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Regional and Suburban Conference

Regional and Suburban Conference

Date & TimeFriday 20 November 2020 10am-4.45pm
Format Conference
Price

Member

$495.00

Non-Member

$650.00

CPD Units 5
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

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Register for $360 when you book online by 6 November*

The Law Institute of Victoria, in conjunction with Regional and Suburban Law Associations, is excited to announce the inaugural Regional and Suburban Virtual Conference. This customisable virtual conference offers you the opportunity to feel connected with, and to contribute to, your community of regional and suburban peers like never before.

Further details below.


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Program Overview

  • Regional and Suburban Conference: Connecting the Community - Friday 20 Nov
    • 9:15 AM Pre-Conference Networking : Connecting over a Cuppa
      Catch up and connect with fellow colleagues and conference attendees. You are sure to see someone you haven’t seen in a while! Enjoy with some Melbourne Tea which we will post out to you.
    • 10:00 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 10:05 AM Law Institute of Victoria Address
    • 10:15 AM Keynote Address – Over the Horizon

      Even with Victoria in the grip of a second wave of COVID-19 infections, which will gradually recede, it is no surprise that the economical aftermath of the pandemic will take longer to recover from. As legal practitioners in Regional and Suburban Victoria, it becomes critical to understand the impacts this will have on your practice, clients and community.

      In this session, hear Simon Phemister provide insights into the regional and suburban economic landscape and discuss key projects and initiatives the department is planning for regional and suburban Victoria to facilitate recovery.

      Compliance area: Practice Management

      Keynote speaker: Simon Phemister, Secretary, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

      Connecting the community: You will have the opportunity for an interactive Q&A

       

    • 11:05 AM Morning Tea Break / Wellbeing Activity
      Enjoy the scientifically proven benefits of a gratitude exercise with Lauren Kelindeman from Legalite.
    • 11:15 AM The Framework for Good Work Habits

      How good are your work habits? By this we mean how you go about actually doing the work for the client. What are your systems, processes and precedents like? These questions are relevant for every firm.

      Our fast-changing environment makes good work production systems and processes essential for efficiently producing quality work. You can’t keep multiple client matters and multiple deadlines in your head at once and produce quality work in the timeframes required today. Simple mistakes that cost a lot of money can and do happen for want of a better system, process or precedent.

      In this session, Stephen Bubb provides insights on how to establish safe and efficient ways to do the work so that you continue to thrive.

      Compliance area: Practice Management / Professional Skills

      Presenter: Stephen Bubb, Risk Manager, LPLC

      Connecting the community: You will have the opportunity for an interactive Q&A and discussion

       

    • 12:00 PM Lunch
    • 12:30 PM Unlocking the Hidden Business in your Database

      Many legal professionals are hesitant to ask their clients for new or more referrals in the fear of looking ‘salesy’. The reality is that you may be sitting on a goldmine of untapped revenue opportunities that is waiting to be unlocked - if you simply knew how to ask your clients the right questions.

      In this online seminar, you will learn how to:

      • dissolve call apprehension by using active listening,
      • use targeted questioning to unlock new referrals and revenue streams,
      • galvanise your client relationships through practice contact.

      Compliance area: Practice Management / Professional Skills

      Presenter: Michael Licenblat, Resilience Expert, Bounce Back Fast

      Connecting the community: Features polls and interactive discussion with the facilitator and fellow attendees.

       

    • 1:30 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 1:40 PM Customise your Conference

      External Influencers: Select from any of the 3 sessions below featuring key stakeholders/factors that have a direct impact on you and your practice.

      Breakout Option 1

      In Conversation with the Experts - Current Updates and Insights in Succession, Property and Commercial Law Practice

      With the future of the Omnibus Act still ambiguous who knows what the case may be come November.

      As the road to recovery remains uncertain, this session provides you with the unique opportunity to discuss key legislative updates and insights at the forefront of your mind.

      Drive the agenda by asking questions and discussing matters to be able to navigate changes that affect your practice and clients. 

