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June 2019

In conversation with our clients: Fresh perspectives on equitable briefing

Thursday, June 13 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

How do our clients know who is that safe pair of hands?

Join our panel to discuss briefing decisions, how clients can and do find information about barristers, the importance of expertise and relationships, and where and how clients are prepared to take risks in briefing outside the box.


- Justice Gleeson

Panel members:

- Jane Needham SC

- Kylie Gray, Westpac

- Gwyn Jones, Roads and Maritime Services

The panel discussion will be followed by refreshments, with thanks to the Women Barristers Forum. All are welcome.

Numbers are limited. Please email Ting Lim (tlim@nswbar.asn.au) to register your attendance or for more information.

This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity and Equality Committee.

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 - What you need to know

Tuesday, June 18 2019, Clayton Utz

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act) came into force on 1 January 2019, and the first reporting period under the legislation is the 2019 financial year. The Act requires over 3000 Australian companies and other entities to disclose how their operations and supply chain may contribute to modern slavery and explain the steps they are taking to address those risks. Entities in New South Wales are obliged to report under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) if they have a turnover of $50 million.

Under the Act, senior management are accountable for preparing Modern Slavery Statements which are to be approved at Board level. The Reports need to address mandatory criteria, including: the entity’s structure, operations and supply chains; the action the entity has taken to assess and address those risks and how the entity assesses the effectiveness of those actions.

This panel session will examine the requirements of the Commonwealth and State legislation, their application and what needs to be done by entities and their legal advisers to ensure compliance.


- Cilla Robinson, Partner, Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Group, Clayton Utz

Panel members:

- Arthur Moses SC, President Law Council of Australia

- Jon Downes, Head of Legal – Australasia and Deputy General Counsel – International, Willis Towers Watson

- Mark Devadason, Director, The Mekong Club

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial Employment Health and Safety Committee and registration is open to members of the New South Wales Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia.

Registration required for catering purposes. To register please click here.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency for barristers

Wednesday, June 19 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

The Commercial Law Section is holding a seminar on blockchain and cryptocurrency on Wednesday 19 June at 5.15pm. Chaired by the Hon Justice Guy Parker, Emma Beechey will explain what you need to know about blockchain and its evidentiary value. Please follow the brochure link for further details.

The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime

Wednesday, June 26 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, at 5.15pm, Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, Integrated Compliance at Australian Taxation Office and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office will deliver a seminar on ‘The scope of the taxation promoter penalties regime’. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Bishop. Please follow the brochure link for further details.

Advocacy in judicial review proceedings

Thursday, June 27 2019, NSW Bar Association Common Room

Presented by Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, Anna Mitchelmore SC and Tiffany Wong. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. Please follow the brochure link for further details.