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Coming up in CPD tonight

Mon Mar 13 2017

Monday, March 13 2017; 'Alternative Dispute Resolution – Refining Skills for Early Resolution' Presented by Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

The seminar will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

LCA launches the Justice Project

Fri Mar 10 2017

The Law Council has announced that it is conducting a comprehensive national review into the impediments to justice in Australia, focusing on those facing significant social and economic disadvantage in our community. Learn more here.

Early bird registrations for the Parramatta CPD Conference closing this weekend

Fri Mar 10 2017

Early bird registrations for the Parramatta CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Sunday 12 March. You can still register after this date by telephone, at the normal price.

The Parramatta Conference is set down for Saturday 18 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points. There will be both plenary and concurrent sessions throughout the day, providing attendees with a choice of topics to select from. A sit-down lunch will be provided.

Speakers include: The Hon Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace His Honour Judge Gordon Lerve Ian Coleman SC Michael Hall SC Andrew Combe Michael Gleeson Caroline Dobraszczyk Sonia Tame

Download the full program here - [2017 Parramatta Conference]

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Mar 10 2017

Monday, March 13 2017; 'Alternative Dispute Resolution – Refining Skills for Early Resolution' Presented by Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday, March 14 2017: 'Coronial Inquests' Presented by Magistrate Derek Lee and Jeremy Morris SC. Chaired by Linton Teoh. This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Wednesday, March 15 2017: 'Tips on Dealing with Common Pitfalls in the Early Years at the Bar' Presented by Penny Thew, Barrister, 8th Floor Wentworth Chambers, and Tobias O’Hehir, Senior Clerk, Greenway Chambers. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC , Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 16 2017: 'Direct Access Briefs – Avoiding the Pitfalls' Presented by Dominic Toomey SC and chaired Iain Todd. For full details please download a flyer here.

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Bar Association Common Room.

New Barristers' Committee March breakfast

Fri Mar 10 2017

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the March breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 14 March. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Michael Meek SC and Jean-Jacques Loofs SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Kirralee Young.

Coming up in CPD in March

Thu Mar 09 2017

Thursday, March 09 2017: 'Gender Equitable Briefing – Making it Happen: The Solicitor’s View' Presented by Jennie Mansfield, Partner, Ashurst; Rachel Quigley, Assistant Crown Solicitor and Michael Greene, Managing Partner, Henry Davis York. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of this seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register email your full name to Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

Monday, March 13 2017; 'Alternative Dispute Resolution – Refining Skills for Early Resolution' Presented by Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday, March 14 2017: 'Coronial Inquests' Presented by Magistrate Derek Lee and Jeremy Morris SC. Chaired by Linton Teoh. This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Wednesday, March 15 2017: 'Tips on Dealing with Common Pitfalls in the Early Years at the Bar' Presented by Penny Thew, Barrister, 8th Floor Wentworth Chambers, and Tobias O’Hehir, Senior Clerk, Greenway Chambers. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC , Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 16 2017: 'Direct Access Briefs – Avoiding the Pitfalls' Presented by Dominic Toomey SC and chaired Iain Todd. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday, March 21 2017: 'How to run a merit review case' Presented by The Honourable Justice Duncan Kerr Chev LH, President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Bernard McCabe, Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and The Honourable Justice Robertson Wright, President of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. For full details please download a flyer here

Wednesday, March 22 2017: 'Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) Awareness Training Seminar' Presented by Ross Wetherbee, Senior Program Manager, Pride in Diversity and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

Thursday, 23 March 2017: Tutor and Readers Seminar Presented by: Robert Hollo SC, Eugene Romaniuk SC and Julia Roy. For full details please download a flyer here.

Thursday, March 30 2017: 'Equitable Compensation for Breach of Confidence' Presented by The Honourable Justice Mark Leeming, Justice of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales and Dr Peter Turner. Chaired by Professor David Rolph, University of Sydney Law School. This seminar has been organised in association with the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at the Sydney University Law School. Please note this is a lunchtime seminar from 1 pm to 2 pm, For full details please download a flyer here

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Bar Association Common Room.

Tonight: the 2017 Mahla Pearlman Oration

Thu Mar 09 2017

The annual Mahla Pearlman Oration will be delivered tonight in Court 21 of the Federal Court, Queens Square 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.

