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Twilight Essential Skills – Plain English Drafting & Embracing Technology

Twilight Essential Skills – Plain English Drafting & Embracing Technology

Date & TimeWednesday 29 March 2017 5–8.15pm
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

The first interactive session will give you key insights from a professional Plain Language Trainer to help guide your future...

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Essential Skills Half Day - Wednesday 29 Mar
    • 5:00 PM Say What? The importance of drafting in plain English

      It’s easy to get caught up in writing “legalese”, but the reality is that for some people seeking legal services, their only previous interaction with the law is through television and movies. The importance of writing to your clients in plain English cannot be overstated, but what does that really mean? How does it look in your practice? This interactive session will give you key insights from a professional Plain Language Trainer to help guide your future correspondence – both to colleagues and clients.

      Topics will include:

      • your documents: audience and purpose?
      • transactional v advisory documents
      • drafting emails
      • words and sentence structure
      • active v passive
      • structural issues
      • planning
      • proofreading
      • editing
      • headings and sub-headings.

      Presenter: Bob Milstein, Plain Language Trainer and Writer, Words & Beyond

    • 6:00 PM Refreshments
    • 6:15 PM Embrace the Bots: Using technology to promote and grow your practice
      There are many ways technology can be used to streamline your business processes, increase efficiency and lead to greater client acquisition. This session will run through some of the most useful technologies for the legal profession and how they can benefit your practice.

      Presenter: Laura Vickers, Principal, Nest Legal

    • 7:15 PM Ethics and Best Practice

      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

    The first interactive session will give you key insights from a professional Plain Language Trainer to help guide your future correspondence – both to colleagues and clients.

    Our second presenter will then run through some of the most useful technologies for the legal profession and how they can benefit your practice.

    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.

  • Presenters

    Bob Milstein, Plain Language Trainer and Writer, Words & Beyond

    Laura Vickers, Principal, Nest Legal

    Laura’s firm offers a blueprint for lawyers wanting to use new affordable technologies to better serve their clients, including content marketing and social media. In 2014 she won the LexisNexis Legal Innovation Index and in 2015 was shortlisted for the LIV Law Firm of the Year award. She regularly speaks and writes on innovation in the law and online marketing for lawyers.

    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.