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Save the date - 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' fundraising event

Wed Oct 18 2017
Charity at the New South Wales Bar

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to save the date for the 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' fundraising event in support of the Tribal Warriors Aboriginal Corporation, a not-for-profit community organisation initiated and directed by Aboriginal people with Aboriginal Elders on Friday 3 November 2017 from 5pm.

Hosted by New Chambers, the 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' event will feature contestants including Lloyd Babb SC, Kate Morgan SC, Arthur Moses SC and Kara Shead SC.

For further information please visit https://www.nswbar.asn.au/for-members/events

ABA Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive

Wed Oct 18 2017
Continuing Professional Development

The Australian Bar Association's Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive will be held in Sydney on 22 – 26 January 2018. Applications close on 31 October 2017. This is a residential five day course that will develop your skills as an experienced barrister. The course focuses on developing your strengths in addressing, examining-in-chief and cross-examining. The coaching faculty will include Federal and Supreme Court judges, Australian and international counsel from New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, as well as professional performance coaches with expertise in voice, movement and impact. Learn more here.

Tonight: Forbes Society Legal History Tutorial

Wed Oct 18 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History will hold its tutorial tonight, 18 October 2017 at 5.15pm in the Banco Court. Chief Justice Tom Bathurst AC will be discussing the history of criminal law.

2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and Centenary Conference

Wed Oct 18 2017

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will delivered by The Hon James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia on 1 November 2017 at 5.30 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room.

The 2017 Annual Lecture will be preceded by the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference, to celebrate the life and times of the late Sir Maurice Byers CBE QC on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The Conference will be held from 2.00pm - 5.00pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. To view the 2017 conference program please click here.

All are welcome to attend.

Click hereTo RSVP for your place at the 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference.

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055. The Maurice Byers Centenary Conference is convened by Maurice Byers Chambers. For more information about the Conference please contact Andrew Naylor or Melissa Brown on 02 8233 0300.

Save the date : 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Wed Oct 18 2017

The 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. The conference offers 5 CPD points.

Speaker details and online registration will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - this Friday

Wed Oct 18 2017

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts His Honour Judge J Bennett SC and Magistrate Tsavdaridis for breakfast in Parramatta on 20 October 2017 from 8am. The breakfast will be held at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta.

Drop in for a short(or long) time from 8:00am – 9:30am.

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Corrie Goodhand, 8th Floor Selborne Chambers, at: cgoodhand@eightselborne.com.

INSLM Statutory Deadline Reviews

Tue Oct 17 2017
National security

On 16 October 2017 the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor published the reports on Statutory Deadline Reviews covering: Division 3A of Part 1AA of the Crimes Act (Stop, Search & Seize powers); Sections 119.2 and 119.3 of the Criminal Code (Declared Areas); and Divisions 104 and 105 of the Criminal Code (Control Orders & Preventative Detention Orders), including the interoperability of the control order regime and the High Risk Terrorist Offenders Act 2016. The reports are available on the INSLM website.

Workers Compensation Regulation Bulletin

Tue Oct 17 2017

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has published the Workers Compensation Regulation Bulletin, Issue 32, 10/2017. This edition features articles on "Access to community support services" and the launch of the Merit Review Portal: an online facility for workers to apply for a merit review of an insurer work capacity decision. View the bulletin on the SIRA website.

Amendments to the High Court Rules 2004

Tue Oct 17 2017
Practice and procedure

The High Court Amendment (Appeals and Other Matters) Rules 2017 have been published on the Federal Register of Legislation. These rules amend the appellate procedures in the High Court Rules 2004, expanding the timeline for filing of material in advance of the hearing of appeals. They also change the sequence and form of some of the material filed by the parties in appeals. Learn more here. An explanatory statement is available here. The High Court has also published Practice Direction No.1 of 2017 - Joint Book of Authorities, which takes effect in relation to matters set down for hearing after 1 January 2018. View the practice direction here.

CPD livestreamed to members

Mon Oct 16 2017
CPD tonight

Monday, October 16 2017: 'Crossing the line: Behaviour that gets barristers into trouble' Presented by Kate Eastman SC and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar will be livestreamed to members via the CPD Online platform at: https://www.nswbar.asn.au/live-stream/members

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

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Oct 16 2017

Thursday, October 19 2017: 'Choice of Court Agreements under an International Civil Law Act' Presented by Michael Douglas, University of Sydney Law School and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Please note this is a lunchtime seminar, commencing at 1 pm.

2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – All welcome

Mon Oct 16 2017
Charity at the bar

Members and their friends are invited to the 2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 27 October at Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from Wednesday 18 October 2017 at the Bar Association Reception. RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Tuesday 24 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact the Associations, Events Coordinator Erika Childs on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVPS Close 18 October 2017.

Mr David Bennett AC QC - Celebrating 50 Years at the Bar - This Friday

Mon Oct 16 2017
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for Mr David Bennett AC QC, celebrating his 50 years at the Bar. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 20 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Mr David Bennett AC QC will be Mr John Sheahan QC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm.

