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Bar FC win Domain Soccer League Grand Final

Wed Aug 21 2019
Wellbeing

In a close contest, Bar FC narrowly defeated Factset FC to take the silverware in a gripping 1-0 grand final today.

The first half saw the team start a little tentatively however the half time talk from Sir Alex (Stanton) seemed to work its magic. The only instruction was to do things more quickly and the goal soon followed with the ball being moved rapidly from defence to attack, with Di Michiel finishing the season with the winning goal and the Golden Boot award.

Solid performances across the pitch was the order of the day with Gaolkeeper Harris not really threatened as a result of the defensive efforts of the team.

Today's team was as follows:

SIMON PHILIPS (C) SHAUN MCCARTHY RICHARD DI MICHIEL ANDY MUNRO JEH COUTINHO TIMOTHY BOYLE SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS DAVID LARISH ANAIS D¹ARVILLE JOHN HARRIS (GK) STEPHEN DAMETTO JON TSANG HAYDEN DORIA ANTHONY CANCERI

This completes the winter competition. Sir Alex would also like to thank the eighty six members of Bar FC who have contributed throughout the year. Click here to see a photo of the winning team.

Bar FC now head north to meet the QLD and VIC Bars in the Tri State Championship on 20 September 2019. All members are invited to join us in this annual event.

A link to photographs of the game is available here.

Don’t wait until next tax year to save on health insurance

Wed Aug 21 2019
Member services and benefits

How much did you pay for the Medicare Levy surcharge on your tax return? When it comes to saving on health insurance - the more you earn, the more it pays to have hospital cover come tax time. As the new health insurance reforms roll out, now is a good time to discover what policy best suits you.

Get a quote through your benefits program and discover HCF’s exclusive Corporate health insurance range.

Different from the retail product range available to the general public, you get access to specially negotiated premiums, improved benefits and Limit Boost for dental and optical after 12 months^.

Get quote online now. Visit www.nswbar.asn.au and login to your member dashboard, then follow the link from the Member Advantage tab.

^ Terms and conditions apply, ^’Limit boost’ excluded from Essential and Lifestyle Essentials Extras Cover.

Advocacy Skills workshop

Wed Aug 21 2019
Registration are open – 8 & 9 November

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise members registrations are now open for the 2019 Advocacy Skills workshop. The workshop specifically designed for the junior bar provides participating barristers with the opportunity to practice their advocacy skills under the supportive guidance of expert instructors, including judges and experienced advocates.

The practical and constructive workshop will be hosted over two days, Friday 8th and Saturday 9 November.

For further information about the workshop, fees and registration please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications close Friday

Wed Aug 21 2019
Diversity

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 23 August 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed Aug 21 2019
29 August - Banco Court

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture will be held on 29 August in the Banco Court. All are welcome to attend.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Wed Aug 21 2019
Limited spaces left - register now to avoid disappointment.

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

More information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited.

Systemic unconscionable conduct: evidentiary hurdles and recent cases 

Wed Aug 21 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Dr Elisabeth Peden and Daniel Tynan, and chaired by The Honourable J L B Allsop AO, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia, will discuss the history and development of the concept of statutory unconscionable conduct and some of the key evidentiary challenges in proving a case alleging such conduct. The presenters will also discuss the implications of the High Court’s most recent decision on the topic in ASIC v Kobelt [2019] HCA 18. For full details please click here.

Tonight: Us Too?: Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession – what is the NSW Bar doing?

Wed Aug 21 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 21 August the Bar Association's Diversity and Equality Committee will host a CPD seminar on the findings and recommendations of the International Bar Association's (IBA) report into bullying and sexual harassment in the profession. The report, 'Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession' draws on data collected from nearly 7,000 surveyed legal professionals from 135 countries with respondents from across the legal spectrum, including barrister's chambers, government and the judiciary. Speakers will include Kylie Nomchong SC, Chair, Wellbeing Committee; Larissa Andelman, President, Women Lawyers Association NSW, Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Adviser, Legal Policy & Research Unit – IBA and Jeh Coutinho, Clerk, Banco Chambers. The event will be chaired by NSW Bar Association President Tim Game SC. Learn more here.

