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A recipe for clear legal writing: Essential ingredients

1 CPD Unit    Online interactive

Professional skills
Online interactive

A Recipe for Clear Legal Writing will give you the essential ingredients for clear legal writing. The method covered in the training gives you a practical framework to start making changes to your writing, without losing your personal style. How is clear legal writing different to plain language? It isn’t. Clear legal writing is one way to look at the way that legal professionals write. In this course clear legal writing incorporates plain language as part of a broader method, but often the terms are used interchangeably.

This course will focus on 4 key areas of clear legal writing: 

  • Language 
  • Tone 
  • Sentence structure 
  • Layout and design.
Bree Williams

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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A review of the Personal Property Securities Act

1 CPD Units   Online interactive
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 

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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Accept, reject, or renegotiate

1 CPD Unit    Online interactive

Professional skills
Online interactive

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.

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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

1 CPD Unit    Online interactive

Practice management and business skills
Online interactive

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”.

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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An introduction to Briefing Counsel

1 CPD Unit     Online interactive

Professional skills
Online interactive

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 SC, Nicole Papaleo & Luke Stanistreet

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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Australian privacy principles

1 CPD Unit     Online interactive

Substantive law
Online interactive

This online module covers the following:

  • Privacy legislation overview – the Privacy Act, the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act, the APPs and Credit Reporting Code of Conduct
  • Understanding the key definitions relating to information – personal information, sensitive information and the different kinds of credit information
  • Privacy compliance – what should organisations do to comply with the new laws?
  • What are the APPs – a summary of the obligations
  • ·Privacy breaches – prevention, reporting and management
  • Some practical tips for lawyers to help clients manage the privacy reforms

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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Blended Mental Health First Aid for the Australian Legal Profession

24 and 25 November 2021
 5 CPD Units    Live webinar workshop and e-learning  
 12:30 PM   2:30 PM
professional
Live webinar workshop and e-learning

This course will be delivered entirely online in two components:

  • Course Component 1 – A self-paced eLearning component (takes 5 – 7 hours to complete). This Component must be completed in full prior to participating in Component 2.
  • Course Component 2 – An instructor-led component using video conference (2 sessions of 2.5 hours in duration each) on the dates indicated above.

Based on the concept of physical first aid, mental health first aid refers to the support provided before professional help is received. This may be when a person is first developing a mental health problem, when the person is experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem, or when a person is in a crisis situation.

In this informative and practical course designed for the Australian legal workplace context, participants will learn:

  • About the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in the legal profession.
  • How to provide initial help and have supportive conversations.
  • Where and how to get professional help.
  • What sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
  • How to provide mental health first aid in a crisis situation using a practical, evidenced-based action plan.
This evidence-based award-winning course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals. Mental Health First Aid is an award-winning program and is included in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidenced-Based Programs and Practices.

Participants who complete this training are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years. Learn more here.

Please note that participant numbers for this course are limited, due to the nature of the content covered and the interactive format of the workshops. We will be announcing new course dates soon.


Proudly Sponsored by: 
Legal Super

Miriam Wyzenbeek, Wellbeing Manager, The Law Society of NSW

Non-Member $380.00
Member $295.00

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Blockchain 101 for Lawyers

1 CPD Unit     Online interactive

Practice management and business skills
Online interactive

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

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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Business Law - Drafting contracts of employment

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

At the most basic level, an employment relationship is a contractual relationship between an employee, who promises to perform duties for an employer, and an employer, who agrees to remunerate the employee for that service.  An employment contract may be verbal or in writing, and when in writing it can be constituted by one document or a series of communications.  It is best practice to have a comprehensive, written contract of employment in place for all employees, but unfortunately not all employment contracts are created equal.

In this presentation, we will cover:

  • what should be included in a written contract in relation to an employee's duties, types of employment, hours of work and location;
  • how an employee's remuneration and other financial and non-financial benefits should be dealt with in the contract;
  • why it is important to include effective confidentiality restrictions and intellectual property protections;
  • how to deal with the termination of the employment relationship and related issues;
  • how to prepare and draft effective post-termination restrictions; and;
  • how an employment contract interrelates with relevant modern awards, enterprise agreements, the National Employment Standards, and company policies and procedures.

Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 27 November 2020
Brett Feltham*, Partner, Gadens

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Business Law - Intellectual property law: conducting business in the new digital environment

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 27 November 2020
Michael Williams, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Business Law - Update on franchise law including buying and selling franchises

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

Disclosure and obligations of good faith - Some recent cases concerning breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct prosecuted by the ACCC and what we have learnt concerning obligations of good faith and disclosure.

