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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.
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.
Following the recent judgment in Brown v The Queen  VSCA 212, Associate Professor Andrew Carroll and Dr Danny Sullivan discuss the forensic assessment of personality disorders and its relevance to sentencing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the seminar, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria, the Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal will each explore emerging practice areas, as well as highlighting those practice areas that are static or shrinking.
This session provides a valuable insight into how electronic hearings work. You will be presented with techniques for pre-hearing preparation as well as recommended approaches for maximising the benefits technology can deliver during a hearing.
We have enlisted the services of two barristers familiar with electronic hearings. They will share their experiences and provide valuable insight into conducting a trial electronically.
The Bar and the County Court, working together, have designed a new pilot scheme for pro bono referrals which commenced on 1 October in the County Court’s Commercial and Common Law Divisions.
The protocol provides clear written guidance as to eligibility and the operation of the scheme. Referrals are to occur by Court Order, which will provide clarity as to the scope of requests. The new procedures are aimed at improving the quality of experience for members in providing pro bono legal assistance, in turn improving the outcome for clients and the courts.
A panel of speakers from the County Court and Victorian Bar will discuss the practical operation of the new referral scheme.
Recent changes in the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court include e-filing, new powers for judicial registrars (including in relation to transfers between courts and hearing of stay applications), update to the Supreme Court (Miscellaneous Civil Proceedings) Rules (Chapter II rules).
Developments in the Commercial Court continue apace. During this seminar, members of the Court speak about management for the Corporations List, formalisation of the oppression proceeding program, judicial mediations, new powers for judicial registrars, and e-filing.
Directors of companies that trade overseas, and those of subsidiaries of overseas companies, may have duties imposed upon them by foreign law and be subject to the jurisdiction of foreign courts, especially where entities or their holding companies are approaching insolvency. Legal advisers have to be aware of the potential for that to occur. This presentation discusses the potential liability and provides examples of it. It also looks at and discusses the need to develop an understanding of how different legal systems impose duties on directors. This seminar is open to barristers, solicitors, in-house counsel and insolvency practitioners.
What is a question of law, and does it need to be in the leave application?
In this CPD, Emrys explores two specific and current topics affecting applications for leave to appeal from an order of the VCAT under section 148 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (Vic).
William Wainwright is a forensic psychologist with 18 years’ experience working with many government and non-government organizations. William has worked in-depth in the sexual offending field with adults, juveniles and clients with intellectual disabilities. He has acted as an expert in court on numerous occasions and consulted and trained with a variety of audiences, including the police, judges, lawyers, DHHS workers, child protection workers corrections workers and prison officers.
In this session William discusses:
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In this CPD, the panel will provide an update on global Artificial Intelligence trends, implications for the law, and impacts on legal practice and litigation
The Victorian Bar in conjunction with the Health and Wellbeing Committee present speakers; Bernadette Healy, Re-Vision Group Counselling (The Victorian Bar Counselling service) and Rosa Silvestro, Psychologist and Family Consultant. The session focuses on family therapy as it would apply to potential clients and services available for barristers themselves and their families.
Kate Eastman S.C. discusses the effects and deliberations surrounding unconscious bias, focusing on lawyers and their interactions with bias in their legal work.
This CPD discusses notable case law and trends in the common law for the last year and predictions and developments for the next six months.
This seminar discusses how Barristers can effectively communicate with Judges. The seminar is presented by Victorian County Court Judge Chettle. Judge Chettle advises advocates from his own experiences, both as a Judge and Barrister, the steps to take to create and maintain a positive relationship with a judge throughout a case.
This Q&A Session with Martin Scott QC & Chris Young discusses the Shen Neng ship grounding on the Great Barrier Reef, and how the issues are of broader relevance to running and managing litigation or arbitration involving foreign litigants,foreign witnesses, non-English speaking witnesses, unusual fields of expertise or large claims against insured defendants.
In this Q&A Session, Michael Wyles QC discusses class actions, the relevant sections in the Supreme Court Act 1986, opting out of class actions, class members’ control over proceedings, power to commence a class action and the class action plaintiff’s duty to class members. Michael Wyles QC also provides practical tips on strategy, documentation handling & risk management.
Presented by consultant Jenny Bailey, this session is for barristers who deal with clients who are upset and emotional. The session will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your practice, and help you improve your relationship with your clients to improve satisfaction – even if they don’t get the result they were after.
In this Q&A Session, Stuart Wood QC discusses recent developments in industrial and employment law with practical insights into the process and procedure in the Fair Work Tribunal and Federal Court in Employment cases.
This seminar explores what a practitioner can do to attract corporate clients to brief directly. Mediator Emily Dewberry draws on her experience as an insurance claims manager to give practitioners an insight into what corporate clients are looking for in their counsel, and how practitioners can use this knowledge to their benefit.
This CPD is a seminar given by Victorian County Court Judge David Parsons. Judge Parsons discusses his experience with expert reports and offers practical tips and advice for legal practitioners in their role of the production of admissible and relevant expert reports. His Honour also explains the requirements for the admissibility of expert reports.
Recent campaigns and debate have centred on the need to recognise Indigenous Australians as the first peoples of Australia under the Australian Constitution. This CPD seminar, presented by Mick Dodson AM, focusses on the seminal judgment in the Tasmanian Dams case, and the effects of the High Court’s decision.
This CPD session highlights the assistance that forensic accountants and fraud investigators can provide to legal professionals, particularly in the investigation stages, and further in the analysis stages in fraud cases. Key areas covered in this CPD include: the costs & facts of fraud, bribery & corruption; cases studies; foreign bribery & corruption types of forensic accountants engagements; what forensic accountants and certified fraud examiners do, and compares the differences between auditing and forensic investigations.
This CPD is a seminar which discusses the Royal Commission Into Family Violence (March, 2016). His Honour, Chief Magistrate of Victoria, Peter Lauritsen discusses the submissions made by the Magistrates Court and Children’s Court to the Commission, the findings of the Commission, and the relevant recommendations of the Commission.
This CPD is a seminar on the interaction between bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy Courts. Barrister Christopher Brown exmaines many of the common statutory provisions that are relevant to bankruptcy cases and recent cases that addresses jurisdictional and standing issues. The CPD then concludes with a Q & A session with Federal Circuit Court Judge Riethmuller
This seminar is a panel session providing an update of the rules, policies and new cost disclosure requirements under the Legal Profession Uniform Law. The panel, chaired by barrister Ted Woodward S.C., consists of Victorian Legal Services Commissioner Michael McGarvie and the Manager of Administrative Law and Consumer Matters at the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commission, Tim O’Farrell.
This seminar is given by The Honourable Justice Jack Forrest and The Honourable Justice Judd of the Supreme Court of Victoria. The seminar discusses the changes that have been made to the Common Law Division and the Commercial Court in relation to the operation of the Practice Court, particularly regarding the lists and listing arrangements of both courts.