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Australia’s economy is changing. Rapid advances in technology, social media, the new forms of work, and the start-up phenomenon, have all changed the way in which Australian business treats its intellectual property, trade secrets and know how. The protection of confidential information, and the detection of its misuse, is only going to assume increasing importance as these changes to our economy continue to evolve.
Breach of confidence claims can be fast paced, high stakes, and stressful for both plaintiff and defendant. They can be just as stressful for the legal advisers and the Court. The purpose of this session is to discuss the tips and traps for running a breach of confidence claim, and in particular, the initial stages of seeking interlocutory relief. The session will cover tips and traps from both the plaintiff and defendant perspective.
Deloitte’s Forensic Services team will explain the new software available to business to protect confidential information and detect its misuse – evidence will no longer be just about email searches, log in tracking and USB tracing.
At this session, our expert panel will talk about the new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and address what we all need to know, including:
Heads of Agreement, and other similar preliminary agreements, are entered into by parties who contemplate that a further, more formal, agreement will be signed. Yet lawyers are frequently in a dilemma as to whether Heads of Agreement are binding or not. Why is there a dilemma? Can any doubt be removed?
Conciliation is a staple element of any proceeding in the Fair Work Commission. Mediation is a standard step in any court proceeding. It is important for industrial lawyers (and sophisticated clients) not to miss an important opportunity to fully explore the prospects of resolving, or at least narrowing the issues in dispute, in matters.
This session will focus on some of the specific issues that arise in industrial law proceedings. How does mediation differ from conciliation? Why have both? What types of matters might benefit from pre-trial mediation? Is arbitration a realistic alternative? Should the approach differ when in mediations with regulators? Consideration will also be given to practical matters such as preparation for mediation, how best to manage the psychological byplay that often arises, and how to break through roadblocks during mediations.
The IBA has recent conducted a comprehensive survey into mental health of legal practitioners. In this seminar, the results of that survey are presented together with some reflections on how to improve lawyer wellbeing.
2020 has been a year of difficult revelations in the legal profession: a survey by the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner reported that one third of those who responded had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace; the Chief Justice of the High Court stating that an inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment against a former High Court Judge found that six former Court staff members were harassed by him; and the Victorian Attorney-General announced a comprehensive review of the practices and protocols preventing and reporting sexual harassment in the courts and VCAT and across the legal profession.
In this webinar, Jenny Firkin QC, Chair of the Bar’s Equality and Diversity Committee, speaks with Kenneth Hayne AC QC about sexual harassment at the Bar. What are the cultural behaviours that we need to change? What can people who experience sexual harassment do? What should those who witness or hear of it do? And, if it’s not clear to perpetrators that their advances are unwelcome, what alarm bells should trigger them to stop and think.
The decisions of the High Court in Federal Commissioner of Taxation v Travelex Limited  HCA 8 and the Full Federal Court in Commissioner of Taxation v Auctus Resources Pty Ltd  FCAFC 39 illustrate the complex relationship between the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and the Running Balance Account regime on the one hand, and the GST and the R&D tax incentive on the other, in circumstances where the Commissioner of Taxation paid amounts to a taxpayer that had no legal entitlement to the payment.
In this session, the speaker explains the decisions and its impacts with the discussion chaired by Helen Symon QC.
Questions concerning the role of proportionate liability in cutting across contractual obligations and liabilities have given rise to conflicting authorities in different jurisdictions.
This CPD session reviews the role of proportionate liability in civil litigation and the Court of Appeal judgment in the Lacrosse Appeals (Tanah Merah Vic Pty Ltd v Owners’ Corporation No 1 of PS631436T  VSCA 72) will also be discussed.
In this seminar the following points are discussed.
Mediation offers the best chance many family law litigants have to resolve their case on their own terms. Solicitors, Counsel and Mediators all have an important role to play in facilitating this process.
This is an opportunity to hear from two experienced barristers about how they approach mediations, from the perspective of counsel and mediator.
This seminar presents a great opportunity for all legal practitioners working in child protection to get up to speed with recent case law relevant to the jurisdiction, and to ask questions of some of the Counsel who appeared.
Sweeping changes to the Victorian EPA Act are proposed to commence on 1 July 2021. This session includes a brief overview of the changes, a brief consideration of transitional provisions and will focus one of the central changes to the Act being the introduction of a new environmental duty.
The session covers the new duty and explore the relationship with the overarching duties found in occupational health and safety legislation.
The first statements by Australian businesses under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 have just been made publicly available.
What role does such reporting play in curbing modern slavery? What role do civil and criminal courts have? How do the criminal law and health and safety laws apply? And where next? … What initiatives from overseas might Australia draw from? Could there be a duty to conduct human rights due diligence?
In this CPD, the speakers will outline current and potential future legal developments in tackling modern slavery in Australia from both a civil and criminal law perspective, drawing upon their experiences in key cases in the United Kingdom.
The Family Law Bar Association invites you to a conversation with Jess Hill, award winning investigative journalist and author of the 2020 Stella Prize winning ground-breaking, international best seller, “See What You Made Me Do”. Described by Helen Garner as “a shattering book: clear-headed, meticulous, driving always at the truth”, See What You Made Me Do is difficult and essential reading for all who practice family law.
Jess discusses her research, her findings and, most importantly, her views on how the family law system can be improved to better protect victims of domestic abuse. Come listen, learn and question – this book may change the way you practice.
The Full Federal Court’s recent decision in Commissioner of Taxation v Glencore Investment Pty Ltd v  FCAFC 187 provides crucial guidance on the operation of the Australian transfer pricing regimes, including with respect to the arm’s length principle, the restructuring of transactions and the nature of the evidence relevant to the application of the transfer pricing provisions.
In this session, the panel will consider the implications arising from this important decision.
The Covid-19 crisis and lockdowns were unforeseen events, impacting on the performance of contracts. Can parties escape their contractual obligations by relying on the doctrine of frustration in a time of Covid? How do these events affect force majeure clauses? These questions and more will be answered in this CPD.
We are all having to adapt to new ways of working remotely, and electronic court books and briefs are here to stay.
This seminar is a beginners’ guide to setting up and accessing eBrief, uploading documents, tags and annotation and creating Court Books.
In this session, those who appeared in some of the high-profile cases that prompted the reforms address the nature of the forthcoming changes and those still being debated, and their significance to the evolution of defamation law, freedom of expression and the changing media landscape in Australia.
In this CPD, Her Honour Judge Lawson outline the history and the context that led to the establishment of the Koori Court. Her Honour also explain how the modified virtual process is operating.
Nerita Waight, the CEO of Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, present on the Aboriginal Community Justice Reports Project.
The Australian Defence Force has approximately 60,000 permanent members, and approximately 21,000 members of the active reserve. Litigants who are members of the ADF can raise unique challenges for practitioners in the family law jurisdiction, such as issues related to postings and deployments, defined benefit pensions, and employment limitations when facing intervention orders.
In this presentation, the speakers address some of the legal and practical challenges facing litigants and practitioners with respect to parenting applications, property settlement proceedings, and intervention orders when one or both of the parties are members of the ADF.
The speakers in this seminar address two key issues that have emerged in the law about how the Fair Work Act 2009 conceives of “industrial action” and when action of that kind might be denied legal protection.
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.
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.
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.