Tips on Dealing with Common Pitfalls in the Early Years at the Bar

Thu Mar 09 2017

How do you get the most out of your early years at the bar? How do you manage expectations? How do you maximise your time in court? The Bar Association's Diversity and Equality Committee, in conjunction with the New Barristers Committee, will host "Tips on Dealing with Common Pitfalls in the Early Years at the Bar" on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at 5.15pm in the Common Room. Learn more here.

Attorney General Speakman announces three appointments

Thu Mar 09 2017

Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced three appointments. Justice Julie Ward has been appointed chief judge of the Equity Division of the Supreme Court, Justice Richard White has been elevated to the Court of Appeal and Julia Lonergan SC was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court. Justices Ward and White will begin their new roles on 15 March, while Ms Lonergan will be sworn in as a Supreme Court judge on 21 March. Further details regarding the swearing-in will be announced closer to the date.

Early bird registrations for the Parramatta CPD Conference closing this weekend

Thu Mar 09 2017

Early bird registrations for the Parramatta CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Sunday 12 March. You can still register after this date by telephone, at the normal price.

The Parramatta Conference is set down for Saturday 18 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points. There will be both plenary and concurrent sessions throughout the day, providing attendees with a choice of topics to select from. A sit-down lunch will be provided.

Speakers include: The Hon Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace His Honour Judge Gordon Lerve Ian Coleman SC Michael Hall SC Andrew Combe Michael Gleeson Caroline Dobraszczyk Sonia Tame

Download the full program here - [2017 Parramatta Conference]

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Funding grants for women's leadership development

Wed Mar 08 2017

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s legal sector. The initiative is providing women with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

Expressions of Interest

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to March 30, 2017

This opportunity will not be extended past March 30. Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail, please contact Wafa Ahmed at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, WLA on (03) 9270 9030 or via wahmed@wla.edu.au.

Book your place at the 2017 Bench and Bar Dinner

Wed Mar 08 2017

The president and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association to the 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner. The dinner will take place on Friday, 5 May in the Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm. The guest of honor is the Hon Patricia Bergin SC. Two seniors will be speaking at this year’s Bench & Bar Dinner, Ms Senior is Michelle Painter SC and Mr Senior is Robert Newlinds SC.

Seating at the dinner will be allocated on a first-in basis. Tables of 10 are preferred, however you may sit up to 12. Smaller bookings will also be accepted.

For more details and to book, please click here. For further details on how to book please refer to the FAQ page on the website.

If you have any questions about the 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner, please contact Erika Childs on 9232 4055 or email echilds@nswbar.asn.au

Freedom of Speech and Defamation in an "Alternative Facts" World

Wed Mar 08 2017

Justice Lucy McCallum and Richard Ackland are among the expert speakers at a Law Council symposium on "Freedom of Speech and Defamation in an "Alternative Facts" World", to be held on 30 March 2017 at 4.30pm - 7.30pm in the offices of Marque Lawyers, L4, 343 George Street, Sydney. RSVP 23 March 2017 (limited places available). Charges apply. Learn more here. Contact events@lawcouncil.asn.au

Early bird registrations for the Parramatta CPD Conference closing this weekend

Wed Mar 08 2017

Early bird registrations for the Parramatta CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Sunday 12 March. You can still register after this date by telephone, at the normal price.

The Parramatta Conference is set down for Saturday 18 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points. There will be both plenary and concurrent sessions throughout the day, providing attendees with a choice of topics to select from. A sit-down lunch will be provided.

Speakers include: The Hon Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace His Honour Judge Gordon Lerve Ian Coleman SC Michael Hall SC Andrew Combe Michael Gleeson Caroline Dobraszczyk Sonia Tame

Download the full program here - [2017 Parramatta Conference]

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Using ADR to assist land dispute negotiations in NSW

Wed Mar 08 2017

On Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 5.45 – 7.15pm join a panel of experts to look at the "why" and "how" of using ADR to help expedite the resolution of NSW and national native title claims. The importance of fully informed claimants, legal representatives, ADR practitioners and government officials - in fairly and efficiently resolving these claims - cannot be overstated. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD in March

Wed Mar 08 2017

Thursday, March 09 2017: 'Gender Equitable Briefing – Making it Happen: The Solicitor’s View' Presented by Jennie Mansfield, Partner, Ashurst; Rachel Quigley, Assistant Crown Solicitor and Michael Greene, Managing Partner, Henry Davis York. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of this seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register email your full name to Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

