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In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Wed Apr 05 2017

Do you need childcare in an emergency? Do your childcare needs vary from day to day or from week to week? Or are you looking for a permanent childcare arrangement?

Bar Association members and chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30 am to 6.00pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au. Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available on the NSW Bar Association's website.

Legal Aid News for April

Wed Apr 05 2017

Legal Aid News for April 2017 is out now. There is a feature article on the new health-justice partnership in Wagga Wagga, a story on Legal Aid's submission to a Senate inquiry into corporate evasion of the Fair Work Act and an article on a streamlined referral partnership to speed up access to debt advice. There's news for panel lawyers, updates on community legal education and resources, as well as courses and conferences. You can view the newsletter here.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Apr 05 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017: "_Unconscious Bias Training_" Presented by Kate Eastman SC and chaired by Ingmar Taylor SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

2017 Bench & Bar Dinner – only a handful of tickets remain

Wed Apr 05 2017

Tickets for the 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner are selling fast. With only 100 places still remaining. Book now to avoid disappointment. Seating at the dinner will be allocated on a first-in basis. Tables of 10 or 11 are preferred. Smaller bookings will also be accepted. For more details and to book, please click the following link: 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner. For further details on how to book, please refer to the FAQ page on the website. Special rate accommodation is available for the event, please book your accommodation directly through the website if required.

This year's dinner will take place on Friday, 5 May in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 7.00 PM for 7.30 PM. The Guest of Honour is The Hon Justice Patricia Bergin SC. Two Seniors will be speaking at this year's Bench & Bar Dinner, Ms Senior is Michelle Painter SC and Mr Senior is Robert Newlinds SC.

If you have any questions regarding the dinner, please contact Erika Childs on 9232 4055 or email, echilds@nswbar.asn.au

Coming up in CPD next week

Wed Apr 05 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017: "_Notices of Appeal: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly_" Presented by The Honourable Justice John Basten and The Honourable Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO. For full details please download a flyer here

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

2017 workplace influenza vaccinations: registrations close today

Tue Apr 04 2017

The Health and Wellbeing Committee has organised for members to receive a flu shot on Thursday, 6 April 2017, between 4.00pm and 6.00pm in the Bar Association Common Room and conference rooms. Information about the vaccine used to protect you from influenza is available here and here. A consent form is available here. The cost will be $26. To register and to obtain a consent form, please email the coordinator of services and benefits, Chris Winslow via cwinslow@nswbar.asn.au. For more information about other services and events organised by the Health and Wellbeing Committee, visit their page on the Bar Association's website.

Mentoring Program 2017

Tue Apr 04 2017

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. To get the gist of what mentors and mentees have gained from the program, check out our Q&A with Danielle Tucker and Sophie Callan as well as Sonia Tame and Lachlan Gyles.

The program has been designed in conjunction with McCarthy Mentoring, the Women Barristers Forum, the Education Committee and the Diversity and Equality Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentor for a barrister in their second year of practice please download and complete the information and registration form.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Mon Apr 03 2017

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at 6.00pm. Up for discussion will be the Book of Job from the Old Testament. Readers are free to source whatever text they wish, although Greek & Hebrew versions may make the meeting a little long. Free printable access to all common versions of the text is available from Bible Gateway. A recent translation by Robert Altar is available on Amazon Australia and in kindle form for A$13.08.

Part-time employment opportunities wanted for Indigenous law students

Mon Apr 03 2017

Do you need some clerical and administrative assistance to run your practice? If the answer is yes - why not employ an Indigenous law student? There are some first year students currently looking for this opportunity. 



As part of the Bar Association's Reconciliation Action Plan, all barristers, clerks and chambers are encouraged to identify part-time employment opportunities for 2017 for Indigenous law students. Ideally, this would be for a day or half day a week on a regular basis doing loose-leaf filing, administrative or clerical tasks and includes some mentoring and guidance for the student.

This initiative has been highly successful for a number of Indigenous law students and needs the ongoing support of more members of the Bar to ensure its continued success. Contact with the Bar as well as some financial security significantly contributes to the success of the students at their law studies.

Please contact Chris Ronalds SC on ronalds@fjc.net.au or 9229 7378 if you have any openings. 




Greg Tolhurst
Executive Director 



New Barristers' Committee April breakfast

Mon Apr 03 2017

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the April breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow morning, Tuesday 4 April. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Jane Needham SC and Hament Dhanji SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas.

Mentoring Program 2017

Fri Mar 31 2017

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. To get the gist of what mentors and mentees have gained from the program, check out our Q&A with Danielle Tucker and Sophie Callan as well as Sonia Tame and Lachlan Gyles.

