For members

Membership

Being a member of the Bar Association and holding a NSW barrister's practising certificate are distinctly separate. The Bar Association provides a variety of services and benefits, which help members to: promote their skills and experience as advocates to prospective clients; better manage their practice; care for their health and wellbeing; balance family and work commitments; cope in times of personal hardship, tragedy or ill-health; and foster a sense of collegiality at the bar. Learn more about joining the association.

ABA Member Benefits

Members of the Bar Association enjoy access to the Australian Bar Association's member benefits scheme, which includes offers for luxury cars, travel, electrical goods, a wine club and more.

BarADR promotes barristers trained and accredited in the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes of mediation, arbitration and expert determination. For more information about BarADR or the process of accreditation, email us via baradr@nswbar.asn.au

barristers classifieds

Barristers' Classifieds is a free service for members of the Bar Association, which allows them to buy or sell chambers, wigs, gowns, law reports and more. A new version of Barristers' Classifieds is under construction. Members will be advised of a delivery date via InBrief. 

Bar Library

The  Bar Library is open to practising members of the New South Wales Bar and financial members of the Bar Association.The library’s lending and research services are not available to persons who might reasonably be expected to have access to similar services in their home jurisdiction, institution or firm.

Childcare

The Bar Association has reserved 15 full time places under a management agreement across three childcare centres operated by Guardian Early Learning Group, for a period of three years from November 2016. This number can be increased, subject to availability. Members who apply for a place but are not immediately granted a place will be put on a wait list.

costs and billing precedents

The Bar Association publishes precedents for barristers' costs agreements and disclosures offered in response to requests for precedent costs disclosure documents and costs agreements under Part 3.2 of Legal Profession Act 2004.

Ethical guidance

The Bar Association conducts an ethical guidance scheme whereby barrister members of the New South Wales Bar Association can seek urgent ethical guidance from the  Ethical Guidance Scheme.

Events

We foster collegiality at the bar through The Bench & Bar Dinner, the Tutors & Readers Dinner, 15 Bobbers and other events.

The Bar Association  assists members with recovery from solicitors of unpaid fees, which have been outstanding for more than three months but less than two years.

Find a Barrister is an online directory of members with current practising certificates. Members can login to update their profile by adding contact details, areas of practice, an up-to-date CV, links to chambers websites or LinkedIn profiles. 

Professional Standards Scheme

As a member of the Bar Association, if you have a practising certificate and approved professional indemnity insurance, your liability for damages is limited to $1.5 million by virtue of The New South Wales Bar Association's Professional Standards Scheme.

Publications

The Bar Association's  publications keep members up to date with recent developments and provoke discussion and debate on important matters of law, professional conduct and the administration of justice. 

Readers Rooms

In order to assist new readers, the Bar Association publishes  Readers Rooms, a page with all the relevant information regarding chambers, such as fees, application dates, selection criteria and contact details.

Reserved judgments delayed

If a practitioner is concerned with a delay in a reserved judgment, they can contact the Bar Association in writing requesting that inquiries be made of the court or tribunal.

Statement of status

When a person applies for a practising certificate in another state/territory/country, they may be required to provide a statement of status from all jurisdictions in which they are admitted. The Bar Association provides such a statement to practitioners (current and former). There is  no charge for members of the association, but a fee applies to non-members even if they hold a current practising certificate. Simply complete and return a statement of status order form.

Strategic Plan 2017-20

The Bar Association has released its Strategic Plan for 2017-20. It sets out our objectives for a time of disruption in the market for legal services. Learn more  here.

Voting rights

Have your say. It's your Bar Association. Class A members with a current NSW practising certificate are eligible to stand for and vote at the annual Bar Council elections

Practising at the bar is unquestionably stressful. The Bar Association supports the health and wellbeing of its members through a variety of services and benefits, such as BarCare, the Benevolent Fund and the work of the Wellbeing Committee.