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Advocacy Skills Workshop

Mon Jul 15 2019
Coming up in CPD - 8 & 9 November

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise that it will be offering an Advocacy Skills workshop developed by the Australian Advocacy Institute specifically for those 3-5 years out who are looking for an opportunity to practice trial and contested hearing techniques and strategies with the assistance of a faculty of experienced instructors who offer constructive and practical suggestions to improve the advocacy of each individual participant.

Each workshop involves instruction, performance and review of the skills, disciplines and techniques involved in good advocacy. Participants will use specifically developed AAI materials to prepare set advocacy tasks from a case study, then examine and cross examine witness as well as present argument before the decision maker.

Places will be limited on the workshop so please register an expression of interest for the workshop now by providing your details [here]. In recognition of the importance of this training the workshop will be provided at a subsidised rate to all NSW Bar Association members. The cost for the workshop will be $475. The Workshop Fee includes a PDF copy of “The AAI Advocacy Manual” for each participant.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program

Mon Jul 15 2019
Coming up in CPD - 12 October 2019

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise that it will be offering The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program developed by the Australian Advocacy Institute. The aim of the Program is to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This is a very practical course which recognizes the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. It involves advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In particular, appropriate questioning techniques, the role and use of witness intermediaries and the Memory Research published by the Commission, all in the context of the vulnerable witness.

Places will be limited on the workshop so please register an expression of interest for the workshop now by providing your details [here]. In recognition of the importance of this training the workshop will be provided at a subsidised rate to all NSW Bar Association members. The cost for the workshop will be $650. The Workshop Fee includes a PDF copy of “The AAI Advocacy Manual” for each participant.

Bench and Bar Lunch 02/2019

Mon Jul 15 2019
Collegiality

The next Bench and Bar Lunch is set down for Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 12.45pm to 2.00pm at Sky Phoenix - Shop 6001/188 Pitt Street. All members of the Bench and Bar are welcome. 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.

Advocacy Skills Workshop

Fri Jul 12 2019
Coming up in CPD - 8 & 9 November

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise that it will be offering an Advocacy Skills workshop developed by the Australian Advocacy Institute specifically for those 3-5 years out who are looking for an opportunity to practice trial and contested hearing techniques and strategies with the assistance of a faculty of experienced instructors who offer constructive and practical suggestions to improve the advocacy of each individual participant.

Each workshop involves instruction, performance and review of the skills, disciplines and techniques involved in good advocacy. Participants will use specifically developed AAI materials to prepare set advocacy tasks from a case study, then examine and cross examine witness as well as present argument before the decision maker.

Places will be limited on the workshop so please register an expression of interest for the workshop now by providing your details [here]. In recognition of the importance of this training the workshop will be provided at a subsidised rate to all NSW Bar Association members. The cost for the workshop will be $475. The Workshop Fee includes a PDF copy of “The AAI Advocacy Manual” for each participant.

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program

Fri Jul 12 2019
Coming up in CPD - 12 October 2019

The NSW Bar Association is pleased to advise that it will be offering The Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program developed by the Australian Advocacy Institute. The aim of the Program is to promote an awareness of important issues and assist barristers with particular advocacy techniques relating to vulnerable witnesses.

This is a very practical course which recognizes the great sensitivities involved in questioning witnesses who are vulnerable. It involves advocacy training from senior instructors in areas the subject of recommendations by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In particular, appropriate questioning techniques, the role and use of witness intermediaries and the Memory Research published by the Commission, all in the context of the vulnerable witness.

Places will be limited on the workshop so please register an expression of interest for the workshop now by providing your details [here]. In recognition of the importance of this training the workshop will be provided at a subsidised rate to all NSW Bar Association members. The cost for the workshop will be $650. The Workshop Fee includes a PDF copy of “The AAI Advocacy Manual” for each participant.