Civil Penalty Provisions - Powers of the Court to impose civil penalties on directors or officers that do not act in accordance with the Franchising Code of Conduct.

Advising franchisees/franchisors.

Issues concerning the exercise of options to extend the franchise agreement.

Issues concerning the restraints contained in a franchise agreement and how that may be impacted by Section 23 of the Franchising Code of Conduct.

Matters concerning territorial breaches and parties’ obligations to observe a territory that forms part of the franchise agreement.

Dealing with operational breaches of a franchise.

Occupancy of premises by a franchisee and their inclusion in the franchise agreement.


Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 27 November 2020
Nick Birbas*, Partner, Newhouse & Arnold Solicitors

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Business Law- Legislative developments around insolvency law

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

2020 has been a strange year for everyone – and the same is true in insolvency law reform. This session will cover law changes at the start of the year which significantly increased the personal liability of directors; and also the governments attempts to clamp down on the unhelpfully named ‘illegal phoenixing’.
Further significant law reforms were introduced to alleviate the impact on businesses and give protection to directors during COVID-19. Some of these reforms have been extended and some may become permanent – time will tell. Now at the end of the year the government has introduced what it says is the most significant law reform in insolvency in 30 years – which doesn’t explain why the Government only allowed 5 days’ consultation on the draft legislation; why it still hasn’t released the regulations which will contain the substantive parts of the new law; or why it is still proposing to have the new laws commence on 1 January 2021. 2020 has been an ‘interesting’ year in insolvency and 2021 may be even moreso.

Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 27 November 2020
Stephen Mullette*, Principal, Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Buying and selling ethics - No, ethics is not for sale

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
In this session ‘Buying and Selling Ethics - No, ethics are not for sale’ Linden Barnes will provide a practical, interactive discussion using hypothetical situations to test your knowledge and think differently about how to manage ethical dilemmas. In this session as a group you will explore the effect ethics have on advising clients on their property issues.
Online
Recorded on 27 March 2018
Linden Barnes, Senior Ethics Solicitor, the Law Society of NSW

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Case Law update: Succession Law

1 CPD Unit     Online

Substantive law
Online
Recorded on 20 March 2018
Anthea Kennedy, Partner, Bridges Lawyers and Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates Law

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Challenges in the conduct of “succession” case across jurisdictional boundaries

1 CPD Unit   videocast  
Substantive lawconferencerecord21
Online

This videocast was originally captured during the Specialist Accreditation conference 2021 - Wills & Estates stream. 

This session looks at the challenges of conducting a “succession” case across jurisdictional boundaries, including:

  • Succession law in context
  • What is a “succession” case?
  • The field of operation of “succession law”
  • Succession law’s two ways of thinking about property
  • Different phases of estate administration
  • Orders for a joint hearing or a determination of separate questions
  • Costs as a factor in the conduct of a “succession” case

Recorded on 05 August 2021
The Honourable Justice Geoff Lindsay, The Supreme Court of New South Wales

1 CPD units

Non-Member $160.00
Member $110.00

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Client capacity and instruction taking

1 CPD Unit   videocast  
Substantive lawconferencerecord21
Online

This videocast was originally captured during the Specialist Accreditation conference 2021 - Wills & Estates stream. 

This session will look at the following capacity issues:

  • Client capacity as it relates to Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Best Practice for instruction taking, case law examples (what to do and what not to do)
  • What to do when capacity is in doubt
Recorded on 05 August 2021
Lauren Gidley*, Legal Practitioner Director, Glass Goodwin Solicitors

1 CPD units

Non-Member $160.00
Member $110.00

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Commercial Litigation - Australian Consumer Law - 10 years on

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

It has been almost 10 years since the Australian Consumer Law was developed by agreement of the Council of Australian Governments, replacing 20 difference consumer laws across the Commonwealth, state and territory jurisdictions. Join accredited specialist, Flo Mitchell, in this session examining the impact and case law relating to the regime, with a focus on section 18 claims.

Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 26 November 2020
Flo Mitchell*, Partner, FM Legal

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Commercial Litigation - Building and construction law update

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

At the heart of large construction and engineering projects are the risk allocation arrangements. As part of that, principals usually require contractors to provide performance bonds/guarantees. There was a growing trend in the case law that these performance bonds were prima facie to be regarded as risk allocation devices such that when a dispute broke out, the party providing the bond was the one to be out of pocket until the dispute was resolved. 