      Compliance area: Substantive Law / Practice Management

      Presenters:

      • Simon Libbis, Consultant Prior Law, Accredited Specialist Property Law
      • Mark Bolton, Mark Bolton Legal, Accredited Commercial Law Specialist
      • Ines Kallweit, Principal Solicitor, KHQ Lawyers, Accredited Wills & Estates Specialist

      Connecting the community: Participate in open discussion with the panel and fellow colleagues

       

      Breakout Option 2

      VLA and your Practice  

      VLA are significant in both regional and suburban practice, especially those who conduct VLA Panel work for crime, family and children’s related matters; an already vulnerable cohort in the rural context made more so by the impact of COVID-19.

      Providing insights into key changes that Victoria Legal Aid have made arising from the pandemic and its impact on their client-base, this session will enhance your understanding of the realities within this organisation and its intersection with your practice.  

      Compliance area: Substantive Law / Practice Management

      Presenters:

      • Peter Noble Executive Director, Services and Innovation
      • Dianna Gleeson, Executive Director, Legal Practice
      • Dan Nicholson, Executive Director, Criminal Law Services

      Connecting the community: Engage in interactive Q&A and discussion with presenters and fellow attendees.

       

      Breakout Option 3

      Courtcraft and your Practice  

      On request by Young Lawyers, this session discusses what could be permanent shifts to how the Courts will operate beyond the pandemic and provides tips and tricks on using the digital platforms to effectively prepare for appearances.

      The presenter will provide feedback and observations about common pitfalls and shortcomings that will allow you to continue to represent your clients effectively in the post-pandemic world.  

      Compliance area: Practice Management / Professional Skills

      Presenter: Magistrate Megan Aumair  

      Connecting the community: Engage in interactive Q&A and discussion with presenters and fellow attendees.

       

    • 2:30 PM Afternoon Tea Break / Wellbeing Activity
      Enjoy some afternoon stretching exercises lead by Lauren Kelindeman from Legalite
    • 2:45 PM Customise your Conference

      Internal Influencers: Select from 3 sessions below featuring key skills you can internalise for favourable outcomes for your practice and your clients.

      Breakout Option 1

      The Big Picture: Developing a Business Succession Plan  

      The pandemic has catapulted us into the future and what seemed like a 5 year plan has metamorphosed to become a 5 month plan. In such circumstances, for some, future planning isn’t as far away as was envisioned pre-pandemic.

      This session will highlight the need to think and plan ahead to ensure the longevity and success of your practice by providing practical insights into developing a succession plan to enable you to safeguard your personal and business assets.

      Compliance area: Practice Management / Professional Skills

      Presenter: Barry Jenner, Principal, MSA Consulting

      Connecting the community: Work through activities with fellow colleagues through interactive breakout rooms.

       

      Breakout Option 2

      Thinking out of the Box with Pricing and Billing  

      The pandemic is bound to have financial repercussions on you, your practice and also your clients. It will become even more important to remain competitive in a saturated legal services market and walk the fine line of balancing pricing and profitability.

      This session will explore alternative pricing models that provide better price certainty for your clients.

      Our expert presenter will also walk through the myriad of pricing options available, what works and what doesn’t, to help you identify opportunities to drive revenue and profit growth within your firm.

      Compliance area: Practice Management / Professional Skills

      Presenter: Kristie Harpley, Commercial Lawyer, LawSquared

      Connecting the community: Engage in interactive Q&A and discussion with presenters and fellow attendees.


      Breakout Option 3

      Optimising Your Law Firm’s Existing Technology with Office 365

      The pandemic has driven technology uptake at an unbelievable rate amongst the legal profession, whether it’s for remote working, servicing clients, managing a team or interacting with the Courts. More and more people believe things will never return to way they were before, and that technology will be integrated into daily practice.

      However, having access to technology is not enough and what’s important is knowing how to harness it to make it work for you. In this session, you will receive practical tech tips on how you can maximise the technology you currently have to drive efficiency and improve workflow to give your practice the modern touch.

      Key topics include:

      • What is the state of Legal Tech in the Australian market?
      • What does a good technology strategy entail?
      • How to use Microsoft Office 365 to create email templates, clause banks, create and allocate tasks and projects, collect client feedback, and automate document review

      Compliance area: Practice Management / Professional Skills

      Presenters:

      • Eric Chin, Principal, Alpha Creates
      • Graeme Grovum, Principal, Alpha Creates

      Connecting the community: Work through discussions with the facilitator and fellow colleagues through interactive Q&A.

