Electronic monitoring orders in the news

Mon Apr 23 2018
Law reform and public affairs

Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC has responded to misguided criticism by the Daily Telegraph of the role of the attorney general and the courts concerning electronic monitoring and Extended Supervision Orders. It comes after news that Graham Kay, convicted of stalking and raping eight women between 1995 and 1997, was arrested over the weekend. View the media release here.

Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas mechanism commences 30 April

Mon Apr 23 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals and Guilty Pleas) Act 2017 commences on Monday, 30 April 2018. This new legislative scheme fundamentally changes the nature of committal proceedings in criminal matters.

Members can find out more about the changes and what it means for your practice by viewing the recording of the seminar, “Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas and other criminal justice reforms” on CPD Online [login required]. The seminar was presented on 21 February 2018 by Sophia Beckett, chaired by Tim Game SC, with comments by Stephen Odgers SC.

Room for sale on 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers

Mon Apr 23 2018

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:

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

LCA welcomes NT youth justice efforts

Mon Apr 23 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the NT Government’s $229.6 million investment for child protection and youth justice but has repeated its call for the NT Government to give priority to raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 and not detaining children under 14. Read the Law Council's media release here.

Request for barristers to judge Senior Mooting Competition at UNSW

Mon Apr 23 2018

The Allens Linklaters Senior Mooting Competition is open to senior law students at UNSW. The Competition Directors are requesting the assistance of barristers to volunteer as judges in the second preliminary round, held between 14–24 May 2018.

Moots will be held at the UNSW CBD Campus on O’Connell Street, or the UNSW Kensington Campus in the Law Building (depending on your preference). We can arrange for moots to start at 6pm, 6.30pm or 7pm. Moots run for between 90 mins to 2 hours.

This round’s problem question covers Corporations Law. Particular expertise in this area is not necessary – a detailed bench memorandum will be provided to you in advance.

Our Competition depends for its success on the generosity of experienced advocates. Your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please fill out this very short registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact Fiona Pyliotis and Matthew Shields, the Competition Directors, at

District Court & DDT appointment

Fri Apr 20 2018

Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced the appointment of Wendy Strathdee, barrister, to the District Court of NSW and to the Dust Diseases Tribunal. Ms Strathdee will be sworn in and begin sitting on the DDT from Tuesday, 22 May. Members will be advised of swearing-in arrangements as soon as they are known. Learn more here.

Early appropriate guilty pleas

Fri Apr 20 2018

Public Defenders are presenting a panel discussion on "Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas: Decisions, duties and ethical issues. A panel discussion for defence lawyers." The seminar will cover disclosure, briefs of evidence, s 72 obligations, fitness and offers.

Panel members are: Richard Wilson and Sophia Beckett, Public Defenders with Keppie Waters and Robert Hoyles from Legal Aid NSW.

  • Date: 8 May 2018 from 5 - 6:30 pm.
  • Venue: Public Defenders Chambers, 23 /1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.
  • Registration: Please contact Kieran Darcy on 9268 3196 or to register asap as spaces are limited.

[NOTE: pre-reading will be forwarded to participants on registration]

Bar Association prizes awarded at Macquarie Law School

Fri Apr 20 2018

Last night Bar Councillor Courtney Ensor represented President Arthur Moses SC at Macquarie Law School's awards night. There she presented the following Bar Association prizes:

  • Dispute Management and Resolution: to Kaitlin Jamieson
  • Remedies, Reparations and Resolutions in Law: to Jasmine Logaraj
  • Indigenous Peoples and the Law: to Jacob Roche
  • Jessup International Law Moot: to Nathan Ricardo

Local Court swearings-in on Monday

Fri Apr 20 2018

Andrew Miller and Leanne Robinson will be sworn-in on Monday, 23 April 2018 in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court. Paresh Khandhar will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

Tutorials in Australian legal history

Fri Apr 20 2018

A reminder that the first of the Francis Forbes Society's legal history tutorials for 2018 will be presented on Tuesday, 24 April at 5.15pm in the Banco Court, Queen’s Square by Emeritus Professor Wilf Prest (University of Adelaide). Professor Prest’s topic is "Lawyers and the law in the Glorious Revolution".

