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Law Reports Linking Principles

Thu Jun 29 2017

A working group of legal publishers and councils of law reporting, under the chairmanship of Justice Steven Rares, has announced a new protocol for open navigation links between online law reports. The Law Reports Linking Principles will give users of LexisNexis, JADE Barnet and others "simultaneous access to multiple legal publications", while protecting the proprietary information of each publisher. For more information about the interlinking protocol (or to obtain a copy of the Law Reports Linking Principles) please contact the CCALR Secretariat: jason.rogers@queenslandreports.com.au

Coming up in CPD

Thu Jun 29 2017

Tuesday 18 July 2017- BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening

Presented by Ian Davidson SC, Chair, ADR Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Registration is required. To register, and for more information, please contact Megan Batchelor at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au. Attendance at this seminar forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

This seminar will be followed by a BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A session on Tuesday 1 August. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

IBA 2017 Special Counsel Registration

Thu Jun 29 2017

Organisers of the International Bar Association's Annual Conference, to be held in Sydney on 8-13 October 2017, have announced a 50% discount for Australian and New Zealand based corporate counsel who register online before the registration early bird deadline of 21 July 2017. In addition, this would be a flexible registration that can be passed around amongst the lawyers in the legal team. As a result, it would be possible for a different lawyer from the corporate legal department to attend the conference each day. Learn more here.

Admiralty and maritime law seminar

Thu Jun 29 2017

On Tuesday, 25 July 2017 at 5.30pm the Federal Court will hold an admiralty and maritime law seminar, "Judicial Sale of Ships". Speakers include Justice Anthony Besanko, Professor Sarah Derrington, Gregory Nell SC and Stuart Hetherington, president of Comite Maritime International. To reserve your place, download a registration form.

2017 Justice Awards

Thu Jun 29 2017

Nominations for 2017 Justice Awards are still 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

Room for sale in Frederick Jordan Chambers

Thu Jun 29 2017
External room for sale: 19.5m2

The room is fully fitted out in dark timber shelving and has two windows overlooking Martin Place. Chambers is fortunate to employ long standing clerical staff and two full time library staff members. In addition we have our own IT technician and are connected to the Barnet network.

Monthly rent $1996 + GST Monthly clerks and library fees $1355 + GST

Enquiries should be directed in the first instance to Elleanor Gillard, clerk@fjc.net.au or telephone 92297377

End of financial year drinks at the Association of Corporate Counsel

Thu Jun 29 2017

The president of the NSW Division of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia has informed the president of the Bar Association that members of the New South Wales Bar are invited to attend the ACC EOFY Drinks on 26 July 2017. The details for registering can be found here.

Vale Michael Anthony Simpson (1941-2017)

Thu Jun 29 2017

Michael Anthony Simpson, who was called to the NSW Bar in 1985, died earlier this week. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, 4 July 2017 at 2.00pm in the Magnolia Chapel of Macquarie Park Crematorium, corner of Delhi and Plassey Rds, Macquarie Park.

Clerks' Conference and Dinner

Wed Jun 28 2017

The 2017 Clerks' Conference and Dinner will take place on Friday, 21 July 2017. It will be held in ‘The Loft’ at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont.

The conference will again be chaired by the fabulous Jean Kittson. Keynote presentations and workshops will focus on the development, marketing and administration of chambers; from the day to day as well as the long term legal obligations we have as Clerks running our Chambers. For full details please download the invitation here. To register please click here

Following the conference the Clerks' dinner will be held in at the South Pier, Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont. As usual, clerks will be able to invite members of their chambers to the dinner. To RSVP please click here

The NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association will be donating $20 from each dinner ticket sold to The Katrina Dawson Foundation.’

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Jun 28 2017

Mediation Advocacy - Ethics & Skills Presented by David Ash. Chaired by Ian Davidson SC.

