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Nominations for 2020 Bar Council

Thu Oct 03 2019

Members are reminded that nominations for the 2020 Bar Council must be received by the Returning Officer by 4.00pm on Tuesday 8 October 2019.

Nomination forms have been posted to all members. The form is also available from the Association's Reception (ph: 9232 4055; fax: 9221 1149) or email reception@nswbar.asn.au).

For more information click here.

Bar Knitting excursion

Wed Oct 02 2019

There is a Bar Knitting excursion on this Saturday 5 October 2019 to see the exhibit of 1500 knitted strawberries at the White Rabbit Gallery at 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale, click here for more information, and then on to Skein Sisters at Dulwich Hill, and finishing up with lunch at Queenside Café which is a couple of doors up from Skein Sisters.

If you would like to come along, the group is meeting at the White Rabbit Gallery at 10.45am on 5 October 2019 and will then head over to Dulwich Hill. Skein Sisters is an easy walk from Hurlstone Park station or Dulwich Grove light rail station. 428 and 445 buses also pass by the shop (and will stop if you ask them nicely).

If you’d like to come along and/or are in need of a lift, please RSVP to Ingrid King (king@stjames.net.au) or Michelle Painter (mpainter@selbornechambers.com.au) and they’ll do what they can.

Local Court Swearing-in ceremony for Allison Hawkins and Jillian Kiely

Wed Oct 02 2019
Swearing-in

On Monday 28 October 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court there will be a Full Bench ceremony to mark the swearing-in of Ms Allison Hawkins and Ms Jillian Kiely as Magistrates of the Local Court of New South Wales.

Michael McHugh SC will speak on behalf of the Association. Wigs and robes are not to be worn.

Local Court Swearing-in ceremony for Janine Lacy and Kevin Hockey

Wed Oct 02 2019
Swearing-in

On Monday 21 October 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court there will be a Full Bench ceremony to mark the swearing-in of Ms Janine Lacy and Mr Kevin Hockey as Magistrates of the Local Court of New South Wales. Ben Katekar will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Wigs are robes are not to be worn. Further details will be provided when available.

2020 Regional Conference Series

Wed Oct 02 2019
CLOSING SOON - 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.

Local Court swearing-in ceremony for Michael Love and Sally McLaughlin

Wed Oct 02 2019
Swearing-in

A ceremonial sitting of the Local Court of NSW will be held on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre for the swearing-in of Michael Love and Sally McLaughlin as magistrates. Lisa-Claire Hutchinson will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns should not be worn.

Reflections of the Wotton Decision

Wed Oct 02 2019

Join us on Thursday, 31 October for a seminar that considers the impact of Wotton v State of Queensland (No 5) [2016] FCA 1457, a successful class action on behalf of Aboriginal residents of Palm Island.

This seminar is a joint initiative of the NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the NSW Bar Association First Nations Committee and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee.

For more information and to register please click here.

How barristers work: Valuing your skills and time

Tue Oct 01 2019
Wednesday 6 November - NSW Bar Association Common Room

Panel: Michael McHugh SC (chair), Kristina Stern SC, Miranda Nagy (Maurice Blackburn Lawyers), Jeh Coutinho (clerk, Banco).

Do you make the most of your skills and time? How do solicitors know in which practice areas to brief you? Join our panel as they discuss practical tips for making your practice work for you. Learn more here.

The seminar will be followed by refreshments courtesy of LexisNexis. All welcome.

Registration required for catering purposes. Please click here to register.

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

Building Bridges: Resolving Disputes through International Arbitration

Tue Oct 01 2019
Conferences

The Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia(CIArb Australia) are pleased to invite you to their 2019 International Arbitration Conference: Building Bridges: Resolving Disputes through International Arbitration.

As international arbitration remains the preferred means for commercial and state entities to resolve disputes in the global economy, building bridges, and not walls, is key to maintaining good relationships to ensure growth, competitiveness and new opportunities. Hosted at this one-day conference is Australia's premier international arbitration event and will launch the 2019 Australian Arbitration Week.

Supported by global institutes, government, industry associations, sponsors and media partners, it will bring together eminent speakers including The Hon Justice Patrick Keane AC, High Court of Australia, who will deliver the keynote address, and expert practitioners from five continents and 15 jurisdictions who will impart their knowledge and experiences in examining emerging trends in various key sectors. A Cocktail Networking Reception will follow proceedings featuring guest speaker, The Hon Yvette D'Ath, Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Queensland Government.

The Australian Bar Association is pleased to be a supporting organisation of this important conference. To take advantage of your discounted registration rate, enter "Australian Bar Association" as your member organisation in the registration page.

Bar Book Club

Tue Oct 01 2019
Reminder

The next meeting will be held today at 5.30 pm in the Bar Library. The book is : The Everlasting Sunday by Robert Lukins (UQP) reviewed here.

All welcome (that includes new readers). Light refreshments will be served.

Room for Sale - Denman Chambers – 185 Elizabeth St

Tue Oct 01 2019

A large (31.2m2) external room is available for purchase at Denman Chambers. Plenty of natural light with large windows and lovely views overlooking Hyde Park. Sale includes law library in the room, table and 8 chairs, trolley and steps. Suit a silk or busy junior.

