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Career at the Bar University Open Day

Fri Oct 12 2018

The Career at the Bar University Open Day is on 24 October 2018. It's a great opportunity for students to meet members of the legal profession, barristers and judicial officers. Register here.

15 Bobber for Justice Kelly Rees - last day to register

Fri Oct 12 2018
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Kelly Rees, celebrating her recent appointment to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 19 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for her Honour will be Mr Peter Braham SC. The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm. RSVP here by Friday, 12 October 2018.

UN Day Lecture 2018 – 24 October 2018

Fri Oct 12 2018

This years UN Day Lecture by Hon Roger Gyles AO QC commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the New York Convention which underpins the system of international commercial arbitration.

All members are welcome but registration with UNCCA is required as numbers are filling up fast, see flyer here.

Australian Disputes Centre Mediation Training and Accreditation Program

Thu Oct 11 2018

Join the Australian Disputes Centre’s Mediation Training and Accreditation Program in Sydney in October and November. Delivered by Australia’s leading ADR, not-for-profit institution, this program has successfully helped many professionals integrate mediation into their professional work; honing their skills as an advocate in the context of mediation and becoming an accredited mediator. For current mediators, ADC’s program includes two professional development days.

Established by the NSW Attorney General and Sir Laurence Street in 1986, the Australian Disputes Centre has trained many of the legal community’s most respected mediators throughout Australia.

Upcoming Sydney dates:

ALHR & NJP Human Rights Dinner - Tickets now on sale

Thu Oct 11 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the ALHR - NJP Human Rights Dinner being held on 26 October 2018 at 7.00pm at the Sky Phoenix Restaurant, 188 Pitt Street Sydney.

Join Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and the National Justice Project for dinner to support their work to protect and promote human rights in Australia. Special guest speakers are Tony McAvoy SC and Larissa Behrendt. For further information and to book please click here.

Greenway Chambers performing at Law Rocks on Thursday 25 October from 7pm

Thu Oct 11 2018

Greenway Chambers’ band is performing at Law Rocks on Thursday 25 October at Oxford Art Factory. All proceeds go to the charities Lily’s Getaway and Yalari.

The gig starts at 7pm. The band is 3rd out of a line-up that also includes bands from Norton Rose Fulbright, DLA Piper, Corrs and KPMG.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased from the Law Rocks website or direct from Greenway’s clerk, Imogen Thomas by email here.

Final two Academy of Law events for 2018

Wed Oct 10 2018

The Academy has two events remaining in NSW this year, both to be held in the Banco Court:

  1. On Tuesday 27 November, the third and final Access to Justice event (this one will be on Non-financial barriers to access to justice). For further information click here. DATE: Tuesday 27 November 2018 TIME: 5:00pm – 6:30pm PLACE: The Banco Court, Level 13 Law Courts Building, Queen’s Square, Sydney

  2. On Wednesday 28 November the launch by Justice Margaret Beazley of the book of last year's Conference papers, The Future of Australian Legal Education. For further information click here. DATE: Wednesday 28 November 2018 TIME: 5.30 pm PLACE: The Banco Court, Level 13 Law Courts Building, Queen's Square, Sydney

Bar Book Club

Wed Oct 10 2018
Wellbeing

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held at 5.30pm on 16 October 2018 - a new time due to Bar Association change in office hours. The book is We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Good Reads reviews here.

Defamation law reform in an online world

Tue Oct 09 2018

The Law Council of Australia is hosting two seminars on comparative law issues in defamation law reform.

Calls for reform of Australia’s outdated defamation laws have been revived now that NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman SC has released the long-delayed Review of the Defamation Act 2005 (NSW). The Attorney-General has asked the national Committee of Attorneys General to undertake a “cyber-age reboot” of the uniform legislation.

Two seminars will be held on 31 October and 8 November 2018. The first of these considers defence issues, while the second of these focuses on specific problem areas for plaintiffs. These seminars focus on how the Section 49 Review has dealt with internationally discussed freedom of speech issues in an online world.

For more information and to register for the seminars please visit the Law Council of Australia website here.

Local Court sitting arrangements during the Christmas New Year period

Tue Oct 09 2018

The Local Court has released its sitting arrangements for the Christmas New Year period 2018-19. In accordance with Rule 8.2A of the Local Court Rules 2009, normal rostered sittings are suspended on and from Monday, 24 December 2018 and recommence on Monday, 7 January 2019. Information regarding adults and juveniles in custody, as well as apprehended violence orders, is available here.

15 Bobber for Justice Kelly Rees

Tue Oct 09 2018
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice Kelly Rees, celebrating her recent appointment to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 19 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for her Honour will be Mr Peter Braham SC. The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm. RSVP here by Friday, 12 October 2018.

