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ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Thu Jul 25 2019
Registrations closing 5 August

As you will be aware the conference ‘Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives’ will explore the nuances between the two jurisdictions and discuss various areas where we can learn from each other. Join the ABA and your trans-Tasman colleagues for this exciting 1.5 day conference.

Looking for a luxury escape? Stay at the Hotel St Moritz and be treated to wrap around views from Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range. Simply select St Moritz as your accommodation option during registration.

For more information on the conference, activities and social events, visit https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/

We look forward to welcoming you New Zealand.

Balancing parental responsibilities at the Bar - Lunch time seminar

Thu Jul 25 2019
Practice support

Thinking about taking parental leave or returning from leave? No baby in sight but worried about what to do if one does fall into your lap? An informal round-table lunch will be held on 2 August 2019 in the Bar Common Room with a panel of would-be experts on hand to answer questions and dispel myths, including Sophie Callan, Michael Burke, Danielle New and Madeline Hall. Lunch will be provided at no charge (children are welcome).

Please RSVP to Ting Lim at the Bar Association by Wednesday, 31 July 2019 (for catering purposes).

Bar FC victorious over Sydney Business School

Thu Jul 25 2019
Wellbeing

The season first appearance by Captain Simon Philips saw a return to the Bar’s winning ways today with a well earned 1-0 win over the South American laden Sydney Business School. Under Phillip’s steady hand, d’Arville, Griscti, Fredericks and Munro all played well to fend off the midfield attacks on goal. When lucky enough to get away a shot, Goalkeeper Harris continued his great run of form with an excellent save from close range.

A warm welcome to debutante Stephen Dametto who slotted comfortably into the midfield and later up front.

The goal came from a great free kick taken by Anthony Canceri. Hit with venom, a slight touch from a defenders head saw the goalkeeper beaten and the back of the net bulge.

Next week sees Bar FC (now in third position) take on the leaders Pendal FC at 1.15 pm on 1 August 2019 on top of the Domain Car Park. Come and join us as we continue our preparation for the final series.

Today’s team was as follows:

  • SIMON PHILIPS (C)
  • IVAN GRISCTI
  • GEOFF O’SHEA
  • JOEL COOK
  • JEH COUTINHO
  • STEPHEN DAMETTO
  • SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS
  • JOHN TSANG
  • JOHN HARRIS (GK)
  • GLEN FREDERICKS
  • ANDY MUNRO
  • ANAIS D’ARVILLE
  • ANTHONY CANCERI

Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) - tomorrow

Wed Jul 24 2019
Inform. Engage. Inspire.

Following last year's success, the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Conference and Innovation Dinner returns in 2019 to host more than 50 Australian and international leaders in law, innovation and technology.

FLIP Conference and Innovation Dinner 2019 will be held on Thursday, 25 July 2019, from 8.00am to 10.00pm at the Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street Sydney.

The Bar Association is a proud supporter of the FLIP Conference and Innovation Dinner 2019 and two practising barristers, Talitha Fishburn and Philippe Doyle Gray will participate in The Great Debate on "The impending uberisation of the legal profession". Discounted tickets for the NSW Bar Association members priced at Law Society of NSW member rates, representing savings of over $800 per ticket.

To take advantage of this special offer, visit the Bar Association's website and log into your member dashboard using the sign-in on the top-right hand corner of the page. When your login is accepted, click on your name again to access your dashboard.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Wed Jul 24 2019
Conferences

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Peter Cummings SC, Suzanne Christie SC and Kim Morrissey. Please note that Seville and Lisbon are popular destinations and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended.

For more information visit their website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

UNSW 2019 Mason Conversation with the Hon Michael McHugh AC QC

Wed Jul 24 2019

Presented by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW, the 2019 Mason Conversation features The Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC in conversation with Professor George Williams AO.

The Mason Conversation is a series named in honour of Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM marking his outstanding generosity and contribution over decades to the University of New South Wales. As well as a distinguished career in the law, including as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1987-95), Sir Anthony was the fifth Chancellor of the University of New South Wales between 1994 and 1999 and the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

When: Monday 5 August 2019 Time: 5.45pm - 7.30pm Where: Banco Court, Level 13 - Law Courts Building, 184 Philip Street Sydney, 2000

The talk will start promptly at 6.00pm and will be followed by a short networking reception at 7.00pm.

For more information and to register, click here.

2019 Industrial Bar social function

Wed Jul 24 2019
Collegiality

Members are cordially invited to the 2019 Industrial Bar social drinks function.

The event has been organised by the Industrial Employment Health & Safety Committee which assists Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and engages with barristers practising in these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members.

