• April 2017

  • Thursday, 27 April 2017
    27 Apr 2017 1:00pm - 27 Apr 2017 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

    As of 1 July 2017 the superannuation landscape is set to change significantly. However clients should be planning now in dealing with these changes.

    This update will take you through newly introduced superannuation concepts such as the 'general' and 'personal' transfer balance cap, 'transfer balance accounts', 'total superannuation balance', 'excess transfer balance earnings' and 'retirement phase pensions' and also detail:

    • Transitional CGT relief options for superannuation funds before 1 July complying with the new rules
    • The significant succession planning impacts of the new rules
    • Pre and post 30 June strategies to consider for clients
    • Changes to concessional and non-concessional contributions caps
    • Changes to the 'bring forward rule'
    • Changes to Transition to Retirement Income Streams (TRIS's)
    • Changes to the Division 293 tax on high income earners
    • Other miscellaneous changes

    The session will give you a broad understanding of the changes and guidance on giving value-add advice to clients in this area.

    A must for all lawyers! 


  • Thursday, 27 April 2017
    27 Apr 2017 5:30pm - 27 Apr 2017 6:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

    The past 12 months has seen many new developments and legislative reforms impacting property lawyers including the SRO reforms; stamp duty amendments, and property tax updates.

    This session will provide an overview of the following property law developments:


    • Removal of off-the-plan stamp duty concessions for investors;
    • Abolition of First Home Buyer Stamp Duty;
    • First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) in regional Victoria;
    • The Off the Plan Stamp Duty Concession;
    • HomesVic Program;
    • Introduction of the Vacant Residential Property Tax due to commence 1 January 2018;
    • The Strata Title Act reforms;
    • Priority Notices – An update since their introduction;
    • Removal of off-the-plan stamp duty concessions for investors;
    • The impact of the Foreign resident capital gains withholding payments introduced 1 July 2016;
    • The impact of the Foreign Purchaser Surcharge increase of 7% effective 1 July 2016;
    • The advance of Electronic Conveyancing and the impact of E-Stamping effective 1 July 2016.
    • The impact in 2017 of the latest Contract for sale and purchase of land on property transactions.


    This event is not to be missed!


    Presented by:

    Philip Barton, Barrister, Victorian Bar;


    Anna Wilson, Barrister, Victorian Bar

  • May 2017

  • Tuesday, 2 May 2017
    2 May 2017 9:00am - 2 May 2017 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

    This workshop covers all of the essential elements in the practice of business law from setting up company structures to conducting commercial transactions.

    The program includes:

    • Partnerships
    • Deeds
    • Business names
    • Acting for the vendor
    • Acting for a purchaser
    • Searches
    • Settlements
    • Finance
    • Insurance issues

    This program aims to provide a well rounded foundation for confident practice in this area.

  • Wednesday, 3 May 2017
    3 May 2017 9:00am - 3 May 2017 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

    This workshop covers the practical and legal issues surrounding subdivisions. Following completion of the workshop attendees should be able to interpret a plan of subdivision and understand historical types of subdivisions, understand obligations and powers of an Owners Corporation, understand Contracts of Sale and Vendor’s Statements for lots affected by an Owners Corporation, understand requirements and compliance for pre-selling and gain an understanding of the preliminary advice to be given to a purchaser and vendor in a pre-selling situation.

    Topics covered in the workshop include:

    • the subdivision process
    • lodging plans
    • fees
    • growth area infrastructure contribution
    • other types of subdivisions
    • owners corporation subdivisions
    • pre selling
    • contracts of sale
    • stamp duty
    • GST issues

  • Wednesday, 3 May 2017
    3 May 2017 1:00pm - 3 May 2017 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

    As legal practitioners, resolution of disputes in a timely and cost effective manner for our clients is invariably our goal, irrespective of our practice area.

    Effective Letters of Offer and Offers of Compromise can be a useful tool to resolve disputes outside of the Court.  However, getting them wrong can have a significant impact on negotiations, potentially derail proceedings and possibly affect a later costs application should the matter proceed to court.

