• CPD Points: 1 [PS]
  • Price: $44.00
  • Area: Advocacy; Courts and Tribunals; Legal Skills & Technique; Workplace, Business and Career
  • Delivered: August 2021
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There are many people in the legal industry who regret not going to the Bar. Don't be one of them. If you enjoy advocacy and advice work then the Bar is second to none as a place to practice law. The independence of running your own practice is challenging and exciting. Young lawyers should go to the Bar as they do in Sydney and Melbourne. Don't hesitate. Presented by the Southern Young Lawyers Committee this session brings together a diverse panel of junior barristers and Senior Counsel to speak about a topic not addressed in detail by our formal legal education.

Whilst Tasmania has a fused legal profession allowing practitioners to work as both barristers and solicitors, there are a growing contingent of Tasmanian lawyers choosing to practice solely as barristers. This CPD is a candid conversation about the practical realities of becoming an independent barrister in Tasmania, including such topics as:

  • Differences between life at the bar and regular legal practice
  • Generating work and income
  • Recommendations about level and degree of professional experience required
  • Implications of running your own business
  • Formal requirements of becoming an independent barrister
  • Personal experiences of panellists

Jessica Sawyer, Barrister, Derwent and Tamar Chambers

About the Presenter:

Ms Jessie Sawyer, Barrister, Derwent and Tamar Chambers, and Inaugural Young Woman Lawyer scholarship recipient, graduated from Arts/Law in 2010. She mucked around in Europe for a bit before doing legal practice in 2014 and then starting work solely as a criminal lawyer with Craig Rainbird the day after. She joined the Bar in 2017 after winning the inaugural (and possibly only ever) Tasmanian Woman Lawyer scholarship which was aimed at encouraging diversity at the Bar. She has a varied practise out of Derwent and Tamar Chambers which she takes every opportunity to leave behind and go bike riding.

Greg Barns SC, Barrister, Salamanca Chambers

About the Presenter:

Mr Greg Barns SC, Barrister, Salamanca Chambers, and Member of Tasmanian, Victorian and WA Bar Associations practices in the areas of criminal law, administrative law, and human rights. He went to the Bar in Victoria in 1986 and was a political adviser federally and at the state level. He is the founding Chair of the Prisoners Legal Service and former National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Thomas Cox, Barrister, Malthouse Chambers

About the Presenter:

Mr Tom Cox was admitted to practice in 1999 after graduating from the University of Tasmania. Tom signed the Bar Roll in 2008. Tom predominantly practices in civil litigation, in particular personal injuries, insurance, construction, professional indemnity and property common law claims, as well as coronial and disciplinary proceedings. Prior to going to the Bar he was a solicitor at Wallace, Wilkinson and Webster (1999-2002); and solicitor at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers (2004-2007).Tom was previously Deputy Director of the Centre for Legal Studies. In 2008,Tom was Deputy Chair, then in 2009, Chair of the Tasmanian Racing Appeal Board.


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