District Court delays and resourcing - ABC News Article

Mon Oct 08 2018
Law reform and public affairs

ABC TV News featured a story in their Friday night bulletin regarding her Honour Judge Tupman's comments on the delays in the District Court, including an interview with President Arthur Moses SC regarding judicial resourcing. For more information click here.

CPD in October

Mon Oct 08 2018
Monday, October 15 2018 - Surrounding Circumstances in Contractual Interpretation: the State of the Law

Presented by John Eldridge, Lecturer, The University of Sydney. Chaired by Greg Tolhurst. This is a lunchtime seminar commencing at 1 pm. Learn more here.

Wednesday, October 17 2018 - Criminal Trial Advocacy: Observations from the Bench

This is a unique and valuable opportunity for the NSW Bar to benefit from the observations of two Judges of the District Court of New South Wales on criminal trial advocacy. The panel includes Her Honour Judge J A Girdham SC and Her Honour Judge H L Syme. Learn more here.

This is the first CPD in the Women Barristers Forum’s Advocacy Skills Series._

Thursday, October 18 2018 - Contracting Out of Statutory Prohibitions Against Misleading or Deceptive Conduct

Presented Richard Scruby SC, chaired by Dr Kristina Stern SC and commentary by The Hon JD Heydon AC QC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the Commercial Law Section.

Thursday, October 25 2018, - Judicial Q&A

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Bar Common Room on Thursday, 25 October at 5.15pm. The Q&A will feature a panel of judges who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. This year the panel will include Justice Julie Ward, Chief Judge in Equity, Supreme Court of NSW; Justice Michael Lee SC, Federal Court of Australia and Judge Penelope Wass SC, District Court of NSW. Learn more here.

Wednesday, October 31 2018 - Appearing before Tribunals

Please join Deputy Presidents of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal as they discuss tips for effective advocacy when appearing before tribunals. The panel includes The Hon. Acting Judge Jennifer Boland AM, Deputy President, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ms Jan Redfern PSM, Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Surya Palaniappan, Sixth Floor. Learn more here.

This is the second CPD in the Women Barristers Forum’s Advocacy Skills Series.

The 2018 Plunkett Lecture

Mon Oct 08 2018

The Attorney General of New South Wales, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, will deliver the 2018 Plunkett Lecture on Monday, 29 October 2018 at 5.15 pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Lecture.

Upcoming Forbes Society tutorials

Mon Oct 08 2018

The next tutorial in the Forbes Society series of legal history tutorials will be presented by the Chief Justice, the Hon T F Bathurst on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 5.15pm in Banco Court. The title of the tutorial is, ‘The History of the Law of Commercial Arbitration’.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Everything you wanted to ask a judge but are too afraid to ask

Mon Oct 08 2018

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Bar Common Room on Thursday, 25 October at 5.15pm. As usual, the Q&A will feature a panel of judges who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. However, this year drinks (like costs) will follow the event at the St James Crypt and Garden Courtyard (across from the court). Members are welcome to attend one or both events.

  • Register here for the Q&A and to submit your questions for the panel
  • Register here for the drinks (free for under 5s, $30 for over 5s)

Please note that registrations are necessary for Under 5s attending the drinks (regardless of no cost) for catering purposes.


The Q&A panel discussion is designed to allow under 5s to pose questions to judges from the Federal Court, Supreme Court and District Court with a view to assisting new barristers in their court craft, advocacy and practice in those courts.

The drinks function which follows will provide an opportunity for New Barristers to catch up. The drinks will also serve as an opportunity to welcome the new cohort of Barristers from the 2018 Bar Practice Courses.

Members of the judiciary and barristers over 5 years are also invited to the drinks.

We would also like to thank BarCover who are kindly sponsoring this event. To find out more about what BarCover has to offer you please visit their website.

Ian David Cullen (1947-2018)

Mon Oct 08 2018
Vale

Ian David Cullen, admitted to the New South Wales Bar in December 1976 and formerly of 3 Wentworth Chambers, died on Saturday. A funeral will be held in St James, King Street on Friday, 12 October 2018 at 10.30am.

New Race Discrimination Commissioner announced today

Fri Oct 05 2018

The Hon Christian Porter MP has today announced the appointment of Mr Chin-Leong Tan has been appointed as Australia’s new Race Discrimination Commissioner. He will take up the position on Monday, 8th October 2018.

Mr Chin-Leong Tan has been appointed to the position for a term of five years.

Mr Tan is a well-known and recognised leader in the multicultural community. Click here to see the media release.

Contingency Fees on the Legal Table

Fri Oct 05 2018

If litigation funding and contingency fees are permitted to operate in Australia then there should a closely regulated regime. See my opinion piece at page 26 of today’s Australian Legal Affairs section. Click here(paywall) to see the full article.