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ONGOING | Practical Training Course (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice)

The Practical Training Course (PTC) is running over this period. Enrolment in the PTC must be made via the 'Apply to the Practical Training Course' page.

Categories: Practical Training Course

Monday 8th | Conveyancing - From title search to settlement (Feb 2016)

This workshop covers the essentials. The program includes:

Searching title Applications for certificates including planning permits and statutory authorities Vendors' statements Contracts Transfer documents Settlement Stamping and registration

A highly practical program which is designed to equip you to operate in this demanding area. 

Note: This workshop runs for 2 days.  Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Essential Workshops | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Tuesday 9th | Intervention Orders - Latest developments

The need for an Intervention Order can arise unexpectedly, in many different situations and for any client. Sometimes a client will not realise they need such an Order or their implications and limitations. This overview and update is aimed at giving you the confidence to address your client’s concerns and the latest developments in the area.

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Wednesday 10th | Self Managed Superannuation Funds (Feb 2016)

An overview of SMSF constraints and related issues. This program is designed to provide a thorough overview of the essentials. The program includes:

Restraints on provision of advice regarding SMSFs New SMSF deeds – key attributes Existing SMSF deeds – review issues Control issues & options SMSFs and non-residents Contribution... Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Essential Workshops | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Wednesday 10th | Rules of Evidence - Time to update the rulebook

Evidence can make or break a case. Preparation based on incorrect assumptions around admissibility can waste time and costs and jeopardise the client’s position.  Make sure you find out the current thinking around this fundamental responsibility. This seminar is a must for any litigator and will cover: 

  • Legal professional privilege  
  • Without prejudice privilege
  • Hearsay
  • Admissibility of expert evidence

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Wednesday 10th | Powers of Attorney - An update since the new Act

Clients require Powers of Attorney for many reasons. If you are asked to advise or prepare one, you need to be aware of changes since the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic) came into force on 1 September 2015. This seminar will provide an overview and update on the operation of the Act and address issues arising since its inception. A key update so you are prepared for the unexpected!

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Thursday 11th | Evidence in Practice for Litigators (Feb 2016)

 

 

This practical workshop is designed for practitioners working in litigation, this new one day course includes discussion of the key elements to managing and using evidence in litigation. The following topics are covered:

Admissible Evidence Circumstantial and propensity evidence Proof of documents Expert evidence Privilege and self-incrimination Credibility Hearsay

 

Essentials are workshops for lawyers new to, or ... Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Essential Workshops | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law | Professional skills

Thursday 11th | CPD Intensive (11 February 2016)

Drafting Terms of Settlement and Releases


Failing to properly draft settlement documents can have disastrous consequences, rendering provisions unenforceable and leaving your client with less than they bargained for.  This session will provide practical tips for drafting effective settlement agreements and releases.

Presented by: Peter Sise, Senior Associate, Clayton Utz

 

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Categories: Find CPD Programs | Professional skills | Practice management & business skills | Ethics & professional responsibility | Intensives

Thursday 11th | Litigation Intensive (11 February 2016)

  Civil Procedure Update


Increasingly, the Courts are recognising the unique needs of the commercial world for reliable, cost-effective and timely resolution of disputes. Furthering the overarching purpose in the context of commercial disputes requires specialist judges and targeted, flexible procedures designed specifically for commercial litigation. This seminar will update the profession on recent developments in civil procedure rel... Read more

Categories: Find CPD Programs | Substantive law | Professional skills | Intensives

Friday 12th | Introduction to Conveyancing for Legal Support Staff (Feb 2016)

A comprehensive overview of the “what you need to know” of conveyancing. Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of the procedures and processes involved in a conveyancing transaction from opening a file to post settlement procedures.

Workshop topics include ownership of property, titles, off-title restrictions and inquiries, vendors statements, contracts of sale, transfer documents, settlements, stamping, registration, notices and GST. 

This workshop will give those support staff new to conveyancing or requiring a refresher, good grounding to begin... Read more

Categories: Workshops for Legal Support Staff | Other Professionals

Monday 15th | Ethics & Professional Responsibility (February 2016)

An entry level lawyer should act ethically and demonstrate professional responsibility and professional courtesy in all dealings with clients, the courts, the community and other lawyers. In accordance with the National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers, this topic covers:   Acting ethically Knowing when to raise ethical problems with others Discharging the legal duties and obligations of legal practitioners Complying with professional conduct rules Complying with fiduciary dutie... Read more

Categories: Traineeship (SWT) Workshops | Law Students and Graduates

Tuesday 16th | Beyond Google – Free Internet resources for legal research, don’t pay when you don’t need to

Back by popular demand, this seminar is designed to improve your legal research skills by providing essential tips on how to research legislation, case law, and other online sources using the latest free tools. Essential for any lawyer in 2016!

