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2017 Sydney CPD Conference Program

Wed Mar 01 2017

The 2017 Sydney CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program [here]

The Sydney CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 25 March 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, George Street, Sydney.

Full attendance at the Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practising certificate year. NSW barristers, interstate barristers and solicitors are welcome to attend.

For more details about the Sydney Conference, or any of the 2017 CPD Conference Series, please click here.

To register please click here. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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

Taste of Techshow Dinners

Wed Mar 01 2017

The American Bar Association's Techshow 2017, the annual conference of their Law Practice Division, will be held in Chicago on 15-18 March. Philippe Doyle Gray will host a foreign lawyers' dinner with John Mitchell, chair of the division on 16 March. Several office bearers from the American Bar Association and other VIPs are expected to attend. The gathering is part of the Taste-of-Techshow dinners, which are smaller, social events held at local restaurants. Interested? Register here.

Vale Marcus Sonny Jacobs QC (1930-2017)

Wed Mar 01 2017

Marcus Jacobs QC passed away on the morning of Sunday, 26 February 2017. His funeral was held the next day at the Jewish section of Macquarie Park Cemetery. His family would be comforted by remembrances about Marcus's life at the New South Wales Bar, which can be sent care of Diane McWilliam, 12th Floor Selborne / Wentworth Chambers.

Registrations closing for the Personal Injury & Common Law Conference this Firday

Wed Mar 01 2017

Online registrations for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will close this Friday. You can still register after this date by telephone.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March. Please download the program here

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. 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).

Orange CPD Conference this Weekend

Wed Mar 01 2017

The 2017 Orange CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 February. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here - [2017 Orange Conference]

The Orange Conference will run from 9:00 am - 4:40 pm on Saturday, 4 March and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, 5 March. Full attendance over the two days attracts 10 CPD points. In 2017 the Orange CPD Conference is open to NSW Barristers only. Early bird registrations for the Orange CPD Conference at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

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).

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Feb 28 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017: '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.

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

Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma

Tue Feb 28 2017

Improve Work Performance & Health: Recognising and dealing with the effects of the work that we are often required to undertake is a critical part of ensuring that we as barristers are able to perform at our best. On 7 March 2017 at 5.00pm a seminar will address the effects of dealing with cases involving terrible crimes, significant injuries, bitter family disputes that often mean that barristers suffer from the vicarious trauma of those events. Robyn Bradey, who has worked extensively in this area (and particularly with lawyers) will be returning (due to popular demand) to address "Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma" .

For more information about other services and events organised by the Health and Wellbeing Committee, visit their page on the Bar Association's website.

Support the NSW Bar team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half-Marathon

Tue Feb 28 2017

The New South Wales Bar is entering a team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, 21 May 2017 to raise money for the Katrina Dawson Foundation. The money raised will go to fund a Katrina Dawson award for a female reader in each Bar Practice Course, worth $12,000. The prize recipient will be chosen on the basis of excellent academic qualifications, demonstrated leadership in the community and a commitment to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award.

Members are invited and encouraged to participate in the 2017 event by running, donating or both. If you're ready to run, you can register for the NSW Bar team here. If you wish to donate, please visit the team's fundraising page on Everyday Hero.

Brave New Worlds: Challenges for Evidence in the 21st Century

Tue Feb 28 2017

The National Judicial College of Australia and the ANU College of Law invite you to attend their annual conference to be held at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra on 4 & 5 March 2017. The theme of the conference is Brave New Worlds: Challenges for Evidence in the 21st Century.

The conference will focus on emerging research and issues in the areas of evidence and evidence law, including offender identification, expert opinion, the use of technology to identify online predators and machine versus human decision-making. Speakers include leading researchers, academics and judicial officers.

Register here.

Expand your mind, expand your network at the Gender Equitable Briefing Seminar

Mon Feb 27 2017

Join us on Thursday, 9 March 2017, at 5.15pm in the Bar Common Room to hear from a panel of experienced solicitors on gender equitable briefing. There will be an opportunity for members to continue the discussion with other solicitors and barristers over refreshments to be served at the conclusion of the seminar. Please register for catering purposes by emailing Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au. Learn more here.

Learned Friends Hong Kong Conference

Mon Feb 27 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.

Room for Sale 6 St James Hall Chambers

Mon Feb 27 2017
Levels 6 & 7, 169 Phillip Street, Sydney

Expressions of interest are now invited to join 6 St James Hall Chambers. The opportunity would suit a senior barrister or silk. The accomodation provides a sunny Phillip Street frontage opposite the Law Courts Building, well equipped with Barnet connection, VOIP telephone system and access to electronic subscription services and well-stocked library, including the English Rainbow Series.

Chambers actively promotes a professionally supportive environment. Your practice can be promoted via your individual web page, Counsel News, International Blog and Events pages, subscription mail outs and on Twitter (@6tStJamesHall & @6StJamesIntl).

Price: $150,000. For further details on outgoings and to arrange a viewing of the accommodation, please contact Margaret Ashford, telephone: (02) 9236-8600, email: mashford@stjames.net.au or our new Practice Manager Nora Faulua, telephone: (02) 9236-8600, email: nfaulua@stjames.net.au.

Enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Room for sale

Mon Feb 27 2017

An opportunity has become available to purchase a room on the Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers. The room is light-filled, overlooks Martin Place and has built-in shelving. It is suitable for junior counsel.

The floor is well-established and has been operating from these Chambers since 1979. The floor has 4 senior counsel and 11 junior counsel with practices across a variety of jurisdictions including crime, Commonwealth and white collar prosecutions, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, inquiries and inquests, revenue law, insurance and personal injuries.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join this outstanding floor.

For all relevant details please contact the Clerk, Mark Grace: 9224 5600 or by email: mark.grace@7gbc.com.au

Position vacant at the Land and Environment Court

Mon Feb 27 2017

The Department of Justice is seeking applications from suitably qualified applicants for the position of director and registrar at the Land and Environment Court. This is a senior executive role responsible for exercising statutory and delegated quasi-judicial functions, providing expert advice to the executive director and principal registrar, superior courts on complex legal issues and leading and directing a court registry team in the delivery of high quality court services.

To apply for this role please submit an application online via www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au and attach an up to date resume and a cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role.

Download the role description here. Inquiries: Contact Chris D'Aeth, Executive Director & Principal Registrar on (02) 9230 8097 Closing date: 19 March 2017

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Feb 24 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March. Please download the program here

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. 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

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AK KBE QC to deliver Sir Garfield Barwick Address

Fri Feb 24 2017

The Sir Garfield Barwick Address Foundation is pleased and honoured to advise that an Address will be delivered by the Hon Sir Anthony Mason AK, KBE, QC at a dinner to be held on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the Castlereagh Hotel at 6.30pm.

The Foundation is an independent non-profit charity registered with the ACNC whose purpose is to organise the Address and if possible its publication.

If you would like to attend the event or would like further information please respond to the Barwick Address Foundation direct by email to maryfield2010@hotmail.com or sara.heard@hotmail.com

Sir Owen Dixon Chambers – Level 64 MLC Centre – Room for Sale

Fri Feb 24 2017

A room is currently available for purchase at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers. The room is a good sized internal room with a very practical fitout. The floor comprises 58 barristers including four senior counsel. The floor has a long term lease and features excellent facilities, including wi-fi, video conferencing capabilities and a good library. To arrange an inspection or if you have any queries please contact the clerk, Ian Irvine, on 8076 6600 or via email to clerk@sirowendixon.com.au All enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence. www.sirowendixon.com.au

Toongabbie Legal Centre Saturday seminars

Fri Feb 24 2017

The Toongabbie Legal Centre is holding a season of CPD seminars in February and March, beginning tomorrow with Family Law, followed by Rule 6.1 Mandatory Subjects for Solicitors and Barristers (11 March); Tax & Equity (17 March); and Criminal Law (25 March). The option of viewing seminars via the web (webinar) is available. Learn more here.

2017 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Fri Feb 24 2017

Nominations for the 2017 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards are now open. The WLA invite you to nominate exceptional colleagues. An online nomination form is available here. Nominations will be sought for the following categories:

  • Change Champion of the Year
  • Outstanding Law Firm of the Year
  • Woman Lawyer of the Year, sponsored by Thomson Reuters
  • Barrister of the Year
  • Private Practice Lawyer of the Year
  • Corporate Counsel of the Year, sponsored by Thomson Reuters
  • Community Lawyer or Academic of the Year, sponsored by Department of Justice
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by UNSW Law – Continuing Legal Education

Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC of the High Court of Australia will be the guest speaker at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on 11 August 2017 at the Grand Ballroom, Doltone House Hyde Park, Sydney.

Appointment to note: James Renwick SC

Fri Feb 24 2017

James Renwick SC has been appointed as acting independent national security legislation monitor (INSLM) for an initial period of 12 months. A copy of the press release can be found here.

Under the INSLM Act, the INSLM is appointed on a part-time basis for a period not exceeding 3 years. The role of the INSLM is to review the operation, effectiveness and implications of Australia’s counter-terrorism and national security legislation on an ongoing basis.

Newcastle CPD Conference this Saturday

Fri Feb 24 2017

The 2017 Newcastle CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 25 February. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here - 2017 Newcastle Conference

The conference will be held in The Morrow Room at The Novotel Newcastle Beach. Street parking around the hotel is available along with selected parking at the hotel.

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).

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Feb 24 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March. Please download the program here

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. 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

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2017 Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Fri Feb 24 2017

The New Barristers Committee will be running a (free) cross-examination seminar in February-March 2017. The workshop is divided into two parts and will include a discussion in the Bar Association Common Room on Monday 27 February 2017, followed by a practical demonstration of cross-examination technique on Monday 27 March 2017, by two senior counsel before The Honourable Justice Garling RFD at the Supreme Court. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn the art of cross-examination. This workshop is open to all members of the Bar but is particularly recommended for junior members of the Bar. Registration is required. Please email Tiffany McDonald by Friday 24 February 2017. For full details please download a flyer here.