A great new benefits program for members

Thu Aug 09 2018
Message from President Arthur Moses SC

The Bar Association has partnered with Member Advantage, a leading provider of member benefits programs. Members and their families can now enjoy exclusive discounts on an expanded range of benefits: package tours, corporate rates on airline lounge memberships, car rentals, a car buying service, travel insurance, fine dining, pre-purchased gift cards, movie tickets, computers and more.

How do I login?

Access your benefits via the New South Wales Bar Association Member Dashboard. Members can login here using their normal Bar Association / CPD streaming login. Once your login is accepted, you will notice that the top right of the home page will read Welcome [Name]. Click on that line to proceed to the dashboard.

Forgotten your password?

If you have forgotten you login/password, click on Unknown password or username? and answer the questions. The Bar Association will respond as soon as possible.

Not a member?

Should you wish to apply to become a member of the Bar Association, please complete an application form.

The next step

Once at your Member Dashboard select the Member Advantage tab. This will navigate you to the co-branded Member Advantage site. Operators can provide help via their online chat function.

Assisting barristers

The member benefits program fulfils at least two objectives under the New South Wales Bar Association Strategic Plan 2017-2020, including:

  • To provide members of the New South Wales Bar Association with services to assist them in the operation of their practices and enable them to maintain links with the Bar Association once they have ceased to practise.

  • To promote to members the advantages and benefits of a balanced lifestyle, appropriate stress management, and improved physical fitness.

I have noted, via InBrief and Bar News, that practising at the Bar is unquestionable stressful and that members need to be mindful of their health and wellbeing. I believe this program will, over time, be of considerable benefit to members of this association.

For further information, contact the co-ordinator of services and benefits, Chris Winslow.

Toongabbie Legal Centre 11th Annual Community Fundraising Dinner

Thu Aug 09 2018

You are invited to support a most worthwhile cause, a community-based initiative helping those in need. The Toongabbie Legal Centre are hosting their 11th Annual Community Fundraising Dinner. Guest speakers are Mr Paul Lynch, Shadow Attorney General and The Hon Justice M J Beazley AO. For more information and to purchase tickets please click here. To visit the website please click here.

History in the High Court: Recourse to Historical Materials in Constitutional Interpretation

Thu Aug 09 2018

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law is holding a seminar on Monday, 20 August 2018, details are as follows:

  • Time: 5.30–7.00pm
  • Place: Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square (Courtroom 18A)
  • Speakers: Dr Stephen Donaghue QC, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth; Professor Helen Irving, University of Sydney
  • Chair: Brendan Lim, Eleven Wentworth

Misuse of market power master class: last chance to book

Thu Aug 09 2018

The Commercial Law Association of Australia Limited are holding a masterclass on Friday, 17 August from 12.45 to 2.30pm at the State Library. Lunch will be served. It will cover: What are the implications of the Harper Review recommendations on s46?; How does the new s46 work in practice?; How does one prove a substantial lessening of competition?; Are there any defences which can be raised to a claimed breach of s46? How do the ACCC Interim Guidelines assist in the interpretation of the new s46?.

Speaker Christopher Hodgekiss SC, 5 Selborne Chambers; Chair: Dr Katharine Kemp, UNSW. Register here.

Are you sure? - A joint seminar hosted by the Australian Academy of Law & the Australian Academy of Science

Thu Aug 09 2018

The Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Science come together to present discussions around:

  • Scientific certainty compared with legal certainty, and scientific decision-making compared with decision-making by courts
  • The difference between the scientific assessment of evidence and the assessment of evidence by the courts
  • The different notions of what is evidence and the different timeframes for reaching a decision
  • Cause and effect in science and law
  • Unconscious predispositions (biases) of judges and witnesses
  • The presentation and treatment of expert scientific evidence in the courts
  • Uncertainty as part of certainty

For more information please click here.

ADR Symposium

Thu Aug 09 2018

The Australian Disputes Centre is holding an ADR Symposium titled Innovate, mediate & thrive! And the launch of the First Nations' mediation panel on Friday 10 August at Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. To register click here

Eminent Jurist to lead Digital Assets Review

Wed Aug 08 2018

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced retired Federal Court judge Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC will lead a review of laws about access to people’s social media accounts and other digital assets after they die or become incapacitated.

