Bar Room Drawl

StillJust back from the Australian Bar Association’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Course, a week-long residential retreat in Brisbane.

It is a remarkable thing that a group of participants with some hundreds of years of advocacy experience should undertake this sort of training.   It is an extraordinarily intense way to spend a week. Apart from all the lectures and demonstrations, we were required repeatedly to perform in front of a faculty of coaches consisting not only lawyers (Supreme Court Judges and other judges and senior practitioners from a number of jurisdictions) but also performance coaches. After each performance, we were immediately analysed by at least two coaches on the spot, and then sent into another room to watch our performances on video, and have that analysed by a third coach.  And so, Continue reading

New Year

I am back in chambers following the New Year break.

The clerks’ room will be quiet for another week – call me on my mobile (0415 668 665) if you have any difficulty getting through.

It will be interesting to see if there are any Christmas ambushes this year under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act 2009 (SA).  It is notable how on the East Coast many payment claims are made just before Christmas – the 15 day period for providing a payment schedule (as it is in SA – 10 days elsewhere) runs only “business days” ie

any day other than—

            (a)         a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday; or

            (b)         27, 28, 29, 30 or 31 December; or

            (c)         any other day on which there is a Statewide shut-down of the operations of the building and construction industry;

but time still runs even though many people will be on the beach in the first half of January. Continue reading