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2020 CPD Intensive – Family Law Stream

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2020 CPD Intensive – Family Law Stream

Date & TimeTBC
Format Intensive
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

Intensive theme: Navigating the Intricacies

This event is now running as a Webinar only. Access information will be sent to all registrants in advance of the Webinar.

The new LIV intensive format includes dedicated sessions that bolster your strategic knowledge of complex family law matters, as well as interactive sessions that provide opportunities to collaboratively formulate solutions to multi-faceted substantive law and ethical-based scenarios with succession and property law practitioners.

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • CPD Intensive – Family Law Stream - Friday 20 Mar
    • 8:30 AM Registration
    • 9:00 AM Opening & Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Address – The Honourable Justice Jillian Williams

      In this keynote presentation, our esteemed keynote presenters will cover the common and avoidable issues arising in matters in Family Court and provide guidance that will assist you when preparing or briefing for an appearance.

      Presenter: The Honourable Justice Jillian Williams

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law / Practice Management & Business Skills

    • 9:45 AM Contravention Applications in Parenting Matters

      The Family Court deals with Contravention Applications in a strict manner, due to the penalties that can be imposed. Contravention proceedings are quasi-criminal in nature and depending on the nature and extent of the breach, can lead to very serious consequences including imprisonment at the highest level. As a result, it is important to get your Contravention Application “technically” right from the start.

      This practical session covers:

      • Technical requirements in drafting the contravention application
      • Drafting the supporting affidavit – what information needs to be included
      • Benefits and risks of contravention applications
      • Discussion of the law around reasonable excuse with reference to examples from case law

      Presenter: Dr. Anna Parker, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law / Professional Skills

    • 10:45 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:15 AM Microscopic View of Drug Testing in Family Law Matters

      Supervised drug screen tests can subsequently affect parental responsibility obligations and decision-making while the child is in their care.

      This session will use key cases to highlight various drug screening tests available and experts will discuss the conditions family law practitioners should be including to provide reliable results and how evidence obtained from such tests can be used in interim and final stages of a matter.

      Topics covered include:

      • Hair follicle testing and urine drug testing – how tests are conducted and results interpreted
      • Pros and cons of each form of testing
      • What factors affect the test results
      • Optimal testing conditions lawyers should consider

      Presenters:

      • Dr Dimitri Gerostamoulos, Manager of Toxicology, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
      • David Edney, Partner, CE Family Lawyers

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law / Practice Management & Business Skills

    • 12:15 PM Lunch
    • 1:00 PM Child Support Applications: Getting it all right

      The Child Support system is a complex one. Missing or making incorrect payments, providing incorrect information and change in circumstances can lead to the accrual of debts and unintended consequences. While the orders sought by a Child Support Application can provide certainty amongst parties involved, it becomes vital that family law practitioners capture all current and future aspects of support. Getting it wrong can have serious consequences for you and your client.

      This practical session provides tips and advice in relation to the following specific topics:

      • Applying for a stay
      • Seeking a departure, including applications for non-periodic support
      • Seeking leave out of time to change historic periods of assessment
      • Seeking declarations that a person should (or should not) be assessed to pay child support
      • Applications to set aside child support agreements
      • Applications to vary or discharge overseas maintenance liabilities
      • Enforcement applications
      • Adult child maintenance applications

      Presenters:

      • John Spender, Partner, Kennedy Partners
      • Brett Walker-Roberts, Senior Policy Advisor Child Support Policy Advice Team, Child Support Program Branch Department of Human Services

      Compliance Area: Professional Skills

    • 2:00 PM Break
    • 2:10 PM The Best of Both Worlds – Family & Succession Law in Separation including Blended Family Considerations

      It is commonplace that a family law practitioner will be required to advise clients in relation to a matter that interplays with succession law. In such circumstances, the devil is in the details, and analysing the matter in a holistic manner becomes critical to obtaining favourable outcomes.

      This interactive hypothetical session will bring family and succession law practitioners together to address the issues at play, and formulate solutions to some challenging questions posed by the experienced session moderators. It will also provide you with a great opportunity to exchange your subject matter expertise and build on your professional network of succession lawyers. 

      Capitalise on this unique opportunity to deep dive into scenarios that explore the interplay between these two areas of law. From key considerations when dealing with separation matters - both de facto and married - to a succession planning perspective when considering estate planning needs, this session will cover topics such as:

      • Binding Financial Agreements
      • Wills
      • Superannuation splitting and/or spousal maintenance claims/inheritance claims
      • Options available to parties when a former spouse is suspected of a loss of cognitive ability and capacity

      Moderator: Carolyn Sparke QC, Victorian Bar

      Panellists:

      • Greg Russo, Solicitor, Featherby’s Lawyers, Accredited Specialist, Wills & Estates
      • David Gillard, Consultant, Lander & Rogers Lawyers, Family and Relationship Law
      • Clare Sunderland, Senior Lawyer, Aughtersons Lawyers, Accredited Specialist, Wills & Estates
      • Tricia Peters, Director and Certified Financial Planner, Peters McKeown

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 3:10 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:40 PM Ethics in Family, Property & Succession Law Practice

      The LIV’s Special Counsel Ethics will facilitate a highly interactive workshop discussion with conference attendees addressing a selection of challenging ethical issues arising in daily property, family, and succession legal practice.  Topics for discussion will include recent examples including a solicitor’s paramount duty to the court and administration of justice, inadvertent disclosure of confidential material, confidentiality, and conflict of interest. 

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

      Compliance Area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

    • 4:40 PM Close & Networking Drinks
      Following the close of the conference at 4.40pm, attendees are invited to enjoy complimentary drinks until 5.30pm.

Further Details

  • Full Description


    *Exempt from the Early Bird offer are CLC, YL and Accredited Specialist members. The registration fee for these membership categories is $472.50.

    Being a successful family lawyer requires an ability to anticipate evidentiary burdens and overcome counter-arguments. You must be able to simplify arguments in the face of complex conditions and nail the details of a client’s circumstances – whether you’re assessing the impact of a case, interpreting the Family Law Act 1958 (Cth) or drafting an Application.

    The new LIV intensive format includes dedicated sessions that bolster your strategic knowledge of complex family law matters, as well as interactive sessions that provide opportunities to collaboratively formulate solutions to multi-faceted substantive law and ethical-based scenarios with succession and property law practitioners.

    Topics covered include:

    • News from the Bench
    • Contravention applications in parenting matters
    • Drug testing in family law matters
    • Child support applications
    • Family and succession law in separation including blended family considerations
    • Ethics in practice

    Following the close of the conference at 4.40pm, attendees are invited to enjoy complimentary drinks until 5.30pm.


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  • Presenters


    The Honourable Justice Jillian Williams, Family Court of Australia

    Dr Dimitri Gerostamoulos, Manager of Toxicology, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

    David Edney, Partner, CE Family Lawyers

    Brett Walker-Roberts, Senior Policy Advisor, Child Support Policy Advice Team, Child Support Program Branch, Department of Human Services

    Greg Russo, Solicitor, Featherby’s Lawyers, Accredited Specialist, Wills & Estates

    David Gillard, Consultant, Lander & Rogers Lawyers, Family and Relationship Law

    Clare Sunderland, Senior Lawyer, Aughtersons Lawyers, Accredited Specialist, Wills & Estates

    Tricia Peters, Director and Certified Financial Planner, Peters McKeown

    John Spender, Partner, Kennedy Partners

    Anna Parker, Barrister, Victorian Bar

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


  • COVID-19

    LIV's Approach to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

    As this is an evolving situation, please see the latest updates from the LIV here.

    Remote (Webinar) access to CPD

    In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have put in place precautionary measures to keep our members and staff safe. As we all make sense of the changing situation, the LIV is guided by two priorities: ensuring safety and health while minimising disruption to our learners. 

    To the end of March, we will be offering our CPD activities remotely, working with all our presenters to minimise the impact on the learning experience.  We will seek to maintain the full schedule of activities and we will continue to monitor the situation and update you on an ongoing basis. 

    Recognising the end of the CPD year is looming our CPD program will now run in Webinar format. In addition, the LIV has a range of Education videos that you are able to access. New titles will continue to be added over the coming weeks.  If you have any questions regarding existing or future registrations for LIV CPD activities, please call  9607 9311  or email register@liv.asn.au.

    Information from the VLSB

    In these special circumstances, the Victorian Legal Services Board (VLSB) understands that solicitors may need to complete more than 5 of their CPD units through private study of audio/visual material. This means that for the 2019-20 CPD year only, the VLSB will not be enforcing the 5-unit cap on private study of audio/visual material as set out in the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Solicitors) Rules 2015 (CPD rules). 

    Details to note:

    • The audio/visual material used for private study must be specifically designed for the purpose of updating a solicitor’s knowledge and/or skills relevant to his/her practice (CPD rule 8.2). 
    • Solicitors are already permitted to complete an unlimited number of units of ‘web-based programming’ under the CPD rules. Web-based programming is different to private study of audio/visual material because it takes place in real time or involves an interactive element such as a discussion group.

    Please also refer to Rules and our website for further information about CPD requirements.