LGBTQIA+ Sydney University Law Society’s Queer Mentoring Program

Mon Aug 19 2019

Sydney University Law Society’s inaugural Queer Mentoring Program is seeking LGBTQIA+ mentors from the NSW Bar. The aim is to match LGBTQIA+ identifying practitioners with LGBTQIA+ identifying law students who are interested in entering an area of legal practice which the practitioner predominantly works in. If you are interested in becoming a mentor in this program please fill out this form. An information sheet about the Queer Mentoring Program is available here.

Public Defender Vacancy

Mon Aug 19 2019
Position vacant

The Public Defenders are seeking applications for a Sydney-based position to be advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald on 24 August 2019. To apply, go to and select position code 000078HG-Public Defender (Sydney). For further details and link to the application site go to the Public Defenders website at close 8 September. All enquiries to Belinda Rigg SC, Senior Public Defender on 02 9268 3111.

Women Lawyers Gala Presentation Dinner

Fri Aug 16 2019

Members are invited to the biennial Gala Presentation Dinner for the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards, to be held on Friday, 23 August 2019 at Dockside Cockle Bay. The guest speaker will be Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission. For more information, or to reserve your place, click here.

2019 Common Law Drinks

Fri Aug 16 2019


The Common Law Committee & the President of the Bar Association would like to invite all NSW Bar Members to the 2019 Common Law Drinks to be held on Level 1 of the Angel Hotel (125 Pitt St) on Thursday, 29 August. The Guest of Honour will be the Hon Justice Michael Slattery AM RAN, who will say a few words on the evening.

Tickets to the drinks are $75 for judges and barristers over five years and $55 for clerks and barristers under five years. The function will start at 5.15pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards, RSVPs are due by COB 20 August. Please visit the website for details on how to register.

This event is once again proudly supported by BarCover.

Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference 2019

Fri Aug 16 2019

The Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference supported by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Law Society of New South Wales and the University of Sydney will be held on Tuesday 29 October 2019.

In the wake of Commissioner Hayne’s Report and the continuing consequences of the Global Financial Crisis a decade earlier, what is the future of the Australian business corporation and is it adequately equipped to deal with the challenges of our future?

Register now for an engaging afternoon as we explore this thought-provoking topic at the Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Commercial and Corporate Law Conference on Tuesday 29 October 2019. Hear from our distinguished speakers as they seek to provide a coherent answer to this important question, which could have profound consequences for business, regulators and the legal profession.

Event details are as follows:

Time: 1.00pm - 6.00pm Venue: Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square

For more information and to register please visit the conference website here.

Speakers include: • The Honourable TF Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales • The Honourable Justice James Edelman, High Court of Australia • Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School, University of Oxford • Catherine Livingstone AO, Chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia • Daniel Crennan QC, Deputy Chairman, ASIC • Dr R P Austin, Barrister, Level 22 Chambers

Carter, Peden & Eldridge on ‘Contract provisions not to be taken for granted’: 30 August, half-day seminar

Fri Aug 16 2019

The provisions in question are entire agreement clauses, contracting out of good faith and self-imposed writing requirements for contract variation. The speakers are John Carter, Elisabeth Peden and John Eldridge with Barbara McDonald as Chair. This seminar subjects the three classes of provision to critical analysis in light of:

• the common law principles with which they deal, such as the parol evidence rule; • leading cases, eg, Renard Constructions (ME) Pty Ltd v Minister for Public Works (1992) 26 NSWLR 234; • recent cases, eg, MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd [2018] UKSC 24.

For more information and to book please visit the CLA website

Book launch - Victor Windeyer's Legacy: Legal & Military Papers

Fri Aug 16 2019

The Federation Press invites you to the launch of VICTOR WINDEYER'S LEGACY: Legal and Military Papers, edited by Bruce Debelle AO, QC. Click here for more information.

The book will be launched by Professor The Hon William Gummow AC on Tuesday 20 August, 5.15pm for 5.30pm-7pm. Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of New South Wales.

RSVP acceptances only by Friday 16 August 2019, click here to RSVP.

