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Day in the Life of a Civil Litigator Program

Wed Feb 01 2017
Call for lawyers to get involved

The NSW Young Lawyers Civil Litigation Committee’s "Day in the Life of a Civil Litigator" Program will commence on 1 June 2017 and conclude on 29 September 2017.

The Day in the Life Program was an initiative developed within NSW Young Lawyers in 2015. The Program pairs up law students, with practising Civil Litigators who invite them to watch a hearing or mention in court.

The call for lawyers is now open, and the Committee would like to extend the invitation to you and the other members of your firm or chambers. All solicitors and barristers that practice within the civil jurisdiction are encouraged to get involved. The program is not limited to lawyers that are members of NSW Young Lawyers (under 36 or in first 5 years post admission).

The commitment from lawyers is minimal, with a half hour meeting arrangement confirmed either side of a court appearance; it is up to the lawyer to decide how much time they can commit to the student participating in the program.

What’s involved:

  • Select an appropriate upcoming court appearance for the student to attend and observe;
  • Meet with the student beforehand to discuss the matter and provide a brief outline of what you will be doing during the court appearance;
  • Allow the student to shadow you to court and observe the court appearance;
  • Discuss the matter afterwards with the student, providing any additional information you are able to about the matter (subject to confidentiality) and the role you play;

The call for students will be announced on 20 March 2017. Once applications are close on 28 April 2017, the matching process will be finalised and the Committee will initiate contact between the lawyer and student in May. The court arrangements must then be facilitated directly between the matched participants.

If you are interested in participating in the 2017 Program, please complete the expression of interest online here by 28 April 2017.

PC releases annual report on the justice system

Tue Jan 31 2017

The Productivity Commmission has today released its annual Report on Government Services (Volume C: Justice). ROGS provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. In the case of the NSW court system, the results are satisfactory, with the Local Court being the most "efficient" in the country.

The definitive list of NSW silks

Tue Jan 31 2017

Did you know that the first person appointed to the rank of queen's counsel (QC) was John Hubert Plunkett, on 6 June 1856? The last was Peter Michael Jacobson on 1 December 1992. The Bar Association has compiled the definitive list of New South Wales silk appointments, from the first to the most recent senior counsel in 2016. Learn more here.

Forensic Evidence Workshops for Criminal Law Advocates

Tue Jan 31 2017

The Faculty of Law and School of Psychology, UNSW, the Public Defenders Chambers NSW and the Office of the Director or Public Prosecutions NSW invites Criminal Law Advocates to attend ‘Scientific Knowledge or Subjective Opinion? Forensic Evidence Workshops for Criminal Law Advocates’. The workshop is divided into two parts and will be held in the Bar Association Common Room on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 and Thursday 2nd March 2017. For full details please download a flyer here

The workshops are free of charge, but REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Registered participants will be required to attend both workshops. To register please email your full name to Tiffany McDonald at tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au. Places are limited to 50 participants and will be allocated on a ‘first in’ basis.

Please note that the workshops are now full. Registration received after this time, 10.30am 31/01, will be added to a waitlist.

Coming up in CPD in February

Tue Jan 31 2017

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room next month at 5.15pm:

Wednesday 8 February: The Trump Administration - Likely Impact on International Law: An Australian Perspective. Presented by Professor Simon Jackman, Professor Vivienne Bath, Dr Christopher Ward SC and Tim Castle. Chaired by Dr Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday 15 February: Gender Equality among Barristers before the High Court. Presented by Professor George Williams, Dean, UNSW Law School and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

North Coast CPD Conference Program

Tue Jan 31 2017

The 2017 North Coast CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program HERE. The North Coast CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 18 February 2017 at the Ramada Hotel, Ballina.

Full attendance at the North Coast 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 North Coast 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 cpd@nswbar.asn.au

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Jan 31 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 cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Coming up in CPD in February

Tue Jan 31 2017

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room next month at 5.15pm:

Wednesday 8 February: The Trump Administration - Likely Impact on International Law: An Australian Perspective. Presented by Professor Simon Jackman, Professor Vivienne Bath, Dr Christopher Ward SC and Tim Castle. Chaired by Dr Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday 15 February: Gender Equality among Barristers before the High Court. Presented by Professor George Williams, Dean, UNSW Law School and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

Chief Justice Kiefel AC sworn-in today

Mon Jan 30 2017

The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC was sworn-in as chief justice of the High Court of Australia at a ceremonial sitting in Canberra this morning. A copy of Attorney General George Brandis QC's speech is available here.

Forensics Breakfast Series

Mon Jan 30 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday from 15 February - 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

Mark Speakman SC appointed attorney general

Mon Jan 30 2017

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP has been appointed as the new attorney general for New South Wales. Mr Speakman's appointment was among a number of changes announced as part of Premier Gladys Berejiklian's Cabinet reshuffle. The full list of Cabinet appointments can be found here.

