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Class actions and law reform

Tue Jun 25 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Elizabeth Collins SC, Jonathon Redwood and Rebecca Gilsenan, and chaired by The Hon Justice Julie Ward, Chief Judge in Equity, will consider possible legislative reforms and changes in practice and procedure arising from the ALRC’s final report and related judicial developments. For full details please click here.

Tomorrow: The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Tue Jun 25 2019
Wednesday, June 26 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, at 5.15pm, Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, Integrated Compliance at Australian Taxation Office and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office will deliver a seminar on 'The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime'. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Bishop. For full details please click here

Welcome drinks for May 2019 intake of New Barristers – Wednesday 26 June 2019

Tue Jun 25 2019
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ Committee welcomes our newest barristers from the recent May intake!

Drinks will be held on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at Verandah Bar from 5:30 pm, hosted by the New Barristers’ Committee. Canapés and a drink on arrival will be provided. New Readers and all under 5’s are encouraged to attend to meet the new cohort and to provide words of wisdom on adjusting to life at the Bar as a Reader! Over 5’s are welcome too. Drop in for a short time or stay for the evening. To ensure we have catered for you, please let us know you’re coming using this RSVP link here.

Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Tue Jun 25 2019
Thursday, June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Thursday 27 June, at 5.15pm, the Women Barristers Forum will host a seminar on 'Advocacy in judicial review proceedings'. Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please click here.

Inclusion and Diversity note - What is unconscious bias?

Mon Jun 24 2019
Diversity

Concepts of apprehended bias and actual bias are well known to lawyers, so what’s with unconscious bias? Unconscious or implicit bias describes how our minds rely on short cuts to make judgments or assessments about a person, event or circumstances. Everyone has unconscious biases. They are necessary to our everyday functioning. We cannot apply conscious and deliberate decision making or analysis to every action, we need rely automatic responses – a flight or fight response is an obvious example. Such automatic responses are unintentional. They are based on engrained ways of seeing the world. Unconscious bias works by relying on patterns and stereotypes. For example, in a hospital a common stereotype may mean we unconsciously assume a surgeon will be male and a nurse will be female.

Unconscious bias becomes a problem when the mental shortcuts result in inaccurate, incorrect or unfair assessment about a person, event or circumstances. Being aware of unconscious bias provides us with the opportunity to make better decision-making and have new approaches to problem solving. Find out about your biases - take the Harvard Implicit Bias test: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html or the Symmetra on line program http://www.diversityinlaw.com.au/

Practising certificate renewals

Mon Jun 24 2019

The standard renewal period for practising certificates expired on Friday, 7 June 2019. A late fee of $30 or 10 per cent of the relevant practising certificate fee, whichever is the higher, is being applied for any practising certificate renewal forms and/or fee that is received before 1 July 2019. Learn more here.

National Indigenous Legal Conference - Darwin 13 & 14 August 2019

Mon Jun 24 2019
Early bird registrations are open

The draft program for the National Indigenous Legal Conference, has been released and is available here.

Early Bird registrations are closing on 1st July 2019.

The conference will showcase an extensive speaker list of Northern Territory people with backgrounds in law or involved in the legal system including Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, Eddie Cubillo, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM, Leanne Liddle, Stephanie Monck, Mark Yingiya Guyula MLA, Prof Mick Dodson AM, David Woodroffe (Principal Legal Officer of the Territory’s largest legal practice), Dr James Gaykamangu, Dr Pat Miller AO, Commissioner Andrea Mason OAM, Jasmin Onus, Dr Curtis Roman to name a few.

To register click here.

Francis Forbes Society - membership renewal & donations

Mon Jun 24 2019

As mentioned at the 2019 Forbes Lecture delivered on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 by Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney), 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave', the forthcoming publication of Pitt Cobbett’s The Constitution and Government of Australia, 1788 to 1919 was supported through the Francis Forbes Fund. One of the Francis Forbes Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains the Francis Forbes Fund for that purpose to which donations may be made –donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.

The Society welcomes donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS.

The Society also welcomes new members and encourages renewal of existing memberships: FFS Membership application – renewal 19-20

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Mon Jun 24 2019
New Session Announcement

The Reasoned Negotiation of Risk: Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties in Western Democracies

The ABA and NZBA are delighted to confirm that Dr Anne Aly MP, Federal Member for Cowan, will present one of the conference's keynotes. Founder of People Against Violent Extremism, a Professor at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, Dr Aly has written on terrorist recruitment and counter-messaging. With the increasing global concern of terrorism in modern society, this keynote will explore the role and challenges of the law and law makers in tackling terrorism in present day.

Dr Anne Aly MP, Member for Cowan

Dr Aly is the Labor Federal Member for Cowan elected in 2016.

Anne’s background is as a Professor, Academic and Practitioner in the fields of counter terrorism and counter radicalisation. She has published over 100 articles and texts on terrorism and related issues and is the author and editor of five books. Prior to becoming an academic she worked in government policy.

