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Bar FC bow out of DSL Competition

Wed Aug 15 2018
Bar sports

A very competitive Sydney Business School defeated Bar FC 2-1 on Monday, bringing an end to Bar FC’S Domain Soccer League season.

A quick goal within minutes of starting from a set play meant Bar FC spent the day chasing the game. A second goal shortly after the start of half time could have crushed a lesser team, but Bar FC dug deep, with a wonderful passing move through the mid field resulting in Di Michiel finishing brilliantly. With ten minutes to go and the score at 2-1, Bar FC pushed into enemy territory however the goal to draw the game eluded us. A valiant effort by all on the park.

Our attentions now turn to the games against the Victorian and Queensland Bar to be played in Melbourne this year on Saturday 8 September 2018. For those keen to support the team, the games coincide with the Sports Law Conference to be held in the morning, with the festival of the boot scheduled for the afternoon. Nothing like getting some of your CPD points before enjoying an afternoon of sport.

Sir Alex would like to thank all who have contributed to the team this year and those friends and supporters who have cheered on the sideline. With a squad of approximately 78 players, Bar FC is looking healthy and would appear to be an integral part of life at the Bar for many. Special thanks to Lo Surdo SC who has supported the team throughout and officiated in the DSL competition.

Finally, todays team included a Bar FC debutante, Nick Condylis. Great to see the old guard being replenished by the new. Today’s semi final squad was as follows:

  • ANAIS D’ARVILLE
  • ANTHONY CANCERI
  • NICHOLAS CONDYLIS
  • JOHN HARRIS (GK)
  • IVAN GRISCTI
  • RICHARD DI MICHIEL
  • LACHLAN GYLES SC
  • GLENN FREDERICKS
  • SIMON PHILIPS (C)
  • RICO
  • COLIN MAGEE
  • JONATHAN CLARK
  • JEH COUTINHO
  • ELLY AITKENHEAD
  • HUGH MORRISON

New Arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration of Sport Panel - Asian Games 2018

Wed Aug 15 2018

Anthony Lo Surdo SC of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers has been appointed as an Arbitrator to the Court of Arbitration for Sport Panel for the Asian Games, 2018. He is the only Australian appointed to that panel. The Asian Games is the largest multi sports games after the Summer Olympics and the most prestigious event organised by the Olympic Council of Asia. The 18th edition of the games will be held in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia, from 18 August 2018 to 2 September 2018. It is expected to attract participants from 45 countries across 40 different sports disciplines.

Room for short-term licence (maternity leave) at Level 22 Chambers

Wed Aug 15 2018
Member services and benefits

Level 22 currently has an opening for the short-term licence of a well appointed internal room furnished with robing cupboard, in-built desk, 2 conference chairs, ample cupboard storage and shelving. The room is well proportioned and light style and feel. Images of the room can be viewed HERE. The preferred licence period is 8 months (negotiable), commencing in November. Level 22 Chambers is a well-established, progressive set of commercial chambers located on Martin Place. We offer a calm, collegiate environment with first-rate facilities. For further information, please direct your enquiries to our Clerk, Emily Giles on 02 9151 2222 or by email here

Upcoming Forbes Society tutorials

Wed Aug 15 2018

Part 2 of the tutorial "History of Equity" will be delivered by the Hon J Campbell QC on Wednesday, 22 August 2018. A further tutorial, on "The History of the Law of Commercial Arbitration" will be delivered by Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC on Thursday, 18 October 2018.

All tutorials will be held at 5.15pm in Banco Court. Everyone is welcome to attend.

rise2018 Companion Special until 31 August 2018

Wed Aug 15 2018

Announcing the release of the Companion Special for the rise2018 National Conference. Purchase a ticket for yourself and one or more colleagues and receive 50% off your ticket. Click here for full details.

For further information please visit our website

Save the date: Introduction to the Aboriginal Land Rights System in NSW

Wed Aug 15 2018
Professional development

On Tuesday, 18 September, the NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the NSW Bar Association’s First Nations Committee and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee. cordially invite all members to a panel discussion on Aboriginal Land Rights System in NSW.

The seminar titled 'Introduction to the Aboriginal Land Rights System in NSW' will be hosted in the Federal Court Common Room, Level 20 Law Courts Building, Queens Square commencing at 5.15pm. Panellists include Ms Nicole Courtman, Registrar of the ALRA and Mr Chris Ingrey, Chief Executive of La Perouse Aboriginal Land Council. The chair will be Mr Jason Behrendt, Legal Executive, Chalk & Behrendt. Learn more here.

Places are limited so RSVP is essential.

To register, please click [here](https://nswbar.eventsair.com/2018-aboriginal-land-rights-cpd/registration-page/Site/Register "").

