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Room for Sale - Denman Chambers – 185 Elizabeth St

Fri Sep 27 2019

A large (31.2m2) external room is available for purchase at Denman Chambers. Plenty of natural light with large windows and lovely views overlooking Hyde Park. Sale includes law library in the room, table and 8 chairs, trolley and steps. Suit a silk or busy junior.

Denman is a stable, active floor with a variety of work including industrial, WHS prosecution and coronial, common law and criminal work. The sale price is $70,000 negotiable, floor fees are $2,444 rent and $2,200 admin per month. Forbes Chambers is upstairs in the same building. Bambini’s Wine Bar is downstairs. Other floors are in the adjacent building. Next door is Tattersalls.

For inspection, contact the clerk, Michelle on (02) 9264 6899 or michelle@denmanchambers.com.au. All enquiries will be kept confidential. Floor website is www.denmanchambers.com.au.

Exercise your mood walk

Fri Sep 27 2019
Wellbeing

Join the Black Dog Institute for the next Exercise Your Mood Walk on Saturday, 12 October 2019 at Sydney Olympic Park. Starting at 6.00pm, the walk will take you on a 21.1km journey through urban parkland and past the iconic stadiums of Sydney Olympic Park, finishing at midnight at Fig Grove.

Walking together will provide the opportunity to start a conversation about mental health and the event will raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute. Bring your friends and colleagues, meet our Exercise Your Mood ambassador Michelle Bridges and fundraise $100 for mental health. By walking and raising funds, you will support vital education programs provided to schools, communities and medical professionals.

Sign-up here.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Fri Sep 27 2019
Only 2 spaces remaining - register now to avoid disappointment.

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

For more information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited.

Advocacy Skills workshop

Fri Sep 27 2019
Only 2 places remaining – 8 & 9 November

The Bar Association is pleased to advise members that registrations are now open for the 2019 Advocacy Skills Workshop. The workshop specifically designed for the junior bar provides participating barristers with the opportunity to practice their advocacy skills under the supportive guidance of expert instructors, including judges and experienced advocates.

The practical and constructive workshop will be hosted over two days, Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 November.

For further information about the workshop, fees and registration please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Senior counsel 2018

Fri Sep 27 2019
Appointments

The appointment of senior counsel for 2019 will be announced at 1.00pm today. Learn more here.

Announcement of Senior Counsel Appointments

Thu Sep 26 2019
Appointments

President Tim Game SC advises members of the NSW Bar Association that an announcement of senior counsel appointments for 2019 will be made tomorrow Friday, 27 September 2019.

Bar Association annual general meeting and election timetable

Thu Sep 26 2019
Governance

The Bar Association’s AGM will be held on Thursday, 7 November at 5.00pm, in the Common Room. The election ballot closes at 1.00pm that day and counting commences on the morning of Friday, 8 November, with announcement of the results via In Brief later that day. The nomination forms for election of the 2019 Bar Council were posted on Friday, 13 September. Learn more here.

New acting commissioner - Land and Environment Court of NSW

Thu Sep 26 2019
Appointments

Philip Clay SC has been appointed as an acting commissioner of the Land and Environment Court for the period commencing 4 September 2019 and expiring on 3 September 2020.

Acting Commissioner Philip Clay SC was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and was called to the New South Wales Bar in 1992. He was appointed senior counsel in 2011.

Advocacy Skills workshop

Thu Sep 26 2019
Only 2 places remaining – 8 & 9 November

The Bar Association is pleased to advise members that registrations are now open for the 2019 Advocacy Skills Workshop. The workshop specifically designed for the junior bar provides participating barristers with the opportunity to practice their advocacy skills under the supportive guidance of expert instructors, including judges and experienced advocates.

The practical and constructive workshop will be hosted over two days, Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 November.

For further information about the workshop, fees and registration please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Thu Sep 26 2019
Only 2 spaces remaining - register now to avoid disappointment.

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

For more information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited.

