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Unveiling the portrait of Katrina Dawson

Mon Jun 17 2019
Collegiality

In 2018 the Bar Association commissioned acclaimed Australian artist Peter Smeeth to do a portrait of the late Katrina Dawson. His work will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Friday, 28 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Dr Peter Smeeth MBBS FRAS AWI, winner of numerous Australian art prizes, including the 2017 Archibald Packing Room prize, will be guest of honour for the evening. Sandy Dawson SC will speak on behalf of the Dawson Family and the Katrina Dawson Foundation, while President Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the Bar Association and all members of the New South Wales Bar, on whom Katrina left an indelible impression during her brief but successful career.

For catering purposes, registration is required.

Francis Forbes Society - membership renewal & donations

Mon Jun 17 2019

As mentioned at the 2019 Forbes Lecture delivered on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 by Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney), 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave', the forthcoming publication of Pitt Cobbett’s The Constitution and Government of Australia, 1788 to 1919 was supported through the Francis Forbes Fund. One of the Francis Forbes Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains the Francis Forbes Fund for that purpose to which donations may be made –donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.

The Society welcomes donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS.

The Society also welcomes new members and encourages renewal of existing memberships: FFS Membership application – renewal 19-20

The Future of International Dispute Settlement

Mon Jun 17 2019
International practice

The International Law Association and NSW Young Lawyers are hosting a half day conference on Thursday, 27 June 2019 at the Luna Park Function Centre in Sydney on "The Future of International Dispute Settlement". Topics of interest include Climate Change litigation, Trade, Investment and International Commercial Arbitration, and the Future Prospects of International Courts. Registration is at very reasonable rates and is available here.

Costs Disputes - Amendment of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015

Mon Jun 17 2019
Practice and procedure

On 1 July 2019 the Legal Profession Uniform General Amendment (Indexation) Rule 2019 will commence. It adds rule 111A to the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015.

The Legal Services Council (LSC) made the rule on Indexation to ensure the Victorian and NSW Legal Services Commissioners, and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, maintain their jurisdiction to determine costs disputes in line with inflation. Rule 111A will apply to sections 291-293 of the Uniform Law (and s 99 of the Legal Profession Uniform Application Act 2014 (Vic)).The Legal Services Council has also released an Indexed Amounts Notice.

The effect of the new rule and the notice will be that from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 the indexed amounts for the purposes of sections 291-293 of the Uniform Law (and s 99 of the Legal Profession Uniform Application Act 2014 (Vic)) will be as follows: $10,000 indexed to $10,685; $100,000 indexed to $106,835; and $25,000 indexed to $26,710.

More information is available from the Legal Services Council website.

Bench and Bar Lunch 02/2019

Mon Jun 17 2019
Collegiality

The next Bench and Bar Lunch is set down for Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 12.45pm to 2.00pm at Sky Phoenix - Shop 6001/188 Pitt Street. All members of the Bench and Bar are welcome. At $35 per person, it's just, quick and cheap! Reserve your place here.

The Bench and Bar Lunch is an initiative of the Wellbeing Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association.

2019 Industrial Bar social function

Fri Jun 14 2019
Collegiality

Members are cordially invited to the 2019 Industrial Bar social drinks function.

The event has been organised by the Industrial Employment Health & Safety Committee which assists Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and engages with barristers practising in these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members.

When: Thursday, 15 August 2019 Time: 6pm start Wbere: Hotel CBD - Club Bar (52 King St, Sydney)

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

15 Bobber- The Hon Justice Andrew Bell & The Hon Justice Angus Stewart

Fri Jun 14 2019
Reminder - Tonight

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the The Hon Justice Bell & The Hon Justice Stewart celebrating their recent appointments. The celebration will take place on Friday the 14th of June from 5:15pm onwards in the Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for The Hon Justice Bell will be Ian Pike SC, speaking for The Hon Justice Stewart will be Elizabeth Cheeseman SC.