Monday, March 13 2017; 'Alternative Dispute Resolution – Refining Skills for Early Resolution' Presented by Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Chaired by Ian Davidson SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday, March 14 2017: 'Coronial Inquests' Presented by Magistrate Derek Lee and Jeremy Morris SC. Chaired by Linton Teoh. This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Wednesday, March 15 2017: 'Tips on Dealing with Common Pitfalls in the Early Years at the Bar' Presented by Penny Thew, Barrister, 8th Floor Wentworth Chambers, and Tobias O’Hehir, Senior Clerk, Greenway Chambers. Chaired by Anthony McGrath SC , Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Thursday, March 16 2017: 'Direct Access Briefs – Avoiding the Pitfalls' Presented by Dominic Toomey SC and chaired Iain Todd. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday, March 22 2017: 'Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) Awareness Training Seminar' Presented by Ross Wetherbee, Senior Program Manager, Pride in Diversity and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

Thursday, 23 March 2017: Tutor and Readers Seminar Presented by: Robert Hollo SC, Eugene Romaniuk SC and Julia Roy. For full details please download a flyer here.

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

2017 ABA CONFERENCE – London & Dublin

Wed Mar 08 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 ABA Conference in London and Dublin from 2 TO 7 JULY this year. The conference program includes a full day session at London’s Inner Temple and two and a half days of sessions in Dublin. A separate Taxation stream will also be offered in London. The conference will present prominent keynote speakers and panels from all areas of law, from the Bar to the Bench of the Australian and UK judiciary. Highlights include keynote addresses from The Hon. Justice Keane AC, High Court of Australia and The Hon. Stephen Gageler AC, High Court of Australia. The conference program also includes an exciting schedule of social and networking events and is expected to attract over 150 barristers from Australia. Advantageous conference rates have been negotiated for both travel and accommodation. Registrations are now open here. Early Bird rates are available until 21 April.

Registration deadline extended for the Personal Injury & Common Law Conference

Wed Mar 08 2017

Online registrations for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference have been extended until midnight Wednesday 8 March. You can still register after this date by telephone.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney this Saturday, 11 March 2017. Please download the program here

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

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

CTP scheme - learn about the changes at Saturday's Personal Injury Conference

Wed Mar 08 2017

The Premier has today announced the introduction of a new Compulsory Third Party scheme with changes to benefits structures and cuts in premiums. A Bill will be introduced this week, with the scheme to be in place in early 2018. The new Bill will be the subject of a presentation at this weekend’s Personal Injury Conference. It is not too late to sign up to attend.

The Bar Association has been working closely with the government to try and secure the best possible outcome for innocent accident victims with more serious injury. Contrary to reports in today’s Daily Telegraph, past and future economic loss will continue to be recoverable in full for innocent accident victims with more than a minor injury.

At Saturday's Conference Andrew Stone SC will speak on the contents of the Bill and the contribution of the Bar to ameliorating more draconian provisions from earlier proposals.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Mar 07 2017

Tuesday, March 07 2017 'Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma'
Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. For full details please download a flyer here

This seminar will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Registration deadline extended for the Personal Injury & Common Law Conference

Tue Mar 07 2017

Online registrations for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference have been extended until Wednesday 8 March. You can still register after this date by telephone.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney this Saturday, 11 March 2017. Please download the program here

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

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Wax your board for the 10th annual ALSA Conference, Bali

Tue Mar 07 2017

The Australasian Lawyers Surfing Association is hosting its 10th annual conference at a Padang Padang, Bali, on 6-11 August 2017. Part of the founding philosophy of ALSA is to help impoverished communities situated in areas hosting the conferences. This year, participants will have an opportunity to visit the East Bali Poverty Project. Learn more here.

If surfing isn't your thing, you can find out more about other sporting and social events by visiting the Health and Wellbeing Committee's page on the Bar Association's website.

New Barristers' Committee March breakfast

Tue Mar 07 2017

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the March breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 14 March. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Michael Meek SC and Jean-Jacques Loofs SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Kirralee Young.

Swearing ceremony for Julie Soars and Abdul Karim

Tue Mar 07 2017

Julie Soars and Imad Abdul-Karim will be sworn-in as magistrates of the Local Court on Monday, 13 March 2017 at 9.00am in Courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Senior Vice-President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns should not be worn.