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Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Panel

Mon Jan 16 2017

The Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Panel (the DVP) is currently open for applications. The panel is open to solicitors and barristers in private practice.

ROLE OF THE DVP

The DVP is a specialist panel. Practitioners appointed to the DVP are expected to provide:

  1. Legal advice, assistance and referrals for individuals experiencing domestic and family violence in relation to a broad range of legal problems precipitated by domestic and family violence;

  2. Legal advice and representation for adults and children and young people who are seeking a private ADVO; and

  3. Legal advice and representation for defendants to applications for ADVO’s where the client is also a protected person in an associated ADVO cross application or where it appears that the client is a victim of domestic or family violence.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE DVP

Information about the DVP is available on the DV Panel Web Page and includes the following:

  • Information for Applicants – contains more information about the role of the DVP, duty work and assigned grants of aid covered by the panel, fee rates, as well as the Selection Criteria and selection process
  • Practice Standards
  • Service Agreement
  • Information for Panel Referees
  • DV Panel Duty Guidelines

Applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Monday, 20 February 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee.

More information about how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

How to apply for appointment to a panel

Quick Guide for Panels Application Website

For any enquiries regarding this panel please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Swearing-in ceremony for Tanya Bright

Mon Jan 16 2017

Tanya Bright has been appointed 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, 31 January 2017. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Members should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day - 23 January 2017

Mon Jan 16 2017

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to the Manly Golf Club on Monday, 23 January 2017. Shotgun start at 12.30pm followed by dinner (at around 6.00 pm). The cost for the day is $170.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for golf only. Manly members pay $80.00). Download an Acceptance Form, complete and return it (together with payment) as soon as possible. Further details contact Dennis Flaherty on ph: (02) 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623) or John Newnham solicitor on 9264 7788.

You're invited to morning tea

Mon Jan 16 2017

The NSW Bar Association has reserved dedicated childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre. Delicious morning teas, prepared by in-house cooks, will be held in February 2017 for members to have a look around the centres, meet the educators and learn more about Guardian and its approach to early childhood education. Castlereagh Street will hold its morning tea on Wednesday, 1 February 2017, followed by Little Steps on Tuesday, 7 February.

North Coast CPD Conference Program

Mon Jan 16 2017

The 2017 North Coast CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program HERE. The North Coast CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 18 February 2017 at the Ramada Hotel, Ballina.

Full attendance at the North Coast Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practising certificate year. NSW barristers, interstate barristers and solicitors are welcome to attend.

For more details about the North Coast Conference, or any of the 2017 CPD Conference Series, please click HERE.

To register please click HERE. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Mon Jan 16 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

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 here

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

New Director of Care and Assistance at BarCare

Fri Jan 13 2017

BarCare will have a new director of care and assistance on 16 January 2017, when Jenny Houen takes over following the retirement of the long-serving Penny Johnston. Jenny comes with many years of experience and is highly qualified to take on the role. Penny will remain with us for a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition. The change-over will require new email addresses and phone numbers, these will all be updated on the Bar Association web site and announced in In Brief next week.

BarCare is an independent professional counselling service designed to assist members of the New South Wales Bar to manage stress-related problems, such as marital breakdowns, drug or alcohol dependency and practice pressures.

Visit BarCare at barcare.org

Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day - 23 January 2017

Fri Jan 13 2017

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to the Manly Golf Club on Monday, 23 January 2017. Shotgun start at 12.30pm followed by dinner (at around 6.00 pm). The cost for the day is $170.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for golf only. Manly members pay $80.00). Download an Acceptance Form, complete and return it (together with payment) as soon as possible. Further details contact Dennis Flaherty on ph: (02) 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623) or John Newnham solicitor on 9264 7788.

Swearing-in ceremony for Dr Robert Harper SC

Fri Jan 13 2017

Dr Robert Harper SC of 9th Floor Wentworth Chambers has been appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, effective 18 January 2017. Whereas his Honour will take the oath of judicial office on that day, the date for his ceremonial welcome is yet to be confirmed by the court. Members will be advised of the details as soon as they are known.

Forensic Evidence Workshops for Criminal Law Advocates

Thu Jan 12 2017

The Faculty of Law and School of Psychology, UNSW, the Public Defenders Chambers NSW and the Office of the Director or Public Prosecutions NSW invites Criminal Law Advocates to attend ‘Scientific Knowledge or Subjective Opinion? Forensic Evidence Workshops for Criminal Law Advocates’. The workshop is divided into two parts and will be held in the Bar Association Common Room on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 and Thursday 2nd March 2017. For full details please download a flyer here

The workshops are free of charge, but REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Registered participants will be required to attend both workshops. To register please email your full name to Tiffany McDonald at tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au. Places are limited to 50 participants and will be allocated on a ‘first in’ basis.

Orange CPD Conference Program

Thu Jan 12 2017

The 2017 Orange CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program HERE.

The Orange CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March 2017 at the Ex- Services Club, Orange.

Full attendance at the Orange Conference will attract 10 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practising certificate year. The Orange conference is open to NSW barristers only.

For more details about the Orange Conference, or any of the 2017 CPD Conference Series, please click HERE

To register please click HERE. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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

Swearing-in ceremony for Julia Virgo and James Gibson

Wed Jan 11 2017

On Monday, 23 January 2017 there will be a swearing-in ceremony to welcome the appointment of Julia Virgo and James Gibson as magistrates of the Local Court of NSW. The ceremony will be held in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

Newcastle CPD Conference Program

Wed Jan 11 2017

The 2017 Newcastle CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program HERE.

