• May 2019

  • Monday, 27 May 2019
    27 May 2019 9:00am - 27 May 2019 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
    $495.00
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019
    29 May 2019 9:00am - 29 May 2019 12:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    The division and disposal of real property and other assets, and the distribution of income, as part of family law proceedings or other arrangements can result in adverse taxation implications if due care is not taken. Every well rounded family lawyer needs this knowledge in their toolkit.

    Although family lawyers are not financial advisers and cannot provide financial advice to clients, settlement agreements must still be drafted in a way that best minimises tax implications for all parties.

    It is imperative that family lawyers have a basic grasp of the essential taxation concepts required, in order to negotiate the best outcome, while minimising financial risk for their clients. This may also minimise risk of a claim of failing to recognise the appropriate financial triggers.

    This ‘must attend’ program for all family lawyers  will cover the following critical topics:

     

    Tax Tips and Traps for Family Lawyers 

    Common tax issues faced by family lawyers including:

    • CGT;
    • Transfers of assets;
    • Spousal maintenance;
    • How to best structure such arrangements for the advantage of all parties involved;
    • And other common financial aspects of family law.

    Presented by: Briana Kotzapavlidis, Principal, Tisher Liner FC Law

    Tax Issues in Family Trusts 

    For every ‘straightforward’ family law property settlement, there is a settlement which can involve a complex web of family trusts giving rise to significant taxation issues.

    This session will address the due diligence that family lawyers must be aware of when advising a client on tax implications that can arise from family trusts, including:

    • Different Trust types;
    • Rollover relief;
    • CGT;
    • Stamp Duty; and
    • Trusts tax triggers.

    Don’t risk missing out on this important event!

    Presented by: F John Morgan, Barrister, Victorian Bar

     

    3.0
    $390.00
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  • June 2019

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

    This workshop covers all of the essential elements in the practice of business law from setting up company structures to conducting commercial transactions.

    The program includes:

    • Partnerships
    • Deeds
    • Business names
    • Acting for the vendor
    • Acting for a purchaser
    • Searches
    • Settlements
    • Finance
    • Insurance issues

    This program aims to provide a well rounded foundation for confident practice 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
    $495.00
  • Thursday, 6 June 2019
    6 Jun 2019 9:00am - 6 Jun 2019 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
    $495.00
  • Thursday, 6 June 2019
    6 Jun 2019 5:00pm - 6 Jun 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    The area of Contract Law has seen significant changes recently. In order to properly advise your clients, you need to ensure that you are on top of all the developments.

    This seminar will provide an update on Contractual Penalties and more. With reference to significant cases this session will cover topics including:

    • When a fee constitutes a penalty;
    • Drafting tips for ensuring that clauses are not deemed to be penalties; and
    • Strategies for dealing with purported penalty clauses.

    It will also address the issue of unconscionable conduct and the current state of play of the unfair contract terms to small business contracts

    An essential seminar for all practitioners wanting to ensure their knowledge is up to date in this complex area.

    Presented by: Jennika Anthony-Shaw, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019
    12 Jun 2019 9:00am - 12 Jun 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This program is chaired by:

    James Smart, Partner, Maddocks

    Drafting Effective Statutory Instruments   

    The ability to draft clear and legally enforceable statutory instruments is an essential part of every government lawyer’s toolkit. This session will provide the do’s and don’ts on drafting statutory instruments including:

    • Purpose and effectiveness of the instrument;
    • Structure; and
    • Clarity.

    Ensure your skills are up to date!

    Presented by: Gemma Varley, Consultant Legislative Drafter, Private Practice

    Public Service, Personal Opinion and Anonymity  

    In light of the recent case of Comcare v Banerji the question about a government employee’s ability to make anonymous public comments that may reflect on the employer, is in the spotlight.  

    This session will address the current legal position and the risks 

    Presented by: Richard Leder, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    Legislation - Update and Impact  

    Our presenters will outline key updates in the following areas:

    • The Local Jobs First Act 2003 amended from The Victorian Industry Participation Policy Act 2003 (in force since August 2018);

    This session will address the impact of this Act on procurement processes and contract requirements affecting government lawyers in Victoria.

     

    • The Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (Public Interest Disclosures, Oversight and Independence) Bill 2018;

    This Bill, if enacted, will introduce key reforms particularly around Whistleblower protections and an expansion of the types of conduct that can be disclosed.

    This session will address the key proposed changes.

     

    • The Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (Cth) was enacted in October 2018.

    The Act introduced a regime whereby the conduct of Commonwealth agencies may be challenged as a result of their procurement processes.

    This session will address the key changes and impact on government departments.  

    Statutory Interpretation - What Do You Mean? 

    Statutory Interpretation done well, never gets old. It’s an essential survival tool and always needs to be sharpened. This session will outline the most important elements of:

    • Context and Purpose
    • Explanation and Persuasion.

    Presented by: Peter Fox QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Hear from a Leader! Leading My Team - Inspire and Motivate  

    Inspiring and motivating the legal team is essential to maximising performance and maintaining morale. This is particularly important as budgets shrink and client expectations increase. What are the essential skills that a leading government lawyer needs to have and what are simple yet highly effective ways to increase team effectiveness and individual job satisfaction? 

    This session will outline the ways that you can optimise your and your teams motivation, performance and job satisfaction.

    Presented by: Marlo Baragwanath, Victorian Government Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office 

    Conflicts of interest and Disclosure Policies - When do the facts fall through the cracks?   

    Conflicts and Disclosure Policies are a fact of life for government lawyers. But are they always complied with in real life? What are the major risk areas for government lawyers and their colleagues when interpreting and applying these policies. How are the policies being flouted and what are the potential consequences of getting caught.

    This session will address these issues and provide guidance in this tricky area.

    Workplace Behaviour – A 2019 Update

    Recent high profile examples illustrate the importance of adhering strictly to appropriate workplace behaviour guidelines. Sexual harassment or bullying allegations can destroy a career and can also bring a lawyer within the investigatory powers of the Disciplinary bodies. Now more than ever, it is critical for all lawyers to understand the strict rules around what is and is not appropriate behaviour in the workplace. By reference to recent cases this session will address this issue and provide guidance on how to avoid breaching the professional conduct rules prohibiting inappropriate workplace behaviour including sexual harassment and bullying.  

     

    This session is designed to be informal and from your own point of view, with little preparation of materials necessary. As there will be other panellists and question time, the hour long session will be split between you, so not requiring you to speak for the whole 1 hour..

    Personal Liability in the Public Sector 

    The area of personal liability keeps all lawyers awake at night.  This session will address developments in the area of personal liability in government.

    6.0
    $645.00
  • 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'.

    6.0
    $495.00
  • 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'.

    11.0
    $695.00
  • 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.

    1.0
    $145.00
  • 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

    1.0
    $145.00
  • 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.

     

    6.0
    $645.00
  • 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.

    11.0
    $695.00