• August 2019

  • Friday, 2 August 2019
    2 Aug 2019 9:00am - 2 Aug 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Offered in conjunction with Kaplan Professional, this one-day workshop covers the principles involved in understanding and constructing financial statements and works through a practical case study on financial accounts.

    Learning outcomes include:

    • Build confidence in reading and interpreting financial information.
    • Explain the underpinning accounting principles & assumptions.
    • Explore the purpose and development of a general purpose financial report.
    • Examine the relationship between the balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement & changes in shareholder equity.
    • Explain how the information contained in the four main financial statements are analysed and interpreted.
    • Non-financial performance indicators.

    Topics covered are:

    • Financial reports – accounting principles generally, financial statements and users of financial statements, income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements.
    • Putting it into practice – case study, account standards, tax versus accounting profits, asset measurement and valuation methods.

    Presented by: Lachlan McColl, Director, Value ADE

    Please note that no refunds or transfers are available for this program.

  • Friday, 2 August 2019
    2 Aug 2019 9:00am - 2 Aug 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Experienced instructors will lead participants through the essential skills of when to plead, how to prepare and present an efficient plea in mitigation and the calling of character witnesses.

    This workshop is designed for legal practitioners who practice or intend to practice criminal law, particularly in the Magistrates Court. Case studies will provide a rare and exciting opportunity for participant role play, discussion and guidance from the presenters. This workshop is not to be missed.


  • Monday, 5 August 2019
    5 Aug 2019 9:00am - 5 Aug 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This Workshop for lawyers provides a practical analysis of the options available for enforcing your client’s orders and judgments 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

    Presented by: Matthew Peckham, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    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'.

  • Wednesday, 7 August 2019
    7 Aug 2019 9:00am - 7 Aug 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This event is chaired by:

    Maryann Gassert, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Bruce Moore, General Counsel, Australian Red Cross

    ASIC Action 2019   

    Federal Court Action Against Former Directors:

    ASIC has issued proceedings in the Federal Court against former Directors of Tennis Australia alleging that they:

    • withheld material information from the Tennis Australia board and breached other duties.

    This case is said to have important implications including:

    • Directors duty to not withhold relevant information from the board
    • Board responsibilities in commercial negotiations and regarding commercial opportunities
    • Board members conflicts of interest and special preferences

    This session will provide an overview of the key lessons to take away from this case  so far so that you can tailor your advice as required from this early stage.


    ASIC Action over Failure to Produce Documents:

    In proceedings commenced n the Federal Court, ASIC sought an order against AMP compelling them to produce various documents.

    This session will outline those proceedings and will highlight the implications for in house counsel, their external lawyers and their client.

    Presented by: Justin Brereton, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    The Hayne Report – Culture, Expectation, Caught in The Middle 

    A significant takeaway from the fallout of the Hayne Report is the pressure on in-house counsel to navigate a client’s expectation that client documents  submitted to third parties may be ‘crafted’ in such a  way that is borderline unethical and misleading. What is acceptable and what crosses the line from ‘creative writing’ to a misleading statement? You can't afford to get this wrong.

    Presented by: Matthew Critchley, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    Learn to Say No And Still Retain The Board’s Confidence 

    Influencing and building trust between the in-house counsel, the CEO, the board and staff depends on the ability of the in-house counsel being confident, calm and approachable. These skills are important in showing them that whilst you 'have their back' you will also need at times to be firm and direct in your advice, even if it results in strong objection or at worst, obstruction. The CEO, board and the staff will more readily accept advice they don't want to hear if they respect the in-house counsel giving that advice.

    This session will outline the essential ways to increase your confidence and build healthy relationships and the ability to effectively influence the CEO, board and staff.

    Presented by: Michael Neilson, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Slater + Gordon Lawyers

    Agreeing to Agree – When Letters of Intent or Heads of Agreement Become Binding 

    Despite a common misconception that you can’t have an agreement to agree, in a number of significant decisions the courts have found that “in principle” or heads of agreement expressed to be “subject to contract” may sometimes be enforceable.

    This session will examine the circumstances where this can occur inadvertently, as well as appropriate mechanisms to minimise dispute where the parties do intend for their preliminary agreement to be binding. It will also consider the risks of negotiations surrounding the initial agreement being deemed misleading and deceptive conduct.

    Presented by: Alex Bannister, Special Counsel, Lander & Rogers 

    Preparing Memorandums of Advice to the Board - Clarity, Clear Communication and Simplifying your Advice  

    Being able to simplify complex concepts and giving succinct yet full advice are communication and drafting skills that are requisite for all in-house counsel. Long complicated advice may 'cover' you but be confusing for the client to understand and may prolong the process. Getting the point across and making it clear about the decision that you are seeking, will increase the chances that the client will make the decision you need.

    This session will outline the non-negotiables when it comes to clear communications and advice to the CEO and the board.

