Room For Sale – 7th Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers

Thu Aug 02 2018

An opportunity to purchase a room on the Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers has become available. Chambers are located at 53 Martin Place on the corner of Phillip Street and Martin Place.

The room is well appointed with built-in bookshelves and cupboards.

The room faces Elizabeth Street with views down Martin Place with plenty of natural light and would be suitable for Junior Counsel.

The Floor is well-established and has been operating from these Chambers since 1979. The Floor has 3 senior counsel and 12 junior barristers with practices across a variety of jurisdictions.

Asking price is $20,000.

For all relevant details please contact the Clerk, Mark Grace: 9224 5600 or by email

Sir Ninian Stephen Insurance Law Masterclass

Thu Aug 02 2018

On Friday 17 August the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) will be holding its annual Sir Ninian Stephen Insurance Law Masterclass at the Pavilion near the Art Gallery of NSW. Since 2013 these full day Masterclasses, which have previously been held in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, have undertaken a “deep dive” into technical and practical aspects of insurance law that are difficult, controversial or topical, with presentations from a range of Australian and international speakers.
This year’s Masterclass will incorporate themed sessions on the following topical issues:

  • Pre-contractual disclosure under the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth);
  • Causation and valuation issues resulting from natural catastrophes (including case studies from the 2010 Brisbane floods, the 2009 Victorian bushfires, and the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes);
  • De-constructing exclusion and indemnity clauses; and
  • Reinsurance and aggregation.
  • The program and details for the Masterclass are accessible here

AILA is currently accepting registrations for the Masterclass, and would be delighted to welcome you to register for this unique and highly informative event.

Peter Quinlan SC appointed as Chief Justice of Western Australia

Wed Aug 01 2018
Message from President Arthur Moses SC

The Attorney General of Western Australia, the Hon John Quigley MLA, has announced the appointment of Peter Quinlan SC as the next Chief Justice of that State. Peter is a highly respected senior counsel who served as the President of the Western Australian Bar Association from 2012 to 2015 and is the current Western Australian Solicitor General. On behalf of the New South Wales Bar I warmly congratulate Quinlan SC on his well-deserved appointment. The full media release is available here.

Funding for the Community Legal Sector

Wed Aug 01 2018
A message from President Arthur Moses SC

The Attorney General the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP has today announced the establishment of a “Future Fund” to bring certainty to State funding of Community Legal Centres. Click here for the full media release.

The initiative follows a review of NSW Community Legal Centre Services conducted by Alan Cameron AO. The proposal will help overcome recent uncertainty in resourcing levels for the community legal sector by providing a significant funding increase over the coming years. Community Legal Centres provide an essential service for the most vulnerable people in our community and I congratulate the Attorney General on this important initiative.

ADR Symposium

Wed Aug 01 2018

The Australian Disputes Centre is holding an ADR Symposium titled Innovate, mediate & thrive! And the launch of the First Nations' mediation panel on Friday 10 August at Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. To register click here

Are you sure?

Wed Aug 01 2018

Members are invited to a joint symposium hosted by the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Science on Thursday, 23 August 2018 at 5.00pm on Level 21 of the Law Courts Building, Queens Square. "Are you sure?" will be chaired by Justice Stephen Gageler AC and will compare scientific and legal decision making, assessment of evidence, cause and effect, as well as the presentation and treatment of expert scientific evidence in the courts. Learn more here.

Register Now: Litigation Funding Seminar

Wed Aug 01 2018

On Thursday 9 August, the Commercial Law Section will be hosting a lunchtime seminar on litigation funding.

The speaker will be Craig Arnott, Managing Director at Burford Capital. The event chair is Elizabeth Cheeseman SC of New Chambers. Learn more here.

The lecture will commence at 12pm and conclude at 1.30pm, with a light lunch provided for all attendees. The seminar is provided free of charge. However, registration is required for catering purposes.


National Seminar on ATO Debt Recovery

Wed Aug 01 2018

On 23 August at 5pm (or local time equivalent) each registry of the Federal Circuit Court around Australia will hold a free National Seminar on ATO Debt recovery. For more information please click here

Rural Crime and the Law Conference

Wed Aug 01 2018

The UNE School of Law in Armidale is holding a conference on Rural Crime and the Law on 29 & 30 November 2018. Please visit the website here for more information. CPD points are available for presentation and for attendance.

