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Indigenous pre-law students visit to Bar Association

Wed Nov 22 2017
Diversity

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 Tuesday, 12 December and starts at 9.00 am in the Bar Association’s common room.

We are seeking 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 around 12.30 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. If you are able to attend, please contact Chris Ronalds SC on ronalds@fjc.net.au.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chris Ronalds SC

Chair, Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party

Motor Accident Guidelines and Regulation to take effect on 1 December

Wed Nov 22 2017

The Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 (NSW) (the Act) establishes a new scheme of compulsory third party (CTP) insurance and the provision of benefits and support relating to people injured as a consequence of motor accidents in New South Wales (NSW). The new scheme commences on 1 December 2017 and applies to motor accidents occurring on or after 1 December 2017.

Pursuant to s 10.2 of the Act, the Motor Accident Guidelines have been published in the NSW Government Gazette. The Guidelines apply to motor accidents occurring on or after 1 December 2017 and take effect on that day. The Guidelines relating to premium determination apply to premium rate filings for all third party policies commencing on or after 1 December 2017.

Also made under the Motor Accidents Injuries Act 2017 is the Motor Accidents Amendment Regulation 2017, which commences on 1 December 2017.

Barristers Classifieds

Wed Nov 22 2017
Member services and benefits

Barristers Classifieds are published each Wednesday. Individual notices will remain here until they are sold. No liability will be accepted by the New South Wales Bar Association for the information contained on this webpage or in respect of any action taken as a result of using this information. The information contained on this webpage has been supplied by the barrister concerned. Neither its accuracy nor its reliability have been checked nor verified by the New South Wales Bar Association. Independent advice should be sought where relevant inrespect of the information contained on this webpage. The Bar Association reserves the right to remove inappropriate or irrelevant material.For more information, or to place your advertisement in Barristers Classifieds, contact InBrief here.

Jack Shand Chambers – Room Sale

A room is currently available for immediate purchase. An excellent external room (24sqm) with expansive views to the SSW of Sydney. The room has a very comfortable and extensive fit-out. If you would like to inspect the room or have any enquiry with regard to the purchase please contact the clerk, Stephen Upton, on 9233-7711. All such enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Room for licence

5 Selborne has a room in its annex for licence. Any interested barrister should contact the clerk Terry Funnell on 9235 1155.

Room for sale / license at Frederick Jordan Chambers

External corner room on level 6

For Sale $90,000; OR available for 6 months from January 2018 22.5m2 - overlooking Martin Place and Elizabeth Street. Monthly rent $2215 plus gst. Monthly clerks and library fees are $1355 plus gst on each room. Contact Elleanor Gillard, Clerk to Chambers on phone 9229 7333 or email clerk@fjc.net.au for further information.

Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Third Floor Wentworth Chambers currently has a spacious 1 ½ size room for sale (4500 shares in CCL). The internal light well facing room has new carpet and windows, a new air-conditioning unit and extensive shelving. All enquiries regarding sale price or inspection can be directed to the clerk, Kaitlyn Faiella, on 9232 3937 or clerk3@wentworthchambers.com.au All enquiries will be dealt in the strictest confidence.

Room for sale in Denman Chambers - $35,000.00

Applications are invited to purchase an internal room (13.6 m2) in Denman Chambers. Would suit Junior Barrister. Sale includes Commonwealth Law Reports (Vol 1-199) and NSW LR (Vol 1-65) as well as furniture. The floor has an extensive library and is linked to Barnet. All enquiries should be directed to the clerk of the floor, Michelle Borg on 9264 6899 or michelle@denmanchambers.com.au and will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. For more information about the floor, please visit www.denmanchambers.com.au

Room for sale in Denman Chambers - $70,000.00

Large, well appointed, sunny room overlooking Hyde Park available for sale. Suitable for Silk or Senior Junior. The room size is 29m2 and possesses a large conference room, an extensive library and is linked to Barnet. All enquiries should be directed to the clerk of the floor, Michelle Borg on 9264 6899 or michelle@denmanchambers.com.au and will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. For more information about the floor, please visit www.denmanchambers.com.au

