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August 2015

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Tuesday 4th | Family Law Property - Complex property settlements (Aug 2015)

Designed for family law practitioners already confident in the basic skills of family law practice, this is a one day workshop. This workshop aims to equip lawyers with the finer skills of making sure your client gets their share.

Topics include:

preparation taxation issues special contributions farming cases discreationary trusts Stanford financial disclosure valuation evidence superannua... Read more

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Wednesday 5th | Senior Associate Program (August 2015)

The Senior Associate Program is a high level, practical workshop that provides valuable insight into the essential qualities needed to set you apart from your peers in a law firm. Delivered by highly respected presenters and designed specifically for lawyers at or near Senior Associate level, this program will outline the practical skills and knowledge necessary to deliver the outcomes that the partnership expects.

Being a good lawyer is only the first step to success. The key is knowing what it takes to make it as a leader in a law firm. Gain inside knowledge... Read more

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Thursday 6th | Trusts - The A - Z (Aug 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


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Tuesday 11th | Consumer Law - Common conundrums and top tips (Rookie Lawyers' Series) (2015)

The Australian Consumer Law (‘ACL’) is the cornerstone of many commercial transactions.  Not only is it imperative that junior lawyers are familiar with the legislation itself, they must also have a detailed understanding of the ACCC’s current areas of focus.  This seminar will provide tips and traps for junior commercial lawyers advising clients on this complex area of law, highlighting key issues and common problems.

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Wednesday 12th | Costs in 2015 - Navigating the new regime (2015)

The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic) will commence operation on 1 July 2015 and, from that date, will 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, provide guidance on their practical application and examine how the regime has been operating since its introduction. 

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Friday 14th | New Law Practices – The transition to self-employment (Aug 2015)

The pressures of working in private practice including time and billing pressures, structural inflexibility, and lack of work / life balance are driving an increase in lawyers choosing to set up their own small practices. However, many struggle with establishing practices, unable to access assistance and advice to deal with the administrative challenges of transitioning to self-employment. 

This workshop is aimed at educating lawyers in how to establish a new law practice from branding a business to submitting taxation returns.

Topics addressed in this workshop incl... Read more

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Monday 17th | Evidence in Practice for Litigators (Aug 2015)



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

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Wednesday 19th | Wills & Estates Mini-Conference 2015

The inaugural Wills & Estates Mini-Conference is a half-day program featuring a selection of sessions from
our sold-out Wills & Estates Conference.


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Thursday 20th | General Advocacy (Aug 2015)

Improve your advocacy skills and techniques. This two-day 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 ... Read more

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Thursday 20th | Contractual Penalties – What, when, why and how? (Rookie Lawyers' Series) (2015)

This seminar will provide an introduction to the current law concerning the doctrine of penalties, with reference to recent cases including Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (2015).  Topics covered will include:   When a fee constitutes a penalty Drafting tips for ensuring that clauses are not deemed to be penalties Strategies for dealing with purported penalty clause


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Tuesday 25th | Hour of Power - Powers of attorney in 2015 (2015)

The Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic) (‘the Act’) is expected to come into force on 1 September 2015, resulting in sweeping changes to the preparation and operation of powers of attorney in Victoria.  Most notably, the Act will introduce a consolidated document dealing with financial, legal and personal matters, replacing the current separate documents appointing enduring guardians and financial powers of attorney.  Other reforms include provision for the appointment of a ‘supportive attorney’, changes to terminology, an expansion of the Victorian Civil a... Read more

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Wednesday 26th | Expert Evidence - Top tips and practical strategies (2015)

This seminar will explore the legal and practical issues associated with the use of expert reports in commercial litigation.  Topics covered will include:  

  • Finding and instructing an expert
  • Single joint experts, joint reports and ‘hot tubbing’ under the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic)
  • Admissibility of evidence, weight of evidence and independence concerns 
  • Privilege in expert reports, including attachment of privilege and waiver

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