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Election of the 2019 Bar Council - the ballot

Mon Oct 29 2018
Governance

Ballot papers for the election of the 2019 Bar Council have been mailed to all those eligible to vote. Ballot papers received after 1.00pm on Thursday, 1 November 2018 will not be counted. Learn more here.

Appearing before Tribunals

Mon Oct 29 2018
Wednesday, October 31 2018 - Appearing before Tribunals

Please join Deputy Presidents of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal as they discuss tips for effective advocacy when appearing before tribunals. The panel includes The Hon. Acting Judge Jennifer Boland AM, Deputy President, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ms Jan Redfern PSM, Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Surya Palaniappan, Sixth Floor. Learn more here.

The seminar will be held in the Law Society, Level 3, 170 Philip Street commencing at 5.15pm.

This is the second CPD in the Women Barristers Forum’s Advocacy Skills Series.

Swearing-in for Lea Armstrong - Correction - held at 9.15am

Fri Oct 26 2018
Appointments

Lea Armstrong will be sworn-in as a Supreme Court judge and as president of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 9.15am in the Banco Court. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Change of Venue - Appearing before Tribunals

Fri Oct 26 2018
Wednesday, October 31 2018 - Appearing before Tribunals

Please join Deputy Presidents of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal as they discuss tips for effective advocacy when appearing before tribunals. The panel includes The Hon. Acting Judge Jennifer Boland AM, Deputy President, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ms Jan Redfern PSM, Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Surya Palaniappan, Sixth Floor. Learn more here.

The seminar will be held in the Law Society, Level 3, 170 Philip Street commencing at 5.15pm.

This is the second CPD in the Women Barristers Forum’s Advocacy Skills Series.

Celebrating Women Law Breakfast with Julia Baird

Fri Oct 26 2018
Friday 16 November

Join us and our Guest Speaker Julia Baird for the Celebrating Women Law Breakfast on the opening morning of the rise2018 National Conference.

Host of The Drum on ABCTV, a columnist for the New York Times, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, Julia is a critically acclaimed and best-selling author.

Register now!

  • When: Friday 16 November, 7.15am
  • Where: Planar Restaurant, Darling Harbour
  • Who: open to all professions, those not attending the conference may still buy tickets
  • Cost: $95

A detailed program, including social events, can be found here.

Bar President supports Tasmanian Criminal Defence Lawyers

Thu Oct 25 2018
Message from President Arthur Moses SC

The President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, has today supported the president of the Law Society of Tasmania, Will Justo, in condemning remarks by a Tasmanian State Government Minister about criminal defence lawyers.

As reported in LawyersWeekly, available here, president Justo has sought an apology from the Tasmanian Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Michael Ferguson MP, for comments made in August which Mr Justo described as "without foundation, dishonourable and disgraceful".

In an open letter to the Minister, Mr Justo said that “The maintenance of the rule of law requires a strong and independent legal profession. That profession stands up to government overreach and represents the vulnerable, including those charged with criminal offences. It is often not a popular thing to do, but fairness demands that everyone, including those charged with a crime, be given a fair go. Unfortunately, your comments demonstrate that you have little idea or regard for such important principles.”

Mr Moses said today that “President Justo is right - a skilled, respected and independent legal profession remains as fundamental to the rule of law and the proper administration of justice as ever before”.

“I join with President Justo in condemning the Minister’s remarks. Criminal defence lawyers play an important role in putting the prosecution to proof and ensuring that vulnerable, unpopular or offensive people, or persons associated with unpopular causes such as those facing criminal charges, are not left without representation in courts of justice.

"Lawyers should never flinch from their duty to help all those who are elected to parliament - ministers above all - understand and accept that the privileges of legal representation should not only be available to the powerful or the popular," Mr Moses said.

GayBar Drinks

Thu Oct 25 2018
Diversity

LGBTQIA identifying members of the Bar, and allies, are warmly invited to the second social gathering, GayBar, to be held at Martin Place Chambers on 7 December 2018 at 6.00pm.

For more details contact Mark Seymour via Michele Kearns here or Michelle Swift here.

RSVP essential so please do so by 16 November 2018.

