Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Tue Feb 21 2017

The next meeting of the book club will be on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. The book for discussion is Edward III: A Heroic Failure by Jonathan Sumption. Good Reads summary here.

For the diary: “The law and lawyers: their limits?”

Mon Feb 20 2017
Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 5.30–7.00pm

The Australian Academy of Law extends a warm invitation to attend the first in a series of three ethics-themed events that it is holding in Sydney this year. The first will be a "hypothetical" which will pose questions concerning "The law and lawyers: their limits?" It will take place Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court of Australia, Level 21, Law Courts Building, Queen’s Square on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 5.30–7.00pm. A stellar panel will be moderated by John Sheahan QC.

The theme of the events is based on the objects of the Academy — to promote the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional responsibility, to enhance understanding and observance of the rule of law, and to provide a forum for debate and the interchange of views.

Room for sale

Mon Feb 20 2017

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 built-in shelving. It is suitable for junior counsel.

The floor is well-established and has been operating from these Chambers since 1979. The floor has 4 senior counsel and 11 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:

Gender equitable briefing - the solicitor's view

Mon Feb 20 2017

Members are invited to hear from a panel of experienced solicitors who will share their views on gender equitable briefing and what their organisations are doing to implement it. The seminar will be held on Thursday, 9 March 2017 at 5.15pm and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, chair of the Diversity and Equality Committee. Please register for catering purposes. To register, email your full name to Ting Lim at Learn more here.

Junior Drinks

Mon Feb 20 2017

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues on Wednesday 22 February at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

Parramatta Program - 2017 CPD Conference Series

Mon Feb 20 2017

The 2017 Parramatta CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program here

The Parramatta CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 18 March 2017 at the ParkRoyal Hotel, Parramatta.

Full attendance at the Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practising certificate year. NSW barristers, interstate barristers and solicitors are welcome to attend.

For more details about the Parramatta Conference, or any of the 2017 CPD Conference Series, please click here.

To register please click here. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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

2017 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Mon Feb 20 2017

The New Barristers Committee will be running a (free) cross-examination seminar in February-March 2017. The workshop is divided into two parts and will include a discussion in the Bar Association Common Room on Monday 27 February 2017, followed by a practical demonstration of cross-examination technique on Monday 27 March 2017, by two senior counsel before The Honourable Justice Garling RFD at the Supreme Court. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn the art of cross-examination. This workshop is open to all members of the Bar but is particularly recommended for junior members of the Bar. Registration is required. Please email Tiffany McDonald by Friday 24 February 2017. For full details please download a flyer here.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Mon Feb 20 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

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

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or

Shave for a Cure

Fri Feb 17 2017

Daniel Roff of Eleventh Floor Garfield Barwick has agreed to shave his hair and beard to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets to the event on 1 April 2017 can be purchased through this link or, if you can't attend, tax deductible donations can be made via the same page (just click on "Tickets" anyway).

AIJA Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice

Fri Feb 17 2017

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration’s Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice will be held at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour in Sydney from 6-8 April 2017. Judges, academics and lawyers from the US, NZ, Singapore, Israel and every state in Australia will be sharing information and insights about non-adversarial justice practices across the world. Areas covered include family law, mediation, "problem-solving courts", and the use of restorative justice in criminal cases. Program and registration details at

Part-time employment opportunities wanted for Indigenous law students

Fri Feb 17 2017

Do you need some clerical, administrative or research assistance to run your practice? If the answer is yes - why not employ an Indigenous law student? There are a number of students currently looking for this opportunity. 

As part of the Bar Association's Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy, all barristers, clerks and chambers are encouraged to identify part-time employment opportunities for 2017 for Indigenous law students. Ideally, this would be for a day or half day a week on a regular basis doing loose-leaf filing, administrative or clerical tasks or research and includes some mentoring and guidance for the student.

This initiative has been highly successful for a number of Indigenous law students and needs the ongoing support of more members of the Bar to ensure its continued success. Contact with the Bar as well as some financial security significantly contributes to the success of the students at their law studies.

Please contact Chris Ronalds SC on or 9229 7378 if you have any openings. 

