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Video Bundle: LIV CPD 2021 – Family Law Intensive

Video Bundle: LIV CPD 2021 – Family Law Intensive

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CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
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Recorded 19 March 2021 | Approx Run Time: 6 hours

This video bundle features topical sessions exploring new challenges and opportunities that lie on the horizon including the future of Family Courts, agreements in the COVID-19 era, alternative mediation such as parenting coordination and the ability to deal with stressed clients. It also offers further insights into drug testing – a critical issue overshadowed by the pandemic.

The bundle includes recordings of seven sessions:

  1. Video 1: Keynote Address – View from the Bench (Run time 36:31)
  2. Video 2: Drug Testing in Family Law Matters Speakers (Run time 31:53)
  3. Video 3: How to Deal with Difficult, Stressed & High Conflict Clients (Run time 1:01:11)
  4. Video 4: Child Support Agreements in the Era of COVID-19 – Martyn v Martyn [2020] FamCA 526 (Run time 27:45)
  5. Video 5: State of Flux – Impact of the pandemic on Binding Financial Agreements (Run time 44:12)
  6. Video 6: Parenting Coordination – What Family Lawyers Need to Know (Run time 51:14)
  7. Video 7: Ethics in Practice (Run time 53:46)

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Further Details

  • Further Details

    Video 1: LIV CPD 2021 – Family Law Intensive – Keynote Address – View from the Bench

    With Victoria’s courts having actively changed the way they operate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and longer-term technological change underway, collaboration and ongoing coordination between all key stakeholders has been key.

    In this keynote presentation, judiciary members cover the common and avoidable issues arising in matters in Family Court coming out of the pandemic and provide guidance that will assist you when preparing or briefing for an appearance in the current climate.

    • Run time: 36:31
    • Compliance area: SL/PM

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    Video 2: LIV CPD 2021 – Family Law Intensive – Drug Testing in Family Law Matters Speakers

    Supervised drug screen tests can subsequently affect parental responsibility obligations and decision-making while the child is in their care.

    This video uses key cases to highlight various drug screening tests available. Experts discuss the conditions family law practitioners should be including to provide reliable results and how evidence obtained from such tests can be used in interim and final stages of a matter.

    Topics include:

    • Hair follicle testing and urine drug testing – how tests are conducted and results interpreted
    • Pros and cons of each form of testing
    • What factors affect the test results
    • Optimal testing conditions lawyers should consider
    • Run time: 31:53
    • Compliance area: SL/PM

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    Video 3: LIV CPD 2021 – Family Law Intensive – How to Deal with Difficult, Stressed & High Conflict Clients

    We’ve all been there – dealing with difficult, stressed and high-conflict clients.

    In family law, there is little doubt that client emotions run high. Unsurprisingly, many clients are in high-conflict situations and experiencing high stress. Dealing with difficult clients takes a lot of energy and can create additional stress.

    As dedicated family lawyers, knowing how to effectively engage with high-conflict clients is a must. Learning and developing new skills for dealing with stressed or difficult clients is at the cornerstone of our practice.

    This video explores the underlying nature of high-conflict behaviours and teaches you proven, effective techniques for dealing with difficult clients.

    You will learn about:

    • Common characteristics and patterns of high-conflict personalities
    • Practical tips for communicating with difficult clients
    • What NOT to do with difficult and stressed clients
    • Useful strategies for de-escalating high conflict situations
    • How to manage your own stress and emotions during high-conflict situations

    You will leave this session with a deeper awareness of how to interact with difficult clients and effective strategies for breaking the cycle of high conflict interactions.

    • Run time: 1:01:11
    • Compliance area: PS

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    Video 4: LIV CPD 2021 – Family Law Intensive – State of Flux – Impact of the Pandemic on Binding Financial Agreements

    With the government recently announcing the biggest decline in employment since the 2009 recession and with many businesses set to fail due to the pandemic, the financial circumstances of many family law clients have been, or will be, severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. How will this affect separating or separated families? How will assets be valued? Can the income into the family be maintained?

    This video involves a discussion of the Family Court decision of Martyn v Martyn [2020] FamCA 526 and highlights key considerations for family law practitioners when advising their clients on Binding Child Support Agreements, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, what constitutes “exceptional circumstances” and “hardship”, in an application to set aside a Binding Child Support Agreement in the circumstances of a global pandemic.

