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Mediation case studies

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Professional skills

The first module explores the evolution of ADR and how its role has increased over the last 40 years. It further explores the necessary attitudes and skills required to be an effective mediator.

In the second module Michael Sweeney will look at:
  • The importance of the process of mediation
  • The importance of having a true appreciation of the context of the dispute underlying the mediation
Online

Geoffrey Gibson
Michael Sweeney

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Standard price: $141

Movements in the legal industry

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

The business of law is changing. Many market elements are moving at the same time. In this module you will learn the following:
  • What is the difference between a business and a legal profession;
  • Business Development;
  • Who is competing with you for your lunch today; and
  • Something to consider in order to remain on the winning side
Online

Ivan Rasic

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Preparing for a Committal Hearing

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Substantive law

Andrew Sim and Rosalind Avis review the following key topics in order to illustrate the key issues that should be considered when preparing for a Committal Hearing:
  • Introduction and history of Committal Hearings
  • Purpose of Committal Hearings and Recent Amendments
  • Drafting and filing a Case Direction Notice
  • Request for disclosure and appearing at a Committal Hearing
  • Other considerations and tools
  • Preparing for, and during a Committal Hearing
  • Evidence and the end goal
Online

Andrew Sim & Rosalind Avis

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Standard price: $141

Legal professional privilege in practice

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Professional skills

  • What is professional privilege? 
  • When is communication privileged? 
  • Waivers, exceptions and misconceptions 
  • How NOT to lose privilege - top 10 tips
  • Practical tips when dealing with regulators
Online

Karen Lee

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Standard price: $141

Regulatory risk management

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

Lawyers who have a sound understanding of the causes and effects of regulatory risk will be well placed to assist and advise clients on the hot topic of regulatory risk management. The content of this course is relevant to all lawyers as regulation and change in regulation will impact on any area of practice, including banking and finance, competition, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution and litigation, energy and resources, real property and taxation.
Online

Professor the Honourable George Hampel AM QC

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Standard price: $141

Social media - ethical risk for lawyers

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

This course examines the ethical issues arising from the use of social media in legal practice and aims to give participants an understanding of:
  • What social media is;
  • Who is using it;
  • What the benefits for lawyers are;
  • What the risks for lawyers are, including breach of confidentiality, inadvertent retainers and breach of the "no contract" rule
Online

Liz Kollias

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Tax Residency

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Substantive law

This course will cover the following areas:
  • Overview of tax residency
  • Recent cases and directions
  • Tax treaty tiebreakers
  • Temporary resident exception
  • Working holiday maker legislative changes
  • Corporation tax residency
Online

Chair: Greg Davies QC
Presenters: Angela Lee, Kit Cameron and Daniel Diaz

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Test Contract Law fundamentals series part one

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Substantive law

This one hour course is designed to make sure you are aware of:
  • Terms implied by common law 
  • Terms implied by statute
  • Illegal, void and unfair terms 
  • The penalty doctrine 

The course is suitable for lawyers who want to refresh their contract law knowledge.
Online

Roman Rozenberg, Sam Prendergast, Lucy Davis & Nicholas Gallina

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Testamentary Trusts Victoria

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Substantive law

This module gives an overview of the law relating to testamentary trusts in Victoria. For the purposes of this course the focus will be on trusts that operate under a Will after the testator has died.
Topics covered:
  • What is a trust?
  • Discretionary trusts
  • Superannuation
  • Different types of trusts
  • Trustee's duties and powers
Online

Angela Cursio

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

A review of the Personal Property Securities Act

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

The Personal Property Securities Act (PPSA) has now been in operation for a couple of years and it is a good time to review. This course reviews the PPSA laws with a focus on the impact the PPSA has had on leasing and conveyancing transactions.

 William Stark 

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Ethical issues raised in the McCabe case

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge areas:
  • Ethics & professional responsibility 

Successful damages claims against tobacco companies are rare but on 23 March 2002, Eames J of the Supreme Court of Victoria struck out the defence of British American Tobacco Company Australia Services Limited (‘BAT Australia’) and awarded judgement to the plaintiff, 51 year old Rolah McCabe.

Part one of this course looked at the McCabe case and reviewed how it was run, with a focus on the discovery process.  It highlighted the issues around the adversarial system regarding document destruction and consequences. 

Part 2 focuses on the ethical issues raised in the McCabe case.

