Being a member of the Bar Association and holding a NSW barrister's practising certificate are distinctly separate. Membership runs from 1 July to 30 June. Learn more about joining the association.
The Bar Association provides a variety of services and benefits, which help members to: promote their skills and experience as advocates to prospective clients; better manage their practice; care for their health and wellbeing; balance family and work commitments; cope in times of personal hardship, tragedy or ill-health; and foster a sense of collegiality at the bar. For more information, contact the co-ordinator of services and benefits.
ABA Member Benefits
Members of the Bar Association enjoy access to the Australian Bar Association's member benefits scheme, which includes offers for luxury cars, travel, electrical goods, a wine club and more.
Barristers' Classifieds is a free service for members of the Bar Association, which allows them to buy or sell chambers, wigs, gowns, law reports and more. A new version of Barristers' Classifieds is under construction. Members will be advised of a delivery date via InBrief.
The Bar Library is open to practising members of the New South Wales Bar and financial members of the Bar Association.The library’s lending and research services are not available to persons who might reasonably be expected to have access to similar services in their home jurisdiction, institution or firm.
The Bar Association has reserved 15 full time places under a management agreement across three childcare centres operated by Guardian Early Learning Group, for a period of three years from November 2016. This number can be increased, subject to availability. Members who apply for a place but are not immediately granted a place will be put on a wait list.
costs and billing precedents
The Bar Association publishes precedents for barristers' costs agreements and disclosures offered in response to requests for precedent costs disclosure documents and costs agreements under Part 3.2 of Legal Profession Act 2004.
The Bar Association conducts an ethical guidance scheme whereby barrister members of the New South Wales Bar Association can seek urgent ethical guidance from the Ethical Guidance Scheme.
We foster collegiality at the bar through The Bench & Bar Dinner, the Tutors & Readers Dinner, 15 Bobbers and other events.
The Bar Association assists members with recovery from solicitors of unpaid fees, which have been outstanding for more than three months but less than two years.
Find a Barrister is an online directory of members with current
Health & Wellbeing
Practising at the bar is unquestionably stressful. The Bar Association supports the health and wellbeing of its members through a variety of services and benefits, such as BarCare, the Benevolent Fund and the work of the Wellbeing Committee.
Professional Standards Scheme
As a member of the Bar Association, if you have a practising certificate and approved professional indemnity insurance, your liability for damages is limited to $1.5 million by virtue of The New South Wales Bar Association's Professional Standards Scheme.
The Bar Association's publications keep members up to date with recent developments and provoke discussion and debate on important matters of law, professional conduct and the administration of justice.
In order to assist new readers, the Bar Association publishes Readers Rooms, a page with all the relevant information regarding chambers, such as fees, application dates, selection criteria and contact details.
Reserved judgments delayed
If a practitioner is concerned with a delay in a reserved judgment, they can contact the Bar Association in writing requesting that inquiries be made of the court or tribunal.
Have your say. It's your Bar Association. Class A members with a current NSW practising certificate are eligible to stand for and vote at the annual Bar Council elections