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The ALPMA Summit 2018 - Invitation to participate

Tue Jul 24 2018

Registrations for the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association Summit 2018 are now open. The theme for this years summit is Shaping the future firm - it starts with you and is being held from Wednesday 19 September to Friday 21 September at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Please register here. Early bird registrations are closing on Tuesday, 31 July 2018. Full conference details are available here

Training on Reforms to Sentencing Laws

Tue Jul 24 2018

The NSW Government has passed legislation that will substantially reform sentencing laws. The laws are planned to commence on Monday, 24 September 2018. Legal Aid NSW is providing free training on the sentencing reforms to lawyers across NSW. This includes members of the NSW Bar who appear for defendants.

The NSW Bar Association will host a session on sentencing reforms, to be held at 5.15 on 21 August 2018 in the Common Room. The session will be chaired by S Odgers with R Wilson PD and Assistant Commissioner Luke Grant, NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice. Further information will be advised closer to the date. Please see the following training materials from Legal Aid NSW:-

Legal Aid training sessions will run for a half day and will be held at the following locations:

JULY

  • Monday 23: Campbelltown
  • Wednesday 25: Bega
  • Friday 27: Liverpool
  • Tuesday 31: Penrith AUGUST
  • Tuesday 7: Wollongong
  • Wednesday 8: Goulburn
  • Friday 10: Griffith
  • Monday 13: Sutherland
  • Wednesday 15: Albury
  • Thursday 16: Wagga Wagga
  • Monday 20: Gosford
  • Wednesday 22: Katoomba
  • Thursday 23: Central Sydney
  • Friday 24: Newcastle
  • Monday 27: Parramatta
  • Wednesday 29: Coffs Harbour
  • Thursday 30: Port Macquarie
  • Friday 31: Central Sydney SEPTEMBER
  • Monday 3: Central Sydney
  • Wednesday 5: Tamworth
  • Thursday 6: Armidale
  • Friday 7: Lismore
  • Monday 10: Central Sydney
  • Tuesday 11: Parramatta
  • Wednesday 12: Parramatta
  • Thursday 13: Central Sydney
  • Friday 14: Central Sydney
  • Monday 17: Central Sydney
  • Tuesday 18: Central Sydney
  • Wednesday 19: Orange
  • Thursday 20: Dubbo
  • Friday 21: Central Sydney

Registration for all sessions is now available via the Legal Aid NSW Learning Management System (LMS). To register please click here. If you have not previously attended a Legal Aid NSW training session, you will need to create an account on the LMS before you can register for the training. Registration is essential if you wish to attend, and places are strictly limited for each session. Free morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Please contact sentencingreform@legalaid.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions about the training or registration.

2018 Industrial Bar Drinks

Tue Jul 24 2018

The Industrial Employment Health and Safety Committee was established earlier this year. The Committee’s role is to assist the Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and to engage with barristers practicing these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members. To mark the establishment of the Committee, a drinks function for the Industrial Bar will be held on 22 August at the Attic Bar, Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney from 6.00pm. Tickets to the drinks are $65 and registrations are due by midday 10 August.

Click here to register now.

National Family Law Conference - Early Bird ends this Friday 27 July

Tue Jul 24 2018

Early bird rates for the 18th National Family Law Conference end this Friday 27 July. This rate won't be extended.

The National Family Law Conference will be held from 2-5 October 2018 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and is the flagship event of the Family Law Section. It is the largest regularly held legal professional development event in the southern hemisphere.

View the exciting program and register for the leading event in the family law calendar.

Visit www.familylaw2018.com.au for more information about the event.

Making ADR Work in a #fakenews World

Tue Jul 24 2018

Don’t miss Gold Walkley award-winning journalist and lawyer Richard Ackland AM at the ADR Masterclass 2018, joining Garry McGrath SC to share their thoughts on making ADR work in a #fakenews world. The ADR Masterclass is a highly respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution and will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.
Masterclass speakers include the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon TF Bathurst AC, President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, and UNCITRAL rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick. Tickets are $300 for members of the NSW Bar Association and $340 for Non-Members. This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme, but places are limited so get in quick!

Click here to register now.

Save the date: Litigation Funding Seminar

Tue Jul 24 2018

On Thursday 9 August, the Commercial Law Section will be hosting a lunchtime seminar on litigation funding.

The speaker will be Craig Arnott, Managing Director at Burford Capital. The event chair Elizabeth Cheeseman SC of New Chambers. Learn more here.

The lecture will commence at 12pm and conclude at 1.30pm, with a light lunch provided for all attendees. Please register for catering purposes.

REGISTER HERE.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Jul 24 2018

Tuesday, July 24 2018 - 'Lodin v Lodin - The lessons learnt' Presented by Philip Carr, and chaired by Lindsay Ellison SC. Learn more here.