The conference aims to bring together academics and practitioners, so lawyers with an interest in rural criminal law are invited to consider sending us an abstract for a paper or proposing a panel. More information is available here

Excellent performance from Bar FC against Announcer FC !

Wed Aug 01 2018
Bar sports

Bar FC tuned up for its upcoming Domain Soccer League finals campaign with an excellent performance against Division 4 table toppers Announcer FC today.

With Rohan de Meyrick heeding an emergency call up for a keeper, the team survived a couple of very close shaves early on to take the game by the scruff of the neck mid-way through a very even first half.

Jeh Coutinho, Anais D'Arville and Rico began to dominate the centre of the park, allowing the super quick/nimble front line of Morrison, Habib SC, Hartford Davis and de Michiel the opportunity to catch our opponents out on the break. De Michiel ran on to a lovely through ball from Coutinho and slotted home calmly to put Bar FC 1-0 up!

From then on we defended safely and surely, with Fredericks, Gyles SC, Canceri, Adhikary, Philips and debutante (and rugby convert) Harry Woods all helping out keeper de Meyrick to keep repeated Announcer FC attacks at bay.

Facing a strong breeze and a rejuvenated opposition in the second half, we successfully repelled a rampant Announcer FC for almost the whole half, with de Meyrick repeatedly coming off his line and saving the day. We couldn’t quite hang on for the win, however, as a scorching ultra long range effort almost from the half way line was a little too hot to handle and Announcer FC equalised with only 2 minutes to spare.

The final result was a fine 1-1 draw against the top team in our division – an excellent outcome following a great team performance. Bar FC played some very good football today.

An extra special mention and thank you should be made of Nicole Compton’s efforts as stand in manager, and to de Meyrick for agreeing to play in goals!

Today’s line-up was as follows:


The last game for Bar FC before the finals is on against Sydney Business School at 1:15pm on Thursday 8 August. All supporters welcome!

2019 Regional Conference Series

Wed Aug 01 2018
Call for papers

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2019 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2019 Conferences are:

  • Newcastle – Saturday 23 February
  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 2 March
  • Orange – Saturday 9 March (Please note, from 2019 Orange will be a single day Saturday conference due to falling demand)
  • Parramatta - Saturday 23 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 30 March

Interested barristers, solicitors, academics, legal and non-legal professionals are invited to submit suggestions for papers online, HERE. During the submission process, you will be asked to provide your contact details, conference preference, a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion presentation.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Monday 1 October.

Appearing in Industrial Tribunals

Wed Aug 01 2018

On Thursday, 9 August 2018 Vice President J Catanzariti of the Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC will present "Appearing in Industrial Tribunals", a CPD seminar on rights of appearance, jurisdiction, practice notes and expectations of practitioners in the Fair Work Commission.

Time to talk about a properly resourced "Family Court of Australia 2.0"

Tue Jul 31 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The New South Wales Bar Association has today released a discussion paper to encourage a national conversation about the benefits of preserving a specialist "Family Court of Australia 2.0" as an alternative to the restructure proposed by the Commonwealth attorney-general on 30 May 2018.

In an op-ed article for today's Daily Telegraph, Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC said: "Australia’s family law system contributes immeasurable social and economic value to our society. For more than forty years, the Family Court of Australia has been one of Australia’s premier legal institutions, a specialist superior court admired by other family law jurisdictions around the world for its innovative management of the most complex and difficult family law matters. A specialist family court should not be disassembled without informed consideration of alternative options".

The media release prefacing the discussion paper is available here.

Coming up in CPD in next week

Tue Jul 31 2018
Professional development

Thursday, August 09 2018 - 'Appearing in Industrial Tribunals'

Presented by Vice President J Catanzariti, Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC. Learn more here.

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

TONIGHT: Paperless trials in the Land and Environment Court

Tue Jul 31 2018
Professional development

Tonight Ian Hemmings SC of Martin Place Chambers will present a seminar on how to run a fully electronic hearing in a paperless environment.

The Land and Environment Court has introduced a system of paperless trials for a number of matters, eliminating the need to bring large volumes of documents to court. The application of this new technology brings potential benefits for the courts and practitioners alike. This session has been arranged by the Practice Development Committee for the benefit of all members as a case study on the skills needed for paperless trials generally. Learn more here.

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

Human Rights Awards 2018 – Nominations for Law category close soon!