Equitable briefing report due 30 September

Thu Jul 11 2019
Diversity

Annual reports of briefing entities who have adopted the Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy are due by 30 September 2019. The Equitable Briefing Policy Reporting Template and Guidelines provide information on the reporting requirements and the reporting template.

If you have adopted the policy as counsel, please use this link to provide your annual report for the 2018-19 financial year.

If you have any questions about your reporting obligations under the equitable briefing policy, or any other matter to do with the policy, you are welcome to contact Ms Ting Lim, Senior Policy Lawyer, at the Bar Association: tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

Bar FC clinches a draw against FactSet Athletico FC

Thu Jul 11 2019
Wellbeing

On a beautifully sunny winter’s afternoon in the Domain today Bar FC maintained its third position on the table in a close-fought match against number four on the table, FactSet Athletico FC.

With a mixture of some newer players plus seasoned regulars, Bar FC maintained a nil-all score until half time, despite some close shots at goal by Coutinho for Bar FC. The second half commenced with FactSet Athletico FC on the attack, scoring a surprise goal at the five minute mark from the edge of the field. Bar FC’s defence was strong with Munro, Boyle, Patch, Lui and Griscti co-ordinating well, and of course our goal keeper Harris working overtime. Tsang and Olsen up front, along with Coutinho played strongly and finally at the 17 minute mark, Coutinho put one into the back of the nets to level the score at one-all, which was the final score.

Today’s squad was as follows:

  • Stephen FREE (C)
  • Graham CONNOLLY
  • Joel COOK
  • Rico
  • Jeh COUTINHO
  • Timothy BOYLE,
  • Jon TSANG,
  • Nicholas OLSON,
  • Andy MUNRO,
  • John HARRIS (GK),
  • Ivan GRISCTI,
  • Thomas LIU,
  • David PATCH,
  • Geoff O’SHEA.

Bar FC's next game is against BT Financial FC on Thursday, 18 July 2019 at 1.15 pm on top of the Domain Car Park. Bar FC is keen to return to its winning way and progress up the table from their present third position. All supporters of Bar FC are welcome.

Part-time positions at NCAT

Wed Jul 10 2019
Position vacant

The attorney general is seeking applications from Australian lawyers of at least 7 years’ standing with experience or interest in the types of matters dealt with in the NCAT’s Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division, in particular the Division’s work relating to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, privacy and the Revenue List together with reviews of other administrative decisions within the jurisdiction of NCAT, to be appointed as part-time senior members.

Applications close on Monday, 15 July 2019 (11.59 pm).

Learn more and apply online at iworkfornsw.gov.au.

The Online Court

Tue Jul 09 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.

Protocol in respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Tue Jul 09 2019
Law reform and public affairs

At its meeting on 17 June 2019 the Bar Council approved the Protocol in respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The protocol provides guidance on matters ranging from acknowledgement of country, general observations for barristers to consider when acting for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander client and recommended resources. Learn more here.

Exposure to trauma

Tue Jul 09 2019
Wellbeing

On 25 July the Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW Committee) will host an evening discussion on: "First responders and the consequences of exposure to trauma-what can be done in response and does it work?"

Discussions will cover areas such as techniques designed to collect and preserve eyewitness evidence in the immediate aftermath of an incident, what (if anything) employers can do to protect the mental health of their workforce and relevance to civil litigation, stress and obstacles faced by first responders in the litigation process, in particular Police officers.

The event will take place at the SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street at 6.30pm. Register here.

Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP)

Mon Jul 08 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 the NSW Bar Association members 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.

Admiralty and Maritime Law Seminar - Justice Angus Stewart

Mon Jul 08 2019

The Federal Court of Australia are holding and Admiralty and Maritime Seminar on 24 July 2019 – 1.10pm-1.50pm est.

The Topic of the seminar is Salvage learnings from the Thor Commander presented by Justice Angus Stewart.

For more information click here.