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Professional skills

Tuesday 16th | Misleading & Deceptive Conduct in Contract Disputes - An update

Lessons learnt from a review of recent and significant misleading and deceptive contract law cases.

 
 

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Wednesday 17th | How to Operate in the Courts - A practical guide for Legal Support Staff (Feb 2016)

This workshop is designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to support your team in this major practice area. It is a practical program covering the Magistrates' and County Courts including:

Commencement of proceedings Obtaining judgements Enforcing judgements Issuing subpoenas Offers of compromise Defending proceedings Affidavits of documents Read more

Categories: Workshops for Legal Support Staff | Other Professionals

Wednesday 17th | Insurance Update

This session is the all-important kick-off to Insurance law in 2016. It will cover the most important cases of recent months and provide you with a clear understanding of the legal developments which will be impacting you and your clients in the year ahead.

The main cases being covered are:

Hammersley v National Transport Insurance (2015) [TASFC 2015], which dealt with whether overloading of a vehicle was or was not accidental, for purposes of a write-back to an exclusion on a motor policy; OZ Minerals Holdings Pty Ltd v AIG Au... Read more

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Wednesday 17th | VCAT Powers, Practice and Procedure – Update and recent developments

2015 saw a number of legislative amendments enacted with the collective aim of increasing the efficiency of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Act 2014 (Vic) and the Courts Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Act 2014 (Vic) made some sweeping changes to how VCAT operates. This seminar is designed to provide an essential update on how the area is continuing to evolve.

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

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Thursday 18th | Family Law Practice (Feb 2016)

This 2 day workshop covers the fundamentals of practising in this challenging practice area. The program includes:

Applicable legislation Family Court and Federal Circuit Court systems and procedures Preparation of documents (including divorce applications, initiating applications and affidavits relating to children, maintenance property settlement, enforcement and contempt, and injunctions) Service of documents Attending court hearings Client interviews Briefing counsel Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Essential Workshops | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Thursday 18th | Wills & Estates Intensive (18 February 2016)

Case Update – Including Part IV claim developments


This session will provide a review of recent significant cases and trends in estate litigation, highlighting key lessons to be learned and risk areas to be aware of, including Part IV claims.

Presented by: Teri Konstantinou, Barrister, Victorian Bar

 

Drafting Lessons Learnt in Light of the Last Twelve Months Read more

Categories: Find CPD Programs | Substantive law | Professional skills | Intensives

Thursday 18th | CPD Intensive (18 February 2016)

Costs Update – Learn from the mistakes lawyers have made in the last 12 months


This session will examine where lawyers have been falling down in the last 12 months in their cost disputes with clients and issues related to recovering costs on behalf of clients.

Presented by: Paul Duggan, Barrister, Victorian Bar

 

Negotiation Strategies That Work Read more

Categories: Find CPD Programs | Professional skills | Practice management & business skills | Ethics & professional responsibility | Intensives

Friday 19th | Discrimination Today – Recognise it and avoid it

There are now five Federal Acts as well as concurrent legislation at the State and Territory level which aim to remove discrimination from a broad range of personal and commercial activities. These laws operate in slightly different ways and this can lead to confusion. This seminar will lay a solid foundation in Discrimination Law by comprehensively identifying Discrimination Law principles and application at the State and Federal level, identifying common mistakes that your clients will want to avoid and providing guidance on how the enforcement regime operates.

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Monday 22nd | Work Management & Business Skills (including Risk Management) (February 2016)

An entry level lawyer should be able to manage workload, work habits and work practices in a way that ensures that clients’ matters are dealt with in a timely and cost-effective manner.   This topic covers:  

  • Managing personal time
  • Managing risk
  • Managing files
  • Keeping the client informed
  • Working cooperatively
  • Self-management

Categories: Traineeship (SWT) Workshops | Law Students and Graduates

Monday 22nd | Defamation in the Digital Age - Case update and latest developments

The internet is increasingly blurring the lines between the public and private spheres. Social media, in particular, is becoming a breeding ground for potential defamation claims, as people routinely share more of their private lives and personal views with their online networks. This seminar will provide an update on recent key cases and topical issues that practitioners need to be aware of when dealing with this evolving area of defamation practice.

