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Reflections of the Wotton Decision

Wed Oct 09 2019
Thursday 31 October 2019 - NSW Bar Association Common Room

Join us on Thursday, 31 October for a seminar that considers the impact of Wotton v State of Queensland (No 5) [2016] FCA 1457, a successful class action on behalf of Aboriginal residents of Palm Island.

This seminar is a joint initiative of the NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the NSW Bar Association First Nations Committee and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee.

For more information and to register please click here.

Elder abuse: changes to Legal Aid NSW eligibility

Wed Oct 09 2019
Access to justice

The Legal Aid NSW Board approved changes to the means test, and civil and family law policies, to clarify that legal aid is available for people who are experiencing, or at risk of, elder abuse. The changes include amending the definition of an ‘older person’ to 65 years, or 55 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and clarifying that legal aid is available to protect an older person’s interest in property in circumstances where there is elder abuse. The new policies apply to applications determined on or after 1 October 2019. Please see Policy Bulletin 2019 No. 12 for more details.

Corporations and Insolvency Law Update

Wed Oct 09 2019
Tuesday 22 October 2019 - in the Common Room

This Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be presented by Michael Izzo SC, Danielle Forrester and Sonia Tame, and chaired by The Honourable Justice Kelly Rees, Supreme Court of NSW, and will examine developments in corporations and insolvency law including:

  • Recent High Court decisions on insolvent trading trusts and deeds of company arrangement
  • Anti-phoenixing legislation
  • Recent cases on directors duties
  • Changes to the penalty regime for corporate and financial sector misconduct

For full details please click here.

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

How barristers work: Valuing your skills and time

Wed Oct 09 2019
Wednesday, 6 November 2019 - in the Common Room

Do you make the most of your skills and time? How do solicitors know in which practice areas to brief you? Join our panel as they discuss practical tips for making your practice work for you. Learn more here.

Panel: Michael McHugh SC (chair), Kristina Stern SC, Miranda Nagy (Maurice Blackburn Lawyers), Jeh Coutinho (clerk, Banco).

The seminar will be followed by refreshments courtesy of LexisNexis. All welcome.

Registration required for catering purposes. Please click here to register.

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

Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference 2019

Tue Oct 08 2019

The Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference supported by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Law Society of New South Wales and the University of Sydney will be held on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.

In the wake of Commissioner Hayne’s Report and the continuing consequences of the Global Financial Crisis a decade earlier, what is the future of the Australian business corporation and is it adequately equipped to deal with the challenges of our future?

Register now for an engaging afternoon as we explore this thought-provoking topic at the Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Commercial and Corporate Law Conference on Tuesday 29 October 2019. Hear from our distinguished speakers as they seek to provide a coherent answer to this important question, which could have profound consequences for business, regulators and the legal profession.

Event details are as follows:

Time: 1.00pm - 6.00pm Venue: Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square

For more information and to register please visit the conference website here.

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable TF Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales
  • The Honourable Justice James Edelman, High Court of Australia
  • Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • Catherine Livingstone AO, Chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Daniel Crennan QC, Deputy Chairman, ASIC
  • Dr R P Austin, Barrister, Level 22 Chambers

Everything you wanted to ask a judge but are too afraid to ask

Tue Oct 08 2019

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Bar Common Room on Tuesday, 29 October at 5.15pm. As usual, the Q&A will feature a panel of judges from the Federal, Supreme and District Courts who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. This year drinks will follow the event at Verandah Bar.

Members are welcome to attend one or both events. Drinks are free for Under 5s and $40 for Over 5s.

Registrations Close Thursday, 17 October, Register here.

Event Proudly Supported by BarCover

2019 Spigelman Oration and Public Law Section Dinner

Tue Oct 08 2019
At the lectern

Justice Keane will deliver the 2019 Spigelman Oration on "Silencing the Sovereign People" in the Common Room on Wednesday, 30 October from 5:15pm to 6:30pm. The dinner will follow from 6:30pm at Fix Wine Bar & Restaurant, 111 Elizabeth St Sydney.

