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Larapinta trek launched to raise funds for Katrina Dawson Foundation

Thu Mar 22 2018

The Katrina Dawson Foundation & Huma Charity Challenge have launched a guided walk along the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia to raise awareness of and funds for the foundation established in honour of the late Katrina Dawson. The trek will take place in May 2018. Find out more here.

Request for barristers to judge Senior Mooting Competition at UNSW

Thu Mar 22 2018
Moots

The Allens Linklaters Senior Mooting Competition is open to senior law students at UNSW. The Competition Directors are requesting the assistance of barristers to volunteer as judges in the preliminary rounds between 9–20 April 2018.

Moots will be held at the UNSW CBD Campus on O’Connell Street, or the UNSW Kensington Campus in the Law Building (depending on your preference). We can arrange for moots to start at 6pm, 6.30pm or 7pm. Moots run for between 90 mins to 2 hours.

This round’s problem question covers Federal Constitutional Law. Particular expertise in this area is not necessary – a detailed bench memorandum will be provided to you in advance.

Our Competition depends for its success on the generosity of experienced advocates. Your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please fill out this very short registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact Fiona and Matthew, the Competition Directors, at senior.mooting@unswlawsoc.org.

Toongabbie Legal Centre CPDs

Thu Mar 22 2018

Toongabbie Legal Centre will host a number of one-day CPD events in both Martin Place and western Sydney in coming weeks.

TLC is a community legal centre located in Toongabbie in the heart of Western Sydney. TLC is in its tenth year of providing legal advice and assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged people. The president of Court of Appeal, the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, is their patron.

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Mar 22 2018

Monday, March 26 2018 - 25 Years On: Redfern Park Speech

Presented by LaVerne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-Operative and Bunja Smith, Chair, Aboriginal Legal Service. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC.For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 27 2018 -The Boundaries Between Fact and Law in Administrative Law

Presented by Kristina Stern SC and Matt Sherman. Details to follow.


POSTPONED: Wednesday, March 28 2018 - Advocacy and the Vulnerable witness

Presented by Craig Smith SC and Kara Shead SC. Please note, this presentation will be included in the 2018 Sydney Conference on Saturday 24 March at the Hilton Hotel George Street.


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

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

Next week: The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Thu Mar 22 2018

When ABC Radio National announced the results of its Unforgettable Speeches competition, the winner was "I Have a Dream", by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Third place went to The Redfern Address, by the former prime minister, Paul Keating.

On 26 March 2018 at 5.15pm, the New South Wales Bar Association will mark the 25th Anniversary of what some argue is the greatest political speech in Australian history. The purpose is to highlight issues confronting indigenous people in the NSW legal and health systems. The event, which has been rescheduled from last December, will be held in the Common Room. Confirmed speakers are Bunja Smith, chairperson, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Le Verne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Redfern. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Mar 22 2018

Thursday, March 22 2018 - Data on women appearances in NSW Courts

Presented by Richard Scruby SC and Brenda Tronson. Chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity & Equality Committee.

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

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

2018 Sydney Conference this weekend

Thu Mar 22 2018

The 2018 Sydney CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 24 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here.

The conference will run from 9.00am - 5.00pm on Level 3 of the Hilton Hotel George Street. Full attendance over will attract 6 CPD points. Early bird registrations at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, 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).

Save the date: the inaugural Bathurst Lecture

Wed Mar 21 2018

On 3 May 2018, the Commercial Law Section will be holding its flagship event for the year, the inaugural Bathurst lecture, named in honour of the Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW.

The speaker will be the Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC, former Chief Justice of Australia and Chief Justice of NSW. He is speaking on the topic: “Advocate, Judge and Arbitrator: Perspectives on Commercial Law.” For full details, please download a flyer here.

