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2017 Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Wed Jul 19 2017
Lectures

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation invites members to the 2017 Sir Garfield Barwick Address, which will be delivered by David Bennett AC QC at a dinner to be held at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. To reserve your place, download and complete a registration form and RSVP by Friday, 18 August 2017.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Wed Jul 19 2017
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

2017 Judicial Q&A

Wed Jul 19 2017
Seminars

Barristers under 7 years are invited to the Judicial Q&A event – a great opportunity for under 7s to meet, greet and ask questions of the panel and socialise together. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, 2 August in the Bar Association Common Room from 5.15pm, with drinks to follow the panel discussion from 6.15pm. The Judicial Panel is the The Hon Justice Brigitte Markovic, the Hon Justice David Hammerschlag and the Hon Judge Warwick Hunt. For more information and to RSVP please see the Judicial Q&A website. RSVPs close Monday, 24 July.

The 2017 Judicial Q&A event is kindly sponsored by Bar Cover.

2017 Common Law Drinks

Tue Jul 18 2017
Bar Social Events

Judges, barristers and clerks are invited to attend the 2017 Common Law Drinks on Thursday, 24 August. The drinks will be held in the Verandah Restaurant & Wine Bar, 55-65 Elizabeth St, Sydney. The drinks mark the 89th anniversary the momentous event in common law where Mrs Mary May Donoghue drinking ginger beer from the tumbler which, it was claimed, contained the remains of a decomposed snail. The guest speaker on the evening will be the Hon Justice Ian Harrison of the Supreme Court of NSW. Drinks begin at 5.30pm and cost $75 for judges and barristers over 5 years and $55 for barristers under 5 years and clerks.

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Sports Law Conference and “State of Origin” Football Challenge

Tue Jul 18 2017
Conferences

Plans for the Annual Suncorp Bar Challenge Tournament and Sports Law Conference, which will take place on Saturday, 9 September 2017, have been finalised. Details of the conference speakers, the dinner and related festivities including as to when and how to register are available here.

The conference and dinner is open to all members of the Bar and the Judiciary.

Given the 10th anniversary year, NSW Bar FC would like to especially encourage all foundation members including those who may have “hung up the boots”, to be a part of what promises to be a wonderful day and evening.

For further information, please contact Anthony Lo Surdo SC (9233 3181 or losurdo@12thfloor.com.au)

2017 Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Tue Jul 18 2017
Lectures

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation invites members to the 2017 Sir Garfield Barwick Address, which will be delivered by David Bennett AC QC at a dinner to be held at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. To reserve your place, download and complete a registration form and RSVP by Friday, 18 August 2017.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Tue Jul 18 2017
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening

Tue Jul 18 2017
CPD Tonight - Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Presented by Ian Davidson SC, Chair, ADR Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Registration is required. To register, and for more information, please contact Megan Batchelor at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au. Attendance at this seminar forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

This seminar will be followed by a BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A session on Tuesday 1 August. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Opportunity to join 13th Floor St James Hall

Mon Jul 17 2017
Chambers for sale

Expressions of interest are invited to join 13th Floor St James Hall. The available room would suit a senior, junior or senior junior barrister and is fully fitted out with shelving and cupboards. It is 6 m x 3.5 m, located on the Phillip Street side of the building and receives natural light.

13th Floor St James Hall has 7 silks and 17 juniors with a variety of practice areas including administrative law, commercial, common law, crime, defamation, equity and trusts, intellectual property, native title, real property, and succession. There is an extensive floor library with most loose leaf services, internet facilities and a large conference room for the use of floor members. If you would like to arrange a time to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Eugenie Crosby.

All enquiries and written expressions of interest should be directed to the Clerk at clerk.13@stjames.net.au. Expressions of interest will be afforded the strictest confidence.

End of financial year drinks at the Association of Corporate Counsel

Mon Jul 17 2017
Direct briefing

The president of the NSW Division of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia has informed the president of the Bar Association that members of the New South Wales Bar are invited to attend the ACC EOFY Drinks on 26 July 2017. The details for registering can be found here.

