• March 2020

  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020
    17 Mar 2020 9:00am - 17 Mar 2020 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

     

    Mediation – How to Prepare When Your Client Has Not   

    The challenges of preparing for and attending mediation can be overwhelming when:

    • Your client is unprepared;
    • Your opponent is unprepared;
    • Despite your best attempts there is no clear strategy; and
    • Your client still expects settlement.

    This seminar will address how you can overcome these challenges and achieve the best outcome.

    This session will also provide guidance on how you can take control of the process even in circumstances when no one seems to be prepared or cooperating.

    Update Your Standard Costs Agreement in 2020 

    With reference to recent cases and common errors this seminar will highlight the reasons why you need to update your standard costs agreement in 2020. 

    Costs Agreements are one of the most important documents used by legal practitioners, yet once drafted they are rarely reviewed except to update charge out rates. Failing to keep pace with legislative changes and case law developments can, however, result in outdated, unclear and/or inaccurate costs agreements, potentially leaving practitioners exposed and unable to recover outstanding legal fees.

    This session will consider how and why you should re-examine and consider updating and/or tailoring your costs agreement in light of recent and upcoming legislative changes, which impact significantly on the content and terminology used.

    It will also explore common errors in costs agreements, with reference to recent decisions, and provide tips on how to ensure that the costs agreement you issue is appropriate and will minimise the likelihood of problems arising.

    Agreeing to Agree – When Letter 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

    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 the boundary is 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
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020 - Thursday, 19 March 2020
    18 Mar 2020 9:00am - 19 Mar 2020 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This practical two day workshop provides an overview of the major jurisdictions with a particular focus on Magistrates', County, Supreme Courts with reference to Federal Court and VCAT.

    The program includes:

    •     Pre-litigation correspondence
    •     Without prejudice communications
    •     Offers of compromise
    •     Deciding jurisdiction
    •     Parties
    •     Service of documents
    •     Initiating proceedings
    •     Preparing complaints
    •     Pleadings
    •     Writs
    •     Statements of claim
    •     Undefended actions
    •     Applications for orders and summary judgement
    •     Affidavits in support
    •     Defended actions and defences
    •     Directions hearings
    •     Counterclaims
    •     Set off
    •     Joinder
    •     Particulars
    •     Discovery
    •     Interrogatories
    •     Expert evidence
    •     Witness statements
    •     Setting down for hearing/trial
    •     Risk management
    •     GST related issues


    Note: This workshop runs for 2 days.

    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'.

    11.0
    $725.00
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020
    19 Mar 2020 9:00am - 19 Mar 2020 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Earlybird Price: $695 (incl. GST) 

     

    Hot Topics – Hear from a Panel! 

    Hear from a panel of leading workplace relations lawyers, using high profile cases and examples, each discussing:

    • Wage Thefts and Underpayments – How did it come to this? 

    • Breaching the Employers Code of Conduct – Where is the Line?

    New Whistleblower Regime – The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (Cth) 


    Any employer considered to be a ‘public company’ or ‘large proprietary company’ will be required to have a compliant whistleblower policy in place from 1 January 2020.


    This session will discuss:

    • How does is work;

    • What does it mean for your clients;

    • What needs to be drafted and are you compliant?;

    • Updating your policy;

    • What are the risks;

    • What the benefits.

    Presented by: Lucy Line, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Legislative Update and Developments 2020 


    This session will address key legislative updates and how they affect your clients including:

    • Increases to the high-income threshold and compensation limits from 1 July 2019

    • Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2019

    • Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019

    • Fair Work Commission Amendment (Entry Permits and Other Measures) Rules 2019

    • Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Amendment (ASIC) Regulations 2019

    • Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Vic)

    • Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 (Vic) for the Community services, Contract cleaning and Security Industries sectors

    • Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018

    • Changes to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SCHADS) commencing December 2019 and into 2020

    • Commonwealth Workplace Protection Orders (proposed for Commonwealth employees)

    • New annualised salary award provisions to apply from 1 March 2020

    • Proposed new laws to cover instances of workplace bullying leading to suicide. 

    Ultimate Case Update including Fair Work Commission and significant Australian Cases 


    This session will provide you with a comprehensive overview and update of recent and significant employment law decisions and commentary up to March 2020. This session will bring you up to date in this constantly evolving practice area and is designed to guide your advice in 2020.

    • Tracey v BP Refinery (Kwinana) Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 

    • Thai v Email Ventilation Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 

    • Wallace v AFS Security 24/7 Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 

    • Steven Zirilli v StarTrack Express Pty Limited [2019] FWC 

    • Power v Health Service Executive and Kearney v Byrne Wallace,

    • Adamczak v Alsco Pty Ltd

    • Pezzimenti v Rotary International [2019] FCCA

    • One Dream Enterprises Pty Ltd v Simmonds & Ors [2019] VSC

    • Mr Matthew Boulton v Telstra Corporation Limited [2019] FWC

    • Smerff Electrical

    • Mondelez v AMWU[2019] FCAFC 138

    • Israel Folau v Rugby Australia 

    • In-house lawyers and commissions.

    Restraints of Trade in a Digital World – Details Do Matter   


    Drafting and enforcing Restraints of Trade that cover an Online Business or activity including overseas markets can be tricky, especially if a lawyer is not sufficiently familiar with the necessary technical terminology. 


