Australian Academy of Law Annual Essay Prize

Fri Apr 27 2018

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the offering of its Annual Essay Prize for 2018. The deadline for submitting an essay is 31 August 2018 and persons intending to submit an essay must notify the AAL of that intention in writing via its website by 30 June 2018. The amount of the prize is $10,000. Learn more here.

2018 International Criminal Law Congress - Byron Bay

Thu Apr 26 2018
For the diary

The 2018 International Criminal Law Congress will be held at Byron Bay 3-7 October 2018. The theme of the Congress is "Populism, power and privilege: implications for the criminal justice system". The congress will feature speakers from the judiciary, profession and academia from jurisdictions throughout Australia and New Zealand. Registration is now open and single day attendance is available. Early bird registrations, offering substantial discounts, close on 15 July 2018.

Trust money account – Fees in advance – External Examination report due 7 June 2018

Thu Apr 26 2018

A reminder for any barristers who, in the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, have received fees in advance, that is, as described in the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 (the LPULAR), money on account of legal costs for legal services in advance of the provision by the barrister of the legal services – an External Examiner must be appointed to carry out an examination of the clause 15 account for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. Clause 15(2) of the LPULAR also requires that a copy of the External Examination report be provided to the Bar Council by no later than 7 June 2018. The External Examination report template, which has been amended from 2017, is available on the Bar Association’s website under the heading ‘Fees in Advance’ here.

Barristers who have previously notified the Bar Association of the opening of a trust money account have been sent letters containing instructions on how to appoint an external examiner.

Any questions? Please contact the Bar Association’s Legal Officer, Angela Huang, on (02) 9232 4055 or

First Aid Course and Defibrillators: special offer for the NSW Bar

Tue Apr 24 2018

St Johns Ambulance is offering a special deal for members of the NSW Bar to attend their nationally accredited first aid training. On offer are group courses or individual member discounts. The offer also applies to chambers staff. For any chambers wishing to purchase a defibrillator, St Johns is also offering a special discount. Please see here for more details.

Nationally accredited First Aid training offered to the NSW Bar by St Johns Ambulance

1) Group Course Offer, Express First Aid

  • 4 hour duration plus pre-learning;
  • held at the NSW Bar Association Common Room;
  • training for a minimum of 18 people, final numbers TBA once we know the interest; and
  • cost is $100 per person, provided that a minimum of 18 people attend.

2) Individual Member Offer,

  • 1 day Provide First Aid course;
  • at one of the 36 training venues in NSW; and
  • cost of $127 per person, saving of $68.

Lifepak CR Plus Defribrillators Package special offer for the Bar:

  • defribrillator;
  • wall mount bracket;
  • signage;
  • St John chart; and
  • defribrillator awareness e-learning;

For the discounted price of $1,999 (a saving of over $613.50). To take advantage of the Group Course training offer or if you have any questions, please contact Chris Winslow on the Wellbeing Committee

Tonight: Tutorials in Australian legal history

Tue Apr 24 2018

A reminder that the first of the Francis Forbes Society's legal history tutorials for 2018 will be presented tonight, 24 April at 5.15pm in the Banco Court, Queen’s Square by Emeritus Professor Wilfrid Prest (University of Adelaide). Professor Prest’s topic is "Lawyers and the law in the Glorious Revolution".

The next two tutorials in this year’s series of tutorials on Australian legal history are:

  • The Honourable Arthur Emmett, The Roman Consensual Contracts: Sale, Hire and Partnership on Tuesday 15 May 2018
  • Professor Mark Lunney, History the law of tort on Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Everybody is welcome.

Review of sentencing traffic offenders

Tue Apr 24 2018

The NSW Sentencing Council has been asked to review the sentencing of repeat traffic offenders who may pose an ongoing risk to the community. Details about the project may be found on their website. The council is calling for preliminary submissions in response to the project's terms of reference. Preliminary submissions help them to identify the issues that will be dealt with in future papers and consultations before the final report. The deadline for preliminary submissions is Friday 8 June 2018.

Common Law Practice Update 105

Tue Apr 24 2018

The Bar Association has published Common Law Practice Update 105, with case notes on sections 94 and 126 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); sections 5L and 5R of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); product liability; cross vesting; medical negligence claims against police and more. Download CLPU 105 here.

IBA 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Forum Annual Conference Scholarship

Tue Apr 24 2018

The International Bar Association (IBA) offers scholarships to young lawyers who wish to participate in its Annual Conference, but who may find it financially difficult to do so. Members wishing to apply for the 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Forum Annual Conference Scholarship are encouraged to visit the IBA website here and follow the application instructions. All applicants must complete the online application form and submit an original essay on the following topic:

Legal and other challenges in Asia in running an ethical fashion brand. Consider in the essay labour and intellectual property laws, amongst others.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 6 May 2018.

