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Federal Court seminar to be livestreamed

Mon Mar 05 2018

The Federal Court of Australia, in conjunction with the International Fiscal Association and Melbourne Law School, will livestream its seminar "Deciding Tax Cases in an International Context" on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 from 5.00pm to 6.30pm. Members in Sydney can view the event in Court 18A of the Federal Court, Queens Square. Learn more here.

Iceland 2018

Mon Mar 05 2018

In September 2018 (3 – 10 September) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Iceland. Speakers include Judge Paul Lakatos SC, Judge Robyn Tupman, Judge Rolf Driver and Judge Kevin Lapthorn. Please note that Iceland is a popular destination and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended. For more information visit our website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

ALHR seminar on free speech

Mon Mar 05 2018
Law reform and public affairs

Members are invited to an Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) discussion regarding the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017; the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017; and the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017.

On the panel will be Dr Tamsin Clarke, chair ALHR Freedoms Committee and Valerie Heath, barrister at Maurice Byers Chambers. The host will be David Shoebridge MLC

The event will be held on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at 5.30pm in the Macquarie Room of Parliament House, Macquarie Street. Registration is required. Admission is free for ALHR members. General admission is $10.

15 Bobber & Life Membership presentations

Fri Mar 02 2018
Collegiality

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to celebrate the appointment of Julia Baird SC to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia at a 15 Bobber to be held on Friday, 9 March 2018 in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Life membership certificates will also be presented to Noel Hutley SC and Justin Gleeson SC.

The event will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 6pm on Wednesday, 7 March. Tickets purchased after this is time are $25 at the door. RSVP here.

Happy 40th Mardi Gras

Fri Mar 02 2018

The President wishes all LGBTI members of the NSW Bar an enjoyable Mardi Gras weekend.

This year marks 40 years on from the original 1978 street Festival turned protest that is now the annual Mardi Gras parade which is held on the first weekend of March each year. This year is also the first Mardi Gras parade since marriage equality has been achieved in Australia. The Mardi Gras provides a platform for social justice and providing a voice for all LGBTI members of the community.

The NSW Bar is a strong advocate for the proper administration of justice and it continues to ensure access to justice for all members of the community no matter their background, gender, race or sexual orientation. The NSW Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee works on initiatives to ensure that the NSW Bar is diverse and inclusive members of the Bar for the greater benefit of the broader community.

Advocate for Change, Richard Weinstein SC said that, “This is the first Mardi Gras in the era of marriage equality. We rejoice living in a country that has recently spoken out overwhelmingly in favour of fairness and diversity. We salute and remember those brave members of the Bar, some now absent, who worked tirelessly and without pay so that we can live in this age of greater equal opportunity.”

2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference - tomorrow

Fri Mar 02 2018

The 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference is this Saturday, 3 March 2018. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please view the program HERE..

The conference is on level 4 at the Hilton Sydney. Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, click HERE.

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

Appointment to note

Fri Mar 02 2018

Greg Sirtes SC, of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers and a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, has been appointed a Judge Advocate and Defence Force Magistrate for a term of three years with effect from 19 February 2018.

Legal Aid News for March 2018

Fri Mar 02 2018

Legal Aid News for March 2018 is out now. There is a feature article on Legal Aid's dedicated Domestic Violence Unit on the Central Coast and the rollout to nine more locations of the Safer Pathways program for victims of domestic violence. There is more news for panel lawyers, updates on community legal education and resources, as well as courses and conferences. You can view the newsletter here.

Registrar, Court of Criminal Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW

Fri Mar 02 2018
Position vacant

The Supreme Court of New South Wales is seeking applications for an ongoing full time role as Registrar, Court of Criminal Appeal. Applicants must have extensive post admission experience as a lawyer and have sound knowledge of the law and procedures applied in the New South Wales court system. Applications are open online through the I work for NSW website. Interested applicants will be required to submit a covering letter, resume and answer two pre-screening questions. Applications close at 11.59pm on 13 March 2018.

CPD Record Form

Thu Mar 01 2018

Members are reminded to accrue 10 points worth of continuing professional development (CPD) activities each year. In addition to completing sufficient CPD activities between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, you are required to maintain a record and retain in for three years in accordance with rule 12 of the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Barristers) Rules 2015. A newly updated CPD Record Form makes it easier to record, amend and save your CPD activity. The new form is available on the NSW Bar website and attached here for your convenience.