The next two tutorials in this year’s series of tutorials on Australian legal history are:

  • The Honourable Arthur Emmett, The Roman Consensual Contracts: Sale, Hire and Partnership on Tuesday 15 May 2018
  • Professor Mark Lunney, History the law of tort on Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Everybody is welcome.

Bar FC kicks off in 2018

Fri Apr 20 2018
Bar sports

Yesterday, Bar FC commenced the 2018 season playing in the Domain Soccer League. It was the first time in our eleven year history that Bar FC had five women in the line-up .

Our first opponents Ausgrid were well organized defensively and managed to successfully hold off Bar FC’s early pressure, resulting in the game being tied (0-0). With Lang and Coutinho dominating the centre of the pitch, they created a number of early chances for strikers Stanton (Jnr.) and Santucci. Shortly before half time, an excellent cross by Montieth just needed a Bar FC head to finish off a great Bar FC move. Stanton (Sir Alex) rallied the team at half time pointing out that a few more shots on goal should bring about the desired result. Coutinho answered the call but was unlucky when a well struck shot from outside the area sailed just over the cross bar. He was however the managers pick for player of the match. Whilst the team play was a little scrappy at times, at least the off season cobwebs have now been cleared.

Bar FC also welcomed newcomers Graham Connolly, Elly Aitkenhead, Thomas Liu, Despina Christofis and Savitha Swami to the team. For those interested in joining Bar FC it is never too late to do so. Please contact David Stanton at for further details should you wish to do so. Our next game is Thursday 3 May 2018 against Sydney Business School.

Yesterday’s line up was as follows:

  • Elly Aitkenhead
  • Jeh Coutinho
  • Phillip Santucci
  • Rico
  • Hilary Montieth
  • Angus Lang
  • Thomas Liu
  • Tim Boyle
  • John Harris (GK)
  • Graham Connolly
  • Glenn Fredericks
  • Harry Stanton
  • Despina Christofis
  • Nicole Compton
  • Savitha Swami
  • Phillip Santucci

Bar Knitting Group

Fri Apr 20 2018

The next meeting of the Bar Knit Group will be held at 6.00pm on 24 April. Light refreshments are served. All welcome. If you’re looking for inspiration or a reason to get started, what better role model could there be than the man who knits jumpers featuring famous places and then wears them?

Law Council Update

Fri Apr 20 2018

The Law Council has published its fortnightly Update, which features stories on electoral funding and disclosure, the Identity-matching Services Bill 2018 and the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017. Catch up on the latest Law Council media releases and submissions to parliamentary committees and other bodies.

ALAANZ annual conference

Thu Apr 19 2018

The Aviation Law Association of Australia and NZ is holding its annual conference in Sydney this year – on 2-4 May. Members might be interested in attending fully or for a day or half day. $1,490 full rate, $640.00 day rate and $350 half day (lunch is an extra option at $50 on the half days but can be included in registration).

For more details contact the Secretariat at or register here.

Bar Cover update 2018

Wed Apr 18 2018

Bar Cover provides Sickness and Accident income protection cover exclusively for practising barrister members of the New South Wales Bar Association. Click here for your Bar Cover update for April 2018.

Deadhouse: Tales of Sydney Morgue – 25% Discount Ticket Offer

Wed Apr 18 2018
Wellbeing at the NSW Bar

Blancmange Productions and Actors Anonymous are proud to offer members a special 25% discount on tickets to any of the performances of this new immersive theatre experience depicting Sydney’s dark past.

Opening Night is Tuesday, 24 April and there are 38 performance dates to choose from, in the historic venue of The Rocks Discovery Museum, Sydney. The Louisa Collins Case deals with the four trials of Louisa Collins in 1888, which resulted in her execution in Darlinghurst Gaol in January 1889.

The Bar Association has assisted the producers with costumes so they would like to give barristers access to tickets for just $30 per person (full price is $40) or $20 concession (normally $30).

This is a great opportunity to experience some of Sydney’s true crime tales, live, in a 150 year old historic sandstone building. Discover more and purchase your tickets through the Eventbrite website.