Anne is the founder of Australia’s first non-government organisation to combat violent extremism. People against Violent Extremism (PaVE) is a not for profit organisation that developed a social media campaign against violent extremism and delivered a series of hackathons to harness young people’s skills and talents to address issues in their communities.

Anne’s contributions to national and international security have been recognised internationally. In 2015 she was the only Australian civil society representative to be invited to speak at President Obama’s White House Summit on CVE. Later that year, she was again the only Australian representative to participate in the Club de Madrid +10 policy dialogues. Anne has also been an expert adviser to the United Nations Security Council and has participated in experts’ meetings.

In 2011, Anne was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was named one of Australia’s 100 most Influential Women by Westpac/Fin Review. In 2016 she was awarded the Instyle Woman of Style award in the category of Community and Charity. Also in 2016 Anne was nominated for the Australian of the Year and received the prestigious Australian Security Medal.

Anne lives in her electorate in the northern suburbs with her husband David. She has two adult sons.

Register here today to attend Dr Aly's keynote: "The Reasoned Negotiation of Risk: Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties in Western Democracies"

Early bird registration is still available but must close this Saturday 22 June at 10pm AEST. https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/

Last chance to register - Unveiling the portrait of Katrina Dawson

Mon Jun 24 2019
Collegiality

In 2018 the Bar Association commissioned acclaimed Australian artist Peter Smeeth to do a portrait of the late Katrina Dawson. His work will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Friday, 28 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Dr Peter Smeeth MBBS FRAS AWI, winner of numerous Australian art prizes, including the 2017 Archibald Packing Room prize, will be guest of honour for the evening. Sandy Dawson SC will speak on behalf of the Dawson Family and the Katrina Dawson Foundation, while President Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the Bar Association and all members of the New South Wales Bar, on whom Katrina left an indelible impression during her brief but successful career.

For catering purposes, registration is required.

Single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers

Fri Jun 21 2019
Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light

A single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers has recently been made available for sale (3,000 shares in Counsel’s Chambers Ltd). The room has Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light.

9 Selborne Chambers recently underwent renovations which included work on new bathrooms/shower, new kitchen, new reception and waiting areas, plus a new conference room.

The floor consists of six senior counsel and seventeen junior counsel.

The floor’s predominant practice areas include Banking and Finance, Building and Construction, Commercial, Equity, Insurance and Intellectual Property.

Price on application.

All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

To make an appointment to view, or for further information regarding the room and the floor, please contact our Clerk Ed Brown on: 02 9233 5188 or via email: clerk9@selbornechambers.com.au

Rainbow Lodge

Fri Jun 21 2019
Philanthropy

Rainbow Lodge, honouring Judge Alf Rainbow, provides 12 weeks residential transition for selected men leaving correctional custody. All our clients are categorised as high recidivism risk by Corrective Services. Not surprisingly then, upon exiting custody all are homeless; nearly all have drug, alcohol and serious mental health challenges. The majority gives new meaning to ‘socially isolated’. We offer an intensive therapeutic program. We also try to assist our residents access affordable housing. Recently Rainbow Lodge has become a pathfinder in post-release custody by offering a free Outreach support service in the two post-release years to the 40 or so men, about half of whom are Aboriginal, passing through Rainbow Lodge annually. From extensive past, post-release setback experiences we regard this support crucial to reducing recidivism.

Support comes in several forms, including connecting men to housing, medical, mental and dental services, advice, food support, budgeting and social contact support. Employment is a dream for most and a reality for the exceptional few. For a minority of clients we are seeking to extend our support to helping them obtain rapid legal assistance in the event of arrest for further court matters.

Only Rainbow Lodge’s residential service is government funded – its Outreach Service, which is alwayys resource demanding, struggles for funds. We are seeking support from the legal profession to assist some of the most vulnerable people the law has interacted with.
Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Please send your donation to Rainbow Lodge, P.O. Box 131 Glebe, NSW 2037.

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Fri Jun 21 2019
New Session Announcement

The Reasoned Negotiation of Risk: Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties in Western Democracies

The ABA and NZBA are delighted to confirm that Dr Anne Aly MP, Federal Member for Cowan, will present one of the conference's keynotes. Founder of People Against Violent Extremism, a Professor at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, Dr Aly has written on terrorist recruitment and counter-messaging. With the increasing global concern of terrorism in modern society, this keynote will explore the role and challenges of the law and law makers in tackling terrorism in present day.

Dr Anne Aly MP, Member for Cowan

Dr Aly is the Labor Federal Member for Cowan elected in 2016.

Anne’s background is as a Professor, Academic and Practitioner in the fields of counter terrorism and counter radicalisation. She has published over 100 articles and texts on terrorism and related issues and is the author and editor of five books. Prior to becoming an academic she worked in government policy.

Anne is the founder of Australia’s first non-government organisation to combat violent extremism. People against Violent Extremism (PaVE) is a not for profit organisation that developed a social media campaign against violent extremism and delivered a series of hackathons to harness young people’s skills and talents to address issues in their communities.

