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Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform

Wed Jul 12 2017
CPD - save the date

On 24 August 2017 there will be a CPD seminar on Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform. It will be presented by Professor David Rolph and chaired by Greg Tolhurst, the executive director of the Bar Association. Learn more here.

2017 Tutors and Readers Dinner – RSVPs close this Friday

Wed Jul 12 2017
Bar Social Events

All Readers from the 2/16 and 1/17 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 28 July 2017. The dinner will be held at the No. 1 William Room, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is The Hon Justice Julia Lonergan and the Readers speaker is Armen Karlozian.

For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

Coming up in CPD next week

Wed Jul 12 2017

Tuesday, June 06 2017: 'The Role of the Human Rights Commissioner'

Presented by Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner and chaired by Professor Andrew Brynes, Chair, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Law. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the New South Wales Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee.

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

Crown prosecutors - statewide

Tue Jul 11 2017
Recruitment

The attorney general is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as Crown prosecutors under the Crown Prosecutors Act 1986 for a fixed term of up to seven years that may be renewed, following an initial 12 month probationary period. Applications close on Sunday, 30 July 2017 (11.59 pm). If you would like to discuss this opportunity further contact Mr Lloyd Babb, SC, Director of Public Prosecutions (02) 9285 8888. Applications must be lodged electronically. Please go to iworkfor.nsw.gov.au and search Job Reference Number (000005F8C).

Australian Bar Association calls for rethink on legal assistance

Tue Jul 11 2017

The president of the Australian Bar Association, Will Alstergren QC, has highlighted the need for a complete rethink of legal assistance budgets to ensure its sustainability to provide equal and fair access of legal advice and assistance to all. Learn more here.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Tue Jul 11 2017
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.

Wayne Baffsky (1955-2017)

Tue Jul 11 2017
Vale

A remembrance service for Wayne Baffsky will be held at Hotel Ravesis Bondi Beach on Thursday, 13 July 2017 at 6.30pm. RSVP to 0411 878 719

William George Hodgekiss (1928-2017)

Tue Jul 11 2017
Vale

William George Hodgekiss, former barrister, died on 10 July 2017 aged 88. He was Dux of Fort Street every year from 1941-1945 and was Sydney University Medal winner in 1951. Private funeral.

Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform

Mon Jul 10 2017
Save the date

On 24 August 2017 there will be a CPD seminar on Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform. It will be presented by Professor David Rolph and chaired by Greg Tolhurst, the executive director of the Bar Association. Learn more here.

2017 Tutors and Readers Dinner – RSVPs close this Friday

Mon Jul 10 2017
Bar Social Events

All Readers from the 2/16 and 1/17 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 28 July 2017. The dinner will be held at the No. 1 William Room, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is The Hon Justice Julia Lonergan and the Readers speaker is Armen Karlozian.

For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

2017 Clerks Conference and Dinner – registrations extended!

Mon Jul 10 2017
Conferences

Registrations for The 2017 Clerks' Conference and Dinner have now been extended till Tuesday 11 July 2017. The Conference will be held on Friday 21 July 2017 in ‘The Loft’ at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont. It will again be chaired by the fabulous Jean Kittson. With Keynote, presentations and workshops will focus on the development, marketing and administration of chambers; from the day to day as well as the long-term legal obligations we have as Clerks running our Chambers. Following the conference the Clerks' dinner will be held in at the South Pier, Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont. As usual, clerks will be able to invite members of their chambers to the dinner. The NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association will be donating $20 from each dinner ticket sold to The Katrina Dawson Foundation.’ To register for the Conference and the Dinner please click here

NCAT Revenue List Users Group consultation - 22 August at 1.00pm

Sun Jul 09 2017
NCAT

This consultation by NCAT with practitioners who are involved in State revenue matters before NCAT, and with the OSR, will held at 1-2 pm on Tuesday 22 August 2017 in the Conference Room on Level 9, John Maddison Tower. Sandwich lunch will be provided.

Representatives from the Law Society, the Office of State Revenue and the Crown Solicitors Office have been invited. Interested members of the Bar Association are asked to RSVP by email to Vicki Brady (Victoria.Brady@ncat.nsw.gov.au) at NCAT by c.o.b Friday, 18 August 2017. Any agenda items should also be submitted by that time to Vicki.

Exclusive invitation | The KARENGEE Collection - Viewing & Consultation

Sun Jul 09 2017

Karen Gee is a Sydney-based women’s fashion designer producing high-end women’s attire that caters predominantly to professional women both locally and abroad. Karen’s dresses are worn by a vast amount of media personalities, barristers, MPs and professionals in Australia and overseas, and are a favourite among women looking for exquisite, elegant, structured garments that can be tailored to suit the individual.

Karen Gee would like to offer an exclusive opportunity for female members of the NSW Bar Association to view the collection at the Flagship store in Chifley Square, in a private after-hours setting with Karen, to sample the fabrics and be custom measured for future orders. The event will take place on Thursday, 17 August between 5pm and 7pm.

To register your attendance, please contact jessica@karengee.com.au

For more information about the brand please visit www.karengee.com.au

President Arthur Moses SC at WSU awards night

Fri Jul 07 2017
Law Schools

Arthur Moses SC recently attended an awards ceremony at the Western Sydney University School of Law. Congratulations to Monique Schmitz, recipient of the Bar Association Award in Professional Responsibility & Legal Ethics and Clinton Edwards, recipient of the Bar Association Award in Criminal Procedure & Evidence.

