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102NA Family Law Act, 1975 - Cross-Examination of perpetrators and victims of family violence.

Fri Oct 18 2019
Monday, 11 November 2019 and Monday, 18 November 2019

On 11 September, s 102NA of the Family Law Act 1975 commenced operation. The new amendment is intended to provide protection to victims of family violence involved in cross-examination as part of family law proceedings.

The two-part family law seminar series will look at the operation of this new provision and to provide some guidance on the advocacy skills involved in cross-examination of this type. The first seminar will include a presentation by Grant Brady SC on cross-examining alleged victims and vulnerable witnesses, followed by a presentation on avoiding collusion and enabling conduct. The second seminar will include a presentation by Suzanne Christie SC on cross-examining alleged perpetrators, a presentation on working with clients affected by trauma and also a presentation from a judge as to the initial experiences of these hearings. For full details please click here.

This seminar has been organised by the Bar Association’s Family Law Committee, in conjunction with Legal Aid NSW.

Both seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room

Everything you wanted to ask a judge but are too afraid to ask

Fri Oct 18 2019

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Bar Common Room on Tuesday, 29 October at 5.15pm. As usual, the Q&A will feature a panel of judges from the Federal, Supreme and District Courts who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. This year drinks will follow the event at Verandah Bar.

Members are welcome to attend one or both events. Drinks are free for Under 5s and $40 for Over 5s.

Registrations close Thursday, 17 October. Register here.

This event is proudly supported by BarCover

Use your heart for the home and your head for the home loan

Fri Oct 18 2019
Member services and benefits

If you have fallen for your dream home, Suncorp Bank could help you pay less interest and help you to manage your money better with their fee-free Everyday Transaction Account. For more information, sign-in to Member Advantage using your Bar Association login and password.

With Suncorp Bank, you’ll have support for every step of your home buying journey.

Discounts only available to Member Advantage members referred to Suncorp Bank by Member Advantage. Discounted home loan rates are available only on eligible home loans for new lending >= $150,000 and who hold or open a Suncorp Bank transaction account. Subject to change without notice and discounted offers may be withdrawn at any time. Banking products are issued by Suncorp-Metway Ltd ABN 66 010 831 722 AFSL No 229882 Australian Credit Licence 229882 (“Suncorp Bank”) to approved applicants only. Please read the relevant Personal Deposit Account Product Information Document, Terms and Conditions for Suncorp Accounts and Continuing Credit accounts, Lending Fees and Charges and Home Package Plus Terms and Conditions before making a decision about these products. Fees, charges, terms and conditions apply and are available on request at suncorp.com.au.

Corporations and Insolvency Law Update

Fri Oct 18 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Presented by Michael Izzo SC, Danielle Forrester and Sonia Tame, and chaired by the Honourable Justice Kelly Rees, this seminar will examine developments in corporations and insolvency law including:

  • Recent High Court decisions on insolvent trading trusts and deeds of company arrangement
  • Anti-phoenixing legislation
  • Recent cases on directors duties
  • Changes to the penalty regime for corporate and financial sector misconduct

For full details please click here.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Local Court Swearing-in ceremony for Janine Lacy and Kevin Hockey

Fri Oct 18 2019
Swearing-in - Monday

Janine Lacy and Kevin Hockey will be sworn-in as magistrates at a ceremonial sitting of the Local Court on Monday, 21 October at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Ben Katekar will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and robes are not to be worn.

Annual Charteris Dinner and Oration

Fri Oct 18 2019
At the lectern

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (NSW) will hold its annual Charteris Dinner and Oration on Wednesday, 27 November in the Stateroom, Hilton Hotel. The special guest speaker will be her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC. Her topic will be "International slavery legislation - the Australian response".

The annual dinner honours the contribution of Professor A. H. Charteris, professor of Jurisprudence and International Law at Sydney University and founder of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Minds Count Annual Lecture 2019 - New Date

Fri Oct 18 2019
Wellbeing

The Minds Count Annual Lecture originally scheduled for this Wednesday 16 October has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, and will now take place on Tuesday 19 November 2019, 5.45pm for 6.00pm start – 8pm at The Federal Court, Sydney.

Hear from keynote speaker and writer, David Westgate. David has had a long career as a high-flying businessman working in the field of advertising and decided to blend his passion and career to become a keynote speaker for the Black Dog Institute after being diagnosed with bipolar 1. David is now a passionate promoter of mental health within the workplace whilst living a full personal and professional life.

The event's venue will remain the same at the Federal Court's Court 1 on Level 21. Please ensure you arrive in ample time to clear security prior to making your way to Level 21. The lecture will be followed by drinks and canapes.

We apologize for any inconvenience this date change may cause, but hope you can join us for this special event! For more information and to register click here.

If you made a booking for the original date, can no longer attend, and require a refund, please contact hello@mindscount.org

Are your cases traumatising you?  

Fri Oct 18 2019
Understanding and managing vicarious trauma

What is vicarious trauma? What are the symptoms? How can you minimise its impact? Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker, will present "Are your cases traumatising you?" on Wednesday, 13 November at 5.15pm in the Common Room. The seminar will be chaired by Kylie Nomchong SC.

