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Commerciality Matters

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Commerciality Matters

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Format Social & Networking, Webcast





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What better time than New Financial Year Eve to make some resolutions about your commerciality?

Regardless of what kind of law you want to practice in, or what kind of practice you’re employed by, commerciality is important.

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  • Full Description

    What better time than New Financial Year Eve to make some resolutions about your commerciality?

    Regardless of what kind of law you want to practice in, or what kind of practice you’re employed by, commerciality is important. 

    Obviously, being able to understand your clients’ commercial objectives is key to any commercial transaction or litigation work – however, understanding how the organisation you work for operates as a business (whether for profit or not) is key to success for all young lawyers.

    This workshop has been designed to provide students and early stage graduates  with some practical tools for recognising where commerciality is  important and for developing your own commercial “nouse”.

    Key Topics

    • This workshop will be run as a hybrid event allowing you to participate from the comfort of your own computer screen or in person at the LIV.  You will have many opportunities to actively engage with the materials and other presenters in the room as we explore:
    • using a business model canvas to map a business model on one page
    • creating a plan to ensure that you can keep on top of the most important commercial issues relevant to your career
    • put your plan into practice.

    Learning outcomes:

    On completion of this session attendees will have a broad understanding of what a business model is and access to a tool for analysing a business model (law firm or client) on one page with a view to identifying key commercial issues for further action or investigation.

  • Presenters
    • Jacob McCahon, Researcher, County Court of Victoria
    • Cathryn Nolan

    About the presenters:

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    Jacob McCahon

    Jacob McCahon is the senior researcher (civil) at the County Court of Victoria.

    He undertakes research for the judges in the common law division and the commercial division — and assists with legislative and regulatory reforms that impact the judiciary.

    Jacob is the 2021 president of the of the Law Institute of Victoria Young Lawyers. He was previously co-chair of the LIV Law Reform Committee, a judge’s associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria, a residential tutor in law at Trinity College in the University of Melbourne, and a research assistant at the La Trobe University Law School.

    Cathryn Nolan

    Cathryn Nolan

    Cath has been working as a commercial lawyer (primarily M&A and technology) for more than 30 years.

    Her experience spans small and large firms, as well as time as general counsel. Since 2012 she has also been teaching commercial law subjects to both law and business students in JD and MBA programs.

    Cath is the founder of www.LawStudent.Solutions which is planning to launch in the second half of 2021 to provide invested law students with resources that will help them study smarter and address the gaps that fall between what law school can offer and what industry is looking for in its graduates.


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