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National Costs Law Conference

National Costs Law Conference

Date & TimeFriday 19 February 2021 9am–5pm
Format Conference, Webinar
Price

Member

$495.00

Non-Member

$650.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

Exclusive LIV Member Early Bird Price:
Register for $360 when you book online by 12 February 2021*

Conference theme: A ‘Broad Brush’ of Costing Issues

Within the background of change brought about by the pandemic and recent regulatory and case updates, it is vital to keep your finger on the pulse of key issues and developments.

The 2021 National Costs Law Conference takes a landscape view of topical costing issues and features an impressive line-up of speakers from around Australia and the UK including a special keynote address by The Right Honourable Sir Rupert Jackson, Retired Justice of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Master Jennifer James, Costs Judge, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • National Costs Law Conference - Friday 19 Feb
    • 8:50 AM Webinar Launch
      The webinar will launch ten minutes before the conference begins. Log in early to test your settings and familiarise yourself with webinar features.
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening & Welcome
    • 9:10 AM Keynote Address – Costs Law Practice in the UK: Lessons for Australia

      Providing a perspective on costs law practice in the UK, this year’s keynote address features The Right Honourable Sir Rupert Jackson, Retired Justice of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and author of the ‘Jackson Reforms’ to costs law in the UK, and Master Jennifer James, Costs Judge of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

      Our esteemed presenters will provide valuable insights to inform your costs law practice in 2021, and will cover the following topics:

      • How the reforms brought about by the Jackson review have been implemented
      • Issues that have emerged from their implementation – what amendments have been required and what does this mean for Australia’s gradual implementation of budgets and gross-sum costs quantification?
      • Assessing proportionality and its role in quantifying costs
      • Attitudes towards contingency fees in the UK

      Compliance area: Substantive law

      Keynote speakers:

      • The Right Honourable Sir Rupert Jackson, Retired Justice of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
      • Master Jennifer James, Costs Judge, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
    • 10:20 AM Wellbeing Break
    • 10:25 AM Applications to the Appeal Costs Board

      Join Ms Jill Grace, one of the two esteemed Members of The Appeal Costs Board, responsible for the administration of the Appeal Costs Act 1998.
      This session will deliver practical advice on preparing applications to the Appeal Costs Board by reference to the different circumstances in civil and criminal matters where an indemnity certificate is granted.

      The session will also provide insights into navigating the online application tool, timeframes, maximum costs payable, and importantly, the role of the board when it requires costs claimed by way of an application to the Appeal Costs Board to be taxed.

      Compliance area: Substantive law

      Speakers: Jill Grace, Member of the Victorian Appeal Costs Board

    • 11:15 AM Morning Tea Break
    • 11:25 AM What’s New in Legal Costing: The aftermath of Bell v Pentelow

      With the sheer volume of matters being heard before courts and tribunals on a daily basis, staying on top of case law developments relevant to your practice can be hard work.

      This practical session will save you time and effort by reviewing recent cases and trends in costs with a particular focus on the consequences of the decision in Bell Lawyers Pty Ltd v Pentelow [2019] HCA 2, as well as where jurisprudence in this area is headed and the practical ramifications for costs lawyers.

      The session will also review other key case updates and developments of note and offer tips that you can take back to the businesses you advise.

      Compliance area: Substantive law

      Speaker: Michelle Castle, Barrister, New South Wales Bar

    • 12:10 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 12:15 PM Mind Over Matter

      Reflecting on the realities of how life has changed over the past year and as we emerge into a world beyond the pandemic, this insightful session will focus on practical strategies you can employ to build resilience and manage your wellbeing.

      Compliance area: Professional skills / Practice management & business skills

      Speaker: Sally Wilson, Leadership & Change Coach

    • 1:00 PM Lunch & Virtual Networking
    • 2:00 PM Unpacking the ‘Broad Brush Approach’

      Delving into the nuances of lump sum cost orders and what a broad brush approach looks like in the context of these orders, this panel discussion will cover topics including:

      • The meaning of a ‘broad brush approach’
      • How this approach is applied across jurisdictions and the differences across the states
      • When to take this approach and what considerations to bear in mind

      This session will enhance your understanding of the unique considerations that arise in these matters across jurisdictions and provide tips to improve your practice when dealing with these matters.

