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Register now - 2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Mon Mar 04 2019

Registrations for the 2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference will close Friday. As registrations are limited, please ensure that you register now to avoid disappointment.

The 2019 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park on Saturday 16 March. The conference offers 5 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Stephen Campbell, Supreme Court of NSW
  • His Honour Judge G M Phillips, President, Workers Compensation Commission
  • Dr Allison Silink, University of Technology Sydney
  • Belinda Cassidy, Solicitor, Stacks Goudkamp
  • Kim Garling, Workers Compensation Independent Review Officer
  • Robert Sheldon SC
  • Andrew McSpedden
  • Ross Stanton

Download the full program here - 2019 PI & Common Law Conference

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 on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Personal Injury & Common Law Conference 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).

Katrina Dawson Award - applications now open

Mon Mar 04 2019
Diversity

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 15 April 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

2019 Bench & Bar Dinner

Mon Mar 04 2019
Collegiality

The president and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association to the 2019 Bench & Bar Dinner. The dinner will take place on Friday, 17 May in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 7.00 PM for 7.30 PM start. The guest of honour will be the Hon Justice Julie Ward, CJ in Equity. Further details will be available shortly.

Tomorrow: Statutory Interpretation: The Time Dimension

Fri Mar 01 2019
Tuesday, March 05 2019

Presented by Chloe Burnett and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Public Law Section

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

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

2019 Orange Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close today

Fri Mar 01 2019

Early bird registrations for the 2019 Orange CPD Conference at the discounted price will close tomorrow. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Orange Conference is set down for Saturday, 9 March at the Greenhouse of Orange. The conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Graham Turnbull SC
  • Dr James Renwick SC
  • Michael Green SC
  • Michael McHugh SC
  • John Paul Redmond
  • Michael King
  • Beth Oliak
  • Sonia Tame

Download the full program here - 2019 Orange 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 cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Online Court in the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Fri Mar 01 2019
Practice and procedure

This seminar is an information session presented by Leonie Walton, the registrar in Equity and Corporations Registrar. The registrar will discuss the ambit and protocols of the Online Court, demonstrate how to use it and answer questions about its operation. Learn more here.

Please note this is a lunchtime session commencing at 1pm.

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

International Women's Day lunch

Fri Mar 01 2019
Diversity

Please join the Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales for lunch to celebrate International Women's Day on Friday 8th of March at 12.30pm at the Palace Chinese Restaurant, Shop 38 Level 1, Piccadilly Tower, 133-145 Castlereagh St, Sydney.

For more information and to register, please click here.

From Ada to Sybil: Why every woman counts

Fri Mar 01 2019
Diversity

The Bar Association is delighted to invite you to attend the inaugural Sybil Morrison Lecture, which will be delivered in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15pm on 4 March 2019 by Claire Palmer and chaired by the Hon Justice M Beazley QC AC.

Claire is the inaugural recipient of the Katrina Dawson Award, which aims to encourage young women to practise at the Bar. Claire was called to the Bar in 2017 and is a barrister on Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers.

The inaugural Sybil Morrison lecture will highlight the life of Sybil Morrison, the first woman to practise at the NSW Bar. Morrison was admitted in 1924, six years after the enactment of the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW). That Act provided that a person shall not ‘by reason of sex’ be prevented from being admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor. The seminar will also situate Morrison’s career and the passage of the Women’s Legal Status Act against a series of international and national developments that promoted women lawyers at the beginning of the 20th century and will consider how each woman who is a ‘first’, and each woman thereafter, makes it easier for the next. The Sybil Morrison Lecture is an initiative of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee.

Learn more here

The Sybil Morrison Lecture is an initiative of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee.

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ABA Arbitration Inquiry Submission: New Deadline 15 March 2019

Fri Mar 01 2019

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) has asked the Hon Roger Gyles AO QC to inquire into and report on actions that the ABA can take to enhance opportunities for Australian Barristers to practice in International Disputes, with a focus on Arbitration in the Asia - Pacific region. There are two aspects to be considered by Mr Gyles in his inquiry and report:

a. How to retain international work in, and bring such work to, Australia; b. How to facilitate the briefing of Australian barristers in work overseas, particularly in the region.

Mr Gyles is due to report on 1 May 2019. Practitioners are encouraged to provide their views to Mr Gyles by 15 March 2019.

For details of the Terms of Reference and submission details, click here.

Western Australia to adopt Uniform Law

Fri Mar 01 2019
Standards

Australia is a step closer to having a national legal market, with Western Australia signing a landmark agreement to join the Legal Profession Uniform Law Scheme, NSW, Victorian and Western Australian Attorneys General Mark Speakman, Jill Hennessy and John Quigley announced today.

