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North East Law Association Conference – Family Law Update Stream

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North East Law Association Conference – Family Law Update Stream

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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

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The Law Institute of Victoria is pleased to partner with the North East Law Association to present the highly anticipated North East Law Association Conference 2020.

A Legal Update Stream variation of this conference is also available. Click here to view the North East Law Association Conference - Legal Update Stream.

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Program Overview

  • Day 1 - Friday 28 Feb
    • 9:30 AM Registration
    • 10:00 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 10:05 AM Risk and the Regulator – Causes and Effects

      As the legal sector is experiencing a time of disruption and change, it is vital that the working of the justice system is maintained and protected. One of the key actions for the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner is to assist the profession to achieve the highest standards of legal practice.

      In this informative session, VLSB Commissioner Fiona McLeay will discuss consumer trends, the impact of culture and how early intervention strategies can help mitigate risks for your practice.

      Presenter: Fiona McLeay, Commissioner, Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

      Compliance Area: Practice Management & Business Skills


    • 11:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:15 AM Tax and your Regional Practice- the Imperative Interplay

      Thanks to the “long arm” of federal and state taxes laws, staying abreast with tax legislation and being able to identify and interpret its impact on various matters such as business and property sales, divorce and succession planning become vital for a regional practitioner, who continuously work with clients to resolve such matters.

      This session will discuss some common tax issues that are likely to be encountered by you and how you can overcome them effectively to prevent any tax related complications from arising for your clients at an early stage.

      Presenter: Matthew Meng, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law


    • 12:15 PM Lunch
    • 1:00 PM Stream 2: Family Law Update

      Direct from the Bench – What Judges want to hear when conducting an interim hearing

      When proceedings are initiated, it’s helpful to keep in mind that an Interim Hearing may be conducted. It’s therefore vital that one prepares accordingly to save the Court’s and your client’s time.

      Her Honour Judge Mercuri will provide practitioners with valuable guidance on how to conduct an effective and efficient interim hearing.

      She will highlight the Bench’s expectations, provide practical tips on preparing Affidavits as well as discuss the reliance on evidence in interim hearings.

      Presenter: Judge Mercuri, Federal Circuit Court of Australia

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law


    • 2:00 PM Stream 2: Farming Cases - The Root of all Equitable Evil

      Farming cases present practitioners in family law with unique challenges. The approach and the parameters to take into consideration are unique to matters involving a family farm, even though the law considers it to be no different to any other family law matter.

      In this session, experienced family law barrister Robyn Wheeler will discuss recent farming cases to highlight some golden rules and tips for running a farming case, covering key topics like:

      • Constructive trusts
      • who really owns the farm 
      • The importance of evidence, evidence, evidence!

      Robyn Wheeler, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law


    • 3:00 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:30 PM Manoeuvring Challenging Conversations

      With your ability to communicate and persuasively advocate for your client’s interests being among the most important skills in your arsenal as lawyer, discovering nuanced and strategic communication techniques can help you gain a distinct advantage in advocacy.

      This interactive session will provide insights into how your clients think so you can communicate with impact and will cover the following topics:

      • How to listen to and have difficult conversations
      • Turning a lead into a client while being honest and realistic about their prospects
      • Breaking unfavourable news without discouraging the client
      • How to handle client disappointment

      Presenter: Rebecca Maplesden, Special Counsel, Polaris Lawyers

      Compliance Area: Professional Skills


    • 4:30 PM Ethical Considerations for Regional Practitioners

      This highly interactive workshop discussion with attendees will feature a selection of challenging ethical issues which arise in daily legal practice. These will be illustrated by the use of de-identified real life scenarios. Topics discussed will include:

      • what to do when a landlord’s solicitor charges excessive fees on an assignment of lease
      • the need for strict adherence to formal requirements when witnessing documents
      • the duty of confidentiality
      • conflict of interest in its various forms
      • what do when you receive confidential documents inadvertently

      Presenter: Pam Morton, Ethics and Practice Support Lawyer, Law Institute of Victoria

      Compliance Area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility


    • 5:30 PM Conference Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    The Law Institute of Victoria is pleased to partner with the North East Law Association to present the highly anticipated North East Law Association Conference 2020. Featuring topics that have made recent headlines, impacted practice and stimulated discussions, the conference incorporates a two-streamed program for the very first time.

    Strengthen the way you practice and grow your professional network as you hear from members of the judiciary, barristers and industry experts. Choose from either the two substantive law streams and capitalise on the flexibility of this years’ program and still benefit from the core sessions that will analyse key legislation that impacts your regional practice.

  • Presenters

    Amanda Toner, President, North East Law Association and Director, Toner & May Legal

    Fiona McLeay, Commissioner, Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

    Matthew Meng, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Phil Grano

    Robert Hay QC

    Rebecca Maplesden, Barrister, Special Counsel, Polaris Lawyers

    Pam Morton, Ethics and Practice Support Lawyer, Law Institute of Victoria

  • Conference Streams

    Unpack the new Guardianship and Administration Act 2019, Retail Leases Act 2003 and how they impact your practice with the Legal Update Stream or choose to explore the interplay between farming and family law with the Family Law Stream.