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Planning & preparing - Taxation litigation (Federal Court)

1 CPD Units Online
Planning and preparing for taxation litigation in the Federal Court Edit · Delete 1 CPD Unit Online This course offers a practical guide when preparing for taxation litigation in the Federal Court.
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Why choose the Federal Court over the Administrative Appeals Tribunal What rights of appeal are available When to file an appeal What is the burden of proof Some examples

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Legal ethics is (just) normal ethics - Part 1

1 CPD Units Online
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This course provides a very high level, often-controversial discussion of what is ethics in the legal profession. Is there such a thing as legal ethics? What is the difference between normal ethics and legal ethics?
Online
The aims of this module are to give you an opportunity to reflect on: the morality and the law the role ethics plays in the legal profession whether rules and regulations can govern a profession and ultimately make it immune from moral accountability.
Mirko Bagaric, Penny Dimopoulous

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IT requirements for the sole practitioner

0.5 CPD Unit Videocast    
This is a highlights basic IT skills session for solicitors thinking about starting their own sole practice and explains the trips & traps of cybersecurity.
Recorded on 15 June 2017
Online

Frank Downes,Juris IT Services

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Standard price: $90

How to bill clients while recovering costs and making a profit

0.5 CPD Unit Videocast   
Using Accounting Information what are the steps required to prepare a charge out rate for your legal staff to recover full costs and earn a profit?  This videocast discusses the processes used to generate forecasts of business activity and the measurement and analysis of costs and their drivers to be able to prepare budgets that enable the determination of future financial performance.
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  • Business Process and Accounting
  • Revenues, Liabilities and Owners Equity
  • Costs – Assets and Expenses
  • Developing Cost Estimates for Operating Overhead Costs
  • Developing Cost Estimates for Labour Costs
  • Planning Revenue Generating Activity Levels – (HOURS)
  • Calculation of Labour Charge out rates
  • Break-even and Profit Planning
  •  Understanding Revenues & Expenses and their drivers. 
Recorded on 7 July 2017
Greg Pazmandy, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney

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Reading and interpreting financial statements

0.5 CPD Unit Videocast    
Financial Reports, comprising the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flows, are not just numbers. They contain meaningful information about an organisation’s past performance that enable the identification of strengths and weaknesses … if you know where to look.

Financial statements prepared using accounting rules are required by many stakeholders, including owners, creditors, government etc. This presentation has as its objective the development of accounting knowledge so as to be able read and interpret financial statements.

Overall, you will gain an understanding of the how accounting information provides a valuable insight into business operations. You will be able to utilise this knowledge to analyse and investigate business operations.

Facilitator overview: Greg Pazmandy is a senior lecturer in accounting at UTS specialising in the areas of business analysis and valuation. His research interests include capital markets and corporate governance issues.

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An understanding of accounting terminology and the information products generated by the accounting system is a fundamental requirement for business professionals as accounting:

  • Is the measurement language used in all aspects of commercial, government and not for profit sector operations

  • Processes are supported by regulations in the form of standards as well as legislative pronouncements that underpin the preparation and presentation of financial reports
  • Knowledge of the information content of financial reports provides the fundamental knowledge required for the operating, investing and financing activities of business organisations.

Reading and Interpreting Financial Statements

  • What is the relationship between business and accounting?
  • Business – Physical and Financial Aspects
  • Are there rules and regulations covering the preparation of accounting reports?
  • Accounting language – what are the five “5” most common terms?
  • What is an accrual and how do they impact on business?
  • How do I investigate a business organisation using financial statements?

This practical course will develop participant skills to:

  • Be comfortable with reading financial reports
  • Be familiar with finance and accounting terminology
  • Understand the impact of transactions on the financial performance, financial position and cash flows of a business
  • Use financial reports to generate business intelligence
  • Gain insight into how financial statements are prepared
  • Use financial analysis tools to identify the strengths, weaknesses and risks of a company
  • Use financial statements to gain a more meaningful insight into a business from a stakeholder perspective, be it owner, government, creditor, etc.

Recorded on 7 July 2017
Greg Pazmandy, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney

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Legal essentials: A concise guide to the NSW legal system

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Designed by solicitors and legal support staff, this introductory level, two week course aims to provide students with a general understanding of the legal system in New South Wales and what it is like to work in a legal environment. It is ideal for students with little to no experience in the legal profession, have just commenced a legal support role or are thinking of entering the industry in a legal support capacity.
Online - 2 weeks
Topics covered are:
  • The Australian legal system - an overview 
  • People in the legal industry 
  • NSW court structure and hierarchy
  • Working in a legal office.

Premium price: $135

Standard price: $135

Dealing with clients with (possible) impaired mental capacity

1.5 CPD Unit Videocast    
This session covers topics including: what signs to look for, how to distinguish mere signs of ageing from impairment of mental capacity, when and how to have the client’s mental capacity formally assessed to protect your client (and your firm), what the assessment needs to test for, obtaining an opinion that meets the relevant legal test for the issue, and a discussion of the different legal tests for eg testamentary capacity, powers of attorney, and other transactions.
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Therese Catanzariti, 13 Wentworth Chambers; Dr Jane Lonie PhD, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

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Vicarious trauma

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Jace Cannon-Brooks will address some tips on identifying and dealing with trauma to cover Rule 6.1.3
Online
Recorded on 20 September 2017
Jace Cannon-Brookes, Clinical Psychologist & Co-Director of Birchtree Centre of Excellence

