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Vacancy at William Owen Chambers in Orange

Wed Nov 07 2018
Member services and benefits

A vacancy now exists at William Owen Chambers in Orange. These Chambers have been established since 1991. This is an opportunity to practice in the western region of the State, and at the same time, enjoy the benefits of living in a progressive and attractive regional city. Please contact Jack Cairn, mob: 0425 833 606 or click here to email. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Supreme Court commemoration of Armistice Day

Wed Nov 07 2018

The Supreme Court commemorates the sacrifice and service of the New South Wales Legal Profession in the First World War by telling the stories of the New South Wales lawyers who were there.

  • When: Monday, 12 November 2018
  • Time: 5:15 PM
  • Venue: Banco Court Level 13, Law Courts Building Queens Square, Sydney

For more information click here.

Litigation on two fronts: when family law and criminal law intersect

Wed Nov 07 2018
CPD Save the Date!

In both parenting and financial litigation in courts exercising family law jurisdiction one (or maybe both) of the parties whose relationship has broken down are simultaneously facing criminal charges or the threat of the same. The evidence may be the same but the procedure and consequences may be vastly different. Navigating the pathway requires some cross-jurisdictional gymnastics and cooperation between practitioners in two specialists jurisdictions. Presenters Suzanne Christie SC and April Francis will discuss some of the issues which arise.

Please note the date has been changed to 27 November to allow practitioners to attend the 'Appeals to the Full Court - Preparation and Procedure, Crafting Grounds and Appellate Advocacy’ event at the Family Court on 21 November.

  • When: After 5pm, Tuesday 27 November 2018 (Start time TBC)
  • Where: New South Wales Bar Association Common Room

Click here for more information.

Litigation on two fronts: when family law and criminal law intersect

Wed Nov 07 2018
CPD Save the Date!

In both parenting and financial litigation in courts exercising family law jurisdiction one (or maybe both) of the parties whose relationship has broken down are simultaneously facing criminal charges or the threat of the same. The evidence may be the same but the procedure and consequences may be vastly different. Navigating the pathway requires some cross-jurisdictional gymnastics and cooperation between practitioners in two specialists jurisdictions. Presenters Suzanne Christie SC and April Francis will discuss some of the issues which arise.

Please note the date has been changed to 27 November to allow practitioners to attend the 'Appeals to the Full Court - Preparation and Procedure, Crafting Grounds and Appellate Advocacy’ event at the Family Court on 21 November.

  • When: After 5pm, Tuesday 27 November 2018 (Start time TBC)
  • Where: New South Wales Bar Association Common Room

Click here for more information.

NSW Bar Choir Christmas Concert

Tue Nov 06 2018

The NSW Bar Choir will hold its annual Christmas Concert at St James' Church to raise funds for Minds Count Foundation (formerly named the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation).

  • Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Directed by: Peter Hidden
  • Organist: David Davies

For further information and to register click here.

Inner City Legal Centre - Transgender Day of Remembrance

Tue Nov 06 2018

On Tuesday the 20th of November, Inner City Legal Centre we will be hosting a breakfast at Clayton Utz to honour and remember those who have suffered violence as a result of transphobia. The keynote speaker, Imogen Brackin (Transgender Inclusion Educator), will share her experience and reflections on what TDOR means and its significance. Warm breakfast and drinks are provided. All funds raised will go directly towards supporting ICLC – a not-for-profit community legal centre that has been providing free legal advice to vulnerable people in NSW for almost 30 years. ICLC has long been recognised as an award-winning statewide practice that specialises in LGBTIQ matters.

Attached is the invitation with further details about the event.

WBF Cocktails and Canapes to celebrate the women silks of 2018

Tue Nov 06 2018
Diversity

The Women Barristers Forum invites members to join them for cocktails and canapes at the Verandah Bar Restaurant on Wednesday 7 November from 5.30 - 7.30pm, to celebrate the appointment of women senior counsel for 2018. Guest speaker will be The Hon Justice Lucy McCallum. All members are welcome. Early bird registration ends 1 November 2018. Please register here.

Gifts guaranteed to make you smile

Tue Nov 06 2018
Member services and benefits

Member Advantage is pleased to offer you, as a New South Wales Bar Association member, exclusive access to the best pricing and great deals on over 4,000 products with The Good Guys Commercial - including air conditioners and cooling products to keep you cool during summer!

Besides competitive prices, one of the benefits of shopping with The Good Guys Commercial is the ability to lock in prices for up to 30 days.

