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Cultural competence program (SBS)

2 CPD Unit Online    
Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, nearly 1 in 2 people will have one parent born outside the country and 3% are of aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Diversity is increasing in absolute numbers and range of cultures. You will be engaging with cultures other than your own as colleagues, as customers or clients, as suppliers and as business partners.

This course, designed through SBS, aims to make your interaction with different cultures more effective, more efficient and ultimately more fulfilling both on an organisational and personal level. 

This course is about maximising the opportunities and minimising the difficulties between cultural differences by providing you with relevant information and practical strategies, a better understanding of cultural differences and a better understanding of yourself.

Premium price: $76

Standard price: $99

Data breach notifications and governance

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Effective 22 February 2018, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) will include a mandatory data breach notification scheme for all organisations (public or private) regulated under the Act. This session will cover the key concepts under the Privacy Act and the implications of the scheme for legal practitioners and their respective clients.
Online
Specifically, topics to be covered:
  • Specifically, The scope of the mandatory data breach notification scheme 
  • What types of breaches or incidents are eligible data breaches and therefore notifiable 
  • Factors to consider when making a decision whether an incident is notifiable or not 
  • The notification process and the role of lawyers Data governance and how to develop a data breach plan for your practice and or for your clients 
  • Data breach examples and future developments
Recorded on 12 March 2018
Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel - Privacy and DataLegal and Governance - Group Legal, Commercial, Macquarie Group Limited

Premium price: $80

Standard price: $114

Data Classification to Meet Data Breach Compliance in Australia

0.75 CPD Units Online recording    
Knowledge area:
  •  Practice Management and Business Skills

This session introduces the federal data breach reporting legislation. It will provide insights and mandatory reporting requirements for organisations as to the necessary framework, the reporting mechanisms and sample templates of some of the reports.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the obligations of the data breach legislation and the mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Data classification schemes and explanation and the Australian federal government standards to meet the requirements to classify organisational/company data
  • Tools and templates to address this mandatory compliance requirements
  • Continuous monitoring and data maintenance to ensure ease of breach reporting
  • Time and task estimates of meeting this requirement.
Online
Recorded March 2017
Dr Suresh Hungenahally

Premium price: $66

Standard price: $94

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.
Online
Therese Catanzariti, 13 Wentworth Chambers; Dr Jane Lonie PhD, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

Premium price: $89

Standard price: $127

Dealing with conflict

0.25 CPD Units Online
This module explores the reasons for conflict, how to handle it and most importantly how to resolve it.
Online

Premium price: $33

Standard price: $47

Dealing with eCTs

 1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Electronic Certificates of Title, or eCTs, form part of the electronic conveyancing framework in NSW and are designed to replace Paper Certificates of Title. From mid-September all settlements involving a Discharge of Mortgage will involve an eCT. This session aims to inform participants of the requirements for dealing with eCT settlements.
Online

  • eCTs and CoRD Holder Consents
  • bulk conversion of Certificates of Title
  • eCTs and paper settlements
  • consenting to dealing (leases, plans, etc)
  • what will happen after mandating on 1 July 2019
Recorded on 21 August 2018
Greg Channell, Solicitor & eConveyancing Consultant
Tony Cahill, Legal Author & Presenter
David McDowell, eConveyancing Legal Consultant, Office of the Registrar General

Premium price: $80

Standard price: $114

Dealing with stress

0.25 CPD Units Online
Stress is the result of being under a pressure that exceeds your ability to cope. This module looks at sources of stress and the behavioural and health indicators. We will all suffer with stress at some point in our working lives, this module offers advice on dealing with stress and explores ways in which you can reduce your stress levels.
Online

Premium price: $33

Standard price: $47

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

Death of the billable hour

1 CPD Unit Online

In recent years law firms have been feeling the strain of the global economic climate. The once sacred “billable hour” is no longer accepted with grace by clients. Clients are looking for value for money.

Richard Susskind refers to this as the “more-for less challenge”. Therefore law firms need to work out how to provide their clients more for less, yet remain commercially viable.

This course will outline a number of Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFA’s) and then use the Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky as a case study.

At the end of this course you will: 

  • know some of the benefits of Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFA’s) 
  • know what are the trends in the US 
  • know what are some the Alternative Fee Arrangements 
  • case study of an Australian firm who has successfully implemented a fixed billing scheme.

