefit of broadband internet, VOiP telephony and Wi-Fi throughout. A desk, drawers, and chairs are available with the room if required.

To make an appointment to view or for further information regarding the room please contact the Clerk, Kirsti Reith, on 9223 8088 or clerk@sirjamesmartin.com. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Visit Sir James Martin Chambers' website here.

Defamation Practice Note (DEF-1)

Tue Nov 12 2019

The Federal Court of Australia has issued a new practice note, Defamation Practice Note (DEF-1), following consultation with the profession. Defamation is a Sub area within the Court’s Other Federal Jurisdiction National Practice Area. The Practice Note took effect from 12 November 2019, and to the extent practicable, applies to all defamation proceedings, whether commenced before or after 12 November 2019. The Court will take a flexible and common sense approach to any issues arising from the Practice Note being applied to existing proceedings.

Click here for more information.

Director, Projects and Practice Development

Tue Nov 12 2019
Positions Vacant

The NSW Bar Association is recruiting for the position of ‘Director, Projects and Practice Development’. The role is for an initial 2 years full time. The Director will develop and implement a strategy for enhancing practice opportunities for the NSW Bar, both in Australia and overseas, in accordance with the Bar Association’s Constitution and Strategic Plan. The Director will consult with the Bar Council, Association Committees, including the Association’s Practice Development Committee, chambers, members and other stakeholders, as well as the leadership team of the Association in developing and implementing the strategy. A key aspect of this role will be building brand awareness of the NSW Bar. See further here.

Toongabbie Legal Centre - 12th Annual Community Fundraising Dinner, Saturday, 16 November 2019

Tue Nov 12 2019

The Toongabbie Legal Centre will be holding its 12th Annual Community Fundraising Dinner on Saturday 16 November 2019 from 6pm in Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown. The Chief Guest on the evening will be The Honourable Deputy Chief Justice Robert McClelland, Deputy Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia. Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW and Patron of Toongabbie Legal Centre, will also be in attendance.

See the flyer for registration details.

Organ Transplants in China and Crimes Against Humanity - An Australian Issue

Tue Nov 12 2019

A shortage of organ donors worldwide is undeniable and travelling overseas for a transplant is on the rise. The medical and legal implications of sourcing organs overseas are significant, and often result in breaches of fundamental human rights.For at least two decades, the government of China has been accused of forcibly harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience, principally Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghur Muslims – killing the victim in the process. In June 2019 the China Tribunal, an independent people’s tribunal chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, concluded that forced organ harvesting in China has been committed for years on a significant scale and continues today. The Tribunal also found, beyond reasonable doubt, that China has committed crimes against humanity against the Uyghurs and Falun Gong.

In China a prolific organ transplant trade is flourishing, leading unquestionably to what can be called one of humanity's greatest tragedies. For Australians and businesses, this raises serious issues of human rights and concerns for complicity in crimes against humanity.

A panel of experts will discuss the business and human rights implications of forced organ harvesting, medical ethics, modern slavery obligations for Australian businesses, the United Nations’ human rights treaties and mechanisms, and Australia’s responsibility to protect and promote human rights. Click here to book.

Amendments to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules

Tue Nov 12 2019

On 4 November 2019, the Uniform Rules Committee approved Amendment No 92 to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules, an amendment to forms 40 and 45, and the creation of form 163.

Amendment No 92:

The amendment creates Division 3 of Part 31.

Division 3 of Part 31 provides rules concerning interpreters based on the Model Rules set out in the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals prepared by the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity.

Please note that the amendment commenced and was published on the NSW Legislation Website on 8 November 2019.

Attached here is a copy of amendment number 92.

UCPR Forms 40, 45 and 163:

On 4 November 2019, the Uniform Rules Committee approved an amendment to UCPR form 40 – Affidavit, UCPR form 45 – Registration/filing of certificate of judgment or order, and the creation of UCPR form 163 – Witness Statement.

Form 40, attached here, was amended to include a certification to be given by an interpreter in the form of an affidavit.

Form 45, attached here, was amended to remove an incorrect reference to the Civil Procedure Regulation 2005.

Form 163, attached here, was created to provide a form for a witness statement to be given and to include a certification to be given by an interpreter in the form of an affidavit.

All three forms will be published at http://www.ucprforms.justice.nsw.gov.au/ on Monday 11 November 2019.

2020 Regional Conference Series

Mon Nov 11 2019

Registrations are now OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association 2020 Regional CPD Conferences.

  • Newcastle, Saturday 22 February 2020, Novotel Newcastle Beach
  • North Coast (Ballina), Saturday 29 February 2020, Ramada Hotel
  • OrangeSaturday 7 March 2020, Orange Ex-Servicemen’s
  • Sydney Saturday, 21 March 2020, Hilton Hotel Sydney
  • Parramatta, Saturday 28 March 2020, Park Royal Parramatta

Confirmed speakers include:

  • The Honourable Justice D M Price AM, Chief Judge, NSW District Court
  • The Hon Justice Ashley Black, Supreme Court of NSW
  • The Hon Justice Christine Adamson, Supreme Court of NSW
  • Lucinda Wilson, Senior Member, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)
  • Robert Angyal SC, Barrister, 6th Floor St James Hall Chambers
  • David Marks QC, Barrister, Level 16 Inns of Court
  • Tiffany Wong SC, Barrister, Banco Chambers
  • Richard Wilson SC, Deputy Senior Public Defenders, Public Defenders Chambers
  • AND MANY MORE...