NAIDOC week

Mon Jul 08 2019
Diversity & inclusion

Research shows that diversity in an organisation leads to more and better innovation, as well as improved financial performance. With that in mind, and in recognition of NAIDOC Week, members are reminded of the ways in which they can help to boost the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners at the NSW Bar:

  • Participate in the NSW Bar Association First Nations Law Student mentoring scheme as a mentor;
  • Employ a First Nations law student part-time to assist with chambers or research work; or
  • Donate to the Indigenous Barristers’ Trust dedicated to assist First Nations law students and lawyers overcome barriers to pursuing a career as a barrister in New South Wales.

Further details of the various ways you can provide support and assistance can be found here.

Law Council of Australia - International Law Section

Fri Jul 05 2019

ILS presents a seminar on Corporate Immigration and International Business with Maria Jockel and Anne O'Donoghue

About the Seminar The International Law Section (ILS) invites you to attend a seminar on Corporate Immigration and International Business in the context of the 457/482 Visa Programs, the Enhanced Integrity Act, Data Matching and Regulatory Compliance. How to get the deal through for Business in the current environment. The ILS is privileged to have as guest speaker Maria Jockel. Chaired by Anne O’Donoghue from Immigration Solution Lawyers in Sydney.

Date: Thursday, 18 July 2019 Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm Location: BDO, Level 11, 1 Margaret Street, Sydney Video conferencing will be available for this event. Please contact the ILS Administrator for further details.

For more information and and to register click here.

2019 ADR Awards - Nominations open

Fri Jul 05 2019
Nominate Today

New Category announced on 25 June - ADR Chambers of the year

The Australian Disputes Centre invites your nominations in the Australian ADR Awards 2019. Now in their 4th year, the Australian ADR Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of both individuals and groups in the practice of domestic and international ADR processes. Recognising that the ADR Awards categories have been missing a group award for Australian Barristers’ Chambers, ADC launches this new category today. Nominations are open from 25 June – 16 July 2019.

Gain recognition for your Chambers for excellence in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Nominate today for Australian ADR Chambers of the Year 2019!

For full details see the website HERE

Single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers

Fri Jul 05 2019
Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light

A single room on Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers has recently been made available for sale (3,000 shares in Counsel’s Chambers Ltd). The room has Phillip Street frontage with an abundance of natural light.

9 Selborne Chambers recently underwent renovations which included work on new bathrooms/shower, new kitchen, new reception and waiting areas, plus a new conference room.

The floor consists of six senior counsel and seventeen junior counsel.

The floor’s predominant practice areas include Banking and Finance, Building and Construction, Commercial, Equity, Insurance and Intellectual Property.

Price on application.

All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

To make an appointment to view, or for further information regarding the room and the floor, please contact our Clerk Ed Brown on: 02 9233 5188 or via email: clerk9@selbornechambers.com.au

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Fri Jul 05 2019
New Session Announcement

As you will be aware the conference ‘Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives’ will explore the nuances between the two jurisdictions and discuss various areas where we can learn from each other. Join the ABA and your trans-Tasman colleagues for this exciting 1.5 day conference. Looking for a luxury escape? Stay at the Hotel St Moritz and be treated to wrap around views from Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range. Simply select St Moritz as your accommodation option during registration. For more information on the conference, activities and social events, visit https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ We look forward to welcoming you

Senior Counsel Applications for 2019 now open

Fri Jul 05 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.

Australian Academy of Law/Academy of Science symposium to be held on 22 August

Fri Jul 05 2019

The Australian Academy of Law and the Academy of Science Symposium to be held on 22 August 2019. A “hypothetical” on Climate Change: the Science and the Law.

Date: Thursday 22 August 2019 Time: 5.00pm – 7.30pm Where: Federal Court - Court No 1, Level 21 Law Courts Building,Queen’s Square, Sydney The symposium will be followed by refreshments

A panel of experts on the science and the law relating to climate change will be asked questions by Justin Gleeson SC of the New South Wales Bar on this important topic.

For more information and to register click here.