• June 2019

  • 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: Sheridan Lee, Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Migration and Refugee Division

    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

    and

    Georgina Costello, Barrister, Victorian Bar

     

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  • 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

    This program is chaired by:

    Mary Anne Hartley QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    and

    Viola Katotas, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    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:

    • Samoiloff v Grandiflora Nurseries Pty Ltd [2018] VSC 765
    • Pulling v Yarra Ranges Shire Council [2018] VSC 248
    • Neate v Air Creations Design & Installation Pty Ltd [2018] VSCA 300 

    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 

    Where there is a finding of contributory negligence, damages are reduced, having regard to the plaintiff’s share in the responsibility for the damage. 

    However, as illustrated by the recent case of Aycicek v Flowline Industries Pty Ltd [2019] VSCA 37, a finding of contributory negligence will not be open if a plaintiff’s conduct is no more than mere inadvertence, inattention or misjudgment.

    This session will look at the issues and factors taken into account when determining if there has been contributory negligence on the part of a plaintiff who has been injured at work or in a transport accident, and includes 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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  • 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:



    This program is chaired by:

    Iain Jones QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    and

    David Collins QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    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:

    NEW - Guardianship and Administration Act 2019;

    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, Recommended Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Lawyer and Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyer in Victoria in Doyles’ Guide, 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 Part IV Applications - The Ineligible Client 

    Since 2015, the range of people eligible to bring a family provision claim against an estate in Victoria has been significantly narrowed.

    This session will explore the alternative avenues available to ‘ineligible applicants’ including the use of estoppel and constructive trusts.

    A session not to be missed!

    Presented by: Malcolm CampbellPrincipal and Accredited Wills and Estates Specialist, Nicholas O'Donohue and Co.

    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.  

     

    Presented by: Legal Services Board + Commissioner

     

    6.0
    $695.00
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  • July 2019

  • Thursday, 11 July 2019
    11 Jul 2019 9:00am - 11 Jul 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

     

    Property Law Legislative and Tax Update - 2019 

    This session will provide the latest legislative developments and tax updates including:

    Legislative Alert!

    • The Sale of Land Amendment Act 2019 and Sunset Clauses
    • The Owners Corporation Amendment (Short Stay Accommodation) Act 2018
    • PPSA and Property leases

    Tax

    • Land Tax Assessments
    • State Taxes Update - Duty and Land Tax
    • GST and Leasing
    • Foreign Resident’s Capital Gains Withholding Tax
    • GST Withholding Regime
    • Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2018 (Foreign Investor Tax)

    Your Ultimate 2019 Case and Development Update 

    Are you sure you are on top of all the latest property law cases and developments? This session will review recent significant cases and trends in Property related litigation, highlighting key lessons and risk areas. Cases to July 2019 will be covered. This session is The Ultimate Case Update!  

    Issues include:

    • Claims against local Council
    • Residential leases and landlord’s duty of care
    • Planning issues
    • Owners Corporations and responsibility for defects
    • Section173 Agreements and tips and traps relating to Section 173 Agreements

    Presented by: Tom Pikusa, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Insurance and Property Law - The Intersection 

    This session will outline important insurance related issues affecting common property transactions. The session is designed to alert you to the issues that, if missed, can cause loss to your client, including:

    • Owners corporations
    • Landlords
    • Pre-settlement Insurance

    Presented by: Tim Graham, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

    Complex Conveyancing Issues - Keeping Your Guard Up 

    Even the most straightforward conveyance can spiral out of control.

    This session will draw your attention to the more complex problems and oversights that can occur in conveyancing matters. Our presenter will address these issues including:

    • Dealing with default
    • Rescission
    • Subdivisions
    • Strata Plans
    • Easements and Covenants
    • Vendor Statement blunders

    This session is designed to help you take back control.

    Presented by: Michael Mammen, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

    Drafting Mini-Masterclass 

    This session will tackle head on the essential tips and traps in various important agreements.

    • Navigating through the Development Agreement -What to look out for and what to avoid.
    • Deemed Satisfaction Clauses and other risks in Offers to Lease
    • Off the Plan Contracts - Sealing Up the Cracks in 2019. In the wake of Opal Tower and Building cladding problems it is clear that contingencies should now be considered when drafting or reviewing Off The Plan Contracts and advising clients in related contracts.

