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Room for Sale/Licence - 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers

Tue Aug 07 2018

A room is available on 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers for sale, or licence with a view to purchase. Time payment can be considered.

The room has built-in filing cupboards, a robing cupboard and shelving, new air conditioning and lots of natural light

4 Wentworth is a busy, harmonious and well established Floor of varying practices. For more information about the Floor, please visit our website: www.4wentworth.com.au

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and can be directed to the Clerk, Leanne Somerton here or call on or 9232 2722.

Uluru Statement from the Heart

Mon Aug 06 2018

Garma 2018 has been under way in Arnhem Land since Friday, 3 August. Author Richard Flanagan was special guest speaker at the Garma Corporate Dinner. In his powerful speech, Flanagan calls on Australia's political leaders to give effect to the Uluru Statement - to "tell the truth in the Constitution".

Equitable briefing report due 30 September

Mon Aug 06 2018

The equitable briefing reporting year closed on 30 June. Reports are due on 30 September.

This year, reports must be provided to the Law Council directly through its reporting portal. The portal for counsel is here.

You can find the Law Council’s Guidelines, including templates for record-keeping and reporting, here.

If you have any questions about your reporting obligations under the equitable briefing policy, or any other matter to do with the policy, you are welcome to contact Ms Ting Lim, Policy Lawyer, at the Bar Association: tlim@nswbar.asn.au. You can also contact the Law Council directly at mail@lawcouncil.asn.au.

SA Bar office bearers

Mon Aug 06 2018

The South Australian Bar Association’s AGM was held on Wednesday, 1 August 2018. The following new appointments were made to the Executive:

  • President: Mark Hoffmann QC
  • Vice-President: Michael Barnett
  • Treasurer and Public Officer: Ian Thomas
  • Immediate Past President: Ian Robertson SC.

English lawyers to trial court ID card

Mon Aug 06 2018

The Law Society Gazette in England reports that barristers and solicitors will be given electronic ID cards as part of a pilot scheme to allow them to bypass security measures in place at courts around the country.

Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC hailed the pilot scheme and called on NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman SC to follow suit.

"NSW should provide ID cards to lawyers so they can enter court buildings quickly, serve their clients and not keep judges waiting", Mr Moses said.

Last day to register for the ADR Masterclass 2018!

Mon Aug 06 2018

Today is the last day to register for the ADR Masterclass 2018, a highly respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution.

The theme for this year's Masterclass is “Making ADR Work in a #fakenews World”. Don’t miss out on inspiring speakers including the Chief Justice of NSW, the Hon TF Bathurst AC; President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC; UNCITRAL Rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick; and Gold Walkley award-winning journalist and lawyer Richard Ackland AM.

The ADR Masterclass 2018 will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. Tickets are $300 for Members of the NSW Bar and $340 for Non-Members. This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme.

Visit https://nswbar.eventsair.com/2018-adr-masterclass to view the conference program and register now.

Common Law Drinks

Mon Aug 06 2018
Collegiality

The Common Law Committee & the President of the NSW Bar Association would like to announce the Guest of Honour for 2018 Common Law Drinks as the Hon Justice Clifton Hoeben AM RFD. The drinks are to be held in the Cocktail Lounge of the Edinburgh Castle Hotel on Thursday, 30 August. Tickets to the drinks are $75 for judges and barristers over 5 years and $55 for clerks and barristers under 5 years. The function will start at 5:30pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards, RSVPs are due by COB 10 August. Please visit the website for any further event queries and for details on how to register.

Just Music Concert: tickets on sale now

Mon Aug 06 2018
Wellbeing

Don’t miss the legal profession's musical night of nights! Celebrate justice and applaud the creativity of the legal community at the Just Music concert on 31 August at the City Recital Hall, Sydney. The concert will showcase the finalists of the Law Society’s charity song writing contest. Acclaimed jazz singer Cathi Ogden will perform as a special guest. Tickets are $55 (excluding booking fee). Proceeds from ticket sales will support the life-changing work of The Butterfly Foundation, the national organisation that supports people with eating disorders. Book now.

