Risk Management for Family Lawyers

Recent profiling of Law Mutual (WA) claims has shown that there has been a gradual increase in claims in the area of family law.  This seminar provides an overview of the most common family law claims we have seen over recent policy years and provides practical insights into how you can identify the risks, and […]

Matter Management Guidelines – Screening & Engaging

The second seminar in the Law Mutual (WA) series concerning the Practice and Matter Management Guidelines will focus on the first two phases of Matter Management – screening and engaging clients. The Guidelines were developed in 2017 and set out the requirements for management of practices and matters with an emphasis on mitigating professional liability […]

You’re not my client; are you?

A claim against a legal practitioner by a person or entity with some connection with the person or entity that actually retained the practitioner is common. The risk of such a claim needs to be managed by the practitioner particularly when dealing with multiple persons, corporate bodies and through intermediaries. The risk is often exacerbated […]

Matter Management Guidelines – Screening & Engaging

The second seminar in the Law Mutual (WA) series concerning the Practice and Matter Management Guidelines will focus on the first two phases of Matter Management – screening and engaging clients. The Guidelines were developed in 2017 and set out the requirements for management of practices and matters with an emphasis on mitigating professional liability […]

Client Engagement Agreements – Planning for Success

Would you enter into an agreement with a builder to construct your house without a detailed plan of what it should look like? Would you make changes to the look without reflecting those changes in the plans? If you would, then you are entering into a high risk arrangement and it’s likely it’ll cost you […]

Supervision & Delegation

Recent claims experience indicates that a significant cause of errors and omissions in delivery of legal services is inadequate supervision of junior practitioners. Delegation is essential in many firms to ensure the distribution of work amongst staff, to match complexity of the task with the skill of the lawyer and to lower the costs of […]

You’re not my client; are you?

A claim against a legal practitioner by a person or entity with some connection with the person or entity that actually retained the practitioner is common. The risk of such a claim needs to be managed by the practitioner particularly when dealing with multiple persons, corporate bodies and through intermediaries. The risk is often exacerbated […]

Screening new clients for Conflicts

Conflicts can arise throughout the solicitor-client engagement and in a variety of ways, such as if you use a former client’s confidential information, act for more than one client whose interests differ or prefer your interests over those of the client. However, while constant vigilance is required, the point at which new instructions are first […]

Matter Management Guidelines – Screening & Engaging

The second seminar in the Law Mutual (WA) series concerning the Practice and Matter Management Guidelines will focus on the first two phases of Matter Management – screening and engaging clients. The Guidelines were developed in 2017 and set out the requirements for management of practices and matters with an emphasis on mitigating professional liability […]

Screening new clients for Conflicts

Conflicts can arise throughout the solicitor-client engagement and in a variety of ways, such as if you use a former client’s confidential information, act for more than one client whose interests differ or prefer your interests over those of the client. However, while constant vigilance is required, the point at which new instructions are first […]