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ABA Committee membership: Expressions of interest

Fri Feb 22 2019

The Australian Bar Association draws upon the experience and knowledge of its members to effectively represent the profession and advance public debate on law reform and legal policy issues.

The ABA's committees are comprised of members from the Association's constituent bodies. Each year the ABA reviews the need for committees, the role of each committee and membership of committees.

A list of committees receiving nominations can be found here.

ABA members who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee should complete the online form indicating the committees for which they wish to be considered. Members should nominate for no more than two committees.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the online form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

ABA Arbitration Inquiry Submission: New Deadline 15 March 2019

Fri Feb 22 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) has asked the Hon Roger Gyles AO QC to inquire into and report on actions that the ABA can take to enhance opportunities for Australian Barristers to practice in International Disputes, with a focus on Arbitration in the Asia - Pacific region. There are two aspects to be considered by Mr Gyles in his inquiry and report:

a. How to retain international work in, and bring such work to, Australia; b. How to facilitate the briefing of Australian barristers in work overseas, particularly in the region.

Mr Gyles is due to report on 1 May 2019. Practitioners are encouraged to provide their views to Mr Gyles by 15 March 2019.

For details of the Terms of Reference and submission details, click here.

Swearing in Ceremony for Ian Rodgers and Fiona McCarron to the Local Court of NSW

Fri Feb 22 2019
Reminder

On Monday 25 February 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court there will be a Full Bench ceremony to mark the swearing-in of Mr Ian Rodgers and Ms Fiona Mccarron as Magistrates of the Local Court of New South Wales. All members are invited to attend.

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

AAT appointments must be transparent and merit-based

Fri Feb 22 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia has raised serious concerns regarding the Federal Government’s processes in appointing members to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), describing it as secretive with the potential to undermine public confidence.

At least 14 former state and federal MPs and staffers were among 86 appointments to the AAT, announced Thursday. A full copy of the media release is available here.

New South Wales Bar Association 2019 Election Policy Statement

Fri Feb 22 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The New South Wales Bar Association has today released its 2019 Election Policy Statement. The policy calls on all political parties to implement key proposals which reflect the law reform priorities of the Bar Council in a number of crucial areas - court resourcing, indigenous justice, legal aid, criminal law, human rights, personal injury, family law and alternative dispute resolution. View the Policy Statement here.

Bar Book Club

Fri Feb 22 2019
Wellbeing

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held at 5.30pm on 2 April 2019. our next book is the Stella Prize nominated Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee.

Reviews and copies can be found most everywhere. Light refreshments will be offered.

See you in the library

The Role and Function of the Judicial Commission

Thu Feb 21 2019
Thursday 28 February 2019

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.

Program Release: Parramatta Regional Conference Program now available

Thu Feb 21 2019

The Conference Program for the 2019 Parramatta Regional Conference has now been released.

The 2019 Parramatta Regional Conference will be held on Saturday 23, March at the ParkRoyal, Parramatta. It will run from 9.00am - 4.40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable Justice Philip Hallen
  • ​Her Honour Judge Penelope Wass SC
  • Her Honour Judge Gina O'Rourke SC
  • Kylie Nomchong SC
  • Brett Young
  • Andrew Combe
  • Sophia Beckett
  • Beth Oliak
  • Justin Brown

Download the full program here - 2019 Parramatta 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

2019 North Coast Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Today

Thu Feb 21 2019

Early bird registrations for the 2019 North Coast CPD Conference at the discounted price will close today. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The North Coast Conference is set down for Saturday, 2 March at the Ramada Hotel and Suites, Ballina. The conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • Her Honour Judge L K Wells SC
  • Her Honour Judge Dina Yehia SC
  • Ian Roberts SC
  • Peter McGrath SC
  • Patrick Griffin SC
  • Jason Watts
  • Kellie Edwards
  • Simon Priestley
  • Sophie Anderson

Download the full program here - 2019 North Coast Program

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click

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).

Life Membership: The Hon Brian Thomas Sully AM QC

Thu Feb 21 2019
Collegiality

On 14 February 2019 the Bar Council resolved by acclamation to confer Life Membership of the NSW Bar Association on The Hon Brian Thomas Sully AM QC. A certificate of Life Membership was presented to Sully QC by the President, Tim Game SC, at a small private gathering of friends and family including members of the judiciary and former colleagues of 12th floor Wentworth Selborne on the evening of 20 February 2019.

Chambers for sale - 4 Wentworth

Thu Feb 21 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.

Exercise your mood walk

Thu Feb 21 2019
Wellbeing / Philanthropy

Join the Black Dog Institute for their inaugural Exercise Your Moodwalk.

This new event will take place on Saturday, 4th May 2019. You can choose to walk* either 5km or 10km through scenic Centennial Parklands, Sydney, and start a conversation about mental health.

Bring your friends and colleagues, meet our celebrity ambassador Michelle Bridges and fundraise $100 for mental health.

Here's why it's important to get involved:

  • 1 in 5 Australians experience a mental illness each year
  • 65% of those do not seek help
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-45

By walking and raising funds, you will support vital education programs provided to schools, communities and medical professionals. You'll help change the statistics and remove the stigma around mental illness.

  • Date: 4th May 2019
  • Start: 8:00am
  • Distance: Walk 5km or 10km
  • Location: Centennial Parklands, Sydney

Pre-register now here.

Do you play a musical instrument?

Thu Feb 21 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.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Thu Feb 21 2019
Conference

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.

Public Defenders - Practical Advocacy Course in Criminal Law for Under 5’s

Thu Feb 21 2019

The Public Defenders are running a practical advocacy course in criminal law for NSW barristers of five years and under.

