• May 2019

  • Friday, 24 May 2019
    24 May 2019 1:00pm - 24 May 2019 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Have you been asked to appear in court?  Have you been thrown in the deep end and not sure what’s expected of you?  The court room can be a stressful and intimidating place at the best of times, not to mention the relevant procedures and etiquette that legal practitioners need to be aware of. Don’t risk ‘sinking’ in a public forum.

    This session will give you the confidence you need when appearing in the major jurisdictions.

    This seminar covers the following:

    • Entering your appearance
    • Where to sit and when to stand
    • Announcing your appearance
    • Obtaining your client’s instructions from the bench
    • Handing up documents
    • Leaving the bar table
    • Addressing the person presiding
    • Interacting with opposing representatives
    • Standing matters down
    • Knowing when to speak
    • Preparing your client for court
    • Dealing with the Court registry
    • General etiquette issues – mobile phones, sound recording and attire

    Plus, also receive practical advocacy tips for getting the best result for your client.

    Presented by: Evelyn Tadros, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    1.0
    $145.00
    Online bookings closed. Contact 03 8667 5667 for last minute bookings
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019
    28 May 2019 5:00pm - 28 May 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Practitioners are often instructed to make or consider offers of settlement, enter into settlement negotiations and draw settlement agreements and / or enforce their terms.  It is imperative that practitioners have excellent drafting skills in order to accurately record settlement and minimise client risk.

    This seminar will cover:

    • “without prejudice” offers and negotiations;
    • forms of settlement offers;
    • drafting terms of settlement and releases; and
    • key risk areas.

    Presented by: Graydon Dowd, Partner, Hall & Wilcox

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019
    29 May 2019 5:00pm - 29 May 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    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, ie- email, face to face meetings
    • Building rapport and trust
    • Developing empathy
    • Obligations to communicate with your client pursuant to the Uniform Law
    • Recognising and avoiding legal liability for bullying and harassment when dealing with challenging colleagues and clients

    Keeping it real in 2019!

    Presented by: Angela Burr, Director, Saunders Law

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019
    30 May 2019 1:00pm - 30 May 2019 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
  • June 2019

  • Thursday, 6 June 2019
    6 Jun 2019 5:00pm - 6 Jun 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019
    11 Jun 2019 5:00pm - 11 Jun 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

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

    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: Penelope Robertson, Costs Lawyer / Principal, Ethical Costing & Legal Services

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019
    13 Jun 2019 5:00pm - 13 Jun 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Legal outsourcing can take many forms, from engaging local firms to undertake discrete tasks, to sending complex discovery jobs to legal process outsourcing providers (LPOs) overseas.  Outsourcing work can increase efficiency and result in significant cost savings, yet many practitioners are wary of passing on responsibility to a third party, and some are simply not aware of the myriad outsourcing options available to them.


    This session will explore some of the traditional and contemporary options for legal outsourcing, considering the risks and benefits of each and providing helpful tips for making outsourcing successful.

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Friday, 14 June 2019
    14 Jun 2019 1:00pm - 14 Jun 2019 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.

    Presented by: Michael Gavan, Legal Knowledge Researcher, MinterEllison

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019
    18 Jun 2019 5:00pm - 18 Jun 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This seminar will bring you up to date with those superannuation concepts such as the 'general' and 'personal' transfer balance cap, 'transfer balance accounts', 'total superannuation balance', 'excess transfer balance earnings' and 'retirement phase pensions' and also detail:

    • New Event Based Reporting Obligations for the transfer balance cap using TBAR;
    • CGT relief options;
    • The significant impacts of recent succession planning changes;
    • Strategies to consider for clients;
    • Changes to concessional and non-concessional contributions caps;
    • Changes to the 'bring forward rule';
    • Changes to Transition to Retirement Income Streams (TRIS's);
    • Changes to the Division 293 tax on high income earners;
    • Other miscellaneous changes.

    Attend this session to ensure you have a sound understanding of the current state of play and the potential further impacts of the recent changes.

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Wednesday, 19 June 2019
    19 Jun 2019 1:00pm - 19 Jun 2019 2:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Misleading and Deceptive Conduct, when established, can have serious implications, both monetary and reputational.  

    This seminar will address the leading principles relevant to proving a successful claim or in defence a claim brought against your client.

    The seminar will also address the most recent and significant decisions handed down by superior courts and their implications for your clients.

    Presented by: Luisa Alampi, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    1.0
    $145.00
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2019
    25 Jun 2019 5:00pm - 25 Jun 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Indemnity clauses must be drafted with care, skill and precision. This drafting masterclass will provide practical guidance for drafting effective indemnity clauses to minimise risk of ambiguity or unenforceability. This session will also discuss recent cases in this area.

    Presented by: Tomaso Di Lallo, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    1.0
    $145.00
  • July 2019

  • Wednesday, 3 July 2019
    3 Jul 2019 5:00pm - 3 Jul 2019 6:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    How does a statutory provision impact the enforceability of a contract in cases which involve the consideration of public policy or illegality.

    This session will outline the key considerations to be taken into account when either drafting, challenging or enforcing provisions in light of statutory considerations.   

    1.0
    $145.00