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Personal Injury & Medico-Legal Conference: Personal Injury Stream

Personal Injury & Medico-Legal Conference: Personal Injury Stream

Date & TimeThursday 26 March 2020 9am–5pm
Format Conference
Price

Member

$580.00

Non-Member

$700.00

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

Exclusive LIV Member Offer: Book by February 12 and receive 20% off the member price*

Keep your finger on the pulse of key issues and developments at this new conference for personal injury and medical negligence practitioners. Afternoon sessions are broken into two streams, ensuring customised learning for medical negligence practitioners and those who work across TAC, WorkCover and public liability.

This conference will demystify recent developments and what they mean for your practice, empowering you with the knowledge and skills to confidently advise your clients.  

Further details on the Personal Injury (TAC, WorkCover & Public Liability) Stream below. Click here for details on the Medico-Legal (Medical Negligence) Stream.

Program Overview

  • Personal Injury & Medico-Legal Conference: TAC, WorkCover & Public Liability - Thursday 26 Mar
    • 8:30 AM Registration
    • 9:00 AM Opening & Welcome
    • 9:00 AM The View from the Bench

      Setting the scene for the day, Judge Tsalamandris from the County Court of Victoria will provide an overview of key personal injury developments from a judicial perspective. Learn more about the issues the Court has been facing and the challenges on the horizon for practitioners in this area to inform and guide your practice in 2020.

      Presenter: Judge Tsalamandris, County Court of Victoria

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 9:30 AM Compensation & the NDIS

      The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to complement existing compensation arrangements for personal injury. Certain participants in the NDIS who have or sustain a personal injury and receive or are eligible to receive compensation for that personal injury may be impacted by the compensation provisions in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Supports for Participants – Accounting for Compensation) Rules 2013 (Compensation Rules).

      Designed for attendees who represent clients who are current or prospective NDIS participants, this session will enhance your understanding of the key considerations around compensation under the NDIS Act and Compensation Rules.

      Topics covered include:

      • An outline of ‘compensation’ in the NDIS context
      • How NDIS funding may be impacted where a participant has sustained a compensable personal injury
      • What is a ‘recovery’ and the recovery process?
      • What is a ‘compensation reduction amount’ and how it is applied to a participant’s plan?
      • Outline of NDIS interface with State and Territory statutory schemes
      • Legal and practical considerations

      Presenter: Michael Harper, Compensation Recoveries Branch Manager, National Disability Insurance Agency

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 10:30 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:00 AM Advising Clients on Compensation for Institutional Abuse Matters

      With claims for historical abuse now firmly in the public eye, it is essential for practitioners to understand the realities of advising on compensation in these matters.

      This session will focus on how to advise a client who has previously had a settlement against an institution for abuse, the potential avenues available to them and the practical considerations practitioners need to be aware of when advising on these avenues.  

      Topics covered include:

      • Challenges for claimants
      • Setting aside a deed of settlement – legal parameters
      • Implications of TRG v The Board of Trustees of the Brisbane Grammar School [2019] QSC 157
      • Available avenues of compensation, including VOCAT or section 85B Sentencing Act Claims, and the time frames associated with those claims
      • How do you determine if a client should go through redress, reopen a common law claim or set aside a deed

      Presenters:

      • Penny Savidis, Partner, Ryan Carlisle Thomas
      • Phil Brewin, Director, Nevett Ford

      Compliance Area: Professional Skills

    • 12:00 PM Lunch
    • 1:00 PM TAC, WorkCover & Public Liability Stream – Public Liability Matters: What you need to know

      Providing valuable insights into running and defending a public liability matter, this practical session will cover common issues for practitioners in these matters and solutions to overcome them.

      Led by a recognised expert in public liability law, this session will incorporate a Q & A component where you will have the opportunity to ask questions about these issues and discuss your experiences. It will also provide tips and techniques to improve your productivity when working through these trickier aspects of public liability practice.

      Presenter: TBC

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 2:00 PM TAC, WorkCover & Public Liability Stream – Intricacies of Injuries: Developments in psychiatric injury

      Examining recent decisions and developments in the law regarding psychiatric injury including challenges for common law claims in this comprehensive session, this practical session will empower you to assess the application of these developments on your practice.

      Exploring important implications for TAC and WorkCover practitioners, both plaintiff and defendant, this session will cover:

      • Updates on key decisions including:
        • YZ (a pseudonym) v The Age Company Ltd [2019] VCC 148
        • Noori v Topaz Fine Foods Pty Ltd [2018] VSCA 323
        • Hingst v Construction Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd (No 3) [2018] VSC 136
      • Establishing duty and breach: considerations and challenges   
      • Damages for breach of contract resulting in psychiatric injury

      Presenter: Stella Gold, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 3:00 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:15 PM Getting paid: Maximising costs for personal injury practitioners

      Understanding the landscape of legal costing in your personal injury and medical negligence matters can help you identify risk areas in a matter and open up unexplored chargeable work. Don’t miss this key session in which our specialist personal injury costs lawyer will provide key tips and strategies to ensure you have the skills you need to maximise cost recovery in your matters.

      Topics covered include:

      • Section 134AB(31) costs recovery applications
      • Costs issues when your client has had previous solicitors acting
      • Best practices for maximising recovery on an assessment of costs
      • Recent decisions and trends

      Presenter: Melanie Crow, Legal Costs Manager, Shine Lawyers

      Compliance Area: Practice Management & Business Skills

    • 4:15 PM Ethics in Practice

      The LIV’s Special Counsel Ethics will facilitate a highly interactive workshop discussion with attendees addressing a selection of challenging ethical issues which can arise in daily legal practice in the context of personal injury and medico-legal 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.

      Presenter: Michael Dolan, Special Counsel Ethics, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

      Compliance Area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

    • 5:15 PM Close & Networking Drinks
      Following the close of the conference at 5.15pm, attendees are invited to network with peers over complimentary drinks until 6pm.

Further Details

  • Full Description


    *Exempt from the Early Bird offer are CLC, YL and Accredited Specialist members. The registration fee for these membership categories is $435.

    Keep your finger on the pulse of key issues and developments at this new conference for personal injury and medical negligence practitioners. Featuring a keynote address by Her Honour Judge Tsalamandris of the County Court of Victoria, as well as topical sessions on compensation under the NDIS and institutional abuse claims, this is a must-attend event for practitioners.

    Afternoon sessions are broken into two streams, ensuring customised learning for medical negligence practitioners and those who work across TAC, WorkCover and public liability. This conference will demystify recent developments and what they mean for your practice, empowering you with the knowledge and skills to confidently advise your clients.  

    Topics covered include:

    • Compensation and the NDIS
    • Advising clients on compensation for institutional abuse matters
    • Developments in psychiatric injury
    • Health practitioners in disciplinary proceedings
    • Maximising costs for personal injury practitioners

    Following the close of the conference at 5.15pm, attendees are invited to network with peers over complimentary drinks until 6pm.

  • Presenters


    Her Honour Judge Tsalamandris, County Court of Victoria

    Penny Savidis, Partner, Ryan Carlisle Thomas

    Melanie Crow, Legal Costs Manager, Shine Lawyers

    Michael Dolan, Special Counsel Ethics, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

     

  • Feb-March 2020 CPD Program


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    Developed in collaboration with industry experts, the all new CPD program covers 19 practice areas, all areas of Accredited Specialisation, all compulsory compliance areas and all career stages. Choose from a variety of options and formats to fit your busy schedule.

    Click here to learn more about our 2020 CPD program.

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