UN Day Lecture – 2019

Thu Sep 26 2019

The UN Day Lecture series is an annual initiative of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA) to highlight the work of UNCITRAL for practitioners and students. A Lecture will be held in each Australian capital city, with a local speaking panel. Light refreshments will be available afterwards, sponsored by the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA).

For more information and to register click here.

The Hon Dr James Macken AM (1927-2019)

Wed Sep 25 2019
Tomorrow

A funeral service for the Hon Dr James Macken AM will be held tomorrow Thursday 1.00pm St Mary’s Church, Ridge St, North Sydney. Members are invited to attend.

Room for Sale - Denman Chambers – 185 Elizabeth St

Wed Sep 25 2019

A large (31.2m2) external room is available for purchase at Denman Chambers. Plenty of natural light with large windows and lovely views overlooking Hyde Park. Sale includes law library in the room, table and 8 chairs, trolley and steps. Suit a silk or busy junior.

Denman is a stable, active floor with a variety of work including industrial, WHS prosecution and coronial, common law and criminal work. The sale price is $70,000 negotiable, floor fees are $2,444 rent and $2,200 admin per month. Forbes Chambers is upstairs in the same building. Bambini’s Wine Bar is downstairs. Other floors are in the adjacent building. Next door is Tattersalls.

For inspection, contact the clerk, Michelle on (02) 9264 6899 or michelle@denmanchambers.com.au. All enquiries will be kept confidential. Floor website is www.denmanchambers.com.au.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Wed Sep 25 2019
Only 2 spaces remaining - register now to avoid disappointment.

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

For more information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited.

NSW Bar FC retains the silverware

Tue Sep 24 2019
Wellbeing

Bar FC travelled to Queensland on Saturday for the Annual Tri State Championship where it played representatives of the Victorian and Queensland Bar.

The day started with the annual Sports Law Conference held by the Queensland Bar Association at the Inns of Court in Brisbane. After picking up valuable CPD points, Bar FC headed to the grounds of the Toowong FC for the annual dust up.

A somewhat depleted Victorian side called on assistance from us to play the first match against Queensland. After supplying eight players, Queensland convincingly won the game 6-1. Player/manager Sir Alex (Stanton) however used this game to warm up the team and as an opportunity to see how strong the Queenslanders were likely to be at home.

The next game saw Bar FC take on a modified Victorian team, with Queensland this time supplying eight players. Sir Alex unleashed the first XI and by half time the game was all but over, with Bar FC going into the break 5-0. The dominance allowed some much needed rest for the team before what we thought would be a tough contest in game against Queensland. A much quieter second half resulted in a final score of 6-0 (with goals to Condylis (2), Coutinho (2), Canceri and Bedrossian).

The last game of the day saw again the first XI take on quite a physical Qld team. Again, the midfield work of Coutinho, Joel Cook, Canceri and Maghami saw strikers Bedrossian and Condylis supplied with a number of opportunities. A steady stream of goals was the result with Bar FC being victorious over our northern rivals 8-3 (Goals to Condylis (3), Cook (3), Bedrossian (2)). Such was the defensive work of De Meyrick, Philips, Griscti, Kate Stanton and Dametto that the score line flattered the Queenslanders. They had very little opportunity throughout the game with some late consolation goals being conceded to ensure they venture south next year.

A special thanks must go to two members of the touring party. First, Lo Surdo SC who officiated all three games with his usual neutrality. Keeper Harris however did question why NSW had three penalty kicks called against us when none were given against our competitors.

The second is to Kate Stanton, our sole female squad member who again resisted Harris’ instruction to “take him out” and played an excellent part in spoiling many attacking moves by the Queensland strikers (without a foul being called against her).

The competition is a fitting end to Bar FC’s football year and tops off our best year ever. Winners of both trophies and winners of the Domain Soccer League. Click here to see photos.