Tickets: $150pp will include canapes on arrival, followed by a three course set menu. Drinks included within ticket price, for dietary requirements please email msherman@sixthfloor.com.au.

Reflections of the Wotton Decision

Fri Oct 04 2019
Thursday 31 October 2019 - NSW Bar Association Common Room

Join us on Thursday, 31 October for a seminar that considers the impact of Wotton v State of Queensland (No 5) [2016] FCA 1457, a successful class action on behalf of Aboriginal residents of Palm Island.

This seminar is a joint initiative of the NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the NSW Bar Association First Nations Committee and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee.

For more information and to register please click here.

102NA Family Law Act, 1975 - Cross-Examination of perpetrators and victims of family violence.

Fri Oct 04 2019
Monday 11 November 2019 AND Monday 18 November 2019

On 11 September 2019, s.102NA of the Family Law Act 1975 commenced operation. The new amendment is intended to provide protection to victims of family violence involved in cross-examination as part of family law proceedings.

The 2 part family law seminar series will look at the operation of this new provision and to provide some guidance on the advocacy skills involved in cross-examination of this type. The 1st seminar will include a presentation by Grant Brady SC on cross-examining alleged victims and vulnerable witnesses followed by a presentation on avoiding collusion and enabling conduct. The 2nd seminar will include a presentation by Suzanne Christie SC on cross-examining alleged perpetrators, a presentation on working with clients affected by trauma and also a presentation from a Judge as to the initial experiences of these hearings. For full details please click here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Family Law Committee in conjunction with Legal Aid NSW.

Both seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room

Minds Count Annual Lecture 2019

Fri Oct 04 2019

The Minds Count Annual Lecture will take place on Wednesday 16 October 2019,
5.45pm for 6.00pm start – 8pm at The Federal Court, Room 1, Level 21, Sydney.

Please join the Minds Count Foundation to hear from the Creative Director of the Black Dog Institute, Matthew Johnstone.

Matthew Johnstone is an international keynote speaker and best-selling author of 9 books. His work has been endorsed by Edward deBono, Stephen Fry, the World Health Organisation and Google. In 2018 he was a finalist in the Australian Mental Health Awards.

Please ensure you arrive in ample time to clear security prior to making your way to Level 21.

We hope you can join us for this special event!

For more information and to register click here.

The Australian Bar Association Inquiry into International Arbitration – The Gyles Report

Fri Oct 04 2019
Wednesday 16 October 2019 - NSW Bar Association Common Room

The Gyles Report identifies issues and recommendations for barristers practising in the field of international arbitration in Australia and abroad.

Please join the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, the Honourable James Allsop AO, The Honourable Roger Gyles AO QC, Mark Dempsey SC, Greg Laughton SC, Jodi Steele and Mary Walker for a comprehensive review of the report and a discussion on the future of engagement of barristers in international arbitration. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

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

Local Court swearing-in ceremony for Michael Love and Sally McLaughlin

Fri Oct 04 2019
Tuesday

A ceremonial sitting of the Local Court of NSW will be held on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre for the swearing-in of Michael Love and Sally McLaughlin as magistrates. Lisa-Claire Hutchinson will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns should not be worn.

Barristers’ CVs: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Fri Oct 04 2019
Wednesday 15 October 2019 - Level 22 Chambers, 52 Martin Place

Does your CV hit the mark? What do clients and senior barristers look for in a CV of junior barrister. A panel will provide practical tips to help your CV to communicate your “brand”. Learn more here. Numbers are limited. Register here. This seminar has reached capacity, visitors to the event website can only join the waitlist

Panel: Kate Eastman SC (chair), Katherine Giles (Senior Associate, MinterEllison) and Michele Kearns (clerk, Martin Place Chambers). The seminar includes a light lunch, with thanks to LexisNexis. All welcome.

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

Local Court Swearing-in ceremony for Janine Lacy and Kevin Hockey

Fri Oct 04 2019
Swearing-in

On Monday 21 October 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court there will be a Full Bench ceremony to mark the swearing-in of Ms Janine Lacy and Mr Kevin Hockey as Magistrates of the Local Court of New South Wales. Ben Katekar will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Wigs are robes are not to be worn. Further details will be provided when available.

