Bar News

Bar News is the journal of the Bar Association, written by the members, for the members. Each issue includes a mix of engaging and distracting articles on recent cases, professional conduct, notable speeches, appointments, book reviews and news from sporting and social events.

Summer 2023

The Bar News Summer 2023 edition includes the NSW Chief Justice's compelling paper delivered at the Bathurst lecture and the Sybil Morrison Lecture, in which the recipients of the 2023 Katrina Dawson awards pay tribute to the legacy of the Hon Justie Carolyn Simpson.

The Summer edition also brings a number of changes-the newly appointed president of the NSW Bar Association Dr Ruth Higgins SC gives her first column on her perspective of the future of the Bar.

Lastly we bid farewell to Ingmar Taylor SC, who has completed a remarkable 19 editions as the editor, and welcome Catherine Gleeson SC as the new editor for future issues.

We welcome your feedback or a contribution for our next edition.

An archive of Bar News editions, beginning in 1985, is available on AustLII and the Bar Association's website. [Member login required]



An archive of digital editions, beginning in 1985, is available here. [Member login required]


A searchable archive of Bar News is available on AustLII.

We welcome contributions from our members and encourage you to follow the Bar News Style Guide, which is based upon the Chicago Manual of Style. Reference is also made to the current edition of The Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary. Contributors are requested to study these sources before submitting material for publication. It may also be useful to study articles already published in Bar News. We reserve the right to alter grammatical construction, punctuation and citations to conform with the house style and accepted grammatical rules of construction.

Advertising welcome

The Bar News Committee welcomes advertising, but reserves the right to reject ads which it believes is inappropriate. Requests should be made using our booking form and we prefer advance credit card payment. For further information, contact the coordinator of publications.