Changes to client service delivery at the Family Court Parramatta Registry

Thu May 24 2018

The registry manager at the Family Court, Parramatta, has issued the following message to the legal profession regarding changes to service delivery, which take effect immediately.

Registry document drop-off box

Any document deposited in the level one ‘document drop-off box’ will be processed within two working days, and registry staff will no longer be able to process non-urgent applications at the counter from legal practitioners.

Subpoena inspection appointment system

For the inspection of subpoena material, a subpoena inspection appointment system will be introduced for legal practitioners. To book a subpoena inspection, email with the following information:

  • File number and name
  • Sleeve number(s) to be inspected
  • Preferred date and times, either morning 10.00am-12.00 noon or afternoon 1.00 – 4.00pm

Subpoena inspection preparation:

  • Ensure that leave has been granted to inspect the documents requested (check via the Commonwealth Courts Portal);
  • Bring photo identification;
  • If you are not the solicitor on the record, but have been appointed their solicitor agent, or are Counsel briefed to appear, ensure that you are in possession a letter of authority from the solicitor with carriage of the matter;
  • Cost of photocopying is 20 cents per page (you will be aware that the Court no longer accepts cash/cheques); and
  • Registry staff will reply ASAP to your email, confirming the booking. If your requested date and time is not available, the next available booking will be allocated to you.

Naturally, for urgent matters, inspection of subpoena material will be permitted without booking.

E-filing of documents

Finally, and most importantly, the support of the legal profession is sought to e-file documents, where possible, especially divorce applications.

The World Cup tipping

Thu May 24 2018

Ingmar Taylor and Mark Gibian are running for the 6th time the Not the NSW Bar Association World Cup Tipping competition. It is open to all members of the Bench and Bar, and their families. The tipping form is here.

A Baltic Adventure (September 2018 )

Thu May 24 2018

Conference Travel Club, by professionals for professionals, combining professional and personal development that fulfils CPD requirements in a way that allows you to choose what you learn, whilst enjoying unique, luxury travel to exciting destinations. What an unforgettable experience to travel to the scenic Baltic (14 September – 8 October 2018) and wander the cobbled pathways of medieval cities and return inspired, refreshed and renewed. For more information and full details visit Conference Travel Club website or email Lynne Mathias or Louise Mathias.

Coming up in CPD

Thu May 24 2018

Friday, June 08 2018 - Lunchtime talk: Confidence in Privacy Presented by Dr Nicole Moreham, Victoria University of Wellington. Chaired by TBC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised in association with the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at The University of Sydney Law School.

Thursday, June 14 2018 - Issues in Securities Class Actions

Presented by Jeremy Kirk SC and Perry Herzfeld. Commentary by The Hon Peter Jacobson QC. Chaired by Ruth Higgins SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Commercial Law Section.

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 2018 Forbes Lecture - Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Thu May 24 2018

On Wednesday, 30 May 2018, the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC will deliver the 2018 Forbes Lecture, to mark the Centenary of the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW). The lecture will take place in the Bar Common Room at 5.15 pm.

Spacious room for sub-licence in Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers

Wed May 23 2018

A spacious, Phillip Street facing room is available for sub-licence from 1st July 2018 to 31st January 2019 on Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers. The room is furnished with a window facing personal bureau illuminated by natural light, a large oval table in the centre of the room ideal for a conferences of various sizes, a robing cupboard and built in bookcases. Please contact the Clerk, Grace Kenny on 9224 1501 or for further information.

New titles and roles for registrars of the Federal Court

Wed May 23 2018

The functions and titles of Federal Court registrars are to be overhauled in the latest extension of the National Court Framework (NCF) reforms. Chief Justice James Allsop AO has written to President Arthur Moses SC, informing him that in addition to current functions:

... registrars will support National and Registry Coordinating Judges with the judicial management of each NPA [National Practice Area], including the development of new, or the enhancement of existing, NPA user groups.

New registrar titles will apply from Monday, 28 May 2018. Members should continue to refer to registrars in court in the usual way - i.e. "Registrar". Registrars of the Federal Court are also registrars of the Federal Circuit Court, but the change to titles applies only within the Federal Court.

If members have any queries, please contact the Federal Court via email:

The Hon C Simpson QC to lead consent law review

Wed May 23 2018

The NSW Government has appointed Acting Justice Carolyn Simpson to lead the NSW Law Reform Commission review of the law of consent in sexual assault matters. Her appointment takes effect immediately. Learn more here.

Barristers Classifieds

Wed May 23 2018
Member services and benefits

The online Barristers' Classifieds enables every member of the Bar Association to buy or sell chambers, wigs, gowns, law reports and more. Simply login to your member dashboard via the Bar Association's home page. Standard posts are free of charge, but can be upgraded to premium with the addition of photos and a credit card payment of $25.

If you have any questions or difficulties using the system, contact the coordinator of services and benefits, Chris Winslow.

Disclosures barristers are required to make

Wed May 23 2018

Applications for renewal of practising certificates for 2018-19 have now been sent to all barristers. You will notice the renewal form includes questions relating to disclosures barristers are required to make to the Bar Council.

For the assistance of members, an outline of the disclosures 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.