Vale Wayne Baffsky (1955-2017)

Fri Jul 07 2017

Wayne Baffsky, former barrister, has died. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Legal Aid NSW Criminal Law Conference 2017

Fri Jul 07 2017
Conferences

The 2017 Criminal Law Conference is a three day event held at the same time as the magistrates conference when Local Courts are closed, allowing most court-based lawyers to attend. It will be held on 2-4 August 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. It is a fully catered event delivering up to 15.5 CPD points.

The keynote speaker is High Court Justice Virginia Bell. There is an exceptional line up of eminent presenters including the attorney general, members of the judiciary and the legal profession.

Please download the program for full details of each speaker and the range of topics offered.

Conference fees

  • Full conference fee: $800
  • Single day fees: $350 Wednesday | $350 Thursday | $250 Friday Registration is via LMS on this link

Registrations close on 21 July 2017.

All enquiries please contact Daniel Covington at Daniel.covington@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

2017 Tutors and Readers Dinner – RSVPs close 14 July 2017

Fri Jul 07 2017
Bar Social Events

All Readers from the 2/16 and 1/17 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 28 July 2017. The dinner will be held at the No. 1 William Room, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is The Hon Justice Julia Lonergan and the Readers speaker is Armen Karlozian.

For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

Fitted for Work clothing drive was a tremendous success

Fri Jul 07 2017
Charity at the NSW Bar

The New South Wales Bar has answered the call from the Fitted For Work clothing drive to clean out the closet for a good cause. Victoria O'Halloran estimates that more than 1 tonne of clothing was donated by barristers across the state. The number of donations were so great, they had to be delivered by courier to Fitted For Work in Parramatta.

Fitted for Work is a charity that dresses and coaches disadvantaged women for job interviews. Members were asked to raid their (or their partner’s) wardrobes and donate good quality business clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories.

2017 TJMF Lecture: registrations now open

Fri Jul 07 2017
Wellbeing

The annual Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture will be held on 25 October 2017 at 5.00pm in the Federal Court, Queens Square. Magistrate David Heilpern will speak on: "Lifting the Judicial Veil – vicarious trauma, PTSD and the Judiciary: A personal story". Register here.

2017 Clerks Conference and Dinner – Registrations close tomorrow!

Thu Jul 06 2017

Registrations for The 2017 Clerks' Conference and Dinner close Friday 7 July 2017. The Conference will be held on Friday 21 July 2017 in ‘The Loft’ at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont.

It will again be chaired by the fabulous Jean Kittson. With Keynote, presentations and workshops will focus on the development, marketing and administration of chambers; from the day to day as well as the long-term legal obligations we have as Clerks running our Chambers. Following the conference the Clerks' dinner will be held in at the South Pier, Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont. As usual, clerks will be able to invite members of their chambers to the dinner.

The NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association will be donating $20 from each dinner ticket sold to The Katrina Dawson Foundation.’

To register for the Conference and the Dinner please click here.

InBrief user survey

Thu Jul 06 2017

Are you a regular reader of InBrief? What can we do to make it a better, more informative publication? Have your say by completing the InBrief user survey, which was emailed to all members earlier today. It takes between three and five minutes to answer eight questions.

Bar FC narrowly defeated by FactSet Athletico FC 1-0

Wed Jul 05 2017

Today saw a hotly contested game with Bar FC being heavily on the attack, with several great goal attempts from Di Michiel and Bolger. The Bar FC midfielders of Rico, Hartford Davis and Jedrzejczyk combined well to keep the ball moving regularly up to our forwards, despite strong opposition. Of particular note was Hartford Davis’s perfectly timed cross right on the goal line, to Di Michiel for a brilliant header, with the header just missing the goals.

In defence, Harris saved some spectacular goal attempts, putting his body on the line on numerous occasions. Fredericks came from nowhere and did a brilliant header to save a certain goal. Boyle, d’Arville and Griscti were also strong in the defensive line.

The score was nil all at half time, and it looked like we had the measure of the other team, with our first win of the season in sight, only to lose in the last five minutes when FactSet Athletico slipped a goal through. The final score was 1 to nil.

Hard to pick a player of the match, given the contribution made by all.

Today’s line up was as follows:

Ivan Griscti

Anais d'Arville

Glenn Fredericks

Timothy Boyle

Rico Jedrzejczyk

John Harris (GC)

Sebastian Hartford Davis

Richard Di Michiel

Craig Bolger

Adrian Canceri

Geoff O’Shea

Next week's game sees Bar FC taking on the series leader, Lands FC, on Tuesday, 11 July at 1.15 above the Domain Car Park. All supporters of Bar FC are welcome.

Bar Council business for March - April 2017

Tue Jul 04 2017

Bar Council met on 23 March and 6 April in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted here. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director. View the minutes for 23 March and 6 April.

National Firearms Amnesty is underway

Tue Jul 04 2017

The National Firearms Amnesty will run from 1 July to 30 September 2017. Individuals who have an unregistered firearm or firearm related item in their possession – for whatever reason – can legally dispose of it without penalty. Information about individual state and territory requirements, including how and where to surrender firearms, can be found at www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au or by calling 1800 909 826.