The course consists of six evening sessions, one per month, from April to September 2019 conducted by Judges of the NSW District Court, Public Defenders and a Crown Prosecutor.

The cost of the course is $300. For registration and more details on the content of the course see the Public Defenders website www.publicdefenders.nsw.gov.au Numbers are strictly limited.

Enquiries: Ruth Heazlewood, Chambers Manager (02) 9268 3111.

Class Actions half-day and Preparing Expert Witnesses lunchtime seminar

Thu Feb 21 2019

The CLA’s Class Actions Half-day kicks off an interesting morning with Elizabeth Collins SC on lessons from the Banking Royal Commission, followed by a discussion of the latest ALRC recommendations with Matt Corrigan, ALRC; Jason Betts, HSF; Matthew Kennedy, IMF Bentham; Andrew Dawson, Marsh; and Odette McDonald, Phi Finney McDonald. The seminar will conclude with a look at emerging issues in funding class actions with Ben Phi from Phi Finney McDonald. The Chair is Hon Justice Brigitte Markovic.

Helping litigators understand experts. How to prepare and examine them After lunch is served, Gene Phillips from PF2 Securities will examine the difficulties of managing technical and statistical evidence. He will provide helpful suggestions. Registration and more info about both seminars here.

  • Date: Friday 8 March 2019
  • Time: 9am - 12.30pm and 12.45 - 2pm
  • Venue: Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library

International Women's Day Soirée

Thu Feb 21 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.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Thu Feb 21 2019
Save the Date

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture will be held on 29 August in the Common Room of the NSW Bar Association. All are welcome to attend.

When to notify the Bar Council

Thu Feb 21 2019
Professional conduct

The Uniform Law legislation requires a barrister to notify the Bar Council of certain matters, including the following –

  • becoming bankrupt, being served with notice of a creditor’s petition and/or presentation of a debtor’s petition [sections 86 and 88 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)];
  • other bankruptcy-related events [set out in the definition of ‘bankruptcy-related event’ in section 6 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)];
  • being charged with, or convicted of, a serious offence or a tax offence [see rule 15 of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015 and section 51 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)]. Conviction includes a finding of guilt or the acceptance of a guilty plea [see section 6 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)];
  • being convicted of certain summary offences [see rule 15 of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015];
  • change of practice address or other contact details [see clause 61 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015]. A notification form is available here.

In each case notice is required to be given to the Bar Council in writing within seven days of the event.

In addition a barrister who opens a trust money account for the purpose of receiving fees in advance is required to notify the Bar Association of certain particulars of the account within 14 days of opening the account [see clause 15 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015]. A notification form for the opening of a trust money account is available here.

To assist members, an outline of the notifications which barristers are required to make is available here. The outline has been prepared by Ed Muston SC as part of presentation of his CPD seminar on disclosures delivered at the Bar Association on 20 March 2018. It is recommended that barristers watch the online CPD for full details. The online presentation may be accessed by logging in to your CPD account.

Notification of change of practice address or other contact details can be forwarded to the Bar Association’s Certification and Legal Officer, Abha Malla, by email to certification@nswbar.asn.au.

For any enquiries relating to a clause 15 trust money account, please contact the Bar Association’s Lawyer, Angela Huang, on (02) 9232 4055 or by email at pcd@nswbar.asn.au.

If you have any other questions regarding notification obligations, please contact the Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Department on (02) 9232 4055.

ABA Committee membership: Expressions of interest

Thu Feb 21 2019

The Australian Bar Association draws upon the experience and knowledge of its members to effectively represent the profession and advance public debate on law reform and legal policy issues.

The ABA's committees are comprised of members from the Association's constituent bodies. Each year the ABA reviews the need for committees, the role of each committee and membership of committees.

A list of committees receiving nominations can be found here.

ABA members who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee should complete the online form indicating the committees for which they wish to be considered. Members should nominate for no more than two committees.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the online form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

ABA Arbitration Inquiry Submission: New Deadline 15 March 2019

Thu Feb 21 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) has asked the Hon Roger Gyles AO QC to inquire into and report on actions that the ABA can take to enhance opportunities for Australian Barristers to practice in International Disputes, with a focus on Arbitration in the Asia - Pacific region. There are two aspects to be considered by Mr Gyles in his inquiry and report:

a. How to retain international work in, and bring such work to, Australia; b. How to facilitate the briefing of Australian barristers in work overseas, particularly in the region.

Mr Gyles is due to report on 1 May 2019. Practitioners are encouraged to provide their views to Mr Gyles by 15 March 2019.

For details of the Terms of Reference and submission details, click here.

Coming up in CPD

Thu Feb 21 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.

Equitable briefing of experts

Wed Feb 20 2019
Continuing Professional Development

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.

The Hayne Royal Commission: Implications for Lawyers?

Wed Feb 20 2019

This is the first event to be held by the Australian Academy of Law in Sydney in 2019.

Since the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was presented to the Governor-General on 1 February 2019 it has attracted much attention and comment.

Our perspective will be to look for the lessons to be learned from the Report by lawyers.

  • DATE: Monday 25 March 2019
  • TIME: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • PLACE: Court Room 1, Level 21, Law Courts Building, Queen’s Square, Sydney

Click here for more information and to register.

Swearing in of Alister Abadee to the District Court NSW

Wed Feb 20 2019
Tomorrow

Alister Abadee has been appointed as 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 Thursday 21 February 2019. All members are invited to attend.

Paresh Khandhar SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.