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Katrina Dawson Award - applications now open

Tue Mar 19 2019
Diversity

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 15 April 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

Tonight: Duties to consider in administrative law

Tue Mar 19 2019
Tuesday, March 19 2019

Presented by Geoffrey Kennett SC and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Public Law Section.

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

**For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Mentoring Program 2019 - Applications Open

Tue Mar 19 2019
Mentoring

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers, the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. For more information about the benefits of the mentoring program please click here.

The program has been designed in conjunction with Art of Mentoring and the NSWBA Education Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentee or mentor please read and complete the online application form. Applications close Friday 12 April 2019.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Danita Needleman (mailto:danita@artofmentoring.net "") or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

Political parties must commit to urgent review of CTP scheme

Mon Mar 18 2019
Law reform and public affairs

Bar Association President Tim Game SC has described the New South Wales compulsory third party (CTP) system as "manifestly inadequate" and said political parties should commit to an urgent review of the flawed scheme before the election on 23 March. View the media release here.

Mentoring Program 2019 - Applications Open

Mon Mar 18 2019
Mentoring

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers, the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. For more information about the benefits of the mentoring program please click here.

The program has been designed in conjunction with Art of Mentoring and the NSWBA Education Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentee or mentor please read and complete the online application form. Applications close Friday 12 April 2019.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Danita Needleman (mailto:danita@artofmentoring.net "") or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

Table of Common Charge Options for State Offences

Mon Mar 18 2019
A practitioners guide for the EAGP Scheme

Yesterday, at the annual Public Defenders Conference, the Table of Common Charge Options: a practitioners guide for the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Scheme was launched. The tool is designed for all practitioners to assist with the EAGP scheme by providing a table of a very wide range of offences and alternatives from a variety of statutes and common law. It includes information about maximum penalties, standard non-parole periods and whether the offences are strictly indictable, Table 1, Table 2 or summary. This tool is for all practitioners and has been prepared by the Public Defenders with significant input from the legal Aid NSW and ODPP EAGP working groups.

How could the election impact your finances?

Mon Mar 18 2019
Member services and benefits

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to offer you the opportunity to attend a special investment information event on Monday, 25 March hosted in partnership with leading wealth management firm, Dixon Advisory.

This seminar has been designed to cover the key challenges and opportunities presented by today’s superannuation and investment environment, including:

  • the proposed changes to tax and superannuation policy
  • potential tax strategies to consider leading into 30 June 2019
  • how the proposals may impact you
  • investment opportunities in today’s markets.

To find out more about the session and Dixon Advisory, visit www.dixon.com.au/partnerships/nsw-bar-association

The session will be hosted in the Bar Association Common Room commencing at 5.15pm.

Tonight: Responding to sexual harassment at the Bar seminar series - Part 2

Mon Mar 18 2019
Diversity / Standards

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces has highlighted the need for all workplaces, including those of barristers, to address sexual harassment. Barristers and those engaging with barristers are entitled to a safe working environment. A failure to address sexual harassment at the Bar in an effective and appropriate manner may expose individual barristers and their chambers to risk of complaints and litigation.

For further information – see the Law Council of Australia’s submission here.

Please join the NSW Bar Association and Australian Bar Association on Wednesday 13 March and Monday 18 March to discuss sexual harassment at the Bar. These two seminars are intended to provide barristers, clerks and chambers with an overview of the relevant laws and policies together with practical information and strategies to eliminate and respond to sexual harassment. Learn more here:

Both seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room

Health and Safety prosecutions in the District Court

Mon Mar 18 2019
Thursday, March 21 2019

Presented by His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting and chaired by Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial, Employment, Health & Safety Committee.

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

**For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

ADR joint CPD event

Mon Mar 18 2019
Wednesday, March 20 2019

The New South Wales Bar Association and the Law Society of New South Wales invite members to their first joint ADR CPD event for the year, which will be held in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15 pm on Wednesday, 20 March. The guest presenter will be the Hon PA Bergin SC, who will speak on the topic of "ADR and the Legal Profession", with introductory comments from Mary Walker, chair of the Bar Association’s ADR Committee and closing comments from Gary Ulman, past-president of the Law Society of NSW.

