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Australia to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture

Thu Feb 09 2017

The Law Council has welcomed the Australian Government's announcement that it will ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). The president of the Law Council, Fiona McLeod SC, said that OPCAT "will assist in preventing torture from occurring in any place of detention in Australia, as well as encouraging a culture of transparency and accountability". Learn more here.

Appointment to Human Rights Commission

Thu Feb 09 2017

Ms June Oscar AO has been appointed as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in the Australian Human Rights Commission. Ms Oscar’s appointment will be for five years beginning on 3 April 2017. Learn more here.

15 Bobber for Magistrate Brender and Magistrate Soars

Thu Feb 09 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.

Early bird registrations closing tomorrow for the North Coast CPD Conference

Thu Feb 09 2017

Early bird registrations for the North Coast CPD Conference at the discounted price will close tomorrow, Friday 10 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The North Coast Conference is set down for Saturday 18 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Judge P Berman SC
  • His Honour Judge N Manousaridis
  • Garry Hatcher SC
  • Nick Harrison
  • Cameron Jackson
  • John Carty
  • Brenda Tronson

Download the full program here - 2017 North Coast 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).

Australian Copyright Council Webinars

Wed Feb 08 2017

In March the Australian Copyright Council will host three webinars, over three consecutive weeks, for legal practitioners to update their copyright knowledge. The webinars are designed to help top up your CLE/CPD points. The webinar schedule will include:

  • Hot Topics, March 8: Summarising some of the major happenings in Australia and overseas in 2016 with reference to proposed amendments to the Copyright Act and to the implications of the Productivity Commission.
  • Managing copyright risk in your legal practice, March 15: For lawyers seeking to understand this specialised area of law in a practical sense as it applies in their day to day work.
  • Social Media for Lawyers, March 22: We take a close look at copyright issues relevant to legal practitioners to work out what your rights and responsibilities are online. Essential for knowing how to avoid potential legal and reputational consequences when things go wrong.

Prices start from $90 per session with the first webinar scheduled for March 8 at 12:30pm AEDST. Bookings and registrations available here.

For more information please contact us on 02 9101 2377 or email info@copyright.org.au.

4th Floor Wentworth Chambers Room For Sale

Wed Feb 08 2017

A Phillip Street frontage room has become available on the 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers. 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers is a busy, harmonious and well established floor of 21 Barristers, including two Senior Counsel and 15 Senior Junior Counsel specialising in areas of Common Law, Family Law, Commercial and Crime.

The Floor has recently been extensively renovated and is networked through CCL, uses VOIP telephone systems and also has a separate conference room for use by Floor members. For more information about the room or the Floor, please contact the Clerk, Leanne Ferguson (T: 02 9232 2722 or E: lferguson@4wentworth.com.au). All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

ACICA international arbitration workshops

Wed Feb 08 2017

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration will host a series of four half-day workshops, held between 25 February and 20 May, designed to provide an intensive introduction to the provision of advocacy in international arbitration. Learn more here.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference Program

Wed Feb 08 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).

Early bird registrations closing Friday for the North Coast CPD Conference

Wed Feb 08 2017

Early bird registrations for the North Coast CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 10 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The North Coast Conference is set down for Saturday 18 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Judge P Berman SC
  • His Honour Judge N Manousaridis
  • Garry Hatcher SC
  • Nick Harrison
  • Cameron Jackson
  • John Carty
  • Brenda Tronson

Download the full program here - 2017 North Coast 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).

Early bird registrations closing Friday for the North Coast CPD Conference

Wed Feb 08 2017

Early bird registrations for the North Coast CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 10 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The North Coast Conference is set down for Saturday 18 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Judge P Berman SC
  • His Honour Judge N Manousaridis
  • Garry Hatcher SC
  • Nick Harrison
  • Cameron Jackson
  • John Carty
  • Brenda Tronson

Download the full program here - 2017 North Coast 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).

