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NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Wed Jan 25 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details 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 here

Further speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association 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

LCA Family Law Section seminars

Mon Jan 23 2017

Registration for the 2017 Family Law Intensive series is now open. The Intensive will be presented in Sydney on Saturday, 11 February 2017 (early bird closes 27 January). Further information is also available on the Family Law Section website at www.familylawsection.org.au

The program for 2017 includes (among other things):

  • Latest and Greatest, a review and analysis of leading cases during the last twelve months.
  • Family violence from the ‘other side’ – acting for the perpetrator.
  • Not drowning, waving - when family law and commercial worlds collide.
  • Answers to a failing family law system – arbitration, delay, mediation.
  • "Life in the Duty List” - your ‘how to guide’ for interim hearings. A session designed specifically for junior practitioners.
  • Informal networking drinks.

2017 Red Mass

Mon Jan 23 2017

The Red Mass for the Opening of Law Term 2017 will be held at St Mary's Cathedral on Thursday, 2 February 2017 at 9.00am. Judges and counsel may robe in the crypt beneath the cathedral from 8.30am.

Swearing-in ceremony for Tanya Bright

Mon Jan 23 2017

Tanya Bright has been appointed a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9.00am on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Members should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Vale William Grant OAM (1951-2017)

Mon Jan 23 2017

William (Bill) Grant OAM, secretary-general of the Law Council from 2007-2011 and CEO of Legal Aid NSW from 2001-2007 and 2011-2016, has died. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Law Council backs anti-slavery legislation

Fri Jan 20 2017

The Law Council of Australia has backed amendments aimed at strengthening the nation’s criminal justice legislative response to human trafficking, slavery, and slavery-like offences. The Law Council has endorsed important changes in its submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures) Bill 2016. Learn more here.

Swearing-in ceremony for Julia Virgo and James Gibson

Fri Jan 20 2017

On Monday, 23 January 2017 at 9.00am there will be a swearing-in ceremony to welcome the appointment of Julia Virgo and James Gibson as magistrates of the Local Court of NSW. The ceremony will be held in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Jan 20 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

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

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association 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).

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Fri Jan 20 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details 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 here

Further speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association 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

Room for Sale - Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Wed Jan 18 2017

A beautifully appointed, light-filled room is available for purchase on Third Floor Wentworth Chambers.

The room is standard sized and has large windows which face into a light well. There are no built in shelving units giving the buyer a fresh canvas to create a space to their own taste. By negotiation, furniture may also be included in the purchase, including a three seater King Furniture couch; Beachwood Furniture bookshelf, solid wood desk with large draws, standing lamp and sideboard with doors and shelving for briefs; three client chairs and a desk chair. The Floor boasts low monthly floor fees and a collegiate atmosphere. For more information visit www.3wentworth.com.au

The room is being offered for $180,000 (negotiable. Reasonable offers will be considered). All enquiries and expressions of interest should be directed to the floor clerk, Katelyn Faiella, on 02 9232 3937 or via email at clerk3@wentworthchambers.com.au.

All enquiries will be afforded the strictest confidence.

Guidance Note 24 for assessment of permanent impairment under the CTP scheme

Wed Jan 18 2017

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has published Guidance Note 24 - The Urinary and Reproductive System: Assessment of Incontinence for use by all stakeholders in the Assessment of Permanent Impairment in the NSW Motor Accidents CTP scheme. SIRA has also republished Guidance Note 6 – The Spine: Assessment of Dysmetria.

The Permanent Impairment Guidelines Interpretation Group (PI-GIG) was formed in November 2008 to provide expert and considered advice on any anomalies in the NSW Motor Accidents CTP scheme Permanent Impairment Guidelines and AMA4 guides. One of the roles of the PI-GIG is to develop guidance notes to clarify or outline the clinically preferred interpretation of existing guideline provisions for any anomalies, areas which are open to interpretation, or have the potential for inconsistent assessments. The guidance notes may be found on the SIRA website.

Should a member wish to provide comment or have any queries on any of the guidance notes please forward your email to WPIenquiryMAIR@sira.nsw.gov.au.

2017 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

Wed Jan 18 2017

The sixteenth consecutive Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday, 17 February 2017. The event is organised by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law with the support of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law.

The conference will focus on developments in the High Court and other Australian courts in 2016 and beyond. It will be addressed by leading practitioners, judges and academics.

The morning keynote speakers will review the key themes of constitutional law decisions in the High Court, Federal Court and State Courts in 2016, while Session 2 will give focused attention to specific High Court cases: Murphy v Electoral Commissioner; Cunningham v Commonwealth; and Re Culleton, Re Day.

The third session will feature a lively panel discussion on a fascinating crossover topic, Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice and the final session will offer fresh perspectives on referendums and constitutional change, 40 years on from the last time Australia voted ‘Yes’.

The conference will be followed by dinner at NSW Parliament House with the guest speaker being the Hon Catherine Holmes, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

The cost of the event is $465 for the conference and $115 for the dinner (total $580). To register, please see ‘Upcoming Events’ at www.gtcentre.unsw.edu.au. If you have any questions, please email gtcentre@unsw.edu.au or contact the Centre on (02) 9385 2257.

Following the conference, at 5.15pm adjacent to the conference theatre, there will be a book launch by the Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM of Great Australian Dissents edited by Andrew Lynch (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Free registration for this event is available at www.greatdissents.eventbrite.com.au.

Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day - 23 January 2017

Wed Jan 18 2017

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to the Manly Golf Club on Monday, 23 January 2017. Shotgun start at 12.30pm followed by dinner (at around 6.00 pm). The cost for the day is $170.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for golf only. Manly members pay $80.00). Download an Acceptance Form, complete and return it (together with payment) as soon as possible. Further details contact Dennis Flaherty on ph: (02) 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623) or John Newnham solicitor on 9264 7788.

Law Council launches cybersecurity resource custom-built for Australian lawyers

Wed Jan 18 2017
www.cyberprecedent.com.au

The Law Council of Australia has launched a new information campaign to help lawyers protect themselves against cyber threats. Cyber Precedent has been custom-built for Australian legal professionals and is based on expert advice.

Cybercrime and cyberespionage are not new problems for the Australian legal sector. They are, however, problems that are growing exponentially. Lawyers are an attractive target, because of the sensitive information we hold. They are also a sensitive target, because any breach of security will likely affect client confidentiality.

Many Australian law firms and practices have invested in cybersecurity measures and protocols. But it can be daunting, especially for barristers, as sole-practitioners, to find the time and resources to defend against cybercrime.

The Law Council of Australia has launched a new information campaign to help lawyers protect themselves against cyber threats. Cyber Precedent has been custom-built for Australian legal professionals and is based on expert advice. It also includes valuable input from a number of Law Societies and Bar Associations. The easy to navigate resources include:

  • A list of the essential cybersecurity precautions law firms should take;
  • Advice on how to protect against ransomware;
  • A response checklist in the case of a cyber attack; and
  • A cybersecurity toolkit for the education of staff.

It is every Australian lawyer’s responsibility to take cybersecurity seriously. The Law Council hope these new resources, which will be updated regularly, will help members do just that. We strongly urge members to bookmark this page today and start exploring what’s available.

The NSW IRC is NOT moving

Wed Jan 18 2017

Last December InBrief reported that the Industrial Relations Commission is moving to the Masonic Centre. InBrief has now been advised that the IRC will remain at its current location while the Department of Justice and State Property identify alternative accommodation. All Sydney listings for the period commencing 9 January 2017 will remain in the Chief Secretary’s Building, 47 Bridge Street Sydney.

Vale Richard Walter Gee (1933-2017)

Tue Jan 17 2017

The Hon Richard Gee, former judge of the Family Court, died on 2 January. Richard's family has decided to keep all arrangements for his funeral, scheduled for later this week, strictly private. Accordingly, if a member wishes to attend the funeral, they are asked to call Mr Paul Le Large, manager of the Parramatta Registry directly and he will be happy to provide the funeral date, time and location. Paul may be contacted on ph: 9893 5504.

Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Panel

Mon Jan 16 2017

The Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Panel (the DVP) is currently open for applications. The panel is open to solicitors and barristers in private practice.

ROLE OF THE DVP

The DVP is a specialist panel. Practitioners appointed to the DVP are expected to provide:

  1. Legal advice, assistance and referrals for individuals experiencing domestic and family violence in relation to a broad range of legal problems precipitated by domestic and family violence;

  2. Legal advice and representation for adults and children and young people who are seeking a private ADVO; and

  3. Legal advice and representation for defendants to applications for ADVO’s where the client is also a protected person in an associated ADVO cross application or where it appears that the client is a victim of domestic or family violence.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE DVP

Information about the DVP is available on the DV Panel Web Page and includes the following:

  • Information for Applicants – contains more information about the role of the DVP, duty work and assigned grants of aid covered by the panel, fee rates, as well as the Selection Criteria and selection process
  • Practice Standards
  • Service Agreement
  • Information for Panel Referees
  • DV Panel Duty Guidelines

Applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Monday, 20 February 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee.

More information about how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

How to apply for appointment to a panel

Quick Guide for Panels Application Website

For any enquiries regarding this panel please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Swearing-in ceremony for Tanya Bright

Mon Jan 16 2017

Tanya Bright has been appointed a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9.00am on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Members should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day - 23 January 2017

Mon Jan 16 2017

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to the Manly Golf Club on Monday, 23 January 2017. Shotgun start at 12.30pm followed by dinner (at around 6.00 pm). The cost for the day is $170.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for golf only. Manly members pay $80.00). Download an Acceptance Form, complete and return it (together with payment) as soon as possible. Further details contact Dennis Flaherty on ph: (02) 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623) or John Newnham solicitor on 9264 7788.

You're invited to morning tea

Mon Jan 16 2017

The NSW Bar Association has reserved dedicated childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre. Delicious morning teas, prepared by in-house cooks, will be held in February 2017 for members to have a look around the centres, meet the educators and learn more about Guardian and its approach to early childhood education. Castlereagh Street will hold its morning tea on Wednesday, 1 February 2017, followed by Little Steps on Tuesday, 7 February.

North Coast CPD Conference Program

Mon Jan 16 2017

The 2017 North Coast CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program HERE. The North Coast CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 18 February 2017 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

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Mon Jan 16 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details 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 here

Further speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association 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

New Director of Care and Assistance at BarCare

Fri Jan 13 2017

BarCare will have a new director of care and assistance on 16 January 2017, when Jenny Houen takes over following the retirement of the long-serving Penny Johnston. Jenny comes with many years of experience and is highly qualified to take on the role. Penny will remain with us for a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition. The change-over will require new email addresses and phone numbers, these will all be updated on the Bar Association web site and announced in In Brief next week.

BarCare is an independent professional counselling service designed to assist members of the New South Wales Bar to manage stress-related problems, such as marital breakdowns, drug or alcohol dependency and practice pressures.

Visit BarCare at barcare.org