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2017 Bench & Bar Dinner – currently sold-out, waitlist open

Thu Apr 20 2017

The 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner is on Friday, 5 May at the Hyatt Regency Sydney. We have currently sold-out of tickets, however more tickets may be released soon. Should you wish to attend then dinner and you have not yet purchased a ticket, please add your name to the waitlist via the registration site or email events@nswbar.asn.au with your name and the number of tickets required. Tickets will be offered on a first-on-the-list basis and you will be given 2 days to take-up the offer of a ticket if they become available.

Should you have any questions regarding the dinner, please contact Erika Childs on 9232 4055 or at echilds@nswbar.asn.au

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Apr 20 2017

Thursday 20 April 2017: ‘Getting Chambers’: presented by Glenn Fredericks (State Chambers), Linda Clarke (2 Wentworth Chambers), Sonia Tame (New Chambers), Russ Johnson (Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers), Michele Kearns (Martin Place Chambers), Kristen Sproule (Blackstone Chambers), chaired by Greg Antipas. For full details, please download a flyer here

Organised by the New Barristers Committee, the seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Swearing-in ceremony for the Hon Justice Michael Lee - tomorrow, Friday 21 April, 9.30am

Thu Apr 20 2017

The Federal Court of Australia will hold a ceremonial sitting to welcome the appointment of the Hon Justice Michael Lee tomorrow morning at 9.30am. The ceremony will be held in Court 1, L21, Queens Square. President Noel Hutley SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar and the Australian Bar Association. Barristers should wear gowns but not wigs.

New Barristers Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 3 May, 8am

Wed Apr 19 2017

The New Barristers Committee invites you to join our hosts, Magistrate Stafford, Magistrate Tsavdaridis and Chrissa Loukas SC for breakfast in Parramatta on Wednesday 3 May 2017. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8.00am - 9.30am at the Legal Grind Café. Learn more

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Greg Antipas at gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au

NSW Bar FC kicks off season 2017

Wed Apr 19 2017

NSW Bar FC opened its Domain Soccer League season today against reigning divisional champions Herbert Smith Freehills. In what many players and on-lookers described as one of the best games of football seen on the Domain in some time, NSW Bar FC more than had the measure of their younger counterparts. Philips, Griscti, O’Shea, Fredericks, Kane, d’Arville, Covell and keeper Harris were fearless in defence. The mid-field was commanded masterfully by Hartford David, Boyle and Maghami who combined to provide plenty of ball to striker Di Michael. Compton and debutant (Hilary) Montieth worked tirelessly on the wings. The first half was dominated by a steely defence from both sides with a few forays but even fewer opportunities. A HSF strike from just outside of the 18 yard box about 4 minutes before the end of the first term hit the cross-bar and miraculously went over the goal line to give HSF the lead 1-0. The score line did not change despite spirited attacks from Bar FC in the second half. NSW Bar FC next play Lands FC on Thursday, 26 April 2017 at 1.15 pm. Come and support your FC!

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Apr 19 2017

Thursday 20 April 2017: ‘Getting Chambers’: presented by Glenn Fredericks (State Chambers), Linda Clarke (2 Wentworth Chambers), Sonia Tame (New Chambers), Russ Johnson (Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers), Michele Kearns (Martin Place Chambers), Kristen Sproule (Blackstone Chambers), chaired by Greg Antipas. For full details, please download a flyer here

Organised by the New Barristers Committee, the seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

ADC seminar - mediation of complex multi-party disputes - 20 April 5.45pm

Wed Apr 19 2017

The Australian Disputes Centre is hosting a seminar regarding the mediation of complex multi-party disputes tomorrow 20 April commencing at 5.45pm. The seminar will be presented by John West QC and will be held at the Australian Disputes Centre, Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street Sydney. For further details see the flyer.

