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What does it mean to be a ‘fit and proper person’ in the context of your practice at the Bar? What are the origins of this requirement and how did it come to be embedded in the legal framework that regulates us? Why does this test exist?
In the first of a two-part CPD, presented by the Bar’s Honorary Secretaries, who explore these questions as well as highlight the continued disclosure obligations imposed upon barristers and how to fulfil these obligations and satisfy the ‘fit and proper person’ test.
This CPD examine the findings and themes arising from Amelia Loughland’s much discussed empirical study, published in the Melbourne University Law Review in 2020, on interruption behaviour during oral argument in the High Court of Australia. An advance copy of this article, Female Judges, Interrupted: A Study of Interruption Behaviour during Oral Argument in the High Court of Australia, can be accessed here.
Amelia Loughland present the findings of her research. The panel, comprised of members from the Bench, Bar and solicitor’s profession, share their observations on the themes arising from the study, including the impact of gendered conversational norms and power dynamics on oral advocacy, and the role of unconscious bias in advocacy and litigation.
Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is a new alternative dispute resolution mechanism used in the Building Cases List in the County Court.
In this seminar, His Honour, Judge Woodward, Judge in charge of the Building Cases List, explains what ENE is, how it works, and the benefits it offers amongst the suite of ADR options available to resolve disputes.
This CPD covers some significant recent changes to Commonwealth sentencing, in particular, changes to parole, the general factors to be taken into account in sentencing, the vulnerable witness provisions and sentencing options for intellectually disabled offenders.
The session also canvas vast changes made in the area of Commonwealth child sex offences, including changes to bail and the introduction of a new mandatory minimum sentencing scheme.
Pamela Matthews has practiced independently as a Forensic Psychologist in the State and Federal Court system for the past 24 years.
In this CPD, she will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of sexual offenders. What is involved in assessing future risk? How predictive are the risk assessment tools? These questions and more will be answered.
In this seminar, Evelyn Halls provide an overview of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)’s first 18 months of operations, since its establishment in November 2018 as a ‘one-stop shop’ to deal with financial services complaints.
She will discuss the steps AFCA takes to resolve complaints efficiently, effectively and fairly. She will highlight complaint trends, emerging issues and learnings for the financial services sector, as well as providing an insight into key AFCA initiatives such as the Fairness Project and the development of AFCA’s revised approach to responsible lending.
Part 5A of the OHS Act – which creates the offence of workplace manslaughter – comes into force on 1 July 2020.
The new offence is based on common law manslaughter but does not adopt the common law test of gross negligence. It also sits in a framework of negligence offences in the OHS Act which will lead to some complexity in trials where there are multiple counts, multiple offenders or both. This session will outline the basics of the new offence, the policy behind it and the potential difficulties in its operation.
In this seminar, presenter Megan Tennyson of the PEXA Partner Program will explain what PEXA is, and how it has changed property transactions. What impact does this have on drafting family law property orders? Do s.106A orders work in the PEXA world? These questions and more will be answered.
In the third instalment of their CPD series on virtual appearance work, Kathleen Foley and Emrys Nekvapil focus on virtual hearings in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
A CPD event during National Reconciliation Week on legal developments impacting Aboriginal clients and bail, community justice reports and COVID-19. Hear from solicitors and barristers working directly with Aboriginal legal services and Aboriginal clients in Victoria on the latest case law and the intersection between legal and cultural matters.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only given rise to new challenges and opportunities for the Court system, it has also raised unprecedented questions for clients and their advisors about commercial obligations in light of the new temporary COVID-19 Omnibus legislation and associated Regulations.
This CPD will explore the importance of effective preparation and advocacy when seeking leave to issue a subpoena and requesting release of documents. It will examine the common pitfalls and provide guidance on improving both oral and written submissions when making these applications.
On 11 March 2020, the High Court unanimously dismissed the taxpayer’s appeal from the Full Federal Court regarding attribution of income under Part X of the ITAA 1936.
Key to the decision was the High Court’s reasoning that each of BHP Billiton Ltd and BHP Billiton Plc exercised ‘sufficient influence’ over the other within the meaning of s 318(6) of the ITAA 1936.
An expert panel – including two counsel who appeared in the matter before the High Court – discuss the decision and key implications for taxpayers.