    This seminar will provide you with an in-depth look at both Calderbank and Offers of Compromise highlighting the tips and traps you need to be aware of.

  • Monday, 8 May 2017
    8 May 2017 9:00am - 8 May 2017 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

    This workshop is designed to give practitioners an introduction and overview of the planning system in Victoria. It will introduce practitioners to the application, objection and appeals procedure and includes a selection of Case Studies to be considered and discussed in relation to the procedures and issues involved. The enforcement provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and other controls will also be considered.

    Topics include:

    • Planning framework including legislation
    • Planning and responsible authorities
    • Planning schemes
    • Zoning
    • Amendments
    • Applications for review
    • Compensation
    • Proceedings in VCAT
    • Application processes
    • Objections
    • Submissions
  • Friday, 12 May 2017
    12 May 2017 9:00am - 12 May 2017 5:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

    The very popular Senior Associate/Future Leaders Program is a high level, practical workshop that provides valuable insight into the essential qualities needed to enable you to progress further in your firm. Delivered by highly respected presenters and designed specifically for lawyers at or near Senior Associate level, this program will outline the practical skills and knowledge necessary to deliver the outcomes that many firms expect.

    Being a technically good lawyer is only the first step to success. The key is knowing what it takes to make it as a leader in a law firm. Gain inside knowledge and give yourself a competitive edge by attending this Workshop.

    Topics covered include:
    •    Common attributes of the more successful law firms: why some firms succeed and others do not
    •    Trends, challenges and opportunities facing the legal profession
    •    How to build and maintain a sustainable client base, differentiate yourself from the competition & stand out from the crowd
    •    Why understanding and being able to utilise technology is essential to your tool kit
    •    Firm profit drivers and what financial reports tell us and don’t tell us
    •    Billing and Pricing options for progressive lawyers
    •    What law firms look for in their leaders
    •    Motivating and inspiring your team
    •    The future of the profession - how it will affect you and how you can shape it

    Presented by: John Chisholm, Director, John Chisholm Consulting

    John Chisholm was previously a Managing Partner and Chief Executive at leading Australian law firms and Executive Chairman of a large accounting firm. In 2005 John established his own consultancy, John Chisholm Consulting. An innovator and change agent, John utilises his legal background to assist other professionals in Australia and internationally to maximise their personal and business opportunities.

    This program features the following guest presenters who will give attendees personal tips and advice on promotion to Senior Associate level and beyond:

    Andrew Barnes, Financial Controller, The Lantern Legal Group Pty Ltd

    Andrew Barnes is the Financial Controller of The Lantern Legal Group Pty Ltd, which incorporates the legal practices of Harwood Andrews and Sladen Legal.  Andrew has broad reporting responsibility as well as a strategic operational role as an ex-officio member of the group’s Board. Andrew is also the National President of Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), having previously served as Treasurer.

    Patrick Ng, Principal Consultant, Inplace Solutions

    Patrick has almost 20 years’ experience within professional services, primarily 15 years as IT Director at national law firm Maddocks where he was key to how the Firm conducted its business, risk profile and operational relationships with clients. He has also consulted to manufacturers, educational institutions, retailers, property developers and tech firms and has been a guest speaker on legal tech on many occasions.

    Andrew Clarke, Marketing Manager, Aitken Partners

    Andrew has been working with law firms for more than two decades with firms such as (current names only) Ashurst, K+L Gates and Aitken Partners. His work has been multi-dimensional, including areas of strategy such as branding to basic media profiling, as well as the basics of task such as door signage. At Aitken Partners, where he currently works, he looks after the management of client events, web and social media, tenders and media relations, as well as brand and business strategy.

    Kate Chisholm, HR Consultant, Pinsent Masons

  • Tuesday, 16 May 2017
    16 May 2017 5:30pm - 16 May 2017 6:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

    It has been a tumultuous time since the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic) came into effect.