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 2020 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

One Plus One, featuring Jane Needham SC

Mon Nov 11 2019

Former president of the Bar Association, Jane Needham SC, spoke to Emma Alberici from ABC TV's One Plus One program on Friday, 8 November. You can catch it on ABC iView here.

Abandon flawed Family Court merger

Mon Nov 11 2019
Open Letter to the Attorney-General

The New South Wales Bar Association has joined with more than 60 organisations in calling for the government to put the safety of children and survivors of family violence first and abandon its flawed family court merger proposal.

The Bar Association has joined the Open Letter to the Commonwealth Attorney-General, alongside organisations including the Law Council of Australia, National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Women’s Legal Services Australia, Australian Women Against Violence Alliance and Community Legal Centres Australia. The Open Letter is available here.

The Bar Association detailed its concerns over the merger in a submission to the Senate Committee inquiring into the proposal last year. This submission is available here.

Room for Sale - Lachlan Macquarie Chambers, Parramatta

Mon Nov 11 2019

A fully furnished room at Lachlan Macquarie Chambers in Parramatta, with private courtyard, plus built in book case and cupboards has recently been made available for sale. Room is 15 square metres. Purchase includes an interest share in the company (Barristers Chambers Parramatta Pty Ltd). For further information regarding the room and the floor, please contact Clerk Karen Mobbs on 02 9635 1000 or via email: clerk@lacmac.com.au

Click here for more information and to view photos.

12th Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers are seeking expressions of interest for the position of Head Clerk

Mon Nov 11 2019

Recognised as a leading set of chambers in New South Wales, with over 55 members including 16 Senior Counsel, its barristers practise nationally and internationally in a broad range of areas and jurisdictions.

For further information, see 12thfloor.com.au. The commencement date for the position would be within the first six months of 2020.

Applicants should have significant clerking experience and should address their applications, setting out relevant experience and suitability for the role, to:

The Secretary 12th Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers 180 Phillip Street Sydney NSW 2000 Email: rob.ranken@12thfloor.com.au

Closing date for applications is 22 November 2019.

Tonight: Cross-Examination of perpetrators and victims of family violence.

Mon Nov 11 2019
Monday, 11 November 2019 AND Monday, 18 November

On 11 September 2019, s 102NA of the Family Law Act 1975 commenced operation. The new amendment is intended to provide protection to victims of family violence involved in cross-examination as part of family law proceedings.

The 2 part family law seminar series will look at the operation of this new provision and to provide some guidance on the advocacy skills involved in cross-examination of this type. The 1st seminar will include a presentation by Grant Brady SC on cross-examining alleged victims and vulnerable witnesses followed by a presentation on avoiding collusion and enabling conduct. The 2nd seminar will include a presentation by Suzanne Christie SC on cross-examining alleged perpetrators, a presentation on working with clients affected by trauma and also a presentation from a Judge as to the initial experiences of these hearings.

For full details please click here.

This seminar has been organised by the Bar Association’s Family Law Committee in conjunction with Legal Aid NSW.

Both seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room

External Room for Licence - Ada Evans Chambers

Mon Nov 11 2019

An external room is available to licence at Ada Evans Chambers. The room is approximately 16 square metres, furnished and with two large panel windows. Floor fees are $1,400 per month (+ GST), plus disbursements.

Ada Evans Chambers is conveniently located in the heart of the legal precinct, opposite the Downing Centre and in close proximity to Central Local Court, John Madison Tower and the Family Court. Entry is through Castlereagh or Pitt Streets.

To view a photo please click here.

Ada Evans Chambers is a diverse chambers and has been operational since 1988. The Chambers has 14 barristers specialising in criminal law, administrative law, personal injury law, medical negligence, coronial inquests and inquiries, intentional torts, property damage and traffic law. For enquiries please contact Michael Maxwell on 0416 165 696 or email: mmaxwell@adaevanschambers.com . All enquiries are kept confidential.

Cyber Security, Privacy and Technology - how to protect your data as a barrister

Mon Nov 11 2019
Tuesday 26 November 2019

Are you a barrister who uses Dropbox to store your client’s files? Do you know your legal and ethical obligations when it comes to protecting confidential information and data online?

On Tuesday 26 November at 5.15 pm the Women Barrister’s Forum will host a seminar on cyber security, privacy and technology. An expert panel including Kate Morgan SC, John Morgan, Partner, Clyde & Co, and Michelle Meares, Board Member, Electronic Frontiers Australia, will discuss the ethical obligations and practicalities of protecting sensitive client information and present an overview of the changing landscape of privacy law in the digital age. Learn more here.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

The International Criminal Court At 21 Years: What’s Happening At The Court And Where Is It Going?

