Legal Aid NSW Mental Health Advocacy Panel

Wed May 17 2017

The Legal Aid NSW Mental Health Advocacy Panel (the panel) is currently open for new applicants and applications for reappointment. All applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Friday, 30 June 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee. More information about the panel and how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

For any further enquiries regarding the Panel please email

ABA Appellate Advocacy Intensive

Wed May 17 2017

The Australian Bar Association's Appellate Advocacy course will be held in Brisbane on 8-10 September 2017. This intensive involves a realistic brief and detailed preparation, including written submissions and performances in real court settings before appellate judges. The intensive will promote excellence in appellate advocacy through the development of relevant skills.

Groups are small and the coach-to-participant ratio is high. Performances are recorded in-court before an appellate court judge, and then reviewed separately with senior members of the Australian Bar. Voice and movement coaching is also available from a professional coach. There are only 24 positions available. Seniority of at least eight years at the private bar is a pre-requisite. To reserve your place, download a registration form here and a brochure here.

AM reports on mental health support for lawyers

Wed May 17 2017

ABC Radio's AM program yesterday aired a report on mental health among Australian solicitors and barristers. Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC was interviewed as part of the program. You can listen to a podcast here and read an article here.

Bar FC thwarted again

Wed May 17 2017

Yet again blue skies meant conditions were perfect for Bar FC for yesterday's match in the Domain Soccer League. Some attractive football by the team, however, went without reward as Bar FC were held to a 0-0 draw. Keeper Harris had little to do all match such was the skill of the backline consisting of Gyles SC, Philips, Covell and Griscti at dealing with the long ball. The midfield was passing well however a lack of finish meant that many passing moves went unrewarded. A free kick outside the area was taken by Hartford Davis who rattled the cross bar with his effort. Unfortunately, the goal drought continues but Sir Alex is happy with the way the team is competing and realises a win is not far away. It was never going to be easy given Bar FC is playing in a higher division this year. Grumblings heard from Connor SC around Maurice Byers Chambers that Sir Alex should retire are starting to increase in volume. Let’s hope the team can soon relieve some pressure.

Our next game is on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at 1.15 pm against Division leaders Herbert Smith Freehills. Could be a tough day on the park.

The team for yesterday's game was as follows:

  • Lachlan Gyles SC
  • Joe Jaeger
  • John Harris
  • Hilary Montieth
  • Sebastian Hartford Davis
  • Angus Lang
  • Faraz Maghami
  • Simon Phillips
  • Phillip Santucci
  • Ivan Griscti
  • Darren Covell
  • Glen Fredericks
  • Geoff O'Shea
  • Tim Kane

Bar Association office bearers

Tue May 16 2017

At a meeting of the Bar Council on the evening of 11 May 2017, the following were elected as office bearers of the Bar Association:

President: Arthur Moses SC

Senior Vice-President: Tim Game SC

Junior Vice-President: Chrissa Loukas SC

Treasurer: Andrew Bell SC

Honorary Secretary: Sophie Callan

Climate change, migration law and the Pacific - the 2017 Displacement Project lecture

Tue May 16 2017

On 7 June 2017, King & Wood Mallesons, together with UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, will host a public lecture on “The Displacement Project – Perspectives on Climate Change and Planned Relocation in the Pacific”. Speakers at this year's event will be international law expert, Professor Jane McAdam, and political geographer, Professor Jon Barnett. For more details about the event, download a brochure or reserve your place here.

The Displacement Project is a collaboration between KWM and the Kaldor Centre, which aims to raise awareness among members of the legal profession and the broader community about climate change-related migration and displacement, the limitations of existing international legal frameworks and the policies that can be implemented in response to this issue.

