• December 2019

  • Friday, 13 December 2019
    13 Dec 2019 9:00am - 13 Dec 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This workshop is designed to give practitioners an introduction and overview of the planning system in Victoria. It will introduce practitioners to the application, objection and appeals procedure and includes a selection of Case Studies to be considered and discussed in relation to the procedures and issues involved. The enforcement provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and other controls will also be considered.

    Topics include:

    •     Planning framework including legislation
    •     Planning and responsible authorities
    •     Planning schemes
    •     Zoning
    •     Amendments
    •     Applications for review
    •     Compensation
    •     Proceedings in VCAT
    •     Application processes
    •     Objections
    •     Submissions
       

     

    5.5
    $495.00
  • January 2020

  • Thursday, 23 January 2020
    23 Jan 2020 1:00pm - 23 Jan 2020 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This seminar is designed to unlock the secrets to free legal research sites and tools. This seminar will provide a step by step guide to research legislation, case law and other legal material online using the latest free tools. Discover a wide range of available online resources you never knew existed!

    This seminar is a great investment that will save you time and increase your productivity!

    Presented by: Lauren Marr, Legal Research Librarian, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

    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
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020
    30 Jan 2020 5:00pm - 30 Jan 2020 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This session will give you the confidence you need when appearing in the major jurisdictions as well as tips for obtaining the best outcome for your client on the day. Enhance your advocacy skills and gain confidence! 

    This seminar covers the following:

    • Interacting with opposing representatives
    • Standing matters down
    • Preparing yourself and your client 
    • Familiarise yourself with the court procedures
    • Dealing with the registry
    • Advocacy tips and tricks
    • Appearing with confidence and overcoming the nerves
    • Announcing your appearance
    • Obtaining your client’s instructions from the Bar table
    • Handing up documents
    • Leaving the Bar table
    • Addressing the judicial officer presiding
    1.0
    $145.00
  • February 2020

  • Monday, 10 February 2020
    10 Feb 2020 1:00pm - 10 Feb 2020 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

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

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

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Monday, 10 February 2020
    10 Feb 2020 1:00pm - 10 Feb 2020 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    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
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020
    18 Feb 2020 9:00am - 18 Feb 2020 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
    $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