• July 2019

  • Monday, 22 July 2019
    22 Jul 2019 9:00am - 22 Jul 2019 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

     

    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'.

    6.0
    $495.00
  • Tuesday, 23 July 2019
    23 Jul 2019 9:00am - 23 Jul 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, 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

    Presented by: Matthew Townsend, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    5.5
    $495.00
  • Tuesday, 23 July 2019
    23 Jul 2019 1:00pm - 23 Jul 2019 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    In this seminar, our presenter, will use practical examples to highlight essential drafting techniques when preparing affidavits. This session will provide clear guidance on what to do and what not to do in order to prepare effective, admissible affidavits.

     This session will also cover:

    • The use of Affidavits in Court;
    • Tips on how evidence is presented in affidavits including Hearsay; and
    • Form, content and style.

     A must for all practitioners who want to improve their drafting skills!

    Presented by: Maya Rozner, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Wednesday, 24 July 2019 - Thursday, 25 July 2019
    24 Jul 2019 9:00am - 25 Jul 2019 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

     

    Presented by: Chris Hender, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    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
    $695.00
  • Thursday, 25 July 2019
    25 Jul 2019 1:00pm - 25 Jul 2019 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    The ramifications of a poorly worded Calderbank letter and Offers of Compromise can be devastating to your client. Getting them wrong can have a significant impact on negotiations, potentially derail proceedings and possibly affect a later Application for Costs should the matter proceed to court.

    This seminar will provide you with an in-depth overview at both Calderbank letters and Offers of Compromise in light of recent cases, and is designed to equip you with the essential skills to draft these important documents with confidence.

    Presented by: Ian Munt, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Friday, 26 July 2019
    26 Jul 2019 9:00am - 26 Jul 2019 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

     

    Presented by: Janine Wald, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    5.5
    $495.00
  • Tuesday, 30 July 2019 - Wednesday, 31 July 2019
    30 Jul 2019 9:00am - 31 Jul 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This workshop provides an overview of the criminal law jurisdiction in Victoria.

    Participants will examine the basic principles of Criminal Practice and Procedure with special reference to practice in the Magistrates' Court. Participants will also be introduced to appeals from the Magistrates' Court to the County and Supreme Courts, and committals and preparation for trial in the County and Supreme Courts.

    An overview of the criminal law jurisdiction. The program includes:

    • Magistrates' Court mentions
    • Contested hearings
    • Police powers of arrest
    • Detention and investigation
    • Bail procedures
    • Alibis
    • Appeals
    • Sentencing
    • Pleas
    • Pre-trial procedures
    • Trials 

    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
    $695.00
  • August 2019

  • Thursday, 1 August 2019
    1 Aug 2019 9:00am - 1 Aug 2019 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    What this Workshop offers:

    If you come into contact with Business Agreements and Contracts on a regular basis, our practical and easy to understand Workshop is for you!

    Our Workshop will answer all of the questions you have previously had about Business Agreements and Contracts but were too afraid to ask!

    Using the resources of our experienced and highly regarded legal team we have put together a unique Workshop specifically designed to remove the mystery surrounding legal agreements and transactions.  

    This practical and easy to follow Workshop will give you the essential knowledge to operate confidently when dealing with agreements and standard contracts on a daily basis.
    You will learn:

    •    How to prepare a legally binding contract;
    •    Understand basic contract “legal jargon”;
    •    Come to recognise who can legally enter into a contract;
    •    Negotiate terms in your favour;
    •    Understand when a contract is unfair or illegal;
    •    How to end a contract;
    •    What happens if and when a contract is broken; and more…


    During the course of the Workshop you will be taught the legal implications of negotiating and contracting with external parties to ensure that you don’t expose yourself, your business, employer or organisation to any unnecessary risk.

    A workshop not to be missed!

    This workshop covers:
    •    What is a contract?
    •    Negotiating tips;
    •    Common types of contracts and examples of them;
    •    Tips on common clauses;
    •    Defective contracts – what to do about it;
    •    Who can enter into a contract;
    •    Company structures and who can sign a contract;
    •    Misrepresentation – what does it mean? How does it happen?
    •    Consumer Law – what are you saying about your organisation / brand?
    •    Personal and Corporate penalties;
    •    Unfair contact terms;
    •    How to end a contract in your favour;
    •    Breaches of contract; and more…

    Presented by: Richard Hobson, Lawyer, Linchpin Legal Group

     

     


     

    6.0
    $495.00
  • 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.

     

    5.5
    $495.00
  • 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

    and

    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

     

    6.0
    $695.00
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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'.

    6.0
    $495.00
  • 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

    11.0
    $695.00