Swearing in ceremony for Monica Neville and Anthony Morley

Fri Mar 15 2019
Appointments

A joint ceremonial sitting of the Federal Circuit Court will be held in Courtroom 7C, Level 7, Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney, at 4:00pm on Monday, 1 April 2019 to welcome Ms Monica Neville and Mr Anthony Dillon Morley as Judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Brian Knox SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear robes but not wigs.

Alleged terrorists should face ‘full force’ of Australian laws, says Law Council

Fri Mar 15 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia have today issued a media release stating 'Australians who have travelled overseas to support terrorist organisations should be allowed back to Australia to face the full force of our laws'.

President, Arthur Moses SC told a Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee hearing that the Law Council did not support the implementation of temporary exclusion orders (TEOs), which would ban citizens suspected of engaging in terrorism-related activities from returning to Australia for at least two years.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Made to Measure Suits

Fri Mar 15 2019
Special offer

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ADR joint CPD event

Fri Mar 15 2019
Wednesday, March 20 2019

The New South Wales Bar Association and the Law Society of New South Wales invite members to their first joint ADR CPD event for the year, which will be held in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15 pm on Wednesday, 20 March. The guest presenter will be the Hon PA Bergin SC, who will speak on the topic of "ADR and the Legal Profession", with introductory comments from Mary Walker, chair of the Bar Association’s ADR Committee and closing comments from Gary Ulman, past-president of the Law Society of NSW.

Responding to sexual harassment at the Bar seminar series - Part 2

Fri Mar 15 2019
Diversity / Standards

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces has highlighted the need for all workplaces, including those of barristers, to address sexual harassment. Barristers and those engaging with barristers are entitled to a safe working environment. A failure to address sexual harassment at the Bar in an effective and appropriate manner may expose individual barristers and their chambers to risk of complaints and litigation.

For further information – see the Law Council of Australia’s submission here.

Please join the NSW Bar Association and Australian Bar Association on Wednesday 13 March and Monday 18 March to discuss sexual harassment at the Bar. These two seminars are intended to provide barristers, clerks and chambers with an overview of the relevant laws and policies together with practical information and strategies to eliminate and respond to sexual harassment. Learn more here:

Both seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room

Duties to consider in administrative law

Fri Mar 15 2019
Tuesday, March 19 2019

Presented by Geoffrey Kennett SC and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Public Law Section.

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

**For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

2019 Bench & Bar Dinner

Fri Mar 15 2019
Collegiality

The president and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the New South Wales Bar Association to the 2019 Bench & Bar Dinner. The dinner will take place on Friday, 17 May in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 7.00 PM for 7.30 PM start. The guest of honour will be the Hon Justice Julie Ward, Chief Judge in the Equity division of the Supreme Court of NSW. Ms Senior is Ruth Higgins SC and Ms Junior is Julia Roy.

For further information and to register, click here.

Once registered you will be sent a link to allow you to amend your booking as required. If you have any questions please email our Events Manager on events@nswbar.asn.au.

2019 Parramatta Conference - Registrations Close Today

Fri Mar 15 2019

Registrations for the 2019 Parramatta CPD Conference will close today.

The 2019 Parramatta Regional Conference will be held on Saturday 23, March at the ParkRoyal, Parramatta. The conference will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable Justice Philip Hallen
  • Her Honour Judge P Wass SC
  • Her Honour Judge G O'Rourke SC
  • Kylie Nomchong SC
  • Brett Young
  • Andrew Combe
  • Sophia Beckett
  • Beth Oliak
  • Justin Brown

Download the full program here - 2019 Parramatta Program

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Health and Safety prosecutions in the District Court

Fri Mar 15 2019
Thursday, March 21 2019

Presented by His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting and chaired by Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial, Employment, Health & Safety Committee.

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

**For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

How could the election impact your finances?

Fri Mar 15 2019
Member services and benefits

The NSW Bar Association are pleased to offer you the opportunity to attend a special investment information event hosted in partnership with leading wealth management firm, Dixon Advisory.

This seminar has been designed to cover the key challenges and opportunities presented by today’s superannuation and investment environment, including:

  • the proposed changes to tax and superannuation policy
  • potential tax strategies to consider leading into 30 June 2019
  • how the proposals may impact you
  • investment opportunities in today’s markets.

To find out more about the session and Dixon Advisory, visit www.dixon.com.au/partnerships/nsw-bar-association

Registration required. To register and secure your place, please click here.

