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New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Thu Mar 14 2019
There’s still time to register

The New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop is aimed at encouraging junior 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 to the same problem. The two-part workshop is relevant to both civil and criminal practitioners.

The first session of the New Barristers’ Committee 2019 Cross Examination Workshop was held on 21 February 2019 and is now available of CPD Online. To view the seminar please click here. The seminar conducted by Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers) discussed cross-examination technique.

Part two of the Cross Examination Workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by Tunc Ozen SC (Public Defender) and Neil Adams SC (Crown Prosecutor). The demonstration will take place in the Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court, starting at 5.15pm. The presiding judge will be The Honourable Justice Bellew.

For further information or to register for part two of the workshop please click here.

Sydney CPD Conference Program Finalised

Thu Mar 14 2019

The Conference Program for the 2019 Sydney CPD Conference has now been finalised. The 2019 Sydney Regional Conference is to be held on Saturday 30 March at the Hilton Hotel, George Street. The conference will run from 9.00am - 4.40pm and attribute 6 CPD points. Speaker include:

  • The Hon Justice Mark James Leeming
  • His Honour Judge Peter Johnstone
  • His Honour Judge Andrew Scotting
  • Professor David Rolph
  • Dr Robert Austin
  • Michael Green SC
  • Stephanie Fendekian
  • Mark Seymour
  • Richard Wilson
  • Elisabeth Peden
  • Lee-May Saw
  • Belinda Baker
  • Julia Roy

Download the full program here - 2019 Sydney Conference

For more details about the 2019 Regional CPD Conference Series, including information 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 on any of the "Register Now" buttons located on the dedicated 2019 Regional Conference Series 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

Katrina Dawson Award - applications now open

Thu Mar 14 2019
Diversity

Katrina Dawson was a much-loved member of the New South Wales Bar, where she excelled. She was tragically killed during the Lindt Cafe siege. The Katrina Dawson Award seeks to encourage women to practise at the bar. The award is open to women who have passed the New South Wales Bar exam and committed to enrolling in a Bar Practice Course within 18 months of winning the award. Applications are now open and will close on 15 April 2019. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

Tonight: Equitable briefing of experts

Thu Mar 14 2019
Thursday 14 March

The Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee of the Bar Association invite you to a discussion on 14 March 2019 at 5.15pm of the issues associated with equitable briefing of experts. This is a topic that will require attention from members of the Bar and is a focus of increased discussion amongst our instructing solicitors. Please join the Hon. Justice Markovic, Vanessa Whittaker SC (Eleventh Floor), Claire Smith (Clayton Utz) and Rebecca Conoulty (Sapere Forensic) for this CPD. Refreshments will be provided following the panel discussion. As numbers are limited, please register your attendance here.

Please note, this presentation will not be recorded at the request of the presenters.

How could the election impact your finances?

Thu Mar 14 2019
Member services and benefits

The NSW Bar Association are pleased to offer you the opportunity to attend a special investment information event hosted in partnership with leading wealth management firm, Dixon Advisory.

This seminar has been designed to cover the key challenges and opportunities presented by today’s superannuation and investment environment, including:

  • the proposed changes to tax and superannuation policy
  • potential tax strategies to consider leading into 30 June 2019
  • how the proposals may impact you
  • investment opportunities in today’s markets.

To find out more about the session and Dixon Advisory, visit www.dixon.com.au/partnerships/nsw-bar-association

Registration required. To register and secure your place, please click here.

The session will be hosted in the Bar Association Common Room commencing at 5.15pm.

ADR joint CPD event

Thu Mar 14 2019

The New South Wales Bar Association and the Law Society of New South Wales invite members to their first joint ADR CPD event for the year, which will be held in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15 pm on Wednesday, 20 March. The guest presenter will be the Hon PA Bergin SC, who will speak on the topic of "ADR and the Legal Profession", with introductory comments from Mary Walker, chair of the Bar Association’s ADR Committee and closing comments from Gary Ulman, past-president of the Law Society of NSW.

How could the election impact your finances?

Wed Mar 13 2019
Member services and benefits

The NSW Bar Association are pleased to offer you the opportunity to attend a special investment information event hosted in partnership with leading wealth management firm, Dixon Advisory.

