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Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma  

Tue Feb 14 2017

On Tuesday 7 March, Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker with over 36 years’ experience, will present "Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma"

In this presentation you will learn about what vicarious trauma is; how it arises from a neuroscience perspective; signs that you may be suffering from it; steps you can take to minimise its impact, including practical steps to avoid or minimise the trauma to you of difficult or distressing material; how to notice signs that a colleague may be affected, what to do and how to intervene helpfully and effectively. The seminar will be chaired by Peter McGrath SC, Health and Wellbeing Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

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

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference Program

Tue Feb 14 2017

The 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference program has been finalised. Please view the program here

The Personal Injury and Common Law Conference is scheduled to be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Member services and benefits

Tue Feb 14 2017

The Bar Association provides its members with a variety of services and benefits, such as reserved childcare places, fee recovery, ethical guidance and more. Previously, these services were split over various departments. In order to better inform members of the services available and to co-ordinate their delivery, the Bar Association has formed a Member Benefits Cluster. Chris Winslow will assume overall responsibility for the cluster. His title will change from "Publications Manager" to "Co-ordinator, Services and Benefits". As part of this Chris will take over the role of secretary to the Health and Wellbeing Committee. For more information, contact Chris via email: cwinslow@nswbar.asn.au

Coming up in CPD

Tue Feb 14 2017

Wednesday 15 February: "Gender Equality among Barristers before the High Court" Presented by Professor George Williams, Dean, UNSW Law School and chaired by Wendy Abraham QC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday 28 February: "Statutory Construction for Advocates" Presented by Neil Williams SC and Surya Palaniappan of Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Nye Perram, Federal Court of Australia. For full details please download a flyer here.

The seminars will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm.

Learned Friends Hong Kong Conference

Tue Feb 14 2017

In April 2017 (8 – 14 April) Learned Friends is holding a conference in Hong Kong. This dynamic and vibrant city is a fusion of many cultures with remnants of a colonial past. Speakers include Judge Kevin Lapthorn, Michelle Painter SC, Peter Cummings SC, Michael Hartman GBS (Hong Kong) and Caroline Counsel (Counsel Family Lawyers). For more information visit our website or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

First Bar Book Club meeting for 2017

Tue Feb 14 2017

The first meeting of the book club for 2017 will be held tomorrow, 15 February at 6.00pm in the Bar Library. The chosen book will be The Dinner by Herman Koch. A review can be found here. New members are very welcome, if you have any questions please email library@nswbar.asn.au.

Toongabbie Legal Centre Saturday seminar

Tue Feb 14 2017

Members are invited to a one day family law seminar, hosted by the Toongabbie Legal Centre, on Saturday, 25 February 2017. It will be held at Toongabbie Christian School, 30-40 Metella Road, Toongabbie. Learn more here.

Tomorrow: swearing-in ceremony for Dr Robert Harper SC

Tue Feb 14 2017

Dr Robert Harper SC, formerly of 9th Floor Wentworth Chambers, was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, effective 18 January. A formal swearing-in will be held tomorrow, 15 February 2017, at 9.30am in Courtroom 3C of the Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street. Chrissa Loukas SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales and Australian Bar Associations. Barristers should wear robes, but not wigs (See: Robing of Counsel in the Federal Circuit Court)

Early bird registrations closing for the Newcastle CPD Conference this Friday

Tue Feb 14 2017

Early bird registrations for the Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 17 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Newcastle Conference is set down for Saturday 25 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice M Perry
  • Graham Turnbull SC
  • Anthony McGrath SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Giles Coakes
  • Ian Duane
  • Ben Katekar
  • Tina Jowett

Download the full program here - 2017 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).

Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma  

Tue Feb 14 2017

On Tuesday 7 March Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker with over 36 years’ experience, will present "Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma"

In this presentation you will learn about what vicarious trauma is; how it arises from a neuroscience perspective; signs that you may be suffering from it; steps you can take to minimise its impact, including practical steps to avoid or minimise the trauma to you of difficult or distressing material; how to notice signs that a colleague may be affected, what to do and how to intervene helpfully and effectively. The seminar will be chaired by Peter McGrath SC, Health and Wellbeing Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

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

2017 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Tue Feb 14 2017

The Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop is organised year by the New Barristers Committee and is aimed at encouraging junior barristers to practice their cross-examination skills and to also watch a demonstration by senior practitioners.

