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Commercial Law Conference

Commercial Law Conference

Date & TimeWednesday 25 March 2020 9am–5pm
Format Conference
Price

Member

$580.00

Non-Member

$700.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Exclusive LIV Member Offer: Early Bird Discount
Book online by February 12 and receive 20% off the member price*

Hit the ground running in 2020 with the LIV Commercial Law Conference, the premier professional development event for commercial lawyers on the LIV calendar. Specifically designed for generalist commercial lawyers, update your knowledge on the key changes relevant to your practice, gain insights into the issues affecting your small business clients, learn the skills to help protect some of your most sensitive assets and more.

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Commercial Law Conference - Wednesday 25 Mar
    • 8:30 AM Registration
    • 9:00 AM Opening & Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Presentation – Issues for Small Business and their Lawyers

      In an ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape, small business operators face unique and sometimes significant challenges. In her keynote address, Judy O’Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner, will shed light on some of the key issues she sees arising for small businesses and provide insights to assist lawyers when advising clients in the year ahead.

      Presenter: Judy O’Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner

      Compliance Area: Professional Skills / Substantive Law

    • 9:35 AM Essential Commercial Law Update

      This practical session will save you time and effort by covering the most recent developments in commercial law, their significance for your clients and your practice, and offer tips that you can take back to the businesses you advise.

      Presenter: Steven Lowry, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 10:35 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:00 AM Rethinking Value to Build your Practice

      It is well documented that the legal profession is undergoing significant change. One thing that won’t change, and that will be essential for lawyers in having successful careers and building a thriving practice, will be the capacity for lawyers to adapt, and demonstrate the value they provide to their clients and their firms. In this seminar, you will learn about four essential practices for delivering more value for your clients and your colleagues. Sharing insights from a substantive, highly practical and human-centred methodology, you will gain an understanding of key skills to help lawyers stay relevant, increase impact and build a flourishing practice.

      Topics to be covered include:

      • Human-centred communication to build relationships and deliver better solutions
      • How to build trust authentically
      • Identifying your value and demonstrating this to your clients and your firm
      • Building networks

      Presenter: Mark Raymond, Open Road Consulting

      Compliance Area: Practice Management & Business Skills

    • 12:00 PM Tax Consequences of Trust Vesting

      The vesting date of a discretionary trust is a critical issue that can be overlooked when reviewing a trust deed,and can have wide reaching implications from a taxation perspective.

      In this session, Mia Clarebrough from the Victorian Bar will discuss:

      • What it means when a discretionary trust vests
      • When vesting gives rise to capital gains 
      • How the tax position of the trustee and beneficiaries differs before and after the vesting date
      • How the vesting date can be extended
      • What to do once the vesting date has passed 

      Presenter: Mia Clarebrough, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 1:00 PM Lunch
    • 2:00 PM Data Protection: Protecting your firm and your clients

      Are you across the risks associated with storing and managing data online? Keen to hear up to date advice on how to best protect yourself, your firm and your clients? In this highly practical session, you will be provided with the tools you need to help guard two of your most sensitive assets – your data and that of your clients. You will be encouraged to make simple changes to your processes while sitting in the room and be empowered to take your learnings back to the office to share with staff and superiors.

      Topics to be covered include:

      • Your obligations relating to data
      • Risks in the legal landscape
      • Practical steps you can take to protect your data and that of your clients
      • Cyber security policies you can implement or amend

      Presenter: EJ Wise, Principal, WiseLaw

      Compliance Area: Practice Management & Business Skills

    • 3:00 PM Customer Fairness: A new approach to issue resolution in the banking sector

      Developments arising out of the Banking Royal Commission have been far-reaching, and changes continue to be made affecting both the banking and legal industries. In this session, Colin Neave, Customer Fairness Advisor at the ANZ Bank, will discuss how a strict legal approach is no longer the only relevant factor for banks when dealing with customer issues. Using real-life case examples, you will gain insights into how matters of fairness and community expectations can be relevant non-legal factors in legal disputes, and how issues of reputation can also play a part.

      Presenter: Colin Neave, Customer Fairness Advisor, ANZ

      Compliance Area: Practice Management & Business Skills

    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 4:00 PM Ethics for Commercial Lawyers

      Commercial Lawyers face challenging and unique ethical dilemmas in every day practice. In this highly practical workshop, the LIV’s Special Counsel Ethics, Michael Dolan, will facilitate an interactive discussion addressing a selection of challenging ethical issues arising in daily commercial law practice.

      Topics to be explored include:

      • Recent examples including a solicitor’s paramount duty to the court and administration of justice
      • Inadvertent disclosure of confidential material
      • Conflict of interest.

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

      Compliance Area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

    • 5:00 PM Conference Close & Networking drinks
      Following the close of the conference at 5pm, attendees are invited to network with peers over complimentary drinks until 6pm.

Further Details

  • Full Description

    *Exempt from the Early Bird offer are CLC, YL and Accredited Specialist members. The registration fee for these membership categories is $435.

    Hit the ground running in 2020 with the Commercial Law Conference, the premier professional development event for commercial lawyers on the LIV calendar. Specifically designed for generalist commercial lawyers, gain insights into current issues affecting your small business clients, learn how to better protect some of your most sensitive assets and more. 

    Featuring an impressive lineup of presenters, including a keynote address from Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Judy O’Connell, this is your best opportunity to debate key developments in the sector, connect with leading commercial law minds and gain the knowledge and tools you need to succeed in the year ahead.

    Topics covered include:

    • Common issues facing small business and their lawyers
    • Recent developments in commercial law
    • Rethinking value: a human-centred approach to developing better relationships with your clients and colleagues and delivering better solutions to help build your practice
    • Tax consequences of trust vesting
    • Practical steps to protect the data of your firm and your clients
    • Customer fairness: a new approach to issue resolution in the banking sector
    • Ethics for commercial lawyers
  • Presenters

    Judy O’Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner

    Steven Lowry, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Mark Raymond, Open Road Consulting

    Mia Clarebrough, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    EJ Wise, Principal, WiseLaw

    Colin Neave, Customer Fairness Advisor, ANZ

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

  • Feb-March 2020 CPD Program


    Make your points count with the LIV.

    Developed in collaboration with industry experts, the all new CPD program covers 19 practice areas, all areas of Accredited Special isation, all compulsory compliance areas and all career stages. Choose from a variety of options and formats to fit your busy schedule.

    Click here to learn more about our 2020 CPD program.

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