• Session 1: National Construction Code (NCC) of Australia. Session 2: Performance Securities - Options and Risks.  Session3: Insurance - Managing Construction Risk. Session 4: Drafting Mini-Masterclass.


    National Construction Code (NCC) of Australia

    The NCC was adopted on 1 May 2019 and introduces significant changes. The NCC is administered by the relevant States and Territories (in Victoria under the Building Act 1993) and broadly covers the following:

    • NCC Volume One applies to multi-residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings and structures.
    • NCC Volume Two applies to residential and non-habitable buildings and structures.
    • NCC Volume Three applies to plumbing and drainage for all classes of buildings.

    This session will discuss the above changes including:

    • Performance Based Compliance Options;
    • Acceptable Construction Practices (ACP).

    Presented by: Persa Buchanan, Special Counsel, Thomson Geer Lawyers


    Performance Securities - Options and Risks

    The issue of which Performance Security to choose when drafting building and construction contracts can be critical when things go wrong. This session will demystify this often complex area and provide guidance on the options and risks associated with those options. This session will discuss and compare options including:

    • Banks Guarantees

    • Insurance Bonds

    • PPSR Securities

    • Cash Retention

    • Letter of Comfort

    • Mortgage

    • Longer Payment Terms and Offsetting Provisions

    • Separate Bank Account

    • Related Party Guarantee

    Presented by: St John Frawley, Partner, Thomson Geer - Recommended Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyer, Doyles Guide 2019


    Insurance - Managing Construction Risk

    What are the risks to your client if you fall short of giving the proper advice regarding the usual and perhaps more unusual insurance cover applicable to your client’s project? Insurance issues include policy coverage, terms and conditions, exclusions, defective work and design, indemnity and subrogation, project coverage and gaps.

    This session will provide an overview of the insurance related risks including subtleties and nuances that building and construction lawyers need to know and how to best protect their clients’ interests.

    Presented by: Alexandra Golding, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Drafting Mini-Masterclass 

    Navigating through the Construction Contract The session will provide a brief overview of the key features of standard form construction contracts, focussing on Australian Standards. In particular, we will cover some essential drafting tips and traps (both from the Principal and the Contractor’s perspective) in respect of the key risks of time, cost, quality and the role of the Superintendent.

    Presented by: Ben McLeod, Special Counsel, Maddocks


    ISBN: 978-1-925857-64-1

    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.

    3.0
    $265.00
  • Session 1: Legal Research – Secrets Unlocked. Session 2: The Current State of Statutory Interpretation. Session3: Costs Update.


    Legal Research – Secrets Unlocked

    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!

    * There's no paper material for this session

    ISBN: 978-1-925656-92-3

    Presented by:

    Michael Gavan, Know-How Team Leader & Research Librarian, Minter Ellison


    The Current State of Statutory Interpretation

    Back by popular demand! Fiona Alpins enlivens this often dry topic, exploring recent trends and current approaches to statutory interpretation, with reference to recent case law.  It’s statutory interpretation – but not as you know it!

    This session will include:

    • Reading statutory text the right way – why does it matter in your work?
    • Lessons from the High Court – text, context and purpose;
    • What to do and what to avoid; and
    • Top tips for persuading a court or tribunal to adopt your client’s contended construction.

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-30-6

    Presented by: Fiona Alpins, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Costs Update 

    This seminar will provide you with an update on the key changes related to legal costs, provide guidance on their practical application and examine recent cost dispute cases involving practitioners, clients and third parties.

    Don’t miss this important session to ensure that you are not caught out!

    Presented by: 

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

    ISBN: 978-1-925656-93-0


    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.

    3.0
    $265.00
  • Session 1: VCAT Powers, Practice & Procedure. Session 2: Costs Update. Session 3: Drafting Affidavits - From Good to Excellent!.

     


    VCAT Powers, Practice & Procedure

    This seminar will discuss everything you need to know when appearing before VCAT and will cover the proper practice, procedure and mistakes you need to avoid when appearing at VCAT.

    This session will also cover jurisdictional issues and VCAT's limitations.

    A must for all those who practice in the VCAT jurisdiction!

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-17-7

    Presented by: Christopher EdquistMember, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal


    Costs Update

    This seminar will provide you with an update on the key changes related to legal costs, provide guidance on their practical application and examine recent cost dispute cases involving practitioners, clients and third parties.

    Don’t miss this important session to ensure that you are not caught out!

    Presented by: 

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

    ISBN: 978-1-925656-93-0


    Drafting Affidavits - From Good to Excellent!

