• January 2020

  • Thursday, 30 January 2020
    30 Jan 2020 5:00pm - 30 Jan 2020 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This seminar will discuss the three ways for dealing with or removal of a hostile caveat under sections 89A, 90 (2) and 90 (3) of the Transfer of Land Act 1958 (Vic)(the TLA). This session will focus on the issues relating to applications relating to removal of a caveat and will discuss:

    • Section 89A, which enables a registered proprietor to apply to the registrar to serve a notice on a caveator
    • Section 90(2), which enables the caveator to seek an order to delay registering dealing with the land
    • Section 90(3) which enables a party to bring proceedings in a court for the removal of the caveat

    Our presenter will discuss the risks and benefits of each option including the circumstances where an application to remove a caveat may be considered ‘vexatious’ for the purposes of the Act and the factors weighed by the court when exercising its discretion.

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020
    30 Jan 2020 5:00pm - 30 Jan 2020 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This session will give you the confidence you need when appearing in the major jurisdictions as well as tips for obtaining the best outcome for your client on the day. Enhance your advocacy skills and gain confidence! 

    This seminar covers the following:

    • Interacting with opposing representatives
    • Standing matters down
    • Preparing yourself and your client 
    • Familiarise yourself with the court procedures
    • Dealing with the registry
    • Advocacy tips and tricks
    • Appearing with confidence and overcoming the nerves
    • Announcing your appearance
    • Obtaining your client’s instructions from the Bar table
    • Handing up documents
    • Leaving the Bar table
    • Addressing the judicial officer presiding
    1.0
    $145.00
  • Friday, 31 January 2020
    31 Jan 2020 1:00pm - 31 Jan 2020 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    1.0
    $145.00
  • February 2020

  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020
    11 Feb 2020 9:00am - 11 Feb 2020 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

     

    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'.

    5.5
    $525.00
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020
    13 Feb 2020 9:00am - 13 Feb 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This Workshop is designed to build your confidence and equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills in this sometimes complex area.

     
    The program includes:

    • Applications for grants of probate and letters of administration
    • Role of executor and administrator
    • Advertising
    • Preparing documents
    • Asset collection
    • Transfers of real estate
    • Taxation issues
    • Costing files
    • Final accounts
    • TFM and dealing with assets

     

     

    6.0
    $525.00
  • Friday, 14 February 2020
    14 Feb 2020 9:00am - 14 Feb 2020 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This workshop covers the essentials of retail leasing and is ideal for both private practice and in-house lawyers.
    The program includes:
    • An overview of the retail leases legislation
    • Disclosure statements
    • Key conditions
    • Procedural steps
    • Stamp duty
    • Transfers
    • Surrenders
    • Recovering possession
    Stay ahead of the pack! This workshop is designed to bring you up to date with current practice, procedures and skills in this area. It is ideal for practitioners new to retail leasing practice as well a refresher for those already practising in this area.

     


    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'.

    5.5
    $525.00
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020
    18 Feb 2020 9:00am - 18 Feb 2020 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This practical workshop is designed for practitioners working in litigation. This unique one day course includes discussion of the key elements to managing and using evidence in litigation.
     
    The following topics are covered:
    • Admissible Evidence
    • Circumstantial and propensity evidence
    • Proof of documents
    • Expert evidence
    • Privilege and self-incrimination
    • Credibility
    • Hearsay
    • Evidence gathering via Social Media


    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'.

    5.5
    $525.00
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020
    19 Feb 2020 9:00am - 19 Feb 2020 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

     

    Tax Implications of Settlements 

    Reaching successful settlement can be soon followed by the awful realisation that tax implications for the client have not been factored into the agreement.

    What are the taxation considerations and implications that should be considered by practitioners when formulating settlements?

    This session will outline the essential issues to cover when advising clients in pre-settlement discussions and pre-judgment negotiations. 

    Managing Cyber Risk For Law Firms 

    Recent research has shown that in the last two years, cyber attacks have affected more than one in four Australian firms. Cyber hackers, scammers and criminals continue to create and evolve methods of infiltration and attack, and law firms and their data are prime targets for theft, breaches and hacking.

    While all firms need to be aware of, and train their staff about the risks posed by cloud computing, metadata, social media and other IT platforms and technologies used by them, the cost of such training seems to be viewed as too costly in the short term. Unfortunately, recent national and international cyberattacks show that no person, law firm, business or organisation is immune from a potential attack and the seriousness of cyber risk can longer be ignored.

