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In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Wed Feb 14 2018
Member services and benefits

Do you need childcare in an emergency? Do your childcare needs vary from day to day or from week to week? Or are you looking for a permanent childcare arrangement?

NSW Bar Association members and chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30am to 6.00pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au. Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available on the NSW Bar Association website.

2018 Parramatta Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Tue Feb 13 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Parramatta CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Parramatta Conference is set down for Saturday 24 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO
  • Her Honour Judge Brana Obradovic
  • Michael McHugh SC
  • Stephen Janes
  • Andrew Bulley
  • Mark Higgin
  • Tina Jowett
  • Michelle England
  • Sonia Tame

Download the full program here - [2018 Parramatta 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).

REGISTER NOW: CPD Mini Conference - "The Sword of Damocles"

Tue Feb 13 2018

On 16 March 2018, the Bar Association will host an all-day CPD at the Federal Court, titled "The Sword of Damocles". The CPD will examine the unique world of regulatory litigation and in particular, decisions made by regulators to pursue matters on a civil, criminal or administrative basis, the different regimes engaged and a considerate of the different outcomes that follow from those decisions. Speakers include: The Honourable Justice Payne of the Court of Appeal, Tim Game SC, Neil Williams SC, Elizabeth Cheeseman SC and Reay McGuinness, solicitor, at Webb Henderson. Afternoon panel will include: The Chief Justice of the Federal Court, The Hon J L B Allsop AO; the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Sarah McNaughton SC; Wendy Peter of the ACCC; Chris Savundra of ASIC and from the Sydney Bar: Bret Walker SC, Tim Game SC and Kristina Stern SC. The CPD commences at 9.30am and concludes at 3.30pm in Courtroom 1, Level 21, Federal Court, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney, NSW 2000. The CPD will include morning tea and a light lunch. A nominal fee of $45 will be charged per attendee.

REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE HERE. REGISTRATIONS ARE LIMITED TO 200 ATTENDEES.

Places are ‘first in, best dressed.’ To register attendees must complete the online registration form. Please note, registrations will only be accepted and guaranteed when accompanied by full payment.

REGISTER NOW: 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Feb 13 2018

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. Please view the program HERE.

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

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 tonight

Tue Feb 13 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Pathway to taking silk

Presented by Jane Needham SC, Sarah McNaughton SC & Kelly Rees SC. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum.

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


For a full list of current CPD events please click here

REGISTER NOW: 2018 Regional CPD Conference Series

Tue Feb 13 2018

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast - Program
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta - Program
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle - Program
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange - Program
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney - Program

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

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

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Feb 13 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Pathway to taking silk

Presented by Jane Needham SC, Sarah McNaughton SC & Kelly Rees SC. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum.

All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.


For a full list of current CPD events please click here

Public Defenders Criminal Law Conference - early bird registration closes on Friday

Tue Feb 13 2018
Conferences

The Public Defenders Annual Criminal Law Conference for 2018 will be held on the weekend of 17 and 18 March 2018, at Taronga Centre Harbourview Ballroom and Terrace at Taronga Zoo. Speakers will include Julian McMahon AC SC, The Honourable Justice Stephen Rothman AM, Judge Dina Yehia SC, Judge Tim Gartelmann SC, Belinda Rigg SC, Peter McGrath SC, Craig Smith SC among others. The conference is open to all criminal law practitioners and provides ten CPD points across four strands: Ethics & Professional Responsibility | Substantive Law, Practice & Procedure, & Evidence | Management & Business Skills | Barristers’ Skills

Topics will include: Criminal Law and Human Rights; Reforms to the Criminal Justice System; The Impact of Bugmy and Bunda on Sentencing Aboriginal and Other Offenders; the Koori Court proposal; Advocacy skills when dealing with vulnerable witnesses; tendency evidence and developments in joint criminal enterprise.

The registration fee of $470 includes lunch. An early-bird fee of $420 is available until Friday, 16 February 2018. Online registration is available here.

All enquiries to: PD_Conferences@justice.nsw.gov.au or Kieran Darcy ph: (02) 9268 3111

CPD Record Form

Tue Feb 13 2018

Members are reminded to accrue 10 points worth of continuing professional development (CPD) activities each year. In addition to completing sufficient CPD activities between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, you are required to maintain a record and retain in for three years in accordance with rule 12 of the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Barristers) Rules 2015. A newly updated CPD Record Form makes it easier to record, amend and save your CPD activity. The new form is available on the NSW Bar website and attached here for your convenience.

New rooms at Nigel Bowen Chambers

Tue Feb 13 2018

Nigel Bowen Chambers has constructed two new rooms and invites applications from barristers wishing to licence on the floor for an initial period of 12 months. The rooms are available immediately. They are an integral part of chambers, not an annex, and licensees will have full use of all chambers facilities. The rooms are intended for junior barristers who have completed their readership and typically would have less than 5 years call. Applications from barristers more or less experienced than that will also be considered.

Further details can be obtained from the senior clerk, Alistair Coyne, at a.coyne@nigelbowen.com.au Written applications including a full CV should be submitted to the clerk by 28 February, and can be submitted immediately.

Nigel Bowen Chambers has 20 barristers in practice including 12 silks. Its members practise in all areas of commercial law with particular focus on intellectual property, commercial equity, environmental and planning law, administrative law and construction law. Applications will be welcomed from barristers in any field of practice.