    In this seminar, experienced Barrister, Maya Rozner, will use practical examples to highlight essential drafting techniques when preparing affidavits. This session will provide clear guidance on what to do and what not to do in order to prepare effective, admissible affidavits.

     This session will also cover:

    • The use of Affidavits in Court;
    • Tips on how evidence is presented in affidavits including Hearsay; and
    • Form, content and style.

     A must for all practitioners who want to improve their drafting skills!

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-20-7

    Presented by: Maya Rozner, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    3.0
    $265.00
  • Session 1: ASIC Action 2019.  Session 2: The Hayne Report – Culture, Expectation, Caught in The Middle. Session3: Learn to Say No And Still Retain The Board’s Confidence. Session 4: Dealing with Default - Options for Addressing Non-Performance.


    ASIC Action 2019 

    Federal Court Action Against Former Directors:

    ASIC has issued proceedings in the Federal Court against former Directors of Tennis Australia alleging that they:

    • withheld material information from the Tennis Australia board and breached other duties.

    This case is said to have important implications including:

    • Directors duty to not withhold relevant information from the board
    • Board responsibilities in commercial negotiations and regarding commercial opportunities
    • Board members conflicts of interest and special preferences

    This session will provide an overview of the key lessons to take away from this case  so far so that you can tailor your advice as required from this early stage.

    ASIC Action over Failure to Produce Documents:

    In proceedings commenced n the Federal Court, ASIC sought an order against AMP compelling them to produce various documents.

    This session will outline those proceedings and will highlight the implications for in house counsel, their external lawyers and their client.

    Presented by: Justin Brereton, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    The Hayne Report – Culture, Expectation, Caught in The Middle

    A significant takeaway from the fallout of the Hayne Report is the pressure on in-house counsel to navigate a client’s expectation that client documents  submitted to third parties may be ‘crafted’ in such a  way that is borderline unethical and misleading. What is acceptable and what crosses the line from ‘creative writing’ to a misleading statement? You can't afford to get this wrong.

    Presented by: Matthew Critchley, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth


    Learn to Say No And Still Retain The Board’s Confidence 

    Influencing and building trust between the in-house counsel, the CEO, the board and staff depends on the ability of the in-house counsel being confident, calm and approachable. These skills are important in showing them that whilst you 'have their back' you will also need at times to be firm and direct in your advice, even if it results in strong objection or at worst, obstruction. The CEO, board and the staff will more readily accept advice they don't want to hear if they respect the in-house counsel giving that advice.

    This session will outline the essential ways to increase your confidence and build healthy relationships and the ability to effectively influence the CEO, board and staff.

    Presented by: Michael Neilson, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Slater + Gordon Lawyers


    Dealing with Default - Options for Addressing Non-Performance 

    When a contractual arrangement goes wrong as a result of one party's failure to properly perform its obligations, the initial response of many clients - and legal practitioners - is to threaten and / or commence an action for damages. This course of action is costly and time-consuming and usually results in the end of the working relationship between the parties.

    With a range of additional or alternative remedies often available however, it is worth considering the other options that may exist for dealing with inadequate performance.

    Presented by: Sam Kingston, Special Counsel, Maddocks


    ISBN: 978-1-925857-60-3

    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.

    3.25
    $265.00
  • Session 1: Drafting Affidavits - From Good to Excellent! Session 2: Drafting Guarantees and Indemnities – Enhance Your Skills Session 3: Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements and Releases

     


    Drafting Affidavits - From Good to Excellent!

    In this seminar, experienced Barrister, Maya Rozner, will use practical examples to highlight essential drafting techniques when preparing affidavits. This session will provide clear guidance on what to do and what not to do in order to prepare effective, admissible affidavits.

     This session will also cover:

    • The use of Affidavits in Court;
    • Tips on how evidence is presented in affidavits including Hearsay; and
    • Form, content and style.

     A must for all practitioners who want to improve their drafting skills!

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-20-7

    Presented by: Maya Rozner, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Drafting Guarantees and Indemnities – Enhance Your Skills

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

    ISBN: 978-1-925656-91-6

    Presented by: Tomaso Di Lallo, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements and Releases

    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.

    ISBN: 978-1-925656-89-3

    Presented by: Graydon Dowd, Partner, Hall & Wilcox


    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.

    3.0
    $265.00
  • Session 1: Family Law Legislation Updates and New Developments for 2019/2020.  Session 2: Family Law Reform and Restructure - Next Steps and Impact on Practitioners and Clients. Session3: Family Law Judgements - Case Update 2019. Session 4: Relocation Case Applications. Session 5: Self-Service Evidence Gathering. Session 6: Extended Family Impact On Financial Contributions and Children’s Care Arrangements.