The Good Guys Commercial are committed to providing you with shopping options which meet your budget and needs at the time you want it. Other benefits include:

  • Pick up (or have delivered) from your local store.
  • Current stock availability and delivery pricing is readily available.

Simply register by clicking on the Member Advantage banner on the For Members page.

*T&Cs apply: Notification of your account access can take up to 10 business days.

Sign the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Mon Nov 05 2018
Law reform and public affairs

Tonight, the Bar Association will host a special event on the Uluru Statement from the Heart. For those who are unable to attend, a copy of the Uluru Statement will be available for judges, magistrates and barristers to sign as a demonstration of their support. The copy will be kept in Conference Room 1 from Tuesday morning through to COB on Friday, 9 November. If you wish to sign, please make yourself known to reception before entering the conference room.

RACS Fast-Track Judicial Review Workshop

Mon Nov 05 2018

Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) will run another fast track judicial review workshop in Sydney, based on the Law Institute of Victoria training materials. It is scheduled for Monday, 26 November 2018, from 6.00–8.00pm at Lander & Rogers in the CBD. Participants will need to prepare by viewing training videos and reading materials. It is a great opportunity for those wanting to contribute to RACS’s judicial review referral service: Justice for Refugees (J4R). For more information, contact Nadine Darling at RACS.

The Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) would like to thank the Bar Association and its members for the ongoing support of our Justice for Refugees, judicial review referral service for people seeking asylum who came by boat. The pro bono support received from barristers since the project began in 2016 has made a tangible difference to the lives of many people. The patron of RACS, the Hon Michael Kirby, said recently: "this is not a good time for the rule of law in Australia….. we have to engage the very best lawyers for those who come seeking sanctuary in our country…. years from now we will look back on this time and we will be surprised at what we have done but we will honour those who have assisted, who can make sure the rule of law is a reality for those who come to us seeking asylum."

Since the commencement of Justice for Refugees (J4R) pro bono barristers have provided 190 opinions on prospects of success for clients who can’t afford legal assistance. Of those, about 70 opinions have been positive and RACS have found instructing solicitors from their network of 18 pro bono law firms to run the matters in the Federal Circuit Court.

But there is much more to do for the fast track group (the people who came by boat after August 13 2012) with just over half of the estimated 7000 fast track applicants in NSW having had their protection visa applications processed. RACS could easily be approached by about 400 more clients needing help. That is why RACS needs more barristers and law firms who are prepared to assist clients who are in genuine need.

Note: The material covered will be the same as the Workshops run on 23 Jan & 28 May 2018.

Family Court appeals

Mon Nov 05 2018

The Family Court will host a seminar titled 'Appeals to the Full Court - Preparation and Procedure, Crafting Grounds and Appellate Advocacy' on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Hosted by Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace, Justice Judith Ryan and Justice Murray Aldridge, the event will be held in the Level 8 Conference Room of the Lionel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

rise2018 National Conference - Registrations close TODAY!

Mon Nov 05 2018
Last Day to register

Register now to join the ABA, NSWBA at the rise2018 national conference scheduled to take place from 15-17 November in Sydney; a conference by the Bar for all professionals! Click here for more information.

The conference boasts an exciting and engaging line-up of speakers, interesting and topical discussion, this event is not to be missed!

  • Be inspired by leaders of the profession
  • Gain insights from ASX-listed General Counsel
  • Explore with CSIRO how the profession will be disrupted
  • Network with your peers from the bench, bar, firms and in-house
  • Join the conversation and shape the profession

The conference brings together Australia’s legal profession to discuss issues impacting on legal institutions, the rule of law and legal practice.

Hear from leading voices in the profession including:

  • The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, High Court of Australia
  • The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon Chief Justice Tom Bathurst AC, Supreme Court of NSW
  • The Hon Justice Virginia AC Bell, High Court of Australia
  • The Hon Christian Porter MP
  • The Hon Mark Speakman MP
  • Sharon Cook, Chief Legal & Commercial Council NAB
  • Caroline Cox, Group General Counsel, BHP
  • Bret Walker SC
  • David Marr, ABC
  • Angela Wood, Partner KPMG
  • Sarah McNaughton SC, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Sessions of interest include:

  • Q&A with Tony Jones, ABC
  • Change and the Legal Profession with The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC
  • Directors’ Duties with Sharon Cook, NAB
  • In Conversation with the Regulators with Daniel Crennan QC
  • Class Actions – proudly supported by IMF Bentham
  • Navigating the Future with Vivek Srinivasan, Futures Manager - CSIRO
  • Effective Triage of Major Multi-faceted Disputes
  • Running Appeals in the 21st Century with The Hon Justice Pamela Tate, Supreme Court of Victoria

The conference also boasts genuine networking and social opportunities, including our Celebrating Women in Law breakfast, supported by Fairfax & Roberts, held on Friday 16 November at Planar Restaurant, ICC Sydney. Join us to hear from guest speaker Julia Baird, ABC.