Motor Accident Permanent Impairment Guidelines 2018

Tue May 22 2018

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has approved changes to the Motor Accident Permanent Impairment Guidelines 2018 (2018 Guidelines). It is intended that the 2018 Guidelines will be gazetted on Friday, 25 May 2018 and will commence on 1 June 2018.

These guidelines apply for injuries caused by a motor accident that occurred between 5 October 1999 to 30 November 2017 inclusive for claims made under the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999. They replace the Permanent Impairment Guidelines 1 October 2007 and are to be used for assessments of the degree of permanent impairment undertaken from 1 June 2018.

Please note that the method of assessment of the degree of permanent impairment of injured persons is the same for both schemes and there are no technical differences between the Motor Accident Permanent Impairment Guidelines 2018 and the Part 6 of the Motor Accidents Guidelines 2017 (MAG 2017). The two guidelines issued comply with the relevant Acts (the Motor Accident Compensation Act 1999 and the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017).

Changes include:

  • inclusion of existing published guidance notes developed to supplement the Permanent Impairment Guidelines 1 October 2007 and
  • changes to style and format
  • changes to clause numbering
  • changes to reflect the Nguyen judgment at 1.17.

View a copy of the 2018 Guidelines here. A copy of the 2018 Guidelines which includes highlighted changes and explanatory comments can be viewed here. To view the explanatory comments, hover the cursor over the highlighted text.

Further information on the assessment of permanent impairment can be found on the SIRA website.

Jack Shand Chambers

Tue May 22 2018

A room has become available to purchase on the floor. The room is certainly one of the larger(approx. 32sqm) on the floor and would suit a Silk or Senior Junior. A light-filled room with 5 large windows facing northwest with bridge and harbour views. All enquiries should be made to Peter Frame or the floor clerk on 9233-7711. Any enquiry will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Trust money account – Fees in advance – External Examination report due 7 June 2018

Tue May 22 2018

A reminder for any barristers who, in the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, have received fees in advance, that is, as described in the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 (the LPULAR), money on account of legal costs for legal services in advance of the provision by the barrister of the legal services – an External Examiner must be appointed to carry out an examination of the clause 15 account for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. Clause 15(2) of the LPULAR also requires that a copy of the External Examination report be provided to the Bar Council by no later than 7 June 2018. The External Examination report template, which has been amended from 2017, is available on the Bar Association’s website under the heading "Fees in Advance" here.

Barristers who have previously notified the Bar Association of the opening of a trust money account have been sent letters containing instructions on how to appoint an external examiner.

Any questions? Please contact the Bar Association’s Legal Officer, Angela Huang, on (02) 9232 4055 or

Practising certificate renewals, 2018-19

Mon May 21 2018
Update No.2

A little under three weeks remain to renew your practising certificate by the due date - 7 June 2018. Do not wait until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.

Not intending to renew your practising certificate?

If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records.

If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the certification officer, Barrie Anthony, on ph:(02)9232 4055, or e-mail

Tomorrow: swearing-in ceremony for Wendy Strathdee

Mon May 21 2018

Wendy Strathdee has been appointed to the District Court of NSW and to the Dust Diseases Tribunal. Ms Strathdee will be sworn-in tomorrow, 22 May, at John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9:00am. Liz Cheeseman SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar.

Walker SC to deliver the Gough Whitlam Oration

Fri May 18 2018

The Whitlam Institute has announced that the 2018 Gough Whitlam Oration will be delivered by Bret Walker SC on 5 June 2018 at 7.00pm in the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. The topic will be "The Information that Democracy Needs". Buy tickets here.

Sex, lies and a murder plot at the heart of the establishment - it's the Bar Book Club!

Fri May 18 2018

The Bar Book Club will meet again on 12 June. The book for discussion is A Very English Scandal by John Preston. It is in stock here and, of course, readily available in e-format. The meeting will be held in the Bar Library at 6.00pm and light refreshments will be served. Those who are coming from outside Selborne/Wentworth Chambers, please be sure to be in the building before 6.00pm.

For the diary: 2018 Tutors and Readers Dinner

Thu May 17 2018

The 2018 Tutors & Readers Dinner is on Friday, 22 June. The guest of honour is Her Honour Judge Julia Baird and the speaker for the readers is Tim Senior. Invitations will be sent to all 2/17 and 1/18 readers and their tutors early next week.

Judges Lunchtime Seminar Series

Thu May 17 2018

The Commercial Law Association's June Judges series is running on Friday, 8, 15 & 22 June. This year our speakers are: The Hon Justice Ashley Black on "Recent developments in corporate law"; the Hon Justice Nigel Rein on "Close encounters of the unconscionable kind: IP Star Australia Pty Ltd v APS Satellite Pty Ltd"; and the Hon Justice Steven Rares on "Commercial issues: private international law". You can book for the entire series at a discount or for individual seminars if you prefer. Register now at

Half Marathon fundraiser is half-way there

Thu May 17 2018

Cynthia Cochrane is over half-way towards reaching her fundraising goal of $5,000 for the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon this Sunday, 20 May 2018. Cynthia is raising money for the Katrina Dawson Foundation. Please get Cynthia over the line (so to speak) by giving generously via her fundraising page on Everyday Hero.