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The Hon Brian Thomas Sully AM QC (1936 - 2019)

Thu Mar 07 2019
Vale

The Hon Brian Thomas Sully AM QC, former Supreme Court judge and life member of the New South Wales Bar Association, died yesterday evening. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known. An obituary will be published in a forthcoming edition of Bar News.

Submission to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment

Thu Mar 07 2019
Diversity

The Australian Human Rights Commission has been conducting a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. The focus of the inquiry is on the nature and prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, the drivers of this harassment and measures to address sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

As part of the inquiry the commission asked both individuals and organisations to make submissions conveying their views, experiences and suggestions for change.

The New South Wales Bar Association’s submission can be found here. The Bar Association is committed to playing a leading role in addressing sexual harassment in the workplace and the particular issues which arise in respect of it at the NSW Bar. The Bar Council is currently reviewing a number of recommendations from the Diversity and Equality Committee that further address the issues raised in the submission.

It is incumbent upon all of us to work actively to eradicate sexual harassment from our workplaces. I encourage all members to read the submission. I would also encourage members to attend the Bar Seminar Series Responding to Sexual Harassment at the Bar which is to take place on 13 and 18 March of this year.

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Practising Certificate 2019 – 2020 Renewals

Wed Mar 06 2019
Online renewals

The standard period of renewal will commence 1 April 2019 and end 7 June 2019, and the later period will commence 8 June 2019 to 30 June 2019.

Renewal forms cannot be accepted after midnight 30 June 2019. This year the renewals will occur on a newly built ONLINE WEB BASED SYSTEM

  • In the lead up to the renewals period, Barristers will be advised of the URL access to the new online renewals portal.
  • Login remains the same as your member dashboard login and password.

Barrister’s are encouraged prior to 1 April to do the following:

  • Update your practice address and contact details
  • Ensure you have your Member Username and Password
Other Matters

Information on Professional Indemnity Insurance policy wording for 2019/2020 will be released in the last week of March. Barrister’s are encouraged to contact the Certification Officer in writing prior to 7 June 2019 if you are considering non-renewal of your practising certificate, Contact NSWBA prior to 1 April 2019 for information on renewal matters such as fees, disclosures and CPD requirements. Abha Malla Certification Officer 02 9232 4055 certification@nswbar.asn.au

ABA Convergence 2019 Registration now open | Singapore | 11-12 July 2019

Wed Mar 06 2019

The ABA is delighted to announce registration for its Commercial Law conference in Singapore is now open. Open to all members of the Australian and Asia-Pacific legal professions, we invite you to register for what will be an excellent 2-day conference and social program.

Visit the Convergence 2019 website now.

Payment options include credit card or EFT at a later date.

Among the confirmed speakers are:

  • The Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia
  • The Hon Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore
  • The Hon Stephen Gageler AC, High Court of Australia
  • The Hon Andrew Phang, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • The Hon Dr Michael Hwang SC, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts
  • The Hon Craig Colvin, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon Jacqueline Gleeson, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon A S Bell, President, NSW Court of Appeal
  • The Hon Judith C Kelly, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • The Hon John Vaughan, Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • V. K. Rajah, former Attorney-General of Singapore
  • Judith Gill QC, 20 Essex Street Chambers, London Court of International Arbitration
  • Fedelma C. Smith, Senior Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • Kathryn Haigh, General Counsel, AUSTRAC
  • Cameron Ford, Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tinto
  • George Lim SC, Chair, Singapore International Mediation Centre
  • Samuel Chacko, Legis Point LLC, Singapore
  • Jimmy Chan, Clifford Chance, Hong Kong
  • Dinesh Dhillon, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
  • Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University
  • Michelle Quigley, Group Manager, Legal & Risk, AusGroup

Registration is available from just $1,990 (excluding flights and accommodation), and a tax invoice will be sent once successfully registered.

Unable to attend? The ABA is also pleased to announce that you can now sponsor a barrister of under 7 years practice to attend the conference.

