Release of data on harassment & bullying

Fri Oct 19 2018

Today the Daily Mail published a story on bullying and harassment of barristers based on research findings of the Victorian Bar Association. Click here to see the full article.

To read a copy of the report published by the Victorian Bar Association the 'Quality of Working Life Survey click here.

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

Fri Oct 19 2018

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Bar Common Room on Thursday, 25 October at 5.15pm. As usual, the Q&A will feature a panel of judges who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. However, this year drinks (like costs) will follow the event at the St James Crypt and Garden Courtyard (across from the court). Members are welcome to attend one or both events.

  • Register here for the Q&A and to submit your questions for the panel
  • Register here for the drinks (free for under 5s, $30 for over 5s)

Please note that registrations are necessary for Under 5s attending the drinks (regardless of no cost) for catering purposes.

The Q&A panel discussion is designed to allow under 5s to pose questions to judges from the Federal Court, Supreme Court and District Court with a view to assisting new barristers in their court craft, advocacy and practice in those courts.

The drinks function which follows will provide an opportunity for New Barristers to catch up. The drinks will also serve as an opportunity to welcome the new cohort of Barristers from the 2018 Bar Practice Courses.

Members of the judiciary and barristers over 5 years are also invited to the drinks.

We would also like to thank BarCover who are kindly sponsoring this event. To find out more about what BarCover has to offer you please visit their website.

Media Release - Uncertainty about side-stepping warrants and detention must be resolved under Encryption Bill (FED)

Fri Oct 19 2018

The Australian Government's encryption access bill raises serious questions about the ability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access encrypted private information without a warrant, as well as the power detain individuals in certain circumstances. Law Council of Australia President-elect, Arthur Moses SC, told a Parliamentary Committee today that while there was significant value in allowing law enforcement and national security agencies faster access to encrypted information, the proposed Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 needed considerable amendment. "The Bill will authorise the exercise of intrusive covert powers with the potential to significantly limit an individual's right to privacy, freedom of expression, and liberty," Mr Moses said.

For a full copy of the media release click here.

15 Bobber- Ms Kelly Rees SC - Tonight

Fri Oct 19 2018
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Kelly Rees, celebrating her recent appointment to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 19 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for her Honour will be Mr Peter Braham SC. The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm. Payments can be made at the door.

Upcoming Forbes Society tutorials

Thu Oct 18 2018

The next tutorial in the Forbes Society series of legal history tutorials will be presented by Chief Justice T F Bathurst on Thursday, 18 October 2018 at 5.15pm in Banco Court. The title of the tutorial is, "The History of the Law of Commercial Arbitration".

ALHR & NJP Human Rights Dinner - Tickets now on sale

Thu Oct 18 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the ALHR - NJP Human Rights Dinner being held on 26 October 2018 at 7.00pm at the Sky Phoenix Restaurant, 188 Pitt Street Sydney.

Join Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and the National Justice Project for dinner to support their work to protect and promote human rights in Australia. Julian Burnside AO QC will be delivering the Opening Comments and Michael Lavarch AO will be the Facilitator. Special guest speakers are Tony McAvoy SC and Larissa Behrendt. For further information click here and to book please click here.

Senior Counsel Scroll Presentation

Thu Oct 18 2018
Message from the President

On Tuesday, 16 October 19 successful Senior Counsel appointees were presented with their scrolls by Chief Justice Bathurst AC at a presentation evening in the Bar Association Common Room. It was wonderful to see so many friends and family join us to celebrate their appointment and wish them a successful future. Click here to see a picture

LCA calls for immediate removal of asylum seeker children from Nauru

Thu Oct 18 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia has today called for asylum seeker children and their families to be removed from Nauru as a matter of urgency.

Law Council of Australia President Morry Bailes said: "Removing asylum seeker children from Nauru is not just medically necessary, it is also consistent with Australia’s obligations under domestic and international law."

"Long-term, indefinite detention on Nauru is simply no place for any child. The Australian Government, in recognising this simple truth, should act with the appropriate urgency,” Mr Bailes said.

