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Essential Skills CPD Catch-Up

Essential Skills CPD Catch-Up

Date & TimeTuesday 20 June 2017 1–4.15pm
Format Seminar





CPD Units 3
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
Venue LIV Lecture Theatre, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne View Map

Need to rectify your CPD for 2016, or want to get a head-start on your compliance requirements for the new year? This interactive half-day seminar is the ideal way to get three compulsory CPD...

Further details below.


Program Overview

  • Essential Skills Half Day - Tuesday 20 Jun
    • 1:00 PM Say What? The importance of drafting in plain English
      It’s easy to get caught up in writing “legalese”, but the reality is that for some people seeking legal services, their only previous interaction with the law is through television and movies. The importance of writing to your clients in plain English cannot be overstated, but what does that really mean? How does it look in your practice? This interactive session will give you key insights from a professional Plain Language Trainer to help guide your future correspondence – both to colleagues and clients.

      Topics will include:

      • your documents: audience and purpose?
      • transactional v advisory documents
      • drafting emails
      • words and sentence structure
      • active v passive
      • structural issues
      • planning
      • proofreading
      • editing
      • headings and sub-headings.

      Presenter: Bob Milstein, Plain Language Trainer and Writer, Words & Beyond

    • 2:00 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 2:15 PM The Quest for Sanity: How to manage your time and workload

      Time management and lack thereof is one of the most common complaints in the legal profession. Fortunately, there are many strategies you can employ to manage your time more effectively and get the most out of each working day without losing your sanity! This session will help you learn how to manage your workload by empowering you to say “no”, use Agile techniques to balance your to-do  list and delegate tasks where necessary.

      Presenter: Paul Tontodonati, Executive Manager, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 3:15 PM Ethics and Best Practice

      Daily legal practice brings with it a host of ethical challenges for solicitors. As an officer of the court, a solicitor’s duty to the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty, including those duties owed to a client.

      By engaging in this highly interactive seminar with an experienced solicitor-facilitator, you will be faced with working through a range of structured real life ethical scenarios to assist you in identifying key ethical issues and how to resolve them.

      At the end of the one hour session, you will be able to answer the following questions:

      • My client has lied to the court in an affidavit – what should I do?
      • My client tells me that he committed the crime, but wants to plead not guilty – can I act for him?
      • My opinion is that my client does not have a proper basis for a negligence claim, but she instructs me to issue a summons to get a settlement – can I do so?
      • I have a very difficult client in a complicated property matter and want to cease acting – can I do so?
      • Can I still exercise a lien over a client-matter file if the former client pays the funds into his new solicitor’s trust account pending resolution of the costs dispute?
      • “Loose talk sinks ships” – what are the boundaries of a solicitor’s duty of confidentiality?

      Presenter: A solicitor from the Law Institute of Victoria's Ethics and Professional Practice Department

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Need to rectify your CPD for 2016, or want to get a head-start on your compliance requirements for the new year? This interactive half-day seminar is the ideal way to get three compulsory CPD units while also building your practical skills and knowledge of ethical best practice.

    Covering plain English drafting, time management skills, and ethics and best practice, this Essential Skills CPD Catch-Up seminar provides CPD units across ethics, professional skills and practice management.

  • Presenters

    Bob Milstein, Plain Language Trainer and Writer, Words & Beyond

    Bob has run Words & Beyond’s plain language training course, and variations of it, more than 400 times. He spent 12 years at Phillips Fox and was then Special Counsel at Corrs Chambers Westgarth for four years. In mid-2003, Bob set up his own practice focusing on health law and litigation. With a background in professional negligence litigation, Bob has long been aware that clear communication – or its absence – often lies at the heart of legal disputes. This awareness triggered his original interest in plain legal communication.   

    Paul Tontodonati, Executive Manager, Law Institute of Victoria

    Paul has investment and advisory experience across Australia and Europe, with transactional experience spanning Venture Capital, debt origination, M&A and derivative markets. He was vice president at EM Advisory and has worked with some of Australia’s most exciting companies, raising more than $60 million in Venture Capital funds. Previously at the Luxembourg-based DAM Capital Management, Paul managed a €250m equity and high-yield debt portfolio. He currently holds advisory board positions at and Denver and Liely.

  • Learning Outcomes

    During this session, you will:

    • learn practical strategies to improve your everyday practice
    • earn compulsory CPD units in ethics and professional responsibility, practice management and business skills, and professional skills
    • receive expert guidance and advice across a range of topics.