    This session will provide an overview of the most important factors you must ensure are covered in these documents.

    Lending - Impact of Royal Commission and other Developments on the Property Market 

    This session will cover the impact of the Royal Commission on lending practices, regulation and the property market. How will this impact your firm and your clients in 2019 and beyond.

    Presented by: Genevieve Sexton, Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler

    and

    Stephanie Watson, Lawyer, Arnold Bloch Leibler

    Risk Management for Property Lawyers 

    Conveyancing claims were approximately 25 per cent of all claims for 2017/18 and are estimated to cost approximately $10 million. A substantial number of these claims are due to errors in contracts of sale and vendor statements.

    As vendor statements and contracts of sale are the most important documents in a conveyance it is essential that firms get them right.

    In this session we will consider the issues seen by LPLC in contracts of sale and vendor statements and tips will be provided on how to avoid conveyancing claims.

    Presented by: Phillip Nolan, Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners' Liability Committee

     

    6.0
    $695.00
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  • August 2019

  • Thursday, 1 August 2019
    1 Aug 2019 9:00am - 1 Aug 2019 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Lease Incentives – What can go wrong? 

    Lease incentives are more commonly being offered in both retail and commercial lease negotiations to entice tenants to enter into the lease in an ever-competitive market. This session will discuss the implications of a lease incentive and the traps that both landlords and tenants need to be aware of, and will include:

    • Tax Implications;
    • Rent Free Periods;
    • Can the lease be assigned under the incentive;
    • Deed/Disclosure of Incentive;
    • Repayable incentives;
    • Contribution towards fit out and ownership;
    • Default provisions under the incentive;
    • Clawback provisions;
    • Case update and lessons learnt in this area.

    Presented by: Samantha Taylor, Special Counsel, Russell Kennedy Lawyers

    Disputes in Commercial and Retail Leases – Avoiding common errors in leasing litigation 

    This session will discuss the common errors made by practitioners in leasing litigation when either acting for the landlord or tenant. This session will provide guidance on the important issues which must be considered when commencing and during the litigation process including:

    • Jurisdictional issues;
    • Failure to apply termination provisions correctly;
    • Failure to advise on long term lease obligations;
    • Issues found in Breach Notices;
    • Advising on costs implications – Retail or Commercial Lease.

    Presented by: David Dickens, Special Counsel, Hall & Wilcox

    Eviction Notice! Terminating the Commercial Lease 

    The Commercial Lease is often understood by the Courts and VCAT to be long term binding contract between the landlord and commercial tenant. The rules governing Commercial Leases are complex and landlords must follow the mandatory steps in order to gain lawful possession. Otherwise action can backfire on the landlord. Your advice to tenant or landlord needs to be ‘spot on’ when advising in relation to a possible breach and termination actions.

    This session will discuss the process when evicting a commercial tenant including:

    • The entitlement to evict and whether there was a breach;
    • Termination by notice or a right to re-entry;
    • Dealing with wrongful eviction by the landlord;
    • Commencing proceedings for re-entry;
    • Damages;
    • The risk of a set-off claim.

    Our presenter will also address some of the subtle complexities that can derail an attempt to evict.

    Presented by: Philip Barton, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    GST considerations in Commercial and Retail Leasing 

    This session will discuss the GST consideration and implications faced in retail and commercial leases and will highlight what you need to know to advise your client correctly! This session will include:

    • Getting GST clauses right;
    • Rate of GST to be charged;
    • GST and Lease Incentives;
    • Supplying leased property;
    • When and where is GST applicable.

    FOR LEASE! What’s the latest in leasing – 2019 

    This session will address recent and emerging legislative developments and case updates including:

    Case Report:

    • Grounds for terminating a lease? - Red Pepper Property Group Pty Ltd v S 3 South Melb Pty Ltd (2019) VSC 41;
    • Drafting Errors: Perpetual Ltd v Myer Pty Ltd [2019] VSCA 98
    • Tripple A Case – Recent decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal – Tripple A Pty Ltd v WIN Television Queensland Pty Ltd (2018) QCA 246.

    Updates:

    • Commercial Building Disclosure Program – Federal Government Independent Review;
    • Short term letting and Owner’s Corporation update.

