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Events in July 2014

ONGOING | Practical Training Course (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice)

The Practical Training Course (PTC) is running over this period. Enrolment in the PTC must be made via the 'Apply to the Practical Training Course' page.

Categories: Practical Training Course

Monday 30th | Family Law Practice (June 2014)

This 2 day workshop covers the fundamentals of practising in this challenging practice area. The program includes:

Applicable legislation Family Court and Federal Circuit Court systems and procedures Preparation of documents (including divorce applications, initiating applications and affidavits relating to children, maintenance property settlement, enforcement and contempt, and injunctions) Service of documents Attending court hearings Client interviews Briefing counsel Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Essential Workshops | CPD Programs | Substantive law

Wednesday 2nd | Contract Law Update - Recent cases and their consequences (July 2014)

This seminar will provide an overview of recent significant contract law decisions and the lessons to be learnt from them, covering issues such as:

  • Construction of contracts
  • Termination
  • Dispute resolution clauses
  • Consequential loss
  • “Reasonable endeavours”
  • Implied duty of co-operation
  • Damages for breach of warranty / mitigation
     

Categories: Seminars | CPD Programs | Substantive law

Friday 4th | Pleadings – Draft with confidence (July 2014)

Tony Graham Series:

Evidence in Practice

Family Law Property - From Competence to Excellence

 

 

Former Judge, retired QC and author of text “Victorian Pleading Precedents”, Tony Graham delivers a new workshop designed to help practitioners understand the parameters and secrets to drafting effective pleadings. Well drawn pleadings can prevent costly interlocutory disputes and provide the right foundation to embark on clever litigation. Drafting pleadings using various fact scenarios enables feedback and evaluation... Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Essential Workshops | CPD Programs | Substantive law | Professional skills

Wednesday 9th | Ethics & Professional Responsibility (July 2014)

An entry level lawyer should act ethically and demonstrate professional responsibility and professional courtesy in all dealings with clients, the courts, the community and other lawyers. In accordance with the National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers, this topic covers:

Acting ethically Discharging the legal duties and obligations of legal practitioners Complying with professional conduct rules Complying with fiduciary duties Avoiding conflicts of interest Acting courteously ... Read more

Categories: Traineeship Programs | Law Students and Graduates

Wednesday 9th | Caveats - To lodge or not to lodge (2014)

Lawyers are often tempted to lodge a caveat on their clients’ instructions, without fully considering whether there are sufficient grounds to do so. Alternatively, they may neglect to lodge a caveat because they do not recognise their clients have caveatable interests. Both situations can negatively impact on clients’ rights and may result in costly litigation and even negligence claims.

This seminar will cover:

When caveats should/should not be lodged Recent case law and developments A lawyer’s responsibility... Read more

Categories: Seminars | CPD Programs | Substantive law

Wednesday 9th | Appearing in Court with Confidence - Etiquette and procedure (Rookie Lawyers' Series) (2014)

Have you been asked to appear in court?  Not sure what’s expected of you?  If so, this program is for you!  This seminar will provide a detailed examination of the relevant procedures and etiquette that junior legal practitioners need to be aware of in order to appear with confidence in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court and VCAT.    Topics covered include:
  Entering your appearance  Where to sit and when to stand  Announcing your a... Read more

Categories: Seminars | CPD Programs | Professional skills | Rookie lawyers

Thursday 24th | Enforcement Proceedings - Practice and procedure in the major jurisdictions (July 2014)

This workshop provides a practical grounding in the essentials. The program includes:

Enforcing Orders and Judgments in the Magistrates, County, Supreme and Federal Courts Oral examination of debtor Warrants - in respect of personal property or land Attachments of earnings and Attachment of debts Charging and stop orders over securities and funds in court Bankrupting individuals and winding up companies

This program is also designed to assist you to upgrade your skills in adv... Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Essential Workshops | CPD Programs | Substantive law

Thursday 24th | Tribunal Advocacy (July 2014)

Develop your skills and increase your confidence in a general tribunal context. This two day program includes an opening lecture of:

Evidence in Tribunals; and Fundamentals of cross examination.

A series of fact scenarios give participants the opportunity to perform various submissions, moot and cross examination performances. Individual feedback is provided by our experienced presenters together with practical tips around appearing in VCAT. Leo Cussen in collaboration with VCAT, have put together a DVD designed specifically for the w... Read more

Categories: Workshops for Lawyers | Advocacy Workshops | CPD Programs | Professional skills

Thursday 24th | Time Recording for Junior Lawyers (Rookie Lawyers' Series) (2014)

Do you put in a solid 10 hours’ work at the office each day but still struggle to record 6 billable hours?  Not sure about the difference between ‘reading’, ‘reviewing’ and ‘perusing’?
  Efficient and accurate time recording is vital not only in terms of your career and client management, but also because the recovery or payment of costs can be a significant part of any legal dispute.  Although every firm has its own policies and procedures for time recording, many junior lawyers still find time recording a challenge in pra... Read more

Categories: Seminars | CPD Programs | Practice management & business skills | Rookie lawyers

Monday 28th | Administrative Law (July 2014)

Categories: Law Students and Graduates | Western Australian Articled Clerks

Monday 28th | Lawyer's Skills (July 2014)

An entry level lawyer should be able to demonstrate oral communication skills, legal interviewing skills, advocacy skills, negotiation and dispute resolution skills, letter writing skills and legal drafting skills.

This interactive workshop is led by well-respected Victorian practitioners, who have drawn on their years of experience to bring the content of the course to ‘life.’ Participants are encouraged to demonstrate what they have learned through the use of scenarios and role plays, ensuring they develop an understanding of how theory may be applied in practice... Read more

Categories: Traineeship Programs | Law Students and Graduates

Wednesday 30th | Employment & Industrial Relations (July 2014)

Categories: Law Students and Graduates | Western Australian Articled Clerks

Thursday 31st | Document Retention and Destruction - Managing conflicting obligations (2014)

Numerous legislative regimes govern how and when certain documents may be destroyed, mandate that some must be retained for longer than seven years (if not indefinitely) and provide that others are to be de-identified if they are kept.
  Reconciling these sometimes conflicting laws and applying them in practice can present quite a challenge – both for lawyers and their clients.
 

This session will provide an overview of the relevant laws and offer helpful tips to assist with document retention and destruction whilst complying with the vario... Read more

Categories: Seminars | CPD Programs | Practice management & business skills