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Last Chance to Register - 2019 Tutors and Readers Dinner

Wed Jun 05 2019
Collegiality

All Readers from the 2/18 and 1/19 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 14 June 2019. The dinner will be held at The Establishment Ballroom, Level 2, 252 George St Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is the His Honour Judge R H Weinstein SC and the Readers speaker is Jonathan Adamopoulos. For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Wed Jun 05 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Emma Beechey, and chaired by the Hon Justice Guy Parker, will explain what you need to know about blockchain and its evidentiary value. For full details please click here.

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 - What you need to know

Tue Jun 04 2019
8 am Tuesday, June 18 2019, Clayton Utz, Level 14, 1 Bligh Street Sydney

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act) came into force on 1 January 2019, and the first reporting period under the legislation is the 2019 financial year. The Act requires over 3000 Australian companies and other entities to disclose how their operations and supply chain may contribute to modern slavery and explain the steps they are taking to address those risks. Entities in New South Wales are obliged to report under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) if they have a turnover of $50 million.

Under the Act, senior management are accountable for preparing Modern Slavery Statements which are to be approved at Board level. The Reports need to address mandatory criteria, including: the entity’s structure, operations and supply chains; the action the entity has taken to assess and address those risks and how the entity assesses the effectiveness of those actions.

This panel session will examine the requirements of the Commonwealth and State legislation, their application and what needs to be done by entities and their legal advisers to ensure compliance. Moderator:

  • Cilla Robinson, Partner, Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Group, Clayton Utz

Panel members:

  • Arthur Moses SC, President Law Council of Australia
  • Jon Downes, Head of Legal – Australasia and Deputy General Counsel - International, Willis Towers Watson
  • Mark Devadason, Director, The Mekong Club

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial Employment Health and Safety Committee and registration is open to members of the New South Wales Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia. Find out more HERE.

Registration required for catering purposes. To register please click HERE.

In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Tue Jun 04 2019
Thursday, June 13 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

How do our clients know who is that safe pair of hands?

Panel: The Honourable Justice Gleeson (chair), Jane Needham SC, Kylie Gray (Westpac), Gwyn Jones (RMS).

The seminar will be followed by refreshments. All welcome. Learn more here.

Numbers are limited. Please email Ting Lim (tlim@nswbar.asn.au) to register your attendance.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee

Reduction in interest on unpaid legal costs

Tue Jun 04 2019
Practice management

At its meeting on 4 June 2019, the Reserve Bank Board decided to lower the cash rate target by 0.25% to 1.25%. Accordingly the rate of interest on unpaid legal costs, prescribed by s 195 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) and Rule 75 of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015(NSW), is 3.25%.

Federal court and tribunal fees

Tue Jun 04 2019
Practice and procedure

The Commonwealth Government Gazette has published the annual fee increases for federal courts and tribunals, effective 1 July 2019. Learn more here.

Bench and Bar Lunch 02/2019

Tue Jun 04 2019
Collegiality

The next Bench and Bar Lunch is set down for Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 12.45pm to 2.00pm at Sky Phoenix - Shop 6001/188 Pitt Street. All members of the Bench and Bar are welcome. At $35 per person, it's just quick and cheap! Reserve your place here.

The Bench and Bar Lunch is an initiative of the Wellbeing Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Financial planning strategies seminar

Tue Jun 04 2019
Coming up in CPD - Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Government changes to super and SMSF’s, ASX market update, insurance, estate planning and financial planning strategies

Presented by Charles Stewart, National Head of Financial Planning at Shaw and Partners. This seminar will cover an update of important changes in the financial markets, insurance sector, estate planning and general financial planning strategies. For full details please download a flyer [here]

This seminar commences at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room

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

The Hon Joseph Xavier Gibson QC (1931-2019)

Tue Jun 04 2019
Vale

The Hon Joseph Xavier Gibson QC, former barrister and judge of the District Court, died on Sunday. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

2019 Tutors and Readers Dinner

Tue Jun 04 2019
Collegiality

All Readers from the 2/18 and 1/19 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 14 June 2019. The dinner will be held at The Establishment Ballroom, Level 2, 252 George St Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is the His Honour Judge R H Weinstein SC and the Readers speaker is Jonathan Adamopoulos. For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

Not the Bar Association Women's World Cup Tipping Competition

Tue Jun 04 2019

Mark Gibian SC and Ingmar Taylor SC invite all members and their families to participate in the inaugural Not the NSW Bar Association Women's World Cup 2019 Tipping Competition. Finally a soccer World Cup in which you can tip Australia to win out of more than mere patriotism. Go the Matildas! Entries due by 4.00am on 8 June 2019. You can find the form and details on how to enter here.

