Health and wellbeing


THE Wellbeing Committee

Our aim is to encourage members of the NSW Bar to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle through education and by providing the opportunity and encouragement to participate in organised sporting, social and recreational activities. The following list of activities is designed to be a work in progress. It includes pursuits in the name of the Bar, as well as those in which members of the Bar participate in teams and as individuals.

Practice at the bar is unquestionably stressful. Barristers manage stress with varying degrees of success. BarCare is an independent professional counselling service designed to assist members of the New South Wales Bar to manage stress-related problems, such as marital breakdowns, drug or alcohol dependency and practice pressures.

Bar Cover

BarCover has provided sickness and accident insurance for barristers for over 45 years. It is managed by a trustee company whose directors are practising barristers. It is not administered by the Bar Association.

Benevolent Association

Every year there are barristers who encounter personal misfortune and require assistance. The  rules of the Barristers' Benevolent Association allow it to respond to calls for assistance without formality and without delays.

Flu shots

Every year the Health, Sport & Recreation Committee has organised for members to receive flu shots and to get their cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tested in the Common Room. For more information, contact the coordinator, services and benefits, Chris Winslow.

Sporting and recreational events

The Bar Association encourages members to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle through education and by providing the opportunity to participate in organised sporting, social and recreational activities, such as: football, golf, tennis, chess and sailing.

Book club

The Bar Book Club meets every five or six weeks at 6pm in the Bar Association Library. Contact Lisa Allen for more information.


Chess playing barristers (and judges) meet annually to compete against a solicitors’ team in the Terry Shaw Memorial Shield chess match. It is usually played in November commencing at 6.00pm. Any members wishing to play should contact the team captain Rob Colquhoun via email: All standards of play are accommodated.


The collegiate initiative between two close friends and distinguished lawyers, Ian Callinan QC and Roger Gyles QC was the catalyst for what has become the 40 year tradition of an annual cricket match between the NSW and Queensland Bars. Lachlan Gyles SC has captained the NSW Bar side for many years and Nick Bilinsky currently has responsibility for organising the NSW team and making the arrangements with our Queensland counterparts. The matches alternate between Brisbane and Sydney. The last time the two teams played was in Brisbane, when NSW was successful. The NSW team on that occasion included a number of new barristers who had recently come to the Bar. More are welcome to join and experience the terrific camaraderie that has developed between the players over many years. For those who might be interested, the next game is scheduled for mid-March 2017 (to be held in Sydney). For more information contact Nick Bilinsky (12th Floor Wentworth Chambers):


The Bar Knitting Group usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except January) at 6pm in the Bar Library. Interested barristers should bring their own needles, and wool etc. For further information, including what to do if you don’t have a project, or don’t know how to knit/crochet and want to learn, contact Michelle Painter SC at Light refreshments are typically served.


The NSW Lawyers Orchestra is open to all musicians in the legal field across NSW. It has two concerts a year, in June and November. For more information you can check them out on Facebook or contact the general manager Sarah Haddad (Frederick Jordan Chambers) by email:


City to Surf The NSW Bar typically fields a team in the annual City 2 Surf foot race. In 2017 it will be held on Sunday 13 August. The race is 14km in distance starting from the intersection of Park and College Sts in Sydney¹s CBD and finishes at Bondi Beach. Daily Brief provides timely and frequent advertisements for would be participants. More information about running activities is set out below.


The NSW Bar Football Club (NSW Bar FC) is open to barristers, members of the judiciary, clerks and employees of the Bar Association regardless of gender, level of ability or fitness. It currently boasts over 80 members drawn from diverse practice areas. NSW Bar FC competes in the Domain Soccer League which is held at lunchtime (usually 1.15 pm) on the field atop the Domain Carpark. The season usually runs from April to July. There are also interstate matches. If you would like to join the Club and/or support your FC please contact the manager, David Stanton (; 8233 0345) or Anthony Lo Surdo SC (; 9223 3181).


The available spots for the Annual Tennis Day in December are filled quite quickly. Experience with the vagaries of practising and playing in December suggests that some players will withdraw from playing, so some space might become available. If you would like to place your name on the reserves list, please let Richard Lancaster know, preferably by email to As with the registration of players to date, this will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.


Yoga classes at the New South Wales Bar Association are held on Tuesdays at 7.15am and 1.00pm in the Common Room around the scheduled Bar Practice Courses. . The cost is $200 per term or pay casually $25 p/class. By committing to the term it will ensure the classes will always run, which will benefit yourself, the group, the teacher & your practice. Contact Jolie with any questions & to receive information. Register for the class via mobile: 0414092502; or via email

As well as the above collegiate activities members of the NSW Bar also participate in a diverse range of physical pursuits in teams or as individuals, at locations near and far.


The Australasian Lawyers Surfing Association (“ALSA”) welcomes membership applications from all lawyers with all surfing related interests. From time to time ALSA organises social events for its members and their families. One such event is the annual Sydney Surf-a-Bout held each year in December. It’s a fun family day with surfing comps for all categories. ALSA since 2011 has entered a team in the annual Surfaid Comp held on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. This is a fund raising surf event and all ALSA members are invited to contribute and join in the fun. Details of this event will be sent out to all members when they become available. ALSA also holds an annual CLE. For the past few years it has been held at Latitude Zero in Sumatra’s Telos Islands.

Further information can be obtained at


LAWSKI has been held annually in Thredbo since 1990. The LAWSKI Race is open to all lawyers, paralegals, barristers and judicial officers. For more information see or contact