Female Law Students Open Day

Mon Aug 06 2018
Diversity

The Bar Association seeks volunteers to assist in running the Female Law Students Open Day on the morning of Friday, 17 August 2018. Volunteers are needed to take groups of students to meet with judges, to see the Courts in operation and to answer queries the students may have about life as a barrister. The Open Day provides students with an opportunity to gain some insight into the workings of the Bar, and is conducted to encourage students to consider a career as a barrister. If you are able to volunteer your time between the hours of 8.45am and 12.30pm please register here.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Aug 06 2018
Professional development

On Thursday, 9 August 2018 Vice President J Catanzariti of the Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC will present "Appearing in Industrial Tribunals", a CPD seminar on rights of appearance, jurisdiction, practice notes and expectations of practitioners in the Fair Work Commission.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here..

Tonight: Mindfulness Meditation CPD

Mon Aug 06 2018
Professional development

Tonight, Monday 6 August, at 5.15pm the Health and Wellbeing Committee will present a seminar on mindfulness meditation. The chair, Kylie Nomchong SC will be joined by guest speaker is Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, plus 4 barristers to comment on their experience as mindfulness meditators: Chris O’Donnell SC, Nick Poynder, Michelle Yu and Theresa Baw

The practice of mindfulness meditation leads to greater steadiness and clarity of the mind, and is a skill which everyone can develop to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

This session provides a practical introduction to mindfulness meditation and includes some short meditation exercises to help individuals gain an experiential understanding of mindfulness practice. Learn more here

Katrina Dawson Award - applications close 10 August 2018

Fri Aug 03 2018
Awards

Katrina Dawson was a much-loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. She was tragically killed during the Lindt Cafe siege. The Katrina Dawson Award seeks to encourage women to practise at the bar. The award is open to women who have passed the New South Wales Bar exam and committed to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award. Applications are now open and will close on 10 August 2018. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

Clive Andreas Evatt (1931-2018)

Fri Aug 03 2018
Vale

Clive Evatt, renowned member of the New South Wales Bar, art collector, gallery owner and nephew of H V (Doc) Evatt, has died. Clive was admitted to practise in March 1956 and became the foremost defamation barrister, appearing invariably for the plaintiff. Among his more notable clients were Abe Saffron, Harry Seidler and Ron Casey.

During his forced break from practising at the Bar, Clive directed his efforts to acquiring a fine arts degree, amassing a valuable art collection and to setting up the pioneering Hogarth Galleries.

Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC described Evatt as "one of the more fascinating characters to have practised at the NSW Bar. He was a formidable, punctilious opponent at the Bar Table in defamation cases and defended the reputations of people from all walks of life. We are unlikely to see anyone quite like him again. Vale Clive".

Room for sale - Elizabeth Street Chambers

Fri Aug 03 2018

Elizabeth Street Chambers currently has a room for sale with a recent fit-out by an award winning designer. Elizabeth Street Chambers is a strong and harmonious floor, recently renovated, with a balcony overlooking Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour, positioned in between the Supreme Court and the District Court precincts. The Floor consists of 5 Senior Counsel and 18 Junior Counsel, practicing mainly in common law and crime. Rent and Floor Fees are charged only 11 months of the year. Secretarial space available. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Visit the website here. Please contact the Clerk, Louise Ferraro on 9336 5399. POA.

Updated link - IBA Survey to Tackle Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the legal profession

Fri Aug 03 2018

Unfortunately the link provided yesterday is a single use link. Please visit the IBA website here and scroll to the IBA News and Initiatives section to complete the survey.

The Law Council is committed to ensuring that all members of the legal profession feel safe in their workplace. The International Bar Association has recently launched a global survey investigating the nature and prevalence of bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession. The Law Council of Australia is working with the IBA to disseminate the survey in Australia.

The IBA asks all members of the profession to undertake the anonymous survey, which takes approximately 10 minutes, and share it widely. Every response is valuable.

NSW joint Reserve Legal Panel dinner

Fri Aug 03 2018

The Law Society of NSW and the NSW Bar Association jointly hosted a dinner on Friday, 27 July 2018 to thank members of the NSW legal profession who serve as reservists in the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. It was the first time that such a dinner has been held in NSW.

It coincided with the year in which both the current President of the Law Society and President of the NSW Bar Association being serving members of the ADF. Here is a link to the photos. The speech by the NSW Bar Association President thanking members for their service will be published in a later edition of Bar News.

Last day to register for the ADR Masterclass 2018!

Fri Aug 03 2018

Today is the last day to register for the ADR Masterclass 2018, a highly respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution.

