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Bench and Bar Tennis Day 2018

Tue Nov 27 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

Litigation on two fronts: when family law and criminal law intersect

Tue Nov 27 2018
Coming up in CPD tonight!

In both parenting and financial litigation in courts exercising family law jurisdiction one (or maybe both) of the parties whose relationship has broken down are simultaneously facing criminal charges or the threat of the same. The evidence may be the same but the procedure and consequences may be vastly different. Navigating the pathway requires some cross-jurisdictional gymnastics and cooperation between practitioners in two specialists jurisdictions. Presenters Suzanne Christie SC and April Francis will discuss some of the issues which arise.

  • When: 5.30pm, Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • Where: New South Wales Bar Association Common Room

Click here for more information.

2019 Regional Conference Series

Tue Nov 27 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

John Whittle SC (1951 - 2018)

Tue Nov 27 2018
Vale

John Brian Whittle SC, formerly of Frederick Jordan Chambers, passed away today. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are available.

LCA supports steps toward a National Integrity Commission

Mon Nov 26 2018
Law Reform and Public Affairs

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed steps taken by the parliament to establish a National Integrity Commission and is urging the federal government to support the process. Law Council President Morry Bailes said: "There is a need for addressing federal corruption in Australia. While Australia is generally regarded in a positive light when it comes to corruption, there is still room for improvement. We look forward to continuing to work with the cross-bench and the Australian Parliament to get the model right and help make a National Integrity Commission a reality." View the LCA media release here.

Bar Council business in 2018

Mon Nov 26 2018
Governance

Bar Council met on 22 February, 8 March, 22 March, 12 April, 26 April in the boardroom of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Matters reported elsewhere in In Brief are omitted from these summaries of Bar Council business. Bar Council regularly considers requests by the attorney general, the courts and other agencies for advice on proposed legislation. Because that advice is sought on a confidential basis, it is not noted here. Any member interested in a particular matter should contact the executive director.

The Holt Prize

Mon Nov 26 2018

The Holt Prize, named after the late Christopher Holt, co-founder of The Federation Press, is awarded biennially to first-time authors of an unpublished legal work of an academic or practical nature. The winner receives a $12,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with The Federation Press. The Federation Press invites submissions for the 2019 Prize.

The deadline is 31 March 2019. Learn more here.

2019 Regional Conference Series

Mon Nov 26 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

In Conversation with Hament Dhanji SC

Mon Nov 26 2018
Coming up in CPD this week!

On Wednesday, November 28, 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.

Litigation on two fronts: when family law and criminal law intersect

Mon Nov 26 2018
Coming up in CPD tomorrow!

In both parenting and financial litigation in courts exercising family law jurisdiction one (or maybe both) of the parties whose relationship has broken down are simultaneously facing criminal charges or the threat of the same. The evidence may be the same but the procedure and consequences may be vastly different. Navigating the pathway requires some cross-jurisdictional gymnastics and cooperation between practitioners in two specialists jurisdictions. Presenters Suzanne Christie SC and April Francis will discuss some of the issues which arise.

  • When: 5.30pm, Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • Where: New South Wales Bar Association Common Room

Click here for more information.

New Lifetime Care and Support Guidelines

Fri Nov 23 2018

Revised Lifetime Care and Support Guidelines were published in the NSW Government Gazette on Wednesday 21 November 2018. The revised Guidelines now apply:

  • to all new plans and requests for services;
  • to all assessments of needs and decisions that Lifetime Care makes for plans and requests;
  • to all new applications to the Scheme (both interim and lifetime); and
  • to all new dispute applications.

The changes to the Guidelines are not intended to change eligibility for the Scheme or access to treatment and care services for participants. An information sheet summarising the key changes is attached, click here.

The new Guidelines are now on the icare website here.

Updates to NSW Police Force website

Fri Nov 23 2018

The NSW Police Force has updated their public website to include a "legal" page that provides information on how to contact the different legal teams, or how & who to serve various court documents in a range of legal proceedings (criminal & civil).

For more information visit the NSW Police Force website here.

Save the date: 2019 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Nov 23 2018
Professional development

The 2019 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held on Saturday 16 March.

Speaker details and online registration will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in InBrief 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

In Conversation with Hament Dhanji SC

Fri Nov 23 2018
Coming up in CPD next week!

On Wednesday, November 28, 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.