Denman is a stable, active floor with a variety of work including industrial, WHS prosecution and coronial, common law and criminal work. The sale price is $70,000 negotiable, floor fees are $2,444 rent and $2,200 admin per month. Forbes Chambers is upstairs in the same building. Bambini’s Wine Bar is downstairs. Other floors are in the adjacent building. Next door is Tattersalls.

For inspection, contact the clerk, Michelle on (02) 9264 6899 or michelle@denmanchambers.com.au. All enquiries will be kept confidential. Floor website is www.denmanchambers.com.au.

Room for Sale or Licence - Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers

Tue Oct 01 2019

Must sell. All offers considered. Commitments elsewhere following a statutory appointment. An internal room is available for sale or licence at Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers. Floor fees are $2,653.00 per month (including GST and CCL maintenance levy). The floor recently underwent renovations. The Chambers continues to have the benefit of long-standing members. Practice areas include Commercial, Equity, Native Title, Criminal Law and Land & Environment.

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

5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

Tue Oct 01 2019

Commissioner Chin Tan would like to invite you to the 5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture on 31 October 2019. This special event is an annual public lecture held by the Australian Human Rights Commission to honour the memory of the Hon. Kep Enderby QC (1926-2015).

We are pleased to announce that this year’s lecture will be delivered by Thomas Keneally AO in conversation with Janice Petersen (SBS).

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 18 October 2019 here so that we can cater for any dietary or accessibility needs on the day.

Everything you wanted to ask a judge but are too afraid to ask

Tue Oct 01 2019

The New Barristers’ Committee will again host the Judicial Q&A panel in the Bar Common Room on Tuesday, 29 October at 5.15pm. As usual, the Q&A will feature a panel of judges from the Federal, Supreme and District Courts who will answer your burning questions, which you dare not ask in court. This year drinks will follow the event at Verandah Bar.

Members are welcome to attend one or both events. Drinks are free for Under 5’s and $40 for Over 5’s.

Registrations Close Thursday 17 October, Register here.

Event Proudly Supported by BarCover

Corporations and Insolvency Law Update

Mon Sep 30 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Michael Izzo SC, Danielle Forrester and Sonia Tame, and chaired by The Honourable Justice Kelly Rees, Supreme Court of NSW, will examine developments in corporations and insolvency law including:

  • Recent High Court decisions on insolvent trading trusts and deeds of company arrangement
  • Anti-phoenixing legislation
  • Recent cases on directors duties
  • Changes to the penalty regime for corporate and financial sector misconduct

For full details please click here.

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

Experienced Barristers Program launch

Mon Sep 30 2019
Collegiality

The Experienced Barrister Program will be launched tomorrow, 1 October 2019 at 5.00pm in the Bar Common Room by Bar Association President Tim Game SC. Certificates will be presented for 50 years’ service as a barrister. Register here. The cost will be $20.

Reflections of the Wootton Decision

Mon Sep 30 2019

Join us on Thursday, 31 October for a seminar that considers the impact of Wotton v State of Queensland (No 5) [2016] FCA 1457, a successful class action on behalf of Aboriginal residents of Palm Island.

This seminar is a joint initiative of the NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the NSW Bar Association First Nations Committee and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee.

For more information and to register please click here.

Drinks for new women silks

Mon Sep 30 2019
Save the date

Celebrate the appointment of Tiffany Wong SC, Elizabeth Raper SC, Jennifer Single SC, Tanya Smith SC and Elisabeth Peden SC - on Tuesday, 22 October at Verandah Bar & Restaurant, at 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Justice Virginia Bell will be the guest of honour. All are welcome.

2020 Regional Conference Series

Mon Sep 30 2019
CLOSING SOON - 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.

Orders under the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2019

Fri Sep 27 2019

The Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello MP has today published two Orders under the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017.

The maximum costs for legal services and maximum fees for medico-legal services have been indexed in line with inflation for the period starting 1 October 2019. You can view the maximum fees and costs that apply from 1 October 2019 on SIRA’s website.

The following indexation orders have also been published on the NSW Legislation website today:

• Motor Accident Injuries (Indexation) Amendment Order 2019 • Motor Accidents (Determination of Non-Economic Loss) Amendment Order 2019
• Motor Accidents Compensation (Determination of Loss) Amendment Order 2019

The Orders commence on 1 October 2019.

View a copy of the Orders here and here.

The Motor Accident Injuries (Indexation) Amendment Order 2019 is available here.

Room for Sale or Licence - Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers

Fri Sep 27 2019

Must sell. All offers considered. Commitments elsewhere following a statutory appointment. An internal room is available for sale or licence at Sixth Floor Windeyer Chambers. Floor fees are $2,653.00 per month (including GST and CCL maintenance levy). The floor recently underwent renovations. The Chambers continues to have the benefit of long-standing members. Practice areas include Commercial, Equity, Native Title, Criminal Law and Land & Environment.

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