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The CLA June Judges series on Friday 14, 21 & 28 June

Tue May 21 2019

The CLA is once again running its annual June Judges series. Our speakers this year are the Hon Justice Hammerschlag (14 June) on ’The unwisdom of commercial arbitration?’; Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW, (21 June) on ’The interface of public law and corporations law in the light of the findings of the Royal Commission’; and the Hon Justice Perram on ’The ordinary or reasonable consumer in misleading or deceptive conduct cases’. You can book for each seminar separately or book for the entire series at a discount.

Visit https://cla.org.au/ to register.

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

Tue May 21 2019
Looking for a reason to book your next skiing adventure?

It is with great pleasure the ABA and NZBA announce that registration has opened for Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives

We are delighted to provide you with early bird registration access until 8 June.

Session Highlights

  • Keynote, The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann
  • What Can Criminal Lawyers Teach Civil Litigators? The Hon. Justice Michael Corboy (AU), Marie Dhyrberg QC (NZ), Peter Callaghan SC (AU), Ken Archer (AU)
  • Advocacy in Inquiries Simon Mount QC (NZ), Rowena Orr QC (AU), Mary Scholtens QC (NZ) and Aaron Martin (Deputy Solicitor General, NZ)
  • Indigenous Rights, The Hon Christian Whata (NZ), Tony McAvoy SC (AU), Simeon Beckett (AU)
  • The Rights, Responsibilities and Role of Media in Criminal Justice, Arthur Moses SC (AU), Jonathan Eaton QC (NZ), Marie Mills (MD, Mills Wilson), Cate Brett (NZ), Garry Williams (NZ)
  • Americas Cup: Action on the Water and in the Courts, Dr James Farmer QC (NZ/AU), Dr Hamish Ross (NZ)

Visit the event website to learn about the:
• Excellent conference program and mountain-top gala dinner • Outdoor activities including catered sailing or snow golfing experiences • Selection of fabulous hotels available https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ Register today to ensure your pick of the accommodation in Queenstown. Do not delay: rooms will sell quickly.

Attached are the following:
Speaker HighlightsConference Program We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

BarADR Mediation Accreditation

Tue May 21 2019
Applications close today

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to apply for mediator accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are now open and can be made online here. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here.

Members who hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and who have met the NMAS training and experience standards are eligible to be accredited as mediators by the Bar Association. Familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation.

Applications are also sought from:

  • members of the Bar wishing to be accredited by the Bar Association and whose accreditations with other Recognised Mediation Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) are about to expire; and,

  • those who have been accredited by the Bar Association or another RMAB but whose accreditations have lapsed.

The Bar Association is further inviting prospective and existing accredited mediators to apply for their names to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and/or District Court mediator lists.

You may apply to become an accredited mediator and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form provides you with this option. Please note, however, that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court’s list.

The closing date to submit your online form and to upload all relevant evidence in support of your application is 5pm on 21 May 2019.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 or email us at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

BarADR Mediation Accreditation

Mon May 20 2019
Applications close tomorrow

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to apply for mediator accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are now open and can be made online here. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here.

Members who hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and who have met the NMAS training and experience standards are eligible to be accredited as mediators by the Bar Association. Familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation.

Applications are also sought from:

  • members of the Bar wishing to be accredited by the Bar Association and whose accreditations with other Recognised Mediation Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) are about to expire; and,

  • those who have been accredited by the Bar Association or another RMAB but whose accreditations have lapsed.

The Bar Association is further inviting prospective and existing accredited mediators to apply for their names to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and/or District Court mediator lists.

You may apply to become an accredited mediator and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form provides you with this option. Please note, however, that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court’s list.

The closing date to submit your online form and to upload all relevant evidence in support of your application is 5pm on 21 May 2019.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 or email us at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

Bar News online

Mon May 20 2019
Publications

[2019] (Autumn) Bar News is now available online. There are feature articles on the economic cost of discrimination, parental leave, socio-economic diversity, race and disability at the Bar, as well as interviews with Jane Needham SC, Hament Dhanji SC and the Hon Margaret Beazley AO QC.