    Family Law Legislation Updates and New Developments for 2019/2020

    This session will address recent and emerging legislative developments and updates including:

    • Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross examination of Parties) Act 2018;
    • The Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (Vic);
    • Fee contributions and changes to the cost of an Independent Children’s Lawyer
    • The Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Act 2018;
    • Key updates including extensions to the Family Law Amendments (2018 Measures No1) Rules 2018.
    • Family Violence Plan released by the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia; and
    • Amendments to the Restraining Order Legislation.

    Presented by: Annelis Bos, Partner, Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer in Victoria, Doyle’s Guide 2019, Coote Family Lawyers


    Family Law Reform and Restructure - Next Steps and Impact on Practitioners and Clients 

    Hear from a leading Family Law Practitioner on the ongoing challenges arising from the proposed restructure of the Family Law system.

    The Australian Law Reform Commission Review’s Final Report, Family Law for the Future – An inquiry into the Family Law System was released in March 2019.

    How many of the final 60 recommendations within the report are likely to be adopted and if so, when? What impact would these changes have on you and your clients?

    Presented by: Keturah Sageman, Partner and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Nicholes Family Law


    Family Law Judgements - Case Update 2019 

    This session will provide a review of recent, significant cases and trends up to August 2019 from the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court.

    This case update will include:

    Property Matters                         

    • Scott & Scott [2019] FamCAFC 9
    • Bullow & Bullow [2019] FamCAFC 3
    • Sully & Sully [2018] FamCA 786
    • Tamaris & Tamaris [2018] FCCA 3696

    Taxation related matters

    • Commissioner of Taxation for the Commonwealth of Australia v Tomaras [2018] HCA 62

                Sperm donor related matters

    • GLS v Russell-Weisz and Ors [2018] WASC 79
    • Re Cresswell [2018] QSC 142
    • ‘Masson’ and ‘Parsons’ [2019] HCA

                Children’s Matters

    • Cao & Cao [2019] FamCAFC 252
    • Ardagh (No.2) [2018] FamCAFC 160

    Presented by: Damian Harriss, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Mills Oakley


     Relocation Case Applications 

    The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) does not contain specific provisions which deal specially with relocation. Cases dealing with the proposed relocation of children are difficult to deal with, as there are numerous factors taken into account by the court when deciding what is in the best interest of the child. These cases are also often difficult to settle.

    By reference to recent cases, our presenter will outline the essential steps and information to include when:

    • Preparing  Relocation Application documents
    • Considering evidence and managing client expectations
    • Entering negotiations
    • Running the case
    • Settlement tactics

    Presented by: Emma Swart, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Self-Service Evidence Gathering 

    Recording conversations:

    What advice should you give when your client seeks your advice on whether they can record private conversations to use as evidence or as a pressure tactic? Jurisdictional legislative differences can also impact when a conversation is recorded in one state or territory, to be used in another state or territory.

    Surveillance:

    What would you advise your client if they asked whether they could use a surveillance device to track an ex-partner? Or if they believe they are being monitored? What are the legal parameters around the use of surveillance devices by parties seeking to obtain evidence to their advantage?  

    Presented by: Barry Berger, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Berger Kordos Lawyers


    Extended Family Impact On Financial Contributions and Children’s Care Arrangements

    This session will look at the impact of the extended family dynamic as it relates to the issue of financial contributions from family members to a party in family law matters. How are the contributions treated by the court and what are the common types of contributions claimed by parties in dispute.

    The session will also address the issues that can arise when a parent is actually being supported by family members in providing parental care, instead of the parent taking responsibility and doing it themselves. How do you deal with issues of evidence and determining at what point that parent is not actually providing the parental responsibility.

    Presented by: Robin Smith, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    ISBN: 978-1-925857-62-7

    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.

    4.0
    $265.00
  • Session 1: Drafting Effective Statutory Instruments  Session 2: Redacting Documents – Errors, Risks and Consequences Session3: Statutory Interpretation - What Do You Mean? Session 4: Public Service, Personal Opinion and Anonymity


    Drafting Effective Statutory Instruments  

    The ability to draft clear and legally enforceable statutory instruments is an essential part of every government lawyer’s toolkit. This session will provide the do’s and don’ts on drafting statutory instruments including:

    • Purpose and effectiveness of the instrument;
    • Structure; and
    • Clarity.

    Ensure your skills are up to date!

