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Wellbeing & Quality of Working Life Research for the New South Wales Bar

Tue Mar 07 2017

The New South Wales Bar will shortly launch a study, conducted by a UK research team to evaluate the "individual" and "environmental" issues impacting life at the bar in NSW. The study is intended to enable the leaders to gather data and respond to the information provided by the profession. Pre-survey information can be found here. and more information can be found on the Bar Association’s website here. Please assist us with this important initiative.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Tue Mar 07 2017

Registrations are still OPEN for the 2017 Parramatta and Sydney CPD Conferences.

For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

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 here

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

Registration deadline extended for the Personal Injury & Common Law Conference

Mon Mar 06 2017

Online registrations for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference have been extended until Wednesday 8 March. You can still register after this date by telephone.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney this Saturday, 11 March 2017. Please download the program here

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Seeking EOI for Federal Court native title mediators

Mon Mar 06 2017

The Federal Court of Australia will review and update its list of suitably qualified mediators to assist in the management of its native title work. Members of the New South Wales Bar are invited to express an interest in joining this list. Please email your expression of interest to the national native title registrar, Ms Chris Fewings, by 20 March 2017. Ms Fewings can be contacted on (07) 32481244 should you have any questions.

Opportunity to join Second Floor Wentworth Chambers

Mon Mar 06 2017

A well-appointed full-sized room (3,000 shares in CCL) is available for purchase on Second Floor Wentworth Chambers. With an attractive fit-out and windows to the light well, it provides a high standard of accommodation in chambers that have been fully renovated in the last 12 months. It includes extensive built-in shelving and furniture.

There are seventeen members of the Floor including two senior counsel and a number of senior juniors with strong practices in a variety of jurisdictions.

The sale price is $180,000. Reasonable offers will be considered. Rent free period negotiable to facilitate move to the floor. All enquiries and expressions of interest will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and should be directed to: Rhonda Dalton, ph: 9232 4466 or via email: rhonda.dalton@wentworthchambers.com.au

Farewell for Judge McLoughlin SC

Mon Mar 06 2017

The District Court of NSW will hold a ceremonial sitting to farewell his Honour Judge Raymond McLoughlin SC on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at 9.00am in the ceremonial courtroom level 21 John Maddison Tower. Larry King SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Silks should wear full-bottomed wigs.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Mon Mar 06 2017

Registrations are still OPEN for the 2017 Parramatta and Sydney CPD Conferences.

For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

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 here

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

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Mar 06 2017

Tuesday, March 07 2017 'Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma'
Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 09 2017: 'Gender Equitable Briefing – Making it Happen: The Solicitor’s View' Presented by Jennie Mansfield, Partner, Ashurst; Rachel Quigley, Assistant Crown Solicitor and Michael Greene, Managing Partner, Henry Davis York. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of this seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register email your full name to Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Mon Mar 06 2017

Monday, March 06 2017: ‘Atonement for marital misdeeds or a second bite at the cherry? Applications by a former spouse for Family Provision’ Presented by Dr Stephen Janes, Deputy Dean, School of Law, Western Sydney University and chaired by Michael Willmott SC. For full details please download flyer here

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

Wanted: mentors for the Herbert Smith Freehills Women's Mentoring Program

Fri Mar 03 2017

The Herbert Smith Freehills Women’s Mentoring Program connects successful female legal professionals with aspiring female law students to ease their transition from university to the workplace. The program's organisers are currently looking for mentors from a variety of legal backgrounds to accommodate the diverse career interests of potential mentees. For more information or to express interest, contact Sally Wang via email at mentoring.director@unswlawsoc.org or on 0422 895 830.

Legal Aid News for March

Fri Mar 03 2017

Legal Aid News for March 2017 is out now. There is a feature article on the new refugee legal advice service, the first Health Justice Partnership at Blacktown Hospital and the rollout of the Safer Pathway domestic violence program. There's news for panel lawyers, updates on community legal education and resources, as well as courses and conferences. You can view the newsletter here.

External Room for Sale – Frederick Jordan Chambers

Fri Mar 03 2017

External room for sale on 5th floor, Frederick Jordan Chambers, 53 Martin Place. Comfortable light and airy with window, views of Martin Place, 14 square metres with built in shelving. Freshly painted. Sale includes desk and return, bookshelf and three chairs. Friendly collegiate chambers. Offered at $50K(negotiable). Contact Clerk of Chambers on 9229 7333.

Legal Aid NSW General Criminal Law Panel

Fri Mar 03 2017

The due date for applications for the Legal Aid NSW General Criminal Law has been extended to 31 March 2017. Applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Friday, 31 March 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee.