The theme for this year's Masterclass is “Making ADR Work in a #fakenews World”. Don’t miss out on inspiring speakers including the Chief Justice of NSW, the Hon TF Bathurst AC; President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC; UNCITRAL Rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick; and Gold Walkley award-winning journalist and lawyer Richard Ackland AM.

The ADR Masterclass 2018 will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. Tickets are $300 for Members of the NSW Bar and $340 for Non-Members. This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme.

Visit the website here to view the conference program and register now.

rise2018 National Conference

Fri Aug 03 2018

rise2018 National Conference is the prestigious legal conference for 2018. A not to be missed event showcasing some of the nation's brightest legal minds across 2 days at the International Convention Centre.

Don't miss out on expert opinions on topics such as Managing Civil Litigation in the Courts of the 21st Century by The Hon Justice Julie Ward and The Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson, and inspiring addresses including by Professor Hillary Charlesworth AM on the 70th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Register now and take advantage of our exclusive travel discounts, for more information click here

Mindfulness Meditation CPD

Fri Aug 03 2018
Professional development

On Monday 6 August at 5.15pm the Health and Wellbeing Committee will present a seminar on mindfulness meditation. The chair, Kylie Nomchong SC will be joined by guest speaker is Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, plus 4 barristers to comment on their experience as mindfulness meditators: Chris O’Donnell SC, Nick Poynder, Michelle Yu and Theresa Baw

The practice of mindfulness meditation leads to greater steadiness and clarity of the mind, and is a skill which everyone can develop to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

This session provides a practical introduction to mindfulness meditation and includes some short meditation exercises to help individuals gain an experiential understanding of mindfulness practice. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD in next week

Fri Aug 03 2018
Professional development

Thursday, August 09 2018 - 'Appearing in Industrial Tribunals'

Presented by Vice President J Catanzariti, Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC. Learn more here.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here..

2019 Regional Conference Series

Fri Aug 03 2018
Call for papers

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2019 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2019 Conferences are:

  • Newcastle – Saturday 23 February
  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 2 March
  • Orange – Saturday 9 March (Please note, from 2019 Orange will be a single day Saturday conference due to falling demand)
  • Parramatta - Saturday 23 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 30 March

Interested barristers, solicitors, academics, legal and non-legal professionals are invited to submit suggestions for papers online, HERE. During the submission process, you will be asked to provide your contact details, conference preference, a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion presentation.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Monday 1 October.

Final Day to Register: Litigation Funding Seminar

Fri Aug 03 2018

On Thursday 9 August, the Commercial Law Section will be hosting a lunchtime seminar on litigation funding.

The speaker will be Craig Arnott, Managing Director at Burford Capital. The event chair is Elizabeth Cheeseman SC of New Chambers. Learn more here.

The lecture will commence at 12pm and conclude at 1.30pm, with a light lunch provided for all attendees. The seminar is provided free of charge. However, registration is required for catering purposes.

REGISTER HERE.

Room For Sale – 7th Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers

Thu Aug 02 2018

An opportunity to purchase a room on the Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers has become available. Chambers are located at 53 Martin Place on the corner of Phillip Street and Martin Place.

The room is well appointed with built-in bookshelves and cupboards.

The room faces Elizabeth Street with views down Martin Place with plenty of natural light and would be suitable for Junior Counsel.

The Floor is well-established and has been operating from these Chambers since 1979. The Floor has 3 senior counsel and 12 junior barristers with practices across a variety of jurisdictions.

Asking price is $20,000.

For all relevant details please contact the Clerk, Mark Grace: 9224 5600 or by email

Sir Ninian Stephen Insurance Law Masterclass

Thu Aug 02 2018

On Friday 17 August the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) will be holding its annual Sir Ninian Stephen Insurance Law Masterclass at the Pavilion near the Art Gallery of NSW. Since 2013 these full day Masterclasses, which have previously been held in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, have undertaken a “deep dive” into technical and practical aspects of insurance law that are difficult, controversial or topical, with presentations from a range of Australian and international speakers.
This year’s Masterclass will incorporate themed sessions on the following topical issues:

  • Pre-contractual disclosure under the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth);
  • Causation and valuation issues resulting from natural catastrophes (including case studies from the 2010 Brisbane floods, the 2009 Victorian bushfires, and the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes);
  • De-constructing exclusion and indemnity clauses; and
  • Reinsurance and aggregation.
  • The program and details for the Masterclass are accessible here

AILA is currently accepting registrations for the Masterclass, and would be delighted to welcome you to register for this unique and highly informative event.