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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 2nd | Lawyer's Skills (March 2015)

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 be applied in practi... Read more

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

Monday 2nd | Franchising ’15 – Advising clients under the new Code of Conduct (2015)

The new Franchising Code of Conduct (‘the Code’) came into effect on 1 January 2015.  It includes a number of major changes affecting the rights and obligations of both franchisors and franchisees, as well as introducing significant penalties for breaches of the Code.      This seminar will provide practitioners with an overview of the key changes, considering what they mean for both practitioners and their clients, particularly in terms of the amendments to franchise documentation and associated procedures.
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Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Tuesday 3rd | Property Law Intensive (2015)

Beyond Brookfield - Implications for the future  

The High Court of Australia’s decision in Brookfield Multiplex Limited v Owners Corporation Strata Plan 61288 (2014) (‘Brookfield’) confirmed that no tortious duty of care was owed by the builder of a commercial property to the subsequent purchaser of that property, leaving the owners corporation to bear the considerable cost of rectifying latent construct... Read more

Categories: Find CPD Programs | Substantive law | Intensives

Tuesday 3rd | CPD Intensive (3 March 2015)

Using Social Media to Market Yourself and Your Firm 


When used correctly, social media can be a positive marketing tool for both law firms and individual practitioners.  It can increase your profile, help develop your ‘brand’ and cultivate referral networks.  However failure to use social media properly – or sufficiently – may leave you behind in the marketing stakes and can even damage your reputation or that of your ... Read more

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

Wednesday 4th | IP and the Small Business - Tips and traps (2015)

Small to medium business owners are often focussed on the day-to-day operations of their enterprise and, beyond registering a business name and perhaps a trade mark or two, may give little thought to the intellectual property associated with their business and the value it can add. 

This session will look not only at more well-known steps such as selecting appropriate business names and registering trademarks,  but also less-apparent strategies that small to medium business owners – and their legal advisors – can implement to ensure the business’ intellectu... Read more

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Wednesday 4th | Acting for Clients from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (2015)

It is vital for all practitioners to ensure comprehensive instructions are received and any resulting advice is clearly conveyed to clients.  This session will provide practical tips and advice on how to achieve this when those clients are from non-English speaking backgrounds and/or have particular cultural requirements.   Topics to be addressed include ensuring documents and advice are clearly understood, the use of interpreters and the associated issues of confidentiality and potential conflicts.
 

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Professional skills

Thursday 5th | Aged Care Update - Advising potential residents (2015)

Legislative reforms introduced in 2014 significantly altered the bonds and fees payable by those entering aged care and the way those amounts are assessed and applied, creating even more complexity in the evolving area of aged and health care law.  With an ageing population, the number of clients seeking advice on this issue will only increase.    This seminar will provide practitioners with an overview of the most recent and significant changes, providing information regarding matters such as accommodation payments, care fees and resident agreements, and ... Read more

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Tuesday 10th | Ethics Update (10 March 2015)

Whilst most practitioners are aware of their professional duties and ethical obligations, a surprising number still fall short of the standard required.  This seminar will provide an update on recent cases and developments related to legal ethics, and consider their practical application.
 

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Ethics & professional responsibility

Wednesday 11th | In-House Counsel Intensive (2015)

Drafting Key Contractual Terms - Performance guarantees and termination clauses   With Australian courts taking a firm stance on upholding performance guarantees, it is important that the circumstances that will allow one to be called upon are very specifically defined. This session will provide practical tips to assist with drafting performance guarantees, ensuring that the provider of the guarantee is not unnecessarily exposed to liabil... Read more

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

Wednesday 11th | Contract Law Intensive (2015)

Unfair Contracts in 2015


The unfair contract term laws, encased in the Australian Consumer Law, have been successfully operating since 2010, offering protection to consumers with little bargaining power in their dealings with businesses.  Several high-profile cases later, there is little doubt these laws are here to stay and may even have their protective scope expanded. 

This session will provide an update on the curre... Read more

Categories: Find CPD Programs | Substantive law | Intensives

Thursday 12th | Work Management & Business Skills (including Risk Management) (March 2015)

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

Thursday 12th | Twilight CPD Intensive (2015)

Ethics Update 


Whilst most practitioners are aware of their professional duties and ethical obligations, a surprising number still fall short of the standard required.  This session will provide an update on recent cases and developments related to legal ethics, and consider their practical application.