The seminar will be held on 27 February 2017. The seminar will discuss cross-examination technique. The speakers, who will be senior counsel, will provide guidance on cross-examination in an open and relaxed forum, with questions from the floor.

The workshop will be held on 27 March 2017 and is aimed at encouraging new barristers to practice their cross-examination skills on each other before attending the demonstration to watch senior members of the profession cross-examine and discuss their approach.

Further details will be published shortly.

Submission on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regime

Mon Feb 13 2017

The Bar Association contributed to Part 5 of the Law Council’s response to the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Consultation Paper, Legal Practitioners and Conveyancers: A model for regulation under Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regime.

The Commonwealth Government sought feedback on proposals for the first phase of legislative reforms for the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth). The proposed reforms, if enacted, would significantly impact the legal profession.

Forensics Breakfast Series

Mon Feb 13 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday from 15 February - 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

STEP address: Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes

Mon Feb 13 2017

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Ian Davidson SC on "Issues with the use of ADR in will disputes". It will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer here.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Feb 13 2017

Wednesday 15 February: Gender Equality among Barristers before the High Court. Presented by Professor George Williams, Dean, UNSW Law School and chaired by Wendy Abraham QC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm.

Early bird registrations closing for the Newcastle CPD Conference this Friday

Mon Feb 13 2017

Early bird registrations for the Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 17 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Newcastle Conference is set down for Saturday 25 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice M Perry
  • Graham Turnbull SC
  • Anthony McGrath SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Giles Coakes
  • Ian Duane
  • Ben Katekar
  • Tina Jowett

Download the full program here - 2017 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).

Vale Belinda Margaret Lyus (1958-2017)

Mon Feb 13 2017

Belinda Lyus, for many years a clerk at 16 Wardell then Maurice Byers Chambers, has died. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

ALRC inquiry into Indigenous incarceration

Fri Feb 10 2017

Judge Matthew Myers AM of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has been appointed commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians. The government also released the terms of reference today. The inquiry will examine the laws, frameworks and institutions and broader contextual factors that lead to the disturbing over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our prison system. The inquiry will report to the government by 22 December 2017.

Web watch: Indigenous Law Resources Database

Fri Feb 10 2017

AustLII, in conjunction with the Indigenous Law Centre at the University of NSW, has launched the Indigenous Law Resources Database. It's a national collection of significant primary legal resources relating to Indigenous legal issues. It includes parliamentary papers, government reports and policy documents affecting Indigenous peoples, reports and submissions by civil society organisations, documents related to significant test cases and legal proceedings and Indigenous advocacy.

Ethical Guidance Scheme

Fri Feb 10 2017

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 Bar 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 Bar 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.

  • 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 and the New South Wales legislation website.

  • 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 Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Department (on phone 9232 4055 or at pcd@nswbar.asn.au )

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Feb 10 2017

Wednesday 15 February: Gender Equality among Barristers before the High Court. Presented by Professor George Williams, Dean, UNSW Law School and chaired by Wendy Abraham QC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm.

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2017

Fri Feb 10 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. The 2017 CPD Conferences have been confirmed for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, 18 February: North Coast
  • Saturday, 25 February: Newcastle
  • Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March: Orange
  • Saturday, 18 March: Parramatta
  • Saturday, 25 March: Sydney

For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

Further speaker details 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

Early bird registrations closing for the North Coast CPD Conference today

Fri Feb 10 2017

Early bird registrations for the North Coast CPD Conference at the discounted price will close today, Friday 10 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The North Coast Conference is set down for Saturday 18 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Judge P Berman SC
  • His Honour Judge N Manousaridis
  • Garry Hatcher SC
  • Nick Harrison
  • Cameron Jackson
  • John Carty
  • Brenda Tronson

Download the full program here - 2017 North Coast 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).

Salvos Legal Lecture Series

Thu Feb 09 2017

Members are invited to the Salvos Legal Lecture Series, "Litigation in Practice", to be held on Saturday, 11 March 2017, at the Salvation Army Headquarters in Redfern. It will be a day of practical training on essential litigation skills, with presentations from five expert speakers including senior members of the bench and the bar. Further information and registration details will be released soon. To register your interest, please email events@salvoslegal.com.au. All funds raised will support the Salvos Legal humanitarian work.