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Personal Injury Conference

Personal Injury Conference

Date & TimeFriday 26 March 2021 9am–5.15pm
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

With the legal landscape of personal injury law constantly evolving, staying on top of case authorities and industry developments is key to your success and can help you gain a distinct advantage in your practice.

Keep yourself at the cutting edge of key developments and trends in this conference designed for personal injury practitioners. The online conference features topical sessions on crossover claims between TAC and WorkCover, civil procedure updates and changes to medical negligence practice as we move beyond the pandemic.

Further details below.

Exclusive LIV member offer: Receive 20% off the standard member price when you register for both Breakfast with the Experts – Spotlight on Institutional Abuse Matters and the 2021 Personal Injury Conference. Click here to register for both.

Program Overview

  • Personal Injury Conference - Friday 26 Mar
    • 8:50 AM Webinar Launch
      The webinar will launch ten minutes before the session begins. Log in early to test your settings and familiarise yourself with webinar features.
    • 9:00 AM Opening & Welcome
    • 9:10 AM The View from the Bench

      Setting the scene for the day, our judicial presenter will provide an overview of key personal injury developments from a judicial perspective. Learn more about the issues the courts have been facing and the challenges on the horizon for practitioners in this area to inform and guide your practice in 2021.

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law/Practice Management & Business Skills

      Presenter: Her Honour Judge Tsalamandris, County Court of Victoria

    • 9:50 AM Morning Tea Break
    • 10:00 AM TAC & WorkCover Claims: The crossover

      What happens when a work accident occurs and it involves the driving of a motor vehicle?

      Reflecting on the decision in Belgrave Heights Christian School v Diane Moore [2020] VSCA 240 which considered this question in some detail, this practical session will throw light on the issue of crossover claims between the TAC and WorkCover and the ramifications for practitioners in these areas.

      This practical session will review the implications of the Belgrave Heights decision and other relevant cases, risk areas and practical steps to be aware of and how best to safeguard your client’s interests when running these types of matters.

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

      Presenters:

      • Andrea Bannon, Barrister, Victorian Bar
      • Emily Anderson, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    • 11:00 AM Wellbeing Break
    • 11:10 AM Rules & Regulations: Civil procedure update

      Tailored for practitioners working across all areas of personal injury law, this session will provide practical guidance on how to best utilise the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic) to further your client’s claim and to ensure your compliance with the obligations imposed on legal practitioners in litigation.

      Topics include:

      • Serving court documents – important considerations to be aware of when serving documents via email or when serving documents interstate
      • Objecting to materials in subpoena – how to, when to and recent developments
      • Recent amendments to procedural rules for civil proceedings in Victorian courts

      Compliance Area: Professional Skills

      Presenter: Patrick Kelly, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    • 12:10 PM Lunch & Virtual Networking
    • 1:00 PM Brave New World: Medical negligence beyond the pandemic

      Reflecting on the realities of how medical practice, and as a consequence medical negligence, has developed over the past year. This insightful session will explore what practitioners in this area can expect as we emerge into a post-COVID world.

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

      • The impact of telehealth
      • Recent trends and case law updates

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: Tom Ballantyne, Principal Lawyer & Head of Medical Negligence, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

    • 2:00 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 2:05 PM Getting Paid: Maximising costs for personal injury practitioners

      Understanding the landscape of legal costing in your personal injury 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 presenter will provide key tips and strategies to ensure you have the skills you need to maximise cost recovery in your matters.

      Topics include:

      • Recent changes to costs under the Legal Profession Uniform law
      • Costs disclosures and agreements – how to ensure you and your practice remain compliant
      • 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

      Compliance Area: Practice Management & Business Skills

      Presenter: Michael King, Associate, Maurice Blackburn

    • 3:05 PM Afternoon Tea Break
    • 3:15 PM Obviously!: Statutory obvious risk defences & hazardous recreational activities

      From cricket to horse racing and other equestrian sports, many hazardous recreational and sporting activities involve obvious risk and are governed by complex laws and limitations.

      This session will offer insights into the statutory obvious risk defences in the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic), similar legislative provisions in New South Wales and Queensland, and will explore the impact of the Australian Consumer Law on claims where these defences are pleaded.

      With recent interstate case law developments indicating an increased willingness by superior courts to accept obvious and inherent risk defences, this session will also review relevant Victorian and interstate cases and offer tips that you can immediately implement in your day-to-day practice.

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: TBA

    • 4:10 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 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.

      Compliance Area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

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

    • 5:15 PM Conference Close

Further Details

  • Full Description & Webinar Details

    Conference theme: Key Updates for 2021

    With the legal landscape of personal injury law constantly evolving, staying on top of case authorities and industry developments is key to your success and can help you gain a distinct advantage in your practice.

    Keep yourself at the cutting edge of key developments and trends in this conference designed for personal injury practitioners. The online conference features topical sessions on crossover claims between TAC and WorkCover, civil procedure updates and changes to medical negligence practice as we move beyond the pandemic.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to to keep your finger on the pulse of these important issues, debate key developments in the sector and connect with judges, barristers and reputed practitioners at this highlight event.

    Already fulfilled your CPD requirements? Carry forward up to 3 points accrued between 1 January and 31 March into the next CPD year. Please note, points can only be counted in one CPD year.

    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 following the conference
    • Complimentary recording of the conference

    Registration Details

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

    Full Pricing Details

    Standard member price: $495
    Accredited Specialist/Young Lawyer/CLC/Tarwirri member price: $338
    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 at register@liv.asn.au or 03 9607 9473.

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

  • Presenters


    Her Honour Judge Tsalamandris, County Court of Victoria

    Andrea Bannon, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Emily Anderson, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Patrick Kelly, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Tom Ballantyne, Principal Lawyer & Head of Medical Negligence, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

    Michael King, Associate, Maurice Blackburn

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

  • 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.