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Tomorrow - "Lionel Murphy – The Life and Times of an Australian Jurist"

Mon May 15 2017

The National Justice Project, a not-for-profit human rights organisation, is holding an event at the Royal Automobile Club 89 Macquarie St, Sydney on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 to acknowledge the legacy of the Hon Lionel Murphy QC as a jurist.

Speakers include the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and the Hon Mary Gaudron QC.

Doors will open at 5:30pm for refreshments and speeches will start at 6.15pm sharp. For further details including registration click here

NSWLRC review regarding beneficiaries of trusts

Mon May 15 2017

The NSW Law Reform Commission will conduct a review of certain aspects of the law relating to beneficiaries of trusts. The commission is inviting preliminary submissions from interested stakeholders. The deadline for preliminary submissions is Friday 14 July 2017. More information, including the terms of reference and background materials, is available here.

Coming up in CPD

Mon May 15 2017

Thursday, June 01 2017: ‘Access networks, uncover opportunities: barristers and 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

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

Women Barristers Forum – Annual General Meeting on 31 May 2017

Fri May 12 2017

The Women Barristers Forum (WBF) has resolved to call an Annual General Meeting of all members of the WBF and interested persons on Wednesday 31 May 2017 at Conference Room 2 of the NSW Bar Association. After 3 years as Chair of WBF, Michelle Painter SC will step down and a new Chair will be voted in. All women barristers are members of the WBF and are eligible to nominate and vote. If you are not attending the AGM but wish to vote, please fill in the proxy form and return it by email

For further information please contact Caroline Dobraszczyk

Australian Academy of Law AAL Ethics Event - 5.30pm, 20 June 2017

Fri May 12 2017

The second event in the Australian Academy of Law’s ethics series will be held at 5.30pm, Tuesday 20 June at the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney.

The topic for the upcoming event will be “Ethics in the practice of law: a profession, a business or both?”

The format will be a panel discussion, with a chair-moderator and speakers representing different constituencies in the Australian legal services market. The panel will address questions raised by attendees in their online registration form and the chair-moderator will also take questions from the floor during the debate. The panel will be comprised as follows:

Chair and moderator: Fiona McLeod SC, President of the Law Council of Australia Panellists: • Donald Robertson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Sydney Law School • Noel Hutley SC, Barrister Sydney and former President of the New South Wales Bar Association • Dr Attracta Lagan, Ethicist and Founder of “Managing Values” • John McKenzie, Legal Services Commissioner for New South Wales • Dr Linda Tucker, Chairperson, Community Legal Centres New South Wales

For more information, view the flyer.

There will be no charge to attend the event and it will also be open to the public.

To register for this event, please complete the online registration form at www.academyoflaw.org.au/events by Friday 16 June 2017.

ABA Conference in London and Dublin 2-7 July

Fri May 12 2017

With only 7 weeks until the ABA Conference in London and Dublin, time is running out to secure your place! To register now, click here.

Dates: London – 2 to 3 July 2017 Dublin – 5 to 7 July 2017

The full list of fees is available here.

In London, delegates can stay at The Rosewood – a true urban sanctuary that is among the best in London. This five-star Edwardian Grade II-listed building has been sensitively renovated to create a luxury hotel with the ambience of a stylish London residence. The Rosewood will also host the conference welcome drinks.

Highlights of the London conference program include opening remarks from the Right Honourable Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales, and His Excellency, the Honourable Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Following this the Honourable Justice Keane AC, High Court of Australia, will deliver the keynote address, and delegates will hear from a panel of experts including the Right Honourable Jeremy Wright QC MP, Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland on ‘Implications of Brexit’. A Specialist Tax Stream will also be available for members of the Tax Bar.

In Dublin, delegates can stay at The Westbury – an icon in a city of greats, while taking part in a conference that will present issues and debates that will shape future innovations and directions of the Bar. Hear from high profile speakers on a range of topics from corporate mega-litigation, the art of advocacy, the relevance and future of the Independent Bar to technological developments and how we generate a diverse and inclusive profession for a global market. Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in a exciting line-up of social activities including a tour of the Irish Bar and Courts, the Conference Gala Dinner, and the Bellewstown July Racing Festical Twilight Meeting.

Stay at the Westbury which occupies a prime position between Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green; perfectly located for exploring the most exciting sides of Dublin. At its front doorstep lie Grafton Street, renowned for its colour, street artists and luxury shopping; whilst Dublin’s “Creative Quarter”, a vibrant network of streets filled with lively bars, restaurants and quirky stores run behind the hotel with the city’s top theatres, museums and art galleries all situation within a short walking distance.

