• June 2019

  • Friday, 14 June 2019
    14 Jun 2019 1:00pm - 14 Jun 2019 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This seminar is designed to unlock the secrets to free legal research sites and tools. This seminar will provide a step by step guide to research legislation, case law and other legal material online using the latest free tools. Discover a wide range of available online resources you never knew existed.

    Presented by: Michael Gavan, Legal Knowledge Researcher, MinterEllison

  • Monday, 17 June 2019
    17 Jun 2019 9:00am - 17 Jun 2019 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    An overview of SMSF constraints and related issues. This program is designed to provide a thorough overview of the essentials. The program includes:

    • Restraints on provision of advice regarding SMSFs
    • New SMSF deeds – key attributes
    • Existing SMSF deeds – review issues
    • Control issues & options
    • SMSFs and non-residents
    • Contributions
    • Investment strategies
    • Leases of business real property
    • Funding & security alternatives
    • Instalment warrants – features
    • Fixed unit trusts
    • Documenting investment strategies – investment phase
    • Segregation v non-segregation – investment phase
    • Managing SMSF breaches
    • Use of investment & other reserves
    • Contingency planning for SMSFs
    • Insurance policies
    • Transitional issues
    • Transferring wealth to superannuation at or near retirement
    • Overview – retirement benefits
    • Transition to retirement income streams
    • Income streams commenced at or post retirement
    • Advice regarding superannuation and insurance
    • Asset protection – bankruptcy clawback powers
    • Payment of superannuation death benefits – options
    • Death benefit options
    • Life insurance & superannuation
    • Generating excepted income for minor dependants
    • Control issues – externally managed funds
    • Control issues – SMSFs
    • Second generation SMSFs
    • Forward planning strategies

    Presented by: Allan Swan, Director - Estate Planning EQUATION – Preventative Law

    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'.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019 - Tuesday, 18 June 2019
    17 Jun 2019 9:00am - 18 Jun 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This 2 day workshop covers the fundamentals of practising in this challenging practice area. The program includes:

    • Applicable legislation
    • Family Court and Federal Circuit Court systems and procedures
    • Preparation of documents (including divorce applications, initiating applications and affidavits relating to children, maintenance property settlement, enforcement and contempt, and injunctions)
    • Service of documents
    • Attending court hearings
    • Client interviews
    • Briefing counsel
    • Financial agreements
    • Intervention orders
    • Costing the file
    • Risk management

    Note: This workshop runs for two days.

    Presented by: Allana Goldsworthy, 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'.

  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019
    18 Jun 2019 5:00pm - 18 Jun 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This seminar will bring you up to date with those 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:

    • New Event Based Reporting Obligations for the transfer balance cap using TBAR;
    • CGT relief options;
    • The significant impacts of recent succession planning changes;
    • 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.

    Attend this session to ensure you have a sound understanding of the current state of play and the potential further impacts of the recent changes.

  • Wednesday, 19 June 2019
    19 Jun 2019 9:00am - 19 Jun 2019 12:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This event is chaired by:

    Guy Gilbert SC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Case Preparation at the AAT – Strategies, Techniques and What to Avoid When Representing Clients 

    The AAT reviews a wide range of decisions made under Commonwealth laws, including FOI Requests, Taxation, Workers Compensation, Child Support, Migration and Refugee decisions and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  These decisions often affect disadvantaged and vulnerable people and the representation required of each individual can be unique and challenging.

    This session will take you through key strategies and practical tips for preparing a Review at the AAT. You will also be guided on the do’s and don’ts when representing your client more generally in this jurisdiction.

    Including a case update, this is a unique opportunity not to be missed.

    Presented by: Renee Sion, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Appeals and Rights in the AAT – Your Options Are Limited 

    If a party is aggrieved by a decision of the AAT there is limited avenue for appeal from the AAT to the Federal Court.