    This session will advise how to best prevent an attack on your client’s confidential, sensitive information and your law firm’s reputation and integrity. It will also address the impact that electronic tampering and invasion has on your professional liability.

    Be armed with the most up to date knowledge on how to best manage and mitigate risk in this rapidly evolving area.  

    How to Deal with Difficult Clients and Colleagues and Get the Best Outcome 

    Do you sometimes work with ‘challenging colleagues’? Are your clients pushing you to your limits? Are you fed up? Want some strategies to communicate and deal with tricky situations?

    This seminar is designed to provide practical and durable communication techniques and strategies. It will also outline the legal responsibilities vis a vis communication with clients and will include:

    • Choosing the most appropriate communication method, i.e.- email, face to face meetings;
    • Building rapport and trust;
    • Developing empathy;
    • Obligations to communicate with your client pursuant to the Uniform Law; and
    • Recognising and avoiding legal liability for bullying and harassment when dealing with challenging colleagues and clients

    Keeping it real in 2020!

     Ethics In The Spotlight 

    With the recent revelations and scandal surrounding ‘Lawyer X’, the public could be forgiven for thinking that legal practitioners often fall short of their professional duties and ethical obligations.

    However as any lawyer knows, they are never out of the ‘Ethical Spotlight’ and in an age of rapid technological evolution, it is all too easy to be caught in its glare.

    In this session hear from a leading practitioner on:

    • Practical implications of technology on ability to maintain client confidentiality ;
    • Practical guidance on how to reduce the risk of a complaint;
    • A discussion on where is the boundary between a ‘working life’ and ‘private life’ in an age where the ‘office’ may be fluid and
    • The  classic ethical dilemmas that keep practitioners awake at night.

    Don’t miss this informative and valuable session.

     

    4.0
    $450.00
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020
    20 Feb 2020 9:00am - 20 Feb 2020 12:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

     

    Costs in Family Law Proceedings  

    This session will cover costs Applications and Orders and specifically address the following:

    • Section 117 of the Family Law Act 1975 and the exercise of discretion to order costs;
    • Offers of settlement;
    • Indemnity costs;
    • The decision in Sfakianakis; and
    • Comparison of Family Court and Federal Circuit Court re assessment of quantum

    Presented by: Bronia Tulloch, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Drafting Affidavits in Family Law 

    Affidavits that are ill prepared, contain irrelevant information, evidence or commentary can derail your clients matter and annoy the court. There is sometimes a fine line that separates the good from the bad.

    Our presenter will take you through the important drafting essentials and nuances that can make all the difference to your client’s matter. 

    Case Guardians – Key Considerations  

    This session will discuss the use of Case Guardians in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court. It will explore key issues concerning case guardians, including:

    • The different approaches taken by the courts; 
    • Factors that may affect the appointment of case guardians; and
    • Issues with accountability.

     

    3.0
    $395.00
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020
    20 Feb 2020 9:00am - 20 Feb 2020 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

    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'.

    6.0
    $525.00
  • Tuesday, 25 February 2020
    25 Feb 2020 9:00am - 25 Feb 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This workshop provides an essential overview of Estate Planning from initial consideration of options, through to executors responsibilities, death benefits trusts and more. Gain confidence to be able to operate more effectively in this complex area.

    Topics covered are:

    •     Ownership - 4 key types
    •     Key planning issues
    •     Superannuation death benefits
    •     Drafting exercise - binding death benefit nomination
    •     Estate planning and existing family/hybrid trusts
    •     Key attributes for wills and testamentary trusts
    •     Drafting exercise - beneficiary controlled testamentary trust
    •     Vulnerable beneficiaries
    •     Means tested pension eligibility - operation of deeming rules
    •     Income tax concessions
    •     Capital gains tax
    •     Enduring powers of attorney
    •     Philanthropic or charitable trusts
    •     Executors' responsibilities
    •     Insurance death benefits trusts
    •     After the event estate planning

     

    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'.

    5.5
    $525.00
  • Wednesday, 26 February 2020
    26 Feb 2020 9:00am - 26 Feb 2020 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This workshop covers the essentials of protecting and exploiting intellectual property, including patenting invention; registering designs and trademarks; copyright and its use in protection of designs and trademarks; trademarks in business; infringement proceedings; domain names and dispute resolution proceedings and a review of conducting searches for patents, trademarks and designs.

     

    5.5
    $525.00