Swearing-in for Lea Armstrong

Thu Oct 25 2018
Appointments

Lea Armstrong will be sworn-in as a Supreme Court judge and as president of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 9.30am in the Banco Court. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

WBF Cocktails and Canapes to celebrate the women silks of 2018

Thu Oct 25 2018
Diversity

The Women Barristers Forum invites members to join them for cocktails and canapes at the Verandah Bar Restaurant on Wednesday 7 November from 5.30 - 7.30pm, to celebrate the appointment of women senior counsel for 2018. Guest speaker will be The Hon Justice Lucy McCallum. All members are welcome. Early bird registration ends 1 November 2018. Please register here.

The 2018 Plunkett Lecture - “The Royal Prerogative of Mercy”

Wed Oct 24 2018

On Monday, 29 October 2018 the Attorney General of New South Wales, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, will deliver the 2018 Plunkett Lecture at 5.15 pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. The Attorney General’s topic of address will be “The Royal Prerogative of Mercy”. Senior Vice-President of the Bar Association, Tim Game SC will chair the lecture. Learn more here.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Lecture.

Media Release - Family Court CEO casts doubt on PwC report Claims

Wed Oct 24 2018

The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney General says Chief Executive and Principal Registrar of the Family Court Warwick Soden has cast doubt on a key assumption regarding Family Court efficiency, which the government has used to justify its planned amalgamation of the Family and Federal Circuit Courts. For a full copy of the media release click here.

Change of Venue - Appearing before Tribunals

Wed Oct 24 2018

Wednesday, October 31 2018 - Appearing before Tribunals

Please join Deputy Presidents of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal as they discuss tips for effective advocacy when appearing before tribunals. The panel includes The Hon. Acting Judge Jennifer Boland AM, Deputy President, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ms Jan Redfern PSM, Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Surya Palaniappan, Sixth Floor. Learn more here.

The seminar will be held in the Law Society, Level 3, 170 Philip Street commencing at 5.15pm.

This is the second CPD in the Women Barristers Forum’s Advocacy Skills Series.

Celebrating Women Law Breakfast with Julia Baird

Wed Oct 24 2018
Friday 16 November

Join us and our Guest Speaker Julia Baird for the Celebrating Women Law Breakfast on the opening morning of the rise2018 National Conference.

Host of The Drum on ABCTV, a columnist for the New York Times, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, Julia is a critically acclaimed and best-selling author.

Register now!

  • When: Friday 16 November, 7.15am
  • Where: Planar Restaurant, Darling Harbour
  • Who: open to all professions, those not attending the conference may still buy tickets
  • Cost: $95

A detailed program, including social events, can be found here.

Sydney Lawyers Orchestra concert for Armistice Day

Wed Oct 24 2018

Sydney Lawyers Orchestra will perform a special commemorative concert, with the New South Wales Bar Choir, on Thursday, 8 November 2018 at 7.00pm to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The concert will be held in Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street. Learn more here.

The 35th Great Bar Boat Race - 2018

Wed Oct 24 2018
Bar sports

The 35th Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 17 December 2018 beginning in the vicinity of Shark Island at 11.00am and finishing at Store Beach. All enquiries should be addressed to Adrian Gruzman on 0400 22-2211 or adrian@gruzman.com.au. The Notice of Race will be available shortly.

Career at the Bar University Open Day will be held tomorrow

Tue Oct 23 2018

The Career at the Bar University Open Day is on tomorrow, 24 October 2018. If you know any students interested in attending it is a great opportunity for students to meet members of the legal profession, barristers and judicial officers. Students can register here.

Election of 2019 Bar Council - the Ballot

Tue Oct 23 2018

Ballot papers for the election of the 2019 Bar Council have been mailed to all those eligible to vote.

Return of ballot paper The envelope containing the ballot paper must bear the name of the member casting the vote to be valid. Envelopes that do not bear the name of the member casting the vote cannot be counted. Please note that failure to return your ballot paper in an envelope on which your name is legibly printed will invalidate your vote.

How many candidates may you vote for? A change in the Association’s Constitution means there is no longer a requirement to vote for a minimum number of senior counsel. Members may vote for up to 21 candidates in any category.
The ‘How to Vote’ instruction booklet that was issued with each ballot paper contains detailed information about how a valid vote is cast. Members should take care to complete the ballot paper in accordance with the instructions provided. If any member has a query concerning the completion of the ballot paper they should contact the Bar Association for assistance.