Save the date: Sentencing Reforms

Wed Aug 15 2018
Professional development

On Tuesday 21 August, the Criminal Law Committee will host a seminar titled "Sentencing Reforms"

The speakers will be Luke Grant, Assistant Commissioner, NSW Corrective Services and Richard Wilson, Deputy Senior Public Defender. The event chair will be Stephen Odgers SC of Forbes Chambers. Learn more here.

This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Aug 15 2018
Professional development

Wednesday, August 15 2018 - 'Getting Your Insurance Right: Understanding all areas of insurance to best protect yourself and your family, particularly income protection, life and trauma insurance'

Presented by Robert Jason, Senior Financial Adviser, AON and chaired by Richard Cavanagh SC. Learn more here.

This seminar commences at 5.15pm in NSW Bar Association Common Room.

Bar City2Surf runners raise funds for the Black Dog Institute

Tue Aug 14 2018
Philanthropy

Congratulations to the runners from the New South Wales Bar who donned an orange and black singlet and took part in Sunday's City to Surf to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute. Heartbreak Hill showed no respect for seniority, with Lucas Shipway the first member of the Bar team to cross the line (1:01:30), followed by William Fitzsimmons (1:12:10), Arthur Moses SC (1:13:33), John-Paul Redmond (1:19:39), Catherine Gleeson (1:22:03) and Garth Campbell (1:23:49). Cynthia Cochrane was unable to take part due to illness.

Team Black Dog topped the charity teams, raising a total of $119,878. It's not too late to give generously to this important cause and to recognise the giant efforts of those members who took part in the City to Surf. Individual fundraising pages are grouped together here.

Common Law Drinks - registrations extended until midday tomorrow, 15 August

Tue Aug 14 2018
Collegiality

The Common Law Committee & the President of the NSW Bar Association would like to invite all members to the 2018 Common Law Drinks to be held in the Cocktail Lounge of the Edinburgh Castle Hotel on Thursday, 30 August. Tickets to the drinks are $75 for Judges and Barristers over 5 years and $55 for clerks and barristers under 5 years. The function will start at 5:30pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards. Please visit the website for any further information and for details on how to register.

NSW barristers in Uganda to conduct advocacy training

Tue Aug 14 2018
News

Kate Eastman SC, Chris Maxwell QC, Pauline David and Michelle England are in Uganda with IJM Australia to train local prosecutors and to build capacity in the court system. You can follow their progress via the International Justice Mission's Twitter account @IJMAus or Kate's personal account, @KateHumanRights.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Aug 14 2018
Professional development

Tuesday, August 14 2018 - 'In conversation with Jane Needham SC'

Interviewer Stephen Free and Interviewee Jane Needham SC. Learn more here. This seminar has been organised by the NSWBA Diversity and Equality Committee

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

Laws relating to Beneficiaries of Trusts - new report

Tue Aug 14 2018

The Law Reform and Sentencing Council have released a report on the laws relating to beneficiaries of trusts (Report 144) which was tabled in the NSW Parliament on 31 July 2018.

A copy may be viewed on their website here If you would like a hard copy please email here with your postal address.

Family Court

Tue Aug 14 2018

The Australian Bar Association President, Mr Noel Hutley SC has told Lawyers Weekly changes to the family courts systems of the magnitude proposed by the federal government must be the subject of careful consideration by parliament, together with broader community consultation. It remains the view of the ABA that any legislation to restructure the nation’s family law jurisdictions requires “close and careful examination by parliament”. A sentiment that was echoed by the NSWBA President, Arthur Moses SC. For a copy of the ABA media release please visit the ABA Website and for a copy of the Lawyers Weekly article please click here

Supreme Court ADR Address 2018

Mon Aug 13 2018

Members are invited to the Australian Dispute Centre's Supreme Court of NSW ADR Address 2018, to be delivered by Chief Justice Tom Bathurst AC on 20 September 2018 at 5.15pm in the Banco Court. RSVP by 13 September. To avoid disappointment, book early. For more information about the Australian Dispute Centre, visit their website.

NSW Barrister Mary Walker named 2018 “Mediator of the Year” and “International Mediator of the Year”

Mon Aug 13 2018

Congratulations to Mary Walker, Chair of the Bar Association’s ADR Committee, on receiving the awards for “Mediator of the Year” and “International Mediator of the Year” at the Australian ADR Awards in Sydney on Friday, 10 August.

This is the third-year running that Mary has been named “Mediator of the Year” in recognition of her “superior performance as a mediator of domestic disputes in Australia”. The Australian ADR Awards are highly-regarded and receiving both awards on Friday is a significant professional achievement.

Well done Mary!

Room for sale at Elizabeth Street Chambers

Mon Aug 13 2018

Elizabeth Street Chambers currently has a room for sale with a recent fit-out by an award winning designer. Elizabeth Street Chambers is a strong and harmonious floor, recently renovated, with a balcony overlooking Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour, positioned in between the Supreme Court and the District Court precincts.

