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Visit by Bangladeshi judges

Wed Jun 06 2018
News

On 6 June 2018 the Bar Association hosted a visit by over 40 judges and magistrates from Bangladesh. The judges were visiting as part of an international training program conducted by the International Centre for Ocean Governance at Western Sydney University. The judges were addressed by the Executive Director on the role of barristers in the Australian legal system, legal education in Australia and the work of the Bar Association.

Trust money account – Fees in advance – External Examination report due 7 June 2018

Wed Jun 06 2018

A final reminder for any barristers who, in the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, have received fees in advance, that is, as described in the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 (the LPULAR), money on account of legal costs for legal services in advance of the provision by the barrister of the legal services – an External Examiner must be appointed to carry out an examination of the clause 15 account for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. Clause 15(2) of the LPULAR also requires that a copy of the External Examination report be provided to the Bar Council by no later than 7 June 2018. The External Examination report template, which has been amended from 2017, is available on the Bar Association’s website under the heading "Fees in Advance" here.

Any questions? Please contact the Bar Association’s Legal Officer, Angela Huang, on (02) 9232 4055 or pcd@nswbar.asn.au.

Legal Aid NSW Summary Criminal Law Panel

Wed Jun 06 2018
Reminder: applications due by 18 June 2018

The Summary Criminal Law Panel (formerly the General Criminal Law Panel) is currently open for new applications from solicitors and barristers.

Applications must be submitted online through the Panels Application Website by Monday, 18 June 2018 for consideration by the Selection Committee.

Please note that if you are currently a member of the General Criminal Law Panel your membership will continue on the Summary Criminal Law Panel. You do not need to apply.

Information about the Panel is available on the Summary Criminal Law Solicitor Panel web page and contains the following:

  • Information for applicants
  • Practice standards
  • Service agreement
  • Supervisory Undertaking
  • Information for Supervisors of Panel Lawyers

More information about how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

For any further enquiries regarding the Panel please email panels@legalaidnsw.gov.au or contact Professional Practices on 9219 5662.

Fitted for Work clothing drive

Tue Jun 05 2018
Philanthropy

Clear out your (or your partner’s) closet for a good cause – the Fitted For Work clothing drive. Fitted for Work is a charity that dresses and coaches disadvantaged women for job interviews. Members are asked to raid their (or their partner’s) wardrobes and donate good quality business clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Full details of the clothing donation guidelines are available here.

Donations can be delivered to Victoria O'Halloran at Two Wentworth Chambers from Monday, 18 June 2018. All donations will be delivered to Fitted for Work in Parramatta.

Report on harassment & bullying in the NZ legal profession

Tue Jun 05 2018

The New Zealand Law Society has released a report on sexual harassment in the New Zealand legal profession which showed that nearly one third of female lawyers have been sexually harassed during their working life and more than half of all lawyers have been bullied at some time in their working life. Of the 13,663 lawyers surveyed, 3,516 lawyers completed the survey (a response rate of 26%).

The report also found that judges were the perpetrator of 44% of bullying experienced by lawyers working in criminal law and of 50% of bullying experienced by barristers .

The New Zealand Law Society has now called for expressions of interest for lawyers to participate in a “task force to drive and guide systems and culture change within the legal profession”

For the diary: Making ADR Work in a #fakenews World

Tue Jun 05 2018

Don’t miss out on the ADR Masterclass 2018 – save the date now! The ADR Masterclass is a highly respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution at the NSW Bar. The ADR Masterclass will be held on Saturday, 11 August 2018, 9-5.30 pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. This year’s theme is Making ADR Work in a #fakenews World.

Speakers include the Chief Justice of NSW, the Hon TF Bathurst AC, and UNCITRAL Rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick. This event will contribute to CPD hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme.

Registration opens soon. For further details, contact BARADR®

David Percy Hipsley (1952-2018)

Tue Jun 05 2018

Vale

David Percy Hipsley, former barrister and Judge's Associate, died on 1 June 2018, aged 65.Friends of David are warmly invited to attend a funeral service which will be held on Friday 8 June at 10am in the Greenway Chapel, 460 Avoca Drive, Green Point.

Coming up in CPD in June

Tue Jun 05 2018

Friday, June 08 2018 - Lunchtime talk: Confidence in Privacy

Presented by Dr Nicole Moreham, Victoria University of Wellington. Chaired by Greg Tolhurst. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar commences at 1.00 pm.

This seminar has been organised in association with the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at The University of Sydney Law School.

Thursday, June 14 2018 - Issues in Securities Class Actions

Presented by Jeremy Kirk SC and Perry Herzfeld. Commentary by The Hon Peter Jacobson QC. Chaired by Ruth Higgins SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Commercial Law Section.