Premium price: $80

Standard price: $115

Drafting legal letters

4 October 2017
1 CPD Unit Online
The achievement of success in legal practice depends on more than your merely knowing the law. As Professor Kingsfield famously said in The Paper Chase, law students come to law schools with a ‘skull full of mush’ and by a process of legal training only do they achieve its figurative demushing. Merriam Webster defines ‘mush’ as being something soft and spongy or shapeless. Your clients will want to see the contours of your argument and will not be impressed by a shapeless mushy mess and so the letters you write should define the question you are being paid to consider, the relevant legal principles, and, most importantly the analytic path showing how the law is applied to those facts. This module explores how an understanding of the I-R-A-C formula will help you achieve all this.
Online

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Standard price: $141

Drafting wills in NSW

1 CPD Unit Online
The achievement of success in legal practice depends on more than your merely knowing the law. As Professor Kingsfield famously said in The Paper Chase, law students come to law schools with a ‘skull full of mush’ and by a process of legal training only do they achieve its figurative demushing. Merriam Webster defines ‘mush’ as being something soft and spongy or shapeless. Your clients will want to see the contours of your argument and will not be impressed by a shapeless mushy mess and so the letters you write should define the question you are being paid to consider, the relevant legal principles, and, most importantly the analytic path showing how the law is applied to those facts. This module explores how an understanding of the I-R-A-C formula will help you achieve all this. 
Online
Tim Christensen, Litigation lawyer

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General protections claims under the Fair Work Act

1.5 CPD Units Online
In this presentation, Tim considers several aspects which might be thought to be limitations on the extent of GP claims under the FW Act. They are:

Part 1 of this paper: general limits of the operation of GP claims, in: i. physical operation, as in ‘territory’; ii. the temporal limits of operation; iii. other limits of jurisdiction;

Part 2: the limits of the main elements which comprise the causes of action. This means: i. the definition of ‘adverse action’; ii. the nature of ‘complaints and inquiries’; and i. comparison between intra-employment and extra-employment definitions in the FW Act, including termination provisions; and iv. discrimination under Part 3-1 of the FW Act.
Tim Donaghey & James Hooper

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Standard price: $141

Solicitors duties - What you need to know

1 CPD Units Online
This course identifies some particular aspects of the duty of a solicitor to his or her client and to the court. It underlines that in the hierarchy of duty, the ultimate direction for obedience lies with the court.

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ASIC Enforcement - Practical advice for clients

1 CPD Units Online
The course ASIC enforcement – Practical advice for clients is designed to help you think about the issues involved when your client is faced with an ASIC investigation. While it is not possible to deal exhaustively with every issue that a lawyers might face when advising a client in respect of an ASIC investigation, it is important to highlight some of the more important issues that might arise and to provide some useful pointers that might assist you when dealing with those issues.
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The issues dealt with in this module include: 
  •  Determining the role of your client in an investigation; 
  • Advising about notices to produce documents; 
  • Preparation for and attendance at section 19 examinations; 
  • Advising clients about the timing of and possible publicity arising from an ASIC investigation; 
  • Negotiating enforceable undertakings; and Making complaints to ASIC.

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PPS war stories

1 CPD Units Online
PPSA war stories puts the spotlight on recent case law relating to the Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPS Act).

As we know, the PPS Act commenced on 30 January 2012. Our new personal property securities (PPS) regime represents one of the most significant changes to property and securities law in Australia for many years. The PPS Act literally transforms the way personal property is dealt with in relation to security interests.

Many legal commentators have described this area of case law as a minefield. As we continue to experience an expanding body of PPS case law, many lawyers share this view.

Online

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Conflicts of interest - A refresher

1 CPD Units Online
This course explores the different conflicts that may arise as a lawyer and how you can deal with these conflicts. It presents scenarios that place you in different situations and challenges you as to how you would deal with them.
Online
Ronwyn North, Director of Streeton Consulting Pty Ltd

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Team listening

0.25 CPD Units Online
When we don’t listen, we are typically distracted, thinking about something else, and not giving the person our full attention. This gives the impression that what the person has to say is not important and that we don’t value the person’s thoughts and opinions. This can lead to a strained relationship. When this happens between team members, it can lead to mistrust and reluctance to share critical information. As you can imagine, this is never good.

This course will present an exercise you do with your team, focusing on the key communication skill of listening. By completing this course, you will help you team know how well they listen to their co-workers and peers.

Online

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Standard price: $55

Right information at the right time

0.25 CPD Units Online
It’s no secret that the world of information has exploded over the last few years. Information is everywhere. In fact, there is so much information, in so many places, it’s impossible to take it all in. Which means the challenge for all of us is to get the information we need, when we need it. Now with so much information available, we may think this should be easy, but it isn’t always that simple.

This course will teach you how to distribute information in a way that makes it easy for everyone to have what they need when they need it. By completing this course, you will know how to ensure your team gets the right information at the right time

Online

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Active listening

0.25 CPD Units Online
Active listening is the key to effective communication. It is important to show the speaker that you are listening to them and one way to do this is to use the S.O.L.E.R technique. We will explore the ways in which you can prepare for effective communication and examine both the verbal and non-verbal signals of active listening.
Online

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How to be assertive

0.25 CPD Units Online
This module looks at the different types of behaviours: passive, aggressive and assertive and considers the factors that can influence how a person behaves, both cultural and generational. We will examine the skills required for assertiveness and how to put them into practice. When faced with criticism or demands, being assertive can be quite difficult, we will uncover some assertive techniques that can be used under these circumstances.
Online

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Body language

0.25 CPD Units Online
Body language forms an essential part of communication, with the interpretation of non-verbal signals as important as understanding what’s being said. In some cases first impressions are formed without a word being spoken. This module explores the interpretation of body language, eye contact, gestures and facial expressions in everyday communication.
Online

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