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Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform

Thu Aug 17 2017
Save the date

On 24 August 2017 there will be a CPD seminar on Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform. It will be presented by Professor David Rolph and chaired by Greg Tolhurst, the executive director of the Bar Association. Learn more here

2017 Common Law Drinks - RSVPs extended until Friday 18 August

Thu Aug 17 2017
Bar Social Events

Judges, barristers and clerks are invited to attend the 2017 Common Law Drinks on Thursday, 24 August. The drinks will be held in the Verandah Restaurant & Wine Bar, 55-65 Elizabeth St, Sydney. The drinks mark the 89th anniversary the momentous event in common law where Mrs Mary May Donoghue drinking ginger beer from the tumbler which, it was claimed, contained the remains of a decomposed snail. The guest speaker on the evening will be the Hon Justice Ian Harrison of the Supreme Court of NSW. Drinks begin at 5.30pm and cost $75 for judges and barristers over 5 years and $55 for barristers under 5 years and clerks.

RSVPs extended till Friday, 18 August 2017

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Bar Knitting Group

Thu Aug 17 2017
Wellbeing

The Bar Knitting Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All interested barristers are invited to attend the next meeting on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles and wool. If you don’t have a project, or don’t know how to knit/crochet and want to learn, let us know beforehand by sending an email to Michelle Painter SC or to Lisa Allen. Refreshments will be served.

Gender Equitable Briefing

Thu Aug 17 2017
CPD Online

If you missed last night's Facebook Live streaming of the Gender Equitable Briefing, fear not! The seminar is now available via CPD Streaming. Relevant materials on Gender Equitable Briefing and the Guide to Reporting for Barristers can be found on the Bar Association's website.

Remedies for promissory estoppel and proprietary estoppel

Thu Aug 17 2017
Coming up in CPD - Tonight

"Equitable estoppel" – when a defendant’s conduct gives rise to an "equity in favour of a plaintiff, how is the plaintiff’s equity to be vindicated? What are the distinctive features of the various forms of estoppel which may be classed as "equitable"? Presented by the Honourable Justice Julie Ward, chief judge in Equity and chaired by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Thu Aug 17 2017
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 2018 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2018 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 17 February
  • Parramatta – Saturday 24 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 10 March
  • Orange – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 24 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Please ensure to include '2018 Regional Conferences' in the email subject line along with the inclusion of a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion in the email.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 29 September.

Lifetimes in Law: Ronalds AM SC

Wed Aug 16 2017
Personalia

Chris Ronalds AM SC is the subject of the latest "Lifetimes in Law" profile piece. Chris relates her experience as a junior barrister at a time when there was only a relative handful of women at the bar. She also discusses her most notable cases, including the Palm Island decision from the Federal Court, in which it was held that Queensland police officers had racially discriminated against the residents of Palm Island following an indigenous death in custody.

HAL International Conference Rhodes, Greece 2018

Wed Aug 16 2017
Conferences

Hellenic Australian Lawyers (HAL) Association is hosting an international conference on “Contemporary Legal Issues and the Influence of Hellenism” at the Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Greece on 9-12 July 2018. HAL is privileged to have Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC as the keynote speaker. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register early. The number of places available is limited. Registrations and expressions of interest to date suggest the conference is likely to be closed before the first early bird registration date of 24 October 2017. A number of tours, included in the registration fee, have been organised for delegates and accompanying persons. Further details are available at www.hal.asn.au/rhodes-conference/

Equitable briefing seminar to be live-streamed

Wed Aug 16 2017
Coming up in CPD - tonight

Wednesday, August 16 2017: Reporting under the National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy: A practical guidance seminar

Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Jane Needham SC. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please download a flyer here. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register please contact Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au If you are not able to attend in person, you will be able to view the seminar via livestream via the Bar Association's Facebook page. This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee and the Women Barristers Forum.

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

Lifetimes in Law: Ronalds AM SC

Wed Aug 16 2017
Personalia

Chris Ronalds AM SC is the subject of the latest "Lifetimes in Law" profile piece. Chris relates her experience as a junior barrister at a time when there were only a relative handful of women at the bar. She also discusses her most notable cases, including the Palm Island decision from the Federal Court, in which it was held that Queensland police officers had racially discriminated against the residents of Palm Island following an indigenous death in custody.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Aug 16 2017
Coming up in CPD - Tomorrow

Thursday, August 17 2017: Remedies for promissory estoppel and proprietary estoppel

Presented by The Honourable Justice Julie Kathryn Ward, Chief Judge in Equity and chaired by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Wed Aug 16 2017

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts Magistrate Stafford and Magistrate Tsavdaridis for breakfast in Parramatta on 20 October 2017 from 8am. The breakfast will be held at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta.

Drop in for a short(or long) time from 8:00am – 9:30am.

