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Property Law Intensive

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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

It can be a challenge to keep abreast of the continually changing landscape of property law. This annual conference will shed clarity on key developments and recent updates, while providing CPD units in each of the key compliance areas.

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Program Overview

  • Property Law Intensive - Friday 22 Mar
    • 8:30 AM Registration
    • 9:00 AM Opening and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Current Issues in Property Law

      The property law space has undergone a significant evolution in recent times, and this will only continue in 2019 and beyond. In this session, property and technology guru David McKenzie will take you through some of the most relevant topics to practitioners in this area.

      Topics will include:

      • Contract of Sale of Real Estate nomination or assignment
      • Providing advice on vendor statements and Contracts of Sale
      • PEXA protocols and problem solving

      Speaker:  David McKenzie, Principal, LMG Lawyers

    • 10:00 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:30 AM Easements and Restrictive Covenants in Victorian Property Transactions

      In this session, barrister Matthew Townsend will provide an overview of the avenues available for creating, enforcing and modifying easements and restrictive covenants in Victoria, along with a summary of recent developments in case law and procedure. Renato Marasco will provide a Land Use Victoria perspective and be able to answer any practical queries you may have about these complex instruments.


      • Matthew Townsend, Barrister, Victorian Bar
      • Renato Marasco, Specialist Plan Registration Officer, Land Regstration Services, Land Use Victoria
    • 11:30 AM The Combustible Cladding Controversy

      One of the most publicised issues in apartment and shared-housing development in recent history is combustible cladding. Adjunct Lecturer of Law Megan Thorburn will take you through the history of this controversy, outlining government responses at state and federal levels, and providing guidance on how to best advise clients faced with rectification orders.

      Topics will include:

      • What is combustible cladding?
      • A brief history of how the issue came to prominence
      • The Commonwealth response to combustible cladding
      • The Victorian Cladding Taskforce and the Victorian Building Authority state-wide building audit
      • The Victorian legislative response: recent amendments to the Building Act 1993 (Vic) and Local Government Act 1989 (Vic)
      • Responding to show cause notices and rectification orders
      • What are Cladding Rectification Agreements?
      • A litigation update including proposed class actions

      Speaker: Megan Thorburn, Adjunct Lecturer, College of Law

    • 12:30 PM Networking Lunch
    • 1:30 PM Negotiating the Property Taxation Landscape

      This session will provide an overview of some of the significant developments impacting the property sector during 2018, including the ATO’s latest draft guidance on the income tax implications of property development arrangements, legislative proposal to deny deductions relating to holding vacant land, and ALP policy announcements relating to negative gearing and CGT.

      Speaker: Julian Cheng, Partner, Tax Consulting, Pitcher Partners

    • 2:30 PM What’s New in Commercial and Retail Leasing

      In this session, an engaging and knowledgeable panel of experts, including Robert Hay QC and experienced solicitors from the commercial and retail leasing sectors, will discuss the most prominent developments in commercial and retail leasing.

      Topics will include:

      • Non-retail leases to retail leases and permitted usage
      • The most common issues that arise in leasing matters before Victorian courts

      Moderator: Malwina Peacock, Senior Counsel, Vicinity Centres

      Panel Members:

      • Robert Hay QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar
      • Jamie Bedelis, Principal, Bedelis Lawyers
      • Luke Virgona, Barrister, Victorian Bar
    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 4:00 PM Protecting Your Firm: Cyber security, insurance and risk management

      Is your firm adequately protected if something goes wrong with your systems and electronic property transactions? How would you protect yourself and your staff from a resultant liability claim? In an informative and essential conclusion to this event, hear from a respected insurance expert about options available to firms to protect against these sorts of circumstances, and an experienced practitioner, who will take you through real-world scenarios and solutions. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the co-presenters.

      Moderator: Phillip Nolan, Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee


      Professor Alan Manning, Managing Director, LMI Group
      Cameron Oxley, Partner, MinterEllison


    • 5:00 PM Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    It can be a challenge to keep abreast of the continually changing landscape of property law. This annual conference will shed clarity on key developments and recent updates, while providing CPD units in each of the key compliance areas.