Anne’s contributions to national and international security have been recognised internationally. In 2015 she was the only Australian civil society representative to be invited to speak at President Obama’s White House Summit on CVE. Later that year, she was again the only Australian representative to participate in the Club de Madrid +10 policy dialogues. Anne has also been an expert adviser to the United Nations Security Council and has participated in experts’ meetings.

In 2011, Anne was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was named one of Australia’s 100 most Influential Women by Westpac/Fin Review. In 2016 she was awarded the Instyle Woman of Style award in the category of Community and Charity. Also in 2016 Anne was nominated for the Australian of the Year and received the prestigious Australian Security Medal.

Anne lives in her electorate in the northern suburbs with her husband David. She has two adult sons.

Register here today to attend Dr Aly's keynote: "The Reasoned Negotiation of Risk: Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties in Western Democracies"

Early bird registration is still available but must close this Saturday 22 June at 10pm AEST. https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/

UNSW 2019 Mason Conversation with the Hon Michael McHugh AC QC

Fri Jun 21 2019

Presented by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW, the 2019 Mason Conversation features The Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC in conversation with Professor George Williams AO.

The Mason Conversation is a series named in honour of Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM marking his outstanding generosity and contribution over decades to the University of New South Wales. As well as a distinguished career in the law, including as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1987-95), Sir Anthony was the fifth Chancellor of the University of New South Wales between 1994 and 1999 and the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

When: Monday 5 August 2019 Time: 5.45pm - 7.30pm Where: Banco Court, Level 13 - Law Courts Building, 184 Philip Street Sydney, 2000

The talk will start promptly at 6.00pm and will be followed by a short networking reception at 7.00pm.

For more information and to register, click here.

Welcome drinks for May 2019 intake of New Barristers – Wednesday 26 June 2019

Fri Jun 21 2019
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ Committee welcomes our newest barristers from the recent May intake!

Drinks will be held on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at Verandah Bar from 5:30 pm, hosted by the New Barristers’ Committee. Canapés and a drink on arrival will be provided. New Readers and all under 5’s are encouraged to attend to meet the new cohort and to provide words of wisdom on adjusting to life at the Bar as a Reader! Over 5’s are welcome too. Drop in for a short time or stay for the evening. To ensure we have catered for you, please let us know you’re coming using this RSVP link here.

The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Fri Jun 21 2019
Wednesday, June 26 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, at 5.15pm, Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, Integrated Compliance at Australian Taxation Office and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office will deliver a seminar on 'The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime'. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Bishop. Find out more here.

Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Fri Jun 21 2019
Thursday, June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Thursday 27 June, at 5.15pm, the Women Barristers Forum will host a seminar on 'Advocacy in judicial review proceedings'. Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please click here.

Bar FC victorious again

Thu Jun 20 2019
Wellbeing

No doubt inspired by the Matilda’s performances at the World Cup, Bar FC had to pick itself off the canvas today and return to the winners podium. A somewhat disjointed performance resulted in a final score line of 2-1. Had Di Michiel or Canceri performed like Sam Kerr, the score would have been far greater. Nevertheless, a workmanlike shift saw both strikers score and Di Michiel now move to equal third (with Morrison and Condylis who did not play today) in the race for the golden boot.

The Sir Alex award for the best player on the pitch must go to d’Arville who organised the backs well and worked tirelessly to fend off the oppositions attacks. Today’s squad was as follows:

JEH COUTINHO GRAHAM CONNOLLY SHAUN MCCARTHY TIMOTHY BOYLE BEN PHILLIPS JON TSANG NICHOLAS OLSON ANDY MUNRO JOHN HARRIS (GK) IVAN GRISCTI ANTHONY CANCERI DAVID STANTON RICHARD DI MICHIEL ANAIS D’ARVILLE

Our next game is against current league leaders Pendal FC on Thursday 27 June at 1.15 pm on top of the Domain Car Park. No doubt a tough test given that they have won 6 games and drawn one (scoring 25 goals with only 3 goals against). All supporters of Bar FC are welcome.

Admiralty and Maritime Law Seminar - Justice Angus Stewart

Thu Jun 20 2019

The Federal Court of Australia are holding and Admiralty and Maritime Seminar on 24 July 2019 – 1.10pm-1.50pm est.

The Topic of the seminar is Salvage learnings from the Thor Commander presented by Justice Angus Stewart.

For more information click here.

The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Thu Jun 20 2019
Wednesday, June 26 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, at 5.15pm, Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, Integrated Compliance at Australian Taxation Office and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office will deliver a seminar on 'The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime'. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Bishop. For full details please click here

Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Thu Jun 20 2019
Thursday, June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Thursday 27 June, at 5.15pm, the Women Barristers Forum will host a seminar on 'Advocacy in judicial review proceedings'. Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please click here.

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Thu Jun 20 2019
Early Bird Rego extended

You asked for it! We’ve received calls from members seeking an extension on the early bird registration date. The ABA and NZBA will therefore be extending the early bird registration period to 10pm AEST on Saturday 22 June 2019.

REGISTER TODAY

For more information on the program and CPD points available, activities, gala dinner and sponsors, please visit the website: http://nzconf.austbar.asn.au or click here to download the PDF program.