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Corrie Goodhand, 8th Floor Selborne Chambers, at: cgoodhand@eightselborne.com.

TONIGHT - Equitable briefing seminar will be live-streamed

Wed Aug 16 2017
Diversity

On 16 August 2017 the Bar Association will host a seminar, which will be a practical guide on reporting under the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy. It will cover the type of data required under the policy, how to complete your worksheet and submit your report to the Bar Association. The seminar will be presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Jane Needham SC and chaired by Kate Richardson SC. It will also be live streamed via the Bar Association's Facebook page.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Aug 15 2017
Coming up in CPD - Tomorrow

Wednesday, August 16 2017: Reporting under the National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy: A practical guidance seminar

Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Jane Needham SC. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please download a flyer here. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register please contact Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au If you are not able to attend in person, you will be able to view the seminar via livestream via the Bar Association's Facebook page. This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee and the Women Barristers Forum.

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

Research into the effect of traumatic material on lawyers

Tue Aug 15 2017
Wellbeing

Recently, Peter McGrath SC was interviewed by Radio National's Law Report as part of a program about mental health and vicarious trauma among criminal law practitioners. Following that report, he was contacted by Patricia Weir, a PhD candidate from the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University in Brisbane. Patricia is doing a diary and interview study of the psychological effects of lawyers working with traumatised clients and their material. She is looking for volunteers who may be interested in participating in her study. For more information, particularly in respect of confidentiality, privacy and ethics, download and study this information sheet.

The 24th International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress

Tue Aug 15 2017
Conferences

Early Bird Registration is now open for the 24th International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress, to be held in Sydney from 15 to 18 April in 2018. ICCA's biennial Congress is the largest regular conference devoted to international arbitration and caters to both newcomers and experts in the arbitration community.

It represents an unprecedented networking opportunity for the Australian legal community, attracting up to 1000 delegates from around the world, including many of the field's leading arbitrators, academics, and practitioners, as well as a number of figures from the Australian judiciary and government.

ICCA 2018 will be hosted at the newly-opened International Convention Centre, and boasts a social programme that includes exclusive Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception to be held at the Sydney Opera House, plus a Conference Gala Dinner themed 'Under the Southern Stars'. For more information and to register, visit www.icca2018sydney.com.

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Tue Aug 15 2017

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts Magistrate Stafford and Magistrate Tsavdaridis for breakfast in Parramatta on 20 October 2017 from 8am. The breakfast will be held at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta.

Drop in for a short(or long) time from 8:00am – 9:30am.

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Corrie Goodhand, 8th Floor Selborne Chambers, at: cgoodhand@eightselborne.com.

Coming up in CPD this week

Tue Aug 15 2017
Coming up in CPD - Thursday

Thursday, August 17 2017: Remedies for promissory estoppel and proprietary estoppel

Presented by The Honourable Justice Julie Kathryn Ward, Chief Judge in Equity and chaired by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

WLA NSW Awards to Loukas SC and Eastman SC

Mon Aug 14 2017
Diversity

Congratulations to Kate Eastman SC and Chrissa Loukas SC for their prizes at the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards. Ms Loukas was named Barrister of the Year, while Ms Eastman was named 2017 Change Champion of the Year in recognition for her leadership on diversity and equity at the New South Wales Bar. Learn more here.

2017 Common Law Drinks - RSVPs Close this Wednesday

Mon Aug 14 2017
Bar Social Events

Judges, barristers and clerks are invited to attend the 2017 Common Law Drinks on Thursday, 24 August. The drinks will be held in the Verandah Restaurant & Wine Bar, 55-65 Elizabeth St, Sydney. The drinks mark the 89th anniversary the momentous event in common law where Mrs Mary May Donoghue drinking ginger beer from the tumbler which, it was claimed, contained the remains of a decomposed snail. The guest speaker on the evening will be the Hon Justice Ian Harrison of the Supreme Court of NSW. Drinks begin at 5.30pm and cost $75 for judges and barristers over 5 years and $55 for barristers under 5 years and clerks.

RSVP's Close 16 August 2017

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Mon Aug 14 2017
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 2018 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2018 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 17 February
  • Parramatta – Saturday 24 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 10 March
  • Orange – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 24 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Please ensure to include '2018 Regional Conferences' in the email subject line along with the inclusion of a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion in the email.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 29 September.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Aug 14 2017
Coming up in CPD - This Week

Wednesday, August 16 2017: Reporting under the National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy: A practical guidance seminar

Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Jane Needham SC. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please download a flyer here. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register please contact Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au If you are not able to attend in person, you will be able to view the seminar via livestream via the Bar Association's Facebook. This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee and the Women Barristers Forum.

Thursday, August 17 2017: Remedies for promissory estoppel and proprietary estoppel

Presented by The Honourable Justice Julie Kathryn Ward, Chief Judge in Equity and chaired by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.