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icon_hugh_fraser.jpgOn 18 July 2007 it was my privilege to speak on behalf of the Bar at the swearing-in of our former President, Justice Daubney, as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. My welcoming speech is included in this issue.

On behalf of the Association, I acknowledge and record the Association’s sincere thanks to Justice Daubney for his long and distinguished service to the Association in many capacities, including as a member of the Council from1996, as Honorary Treasurer from 1997 to 2005, as Vice President from 2005 to 2006, and as President from July 2006 until his judicial appointment. As members will appreciate, that bare recitation of dates conceals a mountain of voluntary service of great value to the bar as a whole.


New Website

The Association is in the process of launching a new web site, at www.qldbar.asn.au. The new site is designed to provide easier access to information. In particular, the new CPD register will allow members to search for accredited events across strands, locations and venues as well as day and date.


The CPD rules will also be available on the Association’s website. A review of the CPD Rules, including the mandatory streams, is due to be completed towards the end of this year. In the meantime, members are reminded that the current rules require that, of the 10 required points, each barrister accrue at least 1 point in Ethics and 1 point in Advocacy or Practice Management.

The Legal Profession Act 2007

As members are aware, this legislation, which commenced on 1 July 2007, currently obliges barristers to make fee disclosures.

Those fee disclosure requirements, and the provisions for barrister’s costs agreements, were discussed at a recent CPD event, the papers from which are now included on Barweb.

Barweb also currently includes a draft precedent costs disclosure and costs agreement, although of course this will not suit everyone. As was foreshadowed at the CPD event, the process of organizing the production of more draft precedents for members’ reference has commenced.

The Hon Justice Ian Callinan AC Retirement Dinner

Members should have received an invitation to this dinner, to be held on Friday 24 August at the Brisbane Club. Chief Justice Gleeson will be speaking on this important occasion to honour one of our Bar’s most distinguished members. As the number of places is limited, members are urged to book early to avoid disappointment.

The Gavin O’Sullivan Bursary 

The Gavin O’Sullivan Bursary was established by the members of the late Gavin O’Sullivan’s chambers. This annual bursary is to be awarded by them to a person seeking to start practice at the Bar. Its purpose is highly commendable: it is to honour Gavin as a member of the Bar and a chamber colleague who had exceptional legal talents, was prepared to give of his time and understanding to others in chambers, and had a sense of justice for those less well off.

I am pleased to advise members that, the first Gavin O’Sullivan Bursary has been awarded to Holly Blattman, who has joined Gavin’s former chambers for the initial 6 months term of the bursary.

Hugh Fraser QC


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