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Draft Legal Profession Uniform Admission Amendment (Qualifications) Rule 2019 (Draft Rule)

Fri Aug 09 2019

The Legal Services Council today released, for public comment for a period of at least 30 days, the draft Legal Profession Uniform Admission Amendment (Qualifications) Rule 2019 (Draft Rule) in accordance with s 426 of the Uniform Law.

The Draft Rule relates to the admission of foreign lawyers in NSW and Victoria, a function performed by the admitting authorities in each State.

Should you wish to make a submission by 16 September. You can read the full story here.

Room for Sale - Sir James Martin Chambers

Fri Aug 09 2019

A well-sized external room (25sqm) with great views is available for sale at Sir James Martin Chambers.

To make an appointment to view, or for further information regarding the room please contact the Clerk, Kirsti Reith, on 9223 8088 or clerk@sirjamesmartin.com.

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence. Visit Sir James Martin Chambers’ website here www.sirjamesmartin.com

2020 Regional Conference Series

Thu Aug 08 2019
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 2020 Regional CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2020 Conferences are:

  • Newcastle, Saturday 22 February 2020, Novotel Newcastle Beach
  • North Coast (Ballina), Saturday 29 February 2020, Ramada Hotel
  • Orange, Saturday 7 March 2020, Orange Ex-Servicemen’s
  • Sydney, Saturday 21 March 2020, Hilton Hotel Sydney
  • Parramatta, Saturday 28 March 2020, Park Royal Parramatta

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. All submissions must come under at least one of the four categories of CPD.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Monday 30 September 2019.

For any enquiries, please contact Tiffany McDonald at cpd@nswbar.asn.au.

ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019, Lecture 6

Thu Aug 08 2019

On 12 August 2019 the Law Council will host the sixth in its series of lectures as part of the ILS International Law and Practice Course. Guest speaker Mary Walker will speak on 'The implication of the recently signed Singapore Mediation Convention for Australian practitioners'. Learn more here. The lecture will take place at the Sydney offices of Herbert Smith Freehills, ANZ Tower, 161 Castlereagh Street at 7.45am-9.00am. More information about the lecture, and registration, is available here.

2019 Common Law Drinks

Thu Aug 08 2019

Collegiality

The Common Law Committee & the President of the Bar Association would like to invite all NSW Bar Members to the 2019 Common Law Drinks to be held on Level 1 of the Angel Hotel (125 Pitt St) on Thursday, 29 August. The Guest of Honour will be the Hon Justice Michael Slattery AM RAN, who will say a few words on the evening.

Tickets to the drinks are $75 for judges and barristers over five years and $55 for clerks and barristers under five years. The function will start at 5.15pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards, RSVPs are due by COB 20 August. Please visit the website for details on how to register.

This event is once again proudly supported by BarCover.

Internal room for sale - Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers

Thu Aug 08 2019

An internal room is available for sale or licence at Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers due to a statutory appointment.

The sale price is $25k negotiable, floor fees are $2,653.00 per month (including GST and CCL maintenance levy). The floor recently underwent renovations. Practice areas include Commercial, Equity, Native Title, Criminal Law and Land & Environment.

Please contact the clerk, Heather, on (02) 9235 3100 or clerk6@windeyerchambers.com.au All enquiries will be kept confidential. Link to website is here.

Us Too?: Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession – what is the NSW Bar doing?

Thu Aug 08 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 21 August the Bar Association's Diversity and Equality Committee will host a CPD seminar on the findings and recommendations of the International Bar Association's (IBA) report into bullying and sexual harassment in the profession. The report, 'Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession' draws on data collected from nearly 7,000 surveyed legal professionals from 135 countries with respondents from across the legal spectrum, including barrister's chambers, government and the judiciary. Speakers will include Kylie Nomchong SC, Chair, Wellbeing Committee; Larissa Andelman, President, Women Lawyers Association NSW and Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Adviser, Legal Policy & Research Unit – IBA. The event will be chaired by NSW Bar Association President Tim Game SC. Learn more here.