Presented by:  Tony Horan, Barrister, Victorian Bar
                      Marlene Ebejer Read more

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

Friday 13th | Introduction to Family Law for Legal Support Staff (Mar 2015)

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

Monday 16th | Trusts - The A - Z (Mar 2015)

This workshop covers the options for creating a trust, the creation of the trust, maintaining the trust and vesting/ending the trust. This program is designed to simplify what is usually regarded as a complex area.

Topics Include:

Introduction to Trusts Types of Trusts Creation and Management of Trusts Taxation of Trusts

 

This program is now full. Please Read more

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

Monday 16th | Part IV Claims – Advising clients in light of legislative changes (2015)

On 1 January 2015 sweeping changes to Part IV of the Administration & Probate Act 1958 (Vic) were introduced, significantly narrowing the range of people eligible to bring a claim against an estate in Victoria and affecting the factors that will be taken into account by the Court in assessing such claims.  This seminar will examine the amendments and consider their legal and practical implications.  A must for all practitioners dealing with the changing landscape of wills and estates practice.

 

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Tuesday 17th | Criminal Law - Practice and procedure (Mar 2015)

This workshop provides an overview of the criminal law jurisdiction.

Participants will examine the basic principles of Criminal Practice and Procedure with special reference to practice in the Magistrates' Court. Participants will also be introduced to appeals from the Magistrates' Court to the County and Supreme Courts, and committals and preparation for trial in the County and Supreme Courts.

The program includes:

Magistrates' Court mentions Contested hearings Police powers of arrest... Read more

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

Tuesday 17th | Value-Based Pricing – Putting it into practice (2015)

Time-based costing has long been a thorn in the side of many private practice lawyers, and it is not surprising that law firms are increasingly looking to value-based pricing as a viable alternative.  While the benefits of value-based pricing are clear, the task of determining the quantum of fees to be charged for different matters can seem overwhelming.  In this practical and interactive seminar, accredited costs law specialist Liz Harris will provide guidance on the factors to consider when determining fixed fees.  A must for all any practitioners considering the move to value-based pr... Read more

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

Wednesday 18th | CPD Intensive (18 March 2015)

Farewell to the Filing Cabinet – Towards the paperless office 
Legislation mandates that law firms retain documents for lengthy periods of time.  As a result, many law firms find themselves with filing cabinets stuffed to the brim, overflowing archive rooms and bills for costly offsite storage.  Increasingly, h... Read more

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

Wednesday 18th | Family Law Intensive (2015)

Binding Financial Agreements – Latest trends and key risk areas 


Preparing effective and enforceable binding financial agreements (BFAs) can be a minefield for family lawyers.  This session will examine the latest trends and case law concerning BFAs, highlighting key risk areas to be aware of.

Presented by:  Sally Baker, Accredited Specialist - Family Law, Special Counsel, Mills Oakley ... Read more

Categories: Find CPD Programs | Substantive law | Ethics & professional responsibility | Intensives

Thursday 19th | Retail Leases - A practical guide (Mar 2015)

This workshop covers the essentials of retail leasing and is ideal for both private practice and in-house lawyers. The program includes:

An overview of the retail leases legislation Disclosure statements Key conditions Procedural steps Stamp duty Transfers Surrenders Recovering possession

This workshop is designed to bring you up to date with current practice in this area and is ideal for those practitioners new to practice in retail leases as we... Read more

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

Thursday 19th | Conveyancing Problem Areas - Tips and traps (2015)

Conveyancing practice is rife with complexities, many of which, if not handled correctly, can result in serious consequences for vendors, purchasers and even their legal representatives.

This seminar will consider the legal and practical implications of delayed settlements, covering issues such as the imposition of interest on outstanding settlement monies, rescission, allowing a purchaser early possession and options for recourse against mortgagees in the event they are responsible for the delay. Victoria’s owner-builder regime - as it relates to the sale of property ... Read more

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Friday 20th | Employment Law Conference 2015

Opening Address


Presented by:  Commissioner Nicholas Wilson, Fair Work Commission
 

General Protections Update 


General protections claims continue to be a source of significant concern for employers.  This session will examine key issues and recent significant cases, and consider the implications of the decisions for both employers and employees.... Read more

Categories: Conferences | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Monday 23rd | Administrative Law (Elective Topic) (March 2015)

An entry level lawyer who practises in administrative law should be able to obtain information for clients under freedom of information legislation, seek review of administrative decisions, and represent parties before courts and administrative tribunals.