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Tuesday 23rd | Administration of Deceased Estates for Legal Support Staff (Feb 2016)

This workshop will provide legal assistants with a thorough understanding of the practice of Administration of Deceased Estates. Participants will be taken through the procedures and forms for obtaining grants of probate and letters of administration, the basic administration of estates, Testator’s Family Maintenance (Part iv) and the collection and transfer of assets.

This workshop will give participants new to this area of practice or requiring a refresher good grounding to confidently begin work in this area.

Categories: Workshops for Legal Support Staff | Other Professionals

Tuesday 23rd | Sale of Business – Making a list and checking it twice, tips & traps

This session will cover the minefield of issues that can explode if not properly addressed, in even the simplest of business sale transactions.

Learn about problems that have occurred in the past so they don’t happen to you. Gain insights that will enable you to provide solid due diligence and ensure that your client gets exactly what she bargained for.
 

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Wednesday 24th | Introduction to Family Law for Legal Support Staff (Feb 2016)

An introduction to basic family law procedures and forms with a particular emphasis on divorce including relevant legislation, procedural steps, consent orders and supporting documentation. Participants will also discuss client contact and related problems.

The program also includes ancillary applications, role of conciliation, welfare reports, financial statements, problems relating to hearings, conduct of matters generally and costs.

Categories: Workshops for Legal Support Staff | Other Professionals

Wednesday 24th | In-house Counsel Intensive (24 February 2016)

IT Essentials – Manage the risks


This session will cover the risks posed by cloud computing, metadata, and the use of social media and other IT platforms and technologies by staff. If unchecked these issues pose a significant risk to your business.

Presented by: Malcolm Macleod, Director, Switch Legal

 

Ethics Update 2016 – Latest Cases and Uniform Law d... Read more

Categories: Find CPD Programs | Professional skills | Practice management & business skills | Ethics & professional responsibility | Intensives

Wednesday 24th | Contract Law Intensive (24 February 2016)

Contract Law Update – Including unfair contracts


As of 12 November 2016, unfair contract terms legislation will apply to small businesses and not just consumers. In order to ensure that the contracts you draft this year are enforceable, and do not expose you to unnecessary risk, you will need to know what the new legislation means for how you draft your contracts. This session will also provide a helpful start of the year refresher as to the ... Read more

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Thursday 25th | General Advocacy (Feb 2016)

Improve your advocacy skills and techniques. This program includes:

Case concept and preparation Preparation of applications Persuasion techniques Submissions (including closing submissions) Examination-in-chief Cross examination Re-examination and making submissions

Participants will have an opportunity to practice these techniques and skills using a case study. Feedback from experienced advocates is designed to increase your confidence and ability to deal wit... Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Advocacy Workshops | Find CPD Programs | Professional skills

Thursday 25th | Litigation - A practical guide to operating in the Victorian Courts (Feb 2016)

This practical two day workshop provides an overview of the major jurisdictions with a particular focus on Magistrates', County, Supreme Courts with reference to Federal Court and VCAT.

The program includes:

Pre-litigation correspondence Without prejudice communications Offers of compromise Deciding jurisdiction Parties Service of documents Initiating proceedings Preparing complaints Pleadings Writs Statements... Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Essential Workshops | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Thursday 25th | Can you Handle the Truth? – Interview and examination techniques for Lawyers

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

 

Getting to the truth of a matter is never as simple as merely asking your client or a witness to tell you what you need to know. Yet making sure you know the full story is critical to your role  as an effective lawyer.

In this session Robert Cockerell, a former Victoria Police Detective Chief Inspector and now KordaMentha partner, returns by popular demand to share his extensive knowledge for improving your interviewing and examination techniques, with a particular focus on g... Read more

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Thursday 25th | IT Risk Management - The topic no lawyer in 2016 can avoid

Whether you are advising clients or assessing the risks to your own firm, you need to be aware of the risks posed by cloud computing, metadata and the use of social media and other IT platforms and technologies by staff. These risks can be managed and this session will show you how.

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Practice management & business skills

Monday 29th | Lawyer's Skills (March 2016)

An entry level lawyer should be able to demonstrate oral communication skills, legal interviewing skills, advocacy skills, negotiation and dispute resolution skills, letter writing skills and legal drafting skills.   This interactive workshop is led by well-respected Victorian practitioners, who have drawn on their years of experience to bring the content of the course to ‘life.’ Participants are encouraged to demonstrate what they have learned through the use of scenarios and role plays, ensuring they develop an understanding of how theory may... Read more

Categories: Traineeship (SWT) Workshops | Law Students and Graduates

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