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Bar Association committees for 2019-20

Fri Jul 05 2019

President Tim Game SC has announced the Bar Association committees for 2019-20. The new committees formally come into effect on 8 July 2019. View the full list of appointees here.

A litigator’s guide to electronic evidence

Thu Jul 04 2019
Tuesday, July 23 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Tuesday 23 July, at 5.15pm, Clinton Towers CA CISA, Director, Access Forensics will present a seminar titled 'A litigator’s guide to electronic evidence'. This presentation will provide an overview of computer forensics, how electronic evidence can benefit your case and the issues associated with handling and managing a case with electronic evidence. For full details please click here.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Thu Jul 04 2019
Conferences

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Peter Cummings 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.

Single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers

Thu Jul 04 2019
Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light

A single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers has recently been made available for sale (3,000 shares in Counsel’s Chambers Ltd). The room has Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light.

9 Selborne Chambers recently underwent renovations which included work on new bathrooms/shower, new kitchen, new reception and waiting areas, plus a new conference room.

The floor consists of six senior counsel and seventeen junior counsel.

The floor’s predominant practice areas include Banking and Finance, Building and Construction, Commercial, Equity, Insurance and Intellectual Property.

Price on application.

All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

To make an appointment to view, or for further information regarding the room and the floor, please contact our Clerk Ed Brown on: 02 9233 5188 or via email: clerk9@selbornechambers.com.au

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Thu Jul 04 2019
New Session Announcement

As you will be aware the conference ‘Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives’ will explore the nuances between the two jurisdictions and discuss various areas where we can learn from each other. Join the ABA and your trans-Tasman colleagues for this exciting 1.5 day conference. Looking for a luxury escape? Stay at the Hotel St Moritz and be treated to wrap around views from Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range. Simply select St Moritz as your accommodation option during registration. For more information on the conference, activities and social events, visit https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ We look forward to welcoming you

Improving Arbitration Procedure: Tips and Traps for an Efficient Process

Thu Jul 04 2019
Save the Date

You are invited to attend a stimulating panel discussion on tips and trips for improving arbitration proceedings so that it is a more time and cost efficient process. In particular, the seminar will be examining some of the key differences between arbitration and litigation in terms of collection, production and presentation of evidence (both documentary and from witnesses/experts), as well as differences in the ways in which parties put forward case arguments in arbitration as opposed to litigation. The focus of these discussions will be to highlight that, while arbitration is a vigorous legal process with demanding standards of proof, the procedural flexibility afforded to the parties by the arbitration process (when used effectively) allows for a more streamlined and condensed proceeding.

Moderator: Jo Delaney, Baker McKenzie

Panellists: Andrew Battison, Norton Rose Fulbright; Brenda Horrigan, Herbert Smith Freehills; Cameron Hassall, Clifford Chance; and Daniel Meltz, 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers. Proudly sponsored by global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, the discussion will be followed by drinks and canapés. Although the event is free of charge, registration is essential.

Registration will be open in due course but please save the date for this interesting seminar.

Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2019 Time: 5.45 pm – 7.00 pm (with networking drinks until 7.30pm) Venue: Norton Rose Fulbright, Grosvenor Place, Level 18, 225 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 RSVP: By no later than Friday, 27 July 2019

2019 ADR Awards - Nominations open

Wed Jul 03 2019
Nominate Today

New Category announced on 25 June - ADR Chambers of the year

The Australian Disputes Centre invites your nominations in the Australian ADR Awards 2019. Now in their 4th year, the Australian ADR Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of both individuals and groups in the practice of domestic and international ADR processes. Recognising that the ADR Awards categories have been missing a group award for Australian Barristers’ Chambers, ADC launches this new category today. Nominations are open from 25 June – 16 July 2019.

Gain recognition for your Chambers for excellence in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Nominate today for Australian ADR Chambers of the Year 2019!

For full details see the website HERE

Admiralty and Maritime Law Seminar - Justice Angus Stewart

Wed Jul 03 2019

The Federal Court of Australia is holding an Admiralty and Maritime Seminar on 24 July 2019 – 1.10pm-1.50pm est.

The Topic of the seminar is Salvage learnings from the Thor Commander presented by Justice Angus Stewart.

For more information click here.

Blue Mountains Law Society Conference - Friday 13 September to Sunday 15 September 2019

Wed Jul 03 2019

The Blue Mountains Regional Law Society is holding its third Succession Conference from Friday 13 September 2019 to Sunday 15 September 2019 at the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath.

There are some outstanding speakers and topics throughout the two day conference as well as a dinner on the Saturday night. Chief Justice Tom Bathurst will be attending the dinner and giving the Sir Anthony Mason Oration.

For more information on the conference program and to register click here.

Media Release - Chief Judge review to reduce court delays

Wed Jul 03 2019

The NSW Attorney General the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP has today announced that the Chief Judge of the District Court, the Honourable Justice Derek Price AM, will carry out a review of case management and jury processes, to reduce delays in criminal proceedings in the District and Supreme Courts.

A full copy of the Media Release is available here.

Room for Sale - Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers

Wed Jul 03 2019

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 modern built-in shelving and cupboards. It would be suitable for a junior or senior junior. The floor has recently completed a full refurbishment of all its common areas including new reception, boardroom and kitchen facilities. The floor is well-established and has been operating from these Chambers since 1979. The floor has 4 senior counsel and 16 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

UNSW 2019 Mason Conversation with the Hon Michael McHugh AC QC

Wed Jul 03 2019

Presented by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW, the 2019 Mason Conversation features The Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC in conversation with Professor George Williams AO.