State Memorial Service for the Honourable Jane Mathews AO

Fri Oct 18 2019

The State Memorial Service for the late the Honourable Jane Mathews AO will be held today in The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House. The venue will open at 2.15. Guests are requested to be seated by 2.45pm for the 3.00pm start.

Everything you wanted to ask a judge but are too afraid to ask

Thu Oct 17 2019

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Common Room on Tuesday, 29 October at 5.15pm. The Q&A will feature a panel of judges from the Federal, Supreme and District Courts who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. This year drinks will follow the event at Verandah Bar.

Members are welcome to attend one or both events. Drinks are free for Under 5s and $40 for Over 5s.

Registrations Close Thursday, 17 October, Register here.

Event Proudly Supported by BarCover

Establishment of the NSW Bar Association Accessibility Panel

Thu Oct 17 2019
Volunteers sought

The Bar Association has established an Accessibility Panel. Its purpose, inter alia, is to consider, address and respond to matters involving disability, access and inclusion and assist in the delivery of the aims and objectives of barristers with a disability. The panel’s work will also address access issues in the built environments (e.g. chambers and court buildings) that affect people working at or visiting those locations.

The panel’s Chair is Robert Dubler SC and its initial members are Brenda Tronson, Nipa Dewan, and Jeh Coutinho (Secretary). The Panel is currently looking for additional members, particularly from those with a lived experience of a physical or mental impairment. If you are interested in assisting please send an expression of interest to Robert Dubler SC (dubler@12thfloor.com.au) and Jeh Coutinho (clerk@banco.net.au) on or before 1 November 2019.

2019 Spigelman Oration and Public Law Section Dinner

Thu Oct 17 2019
At the lectern

Justice Keane will deliver the 2019 Spigelman Oration on "Silencing the Sovereign People" in the Common Room on Wednesday, 30 October from 5:15pm to 6:30pm. The dinner will follow from 6:30pm at Fix Wine Bar & Restaurant, 111 Elizabeth St Sydney.

Tickets: $150pp will include canapes on arrival, followed by a three course set menu. Drinks included within ticket price, for dietary requirements please email msherman@sixthfloor.com.au.

Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference 2019

Thu Oct 17 2019

The Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference supported by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Law Society of New South Wales and the University of Sydney will be held on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.

In the wake of Commissioner Hayne’s Report and the continuing consequences of the Global Financial Crisis a decade earlier, what is the future of the Australian business corporation and is it adequately equipped to deal with the challenges of our future?

Register now for an engaging afternoon as we explore this thought-provoking topic at the Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Commercial and Corporate Law Conference on Tuesday 29 October 2019. Hear from our distinguished speakers as they seek to provide a coherent answer to this important question, which could have profound consequences for business, regulators and the legal profession.

Event details are as follows:

Time: 1.00pm - 6.00pm Venue: Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square

For more information and to register please visit the conference website here.

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable TF Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales
  • The Honourable Justice James Edelman, High Court of Australia
  • Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • Catherine Livingstone AO, Chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Daniel Crennan QC, Deputy Chairman, ASIC
  • Dr R P Austin, Barrister, Level 22 Chambers

Corporations and Insolvency Law Update

Thu Oct 17 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Michael Izzo SC, Danielle Forrester and Sonia Tame, and chaired by The Honourable Justice Kelly Rees, Supreme Court of NSW, will examine developments in corporations and insolvency law including:

  • Recent High Court decisions on insolvent trading trusts and deeds of company arrangement
  • Anti-phoenixing legislation
  • Recent cases on directors duties
  • Changes to the penalty regime for corporate and financial sector misconduct

For full details please click here.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Room for Sale - 13th Floor St James Hall

Thu Oct 17 2019

A room has become available for sale on Level 14 of Chambers. The room is fitted out with quality shelving and a robing cupboard and is located next to Senior Counsel.

13th Floor comprises 7 silks and 21 established senior juniors and juniors practising in a range of areas.

For more information and for view a photo please click here.

All enquiries should be directed to the Clerk, Eugenie Crosby on clerk.13@stjames.net.au or PH: 9335 3000, in the first instance and will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Retirement of Chief Commissioner Kite - venue change

Thu Oct 17 2019
Ceremonial sitting

The Industrial Relations Commission will hold a ceremonial sitting to mark the retirement of Chief Commissioner Kite on Wednesday, 20 November at 9.30am. The Ceremonial sitting will now be held at Supreme Court (law courts building) with refreshments to follow in the Alexander Dawson room. Kylie Nomchong SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

32nd LAWASIA Conference 2019: Harmonisation through Synergy

Thu Oct 17 2019

LAWASIA is pleased to invite the participation of legal professionals at the 32nd LAWASIA Conference in Hong Kong SAR next month. Providing a platform for the convergence of bar leaders, jurists, professional organisations and individual lawyers from across the Asia Pacific, the conference will offer a topical, practical and intensive program, while serving as an important forum for sharing ideas, building professional networks, advocating for the rule of law in various jurisdictions, and advancing the status of the legal profession in the Asia Pacific.

