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Forensics Breakfast Series

Mon Jan 30 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday from 15 February - 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

Mark Speakman SC appointed attorney general

Mon Jan 30 2017

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP has been appointed as the new attorney general for New South Wales. Mr Speakman's appointment was among a number of changes announced as part of Premier Gladys Berejiklian's Cabinet reshuffle. The full list of Cabinet appointments can be found here.

NSW prison population continues to grow

Mon Jan 30 2017

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has reported that the state's prison population has continued to grow, reaching 12,729 last December, not counting prisoners held in police cells. This brings the total increase in the adult prison population over the last two years to 16 per cent. Fortunately, the rate of growth has slowed and the number of juveniles in detention has fallen. Learn more here.

STEP address: Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes

Mon Jan 30 2017

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Ian Davidson SC on "Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes". It will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer here.

4th Floor Wentworth Chambers Room For Sale

Mon Jan 30 2017

A Phillip Street frontage room has become available on the 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers. 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers is a busy, harmonious and well established floor of 21 Barristers, including two Senior Counsel and 15 Senior Junior Counsel specialising in areas of Common Law, Family Law, Commercial and Crime.

The Floor has recently been extensively renovated and is networked through CCL, uses VOIP telephone systems and also has a separate conference room for use by Floor members. For more information about the room or the Floor, please contact the Clerk, Leanne Ferguson (T: 02 9232 2722 or E: lferguson@4wentworth.com.au). All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Robert Dubler's road to recovery

Mon Jan 30 2017

Robert Dubler SC, a cherished member of the 12th Floor, became a quadriplegic in May 2016 as a result of a surfing accident. He is working hard at recovery but the road is long, difficult and expensive. Robert was a keen swimmer and one of his favourite events each year was to swim the Cole Classic ocean race from Manly to Shelly Beach. This year the race is being held on Sunday, 5 February 2017. Renwick SC and Harding will swim in honour of Robert and in doing so hope to raise some funds towards his recovery. Click here to contribute.

Bar Library overdue notice

Mon Jan 30 2017

Members might have received an email from the Bar Library regarding an overdue copy of a Commonwealth statute: Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2006. Please disregard the notice. The library's cataloguing system has misfired.

Australia Day Honours

Fri Jan 27 2017

The following members of the New South Wales Bar Association have received Australia Day Honours in the Order of Australia:

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

The Hon Justice Stephen Gageler, for eminent service to the law and to the judiciary through contributions in the areas of constitutional, public, international, common and criminal law, to legal reform, education and academic discourse, and to professional organisations.

The Hon Robert James Ellicott QC, for eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as Attorney-General, to legal practice and innovative policy development, to advancements in global trade law, and to the international arbitration of sporting disputes.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Judge Graeme Henson, for significant service to the law and to the judiciary, to public administration, to legal standards, and to education.

Mr Ian Bailey SC, for significant service to the law, particularly in the area of dispute resolution in the construction industry, and to education.

Medal of the Order in the General Division (OAM)

Mr Barry Collier, for service to the Parliament of NSW, to the law, and to education.

Swearing-in ceremony for Tanya Bright

Fri Jan 27 2017

Tanya Bright has been appointed a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9.00am on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Members should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

You're invited to morning tea

Wed Jan 25 2017

The NSW Bar Association has reserved dedicated childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre. Delicious morning teas, prepared by in-house cooks, will be held in February 2017 for members to have a look around the centres, meet the educators and learn more about Guardian and its approach to early childhood education. Castlereagh Street will hold its morning tea on Wednesday, 1 February 2017, followed by Little Steps on Tuesday, 7 February.

Opening of 2017 Law Term religious services

Wed Jan 25 2017

Thursday, 2 February 2017

  • St Mary's Cathedral – 9:00 AM
  • St James' Church – 10:30 AM

Monday, 6 February 2017

  • The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

  • The Great Synagogue – 5:30 PM

Thursday, 9 February 2017

  • Islamic Mosque Service – 6:00 PM

The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AK KBE QC to deliver Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Wed Jan 25 2017

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation is pleased and honoured to advise that an Address will be delivered by the Hon Sir Anthony Mason AK, KBE, QC at a dinner to be held on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the Castlereagh Hotel at 6.30pm.