Mr Speakman said the eminently experienced legal practitioner has been appointed as a part-time Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission (LRC).

“Dr Bennett served as a judge for 13 years until 2016 after a successful career as Senior Counsel at the NSW Bar. Her considerable expertise will be a valuable asset to the LRC,” Mr Speakman said. For the full media release please click here

Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Costs and Other Measures) Rules 2018

Wed Aug 08 2018

The Association has received notice that the Judges of the Federal Circuit Court have reviewed and agreed to a series of miscellaneous amendments to the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001. A memo from the Deputy Principal Registrar of the Federal Circuit Court is available here. The Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Costs and Other Measures) Rules 2018 are available here.

Class actions, victims of crime and other news in law reform from Victoria

Wed Aug 08 2018

The Victorian Law Reform Commission's report Access to Justice: Litigation Funding and Group Proceedings was tabled in the Parliament of Victoria on 19 June 2018. The report contains 31 recommendations intended to ensure that people involved in class actions don’t face unfair risks and excessive costs.

The Commission recommended that the Supreme Court of Victoria’s powers to supervise class actions should be strengthened and clarified in legislation. It also recommended that the law in Victoria should be changed to allow lawyers to charge a percentage of the settlement (a 'contingency fee') in a successful class action, with the approval of the Supreme Court. This reform would enable more people to gain access to justice through class actions, as it would provide another avenue of funding for clients.

The Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, The Hon. Philip Cummins AM, said: “The Commission proposes a pathway that should improve access to justice, provide appropriate regulation of litigation funders, maintain proper ethical conduct by lawyers, and not involve unfair burdens on litigants.” For a copy of the full report please click here.

Barristers Classifieds

Wed Aug 08 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 publications and promotions co-ordinator, Michelle Nisbet.

Bar FC narrowly defeated 1-0

Wed Aug 08 2018
Bar sports

In a game that was a practice kick before the final series commencing next week, Bar FC played Sydney Business School in a tight contest. Whilst Bar FC had more shots on goal, they were narrowly defeated by a headed goal from a corner kick. Sir Alex’s comment at half time that goalkeeper Harris had not much to do in the first half probably lulled him into a false sense of security, with SBS scoring within minutes of the restart. A strong midfield worked tirelessly to right the wrong however SBS defended well to emerge the victors.

Bar FC now play in the first semi-final on Monday 13 August 2018 at 1.00 pm above the Domain Car Park (next to the Art Gallery of NSW). All friends of Bar FC are welcome.

Today’s squad was as follows:

Nicholas Olsen Hillary Montieth Glen Fredericks John Harris (K) Shereef Habib SC Jonathan Clark Stephen Free Geoff O'Shea Ivan Griscti Rico Jedrzejczyk Anthony Canceri Sebastian Hartford Davis (C) Jeh Coutinho Oshie Fagir Hugh Morrison

2019 Regional Conference Series

Wed Aug 08 2018
Call for papers

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2019 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2019 Conferences are:

  • Newcastle – Saturday 23 February
  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 2 March
  • Orange – Saturday 9 March (Please note, from 2019 Orange will be a single day Saturday conference due to falling demand)
  • Parramatta - Saturday 23 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 30 March

Interested barristers, solicitors, academics, legal and non-legal professionals are invited to submit suggestions for papers online, HERE. During the submission process, you will be asked to provide your contact details, conference preference, a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion presentation.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Monday 1 October.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications close 10 August 2018

Wed Aug 08 2018

Katrina Dawson was a much-loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. She was tragically killed during the Lindt Cafe siege. The Katrina Dawson Award seeks to encourage women to practise at the bar. The award is open to women who have passed the New South Wales Bar exam and committed to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award. Applications are now open and will close on 10 August 2018. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

McAvoy SC receives QUT awards

Tue Aug 07 2018

Tony McAvoy SC has been named QUT Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and also received the Faculty of Law’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. Mr McAvoy graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from QUT in 1988 and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 2000. In 2015 he became Australia's first Indigenous senior counsel. Learn more here.

ALRC seminars on class actions and litigation funding

Tue Aug 07 2018

The Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders will hold three seminars for interested participants in class action proceedings. At these seminars, the ALRC will present the various responses to Discussion Paper 85 and will seek views on some amended and new ideas for reform. Please register your attendance.