The lecture will take place at The Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of NSW, Law Courts Building, Queens Square at 5:15 pm.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Mar 21 2018

Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

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

Legal Aid NSW review of fees paid

Wed Mar 21 2018

Legal Aid NSW is undertaking a review of fees paid to practitioners in legally aided matters. Members of the Bar Association are invited to a focus group to discuss issues with the current fee scales and options for change. The details of the focus groups are:

Monday 16 April: 3.30pm to 5.00pm, Parramatta Justice Precinct offices [report to Security on the ground floor]

Tuesday 17 April: 3.30pm to 5.00pm, Legal Aid NSW, Level 12, 323 Castlereagh Street, Sydney [take high rise lift to level 12]

There is an option to attend via webcast for the Sydney focus group.

Please note that the focus groups will be looking broadly at fees in family and criminal law but will not be looking at the specific issues of fees for the new committals processes (post 30 April 2018) or fees for counsel briefed in criminal trials, as these criminal law fees are the subject of separate consultation processes.

To register for one of the sessions, please log in to the Learning Management System using your Grants Online credentials. Once logged in, you can find the focus groups either via the Courses Calendar or by searching "focus group".

For further information about the focus groups, please contact Mary Whitehead on 02 9219 5114 or mary.whitehead@legalaid.nsw.gov.au. For assistance with the Learning Management System, please contact the Service Desk on 9219 5999.

See the future of justice at the AIJA’s Forces of Change conference

Wed Mar 21 2018
Brisbane, 24-26 May 2018

What will the court system look like in 2050? Will technological advances merely create the need for new laws or do they present a threat to the rule of law? Does the legal profession still have a future? And if so, what is it? How do “lawyerbots” actually work? And do videolink hearings represent the future of the court system or a breakdown of the division between court and prison?

These are just a few of the questions to be raised at “Forces of Change: Defining Future Justice”, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration’s next conference, May 24-26, at Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza Hotel.

The conference aims to conceptualise and visualise the shape of future justice and hold an in-depth conversation on the fundamental principles that underpin our concept of justice but may be challenged in a period of significant change and disruption.

The line-up of speakers contributing is an eclectic mix of judges, academics and tech-experts. It includes the Chief Justice of New Zealand, Dame Sian Elias, the High Court’s Justice Michelle Gordon, Justice Helen Winkelmann from NZ’s Court of Appeal and Chief Judge Peter Kidd of the County Court. Other speakers will include Mr Murray Bruce, formerly with IBM’s AI platform “Watson”, CSIRO IP expert Mr Rajiv Cabraal, lawyerbot inventors Mr Athol Birtley and Mr Adrian Cartland, and “blockchain” expert Dr Philippa Ryan, from the University of Technology, Sydney

Beginning with a keynote talk on “the world in the year 2050”, the conference will feature an opening address on the experience of the use of technology in the legal system in England and Wales, by the Right Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. This will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Radio National’s The Law Report presenter Damien Carrick.

Subsequent sessions include: a hands-on introduction to lawyerbots and AI; a look at the new laws that will be required by new technologies; and a survey of the future mental health needs of judicial officers and court staff. To close, a session on “management of change” will challenge participants to identify their own views. Are you an “early adopter”? Or a “maintain the rager”? Come along and join the conversation.

See the program and register at http://www.futurejustice2018.com/ Early bird discount registration available until March 30

2018 Sydney Conference this weekend

Wed Mar 21 2018

The 2018 Sydney CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 24 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here.

The conference will run from 9.00am - 5.00pm on Level 3 of the Hilton Hotel George Street. Full attendance over will attract 6 CPD points. Early bird registrations at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, 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).

Farewell to the Hon Justice Stephen Thackray

Tue Mar 20 2018

The Family Court of Australia will convene at 1.15pm on Friday, 23 March 2018 on Level 7 of the Family Court on Goulburn Street to farewell Justice Stephen Thackray. Counsel should robe but not wear a wig.

Volunteers wanted for the Duty Barrister Scheme

Tue Mar 20 2018
Access to justice

The Legal Assistance Referral Scheme is calling for volunteers to join the Duty Barrister Scheme.

The Duty Barrister Scheme is an initiative of the New South Wales Bar Association. It operates every week day at the Downing Centre (Criminal) and John Maddison Tower (Civil) Local Courts to help people who cannot afford a lawyer, and who have a matter before the court on the day.

