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Property Law Conference

Property Law Conference

Date & TimeThursday 09 September 2021 9am–5pm
Format Webinar
Price

Member

$560.00

Non-Member

$700.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

Exclusive LIV Member Early Bird Price:
Register for $448 when you book online by 20 August*

Victoria’s property lawyers continue to adapt to sweeping changes, as technology adoption accelerates and practices of all sizes are able to access new digital tools to create efficiencies.

This year’s conference offers valuable insights and advice on current issues affecting your property law practice, including property tax changes, commercial and retail leasing updates, resilience strategies and the latest in tech innovation.

Further details below.

Book More & Save. LIV members can receive 25 per cent off the standard member price when you register for both Breakfast with the Experts: Insights into Co-ownership Disputes and the Property Law conference. Click here to register for both.

Program Overview

  • Property Law Conference - Thursday 09 Sep
    • 8:50 AM Webinar Launch
      The webinar will launch ten minutes before the conference begins. Log in early to test your settings and familiarise yourself with webinar features.
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening & Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Address – Lessons from the Lacrosse Tower Litigation

      His Honour Judge Woodward will deliver an address on the lessons learnt from the Lacrosse Tower litigation in this keynote address.

      His Honour was appointed to the bench of the County Court in May 2017 and is the Head of the Commercial Division of the Court. He was also until recently the Judge-in-Charge of the Building Cases List. Judge Woodward will also cover some recent trends in building claims and provide insights into procedural efficiencies for practitioners when running these matters. 

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Chair: Michael Dowling, Special Counsel, Russell Kennedy Lawyers; LIV Property Law Committee Co-chair

      Keynote speaker: His Honour Judge Woodward

    • 9:45 AM Short Break
    • 9:50 AM State of the Commercial Property Market

      Don’t miss this all-encompassing overview of the impact of market forces on commercial real estate market and the impact this will have from a legal standpoint over the next 12–18 months. Commercial property expert Tony Crabb will cover:

      • Geopolitical and economic influences on markets and the timing of recovery
      • Demand for industrial property, including e-commerce, population growth and running out of zoned land
      • Remote working impact on office space and considerations for tenancy agreements
      • Carnage in retail property, analysis of CBD vs suburbs vs shopping malls
      • Commercial leasing and tenancy agreements, the current metrics including rents, incentives, outgoings, etc.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Chair: Michael Dowling, Special Counsel, Russell Kennedy Lawyers; LIV Property Law Committee Co-chair

      Presenter: Tony Crabb, National Director Research, Cushman and Wakefield

    • 10:30 AM Morning Tea Break
    • 10:40 AM Latest Property Law Case Update

      Property law continues to evolve and develop in the face of challenges ranging from pandemic related legislative changes to regulatory uncertainty. Practitioners need to be on top of the changes to practice effectively in this area.

      Topics covered:

      • Enforcement of an unregistered restrictive covenant?   
      • What is a mortgagee’s duty of good faith in selling real estate in pandemic times?   
      • Can the parties to a mortgage contract out of the Statute of Limitations?  

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Chair: Michael Dowling, Special Counsel, Russell Kennedy Lawyers; LIV Property Law Committee Co-chair

      Presenter: William Stark, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    • 11:10 AM Short Break
    • 11:15 AM PropTech & LegalTech Innovation

      The digital economy, enabled by accelerating advances in technology, is reimagining and creating efficiencies in legal practices and interactions with clients.This session will uncover some of the new LegalTech tools being used in practice that supports property law activities and practice management. The expert panel will discuss what’s trending and how the tools can support property lawyers and practices including:

      • New trends and technologies impacting property law practices
      • What practice leaders can do to leverage the benefits of digital technology to stay relevant
      • Reasons why you should embrace and invest in new technologies now

      Compliance area: Substantive Law / Practice Management & Business Skills

      Presenters:

      • Amanda Fajerman, Engagement Manager, BarHead Solutions; Former, Head of Legal Technology, LOD
      • Peter Maloney, Chief Executive, GlobalX
    • 12:00 PM Lunch Break & Optional Virtual Networking
    • 12:45 PM Commercial & Retail Leasing: Mid-pandemic Conversation

      The commercial and retail leasing sector has experienced significant change since the beginning of the pandemic. As the Melbourne CBD stood still bearing the most severe impact over the past 12 months, the commercial leasing sector has been a hive of activity.

