InBrief

SEARCH ALL POSTS

Register Now: Litigation Funding Seminar

Mon Jul 30 2018

On Thursday 9 August, the Commercial Law Section will be hosting a lunchtime seminar on litigation funding.

The speaker will be Craig Arnott, Managing Director at Burford Capital. The event chair is Elizabeth Cheeseman SC of New Chambers. Learn more here.

The lecture will commence at 12pm and conclude at 1.30pm, with a light lunch provided for all attendees. The seminar is provided free of charge. However, registration is required for catering purposes.

REGISTER HERE.

CDPP Launches Commonwealth Sentencing Resources

Fri Jul 27 2018

Two new sentencing resources are now available on the CDPP webpage. The National Legal Direction – Duties and Role of the Prosecution in a Sentencing Hearing and the Sentencing of Federal Offenders in Australia – A Guide for Practitioners are now available at www.cdpp.gov.au under NEWS, Publications and Policies.

The Sentencing Resources are the result of a collaboration between CDPP lawyers and Counsel Desmond Lane of the Victoria Bar and Lester Fernandez of the NSW Bar and provides a comprehensive resource not only for CDPP lawyers, but for all legal practitioners, judicial officers, and others who deal with the sentencing of Federal Offenders.

It is planned that these resources will be updated on a regular basis to ensure that they continue to provide a useful and comprehensive guide to federal sentencing.

Early Bird Registration ends today!

Fri Jul 27 2018

BOOK NOW to take advantage of Early Bird ticket pricing. While booking your early bird ticket why not take advantage of our exclusive travel discounts, for more information click here

Don't miss out on expert opinions and inspiring addresses from a stellar line up, lead by the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and the Chief Justice of New South Wales. Click here to register now. Early bird registration closes today.

Celebration of the Life of Peter James Phelan 1934-2018

Fri Jul 27 2018

We have been advised that there will be a celebration of the life of Peter James Phelan at 10am, Tuesday, 31st July. The celebration will be at Somerset Lodge, 411 Upper Colo Road, Central Colo, NSW.

The Phelan family have requested donations to The Fred Hollows Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Reminder: applications for appointment as senior counsel close on Monday 30 July

Fri Jul 27 2018
Senior counsel 2018

President Arthur Moses SC has invited applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2018. Applications must be completed online. The deadline for applications is Monday, 30 July at 5.00pm. The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales. Applications must be completed online and must include a photograph. It is intended the names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October.

Register Now: Litigation Funding Seminar

Fri Jul 27 2018

On Thursday 9 August, the Commercial Law Section will be hosting a lunchtime seminar on litigation funding.

The speaker will be Craig Arnott, Managing Director at Burford Capital. The event chair is Elizabeth Cheeseman SC of New Chambers. Learn more here.

The lecture will commence at 12pm and conclude at 1.30pm, with a light lunch provided for all attendees. The seminar is provided free of charge. However, registration is required for catering purposes.

REGISTER HERE.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Jul 27 2018

Tuesday, July 31 2018 - 'Paperless trials in the Land and Environment Court'

Presented by Ian Hemmings SC of Martin Place Chambers. Learn more here.

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

Coming up in CPD in August

Fri Jul 27 2018

Monday, August 06 2018 - 'Mindfulness Meditation'

Presented by Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Chris O’Donnell SC, Nick Poynder, Michelle Yu & Theresa Baw. Chaired by Kylie Nomchong SC. Learn more here. This seminar has been organised by the NSWBA Health and Wellbeing Committee. Thursday, August 09 2018 - 'Appearing in Industrial Tribunals'

Presented by Vice President J Catanzariti, Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC. Learn more here.

Tuesday, August 14 2018 - 'In conversation with Jane Needham SC'

Interviewer Stephen Free and Interviewee Jane Needham SC. Learn more here. This seminar has been organised by the NSWBA Diversity and Equality Committee

Wednesday, August 15 2018 - 'Getting Your Insurance Right: Understanding all areas of insurance to best protect yourself and your family, particularly income protection, life and trauma insurance'

Presented by Robert Jason, Senior Financial Adviser, AON and chaired by Richard Cavanagh SC. Learn more here.

