InBrief

SEARCH ALL POSTS

Senior Counsel Information Seminar Monday 19 June, 5.15pm

Tue May 09 2017

A Senior Counsel Information Seminar is being held on Monday, 19 June 2017 starting in the Bar Common Room at 5.15 pm for all members who wish to apply for silk this year. Further details will be provided closer to the date.

NSW Government announces criminal justice reforms

Tue May 09 2017

The NSW Attorney General, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, has today announced a series of criminal justice reforms in conjunction with the Minister for Corrections and the Minister for Police. The package will include measures regarding early guilty pleas, broader sentencing options, parole changes and to management of high risk offenders. Learn more

Call for applications for appointment to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal - various positions

Mon May 08 2017

The Attorney General is calling for applications from qualified persons for appointment to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal as:

  • Principal Member, Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division and Occupational Division
  • Members, Consumer and Commercial Division
  • Members, Guardianship Division

The on-line application forms and information packages are accessible now on the iworkfor.nsw.gov.au website

Register for the 2017 ABA Conference

Mon May 08 2017

Recently, the ABA Council invited you to attend the 2017 Conference to be held in London and Dublin in July 2017. Don't miss your opportunity to secure registration - register now

Dates London – 2 to 3 July 20177

Dublin – 5 to 7 July 2017

To view the full list of fees click here

Accommodation The ABA has secured corporate rates at each of the conference hotels.

The Rosewood London, your home-away-from-home, will host Welcome Drinks at their exclusive Scarfes Bar on Sunday 2 July. Not to be missed, this event will bring together delegates and presents a great opportunity to network.

Accommodation in Dublin has been reserved at The Westbury hotel. All conferencing will be held at The Westbury, and transfers to and from social events will operate from here also. Be sure to submit your hotel requirements during registration so as not to miss out.

Register for the 2017 ABA Conference

Mon May 08 2017

Recently, the ABA Council invited you to attend the 2017 Conference to be held in London and Dublin in July 2017. Don't miss your opportunity to secure registration - register now

Dates London – 2 to 3 July 20177

Dublin – 5 to 7 July 2017

To view the full list of fees click here

Accommodation The ABA has secured corporate rates at each of the conference hotels.

The Rosewood London, your home-away-from-home, will host Welcome Drinks at their exclusive Scarfes Bar on Sunday 2 July. Not to be missed, this event will bring together delegates and presents a great opportunity to network.

Accommodation in Dublin has been reserved at The Westbury hotel. All conferencing will be held at The Westbury, and transfers to and from social events will operate from here also. Be sure to submit your hotel requirements during registration so as not to miss out.

Practising Certificate Renewals 2017-18 Renewals Update #1

Fri May 05 2017

All New South Wales barristers' practising certificates expire on 30 June 2017. A new practising certificate has to have been ISSUED before a barrister may practise on and from 1 July 2017. All practising certificate renewal forms were sent out this week. If you have not received your forms by next Wednesday 10 May, or have any questions regarding its completion, please contact the Certification Officer Barrie Anthony on 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au. ALL PRACTISING CERTIFICATE RENEWAL DOCUMENTATION AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE ASSOCIATION BY WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE 2017 OTHERWISE A LATE FEE APPLIES.

If you have not secured insurance by the due date, do not delay returning your completed renewal form and payment by 7 June. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin whilst you are waiting for confirmation of insurance. However, your practising certificate cannot be issued until proof of insurance coverage has been received.

PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE Four policies have been approved by the Attorney General pursuant to s95 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014. These policies are being offered by CGU through the broker Aon Risk Services, Arch Underwriting at Lloyd’s (Australia) Pty Ltd through the broker Marsh Pty Ltd, Suncorp and Allianz through the broker Willis Towers Watson. Copies of the approved policies are on the Association’s website www.nswbar.asn.au. A table comparing the policies is also on the website. Please note that there are differences between the policy wordings. The excesses also vary. It is the responsibility of each barrister to satisfy himself or herself as to the content of the policies on offer, the terms and conditions, and the premium applicable to them.

All inquiries about the policies, including premium information, should be addressed direct to the brokers/insurers. The Bar Association is unable to provide any advice as to the merits of the policies or an individual’s premium 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.

Table allocations for tonight's bench and bar dinner, Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney, 161 Sussex Street, 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Fri May 05 2017

Tonight’s Bench & Bar Dinner is in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney,161 Sussex Street at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Table allocations by surname are available here

Table numbers do not necessarily reflect the table’s location. Floor plans with the location of tables will be available at the venue this evening. Tables have been allocated on a first-in basis. We look forward to seeing those attending the dinner tonight.