    In this session, we discuss the most recent cases that has arisen since the introduction of this Act, as well as the reason behind, and impact of the Powers of Attorney Amendment Act passed on 15 November 2016. You will also be provided with helpful hints and tips to ensure that you can confidently advise your client in the wake of these important legislative changes, now well established in 2017.

  • Tuesday, 23 May 2017
    23 May 2017 5:30pm - 23 May 2017 6:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

    The collision of Family law and Wills & Estates can often be challenging to manage, particularly given the high level of emotion, grief and conflict involved.  

    Practitioners are increasingly required to resolve issues surrounding asset control and division in the context of a relationship breakdown, death or incapacity.

    In this seminar, you will learn about the intersection between these two areas of law including:

    • When family law proceedings should be issued;
    • What happens if a party dies before family law proceedings are issued;
    • What happens when a spouse loses capacity prior to a relationship breakdown;
    • Who is appointed as administrator when a married but separated spouses dies intestate;
    • The impact of death on family law orders;
    • Executors costs in family law proceedings;
    • And more!

    It is essential that practitioners understand this intersection of law to properly advise their clients.  A session not to be missed!

  • Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - Thursday, 25 May 2017
    24 May 2017 9:00am - 25 May 2017 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

    Gain technical skills in conveyancing transactions which will equip you to confidently operate in legal professional practice as a lawyer or senior conveyancer.

    This interactive and practical workshop covers the essentials, including the following topics:

    • Conduct title searches
    • Make applications for certificates and permits from statutory authorities
    • E-conveyancing and VOI (Verification of Identity)
    • Prepare contracts of sale of real estate
    • Draft vendors' statements
    • Draft transfers of land
    • Attend to mortgage documentation
    • Attend to settlement procedures, stamping and registration
    • Attend to Post settlement procedures

    This workshop introduces practitioners to all aspects of the conveyancing process from property ownership, how the Sale of Land Act 1962 is applied to contracts for the sale of real estate, searches and lodgment of forms, as well as providing an overview of a conveyancing process from initial instructions to post settlement.

    This workshop is ideal for legal practitioners new to practice in this area or those requiring a refresher, as well as those who wish to work in a legal office or conveyancing department in senior conveyancing role.

  • Wednesday, 24 May 2017
    24 May 2017 5:30pm - 24 May 2017 6:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

    Reviewing and interpreting Financial Statements can be a frustrating and difficult task at the best of times. Clients and accountants will often send numerous financial documents to legal practitioners with the expectation that they will be able to interpret all the information contained within.

    This seminar will look at how to interpret the financial information contained in financial statements including:

    • Business and Trust profit and loss statements;
    • Personal, Business and Trust Tax Returns;
    • Depreciation Statements;
    • Balance Sheets;
    • BAS Statements;
    • Trust Minute Books;
    • And more.

    For all those who wish to develop or brush up on their financial statement skills, this seminar is not to be missed!


    Presented by:

    Ashley Davidson, Partner/Executive Director - Private Business and Individuals, Pitcher Partners


    Ben Lethborg, Business and Taxation Advisor, Client Director, Pitcher Partners


  • Wednesday, 31 May 2017
    31 May 2017 9:00am - 31 May 2017 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

    This Workshop for lawyers provides a practical analysis of the options available for enforcing your client’s orders and judgements in Victoria.  This one day program looks at the principal methods of recovery and enforcement in the major jurisdictions including Magistrates, County, Supreme and Federal Courts. It also provides guidance on advising clients on the preferred options and will address preparing court documentation to bring the enforcement options into effect. An Essential Program for all litigators.

    The program includes:

    •    Enforcing Orders and Judgments
    •    Oral examination of debtor
    •    Warrants
    •    Attachments of earnings and attachment of debts
    •    Charging and stop orders over securities and funds in court
    •    Bankruptcy and winding up

    Essentials are workshops for lawyers new to, or wanting to update knowledge in, particular skills or practice areas. These workshops aim to cover the 'essentials'.