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STEP address: Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes

Mon Feb 06 2017

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Ian Davidson SC on "Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes". It will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer here.

Forensics Breakfast Series

Mon Feb 06 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday from 15 February - 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

Common Law Practice Update 99

Mon Feb 06 2017

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 99, with case notes on sections 78 and 94 and 126 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sections 5B and 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); occupier's liability; estoppel; independent contractors and more. Download CLPU 99 here.

2017 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Mon Feb 06 2017

The Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop is organised year by the New Barristers Committee and is aimed at encouraging junior barristers to practice their cross-examination skills and to also watch a demonstration by senior practitioners.

The seminar will be held on 27 February 2017. The seminar will discuss cross-examination technique. The speakers, who will be senior counsel, will provide guidance on cross-examination in an open and relaxed forum, with questions from the floor.

The workshop will be held on 27 March 2017 and is aimed at encouraging new barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach.

Further details will be published shortly.

Team from 12th Floor Wentworth completes the Cole Classic ocean race

Mon Feb 06 2017

On Sunday, 5 February 2017 James Renwick SC and Andrew Harding swam in the Cole Classic ocean race from Manly to Shelly Beach in honour of Robert Dubler SC and to raise some funds towards his recovery treatment. Team Dubler completed the swim and raised more than $54,000 to date. Donations are still open for those wishing to donate who have not already done so and can be made here. Robert and his family wish to pass on their deepest thanks and appreciation to all those who have given so generously.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Feb 06 2017

Wednesday 8 February: The Trump Administration - Likely Impact on International Law: An Australian Perspective. Presented by Professor Simon Jackman, Professor Vivienne Bath, Dr Christopher Ward SC and Tim Castle. Chaired by Dr Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

Memorial to Celebrate the Life of Penelope Watson – Law Teacher- Barrister

Fri Feb 03 2017

Penelope passed away 29 December 2016. Please join us on 11 March 2017 for a Memorial to celebrate the life of Penelope Watson, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Treehouse Hotel, 60 Miller Street, North Sydney (corner of Miller and Mount Streets).

Please RSVP by 13 February 2017 to Grace Keesing at pwatsonmemorial@gmail.com.

We would be grateful if you could pass this invitation on to anyone who you think may like to attend.

All of Penelope’s former students, colleagues, relatives and friends are very welcome.

Robert Dubler's road to recovery

Fri Feb 03 2017

Robert Dubler SC, a cherished member of the 12th Floor, became a quadriplegic in May 2016 as a result of a surfing accident. He is working hard at recovery but the road is long, difficult and expensive. Robert was a keen swimmer and one of his favourite events each year was to swim the Cole Classic ocean race from Manly to Shelly Beach. This year the race is being held on Sunday, 5 February 2017. Renwick SC and Harding will swim in honour of Robert and in doing so hope to raise some funds towards his recovery. Click here to contribute.

Swearing in ceremony for Magistrate Thomas and Magistrate Horan

Fri Feb 03 2017

Brett Thomas and Susan Horan will be sworn-in as magistrates of the Local Court of NSW at a ceremonial sitting on Monday, 6 February 2017 in Court 5.2 of the Downing Centre. The honorary secretary of the Bar Association, Sophie Callan, will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

Early bird registrations closing for the North Coast CPD Conference soon

Fri Feb 03 2017

Early bird registrations for the North Coast CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 10 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The North Coast Conference is set down for Saturday 18 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Judge P Berman SC
  • His Honour Judge N Manousaridis
  • Garry Hatcher SC
  • Nick Harrison
  • Cameron Jackson
  • John Carty
  • Brenda Tronson

Download the full program here - 2017 North Coast Conference

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 here

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).

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Feb 03 2017

Wednesday 8 February: The Trump Administration - Likely Impact on International Law: An Australian Perspective. Presented by Professor Simon Jackman, Professor Vivienne Bath, Dr Christopher Ward SC and Tim Castle. Chaired by Dr Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Feb 03 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).

ATO creates online forum for legal profession

Thu Feb 02 2017

The Australian Tax Office has created an online platform called Legal Practitioners Community to share knowledge and information with the legal profession. Members can register at any time to join the community and the ATO will also be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, 15 February 1.00pm-1.45pm to provide an overview of the new platform, and how legal practitioners can have their say.

Forensics Breakfast Series

Thu Feb 02 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday from 15 February - 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

New year, new chambers?

Thu Feb 02 2017

Have you moved to new chambers since your practising certificate was last issued? If so, please notify the Bar Association of your change in practice address. The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 requires barristers to advise the Bar Council, in writing, of any change in practice address or contact details within seven days of the change.

You may send your notification to the Bar Association's certification officer Barrie Anthony by e-mail at certification@nswbar.asn.au.

Please note a PO Box cannot be a practice address.

Can lawyers be replaced by machines that read?

Thu Feb 02 2017

According to the results of a recent survey in a US publication, Corporate Counsel, 40 per cent of in-house attorneys in major American corporations said they rely on technology assisted review (TAR). What is TAR? Rather than having many lawyers read a million documents, a few review a percentage of the possible evidence and predictive coding technology uses those answers to guide a computer review of the rest. Can lawyers be replaced by machines that read? Follow this link.

15 Bobber for Magistrate Brender and Magistrate Soars

Thu Feb 02 2017

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for Magistrate Rodney Brender & Magistrate Julie Soars. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday 17 March in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Magistrate Rodney Brender will be Kevin Connor SC and speaking for Magistrate Julie Soars will be Justin Hogan-Doran. Life membership certificates will also be presented to Michael Fordham SC, Philip Selth OAM and Penny Johnson. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 5.00pm Thursday, 16 March 2017.

Early bird registrations closing for the North Coast CPD Conference soon

Wed Feb 01 2017

Early bird registrations for the North Coast CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 10 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The North Coast Conference is set down for Saturday 18 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Judge P Berman SC
  • His Honour Judge N Manousaridis
  • Garry Hatcher SC
  • Nick Harrison
  • Cameron Jackson
  • John Carty
  • Brenda Tronson

Download the full program here - 2017 North Coast Conference

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 here

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).

First Bar Book Club meeting for 2017

Wed Feb 01 2017

The first meeting of the book club for 2017 will be held on Wednesday, 15 February at 6.00pm in the Bar Library. The chosen book will be The Dinner by Herman Koch. A review can be found here. New members are very welcome, if you have any questions please email library@nswbar.asn.au.

Death penalty symposium

Wed Feb 01 2017

It will be 50 years this Friday since the hanging of Ronald Ryan at Pentridge Prison in Melbourne. The Law Council of Australia will hold a national symposium on Australia’s Contribution to the Abolition of the Death Penalty with leading jurists, domestic and foreign policy experts and political decision makers. Learn more here.

New president and CEO of the ABA

Wed Feb 01 2017

The Australian Bar Association has welcomed in the 2017 law term with the announcement of the association’s new president, Will Alstergren QC and new CEO, Cindy Penrose. Learn more here.

Forensics Breakfast Series

Wed Feb 01 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday from 15 February - 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

National Access to Justice & Pro Bono Conference - early bird registrations end Friday

Wed Feb 01 2017

Early bird registration for the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference 2017 closes this Friday, 3 February 2017. Registrants go into the draw to win either a $225 voucher for an all day winery tours on offer (or another tour) or two premium tickets to the Adelaide Crows v Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL game at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, 26 March (courtesy of the Adelaide Football Club). For more information about the program, or to register, visit the conference website.