2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and Centenary Conference

Mon Oct 16 2017

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will delivered by The Hon James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia on 1 November 2017 at 5.30 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room.

The 2017 Annual Lecture will be preceded by the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference, to celebrate the life and times of the late Sir Maurice Byers CBE QC on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The Conference will be held from 2.00pm - 5.00pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. To view the 2017 conference program please click here.

All are welcome to attend.

Click hereTo RSVP for your place at the 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference.

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055. The Maurice Byers Centenary Conference is convened by Maurice Byers Chambers. For more information about the Conference please contact Andrew Naylor or Melissa Brown on 02 8233 0300.

Whitmore Lecture 2017

Fri Oct 13 2017
Lectures

The Council of Australasian Tribunals (COAT) invites members to the Whitmore Lecture 2017 "Separation of Powers – Dialogue and Deference", which will be delivered by the Hon Justice John Basten on Tuesday 17 October 2017 between 6.00pm and 7.30pm in the Banco Court, Queens Square. The lecture will be followed by light refreshments. This is a free event but bookings are essential by 16 October. Register here.

2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – All welcome

Fri Oct 13 2017
Charity at the bar

Members and their friends are invited to the 2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 27 October at Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from Wednesday 18 October at the Bar Association Reception. RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs have been extended until Tuesday 24 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact the Associations, Events Coordinator Erika Childs on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVPS Close 18 October 2017.

Coming up in CPD on Monday

Thu Oct 12 2017

Monday, October 16 2017: 'Crossing the line: Behaviour that gets barristers into trouble' Presented by Kate Eastman SC and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar will be livestreamed to members via the CPD Online platform at: https://www.nswbar.asn.au/live-stream/members

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

Party season savings - special offer from Guardian Early Learning Group

Thu Oct 12 2017
Member services and benefits

Between now and Christmas, Guardian Early Learning Group are offering $100 Mondays and/or Fridays for enrolled bar families currently seeking additional childcare days. This is being offered at select centres, including Castlereagh Street and Little Steps. More information, including terms and conditions, is available here.

Qld Bar Dispute Resolution Conference

Wed Oct 11 2017
Conferences

The Bar Association of Queensland will hold its Dispute Resolution Conference on Saturday, 28 - Sunday, 29 October at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast. Learn more here.

Appointments to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court

Wed Oct 11 2017
Appointments

The Hon John Pascoe AC CVO has been appointed as chief justice of the Family Court of Australia. In addition, William Alstergren QC has been appointed chief judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. View the attorney general's media release here.

2017 Forbes Society Australian Legal History Essay Competition

Wed Oct 11 2017

Each year the Forbes Society conducts an essay competition for secondary and university students. The competition offers an opportunity to explore a question of Australian legal history and aims to encourage students to develop a facility for describing historical events and recognising their place in broader themes. The winners of the 2016 competition were:

Daniel McKay (in the tertiary student category) for an essay titled, “Under the Crown: Evolving Interpretations of the Office of Australian Governor-General as Constitutional Link to the British Empire, 1890-1931”; and Kyung Suh Park (in the junior secondary category) for an essay that explored the life and legacy of Thomas Jeffries.

Entries close on 11 December 2017. Details of the 2017 competition can be found on the Forbes Society’s website. We encourage members to pass on this information to any students who might be interested in entering the competition.

Mr David Bennett AC QC - Celebrating 50 Years at the Bar

Wed Oct 11 2017
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend an event for Mr David Bennett AC QC, celebrating his 50 years at the Bar. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 20 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Mr David Bennett AC QC will be Mr John Sheahan QC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 5.00pm Wednesday 11 October 2017.

2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and Centenary Conference

Wed Oct 11 2017

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will delivered by The Hon James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia on 1 November 2017 at 5.30 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room.

The 2017 Annual Lecture will be preceded by the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference, to celebrate the life and times of the late Sir Maurice Byers CBE QC on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The Conference will be held from 2.00pm - 5.00pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. To view the 2017 conference program please click here.

All are welcome to attend.

Click hereTo RSVP for your place at the 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference.

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055. The Maurice Byers Centenary Conference is convened by Maurice Byers Chambers. For more information about the Conference please contact Andrew Naylor or Melissa Brown on 02 8233 0300.

2017 Justice 4 Refugees Cocktail Evening - TONIGHT!

Wed Oct 11 2017
Charity at the bar

On behalf of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), the New South Wales Bar Association we look forward to welcoming all members of the NSW Bar to the Justice 4 Refugees (J4R) Cocktail Evening tonight Wednesday 11 October 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room.

Guest Speakers include The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs.

The New South Wales Bar Council has resolved to be a RACS Fundraising Partner. The J4R Cocktail Evening aims to raise funds and celebrate the work of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service who for more than 30 years has been actively protecting and advocating for the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia.

All proceeds raised this evening will be donated directly to the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).