More information about the panels and how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

For any further enquiries regarding the panel please email panels@legalaidnsw.gov.au or contact Professional Practices on 9219 5662.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Mar 03 2017

Monday, March 06 2017: ‘Atonement for marital misdeeds or a second bite at the cherry? Applications by a former spouse for Family Provision’ Presented by Dr Stephen Janes, Deputy Dean, School of Law, Western Sydney University and chaired by Michael Willmott SC. For full details please download flyer here

Tuesday, March 07 2017 'Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma'
Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 09 2017: 'Gender Equitable Briefing – Making it Happen: The Solicitor’s View' Presented by Jennie Mansfield, Partner, Ashurst; Rachel Quigley, Assistant Crown Solicitor and Michael Greene, Managing Partner, Henry Davis York. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of this seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register email your full name to Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Registrations closing for the Personal Injury & Common Law Conference this weekend

Fri Mar 03 2017

Online registrations for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will close this Friday. You can still register after this date by telephone.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March. Please download the program here

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Orange CPD Conference this Weekend

Fri Mar 03 2017

The 2017 Orange CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 February. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here - [2017 Orange Conference]

The Orange Conference will run from 9:00 am - 4:40 pm on Saturday, 4 March and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, 5 March. Full attendance over the two days attracts 10 CPD points. In 2017 the Orange CPD Conference is open to NSW Barristers only. Early bird registrations for the Orange CPD Conference at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

International Moot Judges Needed

Thu Mar 02 2017

Would you like to get some practical experience in judging cases? Insol International needs multiple barristers to act as moot judges on 15 and 16 March, to sit on three member panels with international insolvency experts at Sydney University. The teams are from Asia, North America and Australia and Allsop CJ will be presiding over the final to be held on 17 March. No prior insolvency or moot experience is required, and barristers of any seniority may apply. For more information contact Tim Castle at tdcastle@stjames.net.au or Professor Rosalind Mason at Rosalind.mason@qut.edu.au.

NSWLRC review of the Guardianship Act 1987

Thu Mar 02 2017

The New South Wales Law Reform Commission has released the third and final consultation package for the review of the Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW). The material relates to: safeguards and procedures; medical and dental treatment and restrictive practices; and other remaining issues. All materials can be accessed here.

An infographic that explains the submission process can be found here.

Unless confidentiality is requested, the commission will usually publish a submission on the website and refer to it in publications, including the final report. View their privacy and information management policy.

Submissions close on Friday, 12 May 2017 and can be emailed to nsw-lrc@justice.nsw.gov.au or posted to GPO Box 31, Sydney NSW 2001.

Registrations closing for the Personal Injury & Common Law Conference this Firday

Thu Mar 02 2017

Online registrations for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will close this Friday. You can still register after this date by telephone.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March. Please download the program here

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2017 Sydney CPD Conference Program

Thu Mar 02 2017

The 2017 Sydney CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program [here]

The Sydney CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 25 March 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, George Street, Sydney.

Full attendance at the Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practising certificate year. NSW barristers, interstate barristers and solicitors are welcome to attend.

For more details about the Sydney Conference, or any of the 2017 CPD Conference Series, please click here.

To register please click here. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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

Orange CPD Conference this Weekend

Thu Mar 02 2017

The 2017 Orange CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 February. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here - [2017 Orange Conference]

The Orange Conference will run from 9:00 am - 4:40 pm on Saturday, 4 March and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, 5 March. Full attendance over the two days attracts 10 CPD points. In 2017 the Orange CPD Conference is open to NSW Barristers only. Early bird registrations for the Orange CPD Conference at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Mar 01 2017

Wednesday, March 1 2017: 'Forensic Psychiatric Reports: What lawyers need to know' Presented by Dr Andrew Ellis and Lee Knight. Chaired by Prof Dan Howard SC & Corrie Goodhand. This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

RACS issues call for donations

Wed Mar 01 2017

The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) has issued an emergency appeal for donations to fund two expert refugee lawyers and cover the costs of interpreting for 1800 people seeking asylum subject to the Fast Track process.

Notices threatening termination of welfare payments and bridging visas are being sent to hundreds of the approximately 12,000 people who came to Australia by boat prior to December 2013 but are yet to make applications for refugee status.

These 1800 people were promised legal assistance and have been waiting patiently, but with this new policy and tight deadlines being imposed the clock is now ticking. $60 supports a person seeking asylum with an hour of legal assistance. Every dollar helps. An extra $100 funds an interpreter for an hour.

Donate here.

Papers to note: Australian Border Force’s use of statutory powers

Wed Mar 01 2017

The Australian National Audit Office has released its assessment of the Australian Border Force’s use of statutory powers. The audit asked: Is there an effective accountability and reporting framework for the lawful exercise of powers? Do Border Force officers have adequate knowledge of their powers and how to use them? The ANAO found, among other things, "instances of potentially unlawful searches and failure to comply with instructions under both the Customs Act and Migration Act, which indicate current internal controls for mitigating the risk of unlawful or inappropriate use of coercive powers are inadequate". View the report here.

2017 Sydney CPD Conference Program

Wed Mar 01 2017

The 2017 Sydney CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program [here]

The Sydney CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 25 March 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, George Street, Sydney.

Full attendance at the Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practising certificate year. NSW barristers, interstate barristers and solicitors are welcome to attend.

For more details about the Sydney Conference, or any of the 2017 CPD Conference Series, please click here.

To register please click here. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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