Room for purchase in Sir James Martin Chambers

Room with views to the Eastern Suburbs is available for purchase at nominal cost. The room is large, light filled and has good shelving. These well-established chambers have a new 10 year lease commencing March 2018. Enquiries concerning outgoings and to arrange an inspection can be directed to the Clerk, Kirsti Reith on 9223 8088 or clerk@sirjamesmartin.com. All enquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence. For more information, please visit www.sirjamesmartin.com

Trust Chambers - external rooms currently available

No buy in – 6 months get out

Trust Chambers has recently negotiated a new 5 year lease with an option for a further 5 year term. The lease contains no ‘knock down’ clause and the rent compares favourably to the current market. Trust Chambers is a stable, long established Floor which has been around for 25 years.

  • The first room, 16-17 square metres, faces directly on to Hyde Park, with floor to ceiling glass and would suit an experienced Junior Counsel.

  • The second room is 14-15 square metres with large wall to wall windows, with good views of the northern side of the Downing Centre and has built in shelving.

We offer the following:

  • Prime location, just metres from Downing Centre Court complex and a short walk to the Family Court Precinct. Also Museum Railway Station, buses and ample car parking a stone’s throw away;
  • Rent/Clerk fees are very reasonable;
  • A good mix of senior & junior barristers across a range of areas, but predominantly in Criminal, Family Law and Commercial litigation;
  • 6 month notice requirement, i.e. members are not required to hold a room beyond that period if they decide to move on.
  • All enquires can be made in utmost discretion to Luke Robinson -Floor Clerk 9264 9444 or clerk@trustchambers.com.au

Larger size Room for Sale on Second Floor Wentworth

Presently licensed on a short term basis, a larger size room (1 and 1/3 size or 4000 shares in CCL) on the Macquarie Street side of Second Floor Wentworth Chambers is available for purchase. It would most likely suit a silk, aspiring silk or senior junior, with or without a PA, or else a barrister requiring or needing more, but not too much more, extra space. The room has extensive “Rosewood” colour shelving and cupboards and a Mitsubishi air-conditioner. There is also a large leather-topped desk with matching leather office chair, a leather lounge and 2 matching leather lounge chairs, all in excellent condition, which may be included in the sale. CCL Maintenance Contributions are $1,552.86 pm including GST and Floor fees are $2,093.85 pm including GST. The floor is fully networked to CCL, uses its VOIP telephone system, has a WiFi connection, and has its own website and electronic diary management by the Clerk. Recently, the floor’s common areas underwent a stylish refurbishment. There is also easy access from the floor through Second Floor Selborne Chambers and the Selborne lifts to the Bar Library. The floor currently comprises 2 silks, 17 juniors and 2 readers. Members practise in most jurisdictions and areas of practice. Floor members work together harmoniously. The room is realistically priced and terms, including as to delayed settlement, if required, are negotiable. The room may be inspected by prior arrangement with the clerk on 9232 4466 or email to clerk2@wentworthchambers.com.au. All enquiries will be dealt in the strictest confidence.

Chambers with anteroom for sale (4,100 shares) - Second Floor, Selborne Chambers

This room is well appointed with extensive storage both in the anteroom and the main room. The anteroom which is presently used for a PA is also suitable as a work station leaving the main room available as a dedicated conference facility. Subject to floor approval, it may also be licensed to defray expenses. The room also has Mitsubishi air-conditioning. Outgoing are only $1565.17 inclusive of GST (CCL) and $1210.00 inclusive of GST in respect of floor fees. There is a considerable diversity of practices amongst members of this strong and congenial floor including commercial, common law (including medical negligence), equity, administrative law, crime, trade practices, tax law and coronial inquiries. Fast internet via CCL VoIp telephone system is available. Asking price $135,000 For further information and inspection contact the floor clerk Sarah Aleksovski or her assistant Skye Arnold on 92336400 or email salekovski@selbornechambers.com.au. All applications will be treated in strict confidence.

Room for licence in Chalfont Chambers

A small internal room has become available to licence in Chalfont Chambers. The available room would suit a junior barrister and is fully fitted out with a desk and shelving. The monthly licence fee is $1,200 excl. GST plus disbursements. Chalfont Chambers is located in the Culwulla Chambers building at 9/67 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. If you are interested in inspecting the room, please contact the Clerk, Justine Ferraro on 02 9232 0186 or clerk@chalfont.com.au All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Level 8 Windeyer Chambers

Sale or Licence Internal room 15.75 square metres

Sale price - Negotiable

Situated in the same building as the Land & Environment Court. Within 100 metres of the Supreme & Federal Courts and NSW Bar Association Dispute Resolution Centre. The floor consists of established senior juniors practising in equity, land and environment law, insolvency and a range of other commercial areas. Counsels' Chambers Limited levies per month are $854.15 [incl GST] Number of shares with Counsels' Chambers Limited is 2,200. Floor Fees are $1725 [incl GST] Enquiries: Sharon Hiller, Clerk of Chambers. Tel: (02) 9235 3033 clerk8@windeyerchambers.com.au www.windeyer8.com.au

For Sale - Internal standard sized room 10.3 squares metres

Sale price: Negotiable

Furnished with shelving and robing cupboard. The floor consists of established senior juniors practising in a wide range of commercial areas. 2040 shares in Counsels Chambers Ltd. Situated in the same building as the Land & Environment Court. Close to the Supreme Court & NSW Bar Dispute Resolution Centre. Possesses working library, high speed internet & email access via Counsels Chambers Network. Counsel Chambers' Levies are $793 per month (GST incl). Floor fees $1725 [ incl GST ] Sharon Hiller Clerk of Chambers Tel: (02) 9235 3033 clerk8@windeyerchambers.com.au www.windeyer8.com.au

Internal standard sized room 13.6 squares metres

Sale Price - negotiable

Furnished with shelving and robing cupboard. The floor consists of established senior juniors practising in a wide range of commercial areas. 2040 shares in Counsels Chambers Ltd. Situated in the same building as the Land & Environment Court. Close to the Supreme Court & NSW Bar Dispute Resolution Centre. Possesses working library, high speed internet & email access via Counsels Chambers Network. Counsel Chambers' Levies are $793.00 per month (GST incl). Floor fees $1725 [ incl GST ] Sharon Hiller, Clerk of Chambers, Tel: (02) 9235 3033 clerk8@windeyerchambers.com.au www.windeyer8.com.au

Sir Owen Dixon Chambers – Level 64 MLC Centre

A room is currently available for purchase or licence at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers. The room is a good sized internal room with fitout. The floor comprises 60 barristers including three 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.auAll enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence. www.sirowendixon.com.au

Room for sale in 9 Windeyer Chambers

Room size: 21m2

Room features:

  • 1.5 standard rooms.
  • Newly refurbished.
  • Extensive cupboards and shelving space.
  • Built in large working desk.
  • Space for a 10 seater conference table.
  • Two robe cupboards. Total monthly outgoings are $3,380 in total for maintenance levy and Clerks fees. Counsels Chambers high speed internet access connection. Phones are connected to VoIP. The floor is busy, stable and very harmonious. The floor predominantly practices in common law, insurance, crime, equity and commercial matters. Please contact me if you have any further queries, or would like to make an application or inspection. All enquiries will of course be treated in the strictest of confidence. Contact details: Victoria Leva, personal assistant, Office direct line: (02) 8224 2212, Mobile: 0466 334 846 secretary9@windeyerchambers.com.au

Opportunity of a Lifetime at Fourth Floor Wentworth Chambers

Are you new at the Bar? Are you looking for Chambers? A room has become available for licence – at no cost (excluding disbursements), and for a period of not less than one year. Due to the extreme generosity of a member of the Floor, this opportunity only exists for a recently admitted member of the Bar. Expressions of interest, together with your CV, should be emailed to the Clerk, Leanne Ferguson.

  • 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers
  • 180 Phillip Street, Sydney
  • Tel: 9232 2722
  • Clerk: Leanne Ferguson – lferguson@4wentworth.com.au Please contact the Clerk if you have any queries. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Rooms for sale or license in Frederick Jordan Chambers

External room for sale on level 1

  • 2 windows overlooking Elizabeth Street.
  • 24 m2
  • $65,000
  • Monthly rent and outgoings $3650 plus GST

External room for sale on level 2

  • 2 windows overlooking Martin Place.
  • 19.5 m2
  • $120,000
  • Monthly rent and outgoings $3355 plus GST

Large external corner room on level 2

  • 33m2 – five large windows overlooking Martin Place and Phillip Street,
  • Quiet, with double glazing installed last year.
  • Available for 6-7 months from mid December 2017
  • Monthly rent and floor fees reduced to $2700 plus gst.
  • Set of CLR and NSW Law Reports
  • Large desk and chair, together with wood and leather insert conference table and 6 chairs, wardrobes, drinks cabinet
  • Plenty of cupboards and shelf space for briefs and library books

Internal room for sale on level 4

  • Modern fitout
  • 14 m2
  • $25,000
  • Monthly rent and outgoings $2880 plus GST

Room for license

  • Internal room on level 5
  • 14 m2
  • Monthly rent $1530 plus GST
  • Monthly outgoings $1355 plus GST
  • Rental subsidy may apply- please enquire

Internal room on level 6

Available immediately. 15m2
Monthly rent $1590 plus gst. This room is also available to purchase.

Opportunity to license/buy on 11th Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers

The room is a generously sized internal room with full wall library, large windows providing natural light, ample brief shelving, plenty of cupboard storage, mini fridge cupboard and a robing closet. Please contact Elisa Tringali with expressions of interest by email or on phone on (02) 9335 3091. All enquiries will be afforded strict confidence.

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Law reports and journals for sale

Reasonable offers accepted for all or some of the following, all in excellent condition:

  • New South Wales Law Reports, [1971] 1 NSWLR to (2016) 91 NSWLR, bound volumes, complete.

  • Western Australian Law Reports, (1991) 6 WALR to (2016) 50 WALR, bound volumes, complete

  • Tasmanian Law Reports (1991) 1 Tas LR to (2015) 23 Tas LR, bound volumes, complete

  • Australian Case Citator – complete 1825-2017, 16 bound volumes + updates to 2017

  • Australian Property Law Journal vol 1 to date, loose leaf folders, complete

  • Butterworths Property Reports, vol 1 to date, loose leaf volumes, complete

Contact: Peter Butt; (02) 9436 2400; peter.butt@sydney.edu.au

Law reports for sale

NSWLRs, ALJRs, ALRs and more. Contact 0412 942 872 for more details.

Partner's desk

Outstanding and unique example of 19th century Parisian decorative joinery. Built in 1849 to the highest standards on the orders of an Argentinian Pastoralist, shipped to Melbourne in the early 20th century, and for the last 25 years reposing gracefully in Sydney, and working on her patina. Fit for purpose as is but, after 170 odd years, could do with a small make over. Offers invited. Available now. A real work of art ready for re-housing. Do yourself a favour. Phone 0411 193 069

Unique desk for sale

Unique desk - beautiful elegant walnut desk + return, for sale. Make an offer quickly. Imminent demolition of building. Desk top = 900mm deep x 1830 mm wide. RETURN ( DETACHABLE ) = 1070 MM X 450 MM. Be very quick to beat the imminent demolition of 15 Wardell Chambers + Building, 39 Martin Place.

Modesty board is of carefully selected panels of walnut. Tasmanian blackbean frame and legs. A little polish applied to desk top is indicated. CONTACT: OWNER DAVID MARKS, MOBILE 0488 299 524 CLERK JOHN MACNAMARA 9232 5255 ( 15 Wardell Chambers, 39 Martin Place )

Furniture for sale

  • Antique partners’ desk
  • 4 black chairs with chrome fittings on rollers
  • 1 antique lounge chair
  • 2 four drawer Calibre metal filing cabinets with keys
  • Desk lamp and another lamp and shade

Offers invited – to inspect ph 0412942872”

