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Tutorials in Australian Legal History commence tomorrow

Mon Apr 10 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History is once again presenting a series of tutorials on Australian legal history. All tutorials will be presented in the Banco Court. Each tutorial will commence at 5.15pm and conclude at 6.15pm. The program for the first half of the year is as follows:

  • The importance of legal history and the work of William Blackstone by Emeritus Professor Wilf Prest (University of Adelaide): tomorrow Tuesday, 11 April 2017.
  • The History of Corporation Law by Justice Ashley Black: Tuesday, 2 May 2017
  • The History of Equity by the Hon Peter Young QC: Tuesday, 23 May 2017
  • The History of Property Law by the Hon John Bryson QC: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Further tutorials are planned for the second half of the year, including The History of Criminal Law by Chief Justice Bathurst.

Mentoring Program 2017

Mon Apr 10 2017

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. To get the gist of what mentors and mentees have gained from the program, check out our Q&A with Danielle Tucker and Sophie Callan as well as Sonia Tame and Lachlan Gyles.

The program has been designed in conjunction with McCarthy Mentoring, the Women Barristers Forum, the Education Committee and the Diversity and Equality Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentor for a barrister in their second year of practice please download and complete the information and registration form.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Apr 10 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017: "_Notices of Appeal: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly_" Presented by The Honourable Justice John Basten and The Honourable Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Common Law Practice Update 101

Mon Apr 10 2017

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 10, with case notes on sections 3A 63, 58 and 131 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); Sections 5F, 5K and 5L of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); interrogatories, contributory negligence and more. Download CLPU 101.

Wellbeing survey closes today

Fri Apr 07 2017

The Bar Council urges members to complete the wellbeing survey, which was emailed to members. The survey uses a link to a confidential online platform and participants cannot be identified by their link. The survey will now end on Friday, 7 April 2017. For more information about the project, research, data collection process and confidentiality, please click here.

If you are affected by any issue as a result of completing the survey, services are available to support you from Jenny Houen at Bar Care.

Tutorials in Australian Legal History

Thu Apr 06 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History is once again presenting a series of tutorials on Australian legal history. All tutorials will be presented in the Banco Court. Each tutorial will commence at 5.15pm and conclude at 6.15pm. The program for the first half of the year is as follows:

  • The importance of legal history and the work of William Blackstone by Emeritus Professor Wilf Prest (University of Adelaide): Tuesday, 11 April 2017.
  • The History of Corporation Law by Justice Ashley Black: Tuesday, 2 May 2017
  • The History of Equity by the Hon Peter Young QC: Tuesday, 23 May 2017
  • The History of Property Law by the Hon John Bryson QC: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Further tutorials are planned for the second half of the year, including The History of Criminal Law by Chief Justice Bathurst.

Two Single Rooms for Sale Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Thu Apr 06 2017

Two full sized standard rooms are available now for purchase on the Third Floor, Wentworth Chambers. They comprise 3,000 shares each in Counsels Chambers Limited (CCL). Each room has a traditional fit-out with large built-in cupboards, shelving and robing space. One of them has a split-system air conditioner. They are available for inspection at any time.

The floor has been operating for 60 years and has 14 busy senior junior barristers, and one silk. Floor fees are modest and the floor has the benefit of fast CCL broadband internet, telephony and secure wireless throughout the building. It has been renovated in recent years by CCL with wide windows in brushed chrome that provide an abundance of natural light.

The rooms face the western side of the Law Courts building, Lockhart chambers and Beenbah chambers. For more information about the floor visit www.3wentworth.com.au

Price: Must sell. Price is negotiable. For all confidential inquiries such as inspection appointments, please contact Susan Michael on 8233 0300 or email any enquires to clerk@mauricebyers.com

Kite SC appointed chief commissioner of the NSWIRC

Thu Apr 06 2017

Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Dominic Perrottet has announced the appointment of Peter Kite SC as the first chief commissioner of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC). Learn more here.

Chrissa Loukas SC inspiring students at Alexandria High

Wed Apr 05 2017

Yesterday, Chrissa Loukas SC spoke to the year 11 and 12 Legal Studies class at Alexandria High School. She gave an inspiring talk about her journey from being a student at a public school, to studying law at the University of Sydney University and her work as a public defender, as well as at The Hague, dealing with war crimes and genocide.

NSW Government makes up some of Commonwealth funding shortfall

Wed Apr 05 2017

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman SC has announced an injection of $6 million in additional support for community legal centres (CLCs) over the next two years. From 1 July 2017, the Commonwealth Government is reducing funding to community legal centres by 30 per cent. In NSW federal funding will fall by 23 per cent, or around $2.9m. View the media release here.

BarBooks is 2. To celebrate we're offering all new subscribers a weekend away on us

Wed Apr 05 2017

We are also offering the chance to win a weekend away to our existing customers. Go into the draw to win a $500 HotelGift.com voucher by following us on LinkedIn and referring us 3 of your colleagues who are not already subscribers. It’s that easy! The draw will close on Wednesday 12 April and the winner will be announced the next day. Learn more here.

In need of permanent, casual or emergency childcare?

Wed Apr 05 2017

Do you need childcare in an emergency? Do your childcare needs vary from day to day or from week to week? Or are you looking for a permanent childcare arrangement?

Bar Association members and chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30 am to 6.00pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au. Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available on the NSW Bar Association's website.