The Uniform Law has been operating in NSW and Victoria since 2015, creating a simpler and more efficient system of regulating legal practice and cutting red tape for lawyers and their clients.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Bribery and Corruption Conference: Modern Approaches to an Eternal Problem

Fri Mar 01 2019
Conferences

The International Society for reform of Criminal Law will host their annual Criminal Law Conference in Brisbane on 9-12 July 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in the heart of the city. The Hilton Hotel is offering special discounted rates for conference delegates.

For more information and to register click here.

2019 influenza shots and executive health checks

Thu Feb 28 2019
Wellbeing

On 28 January 1919, a little over 100 years ago, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on the first cases of Spanish flu in Australia. More than 40 per cent of Australians fell ill and 15,000 died. More than 50 million died worldwide.

The Bar Association's Wellbeing Committee has organised for members to receive the 2019 Quadrivalent influenza vaccine on Tuesday, 2 April 2019, between 4.00pm and 6.00pm in the Common Room. Information about the vaccine is available here and here. A consent form, which must be completed and presented on the day, is available here.

The cost to members will be $22 (inc. GST).

In addition, members can take the opportunity to have a 10-minute executive health check (cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure) - performed by a registered nurse, for an additional $27.50 (inc. GST).

Register here for the 2019 flu vaccination and / or a 10-minute executive health "Instacheck".
For more information, please email the coordinator of services and benefits, Chris Winslow.

Flu vaccinations and instant health checks are initiatives of the Wellbeing Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association.

2019 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Thu Feb 28 2019
New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

The New Barristers’ Committee is conducting a Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop in February and March 2019. This year’s (free) cross-examination workshop is aimed at encouraging junior barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach to the same problem. The two-part workshop is relevant to both civil and criminal practitioners.

The seminar will be held on 21 February 2019. The seminar will discuss cross-examination technique. The speakers will provide guidance on cross-examination in an open and relaxed forum, with questions from the floor. The speakers will be Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers).

The workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by two senior counsel. The demonstration will take place in the Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court, starting at 5.15pm. The presiding judge will be The Honourable Justice Bellew.

For further information or to register for the workshop please click here.

Online Court in the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Thu Feb 28 2019
Monday, March 04 2019

This seminar is an Information session presented by Leonie Walton, the Registrar in Equity and Corporations Registrar. The Registrar will discuss the ambit and protocols of the Online Court, demonstrate how to use it and answer questions about its operation. Learn more here.

Please note this is a lunchtime session commencing at 1pm.

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

The Role and Function of the Judicial Commission

Thu Feb 28 2019
Today

Presented by Ernest Schmatt AM PSM, Chief Executive, Judicial Commission of NSW and chaired by Robert Hollo SC, Chair, NSWBA Education Committee. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Education Committee.

The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room.

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

From Ada to Sybil: Why every woman counts

Thu Feb 28 2019
Diversity

The Bar Association is delighted to invite you to attend the inaugural Sybil Morrison Lecture, which will be delivered in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15pm on 4 March 2019 by Claire Palmer and chaired by the Hon Justice M Beazley QC AC.

Claire is the inaugural recipient of the Katrina Dawson Award, which aims to encourage young women to practise at the Bar. Claire was called to the Bar in 2017 and is a barrister on Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers.

The inaugural Sybil Morrison lecture will highlight the life of Sybil Morrison, the first woman to practise at the NSW Bar. Morrison was admitted in 1924, six years after the enactment of the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW). That Act provided that a person shall not ‘by reason of sex’ be prevented from being admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor. The seminar will also situate Morrison’s career and the passage of the Women’s Legal Status Act against a series of international and national developments that promoted women lawyers at the beginning of the 20th century and will consider how each woman who is a ‘first’, and each woman thereafter, makes it easier for the next. The Sybil Morrison Lecture is an initiative of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee.

Learn more here

The Sybil Morrison Lecture is an initiative of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee.

International Women's Day Soirée

Thu Feb 28 2019
Diversity

Tickets are strictly limited and only a few spaces remain. Registration closes tomorrow, Friday 1 March, 2019.

The ABA is delighted to invite you to attend its inaugural International Women's Day Soirée on 8 March 2019. This event will celebrate the excellence of women at the bar and the greater legal profession.

The ABA is honoured to announce its guest speaker, who personifies the excellence of women in the profession, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO, president of the Court of Appeal and governor-designate of NSW.

  • Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Location: Chief Justice's Garden, St James Road, Sydney
  • Dress: lounge
  • Cost: $130 per person

With thanks to event partners, Fairfax & Roberts and Champagne Jacquart.

