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Swearing-in ceremony for Kathy Crittenden

Thu Mar 16 2017

Kathy Crittenden will be sworn-in as a magistrate of the Local Court of NSW on Monday, 27 March 2017 at 9.00am in Courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

Registrations for the Sydney CPD Conference close this weekend

Thu Mar 16 2017

Online registrations for the Sydney CPD Conference will close on Sunday 19 March.

The Sydney Conference has been set down for Saturday 25 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points. There will be plenary and concurrent sessions throughout the day, providing attendees with a choice of topics to select from. A sit-down lunch will be provided.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon J L B Allsop AO, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of NSW
  • The Hon Justice A Black
  • Professor Stephen Woods
  • Carolyn McKay
  • Mark Robinson SC
  • Chrissa Loukas SC
  • Sandy Dawson SC
  • Mary Walker
  • Caroline Dobraszczyk

Download a full program here - 2017 Sydney Conference

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

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

Thu Mar 16 2017

Thursday, March 16 2017: 'Direct Access Briefs – Avoiding the Pitfalls' Presented by Dominic Toomey SC and chaired by Iain Todd. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

The World’s Greatest Shave

Thu Mar 16 2017

Jeffrey Rose, from Eight Wentworth Chambers, is taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave this Friday, 17 March. Jeff will be shaving his hair in support of the Leukaemia Foundation, to help beat blood cancer.

Blood cancer, including leukaemia and lymphoma, is the third biggest cause of cancer death in Australia. Jeff asks the members of the New South Wales Bar to support the Foundation, and to sponsor him in the shave. It’s a great way to help people with blood cancer.

Donation go towards blood cancer research which is needed urgently to find better treatments and cures, as well as supporting families with practical and emotional support during their long and gruelling treatment, free of charge. Just $52 will ensure someone being treated in hospital gets a personal visit from a highly-trained health professional so they get the extra support they need. $120 can fund a research scholarship for a day to support a major blood cancer project.

Members can click here to visit Jeff’s page at the Leukaemia Foundation website, and sponsor him in this great cause:

The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding, so supporting this event makes the Foundation’s work possible.

Toongabbie Legal Centre CPD seminar

Thu Mar 16 2017

The Toongabbie Legal Centre will host a one day CPD seminar on Tax and Equity: Current and Contentious Issues this Friday, 17 March 2017, between 8.15am and 5.00pm. It will be held in the conference room at Ashurst, 5 Martin Place, Sydney. Among the speakers are the Hon Justice John Griffiths, the Hon Justice Richard White and Andrew Rider, L22 Chambers. Learn more here.

Tutor and Readers Seminar

Thu Mar 16 2017

The tutor and reader relationship is an important and formative institution for successful practice at an independent bar. All members are invited to attend a seminar on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at 5.15pm where Robert Hollo SC, Eugene Romaniuk SC and Julia Roy will present a review of the Reader/Tutor Guidelines and the Tutor Handbook, which provide information and assistance on several aspects of the relationship and which are intended to promote the objectives of the Reading Program.

The pre-requisites for being a potential tutor are set out in the Bar Association's Tutor Policy. When a member takes on the role of tutor it is a requirement that they attend a compulsory CPD seminar relating to the Tutor Handbook and Tutor & Reader Guidelines. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016.

All tutors who have satisfied this requirement will be included on the list of tutors on the Bar Association's website.

Add value to your details on Find a Barrister

Thu Mar 16 2017

Members are reminded of the value in periodically reviewing and updating their personal profile on Find-a-Barrister. Indicate if you are willing to accept briefs direct from corporate counsel without an external solicitor. Add areas of practice, an up-to-date CV, links to chambers websites or even LinkedIn profiles with additional biographical information.

Members can nominate up to seven principal areas of practice, and an unlimited number of sub-categories under each primary area. This system provides more specific guidance for solicitors and others who use the facility to find those barristers most appropriate to their particular circumstances.

