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Personal Injury Intensive

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Personal Injury Intensive

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$630.00

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$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

Obtain CPD units in each of the key compliance areas at this essential annual conference. Designed specifically for personal injury practitioners and accredited specialists, this conference will focus on emerging trends and critical practice updates.

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Program Overview

  • Personal Injury Law Intensive - Friday 22 Mar
    • 8:30 AM Registration
    • 9:00 AM Opening and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM My Health Records

      This session will address some of the issues plaguing the My Health Record tool that impact both your clients and your practice.

      Topics will include:

      • Overview of the issues patients, health professionals, lawyers and insurers have had with My Health Record
      • File management concerns and access to records by health practitioners and patients
      • Audit trails
      • Security features and issues with the tool

      Presenters:
      Dimitra Dubrow, Principal and National Head of Medical Negligence, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
      Amy Johnstone, Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

    • 10:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:30 AM Preparing Your Client/Witness to Give Evidence

      Readying a plaintiff, lay witness or treating health practitioner to give evidence in personal injury matters is crucial and can be the key to a successful outcome. This interactive session will cover the steps solicitors should take in the early stages of a matter to best prepare their clients in the event they will be required to give evidence.

      The presenters will provide insights into what preparation should be undertaken once litigation is on foot, and how to get the most from plaintiffs and witnesses in conference, so there are no surprises when the witness is in the box!

      Both presenters will provide a ‘wish list’ of steps barristers and solicitors respectively can take to make instructor/counsels task easier and ensure the witness is as comfortable and well prepared as possible.

      Presenters:
      Jonathan Brett QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar
      Tanya Neilson, Partner, RCT Lawyers

    • 11:30 AM Update on TAC and WorkCover

      This session will provide an update of relevant current issues in the TAC and WorkCover jurisdictions.

      Presenters:
      Geraldine Collins, Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
      Sach Fernando, Principal and Founder, Maxiom Injury Lawyers

    • 12:30 PM Lunch
    • 1:30 PM Dollar Over Ethics? Ethical marketing for personal injury lawyers

      To what extent are lawyers free to advertise their business in the same way as any other business? Do our ethical obligations constrain or support our commercial activities as personal injury lawyers? Join this interactive panel discussion on current challenges in this space, considered both from a local and national perspective.

      Panel Members:
      Mette Aiken-Petersen, Manager Ethics, Law Institute of Victoria
      Emma Hines, Victorian GM, Shine Lawyers
      Justin Burke, Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist, Justin Burke Lawyers

      Moderator: Meghan Hoare, GM Workers Compensation VIC, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

    • 2:30 PM Trends in Time Limit Issues

      The session will cover:

      • General principles relating to extension of time applications made pursuant to the Limitation of Actions Act 1958
      • Recent court authorities – Davies v Nielsen [2015] VSC 584 and Hunt and Numurkah District Health Service v Holcombe [2018] VSCA 248
      • Tips for preparing extension of time applications
      • Tips for defending extension of time applications

      Speaker: Carmelina Spitaleri, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 4:00 PM Uniform Law Costs Update

      This informative session will examine the legal requirements regarding costs under Uniform Law through case analysis. Our esteemed presenter will also share tips on how to avoid errors and minimise complaints.

      Speaker: Cate Dealehr, Principal, Australian Legal Costing Group (ALCG)

    • 5:00 PM Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Obtain CPD units in each of the key compliance areas at this essential annual conference. Designed specifically for personal injury practitioners and accredited specialists, this conference will focus on emerging trends and critical practice updates.

    Main topics:

    • My Health Record: Laws and regulations, recent controversies and practical insights
    • Preparing clients and witnesses to give evidence
    • Key TAC and WorkCover developments
    • Ethical marketing for personal injury lawyers
    • Time limit applications: General principles, preparing and defending time limit applications
    • Uniform Law costs update
  • Presenters

    Dimitra Dubrow, Principal and National Head of Medical Negligence, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Dimitra Dubrow is a Principal Lawyer and head of Maurice Blackburn’s national medical negligence department, which is the largest in Australia. Melbourne, she is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Personal Injury Specialist and has almost 20 years’ experience in medical malpractice claims. Dimitra is also one of three Maurice Blackburn lawyers listed by the prestigious Doyle's Guide as a leading plaintiff medical negligence lawyer in Victoria.

    Amy Johnstone, Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Amy is an Associate in Maurice Blackburn’s medical negligence department in Melbourne. Amy graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work in 2004, and went on to attain her Masters of Social Science (Policy and Human Services) in 2007, before completing her Juris Doctor in 2012. Since joining Maurice Blackburn, Amy has worked principally with clients who have suffered life-changing injuries, including birth trauma, delayed diagnosis and surgical error. She finds it particularly rewarding to engage with her clients throughout their entire claim and assist them in receiving their lawful entitlements and compensation, and her empathetic social work approach is often useful for her clients.

    Jonathan Brett QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar Jonathan has practised as a barrister since 1980, although for a total of approximately 2 years between 1986 and 1992 he took time off, working in the Northern Territory. During that period, he largely worked as an administrator in an Aboriginal community, Imanpa. Although he has worked in many fields and many courts over the years, his practice now is largely in personal injuries, particularly acting for plaintiffs. 

    Tanya Neilson, Partner, RCT Lawyers Tanya joined Ryan Carlisle Thomas in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws and is a Partner of the firm. She practises in the areas of WorkCover, TAC and other personal injuries cases. Tanya works out of our Dandenong office and enjoys family life as part of the Dandenong Ranges community. She is sympathetic to the needs of those who are injured and the rights of workers.

    Geraldine Collins, Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Geraldine Collins is a Principal Lawyer in the TAC compensation claims department at Maurice Blackburn, based in Melbourne. She has more than 20 years legal experience in personal injury compensation claims, and was the 2013 National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. Geraldine is also listed in the prestigious Doyles Guide for her expertise in accident compensation law in Victoria. Geraldine has experience in all Victorian court jurisdictions, and has a reputation for fighting for that extra bit for her clients. This includes extensive lobbying to change the law where it is unfair. Geraldine has trained as a (snow) ski guide for people with disabilities and is involved in that activity each winter. Geraldine is an accredited personal injuries law specialist.

    Sach Fernando, Principal and Founder, Maxiom Injury Lawyers Sach is a leading lawyer and Specialist in Personal Injury law, accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria. He is committed to guiding his clients on their road to recovery and will ensure that their weekly income and medical treatment are paid on time. of leading barristers to fight for his clients’ rights in Court. Sach is also an active member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, an organisation that is committed to protecting the rights of individuals, and the Law Institute of Victoria, who named him as a Rising Star in 2017. Sach founded Maxiom Injury Lawyers with a commitment to providing high quality legal advice, which is personal and affordable.

    Mette Aiken-Petersen, Manager Ethics, Law Institute of Victoria Mette commenced as Manager, Ethics & Professional Practice at the Law Institute of Victoria in February 2018. Prior to joining the LIV, Mette was an investigator at the Victorian Legal Services Board & Commissioner and spent 16 years with Slater & Gordon Lawyers in a variety of roles including Professional Standards Lawyer, Knowledge Manager and National New Client Services Manager. Mette has experience in general practice in both the private sector and not for profits, and spent two years working in Family Law in London as a paralegal. 

    Emma Hines, Victorian GM, Shine Lawyers Emma has extensive experience in all types compensation claims, having practiced exclusively in this area for more than seventeen years. She is known for her warm and compassionate nature and her professional and persistent representation of her clients, and has earnt the respect of both colleagues and adversaries.n As the Victorian General Manager at Shine, Emma leads a team of over a hundred lawyers and paralegals to continually provide personal and dedicated service to their clients. This team strives to achieve the best and fastest claim resolutions for Victorians injured at work, on the road or by another’s carelessness. Emma has practiced in the Supreme Courts of Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory and the High Court of Australia. She is a member of the Victorian Law Institute’s Law and Technology Committee and the Australian Lawyers Alliance. Prior to joining Shine, she held multiple senior positions in a large international injury law firm.

    Carmelina Spitaleri, Barrister, Victorian Bar Since coming to the Bar Carmelina has predominantly appeared in personal injury related matters. She regularly appears in damages trials, serious injury applications, review hearings and appeals. Carmelina prepares advice and paperwork in relation to transport accidents, workplace injuries, medical negligence and public liability matters. Prior to coming to the Bar Carmelina was a Senior Solicitor at the Transport Accident Commission.

    Cate Dealehr, Principal, Australian Legal Costing Group (ALCG) Cate Dealehr is one of the first accredited costs specialists and has been principal of ALCG, costs lawyers for many years. Prior to that, she was a solicitor in both the government and private sectors. Cate has been recipient of the LIV Pro Bono award and received recognition by the LIV for outstanding legal service to the profession. Care is well known for her work in the difficult area of costs disputes. Several years ago, Cate was responsible for the precedent LIV Uniform Law costs disclosure documents. Then, a core priority for her was formulating strategies with lawyers so they met their regulatory obligations in a practical and cost-effective way. Today, Cate’s most important priority is to help lawyers, particularly those in the civil litigation field, to future-proof their businesses.

    Justin Burke, Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist, Justin Burke Lawyers

     

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this session, you will:

    • Build your knowledge of My Health Record and learn new ways to tap into this vital resource when advocating for your client
    • Hone your witness preparation skills so you can get the most from witnesses and avoid surprises in the box
    • Minimise the potential for errors and complaints by applying a more comprehensive knowledge of key TAC, WorkCover and Uniform Law costs updates to your practice
    • Improve your ethical awareness when it comes to marketing and advertising policies implemented and exercised in your practice