      Compliance area: Substantive law

      Panelists:

      • Judicial Registrar David Ryan, Federal Court of Australia
      • Kerrie Rosati, Principal, DGT Costs Lawyers
      • Michelle Castle, Barrister, New South Wales Bar
      • Antonella Terranova, Director, Castra Legal Costing
    • 2:45 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 2:50 PM Costing Through a Pandemic & Beyond

      Join Judicial Registrar Gourlay in this thought-provoking session exploring the costing implications arising from remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Highlighting key lessons to be learned and risk areas to be aware of, this session will consider a range of topics including:

      • Allowances on taxation and assessment for increased costs arising from COVID-19
      • The future of virtual taxations and assessments
      • Assessments when working from an electronic file only while the paper file is not accessible, and the disclaimer that is required relating to the difficulties associated with the assessment

      Compliance area: Substantive law

      Speaker: Judicial Registrar Gourlay, Costs Court of Victoria

    • 3:50 PM Afternoon Tea Break
    • 4:00 PM Ethics in Practice

      Join our expert ethics presenter Stafford Shepherd in a highly interactive workshop discussion addressing a selection of challenging ethical issues which can arise in daily legal practice in the context of costing work.

      Topics for discussion will include a solicitor’s duty to the court and administration of justice, confidentiality, privilege, conflict of interest, and inadvertent disclosure.

      Compliance area: Ethics & professional responsibility

      Speaker: Stafford Shepherd, Principal Ethics & Practice Counsel, Queensland Law Society

    • 5:00 PM Conference Close

Further Details

  • Full Description & Webinar Details

    Conference theme: A ‘Broad Brush’ of Costing Issues

    Within the background of change brought about by the pandemic and recent regulatory and case updates, it is vital to keep your finger on the pulse of key issues and developments.  

    The 2021 National Costs Law Conference takes a landscape view of topical costing issues and features an impressive line-up of speakers from around Australia and the UK including a special keynote address by The Right Honourable Sir Rupert Jackson, Retired Justice of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Master Jennifer James, Costs Judge, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

    Hear from experts in the field and interact with them and your colleagues throughout Australia through an interactive digital platform. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage in a unique blend of virtual education that will include interactive panel discussions and practical seminars to update your professional toolkit and guide your costs law practice in 2021 and beyond.

    Topics Include

    • Costs Law Practice in the UK: Lessons for Australia
    • What’s New in Legal Costing
    • Key takeaways from the proposed amendments to the LPUL
    • Unpacking the ‘Broad Brush’ Approach

    Virtual Conference Inclusions

    • Opportunities to ask questions and interact with our presenters and other attendees via polls, Q&As and digital breakout rooms
    • Short wellbeing breaks following each speaker so you can get up and stretch your legs
    • Supplementary reading material, including PowerPoint presentations used by speakers, emailed to all registrants before the conference
    • Complimentary recording of the conference

    Registration Details

    Online registrations close 24 hours before this event begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on phone 03 9607 9473 or email register@liv.asn.au.

    *Full Pricing Details

    Standard member Early Bird price: $360
    Standard member price: $495
    Accredited Specialist/Young Lawyer/CLC/Tarwirri member price: $338 (exempt from early bird)
    Non-member price: $650

    Webinar Details

    LIV webinars offer an interactive learning experience – wherever you are, from any device – and are run through Zoom. Register as you would any of our other in-person education and we’ll send you the webinar link and log in details the day before the event date.

    Please Note: Instructions are sent to the primary email address linked to your LIV account. If you do not receive an email from us, check the contact details in your LIV profile to confirm the correct email. If you have not received instructions from us within an hour of the event, please contact the events team on email register@liv.asn.au or phone 03 9607 9473.

    For additional information on LIV webinars, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Presenters


    The Right Honourable Sir Rupert Jackson, Retired Justice of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales

    Master Jennifer James, Costs Judge, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

    Jill Grace, Member of the Victorian Appeal Costs Board

    Michelle Castle, Barrister, New South Wales Bar

    Sally Wilson, Leadership & Change Coach

    Judicial Registrar David Ryan, Federal Court of Australia

    Kerrie Rosati, Principal, DGT Costs Lawyers

    Michelle Castle, Barrister, New South Wales Bar

    Antonella Terranova, Director, Castra Legal Costing

    Judicial Registrar Gourlay, Costs Court of Victoria

    Stafford Shepherd, Principal Ethics & Practice Counsel, Queensland Law Society

  • November–March CPD Program


    Make your points count with the LIV

    To maximise flexibility and support you in fulfilling your CPD requirements for the 2020/21 practising year, the LIV has expanded its usual February and March CPD program to begin November 2020.

    The convenient online program is divided into two parts:

    • Part 1 ran from November to December 2020. Recordings of part 1 sessions will be available for purchase on the LIV site, allowing you to earn CPD points in your own time, at your own pace.
    • Part 2 runs from February to March 2021. It contains 22 sessions across 14 practice areas and features the established CPD intensives and conferences you've come to expect, as well as a blend of live webinars and recordings of previous LIV CPD.

    As with all LIV professional development, this program has been developed in collaboration with LIV committees and industry experts. It features a compelling line-up of high calibre speakers and covers 19 practice areas, all compliance areas and all career stages. Choose from a variety of options and formats to fit your schedule.

    Learn more about the November–March CPD Program.