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Mandatory Rule 6.1 - The new world of legal practice - pre-recorded webinar

3 CPD Unit Pre-recorded webinar    
EthicsEssential
Practice management and business skills
Professional skills
Online

Hear from legal experts as they discuss some of the current issues faced by legal practitioners while earning three CPD units. 

Topics include:

  • Legal ethics in a brave new world

  • Survive and thrive in legal practice: the art of getting paid

  • Remote working and other practice management tips for the new world of legal practice

This program complies with the Rule 6.1 of the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Solicitors) Rules 2015 under the Legal Profession Uniform Law requirements of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Practice Management and Business Skills, and Professional Skills.

Recorded on 21 July 2020

Paul Monaghan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, The Law Society of NSW

Madeleine Porter, Solicitor, Professional Support Unit, The Law Society of NSW

Glenda Carry, Regulatory Compliance Solicitor, The Law Society of NSW

3 CPD units

Member $170.00
Non-Member $240.00

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Overview of foreign resident capital gains withholding payments

1.75 CPD Units   Videocast    

Substantive
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

1.75 CPD units

Member $150.00
Non-Member $225.00

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

1.5 CPD Units Videocast

Substantive
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.

1.5 CPD units

Member $105.00
Non-Member $150.00

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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

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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A recipe for clear legal writing: Essential ingredients

1 CPD Units Online
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.>
Online
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
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 

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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Aboriginal deaths in custody and the NSW coronial system

31 March 2021
 1.5 CPD Units   Online     
 09:30 AM   11:00 AM

 Substantive law
Online
Join David Evenden, Accredited Specialist – Criminal Law and head of the Coronial Inquest Unit at Legal Aid NSW, for this session exploring the contentious issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody. How are First Nations people dying in custody? What can be done in NSW to reduce these numbers? Focusing on the NSW coronial system and recent inquests, the session will identify recurring themes and potential solutions. We will also discuss proposals to improve the experience for Aboriginal families interacting with the NSW coronial system.
David Evenden, Solicitor, Legal Aid NSW

1.5 CPD units

Non-Member $245.00
Member $170.00

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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.

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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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

0.25 CPD units

Member $45.00
Non-Member $65.00

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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

1 CPD units

Member $95.00
Non-Member $135.00

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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

0.25 CPD units

Member $45.00
Non-Member $65.00

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Advocacy essentials

1 CPD Unit Videocast

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

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Advocating at NCAT

10 February 2021
4 CPD Units   Face to face
09:00 AM   1:15 PM

Professional skillsmasterclass
The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Philip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Join Patrick Griffin SC, a leading advocacy instructor and administrative law counsel, for a morning session that will examine the special considerations when appearing at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). 

With over 84,000 hearings conducted in NCAT in the last year alone, solicitors are more frequently appearing in tribunal disputes and are required to develop tribunal-specific advocacy skills. The session will explore preparation for NCAT matters, advocacy techniques for tribunal appearances and oral and written submissions for NCAT.

Patrick Griffin SC, Seventh Floor Garfield Barwick Chambers

4 CPD units

Member $340.00
Non-Member $485.00

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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”.

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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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

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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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

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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An introduction to cyber security for small practice

1 CPD Unit Videocast    
Information security concepts, trends and events will be discussed and participants will be offered practical steps to secure their information from potential breaches and risk.

Online
Recorded on15 February 2018
Tony Vizza, Cyber Security Practice Manager, Sententia

1 CPD units

Member $90.00
Non-Member $125.00

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Analyse the pros and cons of key decisions

0.25 CPD Units Online
Decision making is a part of life, both in and out of work. No matter who you are or what you do, you’ll be making decisions each and every day. As a leader in an organization, your decision making responsibility only increases. All leaders, no matter where you work, are presented with numerous opportunities to make decisions—some big, others small. Your ability to make good decisions in a timely manner will certainly impact your ability to lead and manage. The better your decisions, the stronger the leader you’ll be. 

This course is best used for larger decisions or one you’re having trouble making. Yet whatever the situation may be, it should be a decision you have time to think about; one that does not need to be made on the spot. This course will help you build your decision making capabilities. The more you use the process, the stronger your skills will be, and soon you’ll be able to perform this type of process instinctually. By completing this course, you will be able to analyze essential information and the pros and cons of key decisions. 

Online

0.25 CPD units

Member $45.00
Non-Member $65.00

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Anti-money laundering compliance - Part A

1 CPD Units Online
“The requirement for reporting entities to have an Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing program for their business is a cornerstone of Australia’s AML/CTF regime. The AML/CTF program establishes the operational framework for a reporting entity to meet its compliance obligations under the AML/CTF Act.” – Chapter 6, AUSTRAC Compliance Guide. This module explores the compliance essentials.
Online

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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Articulate the attributes of your ideas

0.25 CPD Units Online
If we struggle to communicate our thoughts and have trouble getting others to listen to and accept our ideas, our ability to succeed diminishes. To be truly successful in any role, we must be able to clearly and confidently express our opinions in a way that leads others to engage in our conversations and to consider implementing our ideas. When do this, we greatly increase our influence, as well as our ability to succeed in anything we do. Strengthening your ability to capture people’s attention and have them consider your ideas is really not that hard. More than anything, it just takes practice. While there is no magic formula, there are a few key elements that when in place will make a difference in your communication.

By completing this course, you will know how to confidently articulate the positive attributes and benefits of your ideas.

Online

0.25 CPD units

Member $45.00
Non-Member $65.00

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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.
Online
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.

1 CPD units

Member $99.00
Non-Member $141.00

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Australian privacy principles

1 CPD Units Online
From 12 March 2014, changes to the Privacy Act commence, and importantly, the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) replaced the National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles.  The APPs apply to organisations, and Australian Government (and Norfolk Island Government) agencies.

This course provides lawyers with a practical overview of the APPs and the impact of the new privacy regime on organisations, many of which are clients or potential clients.

Online

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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Be open to different solutions

0.25 CPD Units Online
During the negotiation process we want to achieve the best possible outcome. While we certainly want a solution that is good for both parties, the reality is we all want to reach a solution that is beneficial for us individually. This is natural and to be expected. With that said, there are a number of ways to go about achieving this goal, some good, others not. Sometimes we start the negotiation process with a specific solution in mind, and thus miss the opportunity for an even better agreement. Increasing your flexibility and willingness to listen to and consider a variety of solutions will always be beneficial. Even if you don’t like the idea or are unsure of its benefits, being open-minded will never hurt and will always help, each and every time.

By completing this course, you will know how to stay open to various and creative solutions.

Online

0.25 CPD units

Member $45.00
Non-Member $65.00

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Beyond Google - Tips for research

0.75 CPD Unit Videocast

Practice management and business skills

Online

Having effective legal research skills is incredibly important throughout the legal career as legal research is crucial to the practice of law. Which resources should you be using to ensure that you are effectively and efficiently researching the law? Google might have a lot of the answers yet navigating the labyrinth of legal databases will continue to be necessary.

  • a super searcher with Google;
  • use Google Scholar and other resources for legal research;
  • know how and when to use Wikipedia.
Recorded on 13 September 2016
Karen Rowe-Nurse, Liaison Librarian, University of Notre Dame

0.75 CPD units

Member $80.00
Non-Member $115.00

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