This years travelling party was as follows:

  • Geoff O’Shea
  • David Stanton (Player/Manager)
  • Kate Stanton
  • Hugh Morrison
  • Jeh Coutinho
  • Faraz Maghami
  • Rohan de Meyrick
  • Nicholas Olson
  • Thomas Liu
  • Nicholas Condylis
  • Simon Philips
  • Joel Cook
  • Patchildinho
  • John Harris
  • Ivan Griscti
  • Anthony Lo Surdo
  • Adrian Canceri
  • Vahan Bedrossian
  • Stephen Dametto

Conversation on Current Issues in the Practice of Employment and Industrial Law

Tue Sep 24 2019

The Federal Court of Australia invites practitioners to a Conversation on Current Issues in the Practice of Employment and Industrial Law Hosted by The Hon. Justice Mordy Bromberg.

Format: Three short presentations, presented by senior practitioners:

In Melbourne: • Codes of conduct vs individual freedoms - Josh Bornstein (Maurice Blackburn) and Eddy Gisonda (Victorian Bar); • Class actions in the employment and industrial jurisdiction – Geraldine Dann (Queensland Bar) and Kate Burke (Victorian Bar); and

In Adelaide: • Identifying the true relationship between “employers” and “employees” - Gillian Walker (South Australian Bar) and Simon Blewett (South Australian Bar). Date: Thursday 10 October 2019 Time: 5:30pm to 7.00pm (AEDT) Venues: Federal Court of Australia Federal Court of Australia Court 1 (Level 8), Court 1 Commonwealth Law Courts Building Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building 305 William Street, Melbourne 3 Angas Street, Adelaide

By Video-link at the Federal Court in the following locations: Sydney: Court 18A, Law Courts Building, 184 Phillip St, Queens Square Perth: Court 4, Peter Durack Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 1 Victoria Avenue Canberra: Court 1, Nigel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts Building, Childers Street Brisbane: Court 2, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 119 North Quay Darwin: Court 9, Supreme Court Building, State Square Tasmania: Court 1, Edward Braddon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 39-41 Davey Street

For more information and to register click here.

IBA report: Legal Expenses Insurance and Access to Justice

Tue Sep 24 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The prohibitive cost of legal advice and representation affects access to justice in all jurisdictions, regardless of the level of economic development. The International Bar Association has published a report, Legal Expenses Insurance and Access to Justice, which examines the areas of law, services provided, limits of indemnity and excesses available in countries as varied as Germany, Japan, Australia, England and Wales and South Africa.

Great Wall walk for Black Dog institute

Tue Sep 24 2019

Elizabeth Picker from Edmund Barton Chambers will take on the Great Wall Trek in China from 30 September to 7 October to raise money for the Black Dog institute.

Elizabeth is inspired by the work of Black Dog Institute and wants to support this worthy cause by her participation in Black Dog Institute's Hike for Mental Health: China 2019. Please help Elizabeth to support the Black Dog Institute by donating whatever you can. Elizabeth and her team only need another $4,300 to reach their $200,000 target. Click here for more information and to donate.

The more people that know about Black Dog Institute, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing the page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to so many.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program - Saturday 12 October 2019

Tue Sep 24 2019
Only 4 spaces remaining - register now to avoid disappointment.

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise registrations are now open for The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The full-day program aims to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This very practical course recognises the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. The full-day program includes advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

For more information on the workshop fees and registration, please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited.

Local Court swearing-in ceremony for Michael Love and Sally McLaughlin

Mon Sep 23 2019
Swearing-in

A ceremonial sitting of the Local Court of NSW will be held on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre for the swearing-in of Michael Love and Sally McLaughlin as magistrates. Lisa-Claire Hutchinson will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns should not be worn.

Local Court swearing-in ceremony for Lisa Viney and Holly Kemp

Mon Sep 23 2019
Swearing-in

A ceremonial sitting of the Local Court of NSW will be held on 30 September 2019 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre to mark the swearing-in of Lisa Viney and Holly Kemp as magistrates. Bar Association Treasurer Anna Mitchelmore SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns should not be worn.

Cognition and capacity

Mon Sep 23 2019
At the lectern

The Australian Dispute Resolution Association invites members to its seminar "Cognition and Capacity in the Legal Context", to be held on Friday, 27 September 2019 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at the Law Society of NSW. Learn more here.