       

    • 3:45 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 3:50 PM Panel Panorama: Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

      The pandemic has brought its share of bad news, but there is reason to be optimistic too. Think back to a pre-covid-19 world, when you’d ask why something was done in a certain way. The answer was often, “Because that’s the way it’s always been done.” As businesses are forced to plan for how the new workplace will function post pandemic, it is fair to say the tables have almost turned for practitioners in regional and suburban Victoria for the good.

      This session features anecdotes and lived experiences of how personal, client and day-to-day practice challenges were overcome by regional and suburban practitioners who continued to thrive in uncertain times. The expert panel will also discuss the opportunities that lie ahead especially for small and boutique firms who have a nimble approach to decision-making and change compared to big firms that have a heavy corporate machinery.

      Compliance area: Practice Management

      Panelists:

      Jacqueline Brauman, TBA Law, Accredited Wills & Estates Specialist

      Anthony Curtin, Managing Partner, Corporate and Commercial, Merton Lawyers

      Moderator:

      Karen Finch, CEO, Legally Yours

      Connecting the community: Participate in facilitated breakout discussions where you can share your experiences with fellow colleagues too to culminate the day with robust collaboration.

       

    • 4:35 PM Conference Debrief and Close
    • 4:45 PM Virtual Networking Event
      Meet with practitioners closer to your home in interactive breakout rooms. Use your voucher to bring along a beverage of your choice or nibbles! Support local business and connect with the community!

Further Details

  • Full Description

    The Law Institute of Victoria, in conjunction with Regional and Suburban Law Associations, is excited to announce the inaugural Regional and Suburban Virtual Conference. This customisable virtual conference offers you the opportunity to feel connected with, and to contribute to, your community of regional and suburban peers like never before.

    Themed ‘Connecting the Community’, the conference will provide you with a sense that you’re not in this alone and that challenges can be converted into opportunities, while empowering you to confidently navigate the legal landscape for the betterment of your wellbeing, clients and community.

    Choose from a range of topics to tailor your conference experience to suit your priorities and needs. No matter your current position, level of experience, location or area of practice, this conference will provide you with guidance to be the best practitioner for your clients.

    Virtual Conference Inclusions

    • Food and drinks voucher for virtual networking and supporting your local community
    • Opportunities to ask questions and interact with our presenters and other attendees via polls, Q&As and digital breakout rooms
    • Short wellbeing breaks 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
    • A recording of the conference

     

    Important Information

    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

    Standard member launch price: $360
    Standard member price: $495
    Accredited Specialist/CLC/Tarwirri member price: $338 (exempt from launch price)
    Non-member price: $650

    Group Discount

    Book in a group of 3 or more and receive 20% off (members and non-members). To register your group, email register@liv.asn.au.

  • Presenters
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    Keynote Presenter – Simon Phemister, Secretary, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

    Simon Phemister's career in the public service has spanned many portfolios, and his achievements include establishing the Latrobe Valley Authority, supporting delivery of the Major Transport Infrastructure Program and leading work to further drive Victoria's economy and jobs growth.

    Appointed Secretary of the department 1 January 2019, he brings with him a passion to create a vibrant State economy and create opportunities for all.

    Simon has an Executive Masters Public Administration from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Business (Asia Pacific Studies) from La Trobe University and Honours in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese from Yunnan University, China.


    Adam Awty, CEO, Law Institute of Victoria

    Adam Awty was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Law Institute of Victoria in late 2018. Adam is an experienced membership association and not-for-profit executive and has extensive leadership, finance and company secretariat experience.

    Adam has a commitment to innovation and collaboration and addressing major issues of concern to the profession.

    Prior to joining the LIV, he served as interim Chief Executive at CPA Australia. Prior to that Adam worked across various roles at CPA Australia, over 18 years.

    Adam is currently chair of the Victorian Ombudsman’s Audit and Risk Committee.


    Sam Pandya, President, Law Institute of Victoria

    Sam is the current President of the Law Institute of Victoria in 2020. Sam has worked in government, the regions, large city law firms and more recently has run a small suburban practice, OpusRed Lawyers, in the inner west of Melbourne practising in commercial, insolvency and employment law. Sam therefore understands the challenges faced by our practitioners.

    Sam is an experienced commercial lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of commercial, corporate and insolvency law. He holds honours degrees in Law from the University of London and in Accounting Finance & Economics. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a qualified mediator. Sam has been on the Council of the LIV for 5 years and was previously a director of Western Region Health Centre, now Co Health.

    Sam is passionate about advancing diversity in the legal profession, both in Victoria and nationally, and has been the Chair of the LIV Diversity Committee since 2016 and an active member of the Law Council of Australia’s Equal Opportunity Committee since 2017.


    Stephen Bubb, Risk Manager, LPLC

    Stephen was appointed as a risk manager by LPLC in January 2016. He has over 30 years’ experience in private practice and understands the challenges that practitioners face. He is focused on the benefits of good legal practice management.


    Michael Licenblat, Resilience Expert, Bounce Back Fast

    Michael Licenblat is a resilience expert who teaches people how to bounce back from challenges and setbacks – and perform better under pressure.

    Over the past 10 years, Michael has dedicated himself to teaching the principles of resilience to people in business and sales. Drawing on his background in Psychology, Shiatsu therapy, and over 25 years of Martial Arts experience, Michael has helped countless companies become 'pressure proof' and learn how to bounce back from the setbacks and challenges so they can out perform their competition.


    Simon Libbis, Consultant Prior Law, Accredited Specialist Property Law

    Simon Libbis is a consultant with Prior Law which incorporates his practice of Subdivision Lawyers. Before he established Subdivision Lawyers Simon was Executive Director of the National Electronic Conveyancing Office which ultimately led to the introduction of PEXA. As well as an extensive career as a specialist property lawyer Simon also served as the Registrar of Titles of South Australia for some years.

    In 1994 Simon was among the first legal practitioners accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as property law specialists. He is the author of a number of publications including Conveyancing Victoria – The Ultimate Guide and Subdivisions Victoria – The Ultimate Guide.


    Mark Bolton, Mark Bolton Legal, Accredited Commercial Law Specialist

    Mark Bolton is the principal of Mark Bolton Legal, a commercial law firm based in Bendigo.

    Mark is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Commercial Law. In 2019, he was appointed to the Law Institute of Victoria’s Commercial Law Advisory Committee.

    Mark is also a sessional law tutor for LaTrobe University and Monash University.


    Ines Kallweit, Principal Solicitor, KHQ Lawyers, Accredited Wills & Estates Specialist


    Peter Noble, Executive Director, Services and Innovation, Victoria Legal Aid, Bendigo

    Peter was appointed Executive Director, Services and Innovation in August 2016 and is based in Bendigo. While commencing in private legal practice Peter’s career has been predominantly in the community legal sector, establishing Bendigo’s Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre and Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre, and championing Australia’s Health Justice Partnership movement. Peter now manages Victoria’s $31 million Community Legal Services Program and line manages VLA’s Ballarat, Bendigo, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Frankston, Mildura, Ringwood and Warrnambool offices. Peter sponsors our Aboriginal Services program and leads a service design team focused on data-driven planning, user experience and addressing postcode disadvantage. Peter joined the Board of the Victoria Law Foundation in 2018.


    Dianna Gleeson, Executive Director, Legal Practice, Victoria Legal Aid, Bendigo

    Dianna commenced as Executive Director, Legal Practice, in June 2019. Prior to joining VLA, Dianna was a managing principal solicitor of the Constitutional and Advice team at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO). Dianna’s experience also includes managing various litigation teams at VGSO and the legal team at the Office of Chief Examiner, working in commercial private practice and at a community legal centre.


    Dan Nicholson, Executive Director, Criminal Law Services, Victoria Legal Aid, Bendigo

    Dan Nicholson commenced as Executive Director, Criminal Law in January 2018 and was formerly our Executive Director, Civil Justice, Access and Equity. He joined Victoria Legal Aid as the Associate Director of Access and Equity in May 2012. Prior to joining Victoria Legal Aid he managed the Human Rights Unit at the Victorian Department of Justice, was Associate to Justice Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal, and worked at Fitzroy Legal Service. He has also worked on a range of human rights issues in Cambodia and Timor-Leste. He has been a commissioner with the Victorian Law Reform Commission since 2018.