The program has been designed in conjunction with McCarthy Mentoring, the Women Barristers Forum, the Education Committee and the Diversity and Equality Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentor for a barrister in their second year of practice please download and complete the information and registration form.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Mar 31 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017: _Unconscious Bias Training_ Presented by Kate Eastman SC and Chaired by Ingmar Taylor SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

New Barristers' Committee April breakfast

Fri Mar 31 2017

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the April breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 4 April. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Jane Needham SC and Hament Dhanji SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas.

Cases to note: High Court decision on the advocate's immunity

Thu Mar 30 2017

The High Court yesterday handed down its decision in Kendirjian v Lepore [2017] HCA 13, an appeal from the New South Wales Court of Appeal regarding the advocate's immunity from suit in relation to advice given in respect of a settlement offer. The court declined to distinguish or reopen its most recent decision on advocates' immunity, Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd (2016) 90 ALJR 572; 331 ALR 1; [2016] HCA 16

Senate passes resolution on cuts to CLCs

Thu Mar 30 2017

The Senate has passed a resolution calling for an immediate reversal of funding cuts to community legal centres and a commitment to sustainable, long term contributions for the legal assistance sector. Learn more here.

Amended Motor Accident Injuries Bill

Thu Mar 30 2017

The Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2017 passed the Legislative Council last night. Various amendments were made to the bill in committee on issues including premium adjustment, insurer profit, medical expenses for citizens or residents outside Australia, past and future economic loss, dispute resolution and legal incapacity. A number of these amendments were in response to the issues raised by the legal profession in its most recent submissions. A link to the debate is available here.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Mar 30 2017

Thursday, March 30 2017:"Family Provision claims: recent decisions and practical tips" Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Despina Christofis. Chaired by Jane Needham SC. For full details please download a flyer here This seminar will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession

Wed Mar 29 2017

The legal profession in Australia is undergoing rapid, widespread transformation. In response, the Law Society of NSW began the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Commission of Inquiry. The commission's report is now available online.

Among its key findings are that: inhouse corporate lawyers are driving change; consumer pressure and lower prices are driving increased use of technology; and artificial intelligence raises regulatory and ethical issues.

New Land and Environment Court practice notes

Wed Mar 29 2017

The chief judge of the Land and Environment Court has issued new practice notes: Class 1 Development Appeals, which will commence on 27 March 2017; and Class 1, 2 and 3 Miscellaneous Appeals which will commence on 27 March 2017 and Practice Note - Class 1 Residential Development Appeals, which will commence on 30 March 2017. The chief judge has also made a new Conciliation Conference Policy (which replaces the existing policy), which will commence on 27 March 2017. Visit the Land and Environment Court's website for up to date versions of practice notes.

Have you got your ticket to this year’s Bench and Bar Dinner?

Wed Mar 29 2017

The president and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association to the 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner. The dinner will take place on Friday, 5 May in the Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The guest of honour is the Hon Patricia Bergin SC. Two seniors will be speaking at this year’s Bench & Bar Dinner, Ms Senior is Michelle Painter SC and Mr Senior is Robert Newlinds SC.

Seating at the dinner will be allocated on a first-in basis. Tables of 10 are preferred, however you may sit up to 12 (Tables of 12 are strictly limited). Smaller bookings will also be accepted. For more details and to book please click the following link: 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner. For further details on how to book please refer to the FAQ page on the website.

If you have any questions about the 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner, please contact Erika Childs on 9232 4055 or email echilds@nswbar.asn.au

Swearing in ceremony for Judge David Michael Wilson SC

Wed Mar 29 2017

David Michael Wilson SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the District Court at a ceremonial sitting on 3 April 2017 at 9.00am. Paresh Khandhar will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Mar 29 2017

Wednesday, March 29 2017: "Marketing tools and strategies for barristers: Three perspectives" Presented by Tean Kerr, Partner, Lander & Rogers; Michael Green SC, Level 22 Chamber and Jeh Coutinho, Clerk, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Michelle Painter SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

CPD Online

Wed Mar 29 2017

The CPD year ends 31st March.If you are missing a CPD point (or two) then CPD online can assist. Many Bar Association seminars from 2011 onwards are online. If the seminar was accompanied by a paper, that can also be downloaded from CPD online.

You can access CPD online by going onto the Bar Association Website, www.nswbar.asn.au. From here you click on 'For Members' on the left-hand side of the screen, then click on 'CPD' under the quick links menu on the right-hand side, then click on login required under the heading 'CPD online'.

If you have misplaced your login and password details you are able to reset your details by clicking on 'member sign in' which appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen on our homepage. You then click on 'unknown password or username', this will then prompt you to add your surname and date of birth. This will trigger an email to be sent to you with your new details. The email will be sent to the registered email address on our records.