    Presented by: Jane Baddeley, Partner, Hall & Wilcox

     

    4.0
    $450.00
  • 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

    Early bird price available until Friday 28 June: $665 (incl. GST)

    Full Price: $695 (incl. GST)

    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

    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 

    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 

    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

    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: Andrew Mellett, Chief Executive Officer, Plexus

    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

     

    6.0
    $665.00
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  • Thursday, 15 August 2019
    15 Aug 2019 9:00am - 15 Aug 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Early bird price available until Friday 28 June: $665 (incl. GST)

    Full Price: $695 (incl. GST)

    Family Law Legislation Updates and New Developments for 2019 

    This session will address recent and emerging legislative developments and updates including:

    • Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross examination of Parties) Act 2018;
    • The Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (Vic);
    • Fee contributions and changes to the cost of an Independent Children’s Lawyer
    • The Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Act 2018;
    • Key updates including extensions to the Family Law Amendments (2018 Measures No1) Rules 2018.
    • Family Violence Plan released by the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia; and
    • Amendments to the Restraining Order Legislation.

    Presented by: Annelis Bos, Partner, Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer in Victoria, Doyle’s Guide 2019, Coote Family Lawyers

    Family Law Reform and Restructure-Next Steps and Impact on Practitioners and Clients 

    Hear from a leading Family Law Practitioner on the ongoing challenges arising from the proposed restructure of the Family Law system.

    The Australian Law Reform Commission Review’s Final Report, Family Law for the Future – An inquiry into the Family Law System was released in March 2019.

    How many of the final 60 recommendations within the report are likely to be adopted and if so, when? What impact would these changes have on you and your clients?

    Family Law Judgements - Case Update 2019 

    This session will provide a review of recent, significant cases and trends up to August 2019 from the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court.

    This case update will include:

    Property Matters                         

    • Scott & Scott [2019] FamCAFC 9
    • Bullow & Bullow [2019] FamCAFC 3
    • Sully & Sully [2018] FamCA 786
    • Tamaris & Tamaris [2018] FCCA 3696

    Taxation related matters

    • Commissioner of Taxation for the Commonwealth of Australia v Tomaras [2018] HCA 62

                Sperm donor related matters

    • GLS v Russell-Weisz and Ors [2018] WASC 79
    • Re Cresswell [2018] QSC 142
    • ‘Masson’ and ‘Parsons’ [2019] HCA

                Children’s Matters

    • Cao & Cao [2019] FamCAFC 252
    • Ardagh (No.2) [2018] FamCAFC 160

    Drafting Session

    Binding Child Support Agreements to include Termination Event Clauses  

    This session will provide practical guidance and examples on what to include in Binding Child Support Agreements since the legislative changes outlined in the Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Act 2018 which commenced 1 July 2018.

    This session will also address the impact caused by the retrospectivity of the legislation on Binding Child Support Agreements entered into pre-1 July 2018.

     

    Superannuation Splitting Orders  

    This session will look at the nuances in crafting theses Orders so that they comply with the legislative requirements of the Family Law Act 1975.

    The consequences of getting these Orders wrong can be significant and this session will provide essential drafting tips and traps.

    Extended Family Impact On Financial Contributions and Children’s Care Arrangements 

    This session will look at the impact of the extended family dynamic as it relates to the issue of financial contributions from family members to a party in family law matters. How are the contributions treated by the court and what are the common types of contributions claimed by parties in dispute.

    The session will also address the issues that can arise when a parent is actually being supported by family members in providing parental care, instead of the parent taking responsibility and doing it themselves. How do you deal with issues of evidence and determining at what point that parent is not actually providing the parental responsibility.

    Self-Service Evidence Gathering 

    Recording conversations:

    What advice should you give when your client seeks your advice on whether they can record private conversations to use as evidence or as a pressure tactic? Jurisdictional legislative differences can also impact when a conversation is recorded in one state or territory, to be used in another state or territory.

     

    Surveillance:

    What would you advise your client if they asked whether they could use a surveillance device to track an ex-partner? Or if they believe they are being monitored? What are the legal parameters around the use of surveillance devices by parties seeking to obtain evidence to their advantage?  