The Foundation is an independent non-profit charity registered with the ACNC whose purpose is to organise the Address and if possible its publication.

If you would like to attend the event or would like further information please respond to the Barwick Address Foundation direct by email to maryfield2010@hotmail.com or sara.heard@hotmail.com

Room for Sale - Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Wed Jan 25 2017

A beautifully appointed, light-filled room is available for purchase on Third Floor Wentworth Chambers.

The room is standard sized and has large windows which face into a light well. There are no built in shelving units giving the buyer a fresh canvas to create a space to their own taste. By negotiation, furniture may also be included in the purchase, including a three seater King Furniture couch; Beachwood Furniture bookshelf, solid wood desk with large draws, standing lamp and sideboard with doors and shelving for briefs; three client chairs and a desk chair. The Floor boasts low monthly floor fees and a collegiate atmosphere. For more information visit www.3wentworth.com.au

The room is being offered for $180,000 (negotiable. Reasonable offers will be considered). All enquiries and expressions of interest should be directed to the floor clerk, Katelyn Faiella, on 02 9232 3937 or via email at clerk3@wentworthchambers.com.au.

All enquiries will be afforded the strictest confidence.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Wed Jan 25 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

Further speaker details will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

LCA Family Law Section seminars

Mon Jan 23 2017

Registration for the 2017 Family Law Intensive series is now open. The Intensive will be presented in Sydney on Saturday, 11 February 2017 (early bird closes 27 January). Further information is also available on the Family Law Section website at www.familylawsection.org.au

The program for 2017 includes (among other things):

  • Latest and Greatest, a review and analysis of leading cases during the last twelve months.
  • Family violence from the ‘other side’ – acting for the perpetrator.
  • Not drowning, waving - when family law and commercial worlds collide.
  • Answers to a failing family law system – arbitration, delay, mediation.
  • "Life in the Duty List” - your ‘how to guide’ for interim hearings. A session designed specifically for junior practitioners.
  • Informal networking drinks.

2017 Red Mass

Mon Jan 23 2017

The Red Mass for the Opening of Law Term 2017 will be held at St Mary's Cathedral on Thursday, 2 February 2017 at 9.00am. Judges and counsel may robe in the crypt beneath the cathedral from 8.30am.

2017 Mahla Pearlman Oration

Mon Jan 23 2017

The annual Mahla Pearlman Oration will be delivered in Court 21 of the Federal Court, Queens Square on 9 March 2017 by Professor Jane McAdam, from the University of New South Wales. The oration title will be "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Shaping International Responses to Climate Change, Disasters and Displacement". The Hon Justice Rachel Pepper will chair the event. RSVP by 3 March 2016 for catering and security purposes. Learn more here.

Swearing-in ceremony for Tanya Bright

Mon Jan 23 2017

Tanya Bright has been appointed a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9.00am on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Members should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Vale William Grant OAM (1951-2017)

Mon Jan 23 2017

William (Bill) Grant OAM, secretary-general of the Law Council from 2007-2011 and CEO of Legal Aid NSW from 2001-2007 and 2011-2016, has died. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Law Council backs anti-slavery legislation

Fri Jan 20 2017

The Law Council of Australia has backed amendments aimed at strengthening the nation’s criminal justice legislative response to human trafficking, slavery, and slavery-like offences. The Law Council has endorsed important changes in its submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures) Bill 2016. Learn more here.

Swearing-in ceremony for Julia Virgo and James Gibson

Fri Jan 20 2017

On Monday, 23 January 2017 at 9.00am there will be a swearing-in ceremony to welcome the appointment of Julia Virgo and James Gibson as magistrates of the Local Court of NSW. The ceremony will be held in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Jan 20 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).