Greg Tolhurst
Executive Director 

Australian Copyright Council Webinars

Fri Feb 17 2017

In March the Australian Copyright Council will host three webinars, over three consecutive weeks, for legal practitioners to update their copyright knowledge. The webinars are designed to help top up your CLE/CPD points. The webinar schedule will include:

  • Hot Topics, March 8: Summarising some of the major happenings in Australia and overseas in 2016 with reference to proposed amendments to the Copyright Act and to the implications of the Productivity Commission.
  • Managing copyright risk in your legal practice, March 15: For lawyers seeking to understand this specialised area of law in a practical sense as it applies in their day to day work.
  • Social Media for Lawyers, March 22: We take a close look at copyright issues relevant to legal practitioners to work out what your rights and responsibilities are online. Essential for knowing how to avoid potential legal and reputational consequences when things go wrong.

Prices start from $90 per session with the first webinar scheduled for March 8 at 12:30pm AEDST. Bookings and registrations available here.

For more information please contact us on 02 9101 2377 or email

Great offers from the ABA member benefits program

Fri Feb 17 2017

The February 2017 edition of MBA Connect, the newsletter of the Australian Bar Association's member benefits program, is out now. It features great deals from Volvo, Audi, BMW, JB Hi-Fi and more. Learn more here.

Law Council initiative to counter unconscious bias

Fri Feb 17 2017

The Law Council of Australia, in conjunction with diversity and inclusion specialists, Symmetra, will offer training to help all lawyers understand and counteract unconscious bias. Beginning 1 March 2017 there will be a program of face-to-face workshops, train-the-trainer modules, and online courses. Learn more here.

15 Bobber for Magistrate Brender and Magistrate Soars

Thu Feb 16 2017

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for Magistrate Rodney Brender & Magistrate Julie Soars. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 17 March in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Magistrate Rodney Brender will be Kevin Connor SC and speaking for Magistrate Julie Soars will be Justin Hogan-Doran. Life membership certificates will also be presented to Michael Fordham SC, Philip Selth OAM and Penny Johnson. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 5.00pm Thursday, 16 March 2017.

Swearing-in ceremony for Jennifer Price and George Breton

Thu Feb 16 2017

Jennifer Price and George Breton will be sworn-in as magistrates at a Local Court swearing-in ceremony on Monday, 20 February 2017 at 9.00am in Courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Richard Weinstein SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

2017 North Coast CPD Conference this Saturday

Thu Feb 16 2017

The 2017 North Coast CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 18 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 - 2017 North Coast Program

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or

Early bird registrations closing for the Newcastle CPD Conference tomorrow

Thu Feb 16 2017

Early bird registrations for the Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close tomorrow, Friday 17 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Newcastle Conference is set down for Saturday 25 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice M Perry
  • Graham Turnbull SC
  • Anthony McGrath SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Giles Coakes
  • Ian Duane
  • Cameron Jackson
  • Ben Katekar
  • Tina Jowett

Download the full program here - 2017 Newcastle 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

Junior Drinks

Thu Feb 16 2017

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues on Wednesday 22 February at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

Indian Wellness Retreat

Wed Feb 15 2017

Recuperate and regain focus in your life on an Indian Wellness Retreat and Small Group Tour, 2-11 June 2017. Stay at three of India's most beautiful resorts: Shalimar Spice Garden, Vivanta by Taj and Kumarakam Lake Resort. Members of the New South Wales Bar Association enjoy access to the Australian Bar Association's first-rate benefits program, which offers this all inclusive package for only $4899 per person.

Practical advocacy course

Wed Feb 15 2017

Public Defenders are seeking applications for the 2017 practical advocacy course for barristers of five years standing and under who are interested in improving their advocacy skills in criminal law. The program consists of six sessions of 1 ½ hours commencing at 5 pm at Public Defenders Chambers, 23/1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

Riding for country kids

Wed Feb 15 2017

On 12 March Bruce Miles of Frederick Jordan Chambers will be joining 108 cyclists to ride 420 km from Wagga Wagga to Orange to raise funds for Royal Far West’s work for country kids.

In the 2016 ride Bruce got great support from members of the Bar and together the riders raised over $650,000, funds that were directed the cost of services such as ‘school readiness’ health and wellbeing checks and delivering tele-care speech and psychology to kids in isolated communities.

Just click on this link to make a tax deductible donation to help Royal Far West provide health and education services to less advantaged children in regional and remote NSW and accommodation services for those kids and families who need to travel to Sydney for therapy and treatment.