    Presented by: Bob Milstein, Lawyer, Plain Language Trainer and Document Writer, Words and Beyond

    How Vulnerable Are Your Staff – Cyber Threats and Security 

    It's easy to be fooled by cyber criminals. Cyber criminals are better than ever at targeting businesses and are always a step ahead. Psychological tools and manipulation are now being used to gain access to confidential information.  As you increase your technology protections how can you be confident that it's going to make a difference?  Your staff are prime targets for cyber criminals to groom and then infiltrate your organisation, and staff are often unaware they have been used to gain access to systems and confidential information, until it’s too late.

    This session will outline how your staff and organisation may be targeted and how to put simple yet effective training and protections in place to block common vulnerable entry points.

    Presented by: Craig Macaulay, Executive Director, KordaMentha 

    Technology, Processes, Change – Getting ‘Buy In’ 

    How do you get your team and the boards agreement on the choice and implementation of technology? How do you identify the need, the technology and explain the benefits in a way that is simple to understand? What does an advice to the board need to include and cover, in order to get sign off? And how do you get your team to agree to the implementation of technology that will improve efficiency but may also reduce the size of the legal team or support team?

    This session will outline the technology issues that are essential for every in-house counsel to understand, and how to overcome the challenges that flow in terms of board and team 'buy in'.

    Presented by: Cil van der Merwe, Senior Legal Counsel and Director, Plexus


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  • Thursday, 8 August 2019
    8 Aug 2019 9:00am - 8 Aug 2019 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This workshop is designed to provide a solid foundation for those wishing to practice in this area. The program includes:

    • Intestacy
    • Domestic partners
    • Using will precedents
    • Common drafting practices
    • Considerations in preparing a will
    • Codicils
    • Execution
    • Revocation
    • Alteration
    • Rectification
    • Wills storage
    • Testamentary capacity
    • Undue influence
    • Executor's duties
    • Executor's commission
    • Powers of trustees
    • Essential and optional provisions and clauses
    • Costing the file
    • Basic estate planning
    • Legal professional responsibilities
    • Powers of Attorney

    Presented by: Naomi Guyett, Senior Associate - LIV Accredited Wills + Estates Specialist, Lorraine Jones & Associates

    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'.

  • Thursday, 8 August 2019
    8 Aug 2019 1:00pm - 8 Aug 2019 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    With a range of options and strategies available to gather evidence and present your clients case including Interrogatories, Subpoenas, Notice to Produce, Notice to Admit, and Social Media what are the pros and cons of each option.

    Presented by: Alexandra Tighe, Partner, Holding Redlich

  • Monday, 12 August 2019 - Tuesday, 13 August 2019
    12 Aug 2019 9:00am - 13 Aug 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Develop your skills and increase your confidence in a general tribunal context.

    This two day program includes a thorough overview of evidence in tribunals and fundamentals of cross examination, as well as extensive general tips and techniques.

    A series of fact scenarios give participants the opportunity to perform various submissions, moot and cross examination performances. Individual feedback is provided by our experienced presenters together with practical tips for appearing in VCAT. Leo Cussen Centre for Law, in collaboration with VCAT, have put together a DVD designed specifically for the workshop.

    This is an improved course and is not to be missed.



    Presented by: Darren Bruno, Barrister, Victorian Bar and Kate Bowshell, Barrister, Victorian Bar

  • Thursday, 15 August 2019
    15 Aug 2019 9:00am - 15 Aug 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This program will be chaired by:

    Bruce Geddes QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Rose Lockie, Partner, Gadens

    Family Law Legislation Updates and New Developments for 2019 

    This session will address recent and emerging legislative developments and updates including:

    • Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross examination of Parties) Act 2018;
    • The Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (Vic);
    • Fee contributions and changes to the cost of an Independent Children’s Lawyer
    • The Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Act 2018;
    • Key updates including extensions to the Family Law Amendments (2018 Measures No1) Rules 2018.
    • Family Violence Plan released by the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia; and
    • Amendments to the Restraining Order Legislation.

    Presented by: Annelis Bos, Partner, Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer in Victoria, Doyle’s Guide 2019, Coote Family Lawyers

    Family Law Reform and Restructure - Next Steps and Impact on Practitioners and Clients 

    Hear from a leading Family Law Practitioner on the ongoing challenges arising from the proposed restructure of the Family Law system.

    The Australian Law Reform Commission Review’s Final Report, Family Law for the Future – An inquiry into the Family Law System was released in March 2019.

    How many of the final 60 recommendations within the report are likely to be adopted and if so, when? What impact would these changes have on you and your clients?

    Presented by: Keturah Sageman, Partner and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Nicholes Family Law

    Family Law Judgements - Case Update 2019 

    This session will provide a review of recent, significant cases and trends up to August 2019 from the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court.