    This session is designed to cover the essentials when drafting Restraints of Trade to cover Online/Digital Business activities and assets. 


    It will also address the risks involved in misunderstanding lack of the geographical boundaries applying to Digital Businesses. Particularly where enforcement may require the cooperation of another jurisdiction. Our presenter will refer to significant cases in this session. 

    Enterprise Agreements and Errors- How Wrong Can They Be? 

     
    Minor or technical errors in agreement making processes have been overlooked or accepted by the FWC in recent cases when approving Enterprise Agreements. This follows a late amendment in 2018 to the Fair Work Act. But, how flexible is the FWC and can the parties assume the FWC will overlook errors? By reference to recent cases this session will provide guidance on how the FWC is currently determining when to overlook such errors.  

     

    6.0
    $695.00
    Early Bird Price Available - Save the date!
  • Monday, 23 March 2020
    23 Mar 2020 9:00am - 23 Mar 2020 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, 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

    5.5
    $525.00
  • Monday, 23 March 2020
    23 Mar 2020 9:00am - 23 Mar 2020 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.

     

    5.5
    $525.00
  • Tuesday, 24 March 2020
    24 Mar 2020 9:00am - 24 Mar 2020 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Designed for family law practitioners already confident in the basic skills of family law practice, this is a one day workshop. This workshop aims to equip lawyers with the finer skills of making sure your client gets their share.

    Topics include:

    •     preparation
    •     taxation issues
    •     special contributions
    •     farming cases
    •     discretionary trusts
    •     Stanford
    •     financial disclosure
    •     valuation evidence
    •     superannuation
    •     bankruptcy
    •     expert witness
    •     costs
    •     mareva injunctions and anton piller orders

     

    5.5
    $525.00
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - Thursday, 26 March 2020
    25 Mar 2020 9:00am - 26 Mar 2020 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.

    11.0
    $725.00
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020
    25 Mar 2020 9:00am - 25 Mar 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
  • Thursday, 26 March 2020
    26 Mar 2020 9:00am - 26 Mar 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, 27 March 2020
    27 Mar 2020 8:50am - 27 Mar 2020 3:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Book All 5 Seminars In One Day or Choose Individual Seminars to Suit Your CPD Needs!

    Agreement or Deed? Proceed with Caution 

    Seminar 1 - 9:00am - 10:00am

    How do you know which option is best when deciding to record an arrangement by Agreement or Deed? This session will cover topics including:

    • The legal implications of each option;
    • Advantages and disadvantages of each option;
    • The risks and consequences of making the wrong choice;
    • Recent significant cases.

    Ensure you know which way to proceed!

    Ethics In The Spotlight 

    Seminar 2 - 10:15am - 11:15am

    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 the boundary is 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.

    Managing Cyber Risk For Law Firms 

    Seminar 3 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

    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.

    Privacy and Sourcing Personal Information to Assist in Litigation 

    Seminar 4 - 12:45pm - 1:45pm

    Would you know how to respond if your client asked you to source personal or confidential information to assist in the course of litigation including settlement negotiation? Would you know how to respond if they sought to provide such information to you? Where is the line between acceptable litigation strategy and a breach of privacy which is or may be unlawful?

    This unique seminar will outline the sort of information which is regarded as acceptable use of personal information in litigation and negotiation and what would be regarded as a breach of privacy legislation and guidelines.

    Our presenter will outline the key issues including:

    • What information is regarded as personal information
    • What information is regarded as confidential information
    • What information may breach legislation
    • What is the impact on claims of unfairness or other ground for challenging settlements

    Directors Duties, Legal Advice and ASIC Investigations 

    Seminar 5 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    In light of the recent finding of the Banking Royal Commission, the duties and responsibilities imposed on company directors and officers have never been more stringent or exposed. The requirement for their legal advisers to be across current developments has also never been more important.


    This seminar will examine recent cases and developments, including to what extent directors should be aware of potential breaches of the law and whether there is a need for more effective protection for directors in decision making. It will also address potential claims, the signs to watch for and questions to ask when advising clients in this area.


    The seminar will provide guidance on how companies should modify their practices and procedures and will also cover the most recent ASIC investigations and cases. It will also discuss the wide range of powers that ASIC officers can and are enforcing.


    The session will also outline ASIC’s plans to embed officials inside Australia’s biggest banks to monitor governance and compliance, plus the establishment of a taskforce to look into large listed companies including on-site surveillance and investigation.
    This is a seminar not to be missed!

     

    5.0
    $500.00
  • Friday, 27 March 2020
    27 Mar 2020 9:00am - 27 Mar 2020 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
     

    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
  • Friday, 27 March 2020
    27 Mar 2020 9:00am - 27 Mar 2020 10:00am (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    How do you know which option is best when deciding to record an arrangement by Agreement or Deed? This session will cover topics including:

    • The legal implications of each option;
    • Advantages and disadvantages of each option;
    • The risks and consequences of making the wrong choice;
    • Recent significant cases.

    Ensure you know which way to proceed!

    This seminar can be booked individually or as part of our CPD Mix & Match 5 Point Marathon, Friday 27 March.
    CLICK HERE TO BOOK

    1.0
    $100.00