    Magistrate Megan Aumair

    Magistrate Megan Aumair graduated from University of Melbourne with a Master of Arts majoring in Criminology in 1996.

    She worked for a short time with the Department of Justice on a sentencing project before commencing a law degree at Monash University, graduating with Honours in 2004.

    She then moved to Bendigo to commence articles of clerkship with Stella Stuthridge and stayed on as solicitor advocate eventually taking over the practice when Stella was appointed a Magistrate in 2009. She spent many fulfilling years as a member of the Criminal Law Section at the LIV. One year as chair of the Criminal Law Section and one year as Member of Council.

    Appointed to the Magistrates Court in 2016, she returned to Bendigo in 2018 and was appointed Regional Co-ordinating Magistrate for the Loddon Mallee Region at the beginning of 2020.


    Barry Jenner, Principal, MSA Consulting

    Barry Jenner Mindshop Expert, FCA, Grad Dip Bus (Acc) formed MSA Consulting in 1995 when he became part of the Mindshop Community.

    As a Mindshop Expert, Barry provides consulting and mentoring in business strategy, facilitating strategic planning workshops, coaching, implementation, business turnaround and improvement.

    He has built and runs an executive coaching group in Melbourne and created the insightful “Customer Profitability Analysis” which he uses with clients. Barry has global experience, having worked in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and South Pacific.


    Kristie Harpley, Commercial Lawyer, LawSquared


    Eric Chin, Principal, Alpha Creates

    Eric Chin is a strategy consultant that works with law firms, listed law firms, LegalTech firms, NewLaw firms, and corporate legal departments on strategy, M&A, market analysis, innovation and Asia. His experience spans across the Asia-Pacific region with work completed for law firms and Big Four accounting firms. Eric’s work in the region has culminated in his induction as one of 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015 by Asia Law Portal. 


    Graeme Grovum, Principal, Alpha Creates

    Graeme is a legal technologist with 15 years’ experience in legal and financial services industries. Prior to founding Alpha Creates Graeme worked with one of Australia’s top tier firms as Head of Innovation where he led the firm through many innovation and technology initiatives. Graeme’s work has been recognised in the 2017 Legal Innovation Index placing as a finalist, as well as by the Financial Times’ Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyer Awards 2016, placing as ‘Highly Commended’ in the technology category. 


    Jacqueline Brauman, TBA Law, Accredited Wills & Estates Specialist

    Jacqui Brauman, who having worked in a variety of small and medium firms, and also within a commercial business as in-house counsel, wanted a work environment that was friendly and comfortable for families and staff alike, founded TBA Law in 2012. Jacqui knew legal services could be provided more efficiently, and was dissatisfied with the poor communication that she had witnessed in the industry between solicitors and clients. Jacqui’s personal values brought into the firm made all the difference – a commitment to serving her community, very strong ethics, a sense of civil justice, and a dedication to accountability and efficiency.


    Anthony Curtin, Managing Partner, Corporate and Commercial, Merton Lawyers

    Anthony is Co – CEO of Merton Lawyers leading their corporate group. He advises on M&A, capital raising and corporate advisory assisting local and international founders, investors and technology companies. As principal of Nitruc Ventures He has founded and invested in technology, retail, property and social impact. He also presents at leading technology and industry conferences on his experiences as a founder, investor and lawyer. He also mentors a number of education not for profits including Foundation of Young Australians, La Trobe University, Melbourne Accelerator Program and LaunchVic. He has three beautiful children with his beautiful wife Marney. He loves the mighty Bombers.


    Karen Finch, CEO, Legally Yours

    Karen Finch is a non-practising lawyer, Founder and CEO of Legally Yours, Board Member of the Australian Legal Technology Association (ALTA), and a passionate ambassador of the NewLaw movement. Qualifying as a lawyer in 2003, Karen has gained experience within the legal industry across a multitude of different roles, including as a practicing solicitor in Melbourne and an in-house legal recruitment consultant for an international recruitment firm based in the UK. In 2015, Karen became a co-founder of Legally Yours and in 2017, Karen was appointed CEO. Since this time, Karen has scaled Legally Yours significantly, taking it from a bespoke matching service based primarily in Victoria, to a national, automated online service that connects consumers with fixed-fee and value based pricing lawyers Australia wide.

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