Bar News is the journal of the Bar Association, written by the members, for the members. Each issue includes a mix of engaging and distracting articles on recent cases, professional conduct, notable speeches, appointments, book reviews and news from sporting and social events.

Bar Book Club

Mon May 20 2019
Wellbeing

The next book in the Bar Book Club’s sights is Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. Of special interest to those who read last year’s Booker Prize winner Milkman by Anna Burns.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 21 May at 5.30pm in the library. Light refreshments will be served.

Bipartisanship, consultation needed to develop effective national integrity commission model

Mon May 20 2019

The Law Council of Australia have today issued a Media Release stating they wholly support the establishment of a national integrity commission but believes consultation, collaboration and bipartisanship is needed for a functional and effective model to come to fruition.

Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC, said while there is a difference of opinion between the Coalition and ALP as to what the appropriate model of a national integrity commission should look like, careful consideration will be needed to develop and implement an appropriate model.

A full copy of the Media Release is available here.

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

Fri May 17 2019
Looking for a reason to book your next skiing adventure?

It is with great pleasure the ABA and NZBA announce that registration has opened for Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives

We are delighted to provide you with early bird registration access until 8 June.

Session Highlights

  • Keynote, The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann
  • What Can Criminal Lawyers Teach Civil Litigators? The Hon. Justice Michael Corboy (AU), Marie Dhyrberg QC (NZ), Peter Callaghan SC (AU), Ken Archer (AU)
  • Advocacy in Inquiries Simon Mount QC (NZ), Rowena Orr QC (AU), Mary Scholtens QC (NZ) and Aaron Martin (Deputy Solicitor General, NZ)
  • Indigenous Rights, The Hon Christian Whata (NZ), Tony McAvoy SC (AU), Simeon Beckett (AU)
  • The Rights, Responsibilities and Role of Media in Criminal Justice, Arthur Moses SC (AU), Jonathan Eaton QC (NZ), Marie Mills (MD, Mills Wilson), Cate Brett (NZ), Garry Williams (NZ)
  • Americas Cup: Action on the Water and in the Courts, Dr James Farmer QC (NZ/AU), Dr Hamish Ross (NZ)

Visit the event website to learn about the:
• Excellent conference program and mountain-top gala dinner • Outdoor activities including catered sailing or snow golfing experiences • Selection of fabulous hotels available https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ Register today to ensure your pick of the accommodation in Queenstown. Do not delay: rooms will sell quickly.

Attached are the following:
Speaker HighlightsConference Program We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

Women & Leadership Australia scholarship: Up To $7,000 Available For Women’s Leadership Development

Fri May 17 2019

Women & Leadership Australia are offering women currently working in the legal sector an opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.

Funding must be apportioned by the end of this financial year and it is unclear when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 5pm on June 21: www.wla.edu.au/funding.

The CLA June Judges series on Friday 14, 21 & 28 June

Fri May 17 2019

The CLA is once again running its annual June Judges series. Our speakers this year are the Hon Justice Hammerschlag (14 June) on ’The unwisdom of commercial arbitration?’; Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW, (21 June) on ’The interface of public law and corporations law in the light of the findings of the Royal Commission’; and the Hon Justice Perram on ’The ordinary or reasonable consumer in misleading or deceptive conduct cases’. You can book for each seminar separately or book for the entire series at a discount.

Visit https://cla.org.au/ to register.

Francis Forbes Society - Legal History tutorials

Fri May 17 2019

The first in the 2019 series of tutorials on Australian legal history will be presented by Simon Chapple next Tuesday 21 May 2019, titled ‘Introduction to Australian Legal History’ in Court 13A (on Level 13 of the Law Courts Building in Queen’s Square, Sydney). Each tutorial will commence at 5.15pm and conclude by 6.15pm.

