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New Barristers Committee Breakfast

Fri Jun 09 2017

The New Barristers Committee would like to invite you to attend the June breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. James Glissan ESM QC and Roger Marshall SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas.

Celebrate Refugee Week

Fri Jun 09 2017

The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) invites members to celebrate Refugee Week on Monday, 19 June 2017 between 6.00pm - 7.30pm in the offices of Gilbert + Tobin, Level 35, Tower Two, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo. RSVP by Tuesday, 13 June 2017 to Eimear O’Sullivan.

Tutorials in Australian Legal History

Fri Jun 09 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History is once again presenting a series of tutorials on Australian legal history. All tutorials will be presented in the Banco Court. Each tutorial will commence at 5.15pm and conclude at 6.15pm. There is one final tutorial scheduled for the first half of the year:

  • The History of Property Law - old system title by the Hon John Bryson QC: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Further tutorials are planned for the second half of the year, including The History of Criminal Law by Chief Justice Bathurst on Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

Voice & Performance Skills for Barristers

Fri Jun 09 2017
Tuesday, 20 & Tuesday, 27 June 2017

"Voice and performance coaching should in my view form an integral part of all advocacy training” - Justice Johann Kriegler Former Constitutional Court and Appeal Court Judge, South Africa

Location

NSW Bar Association Common Room

Open to

Any practising barrister Limited numbers (max 12)

Content

Session 1 | Opening Address and Closing Submission

  • Story telling appropriate for the courtroom
  • Physical and vocal presence
  • Managing speech and vocal mannerisms
  • Using gesture
  • Controlling your content and your audience
  • Staying calm under pressure

Session 2 | Examination of witnesses

  • Listening to the witness
  • Controlling the rhythm in examination
  • Buying time to think and navigate
  • Keeping the Judge in the communication
  • Managing nerves
  • Personalized feedback

Lead Facilitators

Lucy Cornell, Founder of Voice Coach

Christina Koch, Lead Voice Coach, Sydney

Investment

$800 per person http://www.voicecoach.net/advocates

Voice Coach has trained court advocates for 10 years in 5 jurisdictions over 14 intensive mock trial courses alongside faculties of silks and judges. 4 CPD Points | Barristers' Skills strand

NSW Recorded Crime Statistics Quarterly Update

Thu Jun 08 2017

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has released the March 2017 Quarterly Update of NSW Recorded Crime Statistics, which show that none of the major crime categories have increased in NSW in the last 24 months. Nevertheless, the state-wide result conceals significant increases for particular offences in some rural and regional areas, particularly stealing and breaking and entering. View the report here.

Barrister’s trust money account – Fees in Advance

Wed Jun 07 2017
A reminder that External Examination Reports are due to the Bar Council today.

If you have received fees in advance – that is, as described in the legislation, money on account of legal costs for legal services in advance of the provision by the barrister of the legal services – then clause 15 (2) (h) of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 requires a barrister to appoint an External Examiner to carry out an examination of the account for the period 1 July 2015 to 31 March 2017.

A copy of the approved External Examination form is available on the Bar Association’s website under the heading "Fees in Advance" here. Links to the legislation, and further information, can be found on the Bar Association website using this link.

Please contact the Bar Association’s Legal Officer, Angela Huang, on 9232 4055 or pcd@nswbar.asn.au if you have any queries.

Investment in the justice system needed to reduce delays

Wed Jun 07 2017

New South Wales Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC has welcomed today’s announcement by the State Government that it will invest in two new courtrooms with state of the art facilities, but cautioned that more than this is needed to have any real impact on delays in the criminal justice system. He has asked that the government give additional funding for the justice system in the NSW Budget. View his media release here.

Attorney General Mark Speakman and Treasurer Perrottet announced today that $8.5 million will be spent on two new trial courts at the Downing Centre in Sydney’s CBD, and on a new State Parole Authority hearing room at the Sydney West Trial Courts in Parramatta, which will free up a courtroom for trials there.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Wed Jun 07 2017

The next meeting of the Bar Book club will be at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 in the Bar Library. The book for this meeting is The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre. Reviews and recommendations abound. Light refreshments will be served. If you are coming from outside the building, please make sure to get here before the lock out at 6.00pm – or call the library 9233 4025 for admission.