    This session will guide you through the process of appealing AAT decisions to the Federal Court including:

    • Proper basis for appeal;
    • Likelihood of Final or Interlocutory Appeals;
    • Relevant timelines;
    • Drafting essential documents for appeal process;
    • Costs consequences for parties;
    • Stay Orders and consequences for your client, particularly in relation to Workers Compensation Claims.

    A must for all those practising in the AAT jurisdiction.

    Presented by: Julie Zhou, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    The Current State of Administrative Law and Judicial Review in Australia 

    This session includes a case update and is presented by an esteemed panel. Our presenters will delve into the current state of Administrative Law, Judicial and Merits based Review, and the role of the AAT.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Procedural fairness principles dealt with by the court versus limitations on procedural protections introduced by parliament (especially in the context of migration law cases);
    • Is it fair for the independence of the Tribunal to be called into question when Members are appointed by the current Government, without community consultation?
    • The limits and challenges of administrative law and judicial decision making;
    • Administrative law and the future – Dark or bright?

      This is a not to be missed session.

    Presented by: Lisa-Maree Lo Piccolo, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Mary Cameron, Legal Practitioner, Mary Cameron


    Georgina Costello, Barrister, Victorian Bar


  • Wednesday, 19 June 2019
    19 Jun 2019 1:00pm - 19 Jun 2019 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Misleading and Deceptive Conduct, when established, can have serious implications, both monetary and reputational.  

    This seminar will address the leading principles relevant to proving a successful claim or in defence a claim brought against your client.

    The seminar will also address the most recent and significant decisions handed down by superior courts and their implications for your clients.

    Presented by: Luisa Alampi, Barrister, Victorian Bar

  • Thursday, 20 June 2019
    20 Jun 2019 9:00am - 20 Jun 2019 5:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Improve your advocacy skills and techniques. This program includes:

    • Case concept and preparation
    • Preparation of applications
    • Persuasion techniques
    • Submissions (including closing submissions)
    • Examination-in-chief
    • Cross examination
    • Re-examination and making submissions

    Participants will have an opportunity to practice these techniques and skills using a case study. Feedback from experienced advocates is designed to increase your confidence and ability to deal with the challenge of real life advocacy. This is a practical workshop.


  • Thursday, 20 June 2019 - Friday, 21 June 2019
    20 Jun 2019 9:00am - 21 Jun 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.

  • Thursday, 20 June 2019
    20 Jun 2019 9:00am - 20 Jun 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Early bird price available until Friday 31 May: $695 (incl. GST)

    Full Price: $725 (incl. GST)

    Psychiatric Injury and Nervous Shock – The New Duty of Care 

    One of the cornerstones of any personal injury case rests on two key issues; was a duty of care owed by the defendant and was that duty of care breached?

    This session will look at recent cases and issues surrounding an emerging area of ‘duty of care’ owed by employers and insurers including:

    • A journalist working for The Age, awarded damages after suffering psychiatric injuries due to repeated exposure to traumatic events (YZ (a pseudonym) v The Age Company Ltd [2019] VCC 148); and
    • A Senior Constable in the Queensland Police Force, awarded damages after suffering psychiatric injury after attending and witnessing the aftermath of a car accident (Caffrey v AAI Limited [2019] QSC 7).

    A must attend session for all personal injury practitioners.

    Presented by: Henry Carus, Principal and Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist, Henry Carus + Associates

    Workers Compensation and Liability – Your 2019 Ultimate Case Update 

    Are you up to date with the latest decisions in workers compensation and liability over the past 12 months? This session will provide an overview of the most significant cases up to June 2019 including:

    • Best Bar Pty Ltd v Warn [2019] WASCA 15;
    • Osborne Park Commercial Pty Ltd v Miloradovic [2019] WASCA 17;
    • Bruce v Apex Software Pty Limited t/as Lark Ellen Aged Care [2018] NSWCA 330;

    and more.

    This is your essential case update.

    Presented by: Michel Margalit, Partner, Le Grand Margalit Lawyers

    Expert Witnesses and Medico-Legal Reports In Personal Injury Proceedings –  Have You Done Your Homework? 

