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Cases to note: High Court decision on the advocate's immunity

Thu Mar 30 2017

The High Court yesterday handed down its decision in Kendirjian v Lepore [2017] HCA 13, an appeal from the New South Wales Court of Appeal regarding the advocate's immunity from suit in relation to advice given in respect of a settlement offer. The court declined to distinguish or reopen its most recent decision on advocates' immunity, Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd (2016) 90 ALJR 572; 331 ALR 1; [2016] HCA 16

Senate passes resolution on cuts to CLCs

Thu Mar 30 2017

The Senate has passed a resolution calling for an immediate reversal of funding cuts to community legal centres and a commitment to sustainable, long term contributions for the legal assistance sector. Learn more here.

Amended Motor Accident Injuries Bill

Thu Mar 30 2017

The Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2017 passed the Legislative Council last night. Various amendments were made to the bill in committee on issues including premium adjustment, insurer profit, medical expenses for citizens or residents outside Australia, past and future economic loss, dispute resolution and legal incapacity. A number of these amendments were in response to the issues raised by the legal profession in its most recent submissions. A link to the debate is available here.

A room for sale in Elizabeth Street Chambers

Thu Mar 30 2017

Elizabeth Street Chambers currently has a room for sale with excellent harbour views and a recent fit out.

Elizabeth Street Chambers is a strong and harmonious floor, recently renovated, with a balcony overlooking Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour, positioned in between the Supreme Court and the District Court precincts.

The Floor consists of 6 Senior Counsel and 17 Junior Counsel, practicing mainly in common law and crime.

Rent and Floor Fees are charged only 11 months of the year. Secretarial space available.

Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Please contact the Clerk, Louise Ferraro on 9336 5399. POA.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Mar 30 2017

Thursday, March 30 2017:"Family Provision claims: recent decisions and practical tips" Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Despina Christofis. Chaired by Jane Needham SC. For full details please download a flyer here This seminar will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession

Wed Mar 29 2017

The legal profession in Australia is undergoing rapid, widespread transformation. In response, the Law Society of NSW began the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Commission of Inquiry. The commission's report is now available online.

Among its key findings are that: inhouse corporate lawyers are driving change; consumer pressure and lower prices are driving increased use of technology; and artificial intelligence raises regulatory and ethical issues.

New Land and Environment Court practice notes

Wed Mar 29 2017

The chief judge of the Land and Environment Court has issued new practice notes: Class 1 Development Appeals, which will commence on 27 March 2017; and Class 1, 2 and 3 Miscellaneous Appeals which will commence on 27 March 2017 and Practice Note - Class 1 Residential Development Appeals, which will commence on 30 March 2017. The chief judge has also made a new Conciliation Conference Policy (which replaces the existing policy), which will commence on 27 March 2017. Visit the Land and Environment Court's website for up to date versions of practice notes.

Large room for sale or license

Wed Mar 29 2017

Rick Burbidge QC, by reason of overseas commitments during 2017 wishes to sell or license his chambers in State Chambers, Level 36 of 52 Martin Place, corner of Martin Place and Phillip Street.

The chambers, located on the South Eastern corner of the top floor, is presently configured as a single room of 51 square metres, with extensive views East over the Heads and harbour, South to Kurnell and South West to much of the western horizon. It presently contains a quality boardroom table 5.5 m long with 10 boardroom chairs and a 3m long by 2m high custom-built mahogany sideboard comprising a robes cupboard, small bar, refrigerator and TV/video-player, glassware and briefs cupboards. The boardroom table may be divided into two tables of equal length, an oval table (the two end pieces), and the rectangular centre section. Space for one or two additional desks remains available; the boardroom table and/or the sideboard will be removed for separate sale if not wanted. Photos by email are available. The room itself is capable of ready conversion into a standard room and a large room. A car space is available.

State Chambers, a sublessee of the NSW government, boasts one of the most favourable rental agreements in the CBD and floor fees compare favourably with those of other chambers of similar size. Full details may be discussed in confidence with the Floor’s long-serving clerk, Fiona Hayden; phone 9210 1400. Whilst preferring to sell his rooms, Burbidge would consider an offer to license for the rest of 2017.

Have you got your ticket to this year’s Bench and Bar Dinner?

Wed Mar 29 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 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The guest of honour 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 (Tables of 12 are strictly limited). Smaller bookings will also be accepted. For more details and to book please click the following link: 2017 Bench & Bar Dinner. 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

Swearing in ceremony for Judge David Michael Wilson SC

Wed Mar 29 2017

David Michael Wilson SC will be sworn-in as a judge of the District Court at a ceremonial sitting on 3 April 2017 at 9.00am. Paresh Khandhar will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Mar 29 2017

Wednesday, March 29 2017: "Marketing tools and strategies for barristers: Three perspectives" Presented by Tean Kerr, Partner, Lander & Rogers; Michael Green SC, Level 22 Chamber and Jeh Coutinho, Clerk, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Michelle Painter SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

CPD Online

Wed Mar 29 2017

The CPD year ends 31st March.If you are missing a CPD point (or two) then CPD online can assist. Many Bar Association seminars from 2011 onwards are online. If the seminar was accompanied by a paper, that can also be downloaded from CPD online.