View the media release here.

Series 2 of Questions in Philosophy starts tonight!

Thu Oct 18 2018

Back by popular demand, Series 2 of the St Thomas More Society’s 'Questions in Philosophy' series will be held over four consecutive Thursday evenings, commencing 18 October 2018 at 6.00pm.

The topic for Series 2: "Why the law? Philosophical foundations of legal decision-making". In this series, we explore the philosophical origins of Western law with the person at the heart of legal decision-making.

All members of the NSW Bar and their friends are warmly invited to drop in and expand their philosophical outlook by attending one or more sessions. No RSVP required.

Refreshments to be provided, courtesy of the St Thomas More Society.

  • Dates: Four consecutive Thursdays: 18 & 25 October, 1 & 8 November 2018
  • Time: 6pm - 7pm
  • Venue: Union University & Schools Club, 25 Bent St Sydney (corner of Phillip and Bent Streets, enter via Bent St)
  • Cost: $10 donation per session
  • RSVP: No need!

Want more information? Download a flyer or contact Lee-Ann Walsh on (02) 9229 7351,

Greenway Chambers performing at Law Rocks

Thu Oct 18 2018

Greenway Chambers’ band is performing at Law Rocks on Thursday, 25 October at Oxford Art Factory. All proceeds go to the charities Lily’s Getaway and Yalari. The gig starts at 7pm. The band is 3rd out of a line-up that also includes bands from Norton Rose Fulbright, DLA Piper, Corrs and KPMG.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased from the Law Rocks website or direct from Greenway’s clerk, Imogen Thomas by email here.

Current issues in employment and industrial law

Thu Oct 18 2018

The Federal Court of Australia invites practitioners to a Conversation on Current Issues in the Practice of Employment and Industrial Law, hosted by the Hon Justice Mordy Bromberg on Thursday, 25 October 2018 from 5.30pm to 7.00pm (AEDT) in Court 1, Level 21, Queens Square.

There will be three short presentations:

  • Class Actions in Employment and Industrial Law – Kate Eastman SC (NSW Bar) and Alexandra Grayson (Maurice Blackburn)
  • Availability of Judicial Review arising from Dispute Settlement Procedures – Ingmar Taylor SC (NSW Bar) and Kylie Nomchong SC (NSW Bar)
  • The WorkPac Decision of the Full Court – Mark Gibian (NSW Bar) and Alice DeBoos (K&L Gates)

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event. Please RSVP to Ms Elizabeth Sotiriadis at by Friday, 19 October 2018.

Video-link will be available at the Federal Court in the following locations:

  • Melbourne: Court 6A, Commonwealth Law Courts, 305 William Street
  • Perth: Court 4, Peter Durack Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 1 Victoria Avenue
  • Canberra: Court 1, Nigel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts Building, Childers Street
  • Brisbane: Court 6, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 119 North Quay
  • Adelaide: Court 2, Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 3 Angas Street
  • Darwin: Court 9, Supreme Court Building, State Square

Public Defender vacancy in Newcastle

Wed Oct 17 2018
Positions vacant

The Public Defenders are seeking applications for an appointment based in Newcastle. To apply, visit: This position will also be advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald on 20 October 2018 and on the Public Defenders website at Applications close at 11.59 pm on Sunday 4th November 2018. All enquiries to Mark Ierace SC, Senior Public Defender on 02 9268 3111

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

Wed Oct 17 2018

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: Friday 30th November, 2018 Screening 5.30pm to approx. 7.15pm (film 97 minutes) Venue: Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square, Sydney After Screening: Informal Drinks and Nibbles

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

Barristers Classifieds

Wed Oct 17 2018
Member services and benefits

A recent technical issue preventing users from uploading posts to Barristers Classifieds has been fixed and the platform is ready to receive new ads.

The online Barristers' Classifieds enables every member of the Bar Association to buy or sell chambers, wigs, gowns, law reports and more. Simply login to your member dashboard via the Bar Association's home page. Standard posts are free of charge, but can be upgraded to premium with the addition of photos and a credit card payment of $25.

