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Bill Grant OAM Access to Justice Oration

Fri Jul 19 2019
Thursday, 22 August 2019

Join the Law Society of NSW and the Honourable Bob Debus AM in celebrating the incredible life and legacy of Bill Grant OAM, secretary-general of the Law Council from 2007-2011 and CEO of Legal Aid NSW from 2001-2007 and 2011-2016. Find out more and register here.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Fri Jul 19 2019

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal, on "The Constitutional Significance of the Barrister in Australia". The lecture will be held on 29 August in the Banco Court. The lecture is due to begin at 5:30pm sharp. All are welcome to attend.

Opinion Pieces from the President of the Law Council of Australia

Thu Jul 18 2019

The President of the Law Council of Australia, Arthur Moses SC has this week published two opinion pieces in the Australian and Australasian Lawyer.

The first piece was published on 16 July 2019 and relates to temporary exclusion orders. A full copy is available here.

The second piece was published on 17 July 2019 and relates to crowd funding litigation. A full copy if available here.

Public Defender vacancies

Thu Jul 18 2019

The Attorney General is seeking applications for three Public Defender positions based in Sydney (Campbelltown/Penrith), Dubbo and Wagga Wagga. To apply go to iworkfor.nsw.gov.au and select the relevant position code below.

000076CK – Public Defender (Wagga Wagga) 000076CF – Public Defender (Dubbo) 000076CI – Public Defender (Campbelltown/Sydney)

These positions will be advertised in the Sydney Morning herald on 20 July 2019 and on the Public Defenders website at www.publicdefenders.nsw.gov.au. Applications close on 4th August 2019.

All enquiries to Belinda Rigg SC, Senior Public Defender PH: 02 9268 3111.

Nauru 19 CPD Day

Thu Jul 18 2019

When: Saturday 27 July 9am-5pm. Lunch included.

Where: Maritime Union of Australia, Unit 3/365-375 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000

Cost: $120. Ticket proceeds go to supporting the pro bono legal team for the Nauru 19 and their fight for justice.

You will be treated to a top array of speakers including:

Her Honour Judge Penelope Wass SC, District Court Judge on “Almighty God and other swear words: the role of religion in the court system”.

Belinda Rigg SC, Senior Public Defender on “The 10 most important decisions of the criminal law”.

Thea Gumbert-Jourjon, Psychologist on “How jurors evaluate evidence in sexual assault cases”. Stephen Lawrence, Black Chambers on “Representing foreign nationals in trouble with the law: the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) for criminal lawyers”.

Michelle Giacomo, Chalfont Chambers on “When family law and criminal law collide: discovery and practice”.

Felicity Graham, Black Chambers on “Prior sexual history and fabricated complaints: Understanding and applying s293 Criminal Procedure Act 1986”.

Danny Mikati, Former Sergeant of NSW Police on “Everything lawyers need to know about issuing a subpoena to police”.

Tickets and more information about the Nauru 19 here.

Family Law Reform must be consultative, considered and coherent

Thu Jul 18 2019
Media Release

The President Tim Game SC has today published a media release, available here, calling for further consideration and consultation on the Federal Government’s proposals regarding the structure of Family Law Courts. The President’s media release follows a statement issued earlier today, available here, by the Law Council of Australia, Women’s Legal Services Australia, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia and academics at the UTS Faculty of Law reiterating concerns about the Federal Attorney-General’s proposed family courts merger bill.

Bar FC beaten 1-0

Thu Jul 18 2019
Wellbeing

A result today that probably fairly reflected the match that was played. With an opposition that had some nice ball players in the middle of the park and the benefit of young legs, Bar FC found the going tough today in the Domain Soccer League.

Notwithstanding some excellent workmanlike performances from D’ Arville, Cook, Condylis and Hartford Davis, Bar FC spent the majority of the game chasing the ball. An excellent save from Harris in the first half kept the score level at half time however ten minutes into the second half, a well hit shot missed the outstretched hand of Harris and found the back of the net.

The winner of the Patchildinho award this week goes to Stanton who continues his return to Bar FC after a forced early retirement due to injury. This award represents the teams view of the piece of play that best displays the beautiful game at its worst. His protest that his failure to trap the ball that ran under his foot to a Bar FC player behind him was actually a shrewd and calculated dummy was unanimously dismissed by the after match review panel (consisting of Harris and Patchildinho).

Our next game is on Thursday 25 July 2019 at 1.15 pm on top of the Domain Car Park. All friends, supporters and hecklers are welcome.