Electronic monitoring orders in the news

Mon Apr 23 2018
Law reform and public affairs

Bar Association President Arthur Moses SC has responded to misguided criticism by the Daily Telegraph of the role of the attorney general and the courts concerning electronic monitoring and Extended Supervision Orders. It comes after news that Graham Kay, convicted of stalking and raping eight women between 1995 and 1997, was arrested over the weekend. View the media release here.

Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas mechanism commences 30 April

Mon Apr 23 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals and Guilty Pleas) Act 2017 commences on Monday, 30 April 2018. This new legislative scheme fundamentally changes the nature of committal proceedings in criminal matters.

Members can find out more about the changes and what it means for your practice by viewing the recording of the seminar, “Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas and other criminal justice reforms” on CPD Online [login required]. The seminar was presented on 21 February 2018 by Sophia Beckett, chaired by Tim Game SC, with comments by Stephen Odgers SC.

Room for sale on 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers

Mon Apr 23 2018

A room has become available on the 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers. 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers is a busy, harmonious and well established floor of 21 Barristers, including two Senior Counsel and 15 Senior Junior Counsel specialising in areas of Common Law, Family Law, Commercial and Crime. The Floor has been extensively renovated and is networked through CCL, uses VOIP telephone systems and also has a separate conference room for use by Floor members.

For more information about the room or the Floor, please contact the Clerk, Leanne Ferguson (T: 02 9232 2722 or E:

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

LCA welcomes NT youth justice efforts

Mon Apr 23 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the NT Government’s $229.6 million investment for child protection and youth justice but has repeated its call for the NT Government to give priority to raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 and not detaining children under 14. Read the Law Council's media release here.

Request for barristers to judge Senior Mooting Competition at UNSW

Mon Apr 23 2018

The Allens Linklaters Senior Mooting Competition is open to senior law students at UNSW. The Competition Directors are requesting the assistance of barristers to volunteer as judges in the second preliminary round, held between 14–24 May 2018.

Moots will be held at the UNSW CBD Campus on O’Connell Street, or the UNSW Kensington Campus in the Law Building (depending on your preference). We can arrange for moots to start at 6pm, 6.30pm or 7pm. Moots run for between 90 mins to 2 hours.

This round’s problem question covers Corporations Law. Particular expertise in this area is not necessary – a detailed bench memorandum will be provided to you in advance.

Our Competition depends for its success on the generosity of experienced advocates. Your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please fill out this very short registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact Fiona Pyliotis and Matthew Shields, the Competition Directors, at

District Court & DDT appointment

Fri Apr 20 2018

Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced the appointment of Wendy Strathdee, barrister, to the District Court of NSW and to the Dust Diseases Tribunal. Ms Strathdee will be sworn in and begin sitting on the DDT from Tuesday, 22 May. Members will be advised of swearing-in arrangements as soon as they are known. Learn more here.

Early appropriate guilty pleas

Fri Apr 20 2018

Public Defenders are presenting a panel discussion on "Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas: Decisions, duties and ethical issues. A panel discussion for defence lawyers." The seminar will cover disclosure, briefs of evidence, s 72 obligations, fitness and offers.

Panel members are: Richard Wilson and Sophia Beckett, Public Defenders with Keppie Waters and Robert Hoyles from Legal Aid NSW.

  • Date: 8 May 2018 from 5 - 6:30 pm.
  • Venue: Public Defenders Chambers, 23 /1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.
  • Registration: Please contact Kieran Darcy on 9268 3196 or to register asap as spaces are limited.

[NOTE: pre-reading will be forwarded to participants on registration]

Bar Association prizes awarded at Macquarie Law School

Fri Apr 20 2018

Last night Bar Councillor Courtney Ensor represented President Arthur Moses SC at Macquarie Law School's awards night. There she presented the following Bar Association prizes:

  • Dispute Management and Resolution: to Kaitlin Jamieson
  • Remedies, Reparations and Resolutions in Law: to Jasmine Logaraj
  • Indigenous Peoples and the Law: to Jacob Roche
  • Jessup International Law Moot: to Nathan Ricardo

Local Court swearings-in on Monday

Fri Apr 20 2018

Andrew Miller and Leanne Robinson will be sworn-in on Monday, 23 April 2018 in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court. Paresh Khandhar will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

Bar FC kicks off in 2018

Fri Apr 20 2018
Bar sports

Yesterday, Bar FC commenced the 2018 season playing in the Domain Soccer League. It was the first time in our eleven year history that Bar FC had five women in the line-up .