BAR FC thwarted at the death

Tue Jun 06 2017

Bar FC managed to contrive yet another loss yesterday by snatching defeat from the jaws of an honourable draw with the last action of a very even contest.

We started under sunny skies against Factset Athletico FC (and the watchful eyes of Ward CJ in Eq, Lindsay J and other keen supporters) with the welcome return of prodigal sons Free and d'Arville strengthening a lineup weakened by the (late) withdrawals of Di Michael and Hogan Doran. Santucci was also a very welcome late inclusion, materialising to the the acting managers delight unexpectedly on the sideline midway through the first half.

Kuklik (in place of the injured Harris) started brilliantly in goals, coming off his line with aplomb to repel a couple of early raids. Free and d’Arville dominated the centre of the park, combining well with Rico and Monteith. The defence of Griscti, Covell, Boyle and Philips seemed to have things mostly under control, but let things slip after about 15 minutes to allow the opposition centre mid to run of and slip a nice shot past Kuklik to go 1-0 up.

So Bar FC was unlucky to be down 1-0 at half time. Santucci was strongly encouraged to get some goals and early in the second half he duly obliged, running on to a lovely through ball from Boyle (after some great passing play down the right starting with Covell) and calmly slotting a low shot past the holes opposing keeper. Back to a deserved 1-1.

Soon after, we went 2-1 down against the run of play when the referee rewarded an excellent Boyle tackle with a mystifying free kick on the edge of the box and our opponent’s playmaker calmly lofted a brilliantly free kick over the wall and into the top left corner - nothing Kuklik could do about that.

Bar FC responded well to this setback, and were quickly back on level terms with an OG from a defenders head following strong pressure from Santucci and Rico chasing down and bobbling cross/shot from Free. 2-2 after Bar FC had scored a second goal in a game for the first time this season, and at least a draw looked likely with the score remaining 2-2 until the very last minute.

One last hopeful punt downfield was expertly dealt with by Kuklik, who took out the opposing striker and the ball with a brilliant (but legal) full body challenge right on the edge of the area and sent the ball spinning out for a goal kick. With only a few seconds left, the added managerial responsibilities took their toll on a weary Captain Philips who managed for the first time all day to drag the ensuing goal kick lazily straight to the opposition striker who, unmarked on the edge of the box, managed to get round a valiant Kuklik and get a cross in to another unmarked player who, despite flailing efforts (i.e. deliberate handballs) by both Philips and Covell, was able to force the ball home with literally the last kick of the game to ensure Bar FC recorded another heartbreaking but undeserved loss.

Special mention must go to Covell and Kuklik who were lionhearted in defence and goals respectively, Free, Boyle and d’Arville who dominated the middle and Santucci for really pressuring the opposition defence.

With effort like this being displayed week in week out, Sir Alex still believes a win is not far away. Next weeks game is on Tuesday 13 June 2017 at 1.15 p.m. against Investors Mutual.

Practising certificate renewals - avoid the statutory late fee

Tue Jun 06 2017
Renewals Update #5

All practising certificate renewal documentation must be received by the Bar Association tomorrow, 7 June 2017 otherwise a late fee applies

DO NOT WAIT until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.
Not intending to renew your practising certificate?

If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records.

If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the Certification Officer, Barrie Anthony ph: (02) 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

LAWSKI 2017 - 3 to 6 August 2017

Tue Jun 06 2017

That time has come again and the annual LAWSKI weekend will be held at Thredbo between 3 to 6 August 2017.

LAWSKI (formerly the Lawyers Ski and Snowboard Race) has been held annually in Thredbo since 1990. The event has grown to the stage where lawyers and barristers from all over New South Wales and interstate, attend the weekend. While the LAWSKI weekend generally reaches its capacity of 350, the race itself attracts nearly 200 lawyers and barristers, both skiers and snowboarders, to the starting gate. The event also attracts many non-racing skiers and boarders together with many guests who just enjoy the off mountain/apres events.

