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Coming up in CPD Next Week

Thu Mar 08 2018

Monday, March 12 2018 - But what if the solicitors go broke?

Presented by Mark Brabazon SC. Chaired by Mark Walsh SC.For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Associations Costs & Fees Committee.


Tuesday, March 13 2018, The Legal Personality of the Commonwealth of Australia

Presented by Sebastian Hartford Davis. Chaired by Stephen Lloyd Sc. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, March 14 2018 - Tutor and Readers Seminar Presented by Robert Hollo SC, Simon Buchen and Julia Roy. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016. For full details, please download a flyer here.


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

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

Coming up in CPD on tonight

Thu Mar 08 2018

Thursday, March 08 2018 - 10 Years of the Cross Border Insolvency Act A panel discussion involving Justice Steven Rares, Farid Assaf and Vanessa Whittaker. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

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

Common Room Lunch

Wed Mar 07 2018
Collegiality

The New Barristers Committee invites all barristers of less than six years call to lunch in the Bar Association Common Room on Friday, 23 March. The purpose of the event is purely social. The cost is $85 and includes lunch and drinks. Lunch begins at 12.30pm for a 1.00pm lunch. The Common Room will remain open until 2.30pm. There will be tables reserved for BPC ‘cohorts’. Please encourage people you did the BPC with to attend so that you can catch up with them. To register for the lunch – click here.

Call for abstracts: Custodial Health Conference

Wed Mar 07 2018

The inaugural Custodial Health Conference 2018 will be held on 31 May to 3 June. Justice Health is accepting abstract submissions for conference papers until Monday, 26 March 2018. Learn more here.

Bar Council casual vacancy

Wed Mar 07 2018

Jeremy Gormly SC has resigned from the Bar Council as of 5 March 2018. In accordance with cl. 12.5.1 of the Bar Association's Constitution, Gaby Bashir SC has filled the vacant position as of 5 March 2018.

Coming up in CPD March

Wed Mar 07 2018

Monday, March 12 2018 - But what if the solicitors go broke?

Presented by Mark Brabazon SC. Chaired by Mark Walsh SC.For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Associations Costs & Fees Committee.


Tuesday, March 13 2018, The Legal Personality of the Commonwealth of Australia

Presented by Sebastian Hartford Davis. Chaired by Stephen Lloyd Sc. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, March 14 2018 - Tutor and Readers Seminar Presented by Robert Hollo SC, Simon Buchen and Julia Roy. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Monday, March 19 2018 - Reverse briefing: new trends and new barristers. Vered Keisar, General Counsel Asia Pacific ResMed and Aidan Parsons, National Business Development Manager, Law In Order. Chaired by: James Mack, Chair, New Barristers Committee. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC. Details to follow.


Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. Details to follow.


Monday, March 26 2018 - 25 Years On: Redfern Park Speech

Presented by LaVerne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-Operative and Bunja Smith, Chair, Aboriginal Legal Service. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC.For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 27 2018 -The Boundaries Between Fact and Law in Administrative Law

Presented by Kristina Stern SC and Matt Sherman. Details to follow.


POSTPONED: Wednesday, March 28 2018 - Advocacy and the Vulnerable witness

Presented by Craig Smith SC and Kara Shead SC. Please note, this presentation will be included in the 2018 Sydney Conference on Saturday 24 March at the Hilton Hotel George Street.


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

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

Coming up in CPD on tomorrow

Wed Mar 07 2018

Thursday, March 08 2018 - 10 Years of the Cross Border Insolvency Act

A panel discussion involving Justice Steven Rares, Farid Assaf and Vanessa Whittaker. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

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

2018 Orange Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Wed Mar 07 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Orange CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Orange Conference is to be held at the Orange Ex-Services Club on Saturday 17 March (9:00am to 4:40pm) & Sunday 18 March (9:00am to 1:00pm) with full attendance attracting 10 CPD points.

Download the full program here - 2018 Orange Conference

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).

Mentoring Program 2018 - Applications Open

Wed Mar 07 2018

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 16 March 2018.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Karina Butera or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

2018 Newcastle Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Wed Mar 07 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price. The Newcastle Conference is to be held at the Novotel Newcastle Beach on Saturday 10 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO
  • Chris Ronalds AO SC
  • Ian Davidson SC
  • Peter Cummings SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Donna Ward
  • Sophia Beckett
  • Peter Maddigan
  • Michelle McMahon
  • Lauren Ticehurst

Download the full program here - 2018 Newcastle Conference

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).