Our first opponents Ausgrid were well organized defensively and managed to successfully hold off Bar FC’s early pressure, resulting in the game being tied (0-0). With Lang and Coutinho dominating the centre of the pitch, they created a number of early chances for strikers Stanton (Jnr.) and Santucci. Shortly before half time, an excellent cross by Montieth just needed a Bar FC head to finish off a great Bar FC move. Stanton (Sir Alex) rallied the team at half time pointing out that a few more shots on goal should bring about the desired result. Coutinho answered the call but was unlucky when a well struck shot from outside the area sailed just over the cross bar. He was however the managers pick for player of the match. Whilst the team play was a little scrappy at times, at least the off season cobwebs have now been cleared.

Bar FC also welcomed newcomers Graham Connolly, Elly Aitkenhead, Thomas Liu, Despina Christofis and Savitha Swami to the team. For those interested in joining Bar FC it is never too late to do so. Please contact David Stanton at for further details should you wish to do so. Our next game is Thursday 3 May 2018 against Sydney Business School.

Yesterday’s line up was as follows:

  • Elly Aitkenhead
  • Jeh Coutinho
  • Phillip Santucci
  • Rico
  • Hilary Montieth
  • Angus Lang
  • Thomas Liu
  • Tim Boyle
  • John Harris (GK)
  • Graham Connolly
  • Glenn Fredericks
  • Harry Stanton
  • Despina Christofis
  • Nicole Compton
  • Savitha Swami
  • Phillip Santucci

Law Council Update

Fri Apr 20 2018

The Law Council has published its fortnightly Update, which features stories on electoral funding and disclosure, the Identity-matching Services Bill 2018 and the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017. Catch up on the latest Law Council media releases and submissions to parliamentary committees and other bodies.

ALAANZ annual conference

Thu Apr 19 2018

The Aviation Law Association of Australia and NZ is holding its annual conference in Sydney this year – on 2-4 May. Members might be interested in attending fully or for a day or half day. $1,490 full rate, $640.00 day rate and $350 half day (lunch is an extra option at $50 on the half days but can be included in registration).

For more details contact the Secretariat at or register here.

Bar Cover update 2018

Wed Apr 18 2018

Bar Cover provides Sickness and Accident income protection cover exclusively for practising barrister members of the New South Wales Bar Association. Click here for your Bar Cover update for April 2018.

Deadhouse: Tales of Sydney Morgue – 25% Discount Ticket Offer

Wed Apr 18 2018

Blancmange Productions and Actors Anonymous are proud to offer members a special 25% discount on tickets to any of the performances of this new immersive theatre experience depicting Sydney’s dark past.

Opening Night is Tuesday, 24 April and there are 38 performance dates to choose from, in the historic venue of The Rocks Discovery Museum, Sydney. The Louisa Collins Case deals with the four trials of Louisa Collins in 1888, which resulted in her execution in Darlinghurst Gaol in January 1889.

The Bar Association has assisted the producers with costumes so they would like to give barristers access to tickets for just $30 per person (full price is $40) or $20 concession (normally $30).

This is a great opportunity to experience some of Sydney’s true crime tales, live, in a 150 year old historic sandstone building. Discover more and purchase your tickets through the Eventbrite website.

2018 Bench & Bar Dinner

Wed Apr 18 2018

Full tables for the 2018 Bench & Bar Dinner are sold-out. There are still single tickets available to be seated in groups of up to 4 guests. Should you wish to be added to the waitlist, please contact

Table allocations for the dinner will be sent out via In Brief on Thursday 3 May.

ECAR at the AAT

Wed Apr 18 2018
Help wanted

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is seeking proposals from individuals to assist with Early Case Assessment and Resolution (ECAR) at the AAT. Suitably qualified and experienced individuals will be engaged on an as-needed basis and will typically conduct conferences and conciliations to cover periods of leave and workload peaks.

Dispute resolution specialists with experience managing a high volume of review applications, complaints handling or dispute resolution activities are encouraged to apply. A recognised legal qualification and accreditation or qualifications in mediation, arbitration or other relevant dispute resolution is required.

Learn more here.

Applications close on 18 May 2018.

Tonight: Crisis in Legal Aid

Wed Apr 18 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Bar Association tonight will host a forum to discuss the decline in funding for Legal Aid in NSW. It has been 11 years since the last increase in Legal Aid rates for counsel in NSW. During that time, funds for preparation of matters have decreased even whilst pre-trial procedural requirements have increased. This seminar will look at what steps the Bar Association is taking, and can take, to prevent the situation from worsening. Members are urged to attend and provide their views to assist the Bar Association with its funding campaign. Learn more here.