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Room for licence

Wed Jul 18 2018

Samuel Griffith Chambers welcomes expressions of interest for an internal room available to be licenced for a period of twelve months.

The room would suit a barrister who has recently finished their reading or is in their first couple of years at the Bar. Samuel Griffith Chambers is one of Sydney's leading Floors for criminal defence barristers. The room is a perfect stepping stone for someone who has recently come to the bar and is looking to settle into Chambers where they can gain experience, particularly in the area of criminal trials, surrounded by experienced colleagues. We look forward to hearing from applicants eager to join this busy Floor.

For further information or to express your interest, please contact the Clerk on 9267 4955 or email clerk@sgchambers.com.au

rise2018 National Conference Super special - calling the junior bar - save $745!

Wed Jul 18 2018
Conferences

Allocation almost sold out!

Register now to secure one of the last remaining places. Limited to the first 50 Junior Bar delegates to register for the Australian Bar Association/New South Wales Bar Association rise2018 National Conference. For further information including the conference program and to register visit the conference website. Special registration includes:

  • two-day full conference access
  • welcome reception at Pier One, Sydney Harbour
  • formal dinner at The Cutaway, Barangaroo
  • conference materials and merchandise

Part-time employment opportunities for First Nations law students

Wed Jul 18 2018
Diversity

Do you need some clerical and administrative or research assistance to run your practice or the Clerk’s office? If the answer is yes - why not employ a First Nations law student? There are some law students currently looking for this opportunity.

As part of the Bar Association's Reconciliation Action Plan, all barristers, clerks and Chambers are encouraged to identify part-time employment opportunities for 2018 for First Nations law students.

Ideally, this would be for a day or half day a week on a regular basis doing loose-leaf filing, administrative or clerical tasks for first and second year students and including research tasks for more senior students. Longer periods during university vacation is also a wonderful opportunity for the students. Also, a group of barristers could engage one student and share the work load and costs.

This initiative needs the ongoing support of more members of the NSW Bar to ensure its continued success. Learning how the Bar works and the role of barristers as well as some financial security significantly contributes to the success of the students in their law studies.

Please contact Chris Ronalds AO SC on ronalds@fjc.net.au or 9229 7378 if you have any employment opportunities or questions

Bar Knitting Group

Wed Jul 18 2018
Wellbeing

The next meeting of the Bar Knitting Group will be held on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles, and wool etc. If you don’t have a project, or don’t know how to knit/crochet and want to learn, come along for expert instruction. Warming refreshments will be on offer.

Reminder: applications for appointment as senior counsel are open

Wed Jul 18 2018
Senior counsel 2018

President Arthur Moses SC has invited applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2018. Applications must be completed online. The deadline for applications is Monday, 30 July at 5.00pm. The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales. Applications must be completed online and must include a photograph. It is intended the names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October.

Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) – J4R Update

Wed Jul 18 2018

Since it began operating in June 2016, RACS’ judicial review referral service for fast track applicants (J4R) has, with the invaluable assistance of members of the NSW Bar, provided 170 clients with pro bono advice on their prospects of success on judicial review. Of those, 64 advices identified reasonable prospects of success and the matters have been or will be run in the Federal Circuit Court. RACS is very grateful for the assistance you have provided to achieve this and know that the clients are as well. With more fast track applicants needing advice, RACS has secured funding for J4R for the solicitor and paralegal roles for this financial year to continue the service. So if there are any barristers who have not yet provided assistance, there is still an opportunity to do so. In lending your expertise you will be able to develop or enhance your administrative law skills and provide services to vulnerable clients who cannot reasonably be expected to pay for legal services themselves. High quality training materials are available. Contact To express interest in participating in J4R please contact Nadine Darling at RACS by phone on (02) 8317 6536 or by email on nadine.darling@racs.org.au. If you have already been participating and have capacity to provide an opinion at the moment we would also appreciate hearing from you.

Katrina Dawson Award - applications close 10 August 2018

Tue Jul 17 2018
Awards

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. Applications are now open and will close on 10 August 2018. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

“Making ADR Work: Core Issues for Mediators” at the ADR Masterclass 2018

Tue Jul 17 2018

Federal Court of Australia Registrars Tony Tesoriero and Kim Lackenby bring their insights and expertise to the ADR Masterclass 2018. Tony and Kim will join Scott Friedman, Director of Harris Friedman lawyers, Stephen Parbery, founder of PPB Advisory, and Max Kimber SC to discuss key issues facing mediators in the 21st century, including evolution and adaptation. Tickets are on sale now for the ADR Masterclass, a highly-respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution.