The Mason Conversation is a series named in honour of Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM marking his outstanding generosity and contribution over decades to the University of New South Wales. As well as a distinguished career in the law, including as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1987-95), Sir Anthony was the fifth Chancellor of the University of New South Wales between 1994 and 1999 and the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

When: Monday 5 August 2019 Time: 5.45pm - 7.30pm Where: Banco Court, Level 13 - Law Courts Building, 184 Philip Street Sydney, 2000

The talk will start promptly at 6.00pm and will be followed by a short networking reception at 7.00pm.

For more information and to register, click here.

A litigator’s guide to electronic evidence

Wed Jul 03 2019
Tuesday, July 23 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Tuesday 23 July, at 5.15pm, Clinton Towers CA CISA, Director, Access Forensics will present a seminar titled 'A litigator’s guide to electronic evidence'. This presentation will provide an overview of computer forensics, how electronic evidence can benefit your case and the issues associated with handling and managing a case with electronic evidence. For full details please click here.

Changes to Administrative Appeals Tribunal Fees as of 1 July 2019

Wed Jul 03 2019

Application fees payable in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in respect of certain types of applications, in accordance with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulation 2015, have changed as of 1 July 2019.

The standard application fee that may be payable will be $932. The lower application fee payable for lodging certain taxation applications, including where the amount in dispute is less than $5,000, will be $92.

There are no changes to:

  • The $100 fee that is payable if a person is eligible to pay a concessional fee rather than a standard application fee.
  • The standard fee that is payable for review of Small Business Taxation Decisions, which remains at $500.

Application fees in the Tribunal’s Migration and Refugee Division will increase to $1,787. Where a 50% reduction is granted in that Division, the fee will be $893.50.

For more information visit the AAT website here.

Single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers

Wed Jul 03 2019
Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light

A single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers has recently been made available for sale (3,000 shares in Counsel’s Chambers Ltd). The room has Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light.

9 Selborne Chambers recently underwent renovations which included work on new bathrooms/shower, new kitchen, new reception and waiting areas, plus a new conference room.

The floor consists of six senior counsel and seventeen junior counsel.

The floor’s predominant practice areas include Banking and Finance, Building and Construction, Commercial, Equity, Insurance and Intellectual Property.

Price on application.

All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

To make an appointment to view, or for further information regarding the room and the floor, please contact our Clerk Ed Brown on: 02 9233 5188 or via email: clerk9@selbornechambers.com.au

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Tue Jul 02 2019
New Session Announcement

As you will be aware the conference ‘Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives’ will explore the nuances between the two jurisdictions and discuss various areas where we can learn from each other. Join the ABA and your trans-Tasman colleagues for this exciting 1.5 day conference. Looking for a luxury escape? Stay at the Hotel St Moritz and be treated to wrap around views from Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range. Simply select St Moritz as your accommodation option during registration. For more information on the conference, activities and social events, visit https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ We look forward to welcoming you

Class actions and law reform

Tue Jul 02 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday, 31 July 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Elizabeth Collins SC, Jonathon Redwood and Rebecca Gilsenan, and chaired by The Hon Justice Julie Ward, Chief Judge in Equity, will consider possible legislative reforms and changes in practice and procedure arising from the ALRC’s final report and related judicial developments. For full details please click here.

Reduction in interest on unpaid legal costs

Tue Jul 02 2019
Practice management

At its meeting on 2 July 2019, the Reserve Bank Board decided to lower the cash rate target by 0.25% to 1.00%. Accordingly, the rate of interest on unpaid legal costs, prescribed by s 195 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) and Rule 75 of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015(NSW), is 3.00%.

Changes to Legal Aid NSW Contributions Policy

Tue Jul 02 2019

The Legal Aid NSW Board approved a suite of changes to the Contributions Policy and apply to applications determined on or after 1 July 2019. The changes include removing the Unpaid Contributions Test, broadening the Exceptional Circumstances Test to waive initial contributions, and waiving the initial $75 where a client in custody has criminal proceedings. Please see the Policy Bulletin 2019 No. 9 for more details, or complete the online training module (0.5 CDP) by logging into our Learning Management System and search for "Contributions Policy".

New provisions for corporate whistleblowers commence today

Mon Jul 01 2019
Law reform and public affairs

ASIC has announced that, under changes to the Corporations Act 2001 which take effect today, whistleblower protections have been extended to current and former company employees, officers, and contractors, as well as their spouses and dependants. Learn more here.

Senior Advocate - Legal Aid NSW, Criminal Law Division

Mon Jul 01 2019
Position vacant

Legal Aid NSW is seeking applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of senior advocate - Criminal Law Division - Central Sydney. The successful applicant will provide supervision of solicitor advocates and lead the Criminal Law Division in matters relating to advocacy and relevant law reform. Applications must be submitted online through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au to be considered. No late applications will be accepted. Total Remuneration Package up to $268,000. Job reference number: 0000714B. Applications close at 11.59pm on 12 July 2019.

Senior Counsel Applications for 2019 now open

Mon Jul 01 2019
To all members of the outer Bar

President Tim Game SC invites applications for Senior Counsel for 2019. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects.

Applications must be submitted online, no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Nisbet at the NSW Bar Association on 9232 4055.

Bar Book Club meets tomorrow

Mon Jul 01 2019

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Tuesday, 2 July 2019 at 5.30pm in the Bar Library. Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome (that includes new readers).

The book is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and a top ten title of the New York Times in 2018, you will find a New Yorker review here.

Bar Book Club meets tomorrow

Mon Jul 01 2019

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Tuesday, 2 July 2019 at 5.30pm in the Bar Library. Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome (that includes new readers).

The book is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and a top ten title of the New York Times in 2018, you will find a New Yorker review here.