This seminar has been designed to cover the key challenges and opportunities presented by today’s superannuation and investment environment, including:

  • the proposed changes to tax and superannuation policy
  • potential tax strategies to consider leading into 30 June 2019
  • how the proposals may impact you
  • investment opportunities in today’s markets.

To find out more about the session and Dixon Advisory, visit www.dixon.com.au/partnerships/nsw-bar-association

Registration required. To register and secure your place, please click here.

The session will be hosted in the Bar Association Common Room commencing at 5.15pm.

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018

Wed Mar 13 2019

The Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018 commenced on 11 March 2019.

The amendments protect victims of family violence by banning personal cross-examination in certain circumstances in family law proceedings, and requiring instead that cross examination be conducted by a legal representative. The amendments will apply to cross examinations that occur after 11 September 2019, in proceedings instituted before or after that commencement.

The amendments prohibit personal cross-examination in family law proceedings where there is an allegation of family violence between two parties and any of the following circumstances apply:

  • either party has been convicted of, or is charged with, an offence involving violence, or a threat of violence, to the other party
  • a family violence order (other than an interim order) applies to both parties
  • an injunction under sections 68B or 114 for the personal protection of either party is directed against the other party, or
  • the court makes an order that the mandatory requirements apply to the cross examination.

When the ban applies, cross examination of both parties must be conducted by a lawyer. Parties will need to hire a private lawyer or apply to their relevant state or territory legal aid commission for legal representation under the Commonwealth Family Violence and Cross Examination of Parties Scheme.

While these measures apply in family law proceedings, they also have relevance for family violence matters in state and territory courts as the presence of a conviction or a final family violence order will now result in parties being unable to personally cross-examine one another in a family law proceeding where there are allegations of family violence.

Attached here is an information sheet on the new measures for distribution within your networks.

A copy of the legislation and explanatory memorandum is available on the Australian Parliament House website.

SMH Half Marathon - Join the NSW Bar team today!

Wed Mar 13 2019
Wellbeing

The New South Wales Bar has formed a team for runners in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, 19 May 2019 to raise money for the Black Dog Institute. Bart Vasic, Iain Todd and Arthur Moses SC and John-Paul Redmond are already signed. If you'd like to run with the NSW Bar Half Marathon Team, follow this link. Register before 19 March and take advantage of the early bird rate of $98 (plus applicable credit card fee).

The NSW Bar Half Marathon Team is an initiative of the Bar Association's Wellbeing Committee.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Wed Mar 13 2019
Conferences

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Mark Robinson SC, Suzanne Christie SC and Kim Morrissey. Please note that Seville and Lisbon are popular destinations and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended.

For more information visit their website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Chambers for sale - 4 Wentworth

Wed Mar 13 2019
Member services and benefits

A full size room has become available for sale on 4th Floor Wentworth Chambers.

The room has updated built-in and moveable shelving cupboards and a robing cupboard, together with air conditioning, new carpet, is freshly painted in neutral tones and has lots of natural light.

4 Wentworth is a busy, harmonious and well established floor of varying practices. The Floor is fully networked through the CCL network, VOIP phone system and has access to online library subscription. For more information about the room or the Floor, please contact our Clerk, Leanne Somerton on 02 9232 2722 or visit our website:www.4wentworth.com.au.

All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Public Law Section CPD Seminar Series

Wed Mar 13 2019
Continuing professional development

Did you miss the first two sessions in the Public Law Section CPD Series? Fear not! ‘The Scope of Appellate Review of Public Law Judgments’ seminar held on Wednesday 20 February and ‘Statutory Interpretation: The Time Dimension’ held on Tuesday 05 March are now available to view on CPD Online.

The next two instalments of the series will be held on Tuesday 19 March and Tuesday 26 March. Please find further details below.

Tuesday 19 March - Duties to consider in administrative law

Presented by Geoffrey Kennett SC and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here

Tuesday 26 March - How to prepare and run an administrative law case

Presented by Neil Williams SC and Joanna Davidson. Chaired by The Hon Justice John Basten, Supreme Court of NSW. Learn more here

All seminars commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless stated otherwise.

**For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Practising Certificate Renewals for 2019 – 2020

Wed Mar 13 2019
1 April - 7 June

Renewals for the 2019 - 2020 period commence 1 April 2019 until 7 June 2019. Any renewals received between 8 June and 30 June 2019 will still be accepted but will have a late-fee applied.