2018 Newcastle Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close today

Thu Mar 01 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price. The Newcastle Conference is to be held at the Novotel Newcastle Beach on Saturday 10 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO
  • Chris Ronalds AO SC
  • Ian Davidson SC
  • Peter Cumming SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Donna Ward
  • Sophia Beckett
  • Peter Maddigan
  • Michelle McMahon
  • Lauren Ticehurst

Download the full program here - 2018 Newcastle Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Coming up in CPD March

Thu Mar 01 2018

Thursday, March 01 2018 - Sorry Business

Panellists: The Hon. Justice Lindsay, Supreme Court of NSW; Mr Andrew Smith, University Chambers; Professor Prue Vines, UNSW & Ms Anne Cregan, Gilbert + Tobin. Chaired by: Michael Higgins, Regional Community Engagement Manager, Aboriginal Legal Service Light refreshments served at the conclusion of the seminar. Please register for catering purposes. RSVP to tlim@nswbar.asn.au


Monday, March 05 2018 - Government changes to super and SMSF’s, ASX market update, insurance, estate planning and financial planning strategies

Presented by Charles Stewart and Martin Crabb, Shaw and Partners. Chaired by: TBC Attendees will be able to benefit from access to a $2000 complimentary financial health check with Shaw’s. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 06 2018 - New Insolvency Law reforms

Presented by Jason Harris, Associate Professor, UTS Faculty of Law & Mark Wellard, Legal Director, ARITA. Chaired by James Johnson, Frederick Jordan Chambers. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 08 2018 - 10 Years of the Cross Border Insolvency Act A panel discussion involving Justice Steven Rares, Farid Assaf and Vanessa Whittaker. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics.


Monday, March 12 2018 - But what if the solicitors go broke?

Presented by Mark Brabazon SC. Chaired by Mark Walsh SC.For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Costs & Fees Committee.


Tuesday, March 13 2018, The Legal Personality of the Commonwealth of Australia

Presented by Sebastian Hartford Davis. Chaired by Stephen Lloyd Sc. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, March 14 2018 - Tutor and Readers Seminar Presented by Robert Hollo SC, Simon Buchen and Julia Roy. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Monday, March 19 2018 - Reverse briefing: new trends and new barristers.

Details to follow.


Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC. Details to follow.


Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. Details to follow.


Tuesday, March 27 2018 -The Boundaries Between Fact and Law in Administrative Law

Presented by Kristina Stern SC and Matt Sherman. Details to follow.


Wednesday, March 28 2018 - Advocacy and the Vulnerable witness

Presented by Craig Smith SC and Kara Shead SC. Details to follow.


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

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

Bookend your week with the Commercial Law Association’s unmissable lunchtime seminars

Thu Mar 01 2018

12 March — Carter on Monday — What’s wrong with illegality? Emeritus Professor John Carter will cover: Why is illegality so difficult?; Recent developments; Illegal contracts; and the Effects of illegality. The seminar will also include the launch of the 7th edition of Contract Law in Australia (LexisNexis Butterworths) by the Hon Justice Fabian Gleeson.

16 March — Miller on Friday — A new era for competition and consumer law. Russell Miller AO will deliver his annual Australian competition and consumer law update.

Both seminars will be held in the Gallery Room, NSW State Library. Lunch will be served.

2018 Newcastle Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Thu Mar 01 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price. The Newcastle Conference is to be held at the Novotel Newcastle Beach on Saturday 10 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO
  • Chris Ronalds AO SC
  • Ian Davidson SC
  • Peter Cumming SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Donna Ward
  • Sophia Beckett
  • Peter Maddigan
  • Michelle McMahon
  • Lauren Ticehurst

Download the full program here - 2018 Newcastle Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Court Security concerns

Wed Feb 28 2018

The NSW Bar Association has established an open dialogue with the office of the Sheriff of New South Wales regarding perimeter/security screening at NSW courts. The Sheriff has advised that if members have concerns regarding their treatment by court security staff members they should report the incident directly to the Officer in Charge or Regional Manager at the time they occur, where possible.

In circumstances where immediate and direct reporting may not be possible, members may contact the Association which would be happy to assist by providing any concerns raised with it in writing to the Office of the Sheriff. Members should note that the Sheriff prefers earlier notification (same day) so that issues may be resolved at the time of the occurrence by relevant staff members at the Court. The relevant Association contact for these matters is Policy Lawyer, Ms Ting Lim (tlim@nswbar.asn.au or 9229 1739).

Deadhouse - Tales of Sydney Morgue

Wed Feb 28 2018
Wellbeing at the New South Wales Bar

Immerse yourself in some classic Australian true crime as you’re guided through an 1850s sandstone building not far from the old Deadhouse’ in Sydney Morgue and Coroner's Court in The Rocks. The first Deadhouse season takes you back in time to watch two of these notorious cases play out. Book your tickets here.

The Leonard Lawson Case will play in Weeks 1 and 3 plus the Louisa Collins Case in Weeks 2 and 4.

You will move around the courtyard and all three floors of this historic building and experience scenes depicting the back stories of these famous crimes.

Background: Before 1972 the Sydney Coroner’s Court and Morgue was in lower George Street. The morgue was known as the Deadhouse. The Bone Room downstairs held boxes full of human bones from unsolved cases. Some of this building still remains.

2018 Newcastle Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close Friday

Wed Feb 28 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price. The Newcastle Conference is to be held at the Novotel Newcastle Beach on Saturday 10 March and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO
  • Chris Ronalds AO SC
  • Ian Davidson SC
  • Peter Cumming SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Donna Ward
  • Sophia Beckett
  • Peter Maddigan
  • Michelle McMahon
  • Lauren Ticehurst

Download the full program here - 2018 Newcastle Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please click here

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference - This Saturday

Wed Feb 28 2018

The 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference is this Saturday, 3 March 2018. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please view the program HERE..

The conference is on level 4 at the Hilton Sydney. Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, click HERE.

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

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Feb 28 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Insurance and the courts

Presented by The Hon. Justice Tony Meagher and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics.

This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. For a full list of current CPD events please click [here.]

Coming up in CPD March

Tue Feb 27 2018

Thursday, March 01 2018 - Sorry Business

Panellists: The Hon. Justice Lindsay, Supreme Court of NSW; Mr Andrew Smith, University Chambers; Professor Prue Vines, UNSW & Ms Anne Cregan, Gilbert + Tobin. Chaired by: Michael Higgins, Regional Community Engagement Manager, Aboriginal Legal Service Light refreshments served at the conclusion of the seminar. Please register for catering purposes. RSVP to tlim@nswbar.asn.au


Monday, March 05 2018 - Government changes to super and SMSF’s, ASX market update, insurance, estate planning and financial planning strategies

Presented by Charles Stewart and Martin Crabb, Shaw and Partners. Chaired by: TBC Attendees will be able to benefit from access to a $2000 complimentary financial health check with Shaw’s. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 06 2018 - New Insolvency Law reforms

Presented by Jason Harris, Associate Professor, UTS Faculty of Law & Mark Wellard, Legal Director, ARITA. Chaired by James Johnson, Frederick Jordan Chambers. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Thursday, March 08 2018 - 10 Years of the Cross Border Insolvency Act

A panel discussion involving Justice Steven Rares, Farid Assaf and Vanessa Whittaker. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and forms part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics.


Tuesday, March 13 2018, The Legal Personality of the Commonwealth of Australia Presented by Sebastian Hartford Davis. Chaired by Stephen Lloyd Sc. Details to follow.


Wednesday, March 14 2018 - Tutor and Readers Seminar Presented by Robert Hollo SC, Simon Buchen and Julia Roy. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. Details to follow.


Tuesday, March 27 2018 -The Boundaries Between Fact and Law in Administrative Law Presented by Kristina Stern SC and Matt Sherman. Details to follow.


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

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

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Feb 27 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Admission to practice in some other APEC countries

Presented by Dr James Renwick SC, Andrew Fox and Wilson Chan. Chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

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

Litigation Funding, Class Actions & International Dispute Resolution Conference

Tue Feb 27 2018

On 13 April 2018, between 1.00pm and 5.30pm, the University of Sydney will host a conference on "Litigation Funding, Class Actions & International Dispute Resolution Conference". The globalisation of markets is creating opportunities and challenges which confront regulators, judges, litigators, funders and others systemically involved in dispute resolution. Should litigation funding be regulated? What are the implications of the increased prevalence of funded class action proceedings in courts?

The opening address will be delivered by the Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC, with the keynote speaker being Professor Deborah R Hensler, the Judge John W. Ford Professor of Dispute Resolution at Stanford Law School. Chairing the seminar will be Mary Walker, 9 Wentworth Chambers.

More information about the panellists and registration is available here.

Registration will be from 12.30pm. A cocktail reception will follow the conference at 5.30pm

Please note: Online registrations must be paid by Mastercard or VISA. For alternative payment methods, please contact law.events@sydney.edu.au.

National Integrity System Assessment participation

Tue Feb 27 2018
Law Reform and Public Affairs

The National Integrity System Assessment is a major project assessing the strengths and weaknesses of Australia’s integrity institutions and accountability systems. It is a collaboration in 2017-2019 being led by Transparency International Australia and coordinated by Griffith University’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy, with funding from the Commonwealth and State governments through the Australian Research Council and integrity agency institutional partners: the New South Wales Ombudsman, the Queensland Integrity Commissioner, and the Crime & Corruption Commission Queensland.

The broad outline regarding the assessment is here.

Any person with relevant expertise or experience can register to be part of the assessment by completing this brief 'EOI' survey, here.

The main survey would be run through April & May 2018.

Please contact Dr Natasha Molt, the Law Council's deputy director of policy (02 6246 3754 or natasha.molt@lawcouncil.asn.au), in the first instance should you require further information.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Feb 27 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Insurance and the courts

Presented by The Hon. Justice Tony Meagher and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association Commercial Law Section and form part of an ongoing lecture series on commercial topics. All seminars will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room unless otherwise stated.

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