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Applications for membership of committees for 2019-20

Thu May 09 2019
Governance

Applications for membership of Bar Association Committees for 2019-20 are now open. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5.00pm Friday, 1 June 2019. More information on how to nominate is available here.

ABA International Conference: Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Wed May 08 2019
Early bird registrations close today - no extensions possible

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from some of the profession’s greatest minds and enjoy networking with colleagues from throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Asia. Register from as little as $1,990*

Register now!

Social & Networking Events

Wednesday 10 July: Arrival Drinks

Mr Stork

Nestled at the rooftop on Level 39 of the Andaz, Mr Stork is a destination bar providing 360-degree views of the city. Named after the white and long-legged birds, which are often viewed as a good omen, Mr Stork houses ten teepee huts and relaxed seating set amid lush tropical landscaping to best enjoy the breathtaking views.

Dress: smart casual

Thursday 11 July: Welcome Party

Aura, National Gallery of Singapore

Spanning across two floors of National Gallery Singapore, Aura is an elegant and modern multi-concept dining destination by Michelin star chef-restaurateur Beppe de Vito. Join delegates at the former Supreme Court of Singapore as we celebrate the conclusion of day 1 with spectacular views of Singapore.

Dress: smart

Friday 12 July: Gala Dinner

The Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a modern hotel that pays tribute to a bygone era. Infused with a sense of refinement and a style that is both contemporary and international, its iconic dining destination is The Clifford Pier. Join colleagues under the white vaulted ceiling at this fabulous and exclusive destination as we celebrate the close of the conference.

Dress: black-tie

For more information on the excellent program, speakers and sponsors of Convergence, please visit the website: http://convergence2019.com.au

Enquiries

  • Camilla Gray
  • ABA Event Manager
  • E: rsvp@austbar.asn.au
  • T: 02 9229 1720
  • M: 0411 323 873 *Junior Bar under 7 years at the bar - first 30 registrants

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed May 08 2019
At the lectern

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture titled “The Constitutional Significance of the Barrister in Australia” will be held on 29 August in the Common Room of the NSW Bar Association. All are welcome to attend.

Law Council scholarships

Wed May 08 2019

The Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia offers three scholarships to junior lawyers (no more than four years' experience) in the fields of taxation, competition and corporations law. Entries close at 5.00pm on 30 August 2019.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Wed May 08 2019
Conference

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Mark Robinson SC, Suzanne Christie SC and Kim Morrissey. Please note that Seville and Lisbon are popular destinations and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended.

For more information visit their website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Wed May 08 2019
Nominations now open

The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding women lawyers, mentors and firms that have achieved excellence in their area of practice and helped create opportunities for women in the law. Nominations are open and close 31st May. We would encourage you to support the biennial Awards by nominating yourself, your firm, your mentor, or many of the other outstanding members of our legal community. Please visit our 2019 Awards page for details.

Proudly sponsored by the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Department of Justice, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Australia and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

15 Bobber- The Hon Justice Andrew Bell & The Hon Justice Angus Stewart

Tue May 07 2019
Collegiality

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the The Hon Justice Bell & The Hon Justice Stewart celebrating their recent appointments. The celebration will take place on Friday the 14th of June from 5:15pm onwards in the Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for The Hon Justice Bell will be Ian Pike SC, speaking for The Hon Justice Stewart will be Elizabeth Cheeseman SC.

The President will also present Arthur Moses SC with his Life Membership Certificate.

Tickets are $15 if you pre-register or $25 cash at the door.

The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm. RSVP here.

Have you moved?

Tue May 07 2019
Governance

Have you moved to new chambers since your practising certificate was last issued? If so, please notify the Bar Association of your change in practice address. The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 requires barristers to advise the Bar Council, in writing, of any change in practice address or contact details within seven days of the change.

You may send your notification to the Bar Association's certification officer Georgina Stow by e-mail at certification@nswbar.asn.au.

BarADR Mediation Accreditation

Tue May 07 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to apply for mediator accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are now open and can be made online here. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here.

Members who hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and who have met the NMAS training and experience standards are eligible to be accredited as mediators by the Bar Association. Familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation.

Applications are also sought from:

  • members of the Bar wishing to be accredited by the Bar Association and whose accreditations with other Recognised Mediation Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) are about to expire; and,

  • those who have been accredited by the Bar Association or another RMAB but whose accreditations have lapsed.

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 to become an accredited mediator and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form 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 21 May 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.

AAWJ - Invitation to attend a screening of the movie The Judge

Tue May 07 2019

The Australian Association of Women Judges invites you to attend a screening of the movie The Judge, which follows one of the first female judges to serve in an Islamic court of law. It has been described as “an intimate profile of Kholoud al-Faqih, who in 2009 was one of two women appointed to preside over a sharia court in the West Bank — becoming the first in that role in the Palestinian territories and still among only a few such female judges in the world.”

Date: Thursday, 9 May 2019 Screening 5.15pm for a screening start at 5.45pm Venue: ACT Law Courts, 4 Knowles Place, Canberra City, Level 1 - Jury Assembly Room
Pre Screening: Informal Drinks and Nibbles, Ice Cream for screening

Registrations are essential. For more information and for details on how to register please click here.