Arbitrators wanted at the Workers Compensation Commission

Mon Feb 12 2018

Positions vacant

The Workers Compensation Commission of NSW seeks applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for appointment to the positions of Senior Arbitrator and Arbitrator. Senior Arbitrators and full-time Arbitrators are based in Sydney. Sessional Arbitrators may be based in Sydney or regional locations. Some travel may be required. Applications close: 11.59pm(AEST) on Sunday, 11 March 2018. Learn more here.

2018 North Coast CPD Conference this Saturday

Mon Feb 12 2018

The 2018 North Coast CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 17 February. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. The conference will be held in The Fenwick Room at The Ramada Hotel and Suites, Ballina. Please click the link for the full program - 2018 North Coast Program

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).

Commercial Law Association Contracts and PPSA master classes

Mon Feb 12 2018

Jeffrey Goldberger will deliver his annual Contract Law: 2017 in Review master class on Friday, 23 February. The Hon Justice Fabian Gleeson will chair the half-day seminar.

The PPSA master class will take place on Friday, 9 March. The speakers include: Bruce Whittaker, Senior Consultant, Ashurst (Chair); Professor Sheelagh McCracken, University of Sydney; Helena Busljeta, Special Counsel, KWM; and Nicholas Mirzai, Level 22 Chambers.

Both seminars will be held in the Gallery Room, NSW State Library.

New Chambers seeking Senior Clerk

Mon Feb 12 2018
Position vacant

New Chambers is one of Sydney’s premier barristers’ chambers, comprising 46 counsel with a wide range of practices and experience. An opportunity has arisen for a dedicated individual to take on the role of Senior Clerk/Practice Manager. Experience dealing with the practices of barristers and management of chambers is preferred. Salary negotiable depending on experience.

Expressions of interest should be sent by email to the outgoing clerk, Ian Belshaw, at belshaw@newchambers.com.au by Wednesday, 21 February 2018.

Register now: CPD Mini Conference - "The Sword of Damocles"

Mon Feb 12 2018

On 16 March 2018, the Bar Association will host an all-day CPD at the Federal Court, titled "The Sword of Damocles". The CPD will examine the unique world of regulatory litigation and in particular, decisions made by regulators to pursue matters on a civil, criminal or administrative basis, the different regimes engaged and a considerate of the different outcomes that follow from those decisions. Speakers include: The Honourable Justice Payne of the Court of Appeal, Tim Game SC, Neil Williams SC, Elizabeth Cheeseman SC and Reay McGuinness, solicitor, at Webb Henderson. Afternoon panel will include: The Chief Justice of the Federal Court, The Hon J L B Allsop AO; the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Sarah McNaughton SC; Wendy Peter of the ACCC; Chris Savundra of ASIC and from the Sydney Bar: Bret Walker SC, Tim Game SC and Kristina Stern SC. The CPD commences at 9.30am and concludes at 3.30pm in Courtroom 1, Level 21, Federal Court, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney, NSW 2000. The CPD will include morning tea and a light lunch. A nominal fee of $45 will be charged per attendee.

REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE HERE. REGISTRATIONS ARE LIMITED TO 200 ATTENDEES.

Places are ‘first in, best dressed.’ To register attendees must complete the online registration form. Please note, registrations will only be accepted and guaranteed when accompanied by full payment.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Feb 12 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Pathway to taking silk

Presented by Jane Needham SC, Sarah McNaughton SC & Kelly Rees SC. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum.


Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Advocates for Change: In conversation with Richard Weinstein SC

The Advocates for Change program provides role models who are excellent practitioners and who, through the example of what they do and say in their professional lives as barristers, represent the full width of diversity and inclusion that the NSW Bar Association wishes to promote at the Bar. Interviewer: Michelle McMahon. Interviewee: Richard Weinstein SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee

All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.


For a full list of current CPD events please click [here.](https://www.nswbar.asn.au/for-members/cpd-events "")

2018 Parramatta Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Mon Feb 12 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Parramatta CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Parramatta Conference is set down for Saturday 24 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO
  • Her Honour Judge Brana Obradovic
  • Michael McHugh SC
  • Stephen Janes
  • Andrew Bulley
  • Mark Higgin
  • Tina Jowett
  • Michelle England
  • Sonia Tame Download the full program here - [2018 Parramatta 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).

register now: 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Mon Feb 12 2018

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. Please view the program HERE.

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

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).

REGISTER NOW: 2018 Regional CPD Conference Series

Mon Feb 12 2018

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast - Program
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta - Program
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle - Program
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange - Program
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney - Program

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

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

Early Bird Registrations close today - 2018 North Coast CPD Conference

Fri Feb 09 2018

The 2018 North Coast CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program HERE. The North Coast CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 17 February 2018 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

Bar News online

Fri Feb 09 2018
Publications

The trove of Bar News editions on the Bar Association's website is now complete: from [1985] (Winter) through [2017] (Summer).

Bar News is the journal of the Bar Association, written by the members, for the members. Each issue includes a mix of engaging and distracting articles on recent cases, professional conduct, notable speeches, appointments, book reviews and news from sporting and social events.

IBA Regulation Committee

Fri Feb 09 2018
Appointments

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC has been appointed to the International Bar Association's Regulation Committee, which monitors, researches and exchanges information about developments in regulation of the legal profession around the world.

Commercial Issues in Private International Law Conference

Thu Feb 08 2018

Knowledge of private international law is increasingly important to the practice of law. The Commercial Issues in Private International Law Conference on 16 February 2018 will bring together members of the judiciary, the profession, academia, and government to discuss private international law as it relates to commercial law. Learn more here.

2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference - Program Release

Thu Feb 08 2018

We are pleased to announce the release of the program for 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. Please view the program HERE.

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

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).