Book will be available for purchase at the launch, refreshments will be served.

Internal room for sale - Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers

Fri Aug 16 2019

An internal room is available for sale or licence at Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers due to a statutory appointment.

The sale price is $25k negotiable, floor fees are $2,653.00 per month (including GST and CCL maintenance levy). The floor recently underwent renovations. Practice areas include Commercial, Equity, Native Title, Criminal Law and Land & Environment.

Please contact the clerk, Heather, on (02) 9235 3100 or All enquiries will be kept confidential. Link to website is here.

Save the date – Tax bar and judiciary afternoon workshop Sydney 31 October

Thu Aug 15 2019

Chief Justice Allsop, Justice Davies in her capacity as National Tax Coordinating Judge and the tax judges of the Federal Court have kindly agreed to host an Australian Bar Association afternoon workshop and dinner (both to be held at the Federal Court in Sydney) on Thursday 31 October.

Attendance is restricted to federal court judges, AAT members and barristers. We anticipate that the workshop will commence at 2pm and will end with drinks at 6 pm and dinner at 6.30.

Barristers who are not able to attend the workshop might be able to attend the dinner only (depending on any restriction on numbers).

The cost of the workshop has yet to be set and delegates from interstate should arrange their own flights and accommodation.

Please save the date - further information will be circulated in the next few weeks.

Great Wall walk for Black Dog institute

Thu Aug 15 2019

Elizabeth Picker from Edmund Barton Chambers will take on the Great Wall Trek in China from 30 September to 7 October to raise money for the Black Dog institute.

Elizabeth is inspired by the work of Black Dog Institute and wants to support this worthy cause by her participation in Black Dog Institute's Hike for Mental Health: China 2019. Please help Elizabeth to support the Black Dog Institute by donating whatever you can. Click here for more information and to donate.

The more people that know about Black Dog Institute, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing the page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to so many.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Thu Aug 15 2019
29 August - Banco Court

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture will be held on 29 August in the Banco Court. All are welcome to attend.

Female Law Students Open Day - Tomorrow

Thu Aug 15 2019
Inclusion and Diversity

Tomorrow the New South Wales Bar Association will be hosting female law students from 8:45am to 1:30pm. The Open Day provides an opportunity for female law students to meet successful women barristers and observe them at work in Chambers and in Court as well as to experience a taste of the “day in the life of a barristers”. You may see the students throughout your day and if so, please make them feel welcome.

Final sitting of the Hon Terry Sheahan AO

Thu Aug 15 2019
Reminder - Tomorrow

The Hon Justice Terry Sheahan AO will be delivering his final judgment at the Land and Environment Court on Friday 16 August 2019. To mark the occasion a final sitting will be held to mark his retirement at 9am in Court 12A, Level 12, 225 Macquarie Street Sydney.

Junior Vice-President Gabrielle Bashir SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Robes but not wigs are to be worn.

Bar FC wins semi final on penalties

Thu Aug 15 2019

Today Bar FC progressed to the trophy stage of the Domain Soccer League winning a penalty shoot-out.

Full time saw the scores even 1-1 after a wonderful team goal saw Di Michiel tap in the equaliser. Notwithstanding a number of chances, the deadlock could not be broken during extra time.

Harris was superb in goals and managed to save the third penalty to give Bar FC the edge. The next penalty from our opponents hit the woodwork and Harris was heard to exclaim, “finish it” as he wheeled away from goal. Hayden Doria from the Bar Association stepped up to the spot and fired us into the grand final.

Todays winners were as follows:


Attached here a photograph of the wining goal.

2019 Industrial Bar social function

Wed Aug 14 2019
Collegiality - Tomorrow

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 Where: Hotel CBD - Club Bar (52 King St, Sydney)

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Position vacant: Legislative counsel in Micronesia

Wed Aug 14 2019
International practice

The State of Kosrae Legislature, in the Federated States of Micronesia, has a position vacant for its legislative counsel. John D. McKenzie, barrister, who once served in the role for five years, has received a request from the Legislature seeking help with recruiting a suitably interested and qualified person to fill the position temporarily.

