• January 2020

  • Thursday, 16 January 2020
    16 Jan 2020 1:00pm - 16 Jan 2020 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Poorly worded costs agreements and failure to make proper or updated disclosure can impact your ability to recover fees and result in disciplinary action.

    This seminar will provide you with an update on significant cases related to legal costs and provide guidance on their practical application. This session will also examine cases involving failure to comply with Disclosure and other professional obligations and the impact on recovery of professional fees.

    Don’t miss this important session to maximise your fee recovery!

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020
    30 Jan 2020 9:00am - 30 Jan 2020 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

     

    Mediation – How to Prepare When Your Client Has Not 

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

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

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

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

    Update Your Standard Costs Agreement in 2020 

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

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 Failing to keep pace with legislative changes and case law developments can, however, result in outdated, unclear and/or inaccurate costs agreements, potentially leaving practitioners exposed and unable to recover outstanding legal fees.

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

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

    Presented by: Penny Van den Berg, Principal Lawyer, Mahlab Costing

    Agreeing to Agree – When Letter of Intent or Heads of Agreement Become Binding 

    Despite a common misconception that you can’t have an 'agreement to agree', in a number of significant decisions the courts have found that “in principle” or heads of agreement expressed to be “subject to contract” may sometimes be enforceable.

    This session will examine the circumstances where this can occur inadvertently, as well as appropriate mechanisms to minimise dispute where the parties do intend for their preliminary agreement to be binding.

    It will also consider the risks of negotiations surrounding the initial agreement being deemed misleading and deceptive conduct

    Ethics In The Spotlight 

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

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

    In this session hear from a leading practitioner on:

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

    Don’t miss this informative and valuable session.

     

    4.0
    $450.00
  • February 2020

  • Wednesday, 5 February 2020
    5 Feb 2020 1:00pm - 5 Feb 2020 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Sometimes, the most simple and straightforward tasks can hold the greatest potential for problems – this is certainly the case with solicitors’ certificates.  Irrespective of whether the certificate is being sought by “walk-in” or long-standing clients, practitioners need to be extremely diligent in their review of the relevant documents, the advice provided to the clients and their own file management.   This may be difficult given time and costing limitations, not to mention the pressure from clients to “simply sign off” on what they may view as just another administrative loan document.

    In this session, our presenter, will highlight some of the common – and serious – errors made by practitioners as well as provide useful tips on how to minimise risk exposure.

    Presented by: Heather Hibberd, Chief Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners' Liability Committee

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Friday, 14 February 2020
    12 Feb 2020 8:30am - 14 Feb 2020 5:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

     

    Leo Cussen Practice Management Course (PMC) is assessed by the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner as compliant with the Practice Management Course Guidelines for Victoria and delivers the first-class training and assessment that our clients have come to expect from us. In our blended learning program, you will undertake the PMC partially Online, complemented by a 3-Day Face-to-Face Workshop at our Melbourne CBD premises.

    The emphasis of our PMC is ‘learning by doing’. You will complete Online and Face-to-Face activities to develop the necessary skills to enable you to become proficient in legal practice management.

    The following modules are included in the PMC and the PMC price. To undertake individual modules (not as part of the PMC) click on your required module below: 

    Module 1- Business strategy and succession planning 

    Module 2 - Leadership and people management 

    Module 3 - Financial Management

    Module 4 - Practice Management Systems

    Module 5 - Technology and Innovation

    Module 6 - Professional Standards & Ethics

    Module 7 - Risk Management

    Module 8 - Business Development and Marketing

    Module 9 - Trust Accounting

    24.0
    $1,975.00
    Early Bird Price Available
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020
    13 Feb 2020 9:00am - 13 Feb 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

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

     
    The program includes:

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

     

     

    6.0
    $525.00
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020
    19 Feb 2020 9:00am - 19 Feb 2020 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

     

    Tax Implications of Settlements 

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

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

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

    Managing Cyber Risk For Law Firms 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Keeping it real in 2020!

    Presented by: Angela Burr, Director, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Saunders Family & Estate Lawyers

     Ethics In The Spotlight 

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

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

    In this session hear from a leading practitioner on:

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

    Don’t miss this informative and valuable session.