This constituted an obstacle to those who provided these bonds in obtaining interim injunctions restraining calls on them. Eye watering amounts are involved in these types of cases with bonds often denominated in the scores of millions of dollars so the approach to construction has serious real world impact. However, the NSW Court of Appeal may have signalled a step back from that position in Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd v Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 291; (2017) 96 NSWLR 329, namely that the correct way to approach the true construction of clauses providing for such bonds is on general principles relating to the construction of commercial contracts. 

This is an approach that now appears to have been taken up by at least one other intermediate appellate court, namely JKC Australia Lng Pty Ltd v CH2M Hill Companies Ltd [No 2] [2020] WASCA 112. Kawasaki also considered the impact of an arbitration clause on what interim relief (if any) a court ought provide. This presentation will take a brief look at where we have come from in this regard, where we are now and what the future trend in this area is likely to be.


Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover


Recorded on 26 November 2020
Sydney Jacobs, Barrister, 13 Wentworth Chambers

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Commercial Litigation - Equitable remedies in commercial proceedings

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

This session will provide practical guidance on equitable remedies in commercial litigation.  It will cover the fundamental principles of, and latest developments in, equitable commercial remedies including injunctions, declarations, equitable compensation, specific performance, freezing orders and search orders.  It will be of particular benefit to practitioners practising in commercial litigation in the superior courts.  By the conclusion of the session, attendees will understand the advantages these remedies can offer, how to obtain them, and the key strategic considerations for practitioners in light of the latest developments in this field.  

Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 24 November 2020

Charles Colquhoun, Barrister, Tenth Floor Chambers

Bradley Smith, Barrister, Tenth Floor Chambers


1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Commercial Litigation - Forensic accounting for specialists

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

In this session delivered by barrister Andrew Bulley, the interaction between two presumptions will be explored: that of Result Trust and that of Advancement. The presentation will describe in detail both presumptions and factual scenarios in which a presumption may arise, the evidence required to rebut a presumption and possible consequences of rebuttal. Viewers will also be taken through a recent case study (Zhang v Metcalf; Metcalf v Zhang [2020] NSWCA 228 to assist in understand the presumptions in practice.

Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 26 November 2020
Nigel Cotman, Retired Barrister, formerly of New Chambers

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Commercial Litigation - Frustration of contracts and force majeure

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

  1. Introduction – why is it important to know about frustration and force majeure?
  2. Force majeure
  3. Doctrine of Frustration

Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 26 November 2020
Edwina Kwan, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Commercial Litigation - Outlines of evidence in the Federal Court of Australia

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

Join barrister, Alexander Vial, for a session examining best practice for the use of outlines of evidence. The session will cover the circumstances and reasons for use of outlines of evidence, the relevant legislation and rules, as well as risks and criticisms of use. Viewers will also gain practical tips for drafting and structuring outlines of evidence.

Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 26 November 2020
Alexander Vial, Barrister, 5 Wentworth Chambers

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Commercial Litigation - Practical and procedural tips for conducting a case in the Commercial List of the NSW Supreme Court

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

Court proceedings have been transformed by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This seminar will begin with a synopsis of the current Commercial List approach to online hearings and case management during the pandemic.

The seminar will also address the key practical aspects of Commercial List proceedings, from filing a list statement; procedural case management; the operation of Practice Note SC Eq 11; preparing a court book; objections; preparing for hearing; and of course running the hearing. The presenters will also analyse a recent decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal concerning the principles of contractual construction (as they apply in commercial cases).


Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover
Recorded on 26 November 2020

David Sulan, Barrister, Banco Chambers

Ryan Jameson, Barrister, Banco Chambers

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Commercial Litigation - Recent cases in banking and finance

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Substantive law
Online

This pre-recorded webinar was originally presented as part of Specialist Accreditation Week 2020

This session will address recent developments in banking and finance case law over the last 12 months, including the ‘wagyu and shiraz’ case brought by ASIC against Westpac to clarify the scope of home loan responsible lending requirements, a case about unfair loan terms in Bendigo Bank’s small-business loans, a NSW Court of Appeal decision in which the borrowers raised all of the textbook defences against the bank - breach of contract, misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, breach of the Code of Banking Practice, breach of the National Credit Code and contravention of the Farm Debt Mediation Act 1994 - but still lost, and the upcoming class actions against CBA, Westpac, NAB and AMP for mismanaging superannuation accounts.

Proudly sponsored by:
Lawcover

Recorded on 26 November 2020
Emma Beechey, Barrister, New Chambers

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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