The Hon Joe Campbell QC will again present a tutorial on the history of equity on a date to be advised and the Chief Justice, the Hon T F Bathurst AC, will present a tutorial the ‘History of the legal profession in NSW’ on 19 September 2019.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

2019 Forbes Lecture and support of research projects

On Wednesday 5 June 2019 Professor Anne Twomey (Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney) will deliver the 2019 Forbes Lecture, titled 'Pitt Cobbett - A Pre-Engineer's Ghost Speaks from the Grave':

In Spence v Queensland, the High Court recently referred to the whispers of the pre-Engineers ghosts. One of those ghosts is Pitt Cobbett, a former Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney who died on the last day of Sir Samuel Griffith's term as Chief Justice. Cobbett wrote a great opus on the Constitution but its publication was frustrated by the Engineers Case and the new constitutional order it created. A century after Cobbett's death, his work is about to be published and his voice heard from the grave. Join Cobbett's successor, Professor Anne Twomey, as she explores what is surprising and what we can learn from Cobbett's century-old understanding of the Constitution.

The lecture will take place at 5.15 pm in Court 13A in the Law Courts Building. Again, everyone is welcome to attend.

One of the Society’s objects is to encourage and promote research into Australian legal history and it maintains a fund for that purpose to which donations may be made – the Francis Forbes Fund. The Society was able to support Professor Twomey’s project to publish Pitt Cobbett's grand opus called ‘The Government of Australia’ through the Fund and is delighted to note that this important work is be published.

The Society through the Fund also supported, in part, a research project by Dr J.M. Bennett and Ronald C Solomon which resulted in the recently published monograph ‘Sir Francis Villeneuve Smith, Third Chief Justice of Tasmania 1870 – 1855’ (for more information about this monograph, see http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760022037 ) The Society encourages donations to enable us to continue to support such worthy projects (donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) – a form for donations is available here: Forbes Fund Donation Form and on the web site http://www.forbessociety.org.au at DONATIONS

Bar FC’s undefeated streak ends

Thu May 16 2019
Wellbeing

A strong Bar FC went down 4-2 in the Domain Soccer League to a fast, young and somewhat aggressive Pendal FC.

A spirited and controlled performance saw Bar FC leading 2-0 at half time thanks to goals from Condylis and Morrison. How quickly though a game of football can change? After three consecutive point blank saves by Keeper Griscti, the fourth shot saw the first goal to Pendal.

A lobbed three kick within two minutes saw the score at 2-2 and then with the wind behind them, Pendal FC completed the transformation with two individual goals to their fast and powerful striker.

Good performances by all however the Sir Alex award for the best player on the park must go to newcomer Jon Tsang. He was a pillar in defence in the first half and provided a potent and quick force up front to contend with in the second half. With a few different ref calls the outcome no doubt would have been different.

Today’s line up was as follows:

  • DARREN COVELL
  • JON TSANG
  • TIM KANE
  • SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS
  • TIM BOYLE
  • GLEN FREDERICKS
  • NICHOLAS CONDYLIS
  • ANTHONY CANCERI
  • DAVID LARISH (C)
  • HUGH MORRISON
  • ANGUS LANG
  • NICOLE COMPTON
  • JEH COUTINHO
  • RICO
  • IVAN GRISCTI (GK)

Our next fixture is against Factset FC on Thursday 23 May 2019 at 1.15 pm on top of the Domain Car Park.

All friends, supporters and hecklers are welcome to attend.

Women Barristers Forum - Annual General Meeting

Thu May 16 2019

The Women Barristers Forum will hold their Annual General Meeting at 5pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

The meeting will be held in Conference Room 2 of the NSW Bar Association, 174 Phillip Street, Sydney.

For any further information please contact Liz Picker on T: 9220 6100 or Email: epicker@ebc44.com or Ting Lim on T: 9232 4055 or Email: tlim@nswbar.asn.au

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

Thu May 16 2019
Looking for a reason to book your next skiing adventure?

It is with great pleasure the ABA and NZBA announce that registration has opened for Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives

We are delighted to provide you with early bird registration access until 8 June.