The Floor consists of 5 Senior Counsel and 18 Junior Counsel, practicing mainly in common law and crime. Rent and Floor Fees are charged only 11 months of the year. Secretarial space available. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Please contact the Clerk, Louise Ferraro on 9336 5399. POA. www.elizabethstreetchambers.com.au

Vacancy at William Owen Chambers in Orange

Mon Aug 13 2018
Member services and benefits

In November a vacancy will occur in William Owen Chambers in Orange. These Chambers have been established since 1991. This is an opportunity to practice in the western region of the State, and at the same time, enjoy the benefits of living in a progressive and attractive regional city. Please contact Jack Cairn, mob: 0425 833 606 or click here to email. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Aug 13 2018
Professional development

Wednesday, August 15 2018 - 'Getting Your Insurance Right: Understanding all areas of insurance to best protect yourself and your family, particularly income protection, life and trauma insurance'

Presented by Robert Jason, Senior Financial Adviser, AON and chaired by Richard Cavanagh SC. Learn more here.

This seminar commences at 5.15pm in NSW Bar Association Common Room.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications close 10 August 2018

Fri Aug 10 2018
Awards

Katrina Dawson was a much-loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. She was tragically killed during the Lindt Cafe siege. The Katrina Dawson Award seeks to encourage women to practise at the bar. The award is open to women who have passed the New South Wales Bar exam and committed to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award. Applications are now open and will close on 10 August 2018. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

The evidence for rethinking the Family Court’s future

Fri Aug 10 2018

In an op-ed article (click here) for today's Australian, Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC called on the Federal Attorney-General to carefully re-consider the proposal to abolish the Family Court of Australia in light of four critical pieces of evidence on the public record.

Mr Moses said: “I have no doubt that the Attorney-General, who I know to be a good lawyer and an honourable man, is advocating this policy in good faith but he needs to examine the evidence and not rush through the Parliament legislation that may cause harm to families.”

“Australia’s family law system is complex. If any proposed reform is to succeed, policymakers must understand the system’s nuances and its practical operation. For this reason, in the absence of public consultation, the NSW Bar Association has called for an informed national discussion about the future of the Family Court, to promote the best outcomes for Australian families and children in need of its specialist services.”

“Regrettably, the Attorney-General’s proposal to merge the Family Court into the lower, generalised Federal Circuit Court fails to address four facts on the public record.”

Last week the Association released a discussion paper to encourage a national conversation about the benefits of preserving a specialist "Family Court of Australia 2.0" as an alternative to the restructure proposed by the Commonwealth Attorney-General on 30 May 2018. The discussion paper available here.

Coming up in CPD in next week

Fri Aug 10 2018
Professional development

Tuesday, August 14 2018 - 'In conversation with Jane Needham SC'

Interviewer Stephen Free and Interviewee Jane Needham SC. Learn more here. This seminar has been organised by the NSWBA Diversity and Equality Committee

Wednesday, August 15 2018 - 'Getting Your Insurance Right: Understanding all areas of insurance to best protect yourself and your family, particularly income protection, life and trauma insurance'

Presented by Robert Jason, Senior Financial Adviser, AON and chaired by Richard Cavanagh SC. Learn more here.

Save the date: Sentencing Reforms CPD

Fri Aug 10 2018
Professional development

On Tuesday 21 August, the Criminal Law Committee will host a seminar titled "Sentencing Reforms"

The speakers will be Luke Grant, Assistant Commissioner, NSW Corrective Services and Richard Wilson, Deputy Senior Public Defender. The event chair will be Stephen Odgers SC of Forbes Chambers. Learn more here.

This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

2019 Regional Conference Series

Fri Aug 10 2018
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 2019 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2019 Conferences are:

  • Newcastle – Saturday 23 February
  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 2 March
  • Orange – Saturday 9 March (Please note, from 2019 Orange will be a single day Saturday conference due to falling demand)
  • Parramatta - Saturday 23 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 30 March

Interested barristers, solicitors, academics, legal and non-legal professionals are invited to submit suggestions for papers online, HERE. During the submission process, you will be asked to provide your contact details, conference preference, a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion presentation.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Monday 1 October.

Managing Workplace Relations: last chance to book

Fri Aug 10 2018

The Commercial Law Association of Australia Limited are hosting a seminar from 8.30am-12.30pm, Friday, 17 August at the State Library. The Chair of the Seminar will be Ingmar Taylor SC, chair and will cover: What to do when you receive a complaint about workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination? (Jane Seymour, Level 22 Chambers); Managing non-traditional labour in the workplace (Tony Woods and Sally Moten, Lander & Rogers); Panel discussion — what information can you consider when hiring, disciplining and terminating employees?, social media, surveillance and legislative prohibitions (Anne-Marie Allgrove, Baker & McKenzie; Bryony Binns, PWC; Kellie Edwards, Greenway Chambers; Amber Sharp, Bartier Perry. For more information and to Register please click here.