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Mr David Bennett AC QC - Celebrating 50 Years at the Bar

Mon Sep 25 2017
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend an event for Mr David Bennett AC QC, celebrating his 50 years at the Bar. It will be held Friday, 20 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Mr David Bennett AC QC will be Mr John Sheahan QC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 5.00pm Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Proposed Commercial Law Section of the New South Wales Bar

Mon Sep 25 2017

For many years, members of the NSW Bar have organised a series of occasional seminars, and lectures and an annual dinner under the banner of the Public Law Section of the Bar. In response both to the success of that Section and interest from members, it is proposed to establish a Commercial Law Section of the NSW Bar with a view to holding a quarterly seminar/lecture/discussion (which would also attract CPD points) and an annual dinner following a named lecture. It is proposed that the Commercial Law Section will also engage with solicitors and members of the judiciary who will be invited to events and round table discussions.

It is contemplated that the subject matter reach of the proposed section would extend to include corporations law, insolvency, transnational commercial litigation, commercial class actions and commercial arbitration (including international commercial arbitration). For planning purposes, expressions of interest are invited for both topics and speakers. Please communicate expressions of interest by email to Andrew Bell SC (asbell@elevenwentworth.com) and Michael Izzo (mizzo@elevenwentworth.com).

A Day of Practical Advocacy at Newcastle

Mon Sep 25 2017
Conferences

Spaces are running out so please register soon for the Public Defenders’ "Day of Practical Advocacy" at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday, 28 October 2017. Learn more here.

NSWLRC celebrates its Golden Jubilee

Mon Sep 25 2017
Law reform and public affairs

The New South Wales Law Reform Commission will celebrate its Golden Jubilee at a ceremony in Parliament House tonight. Guests of honour will include the attorney general, Mark Speakman SC, president of the Court of Appeal and acting chief justice, the Hon Margaret Beazley AO, Supreme Court judge and deputy LRC chair, the Hon Justice Paul Brereton AM RFD and LRC chair, Alan Cameron AO. Learn more here.

Racing Appeals Tribunal Appointment

Mon Sep 25 2017
Positions vacant

Expressions of interest are invited from qualified people, as defined by the Racing Appeals Tribunal Act 1983, interested in being considered for appointment as the Racing Appeals Tribunal. An appointment is made for a term of up to three years, with opportunity for reappointment. Closing date for expressions of interest is Friday, 6 October 2017. Learn more here.

New scholarship to honour trailblazing Asian lawyer

Mon Sep 25 2017
Scholarships

A $5000 scholarship named after Australia’s first barrister of Chinese background has been launched. The William Ah Ket Scholarship is open to all qualified lawyers in Australia with no more than five years post admission experience. The scholarship asks participants to write an essay on a topic relating to equality, diversity and the law. Entries for the scholarship are now open. The deadline for entries is 1 November 2017. For more information, go to the AALA website.

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Mon Sep 25 2017
Call for papers - Final week

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2018 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2018 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 17 February
  • Parramatta – Saturday 24 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 10 March
  • Orange – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 24 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Please ensure to include '2018 Regional Conferences' in the email subject line along with the inclusion of a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion in the email.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 29 September.

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Mon Sep 25 2017

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts Magistrate Stafford and Magistrate Tsavdaridis for breakfast in Parramatta on 20 October 2017 from 8am. The breakfast will be held at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta.

Drop in for a short(or long) time from 8:00am – 9:30am.

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Corrie Goodhand, 8th Floor Selborne Chambers, at: cgoodhand@eightselborne.com.

2017 Justice 4 Refugees Cocktail Evening

Mon Sep 25 2017
Charity at the bar

On behalf of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), the New South Wales Bar Association invites all members of the NSW Bar to be our guest at the Justice 4 Refugees (J4R) Cocktail Evening on Wednesday 11 October 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Guest Speakers include The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs.

The New South Wales Bar Council has resolved to be a RACS Fundraising Partner. The J4R Cocktail Evening aims to raise funds and celebrate the work of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service who for more than 30 years has been actively protecting and advocating for the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia.

All proceeds raised on the evening will be donated directly to the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).

Should you wish for more information or to attend this event, please forward your RSVP to rsvp@nswbar.asn.au by Wednesday 4 October 2017 - Spaces are strictly limited

Determination of economic and non-economic losses

Fri Sep 22 2017

Pursuant to section 80 of the Motor Accidents Act 1988, the minister for finance, services and property has made the Motor Accidents (Determination of Non-economic Loss) Amendment Order 2017 (NSW), which from 1 October 2017 increases the maximum amounts that are to apply for past or future non-economic loss.

Pursuant to s 80 of the Motor Accidents Act 1988 the maximum amount that is to apply for past or future economic loss under that Act will, from 1 October 2017, be increased by the Motor Accidents (Determination of Loss) Amendment Order 2017.