Session Highlights

  • Keynote, The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann
  • What Can Criminal Lawyers Teach Civil Litigators? The Hon. Justice Michael Corboy (AU), Marie Dhyrberg QC (NZ), Peter Callaghan SC (AU), Ken Archer (AU)
  • Advocacy in Inquiries Simon Mount QC (NZ), Rowena Orr QC (AU), Mary Scholtens QC (NZ) and Aaron Martin (Deputy Solicitor General, NZ)
  • Indigenous Rights, The Hon Christian Whata (NZ), Tony McAvoy SC (AU), Simeon Beckett (AU)
  • The Rights, Responsibilities and Role of Media in Criminal Justice, Arthur Moses SC (AU), Jonathan Eaton QC (NZ), Marie Mills (MD, Mills Wilson), Cate Brett (NZ), Garry Williams (NZ)
  • Americas Cup: Action on the Water and in the Courts, Dr James Farmer QC (NZ/AU), Dr Hamish Ross (NZ)

Visit the event website to learn about the:
• Excellent conference program and mountain-top gala dinner • Outdoor activities including catered sailing or snow golfing experiences • Selection of fabulous hotels available https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ Register today to ensure your pick of the accommodation in Queenstown. Do not delay: rooms will sell quickly.

Attached are the following:
Speaker HighlightsConference Program We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

The future of law reform: Public Law

Thu May 16 2019

The Australian Law Reform Commission and the University of NSW are pleased to present a panel discussion on the future of law and constitutional reform in Australia. The discussion will launch the ALRC’s new project seeking public input to assist in identifying areas of Australian law which may benefit from reform.

When: Wednesday 29th May 2019 Time: 5.30pm until 6.30pm Where: Law Building, University of NSW, Kensington Campus

For more information and to register, click here.

The Hon Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC appointed ACT's new Integrity Commissioner

Wed May 15 2019

Former Federal Court judge Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC has been appointed as the ACT's inaugural integrity commissioner.

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Joy Burch, announced the appointment on 14 May 2019.

Mr Cowdroy will formally commence in the role on 01 August 2019.

New test for Financially Associated Persons (Means Test)

Wed May 15 2019

Legal Aid NSW has implemented a new test for Financially Associated Persons (Means Test). The change applies to applications for legal aid determined on or after 13 May 2019. See Policy Bulletin 2019/7 – (Means Test – Financially Associated Person) for more information.

There is an online training module available for 0.5 CPD points. To access the module, log into Learning Management System and search for "Financially Associated Person Test". Additional resources including tip sheets and FAQs can be found on the Eligibility Policy Resources page on the Legal Aid NSW website.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed May 15 2019
At the lectern

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture titled “The Constitutional Significance of the Barrister in Australia” will be held on 29 August in the Common Room of the NSW Bar Association. All are welcome to attend. Start time will be 5.15pm

Tenth Floor St James Hall - Large External Room for Sale

Wed May 15 2019

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers currently has a large, well-lit, external room for sale measuring 5.6m by 3.6 m. The room includes built in, wooden storage as well as a robing cupboard.

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers is a well-established, welcoming floor located opposite the Supreme Court of NSW. The Floor consists of 2 Senior Counsel and 8 Juniors, all of whom practice across a broad range of areas.

If you require any further information or would like to arrange an appointment to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Grace Kenny on 9224 1501 or at clerk.10@stjames.net.au. Click here to view photos.

All enquiries and applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

15 Bobber- The Hon Justice Andrew Bell & The Hon Justice Angus Stewart

Wed May 15 2019
Collegiality

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the The Hon Justice Bell & The Hon Justice Stewart celebrating their recent appointments. The celebration will take place on Friday the 14th of June from 5:15pm onwards in the Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for The Hon Justice Bell will be Ian Pike SC, speaking for The Hon Justice Stewart will be Elizabeth Cheeseman SC.

The President will also present Arthur Moses SC with his Life Membership Certificate.

Tickets are $15 if you pre-register or $25 cash at the door.

The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm. RSVP here.

Robert Glasson the third highest fundraiser for Black Dog

Wed May 15 2019
Philanthropy

Just when the New South Wales Bar Half Marathon Team is surging toward its (amended) target of raising $10,000,the Black Dog Institute has announced that Robert Glasson is their third highest fundraiser. Well done Robert! There is still time to get him into the number one spot. Please donate generously by visiting the NSW Bar Everyday Hero fundraising page. Note: Click 'Show all 7 members' to view the whole team.

The NSW Bar Half Marathon Team is an initiative of the Bar Association's Wellbeing Committee.