2019 Tutors and Readers Dinner

Mon Jun 03 2019
Collegiality

All Readers from the 2/18 and 1/19 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 14 June 2019. The dinner will be held at The Establishment Ballroom, Level 2, 252 George St Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is the His Honour Judge R H Weinstein SC and the Readers speaker is Jonathan Adamopoulos. For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

Just Art visual arts competition

Mon Jun 03 2019
Entries close 30 June

The Law Society of New South Wales invites legal practitioners to swap their brief for a blank canvas by creating an artwork on the theme of ‘justice’. Online entries close 30 June. Save the date for the Just Art exhibition at the Law Society from 20-23 August. Finalist artworks will be on sale to raise money for the 2019 Law Society President’s charity, Our Watch.

Practising certificate fee waivers for parents and other carers

Mon Jun 03 2019
Diversity

The Diversity and Equality Committee would like to remind barristers that the Bar Association has a policy whereby the treasurer, in consultation with the Executive Director, can consider waiving the practising certificate fees for barristers taking time out from practice in 2019/2020 due to parental and/or other carer responsibilities.

Parents can receive a waiver of up to 100% of their practising certificate fee and other carer’s can receive a waiver of their fee calculated on a pro rata basis equal to the number of months the barrister intends to be on leave.

All you need to do is make a written application to the Executive Director of the Bar Association during this renewal period.

Further details on the fee waiver policy can be found on the Bar Association website.

Francis Forbes Society - 2019 Forbes Lecture and support of research projects

Mon Jun 03 2019

On Wednesday 5 June 2019 Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney) will deliver the 2019 Forbes Lecture, titled 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave'. Click here for further information.

In Spence v Queensland, the High Court recently referred to the whispers of the pre-Engineers ghosts. One of those ghosts is Pitt Cobbett, a former Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney who died on the last day of Sir Samuel Griffith's term as Chief Justice. Cobbett wrote a great opus on the Constitution but its publication was frustrated by the Engineers Case and the new constitutional order it created. A century after Cobbett's death, his work is about to be published and his voice heard from the grave. Join Cobbett's successor, Professor Anne Twomey, as she explores what is surprising and what we can learn from Cobbett's century-old understanding of the Constitution.

The lecture will take place at 5.15 pm in Court 13A in the Law Courts Building. Again, everyone is welcome to attend.

One of the Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains a fund for that purpose to which donations may be made – the Francis Forbes Fund. The Society was able to support Professor Twomey’s project to publish Pitt Cobbett's grand opus called ‘The Government of Australia’ through the Fund and is delighted to note that this important work is be published.

The Society through the Fund also supported, in part, a research project by Dr J.M. Bennett and Ronald C Solomon which resulted in the recently published monograph ‘Sir Francis Villeneuve Smith, Third Chief Justice of Tasmania 1870 – 1855’ (for more information about this monograph, see http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760022037 ) The Society encourages donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects (donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS

Skilled volunteering overseas

Mon Jun 03 2019
Expressions of interest

The New South Wales Bar Association, through its Wellbeing Committee, is now seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from members who would like to be involved in an organised skilled volunteering program, focussed on capability building in select Pacific and Pacific Rim countries. The Bar Association believes an overseas skilled volunteering program, which utilises the knowledge and expertise of barristers, would provide an enriching and meaningful experience for members because it would deliver tangible benefits to host organisations and their countries.

The program has been designed through collaboration with Australian Business Volunteers (ABV). Australian Business Volunteers is a social enterprise that seeks to place skilled business people and professionals on short-term, capacity-building secondments in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere in the Pacific region. ABV was established in 1981 by the Australian Government to leverage Australian business expertise for sustainable community development and institutional capacity building. They have worked in the region for more than 35 years, delivering more than 5000 development projects.

If you have ever practised in, or have a deep familiarity with, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Nauru or other nations in the Asia Pacific, then this program will be of interest to you.

Please request an Expression of Interest from the coordinator of services and benefits, Chris Winslow, and return the completed form by 6 June 2019. If you know of a colleague in chambers or practising at the New South Wales Bar who would be similarly interested, please forward it to them.

For more information, contact the coordinator of services and benefits, Chris Winslow.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Mon Jun 03 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Emma Beechey, and chaired by the Hon Justice Guy Parker, will explain what you need to know about blockchain and its evidentiary value. For full details please click here.

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 - What you need to know

Mon Jun 03 2019
8 am Tuesday, June 18 2019, Clayton Utz, Level 14, 1 Bligh Street Sydney

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act) came into force on 1 January 2019, and the first reporting period under the legislation is the 2019 financial year. The Act requires over 3000 Australian companies and other entities to disclose how their operations and supply chain may contribute to modern slavery and explain the steps they are taking to address those risks. Entities in New South Wales are obliged to report under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) if they have a turnover of $50 million.

Under the Act, senior management are accountable for preparing Modern Slavery Statements which are to be approved at Board level. The Reports need to address mandatory criteria, including: the entity’s structure, operations and supply chains; the action the entity has taken to assess and address those risks and how the entity assesses the effectiveness of those actions.

