Strategies for managing difficult or vexatious litigants

Wednesday 19th October, 2016 4:30 pm – Wednesday 19th October, 2016 6:00 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

Difficult, vexatious or querulous litigants come in all shapes and sizes and are motivated in different ways.

Given that dispute resolution practitioners will usually have to deal with such litigants at least some point in their career, often on a number of occasions, this seminar will provide timely advice on how to manage difficult litigants including analysis of:

  • the legal obligations a lawyer has when a litigant is unrepresented
  • the ‘types’ of difficult litigants and their motivations
  • what to expect from them
  • what strategies and tactics to employ
  • when and how to seek help
  • what to do if the difficult litigant is your client
  • Vexatious Proceedings Restriction Act 2002 (WA)

The seminar also features a panel discussion at the end with the Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC and experienced practitioners.

Level: General

  • 1.5 points Competency 2 Professional Skills


Sponsored by


Chair - Penny Keeley
Clairs Keeley

The Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC
Supreme Court of Western Australia

John Vaughan SC
Francis Burt Chambers

Ashley Macknay
MDS Legal

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