On Wednesday, 28 June 2017 there will be a CPD seminar dealing with three advocacy issues in the context of mediation. First, advocate's immunity. Secondly, ethics (with reference to the Bar Rules and the Civil Procedure Act). Thirdly, the advocate's role in numerous aspects including choosing a mediator, pre-mediation conferences with the client, preparing a position paper, making an opening, advising the client during mediation, and preparing for settlement. For full details please download a flyer here. This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room

New Local Court practice notes

Tue Jun 27 2017

The chief magistrate of the Local Court, Judge Graeme Henson AM, has issued three practice notes affecting new procedures in committal hearings and case management in criminal and civil proceedings. The changes take effect on 26 June. They are: Comm 1 - Procedures to be adopted for committal hearings in the Local Court; Crim 1 - Case management of criminal proceedings in the Local Court; and Civ 1 - Case management of civil proceedings in the Local Court

Coming up in CPD: Mediation Advocacy - Ethics & Skills

Tue Jun 27 2017
Presented by David Ash. Chaired by Ian Davidson SC.

On Wednesday, 28 June 2017 there will be a CPD seminar dealing with three advocacy issues in the context of mediation. First, advocate's immunity. Secondly, ethics (with reference to the Bar Rules and the Civil Procedure Act). Thirdly, the advocate's role in numerous aspects including choosing a mediator, pre-mediation conferences with the client, preparing a position paper, making an opening, advising the client during mediation, and preparing for settlement. For full details please download a flyer here.

Join the Forbes Society

Tue Jun 27 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History aims to bring together scholars, lawyers and the general public interested in legal history. It sponsors lectures, essay competitions, research projects and a variety of seminars and discussion groups. Events to look forward to this year include the Forbes Lecture (September), to be delivered by the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO; the JH Plunkett Lecture, to be delivered by Mark Tedeschi QC; and Australian Legal History Tutorials. Membership runs from 1 July to 30 June. Download an application form here. Donations to the Francis Forbes Fund (donations of $2.00 or more to which are tax deductible) may be made with membership, or on a stand-alone basis with the form here.

Benefits of membership include:

  • timely notification of legal history events via circular emails sent to members from time to time;

  • receipt of the members' newsletter, The Forbes Flyer, which is published quarterly and available on the Society’s website at www.forbessociety.org.au; and

  • opportunities to obtain discounts on publications from time to time published or arranged by the Society.

EPLA 2017 Conference: Sustainability in Action, 19-20 October

Tue Jun 27 2017

The annual EPLA Conference will be held on 19 and 20 October 2017 at the Lendlease Darling Quarter "Monkey Baa" Theatre at Darling Harbour. The annual EPLA conference covers a wide spectrum of topics selected to engage and interest professionals from many disciplines who practice across the diverse areas of planning, local government, environmental law, administrative and property law, and climate change. In 2017 the focus is on sustainability across land, water and air. Download a program here.

Men and women of Geatland! Spear-armed Danes! Gather the Bar Book Club !

Tue Jun 27 2017

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Wednesday, 2 August from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. The book for discussion will be the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf. For the time-poor and print-challenged there are audio versions: a beautiful reading by Seamus Heaney of Beowulf can be found in two parts on YouTube, here and here or can be purchased from Audible Books. And for those who did not study Beowulf in English 101, some commentary to get you started at Harvard Magazine and also one from the Guardian.

Transferable tickets for the IBA Annual Conference, Sydney 2017

Mon Jun 26 2017
Suitable for barristers' chambers

The International Bar Association Annual Conference will be held in Sydney from 8 – 13 October 2017. For the Sydney Conference, the IBA will offer a transferable ticket at the IBA member rate for chambers with 20 barristers or less. As a result, it would be possible for a different member of chambers to attend the conference each day.

This special transferable ticket can only be purchased online, and is only available until the early bird deadline of 21 July. The rate will appear on the online registration page under the title ‘Australian Law Firm with 20 lawyers or less’. It will only be applicable to those selecting private practice and Australia during the registration process.