If you have any questions or difficulties using the system, contact the publications and promotions co-ordinator, Michelle Nisbet.

Australian Women Lawyers - Launch of the 2018 Law Firm Comparison Report

Wed Oct 17 2018

The Women Lawyers Association of NSW invites you to join us for the launch of our 2018 Law Firm Comparison Report (Further details about this project are on our website here and an overview of recent research conducted by the University of Sydney in the Australian Women’s Working Futures Project.

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2018 Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm Where: University of Sydney Business School

For more information and to book click here or click here to download flyer/registration form.

Australian Women Lawyers - Penrith Chapter Lunch

Wed Oct 17 2018

Join us at 1pm for lunch and networking, just a chance to chat and meet local members of the profession.

  • 1pm Lunch Wednesday 24 October 2018
  • Penrith Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd
  • McAuley Room, Woodriff St & Derby Street, Penrith NSW 2750

Book online or click here to download flyer/registration form

Silk scrolls presentation

Tue Oct 16 2018

Newly appointed senior counsel will be presented with their appointment scrolls today at 5.15pm in the Bar Association’s Common Room, with the scrolls being presented by Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC at 5.45pm. All members are welcome to attend.

Workers Compensation Commission Seminar Series 2018

Tue Oct 16 2018

The Workers Compensation Commission will present a series of free, morning seminars for legal professionals in locations across NSW throughout October and November 2018. Places are still available at the following sessions:

  • Wagga Wagga 30/10
  • Port Macquarie 01/11
  • Tweed Heads 06/11
  • Coffs Harbour 08/11
  • Tamworth 13/11
  • Penrith 14/11
  • Orange 15/11
  • Newcastle 20/11
  • Sydney 27/11
  • Wollongong 22/11

The seminars will cover:

  • Legislative changes
  • Digital platforms including online lodgment
  • Good practice

To register, visit Eventbrite and search for Workers Compensation Commission and the location of the seminar you wish to attend. For more information contact

Moment(o)s at the Wayside Chapel

Tue Oct 16 2018

October is Mental Health Month and in keeping with that theme, members are invited to the free film screening of Elaine Paton's Moment(o)s on 25 October 2018 from 6.00-7.00pm (with Q&A) at the Wayside Chapel. Learn more here.

ALHR & NJP Human Rights Dinner - Tickets now on sale

Tue Oct 16 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the ALHR - NJP Human Rights Dinner being held on 26 October 2018 at 7.00pm at the Sky Phoenix Restaurant, 188 Pitt Street Sydney.

Join Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and the National Justice Project for dinner to support their work to protect and promote human rights in Australia. Special guest speakers are Tony McAvoy SC and Larissa Behrendt. For further information and to book please click here.

CPD seminar cancelled

Tue Oct 16 2018

"Criminal Trial Advocacy - Observations from the Bench", scheduled for Wednesday, 17 October, has been cancelled. The organisers regret any inconvenience caused.

Election of 2019 Bar Council - the Ballot

Tue Oct 16 2018

Ballot papers for the election of the 2019 Bar Council were mailed to all those eligible to vote on Friday, 12 October 2018. Any member who has not received their ballot paper by COB Friday, 19 October, and who wishes to cast a vote, should contact the Bar Association’s certification officer, Ms Abha Malla, on ph: 9232 4055 or e-mail

Members should take care to complete the ballot paper in accordance with the instructions provided. If any member has a query concerning the completion of the ballot paper they should contact the Bar Association for assistance.

The ballot closes at 1.00pm on Thursday, 1 November 2018.

Greg Tolhurst

Executive Director & Returning Officer

Human Rights Awards' Law Award

Tue Oct 16 2018

Please find here the list of finalists for the 2018 Human Rights Awards’ Law Award. This year saw the highest number of nominations since the awards began. The five finalists for the 2018 Human Rights Awards’ Law Award have been selected, including from the NSW Bar, Professor Andrew Byrnes.

The winner will be announced at the ceremony on Friday 14 December in Sydney. Tickets are on sale now! Click here to book.