    This case update will include:

    Property Matters                         

    • Scott & Scott [2019] FamCAFC 9
    • Bullow & Bullow [2019] FamCAFC 3
    • Sully & Sully [2018] FamCA 786
    • Tamaris & Tamaris [2018] FCCA 3696

    Taxation related matters

    • Commissioner of Taxation for the Commonwealth of Australia v Tomaras [2018] HCA 62

                Sperm donor related matters

    • GLS v Russell-Weisz and Ors [2018] WASC 79
    • Re Cresswell [2018] QSC 142
    • ‘Masson’ and ‘Parsons’ [2019] HCA

                Children’s Matters

    • Cao & Cao [2019] FamCAFC 252
    • Ardagh (No.2) [2018] FamCAFC 160

    Presented by: Damian Harriss, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Mills Oakley

     Relocation Case Applications  

    The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) does not contain specific provisions which deal specially with relocation. Cases dealing with the proposed relocation of children are difficult to deal with, as there are numerous factors taken into account by the court when deciding what is in the best interest of the child. These cases are also often difficult to settle.

    By reference to recent cases, our presenter will outline the essential steps and information to include when:

    • Preparing  Relocation Application documents
    • Considering evidence and managing client expectations
    • Entering negotiations
    • Running the case
    • Settlement tactics

    Presented by: Emma Swart, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Extended Family Impact On Financial Contributions and Children’s Care Arrangements 

    This session will look at the impact of the extended family dynamic as it relates to the issue of financial contributions from family members to a party in family law matters. How are the contributions treated by the court and what are the common types of contributions claimed by parties in dispute.

    The session will also address the issues that can arise when a parent is actually being supported by family members in providing parental care, instead of the parent taking responsibility and doing it themselves. How do you deal with issues of evidence and determining at what point that parent is not actually providing the parental responsibility.

    Self-Service Evidence Gathering 

    Recording conversations:

    What advice should you give when your client seeks your advice on whether they can record private conversations to use as evidence or as a pressure tactic? Jurisdictional legislative differences can also impact when a conversation is recorded in one state or territory, to be used in another state or territory.



    What would you advise your client if they asked whether they could use a surveillance device to track an ex-partner? Or if they believe they are being monitored? What are the legal parameters around the use of surveillance devices by parties seeking to obtain evidence to their advantage?  

    Presented by: Barry Berger, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Berger Kordos Lawyers

    Ethical Considerations for Family Lawyers  

    This session will provide insights and guidance for best practice, both for the client and for the practitioner. As Family Law legislation develops and changes, Family Law clients continue to be distressed, the caseload continues to be demanding, and complaints can arise. As a Family Law practitioner, it is essential to implement effective policies, build resilience and maintain wellbeing across our workplaces.

    • What does a successful outcome for all parties look like?
    • Practical guidance on how to reduce the risk of a complaint
    • Developing a personalised and proactive approach to managing vicarious traumatisation and build resilience
    • Think innovation!

    Presented by: Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

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  • Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - Wednesday, 21 August 2019
    20 Aug 2019 9:00am - 21 Aug 2019 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, 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
    • PEXA Overview

    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 lodgement of forms, as well as providing an overview of a conveyancing process from initial instructions to post settlement.

    During this workshop, a representative from PEXA will address the key changes to property-related transactions and will guide you through the PEXA processes and procedures as they currently stand.

    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.

  • Tuesday, 20 August 2019
    20 Aug 2019 5:00pm - 20 Aug 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Negotiation is not always a process or proceeding involving just two opposing parties. It can often involve multiple parties including crossing over jurisdictions and as a result, multiple legal practitioners. Negotiation between multiple parties requires care, skill and due diligence.

    If legal proceedings are issued, this can also add multiple legal counsel into the matter, adding cost, time and complexity.

    In this seminar an experienced presenter will provide guidance on how to deal with complex negotiations with multiple parties.

    The seminar will address issues including:

    • Main factors to take into account when dealing with multiple parties;
    • How and when to change strategy if you anticipate further parties to join proceedings;
    • When to act when your client wants / needs to join another party to proceedings;
    • Psychological factors at play
    • Best way to act when you are in the weakest and or strongest position in proceedings
    • Cross jurisdictional factors that can add to the complexity

    Don’t miss this important seminar.

    Presented by: Dr. Peter Condliffe, Barrister, Victorian Bar

  • Wednesday, 21 August 2019
    21 Aug 2019 1:00pm - 21 Aug 2019 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This seminar will provide guidance on how to draft effective letters of advice, focussing on structure, content to include and omit, language, and how to tailor it appropriately to the client. Remember, the letter of advice sets the scene for managing client expectations, covering yourself for negligence claims and must be clear enough to avoid any ambiguity which can fall in the clients favour.

    Presented by: Nawaar Hassan, Barrister, Victorian Bar

  • Wednesday, 21 August 2019
    21 Aug 2019 5:00pm - 21 Aug 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This seminar will cover the common problems that can occur in even the simplest sale or purchase of a business. 

    Our presenter will address issues and provide essential do’s and don’ts’ including: 

    • Transaction structure;  
    • Heads of Agreement;  
    • Due diligence;  
    • Warranties and indemnities;  
    • Employment related issues;  
    • Consideration and enforceability.  

    This session is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to navigate this complex area where complacency can lead to Transaction Blunders!