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Property Law Conference

Date & TimeTBC
Format Webinar
Price

Member

$495.00

Non-Member

$650.00

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 $360 when you book online by 21 August*

The LIV is proud to continue Victoria’s premier annual conference for property law professionals in a digital format. This years’ program will feature a keynote address by Deputy President Catherine Aird, Head of Civil Division, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, who will cover the many changes which have been implemented by VCAT due to COVID-19, as well as the opportunities this time brings for effective change.

Also hear from Mark Schramm of the Small Business Commission on Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme mediations, take an in-depth look at the practical application of the new PEXA processes around electronic lodgement of Residual Documents, discover critical case law and legislative updates and more.

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • Property Law Conference - Friday 04 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 and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Address – A Time of Change: Challenges and opportunities in VCAT

      Our esteemed presenter, Deputy President Aird of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), will discuss key changes implemented by VCAT, including those arising from COVID-19, the challenges she sees the Tribunal and practitioners facing in these unprecedented times and the opportunities this has provided for effective change.

      Topics include:

      • Current initiatives and changes within VCAT, including those arising from COVID-19
      • Any upcoming or proposed changes
      • The challenges of operating within VCAT during COVID-19 and in a post pandemic world and the opportunities this provides

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Keynote Speaker: Deputy President Catherine Aird, Head of Civil Division, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

    • 9:40 AM Wellbeing Break
    • 9:45 AM Essential Property Law Case Updates

      Even in times of relative stability property law is always developing and practitioners need to be on top of the changes to practice effectively in this area. In this session, William Stark will cover some of the key case law updates that have occurred over the past 12 months.

      Topics include:

      • The Transfer of Land Act 1958 for the lodgement of a caveat without reasonable cause
      • Claiming indemnity costs against a solicitor for wrongfully lodging a caveat
      • Assessing whether a proposed modification of a restrictive covenant will not substantially injure the persons entitled to the benefit of the covenant
      • Drafting a licence to occupy a property being purchased pending settlement

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: William Stark, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    • 10:45 AM Morning Tea Break
    • 11:05 AM Electronic Lodgement of Residual Documents: S.104 of the Transfer of Land Act (Vic)

      While e-conveyancing may now be part of everyday practice, some transactions have remained ineligible for electronic lodgement – until now. With COVID-19 limiting the ability for face-to-face interactions, Victorian Land Registry Services and PEXA have together created a new ‘generic residual document’ which allows those transactions initially excluded from electronic conveyancing, to now be lodged electronically with Land Use Victoria using the PEXA platform. In this session, we will take a practical look at the generic residual document, which transactions it applies to and take you through how to use it using real-world examples as well as troubleshooting some common issues.

      Topics include:

      • What is the generic residual document and why did it come about?
      • What transactions does it cover?
      • What is the eligibility criteria to lodge this kind of transaction?
      • Going through the s.104 form and real-world examples
      • What can go wrong?

      Compliance area: Professional Skills / Practice Management and Business Skills

      Presenters:

      • Jonathan Teh, Executive Manager, Practitioner Services (Vic), PEXA
      • Paul Snow, Senior Associate, Wisewould Mahony
    • 12:05 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 12:10 PM Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Property Law Practice

      Requiring a sharp and consistent ethical compass, navigating the ethical issues faced by lawyers in property law practice is no easy task. This session will cover the challenging ethical issues faced by property lawyers as well as provide practical strategies to overcome these issues. The LIV’s Head of Ethics, Wellbeing & Practitioner Support and the LIV’s Special Counsel Ethics will facilitate a highly interactive webinar considering a selection of challenging ethical issues for property lawyers. These will be illustrated by the use of de-identified real-life scenarios discussed with our panellists Simon Libbis and David McKenzie. All scenarios will be based on real dilemmas which can and often do arise frequently in the course of daily legal practice.