Trust money accounts – Barrister’s fees in advance – External Examination

Tue Apr 18 2017

Any barrister who has received fees in advance – that is, as described in the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 (the LPULAR), money on account of legal costs for legal services in advance of the provision by the barrister of the legal services – must appoint an External Examiner to carry out an examination of the clause 15 account for the period 1 July 2015 to 31 March 2017. Clause 15(2) of the LPULAR also requires that a copy of the External Examination report be provided to the Bar Council, in an approved form, no later than 7 June 2017. A copy of the approved form is available on the Bar Association’s website under the heading ‘Fees in Advance’ here.

It is essential that a barrister who receives fees in advance examines clause 15 of the LPULAR in detail. Links to the legislation can be found on the Bar Association website here.

Any questions? Please contact the Bar Association’s Legal Officer, Angela Huang, on 9232 4055 or pcd@nswbar.asn.au.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Apr 12 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017: "Notices of Appeal: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" Presented by The Honourable Justice John Basten and The Honourable Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Bar Association Office and Library hours

Wed Apr 12 2017

Members are advised that the Bar Association Office and Library will close early on Thursday afternoon at 4pm ahead of the Easter break. Both the Association's Office and the Library will reopen at 8am on Tuesday 18 April.

Register now for the 2017 ABA Conference in London & Dublin

Tue Apr 11 2017

The ABA Council is delighted to confirm that the Right Honourable Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will open the ABA 2017 Biennial Conference in London on 3 July. His Excellency the Honourable Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, will open the London sessions and Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales, will welcome delegates.

The ABA is also pleased to announce another exceptional presenter in the conference line-up and a very unique opportunity with a special ‘In conversation’ session with The Right Hon Lady Hale, Baroness of Richmond. Lady Hale is the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. In 2004, she joined the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. She is the only woman to have been appointed to this position. She served as a Law Lord until 2009 when she, along with the other Law Lords, transferred to the new Supreme Court.

Further information regarding presenters at the Conference can be found here

To view updates to the conference program visit: www.abaconference2017.com.au

There are only 3 months to go, so be sure to finalise your registration now and speak to Brittany Smith at Corporate Traveller to tailor a travel package designed to save you time and money.

The Australian Bar Association looks forward to welcoming you to London and Dublin in July 2017. For more information about conference sessions, travel arrangements and conference fees visit www.abaconference2017.com.au.

RACS training session on judicial review of Immigration Assessment Authority decisions, 1 May, 5.30pm

Tue Apr 11 2017

The Refugee Advice and Case Work Service (RACS) is pleased to announce that Nicholas Poynder of Frederick Jordan Chambers will be running a training session for barristers and instructing solicitors on Part 7AA of the Migration Act 1958 and judicial review of Immigration Assessment Authority (‘IAA’) decisions.

The IAA reviews decisions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection refusing to grant protection visas to certain people seeking asylum who arrived in Australia as unauthorised maritime arrivals.

Any counsel currently participating in RACS’ Judicial Review Referral Service (J4R), or any who would like to become involved, are cordially invited to attend. Allens has kindly agreed to host the training session. Details are as follows:

Date: 1 May 2017 Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm Location: Allens, Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place, 126 Phillip Street, Sydney RSVP: By Wednesday 26 April 2017 via email to Seniz DaFonseca at Allens

Enquires to: Nadine Darling at RACS

Tutorials in Australian Legal History

Tue Apr 11 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History is once again presenting a series of tutorials on Australian legal history. All tutorials will be presented in the Banco Court. Each tutorial will commence at 5.15pm and conclude at 6.15pm. The program for the first half of the year is as follows:

  • The importance of legal history and the work of William Blackstone by Emeritus Professor Wilf Prest (University of Adelaide): Tuesday, 11 April 2017.
  • The History of Corporation Law by Justice Ashley Black: Tuesday, 2 May 2017
  • The History of Equity by the Hon Peter Young QC: Tuesday, 23 May 2017
  • The History of Property Law by the Hon John Bryson QC: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Further tutorials are planned for the second half of the year, including The History of Criminal Law by Chief Justice Bathurst.

Parenting facilities at Courts

Mon Apr 10 2017

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia, located in the Lionel Bowen Building, Goulburn St, Sydney have parenting rooms with changing facilities on levels 4, 5, 6 and 7. There is also a parenting room at the Downing Centre on the ground floor behind the stairs.