    Presented by: Barry Berger, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Berger Kordos Lawyers

    Ethical Considerations for Family Lawyers  

    This session will provide insights and guidance for best practice, both for the client and for the practitioner. As Family Law legislation develops and changes, Family Law clients continue to be distressed, the caseload continues to be demanding, and complaints can arise. As a Family Law practitioner, it is essential to implement effective policies, build resilience and maintain wellbeing across our workplaces.

    • What does a successful outcome for all parties look like?
    • Practical guidance on how to reduce the risk of a complaint
    • Developing a personalised and proactive approach to managing vicarious traumatisation and build resilience
    • Think innovation!

    Presented by: Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

    6.0
    $665.00
    Early Bird Price Available - Expires 28 June 2019! Filling Fast!
  • Wednesday, 28 August 2019
    28 Aug 2019 9:00am - 28 Aug 2019 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

     

    Case Update 

    This session will cover cases up to August 2019, covering issues including:

    • Unfair Dismissal, including Conflict of Interest;
    • Workplace Investigations;
    • Racial Discrimination and Underpayment; 
    • Bullying and Mental Health;
    • Job related trauma.

    Freedom of Speech And The Employment Contract - The Intersection 

    Recent high profile cases illustrate the growing confusion around an employee's ‘right’ to freedom of speech.  Issues including personal, religious or political views that may target or offend particular groups, or reflect in an adverse way on their employer.

    Public forums such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are potential breeding grounds for the line to be blurred between what is acceptable and what crosses the line.

    Using three hypothetical case studies, our panel will outline their views and challenge various viewpoints and perceptions. A unique opportunity to watch and be a part of.

    Workplace Investigations – Advising Clients Facing a Workplace Investigation Plus Case Update 

    Allegations of workplace misbehaviour are increasingly common and clients facing those allegations require high level advice in stressful, complex and urgent situations. What advice should you give, and steps should you take when advising:

    • Clients who have just been notified of a workplace complaint / investigation;
    • Clients who seek advice after the investigation has commenced;
    • Clients who seek advice after the investigation has concluded

    This session by reference to significant cases and examples, will provide guidance on the obligations on an employer when conducting workplace investigations and the grounds for the employee to object or dispute the terms of an investigation. It will also address the non-negotiables when advising a client in these situations.

    Presented by:

    Philip Brewin, Director and Accredited Workplace Relations Specialist, Nevett Ford Lawyers;

    and

    Melita Demirova, Lawyer, Nevett Ford Lawyers.

    Tracking and ‘Sign In’ Requirements - Privacy and Consent 

    The technological options for tracking staff including ‘sign in and sign out’ are varied and may require an employee divulging ‘sensitive’ information. This can also occur without the employee’s knowledge or consent.

    This session will outline recent developments surrounding cases dealing with what is and is not permissible in tracking and monitoring employees.

     

    4.0
    $450.00
  • September 2019

  • Thursday, 5 September 2019
    5 Sep 2019 9:00am - 5 Sep 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Early bird price available until Friday 26 July: $695 (incl. GST)

    Full Price: $725 (incl. GST)

     

    Your Ultimate 2019 Case Update 

    Are you sure you are on top of all the latest building and construction cases? This session will review recent significant cases in building and construction related litigation, highlighting key lessons and risk areas. Cases to September 2019 will be covered. This session is The Ultimate Case Update!  

    Issues include:

    • Defects and Incomplete Works;

    • Limitations of Actions;

    • Liability of Construction ‘Professionals’;

    • Scope of Works.

    Drafting Mini-Masterclass  

    This session will tackle head on the essential tips and traps in various important agreements.

    • Navigating through the Construction Contract - What to look out for and what to avoid including reference to express representations and also the relationship to Australian Consumer Law

    • Off the Plan Contracts - Sealing Up the Cracks in 2019. In the wake of Opal Tower and Building cladding problems it is clear that contingencies should now be considered when drafting or reviewing Off the Plan Contracts and advising clients in related contracts.

    This session will provide an overview of the most important factors you must ensure are covered in these documents.

    National Construction Code (NCC) of Australia 

    To be adopted on 1 May 2019 introduces significant changes. The NCC is administered by the relevant States and Territories (in Victoria under the Building Act 1993) and broadly covers the following:

    • NCC Volume One applies to multi-residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings and structures.

    • NCC Volume Two applies to residential and non-habitable buildings and structures.

    • NCC Volume Three applies to plumbing and drainage for all classes of buildings.