Legal Aid training in criminal justice reforms

Tue Mar 06 2018

Legal Aid NSW will hold a program of free, one-day seminars for criminal defence lawyers regarding early appropriate guilty pleas (‘EAGP’) and reforms to sentencing, parole and the management of high risk sex and violent offenders. The seminars will be held in coming weeks at locations across New South Wales.

Registration is essential and places are strictly limited. These sessions are now available for registration on the Legal Aid NSW Learning Management System. For more information contact Legal Aid at eagpreform@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

2018 Orange Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Tue Mar 06 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Orange CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Orange Conference is to be held at the Orange Ex-Services Club on Saturday 17 March (9:00am to 4:40pm) & Sunday 18 March (9:00am to 1:00pm) with full attendance attracting 10 CPD points.

Download the full program here - 2018 Orange Conference

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).

Swearing-in ceremony for Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson

Tue Mar 06 2018
Appointments

Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson SC was appointed to the ACT Supreme Court on 6 February 2018. A swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday, 26 March at 9.00am for 9.30am in Courtroom 1, ACT Supreme Court, Knowles Place, Canberra. Bar Councillor Mary Walker will represent President Arthur Moses SC at the ceremony. Barristers should wear wigs and robes.

Commercial Mediation - Practice, people and pitfalls- an insider’s discussion

Tue Mar 06 2018

Mediation is an integral part of the practice of Commercial Litigation. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Law Society has put together a panel of senior and highly experienced practitioners to discuss in a very practical way tips for participants, pitfalls in and steps to achieve suitable outcomes from commercial mediation sessions. The session will take place on 28 March 2018 from 5.00pm to 7.30pm at The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney. Learn more here.

Pre-session drinks from 5.00pm to 5.30pm; Panel discussion - 5.30pm to 6.30pm; after session drinks - 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Among the topics to be discussed during this interactive, facilitated discussion are: preparation for mediation sessions; avoiding disputes arising from the mediation process itself; recent case law dealing with what can go wrong with settlements reached in mediation; how to best use the mediator to achieve outcomes; and the role of principle and the emotional side of decision making in commercial disputes.

Coming up in CPD on Thursday

Tue Mar 06 2018

Thursday, March 08 2018 - 10 Years of the Cross Border Insolvency Act A panel discussion involving Justice Steven Rares, Farid Assaf and Vanessa Whittaker. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

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

Mentoring Program 2018 - Applications Open

Tue Mar 06 2018

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 16 March 2018.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Karina Butera or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

Toongabbie Legal Centre Family Law CPD

Tue Mar 06 2018

Toongabbie Legal Centre will hold its 2018 Family Law CPD / MCLE at Toongabbie Christian School this Saturday, 10 March 2018 from 8.15am to 5.00pm. Registration includes welcome breakfast, coffee/tea; morning coffee/ tea; buffet lunch; and afternoon tea/coffee. Registration: $500 (Live webinar option, $400). Learn more here.

Ethical Guidance Scheme

Tue Mar 06 2018
Professional conduct

The Bar Association conducts an ethical guidance scheme whereby barrister members of the New South Wales Bar Association can seek urgent ethical guidance. The scheme operates in the following manner:

  • Barristers may contact senior counsel currently serving on the Association’s professional conduct committees. In urgent cases the contact may be by telephone.

  • The names and telephone numbers of senior counsel can be obtained by telephoning the Association’s Professional Conduct Department (phone 9232 4055)

  • The names of senior counsel serving on professional conduct committees are also available on the Bar Association website on the Appointments page that lists all Bar Council committees http://www.nswbar.asn.au/the-bar-association/appointments

  • If the barrister wishes to have a record of the discussion with senior counsel, he or she should send a letter to senior counsel as soon as is practicable, recording the facts and the guidance given. A copy of the letter to senior counsel may also, if the barrister wishes, be sent to the Director, Professional Conduct.

  • However, any decision and all responsibility is that of the individual barrister. The role of senior counsel is to provide an opportunity for discussion to assist members in reaching a conclusion, not to give legal advice or a 'ruling'. (A previous system for providing ‘ethics rulings’ to barristers was reviewed by the Bar Council some years ago and is no longer in place).

  • Members should, of course make themselves familiar with the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015. The rules are available on the Bar Association website, uniform law page http://www.nswbar.asn.au/for-members/uniform-law and the New South Wales legislation website http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/

  • There is no provision in the current barristers’ conduct rules for the Bar Council or President to waive compliance with any rule.

  • Similarly there is no provision in the rules requiring the approval of the Bar Council or President (as was the case with the previous rules 96 and 99(n)).

