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Commercial Law Section Lecture Series

Tue Feb 20 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Insurance and the courts Presented by The Hon. Justice Tony Meagher and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 08 2018 - 10 Years of the Cross Border Insolvency Act A panel discussion involving Justice Steven Rares, Farid Assaf and Vanessa Whittaker. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


These seminars have been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and form part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics. All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room unless otherwise stated.

For a full list of current CPD events please click [here.]

2018 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

Tue Feb 20 2018

The 2018 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday, 23 February 2018. The event is organised by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law with the support of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law.

The conference will focus on developments in the High Court and other Australian courts in 2017 and beyond. It will be addressed by leading practitioners, judges and academics. The morning keynote speakers are Justin Gleeson SC and the Hon Justice Pamela Tate.

The conference will be followed by dinner at NSW Parliament House, hosted by the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, NSW Attorney General, with the guest speaker being the Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia.

For further information, please see here.

REGISTER NOW: CPD Mini Conference - "The Sword of Damocles"

Mon Feb 19 2018

On 16 March 2018, the Bar Association will host an all-day CPD at the Federal Court, titled "The Sword of Damocles". The CPD will examine the unique world of regulatory litigation and in particular, decisions made by regulators to pursue matters on a civil, criminal or administrative basis, the different regimes engaged and a considerate of the different outcomes that follow from those decisions. Speakers include: The Honourable Justice Payne of the Court of Appeal, Tim Game SC, Neil Williams SC, Elizabeth Cheeseman SC and Reay McGuinness, solicitor, at Webb Henderson. Afternoon panel will include: The Chief Justice of the Federal Court, The Hon J L B Allsop AO; the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Sarah McNaughton SC; Wendy Peter of the ACCC; Chris Savundra of ASIC and from the Sydney Bar: Bret Walker SC, Tim Game SC and Kristina Stern SC. The CPD commences at 9.30am and concludes at 3.30pm in Courtroom 1, Level 21, Federal Court, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney, NSW 2000. The CPD will include morning tea and a light lunch. A nominal fee of $45 will be charged per attendee.

REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE HERE. REGISTRATIONS ARE LIMITED TO 200 ATTENDEES.

Places are ‘first in, best dressed.’ To register attendees must complete the online registration form. Please note, registrations will only be accepted and guaranteed when accompanied by full payment.

2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Mon Feb 19 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. Please view 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

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).

Coming up in CPD February & March

Mon Feb 19 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas and other criminal justice reforms

This seminar will provide you with an outline of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals and Guilty Pleas) Act 2017 which comes into effect from April 2018. Presenter: Sophia Beckett. Chair: Tim Game SC. Commentator: Stephen Odgers SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organized by the Criminal Law Committee.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Shariah Law - Insights and realities for Australian jurists. Presented by The Hon Justice Stephen Rothman AM and Haisam Farache, principal Solicitor at Garrison Lawyers. Chaired by TBC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, February 27 2018 - Admission to practice in some other APEC countries Presented by Dr James Renwick SC, Andrew Fox and Wilson Chan. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Insurance and the courts Presented by The Hon. Justice Tony Meagher and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics.


Thursday, March 01 2018 - Sorry Business Panellists: The Hon. Justice Lindsay, Supreme Court of NSW; Mr Andrew Smith, University Chambers; Professor Prue Vines, UNSW & Ms Anne Cregan, Gilbert + Tobin. Chaired by: Michael Higgins, Regional Community Engagement Manager, Aboriginal Legal Service Light refreshments served at the conclusion of the seminar. Please register for catering purposes. RSVP to tlim@nswbar.asn.au


Thursday, March 08 2018 - 10 Years of the Cross Border Insolvency Act A panel discussion involving Justice Steven Rares, Farid Assaf and Vanessa Whittaker. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics.


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

For a full list of current CPD events please click [here.]

Coming up in CPD tonight

Mon Feb 19 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - NSW Court of Appeal: Update on Practice and Procedure

Presented by The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO and The Hon Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


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

For a full list of current CPD events please click [here]

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Feb 19 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - NSW Court of Appeal: Update on Practice and Procedure

Presented by The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO and The Hon Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas and other criminal justice reforms

This seminar will provide you with an outline of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals and Guilty Pleas) Act 2017 which comes into effect from April 2018. Presenter: Sophia Beckett. Chair: Tim Game SC. Commentator: Stephen Odgers SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organized by the Criminal Law Committee.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Shariah Law - Insights and realities for Australian jurists. Presented by The Hon Justice Stephen Rothman AM and Haisam Farache, principal Solicitor at Garrison Lawyers. Chaired by TBC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


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

For a full list of current CPD events please click [here]