The Newcastle CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 25 February 2017 at the Novotel Beach Hotel, Newcastle.

Full attendance at the Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practising certificate year. NSW barristers, interstate barristers and solicitors are welcome to attend.

For more details about the Newcastle Conference, or any of the 2017 CPD Conference Series, please click HERE.

To register please click HERE. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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

ABA High Court silk bows and dinner 2017

Tue Jan 10 2017

All new silks from 2016 will be invited to take their bows before the High Court of Australia at 3.30pm on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 in Courtroom 1. The dinner to mark the occasion will be held that evening in the Great Hall of the High Court at 7.00pm. All barristers, not just the new silks, and their partners are invited to attend. To RSVP, click here.

"Justice cluster arrangements" - Herald calls on Premier Baird to heed legal profession advice

Mon Jan 09 2017

On 12 December 2016 the president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Noel Hutley SC, and the president of the Law Society of New South Wales, Gary Ulman, issued a joint media release which called upon the premier to review agency arrangements and administrative orders to reflect the independence of the attorney general as first law officer and her department.

Under the current "justice cluster" arrangements, the minister for justice and police has been the senior minister, which has either allowed or created the perception of police interests setting the priorities for criminal justice policy in this state.

Last week, on 6 January, the Sydney Morning Herald raised the matter in an editorial entitled: "More to reshuffle than reordering the pack". The Herald warned that "the interests of police have always had to be, and will continue to have to be, balanced against civil liberty requirements, and the exigencies of the law as it has developed historically and as it works in practice".

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Mon Jan 09 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

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 here

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

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Mon Jan 09 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

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 here

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

Find a Barrister – CVs can be uploaded to members’ profiles

Wed Dec 21 2016

Many barristers have already added their CVs to their Find a Barrister profiles. Members who have not done so are encouraged to take advantage of the new facility (instructions below).

As previously reported in InBrief, use of find-a-barrister was promoted to in house corporate and government counsel as a means of finding barristers for their particular needs, whether in the context of direct briefing, briefing through external solicitors or as part of implementing the Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy at the Association of Corporate Counsel National Annual Conference in Canberra last week.

Members of the clerks association were in attendance and held one on one demonstrations of the Find a Barrister search facility.

The ability to refine a search by reference to the following criteria appear to be useful to in house counsel:

  • practice area and sub-practice area;
  • seniority;
  • willingness to accept direct briefs from in-house counsel;
  • existence of an attached CV on the barrister’s Find a Barrister profile;
  • gender.

Members who want their profiles to appear in searches limited by the "attached CV" field need to upload a PDF version of their CV to their find-a-barrister profile.

How to add your CV to your FAB profile - It only takes a few minutes

Log in to the members' section of the Bar Association website, click on MEMBER SIGN IN on the top right hand corner of the home page.

At the SIGN IN page, enter your username and password. In most cases, this will be the same as your CPD video streaming login. If you are unaware of either or both details, click on Unknown username or password? and follow the prompts.

If your sign in is successful, it will say WELCOME [NAME] in the top right corner of the home page.

Click on the cog wheel next to your name. This will take you to the Member Dashboard page.

In the General Details section, click on the "upload your CV" button, browse to find your PDF CV on your system and select it.

The CV will then be automatically uploaded to your Find a Barrister profile.

Members can revise and update their CVs using the same approach as required in the future.

Ludlows Sydney end of year Wig & Robe Cleaning offer

Wed Dec 21 2016

Bring in your Robes and Wig for cleaning and general maintenance over the Christmas break. This is a great time to rejuvenate your Regalia, with Ludlows’ prompt and unrivalled service. We conduct minor and major repairs on Wigs as well as, Robe repairs and alterations. Our efficiency will ensure that you have your Regalia on the required that. Store hours Monday to Friday 09:00am – 05:30pm, 153 Phillip Street, Sydney 2000 (02) 9222 9794. www.ludlows.com.au/

Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Panel

Wed Dec 21 2016

The Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Panel (the DVP) is currently open for applications. The panel is open to solicitors and barristers in private practice.

ROLE OF THE DVP

The DVP is a specialist panel. Practitioners appointed to the DVP are expected to provide:

  1. Legal advice, assistance and referrals for individuals experiencing domestic and family violence in relation to a broad range of legal problems precipitated by domestic and family violence;

  2. Legal advice and representation for adults and children and young people who are seeking a private ADVO; and

  3. Legal advice and representation for defendants to applications for ADVO’s where the client is also a protected person in an associated ADVO cross application or where it appears that the client is a victim of domestic or family violence.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE DVP

Information about the DVP is available on the DV Panel Web Page and includes the following:

  • Information for Applicants – contains more information about the role of the DVP, duty work and assigned grants of aid covered by the panel, fee rates, as well as the Selection Criteria and selection process
  • Practice Standards
  • Service Agreement
  • Information for Panel Referees
  • DV Panel Duty Guidelines

Applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Monday, 20 February 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee.

More information about how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

How to apply for appointment to a panel

Quick Guide for Panels Application Website

For any enquiries regarding this panel please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

NSW Bar Association CPD Conference - North Coast

Tue Dec 20 2016

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

The North Coast Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program here

Full attendance at the North Coast Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practicing certificate year.

Registration details are available here. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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

You're invited to morning tea

Mon Dec 19 2016

The NSW Bar Association has reserved dedicated childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre. Delicious morning teas, prepared by in-house cooks, will be held in February 2017 for members to have a look around the centres, meet the educators and learn more about Guardian and its approach to early childhood education. Castlereagh Street will hold its morning tea on Wednesday, 1 February 2017, followed by Little Steps on Tuesday, 7 February.