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

Coming up in CPD in August

Tue Jul 24 2018

Monday, August 06 2018 - 'Mindfulness Meditation'

Presented by Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Chris O’Donnell SC, Nick Poynder, Michelle Yu & Theresa Baw. Chaired by Kylie Nomchong SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSWBA Health and Wellbeing Committee.

Thursday, August 09 2018 - 'Appearing in Industrial Tribunals'

Presented by Vice President J Catanzariti, Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC. Learn more here.

Tuesday, August 14 2018 - 'In conversation with Jane Needham SC'

Interviewer Stephen Free and Interviewee Jane Needham SC. Learn more here. This seminar has been organised by the NSWBA Diversity and Equality Committee

Wednesday, August 15 2018 - 'Getting Your Insurance Right: Understanding all areas of insurance to best protect yourself and your family, particularly income protection, life and trauma insurance'

Presented by Robert Jason, Senior Financial Adviser, AON and chaired by Richard Cavanagh SC. Learn more here.

President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal

Mon Jul 23 2018
Position vacant

The minister for mental health invites expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as the full-time president of the Mental Health Review Tribunal under the Mental Health Act 2007 for a term of up to seven years.

For more information, or to submit an application, visit iworkfor.nsw.gov.au

Coming Soon - Great new member benefits program

Mon Jul 23 2018
Member services and benefits

New South Wales Bar Association has recently partnered with Member Advantage, a leading provider of member benefit programs, to expand on the range of benefits you can access as one of our valued members.

Soon, this new program will enable members of the New South Wales Bar Association and their family to enjoy exclusive discounts on a great range of lifestyle, leisure and financial services all year round.

Benefits will include savings on a range of products such as dining, accommodation, leisure activities, adventure tours, airline lounge memberships, international money transfers, car rental, computers and many more.

Appellate Advocacy workshop

Mon Jul 23 2018
Professional development

Registrations are now open for the Excellence in Appellate Advocacy workshop in Brisbane on 7-9 September 2018. This three-day, non residential workshop is limited to 24 barristers, with a recommended 7+ years experience at the private bar. For more information about the course, or to reserve your place, visit the ABA website.

Mindfulness Meditation CPD

Mon Jul 23 2018

On Monday 6 August at 5.15pm will be Chaired by Kylie Nomchong SC

The practice of mindfulness meditation leads to greater steadiness and clarity of the mind, and is a skill which everyone can develop to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

This session provides a practical introduction to mindfulness meditation and includes some short meditation exercises to help individuals gain an experiential understanding of mindfulness practice. Learn more here

The 2018 Common Law Drinks

Mon Jul 23 2018
Collegiality

The Common Law Committee & the president of the Bar Association would like to invite all NSW Bar Members to the 2018 Common Law Drinks to be held in the Cocktail Lounge of the Edinburgh Castle Hotel on Thursday, 30 August. 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 5.30pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards, RSVPs are due by COB 10 August. Please visit the website for any further event queries and for details on how to register.

rise2018. Early Bird Period extended to 27 July 2018

Fri Jul 20 2018
Conferences

Have you registered? rise2018 National Conference early-bird registration prices have been extended to 27 July. Register now for expert opinions and inspiring addresses, led by the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon Susan Kiefel AC and the Chief Justice of NSW, the Hon Tom Bathurst AC. Click here for more information and to register.

Don't miss UNCITRAL Rapporteur Prof Khory McCormick at the ADR Masterclass

Fri Jul 20 2018

UNCITRAL Rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick brings his insights to the ADR Masterclass 2018 in a keynote address on “Making ADR Attractive to Users – an International Perspective”.
Register today for the ADR Masterclass, a highly-respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution the Masterclass will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. The theme for this year’s conference is “Making ADR work in a #fakenews world”. Speakers include the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon T F Bathurst AC and President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC.

This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme, but places are limited so register today to avoid disappointment. Click here to view the conference program and register today.

Recent case relating to whether ‘Chorley exception’ applies to barrister

Thu Jul 19 2018

A recent judgment was handed down by the New South Wales Court of Appeal on 13 July 2018 relating to whether the ‘Chorley exception’ applies to barristers.

There is an established rule that a self-represented litigant is not entitled to professional costs for acting for herself or himself in legal proceedings, however, there is a recognised exception that applies where the self-represented litigant is a solicitor (Chorley; Cachia v Hanes (1994) 179 CLR 403). The Court found that the ‘Chorley exception’ extends to barristers who are self-represented.

The judgment can be accessed here.

Sponsor a Junior to Attend the Australian Women Lawyers Conference 24-26 August

Thu Jul 19 2018

To ensure the 2018 Australian Women Lawyers Conference on 24-26 August 2018 is an inclusive Conference, the Australian Women Lawyers Board are encouraging all senior members of the profession to attend the Conference and sponsor payment of a ticket for a junior lawyer, junior counsel or law student to attend the Conference.

Please click here for details of the dynamic Conference program. Please click here to register yourself and a junior lawyer to attend the Conference.

Bar FC storms home with a 3-0 win against BT in the DSL game today

Thu Jul 19 2018
Bar sports

With Sir Alex away, and Bar FC keen to maintain its 4th position for the upcoming semi-finals, we were up against BT this afternoon. It did not take long for Bar FC to show its dominance with our first goal at the 5 minute mark by Anthony Canceri. At the 6 minute 30 second mark, Chadd launched a ball into the back of the net from a difficult, nearly side on shot.

Then BT launched its counter attack, with our sweeper Larish marshalling a strong defence, and two great saves from our fill in goal keeper, Philips. Early in the 2nd half, Di Michiel was successful in caressing the back of the nets with a penalty shot, taking Bar FC to a 3-nil lead. Olsen and Chadd played well up front. A great attempt at goal from Liu in the last five minutes nearly saw another Bar FC goal. Hartford-Davis was dominant in the mid-field. Patchildhino demonstrated he is back to form with some great defence.

Full time saw Bar FC take the match 3-0. The Team today was:

  • OLSEN
  • LARISH
  • COMPTON
  • BOYLE
  • DI MICHIEL
  • AITKENHEAD
  • ANTHONY CANCERI
  • LIU
  • PATCHILDHINO
  • HARTFORD DAVIS
  • RICO
  • CHAD
  • O’SHEA
  • PHILIPS (GK) (C)
  • ADHIKARY

Bar FC’s next outing is against Pendal FC at 1.15 p.m. Thursday 25 July 2018 in the Domain. All supporters welcome.

Australian Bar Association spam email alert

Thu Jul 19 2018
A message to members of the NSW Bar

A spam email purporting to be from the Australian Bar Association is currently circulating among email accounts. The subject line for the spam email is Re: ABA Letter The email asks the sender to login via a link. The email is a phishing email, which attempts to get the recipient to download some kind of software that will compromise the recipient’s computer.

If you receive this email please delete it immediately and do not open any attachments. Do not click the links. For more information on the Australian Bar Association spam email please contact contact@austbar.asn.au

For more information on the internet and other types of scams, please see ASIC’s Scam Watch website

EOI - Contributions Assessors for the Dust Diseases Tribunal

Thu Jul 19 2018

The Dust Diseases Tribunal have called for expressions of interest from suitably qualified legal practitioners who are prepared to provide Contributions Assessment Determination services. I encourage members of the junior bar to apply for appointment to the panel. The Dust Diseases Tribunal is a court of record established by the Dust Diseased Tribunal Act 1989 (NSW). The Tribunal can provide training on the process involved in assessment for successful applicants.

Learn more here

The 2018 Common Law Drinks - 30 August 2018

Thu Jul 19 2018

The Common Law Committee & the President of the NSW Bar Association would like to invite all NSW Bar Members to the 2018 Common Law Drinks to be held in the Cocktail Lounge of the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 294 Pitt St Sydney on Thursday 30 August. Tickets to the drinks are $75 for Judges and Barristers over 5 years and $55 for Clerks and Barristers under 5 years. The function will start at 5:30pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards, RSVP’s are due by COB August 10th. Please visit the website for any further event queries and for details on how to register.

ADR and the NSW Bar in the 21st Century?

Thu Jul 19 2018

Don’t miss inspiring keynote speeches by the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon T F Bathurst AC, and the President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, at this year’s ADR Masterclass 2018.

The Masterclass is highly-respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution and will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. The theme for this year’s conference is “Making ADR work in a #fakenews world”. The ADR Masterclass line-up includes UNCITRAL rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick and Gold Walkley-winning journalist and lawyer Richard Ackland AM.

This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme, but places are limited so register today to avoid disappointment.

Click here to view the conference program and register today.

Room for licence

Wed Jul 18 2018

Samuel Griffith Chambers welcomes expressions of interest for an internal room available to be licenced for a period of twelve months.

The room would suit a barrister who has recently finished their reading or is in their first couple of years at the Bar. Samuel Griffith Chambers is one of Sydney's leading Floors for criminal defence barristers. The room is a perfect stepping stone for someone who has recently come to the bar and is looking to settle into Chambers where they can gain experience, particularly in the area of criminal trials, surrounded by experienced colleagues. We look forward to hearing from applicants eager to join this busy Floor.

For further information or to express your interest, please contact the Clerk on 9267 4955 or email clerk@sgchambers.com.au

rise2018 National Conference Super special - calling the junior bar - save $745!

Wed Jul 18 2018
Conferences

Allocation almost sold out!

Register now to secure one of the last remaining places. Limited to the first 50 Junior Bar delegates to register for the Australian Bar Association/New South Wales Bar Association rise2018 National Conference. For further information including the conference program and to register visit the conference website. Special registration includes:

  • two-day full conference access
  • welcome reception at Pier One, Sydney Harbour
  • formal dinner at The Cutaway, Barangaroo
  • conference materials and merchandise