    • Run time: 27:45
    • Compliance area: SL

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    Video 5: LIV CPD 2021 – Family Law Intensive – State of Flux – Impact of the Pandemic on Binding Financial Agreements

    The financial impact on Australia’s economy, as a result of business closures, is forecast to hit $50 billion. In the sphere of family law, the financial impact must be recognised as a factor effecting various aspects of a Binding Financial Agreement (such as spousal maintenance, valuations, property settlements and superannuation), so that you can continue to provide accurate advice.

    In this video David uses practical scenarios to explore the following:

    • The impact of JobKeeper as a government benefit on the spousal maintenance provisions of a financial agreement
    • Is there now a greater likelihood of such agreements being set aside because of hardship
    • Should more caution be adopted regarding the need to obtain properly scoped formal valuations of real estate and businesses
    • The effect of this changed landscape on our formal letters of advice
    • Run time: 44:12
    • Compliance area: SL/PS

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    Video 6: LIV CPD 2021 – Family Law Intensive – Parenting Coordination – What Family Lawyers Need to Know

    It is unfortunate that parenting orders often have gaps or can be ambiguous or confusing, like who looks after children when they are sick and can’t attend school or whether school holidays start on the last day of term or the next morning.

    Having someone punished for breaching an order, doesn’t solve the underlying problem if the parents have differing understandings of what the order means. According to former Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO QC, “the court gives a decision – it doesn’t resolve a dispute”.

    As a fairly new concept in Australia, the video describes both a judiciary and a solicitor perspective from the Hon Diana Bryant AO QC and parenting coordinator Vanessa Matthews.

    Topics Include:

    • Benefits of parenting coordination
    • The future of Australia’s family law system with respect to this approach
    • Maximising positive outcomes for family law clients using parenting coordination
    • Parenting coordination process and real-life examples
    • Run time: 51:14
    • Compliance area: PM/PS


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    Video 7: LIV CPD 2021 – Family Law Intensive – Ethics in Practice

    Facilitated by LIV ethics experts Donna Cooper and Michael Dolan, this video brings together attendees of all three intensive streams to collaboratively discuss and formulate solutions to challenging ethical issues that can arise in property, family and succession law practice.

    Discussion topics include:

    • A solicitor’s paramount duty to the court and administration of justice
    • Inadvertent disclosure of confidential material
    • Confidentiality
    • Conflict of interest
    • Run time: 53:46
    • Compliance area: EP

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  • Presenters

    Chair: Ryan Kepler, Chair, LIV Family Law Education Working Group; Senior Associate Family & Relationship Law, Lander & Rogers

    Kepler has practised exclusively in family law since 2010. He is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and is recognised in the 2019 to 2021 editions of Doyle's Guide as a Family Law Rising Star.

    Kepler is experienced in all areas of family and relationship law. Prior to working as a family lawyer, he gained a unique insight into litigation as the legal associate for the Honourable Justice Bennett and the Honourable Justice Cronin of the Family Court of Australia. He also studies Mandarin Chinese and is proficient to HSK level 2.

    Video 1 Keynote Speaker: The Honourable Justice Jillian Williams, Family Court of Australia

    The Honourable Justice Jillian Williams completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 1982 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1983. Judge Williams was called to the Bar in 2008, where she specialised in family law. Judge Williams was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court on 29 February 2016. 

    She brings a wealth of family law experience from the Federal Circuit Court, where she has heard matters in the family law jurisdiction on a full-time basis.

    Video 2 Presenter 1: Dr Dimitri Gerostamoulos, Manager of Toxicology, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

    Dimitri is a toxicologist and pharmacologist. He holds a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) in the field of forensic toxicology and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree from Monash University. He is an approved analyst under Section 57 of the Road Safety Act of Victoria, has published a number of scientific papers and is an active member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT). He is also an approved assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) in forensic science and a founding fellow in the Faculty of Science in the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA).

    He is employed as the Head of Forensic Science & Chief Toxicologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. He has given evidence in over 150 cases in the Supreme Court, County Court, committal proceedings at Magistrates Court and at coronial inquests in the field of forensic toxicology and pharmacology and has provided opinions on a number of other cases around Australia in relation to the pharmacology of drugs, effects of drugs in drivers and analytical and toxicological issues.