The chief executive of the State Insurance Regulatory Authority, in pursuance of sections 3.9 and 4.22 of the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017, has made the Motor Accident Injuries (Indexation) Order 2017.

Forbes Lecture for 2017

Fri Sep 22 2017

Members are invited to attend this year's Forbes Lecture, which will be delivered by Justice Margaret Beazley AO, president of the Court of Appeal. It is titled, "An insight into appellate justice in New South Wales". The lecture will be held at 5.15pm on 28 September 2017 in Banco Court.

Sir Frederick Jordan's brushes with "degenerate art"

Fri Sep 22 2017

The Forbes Society invites members to a lecture by the Hon Keith Mason AC QC in which he will discuss his latest project on Sir Frederick Jordan. The lecture is titled "Sir Frederick Jordan's brushes with "degenerate art"" and promises to be a fascinating exploration of history and art. The lecture will be held at 5.15pm on 10 October 2017 in Banco Court.

A History of Australian Legal Education, by Professor David Barker AM

Fri Sep 22 2017
Book launch

Members are invited to attend the launch of Professor Barker's book, A History of Australian Legal Education on 4 October 2017 at 5.30pm at Greenway Chambers (Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street, Sydney). Professor Barker’s book will be launched by The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM QC. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by 27 September 2017 to John Xenos at rsvp@federationpress.com.au

Bar Association raises concerns about Justice Legislation Amendment Bill

Thu Sep 21 2017
Scrutiny of legislation

The Bar Association has raised concerns regarding a retrospective amendment in the Justice Legislation Amendment Bill (No 2) relating to the schedule in the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act. David Shoebridge MLC of the Greens raised those concerns in the course of debate. He said:

I note the very real concerns raised by the New South Wales Bar Association about the way in which the proposed amendments to the validation of the provisions in schedule 1 to the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Amendment Regulation.

The Greens agree with the New South Wales Bar Association that retrospectively changing the criminal law should be done in a substantive bill and not hidden away in the middle of a justice legislation compendium bill. It may be, for reasons that have not been well clarified by the Attorney General, that that is the right course of action, but there has not been anywhere near sufficient scrutiny of that element of the bill for it to be passed in the omnibus manner proposed. When retrospective changes are being made to the criminal law, and retrospective changes that include potential sentences of life imprisonment, they should not be snuck through in a justice legislation amendment bill. I commend the reasons given by the New South Wales Bar Association for urging the Government to pull that out of this compendium bill and to put it into a substantive bill.

View the full Hansard of the debate here.

ALS welcomes the Bar Association's submission on Indigenous incarceration

Thu Sep 21 2017
Law reform and public affairs

The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) has issued a media release supporting calls by the Bar Association for an offender’s Aboriginal background to be taken into consideration when being sentenced, in an effort to address the high rates of Indigenous incarceration. View the media release here.

2017 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture

Thu Sep 21 2017
Lectures

The 2017 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Terry O'Gorman on Wednesday, 1 November at the University of Sydney. The title of this year's lecture will be "15 years after - Terrorist laws and civil liberties: Is the balance right or wrong?". It will take place in the Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building F10, Eastern Avenue of the university's Camperdown Campus. Attendance is free, however registration is essential. More information about the lecture, and how to register, is available here.

World Day Against the Death Penalty

Thu Sep 21 2017
Seminars

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 will be the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty and to mark the
occasion, Reprieve Australia invite members of the New South Wales Bar to a seminar by Parvais Jabbar MBE and Saul Lehrfreund MBE, from The Death Penalty Project, London. Be briefed on the current progress in the global anti-death penalty campaign.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 11 October at 6.00pm at the offices of Arnold Block Leibler in Level 24, Chifley Tower. RSVP to events@reprieve.org.au by 4 October 2017.

Reprieve Australia began in 2001 with the sole purpose to work to end the death penalty. They have sent over 100 volunteer legal interns overseas, to support under resourced lawyers. The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG is their patron.

Gartelmann SC appointed to the District Court of NSW

Wed Sep 20 2017
Appointments

Timothy Gartelmann SC has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9:00am on Tuesday, 3 October 2017. View the attorney general's announcement here. Members will be advised of further details closer to the date.

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Wed Sep 20 2017
Call for papers

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2018 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2018 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 17 February
  • Parramatta – Saturday 24 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 10 March
  • Orange – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 24 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Please ensure to include '2018 Regional Conferences' in the email subject line along with the inclusion of a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion in the email.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 29 September.

Richard Weinstein SC appointed as Advocate for Change

Wed Sep 20 2017
Diversity

President Arthur Moses SC has appointed Richard Weinstein SC as a New South Wales 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 excellent 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 Bar Association wishes to promote at the bar. View the announcement here.