Information about Kosrae's legislature, courts and Code are available here. John McKenzie is quick to point out the benefits of a posting in Micronesia: "It is a stunningly beautiful, safe, and friendly place to live. For divers, Kosrae has one of the more pristine reefs in the Pacific".

Members who might be interested should contact John in the first instance on 0411 819 422 or via email:

Michael Kirby speaks on “Our first and only black Chief Justice meets racism in Australia”

Wed Aug 14 2019

The Federation Press in association with the Francis Forbes Society cordially invites you to a public address delivered by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Professor Stefan Petrow of the University of Tasmania on the life of Sir Francis Villeneuve Smith, the third Chief Justice of Tasmania, and the issues of colonial and postcolonial racism in Australia.

Francis Villeneuve Smith was an immigrant who became the fourth Premier of Tasmania, the third Chief Justice of the Colony and the first Australian Chief Justice to have been Premier. He was born in 1819 to an English father and a Caribbean mother. He was trained as a barrister in London and eventually made his home in Hobart Town where he enjoyed quick success in politics and at the Bar. Living in Hobart he was repeatedly insulted for his skin colour and parentage by the locals. Yet his ability won for him high office, although his mother was largely isolated by the socially conservative race-conscious community. He was eventually knighted but left Tasmania to return to England where he died.

A biography of this remarkable barrister, politician, judge and Chief Justice, largely forgotten until now, has been written by Dr John Bennett together with Dr Ronald Solomon in the series Lives of the Australian Chief Justices published by The Federation Press (The Francis Forbes Society helped fund the research that lead to the book). To reflect on his life and times, Professor Stefan Petrow (Professor of History, University of Tasmania) will describe Smith's life, successes and hardships. The Hon Michael Kirby will pick up the story, describe colonial and postcolonial racism in Australia and derive some lessons for today.

The address will take place on Thursday, 15 August 2019 at 5.15 for 5.30pm-6.30pm at the following address:

  • Bar Common Room
  • New South Wales Bar Association
  • Selborne Chambers
  • B/174 Phillip St
  • Sydney NSW 2000

Please RSVP to by Thursday, 8 August.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Wed Aug 14 2019
Registrations now open

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

More information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Systemic unconscionable conduct: evidentiary hurdles and recent cases 

Wed Aug 14 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Dr Elisabeth Peden and Daniel Tynan, and chaired by The Honourable J L B Allsop AO, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia, will discuss the history and development of the concept of statutory unconscionable conduct and some of the key evidentiary challenges in proving a case alleging such conduct. The presenters will also discuss the implications of the High Court’s most recent decision on the topic in ASIC v Kobelt [2019] HCA 18. For full details please click here.

Expressions of Interest - Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Tue Aug 13 2019

The Government is inviting suitably qualified members of the public to submit an expression of interest to be considered for appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Members are encouraged to apply to ensure that the best candidates are available for appointment.

Appointments are for one or more of the categories below:

• Member • Senior Member • Deputy President

For more information and for details on how to apply please click here.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 8 September 2019.

Free Will and the Law: New Perspectives

Tue Aug 13 2019
Book launch

The late Justice David Hodgson AO was an acclaimed philosopher of law and its application to the theory of free will. Among his works were Consequences of Utilitarianism (1967), The Mind Matters: Consciousness and Choice in a Quantum World (1991) and Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will (2011). On 21 August the University of Sydney Law School will host the launch of Free Will and the Law: New Perspectives, a critical discussion of Hodgson's ground-breaking works. Learn more here.

Final sitting of the Hon Terry Sheahan AO

Tue Aug 13 2019

The Hon Justice Terry Sheahan AO will be delivering his final judgment at the Land and Environment Court on Friday 16 August 2019. To mark the occasion a final sitting will be held to mark his retirement at 9am in Court 12A, Level 4, 225 Macquarie Street Sydney.

Junior Vice-President Gabrielle Bashir SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Robes but not wigs are to be worn.