Desk for sale

I am a retired solicitor and have a very large Victorian era partner’s desk that I wish to sell. It is in fine condition with a green coloured tooled leather top and would be very suitable for a busy barrister requiring extensive work space. It has dimensions of approximately 1.8 m by 1.6 m. It has a sheet of clear glass of the same dimensions, if required, to protect the leather surface. The desk is in three parts: two pedestals with drawers on both sides and the desk top, which makes it convenient to move. The abundant work space is the particular attraction. Contact: Graham Bellamy, PO Box 597 Mosman 2088, grahambellamy@bigpond.com or ph: (02) 9969 8005

United Nations Day Lecture re-scheduled to 5 December

Wed Nov 22 2017
International trade law

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was founded 50 years ago. The United Nations Day Lecture will be held on Wednesday, 5 December 2017 in Court 1, Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square between 5.15pm and 6.30pm. The lecture is an initiative of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA). The speaker will be Tim Castle, barrister and chair of UNCCA and the chair will be Chrissa Loukas SC. It will be presented around Australia to introduce lawyers, academics and students to the past and future work of UNCITRAL. Admission will be free, but registration is required. Learn more here.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2018

Wed Nov 22 2017

Registrations are now OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney

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

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Nov 22 2017

Wednesday, November 22 2017: 'David and Goliath: A talk on the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation v Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group'

Presented by Vance Hughston SC and Tina Jowett. Chaired by Stephen Lloyd SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

Book a Fitting, we’ll come to you!

Wed Nov 22 2017

Karen Gee exclusive women’s wardrobe consultations

Featuring the finest made-to-order women’s garments exclusively by Karen Gee, we provide private consultations at your office and assist with your unique wardrobe needs on your schedule, delivering the perfect look especially made for you.

For all inquiries and bookings, please email Lydia@karengee.com.au

Developing a Reasonable Estimate of Fees

Tue Nov 21 2017
Free webinar series: Innovative Law Practice Techniques

The American Bar Association's Law Practice Division and the New South Wales Bar Association will hold a joint webinar panel discussion on Friday, 1 December 2017 at 8.00am AEST. The topic will be "Developing a Reasonable Estimate of Fees". The moderator will be Philippe Doyle Gray. Learn more here.

Cooperation between Bench and Bar during Queens Square shutdown

Tue Nov 21 2017
Message from President Arthur Moses SC

The Law Courts Building re-opened on 15 November 2017. Chief Justice Bathurst AC has asked me to thank members of the New South Wales Bar for their cooperation during the period of closure of the Law Courts Building in Queens Square. The co-operation between the Bench and Bar facilitated minimal disruption to the justice system. The Bar Association was able to assist the court in hosting a meeting of visiting judges and a conference at the offices of the Bar Association during this period. I also join with Chief Justice Bathurst AC in thanking members and the staff of the Bar Association for their cooperation and good humour during this period.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2018

Mon Nov 20 2017

Registrations are now OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney

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

Save the date : 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Mon Nov 20 2017

The 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. The conference offers 5 CPD points.

Speaker details and online registration 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

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Nov 20 2017

Wednesday, November 22 2017: 'David and Goliath: A talk on the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation v Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group'

Presented by Vance Hughston SC and Tina Jowett. Chaired by Stephen Lloyd SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

Commencement of provisions of the Parole Legislation Amendment Act 2017

Mon Nov 20 2017

The following aspects of the Government's recent Parole Legislation Amendment Act 2017 commence today:

• Community safety test: The State Parole Authority (SPA) will use the new community safety test when considering offenders for parole. The community safety test replaces the ‘public interest’ test and requires that the SPA only release an offender on parole if they are satisfied that it is in the interests of community safety. The test also requires the SPA to consider, if applicable, whether the offender has disclosed the location of the remains of a victim (‘no body, no parole’).
• Changes to Victims Register: The Corrective Services Victims Register have clearer authority to provide information to all registered victims (instead of only victims of serious offenders) when there are important changes to a relevant offender’s circumstances in custody. This includes when a relevant offender is being considered for parole. All registered victims will have the right to make a submission to be considered by the SPA during decision making. • Information sharing to improve management of offenders: Health service providers will be required to provide information to Community Corrections about the participation of a parolee in medical treatment required as a parole condition, or under direction from a Community Correction Officer. For example, psychiatric, anti-libidinal or drug treatment. This allows Community Corrections to more effectively supervise a parolee. Health service providers are not required to provide specific details about the nature of the service provided. • Extension of the prerogative of mercy: This allows the Governor of NSW to grant pardons to offenders, or lessen the impact of their sentences, such as by releasing them from custody before their non-parole periods expire. The scope of the prerogative of mercy will be extended to authorise the Governor to release an offender on parole. An offender released on parole under the prerogative will be subject to the same controls by SPA and supervision by Community Corrections, as any other offender released on parole.
• Extending the right to request the SPA revoke parole: The power of the Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecution to request the SPA revoke a parole order of a serious offender (on the grounds that it was obtained on the basis of false, misleading or irrelevant information) has been extended to the Minister for Corrections. • Review of decision to revoke parole: The SPA have clearer authority to consider the behaviour of the offender, including any offences alleged to have been committed on parole or after parole was revoked, when reviewing the decision to revoke parole.