Guardian Early Learning Group Mother's Day Morning Tea

Fri May 05 2017

Guardian Early Learning Group, the provider for the New South Wales Association's childcare scheme, is hosting a free morning tea for families and friends, old and new from 8-9 am on Friday 12 May at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre, 9 Castlereagh Street Sydney and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 1 Bligh Street Sydney.

For further information contact Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au

UNSW Career Compass Mentoring Program seeking volunteers

Fri May 05 2017

The University of NSW's Career Compass Mentoring Program will be run from 27 July 2017 to 19 October 2017. The program would welcome volunteers from the legal profession who would be interested in volunteering their time to be a mentor.

The program is seeking to finalise its complement of mentors by early June 2017. Interested members are encouraged to complete and submit the mentoring application form.

External room for sale at 6 St James Hall Chambers - Sunny room overlooking Law Courts & view of Hyde Park

Thu May 04 2017

A substantial, well-appointed, natural light-filled external room with modern fit-out is available for sale on 6 St James Hall Chambers. The room would suit a silk or senior junior.

This busy chambers consists of 28 barristers practising in commercial, public, employment and international law. For member profiles see www.sixstjameshall.com.au.

The room has four large windows, a built-in desk and shelves, robe cupboard, large briefs cupboards and full wall shelving for law reports and textbooks. Chambers is connected to Barnet and uses VOIP telephony. Members have personal access to Thomson Reuters online subscription and an extensive library of law reports and loose-leaf services.

Price & Outgoings on Application. For further information please contact the Practice Manager, Nora Faulua on 9236 8600 or via email to nfaulua@stjames.net.au.

Enquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence.

2017 CIArb Accelerated Route Towards Fellowship 13 – 14 May 2017, Sydney

Wed May 03 2017

Fast track your way to a career in international commercial arbitration. Registrations are now open for the 2017 CIArb Accelerated Route Towards Fellowship (ARF) course which will be held from 13 - 14 May 2017 at the Sydney premises of global law firm, Baker McKenzie. Delivered by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) this course is intended for suitably qualified candidates who are practising lawyers with at least 10 years’ standing and who have experience in arbitration. The Course syllabus is based on international arbitration law and it is essential that candidates have at least a reasonable working knowledge of the UNCITRAL Model Law and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. CIArb accreditation carries a global qualification in the growing practice of international arbitration. Places are limited. Read more here.

Women Lawyers Association - Free Law Week Event Sydney CBD 5.30pm Wednesday 17th May

Wed May 03 2017

The Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW, in conjunction with Martin Place Chambers would like to invite all lawyers (male, female, private practice, in-house, at the bar, academic…), law students and those interested in a career in law, to an event to celebrate Law Week.

It provides a great opportunity for networking and to hear from some inspirational women in our legal community. Members of the profession can get in touch with the next generation of lawyers, as well as an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends. Learn more

Opportunity to join 13th Floor St James Hall

Wed May 03 2017

Expressions of interest are invited to join 13th Floor St James Hall. The available room would suit a senior barrister and is fully fitted out with shelving and cupboards. It is 6 m x 3.5 m, located on the Phillip Street side of the building and receives natural light.

13th Floor St James Hall has 7 silks and 17 juniors with a variety of practice areas including administrative law, commercial, common law, crime, defamation, equity and trusts, intellectual property, native title, real property, and succession.

There is an extensive floor library with most loose leaf services, internet facilities and a large conference room for the use of floor members.

If you would like to arrange a time to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Eugenie Crosby. All enquiries and written expressions of interest should be directed to the Clerk at clerk.13@stjames.net.au.

Expressions of interest will be afforded the strictest confidence.

Applications close 26 May 2017.

Vale Claudius Bilinsky

Tue May 02 2017

Mr Claudius Bilinsky, the principal of Horowitz & Bilinsky solicitors, passed away on Sunday, 23 April, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at Sydney Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm on Monday, 8 May, 2017.

Request for barristers to judge national equity moot at UNSW

Thu Apr 27 2017

The Allen & Overy Private Law Moot is a national mooting competition hosted by UNSW Law. The competition convenors are requesting the assistance of barristers to act as judges in the preliminary round moots on 20 and 21 May at the UNSW Kensington Campus. The problem question this year focuses on issues in equity and remedies. Moots will run for between 90 mins to 2 hours, and a detailed judging guide will be provided to judges in advance.

