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Female Law Students Open Day

Tue Jul 30 2019
Inclusion and Diversity

The Bar Association seeks volunteers to assist in running the Female Law Students Open Day on the morning of Friday, 16 August 2019. Volunteers are needed to take groups of students to meet with judges, to see the courts in operation and to answer queries the students may have about life as a barrister. The Open Day provides students with an opportunity to gain some insight into the workings of the Bar, and is conducted to encourage students to consider a career as a barrister. If you are able to volunteer your time between the hours of 8.45am and 12.30pm please email Ting Lim.

2019 Common Law Drinks

Tue Jul 30 2019

Collegiality

The Common Law Committee & the President of the Bar Association would like to invite all NSW Bar Members to the 2019 Common Law Drinks to be held on Level 1 of the Angel Hotel (125 Pitt St) on Thursday, 29 August. The Guest of Honour will be the Hon Justice Michael Slattery AM RAN, who will say a few words on the evening.

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 5.15pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards, RSVPs are due by COB 20 August. Please visit the website for details on how to register.

This event is once again proudly supported by BarCover.

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Tue Jul 30 2019
Registrations closing 5 August

As you will be aware the conference ‘Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives’ will explore the nuances between the two jurisdictions and discuss various areas where we can learn from each other. Join the ABA and your trans-Tasman colleagues for this exciting 1.5 day conference.

Looking for a luxury escape? Stay at the Hotel St Moritz and be treated to wrap around views from Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range. Simply select St Moritz as your accommodation option during registration.

For more information on the conference, activities and social events, visit https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/

We look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand.

Class actions and law reform

Tue Jul 30 2019
Reminder - tomorrow

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Elizabeth Collins SC, Jonathon Redwood and Rebecca Gilsenan, and chaired by The Hon Justice Julie Ward, Chief Judge in Equity, will consider possible legislative reforms and changes in practice and procedure arising from the ALRC’s final report and related judicial developments. For full details please click here.

Online Dispute Resolution - Free Event

Tue Jul 30 2019

The NSW Society for Computers and the Law will be holding a free seminar on Online Dispute Resolution on 06 Aug 2019 from 17:30 - 19:30 at Mills Oakley, Level 7, 151 Clarence Street, Sydney

For more information and to register please click here.

Diversity & Inclusion – LGBTIQ+ - Out at Work: from Prejudice to Pride

Tue Jul 30 2019

The Diversity Council of Australia undertook a study with RMIT University involving conversations with over 1600 LGBTIQ+ workers about their experiences which revealed how important it is for workplaces to work on LGBTIQ+ inclusion. Members can download the infographic showing the benefits of LGBTIQ+ inclusion in workplaces here.

If you have any questions members may contact Advocate for Change, Mr Andrew Pickles SC.

2019 Industrial Bar social function

Tue Jul 30 2019
Collegiality

Members are cordially invited to the 2019 Industrial Bar social drinks function.

The event has been organised by the Industrial Employment Health & Safety Committee which assists Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and engages with barristers practising in these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members.

When: Thursday, 15 August 2019 Time: 6pm start Where: Hotel CBD - Club Bar (52 King St, Sydney)

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

2020 Regional Conference Series

Mon Jul 29 2019
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

Parramatta, Saturday 21 March 2020, Park Royal Parramatta

Sydney, Saturday 28 March 2020, Hyatt Regency Sydney

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.

For any enquiries, please contact Tiffany McDonald at cpd@nswbar.asn.au.

ICMA XXI Rio de Janeiro March 2020

Mon Jul 29 2019
Call for papers

The International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) was established in 1972 to provide a forum for maritime arbitrators and lawyers from around the world to exchange views and news of professional interest. ICMA will hold its 21st Congress in Rio de Janeiro on 8-13 March 2020. The deadline for the summary papers is 5 August 2019. Learn more here.

Going to Perth? Get corporate rates at the Duxton Hotel

Mon Jul 29 2019
Member services and benefits

The New South Wales Bar Association has negotiated corporate rates for members and their direct family members at the Duxton Hotel Perth. Situated adjacent to the Commonwealth Law Courts building and a ten minute walk to the Supreme Court, the Duxton is ideal if you are appearing in, or preparing for, matters in Western Australia.

To take advantage of this offer, visit www.nswbar.asn.au and login to the member dashboard. Navigate to the Member Advantage home page. Once there, click on the NSW Bar icon.

Balancing parental responsibilities at the Bar

Mon Jul 29 2019
Practice support

Thinking about taking parental leave or returning from leave? An informal round-table lunch will be held on 2 August 2019 in the Bar Common Room with a panel of would-be experts on hand to answer questions and dispel myths, including Sophie Callan, Michael Burke, Danielle New and Madeline Hall. Lunch will be provided at no charge (children are welcome). Please RSVP to Ting Lim at the Bar Association by Wednesday, 31 July 2019 (for catering purposes).

ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019, Lecture 6

Mon Jul 29 2019

On 12 August 2019 the Law Council will host the sixth in its series of lectures as part of the ILS International Law and Practice Course. Guest speaker Mary Walker will speak on 'The implication of the recently signed Singapore Mediation Convention for Australian practitioners'. Learn more here. The lecture will take place at the Sydney offices of Herbert Smith Freehills, ANZ Tower, 161 Castlereagh Street at 7.45am-9.00am. More information about the lecture, and registration, is available here.

