2015/16 Annual Report

The Education Committee plays a vital role in establishing the Law Society’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme with a diverse offering in content, speakers and learning formats to appeal to the whole profession.

The CPD programme is the result of close engagement between the Law Society and the profession: it has been designed by practitioners for practitioners following extensive consultation. It delivers content that is relevant and responsive to developments in the law and practice in Western Australia.

Responsibility for the CPD programme rests with the Law Society which collaborates with all of the committees of the Law Society on behalf of the Education Committee.

Highlights for the year include:

• Law Summer School 2016
• Ethics on Friday: Rake – Lawyers behaving badly
• Country Roadshow (Albany & Geraldton)
• Costs including alternative models and best practice
• Criminal practice in rush hour: advocacy in the Magistrates Court
• The use of trusts in effective estate planning

The Law Society has sought to demonstrate the relevance of law across other professions. An example was our seminar topic ‘An exploration of current issues in the medico-legal world’, which had Dr Michael Gannon, President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), presenting together with senior members of the legal profession in a well-received hypothetical panel discussion. This seminar was also attended by a number of medical practitioners which provided for great cross-industry networking.

During 2015/16 the Law Society increased and broadened the seminar delivery via the eLearning platform by 40%, which provides greater access to CPD for members including regional, national and international practitioners.

The Law Society acknowledges and is grateful for the support provided by the judiciary, academia and members of the profession who chair and speak at our seminars. Such high level support helps to ensure the programme offers content that is of the highest quality.

The Law Society also thanks committee members for their commitment, hard work and enthusiasm for always striving for best practice in education and learning.

For more information about this committee please email