Renewal forms will not be accepted after midnight on 30 June 2019

More information is available here.

Tomorrow: Equitable briefing of experts

Wed Mar 13 2019
Diversity

The Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee of the Bar Association invite you to a discussion on 14 March 2019 at 5.15pm of the issues associated with equitable briefing of experts. This is a topic that will require attention from members of the Bar and is a focus of increased discussion amongst our instructing solicitors. Please join the Hon. Justice Markovic, Vanessa Whittaker SC (Eleventh Floor), Claire Smith (Clayton Utz) and Rebecca Conoulty (Sapere Forensic) for this CPD. Refreshments will be provided following the panel discussion. As numbers are limited, please register your attendance here.

Bar Book Club

Wed Mar 13 2019
Wellbeing

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held at 5.30pm on 2 April 2019. our next book is the Stella Prize nominated Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee.

Reviews and copies can be found most everywhere. Light refreshments will be offered. See you in the library

Ceremonial Sitting of the FairWork Commission

Tue Mar 12 2019
Appointments

A Ceremonial sitting of the FairWork Commission to welcome new members, Deputy President Gerard Boyce and Deputy President Bryce Cross will take place on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 4.30pm in the Hearing Room 15.1, Level 15, at Terrace Tower, 80 William Street, East Sydney. Members are invited to attend.

Kylie Nomchong SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar.

Robes and Wigs are not worn.

Appointments to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Tue Mar 12 2019
Appointments

The Hon Christian Porter MP announced yesterday the appointment of four judges to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia: Mr Douglas Humphreys OAM, Ms Monica Neville, Ms Anna Boymal and Mr Anthony Dillon Morley.

Mr Humphreys will commence in the Parramatta registry on 11 March 2019. Ms Neville will commence in the Sydney registry on 11 March 2019. Ms Boymal will commence in the Melbourne registry on 18 March 2019. Mr Morley will commence in the Sydney registry on 19 March 2019. Details of relevant swearing in ceremonies will be provided when available.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Appointments to the Family Court of Australia

Tue Mar 12 2019
Appointments

The Hon Christian Porter MP, Attorney General of Australia has today announced Judge Joshua Wilson and Judge Robert Harper have been appointed to the Family Court of Australia.

These appointments elevate Judge Wilson and Judge Harper from their current positions as judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

A ceremonial sitting of the Family Court will be held in Courtroom 7C, Level 7, Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulbum Street, Sydney, at 4:30pm on Thursday, 21 March 2019 to welcome the Honourable Justice Robert Harper as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia. Micheal Kearney SC will speak on behalf of the NSW Bar. Robes are to be worn, wigs are not worn.

Amendments to Local Court Practice Note Civ 1

Tue Mar 12 2019
Practice and procedure

His Honour Judge Henson, Chief Magistrate has amended Practice Note Civ 1. In addition to the requirements for expert evidence the amendments consolidate this practice note with the Online Court Practice Note.

This practice note will commence on and from 15 March 2019.

Further information is available below:-

ABA Convergence 2019 Registration now open | Singapore | 11-12 July 2019

Tue Mar 12 2019

The ABA is delighted to announce registration for its Commercial Law conference in Singapore is now open. Open to all members of the Australian and Asia-Pacific legal professions, we invite you to register for what will be an excellent 2-day conference and social program.

Visit the Convergence 2019 website now.

Payment options include credit card or EFT at a later date.

Among the confirmed speakers are:

  • The Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia
  • The Hon Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore
  • The Hon Stephen Gageler AC, High Court of Australia
  • The Hon Andrew Phang, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • The Hon Dr Michael Hwang SC, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts
  • The Hon Craig Colvin, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon Jacqueline Gleeson, Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon A S Bell, President, NSW Court of Appeal
  • The Hon Judith C Kelly, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • The Hon John Vaughan, Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • V. K. Rajah, former Attorney-General of Singapore
  • Judith Gill QC, 20 Essex Street Chambers, London Court of International Arbitration
  • Fedelma C. Smith, Senior Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • Kathryn Haigh, General Counsel, AUSTRAC
  • Cameron Ford, Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tinto
  • George Lim SC, Chair, Singapore International Mediation Centre
  • Samuel Chacko, Legis Point LLC, Singapore
  • Jimmy Chan, Clifford Chance, Hong Kong
  • Dinesh Dhillon, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
  • Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University
  • Michelle Quigley, Group Manager, Legal & Risk, AusGroup

Registration is available from just $1,990 (excluding flights and accommodation), and a tax invoice will be sent once successfully registered.

