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, […]

Looking to America: Lessons for a Western Australian Mental Health Court

In June and July 2018, Magistrate Felicity Zempilas from Perth’s Mental Health Court, Start Court, travelled to the US on a Churchill Fellowship to study mental health courts around the country; in San Francisco, New York, Anchorage and Seattle. Dr Adam Brett, the psychiatrist attached to Start Court accompanied her on visits to courts in […]

A View from the Bench

This seminar provides a great opportunity for junior practitioners to receive practical advice on appearing before the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts and the State Administrative Tribunal.  The highly experienced speakers will provide advice on general conduct in the courts; expectations of junior lawyers; insights into conducting pre-trial processes; and necessary documents for submission.  Hear […]

Creating and Managing Precedents WEBINAR

Law firms have changed a lot over the years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of effective precedent creation and management.  From the perspective of a lawyer and a Knowledge Manager, Lauren Kollosche will cover: Creating precedents and associated tools Best practice principles to apply to precedents Developing systems to maintain and […]

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 […]

Practical Advocacy Weekend 2018

This course provides invaluable experience for younger practitioners, individuals new to litigation and anyone seeking a refresher in advocacy. A non-residential, family friendly and convenient city location with simulated scenario based training in a real courtroom setting with judicial coaches. This intensive course offers practical exercises in small groups with guidance and constructive feedback from […]

Essentials of Advocacy and Negotiation

Friday, 22 June 2018, 8.30am – 5.15pm and Saturday, 23 June 2018, 9.00am – 11.45am Specifically designed for anyone seeking a refresher or for practitioners new to advocacy, this course provides essential information to advance legal knowledge and improve advocacy and negotiation. Hear from distinguished members of the legal profession on case presentation and theory, […]

eLearning: Drafting settlement offers and deeds

Drafting settlement offers and deeds can be deceptively complicated with traps for even the most experienced practitioners. Settlement deeds are often drafted in a rush relying on standard precedent clauses without proper consideration of the individual circumstances of the settlement. This can lead to unintended consequences if the deed is subsequently scrutinised and exposed to […]

Defamation and injurious falsehood

As noted recently by the Victorian Supreme Court ‘defamation is a difficult area of law, even for experienced practitioners and for judges having familiarity with the law of defamation’. Defamation law has attracted considerable recent publicity after the decisions in Rebel Wilson v Bauer Media Inc, Rayney v The State of Western Australia and President […]

Cyber security: Mobile device protection

Mobile device protection is essential for today’s lawyer, and the ECU Security Research Institute’s survey of the WA Legal Profession confirms a need for targeted training on this topic. In this practical workshop, bring your mobile device and by the end of the workshop you will leave the Law Society with your device protected. You […]