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Overview of foreign resident capital gains withholding payments

1.75 CPD Units   Videocast    
Knowledge area:
  • Substantive law
Online

 This videocast looks at the broad area of Foreign CGT assets & tax variations.

  • Certain CGT asset acquisitions
  • Whether vendor is a foreign resident
  • Clearance certificates: Establishing Australian residency in real property transactions
  • Vendor Declarations: Australian residency status (transactions not involving real property)
  • Vendor Declarations: CGT assets are membership interests but not ‘indirect Australian real property interests
Recorded May 2016
Justen Nixon, Director - Public Groups & International, Australian Taxation Office
John Nicols, Director - Public Groups & International, Australian Taxation Office

Premium price: $89

Standard price: $127

100 years of family provision - Have we gone too far?

1.5 CPD Units Videocast

Knowledge area:
  • Substantive law
Online

It is 100 years since the Testator’s Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act 1916 was introduced, making provision for disappointed beneficiaries. The original Act was limited in its application.

  • the extension of persons for whom provision can be made
  • the concept of notional estate making it possible to claw back assets disposed of during one’s lifetime
  • the greater complexity of families and estate assets
Recorded October 2015
Justice Philip Hallen, Justice Geoff Lindsay, Lindsay Ellison SC, solicitor Richard Neal and barrister John Armfield.

Premium price: $89

Standard price: $127

3 Day Practice Management Course

27, 28 & 29 April 2020
10 CPD units Face-to-face and Online
9:00 AM 5:30 PM
Note: The online work opens up for this course on the 13 April, it is highly recommended that you log in and complete online work in advance of the workshop days.

Are you looking to start your own legal practice? Maybe you plan on joining an already successful practice as its newest principal? There are a few things you need to know first.

Register for our Practice Management Course and gain the skills you need to succeed as a principal lawyer running a profitable practice. You will be taught how to run an efficient and cost-effective practice by employing business management skills, quality systems, and leadership of your potential employees. Our experienced facilitators will give you the tools you need to provide the highest quality services to clients, to engage your employees and run a successful practice for years to come. 

In NSW, lawyers who want to become the principal of a legal practice must undertake a legal practice management course to have Condition 3 removed from their practising certificate. This course fulfils this requirement.

The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Topics covered include: 
  • finance essentials and taxation strategies
  • pricing your services and billing the client
  • avoiding pitfalls in trust money and trust records
  • leadership and management techniques
  • hiring and training reliable staff
  • managing risk
  • business planning
  • marketing methods to grow your business
  • attracting and retaining clients
  • ethics and responsibility

Online learning portal opens 13 April 2020


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Premium price: $1560

Standard price: $1800

9 Reasons Why Employment Contracts Are Still Important in Australia

0.75 CPD Unit Online recording    
Knowledge area:
  •  Substantive Law

With such an extensive framework of employment-related legislation and over 100 modern awards, the employment contract seems to have been pushed one side as an instrument to protect employers' interests.

In this seminar, we will map out for you 9+ different areas in which a properly drafted employment contract makes a real difference to the business and protects employers from genuinely damaging claims or actions on the part of staff. In particular we will explore how a properly drafted employment agreement can save a business a lot of money, protect its future and spare employers an ocean of anxiety and frustration.

It is an ideal presentation for employment/business/commercial lawyers, business owners, managers, accountants and HR managers. It demonstrates how - by attending to some key clauses - businesses can be protected from the more opportunistic employees.

If you advise employers, then you will benefit from being refreshed as to why the work we do as lawyers in the employment space is vital for their business.

Online
Recorded Mar 2017
Warwick Ryan

Premium price: $66

Standard price: $94

A guide to the UK legal system and legal research

1 CPD Unit Online

Knowledge area:
  • Practice management and business skills

This course provides an introduction to the UK legal system and then introduces the key resources used for researching cases and legislation. It makes references to both free and paid services for research.

Key objectives:
  • the legal system and institutions in the UK
  • know the key resources available for research
Online

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

A tale of three solicitors

1 CPD Units Online
This exciting new ethics module by Ronwyn North provides a number of scenarios where the behaviour of a solicitor is questionable. It provides an opportunity to explore your knowledge of what ethical boundaries have been crossed and what rules and regulations have been breached.
Online
The aims of this module are to provide you with:
  • A professional ethics update 
  • The opportunity to reflect on your understanding of the paramount duty to administration of justice and the Court.
  • Obligations of courtesy to third parties 
  • When not to invite or follow a client’s instructions and how robustly can you communicate on behalf of clients. 
  • And to ensure that you have a better understanding of the acceptable conduct of a solicitor and are better able to protect your reputation.

Premium price: $99

Standard price: $141

AAI - Foundation Advocacy Skills Workshop

15 & 16 November 2019
9 CPD Units Face-to-face    
05:00 PM 07:00 PM
09:00 AM 05:00 PM
Knowledge area:
  • Professional skills
  • Ethics and professional responsibility
The Family Court of Australia, 99 Goulburn Street, Sydney

Introductory evening session on Friday 15 November 5.00pm - 7.00pm 

Full day workshop on Saturday 16 November 9.00am - 5.00pm 

The Law Society of NSW is proudly partnering with the Australian Advocacy Institute to offer this outstanding advocacy intensive course, designed for practitioners at all levels across all practice areas and jurisdictions. 

