• 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.


    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.

  • The division and disposal of real property and other assets, and the distribution of income, as part of family law proceedings or other arrangements can result in adverse taxation implications if due care is not taken. Every well rounded family lawyer needs this knowledge in their toolkit.

    Although family lawyers are not financial advisers and cannot provide financial advice to clients, settlement agreements must still be drafted in a way that best minimises tax implications for all parties.

    It is imperative that family lawyers have a basic grasp of the essential taxation concepts required, in order to negotiate the best outcome, while minimising financial risk for their clients. This may also minimise risk of a claim of failing to recognise the appropriate financial triggers.

    Tax Tips and Traps for Family Lawyers 

    Common tax issues faced by family lawyers including:

    • CGT;
    • Transfers of assets;
    • Spousal maintenance;
    • How to best structure such arrangements for the advantage of all parties involved;
    • And other common financial aspects of family law.

    Presented by: Briana Kotzapavlidis, Principal, Tisher Liner FC Law

    Tax Issues in Family Trusts 

    For every ‘straightforward’ family law property settlement, there is a settlement which can involve a complex web of family trusts giving rise to significant taxation issues.

    This session will address the due diligence that family lawyers must be aware of when advising a client on tax implications that can arise from family trusts, including:

    • Different Trust types;
    • Rollover relief;
    • CGT;
    • Stamp Duty; and
    • Trusts tax triggers.

    Don’t risk missing out on this important event!

    Presented by: F John Morgan, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-55-9

    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.

  • Session 1: Allegations of Inappropriate Behaviour by Staff Members or Contractors. Session 2: Family Law Issues and The School’s Role.  Session3: Data Breaches and the Impact on Your School.

    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

    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 and Louise Dorian, Special Counsel, Gadens

    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

    ISBN: 978-1-925857-67-2

    What is included:

    Videos of the presentation in mp4 format.

    Paper materials in pdf format.