Today’s team was as follows:

DAVID STANTON IVAN GRISCTI SHAUN MCCARTHY JOEL COOK GEOFF O’SHEA DAVID PATCH NICHOLAS CONDYLIS SEBASTIAN HARTFORD DAVIS NICHOLAS OLSON HAYDEN DORIA JOHN HARRIS (GK) ANDREW MUNRO HUGH MORRISON NICOLE COMPTON RICO

2019 CIArb Australia Accelerated Route Towards Membership (ARF) course 24 – 25 August 2019

Wed Jul 17 2019

Providing a fast-track route towards Membership through the CIArb International Arbitration Pathway, the course has been designed for busy, legally qualified professionals who have some unassessed knowledge of international arbitration. The aim of the program is to assess whether the candidate has the knowledge required to understand the process of international arbitration. The course is a pathway to CIArb accreditation which carries a global qualification in the growing practice of international arbitration.

Faculty: Paul Hayes QC (Course Director), Dever’s List, Melbourne and 39 Essex Chambers, London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Dr Vicky Priskich, Barrister and Arbitrator, Victorian Bar.

Course Venue: Victorian Bar Council Chambers Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East 205 William Street, Melbourne, Australia

Course Fee: $2,500 (incl GST) which covers cost of tutorials, course materials, exam fees, lunch and morning/afternoon tea.

Places are strictly limited and registrations close by COB on Monday, 29 July 2019.

Please note this is the only ARM course to be conducted in 2019.

For full details and registration, please click here.

The Online Court

Wed Jul 17 2019
Continuing Professional Development

On Wednesday, 7 August the Bar Association's Common Law Committee will host a CPD seminar: "The Online Court", to be presented by District Court Registrar James Howard. The seminar will examine and explain practical aspects of the Online Court, established by Practice Note DC (Civil) No.1B, and which applies to all matters in the General List in the District Court Sydney from 1 October 2018. Learn more here.

Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP)

Wed Jul 17 2019
Inform. Engage. Inspire.

Following last year's success, the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Conference and Innovation Dinner returns in 2019 to host more than 50 Australian and international leaders in law, innovation and technology.

FLIP Conference and Innovation Dinner 2019 will be held on Thursday, 25 July 2019, from 8.00am to 10.00pm at the Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street Sydney.

The Bar Association is a proud supporter of the FLIP Conference and Innovation Dinner 2019 and two practising barristers, Talitha Fishburn and Philippe Doyle Gray will participate in The Great Debate on "The impending uberisation of the legal profession". Discounted tickets for NSW Bar Association members are priced at Law Society of NSW member rates, representing savings of over $800 per ticket.

To take advantage of this special offer, visit the Bar Association's website and log into your member dashboard using the sign-in on the top-right hand corner of the page. When your login is accepted, click on your name again to access your dashboard.

Public consultation re proposed new rules regarding practice administration

Wed Jul 17 2019

The Legal Services Council (LSC) invites public comment on the draft Legal Profession Uniform Amendment (Miscellaneous) Rule 2019 (Draft Rule) in accordance with s 425 of the Uniform Law (UL). As well as clarifying the usual duration of a practising certificate, the Draft Rule proposes to amend the Uniform General Rules (UGRs) that support various provisions in Chapter 4 UL.

You can find the information on this here.

Submissions may be sent to the LSC by email to: submissions@legalservicescouncil.org.au on or before Monday 19 August 2019.

2019 Industrial Bar social function

Wed Jul 17 2019
Collegiality

Members are cordially invited to the 2019 Industrial Bar social drinks function.

The event has been organised by the Industrial Employment Health & Safety Committee which assists Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and engages with barristers practising in these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members.

When: Thursday, 15 August 2019 Time: 6pm start Where: Hotel CBD - Club Bar (52 King St, Sydney)

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed Jul 17 2019
Venue to Be Confirmed

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture will be held on 29 August in the Common Room of the NSW Bar Association. All are welcome to attend.

Inclusion and Diversity Note

Wed Jul 17 2019
Diversity

Has your chambers adopted the Best Practice Guidelines? The NSW Bar Association encourages all chambers to adopt and implement the Model Best Practice Guidelines for chambers on dealing with sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, victimisation, parental leave and grievance handling. Over 40 chambers in NSW have adopted the Best Practice Guidelines. The Best Practice Guidelines and a list of the floors that have adopted them can be found here.

The Diversity and Equality Committee of the Association can assist chambers to arrange training and provide guidance on adopting and implementing the Best Practice Guidelines. For more information, please contact Ting Lim here.

Bench and Bar Lunch - a handful of seats remain

Wed Jul 17 2019
Collegiality

The next Bench and Bar Lunch is set down for next Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 12.45pm to 2.00pm at Sky Phoenix - Shop 6001/188 Pitt Street. All members are welcome. If you have not already been to one, this is an ideal opportunity for to acquaint yourself with the collegiality at the NSW Bar and to chat with members of the judiciary. There’s no reason why you can’t bring a colleague from your Bar Practice Course or chambers. At $35 per person, it's just quick and cheap! Reserve your place here.

The Bench and Bar Lunch is an initiative of the Wellbeing Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Council of Law Reporting for NSW - 50th anniversary writing competition

Tue Jul 16 2019

Since its incorporation pursuant to the Council of Law Reporting Act (1969) the Council of Law Reporting for NSW has been publishing the authorised law reports of NSW.

