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North East Law Association Conference

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North East Law Association Conference

Date & TimeTBC
Format Conference
Price

Member

$630.00

Non-Member

$750.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Quality Hotel Gateway Wangaratta, 29-37 Ryley St, Wangaratta View Map

Developed in proud partnership with the North East Law Association, this annual professional development conference will feature esteemed presenters sharing expert insights into a range of issues that directly impact your legal practice.

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • North East Law Association Conference - Friday 01 Mar
    • 9:30 AM Registration
    • 10:00 AM Opening and Welcome
    • 10:05 AM e-Conveyancing: A deep dive

      Led by a PEXA expert, this interactive workshop will showcase the most efficient and effective ways to work within the digital conveyancing platform.

      Topics will include:

      • Practical advice on best practice
      • Transfer guidelines
      • Next steps towards 100% digital lodgement

      Speaker: Jonathan Teh, Executive Manager, Practitioner Services, PEXA

    • 11:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:15 AM Legal Costing Update

      A comprehensive understanding of the landscape of legal costing can improve a practitioner’s ability to identify risk areas in a matter, discover unexplored chargeable work and manage your client’s cost expectations. This session will cover a range of costs issues relevant to your daily practice to ensure you have the requisite skills to appropriately manage costing for your clients.

      Speaker: Antonella Terranova, Co-Director and Solicitor, Castra Legal Costings

    • 12:15 PM LIVing Ethics: Ethical considerations for regional practitioners

      Each year more than 3500 solicitors call the LIV’s Ethics Advice Line to discuss issues they are facing in daily practice. The substance of these calls forms the basis of this session, which will be highly interactive and delivered by the same experienced solicitors who provide ethics guidance on the advice line.

      Practitioners can expect an in-depth discussion on the tricky ethical responsibilities of engaging in communications with colleagues and clients.

      Speaker: Mette Aiken-Petersen, Manager, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 1:15 PM Lunch
    • 2:15 PM Oaths and Affirmations in Practice

      This practical session will provide a brief synopsis of current requirements following the recent update to the Oaths and Affirmations Act. In addition, our knowledgeable presenter will showcase how practical tools can be applied to your practice to improve your approach to affidavits, statutory declarations and certifications.

      Speaker: Paul Mracek, JP, Vice President Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices & CEO Kotan Australia

    • 3:15 PM Are You OK? Having the conversation

      Mental illness impacts more than just the individual suffering – it also has significant ramifications both socially and economically. A survey of over 5000 Australian workers found 25 per cent of respondents took time off each year for stress-related reasons. The impact of this leave on the Australian economy is multi-fold: it adds an additional $10 to $15 billion to health care expenses annually, it reduces workforce participation and decreases workplace productivity. This informative session will highlight the important of wellness and showcase ways to promote a safe and healthy workplace.

      Topics will include:

      • Mental health in the workplace
      • Active listening and empathy skills
      • Steps for having an R U OK conversation
      • Support and resources
    • 4:15 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 4:30 PM The Big Picture: Developing a business

      Thinking and planning ahead is key to the longevity and success of a practice. By investing time in developing a succession plan you are safeguarding your personal and business assets.

      Speaker: Barry Jenner, Principal, MSA Consulting

    • 5:30 PM Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Developed in proud partnership with the North East Law Association, this annual professional development conference will feature esteemed presenters sharing expert insights into a range of issues that directly impact your legal practice.

    Main topics:

    • Best practices for electronic conveyancing
    • Legal costing update
    • Ethical considerations for regional practitioners
    • Recent changes to affidavits, statutory declarations and certifications
    • Mental health in the workplace: Creating a positive environment, the art of active listening and available supports
    • Developing a business succession plan
  • Presenters

    Jonathan Teh, Executive Manager, Practitioner Services, PEXA

    Antonella Terranova, Co-Director and Solicitor, Castra Legal Costings Antonella was admitted to practice in 1997. In 2010 she became Co-Director and Principal of Castra Legal Costing Pty Ltd and works with a team of professionals including Andrea Sheean (Co-Director) and Thomas Iacobucci. Since 2010 Antonella has practiced exclusively in legal costing appearing regularly in the Supreme Court in Practice Court Applications, The Court of Appeal, Mediations, Taxations, leave applications and other applications. Her tasks include preparation of Assessment of Costs, Itemised Bills of Costs,
    advices and Notices of Objections, expert reports and affidavits as an expert in security for costs applications and In-House Services (in house seminars and assistance in file management to maximise efficiency and costs). Prior to this, she worked in personal injury litigation for 12 years.

    Mette Aiken-Petersen, Manager, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria Mette commenced as Manager, Ethics & Professional Practice at the Law Institute of Victoria in February 2018. Prior to joining the LIV, Mette was an investigator at the Victorian Legal Services Board & Commissioner and spent 16 years with Slater & Gordon Lawyers in a variety of roles including Professional Standards Lawyer, Knowledge Manager and National New Client Services Manager. Mette has experience in general practice in both the private sector and not for profits, and spent two years working in Family Law in London as a paralegal. 

    Paul Mracek, JP, Vice President Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices & CEO Kotan Australia Paul is a seasoned business leader with a wealth of hands on practical experience over 30 years in implementing programs for strategic change, executive coaching, running businesses and exposure as a Non-Executive Director over a range of industries. Paul continues to work with senior executives and boards from a wide range of organisations across many industries including manufacturing, retail, commercial, education, professional services and training bringing improvements in operations, people engagement, mindset and behaviour. He is the CEO of Kotan Australia Pty Ltd and also co-founded AXIS NeuroPerformance which researched application of neuroscience to leadership and the development of a management framework for business. Focusing on the source of performance, resulting in switched on, and engaged people that are ready to learn. Identifying the degree to which people will be open and able to learn, change and adapt; and why that happens and what changes will make a difference.

    Barry Jenner, Principal, MSA Consulting Barry Jenner, principal of MSA consulting is an Accredited Mindshop Facilitator Plus, Fellow Member Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business (Accounting). He has also written a Business Sense column for Australasian Transport News (ATN) and contributed to the Supply Chain Review Supplement published in the Australian Financial Review. He focuses on consulting to small and medium size businesses. He has made various presentations to Monash University, PD Forum, and Freight Week and delivers Strategic Planning Workshops for the Victorian Government. Specialist road transport advice has also been provided to the Department of Human Services. He contributed to the Information Booklet pursuant to the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005. He delivers Master Classes at the Victorian Transport Association and chairs MSA Leaders, a Mindshop resourced business leaders group.

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this conference, you will:

    • Discover ways to maximise the electronic conveyancing platform and provide a seamless experience to your clients
    • Identify costing risk areas and manage clients’ cost expectations with greater ease
    • Update your day-to-day practice so that it complies with new requirements affecting affidavits and statutory declarations
    • Improve workplace culture and productivity by learning of techniques, supports and resources that promote wellness and support mental health
    • Safeguard your personal and business assets by learning to develop a succession plan