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Drafting terms of settlement

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge areas:
  • Professional skills

This course looks at ten issues of significance to consider when drafting such terms of agreement, with relevant cases and articles referred to.

This course aims to provide the legal practitioner with:

  • an understanding of some of the major legal issues surrounding the drafting of terms of settlement after resolution of the dispute;
  • some essential issues relevant to litigation; and
  • an understanding of the range of dispute resolution options available.

Learning outcomes

  • To be aware of the issues that need to be addressed in drafting effective terms of settlement that capture the agreement between the parties.
  • To understand the context for the drafting of such terms, and reasons settlement can be thwarted, for example by the use of vague language or leaving gaps in the terms.

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

E is for etiquette

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Ethics and professional responsibility

Key topics covered include:

  • A scenario upon which the course is based
  • Prior to the hearing
  • Arriving at court
  • Engaging in discussions
  • The etiquette of appearing
  • The substance of your appearance
  • Problems you might encounter

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Ethical issues and class actions

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Ethics and professional responsibility 

The ethics of civil actions generally is something rarely considered. Lawyers are typically concerned about personal professional ethics rather than with broader ethical questions. 

This course looks at the broader questions such as conflict of interests between litigation funders and applicants, the problems around cost risks, and summarises the Australian Law Reform Commission Report delivered in January 2019, Integrity, Fairness and Efficiency—An Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders.

 Stewart A Levitt

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Blockchain 101 for Lawyers

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge areas:
  • Practice management and business skills

This is an introduction to block chain technology for lawyers with an update on the crash of cryptocurrencies in 2018. 

Clearly, a technology capable of rendering banks, governmental functions and many long-established business processes nearly irrelevant cannot help but affect the practice of law. You can let your imagination run with that for a moment. Changes are already taking shape in the fields of securities, real estate, insurance, intellectual property, and banking and so on. 

 Lydia Early

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

An introduction to Briefing Counsel

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Professional skills

The Briefing Counsel course covers the following key topics in order to ensure the efficient and cost effective use of counsel:

  • An introduction, background and history of briefing
  • When to brief
  • Who to brief
  • How to brief
  • Preparing for and instructing in court
  • Direct briefing
  • Seminar questions and discussion

 Anthony Young SCNicole Papaleo & Luke Stanistreet

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

An introduction to Calderbank offers

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge areas:
  • Practice management and business skills

Calderbank Offers - Offers of Compromise and Cost Consequences

  • Offers of compromise
  • Cost Consequences
  • Review of Calderbank offers
  • Key cases reviewed 
  • Ostensible Authority of Solicitors to Bind Clients

This seminar was recorded on September 22 2016 and does not take into account any changes occurring after this date

Simon PittChristine WillshireAndrew Silver

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Unconscious Bias for Lawyers (Symmetra)

1 CPD Unit Online    
Knowledge area:
  • Choose one of
    Ethics & Professional Responsibility
    OR Practice Management & Business Skills
    OR Professional Skills
Lawyers typically make a multitude of decisions daily, affecting themselves and others, and where unconscious biases are in play, the outcomes may be less than optimum and often contrary to your beliefs and intent.

In this interactive course, developed specifically for Lawyers by Symmetra under appointment from the Law Council of Australia, practitioners will learn about the concept of unconscious bias, how it affects your business and industry, and equip yourself with tools to increase your effectiveness in decision making situations. Videos, case studies and revealing questions engage the learner in this relevant and fast paced program.

Under agreement with the Law Council of Australia, this course is offered at discount to all practitioners in Australia regardless of their membership status.

Online
Symmetra

Premium price: $110

Standard price: $110

Dealing with the media

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Practice management and business skills

This module will provide you with an overview of the media - its needs and wants, and the various forms in which it operates - and will offer an introductory guide to successfully engaging with the media and managing your media relations. The module includes:

  • Tips for preparing your organisation for its media engagements;
  • advice and suggestions for making the most of your media opportunities;
  • and tools for shaping your media encounters

This course would suit anyone interested or involved in promoting their services via the media.
Online

Paul Bateman, Senior Policy Advisor, Creative Victoria

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Mental capacity and substitute decision making

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Substantive law

This highly informative and practical presentation looks at capacity when signing wills and powers of attorney. Sue is a wonderful presenter who uses great examples when exploring:
  • what is capacity
  • how to know if someone has capacity
  • what triggers to look for
  • how to get someone accessed
  • how to communicate to your client
  • what a prudent practitioner would do
Online

Professor Sue Fields, Associate Professor

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Wellbeing for lawyers

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Professional skills
Online
This one hour module is designed for anyone who would like to a have a better work life balance. A confidential survey will also be made available in order to give you an indication of how you are going in this space. The module will cover:
  • Education
  • Stress management
  • Spirituality
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Connectedness
  • Environment
Finally, there are some tools offered to assist with the prevention and management of anxiety and/or depression.