Yogis return

Tue Feb 07 2017

Dust off your mats! Lunchtime (1pm) Yoga classes are resuming at the Bar Association common room this week. Regulars please note that there's a DAY CHANGE for this year - classes will be on a WEDNESDAY from this week, 8 Feb - Wednesday 26 April (when we'll have short recess whilst the May Bar Practice course sits).

Pay up front for the 12 week term to ensure the class goes ahead. $240 for the term fee - or pay casually @ $25 p/ class - please note that in paying for the whole term upfront the classes are just $20 p/class. Contact Jolie to register on 0414 092 502; or via email danjolie@bigpond.com

The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AK KBE QC to deliver Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Tue Feb 07 2017

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation is pleased and honoured to advise that an Address will be delivered by the Hon Sir Anthony Mason AK, KBE, QC at a dinner to be held on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the Castlereagh Hotel at 6.30pm.

The Foundation is an independent non-profit charity registered with the ACNC whose purpose is to organise the Address and if possible its publication.

If you would like to attend the event or would like further information please respond to the Barwick Address Foundation direct by email to maryfield2010@hotmail.com or sara.heard@hotmail.com

Forensics Breakfast Series

Tue Feb 07 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday from 15 February - 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.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

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:

4th Floor Wentworth Chambers Room For Sale

Tue Feb 07 2017

A Phillip Street frontage room has become available on the 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers. 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers is a busy, harmonious and well established floor of 21 Barristers, including two Senior Counsel and 15 Senior Junior Counsel specialising in areas of Common Law, Family Law, Commercial and Crime.

The Floor has recently been extensively renovated and is networked through CCL, uses VOIP telephone systems and also has a separate conference room for use by Floor members. For more information about the room or the Floor, please contact the Clerk, Leanne Ferguson (T: 02 9232 2722 or E: lferguson@4wentworth.com.au). All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Tue Feb 07 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details about each 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

Further speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These 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 on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

Practical advocacy course

Tue Feb 07 2017

Public Defenders are seeking applications for the 2017 practical advocacy course for barristers of five years standing and under who are interested in improving their advocacy skills in criminal law. The program consists of six sessions of 1 ½ hours commencing at 5 pm at Public Defenders Chambers, 23/1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

Room available in Arthur Phillip Chambers, Parramatta

Tue Feb 07 2017

A room is available at Arthur Phillip Chambers, an 8-minute walk from the Parramatta Transport Interchange. Chambers is in the centre of the Parramatta Justice Precinct, directly opposite the Sydney West Trial Courts and adjacent to the Family Law Courts, the Children's Court and the Local Court.

Areas of practice include family, criminal, traffic offences, children's matters, wills and estates, building and construction, immigration, defamation and civil matters.

All expressions of interest will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. For further enquiries, please contact the clerk, Betty Hor, on (02) 9891 4666 or clerk@apchambers.com.au. Enquiries from readers are welcome.

AIJA Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice

Tue Feb 07 2017

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration’s Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice will be held at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour in Sydney from 6-8 April 2017. Judges, academics and lawyers from the US, NZ, Singapore, Israel and every state in Australia will be sharing information and insights about non-adversarial justice practices across the world. Areas covered include family law, mediation, "problem-solving courts", and the use of restorative justice in criminal cases. Program and registration details at www.naj2017.com.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference Program

Mon Feb 06 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).

Farewell to Judge Gregory Woods QC

Mon Feb 06 2017

A bench farewell will be held for his Honour Judge Gregory Woods QC on Friday, 10 February 2017 at 9.00am in the ceremonial courtroom on level 21 of John Maddison Tower. Brad Hughes SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

Opening of 2017 Law Term religious services

Mon Feb 06 2017

Monday, 6 February 2017

  • The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

  • The Great Synagogue – 5:30 PM

Thursday, 9 February 2017

  • Islamic Opening of Law Term Service will be held this Thursday, 9 February 2017 at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque from 6.00pm at 15-19 Gelibolu Parade, Auburn. The event will run until 7.30pm, including refreshments. Robing is not required.

STEP address: Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes

Mon Feb 06 2017

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Ian Davidson SC on "Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes". It will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer here.