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Pandemic and Practice: Australasia [ONLINE]

Wednesday 29th of June 2022 19:00

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Timings (ONLINE):
UK: Wednesday 29 June 2022 | 19:00 - 20:00
(Zoom Meeting ‘room’ will be open from 18:50) Please ensure that you have joined before the event is due to start.
AUS: Thursday 30 June 2022 | 06:00 - 07:00
(Zoom Meeting 'room' will be open from 05:50) Please ensure that you have joined before the event is due to start.
NZ: Thursday 30 June 2022 | 08:00 - 09:00
(Zoom Meeting 'room' will be open from 07:50) Please ensure that you have joined before the event is due to start.

Event Details

Guest Speakers: Justice Sackar (AUS) and Master Davenport QC (NZ)

Title: Pandemic and Practice: Australasia

This event will connect members from the UK with colleagues in Australia and New Zealand, to explore the impact of Covid-19 on the profession across the world. 

Following an introduction from the Chair, Master Jonathan Baker, our guest speakers will provide their experiences of the impact of Covid-19 on the use of Courts in their respective Jurisdictions, how Australia and New Zealand responded to the challenges posed (at a Judicial, Court & Court Administration, operational and practitioner level), what has been achieved and what new developments will be kept moving forwards.

The session will be followed by a facilitated discussion and Q&A.

The event will take place online via Zoom. 

UK: Wednesday 29 June 2022 | 19:00 - 20:00

AUS: Thursday 30 June 2022 | 06:00 - 07:00

NZ: Thursday 30 June 2022 | 08:00 - 09:00

About the Speakers:

The Hon Justice John Robertson Sackar QC

Justice John Sackar was appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2011. He is a trial judge who sits in the Equity Commercial Division of that Court. Prior to being appointed, he practised as a barrister at the New South Wales Bar for approximately 35 years, including 24 years as Queen’s Counsel.

His practice involved large commercial litigation, in areas such as banking, insurance and trade practices. He also practised extensively in the area of libel. He was called to the English Bar by Middle Temple in 2006 and is the author of an acclaimed biography of Lord Devlin, published in 2020.

Master Kate Davenport

Called to the Bench, 2019

Kate is President of the New Zealand Bar Association. She was admitted to the Bar in 1983, and admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1988 . She worked for Masons (as it was then known) in construction law before returning to New Zealand to become a barrister. Kate took Silk in 2013 and was called to the UK Bar by the Middle Temple in July 2015. She is a member of OuterTemple Chambers. Kate was awarded the New Zealand Lawyer Barrister of the Year Award in 2013. Kate practises primarily in civil and commercial litigation including cases involving contracts and torts, equity and trusts, insolvency and company law, land law, construction law, Relationship property and Health law. 



Master Jonathan Baker

Called to the Bench, 2009

Jonathan was appointed to the High Court Bench in November 2009, and assigned to the Family Division.  He was formerly Head of Harcourt Chambers from 2004 until his appointment.  He was Called to the Bar in 1978 and took Silk in 2001.  His entire career at the Bar was in Harcourt Chambers, where he has been a leader in the family law field with a number of publications to his credit.  He is Governor of Magdalen College School in Oxford.


Who can Attend

This event is open to Benchers, Hall Members and Students. No guests. 

Non-Members are also welcome.

Dietary Requirements

Qualifying Session Details

Click here to see details of the QS requirements and how to be credited with the QS for this session

Learning Outcomes

After this session, students should be able to: 

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the wider judicial system in other jurisdictions
  • Recognise changes and developments in the judicial systems of other jurisdictions
  • Understand and recognise the impact of Covid-19 on the profession across the world

Links to the Professional Statement, wider workings of the Bar, administration of justice or a public interest matter

The QS will align with these elements of the profesisonal statement: 

  • 1.3 - Have knowledge and understanding of the law and procedure relevant to their area(s) of practice.

Bookings and Cancellations

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Non-members can book tickets from the Treasury Office by calling 020 7427 4800.

A link for the 'meeting room' will be sent by email on the morning of the event.

Unless the event sells out earlier, booking will close at 16:00 the day before the event.  


Where we have a waiting list we will offer your ticket to someone else, so please do cancel your ticket if you are no longer able to attend.

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