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National Costs Law Conference

National Costs Law Conference

Date & TimeWednesday 21 March 2018 9am–5pm
Format Conference
Price

Member

$630.00

Non-Member

$750.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins St, Melbourne View Map

The National Costs Law Conference will offer insights and practical guidance on the complexities of costs law in Australia, focusing on Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland law.

This is a valuable opportunity to gather with costs lawyers from around Australia to network, share best practice tips and get expert advice.

Further Details below.

Program Overview

  • National Cost Law Conference - Wednesday 21 Mar
    • 8:30 AM Registration Opens
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Presentation
      Join Supreme Court Justice Kate McMillan for an insightful keynote address considering the management of legal costs from a judge’s perspective.
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening & Welcome
    • 10:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:30 AM Exploring the future of itemised billing

      Take part in an interactive discussion with experienced panellists on the benefits and pitfalls of itemised billing, and how costs law practitioners can deliver better value for their clients.

      This session will also focus on:

      • Detailed assessments versus itemised bills
      • Current practices and developments in itemised billing in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland
      • Current billing practices in the UK and their implications for Australia

      Don’t miss the opportunity to ask your most pressing questions about tricky aspects of itemised billing during the Q&A opportunity in this session. We invite you to send in queries ahead of time to register@liv.asn.au.

       

    • 11:30 AM The ins and outs of expert report writing

      Enhance your expert report writing techniques when preparing reports for security for costs, gross sum applications and class actions in this practical session.

      Discover what your ethical obligations as an expert in this context including what to do, what not to do, and what to consider in the report-writing process.

      Focusing on how you can prepare a report that is valuable to a court and defensible during cross-examination, this session will cover:

      • Your obligations as an expert to the court in drawing the report
      • Techniques to improve the clarity and reliability of the opinions expressed in the expert report
      • How best to draw each type of expert report
      • The differences (if any) between the state and federal jurisdictions
    • 12:30 PM Lunch
    • 1:30 PM What’s new in legal costing?

      Review recent significant cases and trends in costs law, and receive an update on developments in theLegal Profession Uniform Law.

      This session will highlight key information and risk areas to be aware of, including:

      • Costs disclosure and proposed changes to the upper threshold
      • Notification of rights and the government or commercial client
      • Application of the anti-voiding provisions
      • Implications of section 198(4) of the LPUL 2014 (NSW) restricting the time limit for law practices to file for assessment of solicitor/client costs
      • Interest on ordered costs where proceedings are commenced on or after November 2015
    • 2:30 PM The art of persuasion: Preparing compelling and effective submissions

      Preparing accurate and well-drafted submissions is among the most important tasks in costs law practice. This session will deliver practical advice on preparing submissions to properly and legitimately advance your clients’ interests as well as offer insights into best practice drafting techniques.

      Topics covered will include:

      • Important evidentiary requirements to bear in mind when preparing submissions
      • Drafting techniques and strategies to deal with counterarguments
      • What to include and what to avoid
      • Relevance of the Supreme Court Rules in the drafting process
    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 4:00 PM Legal technology and innovation: Implications for costs lawyers

      The rapid expansion of legal technology, consumer pressures and new costing models are changing the way legal work is undertaken in Australia. It is crucial that costs lawyers are up to date and prepared for the impact of new technology on their practices.

      This session will focus on the common issues facing practitioners and how technological innovation can benefit you and your practice.

      Topics covered will include:

      • Electronic file management, e-discovery and legal costing implications
      • Archiving soft copy files and transferring e-records when solicitors change firms or clients change solicitors
      • AI solutions to costing issues
      • Mandatory data breach disclosure requirements and what they mean for your practice
    • 5:00 PM Conference Close & Networking Drinks

Further Details

  • Full Description

    The National Costs Law Conference will offer insights and practical guidance on the complexities of costs law in Australia, focusing on Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland law.

    This is a valuable opportunity to gather with costs lawyers from around Australia to network, share best practice tips and get expert advice. By exploring a breadth of costs-related topics, you will be empowered with practical strategies that will immediately benefit your daily practice immediately benefit your daily practice. 

  • Presenters
  • Learning Outcomes

    In this session, you will:

    • gain a greater understanding of the future of itemised billing across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland
    • receive insights into the leading new case authorities and key developments in legal costing
    • learn practical tips and strategies for preparing expert reports and submissions
    • discover how technology solutions can help you manage your costing practice more
    • effectively and increase growth