First Nations Committee

Mon Feb 19 2018
Appointments

On 29 January 2018, the President announced Bar Council’s decision to resolve to establish the First Nations Committee of the NSW Bar Association. The President is pleased to announce the full membership of the First Nations Committee is as follows:

  • Tony McAvoy SC (Chair)
  • Chris Ronalds AO SC
  • Ms Janet Manuell SC
  • Kara Shead SC
  • Susan Phillips
  • Simeon Beckett
  • Andrew Smith
  • Vanessa Bosnjak
  • Lisa-Claire Hutchinson
  • Damian Beaufils
  • Sian McGee
  • Andrew Boe
  • Jeni Engel (Academic)

The Committee’s charter is to:

  1. To represent the NSW Bar Association and its members on legal policy and practice issues relating to First Nations and First Nations people including:

a) reviewing policies and procedures for the Bar Council and NSW Bar Association to ensure First Nations and First Nations peoples’ perspective are considered where relevant; b) advocating for the rights of First Nations and First Nations people on systemic issues of policy such as Indigenous incarceration, discrimination and the impact of domestic violence on First Nations communities.

  1. To encourage and support First Nations people to consider a career in the law and at the Bar;
  2. To support First Nations people who are members of the profession;
  3. To organise educational seminars for members regarding issues relating to First Nations affairs;
  4. To develop and monitor the implementation of the Association’s Reconciliation Action Plan; and
  5. To provide advice to Bar Council on matters relating to First Nations affairs as required.

Legislation will not reduce delays in the District Court

Mon Feb 19 2018

The Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 passed through the Legislative Assembly last week. The Bill provides for indictable crimes to be heard by a magistrate unless a prosecutor or counsel for the defence chooses to take them to the District Court.

In an article in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald, President Arthur Moses SC warned that the proposed change would "not substantially affect District Court delays, which could only be solved by giving more funding to Legal Aid and the court system itself".

Exclusive CPD Event: ICLC presents LGBTIQ Rights & The Law

Mon Feb 19 2018

In light of the changes brought on by the marriage equality legislation and the case of Re: Kelvin, Inner City Legal Centre ("ICLC") have put together a one-day CPD event* that addresses these changes and how this affects the rights of the LGBTIQ community.

Held on Friday, 9 March 2018 it will focus on issues specifically surrounding LGBTIQ rights and the law. Legal implications to anticipated changes to the Marriage Act, in light of the same-sex legislation, will also be discussed. It has been tailored for the legal profession, accounting for 6CPD units.

Reserve your place here.

  • All proceeds go to ICLC in order to help supporting free legal advice and LGBTIQ youth outreach programs. ICLC is a community legal centre that provides free legal advice and support to vulnerable people. We also provide a specialised state-wide service for those individuals that identify as LGBTIQ

  • Date: Friday, 9 March 2018

  • Location: Gilbert+Tobin, 200 Barangaroo Avenue NSW 2000
  • Start time: 9:30AM
  • End time: 4:30PM
  • Post-event drinks: 4:30PM to 7:00PM

REGISTER NOW: 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Mon Feb 19 2018

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. Please view 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

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).

CPD Record Form

Mon Feb 19 2018

Members are reminded to accrue 10 points worth of continuing professional development (CPD) activities each year. In addition to completing sufficient CPD activities between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, you are required to maintain a record and retain in for three years in accordance with rule 12 of the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Barristers) Rules 2015. A newly updated CPD Record Form makes it easier to record, amend and save your CPD activity. The new form is available on the NSW Bar website and attached here for your convenience.

2018 Parramatta Conference this weekend

Mon Feb 19 2018

The 2018 Paramatta CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 24 February 2018. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please click the link for the full program - Parramatta - Conference Program 2018

The conference will be held in the Gidley King Room at the Park Royal Parramatta. Parking is available in and around the venue.

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 next week

Fri Feb 16 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - NSW Court of Appeal: Update on Practice and Procedure

Presented by The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO and The Hon Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas and other criminal justice reforms

This seminar will provide you with an outline of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals and Guilty Pleas) Act 2017 which comes into effect from April 2018. Presenter: Sophia Beckett. Chair: Tim Game SC. Commentator: Stephen Odgers SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organized by the Criminal Law Committee.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Shariah Law - Insights and realities for Australian jurists. Presented by The Hon Justice Stephen Rothman AM and Haisam Farache, principal Solicitor at Garrison Lawyers. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


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

For a full list of current CPD events please click [here]

RACS urgent town hall meeting

Fri Feb 16 2018

The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) has until the end of March to raise enough funds to represent 1,100 people seeking asylum in NSW who urgently need legal support to prepare for interviews with the Department of Immigration. These interviews will decide whether they can remain in Australia or will get deported.

As a final attempt to raise a fighting fund RACS will hold a major information session on Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 6.30pm – 8.00pm in Marrickville Town Hall.

