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LCA Equitable Briefing Policy Annual Report for 2017-18

Mon Oct 21 2019
Diversity

The Law Council has recently published its Equitable Briefing Policy Annual Report for 2017-18. The ultimate aim of the Equitable Briefing Policy is for female barristers to be briefed in at least 30% of all matters and to receive at least 30% of the value of all brief fees by 2020. The report for 2017-2018 shows there has been some encouraging progress but more to be done to achieve those targets.

In 2017-2018 financial year:

  • Female barristers received about 25% by number and 17% by value (fee revenue) of the 23,170 briefs reported by briefing entities. In other words, as a group, male barristers received approximately three times as many briefs and five times the value in brief fees as their female counterparts from entities who signed up to the Equitable Briefing Policy and submitted reports for the 2017-2018 year.

  • Female junior barristers received 30% of total number of briefs to junior barristers from reporting entities – up from 28% the previous year.

  • Female senior barristers received 16% of the total number of briefs to senior barristers from reporting entities – an improvement on the previous year but less than the 20% interim target for 2017-2018 set when the policy was introduced in 2016.

To find out more or sign up to the Equitable Briefing Policy, please click here.

How barristers work: Valuing your skills and time

Mon Oct 21 2019
Wednesday, 6 November

Do you make the most of your skills and time? How do solicitors know in which practice areas to brief you? Join our panel as they discuss practical tips for making your practice work for you. Learn more here.

Panel: Michael McHugh SC (chair), Kristina Stern SC, Miranda Nagy (Maurice Blackburn Lawyers), Jeh Coutinho (clerk, Banco).

The seminar will be followed by refreshments courtesy of LexisNexis. All welcome.

Registration required for catering purposes. Please click here to register.

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

Silk scrolls presentation

Mon Oct 21 2019
Appointments

Newly appointed senior counsel will be presented with their appointment scrolls this Thursday, 24 October 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association’s Common Room, with the scrolls being presented by Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC at 5.45pm. All members are welcome to attend.

Room for Sale - 13th Floor St James Hall

Mon Oct 21 2019

A room has become available for sale on Level 14 of Chambers. The room is fitted out with quality shelving and a robing cupboard and is located next to Senior Counsel.

13th Floor comprises 7 silks and 21 established senior juniors and juniors practising in a range of areas.

For more information and for view a photo please click here.

All enquiries should be directed to the Clerk, Eugenie Crosby on clerk.13@stjames.net.au or PH: 9335 3000, in the first instance and will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Election of 2020 Bar Council

Mon Oct 21 2019
Governance

Ballot papers for the election of the 2020 Bar Council have been mailed to all those eligible to vote. A 'How to Vote' instruction booklet was issued with each ballot paper. Ballots received after 1.00pm on Thursday, 7 November 2019 will not be counted. Learn more here.

2019 Judicial Q&A Lecture and Drinks

Mon Oct 21 2019

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Common Room on Tuesday, 29 October at 5.15pm. The Q&A will feature a panel of judges from the Federal, Supreme and District Courts who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. This year drinks will follow the event at Verandah Bar.

Members are welcome to attend one or both events. Drinks are free for Under 5s and $40 for Over 5s.

Registrations Close Thursday, 17 October, Register here.

Event Proudly Supported by BarCover

102NA Family Law Act, 1975 - Cross-Examination of perpetrators and victims of family violence.

Fri Oct 18 2019
Monday, 11 November 2019 and Monday, 18 November 2019

On 11 September, 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 two-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 first 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 second 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 Bar Association Common Room

Everything you wanted to ask a judge but are too afraid to ask

Fri Oct 18 2019

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Bar Common Room on Tuesday, 29 October at 5.15pm. As usual, the Q&A will feature a panel of judges from the Federal, Supreme and District Courts who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. This year drinks will follow the event at Verandah Bar.

Members are welcome to attend one or both events. Drinks are free for Under 5s and $40 for Over 5s.

Registrations close Thursday, 17 October. Register here.

This event is proudly supported by BarCover

Use your heart for the home and your head for the home loan

Fri Oct 18 2019
Member services and benefits

If you have fallen for your dream home, Suncorp Bank could help you pay less interest and help you to manage your money better with their fee-free Everyday Transaction Account. For more information, sign-in to Member Advantage using your Bar Association login and password.

