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Inclusion & Diversity Note

Mon Jul 01 2019
Diversity

"You cannot be what you cannot see" said Marian Wright Edelman - most recently referenced by Beyonce in Homecoming. And with that introduction to grab your attention: the annual NSW Bar Association Female Student Open Day will occur on 16 August 2019 - it provides female university students insight into the workings of the Bar and encourages them to consider a career as a barrister.

The Bar Association seeks volunteers to assist in running the Open Day - taking groups of students to meet with judges, see courts in operation and answer questions about life as a barrister. If you are able to volunteer your time between 9.00am and 12.30pm on Friday, 16 August, please email Ting Lim.

Be on your way sooner with Member Advantage

Mon Jul 01 2019
Member services and benefits

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Sign into your member dashboard on the Bar Association's website to get an exclusive quote or call 1300 853 352 for more information. *Terms and conditions apply.

Survey on mental health

Mon Jul 01 2019

Members are invited to take part in a research study being conducted by the University of Sydney exploring Australian lawyers’ experience of mental health. It involves filling out an anonymous online survey which will take about 15 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is voluntary and your decision whether to participate does not affect your relationship with the NSW Bar Association, the University of Sydney, or anyone else involved in this study. The results of this study will help the legal profession understand the current mental health concerns of its members and guide future policies aimed at improving mental health within the profession.

If you wish to participate, please click here for more information.

Renewals not received and/or received but incomplete after 30 June 2019

Sun Jun 30 2019

After 30 June you cannot lodge an application for renewal, this includes having already completed and lodged your renewal but it not having been accompanied by payment and/or notification that your professional indemnity insurance is in place (s 36 Legal Profession Uniform Application Act 2014 (NSW)). If you have not applied to renew your practising certificate, or your fee and/or professional indemnity insurance are not confirmed, on or before 30 June, you will be required to complete an application for a practising certificate and provide a statutory declaration confirming you did not practise between 1 July and the date of application for your practising certificate before any application can be processed. An additional fee of $30 or 15% of the relevant practising certificate fee, whichever is the higher, applies to all applications received after 30 June where an application to renew should have been received on or before 30 June.

Request for Nominations for CTP Customer Experience Interviews

Fri Jun 28 2019

SIRA and icare are seeking nominations from the legal profession who have experience being involved with CTP claims to take part in our CTP Care Customer Experience Design Process. Nominees are sought to take part in a 1 hour interview in July to help understand their experience with claimants who require treatment beyond 5 years.

Attached is some information on the process.

Background Under the Motor Accidents Injuries Act 2017 eligible people injured in a motor vehicle accident on NSW roads will now have their ongoing treatment and care needs managed by icare (instead of their CTP insurer) after a period of five years from their accident.

The goal is to ensure that CTP claimants who are eligible have a quick and easy transition from their CTP Insurer to icare and their needs are met while interacting seamlessly with their broader support networks. The service provided by icare to CTP claimants is referred to as CTP Care.

Logistics Interviews will take place in July anticipated to be for about 1 hour. The team are happy to attend lawyers offices or can be held at icare offices at 321 Kent Street.

Members who are interested in participating in the interviews should contact Alastair McConnachie at amcconnachie@nswbar.asn.au by close of business 2nd of July 2019.

Evidence law reform (NSW)

Fri Jun 28 2019
Media Release

Attorney General Mark Speakman has today announced national reforms to enable greater admissibility of tendency and coincidence evidence in child sexual assault proceedings.

A full copy of the Media Release is available here.

Tonight - Unveiling the portrait of Katrina Dawson

Fri Jun 28 2019
Reminder

In 2018 the Bar Association commissioned acclaimed Australian artist Peter Smeeth to do a portrait of the late Katrina Dawson. His work will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Friday, 28 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Dr Peter Smeeth MBBS FRAS AWI, winner of numerous Australian art prizes, including the 2017 Archibald Packing Room prize, will be guest of honour for the evening. Sandy Dawson SC will speak on behalf of the Dawson Family and the Katrina Dawson Foundation, while President Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the Bar Association and all members of the New South Wales Bar, on whom Katrina left an indelible impression during her brief but successful career.

2019 ADR Awards - Nominations open

Fri Jun 28 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

LCA Presidents address - side-event at the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Fri Jun 28 2019

Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC, addressed a side-event at the 41st session of the United Nations’ Humans Rights Council on 27 June 2019 on the extradition bill proposed and under consideration in Hong Kong.

The side-event was hosted by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, Human Rights Watch and the International Service for Human Rights. The video and the full speech are available here.

Practising certificate renewals

Thu Jun 27 2019

The standard renewal period for practising certificates expired on Friday, 7 June 2019. A late fee of $30 or 10 per cent of the relevant practising certificate fee, whichever is the higher, is being applied for any practising certificate renewal forms and/or fees that is received before 1 July 2019. Learn more here.

‘Women, Power and Voice’ with Lucy Cornell

Thu Jun 27 2019

Lucy Cornell is an international keynote speaker on the innate persuasive power of the human voice. She leads an international voice and performance coaching team for advocacy courses run by the Australian Bar Association and the General Council of the Bar of South Africa. Her corporate clientele range from CEOs and senior executives of blue chip companies such as McKinsey, IBM, Citigroup,Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank to politicians, barristers and lawyers.

