Latest round up of events concerning the establishment of a National Legal practice and the activities of members of Australasian Barrister Chambers.

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New proposed Barrister Rules limit on-line practice

From early in 2015, a “common legal market” will be established for Australian legal practitioners through the introduction of a new Legal Profession Uniform Law, at first involving only NSW and Victoria, but these two states hold over 70% of all lawyers. The Uniform Law, is intended to simplify and standardise regulatory obligations and will replace.. read more →

16 Jan 2015
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Latest News on a National Practice

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 →

Legal Eagles lost in the (i)Cloud

Claims by the unincorporated Australian Bar Association and the NSW Bar Association against Australian Barrister, Derek Minus regarding use of domain names claimed by the Associations has been denied by a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) panel. Their decision was that: “The Panel is strongly of the view the Complainants should never have contemplated consolidation.. read more →

05 Sep 2014
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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 →

UK barristers now allowed to conduct litigation

UK Bar Standards Board prohibition on self-employed barristers conducting litigation has been removed. For the first time, from early this year, barristers have the opportunity to compete directly with solicitors in managing litigation on behalf of clients from start to finish. Legal Futures has reported that, one of the first barristers authorised, Amanda de Winter, said her.. read more →

Livesey QC to be investigated by SA legal standards body

Mark Livesy QC, the newly annointed president of the Australian Bar Association, is to be investigated by the South Australian Legal Practitioners Conduct Board. Michael West, Sydney Morning Herald contributor, has reported that in a judgment published on 16 April 2014, Justice Kevin Nicholson of the SA Supreme Court has given the green light for a judicial.. 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 →

Countdown begins for common legal services market in NSW and Victoria

The New South Wales and Victorian governments have agreed on a uniform scheme for regulation of the legal profession in their two states. On Friday, 06 December 2013, Attorney-General for Victoria Robert Clark, and Attorney-General for NSW Greg Smith SC, signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on a Legal Profession Uniform Framework for the new scheme. The scheme will create.. read more →

Barristers who practice in the International Legal market

Here is an excellent brochure explaining the roles of barristers who are available to appear in international legal disputes and the value they add to the resolution process. UK barristers that is! The brochure is published by the Bar Council of England & Wales. UK barristers in the International Legal Market read more →

Asia-Pacific legal market will double by 2017

I am posting this article on the 159th anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 (see below). A report by John Grimley*, the editor and publisher of the Asia Law Portal reports the prediction of Alan Hodgart, a London-based consultant to the profession to delegates from around the.. read more →

Australian legal industry reaches the globalisation tipping point

This article is taken directly from Beaton Capital’s website. Written by analyst Eric Chin, it charts the globalisation of the Australian legal industry.  The Founder of Beaton Capital, Dr George Beaton, is a respected commentator on, and consultant to Australia’s largest law firms. If you have not read his prescient messages before, you would be well.. 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: Is the ABA planning new services for Australian Barristers?

AUSTBAR Service for Australian Barristers If their recent trade mark filing activity is any guide, the Australian Bar Association (ABA) has big plans for new services for Australian Barristers. Instead of the fairly low-key website hosted by the ABA, which confines itself to articles principally centred around welcome speeches to new judges, the annual Bar.. 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 →

Lawyers Weekly writes about Australian Barrister Chambers

The Lawyers Weekly Magazine and its affiliate publishing arm, Wig & Chamber Newsletter have recently both featured articles about the imminent launch of the Australasian Barrister Chambers (AustBar) website. Read them here: Lawyers Weekly Magazine Wig & Chamber Newsletter   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 →