To commemorate its 50th anniversary, the Council is holding a writing competition and invites you to answer the question: What do you think is the most memorable judgment that has been reported in the NSW Law Reports?

Competition terms

Entries:

  • must be 250 words maximum.
  • must be electronically formatted and emailed to office@nswlr.com.au with the subject “NSWLR 50 year competition” and must include your name and email address.
  • may be in any style, humorous or serious, but not offensive or defamatory.
  • must be received by Monday, 30 September 2019.

The winner will be announced by the Chief Justice and the winning entry read out at the Council’s anniversary function on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. The winning entry will, subject to editorial policy, be published in the Law Society Journal and the author acknowledged. The judging panel will be:

  • Elizabeth Espinosa, President of the Law Society of NSW and member of the Council of Law Reporting for NSW;
  • Dr Mark Brabazon SC, Chairperson, Council of Law Reporting for NSW;
  • Dr Elisabeth Peden, Editor, NSW Law Reports.

The decision of the judges will be final.

Civil Procedure Amendment (Fees) Regulation 2019 (NSW)

Tue Jul 16 2019

The NSW Government has published the Civil Procedure Amendment (Fees) Regulation 2019 (NSW) under the Civil Procedure Act 2005.

Explanatory note

The object of this Regulation is to increase certain fees payable in respect of civil proceedings and the functions exercised by the Sheriff. This Regulation is made under the Civil Procedure Act 2005, including section 18.

A full copy of the Regulation is available here.

Dust Diseases Tribunal Amendment (Fees) Regulation 2019 (NSW)

Tue Jul 16 2019

The NSW Government has published the Dust Diseases Tribunal Amendment (Fees) Regulation 2019 (NSW) under the Dust Diseases Tribunal Act 1989.

Explanatory note

The object of this Regulation is to increase fees payable in respect of proceedings before the Dust Diseases Tribunal. This Regulation is made under the Dust Diseases Tribunal Act 1989, including section 34.

A full copy of the Regulation is available here.

Criminal Procedure Amendment (Fees) Regulation 2019 (NSW)

Tue Jul 16 2019

The NSW Government has published the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Fees) Regulation 2019 (NSW) under the Criminal Procedure Act 1986.

Explanatory note

The object of this Regulation is to increase certain fees payable in relation to the following: (a) the conduct of criminal proceedings, (b) the provision of copies of transcripts of evidence, recorded statements and witnesses’ statements, (c) the retrieval of, and provision of access to, files or boxes of files from off-site storage facilities, (d) the functions exercised by the Sheriff in relation to criminal proceedings. This Regulation is made under the Criminal Procedure Act 1986, including sections 4 (the general regulation-making power), 4A and 114.

A full copy of the Regulation is available here.

2019 Industrial Bar social function

Mon Jul 15 2019
Collegiality

Members are cordially invited to the 2019 Industrial Bar social drinks function.

The event has been organised by the Industrial Employment Health & Safety Committee which assists Bar Council on industrial employment health and safety matters and engages with barristers practising in these areas to ensure a sense of collegiality and best practice amongst members.

When: Thursday, 15 August 2019 Time: 6pm start Where: Hotel CBD - Club Bar (52 King St, Sydney)

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Public Defender opportunity - Legal Aid Queensland

Mon Jul 15 2019

Do you want more from your career? Like the chance to do important and interesting work, excellent working conditions and a competitive salary and benefits package? Then we’d like to hear from you! Legal Aid Queensland is an independent statutory authority funded by the state and federal governments. We are one of Queensland’s largest law firms, providing legal services to more than 200,000 Queenslanders each year.

Legal Aid Queensland’s Counsel division is made up of our in-house barristers providing efficient, effective and high-quality specialist legal advocacy services. Our Counsel division:

  • carries out complex trials and sentences in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts
  • appears in Mental Health Court sittings
  • appears in the Supreme Court’s civil jurisdiction for respondents in applications brought under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act
  • provides advice and representation in family and civil law matters.

Our Townsville and Brisbane-based barristers also appear in regional courts, including circuit courts in remote areas such as Mount Isa and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Senior barristers provide advice on the merit of appeals, helping the appeals section assess legal aid applications. They also appear in appeals against sentences and/or convictions before the Queensland Court of Appeal, including matters where the Attorney-General has appealed against the sentence. The volume, complexity and diversity of Counsel's work provide opportunities for in-house counsel to develop their skills and experience, ensuring clients applying for legal aid have access to high quality representation and advice.

How to apply: All applications should be made online. For more details and an application package, visit https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/jobs/QLD-LAQ32-19

Senior Counsel Applications for 2019 now open

Mon Jul 15 2019
To all members of the outer Bar

President Tim Game SC invites applications for Senior Counsel for 2019. The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects.

Applications must be submitted online, no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Nisbet at the NSW Bar Association on 9232 4055.