There has also been a spike in requests from District Court judges and/or the DPP for duty barristers to provide urgent advice mid-trial to witnesses and, to a lesser extent, the accused in complex criminal proceedings.

If you would like to volunteer your services please fill out the application form and return to legalassist@nswbar.asn.au. For further information about the scheme please contact Ray Burgess on ph: (02) 9229 1710.

Coming up in CPD this week

Tue Mar 20 2018

Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 22 2018 - Data on women appearances in NSW Courts

Presented by Richard Scruby SC and Brenda Tronson. Chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity & Equality Committee.

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

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

2018 Sydney Conference this weekend

Tue Mar 20 2018

The 2018 Sydney CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 24 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here.

The conference will run from 9.00am - 5.00pm on Level 3 of the Hilton Hotel George Street. Full attendance over will attract 6 CPD points. Early bird registrations at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, 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).

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Mar 20 2018

Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC and chaired by Tim Game SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

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

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Mar 19 2018

Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC and chaired by Tim Game SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 22 2018 - Data on women appearances in NSW Courts

Presented by Richard Scruby SC and Brenda Tronson. Chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity & Equality Committee.

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

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

2018 Sydney Conference this weekend

Mon Mar 19 2018

The 2018 Sydney CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 24 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here.

The conference will run from 9.00am - 5.00pm on Level 3 of the Hilton Hotel George Street. Full attendance over will attract 6 CPD points. Early bird registrations at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, 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).

Bar Book Club

Mon Mar 19 2018
Wellbeing at the New South Wales Bar

The book for the meeting on 20 March is No Way But This in Search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow. Reviews may be found here and here

If anyone would like to suggest a book for future meetings so that we may read on, please email your suggestion to our dear leader, Simon Kalfas who will vet your suggestions and deal with them appropriately!

Next week: The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Mon Mar 19 2018

When ABC Radio National announced the results of its Unforgettable Speeches competition, the winner was "I Have a Dream", by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Third place went to The Redfern Address, by the former prime minister, Paul Keating.

On 26 March 2018 at 5.15pm, the New South Wales Bar Association will mark the 25th Anniversary of what some argue is the greatest political speech in Australian history. The purpose is to highlight issues confronting indigenous people in the NSW legal and health systems. The event, which has been rescheduled from last December, will be held in the Common Room. Confirmed speakers are Bunja Smith, chairperson, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Le Verne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Redfern. Learn more here.

Commercial Mediation - Practice, people and pitfalls- an insider’s discussion

Mon Mar 19 2018

Mediation is an integral part of the practice of Commercial Litigation. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Law Society has put together a panel of senior and highly experienced practitioners to discuss in a very practical way tips for participants, pitfalls in and steps to achieve suitable outcomes from commercial mediation sessions. The session will take place on 28 March 2018 from 5.00pm to 7.30pm at The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

Pre-session drinks from 5.00pm to 5.30pm; Panel discussion - 5.30pm to 6.30pm; after session drinks - 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Among the topics to be discussed during this interactive, facilitated discussion are: preparation for mediation sessions; avoiding disputes arising from the mediation process itself; recent case law dealing with what can go wrong with settlements reached in mediation; how to best use the mediator to achieve outcomes; and the role of principle and the emotional side of decision making in commercial disputes.

Papers to note: political criticism and judicial independence

Fri Mar 16 2018
Law Reform and Public Affairs

In February 2018, at UK think tank Policy Exchange, the Hon J D Heydon AC QC delivered a paper, "Does Political Criticism of Judges Damage Judicial Independence?" Heydon examines in detail the events surrounding contempt of court proceedings against three Commonwealth ministers and argues that the actions by the Victorian Court of Appeal might have engendered less respect judicial independence. Read his paper here.

Workers compensation indexation

Fri Mar 16 2018

The Workers Compensation (Indexation of Amounts) Amendment Order 2018 (NSW) will commence on 1 April 2018 and will be published on the Legislation NSW website. The object of the order is to notify the number that equates to the factor B/C - used in the formula for calculating the variation of the weekly payment to be paid to a worker under section 82A of the Workers Compensation Act 1987. That section provides that weekly payments are to be varied on 1 April and 1 October in each year.