    This session will discuss the above changes including:

    • Performance Based Compliance Options;

    • Acceptable Construction Practices (ACP).

    Construction Contracts Management  

    A construction project often requires multiple contracts to be drafted involving builder, IT Contractor, AV Contractor and others.  Synchronising these multiple contracts is essential for the project to run smoothly. 

    This session will look at a ‘typical’ construction project scenario and outline the common multiple contracts that may be involved and provide helpful guidance on managing this complex process.

    Performance Securities - Options and Risks 

    The issue of which Performance Security to choose when drafting building and construction contracts can be critical when things go wrong. This session will demystify this often complex area and provide guidance on the options and risks associated with those options. This session will discuss and compare options including:

    • Banks Guarantees

    • Insurance Bonds

    • PPSR Securities

    • Cash Retention

    • Letter of Comfort

    • Mortgage

    • Longer Payment Terms and Offsetting Provisions

    • Separate Bank Account

    • Related Party Guarantee

    ALERT! The Sale of Land Amendment Act 2019 and Sunset Clauses – A New Dawn Breaks for Purchasers 

    The Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019 was passed on 28 May 2019 and introduced key changes to sunset clauses and off the plan developments which is to have retrospective effect to 23 August 2018.

    This session will discuss the Sale of Land Amendment Act 2019 and will focus on new provisions ss10A to 10F that the Act will insert into the Sale of Land Act 1962. These provisions will impose significant impacts on vendors, their current developments and future investments.

    Presented by: Louise Hicks, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Insurance - Managing Construction Risk 

    What are the risks to your client if you fall short of giving the proper advice regarding the usual and perhaps more unusual insurance cover applicable to your client’s project? Insurance issues include policy coverage, terms and conditions, exclusions, defective work and design, indemnity and subrogation, project coverage and gaps.

    This session will provide an overview of the insurance related risks including subtleties and nuances that building and construction lawyers need to know and how to best protect their clients’ interests.

    Presented by: Alexandra Golding, Barrister, Victorian Bar

     

    6.0
    $695.00
    Early Bird Price Available - Expires 26 July 2019!
  • Wednesday, 11 September 2019
    11 Sep 2019 9:00am - 11 Sep 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Early bird price available until Friday 2 August: $695 (incl. GST)

    Full Price: $725 (incl. GST)

    This program will be chaired by:

    Jane Fiske, Partner, Lander & Rogers

    Your Essential 2019 Case Update 

    The very essence of medico-legal practice is that something has or at least has appeared, to have gone wrong. Either a patient is making a negligence claim, or a medical professional is aggrieved by a decision made against them. Given the subtle nuances that can impact a claim succeeding or failing, all practitioners working in this complex area need to be on top of the latest cases.

    This session will cover the latest medico-legal cases up to September 2019 including:

    • Medical negligence claims against surgeons / GP’s;
    • Medical negligence claims against Psychiatrists and Psychologists;
    • Medical negligence claims against Dentists;
    • Appeal decisions by medical professionals and the ‘irrational’ exception to Competent Professional Practice.

    Legislative Updates and Developments 2019 

    In light of numerous recent developments in the medico-legal legislative space, the risks of overlooking the impact of a change are greater than ever.

    This session will provide an in-depth overview of the latest developments, including:

    • Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (relating to Mandatory Reporting Thresholds for doctors);
    • Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (coming into effect 19 June 2019);
    • Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (commenced 12 March 2018);
    • Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2018.

    New laws can bring new risks for you and your clients and this is a session not to be missed.

    Expert Witnesses and Evidence in Court – Have you Done your homework? 

     

    Preparation and Briefing

    It is critical when obtaining medico-legal evidence from a medical practitioner, for their evidence to be consistent. Prior to your client meeting your expert, whether it be a surgeon or otherwise, you should ensure that you have briefed your expert with every relevant document/s they require to undertake a full and proper examination, which then can produce 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 contradicts claims made by your client.

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

     

    Due Diligence and Inconsistencies

    What are the risks in failing to adequately research the suitability and previous evidence of an expert witness, particularly in regard to any previous inconsistent statements or evidence presented by that expert witness in other cases.

    This session will address these issues and will also cover:

    • Grounds for appeal if you subsequently find the expert has given contradictory statements in cases either before or after your client’s matter has been heard; and
    • What resources are available to assist in checking an expert’s expertise and their previous evidence.

