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Legal Support Staff Conference

Legal Support Staff Conference

Date & TimeThursday 27 April 2017 8.30am–4.30pm
Format Conference, Webcast
Price

Member

$630.00

Non-Member

$750.00

CPD Units NA
Venue LIV Lecture Theatre, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne View Map

As a professional working in legal support, your work is critical to delivering smooth and compliant legal services for your firm. The LIV is committed to providing high quality...

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Legal Support Staff Conference - Thursday 27 Apr
    • 8:30 AM Registration Begins
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Taking the Lead: Lessons learned from life in executive support

      With high level support being indispensable to many successful law practices, legal support staff require expertise across a diverse range of soft skills and practical knowledge.

      Explore what it takes to perform at the very top of your game in this session with the executive assistant to Telstra’s Group General Counsel, and discover her top tips to take charge of your career in legal support. 

      Topics will include:

      • cultivating a productive relationship with your supervisors
      • anticipating what your manager needs before they do
      • flexibility and balance in your work and career – are they attainable?
      • becoming an influencer within your organisation.

      Presenter: Lisa Bailey, Executive Assistant to Group General Counsel, Telstra

    • 10:05 AM Ethical Considerations for Legal Support Staff

      There are many unique ethical considerations and scenarios that arise when working in supporting roles for senior lawyers and executive staff. Our highly experienced ethics solicitor will take you through common ethical dilemmas for legal support and how to best respond.

      Topics will include:

      • ownership of the contents of client files
      • client incapacity and its practical implications for ethics
      • ethical use of social media by legal support staff.

      Presenter: Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 11:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:20 AM Wills & Probate Update

      There have been many changes to common processes in wills and estates over the past year. The Administration and Probate and Other Acts Amendment (Succession and Related Matters) Bill 2016, the Powers of Attorney Amendment Act 2016 and the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 are important pieces of legislation to be familiar with for anyone working in this area.

      This session will explore the above as well as other key issues support staff working in the area of succession law should be aware of.

      Topics will include:

      • understanding testator family maintenance under the new legislation
      • tips on securing a grant of probate upon the first application
      • common challenges and recommended solutions
      • updates on the Administration and Probate and Other Acts Amendment (Succession and Related Matters) Bill 2016
      • changes to powers of attorney following the Powers of Attorney Amendment Act 2016 and Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.

      Presenter: Joanne Hazeldene, Principal, Rennick & Gaynor

    • 12:20 PM The Civil Procedure Act: What you need to know leading up to litigation

      When the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic) was introduced, it imposed obligations on parties involved in civil proceedings, including their legal representatives and expert witnesses.

      This session will provide an update on the key obligations under the Act  in the lead up to litigation, including some examples of common mistakes in the context of these obligations and how to respond if you find yourself in that situation.

      Topics will include:

      • how the courts are interpreting and applying provisions of the Act across multiple disciplines
      • practical suggestions to help your lawyers meet their responsibilities under the Act
      • issues when legal support staff miss something fundamental or fail to alert their principal.

      Presenter: Mark Lapirow, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    • 1:20 PM Networking Lunch
    • 2:15 PM Adding Value Through Risk Management

      Risk management is a crucial ongoing process for any business, and legal support staff play an important role in ensuring law firms identify and manage risks in the organisation.

      This session will examine how you can manage risk effectively in order to minimise the incidence of claims-prone situations.

      Topics will include:

      • dealing with your lawyers and clients in regards to maintenance of files, including document creation, and checking and transmitting documents
      • confidentiality
      • the importance of file notes
      • keeping client details, including initial inquiries
      • producing/checking documents
      • identifying problem areas.

      Presenter: Heather Hibberd, Chief Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee

    • 3:15 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:30 PM Current Issues in Conveyancing and Certificates of Title

      New changes continue to arise each year in regards to conveyancing and certificates of title, and it’s critical to stay on top of the latest developments to ensure you and your law firm remain compliant.
      Knowing the right processes and most efficient tools to use can also help you streamline your processes and get more business for your firm. This session will cover the need-to-know aspects of conveyancing in 2017.

      Topics will include:

      • the latest on e-conveyancing, including what to check for before settlement and how you can secure a hard copy certificate of title for your client
      • recent case law developments in property matters
      • forthcoming changes and how technological advancements will change conveyancing as we know it.

      Presenter: David McKenzie, LIV Accredited Specialist in Property Law, David J McKenzie Lawyers

    • 4:30 PM Conference Close

      Chair: Roz Curnow, President, ILEX

Further Details

  • Full Description

    As a professional working in legal support, your work is critical to delivering smooth and compliant legal services for your firm. The LIV is committed to providing high quality education for legal support staff in Victoria, helping you maintain a working knowledge of updates across common practice areas as well as a diverse range of skills.

    Join in an engaging discussion as your support role is defined and debated, and understand exactly what it means to be a business manager, as well as an administrator, for the lawyers you work with. You and your peers will examine what this entails in terms of your responsibility across risk management, ethical issues and litigation.

    This conference will feature exceptional speakers across various areas of law to ensure you are aware of changes in legislation, and career advancing opportunities in this area of legal service.

  • Presenters

    Lisa Bailey, Executive Assistant to Group General Counsel, Telstra

    Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, Law Institute of Victoria

    Michael has gained extensive experience as a country and city solicitor, as well as in-house counsel for both a major statutory corporation in Victoria and an Australian electricity supply industry association. Michael provides advice to solicitors on ethics issues and supports the work of the LIV Ethics Committee.

    David McKenzie, LIV Accredited Specialist in Property Law, David J McKenzie Lawyers

    David has wide-ranging experience as both a country lawyer and working for respected property law firms in Melbourne. He provides legal advice to several large developers on all aspects of property law, and represents clients involved in complex property litigation. He also advises on commercial and residential leasing and sale, purchase of property and business, and matters regarding building contracts and building disputes. He is co-chair of the LIV Property Law Committee and deputy of the PELS Executive Committee.

    Heather Hibberd, Chief Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee

    Heather joined the LPLC on secondment in 1999 and became a permanent member in 2001. Prior to this, she practised as a solicitor for eight years in insurance litigation, in particular acting for the LPLC in defending claims against lawyers. As a risk manager, Heather has written many articles and bulletins on a wide range of risk management topics for lawyers. She writes the LPLC’s quarterly newsletter, In Check, and has spoken at many forums to lawyers across Victoria.

    Joanne Hazeldene, Principal, Rennick & Gaynor

    Roz Curnow, President, ILEX

    Mark Lapirow, Barrister, Victorian Bar

  • Learning Outcomes

    At this year’s Legal Support Staff Conference, you can expect to:

    • explore strategies to improve internal work relationships and client engagement
    • identify ethical dilemmas common to legal support staff and how to deal with them
    • acquire a greater understanding of recent case law developments in succession law and how this impacts your daily practice
    • identify skills and pathways to maximise career progression
    • be empowered with the latest developments in conveyancing and certificates of title, including the impact of technological change in this area
    • learn how to effectively spot risks in relation to your work in legal support and manage these risks to minimise the incidence of claims-prone situations.