The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference – places going fast!

Mon Jul 17 2017
Conferences

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Australian Academy of Law (AAL), the 90th anniversary of the Australian Law Journal (ALJ), and the 30th anniversary of the Pearce Report on Australian Law Schools, the AAL and ALJ are presenting a national conference on the future of Australian legal education, to be held in Sydney on 11–13 August. The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM and the Hon Justice Francois Kunc are the co-organisers of the event.

The conference will provide a forum for an informed, national discussion on the future of legal study and practice in Australia, covering practitioners, academics, judges and, of course, students.

The conference keynote speaker will be the internationally acclaimed Professor Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed to the Law School and Philosophy Department, University of Chicago.

Registration for the conference is open, but places are booking fast. For more information and to register, go to www.academyoflaw.org.au/conference

Learn more here.

Call for mentors for a moot: only short period involved

Mon Jul 17 2017
Mentoring

The Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party is calling for volunteers to assist with the annual UNSW Law Mooting Competition of Australia's First Peoples. This year’s moot is on succession law – but the mentoring role is on advocacy skills so knowledge of the area of law is not really relevant.

Interested barristers will be required to act as mentors to participating students over a ten day period from Monday, 24 July to Friday 4 August.

We are looking for barristers who are able provide advice on the preparation of written submissions as well as offer advocacy advice and some wisdom on best methods in oral presentations. Suggestions on what not to do are always helpful. Contact with the student may be in person or by phone and email. Please note that students may be in their first year. The preliminary will be held on Wednesday, 2 August from 5-9pm.

The finals will be held from 6.00pm on Friday 4 August at Gilbert + Tobin, L35, 200 Barangaroo Ave, International Towers 2, Barangaroo. If your student/s makes it to the final, then you would of course be welcome to attend.

If you are interested in assisting as a MOOTING MENTOR, please let me know by return email - ronaldssecretary@fjc.net.au - and I will let you know by Monday, 24 July if you have been allocated one or two students.

Chris Ronalds SC


Chair


Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Mon Jul 17 2017
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

2016-17 committee membership

Mon Jul 17 2017

The president annually reviews the need for the Bar Association’s various committees, the role of those committees and their membership.

A form listing the 2016-2017 committees is available here.

Members (not just those holding a practising certificate) who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee on the attached list should complete the form showing the committees for which they wish to be considered.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

The Bar Association is very fortunate that we have many more volunteers for committees than can possibly be accommodated. The president has therefore asked that members restrict their choice of committees to no more than two.

In confirming committee membership, the president ensures that all parts of the New South Wales Bar – geographically, practice areas and seniority – are represented on each committee.

Please note that until new committees are established and promulgated, the existing committees continue unchanged. The existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association continue unless and until the president determines otherwise.

Acknowledgement of your expression of interest will be emailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact gstow@nswbar.asn.au or telephone Georgina Stow on 9232 4055.

Thank you.

P.A. Selth
Executive Director
5 May 2016

2016-17 committee membership

Mon Jul 17 2017

The president annually reviews the need for the Bar Association’s various committees, the role of those committees and their membership.

A form listing the 2016-2017 committees is available here.

Members (not just those holding a practising certificate) who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee on the attached list should complete the form showing the committees for which they wish to be considered.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

The Bar Association is very fortunate that we have many more volunteers for committees than can possibly be accommodated. The president has therefore asked that members restrict their choice of committees to no more than two.

In confirming committee membership, the president ensures that all parts of the New South Wales Bar – geographically, practice areas and seniority – are represented on each committee.

Please note that until new committees are established and promulgated, the existing committees continue unchanged. The existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association continue unless and until the president determines otherwise.

Acknowledgement of your expression of interest will be emailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact gstow@nswbar.asn.au or telephone Georgina Stow on 9232 4055.

Thank you.

