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From early 2015 the Legal Profession Uniform Law will change the way the legal profession is regulated. The Uniform Law creates a common legal services market across NSW and Victoria, encompassing almost three quarters of Australia’s lawyers. The scheme aims to harmonise regulatory obligations while retaining local performance of regulatory functions. How will the Uniform Law.. read more →

ABA nominates own members to resolve “austbar” name dispute

Another year, a new president and another law suit from the Australian Bar Association (ABA). Eschewing the opportunity to engage in a dispute resolution process with The Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC former Chief Justice of the High Court or The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG former Justice of the High Court and current chairman.. read more →

Livesey QC new ABA President

The following report appeared in Lawyers Weekly (12 February 2014): Adelaide’s Mark Livesey QC has replaced Law Council of Australia head Michael Colbran QC as the president of the Australian Bar Association (ABA). Livesey is a member of Bar Chambers in Adelaide and was appointed silk in 2006. He was the ABA’s vice president under.. read more →

AustBar Chambers fight and questions about the structure of the ABA

The recent legal claims by the Australian Bar Association (ABA) against AustBar Chambers in respect of misleading and deceptive conduct and passing off, has thrown into a sharp light, the structure of the ABA. The ABA is an unincorporated, unregistered and unrepresentative private association. Unincorporated In a surprising admission, the solicitor conducting the ABA’s pursuit.. read more →

OOPS! Australian Bar Association revealed to be UNINCORPORATED!

It has now been revealed by the solicitor pressing claims against Australasian Barrister Chambers (AustBar) of passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct, that the Australian Bar Association is an UNINCORPORATED body unable to sue (or to be sued) in its own name. Furthermore, it appears that the Australian Bar Association (ABA) is trading without a.. read more →

AustBar Chambers under threat as ABA serves Notice of Demand

ABA issues legal demand to close AustBar Chambers The ABA has followed up the letter of demand from its President, Michael Colbran QC to AustBar Chambers, with a legal Notice of demand for Undertakings to be given, under the threat that if they are not provided then “we have instructions to commence proceedings against you.. read more →

AUSTBAR – the new monopolists plaything

Those people who believe in conspiracy theories might see some connection between the presence of that old monopolist, Bill Gates (ex head of Microsoft) in Australia recently to appear on the ABC’s Q&A program and the Australian Bar Association’s surreptitious filing of an application last week for the trade mark in the word AUSTBAR. The Australian.. read more →

AUSTBAR is this the new name for the Australian Bar Association?

AUSTBAR Trade mark In a surprise move, on Thursday 30th May 2013, trade mark attorneys acting on behalf of the Australian Bar Association (ABA), lodged an application with IP Australia for trade mark rights in the word AUSTBAR. The ABA by its trade mark application no. 1560119 is seeking rights in classes 9 (educational software and computer.. read more →

AUSTBAR trade mark the subject of ABA claim

AUSTBAR Trademark The Australian Bar Association (ABA) has hired a law firm to represent it in claiming ownership of the trade mark in the word “AUSTBAR“.  The law firm, Worthy of the Name Pty Limited, is a solicitor company that operates from a residential address in Burwood, a PO Box, and it appears, principally from its.. read more →

Australasian Barrister Chambers disclaimed by Bar Associations

The President of the Australian Bar Association, Michael Colbran QC, on behalf of his Association and every Australian Bar, has written to Australasian Barrister Chambers to disclaim any association with it. According to Mr Colbran: “The Australian Bar Association is concerned that people will be mislead into believing that your “virtual chambers” in some way.. read more →

AustBar Chambers announced to Australian Bar Associations

On 15 May 2013, a letter was sent today to the Presidents and chief executive officers of all Australian Bar Associations announcing the establishment of Australasian Barrister Chambers. The full text of the letter is provided below: “The legal environment in which barristers operate is changing and Australian barristers need to change with it. Last.. read more →

NSW BAR Strategic plan released

The New South Wales Bar Association has recently released a three year Strategic Plan.  Adopted by Bar Council on 11 October 2012, the document records the  Association’s proposed responses to the rapid pace of change in the legal environment, as well as in the broader community.  The plan identifies a number of initiatives to be undertaken by the.. read more →