Innovative Rights 2019: New thinking on Business and Human Rights

Tue May 07 2019

The Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW is hosting the inaugural Innovative Rights 2019 conference from 14 - 16 May 2019 at the UNSW Sydney CBD Campus.

The roles of business and government in relation to human rights are undergoing profound change. With government retreating in many policy areas, business is increasingly being called upon to address human rights challenges.The conference will bring together local and global leaders from business, civil society, government and academia to explore innovations in business and policy, opportunities for business to play a greater role in improving human rights and practical solutions to rights challenges that industry is facing.

Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

ABA International Conference: Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Mon May 06 2019
2 Days left to secure early bird pricing - no extensions possible

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from some of the profession’s greatest minds and enjoy networking with colleagues from throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Asia. Register from as little as $1,990*

Register now!

Social & Networking Events

Wednesday 10 July: Arrival Drinks

Mr Stork

Nestled at the rooftop on Level 39 of the Andaz, Mr Stork is a destination bar providing 360-degree views of the city. Named after the white and long-legged birds, which are often viewed as a good omen, Mr Stork houses ten teepee huts and relaxed seating set amid lush tropical landscaping to best enjoy the breathtaking views.

Dress: smart casual

Thursday 11 July: Welcome Party

Aura, National Gallery of Singapore

Spanning across two floors of National Gallery Singapore, Aura is an elegant and modern multi-concept dining destination by Michelin star chef-restaurateur Beppe de Vito. Join delegates at the former Supreme Court of Singapore as we celebrate the conclusion of day 1 with spectacular views of Singapore.

Dress: smart

Friday 12 July: Gala Dinner

The Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a modern hotel that pays tribute to a bygone era. Infused with a sense of refinement and a style that is both contemporary and international, its iconic dining destination is The Clifford Pier. Join colleagues under the white vaulted ceiling at this fabulous and exclusive destination as we celebrate the close of the conference.

Dress: black-tie

For more information on the excellent program, speakers and sponsors of Convergence, please visit the website: http://convergence2019.com.au

Enquiries

  • Camilla Gray
  • ABA Event Manager
  • E: rsvp@austbar.asn.au
  • T: 02 9229 1720
  • M: 0411 323 873 *Junior Bar under 7 years at the bar - first 30 registrants

Bar Book Club

Mon May 06 2019
Wellbeing

The next book in the Bar Book Club’s sights is Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. Of special interest to those who read last year’s Booker Prize winner Milkman by Anna Burns.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 21 May at 5.30pm in the library. Light refreshments will be served.

First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform

Mon May 06 2019
Exchanging Ideas: First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform, Nation Building and Treaty Making Processes

The Judicial Commission of NSW is partnering with the Law Society of NSW and the Bar Association to organise a one-day conference on Saturday, 15 June 2019 to facilitate communication between judicial officers, lawyers, and Aboriginal community members.

The 2017 National Constitutional Convention at Uluru brought together over 250 Indigenous leaders to discuss approaches to constitutional reform. That conference saw the making of the Uluru Statement From the Heart which set out the aspirations for Aboriginal people for Constitutional recognition, agreement making and truth telling about Indigenous history. But how was consensus reached? What happened during that journey? And more importantly, how can we learn from this achievement and apply it to other challenges faced by the Indigenous community?

The processes of nation building and treaty making that are currently being undertaken in a number of communities and jurisdictions also create challenges for the design of processes that can be inclusive and can facilitative of community consensus.

Join us for a conversation on the making of the Uluru Statement, the mechanisms used to engage in dialogue and other approaches to similar issues. Register here

Date and time: Saturday 15 June 2019, 10:00am – 4:30pm

Venue: Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney (Admission is complimentary, however registrations must be received by 10 June 2019) *5 CPD Points

Speakers include:

  • Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW and Professor of Law, UNSW Law
  • Professor Mick Dodson AM, Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner
  • Ms Jill Gallagher AO, Commissioner, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
  • Mr Sean Gordon, Chair, Uphold & Recognise and former Chief Executive Officer with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Mr Anthony McAvoy SC, Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owner, barrister and native title law expert
  • Professor Daryle Rigney, University of Technology Sydney (former Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science at Flinders University)
  • Mr Damein Bell, CEO, Gunditj Mirring Aboriginal Corporation
  • Ms Teela May Reid, lawyer and human rights advocate

*CPD Units – If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.

Membership of committees for 2019-20: Don't forget to reapply

Mon May 06 2019
Governance

Applications for membership of Bar Association Committees for 2019-20 are now open. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5.00pm Friday, 1 June 2019. If you are a serving member or chair of a committee, and you wish to continue to remain on that committee, you will need to reapply for the coming year. More information on how to nominate is available here.

Diversity & Equality Committee – Note #3

Mon May 06 2019
Diversity

The May 2019 Bar Practice Course commenced today with fifty-seven Readers. The course participants have a range of experiences and backgrounds with eight years being the average time spent as a solicitor before coming to the Bar. Forty per cent of the Readers are female and the age of the Readers range from 24 through to 59 years with the average age being 36 years. The New South Wales Bar Association welcomes the new Readers to the NSW Bar.