    Presented by: Gemma Varley, Consultant Legislative Drafter, Private Practice


    Redacting Documents – Errors, Risks and Consequences  

    Redacting electronic documents can be a necessary part of litigation and commercial matters, and this session will highlight the serious consequences when redaction hasn’t been carried out correctly. Potential breaches of court orders, client confidentiality, waiver of privilege and commercially sensitive material, all have serious consequences for both clients and their lawyers.

    Knowing how to properly redact documents is an essential requirement of practice and this session will outline methods of ensuring proper redaction and minimising associated risks.

    Presented by: Dr Suzanne McNicol QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Statutory Interpretation - What Do You Mean? 

    Statutory Interpretation done well, never gets old. It’s an essential survival tool and always needs to be sharpened. This session will outline the most important elements of:

    • Context and Purpose
    • Explanation and Persuasion.

    Presented by: Peter Fox QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Public Service, Personal Opinion and Anonymity  

    In light of the recent case of Comcare v Banerji the question about a government employee’s ability to make anonymous public comments that may reflect on the employer, is in the spotlight.  

    This session will address the current legal position and the risks 

    Presented by: Richard Leder, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

     


    ISBN: 978-1-925857-56-6

    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.

    3.0
    $265.00
  • Session 1: Developments, Trends and Challenges in 2018. Session 2: Drafting Do’s and Don’ts. Session 3: Migration Law Case Update 2018. Session 4: Visa, Behaviour, Cancellations and Consequences.


    Developments, Trends and Challenges in 2018

    This session will address recent and emerging legislative developments including:

    • The progress of The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017;
    • Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2018; 
    • The progress of the Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period (NARWP) due to commence 1 July 2018; and
    • Training Benchmarks and Skilling Australia Fund (SAF)

    Our presenter will also address:

    • The practical challenges of staying ahead of constant changes to legislation, processes and procedures. 
    • Uncertainty around Government discretion that may seem contradictory in application.

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-15-3

    Presented by: Lena HungPrincipal, Accredited Immigration Law Specialist, Lena Hung & Associates


    Drafting Do’s and Don’ts

    This session will focus on the do’s and don’ts of drafting for migration lawyers including:

    • Applications;
    • Submissions; and  
    • Affidavits.

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-16-0

    Presented by: Carina Ford, Managing Partner, Accredited Immigration and Administrative Law Specialist, Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers


    Migration Law Case Update 2018

    This session will address recent notable cases in the Federal Court and AAT, including up to date cases dealing with the ‘fast-track’ refugee determination process. 

    The Ultimate Case update to ensure you are not left behind!

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-13-9

    Presented by: Cahal FairfieldBarrister, Victorian Bar


    Visa, Behaviour, Cancellations and Consequences

    Our presenter will address the legal consequences and options available for a client who faces the refusal or cancellation of a visa arising from matters including:

    • Family related issues including family violence;
    • Criminal charges or Intervention Orders;

    and will discuss the difficulty that one party may have when raising family violence issues in light of the possible consequences.

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-14-6

    Presented by: Rupert TimmsPrincipal, Accredited Immigration Law Specialist, Timms Immigration Lawyers


    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.

    4.0
    $265.00
  • Session 1: VCAT – Powers, Practice & Procedure  Session 2: Leave to Appeal VCAT Decisions Session3: Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements and Releases 


    VCAT – Powers, Practice & Procedure 

    This session is a must for all those who practice in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal jurisdiction!

    Tribunals such as VCAT have no inherent jurisdiction. VCAT has original and review jurisdiction only. Our presenter will give an overview of VCAT’s jurisdiction, structure and limitations and outline in which circumstances VCAT is the most appropriate jurisdiction to initiate proceedings.

    Finally, the degree of formality involved in proceedings before VCAT varies considerably.

    This session is designed to build confidence when preparing documents to be submitted to and appearing before VCAT and will outline the mistakes you need to avoid.

    Presented by: Suzanne KirtonSenior Member, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal


    Leave to Appeal VCAT Decisions 

    This session will outline the limitations and requirements when appealing VCAT decisions following the recent changes including procedures for instituting the appeal and the test for the grant of leave to appeal.  

    Our presenter will outline issues including:

    • The grounds of appeal and the ‘tests’ that apply;
    • Process of appealing;
    • The changes to s148 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 in relation to the appeals process;
    • The differences between Supreme Court and Court of Appeal;
    • Plus Case Update.

    Presented by: Adam Rollnik, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements and Releases 

    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


    ISBN: 978-1-925857-57-3

    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.

    3.0
    $265.00