The Masterclass will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney and the theme for this year’s conference is “Making ADR work in a #fakenews world”. Speakers include the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon T F Bathurst AC and UNCITRAL rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick.

This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation but places are limited so register today to avoid disappointment! Click here to view the conference program and register now.

Appearing in Industrial Tribunals

Tue Jul 17 2018

On Thursday, 9 August 2018 Vice President J Catanzariti of the Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC will present "Appearing in Industrial Tribunals", a CPD seminar on rights of appearance, jurisdiction, practice notes and expectations of practitioners in the Fair Work Commission.

Lodin v Lodin and the Succession Act

Tue Jul 17 2018

On Tuesday, 24 July 2018 Philip Carr will present a CPD seminar on "Lodin v Lodin - the lessons learnt." The seminar will chaired by Lindsay Ellison SC. Learn more here.

Explanatory Note on the Judicial Process and Participation of Muslims

Tue Jul 17 2018

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), with the assistance of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales, has prepared an Explanatory Note on the Judicial Process and the Participation of Muslims. The Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity has asked the president of the NSW Bar Association to draw the Explanatory Note to the attention of members of the NSW Bar. Copies of the ANIC's public statement be accessed here.

John Carter's 30th Anniversary Journal of Contract Law Conference

Mon Jul 16 2018

Last chance to book for Emeritus Professor John Carter’s 30th Anniversary Journal of Contract Law Conference on Friday, 27 July 2018 at the NSW State Library. The conference will focus on smart contracts (Assistant Professor Eliza Mik); the limits of e-conveyancing (Dr Simon Blount); penalties post-Paciocco (Professor Elisabeth Peden); the CISG: a new common law? (Professor Howard Hunter); prohibitions on the assignment of contracts (Dr Greg Tolhurst); mitigation and remoteness (Associate Professor Katy Barnett); and causation and mitigation (Associate Professor Wayne Courtney). See the complete program here. Don’t miss out, register now.

Mentoring for a moot

Mon Jul 16 2018
Call for volunteers

The Indigenous Barristers Trust is looking for volunteers to assist with the fourth annual Mooting Competition of Australia's First Peoples for First Nations law students an NSW universities, providing an opportunity for them to develop and showcase their advocacy skills in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Interested barristers will act as mentors to participating students over a ten day period from Monday 23 July to Thursday 2 August.

We are looking for barristers who are able to assist in the preparation of written submissions (due 30 July) as well as offer advice on advocacy skills. Contact with the student may be in person or by phone and email. Please note that some of the students may be in their first or second year of law.

The preliminary rounds will be held on Thursday 2 August.

The semi-finals, the grand final and awards ceremony will be held on Friday 3 August.

If you are interested in assisting please let Chris Ronalds SC know at ronalds@fjc.net.au. She will let you know by Monday 23 July whether you have been allocated a team.

Law Reform and Public Affairs

Mon Jul 16 2018
A message from President Arthur Moses SC

The Bar Association’s input is being sought more than ever on policy issues. Our policy work is one of the key functions under our Strategic Plan, which acknowledges that “informed public debate and the provision of legal expertise to law reform proposals is crucial to the maintenance of the rule of law in society and the administration of justice” and to this end contains the strategic objective “To continue the role of the New South Wales Bar Association, collectively and through individual members, as a voice on issues relating to the administration of justice.”

Over the 2017-18 financial year, the Association’s Law Reform and Public Affairs Department finalised 102 submissions to Government, statutory bodies such as such as the NSW Law Reform Commission, Parliamentary Committees and the Courts. The number of submissions has increased from 70 the previous year.

The expertise of our members is being sought and provided to Government on a wide range of issues and in many cases proposed legislation has been amended to reflect our concerns. This policy work is increasingly important now, more than ever, in the light of the absence of specialist policy units such as the former Criminal Law Review Division which had been located in the Attorney General’s Department.

I would like the thank the Association’s team of policy lawyers along with members of our Committees, Sections and Working Parties for their contribution to this key aspect of our operations.

