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Stop press: no upward trend in crime

Tue Dec 06 2016

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released the September Quarterly Update of the Recorded Crime Statistics. In the 24 months to September 2016, only one of the 17 major offences (steal from retail store,up 6.4%) showed a significant upward trend across NSW, eight were trending downward and the remaining eight offences were stable.

Reminder: swearing-in ceremony for Justice Michael Walton

Tue Dec 06 2016

The Hon Michael Walton has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court. A swearing-in ceremony will be held on Thursday, 8 December at 9.00am in the Banco Court. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Opportunity to join Second Floor Wentworth Chambers

Tue Dec 06 2016

A well-appointed full-sized room (3,000 shares in CCL) is available for purchase on Second Floor Wentworth Chambers. With an attractive fit-out and windows to the light well, it provides a high standard of accommodation in chambers that have been fully renovated in the last 12 months. It includes extensive built-in shelving and furniture.

There are seventeen members of the Floor including two senior counsel and a number of senior juniors with strong practices in a variety of jurisdictions.

The sale price is $180,000. Reasonable offers will be considered. All enquiries and expressions of interest will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and should be directed to: Rhonda Dalton, ph: 9232 4466 or via email: rhonda.dalton@wentworthchambers.com.au

Registration still open for CPE’s January 2017 Conferences!

Tue Dec 06 2016
An advertisement from CPE Conferences

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Our speakers share their insights with you in an informal setting conducive to fostering an increase in knowledge and networking prospects, as well as the enrichment of your CPD experience. Our bespoke programs provide a dynamic, relevant and rewarding experience that broadens the mind through a cross-pollination of ideas, across a diverse range of cultures and professions.

Our St Moritz and Cortina d’Ampezzo ski conferences are fantastic networking opportunities for delegates. Visit www.cpeconferences.com to register or read more.

Tender opportunity for facilitators - Defence Abuse Response Taskforce

Tue Dec 06 2016

From 1 December 2016, the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s (OCO) jurisdiction has been expanded to include an independent process to resolve reports of serious abuse in Defence. One of the available actions the OCO can take to respond to individual reports of abuse is to facilitate restorative engagement conferences, similar to those run by the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce.

On Monday, 28 November 2016, the OCO released an Approach to Market (ATM) on AusTender, seeking suitably qualified and experienced facilitators to conduct Restorative Engagement Conferences as a Panel Arrangement.

The Tender closes at 4:00pm Canberra time on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.

Practitioners with experience in mediation, family dispute resolution, restorative practice, conciliation, group facilitation or similar processes may be interested in this tender. The Tender can be viewed following the ATM identification number ATM 2016/55 and link here.

Any queries related to the published ATM should be forwarded to:procurement@ombudsman.gov.au

ALRC inquiry into Indigenous incarceration

Tue Dec 06 2016

The Australian Government has released a consultation draft of terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians. Submissions on the terms of reference should be made by 13 January 2017. More information, including the consultation draft of terms of reference, is available here.

Four new QCs in Queensland

Mon Dec 05 2016

Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has announced the appointment of four new QCs. Vicki Loury, Bernard Porter, Matthew Brady and Christopher Murdoch were appointed by the governor on the recommendation of Chief Justice Holmes.

33rd Great Bar Boat Race - 2016 Invitational Challenge

Mon Dec 05 2016

The 33rd Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 19 December at 11.00am. Solicitors are invited to compete in a friendly competition with the Bench & Bar. This is a non-spinnaker race for monohull keelboats greater than 6.5m. The organising authority is the RAN Sailing Association ("RANSA"). For more information about the race, including the strict insurance prerequisites, or to enter, download a flyer here.

New childcare agreement with Guardian Early Learning Group

Mon Dec 05 2016

The New South Wales Bar Association has entered into a new management agreement with Guardian Early Learning Group (Guardian). The new agreement provides association members with guaranteed access to 15 full time equivalent places across two early learning centres – 9 Castlereagh Street and 1 Bligh Street – for the next three years.

At this stage it is anticipated that the Martin Place Early Learning Centre will be closing at the end of August 2017, due to the NSW Government’s resumption of the site. The association understands that Guardian has taken steps to inform Bar Association families of the details of this arrangement. Guardian’s enrolments team will contact both waitlisted and currently enrolled families in the new year to discuss their future plans.

If you wish to access the Bar Association’s childcare scheme please contact Guardian’s enrolments team on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au.

Room for sale in Frederick Jordan Chambers

Mon Dec 05 2016

External room for sale on 5th floor, Frederick Jordan Chambers, 53 Martin Place. Comfortable light and airy, 14 square metres with built in shelving. Freshly painted. Sale includes desk and return, bookshelf and three chairs. Friendly collegiate chambers. Offered at $70K (negotiable). Contact Clerk of Chambers on 9229 7333.

Room for Sale - Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Mon Dec 05 2016

A beautifully appointed, light-filled room is available for purchase on Third Floor Wentworth Chambers.

