InBrief

SEARCH ALL POSTS

Workers Compensation Commission online lodgement portal

Thu May 02 2019

The Workers Compensation Commission has launched an online lodgement portal to provide parties and their legal representatives with instant access to lodge, view and track the progress of their applications. Features include SMS notification of proceedings, digital forms and the option to electronically brief counsel. The new portal follows last month’s launch of the Commission’s website. To explore the portal and the new site, visit: www.wcc.nsw.gov.au

Bar FC winners again

Thu May 02 2019
Wellbeing

Bar FC defeated Reserve Bank B 2-0 on Thursday 2 May 2019 in the Domain Soccer League. Their win sees the team continue its fine form and cement top position in the competition.

Some beautiful football was on display, no doubt inspired by Barcelona’s play, with every player passing the ball repeatedly as Bar FC were dominant in possession. Harris in goals was not troubled as the defence worked well under the direction of Captain Larish. With a little more accuracy in the final third the score would have been substantially more, such were the chances created throughout the game.

Debutant Jon Tsang proved himself an excellent addition to the squad, with Anthony Canceri proving yet again to be a mix of strength, touch and class. The race for the Golden Boot is even with di Michiel and Condylis both on 2 goals for the season.

The full squad was as follows:

RICHARD DI MICHIEL JOHN HARRIS (GK) SHAUN MACARTHY SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS ANAIS D’ARVILLE ANGUS LANG NICHOLAS CONDYLIS JON TSANG DAVID LARISH (C) ANTHONY CANCERI HAYDEN DORIA TIM KANE JEH COUTINHO LACHLAN GYLES SC TIM BOYLE

Legal Aid News

Thu May 02 2019

The May edition of the Legal Aid news is now available here.

Crown Prosecutor Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Thu May 02 2019
Positions Vacant

The Attorney General is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as Crown Prosecutors under the Crown Prosecutors Act 1986 for a fixed term of up to seven years that may be renewed, following an initial twelve-month probationary period.

The positions could be based at various locations around the State, with the successful applicants being required to attend regional courts as directed.

Crown Prosecutors provide high-level, independent professional representation and advice as Counsel representing the Director of Public Prosecutions in criminal matters in all Criminal Courts. The Crown Prosecutors represent the Director in providing an independent, efficient, fair and just prosecution service for the people of New South Wales.

Interested persons must be an Australian lawyer. The key skills and knowledge required for the role are contained in the online role description and they must be addressed in the online application. Applicants must outline their experience in conducting complex jury trials and/or appeals.

Remuneration is $296,050 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $17,075 per annum 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: Sunday, 5 May 2019 (11.59 pm).

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further contact Mr Peter McGrath SC on (02) 9285 8888.

The link to apply for the role is here.

Katrina Dawson Award - first recipient for 2019 is Naomi Wootton

Thu May 02 2019
Diversity

The Bar Association is delighted to announce that Naomi Wootton is the first recipient of the Katrina Dawson Award for 2019. Naomi is currently employed as Associate to the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC, and prior to that she served as Tipstaff and Research Director in the Chambers of the Hon Tom Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW. She was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in September 2017 and passed the Bar Exam in February of this year.

Naomi graduated from the Australian National University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and the University Medal, and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Arabic language. In 2015 she was awarded the Ethel Tory Language Scholarship to study Bahasa Indonesia in Java. She was awarded numerous academic prizes, including the Supreme Court Judges' Prize for the best overall Honours results upon graduation. She has since returned to the ANU as a sessional academic, and currently teaches in Corporations Law.

Naomi has demonstrated her commitment to social justice in numerous ways: by serving as a volunteer solicitor at the Marrickville Legal Centre; as a tutor to Indigenous law students at ANU’s Tjabal Centre and as a teaching assistant at a school in the Northern Territory working with Indigenous students from remote communities.

Like many who have contemplated coming to the Bar, Naomi is mindful of the daunting costs, especially for someone coming from public employment and at an early stage in her legal career. However, the Katrina Dawson Award will be crucial to assisting with the cost of the Bar Practice Course and the initial costs of practice.

‘I have been privileged throughout my life to receive scholarships that have enabled me to engage with education in a way that would not otherwise have been possible’, Naomi said.

‘One of the things which has drawn me to a career at the Bar is the fact that it is a place that is open to anyone, regardless of background, as long as they have the capacity for hard work’ she said. ‘I am mindful that receipt of this award is an investment in my career, and I look forward to having the capacity to repay it through service to the NSW Bar in the future'.

Naomi is grateful for the many great traditions of the New South Wales Bar, particularly its collegiality and the offers from senior barristers to assist in finding chambers or to act as tutors.

In the years ahead, Naomi hopes to participate in the Duty Barrister Scheme and to serve on the Bar News Committee. ‘I have already learnt a great deal from the authors who share their knowledge in Bar News and had the privilege of being a co-author in that publication’, she said.

Australian & New Zealand Bar Associations Joint Conference

Wed May 01 2019
Expressions of interest Closing Soon

Submit your EOI today to gain VIP access to pre-launch registration and accommodation.

Join us in New Zealand for the Australian Bar Association and the New Zealand Bar Association joint conference on 23 & 24 August 2019 at the beautiful Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel Queenstown & Gala Dinner at Skyline Queenstown.

To register your interest here.

Convergence 2019: The world class conference for litigators

Wed May 01 2019
Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Early Bird Pricing Closes 8 May 2019: do not miss out!

REGISTER NOW

Register today to gain access to some of the best minds in law. Topics include:

  • Working with Corporate Counsel: tips for a win/win relationship
  • Third Party Funding: a whole new world? – proudly sponsored by Vannin Captial
  • Aspects of Advocacy in International Arbitration
  • Hot Topics in International Dispute Settlement
  • Cross Border Insolvency and Restructuring: new frontiers in Singapore and Australia
  • Embracing the Digital Age – proudly sponsored by Palo Alto Networks
  • Meet the Silks

View the online program

Considering a getaway with a partner or family? The ABA has developed an excellent 2-day accompanying person program as well as curated some child-friendly activities. Visit the links below to discover what is on offer.

Accompanying persons program

Family activities

Rooms at the Andaz are selling quickly. Register now to avoid disappointment!

More information on flights and accommodation

Ruth McColl AO SC elected chair of ADRAC

Wed May 01 2019
Appointments

The Council of the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (ADRAC) is delighted to announce that Ruth McColl AO SC has been elected the new chair of ADRAC on and from 18 April 2019.

ADRAC is an independent, non-aligned national council with dispute resolution expertise acting in the public interest on issues of alternative dispute resolution, as a thought leader, policy developer and as an ADR voice to governments.

A full copy of the media releases is available here.

Large room for Sale on Second Floor Wentworth

Wed May 01 2019
Member services and benefits

A large room (1 and 1/3, 4000 shares in CCL) on the eastern side of Two Wentworth is available for purchase. It would suit a silk or senior junior.

The room has original parquetry flooring and some built in shelving and cupboards. Current CCL Maintenance Contributions are $1,552.86 pm (incl GST) and floor fees are $2,093.85 pm (incl GST).

The floor is fully networked to CCL, uses its VOIP telephone system, and has its own website and electronic diary management by the Clerk. Common areas of the floor were refurbished three years ago. There is easy access to the Bar Library, Bar and Law Society Dispute Resolution rooms and Federal and Supreme Courts.

The floor currently comprises 2 silks, 17 juniors and 2 readers. Members have strong practices across a range of jurisdictions and the floor is harmonious.

The room may be inspected by prior arrangement with the clerk on 9232 4466 or clerk2@wentworthchambers.com.au. Price - $215,000. Click here to see photos.

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Wed May 01 2019
Nominations now open

The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding women lawyers, mentors and firms that have achieved excellence in their area of practice and helped create opportunities for women in the law. Nominations are open and close 31st May. We would encourage you to support the biennial Awards by nominating yourself, your firm, your mentor, or many of the other outstanding members of our legal community. Please visit our 2019 Awards page for details.

Proudly sponsored by the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Department of Justice, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Australia and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

CPD Tonight: Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration

Wed May 01 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. Details are as follows:

  • Title: Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Speaker: Hon Roger Gyles AO, QC
  • Commentator: Tim Castle, Chair, ABA International Committee

International Commercial Arbitration is a topic of much interest for the commercial Bar. Last year, the Australian Bar Association (ABA) asked Mr Gyles to inquire into and report upon practice opportunities for Australian Barristers in the Asia-Pacific Region. Having consulted widely and considered submissions on this important topic, Mr Gyles, as a former President of the NSW and Australian Bars amongst other roles, is extremely well placed to share some insights in relation to this topic. For full details please click here.