The session will be hosted in the Bar Association Common Room commencing at 5.15pm.

Rwanda to Myanmar – the role of media and social media in inciting genocide and violence

Thu Mar 14 2019
At the lectern

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, UTS Faculty of Law and the Centre for Media Transition will host a public lecture by Ambassador Stephen Rapp, who was appointed by President Obama as United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice.

In what became known as the Media Trial, Ambassador Rapp led the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s prosecution against the leaders of the RTLM station and Kangura newspaper for inciting genocide in 1994.

A panel discussion will follow featuring The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, Christopher Sidoti, Australian member of the UN Human Rights Council, Alison Whittaker, Gomeroi poet and legal researcher at UTS, and moderated by Professor Lesley Hitchens, Dean of the UTS Faculty of Law.

  • Date: 10 April 5.30 for a 6pm start
  • Venue: City - BroadwayCB11 Faculty of Engineering and IT Building, Building 11, 81 Broadway Ultimo NSW 2000

For more information and to register click here.

ABA Convergence 2019 Registration now open | Singapore | 11-12 July 2019

Thu Mar 14 2019

The ABA is delighted to announce registration for its Commercial Law conference in Singapore is now open. Open to all members of the Australian and Asia-Pacific legal professions, we invite you to register for what will be an excellent 2-day conference and social program.

Among the confirmed speakers are:

  • The Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia
  • The Hon Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore
  • The Hon Stephen Gageler AC, High Court of Australia
  • The Hon Andrew Phang, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • The Hon Dr Michael Hwang SC, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts
  • The Hon Craig Colvin, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon Jacqueline Gleeson, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon A S Bell, President, NSW Court of Appeal
  • The Hon Judith C Kelly, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • The Hon John Vaughan, Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • V. K. Rajah, former Attorney-General of Singapore
  • Judith Gill QC, 20 Essex Street Chambers, London Court of International Arbitration
  • Fedelma C. Smith, Senior Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • Kathryn Haigh, General Counsel, AUSTRAC
  • Cameron Ford, Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tinto
  • George Lim SC, Chair, Singapore International Mediation Centre
  • Samuel Chacko, Legis Point LLC, Singapore
  • Jimmy Chan, Clifford Chance, Hong Kong
  • Dinesh Dhillon, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
  • Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University
  • Michelle Quigley, Group Manager, Legal & Risk, AusGroup

Register now! Or visit the website.

Payment options include credit card or EFT at a later date.

Registration is available from just $1,990 (excluding flights and accommodation), and a tax invoice will be sent once successfully registered.

Unable to attend? The ABA is also pleased to announce that you can now sponsor a barrister of under 7 years practice to attend the conference.

For more information, please visit the event website or contact the events team at events@austbar.asn.au.

Trust money account – Fees in advance

Thu Mar 14 2019
Standards

Any barrister who has, in the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, received fees in advance – that is, as described in the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 (the LPULAR), money on account of legal costs for legal services in advance of the provision by the barrister of the legal services – must appoint an External Examiner to carry out an examination of the clause 15 account for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Clause 15(2) of the LPULAR also requires that a copy of the External Examination report be provided to the Bar Council by no later than 7 June 2019. The External Examination report template for 2019 is available on the Bar Association’s website under the heading ‘Fees in Advance’ here.

It is essential that a barrister who receives fees in advance examines clause 15 of the LPULAR in detail. Links to the legislation can be found on the Bar Association website at the following link: https://www.nswbar.asn.au/coming-to-the-bar/uniform-law.

Barristers who have previously notified the Bar Association of the opening of a trust money account will be sent correspondence containing further instructions on how to appoint an external examiner shortly.

If you have any questions about the External Examination for 2019, please contact Angela Huang from the Professional Conduct Department on (02) 9232 4055 or by email at pcd@nswbar.asn.au.

ADR joint CPD event

Thu Mar 14 2019

The New South Wales Bar Association and the Law Society of New South Wales invite members to their first joint ADR CPD event for the year, which will be held in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15 pm on Wednesday, 20 March. The guest presenter will be the Hon PA Bergin SC, who will speak on the topic of "ADR and the Legal Profession", with introductory comments from Mary Walker, chair of the Bar Association’s ADR Committee and closing comments from Gary Ulman, past-president of the Law Society of NSW.