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Farewell to the Hon Justice Stephen Thackray

Tue Mar 20 2018

The Family Court of Australia will convene at 1.15pm on Friday, 23 March 2018 on Level 7 of the Family Court on Goulburn Street to farewell Justice Stephen Thackray. Counsel should robe but not wear a wig.

Volunteers wanted for the Duty Barrister Scheme

Tue Mar 20 2018
Access to justice

The Legal Assistance Referral Scheme is calling for volunteers to join the Duty Barrister Scheme.

The Duty Barrister Scheme is an initiative of the New South Wales Bar Association. It operates every week day at the Downing Centre (Criminal) and John Maddison Tower (Civil) Local Courts to help people who cannot afford a lawyer, and who have a matter before the court on the day.

There has also been a spike in requests from District Court judges and/or the DPP for duty barristers to provide urgent advice mid-trial to witnesses and, to a lesser extent, the accused in complex criminal proceedings.

If you would like to volunteer your services please fill out the application form and return to legalassist@nswbar.asn.au. For further information about the scheme please contact Ray Burgess on ph: (02) 9229 1710.

Coming up in CPD this week

Tue Mar 20 2018

Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 22 2018 - Data on women appearances in NSW Courts

Presented by Richard Scruby SC and Brenda Tronson. Chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity & Equality Committee.

All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room unless otherwise stated.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

2018 Sydney Conference this weekend

Tue Mar 20 2018

The 2018 Sydney CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 24 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here.

The conference will run from 9.00am - 5.00pm on Level 3 of the Hilton Hotel George Street. Full attendance over will attract 6 CPD points. Early bird registrations at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, 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 tonight

Tue Mar 20 2018

Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC and chaired by Tim Game SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Mar 19 2018

Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC and chaired by Tim Game SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 22 2018 - Data on women appearances in NSW Courts

Presented by Richard Scruby SC and Brenda Tronson. Chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity & Equality Committee.

All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room unless otherwise stated.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

2018 Sydney Conference this weekend

Mon Mar 19 2018

The 2018 Sydney CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 24 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here.

The conference will run from 9.00am - 5.00pm on Level 3 of the Hilton Hotel George Street. Full attendance over will attract 6 CPD points. Early bird registrations at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, 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).

Bar Book Club

Mon Mar 19 2018
Wellbeing

The book for the meeting on 20 March is No Way But This in Search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow. Reviews may be found here and here

If anyone would like to suggest a book for future meetings so that we may read on, please email your suggestion to our dear leader, Simon Kalfas who will vet your suggestions and deal with them appropriately!

Next week: The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Mon Mar 19 2018

When ABC Radio National announced the results of its Unforgettable Speeches competition, the winner was "I Have a Dream", by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Third place went to The Redfern Address, by the former prime minister, Paul Keating.

On 26 March 2018 at 5.15pm, the New South Wales Bar Association will mark the 25th Anniversary of what some argue is the greatest political speech in Australian history. The purpose is to highlight issues confronting indigenous people in the NSW legal and health systems. The event, which has been rescheduled from last December, will be held in the Common Room. Confirmed speakers are Bunja Smith, chairperson, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Le Verne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Redfern. Learn more here.

Commercial Mediation - Practice, people and pitfalls- an insider’s discussion

Mon Mar 19 2018

Mediation is an integral part of the practice of Commercial Litigation. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Law Society has put together a panel of senior and highly experienced practitioners to discuss in a very practical way tips for participants, pitfalls in and steps to achieve suitable outcomes from commercial mediation sessions. The session will take place on 28 March 2018 from 5.00pm to 7.30pm at The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

Pre-session drinks from 5.00pm to 5.30pm; Panel discussion - 5.30pm to 6.30pm; after session drinks - 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Among the topics to be discussed during this interactive, facilitated discussion are: preparation for mediation sessions; avoiding disputes arising from the mediation process itself; recent case law dealing with what can go wrong with settlements reached in mediation; how to best use the mediator to achieve outcomes; and the role of principle and the emotional side of decision making in commercial disputes.

Papers to note: political criticism and judicial independence

Fri Mar 16 2018
Law Reform and Public Affairs

In February 2018, at UK think tank Policy Exchange, the Hon J D Heydon AC QC delivered a paper, "Does Political Criticism of Judges Damage Judicial Independence?" Heydon examines in detail the events surrounding contempt of court proceedings against three Commonwealth ministers and argues that the actions by the Victorian Court of Appeal might have engendered less respect judicial independence. Read his paper here.

Workers compensation indexation

Fri Mar 16 2018

The Workers Compensation (Indexation of Amounts) Amendment Order 2018 (NSW) will commence on 1 April 2018 and will be published on the Legislation NSW website. The object of the order is to notify the number that equates to the factor B/C - used in the formula for calculating the variation of the weekly payment to be paid to a worker under section 82A of the Workers Compensation Act 1987. That section provides that weekly payments are to be varied on 1 April and 1 October in each year.

Mentoring Program 2018 - Applications Close today

Fri Mar 16 2018

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers, the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. For more information about the benefits of the mentoring program please click here.

The program has been designed in conjunction with Art of Mentoring and the NSWBA Education Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentee or mentor please read and complete the online application form. Applications close Friday 16 March 2018.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Karina Butera or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Thu Mar 15 2018

When ABC Radio National announced the results of its Unforgettable Speeches competition, the winner was "I Have a Dream", by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Third place went to The Redfern Address, by the former prime minister, Paul Keating.

On 26 March 2018 at 5.15pm, the New South Wales Bar Association will mark the 25th Anniversary of what some argue is the greatest political speech in Australian history. The purpose is to highlight issues confronting indigenous people in the NSW legal and health systems. The event, which has been rescheduled from last December, will be held in the Common Room. Confirmed speakers are Bunja Smith, chairperson, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Le Verne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Redfern. Learn more here.

Queensland Judgments

Thu Mar 15 2018
Webwatch

There's a new source for finding case law from north of the Tweed. The Queensland Judgments website is a joint initiative of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library Committee, with the support of Queensland’s courts and tribunals. The website is free of charge, however users are asked to register. It features a complete set of authorised Queensland Law Reports, unreported Supreme court judgments (2002 - ) an appeals database and a Uniform Civil Procedure Rules service.

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Mar 15 2018

Monday, March 19 2018 - Reverse briefing: new trends and new barristers

Presented by Vered Keisar, General Counsel Asia Pacific ResMed, Aidan Parsons, National Business Development Manager at Law In Order and Miriam Rihani, Principal and General Manager of Lexvoco NSW. Chaired by: James Mack, Chair, New Barristers Committee. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC and chaired by Tim Game SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 22 2018 - Data on women appearances in NSW Courts

Presented by Richard Scruby SC and Brenda Tronson. Chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity & Equality Committee.

All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room unless otherwise stated.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Law Society Mock Trials

Wed Mar 14 2018

The Law Society is looking for barristers to assist at particular schools with its Mock Trials program, between now and Monday, 26 March 2018. The list of schools is available here. If you wish to volunteer, contact Anwen Gardner the Mock Law Coordinator.

Samuel Griffith Chambers - large corner office with harbour views

Wed Mar 14 2018

Is a corner room with harbour views commensurate with where your practice is - or where you see your practice being?

Expressions of interest are sought, for this rare opportunity, to buy Chambers with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and Hyde Park from Museum Station and taking in St Mary’s Cathedral.

The room is positioned in the corner of the 30th Floor on Goulburn Street in very close proximity to the Downing Centre, John Maddison Tower and the Family Court.

The room would suit Senior Counsel or a Senior Junior who is looking for a Floor with a strong reputation for trial and appellate advocacy. While this need not be in the area of criminal law, the Floor is dominated by members who practice in crime.

Samuel Griffith Chambers is looking for someone who would be a great fit for a Floor that prides itself on its strong contingent of trial lawyers at the Junior Bar and the harmonious relationship between its members.

All enquiries should be directed to our Clerks Bernadette Nolan or Lesley Ratner on 9267 4955 and will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

Guardian Open Day

Wed Mar 14 2018
Member services and benefits

On Saturday, 7 April 2018 Guardian will hold an Open Day from 10.00am-2.00pm. Members' families are welcome to visit any Guardian centre in the state, whether it’s in the city or closer to home. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Wed Mar 14 2018

Monday, March 19 2018 - Reverse briefing: new trends and new barristers

Presented by Vered Keisar, General Counsel Asia Pacific ResMed, Aidan Parsons, National Business Development Manager at Law In Order and Miriam Rihani, Principal and General Manager of Lexvoco NSW. Chaired by: James Mack, Chair, New Barristers Committee. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC and chaired by Tim Game SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 22 2018 - Data on women appearances in NSW Courts

Presented by Richard Scruby SC and Brenda Tronson. Chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity & Equality Committee.

All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room unless otherwise stated.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Wed Mar 14 2018

When ABC Radio National announced the results of its Unforgettable Speeches competition, the winner was "I Have a Dream", by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Third place went to The Redfern Address, by the former prime minister, Paul Keating.

On 26 March 2018 at 5.15pm, the New South Wales Bar Association will mark the 25th Anniversary of what some argue is the greatest political speech in Australian history. The purpose is to highlight issues confronting indigenous people in the NSW legal and health systems. The event, which has been rescheduled from last December, will be held in the Common Room. Confirmed speakers are Bunja Smith, chairperson, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Le Verne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Redfern.