The President will also present Arthur Moses SC with his Life Membership Certificate.

Tickets at the door are $25 cash.

The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Fri Jun 14 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Emma Beechey, and chaired by the Hon Justice Guy Parker, will explain what you need to know about blockchain and its evidentiary value. For full details please click here.

Remuneration Debate Event

Fri Jun 14 2019

Despite the predominance of women entering the profession there continues to be significant under-representation of women in the most senior roles as partners, in leadership roles, at the Bar and in the judiciary. The gender wage gap in the legal profession is one of the largest in Australia, reported to be 29.7% by WGEA in 2017 compared to an all industries gap of 22.4%. Keeping remuneration secret is a significant contributor to the large wage gap for women but it also has broader implications for work place culture in regard to trust, respect and very importantly collegiality and a sense of inclusiveness. Should firms publicly disclose their remuneration in quartile bands, like the UK model for pay disclosure requires?

Join us and our panel at 5.30pm on Tuesday 18th June 2019 to discuss and debate the issue:

Andrew Pike, Executive Partner Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills; Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency; Michael Bradley, Managing Partner, Marque Lawyers; Riana Steyn, CEO, Bartier Perry

Proudly hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

Members FREE / Guests & Non-Members $20pp (includes refreshments ) MORE INFO click here / BOOK TICKETS click here

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 - What you need to know

Fri Jun 14 2019
8 am Tuesday, June 18 2019, Clayton Utz, Level 14, 1 Bligh Street Sydney

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act) came into force on 1 January 2019, and the first reporting period under the legislation is the 2019 financial year. The Act requires over 3000 Australian companies and other entities to disclose how their operations and supply chain may contribute to modern slavery and explain the steps they are taking to address those risks. Entities in New South Wales are obliged to report under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) if they have a turnover of $50 million.

Under the Act, senior management are accountable for preparing Modern Slavery Statements which are to be approved at Board level. The Reports need to address mandatory criteria, including: the entity’s structure, operations and supply chains; the action the entity has taken to assess and address those risks and how the entity assesses the effectiveness of those actions.

This panel session will examine the requirements of the Commonwealth and State legislation, their application and what needs to be done by entities and their legal advisers to ensure compliance. Moderator:

  • Cilla Robinson, Partner, Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Group, Clayton Utz

Panel members:

  • Arthur Moses SC, President Law Council of Australia
  • Jon Downes, Head of Legal – Australasia and Deputy General Counsel - International, Willis Towers Watson
  • Mark Devadason, Director, The Mekong Club

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial Employment Health and Safety Committee and registration is open to members of the New South Wales Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia. Find out more HERE.

Registration required for catering purposes. To register please click HERE.

Important Practising Certificate Renewal information

Fri Jun 14 2019

The standard renewal period for practising certificates expired on Friday, 7 June 2019 (Clause 4 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015).

By Friday 7 June 2019, the Bar Association should have received:

  1. your completed practising certificate renewal form (for members to completed online only - no hard copies will be provided or accepted);

  2. confirmation of payment of your renewal; and

  3. confirmation from your insurance provider that you have insurance. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin whilst you are waiting for confirmation of your insurance. However, your practising certificate cannot be issued until proof of professional indemnity insurance coverage has been received.

As the 7 June deadline has now passed A late fee of $30 or 10% of the relevant practising certificate fee, whichever is the higher, applies where the practising certificate renewal form and/or fee is received before 1 July 2019.

Click here for more information.

Tenth Floor St James Hall - Large External Room for Sale or Licence

Fri Jun 14 2019

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers currently has a large, well- lit, external room for sale or licence measuring 5.6m by 3.6m. The room includes built in, wooden storage as well as a robing cupboard.

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers is a well-established, welcoming floor located opposite the Supreme Court of NSW. The Floor consists of 2 Senior Counsel and 8 Juniors, all of whom practice across a broad range of areas.