P.A. Selth
Executive Director
5 May 2016

2016-17 committee membership

Mon Jul 17 2017

The president annually reviews the need for the Bar Association’s various committees, the role of those committees and their membership.

A form listing the 2016-2017 committees is available here.

Members (not just those holding a practising certificate) who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee on the attached list should complete the form showing the committees for which they wish to be considered.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

The Bar Association is very fortunate that we have many more volunteers for committees than can possibly be accommodated. The president has therefore asked that members restrict their choice of committees to no more than two.

In confirming committee membership, the president ensures that all parts of the New South Wales Bar – geographically, practice areas and seniority – are represented on each committee.

Please note that until new committees are established and promulgated, the existing committees continue unchanged. The existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association continue unless and until the president determines otherwise.

Acknowledgement of your expression of interest will be emailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact gstow@nswbar.asn.au or telephone Georgina Stow on 9232 4055.

Thank you.

P.A. Selth
Executive Director
5 May 2016

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Fri Jul 14 2017

Chrissa Loukas SC, Michelle Painter SC, Kate Eastman SC, Rachel Francois and Renée Bianchi are among the barrister-nominees in the 2017 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards. Also nominated for the Community Lawyer or Academic of the Year, sponsored by Department of Justice, is the Bar Association's policy lawyer, Ting Lim. Online registrations for the Awards Gala Dinner have closed, but some places are still available. Download a registration form from the WLA NSW.

ATO Let's Talk

Fri Jul 14 2017
Professional forums

In February this year, the Australian Tax Office created an online platform called 'Let's Talk: Legal Practitioners Community' to share knowledge and information with the legal profession. Two new consultations have been added for legal practitioners to discuss and comment on: the impacts of the ATO's use of garnishees and freezing orders to collect debts; and some draft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to ask when contacting the ATO to discuss a client's tax debts. Members can register at any time to join the community.

ATO creates online forum for legal profession

Fri Jul 14 2017

The Australian Taxation Office has created an online platform called Let's Talk: Legal Practitioners Community to share knowledge and information with the legal profession. Members can register at any time to join the community and the ATO will also be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, 15 February 1.00pm-1.45pm to provide an overview of the new platform, and how legal practitioners can have their say.

Men and women of Geatland! Spear-armed Danes! Gather the Bar Book Club !

Fri Jul 14 2017
Bar recreational activities

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Wednesday, 2 August from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. The book for discussion will be the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf. For the time-poor and print-challenged there are audio versions: a beautiful reading by Seamus Heaney of Beowulf can be found in two parts on YouTube, here and here or can be purchased from Audible Books. And for those who did not study Beowulf in English 101, some commentary to get you started at Harvard Magazine and also one from the Guardian.

2017 Tutors and Readers Dinner – RSVPs close midnight tonight

Fri Jul 14 2017
Bar social events

All Readers from the 2/16 and 1/17 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 28 July 2017. The dinner will be held at the No. 1 William Room, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is The Hon Justice Julia Lonergan and the Readers speaker is Armen Karlozian.

For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

2017 Judicial Q&A – Registrations now open

Fri Jul 14 2017
Save the date

Barristers under 7 years are invited to the Judicial Q&A event – a great opportunity for under 7s to meet, greet and ask questions of the panel and socialise together. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, 2 August in the Bar Association Common Room from 5.15pm, with drinks to follow the panel discussion from 6.15pm. The Judicial Panel is the the Hon Justice Brigitte Markovic, the Hon Justice David Hammerschlag and his Honour Judge Warwick Hunt. For more information and to RSVP please see the Judicial Q&A website.

The 2017 Judicial Q&A event is kindly sponsored by Bar Cover.

Changes to the Supreme Court Duty Registrar Service

Fri Jul 14 2017
Court services

Commencing 24 July 2017, the Duty Registrar service at the Supreme Court will be available by appointment only. Appointments are available from 9:30am to 12:10pm and 2:30pm to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). The maximum time for each appointment is 20 minutes. Please refer to the Supreme Court website for more information on requesting an appointment.