To understand:

  • The tobacco litigation culture
  • The relationship between the corporate lawyers and their clients 
  • The paramount duty to the court
  • The professional and ethical significance of the interdependence of corporate lawyers and their clients

Camille Cameron

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Standard price: $141

Accept, reject, or renegotiate

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Professional skills
From the moment you commence negotiating, you are continually faced with questions about whether and how to continue. As soon as an offer is put to you, the question crystallises.

This course provides a checklist for helping your client determine their response to proposals from the other side. Relevant to all types of negotiation, it will enable lawyers to bring a fresh and systematic approach to answering this critical question…and for laying the foundation for determining strategy if the answer is indeed “renegotiate.”.

This course is authored by the CMA learning group. CMA is a training and development company that specialises in the fields of negotiation and influential communication. They deliver public workshops and customised in-house programs for law firms, businesses and government organisations across Australia.

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

AML/CTF program - compliance essentials for Part A of the program

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

The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth) (AML/CTF Act) imposes obligations on entities that provide “designated services”. Entities that provide one or more designated services under the AML/CTF Act are “reporting entities” (RE). 

One of the key obligations under the AML/CTF Act is the requirement that all RE must develop, implement and maintain an appropriate AML/CTF program to identify, mitigate and manage the risk of their products or services being misused to facilitate money laundering and terrorism financing. (See Part 7 of the Act)  

This module explores the compliance essentials. In this course, a reference to the AML/CTF Act includes the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules Instrument 2007 (No. 1), often shortened to “AML/CTF Rules”.

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

Arbitration since the Model Commercial Arbitration Acts

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge areas:
  • Practice management and business skills
This course will provide you with an overview of the law relating to the enforceability of dispute resolution clauses in contracts. It includes:

  • A summary of the major cases;
  • Principles and tips for the drafting of such clauses; and
  • a discussion of issues relating to the use of mandatory mediation and arbitration
  • An understanding of the major legal issues surrounding the drafting of dispute resolution clauses
  • An understanding of the Model Commercial Arbitration Acts
  • An understanding of the range of dispute resolution options available.
 Peter Condliffe - Barrister

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Standard price: $141

Attorneys: financial misconduct and asset retrieval – compensation for a principal under the Powers of Attorney Act 2014

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

Attorneys: financial misconduct and asset retrieval – compensation for a principal under the Powers of Attorney Act 2014, a panel presentation by Dr Elizabeth Brophy, Eleanor Coates and Teri Konstantinou.

Dr Elizabeth Brophy – s 77 Compensation for acts of attorney

Eleanor Coates – Outline of Defences and time limits for applications

Teri Konstantinou – Compensation for a Principal under the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 Which Jurisdiction? Supreme Court or Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal

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Standard price: $141

Commercial litigation and discovery

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Practice management and business skills
This seminar which was presented in 2013 and updated in September 2017 looks at the discovery regimes in Victoria and NSW.
The Victoria sections looks at the changes that had recently been implemented by the Civil Dispute Resolution Act at a Federal level and the Civil Procedure Act in Victoria. This section is delivered by Tim Smyth, and covers the following topics:

  • Overview of discovery
  • Discovery – narrowing the categories
  • What is a reasonable search?
  • Consequences of insufficient discovery
  • Jurisprudence

The NSW sections focuses on the changes made by PRACTICE NOTE SC Eq 11 - Disclosure in the Equity Division, in particulate the timing of discovery and how the parties need to define issues with much greater precision earlier in proceedings. The NSW segment is presented by Anthony Lo Surdo SC, and covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to the NSW experience
  • Function of discovery
  • What is necessity and exceptional circumstances
  • Practical consequences
 Tim Smyth & Anthony Lo Surdo SC

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Standard price: $141

Contract Law Fundamentals

1 CPD Units Online
Knowledge area:
  • Substantive law

This course is designed for all lawyers wishing to refresh their contract law knowledge.

Learning Outcomes: 

This one hour course is designed to make sure you are aware of:

  • Terms implied by common Law (Part A)
  • Terms implied by Statute (Part B)
  • Illegal, void and unfair terms (Part C)
  • The penalty doctrine (Part D)
 Roman Rozenberg, Sam Prendergast, Lucy Davis & Nicholas Gallina

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

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Standard price: $141

Effective management of domestic building disputes

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

This course covers the following subjects:

  • Introduction
  • Jurisdiction Issues
  • Limitation Periods and Claims Under the SOP Act
  • Procedure
  • Insurance Issues
  • Termination Issues
  • Defective Work Issues
  • Variation Issues
  • Payment Issues
  • Delay Issues
  • Costs
  • The New Reforms
  • Questions and Discussion

 Roman RozenbergLuke Stanistreet

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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

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Standard price: $141

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