If you require any further information or would like to arrange an appointment to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Grace Kenny on 9224 1501 or at clerk.10@stjames.net.au. Click here to view photos.

All enquiries and applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Environmental Counsel to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority

Fri Jun 14 2019
Expressions of Interest

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking expressions of interest from senior and junior counsel for appointment as Environmental Counsel to the EPA Board.

The EPA is the primary environmental regulator for NSW. We partner with business, government and the community to reduce pollution and waste, protect human health, and prevent degradation of the environment.

Under the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991, Environmental Counsel are practising barristers approved by the Minister for Energy and Environment and engaged by the EPA. The functions of Environmental Counsel include:

  • advising the EPA Board in relation to proposed serious environment protection offences under legislation administered by the EPA, so that the Board can determine whether or not the EPA should prosecute those offences;
  • advising the EPA Board on matters as requested; and
  • appearing for the EPA in matters as instructed.

Expressions of interest close on 21 June 2019. For more information and to apply please click here.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Fri Jun 14 2019
Conferences

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Peter Cummings SC, Suzanne Christie SC and Kim Morrissey. Please note that Seville and Lisbon are popular destinations and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended.

For more information visit their website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Bar FC narrowly defeated

Thu Jun 13 2019
Wellbeing

Football can be a cruel sport some times. Like the Matildas, Bar FC went down today to the Sydney Business School 3-2 in the dying minutes of the game. This was our first game against our old rivals and they clearly had been active in the off season recruiting in South America. As Patchildinho is in France knocking back some fine Bordeaux red, we did not have a translator to help understand the instructions that were being called.

Notwithstanding the loss, some wonderful football was played by both teams. Condylis was always threatening up front and scored Bar FC’s opening goal with a deft touch around the keeper. Morrison used his pace to pounce on a defensive error and managed to find the back of the net notwithstanding the pants pulling that was taking place. Our undoing however was from set plays where our height differential meant that SBS had the upper hand.

A solid performance by the team as a whole (squad list below) and a game where we created chances aplenty. A warm welcome is also extended to debutante Andy Munro, back to the beautiful game after a small sabbatical.

Bar FC squad

ALEX KUKLIK JEH COUTINHO BEN PHILLIPS SHAUN MCCARTHY NICHOLAS CONDYLIS ANDREW MUNRO SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS HUGH MORRISON IVAN GRISCTI NICHOLAS OLSEN JOHN HARRIS (GK) JOHN TSANG DAVID LARISH (C) DAVID STANTON ANTHONY CANCERI ANAIS D’ARVILLE

LSJ Speaker Series - Bullying

Thu Jun 13 2019

The International Bar Association has recently released the results of the largest-ever survey on bullying in the legal profession.

According to the data, as many as one in two female lawyers and one in three male lawyers have been bullied at work. These numbers are stark. In a profession that is premised on defending the rule of law, equality and justice for all, we lawyers are failing our own colleagues.

Join author, speaker and Walkley Award-winning journalist Catherine Fox as we tackle this issue in an open, conversational format at our next LSJ Speaker Series breakfast.

Catherine will speak alongside a panel of soon-to-be-announced speakers, moderated by LSJ journalist Kate Allman. Register here early to avoid missing out.

Date: Wednesday 26 June 2019 Time: 7.30am - Registration and networking breakfast 8.00am - Welcome and panel discussion 9.00am - Event concludes Venue: The Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney Cost: Member $55, Non-members $75 CPD: 1 CPD Unit

Family Law (Fees) Regulations 2012

Thu Jun 13 2019

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have advised that court fees will increase from 1 July 2019.

The updated fees brochures are attached with the new fees.

Details of the changes are available on the websites:

  • Family Court of Australia - click here
  • Federal Circuit Court of Australia – Family Law, click here.