With Suncorp Bank, you’ll have support for every step of your home buying journey.

Discounts only available to Member Advantage members referred to Suncorp Bank by Member Advantage. Discounted home loan rates are available only on eligible home loans for new lending >= $150,000 and who hold or open a Suncorp Bank transaction account. Subject to change without notice and discounted offers may be withdrawn at any time. Banking products are issued by Suncorp-Metway Ltd ABN 66 010 831 722 AFSL No 229882 Australian Credit Licence 229882 (“Suncorp Bank”) to approved applicants only. Please read the relevant Personal Deposit Account Product Information Document, Terms and Conditions for Suncorp Accounts and Continuing Credit accounts, Lending Fees and Charges and Home Package Plus Terms and Conditions before making a decision about these products. Fees, charges, terms and conditions apply and are available on request at suncorp.com.au.

Corporations and Insolvency Law Update

Fri Oct 18 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Presented by Michael Izzo SC, Danielle Forrester and Sonia Tame, and chaired by the Honourable Justice Kelly Rees, this seminar will examine developments in corporations and insolvency law including:

  • Recent High Court decisions on insolvent trading trusts and deeds of company arrangement
  • Anti-phoenixing legislation
  • Recent cases on directors duties
  • Changes to the penalty regime for corporate and financial sector misconduct

For full details please click here.

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

Local Court Swearing-in ceremony for Janine Lacy and Kevin Hockey

Fri Oct 18 2019
Swearing-in - Monday

Janine Lacy and Kevin Hockey will be sworn-in as magistrates at a ceremonial sitting of the Local Court on Monday, 21 October at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Ben Katekar will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and robes are not to be worn.

Annual Charteris Dinner and Oration

Fri Oct 18 2019
At the lectern

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (NSW) will hold its annual Charteris Dinner and Oration on Wednesday, 27 November in the Stateroom, Hilton Hotel. The special guest speaker will be her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC. Her topic will be "International slavery legislation - the Australian response".

The annual dinner honours the contribution of Professor A. H. Charteris, professor of Jurisprudence and International Law at Sydney University and founder of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Minds Count Annual Lecture 2019 - New Date

Fri Oct 18 2019
Wellbeing

The Minds Count Annual Lecture originally scheduled for this Wednesday 16 October has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, and will now take place on Tuesday 19 November 2019, 5.45pm for 6.00pm start – 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

Are your cases traumatising you?  

Fri Oct 18 2019
Understanding and managing vicarious trauma

What is vicarious trauma? What are the symptoms? How can you minimise its impact? Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker, will present "Are your cases traumatising you?" on Wednesday, 13 November at 5.15pm in the Common Room. The seminar will be chaired by Kylie Nomchong SC.

State Memorial Service for the Honourable Jane Mathews AO

Fri Oct 18 2019

The State Memorial Service for the late the Honourable Jane Mathews AO will be held today in The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House. The venue will open at 2.15. Guests are requested to be seated by 2.45pm for the 3.00pm start.

Everything you wanted to ask a judge but are too afraid to ask

Thu Oct 17 2019

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Common Room on Tuesday, 29 October at 5.15pm. The Q&A will feature a panel of judges from the Federal, Supreme and District Courts who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. This year drinks will follow the event at Verandah Bar.

Members are welcome to attend one or both events. Drinks are free for Under 5s and $40 for Over 5s.

Registrations Close Thursday, 17 October, Register here.

Event Proudly Supported by BarCover

Establishment of the NSW Bar Association Accessibility Panel

Thu Oct 17 2019
Volunteers sought

The Bar Association has established an Accessibility Panel. Its purpose, inter alia, is to consider, address and respond to matters involving disability, access and inclusion and assist in the delivery of the aims and objectives of barristers with a disability. The panel’s work will also address access issues in the built environments (e.g. chambers and court buildings) that affect people working at or visiting those locations.

The panel’s Chair is Robert Dubler SC and its initial members are Brenda Tronson, Nipa Dewan, and Jeh Coutinho (Secretary). The Panel is currently looking for additional members, particularly from those with a lived experience of a physical or mental impairment. If you are interested in assisting please send an expression of interest to Robert Dubler SC (dubler@12thfloor.com.au) and Jeh Coutinho (clerk@banco.net.au) on or before 1 November 2019.