TODAY - Fairfax & Roberts Mother’s Day pop up gift shop

Wed May 01 2019
10am - 4pm - Bar Association Common Room

Need to buy a last minute gift for Mother’s Day? Fairfax & Roberts will be hosting a Mother’s Day pop up gift shop conveniently located in the Bar Association Common Room today from 10am - 4pm.

There will be a specially curated selection of jewellery ranging from $50 all beautifully packaged in a velvet pouch and gift box.

Please join us Bar Common Room on Lower Ground Floor of 174 Phillip Street and enjoy a complimentary jewellery clean while you browse the collections. For more information click here.

All cards and cash accepted.

BarADR Mediation Accreditation

Tue Apr 30 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to apply for mediator accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are now open and can be made online here. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here.

Members who hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and who have met the NMAS training and experience standards are eligible to be accredited as mediators by the Bar Association. Familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation.

Applications are also sought from:

  • members of the Bar wishing to be accredited by the Bar Association and whose accreditations with other Recognised Mediation Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) are about to expire; and,

  • those who have been accredited by the Bar Association or another RMAB but whose accreditations have lapsed.

The Bar Association is further inviting prospective and existing accredited mediators to apply for their names to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and/or District Court mediator lists.

You may apply to become an accredited mediator and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form provides you with this option. Please note, however, that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court’s list.

The closing date to submit your online form and to upload all relevant evidence in support of your application is 5pm on 21 May 2019.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 or email us at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

Australian & New Zealand Bar Associations Joint Conference

Tue Apr 30 2019
Expressions of interest - Last days

Submit your EOI today to gain VIP access to pre-launch registration and accommodation.

Join us in New Zealand for the Australian Bar Association and the New Zealand Bar Association joint conference on 23 & 24 August 2019 at the beautiful Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel Queenstown & Gala Dinner at Skyline Queenstown.

To register your interest here.

Convergence 2019: The world class conference for litigators

Tue Apr 30 2019
Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Early Bird Pricing Closes 8 May 2019: do not miss out!

REGISTER NOW

Register today to gain access to some of the best minds in law. Topics include:

  • Working with Corporate Counsel: tips for a win/win relationship
  • Third Party Funding: a whole new world? – proudly sponsored by Vannin Captial
  • Aspects of Advocacy in International Arbitration
  • Hot Topics in International Dispute Settlement
  • Cross Border Insolvency and Restructuring: new frontiers in Singapore and Australia
  • Embracing the Digital Age – proudly sponsored by Palo Alto Networks
  • Meet the Silks

View the online program

Considering a getaway with a partner or family? The ABA has developed an excellent 2-day accompanying person program as well as curated some child-friendly activities. Visit the links below to discover what is on offer.

Accompanying persons program

Family activities

Rooms at the Andaz are selling quickly. Register now to avoid disappointment!

More information on flights and accommodation

Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration

Mon Apr 29 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. Details are as follows:

  • Title: Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Speaker: Hon Roger Gyles AO, QC
  • Commentator: Tim Castle, Chair, ABA International Committee

International Commercial Arbitration is a topic of much interest for the commercial Bar. Last year, the Australian Bar Association (ABA) asked Mr Gyles to inquire into and report upon practice opportunities for Australian Barristers in the Asia-Pacific Region. Having consulted widely and considered submissions on this important topic, Mr Gyles, as a former President of the NSW and Australian Bars amongst other roles, is extremely well placed to share some insights in relation to this topic. For full details please click here.

BarCare: confidential consultation, counselling and care

Mon Apr 29 2019
Wellbeing

BarCare is an independent, professional counselling service, which helps members of the Bar Association to manage emotional and stress-related problems, such as marital breakdown, drug or alcohol dependency and practice pressures.

BarCare is available to all members of the Bar Association and their immediate families.

The first consultation is free of charge. The aim is to identify what, if any, follow-up services or treatments are required. BarCare has access to a wide network of professionals across NSW from different disciplines for referral purposes or to discuss aspects of treatment. These include both general and specialist medical practitioners, social workers, psychologists, stress management consultants and dependency counsellors.

If a member requires confidential assistance, he or she is encouraged to contact Jenny Houen, director, care and assistance, to arrange a consultation. Members in rural and regional areas can contact BarCare for assistance in locating an appropriate specialist closer to home. Alternatively, clerks and colleagues in chambers can make a confidential referral. Barristers and their families seeking assistance may contact one of the panel of specialists directly to make an appointment for a consultation.