At other Local and District Court locations across Sydney, a parenting room can be made available upon request to either the Sheriff’s Office or the Registrar at the location. Similar arrangements also can be made at Local and District Court locations in regional areas if a room is available.

Tutorials in Australian Legal History commence tomorrow

Mon Apr 10 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History is once again presenting a series of tutorials on Australian legal history. All tutorials will be presented in the Banco Court. Each tutorial will commence at 5.15pm and conclude at 6.15pm. The program for the first half of the year is as follows:

  • The importance of legal history and the work of William Blackstone by Emeritus Professor Wilf Prest (University of Adelaide): tomorrow Tuesday, 11 April 2017.
  • The History of Corporation Law by Justice Ashley Black: Tuesday, 2 May 2017
  • The History of Equity by the Hon Peter Young QC: Tuesday, 23 May 2017
  • The History of Property Law by the Hon John Bryson QC: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Further tutorials are planned for the second half of the year, including The History of Criminal Law by Chief Justice Bathurst.

Mentoring Program 2017

Mon Apr 10 2017

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. To get the gist of what mentors and mentees have gained from the program, check out our Q&A with Danielle Tucker and Sophie Callan as well as Sonia Tame and Lachlan Gyles.

The program has been designed in conjunction with McCarthy Mentoring, the Women Barristers Forum, the Education Committee and the Diversity and Equality Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentor for a barrister in their second year of practice please download and complete the information and registration form.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Apr 10 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017: "_Notices of Appeal: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly_" Presented by The Honourable Justice John Basten and The Honourable Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Common Law Practice Update 101

Mon Apr 10 2017

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 10, with case notes on sections 3A 63, 58 and 131 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); Sections 5F, 5K and 5L of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); interrogatories, contributory negligence and more. Download CLPU 101.

Wellbeing survey closes today

Fri Apr 07 2017

The Bar Council urges members to complete the wellbeing survey, which was emailed to members. The survey uses a link to a confidential online platform and participants cannot be identified by their link. The survey will now end on Friday, 7 April 2017. For more information about the project, research, data collection process and confidentiality, please click here.

If you are affected by any issue as a result of completing the survey, services are available to support you from Jenny Houen at Bar Care.

Tutorials in Australian Legal History

Thu Apr 06 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History is once again presenting a series of tutorials on Australian legal history. All tutorials will be presented in the Banco Court. Each tutorial will commence at 5.15pm and conclude at 6.15pm. The program for the first half of the year is as follows:

  • The importance of legal history and the work of William Blackstone by Emeritus Professor Wilf Prest (University of Adelaide): Tuesday, 11 April 2017.
  • The History of Corporation Law by Justice Ashley Black: Tuesday, 2 May 2017
  • The History of Equity by the Hon Peter Young QC: Tuesday, 23 May 2017
  • The History of Property Law by the Hon John Bryson QC: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Further tutorials are planned for the second half of the year, including The History of Criminal Law by Chief Justice Bathurst.

Kite SC appointed chief commissioner of the NSWIRC

Thu Apr 06 2017

Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Dominic Perrottet has announced the appointment of Peter Kite SC as the first chief commissioner of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC). Learn more here.

Chrissa Loukas SC inspiring students at Alexandria High

Wed Apr 05 2017

Yesterday, Chrissa Loukas SC spoke to the year 11 and 12 Legal Studies class at Alexandria High School. She gave an inspiring talk about her journey from being a student at a public school, to studying law at the University of Sydney University and her work as a public defender, as well as at The Hague, dealing with war crimes and genocide.

NSW Government makes up some of Commonwealth funding shortfall

Wed Apr 05 2017

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman SC has announced an injection of $6 million in additional support for community legal centres (CLCs) over the next two years. From 1 July 2017, the Commonwealth Government is reducing funding to community legal centres by 30 per cent. In NSW federal funding will fall by 23 per cent, or around $2.9m. View the media release here.

BarBooks is 2. To celebrate we're offering all new subscribers a weekend away on us

Wed Apr 05 2017

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