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Commercial Law Conference

Commercial Law Conference

Date & TimeThursday 25 March 2021 9am–4.20pm
Format Conference, Webinar
Price

Member

$495.00

Non-Member

$650.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

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

The 2021 Commercial Law Conference provides an overview of key developments that have occurred due to COVID-19 and also delves deeper into core issues to strengthen knowledge and skills that are essential to any successful commercial law practice. Improve your ability to identify and manage tax issues, master the art of drafting contract clauses, learn to better protect the value of trademark and more, fortifying your professional toolkit so you may achieve better outcomes for your clients.

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • Commercial Law Conference - Thursday 25 Mar
    • 8:50 AM Webinar Launch
      The webinar will launch ten minutes before the conference begins. It is recommended that you log in a few minutes early to test your settings and familiarise yourself with webinar features.
    • 9:00 AM Opening & Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Recent Developments in Commercial Law: A COVID-19 round up

      COVID-19 has impacted many areas of commercial law practice. From unforeseen issues arising in contracts to legislative changes, upcoming reforms to insolvency to protect small business and more, 2020 has certainly been a year of change.

      In this session, Matthew Harvey QC will provide an essential round-up of the developments in commercial law that have occurred due to COVID-19. Hear what you need to know about to support your clients and your practice in 2021.

      Topics include:

      • Frustration/force majeure: Contracts of Sale and Leases
      • Insolvency
      • Business Interruption Insurance


      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: Matthew N C Harvey QC

    • 10:10 AM Break
    • 10:15 AM Spotlight on Tax – Essential Tax Considerations for Commercial Lawyers

      An ability to identify and manage tax issues is essential for any commercial lawyer. In this highly practical session, we will explore some important tax issues that commonly arise in commercial law matters that you may work on. Our expert presenter will help you spot the issues, avoid adverse outcomes and achieve the best for your clients.

      Matthew Meng of the Victorian Bar will speak about his experiences in assisting commercial lawyers with tax issues on a range of transactions including:

      • Buying real estate
      • Buying a business
      • Property development
      • Selling a business
      • Succession planning for family businesses


      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: Matthew Meng, Victorian Bar

    • 11:15 AM Morning Tea Break
    • 11:30 AM Streamed Session – Choose ONE of the following streams: Trademarks (stream 1) or Consumer Law (stream 2)

      Select one of the two streams outlined below. You will be asked to indicate your preference at checkout.

      Please note: All registrants will receive a digital materials booklet that contains material for both streams, as well a complimentary recording of the conference which will include recordings of both streams (pending speaker approval).


      STREAM 1
      Intellectual Property Essentials for Commercial Lawyers: A guide to protecting the value of trademarks

      In this two-part session our presenters will cover some of the key trademark topics essential for commercial lawyers advising businesses of any size.

      Part 1: Adding value through trademark registration: how to maximise commercial advantage through registration

      Topics include:

      • Advantages of registration and dangers of not acquiring registration for essential trademarks
      • Strategy tips for deciding which trademarks to protect, including sub-brands
      • Tips and traps for obtaining and keeping registrations

      Compliance area: Substantive Law/Professional Skills

      Presenter: Sally Foreman, Principal, Davies Collison Cave Pty Ltd and Andrew Sykes, Victorian Bar

      Part 2: IP Valuation: How Understanding the Economic Value of Trademarks Can Help Your Clients

      Topics include:

      • Overview of the benefits of obtaining a valuation of trademark portfolios, particularly in the context of COVID-19 crisis recovery
      • Insights into how the economic value of these assets can be determined
      • Importance of understanding the economic worth of brands in the context of litigation, transactions, setting strategic direction, capital raising and insolvency

      Compliance area: Substantive Law/Professional Skills

      Presenter: Karen Hallenstein, Managing Principal, ipervescence


      STREAM 2
      Current Issues in Consumer Law

      2020 saw a number of critical issues arise in the area of consumer law. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued growth and influence of digital platforms, it is crucial that practitioners are aware of the changes so they can hit the ground running in 2021.

      Topics include:

      • Consumer issues arising from COVID-19 related travel claims
      • Intersection of privacy and consumer law – some key cases from 2020
      • Topical legal issues in consumer borrowing – responsible lending reform

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenters:

      • Philippa Heir, Managing Lawyer – Insurance, Consumer Action Law Centre
      • Amanda Storey, Barrister from May 2021, former Director of Legal Practice at Consumer Action Law Centre
      • Andrew Riordan, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
      • Kelvin Ng, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

       

    • 12:30 PM Lunch Break
    • 1:00 PM Practising Law in the New World: Risk management for 2021

      Risk management is always front of mind for any practitioner but 2021 is expected to bring a range of new issues not seen before in private practice. Even as we slowly begin to return to the office, it is unlikely the legal workforce will look exactly as it once did. Working from home (even if only some of the time) and increased flexibility brings with it a range of new considerations and practices need to have systems and processes in place to avoid the risks of having employees working across multiple venues at different times.

      In this session, we will uncover some the new risks 2021 is likely to bring and the steps practitioners can take to set up their practices and help avoid these.

      Compliance area: Practice Management & Business Skills

      Presenter: Stephen Bubb, Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Commission

    • 2:05 PM Break
    • 2:05 PM Drafting Class: Mastering the art of drafting contract clauses

      Drafting contract clauses is an almost daily task for many commercial lawyers but when was the last time you brushed up on and built up this important skill?

