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Costs in 2020: Cases, obligations and conversations

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Costs in 2020: Cases, obligations and conversations

Date & TimeTBC
Format Practice Essentials, Seminar





CPD Units 3
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
Venue LIV, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Business Essentials

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

When did you last refresh your knowledge of costs obligations under Uniform Law? Hit the ground running in 2020 by attending this seminar. Ensure you are across key changes in costs, obtain effective strategies for having costs conversations with clients, explore common ethical issues and more – all while satisfying your CPD requirements in Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Practice Management & Business Skills and Professional Skills.

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  • Full Description

    *Exempt from the Early Bird offer are CLC, YL and Accredited Specialist members. The registration fee for these membership categories is $270.

    Have you refreshed yourself on your costs obligations under the Uniform Law recently? Are you keen to hear about changes in this area and hone your skills when it comes to having costs conversations with your clients - all while meeting your CPD requirements in Practice Management, Professional Skills and Ethics?

    In this program, our expert presenter will take us through the recent costs changes you need to know about to hit the ground running in 2020, including the 2019 High Court decision of Bell Lawyers Pty Ltd v Pentelow [2019] HCA 29. Discover best practice for discussing costs with your clients and explore common ethical issues that arise relating to costs and more.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Costs under the Uniform law
      • Recent changes and what they mean for your practice including a look at the decision of Bell Lawyers Pty Ltd v Pentelow [2019] HCA 29
    • Costs Disclosures
      • Overview of the legislative framework governing solicitor-client costs
      • How to ensure your practice remains compliant
      • Making initial and ongoing disclosure and provision of costs estimates
      • Resources to assist practitioners
    • Costs conversations with your client – How to best discuss costs with your client at the beginning, during and end of your matter
    • Ethics and costs:
      • Fine tune your ethical decision-making and improve your relationships with your clients
      • Delve into 6 real-life, de-identified ethics scenarios as faced by Victorian practitioners, including overcharging legal costs, dealing with trust money in an unusual setting, and conflict of interest.


    Please note the LIV considers that attendance at this program will provide practitioners with one point in each of the following CPD compliance areas:

    • Professional Skills
    • Practice Management
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Presenters

    Cate Dealehr, Accredited Specialist, Cots Law

    Cate founded ALCG (formerly Compucost) in 1990. She has been a long-standing member of various Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) costs committees and presenter at Leo Cussen Institute and the National Costs Conferences. Cate is the 2014 recipient of the LIV Pro Bono award and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In mid 2014 she was elected to the Victorian Legal Services Board. Cate drafted the LIV precedent costs disclosure and agreements for distribution to its members and received a LIV Certificate of Service in 2016 for her outstanding service to the legal profession. Cate loves walking, and attests that doing the 800 kms across Spain on the Camino was life changing. She is also passionate about politics, especially about getting more women MPs. 

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

  • Feb-March 2020 CPD Program

    Make your points count with the LIV.

    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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