2019 CPD Summer Getaway – Save the date

With the scenic university campus as the backdrop, the Law Society is excited to announce the 2019 CPD Summer Getaway. Presenting a diverse range of sessions that will deliver relevant content for everyone. Substantive learning is in the mix, along with thought-provoking discussion on professional skills and ethics. Test your curiosity with a design thinking […]

EOF: The Weinstein Effect: Just what is inappropriate behaviour?

This seminar is available for in person or webinar attendance. Allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo campaign have magnified the issue of inappropriate behaviour and associated complexities. Taking into account both the legal and ethical perspectives, Anna Casellas and Saul Harben will discuss the key issues involved in determining just what is inappropriate behaviour […]

eLearning: “Nobody told me there’d be days like these!” – Stress, Pressure & Ethical Decision-Making in the Practice of Law

It’s not rocket science, and yet it happens, a lot, even to our own friends and colleagues This engaging, highly interactive seminar provides a fresh and practical perspective on the fundamental question, “Why do ‘good’ lawyers ‘go bad’?” Most serious legal malpractice claims and successful disciplinary actions are brought not for debatable violations of arcane, […]

Ethics on Friday: Rules of Conduct WEBINAR

Increasingly legal ethics are reduced to codes of conduct and prescriptive ethical rules. Legalising ethical rules can shift the focus of attention to a strict interpretation of the meaning of the words within an ethical rule as opposed to focusing on professional conduct.  This has an endless spiral of what Dal Pont describes as “spiritless […]

Fostering Healthy Relationships with the Bench

The court system is a robust work environment and parties conduct cases in an adversarial manner.  Judges and lawyers are faced with an increasing number of cases to resolve, ever-changing legislation, and intense media scrutiny.  These factors all place pressure on participants in court proceedings. Under these pressures, judges and lawyers, in fulfilling their roles […]

The Australian Banking Industry: how did we get here?

The Royal Commission into Banking and Financial Services has certainly uncovered poor and unethical behaviour by our Banks and Major Financial Institutions. We have also been provided with insight into the inner workings of Australia’s largest bank, CBA, following APRA’s recent report into its culture and leadership. We will hear from Paul O’Farrell of Quadrant […]

Effective Techniques for Drafting Affidavits

Affidavits and witness statements are the evidence in chief of a witness, and a valuable means by which to present evidence to court. Their form and content are governed by rules of evidence and rules of court. The skill of drafting admissible and relevant affidavits and witness statements is of fundamental importance to litigators. It […]

Mental Health Hypothetical

A panel of senior members of the profession will discuss the diverse issues that arise from various scenarios. Discussions include coverage of ethical dilemmas that affect young lawyers as well as the prevalence and management of depression in the workplace. This engaging panel will also explore ways to deal with real issues facing lawyers including […]

Webinar – Ethics on Friday: Ethical issues in representing alleged perpetrators of family and domestic violence

Family lawyers are frequently advising on cases which involve allegations of family and domestic violence against clients. How can we be effective advocates without colluding with perpetrators? Understanding the family and domestic violence dynamic The pattern of coercive control Legislative definitions as informed by social science National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book Do we […]