This exciting workshop program involves instruction, performance and review of the skills, disciplines and techniques involved in good advocacy in a simulated courtroom setting. Participants will use specially developed AAI materials to prepare from a case study, then examine and cross examine witnesses as well as present arguments before the decision maker. Experienced, expert instructors will be on hand to offer immediate, constructive and practical suggestions to improve and develop individual advocacy skills. 

This supportive, non-competitive simulation, together with instructor demonstration and personal feedback, will help you develop your own personal and highly effective style of advocacy.       

Please note that attendance at the introductory session is compulsory and you will be required to prepare and read the materials that will be supplied prior to the course date.      

AAI Expert instructors 

Premium price: $725

Standard price: $1300

Abuse claims by children

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Knowledge area:
  • Generic
Online

Sadly, children have and continue to be the victims of abuse, be it sexual or other types.

With the current Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse currently taking place, this podcast looks at some of the key types of claims that are emerging:

  • Examination of claims against institutions arising from physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of children by employees, volunteers or other adults on the premises
  • Common challenges in historical abuse claims including indemnity issues, limitation defences, evidentiary issues
  • Examination of claims against institutions arising from bullying or abuse of children by other children
Recorded February 2014
Ian Newbrun, Barrister, William Deane Chambers

Premium price: $80

Standard price: $114

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

Acting with appropriate speed to problems

0.25 CPD Units Online
There are a lot of components to giving great feedback, and timing is one of them. The closer the feedback is to the actual behavior, the more effective it is. The events are fresh in everyone’s mind, and the person receiving the feedback can connect the feedback to what just happened. The longer it is between feedback and the event, the harder it is to remember all the details, and often times feedback loses its effectiveness. 

This course provides instructions to help you think about what has happened on your team over the last few weeks. You’ll capture the performance issues that required feedback or an intervention from you. The performance issues could be anything requiring coaching or feedback; such as a task not performed in the right way, a customer or service issue, a safety issue, or general performance problems. The course will then help you determine if you acted with the right level of speed or what you need to do in the future to strengthen the timing of your coaching actions. By completing this course, you will be able to evaluate whether you acted with appropriate speed to problems and issues.

Online

Premium price: $33

Standard price: $47

Acting with integrity

1 CPD Units Online

This course is designed to provide you with the tools you need to act with integrity.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Become a Reliable Leader with Integrity
  • Integrity Expectations
  • An Ethics and Integrity Discussion
  • Team Integrity

You can find the full description for each module here.

Online

Premium price: $80

Standard price: $114

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

Premium price: $33

Standard price: $47

Advocacy at CARS

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Knowledge area:
  • Professional skills
Online

Advocacy is said to be the art of persuasion. Good advocacy is as important at CARS as in Court. However because CARS is a tribunal not a court, lawyers acting in a CARS matter will need to modify their advocacy skills to the different environment

Recorded on 22 February 2016
Ian Jones, Partner, Curwoods
John Watts, Barrister and CARS Assessor

Premium price: $80

Standard price: $114

Advocacy essentials

1 CPD Unit Videocast
Knowledge area:
  • Professional skills
Online

Advocacy is the art of persuasion and is practised by us all every day (sometimes without our even noticing). There are many references available to assist in becoming a good advocate and advocates can be trained; but "the fool's way" - doing it, failing and succeeding - is the last and best way to learn.

  • A forensic (court) advocate of any description must know the factual and legal bases of the case being advanced and the opposing case
  • He or she must know the result that is sought, how to achieve it - and then convey that to the court
  • An advocate must have a purpose, must prepare and must perform
  • Flexibility is helpful, in order to address the opposing case as it develops
  • A look at the examination of witnesses, cross-examination and oral submissions
  • How to give attention to the audience, the structure of one's contribution, content, delivery and ethics/etiquette
Recorded on 27 March 2015
Nicholas Richard Cowdery AM QC

Premium price: $80

Standard price: $114

Advocacy Masterclass: Examination in Chief

30 October 2019
4 CPD Units Face-to-face    
09:00 AM 01:15 PM
Knowledge areas:
  • Professional skills
The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

More and more frequently solicitors are required to run their own trials or hearings and examining witnesses is a critical part of the hearing process. Join Patrick Griffin SC and experienced solicitor advocate David Evenden for this practical workshop on Examination in Chief where you will get the opportunity to apply principles and techniques in a real courtroom environment.  

Topics covered include: 

  • Preparing witnesses 
  • Solicitors' Conduct Rules pertaining to witnesses  
  • Ethical issues that can arise during trial/hearing.             
Patrick Griffin SC
David Evenden, Solicitor 

Premium price: $270

Standard price: $386

Advocacy Masterclass: Cross-Examination

27 November 2019
4 CPD Units Face-to-face    
09:00 AM 01:15 PM
Knowledge areas:
  • Professional skills
The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

More and more frequently solicitors are required to run their own trials or hearings and Cross-Examination is a critical part of the hearing process.  Join Patrick Griffin SC and experienced solicitor advocate David Evenden at this practical workshop for experienced solicitor advocates who want to hone their cross-examination skills.  

Attendees will get the opportunity to practice the presented principles and techniques in a real courtroom environment, as they learn about preparing witnesses and Cross-Examination rules and techniques.              

Patrick Griffin SC
David Evenden, Solicitor 

Premium price: $270

Standard price: $386

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

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

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