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Room for sale

Thu Feb 23 2017

An opportunity has become available to purchase a room on the Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers. The room is light-filled, overlooks Martin Place and has built-in shelving. It is suitable for junior counsel.

The floor is well-established and has been operating from these Chambers since 1979. The floor has 4 senior counsel and 11 junior counsel with practices across a variety of jurisdictions including crime, Commonwealth and white collar prosecutions, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, inquiries and inquests, revenue law, insurance and personal injuries.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join this outstanding floor.

For all relevant details please contact the Clerk, Mark Grace: 9224 5600 or by email: mark.grace@7gbc.com.au

15 Bobber for Magistrate Brender and Magistrate Soars

Thu Feb 23 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 by 5.00pm Thursday, 16 March 2017.

Gender equitable briefing - the solicitor's view

Thu Feb 23 2017

Come and hear a panel of experienced solicitors share their views on gender equitable briefing and what their organisations are doing to implement it. The seminar will be held on Thursday, 9 March 2017 at 5.15pm and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, chair of the Diversity and Equality Committee. Afterwards, there will be a valuable opportunity to mingle with solicitors and make new contacts. Please register for catering purposes. To register, email your full name to Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au. Learn more here.

Early bird registrations closing for the Orange CPD Conference this Friday

Thu Feb 23 2017

Early bird registrations for the Orange CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 24 February. You can still register by phone (02 9232 4919) after this date at the normal price.

The Orange Conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm on Saturday, 4 March and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday, 5 March. February. Full attendance over the two days attracts 10 CPD points. In 2017 the Orange CPD Conference is open to NSW Barristers only. Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice J Stevenson
  • Peter Callaghan SC
  • Ian Coleman SC
  • Michael Hall SC
  • Andrew Stone SC
  • Susan Philips
  • Dr James Renwick

Download the full program here - 2017 Orange Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2017 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Thu Feb 23 2017

The New Barristers Committee will be running a (free) cross-examination seminar in February-March 2017. The workshop is divided into two parts and will include a discussion in the Bar Association Common Room on Monday 27 February 2017, followed by a practical demonstration of cross-examination technique on Monday 27 March 2017, by two senior counsel before The Honourable Justice Garling RFD at the Supreme Court. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn the art of cross-examination. This workshop is open to all members of the Bar but is particularly recommended for junior members of the Bar. Registration is required. Please email Tiffany McDonald by Friday 24 February 2017. For full details please download a flyer here.

Newcastle CPD Conference this Saturday

Thu Feb 23 2017

The Newcastle Conference is set down for this Saturday, 25 February. The conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice M Perry
  • Graham Turnbull SC
  • Anthony McGrath SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Giles Coakes
  • Ian Duane
  • Ben Katekar
  • Tina Jowett

Download the full program here - 2017 Newcastle Conference

Places are still available for the Newcastle Conference. To register please call 02 9232 4919. For all remaining conferences in the 2017 CPD Conference series, please register online here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Coming up in CPD next week

Wed Feb 22 2017

Tuesday, February 28 2017: 'Statutory Construction for Advocates' Presented by Neil Williams SC and Surya Palaniappan of Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Nye Perram, Federal Court of Australia. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday, March 1 2017: 'Forensic Psychiatric Reports: What lawyers need to know' Presented by Dr Andrew Ellis and Lee Knight. Chaired by Professor Dan Howard SC and Corrie Goodhand. This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

Swearing-in ceremony for Rodney Brender

Wed Feb 22 2017

Rodney Brender will be sworn-in as a magistrate at a ceremonial sitting of the Local Court of NSW on Monday, 27 February 2017 at 9.00am. The swearing-in will take place in Courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Sophie Callan will speak on behalf of the bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

Riding for country kids

Wed Feb 22 2017

On 12 March Bruce Miles of Frederick Jordan Chambers will be joining 108 cyclists to ride 420 km from Wagga Wagga to Orange to raise funds for Royal Far West’s work for country kids.

In the 2016 ride Bruce got great support from members of the Bar and together the riders raised over $650,000, funds that were directed the cost of services such as ‘school readiness’ health and wellbeing checks and delivering tele-care speech and psychology to kids in isolated communities.

Just click on this link to make a tax deductible donation to help Royal Far West provide health and education services to less advantaged children in regional and remote NSW and accommodation services for those kids and families who need to travel to Sydney for therapy and treatment.

Salvos Legal Lecture Series

Wed Feb 22 2017

Members are invited to the Salvos Legal Lecture Series, "Litigation in Practice", to be held on Saturday, 11 March 2017, at the Salvation Army Headquarters in Redfern. It will be a day of practical training on essential litigation skills, with presentations from five expert speakers including senior members of the bench and the bar. Further information and registration details will be released soon. To register your interest, please email events@salvoslegal.com.au. All funds raised will support the Salvos Legal humanitarian work.