Litigation on two fronts: when family law and criminal law intersect

Fri Nov 23 2018
Coming up in CPD next week!

In both parenting and financial litigation in courts exercising family law jurisdiction one (or maybe both) of the parties whose relationship has broken down are simultaneously facing criminal charges or the threat of the same. The evidence may be the same but the procedure and consequences may be vastly different. Navigating the pathway requires some cross-jurisdictional gymnastics and cooperation between practitioners in two specialists jurisdictions. Presenters Suzanne Christie SC and April Francis will discuss some of the issues which arise.

Please note the date has been changed to 27 November to allow practitioners to attend the 'Appeals to the Full Court - Preparation and Procedure, Crafting Grounds and Appellate Advocacy’ event at the Family Court on 21 November.

  • When: 5.30pm, Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • Where: New South Wales Bar Association Common Room

Click here for more information.

Barristers Classifieds

Thu Nov 22 2018
Member services and benefits

The online Barristers' Classifieds enables every member of the Bar Association to buy or sell chambers, wigs, gowns, law reports and more. Simply login to your member dashboard via the Bar Association's home page. Standard posts are free of charge, but can be upgraded to premium with the addition of photos and a credit card payment of $25.

If you have any questions or difficulties using the system, contact the publications and promotions co-ordinator, Michelle Nisbet.

2018 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Thu Nov 22 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.

2019 Bathurst Lecture

Thu Nov 22 2018
Save the Date

The Commercial Law Section will hold the 2019 Bathurst lecture, named in honour of the Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW on Wednesday 6 March 2019.

The speaker for the 2019 Bathurst Lecture to be delivered by Graham Bradley AM, former President of the Business Council of Australia and a senior Australian company director,

The lecture will take place at The Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of NSW, Law Courts Building, Queens Square at 5.00 pm.

Litigation on two fronts: when family law and criminal law intersect

Thu Nov 22 2018

In both parenting and financial litigation in courts exercising family law jurisdiction one (or maybe both) of the parties whose relationship has broken down are simultaneously facing criminal charges or the threat of the same. The evidence may be the same but the procedure and consequences may be vastly different. Navigating the pathway requires some cross-jurisdictional gymnastics and cooperation between practitioners in two specialists jurisdictions. Presenters Suzanne Christie SC and April Francis will discuss some of the issues which arise.

  • When: 5.30 pm, Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • Where: New South Wales Bar Association Common Room

Click here for more information.

How to save a life: seeking orders for health care for detained asylum seekers

Thu Nov 22 2018
Coming up in CPD tonight!

On Thursday, November 22, Geoffrey Watson SC, Barrister, New Chambers; Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis MB ChB FRACS, FAOrthA, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Dr Barri Phatarfod MB BS, President, Doctors for Refugees will present "How to save a life: seeking orders for health care for detained asylum seekers". The event will be chaired by Shane Prince SC, Human Rights Committee. Learn more about the seminar here and the speakers here.

This seminar has been organised by the Human Rights Committee of the NSW Bar Association.

Engaging distractions - screening of The Scribe

Wed Nov 21 2018
Wellbeing

Members are invited to a screening on Monday, 26 November 2018 of The Scribe - a superb documentary about the legendary Graham Freudenberg, plus an exclusive panel discussion on political speech-writing, then and now. The panel will feature the Whitlam Institute's chairman, the Hon John Faulkner, Michael Cooney, speechwriter to Julia Gillard and national director of the Australian Republic Movement; and the acclaimed documentary film-maker, Ruth Cullen.

  • Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Location: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
  • Cost: $15/$10
  • Purchase tickets here

This powerful, poignant film takes us into one of the great minds of politics; Graham Freudenberg's words have shaped our fortunes. With stories from Wran, Whitlam, Hawke and Carr, and reflections on contemporary politics, we are given the chance to share the unique perspective of someone who was at the epicentre of Australian government for nearly 50 years. It's a remarkable picture of an insider's love of language - and its power to change the country.

Retirement of The Honourable Justice Ruth McColl AO

Wed Nov 21 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.

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.

The Holt Prize

Wed Nov 21 2018

The Holt Prize, named after the late Christopher Holt, co-founder of The Federation Press, is awarded biennially to first-time authors of an unpublished legal work of an academic or practical nature. The winner receives a $12,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with The Federation Press. The Federation Press invites submissions for the 2019 Prize.

The deadline is 31 March 2019. Learn more here.