2018 Bench & Bar Dinner

Wed Apr 18 2018

Full tables for the 2018 Bench & Bar Dinner are sold-out. There are still single tickets available to be seated in groups of up to 4 guests. Should you wish to be added to the waitlist, please contact

Table allocations for the dinner will be sent out via In Brief on Thursday 3 May.

Barristers Classifieds

Wed Apr 18 2018
Member services and benefits

The online Barristers' Classifieds enables every member of the Bar Association to buy or sell chambers, wigs, gowns, law reports and more. Simply login to your member dashboard via the Bar Association's home page. Standard posts are free of charge, but can be upgraded to premium with the addition of photos and a credit card payment of $25.

If you have any questions or difficulties using the system, contact the coordinator of services and benefits, Chris Winslow.

ECAR at the AAT

Wed Apr 18 2018
Help wanted

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is seeking proposals from individuals to assist with Early Case Assessment and Resolution (ECAR) at the AAT. Suitably qualified and experienced individuals will be engaged on an as-needed basis and will typically conduct conferences and conciliations to cover periods of leave and workload peaks.

Dispute resolution specialists with experience managing a high volume of review applications, complaints handling or dispute resolution activities are encouraged to apply. A recognised legal qualification and accreditation or qualifications in mediation, arbitration or other relevant dispute resolution is required.

Learn more here.

Applications close on 18 May 2018.

Tonight: Crisis in Legal Aid

Wed Apr 18 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Bar Association tonight will host a forum to discuss the decline in funding for Legal Aid in NSW. It has been 11 years since the last increase in Legal Aid rates for counsel in NSW. During that time, funds for preparation of matters have decreased even whilst pre-trial procedural requirements have increased. This seminar will look at what steps the Bar Association is taking, and can take, to prevent the situation from worsening. Members are urged to attend and provide their views to assist the Bar Association with its funding campaign. Learn more here.

Memorial service for the Hon C S C Sheller AO QC (1933-2018)

Tue Apr 17 2018

The Honourable Charles Simon Camac Sheller AO QC died yesterday morning. His burial will be private, but a memorial service will be held in St James' Church King Street on Friday, 4 May 2018 at 2.00pm. Refreshments will be provided after the service.

Australian Academy of Law Annual Essay Prize

Tue Apr 17 2018

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the offering of its Annual Essay Prize for 2018. The deadline for submitting an essay is 31 August 2018 and persons intending to submit an essay must notify the AAL of that intention in writing via its website by 30 June 2018. The amount of the prize is $10,000. Learn more here.

Brown, Probuild, and Kaldas: the courts in a democracy

Tue Apr 17 2018

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law will host a seminar on "Brown, Probuild, and Kaldas: the courts in a democracy". It will discuss the following recent decisions on constitutional law and statutory construction:

  • Brown v Tasmania [2017] HCA 43
  • Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v Shade Systems Pty Ltd [2018] HCA 4
  • Kaldas v Barbour [2017] NSWCA 275

  • Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018

  • Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
  • Place: Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square (Courtroom 18A)


  • Frances Gordon (Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth)
  • Perry Herzfeld (Eleven Wentworth) / Celia Winnett (Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth)
  • David Hume (Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth)

Chair: Meg O’Brien (Eleven Wentworth)

Book launch: Mediation Quest

Tue Apr 17 2018

The Australian Dispute Resolution Association Inc. (ADRA) invites members to the book launch for Mediation Quest: Making Sense of Loss, by Dr Katherine Johnson, on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 6.30pm at the Law Society of NSW. For more information, or register your attendance, visit the ADRA website.

Save the date: the inaugural Bathurst Lecture

Mon Apr 16 2018

On 3 May 2018, the Commercial Law Section will be holding its flagship event for the year, the inaugural Bathurst lecture, named in honour of the Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW.

The speaker will be the Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC, former Chief Justice of Australia and Chief Justice of NSW. He is speaking on the topic: “Advocate, Judge and Arbitrator: Perspectives on Commercial Law.” For full details, please download a flyer.

The lecture will take place at The Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of NSW, Law Courts Building, Queens Square at 5:15 pm.