The recent introduction of Evidence Amendment (Tendency and Coincidence) Bill 2020 (NSW) by the NSW Government, likely to be soon followed in Victoria, expressly and aggressively lowers further the threshold for admissibility of tendency evidence insofar as it relates to child sex offences.
Following on the heels of the High Court’s recent tendency rulings, the proposed legislation turns up the heat on the debate about whether that threshold has been lowered too far or doesn’t go far enough, whether this discrete aspect of evidence law should be fragmented, and amplifies the disconnect between modern tendency law and the underlying principles developed through more than a century of common law.
In their second Zoom webinar on virtual hearings, Emrys Nekvapil and Kathleen Foley facilitate an interactive session on Microsoft Teams, the software used for virtual hearings in the Federal Court. The Honourables Justice O’Callaghan and Justice Thawley also participate in the webinar, providing insight from the perspective of the judge presiding over a virtual hearing. The webinar also include a mock mini-hearing using Microsoft Teams.
Hosted by The Tax Bar Association, this online webinar about the recent Full Federal Court decision in Commissioner of Taxation v The Trustee for the Michael Hayes Family Trust  FCAFC 226. The case deals with the doctrines of mistake and rectification in tax disputes as well as specific issues related to public trading trusts and superannuation.
Gareth Redenbach provides an overview of the case and its general implications for tax disputes. The session is chaired by Michael Flynn QC who appeared for the successful trustee.
Emrys Nekvapil and Kathleen Foley present a practical seminar on virtual appearance work. They will introduce you to the equipment and videoconferencing software you need to appear in a virtual environment, help with technical issues that might occur, and explain the challenges of effective advocacy in a virtual setting.
This seminar is presented by two experienced migration law practitioners who will discuss the interaction between the criminal law and the cancellation of a visa and deportation.
This seminar will help lawyers who are prepared to help clients with migration law problems, but who may be new to migration law or administrative law in general, to understand the basics of running migration litigation.
Private entities sometimes exercise public power or perform governmental functions and often deliver services on behalf of governments. In these situations, complex public law issues concerning control and accountability arise. This seminar examines some of those issues.
Since 1989 DNA evidence has been relied upon in Australian courts to secure convictions. In subsequent years there has been significant developments in the technology used to obtain DNA, from 9 to 21 loci and STRMix, and the application of DNA including the establishment of a national DNA database. Every step along the way has been the subject of legal challenge with a considerable body of case law being the result.
The future for practitioners is likely to see just as much development with an increasing reliance in prosecutions upon familial searching, the profiling of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA and forensic DNA phenotyping (FDP). This seminar will discuss these changes and explore future directions.
On 4 September 2019, Dr Matt Collins AM QC gave a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra about the law of defamation in Australia. In that speech, he advocated that the defamation laws were out-of-date and flawed. He advocated that there should be a new cause of action: declaration of falsity and that the burden to prove falsity ought to reside with the plaintiff.
The speakers at this seminar will debate the contents of his speech and discuss where the laws of defamation are headed.
In this seminar there will be a discussion of techniques and strategies on how to champion and see the passage of legislation while serving in the minority party of a legislature, with specific reference to:
Tax issues such as CGT (including rollover relief), Division 7A as well as trust and corporate law issues frequently arise in family law property proceedings. A recent trend has also seen the Commissioner of Taxation intervening in s79 proceedings to secure payment of tax debts owed by a party or parties to the marriage prior to any distribution of property.
As solicitors and barristers, it is our duty to assist the members of the judiciary to carry out their judicial function. In carrying out that duty, we are subject to very important obligations imposed by the Civil Procedure Act 2010 and the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976. As the consumers of our advocacy services, who better to hear from on such an important topic than the judges.
This session will be focussed on practical measures that can be taken to avoid annoying the court and to ensure that proceedings run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
The seminar will include a discussion on the High Court’s decision in the context of recent developments and the implications this has on taxpayers’ rights in dealings with the ATO.
The High Court decision has clarified how liquidators of corporate trustees may deal with trust assets and the application of the priority regime prescribed by the Corporations Act 2001 to the distribution of the proceeds of trust assets to trust creditors. The decision also resolves the long-standing tension between the decision of the Full Court of the Supreme Court of South Australia in Re Suco Gold Pty Ltd (in liq) (1983) SASR 99 and the Full Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria in Re Enhill Pty Ltd  1 VR 561.