      Topics for discussion include:

      • Dealing with vendors who appear to lose capacity just before settlement
      • Lying clients
      • Receiving sub-standard VoI photos of clients
      • Conflict of interest between current and former clients in restrictive covenant matters
      • Transferring eCT control to another law firm
      • What to do when you realise you might have inadvertently disclosed confidential information

      Compliance area: Ethics and Professional Responsibility

      Presenters:

      • Donna Cooper, Head of Ethics, Wellbeing and Practitioner Support, Law Institute of Victoria
      • Michael Dolan, Special Counsel Ethics, Law Institute of Victoria
      • David McKenzie, LMG Lawyers, Accredited Specialist, Property Law
      • Simon Libbis, Consultant, Prior Law, Accredited Specialist, Property Law
    • 1:15 PM Lunch
    • 1:50 PM Leases Update

      Hear from Samuel Hopper and Abilene Singh of the Victorian Bar about the critical developments in leases that have occurred over the last 12 months and what this means for your practice and your clients.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenters:

      • Samuel Hopper, Barrister, Victorian Bar
      • Abilene Singh, Barrister, Victorian Bar
    • 2:50 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 2:55 PM An Amicable Resolution: Mediations in the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC)

      The Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the CTRS) implemented to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of COVID-19 provides for a range of supports including a free mediation service for commercial tenants and landlords, accessed through the VSBC, to support fair tenancy negotiations.

      In this session, Mark Schramm, will talk about the Commission’s approach to these mediations and demonstrate the ways parties can work towards reaching an amicable resolution, as well as discussing property law mediations more generally.

      Topics include:

      • The VSBC’s role in CTRS and other mediations
      • Observations and issues of interest relating to the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act and Regulations

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Presenter: Mark Schramm, Senior Manager, Victorian Small Business Commission

    • 3:25 PM Afternoon Tea Break
    • 3:45 PM Risk in Times of Disruption: Protecting your practice and avoiding claims

      Any major disruption to the operation of a law firm has the potential to cause an increase in claims and create greater opportunities for fraud including cyber fraud. In this session, we consider the risks and challenges seen by LPLC during this period of disruption caused by Covid-19 with a particular focus on cyber fraud and the use of video conferencing. We will also consider what practitioners need to do to stay focused on providing the best legal service possible to help avoid a claim.

      Compliance area: Practice Management and Business Skills

      Presenter: Phillip Nolan, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee

    • 4:45 PM Conference Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Property Law Practice in 2020 & Beyond: Changes, challenges and opportunities

    It is a critical time for Victoria’s property lawyers as we experience the global coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented legislative changes and challenges that come with it. With so much uncertainty, it is vital to keep your finger on the pulse of key issues and developments and discover proactive solutions to help you navigate this new world and ensure continued success for your practice and your clients.

    The LIV is proud to continue Victoria’s premier annual conference for property law professionals in a digital format. This year's program will feature an address by Deputy President Catherine Aird, Head of Civil Division, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, who will cover the many changes which have been implemented by VCAT due to COVID-19, as well as the opportunities this time brings for effective change.

    We will also hear from Mark Schramm of the Small Business Commission on Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme mediations and how you can assist your clients to reach amicable resolutions, take an in-depth look at the practical application of the new PEXA processes around electronic lodgement of Residual Documents, discover critical case law and legislative updates and more.

    Hear from experts in the field and interact with them and your colleagues from a range of backgrounds through an interactive digital platform. No matter your experience, your location or your area of expertise, there’s something in this program for everyone.  

    Virtual Conference Inclusions

    • Opportunities to ask questions and interact with our presenters and other attendees via polls, Q&As and digital breakout rooms
    • Short wellbeing breaks following each speaker 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 Early Bird price: $360
    Standard member price: $495
    Accredited Specialist/CLC/Tarwirri member price: $338 (exempt from early bird)
    Non-member price: $650

    Group Discount

    Book in a group of 5 or more and receive 15% off (members and non-members). To register your group, email register@liv.asn.au.

  • Presenters

    Keynote Speaker: Deputy President Catherine Aird, Head of Civil Division, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

    William Stark, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Jonathan Teh, Executive Manager, Practitioner Services (Vic), PEXA

    Paul Snow, Senior Associate, Wisewould Mahony

    Donna Cooper, Head of Ethics, Wellbeing and Practitioner Support, Law Institute of Victoria

    Michael Dolan, Special Counsel Ethics, Law Institute of Victoria

    David McKenzie, LMG Lawyers, Accredited Specialist, Property Law

    Simon Libbis, Consultant, Prior Law, Accredited Specialist, Property Law

    Samuel Hopper, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Abilene Singh, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Mark Schramm, Senior Manager, Victorian Small Business Commission

    Phillip Nolan, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee

  • Webinar – Important Information

    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 morning of 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 on email register@liv.asn.au or phone 03 9607 9473.

    For additional information on LIV webinars, see our Frequently Asked Questions.