How to amend your Find a Barrister profile
  • Log in to the members' section of the Bar Association website, click on MEMBER SIGN IN on the top right hand corner of the home page.

  • At the SIGN IN page, enter your username and password. In most cases, this will be the same as your CPD video streaming login. If you are unaware of either or both details, click on Unknown username or password? and follow the prompts.

  • If your sign in is successful, it will say WELCOME [NAME] the top right corner of the home page.

  • Click on the cog wheel next to your name. This will deposit you on the Member Dashboard page.

  • Here, you can attach a photo of yourself. The photo must be current and suitable for your professional profile, not one which might be used for social media purposes.

  • Here, you can also enter the address of your personal website or LinkedIn page you wish to direct people towards.

  • Remember, clicking on a broad area of practice automatically selects every sub-category. It is up to you to "un-select" the narrower practice areas that do not relate to you. It is advisable to keep the selection of the broad area of practice in order for a more general search to locate you. For example: If you select Common law / personal injury, but do not do appellate or professional negligence matters, then unselect those two sub-categories, while being sure to retain Common law / personal injury.

  • When you have finished your practice area selection, log out of the member dashboard.

If you have tried these steps, and still are unable to add or amend your practice areas, contact the Bar Association on ph: (02) 9232 4055 for further assistance.

CPD Points and CPD Online

Wed Mar 15 2017

The CPD year ends 31st March. If you have not got all your points yet you still have time to get your 10 points. To assist members in completing their CPD requirements before the 31 March cut-off date, a number of seminars have been organised to take place in the Common Room at 5.15pm. Registrations are still open for the New South Wales Bar Association Sydney CPD Conference on Saturday, 25 March, full attendance at this conference will attract 6 CPD points. All four strands will be covered at the conference. Please download a full program here

If you are missing a CPD point (or two) then CPD online can assist. Many Bar Association seminars from 2011 onwards are online. If the seminar was accompanied by a paper, that can also be downloaded from CPD online. You can access CPD online by going onto the Bar Association Website, www.nswbar.asn.au. From here you click on 'For Members' on the left-hand side of the screen, then click on 'CPD' under the quick links menu on the right-hand side, then click on login required under the heading 'CPD online'.

If you have misplaced your login and password details you are able to reset your details by clicking on 'member sign in' which appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen on our homepage. You then click on 'unknown password or username', this will then prompt you to add your surname and date of birth. This will trigger an email to be sent to you with your new details. The email will be sent to the registered email address on our records.

Tutor and Readers Seminar

Wed Mar 15 2017

The tutor and reader relationship is an important and formative institution for successful practice at an independent bar. All members are invited to attend a seminar on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at 5.15pm where Robert Hollo SC, Eugene Romaniuk SC and Julia Roy will present a review of the Reader/Tutor Guidelines and the Tutor Handbook, which provide information and assistance on several aspects of the relationship and which are intended to promote the objectives of the Reading Program.

The pre-requisites for being a potential tutor are set out in the Bar Association's Tutor Policy. When a member takes on the role of tutor it is a requirement that they attend a compulsory CPD seminar relating to the Tutor Handbook and Tutor & Reader Guidelines. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016.

All tutors who have satisfied this requirement will be included on the list of tutors on the Bar Association's website.

Registrations for the Sydney CPD Conference close this weekend

Wed Mar 15 2017

Online registrations for the Sydney CPD Conference will close on Sunday 19 March.

The Sydney Conference has been set down for Saturday 25 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points. There will be plenary and concurrent sessions throughout the day, providing attendees with a choice of topics to select from. A sit-down lunch will be provided.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon J L B Allsop AO, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of NSW
  • The Hon Justice A Black
  • Professor Stephen Woods
  • Carolyn McKay
  • Mark Robinson SC
  • Chrissa Loukas SC
  • Sandy Dawson SC
  • Mary Walker
  • Caroline Dobraszczyk

Download a full program here - 2017 Sydney Conference

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

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

Appointment to note: PCC3

Wed Mar 15 2017

Chrissa Loukas SC has been appointed chair of the Bar Association's Professional Conduct Committee #3 following the appointment of Julia Lonergan SC to the Supreme Court.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Mar 15 2017