  • Wednesday, 22 August 2018
  • 5.30pm–6.30pm
  • Court 1, The Federal Court of Australia, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney
  • RSVP: Monday, 13 August:


  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018
  • 5.30pm–6.30pm
  • The Federal Court of Australia
  • Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William St, Melbourne
  • RSVP: Monday, 20 August:


  • Thursday, 6 September 2018
  • 5.30pm–6.30pm
  • Court 1, The Federal Court of Australia, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts, 119 North Quay (enter on Tank Street), Brisbane
  • RSVP: Monday, 27 August:

Get behind the NSW Bar team in the City to Surf

Tue Aug 07 2018

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 $89,000.

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

AIJA Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book

Tue Aug 07 2018

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) has launched the new National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book. According to the AIJA, the bench book "provides a central resource for judicial officers considering legal issues relevant to domestic and family violence related cases that will contribute to harmonising the treatment of these cases across jurisdictions along broad principles and may assist them with decision-making and judgment writing".

Room for Licence – State Chambers

Tue Aug 07 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.

NSW Inaugural HAL Chapter Oration to be delivered by Justice Gageler AC

Tue Aug 07 2018

The NSW Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association is hosting the Inaugural Chapter Oration to be delivered by the Honourable Justice Gageler AC at the Federal Court of Australia on Monday 20 August 2018.

There are a large number of Judges from both the Federal and the Supreme Courts who have indicated they will be attending. The Association would be delighted to welcome members of the NSW Bar to the event.

There will be a drinks reception after the oration for which there is no charge. For further information please visit

Blue Mountains Law Society’s Succession conference 2018

Tue Aug 07 2018

A highlight of this year’s conference will be former judge Peter Young AO QC’s light hearted but informative discussion titled “How to deal with an Equity suit when your client or opponent is enamoured of Dr Google.”

The conference will feature the inaugural Sir Anthony Mason oration to be given by Justice Julie Ward, CJ in Eq. An intestacy workshop will be run by Dr Stephen Janes on Friday 7 September 2018 from 2pm. The conference runs from 8 to 9 September 2018. For more information and to see the conference program click here.

The topics include Less usual grants: practical issues, A history of the law of succession, Practical tips for family provision claims on large and small estates, Key Aspects of Estate Mediation, especially family provision disputes: the musts and must-nots, Elder Abuse and Lawyers’ Ethical Responsibilities: Incorporating Screening into Practice, and Practical estate planning issues with superannuation death benefits. The panel discussion will return with topical issues dissected by a range of speakers. The speakers include Justice Lindsay, NSW Law Reform Commissioner, Alan Cameron, Jane Needham SC, Richard Williams, Steve Lancken, Assoc Prof Nola Reis and Peter Bobbin. Contact Shani Lee for more details here

Vacancy at William Owen Chambers in Orange

Tue Aug 07 2018
Member services and benefits

In November a vacancy will occur in William Owen Chambers in Orange. These Chambers have been established since 1991. This is an opportunity to practice in the western region of the State, and at the same time, enjoy the benefits of living in a progressive and attractive regional city. Please contact Jack Cairn, mob: 0425 833 606 or click here to email. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Principal Research Officer positions with Senate Scrutiny Commmittees

Tue Aug 07 2018

The Department of the Senate has recently advertised two Principal Research Officer (EL1) positions to support the work of the Senate Regulations and Ordinances Committee and the Senate Scrutiny of Bills Committee. Principal Research Officers are responsible for major research and writing tasks including high-level legislative scrutiny of bills or legislative instruments and preparing complex reports.

Applications close on Wednesday 22 August 2018. See the full position description and how to apply here. The position is based in Canberra in Parliament House.

If you would like further information about these positions, please contact the Committee Secretary, Anita Coles, on 02 6277 3051.

Room for Sale/Licence - 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers

Tue Aug 07 2018

A room is available on 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers for sale, or licence with a view to purchase. Time payment can be considered.

The room has built-in filing cupboards, a robing cupboard and shelving, new air conditioning and lots of natural light

4 Wentworth is a busy, harmonious and well established Floor of varying practices. For more information about the Floor, please visit our website:

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and can be directed to the Clerk, Leanne Somerton here or call on or 9232 2722.