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Regional Essential Skills – Goulburn Valley

Regional Essential Skills – Goulburn Valley

Date & TimeWednesday 08 March 2017 8.30am–12.15pm
Format Seminar





CPD Units 3
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
Venue Quality Hotel Parklake, 481 Wyndham St, Shepparton 3630 View Map

The LIV Essential Skills program will extend your legal practice skills by delivering three CPD units across the compliance areas of practice management and business skills...

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Regional Essential Skills – Goulburn Valley - Wednesday 08 Mar
    • 8:30 AM Registration Begins
    • 9:00 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: Terri Abeysekera, Lawyer, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 10:00 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:15 AM Costs under the Uniform Law

      The introduction of the Uniform Law in 2015 brought about significant changes in costs procedures, the effects of which are still being understood today. This informative session will help you understand how to maximise costs recovery for you and your client by providing guidance on how to run a file for maximum costs recovery and providing common examples of unrecoverable costs (things you should avoid doing).

      Our experienced costs lawyer will also give you an overview of costs agreements under the Uniform Law, including:

      • a rundown of the legislative changes and framework
      • the most common problems with respect to ensuring that your practice is remaining compliant with the new regulations
      • how to estimate and scope your work
      • fixed cost agreements and their benefits. 

      Presenter: John Colonna, Costs Lawyer, LIV Cost Lawyers

    • 11:15 AM Have It Your Way: Negotiation skills

      Advocating on behalf of a client requires effective communication and mental dexterity. When representing clients, you may be required to negotiate on matters ranging from low stakes disputes – such as over meeting schedules – through to high stakes clashes. Get tips from a highly experienced mediator to upgrade your negotiation skills and become a more effective advocate for your clients.

      This presentation considers three areas of interest to practitioners:

      • the negotiation skills we see in top practitioners 
      • lies and deception in negotiations: pre-emption, detection and alternatives
      • dealing with difficult people: thoughts and techniques.

      Presenter: Michael Tehan, Mediator, McFarlane Legal

Further Details

  • Full Description

    The LIV Essential Skills program will extend your legal practice skills by delivering three CPD units across the compliance areas of practice management and business skills, ethics and professional responsibility, and professional skills.

    Gain your outstanding CPD units for the year and network with your peers at a regional location. You’ll have the chance to ask questions of our experts and ensure you’re up to date with the Uniform Law requirements in relation to ethics and costs.

    You will also receive practical insights into the art of negotiation and how to communicate persuasively to secure the best possible outcome for your client.

  • Presenters

    Terri Abeysekera, Professional Development Consultant, Law Institute of Victoria

    John Colonna, Costs Lawyer, LIV Cost Lawyers

    John is the manager of LIV Cost Lawyers and has practised exclusively as a costs lawyer since his admission to practice. He has experience in assessing files and drawing bills of costs for firms as an external costs consultant, in addition to acting as an in-house costs advisor and assessor, and an advocate before the Costs Court both in mediations and at taxation of contested bills of costs. Being regularly exposed to rulings made on items in bills, John is well placed to advise solicitors how to maximise their costs recovery, or minimise their clients’ liability to pay opposing party’s costs.

    Michael Tehan, Mediator, McFarlane Legal

  • Learning Outcomes

    At this seminar, 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.