Wednesday, June 27 2018 - DO’s and DONT’s of running a case in Equity

Presented by The Hon Justice Stephen Robb and Jodi Steele. Chaired by Nicholas Kidd SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room unless otherwise stated.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

For the diary: securities class actions

Tue Jun 05 2018

On Thursday 14 June the Commercial Law Section will host a seminar on securities class actions. The chair is Ruth Higgins SC, the speakers are Jeremy Kirk SC and Perry Herzfeld, and the commentator is the Hon Peter Jacobson QC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

Room for sale – State Chambers

Mon Jun 04 2018

A north/west facing light filled room (14 sqm) has become available for sale at State Chambers which consists of 6 Silks and 18 Junior barristers. The long established Chambers is located on the top floor of 52 Martin Place. The practice areas for which State Chambers is renowned include: Public law; Common law; Employment and Industrial Relations law; and Commercial law. State Chambers also has a focus on Human Rights and has, as an Honorary Member, the first Federal Human Rights Commissioner for Australia, Professor Brian Burdekin AO. Details of the sale price and chambers fees are available upon request. All enquiries to be directed to the Clerk, Fiona Hayden 9223 1522.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Mon Jun 04 2018

Monday, June 04 2018 - Gender Dysphoria

Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Mark Anderson. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar commences at 5.30 pm.

This seminar has been organised by the Family Law Committee.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Bar FC lost a closely fought match 2-1 yesterday

Fri Jun 01 2018
Wellbeing

With Sir Alex away, and Bar FC keen to further our progression up the competition ladder, we were up against the leaders of the competition, Announcer FC. It was also an exceptionally windy afternoon which made for a challenging game. But when the going gets tough, Bar FC get going.

The Bar FC team were lifted by the return of Patchaldinho and we soon saw the domination up front of Bar FC in the first half. Di Michael connected with a good header attempt at goal which just missed caressing the net. Morrison and Hartford-Davis led a number of break out attempts up front to attack the Announcer FC back line. The mid field worked well with D’Arville centring the midfield well. In the last thirty seconds of the first half, calamity struck when Announcer FC kicking a very lucky goal from relatively far out, putting the Bar 1-0 down at half time.

In the second half, Bar FC scored a great goal by Anthony Canceri from a pass from Di Michael. Di Michael also was unlucky with another goal shot opportunity. But it was largely BAR FC on defence in the second half, with captain Simon Philips as sweeper keeping a great defensive line in place. Once again, Larish showed his great field positioning and accurate kicking to protect the rear flank. Griscti on the midfield wing was noticeable as constantly being in the thick of things, as were Monteith and Hartford-Davis.

Special mention to Harris in goals (reminiscent of the performance of the legendary goalkeepers, Michel Preud'homme), who made many excellent saves that appeared certain to be going in.

Injury struck half way through the 2nd half with Morrison (who was in all the action up front) twisting his ankle and being assisted off (our new Bar FC first aid kit is getting some use …). Alas, despite one of our best performances this year, Announcer FC were able to slip in a second goal, with the final score being 2-1 against Bar FC. The team yesterday was:

  • Simon Philips (c)
  • Patch
  • Di Michael
  • Monteith
  • Harris (GK)
  • Anthony Canceri
  • Swami
  • Hogan-Doran
  • D'Arville
  • Hartford-Davis
  • Morrison
  • Chadd
  • Larish
  • Griscti
  • Compton

Bar FC’s next outing is against Sydney Business School FC at 1.15 p.m. Thursday 7 June 2018 in the Domain. All supporters welcome.

Room for sale or licence in long-established chambers

Fri Jun 01 2018

Large room for sale or licence in Edmund Barton Chambers, Level 44, MLC Centre. The Chambers have been fully operational in these premises since 1979.

Fifty-three barristers currently practice from this friendly and busy floor with a wide mix of disciplines, notably commercial, local government, building and construction, insurance, family law and crime.

The available room has an area of 22.95 sq metres and faces due east of north with excellent views of the city and harbour out to North and South Head.

The room is suitable for occupation by Silk or Senior Junior Counsel.

Potential purchasers and licensees should contact the Floor Clerk, Loraine Byrnes, on 9220-6100 for an inspection of the room.

NBC breakfast in Parramatta.

Fri Jun 01 2018
Collegiality

Following the success of our last breakfast in Parramatta, the New Barristers’ Committee invites all barristers who will be in Parramatta on 13 June 2018, to join our hosts Justice Foster of the Family Court and Judge Obradovic of the Federal Circuit Court for breakfast at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta at any time between 8.00am and 9.30am. Spaces are limited so let Marea Wilson at Denman Chambers know if you can come.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Jun 01 2018

Monday, June 04 2018 - Gender Dysphoria

Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Mark Anderson. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar commences at 5.30 pm.