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Undertakings by lawyers

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Practice management and business skills

This course looks at the history and application of undertakings by solicitors. Further, it looks at recent cases and the consequences of breaching an undertaking.  

By the end of the course you will understand:
  • what an undertaking is; 
  • the difference between a client undertaking and solicitor undertaking; and consequences of a breach
Online

David Bailey

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Foreign residents and capital gains

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Substantive law

This course will cover the following areas:
  • Overview of FRCGW
  • CGT Refresher
  • International Tax Rules
  • CGT and Non-Australian Residents
  • CGT Withholding Regime
  • Options
  • Indemnity Issues
  • Penalties
  • Standard Land Contract Variation
Online

Chair: Stephen Sharpley QC
Presenters: David Lloyd & David Bearman

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Conveyancing procedures for support staff

Various dates
   Face-to-face    
09:30 AM 04:30 PM
The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

To receive notifications of course dates please register your expression of interest here.

This one day introductory program for support staff covers the basic administrative procedures involved in the purchase and sale of residential property in New South Wales. 

Topics covered: 

  • Introduction to Conveyancing 
  • Electronic Conveyancing 
  • Conveyancing 
  • Definitions Conveyancing - Private Treaty 
  • Preparation of the Contract 
  • Procedure Prior to Exchange Exchange 
  • Pre - Settlement 
  • Settlement 
  • Post Settlement 
  • Auction Sale

This course is suitable for all legal support staff with little to no experience in this area of law. Please note this course is not suitable for solicitors and does not qualify you to become a licensed conveyancer.               

Larry Noble

Premium price: $450

Standard price: $450

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FLIP 2019 Podcast: Lawyering in 2050 – Robots in suits or just a slightly better version of 2019?

0.75 CPD Unit Podcast
Knowledge area:
  • Self assessed
Online
It’s instructive to look 30 years back and see how far we’ve come, and then to look 30 years forward and see what is coming. Mitch takes a practical, non-hyped, look at the new skill-sets, new areas of law, trends and technology that will keep private practices of all sizes, in-house departments and government lawyers sustainable up to 2050.
Recorded on 25 July 2019
Mitch Kowalski, Barrister, Solicitor and Consultant, Gowling WLG Visiting Professor in Legal Innovation, Calgary Law School

Premium price: $49

Standard price: $75

FLIP 2019 Podcast: The Great Debate

1 CPD Unit Podcast
Knowledge area:
  • Self assessed
Online
The legal services landscape is changing, but will this result in a profession that better meets consumer needs and expectations and improves access to justice? Clients are seeking greater value, competition is increasing and there is a growing expectation that lawyers be competent users of technology. Are any additional safeguards needed to protect consumers of legal services? Legal and non-legal innovators are creating new products and platforms to deliver legal advice or information, sometimes in the complete absence of legal practitioner oversight. Are these innovative low-cost, non-legal, providers placing solicitors at a competitive disadvantage? The Great Debate will examine some of the changes that are occurring in the delivery of legal services and will address the opportunities this raises. It will also address difficult questions about whether regulatory barriers are holding back innovation, where legal practice boundaries lie and whether these boundaries need to be better enforced, redrawn or reimagined. The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG will adjudicate a battle of wits between Elizabeth Espinosa for the affirmative and Commissioner John McKenzie for the negative as their teams go head to head in the The Great Debate. Only at FLIP Conference 2019.
Recorded on 25 July 2019
The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG (Judge)
Commissioner John McKenzie, Legal Services Commissioner for NSW
Dr Felicity Bell, FLIP Stream Research Fellow, UNSW Law
Philippe Doyle Gray, Barrister, 8 Wentworth Chambers
Dominic Woolrych CEO, LawPath
Elizabeth Espinosa President, The Law Society of New South Wales
Talitha Fishburn Barrister, Wardell Chambers
Sam Flynn Co- Founder and COO
Josef Tahlia Gordon Co-Founder and Co-Director, Creative Consequences and Lecturer, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, University of Sydney

Premium price: $49

Standard price: $75

FLIP 2019 Podcast: Thriving as a legal professional of today, tomorrow and beyond: neccessary skill sets and knowledge

1 CPD Unit Podcast
Knowledge area:
  • Self assessed
Online
Hear from some leading legal innovators as they explore the core capabilities that all lawyers will need to succeed in our rapidly evolving legal profession. Our experts will share their insights and discuss how a successful legal professional can future-proof their career to help you identify where you should invest your energy today to leverage the opportunities of tomorrow. This session will also discuss how our psychology impacts our suitability for the various roles and opportunities that are predicted to emerge in the legal profession.
Recorded on 25 July 2019
Adjunct Associate Professor Peter Dombkins, Head of Transformation and Legal Project Management, Gilbert + Tobin
Justin McNamara, Business Psychologist, People Excellence
Mitch Kowalski, Barrister, Solicitor and Consultant, Gowling WLG Visiting Professor in Legal Innovation, Calgary Law School (Moderator) Shoshana Shields, Director of Legal, Google Australia and New Zealand

Premium price: $49

Standard price: $75

FLIP 2019 Podcast: FLIP small talks 2019

0.75 CPD Unit Podcast
Knowledge area:
  • Self assessed
Online
Ride the wave of change
Hear firsthand from PEXA member Wood Marshall Williams, who will share insights into their experience with digital disruption and navigating through the new e-conveyancing landscape.