Learned Friends Cape Town Conference

Mon May 15 2017

In September (25 Sept – 2 Oct) Learned Friends is holding a conference in Cape Town. Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, but Africa as a whole. This is due to its good climate, natural settings, and well developed infrastructure. Speakers include Judge Richard Cogswell SC, Jeremy Gauntlett QC (Cape Town), Campbell Bridge SC and Donna Ward. For more information visit the Learned Friends website or email

Tomorrow - "Lionel Murphy – The Life and Times of an Australian Jurist"

Mon May 15 2017

The National Justice Project, a not-for-profit human rights organisation, is holding an event at the Royal Automobile Club 89 Macquarie St, Sydney on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 to acknowledge the legacy of the Hon Lionel Murphy QC as a jurist.

Speakers include the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and the Hon Mary Gaudron QC.

Doors will open at 5:30pm for refreshments and speeches will start at 6.15pm sharp. For further details including registration click here

NSWLRC review regarding beneficiaries of trusts

Mon May 15 2017

The NSW Law Reform Commission will conduct a review of certain aspects of the law relating to beneficiaries of trusts. The commission is inviting preliminary submissions from interested stakeholders. The deadline for preliminary submissions is Friday 14 July 2017. More information, including the terms of reference and background materials, is available here.

Coming up in CPD

Mon May 15 2017

Thursday, June 01 2017: ‘Access networks, uncover opportunities: barristers and social media

Presented by Jane Needham SC, Louise Jackson, Marlia Saunders - Senior Associate, Ashurst and Michaela Whitbourn - Journalist, Fairfax. Chaired Michelle Painter SC. This seminar, brought to you by Women Barristers Forum, will discuss how barristers are using social media, how we might use social media more effectively and some traps to watch out for. This seminar is presented as part of the “Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Briefed.” CPD series. #WBFBeSeen

For full details please download a flyer here

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

Women Barristers Forum – Annual General Meeting on 31 May 2017

Fri May 12 2017

The Women Barristers Forum (WBF) has resolved to call an Annual General Meeting of all members of the WBF and interested persons on Wednesday 31 May 2017 at Conference Room 2 of the NSW Bar Association. After 3 years as Chair of WBF, Michelle Painter SC will step down and a new Chair will be voted in. All women barristers are members of the WBF and are eligible to nominate and vote. If you are not attending the AGM but wish to vote, please fill in the proxy form and return it by email

For further information please contact Caroline Dobraszczyk

Australian Academy of Law AAL Ethics Event - 5.30pm, 20 June 2017

Fri May 12 2017

The second event in the Australian Academy of Law’s ethics series will be held at 5.30pm, Tuesday 20 June at the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney.

The topic for the upcoming event will be “Ethics in the practice of law: a profession, a business or both?”

The format will be a panel discussion, with a chair-moderator and speakers representing different constituencies in the Australian legal services market. The panel will address questions raised by attendees in their online registration form and the chair-moderator will also take questions from the floor during the debate. The panel will be comprised as follows:

Chair and moderator: Fiona McLeod SC, President of the Law Council of Australia Panellists: • Donald Robertson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Sydney Law School • Noel Hutley SC, Barrister Sydney and former President of the New South Wales Bar Association • Dr Attracta Lagan, Ethicist and Founder of “Managing Values” • John McKenzie, Legal Services Commissioner for New South Wales • Dr Linda Tucker, Chairperson, Community Legal Centres New South Wales

For more information, view the flyer.

There will be no charge to attend the event and it will also be open to the public.

To register for this event, please complete the online registration form at by Friday 16 June 2017.

ABA Conference in London and Dublin 2-7 July

Fri May 12 2017

With only 7 weeks until the ABA Conference in London and Dublin, time is running out to secure your place! To register now, click here.

Dates: London – 2 to 3 July 2017 Dublin – 5 to 7 July 2017

The full list of fees is available here.

In London, delegates can stay at The Rosewood – a true urban sanctuary that is among the best in London. This five-star Edwardian Grade II-listed building has been sensitively renovated to create a luxury hotel with the ambience of a stylish London residence. The Rosewood will also host the conference welcome drinks.

Highlights of the London conference program include opening remarks from the Right Honourable Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales, and His Excellency, the Honourable Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Following this the Honourable Justice Keane AC, High Court of Australia, will deliver the keynote address, and delegates will hear from a panel of experts including the Right Honourable Jeremy Wright QC MP, Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland on ‘Implications of Brexit’. A Specialist Tax Stream will also be available for members of the Tax Bar.