Tue Jul 31 2018
Law reform and public affairs

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year, the Human Rights Awards recognises the amazing work being done in our communities by ordinary Australians, organisations, businesses and community groups to further human rights and freedoms in Australia.

Last year’s Law Award recognised a diverse range of legal practitioners, with finalists including Canberra Community Law’s Socio-Legal Practice Clinic, Helen Pearce, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), Vincent Shin and Western Community Legal Centre - Wyndham Branch and David Woodroffe.

Nominate by 5 August to make sure they get the recognition they deserve! The nine Awards categories are:

  • Human Rights Medal
  • Young People’s Human Rights Medal
  • Business Award
  • Government
  • Racism. It Stops With Me Award
  • Media Award
  • Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award
  • Community Organisation Award
  • Law Award

Hurry to make sure those who deserve to be recognised, are recognised. Details and nomination forms are online at

Launching in August - your New South Wales Bar Association member benefits website

Tue Jul 31 2018
Member services and benefits

New South Wales Bar Association has partnered with Member Advantage, giving you access to a range of benefits. Members have the opportunity to save on lifestyle, leisure and financial offers exclusively:

  • Travel benefits including reduced accommodation costs, specially negotiated travel insurance and discounted corporate rates on airline lounge memberships.

  • Lifestyle benefits including savings on health insurance premiums, credit cards and international money transfer.

Leisure activities including savings on adventure experiences and iconic activities, discounted dining and pre-purchased gift cards, movie tickets and package tours.

Launching in August!

Vacancy at William Owen Chambers in Orange

Tue Jul 31 2018
Member services and benefits

In November a vacancy will occur in 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.

The Hon Morris David Ireland QC (1928-2018)

Tue Jul 31 2018

The Hon M D Ireland QC, former barrister on 12th Floor Wentworth Chambers and judge of the Supreme Court, died on Thursday, 26 July. A funeral service will be held at St John the Baptist Anglican Church Mudgee on Friday, 3 August 2018, commencing at 12 noon. A memorial service will be held at Knox Grammar School Chapel, Sydney on Wednesday 22 August commencing at 2pm. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to The Huntington’s Association NSW & ACT.

Parental leave - information roundtable

Mon Jul 30 2018

The Women Barristers Forum will host a round-table lunch on 7 August 2018 in the Bar Common Room on the subject of parental leave. A panel comprised of Gabby Bashir SC, Jonathan Clark, Melanie Cairns and Naomi Oreb will be on hand to answer questions from those currently on parental leave - or not, as the case may be. Learn more here. Lunch will be provided at no charge (and children are welcome). For catering purposes, please RSVP to Ting Lim at the Bar Association by Friday, 3 August 2018.

LCA Update

Mon Jul 30 2018

The Law Council Update for 26 July 2018 is out now, featuring articles on cross-examination of parties in family violence cases; the International Bar Association global survey on bullying and sexual harassment and the second round of reporting n the Equitable Briefing Policy. Catch up on upcoming events, submissions to parliamentary committees and other inquiries, as well as LCA media releases and mentions in the media. Learn more here.

Female Law Students Open Day

Mon Jul 30 2018

The Bar Association seeks volunteers to assist in running the Female Law Students Open Day on the morning of Friday, 17 August 2018. Volunteers are needed to take groups of students to meet with judges, to see the courts in operation and to answer queries the students may have about life as a barrister. The Open Day provides students with an opportunity to gain some insight into the workings of the Bar, and is conducted to encourage students to consider a career as a barrister. If you are able to volunteer your time between the hours of 8.45am and 12.30pm please email Zoe Hillman here.

2018 Industrial Bar Drinks

Mon Jul 30 2018

The Industrial Employment Health and Safety Committee was established earlier this year. The committee’s role is to assist the Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and to engage with barristers practising in these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members. To mark the establishment of the committee, a drinks function for the Industrial Bar will be held on 22 August at the Attic Bar, Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney from 6.00pm.

Tickets to the drinks are $65 and registrations are due by midday 10 August. Click here to register now.

Applications for appointment as senior counsel close today

Mon Jul 30 2018
Senior counsel 2018

President Arthur Moses SC has invited applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2018. Applications must be completed online. The deadline for applications is today, at 5.00pm. The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales. Applications must be completed online and must include a photograph. It is intended the names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October.