This panel session will examine the requirements of the Commonwealth and State legislation, their application and what needs to be done by entities and their legal advisers to ensure compliance. Moderator:

  • Cilla Robinson, Partner, Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Group, Clayton Utz

Panel members:

  • Arthur Moses SC, President Law Council of Australia
  • Jon Downes, Head of Legal – Australasia and Deputy General Counsel - International, Willis Towers Watson
  • Mark Devadason, Director, The Mekong Club

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial Employment Health and Safety Committee and registration is open to members of the New South Wales Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia. Find out more HERE.

Registration required for catering purposes. To register please click HERE.

In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Mon Jun 03 2019
Thursday, June 13 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

How do our clients know who is that safe pair of hands?

Panel: The Honourable Justice Gleeson (chair), Jane Needham SC, Kylie Gray (Westpac), Gwyn Jones (RMS).

The seminar will be followed by refreshments. All welcome. Learn more here.

Numbers are limited. Please email Ting Lim (tlim@nswbar.asn.au) to register your attendance.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee

In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Fri May 31 2019
Thursday, June 13 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

How do our clients know who is that safe pair of hands?

Panel: The Honourable Justice Gleeson (chair), Jane Needham SC, Kylie Gray (Westpac), Gwyn Jones (RMS).

The seminar will be followed by refreshments. All welcome. Learn more here.

Numbers are limited. Please email Ting Lim (tlim@nswbar.asn.au) to register your attendance.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee

Senior Counsel Information Seminar - Wednesday 11 June 2019

Fri May 31 2019

The Senior Vice President Michael McHugh SC will host the Senior Counsel Information Seminar in the Bar Common Room on Tuesday, 11 June at 5.15 pm for all members who wish to apply for silk this year. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects.

Message from the President

Fri May 31 2019

In February 2019 the Defamation Working Party established by the Council of Attorneys-General and led by the NSW Department of Justice invited the NSW Bar Association to comment on the Model Defamation Provisions. The Bar Council convened a specialist committee to respond to this request. The submission of the Committee which was adopted by the NSW Bar Council was forwarded to the Law Council of Australia, along with submissions of other constituent bodies, for incorporation into the LCA response. The text of the NSW submission can be found HERE. The submission is a thorough and scholarly analysis of the relevant issues and I commend it not only to defamation law specialists but to all members.

On behalf of the New South Wales Bar Council I would like to thank the Committee for its time and effort in compiling the NSW Bar Association’s submission in the short time frame that was available. I should note that although not set out in the submission the Executive of the NSW Bar Association did take a view on a matter that the committee was not able to reach consensus on at paragraphs 42-48 by expressing a preference for the recommendations at paragraph 48.

Screenings of Half a Million steps

Fri May 31 2019

The New South Wales Bar Association is a member of the Uniting Fair Treatment Drug Reform campaign. Following the launch of the Fair Treatment campaign on October 12th 2018, Uniting and the Uniting Church organised “The Long Walk to Treatment”, a journey on foot from Dubbo to Sydney to highlight the need for more drug and alcohol treatment facilities in regional NSW. The long walk has been documented in the film “Half a Million Steps”, which will be premiering in Sydney and Dubbo on the following dates:

  • Palace Cinema in Paddington Sydney on 13 June 2019 RSVP here
  • Dubbo RSL on 14 June 2019 RSVP here.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Fri May 31 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Emma Beechey, and chaired by the Hon Justice Guy Parker, will explain what you need to know about blockchain and its evidentiary value. For full details please click here.

Francis Forbes Society - 2019 Forbes Lecture and support of research projects

Fri May 31 2019

On Wednesday 5 June 2019 Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney) will deliver the 2019 Forbes Lecture, titled 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave'. Click here for further information.

In Spence v Queensland, the High Court recently referred to the whispers of the pre-Engineers ghosts. One of those ghosts is Pitt Cobbett, a former Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney who died on the last day of Sir Samuel Griffith's term as Chief Justice. Cobbett wrote a great opus on the Constitution but its publication was frustrated by the Engineers Case and the new constitutional order it created. A century after Cobbett's death, his work is about to be published and his voice heard from the grave. Join Cobbett's successor, Professor Anne Twomey, as she explores what is surprising and what we can learn from Cobbett's century-old understanding of the Constitution.

The lecture will take place at 5.15 pm in Court 13A in the Law Courts Building. Again, everyone is welcome to attend.

One of the Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains a fund for that purpose to which donations may be made – the Francis Forbes Fund. The Society was able to support Professor Twomey’s project to publish Pitt Cobbett's grand opus called ‘The Government of Australia’ through the Fund and is delighted to note that this important work is be published.

The Society through the Fund also supported, in part, a research project by Dr J.M. Bennett and Ronald C Solomon which resulted in the recently published monograph ‘Sir Francis Villeneuve Smith, Third Chief Justice of Tasmania 1870 – 1855’ (for more information about this monograph, see http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760022037 ) The Society encourages donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects (donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS