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Family Law CPD Intensive

Family Law CPD Intensive

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

Are you prepared for family law practice in 2018?

This intensive will give you a breadth of knowledge across family law and its intersection with technology, evidentiary requirements, ethics and alternative dispute resolution. Our experienced speakers will discuss the latest developments in family law.

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Family Law Intensive - Wednesday 21 Mar
    • 9:00 AM News from the Bench

      Our panel of judges from the Federal Circuit Court will cover recent case law developments and their significance for family lawyers. Learn more about what issues the courts have been facing and receive practical tips to improve your performance when appearing before them.

      Panellists:

      • Her Honour Judge Evelyn Bender, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
      • Her Honour Judge Jillian Williams, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
      • Her Honour Judge Alexandra Harland, Federal Circuit Court of Australia

      Moderator: Emma Swart, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    • 10:00 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:30 AM Duress and Influence: An update on financial agreements
      With the High Court’s recent decision in Thorne & Kennedy [2017] HCA 49, this session will explore key concepts and recent developments in this complex area of family law, including how the doctrines of undue influence and unconscionable conduct apply in application to set aside financial agreements.
    • 11:30 AM Evidentiary Issues in Family Law Proceedings

      At a time where most of the population carry a mobile phone that doubles as a camera and voice recorder, it is tempting for clients to simply press ‘record’ on their phone and obtain the evidence that they believe supports their case. Lawyers faced with their clients’ secret recordings have a lot to consider, including the legal status of the recording, whether disclosure is required and what factors the court looks at when deciding whether that recording will form part of the evidence.

      Furthermore, if this conduct overlaps with potential criminal conduct, tax irregularities or where a party also faces serious concurrent criminal charges, what steps do you need to take to protect your client?

      This session will provide an overview of the law relating to secret recordings and the practice and procedure across the courts that currently hear family law matters. You will also receive practical tips and strategies for working through section 128 certificates under the Evidence Act and the privilege against self-incrimination.

    • 12:30 PM Lunch
    • 1:30 PM Resolving Disputes in Family Law: Overview of the available ADR options and when to use them

      Given the significance of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in family law cases, it can be difficult knowing which is best suited for individual matters. Hear from our expert panel about the differences between the current ADR models, including mediation, mediation-style conferencing, arbitration and collaborative practice. You will also receive practical tips about choosing the right model for your client, as well as advice on how best to prepare.

    • 2:30 PM Ethical Considerations for Family Lawyers

      Using anonymous, real-life scenarios based on calls to the LIV’S Ethics Advice Line, our experienced presenter will facilitate an interactive discussion of ethical dilemmas and solutions highly pertinent to your practice.

    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 4:00 PM The Legal Technology Revolution in Family Law Practice

      The emergence of new technology and artificial intelligence will significantly shape the role lawyers play in the future. In this fast-paced world of digital innovation, it can be difficult to keep up to date with the latest technological advancements.

      In this interactive session, our expert panellists will share how you can get the most out of the legal technology revolution, focusing on cost effective technology strategies and the services that can help you better market your services, administer your practice, communicate with clients, maintain quality control standards, network with colleagues and keep on top of your legal knowledge.

Further Details

  • Full Description
    Are you prepared for family law practice in 2018?

    This intensive will give you a breadth of knowledge across family law and its intersection with technology, evidentiary requirements, ethics and alternative dispute resolution.

    Our experienced speakers will discuss the latest developments in family law, including the impact of Thorne & Kennedy [2017] HCA 49, the ADR options available to expedite the resolution of your family law matters, as well as what you need to know about how your clients’ secret recordings are treated by Courts. 

    You will also have the opportunity to network with peers and ask questions of our experts.
  • Presenters
  • Learning Outcomes

    In this session, you will:

    • acquire a greater understanding of recent developments in family law and how they may influence your daily practice
    • discover the impact of the High Court’s recent decision on financial agreements, the related issues arising from this decision and what they mean for your clients
    • learn how to advise on issues relating to secret recordings and their intersection with requirements of the Evidence Act
    • identify ethical dilemmas common to family lawyers and how to deal with them
    • gain a better understanding of the ADR options available to your clients and how to advise on the best option for their circumstances 
    • learn how to manage your practice more effectively and deliver better client service using the latest legal technology and innovations in family law practice