Get behind the NSW Bar team in the City to Surf

Thu Jul 26 2018
Philanthropy

The City2Surf will soon be upon us. Seven barristers, including Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC, have entered the 2018 Sun-Herald City to Surf on Sunday, 12 August 2018 to raise money jointly for the Black Dog Institute. So far, Team Black Dog has raised $67,724, while Cynthia Cochrane is the top fundraiser among the barristers.

Each has their own fundraising page, but the aim is for each to raise at least $1000. Please give generously to:

Bar FC resume Domain Soccer League competition

Thu Jul 26 2018

It is sometimes said that football is a game of two halves. Today’s game certainly showed the truth behind that sentiment.

During a dominant first half, three excellent first half team goals were scored by Coutinho, Habib SC and Chadd leaving Sir Alex little to say at half time except that there were more goals left in the game. Little did he realise it was to be the opposition who would deliver on the promise. Shortly after half time, a lucky bounce saw Pendal FC claw one back and then the momentum shifted, with Pendal working hard to ensure the scores were levelled by the time the full time whistle sounded. This game can be added to the list of games this season that saw lady luck favour the opposition. Nevertheless, an excellent effort by the whole team.

Today’s line up was as follows:

  • IVAN GRISCTI
  • DAVID LARISH
  • HUGH MORRISON
  • TIMOTHY BOYLE
  • RICHARD DI MICHIEL
  • TIM HACKETT
  • SHERIFF HABIB SC
  • DAVID PATCH
  • GLEN FREDERICKS
  • RICO
  • SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS (c)
  • ANTHONY CHAD
  • JEH COUTINHO
  • JOHN HARRIS (GK)
  • DEWASHISH ADHIKARY

Next week’s game is on Tuesday 31 July 2018 at 1.15 p.m. on top of the Domain Car Park. As we head towards the final series, it promises to be a good contest. Friends and supporters of Bar FC are welcome.

Women Lawyers' panel discussion on Law and Technology - Tonight

Thu Jul 26 2018

Register now for the Women Lawyers panel discussion on "Law and Technology" at Lander & Rogers tonight between 5.30-7.30. At this event, panellists will unravel some of the big issues facing telcos, IT companies and the law firms of the future - with great people and canapes. Venue: Lander & Rogers, Level 19, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney. To register click here

Peter James Phelan (1934-2018)

Thu Jul 26 2018
Vale

The Hon Peter Phelan, former judge of the District Court and barrister on 10th Floor Wentworth Chambers, died yesterday. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

The Victorian Bar Presents: Hong Kong 2018 International Commercial Law Conference

Wed Jul 25 2018

The ICLC is a biennial event held in association with our Commercial Bar. In 2016, the ICLC was held at the Inner Temple in London and was a huge success. This year we are staying slightly closer-to-home at the Four Seasons Hong Kong, an amazing hotel on Hong Kong Island with views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon.

The delegates will be predominantly Australian barristers, members of the judiciary, corporate counsel and solicitors – we have also extended the invitation to members of the Hong Kong Bar.

The conference itself is held over two days; Friday the 21st of September and Saturday the 22nd of September with a diverse and topical program headlined by preeminent members of the Bar and the judiciary, centred around our theme of; ‘Wise Counsel: Litigation & Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region’. With confirmed keynote speakers including: The Honourable Justice John Middleton, Federal Court of Australia; The Honourable Justice Jeremy Poon, Court of Appeal, High Court of Hong Kong and; The Honourable Justice William Alstergren, Chief Judge, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Deputy Chief Justice Family Court of Australia.

Supporting the conference are two social events; a Gala Dinner being held at the members-only China Club in Central and a farewell Cocktail Party at the Four Seasons. For more information and to register for this unmissable event, see our website

Coming up in CPD next week

Wed Jul 25 2018

Tuesday, July 31 2018 - 'Paperless trials in the Land and Environment Court'

Presented by Ian Hemmings SC of Martin Place Chambers. Learn more here.

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

Room for License – Sir Owen Dixon Chambers

Wed Jul 25 2018

Available to license, a half share in a room at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers. This is a rare opportunity to join one of Sydney’s leading chambers. The room is a large external room with views across Sydney, and would suit junior counsel or a barrister who has recently finished their reading and looking to establish themselves in chambers.