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Decision making

0.25 CPD Units Online
Decisions need to be made on a daily basis, but what is the best way to make a decision? This module looks at the ICES process and the use of a decision matrix to help you to make a choice.
Online

Premium price: $33

Standard price: $47

Delegating and managing agreements

1.5 CPD Units Online

This course is designed to provide you with the tools you need for effectively delegating and managing agreements.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Delegating to others
  • Delegating with clear expectations
  • Getting buy-in when delegating
  • When agreements are broken
  • Leadership through delegation

You can find the full description for each module here.

Online

Premium price: $89

Standard price: $127

Demystifying Proximate Cause

0.75 CPD Unit Online    
Knowledge area:
  •  Substantive Law

A question which claims officers and underwriters address daily is "What caused the loss for which indemnity is sought?" On the face of it, that seems a fairly easy question to answer. However, in this webinar you will see that it may not be as straight forward as you may think. And it is important that the question is answered correctly because otherwise a claim that should be paid will be rejected, or a claim that should be rejected will be paid. This session is about the technique used to answer that question correctly, proximate cause.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • The role of causation in insurance
  • The importance of determining the proximate cause;
  • How to determine what the proximate cause is; and
  • What to do if there is more than one proximate cause.
Online
Recorded Mar 2017
Mark Sheller

Premium price: $66

Standard price: $94

Directors duties - What lawyers need to know

1 CPD Units Online
This course by Simon Pitt and Dean Luxton of Green’s List, provides an in depth analysis of the directors’ duties in recent years, thoroughly exploring the case law. The course looks at Recent high-profile public corporate collapses such as HIH, One.Tel and James Hardie; and the Global Financial Crisis and how they set the scene for a series of hotly contested cases where directors’ duties received significant and valuable judicial commentary
  • The role of case law and legislation in recent years in relation to directors duties
  • The key provisions in the Corporations Act dealing with directors duties and how they have been interpreted by the Court.
Simon Pitt and Dean Luxton of Green’s List

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Discipline of Lawyers under the Uniform Law 2018

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

This one-hour course is designed to make sure that you are aware of the key sections of the new Uniform Law, with a focus on complaints and any disciplinary action that the Legal Services Commissioner and the Legal Services Board is empowered to undertake.

Often the easiest way to explain the provisions is to paraphrase them and link the section as we have done throughout. We have broken this up with some activities and cases that have already been heard under the new laws.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To be familiar with the new Uniform Law with a focus on disciplinary actions available; 
  • To know what behaviours could amount to misconduct
  • To know what penalties are available; and
  • To understand the complaint and disciplinary process. 
 Megan Fitzgerald

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Drafting acceptable use agreements

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

The use of computer systems by employees leads to increased productivity, but with this comes increased risk. The Acceptable Use Agreement (AUA) is a contractual mechanism for managing this risk.

This course is designed to:

  • Provide an understanding of why acceptable use agreements are used;
  • Highlight the key areas that need to be considered when drafting acceptable use agreements; and
  • Recommendations on the implementation of AUA’s.

Nick Gifford

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

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

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

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

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

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Driving profit through compliance: Success strategies

 1 CPD Unit Videocast
This program complies with the Rule 6.1.2 of the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Solicitors) Rules 2015 under the Legal Profession Uniform Law requirements of Practice Management and Business Skills (1 CPD units).
Online
  • Practice structures
  • Principal's responsibilities
  • Business plans/business development
  • Client management
Recorded on 31 March 2017
Frances Moffitt, Regulatory Compliance Solicitor, The Law Society of NSW

Premium price: $80

Standard price: $114

Duress in the Family Context

1 CPD Unit Online recording    
Knowledge area:
  •  Substantive Law

Why are we talking and thinking about Duress?

Family Lawyers are often social first responders.  We carry the canary in the underground mine. We experience real life society as it evolves while being required to interpret that experience on the delayed response of judicial interpretation.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Refresh knowledge of the equitable concept of Duress
  • Understand where and how Duress is used in the Family Law Act
  • Reflect on power and its misuse in the real world of relationships
Online
Recorded Mar 2018
Kay Feeney

Premium price: $76

Standard price: $109

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