Walkley award-winning journalist joins the ADR Masterclass 2018

Mon Jul 16 2018

Announcing that Gold Walkley-winning journalist and lawyer Richard Ackland AM will be joining Garry McGrath SC at the ADR Masterclass to share their thoughts on making ADR work in a #fakenews world. The ADR Masterclass is a highly respected one-day CPD conference dedicated to alternative dispute resolution and will be held on Saturday 11 August from 9-5.30pm at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.

Masterclass speakers include the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon T F Bathurst AC, and UNCITRAL rapporteur Professor Khory McCormick. Tickets are $300 for members of the NSW Bar Association and $340 for Non-Members. This event will contribute to CPD Hours, including under the NMAS mediation accreditation scheme, but places are limited so get in quick! Click here to register now.

New version of Motor Accident Guidelines

Fri Jul 13 2018

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority has today published the new iteration of the Motor Accidents Guidelines as at 13 July 2018, which replaces the previous version published on 30 April 2018 View the new guidelines.

Appearing in Industrial Tribunals

Thu Jul 12 2018

On Thursday, 9 August 2018 Vice President J Catanzariti of the Fair Work Commission and Ingmar Taylor SC will present "Appearing in Industrial Tribunals", a CPD seminar on rights of appearance, jurisdiction, practice notes and expectations of practitioners in the Fair Work Commission.

Bar FC hitting form at the right time

Thu Jul 12 2018
Wellbeing

With Patchildinho back from Russia and providing recently learnt tactical assistance, Bar FC won today's fixture against Sydney Business School 2-0. Notwithstanding a very physical contest, Bar FC maintained its composure and played some of the best football seen in the Domain for some time.

A perfectly placed free kick by Coutinho found the glancing head of Hartford Davis who guided the ball off a defender and into the back of the net. The second goal was one of beauty. Played out from the back, a switch of play by Canceri, a wonderful centre kick followed to find the returning Di Michiel unmarked and ready to bury the ball into the back of the net. Bar FC then defended valiantly to see out the win.

Great individual performances across the park meant that there was no player of the match today. Bar FC were happy to welcome debutante Dewashish Adhikary who displayed some deft touches and soon looked at home amongst the fold.

Next week sees us take on the current wooden spooners, BT Financial on Thursday 19 July at 1.15 p.m. Hopefully another win will aid our late run up the ladder. All friends and supporters are welcome.

Today’s team was as follows:

  • SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS (C)
  • DAVID LARISH
  • HUGH MORRISON
  • TIMOTHY BOYLE
  • RICHARD DI MICHIEL
  • ANTHONY CANCERI
  • NICOLE COMPTON
  • GEOFF O’SHEA
  • ANAIS D’ARVILLE
  • JEH COUTINHO
  • FARAZ MAGHAMI
  • ANTHONY CHAD (GK)
  • IVAN GRISCTI
  • PATCHALDINHO
  • DEWASHISH ADHIKARY

Childcare in Phillip Street

Thu Jul 12 2018
Member services and benefits

The NSW Bar Association childcare offering includes The Pavilion Centre, located at level 4, 146 Phillip Street. Guardian Early Learning Group has places allocated for children and grandchildren of NSW Bar Association members and chambers staff at the Pavilion and two other centres in the Sydney CBD (Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre located at 9 Castlereagh Street and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, located at 1 Bligh Street).

NSW Bar Association members and chambers staff receive priority for a limited number of guaranteed places.

More information about the Pavilion centre is available here. More information about the childcare offering in general is available on our website.

Appointment of acting deputy senior crown prosecutors

Wed Jul 11 2018

Brendan Campbell, Neil Adams, Philip Hogan, Nanette Williams and David Scully have been appointed as Acting Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutors for the period commencing on 16 July 2018 and expiring on 15 July 2019.

District Court practice note

Tue Jul 10 2018

The Hon Justice D M Price AM, chief judge of the District Court, has published Criminal Practice Note 15 - Sentence Matters, which will commence on 30 July. Learn more here.

Common Law Practice Update 106

Tue Jul 10 2018

The Bar Association has published Common Law Practice Update 106, with case notes on sections 44, 58 and 63 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sections 5B, 5K and 5L of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); occupiers liability; limitation periods; medical negligence and more. Download CLPU 106.

Lodin v Lodin and the Succession Act

Tue Jul 10 2018

On Tuesday, 24 July 2018 Philip Carr will present a CPD seminar on "Lodin v Lodin - the lessons learnt." The seminar will chaired by Lindsay Ellison SC. Learn more here.