    It is essential in every personal injury case to obtain a proper expert medico-legal report to support your client’s case. It is critical however that prior to your client meeting your expert, whether that be a surgeon or otherwise, you ensure that you have briefed your expert with every relevant document/s they require to undertake a full and proper examination, to ensure a full and frank assessment.  

    If your witness is not provided with a full brief of evidence including medical records, employment history and witness statements, your expert report may be advantageous in the short term but falter if further documents come to light which counter claims made by your client.

    Along with a case update, this session will provide an in-depth guide of best practice and steps to follow when preparing to contact and brief an expert for a new client.

    Presented by: Damian Clarke, Principal and Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist, McInnes Wilson Lawyers

    TAC  Case Update and New Developments 

    TAC Compensation claims continue to become more complex. This session will discuss recent developments and the most recent cases of significance, including the Serious Injury List Case Update.

    As the need to stay ahead of the pack has never been greater, this session is your essential TAC jurisdiction update.

    Presented by: Geraldine Collins, Principal Lawyer and Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

    Contributory Negligence – Pointing The Finger 

     The concept of contributory negligence exists throughout all Australian jurisdictions albeit with some slight variations. When coming to a finding of contributory negligence, this will be decided on a case by case basis.

    The complexities and variations involved in these matters were highlighted in the following two cases, both involving intoxicated plaintiffs with substantially different outcomes:

    • McConnell v Cosgrove [2017] QDC 139; and
    • Allianz v Swainson [2011] QCA 136.

    This session will look at the key issues and factors taken into consideration surrounding contributory negligence, as well as a key case update.

    Presented by: Emily Anderson, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Driverless Versus Traditional Cars – When The Future Arrives, Who Is Liable? 

    The issue of whether driverless cars will become a reality is fast becoming a question of not ‘if’ but ‘when’. While it may not be tomorrow, there are very real questions which must be answered and addressed sooner rather than later, the least of which is, liability. What will happen if a driver or passenger is injured or killed by a driverless vehicle?

    This session will discuss topics including:

    • The legal issues and concerns that automated vehicles raise;
    • The National Transport Commission’s current discussion paper on motor accident injury insurance and automated vehicles; and
    • Just how far behind our laws and legislations are, and will be in anticipation of this rapidly advancing technology.

    Presented by: Tamara Wright, Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

    Common Law Damages, Costs and Maximising Fee Recovery 

    Unlike other practice areas, when a practitioner is seeking to recover costs in common law damages claims under the Accident Compensation Act 1985 or Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013, the court adopts a compulsory supervisory role to review and approve the recovery of solicitor / client costs.

    This session will provide you with an update on significant issues relating to legal costs relevant to our practice area including:

    • Up to date cases related to legal costs and provide guidance on their practical application;
    • Jurisdictional difference between Supreme and County Courts relating to costs, forms, affidavits and applications;
    • Assessments of costs;
    • Expert and Recovery of costs.

    Don’t miss this important session to maximise your fee recovery!

    Presented by: Penelope Robertson, Costs Lawyer / Principal, Ethical Costing & Legal Services

    Advocates Immunity or File Notes – Your Essential Risk Management Guide 

    Following the recent case of Kendirjian v Lepore [2019] NSWDC 43, the High Court found that the principle of advocates immunity ‘does not extend to negligent advice which leads to settlement of proceedings’.

    This session will discuss the common risks and mistakes faced by personal injury lawyers and the best way you can avoid a claim being made against you or your firm. It will also discuss the case above and key takeaway lessons.  

    Presented by: Emily Hayden, Partner, Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist, Moray & Agnew


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  • Monday, 24 June 2019
    24 Jun 2019 9:00am - 24 Jun 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This workshop is designed to help practitioners understand the parameters and secrets to drafting effective pleadings. Well drawn pleadings can prevent costly interlocutory disputes and provide a basis to embark on successful litigation. Participants draft pleadings using various fact scenarios and receive feedback and evaluation in this interactive and practical workshop.