DATE: 5 – 8 November 2019, Hong Kong SAR VENUE: JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong & Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

View the conference program and register here.

NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association - Conference Opening Event for Clerks and Barristers

Thu Oct 17 2019
Tonight

The NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association looks forward to seeing clerks and their barristers at the Conference Opening Event this evening.

The Conference Opening Event is being held tonight from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the Supreme Court of NSW, Banco Court (Level 13 – foyer area). The NSW Barristers’ Clerks are delighted to have the Honourable T. F. Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW, as the Guest of Honour.

A special thank you to the NSW Bar Association for their sponsorship of this event and their continual support of the NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association.

Coronial Process must be respected

Wed Oct 16 2019

President Tim Game SC has today issued a media release stating media commentary regarding a leaked draft report of the Deputy State Coroner in relation to the current inquest in relation to festival deaths is premature and fails to respect the coronial process.

“The Coroner’s role is to investigate the circumstances of certain deaths and make any relevant recommendations for systemic change to Government. It is then wholly a matter for Government as to how those recommendations are dealt with” Mr Game said.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Fundraiser for the Indigenous Barristers Trust - The Mum Shirl Fund

Wed Oct 16 2019
Philanthropy

The First Nations Committee will host a fundraiser on 20 November from 5.00pm at the Public Defenders Chambers, 23/1 Oxford Street. Try some bush tucker and wines by First Nations wine makers. There will be First Nations art & jewellery for sale and up for raffle. Have fun and raise funds for the Indigenous Barristers Trust The Mum Shirl Fund, an important NSW Bar Association venture. Full details and tickets will be available next week.

Drinks for new women silks

Wed Oct 16 2019
Register now

Celebrate the appointment of Tiffany Wong SC, Elizabeth Raper SC, Jennifer Single SC, Tanya Smith SC and Elisabeth Peden SC - on Tuesday, 22 October at Verandah Bar & Restaurant, at 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Justice Virginia Bell will be the guest of honour. All are welcome. Register here.

The Australian Bar Association Inquiry into International Arbitration – The Gyles Report

Wed Oct 16 2019
Tonight - NSW Bar Association Common Room

The Gyles Report identifies issues and recommendations for barristers practising in the field of international arbitration in Australia and abroad.

Please join the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, the Honourable James Allsop AO, The Honourable Roger Gyles AO QC, Mark Dempsey SC, Greg Laughton SC, Jodi Steele and Mary Walker for a comprehensive review of the report and a discussion on the future of engagement of barristers in international arbitration. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

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

Experienced Barristers Program

Wed Oct 16 2019
Diversity and equality

On 1 October 2019, the Wellbeing Committee launched its Experienced Barristers Program, tapping into the "wisdom of the 50-not-out club" (as reported by the Australian Financial Review on 4 October). Presently, 770 of the NSW Bar's 2400-odd members are over the age of 60 and 217 are over 70. As Mr Tim Game SC identified on the night, the Bar is a profession where we learn by example. With the wealth of collective wisdom available, maintaining age equality and diversity is an essential part of a healthy Bar.

The Diversity & Equality Committee endorses this initiative and invites you to help support the experienced members of the Bar and promote age equality in the profession. If your Chambers would like to get involved, please contact Ms Sarah McCarthy, member of the D&E and Wellbeing Committee, at sarah.mccarthy@5wentworth.com.

One of the projects for 2020 for this program will be assisting universities with their mooting competitions, by providing experienced barristers to assist with judging and advocacy training for students. If you know of any existing mooting competitions that could benefit from this assistance, please contact program coordinators Tim Castle of the Wellbeing Committee at tdcastle@stjames.net.au or Chris Winslow at the Bar Association at cwinslow@nswbar.asn.au.

The Prorogation Case: Judicial Review in the Age of Brexit

Wed Oct 16 2019

NSW Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is presenting a seminar on The Prorogation Case: Judicial Review in the Age of Brexit.

Date: Tuesday, 12 November 2019 Time: 5.30-7.00pm Place: Court 18A, Law Courts Building, Queens Square

A special expert panel discussion of the recent decision of the United Kingdom Supreme Court in the Prorogation Case: R (Miller) v Prime Minister; Cherry v Advocate-General for Scotland [2019] UKSC 41. Catch up on the decision, its significance, and possible implications for judicial review of prorogations and other exercises of non-statutory executive power in Australia.

Speakers:

  • Michael Sexton SC, Solicitor General for New South Wales
  • Professor Anne Twomey, Sydney Law School
  • Amanda Sapienza, Senior Solicitor, NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office, who recently completed her PhD thesis on judicial review of non-statutory executive action in Australia

Chair: Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia

Toongabbie legal centre two day Advocacy Workshop

Wed Oct 16 2019

The Toongabbie Legal Centre will be hosting a two day Advocacy Workshop on two Saturdays: 26 October & 2 November 2019. Venue: Parramatta Local Court House (Cnr of Marsden & George Streets) Time: 8.45am for 9am to 4pm

For more information and to register click here.