For further information, see the Department of Justice's parole reform webpage

District Court Criminal Practice Note 12

Fri Nov 17 2017
Practice and procedure

District Court Criminal Practice Note 12 was published in the NSW Government Gazette today. It applies to proceedings on indictment with an estimated duration of two or more weeks. It will take effect from 2 March 2018, so that trials with estimates of two or more weeks listed to commence from 16 April 2018 will be listed for readiness hearing. Download the practice note here.

NSW Council for Civil Liberties 2017 Dinner

Fri Nov 17 2017

Michael Kirby AC CMG and Bret Walker SC will be speaking on current civil liberties issues and the law at the Civil Liberties Dinner, at the Sky Phoenix restaurant on Friday, 24 November 2017. Bret will give the keynote address on: The People are not Instruments (or Peter Dutton is not Immanuel Kant). For details see here. Bookings here.

Adopt NT royal commission recommendations: LCA

Fri Nov 17 2017
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia has called for the immediate adoption of key recommendations made by the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory
– including raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12; and that no child under 14 should be sentenced to detention, except in the most serious cases.

Law Council of Australia President, Fiona McLeod SC, said today’s royal commission report uncovered shocking treatment of children and young people within the juvenile justice system and that an immediate NT and national response was required.

View the Law Council's media release here and read the royal commission's report here.

Jose Crespo (1964-2017)

Fri Nov 17 2017
Vale

Jose Crespo, Crown prosecutor, died yesterday. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

2017 ACC National Conference

Thu Nov 16 2017
Direct briefing

The Bar Association, through an initiative of the Practice Development Committee, is a sponsor of the Association of Corporate Counsel 2017 Annual Conference in Alice Springs. The Bar Association has sponsored the mobile barista - complete with the obligatory merchandise. According to InBrief's sources, it is doing a roaring trade.

United Nations Day Lecture re-scheduled to 5 December

Thu Nov 16 2017
International trade law

The United Nations Day Lecture marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of UNCITRAL has been postponed to 5 December 2017 due to the closure of the Law Courts Building in Queens Square. Learn more here.

The lecture is an initiative of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA). The speaker will be Tim Castle, barrister and chair of UNCCA and the chair will be Chrissa Loukas SC. It will be presented around Australia to introduce lawyers, academics and students to the past and future work of UNCITRAL. Admission will be free, but registration is required.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2018

Thu Nov 16 2017

Registrations are now OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney

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

Coming up in CPD

Thu Nov 16 2017

Wednesday, November 22 2017: 'David and Goliath: A talk on the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation v Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group'

Presented by Vance Hughston SC and Tina Jowett. Chaired by Stephen Lloyd SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday, November 28 2017: 'Complaints Against Judicial Officers: The Role of the Judicial Commission'

Presented by Ernest Schmatt, Chief Executive, Judicial Commission of New South Wales and chaired by Arthuer Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless otherwise noted.

Bar Association office hours over Christmas

Wed Nov 15 2017

The Bar Association's office will close at mid-day on Friday, 22 December 2017 for the Christmas/New Year break and re-open at 9.00am on Monday, 8 January 2018. The library will close on 22 December and reopen on 22 January 2018 between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm. Normal library opening hours will resume on 29 January 2018.