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Bar Council business for February - March 2017

Mon May 22 2017

Bar Council met in February and March in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association. Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from this summary of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted here. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director. View the minutes for 9 February, 23 February and 9 March.

Bar Knitting Group meets next week

Mon May 22 2017

All interested barristers are invited to attend the next meeting of the Bar Knitting Group. It will be held on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles, and wool etc. If you don’t have a project, or don’t know how to knit/crochet and want to learn, let us know beforehand by sending an email to Michelle Painter SC or to Lisa Allen.

Light refreshments will be served.

Tomorrow: Tutorial in Australian Legal History

Mon May 22 2017

Next in the Francis Forbes Society's tutorials in Australian legal history will be "The History of Equity", presented by the Hon Peter Young QC. It will be held tomorrow, 23 May 2017 in the Banco Court, commencing at 5.15pm and concluding at 6.15pm.

STEP address: Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes

Mon May 22 2017

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Andrew Rider on "Stamp Duty, Land Tax and Deceased Estates". It will be held on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer here.

NSW Bar Half Marathon team storms past fundraising target

Mon May 22 2017
Fundraising surpasses $10,000 target

The NSW Bar Half Marathon team of President Arthur Moses SC and Ben Symons completed the SMH Half-Marathon on Sunday, 21 May. In doing so, they finished strongly in raising more than $11,000 for the Katrina Dawson Foundation. Moses SC Tweeted shortly after the event, thanking members of the bar for their generosity and promised that 'Katrina Dawson will not be forgotten'. It's not too late to make a donation, via the team's fundraising page on Everyday Hero. The money raised will go to fund a Katrina Dawson Award for a female reader in each Bar Practice Course, worth $12,000. The prize recipient will be chosen on the basis of excellent academic qualifications, demonstrated leadership in the community and a commitment to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award.

Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Mon May 22 2017

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation advises that the next Sir Garfield Barwick Address 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. A formal invitation will be issued in due course. Please save the date.

Coming up in CPD:

Mon May 22 2017

Tuesday, May 30 2017 - William Lee: The First Chinese-Australian barrister in NSW

Presented by Malcolm Oakes SC and chaired by Trish McDonald SC. Further details will be available shortly.

Thursday, June 01 2017 - Access networks, uncover opportunities - barristers & social media Presented by Jane Needham SC, Louise Jackson, Marlia Saunders - Senior Associate, Ashurst and Michaela Whitbourn - Journalist, Fairfax. Chaired Michelle Painter SC. This seminar, brought to you by Women Barristers Forum, will discuss how barristers are using social media, how we might use social media more effectively and some traps to watch out for. This seminar is presented as part of the “Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Briefed.” CPD series. #WBFBeSeen

For full details please download a flyer here

The seminar will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Coming up next week: Tutorial in Australian Legal History

Fri May 19 2017

Next in the Francis Forbes Society's tutorials in Australian legal history will be "The History of Equity", presented by the Hon Peter Young QC. It will be held on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 in the Banco Court, commencing at 5.15pm and concluding at 6.15pm.

Swearing-in ceremony for David Price on Monday morning

Fri May 19 2017

David Price will be sworn-in as a Local Court magistrate at a swearing-in ceremony on Monday, 22 May 2017 at 9.00am in Court 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Junior Vice-President Chrissa Loukas SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns should not be worn.

Swearing-in ceremony for David Russell SC

Fri May 19 2017

David Russell SC has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales & Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9:00am on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

WLANSW Achievement Awards and Janet Coombes lunch for new female barristers

Thu May 18 2017

The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2017 will be held at the Grand Ballroom, Doltone House Hyde Park, Sydney 7pm Friday 11th August 2017. The guest speaker for the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner has been confirmed as Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, High Court of Australia. Click here for further details regarding the Awards, including registration. Nominations for the award are still open and can be made here.

The Women Barristers Forum and Women Lawyers Association would like to invite members of the Bar to attend the biannual Janet Coombes Lunch for new female barristers, which will be held at 1pm on Friday 19th May at the Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney. For rsvp and registration details, see the flyer

Room for sale in Frederick Jordan Chambers

Thu May 18 2017

A large imposing room, suitable for a silk, is available on level 1 of Frederick Jordan Chambers. The room has extensive bookshelving and filing drawers and double glazing. It is north facing, overlooking Martin Place. Chambers has long standing Clerical Staff and a Librarian and technical assistant overseeing one of the best law libraries in Sydney. Monthly rent, clerks and library $4190 + GST. For further details please contact the Clerk to Chambers, Elleanor Gillard ph 02 92297333 or email clerk@fjc.net.au

2017-18 committee membership

Thu May 18 2017
Expressions of interest close today

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 2017-2018 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, 18 May 2017.

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 seeks to ensure that all parts of the 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.

Greg Tolhurst
Executive Director
1 May 2017

Appointments to the Local Court

Wed May 17 2017

Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced the appointments of David John Price of State Chambers and Legal Aid solicitor Joy Boulos as magistrates of the Local Court of NSW. View the attorney's media release here.

