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2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference - Program Release

Wed Feb 27 2019

The Conference Program for the 2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference has now been released.

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).

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Wed Feb 27 2019

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Mark Robinson SC, Suzanne Christie SC and Kim Morrissey. Please note that Seville and Lisbon are popular destinations and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended.

For more information visit their website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Chambers for sale - 4 Wentworth

Wed Feb 27 2019
Member services and benefits

A full size room has become available for sale on 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers.

The room has updated built-in and moveable shelving cupboards and a robing cupboard, together with air conditioning, new carpet, is freshly painted in neutral tones and has lots of natural light.

4 Wentworth is a busy, harmonious and well established floor of varying practices. The Floor is fully networked through the CCL network, VOIP phone system and has access to online library subscription. For more information about the room or the Floor, please contact our Clerk, Leanne Somerton on 02 9232 2722 or visit our website:www.4wentworth.com.au.

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

From Ada to Sybil: Why every woman counts

Wed Feb 27 2019
Diversity -- The Inaugural Sybil Morrison Lecture

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.

Statutory Interpretation: The Time Dimension

Wed Feb 27 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.

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

Wed Feb 27 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.

2019 North Coast Conference this Saturday

Wed Feb 27 2019

The 2019 North Coast CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 2 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. The conference will be held in Fenwick Room at Ramada Ballina Hotel and Suites. Download the full program here - 2019 North Coast Conference.

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).

Retirement of the Honourable Justice Beazley AO

Wed Feb 27 2019
Special edition

The Honourable Justice Beazley AO will retire as president of the Court of Appeal at a formal ceremony in Banco Court this morning, at 9.15 AM. Attorney General Mark Speakman will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

Discussion Paper on National Defamation Law

Tue Feb 26 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Council of Attorneys-General has today released its discussion paper regarding the future of Defamation Law, the NSW Attorney General, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP announced today. A copy of the Discussion Paper can be found here.

A full copy of the Media Release is available here.

International Women's Day lunch

Tue Feb 26 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.

Do you play a musical instrument?

Tue Feb 26 2019
Wellbeing

The Lawyers Orchestra Incorporated (TLO) is planning an inaugural concert for Sunday 24 March 2019.

We are looking for string, brass and percussion players in particular. If you would like to play in an orchestra which has fun and accepts that you might not have played for a while or can’t practise very often, please get in touch.

Please send expressions of interest to TLO.orchestra@gmail.com.

2019 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Tue Feb 26 2019
New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Did you miss the first session in the New Barristers’ Committee 2019 Cross Examination Workshop? Fear not! The seminar held on 21 February 2019 is now available of CPD Online. To view the seminar please click here. The seminar conducted by Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers) discussed cross-examination technique.

Part two of the Cross Examination Workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by Tunc Ozen SC (Public Defender) and Neil Adams SC (Crown Prosecutor). 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 part two of the workshop please click here.

Program Release: Sydney Conference Program now available

Tue Feb 26 2019

The Conference Program for the 2019 Sydney Conference has now been released.

The 2019 Sydney Conference will be held on Saturday 30, March at the Hilton Hotel, George Street. It will run from 9.00am - 4.40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Mark James Leeming
  • His Honour Judge Peter Johnstone
  • His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting
  • Professor David Rolph
  • Michael Green SC
  • Stephanie Fendekian
  • Mark Seymour
  • Richard Wilson
  • Elisabeth Peden
  • Lee-May Saw

Download the full program here - 2019 Sydney Conference

For more details about the 2019 Regional CPD Conference Series, including information about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here.

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 on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Regional Conference Series website.

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

Swearing in of the Hon Justice Louise Henderson to the Family Court

Mon Feb 25 2019
Appointments

A ceremonial sitting of the Family Court will be held in Courtroom 7C, Level 7, Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney, at 4:00pm on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 to welcome the Honourable Justice Louise Henderson as a judge of the Family Court of Australia. Michael Kearney SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear robes but not wigs.

Swearing-in ceremony for Dr Andrew Bell SC

Mon Feb 25 2019
Appointments

Dr Andrew Bell SC will be sworn-in judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, a judge of appeal and president of the Court of Appeal. A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held in Banco Court, on Level 13, at 9:15 AM on Thursday, 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.

Coming up in CPD

Mon Feb 25 2019
Monday, March 04 2019 - Online Court in the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

An Information session presented by Leonie Walton, the Registrar in Equity and Corporations Registrar. Learn more here.

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

Monday, March 04 2019 - The Inaugural Sybil Morrison Lecture: From Ada to Sybil: Why every woman counts

Presented by Claire Palmer, Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers and chaired by The Hon. Justice M Beazley QC AO. Learn more here

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

Tuesday, March 05 2019 - Statutory Interpretation: The Time Dimension

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

Tuesday, March 12 2019 - Interim Family Law Hearings

Presented by The Honourable Justice Louise Henderson, Family Court of Australia and Her Honour Judge Elizabeth Boyle, Federal Circuit Court of Australia and chaired by Angela Petrie. Learn more here.

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

Thursday, March 21 2019 - Health and Safety prosecutions in the District Court

Presented by His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting and chaired by Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial, Employment, Health & Safety Committee.

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.

Retirement of the Honourable Justice Beazley AO

Mon Feb 25 2019
This week

The Honourable Justice Beazley AO will retire as president of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Thursday, 28 February 2019. A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held in Banco Court, on Level 13, at 9:15 AM on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

From Ada to Sybil: Why every woman counts

Mon Feb 25 2019
Diversity -- The Inaugural Sybil Morrison Lecture

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.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Feb 25 2019
Thursday 28 February 2019 - The Role and Function of the Judicial Commission

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.

New appointments to the Federal Court and Family Court

Mon Feb 25 2019
Appointments

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the appointment of new judges to the Federal and Family Courts of Australia.

President Arthur Moses SC said: "The Law Council thanks Attorney-General Christian Porter for making these excellent and timely appointments. These new judges are fearless advocates for the rule of law and are some of the country’s leading practitioners in their respective fields. Their expertise will be an asset to the judiciary and to the community they serve,” Mr Moses said.View the Law Council media release here.

Appointment to the Family Court of Australia

Mon Feb 25 2019
Appointments

On Friday, 22 February, Commonwealth Attorney-General Christian Porter announced that Judge Ciara Tyson of the Family Court of Western Australia (FCWA) will hold a dual commission as a judge of the Family Court of Australia, effective from that date.

International Women's Day Soirée

Mon Feb 25 2019
Diversity

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

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

Equitable briefing of experts

Mon Feb 25 2019
Diversity

The Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee of the Bar Association invite you to a discussion on 14 March 2019 at 5.15pm of the issues associated with equitable briefing of experts. This is a topic that will require attention from members of the Bar and is a focus of increased discussion amongst our instructing solicitors. Please join the Hon. Justice Markovic, Vanessa Whittaker SC (Eleventh Floor), Claire Smith (Clayton Utz) and Rebecca Conoulty (Sapere Forensic) for this CPD. Refreshments will be provided following the panel discussion. As numbers are limited, please register your attendance here.

Appointments to the Federal Court of Australia

Fri Feb 22 2019
Appointments

The Commonwealth attorney-general has today announced the appointments of Mr Angus Stewart SC, Mr Darren Jackson SC, Mr Michael O'Bryan QC, and Mr John Snaden as judges of the Federal Court of Australia. Mr Angus Stewart SC will commence in the Sydney registry on 25 February 2019. Details of the swearing in ceremony will be provided when they are available.

A full copy of the media release is available here.