Speakers will include RACS Principal Solicitor, Sarah Dale, high profile supporters and people who have been personally affected by Australia’s refugee policies.

Register here: http://bit.ly/2o4o9bw

Change to Federal Circuit Court Migration Application

Fri Feb 16 2018
Practice and procedure

The Federal Circuit Court’s Migration Application has been updated to reflect the name change from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to the Minister for Home Affairs. Similarly the name of the Department has been changed to the Department of Home Affairs. Learn more here.

NCAT and Judicial Power

Fri Feb 16 2018
Johnson v Dibbin; Gatsby v Gatsby [2018] NSWCATAP 45

In these two appeals, separate questions were stated for the Appeal Panel’s determination concerning the jurisdiction and constitutional status of NCAT. The Appeal Panel held that the Tribunal exercises judicial power when hearing and determining matters under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (NSW) (RT Act), and has authority to do so because it is a “court of a State” for the purposes of Chapter III of the Constitution and s39 of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth). The Appeal Panel explained that the direct effect of this decision is that the Tribunal can hear and determine matters under the RT Act even if they are between residents of different States. The NSW Attorney General intervened in the proceedings under s44(4) of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 (NSW) and was represented by the Solicitor General.

In July 2017, the Tribunal approached the NSW Bar Association for assistance in nominating counsel to make submissions as Contradictor on a pro bono basis. Geoffrey Kennett SC and Celia Winnett made written and oral submissions as Contradictor, instructed by Ting Lim of the NSW Bar Association. The President of the Bar Association has expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Bar to Geoff, Celia and Ting for their important work on this matter.

2018 North Coast CPD Conference is on tomorrow

Fri Feb 16 2018

The 2018 North Coast CPD Conference is on tomorrow, Saturday, 17 February. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. The conference will be held in The Fenwick Room at The Ramada Hotel and Suites, Ballina. Please click the link for the full program - 2018 North Coast Program

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).

REGISTER NOW: CPD Mini Conference - "The Sword of Damocles"

Thu Feb 15 2018

On 16 March 2018, the Bar Association will host an all-day CPD at the Federal Court, titled "The Sword of Damocles". The CPD will examine the unique world of regulatory litigation and in particular, decisions made by regulators to pursue matters on a civil, criminal or administrative basis, the different regimes engaged and a considerate of the different outcomes that follow from those decisions. Speakers include: The Honourable Justice Payne of the Court of Appeal, Tim Game SC, Neil Williams SC, Elizabeth Cheeseman SC and Reay McGuinness, solicitor, at Webb Henderson. Afternoon panel will include: The Chief Justice of the Federal Court, The Hon J L B Allsop AO; the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Sarah McNaughton SC; Wendy Peter of the ACCC; Chris Savundra of ASIC and from the Sydney Bar: Bret Walker SC, Tim Game SC and Kristina Stern SC. The CPD commences at 9.30am and concludes at 3.30pm in Courtroom 1, Level 21, Federal Court, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney, NSW 2000. The CPD will include morning tea and a light lunch. A nominal fee of $45 will be charged per attendee.

REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE HERE. REGISTRATIONS ARE LIMITED TO 200 ATTENDEES.

Places are ‘first in, best dressed.’ To register attendees must complete the online registration form. Please note, registrations will only be accepted and guaranteed when accompanied by full payment.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Feb 15 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Advocates for Change: In conversation with Richard Weinstein SC

The Advocates for Change program provides role models who are excellent practitioners and who, through the example of what they do and say in their professional lives as barristers, represent the full width of diversity and inclusion that the NSW Bar Association wishes to promote at the Bar. Interviewer: Michelle McMahon. Interviewee: Richard Weinstein SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee

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


For a full list of current CPD events please click [here.](https://www.nswbar.asn.au/for-members/cpd-events "")

REGISTER NOW: 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Feb 15 2018

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. Please view 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

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).

2018 Parramatta Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Thu Feb 15 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Parramatta CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Parramatta Conference is set down for Saturday 24 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO
  • Her Honour Judge Brana Obradovic
  • Michael McHugh SC
  • Stephen Janes
  • Andrew Bulley
  • Mark Higgin
  • Tina Jowett
  • Michelle England
  • Sonia Tame

Download the full program here - [2018 Parramatta 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).

Swearing-in ceremony for Julia Baird SC

Wed Feb 14 2018
Appointments

Julia Baird SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia at a ceremonial sitting on Friday, 2 March 2018 at 9.30am in Courtroom 13.1, L13, 80 William Street, Sydney. Noel Hutley SC will speak on behalf of the Australian and New South Wales Bar Associations.

Bar Cover update 2018

Wed Feb 14 2018

Bar Cover provides Sickness and Accident income protection cover exclusively for practising barrister members of the New South Wales Bar Association. Click here for your Bar Cover update 2018.