In Dublin, delegates can stay at The Westbury – an icon in a city of greats, while taking part in a conference that will present issues and debates that will shape future innovations and directions of the Bar. Hear from high profile speakers on a range of topics from corporate mega-litigation, the art of advocacy, the relevance and future of the Independent Bar to technological developments and how we generate a diverse and inclusive profession for a global market. Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in a exciting line-up of social activities including a tour of the Irish Bar and Courts, the Conference Gala Dinner, and the Bellewstown July Racing Festical Twilight Meeting.

Stay at the Westbury which occupies a prime position between Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green; perfectly located for exploring the most exciting sides of Dublin. At its front doorstep lie Grafton Street, renowned for its colour, street artists and luxury shopping; whilst Dublin’s “Creative Quarter”, a vibrant network of streets filled with lively bars, restaurants and quirky stores run behind the hotel with the city’s top theatres, museums and art galleries all situation within a short walking distance.

To secure your space at the ABA Conference visit

Bar FC unlucky again in Domain Soccer League

Fri May 12 2017

Today saw Bar FC share the points after a very unlucky 1-1 draw. The first half saw Bar FC put themselves under pressure by not keeping their shape, resulting in the opposition getting a lucky goal with the classic ball over the top. A gentle reminder from Sir Alex at half time regarding playing in positions saw a much improved second half result in a well deserved goal. Geoff “clean sheet” O’Shea saved a shot on goal before quickly releasing the ball to the midfield. A nice exchange of passes saw Di Michael finish a ball played to his feet. A great team goal. Encouraged by their demonstration of the beautiful game, Bar FC pressed for the last fifteen minutes and were unlucky not to complete successfully some wonderful passing and positioning in the midfield. The player of the match accolade must however go the Glenn Fredericks who played strongly as a right back in a three man backline. Not much got past him and what did, he soon chased down. Next week sees Bar FC meet Reserve Bank B on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 1.15 p.m.

Coming up in CPD

Thu May 11 2017

Thursday, June 01 2017: ‘Access networks, uncover opportunities: barristers and social media

Presented by Jane Needham SC, Louise Jackson, Marlia Saunders - Senior Associate, Ashurst and Michaela Whitbourn - Journalist, Fairfax. Chaired Michelle Painter SC. This seminar, brought to you by Women Barristers Forum, will discuss how barristers are using social media, how we might use social media more effectively and some traps to watch out for. This seminar is presented as part of the “Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Briefed.” CPD series. #WBFBeSeen

For full details please download a flyer here

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

The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference

Thu May 11 2017
11-13 August, Federal Court of Australia, Law Courts Building, Sydney

Registration to attend the Future of Australian Legal Education Conference, to be held from 11-13 August, have now opened.

A special Early Bird registration rate is available until 1 June. For registration and further details, see the Conference flyer.

IRC farewells Commissioner Inaam Tabbaa & welcomes Chief Commissioner Kite.

Thu May 11 2017

The Industrial Relations Commission will be having a ceremonial sitting of the commission to farewell Commissioner Inaam Tabbaa and welcome Chief Commissioner Kite.

The ceremonial sitting will be held on Monday 1 May 2017 in Court Room No. 4.1 at the Industrial Relations Commission, 47 Bridge Street, Sydney At 9.30am.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare? [TEST]

Thu May 11 2017
Services and benefits

Do you need childcare in an emergency? Do your childcare needs vary from day to day or from week to week? Or are you looking for a permanent childcare arrangement?

NSW Bar Association members and Chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30 am to 6pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available on the NSW Bar Association website

Funeral arrangements for Robin Lyus

Wed May 10 2017

A funeral service for Robin Lyus, a clerk for many years at a number of chambers including Chalfont, Ground Wentworth and 9 Selborne Chambers, will be held on Monday 15th May at 12.15pm at North Chapel, Northern Suburbs Crematorium, followed by a function at Peppercorn Restaurant, Cremorne.