      In this highly practical session, our expert facilitator Sue Tomat of GumLeafGreen will guide participants through the ins and outs of effective contract drafting. You will learn the three elements which make up all contracts and discover practical tips to ensure your processes and drafting are more effective. Whether you are a senior practitioner or just starting out this session will arm you with the tools to draft contract clauses more effectively, efficiently and importantly, to avoid risks.

      Topics include:

      • Taking instructions much more effectively
      • Converting instructions into clauses more efficiently
      • Using wording in drafting to avoid risks
      • Practising what you learn.

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Presenter: Sue Tomat, Director, GumLeafGreen

    • 3:05 PM Afternoon Tea Break
    • 3:20 PM Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Commercial Law Practice

      Requiring a sharp and consistent ethical compass to navigate the ethical issues faced by lawyers in commercial law practice is no easy task. In this concluding session, the LIV’s reputable ethics experts, Donna Cooper and Michael Dolan, will facilitate a highly interactive discussion that considers a selection of challenging issues faced by commercial lawyers, as well as provide practical strategies to overcome them. These will be illustrated by the use of de-identified real-life scenarios. The session will also use interactive polls so that attendees can further engage in the discussion and offer their insights.

      Topics include:

      • A solicitor's paramount duty to the court and administration of justice
      • Ethical issues that have arisen due to COVID-19
      • Duty not to take advantage of the obvious error of another person
      • Ethics in negotiations
      • Duty of confidentiality
      • Solicitor as material witness
      • Conflict of interest.

      Compliance area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

      Presenters:

      • Donna Cooper, Head of Ethics, Wellbeing and Practitioner Support, Law Institute of Victoria
      • Michael Dolan, Special Counsel Ethics, Ethics & Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria


    • 4:20 PM Conference Close

Further Details

  • Full Description & Webinar Details

    Conference theme: Setting yourself up for 2021

    Within the background of change brought about by the pandemic and the recent and upcoming regulatory and case updates, it is vital to keep your finger on the pulse of key issues and developments in commercial law.

    The 2021 conference provides an overview of key developments that have occurred in commercial law due to COVID-19 and also delves deeper into core issues to strengthen knowledge and skills that are essential to any successful commercial law practice. Improve your ability to identify and manage tax issues, master the art of drafting contract clauses, learn to better protect the value of trademark and more, fortifying your professional toolkit so you may achieve better outcomes for your clients.

    LIV virtual education features a blend of interactive discussion and practical seminars. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from, and interact with, experts in the field and colleagues from across Victoria while obtaining CPD points across all mandatory compliance fields.

    Already fulfilled your CPD requirements? Carry forward up to 3 points accrued between 1 January and 31 March into the next CPD year. Please note, points can only be counted in one CPD year.

    Virtual Conference Inclusions

    • Opportunities to ask questions and interact with our presenters and other attendees via polls, Q&As and digital breakout rooms
    • Short wellbeing breaks following each speaker so you can get up and stretch your legs
    • Supplementary reading material, including PowerPoint presentations used by speakers, emailed to all registrants before the conference
    • Complimentary recording of the conference

    Registration Details

    Online registrations close 24 hours before this event begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on phone 03 9607 9473 or email register@liv.asn.au.

    *Full Pricing Details

    Standard member early bird price: $360
    Standard member price: $495
    Accredited Specialist/Young Lawyer/CLC/Tarwirri member price: $338 (exempt from 20 per cent early bird discount)
    Non-member price: $650

    Webinar Details

    LIV webinars offer an interactive learning experience – wherever you are, from any device – and are run through Zoom. Register as you would any of our other in-person education and we’ll send you the webinar link and log in details the morning of the event date.

    Please Note: Instructions are sent to the primary email address linked to your LIV account. If you do not receive an email from us, check the contact details in your LIV profile to confirm the correct email. If you have not received instructions from us within an hour of the event, please contact the events team on email register@liv.asn.au or phone 03 9607 9473.

    For additional information on LIV webinars, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Presenters

    Matthew N C Harvey QC

    Matthew Meng, Victorian Bar

    Sally Foreman, Principal, Davies Collison Cave Pty Ltd and Andrew Sykes, Victorian Bar

    Karen Hallenstein, Managing Principal, ipervescence

    Philippa Heir, Managing Lawyer – Insurance, Consumer Action Law Centre

    Amanda Storey, Barrister from May 2021, former Director of Legal Practice at Consumer Action Law Centre

    Andrew Riordan, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

    Kelvin Ng, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

    Stephen Bubb, Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Commission

    Sue Tomat, Director, GumLeafGreen

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

    Donna Cooper, Head of Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

  • November–March CPD Program


    Make your points count with the LIV

    To maximise flexibility and support you in fulfilling your CPD requirements for the 2020/21 practising year, the LIV has expanded its usual February and March CPD program to begin November 2020.

    The convenient online program is divided into two parts:

    • Part 1 ran from November to December 2020. Recordings of part 1 sessions will be available for purchase on the LIV site, allowing you to earn CPD points in your own time, at your own pace.
    • Part 2 runs from February to March 2021. It contains 22 sessions across 14 practice areas and features the established CPD intensives and conferences you've come to expect, as well as a blend of live webinars and recordings of previous LIV CPD.

    As with all LIV professional development, this program has been developed in collaboration with LIV committees and industry experts. It features a compelling line-up of high calibre speakers and covers 19 practice areas, all compliance areas and all career stages. Choose from a variety of options and formats to fit your schedule.

    Learn more about the November–March CPD Program.