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Western District Law Association Conference

Western District Law Association Conference

Date & TimeFriday 26 November 2021 10am–5.30pm
Registration from 9.30am
Format Conference
Price

Member

$560.00

Non-Member

$700.00

CPD Units 5
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Lady Bay Resort, 2 Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool View Map

Exclusive LIV Member Early Bird Price:
Register for $448 when you book online by 12 November*

The Law Institute of Victoria is pleased to partner with the Western District Law Association to present this year’s Western District Law Association Conference.

Featuring topics that have made recent headlines and stimulated discussions within the legal profession, the conference offers unique insights into key legislative changes that directly impact your regional practice. 

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your practice and grow your professional network as you connect with members of the judiciary, industry experts and fellow legal professional from the Western District and surrounding areas.

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Western District Law Association Conference - Friday 26 Nov
    • 9:30 AM Registration Begins
    • 10:00 AM Conference Opening & Welcome
    • 10:05 AM The View from the Bench

      This session will cover key civil practice and procedure issues for regional practitioners, providing valuable insights to help support your practice in 2021 and beyond.

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Speaker: TBC

    • 11:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:15 AM Beyond the Pandemic: COVID-19, vaccinations and the future of work

      With the race to reach COVID-19 vaccination targets underway, business leaders and employees alike are turning their minds to what this means for them and their workplace. In particular, with the rise of remote work within the legal industry, returning to work raises a vast array of issues and challenges for employees and employers.

      Companies are pondering how best to deliver coaching remotely and how to configure workspaces to enhance employee safety, among a host of other thorny questions raised by COVID-19. For their part, employees are struggling to find the best work-home balance and equip themselves for working and collaborating remotely.

      Focusing on the critical questions around vaccinations and remote work, this session will cover:

      • COVID-19 Vaccinations – implications for employers and employees and managing workplace risk
      • Work, health and safety considerations for regional practices as they transition back to the office
      • The future of flexible and remote work for regional practitioners

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: TBC

    • 12:15 PM Western District Law Association AGM
    • 12:30 PM Lunch
    • 1:00 PM Spotlight on Tax – Essential Tax Considerations for Commercial Matters

      Your ability to identify and manage tax issues in the commercial matters that you deal with is a key skill in your toolkit as an advocate for your client’s interests.

      This practical session explores important tax issues that commonly arise in commercial law matters, helping you to spot issues and overcome potential pitfalls.

      The session will cover tax implications across a variety of matters including:

      • Buying real estate
      • Buying a business
      • Property development
      • Selling a business
      • Succession planning for family businesses

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: TBC

    • 1:45 PM Recent Developments in Property Law

      Property law continues to evolve and develop in the face of challenges ranging from pandemic related legislative changes to regulatory uncertainty. In order to practice effectively in this area, practitioners need to be on top of these changes and understand how the changes impact their clients.

      Topics covered in this session include:

      • 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?
      • Recent cases and developments

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: TBC

    • 2:30 PM Costs in 2021: Conversations, obligations and disclosures

      Understanding the landscape of legal costing can help you identify risk areas in a matter, open up unexplored chargeable work and assist you to better manage your client’s cost expectations. This session will cover a range of costs issues relevant to your daily practice to ensure you have the skills you need to manage costing for your clients as well as your own cost recovery.

      Topics include:

      • Your costs disclosure obligations: what do they mean in practice?
      • Costing considerations for electronic files and remote work
      • Tips and tricks to maximise your cost recovery

      Compliance area: Practice Management & Business Skills

      Presenter: TBC

    • 3:00 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:30 PM Navigating Difficult Client Conversations

      With your ability to take charge of difficult situations and advocate for your client’s interests being among the most important skills in your arsenal as lawyer, discovering nuanced and strategic techniques can help you gain a distinct advantage in advocacy.

      This interactive session will provide insights into how your clients think so you can tackle difficult situations.

      Topics include:

      • Turning a lead into a client while being honest and realistic about their prospects
      • Breaking unfavourable news without discouraging the client
      • How to handle client disappointment

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Presenter: TBC

    • 4:30 PM Ethical Considerations for Regional Practitioners

      This highly interactive workshop discussion features a selection of challenging ethical issues that arise in daily legal practice. These will be illustrated by the use of de-identified real-life scenarios.

      Discussion topics include:

      • What to do when a landlord’s solicitor charges excessive fees on an assignment of lease
      • The need for strict adherence to formal requirements when witnessing documents
      • The duty of confidentiality
      • Conflict of interest in its various forms
      • What do when you receive confidential documents inadvertently

      Compliance area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

      Presenter: Michael Dolan, Special Counsel, Ethics & Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 5:30 PM Conference Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    The Law Institute of Victoria is pleased to partner with the Western District Law Association to present this year’s Western District Law Association Conference.

    Featuring topics that have made recent headlines and stimulated discussions within the legal profession, the conference offers unique insights into key legislative changes that directly impact your regional practice.

    Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your practice and grow your professional network as you connect with members of the judiciary, industry experts and fellow legal professional from the Western District and surrounding areas.


    COVIDSafe Practices & Requirements

    The LIV is committed to ensuring COVID-safe practices at this conference and will have measures in place that abide by the health and safety regulations laid out by the government at the time.

    Dependent on advice, we may need to restrict registrations numbers to comply with capacity and social distancing requirements. If we are unable to hold this conference in person due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will be held virtually instead.

    Read more about our COVID-19 practices and requirements here.

  • Presenters

    TBC

  • Registration & Pricing Information

    Registration Details

    Online registration closes 24 hours before the conference 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

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