2016 National Golden Gavel and Conference


Competition | Conference | Gala Dinner | Awards


The Southern Young Lawyers Committee of Tasmania, in conjunction with the Law Society of Tasmania, is proud to present the 2016 National Golden Gavel and Conference on 7 October 2016 in Hobart at the Wrest Point Entertainment and Convention Centre.

Time: Registrations open at 8:30am

The event will commence with a one-day, action-packed CPD conference with seminars on offer for lawyers of all areas of practise and levels of experience. Registration options include attendance at the morning or afternoon sessions only, or the full-day conference. The program presents an opportunity for attendees to hear from Tasmania’s best and brightest practitioners, academics and judicial officers, including our Supreme Court Judge The Honourable Justice Stephen Estcourt, Federal Court Judge The Honourable Justice Duncan Kerr Chev LH, Magistrate Catherine Rheinberger and Solicitor General Michael O’Farrell SC.

The morning session will be divided into two streams, each focused on a different area of practice. Delegates can move between Stream A and Stream B sessions throughout the morning.

A full overview of the Conference Program can be found below.


Golden Gavel 2016 – Event Guide


Registrations close 30 September 2016.

Registrations for Government House close 26 September 2016.

  • $450.00 – Full Day Conference and Gavel (6 CPD Points)
  • $400.00 – Full Day Conference Only (6 CPD points)
  • $330.00 – Half Day Morning Conference and Gavel (4 CPD Points)
  • $230.00 – Half Day Afternoon Conference and Gavel (2 CPD Points)
  • $280.00 – Half Day Morning Conference (4 CPD Points)
  • $180.00 – Half Day Afternoon Conference (2 CPD points)
  • $70.00 – Gavel Only

Government House Reception –  Please note only those who attend the Conference plus the National Golden Gavel will be eligible to attend the Government House Reception.

  • The Honourable Justice Stephen Estcourt
  • Federal Court Judge The Honourable Justice Duncan Kerr Chev LH
  •  Magistrate Catherine Rheinberger
  • Solicitor General Michael O’Farrell SC.
  • Trevor McKenna
  • Matthew Verney
  • Kate Mooney
  • Patrick Lunn
  • Shaun McElwaine SC
  • Tim Bugg AM
  • Louise Mollross
  • Sally Stranger
  • Rod Collinson
  • Justin Zeeman
  • Ekaterina Skalidis
  • Aurora Kostezky
  • Bruce McTaggert SC
  • Kate Cuthbertson
  • Ken Read SC


Government House Reception
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The legal community in Tasmania enjoys the ongoing support of Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, the Governor of Tasmania, who is herself a highly respected legal academic and law reform advocate.

We are therefore excited to have been invited to attend a formal welcome cocktail reception at Government House, hosted by Her Excellency and Mr. Warner, prior to the Golden Gavel gala dinner and final. Her Excellency and Mr. Warner will also join us as guests of honour at the dinner later in the evening.

**Please note only those who attend the Conference plus the National Golden Gavel will be eligible to attend the Government House Reception.

Government House will issue formal invitations after registration for the event has been completed.

“***Please note*** Note places to Government House are extremely limited. Bookings will be on a preferential basis of first booked. Only those who attend the full day conference plus the Gavel will be eligible to attend Government House”

National Golden Gavel Gala Dinner and Final
Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm start.

The pinnacle of the event – the National Golden Gavel and Australian Young Lawyer Awards – will take place at a gala dinner at Wrest Point on the evening of 7 October 2016. Guests will be treated to a menu which showcases Tasmania’s famous produce as well as a selection of our best wines and beers. We will be entertained by the quick wit and humour of the Golden Gavel finalists throughout the evening. For those who want to carry on with the festivities, busses will be available to take guests to an after-party in the city (the cost of which is not included in the Gala Dinner ticket).

SYLC extends a warm invitation to all members of the legal profession to attend the Golden Gavel Gala Dinner. Tickets can be purchased regardless of attendance at the Conference.



We are pleased to be able to offer accommodation on-site at Wrest Point Entertainment and Convention Centre at special rates ranging from $159 – $229.00 per night twin share.

Wrest Point is located in Sandy Bay, a relaxed river-side suburb 5 minutes’ drive from the city centre. The venue boasts free parking, a number of cafes and restaurants to cater for all tastes and budgets, or guests can venture into the city to experience the many eateries, bars, museums, galleries and markets which form part of the current culture boom in Hobart.

Delegates are asked to book their own accommodation using the following link to secure this special offer:


“***Please note: Wrest Point have held a number of rooms for this event. All of these rooms will be released 30 days prior to the event. Any accommodation booked after that time will be available at the corporate rates but availability is not guaranteed. We strongly urge you to book early.”


Flights and transport

Delegates will need to secure their own travel arrangements. Qantas, Virgin, JetStar and Tiger Air all offer regular daily flights into Hobart direct from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

The Hobart Airport is a 20 – 30 minute drive from the Conference venue. Taxis are readily available and a number of car hire operators including Europe Car and AVIS are located within the main terminal area. The Hobart Airporter is a shuttle bus service which will deliver you to your hotel, including the Wrest Point Entertainment and Convention Centre. We recommend booking tickets for this service in advance.


What else is there to see and do in Tasmania?

Delegates travelling from interstate will be encouraged to experience all that Tasmania has to offer. Stay for the weekend, and take a trip to David Walsh’s fascinating Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Or why not hire a car and make the scenic journey to Freycinet Peninsula, home to Wineglass Bay and the stunning Hazards Ranges. You could head south to the Huon Valley, where you’ll find some of the best food, wine, beer and cider we have to offer, served up in the lush green surrounds of the south. Those willing to travel farther afield can venture north to the wine region of the Tamar Valley, or to the beautiful highlands of Cradle Mountain. And there’s plenty to experience within Hobart itself – visit the famous Salamanca Markets on Saturday; grab brunch at one of the many fantastic cafes; head up to the summit of Mount Wellington to take in the stunning view. Keen bushwalkers will be spoilt for choice, and can find themselves on a track within a 15 minute drive of the city.


Opening Dinner

An opening dinner will be held the evening before the Conference for any delegates who plan to arrive early. This will be an informal event, and cost will not be included in the registration fee. Further information will be released shortly.


Optional Activity

Depending on interest, the Committee may arrange for an optional group activity on the Saturday, such as a trip on the MONA ROMA ferry up the Derwent River to MONA itself, or perhaps a cruise around Bruny Island, including a stop to sample the local wine and cheese. Costs of the optional activity will not be included in the event registration price. Further information will be released shortly.



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