Minister's comments should not be repeated: LCA

Wed May 17 2017

Law Council of Australia President Fiona McLeod SC has defended the independence of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal following a remark on radio by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. View the LCA media release here.

Legal Aid NSW Mental Health Advocacy Panel

Wed May 17 2017

The Legal Aid NSW Mental Health Advocacy Panel (the panel) is currently open for new applicants and applications for reappointment. All applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Friday, 30 June 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee. More information about the panel and how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

For any further enquiries regarding the Panel please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

ABA Appellate Advocacy Intensive

Wed May 17 2017

The Australian Bar Association's Appellate Advocacy course will be held in Brisbane on 8-10 September 2017. This intensive involves a realistic brief and detailed preparation, including written submissions and performances in real court settings before appellate judges. The intensive will promote excellence in appellate advocacy through the development of relevant skills.

Groups are small and the coach-to-participant ratio is high. Performances are recorded in-court before an appellate court judge, and then reviewed separately with senior members of the Australian Bar. Voice and movement coaching is also available from a professional coach. There are only 24 positions available. Seniority of at least eight years at the private bar is a pre-requisite. To reserve your place, download a registration form here and a brochure here.

AM reports on mental health support for lawyers

Wed May 17 2017

ABC Radio's AM program yesterday aired a report on mental health among Australian solicitors and barristers. Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC was interviewed as part of the program. You can listen to a podcast here and read an article here.

Bar FC thwarted again

Wed May 17 2017

Yet again blue skies meant conditions were perfect for Bar FC for yesterday's match in the Domain Soccer League. Some attractive football by the team, however, went without reward as Bar FC were held to a 0-0 draw. Keeper Harris had little to do all match such was the skill of the backline consisting of Gyles SC, Philips, Covell and Griscti at dealing with the long ball. The midfield was passing well however a lack of finish meant that many passing moves went unrewarded. A free kick outside the area was taken by Hartford Davis who rattled the cross bar with his effort. Unfortunately, the goal drought continues but Sir Alex is happy with the way the team is competing and realises a win is not far away. It was never going to be easy given Bar FC is playing in a higher division this year. Grumblings heard from Connor SC around Maurice Byers Chambers that Sir Alex should retire are starting to increase in volume. Let’s hope the team can soon relieve some pressure.

Our next game is on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at 1.15 pm against Division leaders Herbert Smith Freehills. Could be a tough day on the park.

The team for yesterday's game was as follows:

  • Lachlan Gyles SC
  • Joe Jaeger
  • John Harris
  • Hilary Montieth
  • Sebastian Hartford Davis
  • Angus Lang
  • Faraz Maghami
  • Simon Phillips
  • Phillip Santucci
  • Ivan Griscti
  • Darren Covell
  • Glen Fredericks
  • Geoff O'Shea
  • Tim Kane

Bar Association office bearers

Tue May 16 2017

At a meeting of the Bar Council on the evening of 11 May 2017, the following were elected as office bearers of the Bar Association:

President: Arthur Moses SC

Senior Vice-President: Tim Game SC

Junior Vice-President: Chrissa Loukas SC

Treasurer: Andrew Bell SC

Honorary Secretary: Sophie Callan

Room for purchase or licence on Second Floor Selborne

Tue May 16 2017

An opportunity to purchase or licence a room has become available on the Second Floor Selborne Chambers. The room is well appointed and tastefully fitted out, with extensive inbuilt shelving, storage and a robe cupboard. The Floor is well established, collegiate and busy. There is a considerable diversity of practices amongst members of this strong and congenial floor including commercial, common law (including medical negligence), equity, administrative law, crime, trade practices, taxation and coronial inquiries. The Floor provides an excellent library, has VOIP telephony, and is connected to Counsels Chambers Network.

Applications and enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be addressed to the Clerk, Sarah Aleksovski, via email saleksovski@selbornechambers.com.au or telephone 02 9233 6400.

Climate change, migration law and the Pacific - the 2017 Displacement Project lecture

Tue May 16 2017

On 7 June 2017, King & Wood Mallesons, together with UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, will host a public lecture on “The Displacement Project – Perspectives on Climate Change and Planned Relocation in the Pacific”. Speakers at this year's event will be international law expert, Professor Jane McAdam, and political geographer, Professor Jon Barnett. For more details about the event, download a brochure or reserve your place here.

The Displacement Project is a collaboration between KWM and the Kaldor Centre, which aims to raise awareness among members of the legal profession and the broader community about climate change-related migration and displacement, the limitations of existing international legal frameworks and the policies that can be implemented in response to this issue.

Learned Friends Cape Town Conference

Mon May 15 2017

In September (25 Sept – 2 Oct) Learned Friends is holding a conference in Cape Town. Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, but Africa as a whole. This is due to its good climate, natural settings, and well developed infrastructure. Speakers include Judge Richard Cogswell SC, Jeremy Gauntlett QC (Cape Town), Campbell Bridge SC and Donna Ward. For more information visit the Learned Friends website or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.