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Equitable briefing report due 30 September

Mon Sep 09 2019
Diversity

The equitable briefing reporting year closed on 30 June 2019 for the 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 financial year. Reports are due on 30 September 2019.

Reports are to be provided to the Law Council of Australia directly, and can be sent any time after the Law Council opens its reporting portal, which you will be able to find here.

You can find the Law Council’s Guidelines, including templates for record-keeping and reporting, here.

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. You can also contact the Law Council directly at mail@lawcouncil.asn.au.

Mentoring for First Nations law student moot

Mon Sep 09 2019
Call for volunteers

The Indigenous Barristers Trust is seeking volunteer barristers to assist with the annual Mooting Competition of Australia's First Peoples for First Nations law students at NSW universities, providing an opportunity for them to develop and showcase their advocacy skills in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Interested barristers will act as mentors to participating students over a ten day period between Monday, 23 September to Thursday, 3 October 2019.

We are looking for barristers to assist in the preparation of written submissions (due 30 September) as well as offer advice on advocacy skills. Contact with the students may be in person, or by phone and email. Please note that some of the students may be in their first or second year of law.

The preliminary rounds will be held on Tuesday, 1 October.

The final and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 1 October at Gilbert + Tobin, Barangaroo.

If you are interested in assisting please email Sian McGee (s.mcgee@mauricebyers.com) by Friday, 13 September. Sian will let you know by Monday 16 September whether you have been allocated a team.

Building Bridges: Resolving Disputes through International Arbitration

Mon Sep 09 2019
Conferences

The Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia(CIArb Australia) are pleased to invite you to their 2019 International Arbitration Conference: Building Bridges: Resolving Disputes through International Arbitration.

As international arbitration remains the preferred means for commercial and state entities to resolve disputes in the global economy, building bridges, and not walls, is key to maintaining good relationships to ensure growth, competitiveness and new opportunities. Hosted at this one-day conference is Australia's premier international arbitration event and will launch the 2019 Australian Arbitration Week.

Supported by global institutes, government, industry associations, sponsors and media partners, it will bring together eminent speakers including The Hon Justice Patrick Keane AC, High Court of Australia, who will deliver the keynote address, and expert practitioners from five continents and 15 jurisdictions who will impart their knowledge and experiences in examining emerging trends in various key sectors. A Cocktail Networking Reception will follow proceedings featuring guest speaker, The Hon Yvette D'Ath, Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Queensland Government.

The Australian Bar Association is pleased to be a supporting organisation of this important conference. To take advantage of your discounted registration rate, enter "Australian Bar Association" as your member organisation in the registration page.

Katrina Dawson Award

Mon Sep 09 2019
Diversity

The Bar Association is delighted to announce that the second recipient of the Katrina Dawson Award for 2019 is Aleksandra Ilic, a senior associate at King & Wood Mallesons.

Aleksandra migrated from Serbia in 2001 and, like so many before her, worked long hours and made many sacrifices to establish herself in Australia. ‘The challenges I have overcome are part of my story, of which I am proud. Every step I have taken in my studies and career has been in furtherance of a dream I have had since I was a Year 7 student whose English was still a work-in-progress and who had not quite settled into this new country which was overwhelming in its opportunities – the dream of becoming a barrister’, she said.

Aleksandra was dux of Liverpool Girls High School in 2008. She attended the University of Western Sydney, from which she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours and the University Medal) and a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction), majoring in philosophy. Among her various prizes she received the ‘Best Speaker’ award in 2011 and 2012 at the Robert Hayes Mooting Championship. In 2016 she was awarded the Ross Waite Parsons Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship to study a Master of Laws at the University of Sydney, from which she graduated with Distinction in May 2018.

Aleksandra was admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in October 2014. Since February 2015 she has worked as a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in their Dispute Resolution Practice. In July last year Aleksandra was promoted to senior associate at the firm.

Aleksandra is determined to give back to the community and during her time at the firm has been active in promoting reconciliation, mentoring and pro bono assistance, particularly through the Downing Centre Duty Solicitors Scheme.

Aleksandra will join the May 2020 Bar Practice Course and will read with Justin Williams and James Arnott. In the years ahead, Aleksandra hopes to participate in the Duty Barrister Scheme and to serve on the Bar Association’s Diversity and Equality Committee and the First Nations Committee.

State memorial service for the Hon Jane Matthews AO

Fri Sep 06 2019

The Premier, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, has today announced that the family of the Honourable Jane Mathews AO has accepted her offer of a State Memorial Service.

Details of the State Memorial Service will be provided in the coming days. View the media release here

Room for Licence (12 months) - 3 St James Hall

Fri Sep 06 2019

A large, well apportioned internal room is available for licence for a period of 12 months on Third Floor St James’ Hall Chambers. The floor is comprised of 1 Silk and 16 well-established barristers and has a mix of insolvency, commercial and criminal law work. The floor is very harmonious. There are regular evening marketing events held by the floor. For further details, please contact the clerk of chambers, Candice Pedersen on 9223 9611 or clerk@3sjh.com.au

Swearing in ceremony for Sandra Duggan SC – 10 September 2019

Fri Sep 06 2019

Ms Sandra Duggan SC will be sworn in as a judge of the Land and Environment Court by the chief judge at a special sitting of the court in the Banco Court at 9:00am on 10 September 2019.

Attorney General Mark Speakman SC MP, will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Robes, but not wigs, are to be worn.

Going to Perth? Get corporate rates at the Duxton Hotel

Fri Sep 06 2019
Member services and benefits

The New South Wales Bar Association has negotiated corporate rates for members and their direct family members at the Duxton Hotel Perth. Situated adjacent to the Commonwealth Law Courts building and a ten minute walk to the Supreme Court, the Duxton is ideal if you are appearing in, or preparing for, matters in Western Australia.

To take advantage of this offer, visit www.nswbar.asn.au and login to the member dashboard. Navigate to the Member Advantage home page. Once there, click on the NSW Bar icon.

Experienced Barristers Program

Fri Sep 06 2019
Wellbeing

On Tuesday, 1 October 2019, the Bar Association will launch its Experienced Barrister Program, which is designed to cater for the interests of over 250 members of the association who are over the age of 70.

At the launch, certificates of service will be presented to several of our members who have each achieved more than 55 years of service to the New South Wales Bar.

Future events will include regular monthly lunches with guest speakers, and other functions, to be organized by a Steering Committee, currently comprising Robert Stitt QC, John Maconachie QC and Paul Daley AM.

This initiative of the Wellbeing Committee was approved by the Bar Council in August, and has been developed in consultation with the Diversity and Equality Committee.

Another aspect of the program for 2020 will be a system to assist universities with their mooting schedule by helping to find moot judges and advocacy coaches from among, but not limited to, experienced barristers. Paul Daley has also agreed to assist the program coordinators, Tim Castle of the Wellbeing Committee and Chris Winslow of the Bar Association, in developing this system.

Further details about the launch and program will be circulated shortly.

Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers

Wed Sep 04 2019

Members are invited to join the WBF and distinguished guests for their biannual lunch and meet the new women at the bar. This is a great networking event and all are welcome to attend.

Hosted by the Women Barristers Forum & WLANSW at 1.00pm Friday 20 September 2019 at The Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney

For more information and to register, click here.

Parliament should not interfere with judicial discretion

Wed Sep 04 2019

The Law Council of Australia has issued a Media Release stating mandatory sentencing for Commonwealth child sex offences would undermine court discretion in determining appropriate punishment and would not act as a deterrent, says the Law Council of Australia.

Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC, said child sex offending was abhorrent and while such offending deserved the full force of the law, mandatory sentencing opened the door to other unintended consequences.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Richard Cavanagh SC appointed to the Supreme Court

Wed Sep 04 2019

Attorney General Mark Speakman SC has today announced the appointment of Richard Cavanagh SC as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW.

“Mr Cavanagh’s impressive legal career spans 37 years, including 21 years at the Bar and a decade as Senior Counsel. He practises in commercial, equity and common law, appearing regularly in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and District Court in NSW, as well as the Federal Court,” Mr Speakman said.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

BarADR Mediation Reaccreditation and Accreditation

Wed Sep 04 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to renew their mediator accreditations under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are also sought from members of the Bar wishing to be accredited for the first time by the Bar Association or NSW barristers whose accreditations have now lapsed. To be eligible to be accredited, applicants must hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and have met the NMAS training and experience standards.

Applications to be reaccredited can be made online. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here. Please familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here, to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation or re-accreditation.

The Bar Association is further inviting prospective and existing accredited mediators to apply for their names to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and/or District Court mediator lists. You may apply for accreditation or reaccreditation and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form (here) provides you with this option. Please note, however, that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court’s list.

The closing date to submit your online form and to upload all relevant evidence in support of your application is 5pm on 23 September 2019.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 or email us at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

Judges wanted for the Kirby Cup Mooting Competition

Wed Sep 04 2019
Mooting

Western Sydney University Law School runs the annual Kirby Cup Mooting Competition for Year 9, 10 and 11 legal studies students, and they have requested assistance from members of the New South Wales Bar who are willing to sit as judges. More information about the competition is available on this YouTube video.

This year's competition will take place on 28-29 October 2019 at the Parramatta South Campus, between 8.30am and 12.30pm. Judges are supplied with support, including notes on the moot question, as well as score sheets and adjudication instructions.

The competition provides high school students with a unique opportunity to learn about the legal system and the role of lawyers, as well as engage in higher order legal skills, such as written advocacy and developing oral arguments. Teams work together to consider and write arguments for both the appellant and respondent in a hypothetical case, using contemporary practices and current legal principles.