    Video 2 Presenter 2: Sarah Pullan, Lawyer, CE Family Law

    Sarah Pullan is a family lawyer with CE Family Lawyers, where she has practised since 2014. Prior to this she was a family lawyer practising in family law, intervention orders and child protection in Ballarat for 9 years. She became an independent children’s lawyer in 2019 and her practice largely focusses on parenting matters.

    Video 3 Presenter: Venita Dimos, Director, The Mediation Company

    Venita Dimos has had extensive experience in the legal industry for over 20 years. She has held senior legal positions in global corporate organisations and worked in multinational private law firm practice. She is a nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner and the founder of the Mediation Company Pty Ltd – a company specialising in conflict management training and executive workplace coaching.

    Venita is a recognised specialist and thought leader in conflict management and communication. She has trained in Conflict Dynamics Profiling, CINERGY conflict management, Brain-Based conversation skills, Brain-Based coaching and is a certified High Conflict Institute New Ways for Families coach.

    Venita facilitates corporate training and individual coaching to empower people to discover creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. She is on a mission to transform workplace communication by helping people build their conflict intelligence.

    Video 4 Presenter: Rachel Peattie, Senior Associate, Clancy & Triado, Accredited Specialist, Family Law

    Rachel is a senior associate with Clancy & Triado. She has a Bachelor of Law and Commerce from the University of Tasmania and has worked exclusively in family law since 2006. Rachel became a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in family law in 2011. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Family Law Section of the Law Counsel of Australia.

    Video 5 Presenter: David Gillard, Consultant, Lander & Rogers; Accredited Specialist, Family Law

    David Gillard is a family law accredited specialist. He has been engaged in complex family law matters for over 30 years and is a well-respected and accomplished litigator and negotiator.

    His practice covers all aspects of this specialist and often complex area, and he offers particular expertise in complex commercial family law matters, third-party litigation and overseas cross-jurisdictional cases.

    In addition to his own practice, David has also acted as legal adviser to a number of voluntary and charitable bodies in Victoria, providing family and relationship law advice to their clients.

    David's areas of expertise include:

    • Commercial family law
    • Complex multi-party litigation
    • Financial agreements
    • Same sex and de facto law
    • International matters

    Video 6 Presenter 1: The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC, Former Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia

    The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC is a former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and before her appointment was the inaugural Chief Federal Magistrate of Australia, the head of the Federal Magistrates' Court.

    She has practised in family law since 1977 and retired as Chief Justice on 12 October 2017 reaching the constitutional retirement age of 70. She has since continued her deep interest in family law, particularly regarding matters affecting children and families.

    Following her retirement, she was Judge in Residence at Melbourne law School in 2018 and 2019. She chaired an international Working Group at the Hague Conference on Private International Law developing a Guide to Good Practice on the "grave risk of harm" exception to the Child Abduction Convention and was a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Singapore Family Justice Courts for 2018–2020.

    She currently holds the following positions:

    • Chair of the Board of the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights Inc
    • President of the Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne Inc 
    • Chair of the National Centre Against Bullying 
    • A member of the International Association of Child Law Researchers
    • A member of the International Family Law Arbitration Scheme. 
    • A board member of the AFCC Australian Chapter
    • Chair of the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee

    Ms Bryant received a Centenary Medal in 2001 and was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to the judiciary and to the advancement of women in the law. She was patron of Australian Women Lawyers until her retirement.

    Video 6 Presenter 2: Vanessa Matthews, Managing Director, FDRP and Mediator, Matthews Family Law & Mediation Specialists; Accredited Specialist, Family Law; Parenting Coordinator

    Vanessa Mathews is the founder and managing director of Mathews Family Law and Mediation Specialists and Byron Bay Family Law & Mediation Specialists. Vanessa has the rare combination of commerce and social work qualifications and experience, combined with more than 20 years experience as a lawyer, which makes her approach to resolving legal relationship issues both sensible and sensitive. She is an accredited family law specialist, mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner and parenting coordinator.

    Video 7 Presenter: Michael Dolan, Special Counsel Ethics, Law Institute of Victoria

    Michael Dolan is special counsel ethics with the Law Institute of Victoria. Michael has had a long legal career spanning over 45 years, including 20 years as a senior executive in the electricity supply and mobile telephone industries in Australia and the UK.

  • Professional Development

    The Law Institute of Victoria's professional development program does more than just satisfy your compliance requirements for the CPD year, it provides you with quality and contemporary learning opportunities and practical solutions that you can apply to improve outcomes for your clients and support your practice for years to come.

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