The room is standard sized and has large windows which face into a light well. There are no built in shelving units giving the buyer a fresh canvas to create a space to their own taste. By negotiation, furniture may also be included in the purchase, including a three seater King Furniture couch; Beachwood Furniture bookshelf, solid wood desk with large draws, standing lamp and sideboard with doors and shelving for briefs; three client chairs and a desk chair. The Floor boasts low monthly floor fees and a collegiate atmosphere. For more information visit www.3wentworth.com.au

The room is being offered for $180,000 (negotiable. Reasonable offers will be considered). All enquiries and expressions of interest should be directed to the floor clerk, Katelyn Faiella, on 02 9232 3937 or via email at clerk3@wentworthchambers.com.au.

All enquiries will be afforded the strictest confidence.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Dec 02 2016

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day - 23 January 2017

Fri Dec 02 2016

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.

Opportunity to licence at 53 Martin Place Chambers

Fri Dec 02 2016

We are welcoming expressions of interest to licence a room at 53 Martin Place Chambers. Spacious single room with plenty of natural light available now. Reasonable monthly outgoings. For more information about chambers, please visit our website at www.53mpc.com. All enquiries & expressions of interest will be treated with confidence and should be directed to Emily Caradus on ph: (02) 8246 9011 or ecaradus@53mpc.com.

Bar Library hours during the Christmas-New Year season

Fri Dec 02 2016

The Bar Library will be closed from 12.00pm on Friday, 23 December 2016 to Friday, 20 January 2017 and on Thursday, 26 January 2017. Members in chambers during January are advised to borrow books before 23 December (no overdue notices will be issued until the library re-opens). The library will be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm between Monday, 23 January 2017 to Friday, 27 January 2017. Normal opening hours will resume from Monday, 31 January 2017

Room available in Arthur Phillip Chambers, Parramatta

Fri Dec 02 2016

A room is available at Arthur Phillip Chambers, an 8-minute walk from the Parramatta Transport Interchange. Chambers is in the centre of the Parramatta Justice Precinct, directly opposite the Sydney West Trial Courts and adjacent to the Family Law Courts, the Children's Court and the Local Court.

Areas of practice include family, criminal, traffic offences, children's matters, wills and estates, building and construction, immigration, defamation and civil matters.

All expressions of interest will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. For further enquiries, please contact the clerk, Betty Hor, on (02) 9891 4666 or clerk@apchambers.com.au. Enquiries from readers are welcome.

Bar Choir Christmas Concert this evening!

Fri Dec 02 2016

The Bar Choir will hold a Christmas Concert at St James Church at 5.15pm this evening to raise funds for the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation. The concert will last for roughly one hour. Donations from attendees will be gratefully received.

2017 Opening of Law Term Church Service at St James' Church

Fri Dec 02 2016

The Most Reverend Dr Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, and the Reverend Andrew Sempell, Rector of St James, invite members of the New South Wales Bar and the judiciary to attend the 2017 Law Term Church Service at St James’ Anglican Church, 173 King Street on Thursday, 2 February 2017 commencing at 10.30am.

Registration still open for CPE’s January 2017 Conferences!

Thu Dec 01 2016
An advertisement from CPE Conferences

CPE Conferences’ success as a quality CPD provider is not based on a formula but an exciting kaleidoscope of internationally crafted academic and social programs perfected over the last 23 years by a team of professionals, for professionals.

Our speakers share their insights with you in an informal setting conducive to fostering an increase in knowledge and networking prospects, as well as the enrichment of your CPD experience. Our bespoke programs provide a dynamic, relevant and rewarding experience that broadens the mind through a cross-pollination of ideas, across a diverse range of cultures and professions.

Our St Moritz and Cortina d’Ampezzo ski conferences are fantastic networking opportunities for delegates. Visit www.cpeconferences.com to register or read more.

Indigenous pre-law students visit to the Bar Association - 14 December 2016

Thu Dec 01 2016

As part of the NSW Bar Association’s Reconciliation Action Plan, we host an annual visit from the Indigenous students attending the UNSW pre-law course. This year the visit is on 14 December and starts at 9.00am in the common room. We seek volunteers to attend the morning discussion about life as a barrister and then take several students back to Chambers. A visit to the Supreme Court starts at 12.15 pm and then there is a lunch in the common room.

The objective is to demonstrate to the new law students the role of barristers and to encourage them to see the Bar as a future career option.

We need volunteers. Please come for an enjoyable morning and a rewarding exchange with some aspiring law students.

To volunteer, please send me an email at ronalds@fjc.net.au.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chris Ronalds SC
Chair, Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party

A room for sale in State Chambers

Thu Dec 01 2016

A room in State Chambers, which will be available at the end of November 2016, is 28 square metres. This natural light filled room is located on the north-east corner of the top floor of 52 Martin Place and features floor to ceiling windows and extensive high quality shelving, cupboards and drawers. The sale price of the room is $20K on a walk in/walk out basis. Included in the sale is: all joinery; furniture; library; and stereo system.

The Floor has 5 senior counsel and 16 junior barristers with practices across a variety of jurisdictions. It is particularly strong in commercial, taxation, common law, constitutional/administrative and employment/industrial.

All enquiries will be treated with the strictest of confidence and should be directed to our Clerk, Fiona Hayden at clerk@statechambers.net

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Thu Dec 01 2016

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

Thu Dec 01 2016

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