14 teams from universities from across Australia as well as Singapore, New Zealand, Pakistan and the South Pacific will be competing this year. The convenors are grateful to barristers who acted as judges in the competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please contact Veronica Sebesfi and Wee-An Tan, the competition convenors, at: privatelawmoot@unswlawsoc.org.

Please visit https://www.unswlawsoc.org/private-law-moot/ for more details about the competition.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Thu Apr 27 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 here as well as on the NSW Bar Association website.

Room for Sale - 6 St James Hall Chambers. Purchase Price & Outgoings on Application

Thu Apr 27 2017

A generous, well-appointed, natural light-filled internal room with modern fit-out is available for sale on 6 St James Hall Chambers. This busy commerial chambers consists of 23 barristers, five of whom are silk, including 2 female silk.

The room has three large windows, a built-in robe cupboard, briefs cupboards and bookshelves. Chambers is connected to Barnet and uses VOIP telephony. Members have personal access to Thomson Reuters online subscription and an extensive library of law reports and loose-leaf services.

For further information please contact the Practice Manager, Nora Faulua on 9236 8600 or via email to nfaulua@stjames.net.au.

Enquiries treated with the strictest confidence. www.sixstjameshall.com.au

New North Coast representative for the Bar Association

Thu Apr 27 2017

Sophie Anderson of Commercial Bank Chambers, Lismore has recently taken up the position of North Coast representative for the Bar Association. Her contact details are below.

Commercial Bank Chambers Level 1, 61 Molesworth Street LISMORE NSW 2480 Email: sanderson@cbchambers.com.au Phone: 0414 563 099

Bar FC grind out a hard fought draw

Thu Apr 27 2017

Under cloudy skies on the near perfect Domain pitch, Bar FC battled a younger and fitter side on Wednesday 26 April to pick up a point for a draw.

The opposition started quickly and John Harris in goals was busy in the first half with some textbook keeping. He was assisted by the hardworking Philips (the managers’ man of the match) who marshaled Kane and the other backs in his usual direct and efficient way.

The midfield looked great with some nice passing moves between d’Arville, Hilary Monteith, Hartford Davis and the German rookie (Johannes “Joe” Jaeger).

The second half saw Kuklik take the field and perform a sliding tackle that would have made Eric Cantona proud. Nothing like a ball and all tackle to get the blood pumping. Bar FC had some chances to steal a win with Justin Hogan Doran’s shot on goal a golden opportunity to take two more points. Alas it was not to be.

Our next game is Wednesday 3 May 2016 at 1.15 p.m. on top of the Domain Car Park. All supporters of the team and lovers of the round ball game are welcome.

ABA WELCOMES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING INJECTION INTO LEGAL ASSISTANCE SECTOR

Mon Apr 24 2017

The Australian Bar Association has today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement to commit an additional $55.7 million over the next three years to the community legal assistance sector in the upcoming 2017-18 Budget.

See the media release from the ABA here

Australian Bar Association President, Will Alstergren QC said, “Today’s announcement is a significant step to addressing the shortfalls of the current legal assistance budget and shows a firm commitment from the Federal Government to provide crucial and equal access to legal services for all Australians.”

“The Australian Bar Association has been a vocal campaigner for increased funding and support to the legal assistance sector, particularly for community legal centres. The Government’s re-consideration of this issue, and significant injection of funds is particularly positive news,” said Will Alstergren QC.

“The legal profession, particularly the Independent Bars and the community legal centres, have provided an extraordinary amount of pro bono work, which has become unsustainable for many. Today’s announcement will be warmly welcomed by the profession and is an excellent first step to ensuring everyday Australians have proper access to justice.”

“The increased funding to the Indigenous legal services sector is a particularly substantial commitment and one that the ABA welcomes enthusiastically. The number of Indigenous people coming before the justice system in Australia is a national disgrace and one that can only be addressed through a multi-faceted approach, that includes increased and intensive legal assistance funding.”

In welcoming today’s announcement, the Australian Bar Association is calling upon all sections of government to work together to ensure that equal access to affordable and quality legal assistance remains a priority. The ABA considers that equal access to justice through the legal assistance sector is a basic and crucial issue for all Australians.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Jo Oakes 0439 700 076 media@austbar.asn.au