Shave for a Cure

Wed Feb 22 2017

Daniel Roff of Eleventh Floor Garfield Barwick has agreed to shave his hair and beard to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets to the event on 1 April 2017 can be purchased through this link or, if you can't attend, tax deductible donations can be made via the same page (just click on "Tickets" anyway).

Room for Sale 6 St James Hall Chambers

Wed Feb 22 2017
Levels 6 & 7, 169 Phillip Street, Sydney

Expressions of interest are now invited to join 6 St James Hall Chambers. The opportunity would suit a senior barrister or silk. The accomodation provides a sunny Phillip Street frontage opposite the Law Courts Building, well equipped with Barnet connection, VOIP telephone system and access to electronic subscription services and well-stocked library, including the English Rainbow Series.

Chambers actively promotes a professionally supportive environment. Your practice can be promoted via your individual web page, Counsel News, International Blog and Events pages, subscription mail outs and on Twitter (@6tStJamesHall & @6StJamesIntl).

Price: $150,000. For further details on outgoings and to arrange a viewing of the accommodation, please contact Margaret Ashford, telephone: (02) 9236-8600, email: mashford@stjames.net.au or our new Practice Manager Nora Faulua, telephone: (02) 9236-8600, email: nfaulua@stjames.net.au.

Enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Wed Feb 22 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March. Please download the program here

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2017 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Wed Feb 22 2017

The New Barristers Committee will be running a (free) cross-examination seminar in February-March 2017. The workshop is divided into two parts and will include a discussion in the Bar Association Common Room on Monday 27 February 2017, followed by a practical demonstration of cross-examination technique on Monday 27 March 2017, by two senior counsel before The Honourable Justice Garling RFD at the Supreme Court. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn the art of cross-examination. This workshop is open to all members of the Bar but is particularly recommended for junior members of the Bar. Registration is required. Please email Tiffany McDonald by Friday 24 February 2017. For full details please download a flyer here.

Early bird registrations closing for the Orange CPD Conference this Friday

Wed Feb 22 2017

Early bird registrations for the Orange CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 24 February. You can still register by phone after this date at the normal price.

The Orange Conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm on Saturday, 4 March and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday, 5 March. February. Full attendance over the two days attracts 10 CPD points. In 2017 the Orange CPD Conference is open to NSW Barristers only. Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice J Stevenson
  • Peter Callaghan SC
  • Ian Coleman SC
  • Michael Hall SC
  • Andrew Stone SC
  • Susan Philips
  • Dr James Renwick

Download the full program here - 2017 Orange Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference Program

Tue Feb 21 2017

The 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference program has been finalised. Please view the program here

The Personal Injury and Common Law Conference is scheduled to be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the 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 (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Junior Drinks

Tue Feb 21 2017

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues tomorrow, Wednesday 22 February, at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

Coming up in CPD

Tue Feb 21 2017

Tuesday, February 28 2017: 'Statutory Construction for Advocates' Presented by Neil Williams SC and Surya Palaniappan of Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Nye Perram, Federal Court of Australia. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday, March 07 2017: 'Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma' Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Thursday, March 09 2017: 'Gender Equitable Briefing – Making it Happen: The Solicitor’s View' Presented by Jennie Mansfield, Partner, Ashurst; Rachel Quigley, Assistant Crown Solicitor and Michael Greene, Managing Partner, Henry Davis York. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of this seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register email your full name to Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

Monday, March 13 2017; 'Alternative Dispute Resolution – Refining Skills for Early Resolution' Presented by Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

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.

Wednesday, March 22 2017: 'Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) Awareness Training Seminar' Presented by Ross Wetherbee, Senior Program Manager, Pride in Diversity and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

Newcastle CPD Conference this Saturday

Tue Feb 21 2017

The Newcastle Conference is set down for this Saturday, 25 February. The conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice M Perry
  • Graham Turnbull SC
  • Anthony McGrath SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Giles Coakes
  • Ian Duane
  • Ben Katekar
  • Tina Jowett

Download the full program here - 2017 Newcastle Conference

Places are still available for the Newcastle Conference. To register please call 02 9232 4919. For all remaining conferences in the 2017 CPD Conference series, please register online here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Start training for the SMH Half Marathon

Tue Feb 21 2017

The New South Wales Bar plans to enter a team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, 21 May 2017 to raise money for the Katrina Dawson Foundation. Information on how to join the team, as well as how to donate, will be published via InBrief in coming weeks.

Learned Friends Hong Kong Conference

Tue Feb 21 2017

In April 2017 (8 – 14 April) Learned Friends is holding a conference in Hong Kong. This dynamic and vibrant city is a fusion of many cultures with remnants of a colonial past. Speakers include Judge Kevin Lapthorn, Michelle Painter SC, Peter Cummings SC, Michael Hartman GBS (Hong Kong) and Caroline Counsel (Counsel Family Lawyers). For more information visit our website or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Appointment to note

Tue Feb 21 2017

Peter McGrath SC has been appointed a deputy senior public defender, effective 23 January 2017.