Sir Owen Dixon Chambers is comprised of 3 Senior Counsel and 59 juniors, and has a considerable diversity of practices including criminal law, commercial law, personal injury, medical negligence and family law. Please direct your enquiries to the clerk, Ian Irvine on 8076 6600 or email

Reminder: applications for appointment as senior counsel close on Monday 30 July

Wed Jul 25 2018
Senior counsel 2018

President Arthur Moses SC has invited applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2018. Applications must be completed online. The deadline for applications is Monday, 30 July at 5.00pm. The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales. Applications must be completed online and must include a photograph. It is intended the names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October.

Ethics and the ADR Practitioner at the ADR Masterclass 2018

Wed Jul 25 2018

Announcing that Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director of the Ethics Centre, will join an experienced panel of ADR Barristers, chaired by Mary Walker, at the ADR Masterclass 2018 to grapple with real ethical issues that arise in contemporary ADR practice, including conducting or acting in mediations. The “Ethics and the ADR Practitioner” panel is one CPD session not to be missed for ADR Barrister Practitioners. The ADR Masterclass is a highly respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution and will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. Speakers include Chief Justice T F Bathurst AC, president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, and UNCITRAL rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick. Tickets are $300 for members of the NSW Bar Association and $340 for Non-Members. This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme. Click here to view the conference program and register today.

Room for Licence – State Chambers

Wed Jul 25 2018

A Room has become available for Licence at State Chambers (Level 36, 52 Martin Place) effective immediately until 31 December 2018. East facing, full fitted modern room (14 sqm) with monthly cost negotiable with owner. All enquiries should be directed to the Clerk, Fiona Hayden, click here to email.

The ALPMA Summit 2018 - Invitation to participate

Tue Jul 24 2018

Registrations for the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association Summit 2018 are now open. The theme for this years summit is Shaping the future firm - it starts with you and is being held from Wednesday 19 September to Friday 21 September at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Please register here. Early bird registrations are closing on Tuesday, 31 July 2018. Full conference details are available here

Training on Reforms to Sentencing Laws

Tue Jul 24 2018

The NSW Government has passed legislation that will substantially reform sentencing laws. The laws are planned to commence on Monday, 24 September 2018. Legal Aid NSW is providing free training on the sentencing reforms to lawyers across NSW. This includes members of the NSW Bar who appear for defendants.

The NSW Bar Association will host a session on sentencing reforms, to be held at 5.15 on 21 August 2018 in the Common Room. The session will be chaired by S Odgers with R Wilson PD and Assistant Commissioner Luke Grant, NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice. Further information will be advised closer to the date. Please see the following training materials from Legal Aid NSW:-

Legal Aid training sessions will run for a half day and will be held at the following locations:

JULY

  • Monday 23: Campbelltown
  • Wednesday 25: Bega
  • Friday 27: Liverpool
  • Tuesday 31: Penrith AUGUST
  • Tuesday 7: Wollongong
  • Wednesday 8: Goulburn
  • Friday 10: Griffith
  • Monday 13: Sutherland
  • Wednesday 15: Albury
  • Thursday 16: Wagga Wagga
  • Monday 20: Gosford
  • Wednesday 22: Katoomba
  • Thursday 23: Central Sydney
  • Friday 24: Newcastle
  • Monday 27: Parramatta
  • Wednesday 29: Coffs Harbour
  • Thursday 30: Port Macquarie
  • Friday 31: Central Sydney SEPTEMBER
  • Monday 3: Central Sydney
  • Wednesday 5: Tamworth
  • Thursday 6: Armidale
  • Friday 7: Lismore
  • Monday 10: Central Sydney
  • Tuesday 11: Parramatta
  • Wednesday 12: Parramatta
  • Thursday 13: Central Sydney
  • Friday 14: Central Sydney
  • Monday 17: Central Sydney
  • Tuesday 18: Central Sydney
  • Wednesday 19: Orange
  • Thursday 20: Dubbo
  • Friday 21: Central Sydney

Registration for all sessions is now available via the Legal Aid NSW Learning Management System (LMS). To register please click here. If you have not previously attended a Legal Aid NSW training session, you will need to create an account on the LMS before you can register for the training. Registration is essential if you wish to attend, and places are strictly limited for each session. Free morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Please contact sentencingreform@legalaid.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions about the training or registration.