To access more resources on stress, anxiety and depression, or to arrange a confidential consultation, visit barcare.org.au or contact Jenny Houen, BarCare's director, on 0427 317 958 or jhouen@barcare.org

Law Council Update

Mon Apr 29 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council has published its fortnightly Update, which features stories on the LCA's support for Change the Record's Independent Indigenous Legal Assistance Program, its submission to the Productivity Commission regarding mental health, a Commonwealth Integrity Commission and more. Catch up on the latest Law Council media releases and submissions to parliamentary committees and other bodies. View the LCA Update for 29 April 2019 here.

Inclusion and Diversity at the NSW Bar - Note #2

Mon Apr 29 2019

The Diversity & Equality Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association last met on Wednesday, 10 April 2019. At the meeting, we had a guest, Zaahir Edries of the Muslim Legal Network attend and meet members and spoke to them about how the network was formed, issues faced by young Muslim lawyers entering the profession and ways in which the NSW Bar can become a more inclusive environment to Muslim lawyers wanting to join the Bar.

The Muslim Legal Network is hosting an Iftar Dinner on Monday, 20 May from 4:30pm at Doltone House. NSW Bar member, Nicholas Cowdery AM QC will be keynote speaker. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased here.

Lord Chief Justice - Kingdom of Tonga

Mon Apr 29 2019
Notice of judicial vacancy

The Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel, established by the Constitution of the Kingdom of Tonga, makes recommendations to the King in Privy Council on the appointment of eminently qualified persons to the Judiciary.

The Panel hereby notifies that a vacancy is expected in December 2019 for the position of Lord Chief Justice.

Expressions of interest should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Rosamond Bing, Clerk (Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel) at rosamond.c.bing@gmail.com to be received in Tonga no later than 12 Noon on Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

All expressions of interest will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Lord Chief Justice - Kingdom of Tonga

Mon Apr 29 2019
Notice of judicial vacancy

The Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel, established by the Constitution of the Kingdom of Tonga, makes recommendations to the King in Privy Council on the appointment of eminently qualified persons to the Judiciary.

The Panel hereby notifies that a vacancy is expected in December 2019 for the position of Lord Chief Justice.

Expressions of interest should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Rosamond Bing, Clerk (Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel) at rosamond.c.bing@gmail.com to be received in Tonga no later than 12 Noon on Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

All expressions of interest will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Law Council scholarships

Fri Apr 26 2019

The Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia offers three scholarships to junior lawyers (no more than four years' experience) in the fields of taxation, competition and corporations law. Entries close at 5.00pm on 30 August 2019.

2019 CLANT Bali Conference

Fri Apr 26 2019
Conferences

The Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT) will host its 17th biennial criminal law conference on 22 to 29 June 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sanur (formerly The Bali Hyatt). Keynote Speaker will be George Georgiou SC.

The Program (draft) for the 2019 CLANT Bali Conference has now been published on our website. Please visit www.solusibs.com and click on the 2019 Program page. Feel free to pass it on by clicking on the I’D LIKE TO SHARE THE PROGRAM button. Let us know if you need any help registering or have any questions.

The "Bali Conference" as it is known, was launched back in 1987 at the Sanur Beach Hotel by Darwin criminal practitioners. Keynote speakers have included, among others, Michael Kirby AC CMG, Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE CBE QC, Justice Lex Lasry AM QC, Julian Burnside AO QC, Ian Barker QC, Robert Richter QC, Noel Pearson, and Major Dan Mori. Learn more here.

Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration

Fri Apr 26 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. Details are as follows:

  • Title: Practice Opportunities in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Speaker: Hon Roger Gyles AO, QC
  • Commentator: Tim Castle, Chair, ABA International Committee

International Commercial Arbitration is a topic of much interest for the commercial Bar. Last year, the Australian Bar Association (ABA) asked Mr Gyles to inquire into and report upon practice opportunities for Australian Barristers in the Asia-Pacific Region. Having consulted widely and considered submissions on this important topic, Mr Gyles, as a former President of the NSW and Australian Bars amongst other roles, is extremely well placed to share some insights in relation to this topic. For full details please click here.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed Apr 24 2019
Save the Date

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture titled “The Constitutional Significance of the Barrister in Australia” will be held on 29 August in the Common Room of the NSW Bar Association. All are welcome to attend.