This seminar has been organised by the Family Law Committee.

Friday, June 08 2018 - Lunchtime talk: Confidence in Privacy

Presented by Dr Nicole Moreham, Victoria University of Wellington. Chaired by Greg Tolhurst. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar commences at 1.00 pm.

This seminar has been organised in association with the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at The University of Sydney Law School.

All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room unless otherwise stated.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Facial recognition

Thu May 31 2018
News

President Arthur Moses SC has been interviewed on ABC TV News regarding facial recognition software legislation currently before parliament. Please note: humans, who are naturally more skilled at facial recognition, will soon realise that the person in the first 15 seconds of the video file is not Mr Moses.

Reform of the family law system must be properly considered

Thu May 31 2018
A message from President Arthur Moses SC

The NSW Bar Association supports comments made today by the Queensland Bar Association regarding inappropriate attacks on members of the Family Court. Any case for reform of the family law system must be properly considered and based on evidence - not rhetoric or baseless allegations concerning the judges of the Family Court. It would be unprecedented to justify the abolition of a court by reference to assertions by individuals unhappy with the outcome of particular cases. What is clear is that the judges of the court carry a significant workload in a jurisdiction which has been affected by reduced judicial resources and the lack of legal aid. The NSW Bar Association looks forward to engaging in discussions with the federal attorney- general in relation to the proposed reforms when the draft legislation is released.

Expansion of the Koori Court in NSW

Thu May 31 2018
Message from President Arthur Moses SC

The NSW government has today announced plans to expand the NSW Youth Koori Court to the Surry Hills Childrens Court. I congratulate the NSW Government for this initiative, which is designed to break the cycle of crime for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders. Members will be aware that the Bar Association has been advocating for the adoption of a Walama Court, a specific Indigenous sentencing jurisdiction, in the District Court. I have recently had discussions with the Premier regarding the establishment of such a Court in NSW. I will keep members informed of developments.

Sedition trial in Fiji

Thu May 31 2018

Sedition trials are no longer common, but the Lowy Institute's online bulletin, the interpreter, reports that the Fiji High Court has handed down a not-guilty verdict in the case of four men, including three Fiji Times executives, charged with sedition over a letter that appeared in the Fiji Times–published indigenous language publication Nai Lalakai in 2016. Fiji’s DPP has announced that he will appeal the High Court’s decision.

Practising certificate renewals 2018-19

Thu May 31 2018
Renewals Update

There is only one week left to renew your practising certificate by the due date – Thursday, 7 June 2018.

Do not wait until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.

Not intending to renew your practising certificate?

If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records.

If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the Certification Officer, Barrie Anthony ph: (02) 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

Australian Women Lawyers 7th National Conference

Thu May 31 2018

The 7th National Conference of the Australian Women Lawyers will be held on 24-26 August at the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney. The conference program will be launched at a formal Welcome Reception at 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday, 24 August with the Hon Mark Speakman SC, attorney general of New South Wales and Fiona McLeod SC, immediate past president of the Law Council of Australia as speakers.

The prestigious Australian Women Lawyers Award will be presented at a Gala Dinner at 6.30pm on Saturday, 25 August featuring speaker Tanya Hosch, general manager inclusion & social policy of the AFL.

Full details of a high calibre program of speakers and details for registration are available here. https://aomevents.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/australian-womens-laywers-awl-2018/awl18/ExtraContent/ContentPage?page=1

The early bird rate for registration is currently available until Friday, 15 June.

Coming up in CPD

Thu May 31 2018

Monday, June 04 2018 - Gender Dysphoria

Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Mark Anderson. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar commences at 5.30 pm.

This seminar has been organised by the Family Law Committee.

Friday, June 08 2018 - Lunchtime talk: Confidence in Privacy

Presented by Dr Nicole Moreham, Victoria University of Wellington. Chaired by Greg Tolhurst. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar commences at 1.00 pm.

This seminar has been organised in association with the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at The University of Sydney Law School.

Thursday, June 14 2018 - Issues in Securities Class Actions

Presented by Jeremy Kirk SC and Perry Herzfeld. Commentary by The Hon Peter Jacobson QC. Chaired by Ruth Higgins SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the Commercial Law Section.

Wednesday, June 27 2018 - DO’s and DONT’s of running a case in Equity

Presented by The Hon Justice Stephen Robb and Jodi Steele. Chaired by Nicholas Kidd SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room unless otherwise stated.

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.