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Essential Skills – Returning to Work After a Period of Leave

Essential Skills – Returning to Work After a Period of Leave

Date & TimeWednesday 08 March 2017 10am–1.15pm
Format Seminar, Webcast





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

This special Essential Skills Half Day was developed specifically to support lawyers who have recently returned to work or will be returning...

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Essential Skills – Returning to Work After a Period of Leave - Wednesday 08 Mar
    • 10:00 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
    • 11:00 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:15 AM How to Back Yourself: Recognising your value in the workplace

      In an increasingly competitive market place, taking positive steps to manage your career as you transition back into the law is essential. In order to be successful, whether that means partnership, moving in-house or specialising, you need to be clear what it is you have to offer and how to negotiate for what you want, as well as understanding your areas for development.

      Taking a practical look at what it means to manage your career, this session will cover:

      • identifying your career goals – what they are and what steps you must take to achieve them
      • understanding the value that you offer to an employer – where does your credibility come from and how?
      • how to use your credibility to rebuild previous client relationships and develop new relationships while complementing your firm’s brand
      • how to negotiate assertively for your work needs and get paid what you are worth.
    • 12:15 PM Regulatory Roundup: The Legal Profession Uniform Law in a nutshell

      Do you know what your obligations are under the Legal Profession Uniform Law? The Uniform Law, which commence 1 July 2015, replaced the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic) and is intended to harmonise regulation of the legal profession across Victoria and New South Wales.

      Wide in scope, the Uniform Law governs matters such as practising certificates, cost disclosures, billing arrangements, complaints handling, professional discipline issues and continuing professional development requirements. Importing new principles to underlie lawyers’ traditional billing practices, the Uniform Law has had a particularly significant impact on costs disclosure documentation, the types of work that can be charged for and the form and content of communications with the client about estimated costs.

      Through this session, you will be equipped with what you need to know about the Uniform Law, what the major changes are from the previous regime, how it will affect your practice upon your return to work.

Further Details

  • Full Description

    This special Essential Skills Half Day was developed specifically to support lawyers who have recently returned to work or will be returning to work this year.

    Not only will you take care of your CPD needs, but you'll also gain useful skills across a range of areas that will support your practice and increase efficiencies in your work.

  • Presenters

    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.

    A Representative from the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

    Further presenters will be announced shortly.

  • Learning Outcomes

    At this Essential Skills session, you will:

    • learn practical strategies to  manage your return to work and achieve your career goals
    • 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.