To secure your space at the ABA Conference visit www.abaconference2017.com.au

Bar FC unlucky again in Domain Soccer League

Fri May 12 2017

Today saw Bar FC share the points after a very unlucky 1-1 draw. The first half saw Bar FC put themselves under pressure by not keeping their shape, resulting in the opposition getting a lucky goal with the classic ball over the top. A gentle reminder from Sir Alex at half time regarding playing in positions saw a much improved second half result in a well deserved goal. Geoff “clean sheet” O’Shea saved a shot on goal before quickly releasing the ball to the midfield. A nice exchange of passes saw Di Michael finish a ball played to his feet. A great team goal. Encouraged by their demonstration of the beautiful game, Bar FC pressed for the last fifteen minutes and were unlucky not to complete successfully some wonderful passing and positioning in the midfield. The player of the match accolade must however go the Glenn Fredericks who played strongly as a right back in a three man backline. Not much got past him and what did, he soon chased down. Next week sees Bar FC meet Reserve Bank B on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 1.15 p.m.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Thu May 11 2017

Do you need childcare in an emergency? Do your childcare needs vary from day to day or from week to week? Or are you looking for a permanent childcare arrangement?

NSW Bar Association members and Chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30 am to 6pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au. Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available on the NSW Bar Association website

Room for sale or licence - Frederick Jordan Chambers

Thu May 11 2017

A modern internal room has become available at Frederick Jordan Chambers on Level 4. The room has custom built-in shelves, cabinets, robing cupboard, halogen downlights and an internal bar fridge. Frederick Jordan Chambers is a busy and collegial chambers with 12 Senior Counsel and about 83 junior counsel covering a number of practice areas including personal injury, crime, commercial law, planning and environment, family law, wills and estates, and industrial law. Chambers also has an extensive library collection overseen by two librarians and all members have individual access to LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters electronic subscription services. Price of the room is negotiable. To arrange a viewing or for further details, please contact the clerk of chambers on 9229 7333 or the seller directly on 0450 115 744. To download a flyer with pictures of the room, click here

Coming up in CPD

Thu May 11 2017

Thursday, June 01 2017: ‘Access networks, uncover opportunities: barristers and 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

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

The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference

Thu May 11 2017
11-13 August, Federal Court of Australia, Law Courts Building, Sydney

Registration to attend the Future of Australian Legal Education Conference, to be held from 11-13 August, have now opened.

A special Early Bird registration rate is available until 1 June. For registration and further details, see the Conference flyer.

Accountability and the Law 2017 Conference hosted by the Australia Institute

Thu May 11 2017
17 August 2017 at Parliament House, Canberra

With experts from across legal and academic fields, the Accountability & the Law Conference will discuss the weaknesses in the current federal accountability system and suggest mechanisms for reform, including the establishment of a federal anti-corruption commission. Speakers include former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, counsel assisting ICAC Geoffrey Watson SC, Federal Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC MP and barristers Bret Walker SC and Fiona McLeod SC. For further information and to purchase tickets please visit www.accountabilityconference.org.au

IRC farewells Commissioner Inaam Tabbaa & welcomes Chief Commissioner Kite.

Thu May 11 2017

The Industrial Relations Commission will be having a ceremonial sitting of the commission to farewell Commissioner Inaam Tabbaa and welcome Chief Commissioner Kite.

The ceremonial sitting will be held on Monday 1 May 2017 in Court Room No. 4.1 at the Industrial Relations Commission, 47 Bridge Street, Sydney At 9.30am.

Room for licence Blackstone Chambers

Wed May 10 2017

Comfortable and presentable internal room for licence on Blackstone Chambers. Available immediately until 31 December 2017. The room is fully furnished with built-in cupboards, shelves and generous desk, and has phone and internet access.

The owner has just bought new chambers and is willing to subsidise rent!!

Blackstone Chambers is a busy commercial floor with a number of prominent silks and senior juniors.

Enquiries and inspections by appointment are welcome.

Please contact the clerk of Chambers, Kristen Sproule, on 9220 9800.

Funeral arrangements for Robin Lyus

Wed May 10 2017

A funeral service for Robin Lyus, a clerk for many years at a number of chambers including Chalfont, Ground Wentworth and 9 Selborne Chambers, will be held on Monday 15th May at 12.15pm at North Chapel, Northern Suburbs Crematorium, followed by a function at Peppercorn Restaurant, Cremorne.

Law Council of Australia Federal Budget release - Budget shows Gov listening to legal profession, more work needed to end justice funding crisis

Wed May 10 2017

The President of the Law Council of Australia, Fiona McLeod SC, has acknowledged that vital new funding for the federal courts, along with the reversal of cuts to community legal centres (CLCs) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), shows that the Government is heeding the concerns of the legal profession about Australia's justice funding. View the release

UNCITRAL Annual Seminar – 19 May, Canberra

Wed May 10 2017

The UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia is holding the 3rd Annual UNCITRAL Seminar in Canberra on Friday 19 May, sponsored by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. The event will take place at the AGS Building, Ground Floor, 4 National Circuit Canberra. There is no admission charge, but registration is required. For more information see the seminar brochure.

A message from Noel Hutley SC

Wed May 10 2017

I have decided to step down as President after 18 months in the position. It has been an honour and pleasure to serve as both the Vice President and as President of the Bar Council and I have enjoyed both the work and the dedication and collegiality of my fellow members of the Bar Council over that period.

I wish you all well for the future.