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2019 Regional Conference Series

Tue Dec 04 2018

Registrations are now OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association 2019 Regional CPD Conferences. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here.

  • Saturday, 23 February 2019 - Newcastle
  • Saturday, 2 March 2019 - North Coast Ballina
  • Saturday, 9 March 2019 – Orange
  • Saturday, 23 March 2019 - Parramatta
  • Saturday, 30 March 2019 – Sydney

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place, please click on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Regional Conference Series website.

Further speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Dec 04 2018

Registrations are OPEN for the 2019 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park on Saturday 16 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here.

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place, please click on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Personal Injury & Common Law Conference website.

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Encryption access laws require proper scrutiny

Mon Dec 03 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council has today called on the Australian Parliament to not rush consideration of complex and unprecedented encryption access laws. President-elect Arthur Moses SC warned that legislation impacting on the privacy and rights of Australians should be scrutinised carefully and called for parliament to act with "caution, moderation and restraint". View the media release here.

Bench and Bar v Solicitors Golf Day

Mon Dec 03 2018
Bar sports

The annual Bar and Bench v Solicitors Golf Day returns to Manly course on Thursday, 24 January 2018. The event will be the usual Two – ball Stableford. The cost for the day is $170.00 per person including dinner. (No discount for Golf only. Manly members pay $80.00). Further details contact Dennis Flaherty on 9233 3517 (mobile 041 601 5623), Paul Bolster (0414 878 946) or John Newnham solicitor on 9264 7788. Download an acceptance form here.

Funeral arrangements for John Whittle SC

Mon Dec 03 2018
Vale

The funeral for John Whittle will be held on Saturday, 8 December 2018 at 9.30am in the Church of the Living God, 25 Carrington Avenue, Hurstville, followed by the burial at Woronora Memorial park at 12.00pm.

On Wednesday, 12 December, John's family, friends and colleagues will hold a gathering at the Royal Automobile Club, 89 Macquarie Street, between 6.00pm and 8.30pm in the Victoria Room to share stories of his life at the NSW Bar.

NCAT Annual Report 2017-18 tabled in NSW Parliament

Mon Dec 03 2018

The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal is in its fifth year of operation, and during the 2017-18 financial year disposed of more than 66,000 matters. Further information can be obtained from the NCAT annual report, available here.

Arthur Moses SC elected president of the LCA

Mon Dec 03 2018

At the weekend directors' meeting of the Law Council, the following directors were elected as members of the Law Council Executive for 2019: Arthur Moses SC, president; Konrad de Kerloy, president-elect; Pauline Wright, treasurer; and Tass Liveris, Jacoba Brasch QC and Tony Rossi, Executive members. Learn more here.

Retirement of The Honourable Justice Ruth McColl AO

Fri Nov 30 2018
Collegiality

The Honourable Justice McColl AO will retire as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Sunday, 27 January 2019.

A formal ceremony to mark this occasion will be held in the Banco Court on Level 13 at 9:15 AM on Tuesday 4 December 2018. Tim Game SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar.

The ceremony will be followed by morning tea in the Judges' Dining Room on Level 13.

All members of the Bar are welcome to attend.

Justice defender and Indigenous advocate, Phillip Boulten SC, wins Law Council’s President’s Award

Fri Nov 30 2018
Media Release

Phillip Boulten SC was last night presented Law Council of Australia President's Award. President of the Law Council, Morry Bailes, who presented the award at the Law Council's Annual Gala Dinner last night, said Mr Boulten exemplified the best of the profession. “Throughout his career, Mr Boulten has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of the rule of law and the administration of justice,” Mr Bailes said.

A full copy of media release is available here.

Bench and Bar Tennis Day 2018

Fri Nov 30 2018
Bar sports

The annual Bench & Bar Tennis day will be held as usual on the first Tuesday after the end of term, on 18 December 2018 from 9.00am at the Royal Sydney Golf Club. There are 24 spots available. Registration of the players is done, as always, on a first come, first served basis. Spots will fill up quickly. Water and soft drinks will be available during play, and lunch is provided at the bistro and bar in the clubhouse. If you are interested please let Jane Buncle know, preferably by email to buncle@tenthfloor.org

RACS Fast-Track Judicial Review Workshop

Fri Nov 30 2018

Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) will run another fast track judicial review workshop in Sydney, based on the Law Institute of Victoria training materials. It is scheduled for Monday, 26 November 2018, from 6.00–8.00pm at Lander & Rogers in the CBD. Participants will need to prepare by viewing training videos and reading materials. It is a great opportunity for those wanting to contribute to RACS’s judicial review referral service: Justice for Refugees (J4R). For more information, contact Nadine Darling at RACS.

The Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) would like to thank the Bar Association and its members for the ongoing support of our Justice for Refugees, judicial review referral service for people seeking asylum who came by boat. The pro bono support received from barristers since the project began in 2016 has made a tangible difference to the lives of many people. The patron of RACS, the Hon Michael Kirby, said recently: "this is not a good time for the rule of law in Australia….. we have to engage the very best lawyers for those who come seeking sanctuary in our country…. years from now we will look back on this time and we will be surprised at what we have done but we will honour those who have assisted, who can make sure the rule of law is a reality for those who come to us seeking asylum."

Since the commencement of Justice for Refugees (J4R) pro bono barristers have provided 190 opinions on prospects of success for clients who can’t afford legal assistance. Of those, about 70 opinions have been positive and RACS have found instructing solicitors from their network of 18 pro bono law firms to run the matters in the Federal Circuit Court.

But there is much more to do for the fast track group (the people who came by boat after August 13 2012) with just over half of the estimated 7000 fast track applicants in NSW having had their protection visa applications processed. RACS could easily be approached by about 400 more clients needing help. That is why RACS needs more barristers and law firms who are prepared to assist clients who are in genuine need.

Note: The material covered will be the same as the Workshops run on 23 Jan & 28 May 2018.

2020 HAL International Legal Conference, Greece

Thu Nov 29 2018
Save the Date

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association (HAL) is delighted to be hosting a second International Legal Conference in Rhodes, Greece from 5-10 July 2020. Please save the date for what promises to be a memorable conference.

Registrations will open in May 2019 for the conference. Further details will be posted on the HAL website www.hal.asn.au in February 2019.

Premature Parliamentary vote reinforces need for careful scrutiny of Family Court's Future

Thu Nov 29 2018
Law Reform and Public Affairs

The President of the New South Wales Bar Association Tim Game SC today called on the Australian Senate to carefully scrutinise and put to proof two bills to restructure the Federal Courts and in effect abolish the specialist Family Court of Australia, after the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018 and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018 were passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The proposals in the Bills have been pursued without consultation with the legal profession, the community and court users.

A copy of the full media release is available here.

AAWJ - Invitation to attend a screening of the movie The Judge

Thu Nov 29 2018

The Australian Association of Women Judges invites you to attend a screening of the movie The Judge, which follows one of the first female judges to serve in an Islamic court of law. It has been described as “an intimate profile of Kholoud al-Faqih, who in 2009 was one of two women appointed to preside over a sharia court in the West Bank — becoming the first in that role in the Palestinian territories and still among only a few such female judges in the world.”

Date: Friday 30th November, 2018 Screening 5.30pm to approx. 7.15pm (film 97 minutes) Venue: Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square, Sydney After Screening: Informal Drinks and Nibbles

Registrations are essential. For more information and for details on how to register please click here.

The Art of Advocacy: Selecting the right vintage for the occassion

Thu Nov 29 2018

The Australian Disputes Centre invites members to join them for their final CPD session for 2018 followed by Christmas drinks.

Ian Davidson SC and Deborah Lockhart will share their significant experience with practitioners in this seminar on advocacy and dispute resolution. The session includes a short review of judicial and academic commentary on the topic, the sharing of practical experiences from the perspectives of the advocate, the client and the dispute resolution institution and suggests the 10 Commandments of Advocacy in Mediation.

Date: Monday 3 December Time: 5.30pm - Christmas drinks to follow Venue: Australian Disputes Centre, Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

For more information and to register click here.

2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Wed Nov 28 2018

Registrations are OPEN for the 2019 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park on Saturday 16 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here.

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place, please click on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Personal Injury & Common Law Conference website.

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

LCA makes submission on future of the Family Court

Wed Nov 28 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia has made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018 and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018. The submission has now been published on the Senate inquiry's web page.

Vacancy at William Owen Chambers in Orange

Wed Nov 28 2018
Member services and benefits

A vacancy now exists at William Owen Chambers in Orange. These Chambers have been established since 1991. This is an opportunity to practice in the western region of the State, and at the same time, enjoy the benefits of living in a progressive and attractive regional city. Please contact Jack Cairn, mob: 0425 833 606 or click here to email. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

NSW Bar Choir Christmas Concert

Wed Nov 28 2018

The NSW Bar Choir will hold its annual Christmas Concert at St James' Church to raise funds for Minds Count Foundation (formerly named the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation).

  • Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Directed by: Peter Hidden
  • Organist: David Davies

For further information and to register click here.

Legal Aid NSW Back Up Duty Scheme open to applicants

Wed Nov 28 2018

The Back Up Duty Scheme is now open to applicants to express an interest in providing back up duty and urgent casework assistance. The Back Up Duty Scheme operates at courts serviced by Legal Aid NSW to supplement in-house Legal Aid NSW solicitors in the provision of duty assistance and the assignment of urgent casework.

Expressions of interest addressing the selection criteria must forwarded via email here by Friday 22 February 2019.

When completing an expression of interest a practitioner should:

  • Address all selection criteria contained in the Back Up Duty Scheme Information Package and supply all other relevant information as required to demonstrate that the criteria are met; and
  • Provide the name and contact details of two referees

For full details of how to apply and to access other relevant documents, please visit the Legal Aid NSW website.

  • Back Up Duty Scheme - Information Package is available here
  • Back Up Duty Scheme - Information for Referees is available here
Are you currently appointed to the Back Up Duty Scheme?

In addition to considering new applications from practitioners who seek to provide a back-up service across NSW, Legal Aid NSW will also undertake a Review of Appointments to the Back Up Duty Scheme within the Sydney metropolitan area.

Practitioners appointed to the Back Up Duty Scheme within the Sydney metropolitan area will be sent a Review of Appointments form shortly which must be completed and returned by Friday 22 February 2019 for consideration by the selection committee.

Practitioners who seek to add or change the region/s of their Back Up Duty Scheme appointment within the Sydney metropolitan area must submit a fresh expression of interest in relation to the new or changed Back Up Duty Scheme region/s at which they seek to be appointed.

Practitioners appointed to the Back Up Duty Scheme outside of the Sydney metropolitan area need not take any action at this time in relation to their appointment to the Back Up Duty Scheme.

For more information about this process or the Back Up duty Scheme, please contact Isabelle Jones Rabbitt on 9219 5638.

For information about providing duty assistance at locations not serviced by in-house Legal Aid NSW solicitors, please contact the Duty Solicitor Scheme Coordinator on 9219 5122 or via email at dutyscheme@legalaid.nsw.gov.au, or read more on the Legal Aid NSW website.

In Conversation with Hament Dhanji SC

Wed Nov 28 2018
Coming up in CPD tonight!

Tonight the Diversity and Equality Committee of the NSW Bar Association will host "In Conversation with Hament Dhanji SC". Hament Dhanji SC was appointed as an Advocate for Change by the NSW Bar Association in 2017 for a period of 3 years, recognising his record of fostering fairness, equity and tolerance in a manner that reflects the social and cultural diversity within the legal profession and the communities we serve.

The Advocates for Change program provides role models who are excellent practitioners and who, through the example of what they do and say in their professional lives as barristers, represent the full width of diversity and inclusion that the New South Wales Bar Association wishes to promote at the Bar. Hament Dhanji SC will be interviewed by Sam Pararajasingham. Learn more here.

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

2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Tue Nov 27 2018

The 2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will delivered by Professor Adrienne Stone, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, Director, Centre of Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School on 5 December 2018 at 5.15 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. The title of the lecture is 'Proportionality in Australian Constitutional Law'.

All are welcome to attend.

The 2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055.

NSW Bar Choir Christmas Concert - Reminder

Tue Nov 27 2018

The NSW Bar Choir will hold its annual Christmas Concert at St James' Church to raise funds for Minds Count Foundation (formerly named the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation).

  • Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Directed by: Peter Hidden
  • Organist: David Davies

For further information and to register click here.