RSVP Please register here before 1 March 2019. Given the nature of the venue, ticket numbers are limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

ADR joint CPD event

Wed Feb 27 2019

The New South Wales Bar Association and the Law Society of New South Wales invite members to their first joint ADR CPD event for the year, which will be held in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15 pm on Wednesday, 20 March. The guest presenter will be the Hon PA Bergin SC, who will speak on the topic of "ADR and the Legal Profession", with introductory comments from Mary Walker, chair of the Bar Association’s ADR Committee and closing comments from Gary Ulman, past-president of the Law Society of NSW.

Bench and Bar Lunch - register now!

Wed Feb 27 2019
Collegiality

A Bench & Bar Lunch has been set down for next Tuesday, 5 March from 12.45pm to 2.00pm at No.10 Bistro (The Mint), 10 Macquarie Street (opposite the Law Courts Building). All members of the bench and bar (including readers) are welcome. The cost is $30. Online registration is essential. Make your reservation now, while places are still available. Select from the pre-set menu. It's just quick and cheap!

All enquiries to Kylie Nomchong SC: ktn@denmanchambers.com.au or ph:9264 6899.

The Bench and Bar Lunch is an initiative of the Wellbeing Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association. It is proudly sponsored by BarCover: protecting barristers' income since 1962.

Tomorrow: swearing-in ceremony for Dr Andrew Bell SC

Wed Feb 27 2019
Appointments

Dr Andrew Bell SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and president of the Court of Appeal. A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held in Banco Court, on Level 13, at 9.15am tomorrow, 28 February 2019. The attorney general, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Practical advocacy course in criminal law for under 5s

Wed Feb 27 2019

The public defenders are running a practical advocacy course in criminal law for NSW barristers of five years and under. The course consists of six evening sessions, one per month, from April to September 2019 conducted by judges of the NSW District Court, public defenders and a Crown prosecutor.

The cost of the course is $300. For registration and more details on the content of the course see the public defenders website www.publicdefenders.nsw.gov.au Numbers are strictly limited.

Enquiries: Ruth Heazlewood, Chambers Manager (02) 9268 3111.

Free additional copies of Bar News

Wed Feb 27 2019
Special offer

Surplus copies of [2018] (Spring) Bar News, the bumper special edition on expert evidence, are available free of charge at the Bar Association Reception - while stocks last.

Back issues of Bar News are available online. This is a valuable resource for legal and historical research. There are articles of record, such as "The transition from Queens Counsel to Senior Counsel" (1993), and others with a timeless theme, like "Why are cases taking longer nowadays?" (1993). There are photos of past social engagements, sporting events, obituaries and stories penned by people who have since been appointed to the bench or have passed away.

2019 Mahla Pearlman Oration

Wed Feb 27 2019

The Law Council of Australia and the Environment and Planning Law Association of New South Wales will co-host the Mahla Pearlman Oration on 14 March 2019 at the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney.

The 2019 Oration will be delivered by Professor Megan Davis, Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous at the University of New South Wales, headed "We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement making": Understanding the Uluru Statement From the Heart and a settlement process.

On May 26, 2017 the Uluru Statement from the Heart was issued to the Australian people at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention at Mutitjulu. The reforms contained therein were fashioned from a deliberative constitutional dialogue process conducted by the Referendum Council with a sample of First Nations in 12 regions across Australia. The Mahla Pearlman Oration will expound upon the concept of a Makarrata Commission from the perspective of the dialogues. The Makarrata Commission is intended to promote and fast track the settlement of Aboriginal land rights claims in all jurisdictions both native title and statutory land rights. The oration will provide some insight into the concerns raised during the dialogue process about land rights, environmental protection and cultural heritage and explains the sequencing of the reforms whereby a voice precedes a process of agreement making.

The Oration will also include the presentation of the Mahla Pearlman Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the year award.

LCA calls for review of suppression orders

Wed Feb 27 2019
Law reform and public affairs

Law Council President Arthur Moses SC has called for national uniformity of suppression orders and for Commonwealth Attorney-General Christian Porter to refer the matter to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). Learn more here.

Seeking barristers to judge Senior Mooting Competition at UNSW

Wed Feb 27 2019
Mooting

The Allens Linklaters Senior Mooting Competition is open to senior law students at UNSW. The competition directors are requesting the assistance of barristers to volunteer as judges in the preliminary rounds between March 25 and April 5 2019.

Moots will be held at the UNSW CBD Campus on O’Connell Street, or the UNSW Kensington Campus in the Law Building (depending on your preference). UNSWLS can arrange for moots to start at 6.00pm, 6.30pm or 7.00pm. Moots run for between 90 minutes to two hours.

This round’s problem question covers directors' duties and the principles of equity. Particular expertise in this area is not necessary – a detailed bench memorandum will be provided to you in advance.

The competition depends for its success on the generosity of experienced advocates. Your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please fill out this very short registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessie and Brian, the competition directors, at senior.mooting@unswlawsoc.org.