The Law Society of Western Australia is pleased to once again host a CPD Day for RRR lawyers during Law Week.
Country lawyers, more than most, understand the isolating impact of distance that can make it more difficult to get together in any one region as a profession, to share collegiality and support, and to learn from each other through tailored Continuing Professional Development initiatives.
This CPD day is offered free for Country members* of the Law Society and heavily discounted for Country non-members at $150 for the entire day and provides 4 CPD Points plus a complimentary eLearning seminar**.
Out of Practice – The Risks of Straying Outside Your Usual Area of Work
Ashley Macknay, MDS Legal
We all know that we are generally safest working in areas that we practise in day to day. However, that does not necessarily protect us from the increased risk of a claim for professional liability that comes when we move into unfamiliar territory.
It is generally easy enough to avoid the obvious trap of taking on instructions in an area in which we have no experience although, for various reasons, such as a request from a long-standing and substantial client, even they can sometimes be difficult to resist.
However, what can be more difficult to spot, and avoid, is the risk that comes from the seemingly straight forward instruction in a familiar area that draws us into unchartered and dangerous territory.
A recent analysis of Law Mutual (WA) claims has identified that even experienced practitioners can find themselves the subject of a claim because, despite starting in a familiar practice area, the instructions led to unfamiliar issues, with unwanted consequences for both them and their client.
This seminar reviews the types of circumstances in which claims can arise, often as a result of instructions leading to issues which were not initially foreseen. It will also provide participants with examples of claims and practical advice on what might be done to mitigate and manage the risk of a claim arising.
Accountability, Responsibility and Authority – it’s all about the limits!
Sean Popperwell, Popperwell & Co Lawyers
Do you play an active role in managing your Practice? Do you have a clear structure of responsibility, accountability and authority within your practice?
Having defined limits of authority for the conduct of a legal matter that are linked to a practitioners capability, can help to protect your practice avoid potential liability claims.
This seminar will examine some recent examples of where an inadequate structure of responsibility, accountability and authority within the practice has led to claims.
Please Note: This seminar is designed for Principles and Directors, but should also be of interest to Sole Practitioners who employ support staff.
Managing Criminal Trials from the Regions
Magistrate Brian Mahon, Magistrates Court of Western Australia
Sylvia Simmons, Senior Associate, MDS Legal
Voluntary Assisted Dying Act
Dr Andrew Miller, President, Australian Medical Association (WA)
Family Law: Financial Agreements – do they really work?
An overview of Thorne v Kennedy and what you need to know.
Framy Anne Browne, Partner, Lavan
*Country Member means an Ordinary Member who ordinarily practices outside a radius of 80 kilometres from the Central Office of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Perth.
To register, please return a completed registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers
Nicholas van Hattem is a barrister with experience in commercial, government and criminal law matters, practising from Francis Burt Chambers. Nick began his career in 2008 as associate to the Hon Justice Miller before taking articles with Freehills in 2009. His practice as a solicitor included in-house roles in banking and mining and a year with the Aboriginal Legal Service practicing in human rights, civil and criminal law. In 2013 Nick joined the State Solicitor’s Office. He was engaged in a broad range of counsel work, appearing in the Magistrates, Coroner’s, District, and Supreme Courts, State Administrative Tribunal, WA Industrial Relations Commission and Liquor Commission. Nick has trial and appellate experience as counsel. In 2017 he was reclassified as Assistant State Solicitor and seconded to WA Police where he acted as an advisor and counsel. Nick has particular experience with commercial disputes involving government agencies and regulatory prosecutions – particularly environmental, occupational safety and health and mining.
Director, MDS Legal
Ashley is a Director of MDS Legal and practises principally in the areas of commercial litigation and professional indemnity. Ashley has been a member of the panel of solicitors for Law Mutual (WA) and the Legal Practice Board for many years. Ashley is the Law Society’s delegate to the Professional Ethics Committee of the Law Council of Australia. As a member of that Committee, Ashley has participated in the drafting of the Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules. Ashley also was a member of the Legal Profession Rules Advisory Committee which drafted the Legal Profession Conduct Rules 2010 (WA).
Director, Popperwell & Co
Sean Popperwell is a Principal at Popperwell & Co Lawyers. He was admitted to practice as a barrister in England & Wales in 1987 and as a legal practitioner in WA in 1991.Sean practices almost exclusively in the area of professional negligence. He has represented Law Mutual’s insureds since 2001.
Magistrates Court of Western Australia
Date & Time:
Friday, 22 May 2020 9:30am – 2:45pm
At Your Desk, Delivered Live Online
2 Points Competency 1: Practice Management
2 Points Competency 4: Substantive Law
Country Members: $0
Country Non-Members: $150
**Complimentary eLearning seminar will be awarded to Country Members who have enrolled and attend the CPD Day. Complimentary eLearning seminar will be awarded to Country Non-Members who have paid all fees to attend the CPD Day.
Date & Time:
Fri, 22 May 2020 9.30am - 2.45pm
At your desk, Delivered live online waGet Directions on Map
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