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Room for Sale or Licence - State Chambers

Mon Aug 05 2019

A 30sqm east facing, light filled room with views out to the Heads and Bondi is for sale or licence at State Chambers. The room has floor to ceiling windows, automatic blinds, full shelving, wardrobe and freshly carpeted. All enquiries or arrangements to view the room are to be directed to the Clerk, Fiona Hayden, in confidence.

For further information please visit our website: www.statechambers.net.

The Online Court

Mon Aug 05 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.

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

Mon Aug 05 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.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Fri Aug 02 2019
29 August - Banco Court

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture will be held on 29 August in the Banco Court. All are welcome to attend.

The Online Court

Fri Aug 02 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.

Great Wall walk for Black Dog institute

Fri Aug 02 2019

Elizabeth Picker from Edmund Barton Chambers will take on the Great Wall Trek in China from 30 September to 7 October to raise money for the Black Dog institute.

Elizabeth is inspired by the work of Black Dog Institute and wants to support this worthy cause by her participation in Black Dog Institute's Hike for Mental Health: China 2019. Please help Elizabeth to support the Black Dog Institute by donating whatever you can. Click here for more information and to donate.

The more people that know about Black Dog Institute, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing the page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to so many.

UNSW 2019 Mason Conversation with the Hon Michael McHugh AC QC

Fri Aug 02 2019

Presented by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW, the 2019 Mason Conversation features The Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC in conversation with Professor George Williams AO.

The Mason Conversation is a series named in honour of Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM marking his outstanding generosity and contribution over decades to the University of New South Wales. As well as a distinguished career in the law, including as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1987-95), Sir Anthony was the fifth Chancellor of the University of New South Wales between 1994 and 1999 and the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

When: Monday 5 August 2019 Time: 5.45pm - 7.30pm Where: Banco Court, Level 13 - Law Courts Building, 184 Philip Street Sydney, 2000

The talk will start promptly at 6.00pm and will be followed by a short networking reception at 7.00pm.

For more information and to register, click here.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Fri Aug 02 2019
Conferences

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Peter Cummings SC, Suzanne Christie SC and Kim Morrissey. Please note that Seville and Lisbon are popular destinations and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended.

For more information visit their website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

2019 Common Law Drinks

Fri Aug 02 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.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications now open

Fri Aug 02 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.

2019 Common Law Drinks

Thu Aug 01 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.

Bar FC defeated 3-0 to League Leaders

Thu Aug 01 2019
Wellbeing

A solid performance today was not enough to defeat the leaders of the Domain Soccer League, Pendal FC.

With no subs to call on, the second half got away from us in the warm sun with the three goals coming after half time.

We now have a week off before the semis commence. Time enough to regroup and hopefully make the final.

Todays team was as follows:

SIMON PHILIPS (C) THOMAS LIU RICHARD DI MICHIEL JEH COUTINHO STEPHEN DAMETTO NICHOLAS OLSEN ROHAN DE’MEYRICK ANAIS D’ARVILLE JOHN HARRIS (GK) ANDY MUNRO BEN PHILLIPS RICO

ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019, Lecture 6

Thu Aug 01 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.

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Thu Aug 01 2019
Registrations closing 5 August

As you will be aware the conference ‘Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives’ will explore the nuances between the two jurisdictions and discuss various areas where we can learn from each other. Join the ABA and your trans-Tasman colleagues for this exciting 1.5 day conference.

Looking for a luxury escape? Stay at the Hotel St Moritz and be treated to wrap around views from Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range. Simply select St Moritz as your accommodation option during registration.

For more information on the conference, activities and social events, visit https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/

We look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand.

Single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers

Thu Aug 01 2019
Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light

A single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers has recently been made available for sale (3,000 shares in Counsel’s Chambers Ltd). The room has Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light.

9 Selborne Chambers recently underwent renovations which included work on new bathrooms/shower, new kitchen, new reception and waiting areas, plus a new conference room.

The floor consists of six senior counsel and seventeen junior counsel.

The floor’s predominant practice areas include Banking and Finance, Building and Construction, Commercial, Equity, Insurance and Intellectual Property.

Price on application.

All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

To make an appointment to view, or for further information regarding the room and the floor, please contact our Clerk Ed Brown on: 02 9233 5188 or via email: clerk9@selbornechambers.com.au

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Thu Aug 01 2019
29 August - Banco Court

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture will be held on 29 August in the Banco Court. All are welcome to attend.

Great Wall walk for Black Dog institute

Wed Jul 31 2019

Elizabeth Picker from Edmund Barton Chambers will take on the Great Wall Trek in China from 30 September to 7 October to raise money for the Black Dog institute.

Elizabeth is inspired by the work of Black Dog Institute and wants to support this worthy cause by her participation in Black Dog Institute's Hike for Mental Health: China 2019. Please help Elizabeth to support the Black Dog Institute by donating whatever you can. Click here for more information and to donate.

The more people that know about Black Dog Institute, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing the page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to so many.

Reminder - Senior Counsel Applications for 2019 close at 5pm today

Wed Jul 31 2019
To all members of the outer Bar

President Tim Game SC invites applications for Senior Counsel for 2019. 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.

Applications must be submitted online, no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Nisbet at the NSW Bar Association on 9232 4055.

Advocacy Skills workshop

Wed Jul 31 2019
Coming up in CPD – 8 & 9 November

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise that it will be offering an Advocacy Skills workshop specifically for those 3-5 years out who are looking for an opportunity to practice trial and contested hearing techniques and strategies with the assistance of a faculty of experienced instructors who offer constructive and practical suggestions to improve the advocacy of each individual participant.

Each workshop involves instruction, performance and review of the skills, disciplines and techniques involved in good advocacy. Participants will use specifically developed materials to prepare set advocacy tasks from a case study, then examine and cross examine witness as well as present argument before the decision maker.

Places will be limited on the workshop so please register an expression of interest for the workshop now by providing your details here. In recognition of the importance of this training the workshop will be provided at a subsidised rate to all NSW Bar Association members. The cost for the workshop will be $475, which includes a PDF copy of “The AAI Advocacy Manual” for each participant.

The Online Court

Wed Jul 31 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.

Class actions and law reform

Wed Jul 31 2019
Reminder - tonight

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Elizabeth Collins SC, Jonathon Redwood and Rebecca Gilsenan, and chaired by The Hon Justice Julie Ward, Chief Judge in Equity, will consider possible legislative reforms and changes in practice and procedure arising from the ALRC’s final report and related judicial developments. For full details please click here.