We encourage you all to join the conversation, entertain clients and network with members of the bench, bar, government and media.

A detailed program, including social events, can be found here.

Please contact the event organisers here if you have any questions in relation to the program, pricing or how to register.

Supreme Court commemoration of Armistice Day

Mon Nov 05 2018

The Supreme Court commemorates the sacrifice and service of the New South Wales Legal Profession in the First World War by telling the stories of the New South Wales lawyers who were there.

  • When: Monday, 12 November 2018
  • Time: 5:15 PM
  • Venue: Banco Court Level 13, Law Courts Building Queens Square, Sydney

For more information click here.

Celebrating the appointment of women senior counsel 2018

Mon Nov 05 2018
Diversity

The Women Barristers Forum is pleased to invite members of the New South Wales Bar to celebrate the 2018 appointments of women senior counsel, with guest speaker, the Hon Justice Lucy McCallum. The event will be held at Verandah Bar on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 from 5.30pm. All members are welcome. Please register here.

Federal Court Appointment - Mr Paul Anastassiou QC

Fri Nov 02 2018
Media Release

Attorney-General, Christian Porter has today announced Mr Paul Anastassiou QC has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and will commence in the Melbourne Registry on 1 February 2019.

For a full copy of the Media Release click here.

Uluru Statement from the Heart

Fri Nov 02 2018
Law reform and public affairs

In May 2017 a convention of First Nations People from across the continent gathered at Yulara NT and adopted the Uluru Statement from the Heart as an expression of their aspirations for a path travelled together with all Australians to a new future. That future is one in which a Voice to parliament is constitutionally enshrined and a Makarrata (or peace making) Commission is established to facilitate treaty making and truth telling. The Statement for the Heart was endorsed by the Referendum Council and has since been endorsed by NSW Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Bar Association.

Register now for a unique event and hear from Thomas Mayor (a custodian of the Statement) about his travels around Australia since the Uluru Convention with the Statement from the Heart.

  • When: Monday, 5 November 2018
  • Where: NSW Bar Common Room
  • Time: 5.00pm

Also hear from Tony McAvoy SC and Arthur Moses SC on the importance of the Statement and the role of the legal profession.

Queensland Bar Association announce first female President

Fri Nov 02 2018

Congratulations to Ms Rebecca Treston QC who has been elected President of the Bar Association of Queensland. Ms Treston is the first female President to be elected by the Queensland Bar.
Ms Treston QC will take over the office of President, effective from the AGM on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

Further congratulations go to the incoming Vice President, Mr Thomas Sullivan QC.

Reports of children leaving Nauru, urges government to keep families together

Thu Nov 01 2018

The Australian legal profession is today cautiously welcoming media reports that all asylum seeker children will be removed from Nauru by the end of the year.

Law Council of Australia President, Morry Bailes, said that if the reports were correct it was very positive news, but added that the Australian Government must ensure that families are relocated together.

Click here to read the full media release.

A message from President Arthur Moses SC

Thu Nov 01 2018

It is with regret that I find myself having to remind practitioners that rudeness, aggression, abuse and hostility towards the staff of the Bar Association will not be tolerated.

Our staff work extremely hard to support and promote our profession in a range of ways. Many of the staff are themselves very experienced, highly qualified professionals in legal and other fields, and in any case, should be treated with respect in their workplace.

Our staff are mindful of the myriad pressures that practitioners may be suffering, both personal and professional, be it because they are the subject of a complaint, the Bar Practice Course, exam failure, chambers conflicts, financial, domestic or health issues. Our staff recognise that a core part of their role is to assist and support the profession, but members of the Bar should also bear in mind that some staff are also carrying out statutory functions on behalf of the Bar Council.

Our staff are entitled to work without abuse, bullying or intimidation. The Bar Council takes a zero tolerance approach to this kind of behaviour.

I urge all of my colleagues to remain mindful of that, and not be tempted to vent your anger and frustration on our staff. If you feel that you are not coping with a particular personal or professional situation and need support, I urge you to contact BarCare on jhouen@barcare.org.

Unfortunately instances of unacceptable behaviour have been brought to my attention. Employees of the Bar Association have the right to refuse to deal with anyone who behaves in that way. Practitioners should be aware that particularly serious outbursts, or persistent inappropriate behaviour might result in a complaint to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner.