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Ethical Practice for Junior Criminal Law Barristers

2022-23 Criminal Law CPD Series:

Ethical Practice for Junior Criminal Law Barristers

Ethics and Professional Responsibility
CPD Points: 1.5


Coming to the Bar is a significant step in the career of any lawyer. For junior counsel intending to practise in criminal law, the ethical and moral obligations are significant. Factors like direct briefs, invoicing, barristers’ rules, duty to the court and professional conduct are all matters you are required to manage on your own. This is often a shift for those that have practised under the guidance of a principal or in government agencies. This presentation will examine that transition to the NSW Bar, considering the viewpoints and perspectives of junior counsel. It will animate some of the best-practice features of maintaining an ethical and professional practice, and ways that that model of practice can be leveraged to ensure success. This presentation will assist legal practitioners considering a career at the NSW Bar, solicitors who brief barristers and play a role in the discharge of their ethical obligations, and junior barristers recently called to the Bar.


Talitha Hennessy is an experienced criminal lawyer having appeared for both the defense and prosecution. Before her admission to the NSW Bar in 2017, she was an Associate to Justice Cohen at the Family Court in Sydney. Talitha has also worked as a solicitor for the Aboriginal Legal Service in Dubbo, appearing in over 100 hearings in the Children’s Court and Local Court throughout Central Western NSW, as well as in numerous severity and conviction appeals and sentence matters in the District Court. Talitha also worked as solicitor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW), where she regularly appeared on behalf of the Crown in summary hearings in the Local Court and also appeared for the Crown as an advocate in a number of District Court trials. In addition, Talitha has prepared and instructed in murder trials and other complex matters. She has also appeared in Family Law applications in the Federal Circuit Court, and in Care and Protection matters in the Children’s Court.


Full series (7 webinars) = $300
Individual webinar(s) = $50

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This webinar will be released on 15 December 2022.

You will receive a webinar link on this date, and can also register at a later date to catch up in your own time. 

About the series

The 2022-23 Criminal Law CPD series, presented by the Sydney Institute of Criminology is an innovative educational program made up of 7 recorded webinars delivered by eminent speakers from the University of Sydney and the legal profession.

A new webinar will be released each month from September 2022 – March 2023. Quizzes will be included to test your comprehension of the material being discussed.

Register now for the full series or individual webinars and enjoy the flexibility of watching at your own pace from any location at any time.

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Program Schedule
Title Presenter CPD area Recording release date
1. Should Deceptive Sex Always Be Rape? Dr Andrew Dyer Substantive Law Thursday, 29 September 2022
2. The Role of the Crown Prosecutor in NSW Mr Brett Hatfield Practice Management and Business Skills, Ethics and professional responsibility Thursday, 20 October 2022
3. The Reliability and Credibility of Eyewitnesses Associate Professor Helen Paterson Substantive Law Thursday, 24 November 2022
4. Ethical Practice for Junior Criminal Law Barristers Ms Talitha Hennessy Ethics and professional responsibility Thursday, 15 December 2022
5. Myths, Misconceptions and Mixed Messages: An Early Look at the New Tendency and Coincidence Evidence Provisions Professor David Hamer Substantive Law Thursday, 19 January 2023
6. Advocacy in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal John Stratton SC Professional Skills Thursday, 9 February 2023
7. The Work of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Judge Paul Lakatos SC Professional Skills Thursday, 9 March 2023

Information for lawyers and barristers
If this educational activity is relevant to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim 1.5 MCLE/CPD points per seminar attended or 10.5 units for the full series. Practitioners are advised to check with the CPD governing body in their jurisdiction for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Find out about interstate accreditation.

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