Legal Aid News for April

Wed Apr 05 2017

Legal Aid News for April 2017 is out now. There is a feature article on the new health-justice partnership in Wagga Wagga, a story on Legal Aid's submission to a Senate inquiry into corporate evasion of the Fair Work Act and an article on a streamlined referral partnership to speed up access to debt advice. 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.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Apr 05 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017: "_Unconscious Bias Training_" Presented by Kate Eastman SC and chaired by Ingmar Taylor SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

2017 Bench & Bar Dinner – only a handful of tickets remain

Wed Apr 05 2017

Tickets for the 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner are selling fast. With only 100 places still remaining. Book now to avoid disappointment. Seating at the dinner will be allocated on a first-in basis. Tables of 10 or 11 are preferred. Smaller bookings will also be accepted. For more details and to book, please click the following link: 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner. For further details on how to book, please refer to the FAQ page on the website. Special rate accommodation is available for the event, please book your accommodation directly through the website if required.

This year's dinner will take place on Friday, 5 May in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 7.00 PM for 7.30 PM. The Guest of Honour is The Hon Justice Patricia Bergin SC. Two Seniors will be speaking at this year's Bench & Bar Dinner, Ms Senior is Michelle Painter SC and Mr Senior is Robert Newlinds SC.

If you have any questions regarding the dinner, please contact Erika Childs on 9232 4055 or email, echilds@nswbar.asn.au

Room for sale and/or licence- Frederick Jordan Chambers

Wed Apr 05 2017

A modern internal room has become available at Frederick Jordan Chambers on Level 4. The room has custom built-in shelves, cabinets and robing cupboard, halogen downlights, internal bar fridge, and comes with a complete version of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia (loose-leaf service), ALRs from 1973- 1994, and other assorted services.

Frederick Jordan Chambers is a busy and collegial chambers with 12 Senior Counsel and about 83 junior counsel covering a number of practice areas including personal injury, crime, commercial law, planning and environment, family law, wills and estates, and industrial law. Chambers also has an extensive library collection overseen by two librarians and all members have individual access to LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters electronic subscription services.

The price of the room is $60,000 and can be paid in instalments if requested. Enquiries from readers are welcome. To arrange a viewing, or for any further details, please contact the clerk of chambers on 9229 7333 or the seller directly on 0450 115 744.

Coming up in CPD next week

Wed Apr 05 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017: "_Notices of Appeal: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly_" Presented by The Honourable Justice John Basten and The Honourable Justice Anthony Payne. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO. For full details please download a flyer here

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

2017 workplace influenza vaccinations: registrations close today

Tue Apr 04 2017

The Health and Wellbeing Committee has organised for members to receive a flu shot on Thursday, 6 April 2017, between 4.00pm and 6.00pm in the Bar Association Common Room and conference rooms. Information about the vaccine used to protect you from influenza is available here and here. A consent form is available here. The cost will be $26. To register and to obtain a consent form, please email the coordinator of services and benefits, Chris Winslow via cwinslow@nswbar.asn.au. For more information about other services and events organised by the Health and Wellbeing Committee, visit their page on the Bar Association's website.

Mentoring Program 2017

Tue Apr 04 2017

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. To get the gist of what mentors and mentees have gained from the program, check out our Q&A with Danielle Tucker and Sophie Callan as well as Sonia Tame and Lachlan Gyles.

The program has been designed in conjunction with McCarthy Mentoring, the Women Barristers Forum, the Education Committee and the Diversity and Equality Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentor for a barrister in their second year of practice please download and complete the information and registration form.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Mon Apr 03 2017

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at 6.00pm. Up for discussion will be the Book of Job from the Old Testament. Readers are free to source whatever text they wish, although Greek & Hebrew versions may make the meeting a little long. Free printable access to all common versions of the text is available from Bible Gateway. A recent translation by Robert Altar is available on Amazon Australia and in kindle form for A$13.08.

Part-time employment opportunities wanted for Indigenous law students

Mon Apr 03 2017

Do you need some clerical and administrative assistance to run your practice? If the answer is yes - why not employ an Indigenous law student? There are some first year students currently looking for this opportunity. 



As part of the Bar Association's Reconciliation Action Plan, all barristers, clerks and chambers are encouraged to identify part-time employment opportunities for 2017 for Indigenous law students. Ideally, this would be for a day or half day a week on a regular basis doing loose-leaf filing, administrative or clerical tasks and includes some mentoring and guidance for the student.

This initiative has been highly successful for a number of Indigenous law students and needs the ongoing support of more members of the Bar to ensure its continued success. Contact with the Bar as well as some financial security significantly contributes to the success of the students at their law studies.

Please contact Chris Ronalds SC on ronalds@fjc.net.au or 9229 7378 if you have any openings. 




Greg Tolhurst
Executive Director 



New Barristers' Committee April breakfast

Mon Apr 03 2017

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the April breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow morning, Tuesday 4 April. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Jane Needham SC and Hament Dhanji SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas.

Mentoring Program 2017

Fri Mar 31 2017

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. To get the gist of what mentors and mentees have gained from the program, check out our Q&A with Danielle Tucker and Sophie Callan as well as Sonia Tame and Lachlan Gyles.

The program has been designed in conjunction with McCarthy Mentoring, the Women Barristers Forum, the Education Committee and the Diversity and Equality Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentor for a barrister in their second year of practice please download and complete the information and registration form.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Mar 31 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017: _Unconscious Bias Training_ Presented by Kate Eastman SC and Chaired by Ingmar Taylor SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

New Barristers' Committee April breakfast

Fri Mar 31 2017

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the April breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 4 April. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Jane Needham SC and Hament Dhanji SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas.