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New powers for continuing detention

Wed Oct 04 2017
Law reform and public affairs

The New South Wales Government has announced its intention to legislate for continuing preventative detention of prisoners who pose a terror risk at the completion of their sentence. Learn more here.

2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and Centenary Conference

Wed Oct 04 2017

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will delivered by The Hon James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia on 1 November 2017 at 5.30 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room.

The 2017 Annual Lecture will be preceded by the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference, to celebrate the life and times of the late Sir Maurice Byers CBE QC on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The Conference will be held from 2.00pm - 5.00pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. To view the 2017 conference program please click here.

All are welcome to attend.

Click hereTo RSVP for your place at the 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference.

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055. The Maurice Byers Centenary Conference is convened by Maurice Byers Chambers. For more information about the Conference please contact Andrew Naylor or Melissa Brown on 02 8233 0300.

2017 Justice 4 Refugees Cocktail Evening - RSVP's Close tonight!

Wed Oct 04 2017
Charity at the bar

On behalf of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), the New South Wales Bar Association invites all members of the NSW Bar to be our guest at the Justice 4 Refugees (J4R) Cocktail Evening on Wednesday 11 October 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Guest Speakers include The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs.

The New South Wales Bar Council has resolved to be a RACS Fundraising Partner. The J4R Cocktail Evening aims to raise funds and celebrate the work of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service who for more than 30 years has been actively protecting and advocating for the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia.

All proceeds raised on the evening will be donated directly to the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).

Should you wish for more information or to attend this event, please forward your RSVP to rsvp@nswbar.asn.au by Wednesday 4 October 2017 - Spaces are strictly limited

15 Bobber- Mr David Bennett AC QC - Celebrating 50 Years at the Bar

Wed Oct 04 2017
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for Mr David Bennett AC QC, celebrating his 50 years at the Bar. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 20 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Mr David Bennett AC QC will be Mr John Sheahan QC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 5.00pm Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Legal Aid News for October

Tue Oct 03 2017

Legal Aid News for October 2017 is out now. There is a feature article on Legal Aid's partnership with LawAccess NSW, the Indigenous List at the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney and the rollout of the Safer Pathway program to seven new locations. There's news for panel lawyers, updates on community legal education and resources, as well as courses and conferences. You can view the newsletter here.

Literature and the Bar

Tue Oct 03 2017
Wellbeing at the bar

Malcolm Oakes SC has produced a list of members of the Sydney Bar who have published books beyond legal texts. The list covers 200 years. The criteria are authorship of a work which does not have the better (or at least more well-informed) practice of law as its purpose and has 45 or more pages. It is hoped to formally publish a list in the new year. For the draft please see pages 24 to 32 in the latest issue of the Forbes Society’s Flyer. If you would like to comment or make suggestions, please email the editor of the Flyer at d.ash@fjc.net.au

Seeking Barristers for Pro Bono Community Engagement Program

Tue Oct 03 2017

At ACU’s Thomas More Law School (North Sydney) we know there’s more to learning law than what goes on in the classroom. The heart of our law degree is standing up for people in need and for the issues that matter. For this reason, pro bono community engagement is a core part of every law student's experience. All our law students are required to complete a minimum of 160 hours of pro bono community engagement during the course of their law program. Students work alongside solicitors, barristers and NGOs in order to complete these pro bono requirements.

If you are interested in inviting one or more of our law students to assist you with your pro bono matters please get in touch.

For further information, kindly contact:

2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and Centenary Conference

Fri Sep 29 2017

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will delivered by The Hon James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia on 1 November 2017 at 5.30 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room.

The 2017 Annual Lecture will be preceded by the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference, to celebrate the life and times of the late Sir Maurice Byers CBE QC on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The Conference will be held from 2.00pm - 5.00pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. To view the 2017 conference program please click here.

All are welcome to attend.

Click hereTo RSVP for your place at the 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference.

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055. The Maurice Byers Centenary Conference is convened by Maurice Byers Chambers. For more information about the Conference please contact Andrew Naylor or Melissa Brown on 02 8233 0300.

Arts Law's art sale fundraiser

Fri Sep 29 2017
Art and law

Arts Law and Martin Place Chambers will host an art sale fundraiser on Thursday, 2 November 2017 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Learn from experts about the art for sale and add to your collection – or start it! Funds raised will help Arts Law continue its important work supporting the artists of Australia. Catalogue available soon at artslaw.com.au. RSVP to Sophie Byrne, artslaw@artslaw.com.au or ph: (02) 9356 2566.

Senior Counsel appointments for 2017

Fri Sep 29 2017

President Arthur Moses SC has announced the names of 11 barristers who have been appointed Senior Counsel. The successful applicants for 2017, in order of their length of service at the Bar, can be viewed here.

Profiles of the successful applicants can be viewed here.

Statistics regarding Senior Counsel appointments in 2013-17 can be viewed here.

View the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol here.

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Fri Sep 29 2017
Call for papers - Final Call

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2018 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2018 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 17 February
  • Parramatta – Saturday 24 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 10 March
  • Orange – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 24 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Please ensure to include '2018 Regional Conferences' in the email subject line along with the inclusion of a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion in the email.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 29 September.

Senior counsel 2017

Fri Sep 29 2017

The appointment of senior counsel for 2017 will be announced at 1.00pm today. Learn more here.

Bar Association annual general meeting and election timetable

Thu Sep 28 2017
Governance

The Bar Association’s AGM will be held on Thursday, 2 November at 5.00pm, in the Common Room. The election ballot closes at 1.00pm that day and counting commences on the morning of Friday, 3 November, with announcement of the results via In Brief later that day. The nomination forms for election of the 2018 Bar Council were posted on Friday, 15 September. A preliminary notice and election timetable is available here.

Forbes Lecture for 2017 is on tonight!

Thu Sep 28 2017

Members are invited to attend this year's Forbes Lecture, which will be delivered by Justice Margaret Beazley AO, president of the Court of Appeal. It is titled, "An insight into appellate justice in New South Wales". The lecture will be held tonight at 5.15pm in Banco Court.

World Day Against the Death Penalty

Thu Sep 28 2017
Seminars

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 will be the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty and to mark the
occasion, Reprieve Australia invite members of the New South Wales Bar to a seminar by Parvais Jabbar MBE and Saul Lehrfreund MBE, from The Death Penalty Project, London. Be briefed on the current progress in the global anti-death penalty campaign.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 11 October at 6.00pm at the offices of Arnold Block Leibler in Level 24, Chifley Tower. RSVP to events@reprieve.org.au by 4 October 2017.

Reprieve Australia began in 2001 with the sole purpose to work to end the death penalty. They have sent over 100 volunteer legal interns overseas, to support under resourced lawyers. The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG is their patron.

ALRC review of the Family Law System

Thu Sep 28 2017
Law Reform

Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis yesterday announced that the Australian Law Reform Commission would undertake a comprehensive review of the family law system and that he had appointed Professor Helen Rhoades as full-time commissioner to lead the review. Further information, including the attorney-general's media release and the terms of reference, is available here. In response, the Law Council strongly welcomed the review but said that lasting reform will require significant court and legal assistance funding.

Legal Aid NSW Complex Criminal Law Barrister Panel

Wed Sep 27 2017
Panels

The Legal Aid NSW Complex Criminal Law Barrister Panel (formerly known as the Specialist Barrister Panel (Complex Criminal Law) is open for applications by new applicants and panel barristers seeking reappointment. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, 11 October 2017. The panel is open to junior counsel only.

Appointments to the panel will be for two years at the conclusion of the selection process, to allow for a further review of the panel and its requirements before the panel is re-opened again. Barristers appointed to the panel will be required to re-apply for appointment at that time.