When: Thursday, 15 August 2019 Time: 6pm start Where: Hotel CBD - Club Bar (52 King St, Sydney)

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Class actions and law reform

Wed Jul 24 2019
Continuing Professional Development

The next Commercial Law Section CPD seminar will be held on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

The seminar presented by Elizabeth Collins SC, Jonathon Redwood and Rebecca Gilsenan, and chaired by The Hon Justice Julie Ward, Chief Judge in Equity, will consider possible legislative reforms and changes in practice and procedure arising from the ALRC’s final report and related judicial developments. For full details please click here.

Senior Counsel Applications for 2019 now open

Tue Jul 23 2019
To all members of the outer Bar

President Tim Game SC invites applications for Senior Counsel for 2019. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects.

Applications must be submitted online, no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Nisbet at the NSW Bar Association on 9232 4055.

The Online Court

Tue Jul 23 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 7 August the Bar Association's Common Law Committee will host a CPD seminar: "The Online Court", to be presented by District Court Registrar James Howard. The seminar will examine and explain practical aspects of the Online Court, established by Practice Note DC (Civil) No.1B, and which applies to all matters in the General List in the District Court Sydney from 1 October 2018. Learn more here.

Tonight: A litigator’s guide to electronic evidence

Tue Jul 23 2019
Tuesday, July 23 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Tuesday 23 July, at 5.15pm, Clinton Towers CA CISA, Director, Access Forensics will present a seminar titled 'A litigator’s guide to electronic evidence'. This presentation will provide an overview of computer forensics, how electronic evidence can benefit your case and the issues associated with handling and managing a case with electronic evidence. For full details please click here.

Improving Arbitration Procedure: Tips and Traps for an Efficient Process

Tue Jul 23 2019
31 July 2019

You are invited to attend a stimulating panel discussion on tips and trips for improving arbitration proceedings so that it is a more time and cost efficient process. In particular, the seminar will be examining some of the key differences between arbitration and litigation in terms of collection, production and presentation of evidence (both documentary and from witnesses/experts), as well as differences in the ways in which parties put forward case arguments in arbitration as opposed to litigation. The focus of these discussions will be to highlight that, while arbitration is a vigorous legal process with demanding standards of proof, the procedural flexibility afforded to the parties by the arbitration process (when used effectively) allows for a more streamlined and condensed proceeding.

Moderator: Jo Delaney, Baker McKenzie

Panellists: Andrew Battison, Norton Rose Fulbright; Brenda Horrigan, Herbert Smith Freehills; Cameron Hassall, Clifford Chance; and Daniel Meltz, 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers. Proudly sponsored by global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, the discussion will be followed by drinks and canapés. Although the event is free of charge, registration is essential.

Click here for more information and to register.

Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2019 Time: 5.45 pm – 7.00 pm (with networking drinks until 7.30pm) Venue: Norton Rose Fulbright, Grosvenor Place, Level 18, 225 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 RSVP: By no later than Friday, 27 July 2019

2019 CIArb Australia Accelerated Route Towards Membership (ARF) course 24 – 25 August 2019

Tue Jul 23 2019

Providing a fast-track route towards Membership through the CIArb International Arbitration Pathway, the course has been designed for busy, legally qualified professionals who have some unassessed knowledge of international arbitration. The aim of the program is to assess whether the candidate has the knowledge required to understand the process of international arbitration. The course is a pathway to CIArb accreditation which carries a global qualification in the growing practice of international arbitration.

Faculty: Paul Hayes QC (Course Director), Dever’s List, Melbourne and 39 Essex Chambers, London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Dr Vicky Priskich, Barrister and Arbitrator, Victorian Bar.

Course Venue: Victorian Bar Council Chambers Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East 205 William Street, Melbourne, Australia

Course Fee: $2,500 (incl GST) which covers cost of tutorials, course materials, exam fees, lunch and morning/afternoon tea.

Places are strictly limited and registrations close by COB on Monday, 29 July 2019.

Please note this is the only ARM course to be conducted in 2019.

For full details and registration, please click here.

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Tue Jul 23 2019
Registrations closing 5 August

As you will be aware the conference ‘Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives’ will explore the nuances between the two jurisdictions and discuss various areas where we can learn from each other. Join the ABA and your trans-Tasman colleagues for this exciting 1.5 day conference.

Looking for a luxury escape? Stay at the Hotel St Moritz and be treated to wrap around views from Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range. Simply select St Moritz as your accommodation option during registration.

For more information on the conference, activities and social events, visit https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/

We look forward to welcoming you New Zealand.