You can access CPD online by going onto the Bar Association Website, www.nswbar.asn.au. From here you click on 'For Members' on the left-hand side of the screen, then click on 'CPD' under the quick links menu on the right-hand side, then click on login required under the heading 'CPD online'.

If you have misplaced your login and password details you are able to reset your details by clicking on 'member sign in' which appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen on our homepage. You then click on 'unknown password or username', this will then prompt you to add your surname and date of birth. This will trigger an email to be sent to you with your new details. The email will be sent to the registered email address on our records.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow lunchtime

Wed Mar 29 2017

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.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Mar 29 2017

Thursday, March 30 2017:"Family Provision claims: recent decisions and practical tips" Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Despina Christofis. Chaired by Jane Needham SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Mar 28 2017

Tuesday, March 28 2017: "Financial Agreements: Pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 Cth Binding? Are they worth the effort?" Presented by Denise Reid and chaired by Ian Coleman SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

TOMORROW: CPD Breakfast

Tue Mar 28 2017

Thomson Reuters invites all members to attend a CPD Breakfast Seminar on Wednesday 29 March. The seminar, ‘Experts and interpreters: non-lawyers essential to the legal system’, will be presented by The Honourable Justice François Kunc, Supreme Court of NSW, and chaired by Timothy Pollard, ANZ General Manager, Legal Portfolio Australia. The seminar will commence at 8am and conclude with a light breakfast and drinks.

For full details please download a flyer here

A room for sale in Elizabeth Street Chambers

Tue Mar 28 2017

Elizabeth Street Chambers currently has a room for sale with excellent harbour views and a recent fit out.

Elizabeth Street Chambers is a strong and harmonious floor, recently renovated, with a balcony overlooking Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour, positioned in between the Supreme Court and the District Court precincts.

The Floor consists of 6 Senior Counsel and 17 Junior Counsel, practicing mainly in common law and crime.

Rent and Floor Fees are charged only 11 months of the year. Secretarial space available.

Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Please contact the Clerk, Louise Ferraro on 9336 5399. POA.

Wanted: mediators

Tue Mar 28 2017

The Workers Compensation Commission invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for appointment as a sessional mediator, for a period up to three years. Applications are sought from dispute resolution practitioners or persons with skills, qualifications and experience relevant to the resolution of workers compensation disputes. Applications close on 9 April 2017 at 11.59pm.

Further details about the role, including terms and conditions, are contained in the Information Package available here. Enquiries: Annette Farrell, ph: 02 8281 6489

“The law and lawyers: their limits?”

Tue Mar 28 2017
Avoid disappointment - reserve your seat today!

There are still some seats available at the Australian Academy of Law's first of three ethics-themed events, which it is holding in Sydney this year. The first will be a "hypothetical" which will pose questions concerning "The law and lawyers: their limits?" It will take place Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court of Australia, Level 21, Law Courts Building, Queen’s Square on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 5.30–7.00pm. A stellar panel will be moderated by John Sheahan QC.

The theme of the events is based on the objects of the Academy — to promote the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional responsibility, to enhance understanding and observance of the rule of law, and to provide a forum for debate and the interchange of views.

Coming up in CPD this week

Tue Mar 28 2017

Thursday, March 30 2017:"Family Provision claims: recent decisions and practical tips" Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Despina Christofis. Chaired byJane Needham SC. 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.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Mar 28 2017

Wednesday, March 29 2017: "Marketing tools and strategies for barristers: Three perspectives" Presented by Tean Kerr, Partner, Lander & Rogers; Michael Green SC, Level 22 Chamber and Jeh Coutinho, Clerk, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Michelle Painter SC. For full details please download a flyer here

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

Coming up in CPD this week

Tue Mar 28 2017

Wednesday, March 29 2017: "Marketing tools and strategies for barristers: Three perspectives" Presented by Tean Kerr, Partner, Lander & Rogers; Michael Green SC, Level 22 Chamber and Jeh Coutinho, Clerk, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Michelle Painter SC. 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

Thursday, March 30 2017:"Family Provision claims: recent decisions and practical tips" Presented by Michelle Painter SC and Despina Christofis. Chaired byJane Needham SC. 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.

Katrina Dawson Award

Mon Mar 27 2017

Katrina Dawson was a much loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. She was tragically killed during the Lindt Cafe siege. The Katrina Dawson Award seeks to encourage women to practise at the bar. The award is open to women who have passed the New South Wales Bar exam and committed to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award. Learn more here.