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Essential Skills – Recognising Risk & Improving Efficiency

Essential Skills – Recognising Risk & Improving Efficiency

Date & TimeMonday 20 March 2017 9am–12.15pm
Format Seminar, Webcast
Price

Member

$360.00

Non-Member

$480.00

CPD Units 3
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
Venue LIV Lecture Theatre, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne View Map

In the first session, our representative from the LPLC will consider the importance of effective delegation and supervision, as well...

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Essential Skills Half Day - Monday 20 Mar
    • 9:00 AM The Science of a Pause: Improving your focus and efficiency
      Over the past few years, mindfulness has become a catchcry among high pressure professions, including those in the law. But what does “mindfulness” really mean, and is it backed by scientific research? Dr Craig Hassed will discuss the science behind mindfulness techniques and explain their specific application for lawyers, including how mindfulness can enhance both your practice and your home life.

      Presenter: Dr Craig Hassed, Senior Lecturer, Monash University

    • 10:00 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:15 AM Recognising and Managing Risk in Your Practice

      People are the most important part of any legal practice. This session looks at how each person in a practice has a risk management role. Our presenter will consider the importance of effective delegation and supervision, as well as ways of increasing risk awareness throughout your practice.

      Topics will include:

      • key points for effective delegation and supervision
      • risk awareness and feedback
      • using checklists as a risk management tool.

      Presenter: Matthew Rose, Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee

    • 11:15 AM Ethics and Best Practice

      Daily legal practice brings with it a host of ethical challenges for solicitors. As an officer of the court, a solicitor’s duty to the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty, including those duties owed to a client.

      By engaging in this highly interactive seminar with an experienced solicitor-facilitator, you will be faced with working through a range of structured real life ethical scenarios to assist you in identifying key ethical issues and how to resolve them.

      By the end of the one hour session you will be able to answer the following questions:

      • My client has lied to the court in an affidavit – what should I do?
      • My client tells me that he committed the crime, but wants to plead not guilty – can I act for him?
      • My opinion is that my client does not have a proper basis for a negligence claim, but she instructs me to issue a summons to get a settlement – can I do so?
      • I have a very difficult client in a complicated property matter and want to cease acting – can I do so?
      • Can I still exercise a lien over a client-matter file if the former client pays the funds into his new solicitor’s trust account pending resolution of the costs dispute?
      • “Loose talk sinks ships” – the boundaries of a solicitor’s duty of confidentiality

      Presenter: Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, Law Institute of Victoria

Further Details

  • Full Description

    In the first session, our representative from the LPLC will consider the importance of effective delegation and supervision, as well as ways of increasing risk awareness throughout your practice.

    Dr Craig Hassed will then discuss the science behind mindfulness techniques and explain their specific application for lawyers. Finally, a senior ethics solicitor will take you through a range of structured real life ethical scenarios to assist you in identifying key ethical issues and how to resolve them.

    This session is conveniently scheduled around the Criminal Law Half Day, so if you need more CPD to fulfil your requirement, you can complete six units all in one day at the LIV.

  • Presenters

    Dr Craig Hassed, Mindfulness Coordinator, Monash University, Department of General Practice

    Dr Hassed works at the Department of General Practice and is coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Dr Hassed was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is a regular media commentator. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published 11 books. He also featured in the documentary, The Connection.

    Matthew Rose, Risk Manager, Legal Practitioner's Liability Committee

    Matthew is a Risk Manager with LPLC, which is the professional indemnity insurer to Victorian legal practices and the insurer to many national law firms. He joined LPLC in 2010 after working in risk management roles with the London offices of global law firms Clifford Chance and Mayer Brown. Previously, he practised as a senior associate in Minter Ellison’s commercial litigation group.

    Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, Law Institute of Victoria

    Michael has gained extensive experience as a country and city solicitor, as well as in-house counsel for both a major statutory corporation in Victoria and an Australian electricity supply industry association. Michael provides advice to solicitors on ethics issues and supports the work of the LIV Ethics Committee.

  • Learning Outcomes

    At this Essential Skills session, you will:

    • learn practical strategies to improve your everyday practice
    • earn compulsory CPD units in ethics and professional responsibility, practice management and business skills, and professional skills
    • receive expert guidance and advice across a range of topics.