Poll deadline Ballot papers received after 1.00pm on Thursday, 1 November 2018 will not be counted.

Replacement of ballot papers Any member who loses or spoils his or her ballot paper may obtain and complete a replacement ballot paper before the close of poll. In all such cases, immediate contact should be made with the Certification Officer, Ms Abha Malla on ph. 9232 4055 or e-mail amalla@nswbar.asn.au.

Greg Tolhurst Executive Director & Returning Officer 23 October 2018

Message from the Bar Knitting (not only knitting) Group - tonight

Tue Oct 23 2018
Wellbeing

Click here to see a photo of our recent meeting. Aren’t you sorry you didn’t make it? By popular demand, at our next meeting we will start a Sock Knit-along. If you’d like to participate, all you need to do is to show up, armed with sock yarn and some 2.5mm or 2.75mm needles (either double pointed needles or a circular needle - ask if you aren’t sure). We will provide copies of a basic pattern (you can do some early reading if you like - click here and we’ll have experienced sock knitters at the meeting to provide assistance as required.

See you on the fourth Tuesday in October (23rd) to cast on your socks!

White Ribbon Foundation Cocktail Reception

Mon Oct 22 2018
Philanthropy

On Tuesday, 20 November 2018 The White Ribbon Foundation will host its annual cocktail reception in support of its ongoing efforts to end violence against women and children. The special guests will be Premier Gladys Berejiklian MP and the NSW Opposition leader, the Hon Luke Foley. The event will take place in NSW Parliament House, Strangers Dining Room, 6 Macquarie Street at 6.30pm.

The cost will be $140pp. Purchase tickets or make a donation online.

Attire: Lounge suit/Cocktail dress. RSVP: 10 November 2018. Enquiries: Vincent De Luca OAM – 0414990551 or Ash Johnson – 0429274234

Funds raised go to the White Ribbon Foundation, the Womens’ and Girls’ Emergency Centre, Redfern and the SafeHouse, Brewarrina

The 2018 Plunkett Lecture

Mon Oct 22 2018

The attorney general of New South Wales, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, will deliver the 2018 Plunkett Lecture on Monday, 29 October 2018 at 5.15 pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Lecture.

St John Ambulance first aid course - two places left

Mon Oct 22 2018
Wellbeing

Following the success of the St John Ambulance "Provide First Aid" course in June of this year, the Bar Association will facilitate another training session on Friday, 23 November from 9am to 1.00pm in the Common Room. The course fee is $50.00.

If you intend on taking part in the course, please complete the EOI form.

Once all available places are filled, a confirmation notice will be emailed to you, together with the mandatory course materials. Once the list of attendees is finalised, we will invoice confirmed attendees.

Should you have any queries about this course please forward your enquiries to events@nswbar.asn.au

2018 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture

Mon Oct 22 2018

Phil Boulten SC will deliver the 2018 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture on "Our First Nations People in Custody: A National Disgrace", on Wednesday, 24 October at 6.00-7.30pm, followed by a cocktail reception.

Location: Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney Cost: Free, however registration is essential. Click here for more information and to register.

Chambers for sale

Mon Oct 22 2018

Room for Sale or Short Term Licence - Phillip St Frontage Renovated Chambers on 3 Wentworth Newly completed architect-designed, fully renovated (with no expense spared) room with Phillip St frontage & sound-proofed windows for sale on 3 Wentworth. The owner will consider a license/sale combination to facilitate the sale. Learn more here.

2019 Law Society Diary in stock now

Mon Oct 22 2018

The 2019 Law Society Diary is now available to purchase over the counter at the Law Society Shop on Level 1, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney. Can’t drop by? Order online or via order form. Visit www.lawsociety.com.au/diary for more information. Get in quick, stocks are limited.

Upcoming Forbes Society tutorials

Mon Oct 22 2018

The next tutorial in the Forbes Society series of legal history tutorials will be presented by the Chief Justice, the Hon T F Bathurst on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 5.15pm in Banco Court. The title of the tutorial is, ‘The History of the Law of Commercial Arbitration’.

Everyone is welcome to attend.