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REGISTER NOW: 2018 Regional CPD Conference Series

Thu Feb 08 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 tonight

Thu Feb 08 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018:- “Skinning the Cat - Non-delegable Duties of Care in Clinical Negligence Cases”

Presented by David Pittaway QC of Hailsham Chambers, London, England, and chaired by Robert Sheldon SC of Tenth Floor Chambers.

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

Bar Council casual vacancy

Wed Feb 07 2018

Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson SC has resigned from the Bar Council as a result of her appointment to the ACT Supreme Court. In accordance with cl. 12.5.1 of the Bar Association's Constitution, Ruth Higgins SC has filled the vacant position as of 6 February 2018.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Wed Feb 07 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.

First meeting of the Bar Book Club in 2018

Wed Feb 07 2018
Wellbeing at the New South Wales Bar

The first meeting of the Bar Book Club for 2018 will be held on the Tuesday, 13 February 2018 in the Bar Library. Up for discussion is Richard Flanagan’s new book First Person.

Congratulations to John Shaw

Wed Feb 07 2018
Collegiality

On Friday, 9 February 2018 John Shaw of Lachlan Macquarie Chambers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his admission to the New South Wales Bar and his membership of the Bar Association.

John Dorset Shaw was a foundation member of Lachlan Macquarie Chambers in 1986 and prior to that time had a busy practice in both Sydney and Parramatta. He still has a very busy practice in the all areas of family law, equity, wills and probate and Local Court litigation, in addition to various types of appellate work.

A highly regarded member of chambers and the legal profession in Parramatta, John Shaw has given generously of his time and expertise to guide many young barristers. His colleagues and friends will celebrate his remarkable achievement on Friday at a dinner in Parramatta.

Registrations close Friday - 2018 North Coast CPD Conference

Wed Feb 07 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

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Feb 07 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018:- “Skinning the Cat - Non-delegable Duties of Care in Clinical Negligence Cases”

Presented by David Pittaway QC of Hailsham Chambers, London, England, and chaired by Robert Sheldon SC of Tenth Floor Chambers.

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

Coming up in CPD in February

Tue Feb 06 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018:- “Skinning the Cat - Non-delegable Duties of Care in Clinical Negligence Cases”

Presented by David Pittaway QC of Hailsham Chambers, London, England, and chaired by Robert Sheldon SC of Tenth Floor Chambers.

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


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas and other criminal justice reforms

This seminar will provide you with an outline of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals and Guilty Pleas) Act 2017 which comes into effect from April 2018. Presented by Sophia Beckett and comments by Stephen Odgers SC. Chaired Tim Game SC.

This seminar has been organized by the Criminal Law Committee.

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

ADC opening address for 2018

Tue Feb 06 2018

The Australian Disputes Centre’s opening address for 2018 is fast approaching and on a topic of great importance to all mediators and legal practitioners. The Hon Justice Robert McClelland will speak on "Reasonableness" – The Foundation of All Advocacy, on Thursday, 8 February 2018 at 5:30pm for 5:45 – 6:45pm (networking drinks to follow) at the Australian Disputes Centre, L16, 1 Castlereagh St, Sydney. To register, please click here.

2018 North Coast CPD Conference Program - Saturday, 17 February

Tue Feb 06 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

2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference - Program Release

Tue Feb 06 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).

Questions in Philosophy - A series of talks for lawyers

Mon Feb 05 2018
The universe and everything

The St Thomas More Society is pleased to announce an exciting series of thought-provoking talks for lawyers and academics titled “Questions in Philosophy”. Each topic in the series will discuss and compare various philosophical perspectives on life, the universe and everything. First topic in the series: “From Big Bang to Big Mystery: What Makes Us Different from Animals”.

All members of the NSW Bar are warmly invited to drop in and expand their philosophical outlook by attending one or more sessions, scheduled to take place on four Thursday evenings in February and March:

  • Dates: Thursdays, 15 February, 1 March, 15 March and 22 March 2018
  • Time: 6pm - 7pm
  • Venue: The Gardner Room, Commercial Travellers Club, Level 2, 19 Martin Place Sydney (head to the “mushroom” building in the MLC Centre)
  • Cost: $5 donation at the door.
  • No RSVP required.
  • Refreshments are available for purchase at the venue. Download a flyer here.

For more information, contact Lee-Ann Walsh on (02) 9229 7351 or email law@lee-annwalsh.com.

ILS International Law and Practice Course 2018

Mon Feb 05 2018
International law

The Law Council's International Law Section will host a series of 10 morning lectures on the first Tuesday of each month at various locations in the Sydney CBD, beginning Tuesday, 6 February 2018 with the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG at the Law Society of NSW. Lectures will run between 7.45am and 9.00am. Learn more about the course here and here. Register here.