  • If you have any questions about the ethical guidance scheme please contact the Association’s Professional Conduct Department (on phone 9232 4055 or at pcd@nswbar.asn.au )

Coming up in CPD March

Tue Mar 06 2018

Monday, March 12 2018 - But what if the solicitors go broke?

Presented by Mark Brabazon SC. Chaired by Mark Walsh SC.For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Associations Costs & Fees Committee.


Tuesday, March 13 2018, The Legal Personality of the Commonwealth of Australia

Presented by Sebastian Hartford Davis. Chaired by Stephen Lloyd Sc. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, March 14 2018 - Tutor and Readers Seminar Presented by Robert Hollo SC, Simon Buchen and Julia Roy. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Monday, March 19 2018 - Reverse briefing: new trends and new barristers. Vered Keisar, General Counsel Asia Pacific ResMed and Aidan Parsons, National Business Development Manager, Law In Order. Chaired by: James Mack, Chair, New Barristers Committee. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC. Details to follow.


Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. Details to follow.


Monday, March 26 2018 - 25 Years On: Redfern Park Speech

Presented by LaVerne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-Operative and Bunja Smith, Chair, Aboriginal Legal Service. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC.For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 27 2018 -The Boundaries Between Fact and Law in Administrative Law

Presented by Kristina Stern SC and Matt Sherman. Details to follow.


POSTPONED: Wednesday, March 28 2018 - Advocacy and the Vulnerable witness

Presented by Craig Smith SC and Kara Shead SC. Please note, this presentation will be included in the 2018 Sydney Conference on Saturday 24 March at the Hilton Hotel George Street.


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

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

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Mar 06 2018

Tuesday, March 06 2018 - New Insolvency Law reforms

Presented by Jason Harris, Associate Professor, UTS Faculty of Law & Mark Wellard, Legal Director, ARITA. Chaired by James Johnson, Frederick Jordan Chambers. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

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

2018 Newcastle Conference this Saturday

Tue Mar 06 2018

The 2018 Newcastle CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 10 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. The conference will be held in Morrow room at Novotel Newcastle Beach. Download the full program here - 2018 Newcastle Conference

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).

Court Security

Mon Mar 05 2018
In the news

Further to the message in last Wednesday’s In Brief, yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph ran a story entitled "Lawyers court controversy with demand to bypass metal detectors," which included comments from the president regarding concerns over court security. The president’s full statement to the Sunday Telegraph was as follows.

Court security

As a result of complaints received from members of the NSW Bar in relation to delays in entering Court buildings in Parramatta and in Sydney at the Downing Centre and John Madison Tower, as well as the treatment of lawyers undertaking security screening, I requested that the Sheriff of NSW attend a meeting to discuss these concerns.

As a result of those discussions, an arrangement has been put in place to deal with concerns or complaints raised by the legal profession. We will monitor the effectiveness of this arrangement.

A fundamental concern of the Bar Association is to ensure that court proceedings are not adversely affected because of the extensive delays which practitioners are experiencing when entering certain buildings. This leads to unnecessary time and cost being wasted which is not fair to the public of NSW.

Whilst the Bar completely supports security screening, such screening needs to take place in a common sense and courteous manner. After all, the Courts are the workplaces of lawyers.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Mar 05 2018

Tuesday, March 06 2018 - New Insolvency Law reforms

Presented by Jason Harris, Associate Professor, UTS Faculty of Law & Mark Wellard, Legal Director, ARITA. Chaired by James Johnson, Frederick Jordan Chambers. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 08 2018 - 10 Years of the Cross Border Insolvency Act A panel discussion involving Justice Steven Rares, Farid Assaf and Vanessa Whittaker. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics.


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

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

Coming up in CPD tonight

Mon Mar 05 2018

Monday, March 05 2018 - Government changes to super and SMSF’s, ASX market update, insurance, estate planning and financial planning strategies

Presented by Charles Stewart and Martin Crabb, Shaw and Partners. Chaired by Sonia Tame Attendees will be able to benefit from access to a $2000 complimentary financial health check with Shaw’s. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

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

15 Bobber & Life Membership presentations

Mon Mar 05 2018
Collegiality

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to celebrate the appointment of Justice Tom Thawley to the Federal Court of Australia and Judge Julia Baird the Federal Circuit Court of Australia at a 15 Bobber to be held on Friday, 9 March 2018 in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Life membership certificates will also be presented to Noel Hutley SC and Justin Gleeson SC. Liz Cheeseman SC will speak on behalf of Justice Thawley and Geoffrey Watson SC will speak on behalf of Judge Baird.

The event will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 6pm on Wednesday, 7 March. Tickets purchased after this is time are $25 at the door. RSVP here.