For more information, please visit the event website or contact the events team at events@austbar.asn.au.

Tonight: Is the modern company fit for purpose?

Wed Mar 06 2019
2019 Bathurst Lecture tonight

The 2019 Bathurst Lecture will be held at 5.15pm on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 in the Banco Court. It will be delivered by Graham Bradley AM, senior company director, former president of the Business Council of Australia and deputy president of the Takeovers Panel. Mr Bradley is the non-executive chairman of HSBC Bank Australia, Virgin Australia International Holdings, EnergyAustraliaHoldings and GrainCorp Limited, chairman of Infrastructure NSW and a director of Tennis Australia.

For further information click here.

Legal Aid News March 2019 is out now!

Wed Mar 06 2019

The March edition of Legal Aid News is now available, featuring a new Youth Koori Court, a report exploring ways to improve access to legal assistance along the NSW/Victorian border, and the inspirational stories of people clearing their debts as part of a pioneering justice scheme.

A full copy is available here.

ADR joint CPD event

Wed Mar 06 2019

The New South Wales Bar Association and the Law Society of New South Wales invite members to their first joint ADR CPD event for the year, which will be held in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15 pm on Wednesday, 20 March. The guest presenter will be the Hon PA Bergin SC, who will speak on the topic of "ADR and the Legal Profession", with introductory comments from Mary Walker, chair of the Bar Association’s ADR Committee and closing comments from Gary Ulman, past-president of the Law Society of NSW.

International Women's Day lunch

Wed Mar 06 2019
Diversity

Please join the Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales for lunch to celebrate International Women's Day on Friday 8th of March at 12.30pm at the Palace Chinese Restaurant, Shop 38 Level 1, Piccadilly Tower, 133-145 Castlereagh St, Sydney.

For more information and to register, please click here.

ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019

Wed Mar 06 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia invites you to attend the ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019 and be inspired by the exciting roster of expert speakers as they share their knowledge and experience with you.

  • Date: Friday 15 March
  • Time: 7.45am - 9am
  • Location: Norton Rose Fullbright, 44 Martin Place, Sydney

Starting off the lecture series we have guest speaker Hajo Duken who will speak on the topic of EU law: Single market, four freedoms, customs union and the Brexit crisis. Chaired by Dr Martyn Taylor.

Brexit has moved the principles, legal frameworks and institutions of the EU into the centre of political and legal discussions around the world. In this session we will briefly revisit the key learnings from last year’s lecture before diving deeper into the meaning and practical implications of the single market, the four freedoms and the customs union.

This will help us to understand and discuss the unprecedented challenges both the EU and the UK are facing in what is now commonly described as the ‘Brexit mess’ or the ‘Brexit crisis’.

For more information and to register click here.

2019 Orange Conference this Saturday

Tue Mar 05 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The 2019 Orange CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 9 March 2019. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. The conference will be held in the Private Room at the Greenhouse of Orange. Download the full program here - 2019 Orange 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).

Responding to sexual harassment at the bar

Tue Mar 05 2019
Diversity / Standards

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces has highlighted the need for all workplaces, including those of barristers, to address sexual harassment. Barristers and those engaging with barristers are entitled to a safe working environment. A failure to address sexual harassment at the Bar in an effective and appropriate manner may expose individual barristers and their chambers to risk of complaints and litigation.

For further information – see the Law Council of Australia’s submission here.

Please join the NSW Bar Association and Australian Bar Association on Wednesday 13 March and Monday 18 March to discuss sexual harassment at the Bar. These two seminars are intended to provide barristers, clerks and chambers with an overview of the relevant laws and policies together with practical information and strategies to eliminate and respond to sexual harassment. Learn more here:

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

Swearing in of the Hon Justice Louise Henderson to the Family Court

Tue Mar 05 2019
Appointments

A ceremonial sitting of the Family Court will be held in Courtroom 7C, Level 7, Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney, at 4:00pm on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 to welcome the Honourable Justice Louise Henderson as a judge of the Family Court of Australia. Michael Kearney SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar and the Australian Bar Association. Barristers should wear robes but not wigs.