Coming up in CPD in February

Mon Feb 05 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


Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - NSW Court of Appeal: Update on Practice and Procedure

Presented by The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO and The Hon Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas and other criminal justice reforms

This seminar will provide you with an outline of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals and Guilty Pleas) Act 2017 which comes into effect from April 2018. Presenter: Sophia Beckett. Chair: Tim Game SC. Commentator: Stephen Odgers SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organized by the Criminal Law Committee.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Shariah Law - Insights and realities for Australian jurists. Presented by The Hon Justice Stephen Rothman AM and Haisam Farache, principal Solicitor at Garrison Lawyers. Chaired by TBC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, February 27 2018 - Admission to practice in some other APEC countries Presented by Dr James Renwick SC, Andrew Fox and Wilson Chan. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Insurance and the courts Presented by The Hon. Justice Tony Meagher and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics.


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

For a full list of current CPD events please click [here.] All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Funeral arrangements for his Honour Judge R S Toner SC

Mon Feb 05 2018
Vale

A funeral service for his Honour Judge Robert Toner SC will be held on Saturday, 10 February 2018 at 12 noon in Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street, Balmain.

Judge Robert Toner SC passed away on Saturday morning. In response to the news, President Arthur Moses SC said: "Prior to his appointment to the District Court on 16 April 2007, Bob was one of the NSW Bar’s leading criminal trial advocates. Bob passionately believed that all members of the community facing criminal charges were entitled to proper legal representation and a fair trial. He contributed tirelessly to the work of the Bar, through his many years of service on Bar Council including as Secretary and Treasurer. Bob’s compassion, sense of fairness and wisdom will be missed."

His Honour Judge R S Toner SC

Mon Feb 05 2018
Vale

Judge Robert Toner SC passed away this morning. In response to the news, President Arthur Moses SC said: "Prior to his appointment to the District Court on 16 April 2007, Bob was one of the NSW Bar’s leading criminal trial advocates. Bob passionately believed that all members of the community facing criminal charges were entitled to proper legal representation and a fair trial. He contributed tirelessly to the work of the Bar, through his many years of service on Bar Council including as Secretary and Treasurer. Bob’s compassion, sense of fairness and wisdom will be missed."

Funeral details will be circulated to members of the NSW Bar as soon as they are known.

2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference - Program Release

Mon Feb 05 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).

CPD Record Form

Mon Feb 05 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.

CPD Mini Conference - "The Sword of Damocles"

Mon Feb 05 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 05 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018:- “Skinning the Cat - Non-delegable Duties of Care in Clinical Negligence Cases”

Presented by David Pittaway QC of Hailsham Chambers, London, England, and chaired by Robert Sheldon SC of Tenth Floor Chambers. Flyer to follow.

REGISTER NOW: 2018 Regional CPD Conference Series

Mon Feb 05 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

Federal Circuit Court user groups

Fri Feb 02 2018
Appointments

The Federal Circuit Court is in the process of establishing a number of NSW user groups in order to facilitate communication with the legal profession. President Arthur Moses SC has nominated the following members as New South Wales Bar Association representatives on user groups in the below practice areas:

  • Family Law Sydney Wollongong User Group – John Longworth, Frederick Jordan Chambers;
  • Migration (Judicial Review) User Group – Patrick Knowles, Tenth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers;
  • Industrial Law User Group – Bruce Hodgkinson SC, Denman Chambers (Alternate: Yaseen Shariff, 12th Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers).

The president invites members with any issues regarding these jurisdictions to raise them with the above representatives so that they can be conveyed to the court.

Positions vacant at the ODPP - applications close on Sunday

Fri Feb 02 2018

The Attorney General is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment to the following roles:

  • Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 ($390,320 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $21,240 per annum) (job reference number 00005UO5).

  • Senior Crown Prosecutor under the Crown Prosecutors Act 1986 ($351,290 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $16,990 per annum) (job reference number 00005VHO).

  • Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor under the Crown Prosecutors Act 1986 ($316,150 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $16,990 per annum) (job reference number 00005VHP).

  • Crown Prosecutor under the Crown Prosecutors Act 1986 ($288,830 per annum plus conveyance allowance of $16,990 per annum) (job reference number 00005VHU).

Interested persons must be Australian lawyers. The key skills and knowledge required for each role is contained in the online role descriptions that can be found at www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au.

Note: Probity checks will be conducted.

Applications in Word or PDF, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees, must be completed online.

Applications close: Sunday, 4 February 2018 (11.59 pm).

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further contact Ms Kara Shead SC or Mr Lloyd Babb, SC, Director of Public Prosecutions (02) 9285 8888.

All applications MUST be lodged electronically. Please go to iworkfor.nsw.gov.au and search the job reference numbers stated above.