    Ethics, AI, Privacy and Implications – Where To From Here?  

    A set of eight Ethical Principles have been drafted and released by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (the RANZCR principles) which is aimed at guiding ethical standards surrounding AI technology in medicine into the future, as well as complementing today’s current medical tools and systems.

    This session will discuss the current state of the medico-legal profession, including privacy, technology, AI, the RANZCR principles and ethical issues likely to be faced as we move into an uncertain future.

    Legal Professional Privilege and Patient Confidentiality – What Must Be Disclosed? 

    The concepts of ‘patient confidentiality’ and ‘legal professional privilege’ can be complex and time consuming for medical practitioners and their legal advisors. When receiving a subpoena, an order to produce documents or a summons to appear as a witness, there are numerous issues to consider including multiple and sometimes inconsistent jurisdictional requirements, objections to requests, providing sealed and unsealed documents and importantly, identifying and claiming legal professional privilege.

    The recent case of Medical Board of Australia v Kemp [2018] VSCA 168, found and perhaps set a precedent that patients medical records are not protected by statutory privilege in disciplinary hearings.

    This session will provide guidance on the issue’s practitioners must be alert to when, where and how they can claim privilege on a proper basis.

    The Scope of Medical-Legal Counsel – What Does Your Client Demand of you in 2019? 

    In February 2019, a story was broadcast on ‘7:30’ on the ABC about a young doctor, Dr. Yumiko Kadota, who was walking away from the medical profession as she was ‘physically and emotionally broken’ from her placement at a Sydney hospital. This followed her blog called “The Ugly Side of Becoming a Surgeon”.

    Would you know what to advise a hospital, surgeon or other medical professional in charge of supervision in such circumstances? 

    The health industry is becoming more complex and operates within a more competitive, technological and litigious market. If an organisation, or individual within the industry makes a mistake which is then picked up and carried by social media, reputational damage can be devastating.

    In addition to legal knowledge and skills, medical-legal counsel are increasingly expected to be proficient in a wide range of areas including negotiation, mediation, dispute resolution and Crisis Management. Having a strong relationship with your client is crucial to being able to understand, manage and deliver the clients expectations.

    This session will provide guidance on the current and evolving role of the medical-legal counsel in 2019, so that you can manage your client’s expectations and deliver at the highest level.

    Non-Delegable Duties in the Medical Profession 

    The vulnerability of patients in institutions and hospitals has been in the spotlight in recent times. As the country faces an ageing population, the issue of proper care by medical professionals and perhaps more importantly, staff, within organisations, will continue to remain a hot topic.

    This session will focus on the issue of non-delegable duties in the medical profession including:

    • When the duty arises;
    • When an organisation is liable for negligence of a staff member;
    • Independent contractors;
    • Exceptions to the rule.

    Don’t miss this hot topic!

    Presented by: Abhi Mukherjee, Barrister, Victorian Bar

     

    6.0
    $695.00
    Early Bird Price Available - Expires 2 August 2019!
  • November 2019

  • Thursday, 14 November 2019
    14 Nov 2019 9:00am - 14 Nov 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

     

    Department of Home Affairs Update, Trends and New Developments for 2019/2020 

    This session will address recent and emerging legislative developments, trends and a detailed Home Affairs Update including:

     

    ALERT! The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Sub Class 870 Visa

    New five-year visa for parents and grandparents available from 17 April 2019 (Subclass 870 visa) – Discussion includes Costs, visa cap, health criteria, eligibility criteria;

     

    ALERT! Regional Immigration Update:

    • New visas for regional Australia include:
    • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa – available from November 2019;
    • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa - available from November 2019;
    • Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa – available from November 2022.
    • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187);
    • Working Holiday Maker (WHM) Update- Subclass 417 (Working Holiday Visa) and Subclass 462 (Work and Holiday Visa).

     

    Legislative Update:

    • Migration and Other Legislation Amendment (Enforced Integrity) act 2018 and on-going reforms;
    • The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2016 which established a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program;
    • Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018 (Cth).