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

Join the Bar cycling team

Wed Aug 21 2019
Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Committee wishes to establish a Bar cycling team for the purpose of enhancing collegiate participation in various cycling events each year, with fundraising opportunity for worthy causes. The first event will be the L’ETape Australia ride (108 km) or race (170 km) in the Snowy Mountains on 30 November 2019. Interested members for L’ETape or the team generally, should contact toddalexis@sixthfloor.com.au

The ethical limits of advocacy at mediation

Wed Aug 21 2019
Professional development

Members are invited to a Commercial Law Association lunchtime seminar on "The ethical limits of advocacy at mediation", to be presented by Robert Angyal SC on Friday, 20 September 2019 at 12.45 to 2.00pm. This practical seminar explains how the Australian Consumer Law, as well as the Barristers Rules apply to lawyers acting as advocates at mediations. Learn more about the seminar, the venue and registration here.

BarADR Mediation Reaccreditation and Accreditation

Tue Aug 20 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to renew their mediator accreditations under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are also sought from members of the Bar wishing to be accredited for the first time by the Bar Association or NSW barristers whose accreditations have now lapsed. To be eligible to be accredited, applicants must hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and have met the NMAS training and experience standards.

Applications to be reaccredited can be made online here. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here. Please familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here, to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation or re-accreditation.

The Bar Association is further inviting prospective and existing accredited mediators to apply for their names to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and/or District Court mediator lists. You may apply for accreditation or reaccreditation and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form (here) provides you with this option. Please note, however, that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court’s list. The closing date to submit your online form and to upload all relevant evidence in support of your application is 5pm on 23 September 2019.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 or email us at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Tue Aug 20 2019
29 August - Banco Court

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture will be held at 5.15pm on 29 August in the Banco Court. All are welcome to attend.

Us Too?: Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession – what is the NSW Bar doing?

Tue Aug 20 2019
Tomorrow

On Wednesday, 21 August the Bar Association's Diversity and Equality Committee will host a CPD seminar on the findings and recommendations of the International Bar Association's (IBA) report into bullying and sexual harassment in the profession. The report, 'Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession' draws on data collected from nearly 7,000 surveyed legal professionals from 135 countries with respondents from across the legal spectrum, including barrister's chambers, government and the judiciary. Speakers will include Kylie Nomchong SC, Chair, Wellbeing Committee; Larissa Andelman, President, Women Lawyers Association NSW and Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Adviser, Legal Policy & Research Unit – IBA. The event will be chaired by NSW Bar Association President Tim Game SC. Learn more here.

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

Katrina Dawson Award - applications now open

Tue Aug 20 2019
Closes on 23 August

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 23 August 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

Women Lawyers Gala Presentation Dinner

Tue Aug 20 2019
Diversity

Members are invited to the biennial Gala Presentation Dinner for the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards, to be held on Friday, 23 August 2019 at Dockside Cockle Bay. The guest speaker will be Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission. For more information, or to reserve your place, click here.

NSWCCL Annual Fundraising Dinner

Tue Aug 20 2019

New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the NSWCCL Annual Fundraising Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 10th September. The keynote address will be presented by Ita Buttrose AC OBE: The role of a free and independent media in a liberal democracy.

At the dinner, the Inaugural Awards for Excellence in Civil Liberties Journalism will be presented. Two awards will be announced, one for a Young Journalist and one in the Open Category, for works of journalism published in Australia promoting civil liberties.

Come along on your own or with a friend, and meet fabulous people from our civil liberties community, or book a table of 10 or 12 for your organisation.

For more information and to book your tickets please click here.

Bar Book Club

Tue Aug 20 2019

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 October 2019 at 5.30 pm in the Bar Library. The book is : The Everlasting Sunday by Robert Lukins (UQP) reviewed here.

All welcome (that includes new readers). Light refreshments will be served.

Domain Soccer League Grand Final

Tue Aug 20 2019
Wellbeing

For all supporters of Bar FC, tomorrow the team will play in the Grand Final of the DSL.

The game kicks off at 1.00 pm and is played on top of the Domain Car Park in the Domain. Last weeks game ended in a penalty shoot out and we hope to avoid this by winning in normal time.