NSW prison population continues to grow

Mon Jan 30 2017

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has reported that the state's prison population has continued to grow, reaching 12,729 last December, not counting prisoners held in police cells. This brings the total increase in the adult prison population over the last two years to 16 per cent. Fortunately, the rate of growth has slowed and the number of juveniles in detention has fallen. Learn more here.

STEP address: Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes

Mon Jan 30 2017

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Ian Davidson SC on "Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes". It will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer here.

4th Floor Wentworth Chambers Room For Sale

Mon Jan 30 2017

A Phillip Street frontage room has become available on the 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers. 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers is a busy, harmonious and well established floor of 21 Barristers, including two Senior Counsel and 15 Senior Junior Counsel specialising in areas of Common Law, Family Law, Commercial and Crime.

The Floor has recently been extensively renovated and is networked through CCL, uses VOIP telephone systems and also has a separate conference room for use by Floor members. For more information about the room or the Floor, please contact the Clerk, Leanne Ferguson (T: 02 9232 2722 or E: lferguson@4wentworth.com.au). All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Robert Dubler's road to recovery

Mon Jan 30 2017

Robert Dubler SC, a cherished member of the 12th Floor, became a quadriplegic in May 2016 as a result of a surfing accident. He is working hard at recovery but the road is long, difficult and expensive. Robert was a keen swimmer and one of his favourite events each year was to swim the Cole Classic ocean race from Manly to Shelly Beach. This year the race is being held on Sunday, 5 February 2017. Renwick SC and Harding will swim in honour of Robert and in doing so hope to raise some funds towards his recovery. Click here to contribute.

Bar Library overdue notice

Mon Jan 30 2017

Members might have received an email from the Bar Library regarding an overdue copy of a Commonwealth statute: Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2006. Please disregard the notice. The library's cataloguing system has misfired.

Australia Day Honours

Fri Jan 27 2017

The following members of the New South Wales Bar Association have received Australia Day Honours in the Order of Australia:

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

The Hon Justice Stephen Gageler, for eminent service to the law and to the judiciary through contributions in the areas of constitutional, public, international, common and criminal law, to legal reform, education and academic discourse, and to professional organisations.

The Hon Robert James Ellicott QC, for eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as Attorney-General, to legal practice and innovative policy development, to advancements in global trade law, and to the international arbitration of sporting disputes.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Judge Graeme Henson, for significant service to the law and to the judiciary, to public administration, to legal standards, and to education.

Mr Ian Bailey SC, for significant service to the law, particularly in the area of dispute resolution in the construction industry, and to education.

Medal of the Order in the General Division (OAM)

Mr Barry Collier, for service to the Parliament of NSW, to the law, and to education.

Swearing-in ceremony for Tanya Bright

Fri Jan 27 2017

Tanya Bright has been appointed a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9.00am on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Members should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

You're invited to morning tea

Wed Jan 25 2017

The NSW Bar Association has reserved dedicated childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre. Delicious morning teas, prepared by in-house cooks, will be held in February 2017 for members to have a look around the centres, meet the educators and learn more about Guardian and its approach to early childhood education. Castlereagh Street will hold its morning tea on Wednesday, 1 February 2017, followed by Little Steps on Tuesday, 7 February.

Opening of 2017 Law Term religious services

Wed Jan 25 2017

Thursday, 2 February 2017

  • St Mary's Cathedral – 9:00 AM
  • St James' Church – 10:30 AM

Monday, 6 February 2017

  • The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

  • The Great Synagogue – 5:30 PM

Thursday, 9 February 2017

  • Islamic Mosque Service – 6:00 PM

The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AK KBE QC to deliver Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Wed Jan 25 2017

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation is pleased and honoured to advise that an Address will be delivered by the Hon Sir Anthony Mason AK, KBE, QC at a dinner to be held on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the Castlereagh Hotel at 6.30pm.

The Foundation is an independent non-profit charity registered with the ACNC whose purpose is to organise the Address and if possible its publication.

If you would like to attend the event or would like further information please respond to the Barwick Address Foundation direct by email to maryfield2010@hotmail.com or sara.heard@hotmail.com

Room for Sale - Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Wed Jan 25 2017

A beautifully appointed, light-filled room is available for purchase on Third Floor Wentworth Chambers.

The room is standard sized and has large windows which face into a light well. There are no built in shelving units giving the buyer a fresh canvas to create a space to their own taste. By negotiation, furniture may also be included in the purchase, including a three seater King Furniture couch; Beachwood Furniture bookshelf, solid wood desk with large draws, standing lamp and sideboard with doors and shelving for briefs; three client chairs and a desk chair. The Floor boasts low monthly floor fees and a collegiate atmosphere. For more information visit www.3wentworth.com.au

The room is being offered for $180,000 (negotiable. Reasonable offers will be considered). All enquiries and expressions of interest should be directed to the floor clerk, Katelyn Faiella, on 02 9232 3937 or via email at clerk3@wentworthchambers.com.au.

All enquiries will be afforded the strictest confidence.