|Start time||17 Mar 2020 9:00am (Australia - Melbourne)|
|End time||17 Mar 2020 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)|
|Location||Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne|
|Speaker||See full program details|
|Catering||Includes morning tea and refreshments|
|Designed for||Legal practitioners|
Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 1.0
Practice Management & Business Skills: 1.0
Professional Skills: 1.0
Substantive Law: 1.0
4 Point Intensive
This program will be chaired by:
Paul Zawa, Principal Lawyer, Phi Finney McDonald
Mediation – How to Prepare When Your Client Has Not
The challenges of preparing for and attending mediation can be overwhelming when:
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
Time to Update Your Costs Documents and Avoid Complaints 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 and costs disclosure documents 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.
Costs Disclosure Documents:
Given the statutory requirement for costs disclosure documents, it is not surprising that it is issues pertaining to these documents that result in practitioners finding themselves at the wrong end of complaints.
Failing to keep pace with legislative changes and case law developments can result in outdated, unclear and/or inaccurate costs agreements, potentially leaving practitioners exposed and unable to recover outstanding legal fees.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 and costs disclosure documents.
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
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:
Don’t miss this informative and valuable session.
Presented by: Bridgid Cowling, Senior Associate, Arnold Bloch Leibler