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National Costs Law Conference

National Costs Law Conference

Date & TimeFriday 17 February 2017 8.30am–4.30pm
Format Conference
Price

Member

$630.00

Non-Member

$750.00

CPD Units 6
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
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The National Costs Law Conference will offer insights and practical guidance on the complexities of costs law in Australia, with a particular focus on the law in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. This is a valuable opportunity to gather with costs lawyers from around Australia to network, share best practice tips and get critical advice from costs law experts. By exploring a breadth of costs-related topics, you will be empowered with practical strategies that will immediately benefit your daily practice. The LIV is delighted to host the Honourable Justice Bernard Michael Murphy as our keynote speaker.

For more information, please view the "Program Overview" and "Further Details" below.

Program Overview

  • National Cost Law Conference - Friday 17 Feb
    • 8:30 AM Registration Opens
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening & Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Presentation – The Honourable Bernard Michael Murphy
      Justice Murphy was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in June 2011. He was senior partner of law firm Slater and Gordon from 1990 to 1995, and chair of law firm Maurice Blackburn from 2005 until his appointment to the Court. He practised initially in common law litigation, then industrial law, and from 1998 he headed Maurice Blackburn’s national class actions practice specialising in class action litigation relating to directors’ duties, corporate conduct and cartel conduct.
    • 10:05 AM Costs Agreements as Contracts: The complexity of validity

      This session will consider the jurisdiction of the Costs Court and its power to determine whether a costs agreement is valid. Barrister Sarah Cherry will discuss the issues costs assessors need to bear in mind when considering the validity of a costs agreement, with positions under both the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic) and the Legal Profession Uniform Law being analysed.

      Presenter: Sarah Cherry, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    • 11:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:20 AM Top Tips for Managing Difficult Clients and Expectations

      Dealing with difficult clients is part of every lawyer’s experience. However, tackling these issues for costs lawyers has its own particular set of frustrations and sensitivities. In this session, Richard Hobson will explore practical strategies for working with challenging clients in everyday practice, as well as providing useful techniques for effective communication and managing client expectations.

      Presenter: Richard Hobson, Director, Linchpin Legal Management

    • 12:20 PM The Science of a Pause: Why lawyers should practise mindfulness

      Over the past few years, mindfulness has become a catchcry among high pressure professions, including the law. But what does “mindfulness” really mean, and is it something you should care about? Dr Craig Hassed will discuss the science behind this technique and explain its specific application for lawyers, including how it can enhance both your practice and your home life.

      Presenter: Dr Craig Hassed, Senior Lecturer, Monash University

    • 1:20 PM Networking Lunch
    • 2:15 PM Panel Discussion – How Recent Case Law Will Impact Your Practice

      Join our panel of experienced costs lawyers from three different jurisdictions as they analyse key cases and developments in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. They will also delve into key international cost law cases, giving an overview of their impact on Australian costing practices.

      You will have the opportunity to ask the panellists questions and discuss how the cases raised by the panel matter to your practice.

      Panelists:

      • Mary Abriola, Costs Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn (Vic)
      • Ross Nicholas, Managing Director, CostsPlus (NSW)
      • Doug Kerr, Legal Practitioner Director, Queensland Independent Costing Services (Qld)
    • 3:15 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:30 PM Panel Discussion – The Cost of Alternative Fee Arrangements

      Our expert panel will discuss the costing implications of alternative fee arrangements (AFA), including current practices and developments in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. They will discuss questions such as:

      • What happens on a taxation of costs if the law practice has entered into an alternative fee arrangement with the client?
      • Under an AFA, is a lawyer required to provide an itemised bill to the client upon request? What does that look like?
      • How does the requirement for an estimate fit into an AFA?
      • How can costs be recovered in litigation where an AFA is involved?

      Panellists:

      • Elizabeth Harris, LIV Accredited Specialist in Costs Law, Principal, Harris Cost Lawyers (Vic)
      • Kerrie Rosati, Solicitor Director, DGT Costs Lawyers (Qld)
      • Deborah Vine-Hall, Managing Director, DSA Legal Cost Consultants (NSW)
    • 4:30 PM Conference Close & Networking Drinks

Further Details

  • Session Titles

    Sessions at this conference include:

    • Costs Agreements as Contracts: The complexity of validity
    • Top Tips for Managing Difficult Clients and Expectations
    • The Science of a Pause: Why lawyers should practise mindfulness
    • How Recent Case Law Will Impact Your Practice
    • Pros and Cons of Alternative Fee Arrangements 
  • Presenters

    Keynote Speaker – The Honourable Justice Bernard Murphy, Federal Court of Australia

    Sarah Cherry, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Richard Hobson, Director, Linchpin Legal Management

    Dr Craig Hassed, Senior Lecturer, Monash University

    Mary Abriola, Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

    Ross Nicholas, Managing Director, Cost Plus

    Doug Kerr, Director, QICS

    Elizabeth Harris, LIV Accredited Specialist in Costs Law, Principal, Harris Cost Lawyers

    Kerrie Rosati, Solicitor Director, DGT Cost Lawyers

    Deborah Vine-Hall, Director, DSA Legal Cost Consultants

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