     

    Department of Home Affairs Update:

    • Skilled Occupation Lists – New occupations added by the department on 11 March 2019 to the Short terms List, Medium to Long Term Skilled Occupation List (MLTSOL) and the Regional Skilled Occupation List (RSOL) - affecting Subclasses 482, 189, 190, 186, 187, 407 and 485;
    • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) for Australian Citizens and Foreign Applicants;
    • Australian and Greece – Reciprocal work and holiday arrangements to commence 1 July 2019;
    • “Visas for GPs initiative” and Health Workforce Certificates - New Requirement for Overseas Trained Doctors.

     

    General Update and Trends:

    • Skilling Australian Fund (SAF) levy for 457/482 visa holders update – What does this mean for sponsors/employers;
    • Update on holders of a Subclass 405 Investor Retirement visa or a Subclass 410 Retirement visa.
    • Waiting Time and Approvals Update! – Permanent Partner Visa for onshore and offshore applicants, Citizenship, Annual Nation Immigration Intake and more.

    Migration Law Case Update 2019 

    This session will address recent notable cases within the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court and the AAT. The case update will include:

    • Extensions of time to the AAT
    • Family Violence;
    • Partner Visas;
    • Protection Visas;
    • Compelling circumstances;
    • Ministerial Intervention;
    • And more!

    The Savvy Investor – A Closer Look at Business Innovation and Investment Visas

    This session will take a closer look at Business Innovation, Investment and the Entrepreneur streams and how to effectively manage these visas when advising your entrepreneurial client.

    This session will cover the below visas:

     

    • Significant Investor Visas (SIV) - Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 188);
    • Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 888); and
    • Business Talent Visa (Subclass 132).

     

    This presenter will also discuss the difficulties that can arise when applying for these visa streams, their processing times, and will examine where these visas have been turned down on technicalities.

    Intersection between the Department of Home Affairs and Third-Party Agencies 

    This session will provide an insight into the Department of Home Affairs consulting with third party or government agencies to collect and use information when considering a visa application and whether this gives rise to issues of procedural fairness.

    This session will discuss the options available to your client under the FOI Act and other complaint authorities should your client’s visa be cancelled as a result of reliance on third-party documents.

    Intersection with Migration and Criminal Law – Cancellations Under s116 and s501 

    An increase in Australian Visa Cancellations for Character Grounds and Criminal Convictions is a government response to national security concerns resulting in a significant  number of cancellations and deportations each year.

    This session will examine visa cancellation decisions under s116 and s501 and the immediate advice you should be giving to your client should this situation arise.

    This session will consider:

    • Merits review of decisions made under s501;
    • Ministerial Powers;
    • The Human Rights Implications of detention and deportation.

    Immigration and the role of the Commonwealth Ombudsman 

    The Commonwealth Ombudsman is the organisation responsible for monitoring and handling complaints about the Department of Home Affairs.

    This session will discuss the role that the Commonwealth Ombudsman can provide to visa applicants and how support from this organisation may assist in progressing your client’s visa application. Learn about how you can use the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s regime to strategically advantage your client.

     

    This session will also consider the findings and investigations carried out by the Commonwealth Ombudsman into the Department of Home Affairs.

    Employer Sponsored Visa’s, Fraud and Client Vulnerability 

     

    When a client applies for an employer-sponsored visa, they are often completely reliant on that employer for work whilst their visa application is processed. Given this power imbalance, it is not uncommon for instances of fraud, or even situations where an employer goes out of business, leaving the visa applicant in limbo through no fault of their own.

    With reference to recent cases, our presenter will outline the most common issues likely to arise for your client’s when arriving on an employer-sponsored visa, the avenues they may have, legal or otherwise, in instances such as fraud or the employer going out of business, This session will also address  how to tackle the tricky issue of the clear power imbalance in these situations.

    Citizenship Refusals – Reasons, Excuses and Your Advice 

    Over 4,000 migrants were refused Australian citizenship in 2016/2017. The reasons for these refusals ranged from a significant delay in returning to Australia after making an initial Application (despite meeting all the requirements for citizenship), failure to disclose a conviction for a stolen pair of shoes and possession of a credit card that was suspected to be stolen, whilst another application was refused on the basis of multiple traffic infringements.

    This session will address both the common, and not so common, reasons for refusal for citizenship, and allow you to be on the front foot heading into 2019 and beyond, when advising your client about their citizenship applications.

     

    6.0
    $645.00