The event consists of the:

  • AUDREY WILKINSON REGISTRATION PARTY (SYDNEY) - The Flynn;
  • 'LAW IN ORDER' 'FREEZE DOWN' DRINKS - Piano Lounge Bar, Thredbo Alpine Hotel;
  • RACE COURSE TRAINING - Rossignol Race Course, Thredbo (Snowgums Mid-station);
  • LAWYERS' SKI AND SNOWBOARD RACE;
  • POST-RACE LUNCH - Mumm Poolside Bar, Thredbo Alpine Hotel; and
  • SKIMAX PRESENTATION DINNER - Kosciuszko Room, Thredbo Alpine Hotel.

This year SKIMAX will once again be giving away two amazing prizes to LAWSKI attendees: 5 nights in a platinum rated, 3-bedroom residence at Vail Residences at Hotel Talisa and 7 nights in a twin share room at the New Furano Prince Hotel. But even if you are not one of the 2 lucky LAWSKI-ers to win one of this year’s SKIMAX trips, you can still be a winner – SKIMAX continues to provide an exceptional discount to ALL LAWSKI participants for their Southern or Northern Hemisphere ski bookings.

Registrations now open. Be quick as the last few years have seen a sell-out.

For more details visit http://www.lawski.com.au.

New Barristers Committee Breakfast

Tue Jun 06 2017

A New Barristers Committee Breakfast will be held next Tuesday, 13 June 2017 from 8.00am to 9.30am at Silks, hosted by James Glissan ESM QC and Roger Marshall SC. RSVP to Greg Antipas.

Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner dedicated to the legal profession

Mon Jun 05 2017

The Muslim Legal Network (NSW) is once again hosting its Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner.

The Iftar dinner is being held during the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan, a month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

The event provides an opportunity for legal practitioners to network and share in a meal to mark the breaking of a fast. In so doing, it seeks to achieve one of the objectives of Ramadan, which is to bring people together.

The key note speaker for the night is the Hon Justice Stephen Rothman. The guest speaker will be Shaykh Haisam Farache, Religious Scholar and Principal at Garrison Lawyers. Book your place here.

Clerks' Conference and Dinner

Mon Jun 05 2017

The 2017 Clerks' Conference and Dinner will take place on Friday, 21 July 2017. It will be held in ‘The Loft’ at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont.

The conference will again be chaired by the fabulous, Jean Kittson. Keynote presentations and workshops will focus on the development, marketing and administration of chambers; from the day to day as well as the long term legal obligations we have as Clerks running our Chambers. For full details please download the invitation here. To register please click here

Following the conference the Clerks' dinner will be held in at the South Pier, Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont. As usual, clerks will be able to invite members of their chambers to the dinner. To RSVP please click here

The NSW Barristers’ Clerks Association will be donating $20 from each dinner ticket sold to The Katrina Dawson Foundation.’

Junior Drinks June 2017

Fri Jun 02 2017

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues on Thursday, 15 June 2017 at the Verandah Bar from 5.30pm.

Practising certificate renewals 2017-18

Fri Jun 02 2017
Update #4

You only have a few days to avoid the statutory late fee. All practising certificate renewal documentation must be received by the Bar Association on or before Wednesday, 7 June 2017 otherwise a late fee applies.

DO NOT WAIT until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment. Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.

Not intending to renew your practising certificate?

If you have decided not to renew your practising certificate this year, would you please advise us in writing that this is your intention so we can note our records.

If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the Certification Officer, Barrie Anthony ph9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

NCAT returning to the Gosford Gateway Centre

Fri Jun 02 2017

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) hearings will return to the Gosford Gateway Centre in mid-July. The refurbished facility will provide improved facilities to tribunal users, including two hearing rooms and five conciliation rooms. View the attorney's media release here.