Corporations and Insolvency Law Update

Fri Oct 04 2019
Tuesday 22 October 2019 - NSW Bar Association Common Room

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Michael Izzo SC, Danielle Forrester and Sonia Tame, and chaired by The Honourable Justice Kelly Rees, Supreme Court of NSW, will examine developments in corporations and insolvency law including:

  • Recent High Court decisions on insolvent trading trusts and deeds of company arrangement
  • Anti-phoenixing legislation
  • Recent cases on directors duties
  • Changes to the penalty regime for corporate and financial sector misconduct

For full details please click here.

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

Civil Liability (Non-economic Loss) Amendment Order 2019

Fri Oct 04 2019

The Attorney General, the Hon Mark Speakman SC in pursuance of section 17 of the Civil Liability Act 2002, made the Civil Liability (non-economic loss) Amendment Order 2019 on 1 October 2019.

The object of this Order is to amend the Civil Liability (Non-economic Loss) Order 2010 to adjust, for the year commencing 1 October 2019, the maximum amount that may be awarded for damages for non-economic loss under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (the Act).

View the Order here.

How barristers work: Valuing your skills and time

Fri Oct 04 2019
Wednesday 6 November 2019 - NSW Bar Association Common Room

Panel: Michael McHugh SC (chair), Kristina Stern SC, Miranda Nagy (Maurice Blackburn Lawyers), Jeh Coutinho (clerk, Banco).

Do you make the most of your skills and time? How do solicitors know in which practice areas to brief you? Join our panel as they discuss practical tips for making your practice work for you. Learn more here.

The seminar will be followed by refreshments courtesy of LexisNexis. All welcome.

Registration required for catering purposes. Please click here to register.

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

Australian Bar Association - Tax Bar and Judiciary Workshop & Dinner Sydney, 31 October 2019

Thu Oct 03 2019

The Australian Bar Association is holding a Tax Bar and Judiciary Workshop & Dinner at the Federal Court in Sydney on 31 October.

The Workshop will provide a unique opportunity for the Bench and Bar to share insights on current tax litigation issues.

When: Thursday, 31 October 2019 Where: Federal Court of Australia, Sydney – Level 20 Conference Room Time: 2pm – 6pm, followed by welcome drinks, canapes and a three course dinner (also at the Court). A range of topics relating to the conduct of litigation in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court will be covered at the Workshop, including:

  • Case Management in the Federal Court | From self-represented litigants to complex trials and appeals
  • Part IVC Appeals to the Federal Court | Expert Evidence and the Burden of Proof
  • Section 44 Appeals to the Federal Court | Common Issues
  • Running a tax case in the AAT | How to best assist the Tribunal

Cost: Barristers - $750 plus GST per person

Attendance is restricted to Federal Court Judges, Tribunal members and barristers. Delegates from interstate should arrange their own flights and accommodation. Please follow the attached here to register.

Corporations and Insolvency Law Update

Thu Oct 03 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Michael Izzo SC, Danielle Forrester and Sonia Tame, and chaired by The Honourable Justice Kelly Rees, Supreme Court of NSW, will examine developments in corporations and insolvency law including:

  • Recent High Court decisions on insolvent trading trusts and deeds of company arrangement
  • Anti-phoenixing legislation
  • Recent cases on directors duties
  • Changes to the penalty regime for corporate and financial sector misconduct

For full details please click here.

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

Exercise your mood walk

Thu Oct 03 2019
Wellbeing

Join the Black Dog Institute for the next Exercise Your Mood Walk on Saturday, 12 October 2019 at Sydney Olympic Park. Starting at 6.00pm, the walk will take you on a 21.1km journey through urban parkland and past the iconic stadiums of Sydney Olympic Park, finishing at midnight at Fig Grove.

Walking together will provide the opportunity to start a conversation about mental health and the event will raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute. Bring your friends and colleagues, meet our Exercise Your Mood ambassador Michelle Bridges and fundraise $100 for mental health. By walking and raising funds, you will support vital education programs provided to schools, communities and medical professionals.

Sign-up here.