    Presented by: David Bailey, Barrister, Victorian Bar

     

    4.0
    $450.00
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020
    20 Feb 2020 9:00am - 20 Feb 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This workshop is designed to provide a solid foundation for those wishing to practice in this area. The program includes:

    • Intestacy
    • Domestic partners
    • Using will precedents
    • Common drafting practices
    • Considerations in preparing a will
    • Codicils
    • Execution
    • Revocation
    • Alteration
    • Rectification
    • Wills storage
    • Testamentary capacity
    • Undue influence
    • Executor's duties
    • Executor's commission
    • Powers of trustees
    • Essential and optional provisions and clauses
    • Costing the file
    • Basic estate planning
    • Legal professional responsibilities
    • Powers of Attorney

    Essentials are workshops for lawyers new to, or wanting to update knowledge in, particular skills or practice areas. These workshops aim to cover the 'essentials'.

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

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

    Topics covered are:

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

     

    Essentials are workshops for lawyers new to, or wanting to update knowledge in, particular skills or practice areas. These workshops aim to cover the 'essentials'.

    5.5
    $525.00
  • March 2020

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

     

    Mediation – How to Prepare When Your Client Has Not   

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

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

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

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

    Presented by: Eleanor Coates, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Update Your Standard Costs Agreement in 2020 

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

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

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

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

    Presented by: Penny Van den Berg, Principal Lawyer, Mahlab Costing

    Agreeing to Agree – When Letter of Intent or Heads of Agreement Become Binding 

    Despite a common misconception that you can’t have an 'agreement to agree', in a number of significant decisions the courts have found that “in principle” or heads of agreement expressed to be “subject to contract” may sometimes be enforceable.

    This session will examine the circumstances where this can occur inadvertently, as well as appropriate mechanisms to minimise dispute where the parties do intend for their preliminary agreement to be binding.

    It will also consider the risks of negotiations surrounding the initial agreement being deemed misleading and deceptive conduct

    Ethics In The Spotlight 

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

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

    In this session hear from a leading practitioner on:

    • Practical implications of technology on ability to maintain client confidentiality;
    • Practical guidance on how to reduce the risk of a complaint;
    • A discussion on where the boundary is between a ‘working life’ and ‘private life’ in an age where the ‘office’ may be fluid and
    • The classic ethical dilemmas that keep practitioners awake at night.
    Don’t miss this informative and valuable session.

     

    4.0
    $450.00
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - Thursday, 26 March 2020
    25 Mar 2020 9:00am - 26 Mar 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Gain technical skills in conveyancing transactions which will equip you to confidently operate in legal professional practice as a lawyer or senior conveyancer.

    This interactive and practical workshop covers the essentials, including the following topics:

    • Conduct title searches
    • Make applications for certificates and permits from statutory authorities
    • E-conveyancing and VOI (Verification of Identity)
    • Prepare contracts of sale of real estate
    • Draft vendors' statements
    • Draft transfers of land
    • Attend to mortgage documentation
    • Attend to settlement procedures, stamping and registration
    • Attend to Post settlement procedures
    • PEXA Overview

    This workshop introduces practitioners to all aspects of the conveyancing process from property ownership, how the Sale of Land Act 1962 is applied to contracts for the sale of real estate, searches and lodgement of forms, as well as providing an overview of a conveyancing process from initial instructions to post settlement.

    During this workshop, a representative from PEXA will address the key changes to property-related transactions and will guide you through the PEXA processes and procedures as they currently stand.

    This workshop is ideal for legal practitioners new to practice in this area or those requiring a refresher, as well as those who wish to work in a legal office or conveyancing department in senior conveyancing role.

    11.0
    $725.00
  • Thursday, 26 March 2020
    26 Mar 2020 9:00am - 26 Mar 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

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

     
    The program includes:

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

     

     

    6.0
    $525.00
  • Friday, 27 March 2020
    27 Mar 2020 8:50am - 27 Mar 2020 3:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

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

    Agreement or Deed? Proceed with Caution 

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

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

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

    Ensure you know which way to proceed!

    Ethics In The Spotlight 

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

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

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

    In this session hear from a leading practitioner on:

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

    Don’t miss this informative and valuable session.

    Managing Cyber Risk For Law Firms 

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

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

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

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

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

    Privacy and Sourcing Personal Information to Assist in Litigation 

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

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

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

    Our presenter will outline the key issues including:

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

    Directors Duties, Legal Advice and ASIC Investigations 

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

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


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


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


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

     

    5.0
    $500.00