Time: 5 for 5:30-7.30pm Workshop followed by Networking When: Tuesday 30 July 2019 Where: Ashurst, Level 9, 5 Martin Place, Sydney

For more information and to register, click here.

NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal - Part-time Senior Members (Legal), Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division (AEOD) recuritment

Thu Jun 27 2019

The Attorney General is seeking applications from Australian lawyers of at least 7 years’ standing with experience or interest in the types of matters dealt with in the NCAT’s AEOD, in particular the Division’s work relating to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, Privacy and the Revenue List together with reviews of other administrative decisions within the jurisdiction of NCAT, to be appointed as part-time Senior Members.

For information on remuneration and selection criteria, click here. Note: Probity checks will be conducted.

Applications in Word or PDF, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online.

Applications close: Monday 15 July 2019 (11.59 pm).

Click here to apply.

Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Thu Jun 27 2019
Tonight June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Thursday 27 June, at 5.15pm, the Women Barristers Forum will host a seminar on 'Advocacy in judicial review proceedings'. Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please click here.

International Bar Association Conference - The Singapore Convention – Life after 7 August 2019

Thu Jun 27 2019

Registration is now open for the Singapore Convention – Life after 7 August 2019 taking place in Singapore on 8 August 2019.

Register here before 5 July to receive early bird discounts.

Keynote speaker:

  • Justice Belinda Ang Chairperson, Singapore Mediation Centre, Singapore

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable P A Bergin SC International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court, Singapore
  • Sarah Grimmer Secretary-General, HKIAC, Hong Kong SAR
  • Lucy Reed International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court, Singapore

Topics will include:

  • Views from Asia on the Convention, incorporating the topic: ‘Ethical and professional issues on mediation representation’
  • Views from Australia, New Zealand and UK on the Convention, incorporating the topic: ‘Mediation as a profession’
  • Views from USA and Europe on the Convention, incorporating the topic: ‘Fee arrangements that supports mediation’
  • Views on the future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Who should attend?

  • Private practitioners, in-house counsels and mediators
  • Dispute-resolution-service providers and governmental agencies

Click here to view the program.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Peteris Ginters Day

Thu Jun 27 2019
Collegiality

Motor Neuron Disease forced Peteris Ginters to retire from the Bar on 7 November 2016. Now, his colleagues and friends have launched Peteris Ginters Day, an opportunity to support Peteris and to aid the fight against MND. Please give generously to research into the effective treatment and elimination of this awful disease. Pledges are sought by this Friday, 28 June prior to an announcement at the MND Gala dinner that night.

A litigator’s guide to electronic evidence

Wed Jun 26 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.

Room for Sale - Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers

Wed Jun 26 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

Tonight: The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Wed Jun 26 2019
Wednesday, June 26 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, at 5.15pm, Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, Integrated Compliance at Australian Taxation Office and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office will deliver a seminar on 'The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime'. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Bishop. For full details please click here

Annual Federal Courts and Tribunals Fee Increases from 1 July

Wed Jun 26 2019

The fees payable in the federal courts and tribunals will increase from 1 July 2019 to reflect changes to the consumer price index over the past financial year. This is an automatic increase provided by the relevant fees regulations. Click here for a copy of the Gazette notice.

A copy of a notice published in the Government Notices Gazette on 4 June 2019 setting out the new fees payable can be found here.

Practising certificate renewals

Wed Jun 26 2019

The standard renewal period for practising certificates expired on Friday, 7 June 2019. A late fee of $30 or 10 per cent of the relevant practising certificate fee, whichever is the higher, is being applied for any practising certificate renewal forms and/or fee that is received before 1 July 2019. Learn more here.

Commonwealth, states and territories must lift minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14yrs (FED)

Wed Jun 26 2019

The Law Council of Australia have today issued a Media Release stating every Australian jurisdiction should lift the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 years to improve justice outcomes for vulnerable children and remove the need for the fraught doli incapax presumption.

Law Council Directors from around Australia unanimously resolved in Darwin at the weekend to change the Law Council’s policy, which previously called for the minimum age of criminal responsibility to be raised to "at least 12-years-old". "The current minimum age of criminal responsibility in all states and territories, and under federal law, is 10 years of age. This is far too low," Law Council of Australia President, Arthur Moses SC, said today.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

2019 Industrial Bar social function

Tue Jun 25 2019
Collegiality

Members are cordially invited to the 2019 Industrial Bar social drinks function.

The event has been organised by the Industrial Employment Health & Safety Committee which assists Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and engages with barristers practising in these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members.

When: Thursday, 15 August 2019 Time: 6pm start Wbere: Hotel CBD - Club Bar (52 King St, Sydney)

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Media Release - Travel by Judges & their spouses

Tue Jun 25 2019

The Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia have both today made public statements regarding a story in today's Daily Telegraph in relation to High Court travel expenses.

View the ABA media release here and the LCA media release here.

Practising certificate renewals

Tue Jun 25 2019

The standard renewal period for practising certificates expired on Friday, 7 June 2019. A late fee of $30 or 10 per cent of the relevant practising certificate fee, whichever is the higher, is being applied for any practising certificate renewal forms and/or fee that is received before 1 July 2019. Learn more here.