Wednesday, March 15 2017: 'Tips on Dealing with Common Pitfalls in the Early Years at the Bar' Presented by Penny Thew, Barrister, 8th Floor Wentworth Chambers, and Tobias O’Hehir, Senior Clerk, Greenway Chambers. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC , Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Mar 15 2017

Thursday, March 16 2017: 'Direct Access Briefs – Avoiding the Pitfalls' Presented by Dominic Toomey SC and chaired Iain Todd. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Mar 14 2017

Tuesday, March 14 2017: 'Coronial Inquests' Presented by Magistrate Derek Lee and Jeremy Morris SC. Chaired by Linton Teoh. This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Error messages when opening CPD Streaming

Tue Mar 14 2017

Members trying to access the Bar Association's CPD Streaming using the Safari web browser for Macs might be experiencing some difficulty viewing seminars, that is to say, the video won't play at all. Users will be told 'Flash version 9.0 or greater is required. You have no flash plugin installed'. A reasonably simple explanation and remedy can be found here.

Forensics Breakfast Series

Tue Mar 14 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday until 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

Early bird registrations for the Sydney CPD Conference close this weekend

Tue Mar 14 2017

Early bird registrations for the Sydney CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Sunday 19 March. You can still register after this date by telephone, at the normal price.

For more details about the 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

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 tomorrow

Tue Mar 14 2017

Wednesday, March 15 2017: 'Tips on Dealing with Common Pitfalls in the Early Years at the Bar' Presented by Penny Thew, Barrister, 8th Floor Wentworth Chambers, and Tobias O’Hehir, Senior Clerk, Greenway Chambers. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC , Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Have you notified the Bar Association about a new head of chambers?

Mon Mar 13 2017

The new and improved Readers Rooms facility was launched last Friday. It has come to the Bar Association's attention that some chambers ought to be on the list, but are not. A quick investigation revealed that the Bar Association had not been informed about a new head of chambers and, hence, contact details were incorrect. If your chambers has readers accommodation available, but it does not appear on Readers Rooms, then the clerk or head of chambers should contact the Bar Association's certification officer, Barrie Anthony.

New Barristers' Committee March breakfast

Mon Mar 13 2017

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the March breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 14 March. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Michael Meek SC and Jean-Jacques Loofs SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Kirralee Young.

This Friday – 15 Bobber – Magistrate Rodney Brender and Magistrate Julie Soars.

Mon Mar 13 2017

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for Magistrate Rodney Brender & Magistrate Julie Soars. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 17 March in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Magistrate Rodney Brender will be Kevin Connor SC and speaking for Magistrate Julie Soars will be Justin Hogan-Doran. Life membership certificates will also be presented to Michael Fordham SC, Philip Selth OAM and Penny Johnson. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here.
Tickets purchased prior to the event by 5.00pm Thursday, 16 March 2017 are $15.00. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25.00.

Bar Council casual vacancy

Mon Mar 13 2017

Julia Lonergan SC has resigned from her position on the Bar Council. In accordance with cl. 12.5.1 of the Bar Association's Constitution, Kylie Nomchong SC has filled the vacant position as of 9 March 2017.

Solomon Islands AG seeking law reports

Mon Mar 13 2017

The attorney-general of the Solomon Islands is seeking hard copy law reports (Commonwealth or UK jurisdiction) that are no longer needed and could be donated to the Attorney General's Chambers library.

The attorney general is particularly interested in Halsbury's Laws of Australia, Halsbury Laws of England, Australian Law Reports, Commonwealth Law Reports and The Law Reports (UK authorised). Most of the law reports in Attorney General's Chambers library date from the 1980s.

Postage and freight will be covered. For more information, contact the bar librarian, Lisa Allen via email.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Mon Mar 13 2017

Registrations are still OPEN for the 2017 Sydney CPD Conferences.

For more details about the 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

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