The Online Court

Mon Jul 29 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 7 August the Bar Association's Common Law Committee will host a CPD seminar: "The Online Court", to be presented by District Court Registrar James Howard. The seminar will examine and explain practical aspects of the Online Court, established by Practice Note DC (Civil) No.1B, and which applies to all matters in the General List in the District Court Sydney from 1 October 2018. Learn more here.

Senior Counsel Application system is now available

Fri Jul 26 2019

The online Senior Counsel application system is now restored after a hardware crash at the Bar Association overnight on Thursday.

Please be reminded applications close on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at 5pm.

If you experience further difficulties with uploading applications over the weekend you can call Michelle Nisbet on 0402775543.

James Henry Staunton AO CBE QC (1922-2019)

Fri Jul 26 2019
Vale

Funeral arrangements for The Hon James Henry Staunton AO CBE QCformer barrister and chief judge of the District Court of NSW are as follows:

Funeral to be held in the Magnolia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium Corner of Delhi and Plassey Roads North Ryde on Wednesday 31 July at 3.00 pm.

Members are invited to attend.

NSW Bar Association email and server outage & Silk Applications

Fri Jul 26 2019

Members are advised the Association experienced a major hardware failure overnight meaning until 4pm this afternoon we were unable to send or receive emails.

Please note the system is coming online slowly and emails will be dealt with as soon as possible.

This has also meant the Senior Counsel Application system is unavailable. It is expected this will be rectified over the weekend and as soon as it is available again a notification will be issued via inbrief. In the mean time if you have any problems over the weekend please call Michelle Nisbet on 0402 775543.

Senior Counsel Applications for 2019 now open

Fri Jul 26 2019
To all members of the outer Bar

President Tim Game SC invites applications for Senior Counsel for 2019. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects.

Applications must be submitted online, no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Nisbet at the NSW Bar Association on 9232 4055.

Balancing parental responsibilities at the Bar

Fri Jul 26 2019
Practice support

Thinking about taking parental leave or returning from leave? No baby in sight but worried about what to do if one does fall into your lap? An informal round-table lunch will be held on 2 August 2019 in the Bar Common Room with a panel of would-be experts on hand to answer questions and dispel myths, including Sophie Callan, Michael Burke, Danielle New and Madeline Hall. Lunch will be provided at no charge (children are welcome). Please RSVP to Ting Lim at the Bar Association by Wednesday, 31 July 2019 (for catering purposes).

The Online Court

Fri Jul 26 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 7 August the Bar Association's Common Law Committee will host a CPD seminar: "The Online Court", to be presented by District Court Registrar James Howard. The seminar will examine and explain practical aspects of the Online Court, established by Practice Note DC (Civil) No.1B, and which applies to all matters in the General List in the District Court Sydney from 1 October 2018. Learn more here.

The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program

Fri Jul 26 2019
Coming up in CPD – 12th October 2019

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise that it will be offering The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The aim of the Program is to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This is a very practical course which recognizes the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. It involves advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In particular, appropriate questioning techniques, the role and use of witness intermediaries and the Memory Research published by the Commission, all in the context of the vulnerable witness.

Places will be limited on the workshop so please register an expression of interest for the workshop now by providing your details here. In recognition of the importance of this training the workshop will be provided at a subsidised rate to all NSW Bar Association members. The cost for the workshop will be $650, which includes a PDF copy of “The AAI Advocacy Manual” for each participant.

Class actions and law reform

Fri Jul 26 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Elizabeth Collins SC, Jonathon Redwood and Rebecca Gilsenan, and chaired by The Hon Justice Julie Ward, Chief Judge in Equity, will consider possible legislative reforms and changes in practice and procedure arising from the ALRC’s final report and related judicial developments. For full details please click here.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Thu Jul 25 2019
29 August - Banco Court

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture will be held on 29 August in the Banco Court. All are welcome to attend.

A Practical Guide to the Modern Slavery Regime

Thu Jul 25 2019

This UTS seminar, to be held at The Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney on the morning of 20 August provides a framework for those in leadership and reporting roles to begin compliance and due diligence planning for the Australian modern slavery requirements. Further details and registration are available here.

Improving Arbitration Procedure: Tips and Traps for an Efficient Process

Thu Jul 25 2019
31 July 2019

You are invited to attend a stimulating panel discussion on tips and trips for improving arbitration proceedings so that it is a more time and cost efficient process. In particular, the seminar will be examining some of the key differences between arbitration and litigation in terms of collection, production and presentation of evidence (both documentary and from witnesses/experts), as well as differences in the ways in which parties put forward case arguments in arbitration as opposed to litigation. The focus of these discussions will be to highlight that, while arbitration is a vigorous legal process with demanding standards of proof, the procedural flexibility afforded to the parties by the arbitration process (when used effectively) allows for a more streamlined and condensed proceeding.

Moderator: Jo Delaney, Baker McKenzie

Panellists: Andrew Battison, Norton Rose Fulbright; Brenda Horrigan, Herbert Smith Freehills; Cameron Hassall, Clifford Chance; and Daniel Meltz, 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers. Proudly sponsored by global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, the discussion will be followed by drinks and canapés. Although the event is free of charge, registration is essential.

Click here for more information and to register.

Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2019 Time: 5.45 pm – 7.00 pm (with networking drinks until 7.30pm) Venue: Norton Rose Fulbright, Grosvenor Place, Level 18, 225 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 RSVP: By no later than Friday, 27 July 2019