      Significant legislative responses to COVID-19 or foreshadowed legislation that has come into effect, has ensured property lawyers need to be informed to advise on new scenarios and matters that impact their clients.

      Our expert panel will deliberate and discuss the impact of:

      • Government reduction of the threshold of international funds to zero
      • Force majeure clauses and leasing terminations
      • Commercial tenancy relief laws and CTRS disputes
      • Other recent issues in Retail Tenancies

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Chair: The Honourable Justice Clyde Croft AM SC, Supreme Court of Victoria

      Panellists:

      • Robert Hay QC, Barrister, Victoria Bar
      • Malwina Peacock, Senior Legal Counsel, ISPT
    • 1:35 PM Short Break
    • 1:40 PM Property Tax Changes

      There have been a number of changes and developments in state taxes following the budget and new announcements. This session will provide an overview of the changes and how this will impact advice to clients.

      Topics include:

      • 2021 Victorian budget - the windfall gains tax and other announcements
      • Economic entitlements after 2 years - hurricane or storm in a teacup?
      • CGT and GST - recent developments
      • Recent cases 

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Chair: Michael Dowling, Special Counsel, Russell Kennedy Lawyers; LIV Property Law Committee Co-chair

      Presenter: Simon A Tisher, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    • 2:30 PM Afternoon Tea Break
    • 2:40 PM Just Because it’s Standard Practice Doesn’t Make It Right

      Attend this fireside chat with the experts to unravel some of the typical standardisations that occur in practice that Property lawyers need to question.

      Leading young lawyers Lydia Eastwood, Property Law Accredited Specialist and Young Property Lawyer of the Year 2020, and Jessica Jacaj, Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30, will pose the tough questions to highly experienced lawyers David McKenzie, Accredited Specialist and Property Law Committee Co-chair, and Norman Mermelstein, REIV Owners Corporations Specialist and long-standing Property Law Committee member.

      Throughout this interactive session panel members will share their collective knowledge and personal insights into how to best manage property law practices.

      Compliance area: Professional Skills / Practice Management & Business Skills

      Panellists:

      • Lydia Eastwood, Senior Associate, Redman Lynch Washington; Property Law Accredited Specialist; Victorian Young Property Lawyer of the Year 2020
      • Jessica Jacaj, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia; Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30
      • David McKenzie Principal, LMG Lawyers, Property Law Accredited Specialist; LIV Property Law Committee Co-chair
      • Norman Mermelstein, Director, Law Ink Pty Ltd; LIV Property Law Committee member
    • 3:20 PM Short Break
    • 3:30 PM Resilience Strategies for Lawyers

      The legal profession globally suffers at least three times more than the general population when it comes to mental health and social-emotional well-being. Common complaints include high workloads, client expectations and lack of support in working environments. Rather than being reactive during times of stress, this interactive session will explain self-determination and how to build resilience through developing:

      • a sense of Autonomy – I feel that I have choices
      • a sense of Competence – I feel that I have what it takes
      • a sense of Connectedness – I feel that I belong and am valued

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Presenter: Mick Walsh, Author, Coach and Speaker at Learning Curve Positive Education and Wellbeing Program

    • 3:55 PM Short Break
    • 4:00 PM Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Property Law Practice

      Michael Dolan and Simon Libbis will consider and discuss with attendees recent real life ethics examples relevant to property law practice including a solicitor’s paramount duty to the court and administration of justice, conflict of interest, legal professional privilege, client instructions to release monies from trust and solicitor as a material witness

      Compliance area: Ethics & Professional Responibility

      Chair: Michael Dowling, Special Counsel, Russell Kennedy Lawyers; LIV Property Law Committee Co-chair

      Moderator: Carly Erwin, Lawyer, Law Institute of Victoria

      Presenters:

      • Simon Libbis, Special Counsel Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria
      • Michael Dolan, Special Counsel Ethics, Law Institute of Victoria
    • 5:00 PM Conference Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Theme: Practising Outside the Square of Conventionality

    Victoria’s property lawyers continue to adapt to sweeping changes, as technology adoption accelerates and practices of all sizes are able to access new digital tools to create efficiencies for staff and clients. The unexpected impact of the pandemic has created new challenges as well as opportunities for lateral thinking. To be successful in their practices, property lawyers need to be informed and inspired to address these new challenges, and practice outside the square of conventionality.

    This years’ program features a keynote address by His Honour Judge Woodward who will deliver a landmark address on the lessons learnt from the Lacrosse Tower litigation. You will also hear from Cushman and Wakefield’s national director of research Tony Crabb on the state of the market and the Honourable Justice Clyde Croft AM SC will facilitate a conversation with a panel of experts who will discuss commercial and retail leasing in the current climate.

    Attend this flagship conference to obtain valuable insights and advice on current issues affecting your property law practice, including property tax changes, case updates, resilience strategies and the latest in tech innovation.

    Virtual Conference Inclusions

    • Opportunities to ask questions and interact with our presenters and other attendees via polls, Q&As and digital breakout rooms
    • Short breaks following each speaker so you can get up and stretch your legs
    • Supplementary reading material, including PowerPoint presentations used by speakers
    • A complimentary recording of the conference
  • Presenters

    Keynote speaker: His Honour Judge Woodward

    Before his appointment to the County Court, Judge Woodward was for 20 years a barrister practising primarily in corporations and commercial law. He took silk in 2010. At the time of his appointment to the Court, his Honour was a member of the Victorian Bar Council and chair of its Ethics Committee. His Honour began his legal career with Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens Linklaters). He was made a partner with the firm in 1992.

    Tony Crabb, National Director Research, Cushman and Wakefield

    William Stark, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Amanda Fajerman, Engagement Manager, BarHead Solutions; Former, Head of Legal Technology, LOD

    Peter Maloney Chief Executive, GlobalX; CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards finalist for IT and Telecommunications

    The Honourable Justice Clyde Croft AM SC, Supreme Court of Victoria

    Robert Hay QC, Barrister, Victoria Bar

    Malwina Peacock, Senior Legal Counsel, ISPT

    Simon A Tisher, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Lydia Eastwood, Senior Associate, Redman Lynch Washington; Property Law Accredited Specialist; Victorian Young Property Lawyer of the Year 2020

    Jessica Jacaj, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia; Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30

    David McKenzie Principal, LMG Lawyers; Property Law Accredited Specialist; LIV Property Law Committee Co-chair

    Norman Mermelstein, Director, Law Ink Pty Ltd; LIV Property Law Committee Member

    Mick Walsh, Author, Coach and Speaker at Learning Curve Positive Education and Wellbeing Program

    Simon Libbis, Special Counsel Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

    Michael Dolan, Special Counsel Ethics, Law Institute of Victoria

    Carly Erwin, Lawyer, Law Institute of Victoria

  • Registration, Pricing & Webinar Information

    Registration Details

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

    *Full Pricing Details

    LIV member early bird price: $448 (not valid in conjuction with additional member discounts)
    Standard member price: $560
    Accredited Specialist/Young Lawyer/CLC/Tarwirri member price: $490
    Non-member price: $700

    Not yet a member? Join the LIV and save on continuing professional development, training and events. Members also have access to exclusive resources, practice support services and discounts from our partners. Click here to learn more about membership or call 03 9607 9470 to join now.

    Book More & Save. LIV members can receive 25 per cent off the standard member price when you register for both Breakfast with the Experts: Insights into Co-ownership Disputes and the Property Law conference. Click here to register for both. Note: this offer is not valid in conjuction with the LIV member early bird offer or any additional discounts.

    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.

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