Unable to attend? The ABA is also pleased to announce that you can now sponsor a barrister of under 7 years practice to attend the conference.

For more information, please visit the event website or contact the events team at events@austbar.asn.au.

Religious Freedom after Ruddock

Tue Mar 12 2019
University of Queensland Law School Conference

The University of Queensland Law School, in partnership with The Australian Law Journal (ALJ), will host the conference. Some papers presented at the conference will later be published in a special edition of the ALJ.

  • Date: Saturday 6 April 2019
  • Time: 9-5pm
  • Venue: The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Join leading legal experts as they consider the future of religious freedom in Australia following the report of the Religious Freedom Review, led by former Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.

For more information and to register click here.

New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop

Tue Mar 12 2019
There’s still time to register

The New Barristers’ Committee Cross-examination Seminar and Workshop is aimed at encouraging junior 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 to the same problem. The two-part workshop is relevant to both civil and criminal practitioners.

The first session of the New Barristers’ Committee 2019 Cross Examination Workshop was held on 21 February 2019 and is now available of CPD Online. To view the seminar please click here. The seminar conducted by Michelle Painter SC (9th floor, Selbourne Chambers) and Marcus Pesman SC (Queen's Square Chambers) discussed cross-examination technique.

Part two of the Cross Examination Workshop will be held on 28 March 2019 and will include a demonstration of cross-examination technique by Tunc Ozen SC (Public Defender) and Neil Adams SC (Crown Prosecutor). The demonstration will take place in the Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court, starting at 5.15pm. The presiding judge will be The Honourable Justice Bellew.

For further information or to register for part two of the workshop please click here.

The Hon Brian Thomas Sully AM QC (1936 - 2019)

Tue Mar 12 2019
Funeral arrangements

Funeral arrangements for the Hon Brian Thomas Sully AM QC, former Supreme Court judge and life member of the New South Wales Bar Association are as follows:-

Requiem Mass

  • Thursday 14 March 2019 at 1:30 PM
  • St Francis Xavier Catholic Church
  • 17 MacKenzie St, Lavender Bay NSW, Australia

‘Mentoring Diversity’ Panel Discussion

Tue Mar 12 2019
Diversity

Research shows diverse and inclusive teams deliver increased levels of performance, are more creative and have higher levels of job satisfaction. Women Lawyers panel will discuss why mentoring is critical to diversity and inclusion in the workplace - and why you should foster a culture of diversity and inclusion in your team, where all employees are respected, valued and supported. Make mentoring an integral part of your culture, not just to increase a KPI or vanity metric, but to provide a platform with equal opportunity for every person within an organisation.

Join Women Lawyers at 5.30pm Tuesday 26 March 2019 at King & Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Panel Discussion Event with:- • Ms Katrina Rathie, Partner in Charge, Sydney, King & Wood Mallesons, • the Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan, • the Hon Justice Melissa Perry of the Federal Court of Australia, • the Hon Judge Richard Weinstein of the District Court of New South Wales, and • Ms Yen Hui Tie, General Counsel of AMP Capital

For more information and to register click here.

/#Diversity

Tonight: Responding to sexual harassment at the Bar seminar series - Part 1

Tue Mar 12 2019
Part 1 - Wednesday 13 March
Part 2 - Monday 18 March

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces has highlighted the need for all workplaces, including those of barristers, to address sexual harassment. Barristers and those engaging with barristers are entitled to a safe working environment. A failure to address sexual harassment at the Bar in an effective and appropriate manner may expose individual barristers and their chambers to risk of complaints and litigation.

For further information – see the Law Council of Australia’s submission here.

Please join the NSW Bar Association and Australian Bar Association on Wednesday 13 March and Monday 18 March to discuss sexual harassment at the Bar. These two seminars are intended to provide barristers, clerks and chambers with an overview of the relevant laws and policies together with practical information and strategies to eliminate and respond to sexual harassment. Learn more here:

Both seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room