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Administrative Law Symposium (3-parts)

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Administrative Law Symposium (3-parts)

Date & TimeTBC
Format Symposium, Webinar





CPD Units 4.5
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

Focusing on key issues and developments you need to be across in 2021, the three-part program is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills to successfully navigate the practice of administrative law.

Receive up-to-date information and practical guidance on statutory interpretation and representing your client at an administrative tribunal, as well as COVID-19 impacts on administrative law matters.

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • Day 1 - Thursday 25 Feb
    • 12:00 PM Statutory Interpretation

      Examine the latest trends in statutory interpretation and understand how to identify and proactively manage key interpretation issues.

      In this session, our experienced presenter will take you through a discussion of recent cases, examining: the legislation considered, the parties’ arguments on interpretation and the reasoning of the court.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: The Honourable Justice Chris Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal

    • 1:00 PM Break
    • 1:05 PM Where are Reviews Won & Lost?

      How can you persuasively communicate your client’s legal position when representing your client in an administrative tribunal? This session will provide insights into advocacy styles and techniques that work, and those that don’t, when appearing in a tribunal. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and hear more about:

      • common mistakes when arguing a case before a tribunal
      • practical strategies for helping the tribunal see your point of view
      • an overview of recent merits review decisions

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Presenter: TBA

  • Day 2 - Thursday 04 Mar
    • 12:00 PM Case Law Update

      With the sheer volume of administrative matters being heard before courts and tribunals on a daily basis, staying on top of case law developments relevant to your practice can be hard work.

      This practical session will save you time and effort by reviewing recent cases and trends and what they mean for your practice to help you become a better lawyer.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: Mick Batskos, Executive Director, FOI Solutions

    • 12:45 PM Break
    • 12:50 PM COVID-19 Impacts on Administrative Law

      Along with its social and economic impacts, the coronavirus pandemic has been responsible for disruption to many administrative processes. Covering the myriad of regulatory issues that have arisen as a consequence of COVID-19,  this session will provide a topical snapshot and analysis of the issues including:

      • the constitutionality and interpretation of the stay at home orders, curfew and crackdowns on protests
      • legal authority, procedural fairness issues, access to justice and practical challenges in virtual hearings during the pandemic
      • enduring changes to administrative law practice and procedure as a result of the pandemic

      Compliance area: Practice Management & Business Skills/Substantive Law

      Presenters: Michael Wyles QC

  • Day 3 - Thursday 11 Mar
    • 12:00 PM Ethics in Practice

      The LIV’s Ethics and Professional Practice special counsel will facilitate a highly interactive workshop discussion with attendees addressing a selection of challenging ethical issues which can arise in daily legal practice in the context of administrative law. These issues will be illustrated by the use of de-identified real-life scenarios.

      Topics for discussion will include a solicitor’s paramount duty to the court and administration of justice, duty to return client documents and a solicitor’s duty to avoid conflict of interest in all its forms.

      Compliance area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

      Presenter: Michael Dolan, Special Counsel, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 1:00 PM Break
    • 1:05 PM The Privacy Implications of Remote Work

      As remote working arrangements for employees become the norm due to the pandemic, there is a greater potential for unauthorised access to confidential data held by public-sector organisations and the possibility for that information to be susceptible to an attack.

      This session will cover key privacy issues in the use of data and personal information by public-sector organisations together with the legislative obligations that state and federal government employees need to be aware of when working from home to enhance their understanding of these issues and how to manage them in practice.

      Compliance area: Practice Management & Business Skills

      Presenter: Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner

Further Details

  • Full Description & Webinar Details

    The Administrative Law Symposium will help you navigate technical aspects of the complex and constantly changing landscape of administrative law. Receive practical guidance on statutory interpretation as well as persuasive tips and techniques when appearing at tribunal hearings.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to debate key developments in the sector and connect with leading barristers and reputed practitioners in the field.

    Important Information

    This program is delivered over three days:

    • Day 1: Thursday 25 February, 12–1.35pm
    • Day 2: Thursday 4 March, 12–1.30pm
    • Day 3: Thursday 11 March, 12–1.35pm

    Online registrations close 12 hours before the first session begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on 03 9607 9473 or

    Full Pricing Details

    Standard member price: $360
    Accredited Specialist/Young Lawyer/CLC/Tarwirri member price: $270
    Non-member price: $480

    Webinar Details

    LIV webinars offer an interactive learning experience – wherever you are, from any device – and are run through Zoom. Register as you would any of our other in-person education and we’ll send you the webinar link and log in details the morning of the event date.

    Please Note: Instructions are sent to the primary email address linked to your LIV account. If you do not receive an email from us, check the contact details in your LIV profile to confirm the correct email. If you have not received instructions from us within an hour of the event, please contact the events team at or 03 9607 9473.

    For additional information on LIV webinars, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Presenters

    The Honourable Justice Chris Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal

    Mick Batskos, Executive Director, FOI Solutions

    Michael Wyles QC

    Michael Dolan, Special Counsel, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

    Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner


  • November–March CPD Program

    Make your points count with the LIV

    To maximise flexibility and support you in fulfilling your CPD requirements for the 2020/21 practising year, the LIV has expanded its usual February and March CPD program to begin November 2020.

    The convenient online program is divided into two parts:

    • Part 1 ran from November to December 2020. Recordings of part 1 sessions will be available for purchase on the LIV site, allowing you to earn CPD points in your own time, at your own pace.
    • Part 2 runs from February to March 2021. It contains 22 sessions across 14 practice areas and features the established CPD intensives and conferences you've come to expect, as well as a blend of live webinars and recordings of previous LIV CPD.

    As with all LIV professional development, this program has been developed in collaboration with LIV committees and industry experts. It features a compelling line-up of high calibre speakers and covers 19 practice areas, all compliance areas and all career stages. Choose from a variety of options and formats to fit your schedule.

    Learn more about the November–March CPD Program.