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Us Too?: Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession – what is the NSW Bar doing?

Wed Aug 07 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 21 August the Bar Association's Diversity and Equality Committee will host a CPD seminar on the findings and recommendations of the International Bar Association's (IBA) report into bullying and sexual harassment in the profession. The report, 'Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession' draws on data collected from nearly 7,000 surveyed legal professionals from 135 countries with respondents from across the legal spectrum, including barrister's chambers, government and the judiciary. Speakers will include Kylie Nomchong SC, Chair, Wellbeing Committee; Larissa Andelman, President, Women Lawyers Association NSW and Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Adviser, Legal Policy & Research Unit – IBA. The event will be chaired by NSW Bar Association President Tim Game SC. Learn more here.

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

Natalie Zerial 1984 - 2019

Wed Aug 07 2019
Vale

Natalie Zerial a former barrister and member of the NSW Bar Association, sadly passed away in New York last week after battling cancer for 2 years.

Natalie left the NSW Bar a few years after meeting her husband, an American based in New York.

Today a memorial service will take place for Natalie in Brooklyn. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation to a cause close to Natalie's heart:

The Refugee Advice & Casework Service www.racs.org.au/donate-now/

or

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy www.brooklynbridgepark.org/pages/donate.

Natalie also wrote a Blog which contains some of her writings while battling illness.

https://beinginnewyork.com/

Tonight: The Online Court

Wed Aug 07 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 7 August the Bar Association's Common Law Committee will host a CPD seminar: "The Online Court", to be presented by District Court Registrar James Howard. The seminar will examine and explain practical aspects of the Online Court, established by Practice Note DC (Civil) No.1B, and which applies to all matters in the General List in the District Court Sydney from 1 October 2018. Learn more here.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Tue Aug 06 2019
Registrations now open

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

More information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Retirement Ceremony for the Hon Terry Sheahan AO

Tue Aug 06 2019

The Hon Justice Terry Sheahan AO will be delivering his final judgment at the Land and Environment Court on Friday 16 August 2019. To mark the occasion a sitting will be held at 9am in Court 12A, Level 12, 225 Macquarie Street Sydney.

Junior Vice-President Gabrielle Bashir SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar Association. Barristers should wear robes, but not wigs.

ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019, Lecture 6

Tue Aug 06 2019

On 12 August 2019 the Law Council will host the sixth in its series of lectures as part of the ILS International Law and Practice Course. Guest speaker Mary Walker will speak on 'The implication of the recently signed Singapore Mediation Convention for Australian practitioners'. Learn more here. The lecture will take place at the Sydney offices of Herbert Smith Freehills, ANZ Tower, 161 Castlereagh Street at 7.45am-9.00am. More information about the lecture, and registration, is available here.

Bar (not only) Knitting Group

Mon Aug 05 2019
Wellbeing

The Bar (not only) Knitting Group is a multidisciplinary group who love all things handcrafted. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except January) at 5.30pm in the Bar Library.
The next meeting will be held on the 27 August.

The timetable for the rest of 2019 is:

  • 24 September
  • 22 October
  • 26 November

Light refreshments are provided. Participants should bring their latest project or just an enquiring mind. We can arrange to teach you to knit/crochet if you’d like but we cannot instruct on the art of Heavy Metal Knitting, a new pastime of the fabulous Finns.

Room for Sale or Licence - State Chambers

Mon Aug 05 2019

A 30sqm east facing, light filled room with views out to the Heads and Bondi is for sale or licence at State Chambers. The room has floor to ceiling windows, automatic blinds, full shelving, wardrobe and freshly carpeted. All enquiries or arrangements to view the room are to be directed to the Clerk, Fiona Hayden, in confidence.

For further information please visit our website: www.statechambers.net.

The Online Court

Fri Aug 02 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 7 August the Bar Association's Common Law Committee will host a CPD seminar: "The Online Court", to be presented by District Court Registrar James Howard. The seminar will examine and explain practical aspects of the Online Court, established by Practice Note DC (Civil) No.1B, and which applies to all matters in the General List in the District Court Sydney from 1 October 2018. Learn more here.

Great Wall walk for Black Dog institute

Fri Aug 02 2019

Elizabeth Picker from Edmund Barton Chambers will take on the Great Wall Trek in China from 30 September to 7 October to raise money for the Black Dog institute.

Elizabeth is inspired by the work of Black Dog Institute and wants to support this worthy cause by her participation in Black Dog Institute's Hike for Mental Health: China 2019. Please help Elizabeth to support the Black Dog Institute by donating whatever you can. Click here for more information and to donate.

The more people that know about Black Dog Institute, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing the page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to so many.

UNSW 2019 Mason Conversation with the Hon Michael McHugh AC QC

Fri Aug 02 2019

Presented by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW, the 2019 Mason Conversation features The Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC in conversation with Professor George Williams AO.

The Mason Conversation is a series named in honour of Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM marking his outstanding generosity and contribution over decades to the University of New South Wales. As well as a distinguished career in the law, including as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1987-95), Sir Anthony was the fifth Chancellor of the University of New South Wales between 1994 and 1999 and the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

When: Monday 5 August 2019 Time: 5.45pm - 7.30pm Where: Banco Court, Level 13 - Law Courts Building, 184 Philip Street Sydney, 2000

The talk will start promptly at 6.00pm and will be followed by a short networking reception at 7.00pm.