If you wish to volunteer, please contact Ms Sandy Noakes at WSU: S.Noakes@westernsydney.edu.au

Participation in mooting is an initiative of the Wellbeing Committee.

Sandra Duggan SC appointed to the Land and Environment Court

Wed Sep 04 2019

Attorney General Mark Speakman SC today announced the appointment of Sandra Duggan SC as a judge of the Land and Environment Court.

Mr Speakman said Ms Duggan has had an outstanding legal career spanning more than three decades, appearing in many NSW court jurisdictions including the Land and Environment Court.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

BarADR Mediation Reaccreditation and Accreditation

Tue Sep 03 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to renew their mediator accreditations under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are also sought from members of the Bar wishing to be accredited for the first time by the Bar Association or NSW barristers whose accreditations have now lapsed. To be eligible to be accredited, applicants must hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and have met the NMAS training and experience standards.

Applications to be reaccredited can be made online. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here. Please familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here, to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation or re-accreditation.

The Bar Association is further inviting prospective and existing accredited mediators to apply for their names to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and/or District Court mediator lists. You may apply for accreditation or reaccreditation and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form (here) provides you with this option. Please note, however, that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court’s list.

The closing date to submit your online form and to upload all relevant evidence in support of your application is 5pm on 23 September 2019.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 or email us at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

Equitable briefing report due 30 September

Tue Sep 03 2019

The equitable briefing reporting year closed on 30 June 2019 for the 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 financial year. Reports are due on 30 September 2019.

Reports are to be provided to the Law Council of Australia directly, and can be sent any time after the Law Council opens its reporting portal, which you will be able to find here.

You can find the Law Council’s Guidelines, including templates for record-keeping and reporting, here.

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. You can also contact the Law Council directly at mail@lawcouncil.asn.au.

Forbes Society - Tutorial in Australian Legal History

Tue Sep 03 2019
Today

We remind you of our tutorial in Australian Legal History – today, in Court 13A at 5.15 pm: Professor Mark Lunney (Junior Vice President of the Society), Dr Tanya Josev (Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne Law School) and Dr Susan Bartie (Lecturer, University of Tasmania Faculty of Law), on Legalism in the twentieth century: the chameleon concept.

This will be followed on 18 September 2019 by the Chief Justice, the Hon T F Bathurst AC, on the History of the legal profession in NSW.

Lecture - We are also pleased to announce a lecture co-sponsored by the Forbes Society and the Selden Society, to be given by the Hon John Bryson QC titled “Henry VIII’s Will and the Politics of Succession”. The lecture is on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 5:15pm in Banco Court.

The lecture will be introduced by Justice Lucy McCallum of the NSW Court of Appeal. We are grateful to the Chief Justice for making Banco Court available for the lecture.

Funeral notice - Natalie Zerial 1984 - 2019

Tue Sep 03 2019
Vale

A funeral service for Natalie Zeriel will be held Thursday 5 September 2019 at 2pm at the Great Hall, University of Sydney.

Natalie was a former barrister and member of the NSW Bar Association, who sadly passed away in New York last month after battling cancer for 2 years.

Members are welcome to attend.

Advocacy Skills workshop

Tue Sep 03 2019
Registration are open – 8 & 9 November

The Bar Association is pleased to advise members that registrations are now open for the 2019 Advocacy Skills Workshop. The workshop specifically designed for the junior bar provides participating barristers with the opportunity to practice their advocacy skills under the supportive guidance of expert instructors, including judges and experienced advocates.

The practical and constructive workshop will be hosted over two days, Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 November.

For further information about the workshop, fees and registration please click HERE.

**Places are extremely limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

NSW CCL Annual Fundraising Dinner

Mon Sep 02 2019
Philanthropy

The New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties will hold its Annual Fundraising Dinner on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Keynote speaker Ita Buttrose AC OBE will discuss "The role of a free and independent media in a liberal democracy". For more information, or to purchase your tickets, visit the NSWCCL website.

Equal Pay Day

Mon Sep 02 2019
Diversity & Inclusion

It was Equal Pay Day in Australia last week, which seeks to raise awareness of why women do not get equal pay for work of equal value. A gender pay gap exists as soon as women enter the workforce (before they have children) and in 2016, ANU’s Centre for Social Research and Methods analysed the ATO’s 2013-14 data on what men and women earn by occupation and found barristers in Australia to be among those occupations with a large gender pay gap. This year marks the 50th year since the signing of the Equal Pay Act in Australia, which seeks to achieve equality, where everyone gets paid fairly regardless of their gender. More information is available at www.equalpayday.com.au.

Bar Council casual vacancy

Mon Sep 02 2019
Governance

Sera Mirzabegian has resigned from her position on Bar Council, effective 30 August 2019. In accordance with cl. 12.5.1 of the Bar Association's Constitution, Lisa-Claire Hutchinson has filled the vacant position as of that date.