This topic covers:

  • Obtaining information
  • Obtaining review of administrative decisions
  • Representing a client

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

Monday 23rd | Is it Still a Privilege? LPP and international communications (2015)

It is increasingly common for business to be conducted across international borders, from multinational corporations with offices around the globe, to small businesses dealing with overseas suppliers and customers. This can present real challenges for practitioners advising, and assisting, clients conducting business in such a manner. When will overseas communications attract legal professional privilege in Australia and what is the scope of that privilege?  Are documents that attract legal professional privilege in Australia similarly immune from disclosure in other countries? This semi... Read more

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Substantive law

Tuesday 24th | General Practice Intensive (2015)

Unfair Contracts - Where to now?   The unfair contract term laws, encased in the Australian Consumer Law, have been successfully operating since 2010, offering protection to consumers with little bargaining power in their dealings with businesses. Several high-profile cases later, there is little doubt these laws are here to stay, and will likely have their protective scope extended to include small businesses in the future.
... Read more

Categories: Find CPD Programs | Substantive law | Intensives

Wednesday 25th | Litigation - A practical guide to operating in the Victorian Courts (Mar 2015)

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

Wednesday 25th | Getting your Clients to Cough Up – Strategies for recovering outstanding legal fees (2015)

When a client steadfastly refuses to pay their legal bills, lawyers often feel that they have only two options: to write off the amount owed or to institute court proceedings.  Both avenues can have significant financial consequences and impact on the lawyer-client relationship.

This session will provide guidance and practical tips on how to recover outstanding costs from your clients, in order to minimise write offs and the need for litigation, including the best ways to liaise with clients about the issue, payment options and the use of caveats.  It will also explore how t... Read more

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

Wednesday 25th | Ethics Update (25 March 2015)

Whilst most practitioners are aware of their professional duties and ethical obligations, a surprising number still fall short of the standard required.  This seminar will provide an update on recent cases and developments related to legal ethics, and consider their practical application, with reference to case studies.
 

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Ethics & professional responsibility

Thursday 26th | Corporate & Commercial Law Intensive (2015)

Shareholder Disputes – Cases and developments 


This session will examine recent cases arising from or addressing disputes raised by or between shareholders.  It will also look at the how the Supreme Court’s pilot program regarding applications under s233 of the Corporations Act 2001 has been operat... Read more

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Thursday 26th | CPD Intensive (26 March 2015)

Legal Outsourcing - Strategies and solutions   

Legal outsourcing can take many forms, from engaging local firms to undertake discrete tasks, to sending complex discovery jobs to legal process outsourcing providers (LPOs) overseas.  Outsourcing work can increase efficiency and result in significant cost savings, yet many practitioners are wary of passing on responsibility to a third party, and some are simply not aware of the myriad o... Read more

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

Friday 27th | Trust & Office Accounting (March 2015)

An entry level lawyer should have sufficient knowledge, skills and values to maintain trust and general account records according to law and good practice, to the extent usually permitted and expected of an employed solicitor.

This topic covers:

•    Understanding relevant fiduciary and other duties
•    Receiving money
•    Making outlays
•    Rendering costs

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

Friday 27th | Drafting Offers of Compromise and Calderbank Offers (2015)

This seminar will offer practical tips on how to maximise the prospects of your offers of compromise and Calderbank offers being effective and, if not accepted, providing protection for your clients on the question of costs.
 

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Monday 30th | Costs in 2015 - Preparing for the upcoming changes (2015)

The Legal Profession Uniform Law Act will shortly introduce a number of significant changes that will have a major impact on legal costs in Victoria. The changes will affect matters including cost disclosure documentation, types of work that can be charged for and how costs disputes are dealt with.

This seminar will provide an update on the key changes related to legal costs and examine the steps that practitioners need to take to prepare for their impending introduction.

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

Tuesday 31st | Ethics Update (31 March 2015)

Whilst most practitioners are aware of their professional duties and ethical obligations, a surprising number still fall short of the standard required.  This seminar will provide an update on recent cases and developments related to legal ethics, and consider their practical application, with reference to case studies.
 

Categories: Seminars | Find CPD Programs | Ethics & professional responsibility

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