    Main topics:

    • Comprehensive property practice case law and legislative update
    • How easements and restrictive covenants in Victorian property transactions have been influenced by the implementation of electronic conveyancing
    • The combustible cladding controversy: How it has been addressed in the property and building industries and the potential impact on the interests of you your clients
    • What’s new in commercial and retail leasing
    • Negotiating the complexities of the property taxation landscape
    • Cyber security and risk management advice
  • Presenters

    David McKenzie, David J McKenzie Lawyers David McKenzie has thirteen plus years of PQE and has spent the vast majority of that time practising in the area of property law. Specifically, David has completed transactions in the following areas: Subdivisions (both tower and green field); Planning issues related to subdivision; Section 173 agreements and the issues related to those agreements; MCPs both drafting and registering; Covenant drafting and removal; Law of easements; Owners Corporations; and Leasing (Retail and Commercial). David has had extensive experience in the IT industry which he uses by being involved in: PEXA and electronic conveyancing liason and implementation groups; SPEAR (Surveying and Planning through Electronic Applications and Refferals); and Duties Online (State Revenue Office). He is also an LIV Accredited Specialist in Property Law.

    Julian Cheng, Partner, Tax Consulting, Pitcher Partners Julian is a Partner/Executive Director in the Tax Consulting division of Pitcher Partners with over 20 years’ experience in providing tax consulting and advisory services. He has advised a range of taxpayers on Australian and international tax issues, including small to medium sized businesses, corporate groups, hedge funds and private equity funds. Julian joined Pitcher Partners in 2017 from a Big 4 firm, where he was a partner. His previous roles at that firm included the provision of tax technical support nationally, advising on Australian tax in the context of mergers and acquisitions, and a period as the head of the Australia desk in New York advising US groups on Australian tax issues.

    Malwina Peacock, Senior Counsel, Vicinity Centres

    Robert Hay QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar Robert practices mainly in Property law including sale of land, owners corporation, mortgages and leasing. Robert also acts as a mediator in property law disputes. He also provides advice to government bodies about legislation and property law issues. Robert is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Leasing Committeee and Property Law Committee and is casenotes editor of the “Property Law Journal”. He regularly presents seminars and papers on property law issues. Before joining the Bar Robert was a solicitor employed by Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks and a journalist with “The Mercury” newspaper in Hobart.

    Jamie Bedelis, Principal, Bedelis Lawyers Jamie has a broad commercial property practice but specialises in commercial leasing. He is an Accredited Specialist of the Law Institute of Victoria in Commercial Tenancy Law by the Law Institute of Victoria. He is also acts for clients in leasing and property dispute resolution. Over many years he has advised landlords and tenants on complex commercial leasing transactions. And vendors and purchasers in relation to property sales and acquisitions and developments. He often presents at seminars conducted by the Law Institute of Victoria and Legalwise. He is the Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria Property and Environment Law Section Executive Committee, and a member of the Law Institute's Leases Committee.

    Phillip Nolan, Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee Phillip joined the LPLC in February 2013 and was formerly a principal at SBA Law. He is a member of the Dispute Resolution Committee at the LIV. He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne where he lectures in Property Law to postgraduates in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. On 18 November 2011 Phil received the Law Institute of Victoria Certificate of Service Award.

    Professor Alan Manning, Managing Director, LMI Group For over 40 years, Prof Allan Manning has managed large and complex losses involving major and complex claims all around the world. Using his experience he now acts as a client advocate on claims, acts as an expert witness, and conducts policy reviews and drafts insurance wordings. He has developed knowledge based services such as,, RiskCoach and the business continuity management system, now used across the globe. Allan is one of Australia’s most academically qualified insurance professionals having lectured at RMIT, Melbourne, and Victoria Universities and has delivered over 1,200 papers on insurance and risk management topics. He holds the post of Adjunct Professor with Victoria University in the Faculty of Law and Justice, and is the author of 16 books on insurance, including Business Interruption Insurance & Claims; Mannings Six Principles of General Insurance; Understanding the ISR Policy and It May Happen to Me! The Essential Guide to General Insurance. He is currently international president of the International Institute of Claims Preparers and was recently rated in the top 20 most influential people in insurance for the 9th consecutive year. He was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award at the 2012 Insurance Industry Awards and is an Honorary Life Member of The Institute.

    Cameron Oxley, Partner, MinterEllison Cameron is a partner of MinterEllison and a seasoned litigator with 28 years’ experience handling professional indemnity claims. He has been a member of the LPLC’s claims panel for many years with a particular focus on property, tax and business related claims. Recently he has developed expertise and experience in cyber related claims. He is a panel member and breach coach for a number of cyber insurers and has been involved in the first wave of claims to arise under cyber risk insurance policies.

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this session, you will:

    • Prepare your property practice for 2019 in accordance with the latest developments in property law and leasing
    • Enhance your knowledge of current property law matters and further develop essential skills to become a more skilful advisor to your clients
    • Improve your responsiveness to risks that may arise during property and leasing matters