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

Annual Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference 2019

Thu Aug 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

Systemic unconscionable conduct: evidentiary hurdles and recent cases 

Thu Aug 08 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Dr Elisabeth Peden and Daniel Tynan, and chaired by The Honourable J L B Allsop AO, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia, will discuss the history and development of the concept of statutory unconscionable conduct and some of the key evidentiary challenges in proving a case alleging such conduct. The presenters will also discuss the implications of the High Court’s most recent decision on the topic in ASIC v Kobelt [2019] HCA 18. For full details please click here.

Book launch - Victor Windeyer's Legacy: Legal & Military Papers

Thu Aug 08 2019

The Federation Press invites you to the launch of VICTOR WINDEYER'S LEGACY: Legal and Military Papers, edited by Bruce Debelle AO, QC. Click here for more information.

The book will be launched by Professor The Hon William Gummow AC on Tuesday 20 August, 5.15pm for 5.30pm-7pm. Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of New South Wales.

RSVP acceptances only by Friday 16 August 2019, click here to RSVP.

Book will be available for purchase at the launch, refreshments will be served.

ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019, Lecture 6

Wed Aug 07 2019

On 12 August 2019 the Law Council will host the sixth in its series of lectures as part of the ILS International Law and Practice Course. The Hon Roger Gyles AO QC will open the session and guest speaker Mary Walker will speak on the topic of 'The implication of the recently signed Singapore Mediation Convention for Australian practitioners’, joined by panellists Tat Lim and Gary Birnberg. The lecture will take place at the Sydney offices of Herbert Smith Freehills, ANZ Tower, 161 Castlereagh Street at 7.45am-9.00am. More information about the lecture, and registration, is available here.

2019 ALPMA Summit - 4 to 6 September 2019

Wed Aug 07 2019

Registrations for the 2019 Australasian Legal Practice Management Association Summit are now open.

The theme for this years summit is Road Map to Transformation – Move Forward with Confidence

Date: Wednesday, 4 to Friday, 6 September 2019 Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Website: www.alpmasummit.com.au Contact: info@alpmasummit.com.au

The full conference program is also available here: https://alpmasummit.com.au/program/.

To access early bird rates for related association members you should register prior to Friday, 16 August 2019 using the promotional code EABIRD.

Michael Kirby speaks on “Our first and only black Chief Justice meets racism in Australia”

Wed Aug 07 2019

The Federation Press in association with the Francis Forbes Society cordially invites you to a public address delivered by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Professor Stefan Petrow of the University of Tasmania on the life of Sir Francis Villeneuve Smith, the third Chief Justice of Tasmania, and the issues of colonial and postcolonial racism in Australia.

Francis Villeneuve Smith was an immigrant who became the fourth Premier of Tasmania, the third Chief Justice of the Colony and the first Australian Chief Justice to have been Premier. He was born in 1819 to an English father and a Caribbean mother. He was trained as a barrister in London and eventually made his home in Hobart Town where he enjoyed quick success in politics and at the Bar. Living in Hobart he was repeatedly insulted for his skin colour and parentage by the locals. Yet his ability won for him high office, although his mother was largely isolated by the socially conservative race-conscious community. He was eventually knighted but left Tasmania to return to England where he died.

A biography of this remarkable barrister, politician, judge and Chief Justice, largely forgotten until now, has been written by Dr John Bennett together with Dr Ronald Solomon in the series Lives of the Australian Chief Justices published by The Federation Press (The Francis Forbes Society helped fund the research that lead to the book). To reflect on his life and times, Professor Stefan Petrow (Professor of History, University of Tasmania) will describe Smith's life, successes and hardships. The Hon Michael Kirby will pick up the story, describe colonial and postcolonial racism in Australia and derive some lessons for today.

The address will take place on Thursday, 15 August 2019 at 5.15 for 5.30pm-6.30pm at the following address:

  • Bar Common Room
  • New South Wales Bar Association
  • Selborne Chambers
  • B/174 Phillip St
  • Sydney NSW 2000

Please RSVP to marketing@federationpress.com.au by Thursday, 8 August.

Book launch - Victor Windeyer's Legacy: Legal & Military Papers

Wed Aug 07 2019

The Federation Press invites you to the launch of VICTOR WINDEYER'S LEGACY: Legal and Military Papers, edited by Bruce Debelle AO, QC. Click here for more information.

The book will be launched by Professor The Hon William Gummow AC on Tuesday 20 August, 5.15pm for 5.30pm-7pm. Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of New South Wales.