Family law orders going digital

Mon Jun 26 2017

Beginning 1 July 2017, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court will no longer post hard copies of sealed orders by mail to legal representatives. Court orders will be signed and sealed electronically and will be available on the Commonwealth Courts Portal. Learn more here.

Tutors and Readers Dinner 2017

Mon Jun 26 2017
RSVPs still open

All Readers from the 2/16 and 1/17 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 28 July 2017. The dinner will be held at the No. 1 William Room, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is the Hon Justice Julia Lonergan and the Readers speaker is Armen Karlozian. For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

Clerks' Conference and Dinner: Early Bird Registrations close today

Mon Jun 26 2017

The 2017 Clerks' Conference and Dinner will take place on Friday, 21 July 2017. It will be held in ‘The Loft’ at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont.

The conference will again be chaired by the fabulous, Jean Kittson. Keynote presentations and workshops will focus on the development, marketing and administration of chambers; from the day to day as well as the long term legal obligations we have as Clerks running our Chambers. For full details please download the invitation here. To register please click here

Following the conference the Clerks' dinner will be held in at the South Pier, Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont. As usual, clerks will be able to invite members of their chambers to the dinner. To RSVP please click here

The NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association will be donating $20 from each dinner ticket sold to The Katrina Dawson Foundation.’

PG Hely Chambers

Mon Jun 26 2017

Following the acquisition of 39 Martin Place by TfNSW for the new metro, PG Hely Chambers have relocated to level 9, 75 Elizabeth St, Sydney (cnr King St). Telephone numbers and all other contact details for members remain the same. Any queries please contact the clerk, Debbie Van Den Hoek, on 9224 9755.

Sir Owen Dixon Chambers – Level 64 MLC Centre – Room for Sale

Mon Jun 26 2017

A room is currently available for purchase at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers. The room is a good sized internal room with fitout. The floor comprises 60 barristers including four senior counsel. The floor has a long term lease and features excellent facilities.

To arrange an inspection or if you have any queries please contact the clerk, Ian Irvine, on 8076 6600 or via email to clerk@sirowendixon.com.au All enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence. www.sirowendixon.com.au

Room for sale on 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers

Mon Jun 26 2017
A room has become available on the 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers.

4th Floor Wentworth Chambers is a busy, harmonious and well established floor of 21 Barristers, including two Senior Counsel and 15 Senior Junior Counsel specialising in areas of Common Law, Family Law, Commercial and Crime.

The Floor has been extensively renovated and is networked through CCL, uses VOIP telephone systems and also has a separate conference room for use by Floor members.

For more information about the room or the Floor, please contact the Clerk, Leanne Ferguson (T: 02 9232 2722 or E: lferguson@4wentworth.com.au).

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Chambers for sale on Eighth Floor Wentworth Chambers

Mon Jun 26 2017

An opportunity to purchase a single room has become available on the Eighth Floor, Wentworth Chambers. The room is tastefully fitted out, with extensive shelving and a robing cupboard. The Floor is well established, collegiate and busy. It includes four senior counsel with a wide range of practice areas, including commercial, equity, corporations, insolvency, probate, property, building, trade practices, employment, common law, criminal, appellate and taxation.

The Floor is recently renovated, provides an excellent library, has VOIP telephony, and is connected to Counsels Chambers Network.

Applications and enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be addressed to the Clerk, Michael Wilcox, via email mwilcox@8wentworth.com.au or telephone 02 8231 5905. www.8wentworth.com.au

ICAC appointments: a statement from President Arthur Moses SC

Fri Jun 23 2017

The New South Wales Bar Association welcomes the nominations of Trish McDonald SC and Stephen Rushton SC as commissioners of ICAC and Bruce McClintock SC as inspector of ICAC. Each of the nominees are senior members of the bar who are respected by their peers for their intellect and integrity. The bar is confident that each of the nominees will discharge to a high standard the important functions of the respective offices to which they have been nominated. View the government's media release here.