2019 Spigelman Oration and Public Law Section Dinner

Thu Oct 17 2019
At the lectern

Justice Keane will deliver the 2019 Spigelman Oration on "Silencing the Sovereign People" in the Common Room on Wednesday, 30 October from 5:15pm to 6:30pm. The dinner will follow from 6:30pm at Fix Wine Bar & Restaurant, 111 Elizabeth St Sydney.

Tickets: $150pp will include canapes on arrival, followed by a three course set menu. Drinks included within ticket price, for dietary requirements please email msherman@sixthfloor.com.au.

Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference 2019

Thu Oct 17 2019

The Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference supported by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Law Society of New South Wales and the University of Sydney will be held on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.

In the wake of Commissioner Hayne’s Report and the continuing consequences of the Global Financial Crisis a decade earlier, what is the future of the Australian business corporation and is it adequately equipped to deal with the challenges of our future?

Register now for an engaging afternoon as we explore this thought-provoking topic at the Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Commercial and Corporate Law Conference on Tuesday 29 October 2019. Hear from our distinguished speakers as they seek to provide a coherent answer to this important question, which could have profound consequences for business, regulators and the legal profession.

Event details are as follows:

Time: 1.00pm - 6.00pm Venue: Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square

For more information and to register please visit the conference website here.

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable TF Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales
  • The Honourable Justice James Edelman, High Court of Australia
  • Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • Catherine Livingstone AO, Chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Daniel Crennan QC, Deputy Chairman, ASIC
  • Dr R P Austin, Barrister, Level 22 Chambers

Corporations and Insolvency Law Update

Thu Oct 17 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Michael Izzo SC, Danielle Forrester and Sonia Tame, and chaired by The Honourable Justice Kelly Rees, Supreme Court of NSW, will examine developments in corporations and insolvency law including:

  • Recent High Court decisions on insolvent trading trusts and deeds of company arrangement
  • Anti-phoenixing legislation
  • Recent cases on directors duties
  • Changes to the penalty regime for corporate and financial sector misconduct

For full details please click here.

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

Room for Sale - 13th Floor St James Hall

Thu Oct 17 2019

A room has become available for sale on Level 14 of Chambers. The room is fitted out with quality shelving and a robing cupboard and is located next to Senior Counsel.

13th Floor comprises 7 silks and 21 established senior juniors and juniors practising in a range of areas.

For more information and for view a photo please click here.

All enquiries should be directed to the Clerk, Eugenie Crosby on clerk.13@stjames.net.au or PH: 9335 3000, in the first instance and will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Retirement of Chief Commissioner Kite - venue change

Thu Oct 17 2019
Ceremonial sitting

The Industrial Relations Commission will hold a ceremonial sitting to mark the retirement of Chief Commissioner Kite on Wednesday, 20 November at 9.30am. The Ceremonial sitting will now be held at Supreme Court (law courts building) with refreshments to follow in the Alexander Dawson room. Kylie Nomchong SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

32nd LAWASIA Conference 2019: Harmonisation through Synergy

Thu Oct 17 2019

LAWASIA is pleased to invite the participation of legal professionals at the 32nd LAWASIA Conference in Hong Kong SAR next month. Providing a platform for the convergence of bar leaders, jurists, professional organisations and individual lawyers from across the Asia Pacific, the conference will offer a topical, practical and intensive program, while serving as an important forum for sharing ideas, building professional networks, advocating for the rule of law in various jurisdictions, and advancing the status of the legal profession in the Asia Pacific.

DATE: 5 – 8 November 2019, Hong Kong SAR VENUE: JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong & Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

View the conference program and register here.

NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association - Conference Opening Event for Clerks and Barristers

Thu Oct 17 2019
Tonight

The NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association looks forward to seeing clerks and their barristers at the Conference Opening Event this evening.

The Conference Opening Event is being held tonight from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the Supreme Court of NSW, Banco Court (Level 13 – foyer area). The NSW Barristers’ Clerks are delighted to have the Honourable T. F. Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW, as the Guest of Honour.

A special thank you to the NSW Bar Association for their sponsorship of this event and their continual support of the NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association.