RSVP acceptances only by Friday 16 August 2019, click here to RSVP.

Book will be available for purchase at the launch, refreshments will be served.

Us Too?: Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession – what is the NSW Bar doing?

Wed Aug 07 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 21 August the Bar Association's Diversity and Equality Committee will host a CPD seminar on the findings and recommendations of the International Bar Association's (IBA) report into bullying and sexual harassment in the profession. The report, 'Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession' draws on data collected from nearly 7,000 surveyed legal professionals from 135 countries with respondents from across the legal spectrum, including barrister's chambers, government and the judiciary. Speakers will include Kylie Nomchong SC, Chair, Wellbeing Committee; Larissa Andelman, President, Women Lawyers Association NSW and Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Adviser, Legal Policy & Research Unit – IBA. The event will be chaired by NSW Bar Association President Tim Game SC. Learn more here.

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

Natalie Zerial 1984 - 2019

Wed Aug 07 2019
Vale

Natalie Zerial a former barrister and member of the NSW Bar Association, sadly passed away in New York last week after battling cancer for 2 years.

Natalie left the NSW Bar a few years after meeting her husband, an American based in New York.

Today a memorial service will take place for Natalie in Brooklyn. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation to a cause close to Natalie's heart:

The Refugee Advice & Casework Service www.racs.org.au/donate-now/

or

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy www.brooklynbridgepark.org/pages/donate.

Natalie also wrote a Blog which contains some of her writings while battling illness.

https://beinginnewyork.com/

Tonight: The Online Court

Wed Aug 07 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 7 August the Bar Association's Common Law Committee will host a CPD seminar: "The Online Court", to be presented by District Court Registrar James Howard. The seminar will examine and explain practical aspects of the Online Court, established by Practice Note DC (Civil) No.1B, and which applies to all matters in the General List in the District Court Sydney from 1 October 2018. Learn more here.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Wed Aug 07 2019
Registrations now open

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

More information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Tue Aug 06 2019
Registrations now open

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

More information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Retirement Ceremony for the Hon Terry Sheahan AO

Tue Aug 06 2019

The Hon Justice Terry Sheahan AO will be delivering his final judgment at the Land and Environment Court on Friday 16 August 2019. To mark the occasion a sitting will be held at 9am in Court 12A, Level 12, 225 Macquarie Street Sydney.

Junior Vice-President Gabrielle Bashir SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar Association. Barristers should wear robes, but not wigs.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications now open

Tue Aug 06 2019
Diversity

Katrina Dawson was a much-loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. She was tragically killed during the Lindt Cafe siege. The Katrina Dawson Award seeks to encourage women to practise at the bar. The award is open to women who have passed the New South Wales Bar exam and committed to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award. Applications are now open and will close on 23 August 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019, Lecture 6

Tue Aug 06 2019

On 12 August 2019 the Law Council will host the sixth in its series of lectures as part of the ILS International Law and Practice Course. Guest speaker Mary Walker will speak on 'The implication of the recently signed Singapore Mediation Convention for Australian practitioners'. Learn more here. The lecture will take place at the Sydney offices of Herbert Smith Freehills, ANZ Tower, 161 Castlereagh Street at 7.45am-9.00am. More information about the lecture, and registration, is available here.

Tomorrow: The Online Court

Tue Aug 06 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 7 August the Bar Association's Common Law Committee will host a CPD seminar: "The Online Court", to be presented by District Court Registrar James Howard. The seminar will examine and explain practical aspects of the Online Court, established by Practice Note DC (Civil) No.1B, and which applies to all matters in the General List in the District Court Sydney from 1 October 2018. Learn more here.

Bar (not only) Knitting Group

Mon Aug 05 2019
Wellbeing

The Bar (not only) Knitting Group is a multidisciplinary group who love all things handcrafted. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except January) at 5.30pm in the Bar Library.
The next meeting will be held on the 27 August.

The timetable for the rest of 2019 is:

  • 24 September
  • 22 October
  • 26 November

Light refreshments are provided. Participants should bring their latest project or just an enquiring mind. We can arrange to teach you to knit/crochet if you’d like but we cannot instruct on the art of Heavy Metal Knitting, a new pastime of the fabulous Finns.