Council of Law Reporting for NSW 50th anniversary writing competition

Tue Jul 23 2019

Since its incorporation pursuant to the Council of Law Reporting Act (1969) the Council of Law Reporting for NSW has been publishing the authorised law reports of NSW.

To commemorate its 50th anniversary, the Council is holding a writing competition and invites you to answer the question: What do you think is the most memorable judgment that has been reported in the NSW Law Reports?

For more information and to enter click here.

2019 Common Law Drinks

Mon Jul 22 2019

Collegiality

The Common Law Committee & the President of the Bar Association would like to invite all NSW Bar Members to the 2019 Common Law Drinks to be held on Level 1 of the Angel Hotel (125 Pitt St) on Thursday, 29 August. The Guest of Honour, will be the Hon Justice Michael Slattery AM RAN, who will say a few words on the evening.

Tickets to the drinks are $75 for judges and barristers over five years and $55 for clerks and barristers under five years. The function will start at 5.15pm and drinks and canapés will be served from then onwards, RSVPs are due by COB 20 August. Please visit the website for details on how to register.

This event is once again proudly supported by BarCover.

Advocacy Skills workshop

Mon Jul 22 2019
Coming up in CPD – 8 & 9 November

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise that it will be offering an Advocacy Skills workshop specifically for those 3-5 years out who are looking for an opportunity to practice trial and contested hearing techniques and strategies with the assistance of a faculty of experienced instructors who offer constructive and practical suggestions to improve the advocacy of each individual participant.

Each workshop involves instruction, performance and review of the skills, disciplines and techniques involved in good advocacy. Participants will use specifically developed materials to prepare set advocacy tasks from a case study, then examine and cross examine witness as well as present argument before the decision maker.

Places will be limited on the workshop so please register an expression of interest for the workshop now by providing your details here. In recognition of the importance of this training the workshop will be provided at a subsidised rate to all NSW Bar Association members. The cost for the workshop will be $475, which includes a PDF copy of “The AAI Advocacy Manual” for each participant.

The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program

Mon Jul 22 2019
Coming up in CPD – 12th October 2019

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise that it will be offering The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program. The aim of the Program is to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This is a very practical course which recognizes the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. It involves advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In particular, appropriate questioning techniques, the role and use of witness intermediaries and the Memory Research published by the Commission, all in the context of the vulnerable witness.

Places will be limited on the workshop so please register an expression of interest for the workshop now by providing your details here. In recognition of the importance of this training the workshop will be provided at a subsidised rate to all NSW Bar Association members. The cost for the workshop will be $650, which includes a PDF copy of “The AAI Advocacy Manual” for each participant.

Balancing parental responsibilities at the Bar

Mon Jul 22 2019
Practice support

Thinking about taking parental leave or returning from leave? No baby in sight but worried about what to do if one does fall into your lap? An informal round-table lunch will be held on 2 August 2019 in the Bar Common Room with a panel of would-be experts on hand to answer questions and dispel myths, including Sophie Callan, Michael Burke, Danielle New and Madeline Hall. Lunch will be provided at no charge (children are welcome). Please RSVP to Ting Lim at the Bar Association by Wednesday, 31 July 2019 (for catering purposes).

Female Law Students Open Day

Mon Jul 22 2019
Inclusion and Diversity

The Bar Association seeks volunteers to assist in running the Female Law Students Open Day on the morning of Friday, 16 August 2019. Volunteers are needed to take groups of students to meet with judges, to see the courts in operation and to answer queries the students may have about life as a barrister. The Open Day provides students with an opportunity to gain some insight into the workings of the Bar, and is conducted to encourage students to consider a career as a barrister. If you are able to volunteer your time between the hours of 8.45am and 12.30pm please email Ting Lim.

The Hon David Anthony Hunt AO QC (1935-2019)

Mon Jul 22 2019
Vale

The Honorable David Hunt, former barrister, chief judge of the Common Law Division and judge of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has died. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

James Henry Staunton AO CBE QC (1922-2019)

Mon Jul 22 2019
Vale

James Henry Staunton CBE AO QC former barrister and chief judge of the District Court of NSW from 1972 to 1994 died on 21 July 2019. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

Recognition in keeping with the Constitution: A worthwhile project

Fri Jul 19 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Hon Murray Gleeson AM QC last night delivered a paper concerning Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians through the provision of a Voice to Parliament. The former Chief Justice of Australia said: "It is difficult to see any objection in principle to the creation of a body to advice Parliament about proposed laws relating to Indigenous affairs, and specifically about special laws enacted under the race power which, in its practical operation, is now a power to make laws about Indigenous people". A copy of the paper is available here.