Bar FC looks forward to seeing you at the game tomorrow.

Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Reforms

Mon Aug 19 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The New South Wales Bar Association Criminal Law Committee have been invited by the Department of Justice to participate in consultations throughout 2019 on the implementation of the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) reforms. The next consultation meeting will be held on Thursday, 22 August 2019. To assist the association in its participation in the consultations, the committee will be collating information as to the workings of the EAGP reforms and the experiences of practitioners with the scheme.

Members who have general feedback on the case conference under the EAGP scheme or specifically in respect of the following issues:

Charge certification and sufficiency of brief of evidence

  • Was the most serious certified charge the same as the most serious police charge
  • Was the brief of evidence sufficient to enable proper advice to be given before the case conference
  • If so was the missing material provided prior to case conference

Case conference

  • Did the prosecutor who certified the charge attend the case conference?
  • Were any defence adjournments required for the attendance for case conference, and were they granted?

Committal

  • Was the matter committed for trial or sentence?
  • Was the most serious matter committed for trial or sentence the same as the most serious certified charge?

Trial/sentence

  • Was the prosecutor who appeared on trial/sentence the same prosecutor who certified the charge and/or appeared at conference?
  • Was evidence served post committal that would have been relevant to charge negotiations prior to committal?
  • Did the Crown make/accept a better offer than they had made/accepted prior to committal?
  • If the accused pleaded guilty did they do so because the Crown had accepted or made a new offer, or new evidence was served or the accused changed their mind.

Please email Ms Sophia Beckett at Sophia.beckett@justice.nsw.gov.au by Wednesday, 21 August 2019.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Mon Aug 19 2019
Limited spaces left - register now to avoid disappointment.

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

More information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited.

2020 Regional Conference Series

Mon Aug 19 2019
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 2020 Regional CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2020 Conferences are:

  • Newcastle, Saturday 22 February 2020, Novotel Newcastle Beach
  • North Coast (Ballina), Saturday 29 February 2020, Ramada Hotel
  • Orange, Saturday 7 March 2020, Orange Ex-Servicemen’s
  • Sydney, Saturday 21 March 2020, Hilton Hotel Sydney
  • Parramatta, Saturday 28 March 2020, Park Royal Parramatta

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. All submissions must come under at least one of the four categories of CPD.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Monday 30 September 2019.

For any enquiries, please contact Tiffany McDonald at cpd@nswbar.asn.au.

Us Too?: Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession – what is the NSW Bar doing?

Mon Aug 19 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 21 August the Bar Association's Diversity and Equality Committee will host a CPD seminar on the findings and recommendations of the International Bar Association's (IBA) report into bullying and sexual harassment in the profession. The report, 'Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession' draws on data collected from nearly 7,000 surveyed legal professionals from 135 countries with respondents from across the legal spectrum, including barrister's chambers, government and the judiciary. Speakers will include Kylie Nomchong SC, Chair, Wellbeing Committee; Larissa Andelman, President, Women Lawyers Association NSW and Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Adviser, Legal Policy & Research Unit – IBA. The event will be chaired by NSW Bar Association President Tim Game SC. Learn more here.

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

Systemic unconscionable conduct: evidentiary hurdles and recent cases 

Mon Aug 19 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Dr Elisabeth Peden and Daniel Tynan, and chaired by The Honourable J L B Allsop AO, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia, will discuss the history and development of the concept of statutory unconscionable conduct and some of the key evidentiary challenges in proving a case alleging such conduct. The presenters will also discuss the implications of the High Court’s most recent decision on the topic in ASIC v Kobelt [2019] HCA 18. For full details please click here.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications closing soon

Mon Aug 19 2019
Diversity

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 23 August 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

Mary Walker in the ADR Hall of Fame

Mon Aug 19 2019

Congratulations to Mary Walker, Chair of the Bar Association’s ADR Committee, on being the first person to be inducted into the Australian ADR Awards inaugural ADR Hall Of Fame and being awarded International Mediator of the Year for 2019 at the Australian ADR Awards in Sydney earlier this month. Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC presented the ADR Awards at a ceremony and gala dinner held at the Australian Golf Club on 9 August. The full list of ADR award categories and winners can be found here.