    Topics include: the rules of pleadings, statements of claim, defences and subsequent pleadings, set-offs and counter-claims, particulars, identifying faulty pleadings and drafting tips and traps.

    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'.

  • Tuesday, 25 June 2019
    25 Jun 2019 5:00pm - 25 Jun 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Indemnity clauses must be drafted with care, skill and precision. This drafting masterclass will provide practical guidance for drafting effective indemnity clauses to minimise risk of ambiguity or unenforceability. This session will also discuss recent cases in this area.

    Presented by: Tomaso Di Lallo, Barrister, Victorian Bar

  • Thursday, 27 June 2019
    27 Jun 2019 9:00am - 27 Jun 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Sponsored by:


    Drafting Mini-Masterclass  

    The session will address drafting issues involving:

    Business and Company Owners:

    What are the essential issues to address with your client when drafting wills and related documents, in cases where businesses and companies would be vulnerable should your client pass away. This is particularly important in cases where the client is the driving force behind the business or company.

    Squabbling Siblings:

    Drafting a Will can be an emotional process for parents whose children do not get on. This is particularly difficult where there is a history of family violence between siblings. This session will address how the will may be drafted to provide for separation of siblings throughout the administration process and advice to assist parents in discussing these issues with their children.

    These important tips can make all the difference!

    Presented by: Jennifer Maher, Principal Laywer, Accredited Wills and Estates Specialist, KCL Law

    Advising on Trusts - The Finer Points  

    Why and when might you choose them? How do they work and what are the Pros and Cons including Tax Implications? This session will provide guidance on these questions by reference to the following options:

    • Superannuation Proceeds Trust (SPT)
    • Superannuation Minor’s Trust/ Minor’s Trust
    • Disability Trust
    • Injury or Compensation Trust
    • Testamentary Trust
    • Charitable Trust
    • Constructive Trust Claims

    Presented by: Carolyn Sparke QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Your Indispensable 2019 Case Update  

    Our presenter will outline significant recent cases including cases dealing with:

    • Deceased estates;
    • Trusts; 
    • Capacity; 
    • Revocation

    and more.

    Presented by: Philip BenderBarrister, Victorian Bar

    Legislative Update and Developments – An Essential 2019 Guide   

    This session will provide an essential update of legislative developments including:

    Guardianship and Administration Bill 2018;

    Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018

    And commentary on the ongoing impact of:

    Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic).

    The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016

    Presented by: William Moore, Partner, Hall & Willlcox

    Early Inheritance Syndrome - How to Recognise the Symptoms and Manage the Risk  

    Potential beneficiaries can use various methods to pressure and influence a testator to allow early access to entitlements before death. This is most likely to arise in cases where elderly parents are pressured by adult children to run down or deplete the estate by improper use of power of attorney, pressure to amend a will or appropriating personal property often without other beneficiaries knowing this has taken place.  How should you best advise your client when you suspect that either they are being influenced prior to will drafting or that beneficiaries are trying to use various means to gain early access to estate assets.

    What are the options to advise your beneficiary clients in cases where they believe the estate has been accessed by other beneficiaries prior to the testator’s death?

    This session will address these issues and provide guidance on the signs, symptoms and management of Early Inheritance Syndrome.

    Presented by: Ines Kallweit, Principal and Accredited Wills & Estates Specialist, KHQ Lawyers

    Personal Representatives and Personal Liability 

    When can a Personal Representative be held personally responsible on distribution of assets?  The question of whether a Personal Representative has notice of an estate debt may not always be straightforward. This session will discuss the risks and consequences of an incorrect distribution and ways to reduce risk.

    Presented by: Justin Rizzi, Barrister, Victorian Bar  

    Alternatives to a Part IV Applications 

    This session will outline the alternative claims on an estate other than a Part IV application.

    Ethical Decision Making - Not Always Obvious  

    Ethical dilemmas can sometimes be clear but other times can be subtle and creep up over time. It is often those times when a practitioner feels backed into a corner and pressured to make a wrong call.  Our presenter will outline the obvious and not so obvious warning signs that can signal an ethical problem.  


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