NOTE: General Federal Law fees in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia will also increase on 1 July 2019 - click here

Queen's Birthday Honours List

Thu Jun 13 2019
Personalia

The Bar Association is pleased to advise that the following members were recognised in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

The Honourable Dr Annabelle Claire BENNETT AC SC - Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For eminent service to the law, and to the judiciary,particularly in the field of intellectual property, to higher education, and to sports arbitration.

The Honourable Reginald Ian BARRETT - Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For distinguished service to the law, and to the judiciary, particularly in the area of corporations law and legislation.

Mr Nicholas Richard COWDERY AM, QC - Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For distinguished service to the law, to the protection of human rights, to professional legal bodies, and to the community.

The Honourable Dennis Antill COWDROY OAM QC - Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For distinguished service to the law, and to the judiciary in the civilian and military spheres, through a range of senior roles.

The Honourable Carolyn Chalmers SIMPSON - Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For distinguished service to the law, and to the judiciary, particularly in the areas of criminal, defamation, administrative and industrial law.

Mr James Lindsay GLISSAN ESM QC - MEMBER (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For significant service to the law in New South Wales.

His Honour Judge Christopher Gerard O'BRIEN - MEMBER (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For significant service to the law, and to the judiciary.

Mr Andrew Michael PHELAN - MEMBER (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For significant service to judicial administration.

The Honourable Justice Monika SCHMIDT - HONORARY MEMBER (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For significant service to the law, to the judiciary, and to industrial relations.

Rear Admiral the Honourable Justice Michael John SLATTERY RAN NSW - MEMBER (AM) Military Division of the Order of Australia - For exceptional service in the field of military law, particularly as Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force

Mr Bruce LEVET - MEDAL (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For service to the law in New South Wales

Mr Daniel Leonard O'CONNOR - MEDAL (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - For service to the law, and to the community

External room for sale at 6 St James Hall Chambers

Thu Jun 13 2019

A substantial, well-appointed, external room is available for sale at 6 St James Hall Chambers. The room would suit a senior junior.

This busy chambers consists of 28 barristers practising in commercial, public, employment, family and international law. For member profiles see http://www.sixstjameshall.com.au.

The room has a large window, a robe cupboard, large briefs cupboards and full wall shelving for law reports and textbooks. Chambers is connected to Barnet and uses VOIP telephony. Members have personal access to Thomson Reuters online subscription and an extensive library of law reports and loose-leaf services.

Price & Outgoings on Application. For further information please contact the Practice Manager, Nora Faulua on 9236 8600 or via email to nfaulua@stjames.net.au.

Enquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence

ABA says recent AFP raids on Journalists should prompt a review of how Journalists and their sources are protected

Thu Jun 13 2019
Media Release

The Australian Federal Police’s (AFP’s) raids on the home of a journalist and the headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last week have ignited debate as to press freedom and the protection of their sources.

“While the government must be allowed to prevent the release of classified or sensitive information that poses a grave risk to Australia’s national interests, this must be balanced by a concern to not stifle the media’s ability to publish matters of public importance” said Jennifer Batrouney QC President of the Australian Bar Association.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Thu Jun 13 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Emma Beechey, and chaired by the Hon Justice Guy Parker, will explain what you need to know about blockchain and its evidentiary value. For full details please click here.

Save the date: The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Thu Jun 13 2019
Coming up in CPD

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, at 5.15pm, Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, Integrated Compliance at Australian Taxation Office and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office will deliver a seminar on 'The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime'. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Bishop. Details to follow.

Tonight: In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Thu Jun 13 2019
Thursday, June 13 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

How do our clients know who is that safe pair of hands?

Panel: The Honourable Justice Gleeson (chair), Jane Needham SC, Kylie Gray (Westpac), Gwyn Jones (RMS).

The seminar will be followed by refreshments. All welcome. Learn more here.

Numbers are limited. Please email Ting Lim (tlim@nswbar.asn.au) to register your attendance.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee