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Costs in 2021: Cases, obligations and conversations

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Costs in 2021: Cases, obligations and conversations

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CPD Units 3
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

When did you last refresh your knowledge of costs obligations under Uniform Law? In this program, expert Cate Dealehr takes you through the recent costs changes you need to know to hit the ground running in 2021. Discover the ways you can best discuss costs with your clients, explore common ethical issues that arise relating to costs and more, while satisfying your CPD requirements in ethics & professional responsibility, practice management & business skills and professional skills.

Further details below.

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  • Full Description & Webinar Details

    Have you refreshed on your costs obligations under the Uniform Law recently? Are you keen to hear about changes in this area under the current pandemic environment and hone your skills when it comes to having costs conversations with your clients, while meeting your CPD requirements in practice management, professional skills and ethics?

    In this program, expert Cate Dealehr takes you through the recent costs changes you need to know to hit the ground running in 2021. Discover the ways you can best discuss costs with your clients, 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
    • 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

    Full Pricing Details

    Standard member price: $360
    Accredited Specialist/Young Lawyer/CLC/Tarwirri member price: $270
    Non-member price: $480

    Registration Details

    Online registrations close 12 hours before this event begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on 03 9607 9473 or

    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 morning of the event date.

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  • Presenter
    Cate Dealehr

    Cate Dealehr, Accredited Specialist, Costs Law; The Australian Legal Costing Group, Melbourne

    Cate founded ALCG in 1990 and is a recognised leader in her field. She is the chair of the Costs Section executive committee of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and long-standing trainer for law graduates at Leo Cussen Institute. She is a regular presenter at the annual National Costs Conferences.

    Cate is a recipient of the annual LIV Pro Bono awards and received an LIV Certificate of Service for her outstanding service to the Victorian legal profession. She served for 4 years as an elected representative for Victoria’s solicitors on the Legal Services Board and drafted the precedent costs disclosure and agreements for distribution to the legal profession.

    Cate has acted as an independent costs expert in over 20 class actions throughout Australia including acting as a court appointed referee in the Federal and Victorian Supreme Courts.


  • 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.