The Bar Association

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Senior counsel

Senior counsel are barristers of seniority and eminence. They appear as advocates at trial or on appeal and advise in particularly complex or difficult cases. Prior to 1993 in New South Wales such barristers were known as a QC or queen's counsel.

The principles governing the selection and appointment of those to be designated as senior counsel by the president of the Bar Association are contained in the Senior Counsel Selection Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects.

Senior counsel appointments for 2017 are available here.

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.

Register of delegations

The Council of the New South Wales Bar Association is the designated local regulatory authority for a range of functions under the Uniform Law. Those functions have been delegated. A register of the delegations is available  here.

Bar Council

Each year barristers elect  21 members of the Bar Council.

The Council of the New South Wales Bar Association is the designated local regulatory authority for a range of functions under the Uniform Law. Those functions have been delegated. A register of the delegations is available  here .

Committees and other appointments

Many barristers volunteer for service on the Bar Association's  committees, court liaison committees, government working parties and statutory authorities, providing their skills and expertise for the public benefit. Our committees regularly advise and assist the Bar Council in the preparation of submissions regarding draft legislation and current issues in the administration of justice. Such expert commentaries are sought by governments and opposition political parties, as well as parliamentary committees and law reform agencies.

Constitution

The  Constitution of the New South Wales Bar Association   (ACN 000 033 652) under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). Incorporates amendments to 2 November 2017.

history

On 22 October 1936 the New South Wales Bar Association was incorporated and the first meeting of the Council of the New South Wales Bar Association took place. The Memorandum and Articles of Association noted that the Bar Association would make suggestions on legislation, court rules, procedure and business. For information about the history of the NSW Bar, including past presidents, visit the  Bar History page.

Resources

Bar Association  resources are made available to the media, policymakers, parliamentarians and members of the legal profession and include:

  • Annual reports
  • Bar News, InBrief
  • Media releases
  • Bar Association submissions
  • Law Council submissions
  • Policy papers
  • Statistics