Swearing-in ceremony for Wendy Abraham QC

Fri May 03 2019
Appointments

Wendy Abraham QC has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, effective 7 May 2019. A ceremonial sitting will be held on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 9.30am in Court 1, Level 21, Queens Square, Sydney. Michael McHugh SC will speak on behalf of the Australian and New South Wales Bar Associations. Barristers should wear robes, but not wigs.

AAWJ - Invitation to attend a screening of the movie The Judge

Fri May 03 2019

The Australian Association of Women Judges invites you to attend a screening of the movie The Judge, which follows one of the first female judges to serve in an Islamic court of law. It has been described as “an intimate profile of Kholoud al-Faqih, who in 2009 was one of two women appointed to preside over a sharia court in the West Bank — becoming the first in that role in the Palestinian territories and still among only a few such female judges in the world.”

Date: Thursday, 9 May 2019 Screening 5.15pm for a screening start at 5.45pm Venue: ACT Law Courts, 4 Knowles Place, Canberra City, Level 1 - Jury Assembly Room
Pre Screening: Informal Drinks and Nibbles, Ice Cream for screening

Registrations are essential. For more information and for details on how to register please click here.

BarADR Mediation Accreditation

Fri May 03 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to apply for mediator accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are now open and can be made online here. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here.

Members who hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and who have met the NMAS training and experience standards are eligible to be accredited as mediators by the Bar Association. Familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation.

Applications are also sought from:

  • members of the Bar wishing to be accredited by the Bar Association and whose accreditations with other Recognised Mediation Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) are about to expire; and,

  • those who have been accredited by the Bar Association or another RMAB but whose accreditations have lapsed.

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 to become an accredited mediator and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form 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 21 May 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.

Tenth Floor St James Hall - Large External Room for Sale

Fri May 03 2019

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers currently has a large, well-lit, external room for sale measuring 5.6m by 3.6 m. The room includes built in, wooden storage as well as a robing cupboard.

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers is a well-established, welcoming floor located opposite the Supreme Court of NSW. The Floor consists of 2 Senior Counsel and 8 Juniors, all of whom practice across a broad range of areas.

If you require any further information or would like to arrange an appointment to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Grace Kenny on 9224 1501 or at clerk.10@stjames.net.au. Click here to view photos.

All enquiries and applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Applications for membership of committees for 2019-20

Fri May 03 2019
Governance

Applications for membership of Bar Association Committees for 2019-20 are now open. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5.00pm Friday, 1 June 2019. More information on how to nominate is available here.

15 Bobber- The Hon Justice Andrew Bell & The Hon Justice Angus Stewart

Thu May 02 2019
Collegiality

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the The Hon Justice Bell & The Hon Justice Stewart celebrating their recent appointments. The celebration will take place on Friday the 14th of June from 5:15pm onwards in the Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for The Hon Justice Bell will be Ian Pike SC, speaking for The Hon Justice Stewart will be Elizabeth Cheeseman SC.

Tickets are $15 if you pre-register or $25 cash at the door.

The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm. RSVP here.

Convergence 2019: The world class conference for litigators

Thu May 02 2019
Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Early Bird Pricing Closes 8 May 2019: do not miss out!

REGISTER NOW

Register today to gain access to some of the best minds in law. Topics include:

  • Working with Corporate Counsel: tips for a win/win relationship
  • Third Party Funding: a whole new world? – proudly sponsored by Vannin Captial
  • Aspects of Advocacy in International Arbitration
  • Hot Topics in International Dispute Settlement
  • Cross Border Insolvency and Restructuring: new frontiers in Singapore and Australia
  • Embracing the Digital Age – proudly sponsored by Palo Alto Networks
  • Meet the Silks

View the online program

Considering a getaway with a partner or family? The ABA has developed an excellent 2-day accompanying person program as well as curated some child-friendly activities. Visit the links below to discover what is on offer.

Accompanying persons program

Family activities

Rooms at the Andaz are selling quickly. Register now to avoid disappointment!

More information on flights and accommodation

Legal Aid NSW Indictable Criminal Law Barrister Panel – Applications due by 31 May 2019

Thu May 02 2019

Legal Aid NSW has established an Indictable Criminal Law Barrister Panel. The Panel has been reopened for applications by new applicants. All applications for appointment to the panel must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by 31 May 2019.

The Panel is for suitably experienced barristers who may be briefed in legally aided non-complex indictable criminal law matters (i.e. strictly indictable matters or matters where an election is made) in the following jurisdictions:

  • Local Court Committals
  • District Court Sentences
  • District Court Trials

The panel is open to junior counsel only. Senior Counsel do not need to apply. The aim of the panel is to promote continuity of representation by barristers briefed in indictable matters.

Indictable Criminal Law Panel solicitors (along with in-house legal aid solicitors) assigned legal aid grants for non-complex indictable criminal law matters are required to brief barristers appointed to the panel if a Public Defender is not available.

Information about the panel is available on the Indictable Criminal Law Barrister Panel web page, click here.

For any enquiries regarding the panel please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au