Barristers appointed to the panel are eligible to be briefed in the following legally aided matters:

  • All Supreme Court trials and pleas
  • Manslaughter trials and pleas
  • Matters where the trial is complex because of the nature of the charge or the defence or where significant case management is required. For example: sex slavery, fraud or money laundering charges where there are more than 30 counts and/or the total value is more than $500,000
  • Those trials involving a number of expert witnesses and identified by the trial judge as requiring significant case management pursuant to s 141 Criminal Procedure Act 1986
  • Where the trial length is estimated at 20 days or more
  • Where the brief of evidence is more than 5,000 pages
  • All terrorism matters
  • Where there are multiple complainants and/or multiple defendants in sexual assault trials

The panel arrangements will not apply to other matters not covered by the panel. The policy requiring solicitors to instruct Public Defenders, if available, will continue to apply.

Current panel members need to apply for reappointment if they wish to continue to be briefed in complex criminal law matters. These barristers will have been contacted by email providing further information.

Panel barristers who want to confirm whether they have to apply for reappointment can contact Professional Practices on (02) 9219 5662 or at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

All applications must be submitted through the Panels Application Website by Wednesday, 11 October 2017 for consideration by the Selection Committee.

Information about the panel is available on the Complex Criminal Law Barrister Panel web page and contains the following:

  • Information for current panel members applying for reappointment
  • Information for new applicants
  • Practice standards
  • Service agreement

More information about how to submit an application is available at the following web pages:

For any enquiries regarding the panel please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Wed Sep 27 2017
Collegiality

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts Magistrate Stafford and Magistrate Tsavdaridis for breakfast in Parramatta on 20 October 2017 from 8am. The breakfast will be held at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta.

Drop in for a short(or long) time from 8:00am – 9:30am.

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Corrie Goodhand, 8th Floor Selborne Chambers, at: cgoodhand@eightselborne.com.

NCAT Legal Bulletin No 8 of 2017

Wed Sep 27 2017

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has publishes the NCAT Legal Bulletin – an e-newsletter highlighting interesting case law from NCAT’s jurisdiction, and other useful information significant to the tribunal’s work. Issue 8 of 2017 can be viewed here.

Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride

Wed Sep 27 2017
Charity at the New South Wales Bar

Nathan Avery-Williams took part in the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride last Sunday. Thanks in part to the generosity of the New South Wales Bar, he raised $2,213, while his team raised $4,423. The Sydney ride itself raised over $300,000.

The Future of Hong Kong: 20 Years After Handover

Wed Sep 27 2017
Of interest to members

Twenty years ago, Britain handed over the colony of Hong Kong to Mainland China. Fast forward to the present, and the relationship between the Mainland and its Special Administrative Region is becoming increasingly turbulent. Hong Kong is allegedly governed under the “One country, two systems” approach, where it is considered part of China, but has a different legal system. Yet these lines may be blurring. What does the future of the Hong Kong look like going forward? How has it changed since handover? What are the some of the most pressing challenges for its legal system, including human rights?

These questions and others will be answered by a panel of speakers at an event hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) on Thursday, 5 October 2017 at 6.30pm-7.30pm at Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street. Keynote speaker will be Professor Johannes Chan SC, who has appeared in a number of cases on constitutional law and human rights. For more information, or to register, click here.

Swearing-in ceremony for Gartelmann SC

Tue Sep 26 2017
Appointments

Timothy Gartelmann SC has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9:00am on Tuesday, 3 October 2017. Attorney General Mark Speakman SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers are to wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

National Model Equitable Briefing Policy Report

Tue Sep 26 2017
Gender Equitable Briefing

The Bar Association adopted the National Model Equitable Briefing Policy on 1 September 2016. As a briefing entity, the association is required to report and is pleased to report that from 1 September 2016 to 30 June 2017 women were selected for 25% of briefs and account for 55% of the value of all brief fees paid. Learn more here.

2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – All welcome

Tue Sep 26 2017
Charity at the bar

Members and their friends are invited to the 2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 27 October at Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from early October at the Bar Association Reception. RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Wednesday 18 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact the Associations, Events Coordinator Erika Childs on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there.