For more information and to register, click here.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Fri Aug 02 2019
Conferences

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Peter Cummings 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.

2019 Common Law Drinks

Fri Aug 02 2019

Collegiality

The Common Law Committee & the President of the Bar Association would like to invite all NSW Bar Members to the 2019 Common Law Drinks to be held on Level 1 of the Angel Hotel (125 Pitt St) on Thursday, 29 August. The Guest of Honour will be the Hon Justice Michael Slattery AM RAN, who will say a few words on the evening.

Tickets to the drinks are $75 for judges and barristers over five years and $55 for clerks and barristers under five years. The function will start at 5.15pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards, RSVPs are due by COB 20 August. Please visit the website for details on how to register.

This event is once again proudly supported by BarCover.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications now open

Fri Aug 02 2019
Diversity

Katrina Dawson was a much-loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. She was tragically killed during the Lindt Cafe siege. The Katrina Dawson Award seeks to encourage women to practise at the bar. The award is open to women who have passed the New South Wales Bar exam and committed to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award. Applications are now open and will close on 23 August 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

2019 Common Law Drinks

Thu Aug 01 2019
Collegiality

The Common Law Committee & the President of the Bar Association would like to invite all NSW Bar Members to the 2019 Common Law Drinks to be held on Level 1 of the Angel Hotel (125 Pitt St) on Thursday, 29 August. The Guest of Honour will be the Hon Justice Michael Slattery AM RAN, who will say a few words on the evening.

Tickets to the drinks are $75 for judges and barristers over five years and $55 for clerks and barristers under five years. The function will start at 5.15pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards, RSVPs are due by COB 20 August. Please visit the website for details on how to register.

This event is once again proudly supported by BarCover.

Bar FC defeated 3-0 to League Leaders

Thu Aug 01 2019
Wellbeing

A solid performance today was not enough to defeat the leaders of the Domain Soccer League, Pendal FC.

With no subs to call on, the second half got away from us in the warm sun with the three goals coming after half time.

We now have a week off before the semis commence. Time enough to regroup and hopefully make the final.

Todays team was as follows:

SIMON PHILIPS (C) THOMAS LIU RICHARD DI MICHIEL JEH COUTINHO STEPHEN DAMETTO NICHOLAS OLSEN ROHAN DE’MEYRICK ANAIS D’ARVILLE JOHN HARRIS (GK) ANDY MUNRO BEN PHILLIPS RICO

ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019, Lecture 6

Thu Aug 01 2019

On 12 August 2019 the Law Council will host the sixth in its series of lectures as part of the ILS International Law and Practice Course. Guest speaker Mary Walker will speak on 'The implication of the recently signed Singapore Mediation Convention for Australian practitioners'. Learn more here. The lecture will take place at the Sydney offices of Herbert Smith Freehills, ANZ Tower, 161 Castlereagh Street at 7.45am-9.00am. More information about the lecture, and registration, is available here.

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Thu Aug 01 2019
Registrations closing 5 August

As you will be aware the conference ‘Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives’ will explore the nuances between the two jurisdictions and discuss various areas where we can learn from each other. Join the ABA and your trans-Tasman colleagues for this exciting 1.5 day conference.

Looking for a luxury escape? Stay at the Hotel St Moritz and be treated to wrap around views from Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range. Simply select St Moritz as your accommodation option during registration.

For more information on the conference, activities and social events, visit https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/

We look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand.

Single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers

Thu Aug 01 2019
Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light

A single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers has recently been made available for sale (3,000 shares in Counsel’s Chambers Ltd). The room has Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light.

9 Selborne Chambers recently underwent renovations which included work on new bathrooms/shower, new kitchen, new reception and waiting areas, plus a new conference room.

The floor consists of six senior counsel and seventeen junior counsel.

The floor’s predominant practice areas include Banking and Finance, Building and Construction, Commercial, Equity, Insurance and Intellectual Property.

Price on application.

All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

To make an appointment to view, or for further information regarding the room and the floor, please contact our Clerk Ed Brown on: 02 9233 5188 or via email: clerk9@selbornechambers.com.au

Great Wall walk for Black Dog institute

Wed Jul 31 2019

Elizabeth Picker from Edmund Barton Chambers will take on the Great Wall Trek in China from 30 September to 7 October to raise money for the Black Dog institute.

Elizabeth is inspired by the work of Black Dog Institute and wants to support this worthy cause by her participation in Black Dog Institute's Hike for Mental Health: China 2019. Please help Elizabeth to support the Black Dog Institute by donating whatever you can. Click here for more information and to donate.

The more people that know about Black Dog Institute, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing the page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to so many.

Reminder - Senior Counsel Applications for 2019 close at 5pm today

Wed Jul 31 2019
To all members of the outer Bar

President Tim Game SC invites applications for Senior Counsel for 2019. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects.

Applications must be submitted online, no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Nisbet at the NSW Bar Association on 9232 4055.