AI and the rule of law in government decision making
Governments around the world are using automation tools such as AI and expert systems to make decisions about rights and entitlements like social security benefits. Australia's Robo-debt system is a good example. This presentation examines the tension between the use of automation by government and the rule of law. It asks whether the rule of law is consistent with machines rather than humans being involved in the making of important government decisions.

Space law
How are commercial transactions different when they involve a space activity? Most commercial legal practitioners are familiar with the legal conventions associated with the sale and purchase of equipment and services. When this equipment is designed to be launched into space or the service involves the movement or operation of objects in space, the regulatory environment and risk management drivers are very different. Unlike equipment that is located on earth, most space-based assets cannot be accessed for recovery or repair if something goes wrong. This has led to a treatment of concepts like negligence, liability and insurance that differs from terrestrial transactions. Some of the conventional ways of treating these concepts are surprising to practitioners who are unfamiliar with the space industry. This presentation will outline some of the key concepts that underpin commercial relationships when the transaction has an outer space dimension, starting with the purchase of spacecraft and launch services.
Recorded on 25 July 2019
Karen Olsen Executive Manager, Practitioner Market, PEXA
Charles Parisi Wood Marshall Williams
Professor George Williams AO Dean
Anthony Mason Professor, Scientia Professor, UNSW
Donna Lawler Co-Founder and Principal, Azimuth Advisory

Premium price: $49

Standard price: $75

FLIP 2019 Podcast: The reality of artificial intelligence

1 CPD Unit Podcast
Knowledge area:
  • Self assessed
Online
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is beginning to transform the legal profession, but do lawyers fully understand the abilities and applications, or reality, of AI? During this session our experts will discuss the current uses and opportunities for AI adoption, including in automated institutional decision-making, as well as privacy and ethical considerations.
Recorded on 25 July 2019
Commissioner Samantha Gavel Privacy Commissioner, Information and Privacy Commission NSW Aurelie Jacquet Chair, Standards Artificial Intelligence Committee
The Honourable Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia
Caryn Sandler, Partner & Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer, Gilbert + Tobin (Moderator)

Premium price: $49

Standard price: $75

FLIP 2019 Podcast: Implications of technology on Lawyers' professional duties

0.75 CPD Unit Podcast
Knowledge area:
  • Self assessed
Online
Lawyers are increasingly facing technological challenges of operating in the digital age. Cloud-based computer software applications, such as email accounts, file storage and file sharing, are commonly used by lawyers as part of the everyday practice of law. Lawyers are using legal-tech software applications provided by non-lawyer third parties that rely on artificial intelligence to deliver legal solutions. Fundamental to the lawyer’s practice of law is the duty to deliver legal services competently. As guardians of client sensitive information, lawyers also have confidentiality and privacy obligations. In this session, our panel will discuss practical ways lawyers can use technology in a manner that is compatible with the lawyers’ professional obligations, including supervision of the use of software services, understanding the benefits and risks associated with technology and maintaining the requisite level of technology competence relevant to their practice.
Recorded at the FLIP conference on 25 July 2019
Malcolm Heath, Legal Risk Manager, Lawcover
Rod Henderson, Founder and Chief Tax Counsel, Acutax
Simone Herbert-Lowe, Solicitor and Director, Law & Cyber Pty Ltd Commissioner
John McKenzie, Legal Services Commissioner (Moderator)
Lyn Nicholson, General Counsel Corporate & Commercial, Holding Redlich

Premium price: $49

Standard price: $75

FLIP 2019 Podcast: Making science fiction our reality

0.75 CPD Unit Podcast
Knowledge area:
  • Self assessed
Online
Discover new opportunities by harnessing future technology today. With Amazon experimenting in drone delivery, replacement parts being printed and shipped locally for super-fast delivery and robots replacing mundane repetitive roles, there's a new world ripe for the taking with emergent technologies. In this fascinating and insightful keynote, Shara will: Look at the major technology trends that your business can embrace today; show how drones, robots, AI and 3D printing are changing society. Learn how companies around the world are using tech to innovate for competitive advantage and help your organisation understand what technologies will impact you.
Recorded at the FLIP conference on 25 July 2019
Shara Evans, Founder and CEO, Market Clarity

Premium price: $49

Standard price: $75

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