Mon Nov 11 2019
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

On Tuesday 19 November, the Human Rights Committee will present a seminar examining the role and operations of the International Criminal Court. The seminar will focus on current issues and recent developments at the Court. Helen Brady has worked in international criminal law over the past 23 years. She has led the prosecution and argued in numerous appeals in war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide cases at the ICC, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and held senior roles at those bodies. She was a negotiator and drafter of the Rome Statute for the ICC and its rules of procedure and evidence.

For full details please click here.

The seminar will commence at 5.15 pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room

Minds Count Annual Lecture 2019 - New Date

Fri Nov 08 2019
Wellbeing

The Minds Count Annual Lecture will take place on Tuesday, 19 November 2019, at 5.45pm for 6.00pm start to 8pm at The Federal Court, Sydney.

Hear from keynote speaker and writer, David Westgate. David has had a long career as a high-flying businessman working in the field of advertising and decided to blend his passion and career to become a keynote speaker for the Black Dog Institute after being diagnosed with bipolar 1. David is now a passionate promoter of mental health within the workplace whilst living a full personal and professional life.

The event's venue will remain the same at the Federal Court's Court 1 on Level 21. Please ensure you arrive in ample time to clear security prior to making your way to Level 21. The lecture will be followed by drinks and canapes.

We apologize for any inconvenience this date change may cause, but hope you can join us for this special event! For more information and to register click here.

If you made a booking for the original date, can no longer attend, and require a refund, please contact hello@mindscount.org

Fundraiser for the Women's and Girls' emergency centre: Head of the Yarra Regatta 30 November 2019

Fri Nov 08 2019
Philanthropy

On Saturday, 30 November 2019, David Rayment will be competing in the Head of the Yarra rowing regatta in Melbourne in a coxed eight. He and a number of members in his crew from Leichhardt Rowing Club are using this event to raise funds for the Sydney based Women's and Girls' Emergency Centre (WAGEC).

WAGEC is a non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation that delivers a range of crisis and early intervention accommodation and support services to women, children and young people, and families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and/or domestic and family violence. More detail on what the Centre does can be found here.

To donate please visit David’s “Every Day Hero” page for this event here.

Donations of any amount are welcome, and all donations over $2 are tax deductible (just be sure to click the box for your receipt to be emailed to you).

Every Day Hero takes a percentage of every donation. If you wish to avoid that from happening, you can always donate to the charity directly by going to the following webpage: https://www.givenow.com.au/wagecfinancialsupport

Please help David spread the word by sharing the link above with anyone you think might be willing to support the centre.

The Head of the Yarra is a gruelling 8km time-trial regatta for coxed eights. The course winds from within the heart of Melbourne to the Hawthorn Rowing Club navigating through 11 bridges and some serious hairpin turns. Current entries suggest approximately 2,500 athletes are participating.

12th Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers are seeking expressions of interest for the position of Head Clerk

Fri Nov 08 2019

Recognised as a leading set of chambers in New South Wales, with over 55 members including 16 Senior Counsel, its barristers practise nationally and internationally in a broad range of areas and jurisdictions.

For further information, see 12thfloor.com.au. The commencement date for the position would be within the first six months of 2020.

Applicants should have significant clerking experience and should address their applications, setting out relevant experience and suitability for the role, to:

The Secretary 12th Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers 180 Phillip Street Sydney NSW 2000 Email: rob.ranken@12thfloor.com.au

Closing date for applications is 22 November 2019.

Room for Sale - Lachlan Macquarie Chambers, Parramatta

Fri Nov 08 2019

A fully furnished room at Lachlan Macquarie Chambers in Parramatta, with private courtyard, plus built in book case and cupboards has recently been made available for sale. Room is 15 square metres. Purchase includes an interest share in the company (Barristers Chambers Parramatta Pty Ltd). For further information regarding the room and the floor, please contact Clerk Karen Mobbs on 02 9635 1000 or via email: clerk@lacmac.com.au

Click here for more information and to view photos.

Cross-Examination of perpetrators and victims of family violence.

Fri Nov 08 2019
Monday, 11 November 2019 AND Monday, 18 November

On 11 September 2019, s 102NA of the Family Law Act 1975 commenced operation. The new amendment is intended to provide protection to victims of family violence involved in cross-examination as part of family law proceedings.

The 2 part family law seminar series will look at the operation of this new provision and to provide some guidance on the advocacy skills involved in cross-examination of this type. The 1st seminar will include a presentation by Grant Brady SC on cross-examining alleged victims and vulnerable witnesses followed by a presentation on avoiding collusion and enabling conduct. The 2nd seminar will include a presentation by Suzanne Christie SC on cross-examining alleged perpetrators, a presentation on working with clients affected by trauma and also a presentation from a Judge as to the initial experiences of these hearings.

For full details please click here.

This seminar has been organised by the Bar Association’s Family Law Committee in conjunction with Legal Aid NSW.

Both seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room

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Fri Nov 08 2019
Member services and benefits

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