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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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!

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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.

 
 

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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

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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

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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

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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 | 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.

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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 flawless due diligence and ensure that your client gets exactly what she bargained for.
 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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