• October 2019

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

    What this Conference Offers:

    The legal obligations and responsibilities facing school leaders, administrators, managers and boards can be challenging and complex.  Our conference will provide practical yet comprehensive guidance on the most challenging situations facing your school and staff. Gain confidence that you are up to date and can identify  legal risks that can affect your school. School Law tailored for you!

    During the course of four sessions our experienced presenters will guide you through a number of key legal risk areas for your school including:


    Session 1

    Allegations of Inappropriate Behaviour by Staff Members or Contractors

    Responsibilities and options when notified that a staff member or contractor/s has acted inappropriately towards a child in your care:

    • Questions to ask and information required
    • Staff personal liability vs school liability
    • Legal responsibilities towards child/ren and staff member/contractor.
    • Options for conducting investigation
    • External vs internal investigator

    Presented by: Fiona Knowles, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Session 2

    Family Law Issues and The School’s Role

    Responsibilities and risks in interpreting and complying with various Court requirements. This session will discuss:

    • Parenting Orders, Parenting plans
    • Intervention Orders
    • Complying with Subpoenas
    • Student and parent privacy

    Presented by: Jason Walker, Partner, Gadens


    Louise Dorian, Special Counsel, Gadens

    Session 3

    Data Breaches and the Impact on Your School

    The Mandatory Data Breach laws impose legal responsibility on organisations, including schools, to protect student and staff personal data and information. Breaches can have serious consequences. Recent high profile examples show the adverse impact a breach can have on the reputation of a teaching organisation.

    This session will outline:

    • What is the data breach regime
    • How does it apply to schools
    • What data must be protected
    • What to do if a breach occurs and your legal reporting obligations

    Presented by: Dudley Kneller, Partner, Gadens

    Session 4

    A Safe Workplace and Duty of care

    A school has a responsibility to provide a safe workplace including risks to mental and physical health. This session will discuss the schools’ responsibilities and common risks and causes including: 

    • Abuse from parents including online criticism and abuse
    • Long hours and report writing
    • Managing student behavioural and personal issues

    Presented by: Lucy Line, Barrister, Victorian Bar




  • February 2020

  • Thursday, 27 February 2020
    27 Feb 2020 9:00am - 27 Feb 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    What this Workshop offers:

    If you come into contact with Business Agreements and Contracts on a regular basis, our practical and easy to understand Workshop is for you!

    Our Workshop will answer all of the questions you have previously had about Business Agreements and Contracts but were too afraid to ask!

    Using the resources of our experienced and highly regarded legal team we have put together a unique Workshop specifically designed to remove the mystery surrounding legal agreements and transactions.  

    This practical and easy to follow Workshop will give you the essential knowledge to operate confidently when dealing with agreements and standard contracts on a daily basis.
    You will learn:

    •    How to prepare a legally binding contract;
    •    Understand basic contract “legal jargon”;
    •    Come to recognise who can legally enter into a contract;
    •    Negotiate terms in your favour;
    •    Understand when a contract is unfair or illegal;
    •    How to end a contract;
    •    What happens if and when a contract is broken; and more…

    During the course of the Workshop you will be taught the legal implications of negotiating and contracting with external parties to ensure that you don’t expose yourself, your business, employer or organisation to any unnecessary risk.

    A workshop not to be missed!

    This workshop covers:
    •    What is a contract?
    •    Negotiating tips;
    •    Common types of contracts and examples of them;
    •    Tips on common clauses;
    •    Defective contracts – what to do about it;
    •    Who can enter into a contract;
    •    Company structures and who can sign a contract;
    •    Misrepresentation – what does it mean? How does it happen?
    •    Consumer Law – what are you saying about your organisation / brand?
    •    Personal and Corporate penalties;
    •    Unfair contact terms;
    •    How to end a contract in your favour;
    •    Breaches of contract; and more…