The first Bench and Bar Lunch for 2019

Tue Mar 05 2019
Collegiality

No.10 Bistro was the venue today for the first Bench and Bar Lunch of 2019. It was a full house, as 75 members of the New South Wales Bar, together with several judges from the Family Court, Federal Court, Supreme Court and the District Court enjoyed excellent food and punctual service on a beautiful Sydney afternoon. Those with a seat on the balcony were especially lucky.

If you haven't already done so, enjoying a Bench and Bar Lunch is an ideal introduction to the collegiality of the NSW Bar.

Bench and Bar Lunches are an initiative of the Bar Association's Wellbeing Committee and proudly sponsored by BarCover.

Is the modern company fit for purpose?

Tue Mar 05 2019
2019 Bathurst Lecture - tomorrow

The 2019 Bathurst Lecture will be held at 5.15pm on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 in the Banco Court. It will be delivered by Graham Bradley AM, senior company director, former president of the Business Council of Australia and deputy president of the Takeovers Panel. Mr Bradley is the non-executive chairman of HSBC Bank Australia, Virgin Australia International Holdings, EnergyAustraliaHoldings and GrainCorp Limited, chairman of Infrastructure NSW and a director of Tennis Australia.

For further information click here.

Equitable briefing of experts

Tue Mar 05 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee of the Bar Association invite you to a discussion on 14 March 2019 at 5.15pm of the issues associated with equitable briefing of experts. This is a topic that will require attention from members of the Bar and is a focus of increased discussion amongst our instructing solicitors. Please join the Hon. Justice Markovic, Vanessa Whittaker SC (Eleventh Floor), Claire Smith (Clayton Utz) and Rebecca Conoulty (Sapere Forensic) for this CPD. Refreshments will be provided following the panel discussion. As numbers are limited, please register your attendance here.

ABA Committee membership: Expressions of interest

Tue Mar 05 2019

The Australian Bar Association draws upon the experience and knowledge of its members to effectively represent the profession and advance public debate on law reform and legal policy issues.

The ABA's committees are comprised of members from the Association's constituent bodies. Each year the ABA reviews the need for committees, the role of each committee and membership of committees.

A list of committees receiving nominations can be found here.

ABA members who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee should complete the online form indicating the committees for which they wish to be considered. Members should nominate for no more than two committees.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the online form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Monday 11 March 2019

Coming up in CPD

Tue Mar 05 2019
Tuesday, March 12 2019 - Interim Family Law Hearings

Presented by The Honourable Justice Louise Henderson, Family Court of Australia and Her Honour Judge Elizabeth Boyle, Federal Circuit Court of Australia and chaired by Angela Petrie. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Family Law Committee.

Thursday, March 21 2019 - Health and Safety prosecutions in the District Court

Presented by His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting and chaired by Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial, Employment, Health & Safety Committee.

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

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

Tonight: Statutory Interpretation: The Time Dimension

Mon Mar 04 2019
Tuesday, March 05 2019

Presented by Chloe Burnett and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Public Law Section

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

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

Workers Compensation (Indexation) Order 2019

Mon Mar 04 2019

The Workers Compensation (Indexation) Order 2019 was notified and published on the NSW Legislation website and came into effect on 28 February 2019. The order notifies the indexed adjustments to workers compensation benefits on and from 1 April 2019. A copy of the order is available here.

Ready to make the jump?

Mon Mar 04 2019
Member services and benefits

Through the New South Wales Bar Association's Member Advantage program, you may be eligible for the following interest rate discounts on eligible loans from Suncorp Bank:

  • 0.10% p.a. discount off our advertised interest rates for eligible variable home loans
  • 0.05% p.a. discount off our advertised interest rates for eligible fixed rate home loans

To find out more, log into your Bar Association member dashboard and follow the links to the Member Advantage website.

