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National Costs Law Conference

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National Costs Law Conference

Date & TimeTBC
Format Conference, Webcast
Price

Member

$630.00

Non-Member

$750.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Gain in-depth insights and practical guidance on the complexities of costs law in Australia. Presenters will cover a breadth of costs-related topics, sharing practical strategies and expert insights to support the success of your practice.

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Program Overview

  • National Cost Law Conference - Friday 22 Feb
    • 8:30 AM Registration Opens
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening & Welcome

      Chair of LIV Costs Law Committee- Cate Dealehr, Accredited Costs Law Specialist, Australian Legal Costing Group.

    • 9:05 AM Keynote Address: Looking to the Future and Embracing Change

      Hear distinguished keynote speaker Fiona McLeay speak about the need for lawyers to keep up with the rapidly changing technological environment, and subsequent changing expectations, in this future-focused address.

      Topics will include:

      • Are common practices that most cost lawyers adhere to still relevant? And will they continue to be relevant in three to five years’ time?
      • How is the regulator responding in this environment?
      • Key questions costs lawyers should ask themselves, such as: Are you delivering relevant services in a way that consumers and society expect (and need)? And are you communicating this effectively so that your clients understand the value you bring?

      Speaker: Fiona McLeay, Victorian Legal Services Commissioner and CEO of the Victorian Legal Services Board

    • 9:50 AM Communicating Costs – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

      In this session, our presenter will provide an overview of the cost complaint process under LPUL, as well as compliance issues that impact on the profession under LPUL.

      Speaker:Mark Bellamy, Conciliator, Assessment and Resolutions, Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

    • 10:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:30 AM An Update from the Costs Court

      Topics will include:

      • LPUL and the assessment of fair and reasonable costs where a costs agreement is void
      • LPUL and the assessment of fixed price cost agreements
      • Application of rule 63.85 of the Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 (Vic)
      • Tips and best practice in the Costs Court
      • The impact on party and party taxations of compulsory mediation and alternative assessment procedure
      • Effects of Calderbank offers and offers of compromise in context of alternative assessment procedure
      • Taxations and assessments of electronic files

      Speaker: Associate Justice Jamie Wood, Costs Court

    • 11:15 AM Recent Costs Law Update

      In this session, renowned costs experts from across the country will come together to discuss relevant case law updates that have recently occurred.

      Panellists:

      • Ariel Weingart
      • Kerri Rosati, Principal, DGT Costs Lawyers
      • Maria-Luisa Coulson, Managing Director, Coulson Legal

      Moderator: Anna Sango, Accredited Costs Law Specialist, Kirk Barclay Lawyers & Consultants

    • 12:30 PM LIV Accredited Specialisation in Costs Law
    • 12:35 PM Networking Lunch
    • 1:30 PM Legal Costing in the Federal Court

      Topics will include:

      • Practical insights on lump sum costs orders and the content of costs summaries
      • Objecting to estimates: practical insights on the notice of objection, notice of response and taxation hearing

      Speaker: Judicial Registrar David A. Ryan, Federal Court of Australia

    • 2:30 PM Costs Law – A Little Bit of Everything

      Topics will include:

      • The Chorley exception and lawyer litigant costs
      • Liens for costs
      • Use of associated tripartite deed
      • Complexities in LPUL and the question of proportionality

      Speaker: Michelle Castle, Barrister, 13th Floor, St James Hall

    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 4:00 PM Advocacy Skills and Ethics for Costs Lawyers

      Topics will include:  

      • Ethical duties in advocacy
      • Strategies for dealing with unrepresented litigants
      • Advocacy techniques for mediations, interlocutory applications, taxations and reviews

      Speaker: Sarah Cherry, Barrister, Vicbar

    • 5:00 PM Conference Close & Networking Drinks

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Gain in-depth insights and practical guidance on the complexities of costs law in Australia. Presenters will cover a breadth of costs-related topics, sharing practical strategies and expert insights to support the success of your practice. 

    Main topics:

    • How to keep your practice up-to-date with technological advancements
    • In-depth analysis of Legal Professional Uniform Law (LPUL)
    • Application of rule 63.85 of the Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 (Vic)
    • Recent costs law updates
    • Practical insights on lump sum costs orders, costs summaries, taxation hearings, notices of objection and subsequent notices of response
    • Advocacy techniques and ethical duties regarding mediations, interlocutory applications, taxations and reviews
  • Presenters

    Cate Dealehr, Chair of LIV Costs Law Committee, Accredited Costs Law Specialist, Australian Legal Costing Group

    Fiona McLeay, Victorian Legal Services Commissioner and CEO of the Victorian Legal Services Board

    Mark Bellamy, Conciliator, Assessment and Resolutions, Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

    Associate Justice Jamie Wood, Costs Court

    Sarah Cherry, Barrister, Victorian Bar 

    Michelle Castle, Barrister, 13th Floor, St James Hall

    Judicial Registrar David A. Ryan, Federal Court of Australia

    Anna Sango, Accredited Costs Law Specialist, Kirk Barclay Lawyers & Consultants

    Pannelists:

    Ariel Weingart

    Kerri Rosati, Principal, DGT Costs Lawyers

    Maria-Luisa Coulson, Managing Director, Coulson Legal

  • Learning Outcomes

    Learning outcomes:

    • Obtain best practices for how to approach Costs Court
    • Improve your confidence resolving issues pertaining to legal costing in the Federal Court
    • Develop a toolkit of strategies and techniques to become a more effective advocate for your client’s interests and enhance the value of your practice.