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External Examiners Course – Melbourne

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External Examiners Course – Melbourne

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This course is designed for those wishing to be appointed as an external examiner under the Uniform Law...

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  • Full Description

    This course is designed for those wishing to be appointed as an external examiner under the Uniform Law. It harmonises the previous external examiner courses and will enable successful participants to conduct external examinations in participating Uniform Law jurisdictions (currently Victoria and New South Wales).

    The course will enable all existing external examiners to update their knowledge and obtain practical guidance about the Uniform Law requirements for the examination of law practice trust records, the revised annual reporting formats in Victoria and New South Wales, and online lodgement.

    Please note: when registering you will need to Create an Account and Register using the purple tab – you are unable to register using your External Examiner ID.

    To find other dates and venues for the External Examiners Course, browse the program here.

  • Presenters

    Marco Zanon, Acting Manager Investigations, Law Institute of Victoria

    Marco holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a Member of CPA Australia. He has been an LIV trust account investigator since 2014 and is experienced in providing education and practical support to law practices to assist with their compliance obligations. Prior to joining the LIV, Marco worked in an accounting practice providing external audit, taxation and business services. Additionally, he has more than 20 years’ experience in ASX listed companies in internal audit and finance manager roles.

    Colin Chun, Team Leader Investigations, Law Institute of Victoria

    Colin supervises the work of the LIV investigators. He also conducts complex trust account and fidelity fund investigations to detect fraud and defalcation. Colin’s extensive experience includes providing expert evidence in criminal trials.

  • Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, external examiners will be able to:

    • describe the system of regulation for law practices, approved clerks in Victoria and barristers in NSW
    • describe their role within the Financial Assurance Scheme and the regulators’ expectations for completion of the external examiner’s report
    • describe and exercise appropriately the powers of an external examiner
    • identify and differentiate between the various types of trust money and trust records to be maintained for trust money held by law practices, approved clerks in Victoria and barristers in NSW
    • describe the nature of trust money transactions (such as standard conveyance, the administration of an estate and general litigation matters), and provide examples of the types of transactions involving trust money and problems that may arise with trust money transactions
    • review trust money transactions, ensuring that the monies have been dealt with appropriately and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations
    • identify the various forms required to be submitted by law practices, approved clerks in Victoria, barristers in NSW and the external examiners
    • prepare an External Examiner’s Report:
      • by conducting an efficient and effective examination of trust monies and associated record keeping
      • by formulating an opinion on whether the records maintained for the various types of trust money received have been kept in accordance with trust account rules
      • in accordance with the regulators’ requirements.