Important Information

Suncorp Bank may pay a commission to Member Advantage of 0.20% of the total loan balance (or credit limit), for a referral of a potential borrower to Suncorp Bank for the purposes of obtaining an Eligible Loan.

Banking products are issued by Suncorp-Metway Ltd ABN 66 010 831 722 AFSL No 229882 Australian Credit Licence 229882 ("Suncorp Bank") to approved applicants only. Please read the relevant Product Information Document and Terms and Conditions before making a decision regarding these products. Fees, charges, terms and conditions apply and are available on request or via the dedicated site above.

The Motor Accident Injuries (Indexation) Amendment (Weekly Statutory Benefits) Order 2019

Mon Mar 04 2019

The Motor Accident Injuries (Indexation) Amendment (Weekly Statutory Benefits) Order 2019 (NSW) was published on the NSW legislation website.

Made under section 3.22 (3) of the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017, the order is used to calculate the variation of the amount of a weekly payment of statutory benefits to be paid to a person who has been injured in a motor accident to which the Act applies. The Act requires the amount of a weekly payment of statutory benefits to be varied on 1 April and 1 October each year. The Regulation and Orders can be accessed here.

Competition Law Conference 2019

Mon Mar 04 2019
Conferences

This annual one-day conference will be held in Sydney on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park Hotel. The conference, which has been held since 1989, provides an open forum for discussion of significant issues in competition law and attracts a broad range of registrants and participants, including Federal Court judges, judges from New Zealand, regulators from Australia and New Zealand, competition law practitioners from both Australia and New Zealand, economists, academics and representatives of business.

The conference provides an opportunity for those interested in competition law to update their knowledge on the specific areas covered by this year’s conference including: avoiding liability under the CCA; assessing multi-sided platforms, SLC under the new s 46 and proof of collusion in cartel cases. The sessions are presented by a distinguished former High Court judge and leading competition law practitioners. For full details, please download a flyer here.

Tonight: From Ada to Sybil: Why every woman counts

Mon Mar 04 2019
Diversity

The Bar Association is delighted to invite you to attend the inaugural Sybil Morrison Lecture, which will be delivered in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15pm on 4 March 2019 by Claire Palmer and chaired by the Hon Justice M Beazley QC AC.

Claire is the inaugural recipient of the Katrina Dawson Award, which aims to encourage young women to practise at the Bar. Claire was called to the Bar in 2017 and is a barrister on Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers.

The inaugural Sybil Morrison lecture will highlight the life of Sybil Morrison, the first woman to practise at the NSW Bar. Morrison was admitted in 1924, six years after the enactment of the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW). That Act provided that a person shall not ‘by reason of sex’ be prevented from being admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor. The seminar will also situate Morrison’s career and the passage of the Women’s Legal Status Act against a series of international and national developments that promoted women lawyers at the beginning of the 20th century and will consider how each woman who is a ‘first’, and each woman thereafter, makes it easier for the next. The Sybil Morrison Lecture is an initiative of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee.

Learn more here

The Sybil Morrison Lecture is an initiative of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee.

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Coming up in CPD

Mon Mar 04 2019
Monday, March 11 2019 - “I didn’t see that coming…” - future proofing practice at the Bar

Presented by Dr Rosemary Howell, Chair, Strategic Action Pty Ltd, and Professorial Visiting Fellow of the University of New South Wales and Sue-Ella Prodonovich, Principal of Prodonovich Advisory. Chaired by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC, Chair, Practice Development Committee. Learn more here. This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Practice Development Committee.

Tuesday, March 12 2019 - Interim Family Law Hearings

Presented by The Honourable Justice Louise Henderson, Family Court of Australia and Her Honour Judge Elizabeth Boyle, Federal Circuit Court of Australia and chaired by Angela Petrie. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Family Law Committee.

Thursday, March 21 2019 - Health and Safety prosecutions in the District Court

Presented by His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting and chaired by Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial, Employment, Health & Safety Committee.

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

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