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Ethics


Category: Ethics

Author: Joshua Perry

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Resolving ethical dilemmas

This course allows you to reflect on the complex ethical issues presented. It deals with how you feel in certain situations rather than presenting rules and regulations.

The course is designed for junior lawyers. Right v. right dilemmas, matters of duty, responsibility, character, and consequence are offered for reflection. Ethical issues pervade professional life, and the moral distress they can create requires thoughtful reflection that moves beyond knee-jerk intuitions and gut reactions.

This course presents a practical framework for assessing and resolving ethical dilemmas in a sophisticated manner guided by a circumspect and reflective analysis able to withstand the scrutiny of others and minimize the potential for personal regrets.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Junior lawyers



A tale of three solicitors

Category: Ethics

Author: Ronwyn North

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A tale of three solicitors

This exciting ethics module by Ronwyn North has been updated to include the new Uniform Laws and now provides three scenarios where the behaviour of a solicitor is questionable. The course, A tale of three solicitors provides you with an opportunity to explore your knowledge of what ethical boundaries have been crossed and what rules and regulations have been breached.

The aims of this module are to provide you with: A professional ethics update The opportunity to reflect on your understanding of the paramount duty to administration of justice and the Court Obligations of courtesy to third parties When not to invite or follow a client’s instructions and how robustly can you communicate on behalf of clients And to ensure that you have a better understanding of the acceptable conduct of a solicitor and are better able to protect your reputation.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers could benefit from this reminder of when you can get into trouble.



Almost there

Category: Ethics

Author: Adrian Evans

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Almost there – An ethics course in climbing the hill

This course looks at ethics in practice, and how participants in a research study over a period of three years responded to different ethical scenarios after a longer period of work and life experience, clinical and ethics training.

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: Lawyers interested in an academic discussion of ethics in law firms.



Conflicts of interest

Category: Ethics

Author: Ronwyn North

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Conflicts of interest – A refresher

This course explores the different conflicts that may arise as a lawyer and how you can deal with these conflicts. It presents scenarios that place you in different situations and challenges you as to how you would deal with them.

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: All lawyers could benefit from this reminder of when you can get into trouble.



Conflicts of interest obligations for financial services

Category: Ethics

Author: Karen Lee

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Conflicts of interest obligations for financial services and credit licensees

For holders of an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) or an Australian Credit Licence (ACL), conflicts of interest, whether actual, potential or perceived, inevitably arise from time to time.

This course provides lawyers with a practical overview of the operation of legislative regimes regulating licensees’ activities. This includes an exploration of licensees’ specific obligations in relation to conflicts of interest. The course also includes practical tips in drafting a conflicts of interest policy and maintaining a conflicts of interest register.

  • Part 1 – Overview of AFSL and ACL
  • Part 2 – Conflicts of interest defined
  • Part 3 – Conflicts of interest obligations for AFSL and ACL holders
  • Part 4 – Practical tips in managing conflicts of interest

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers wishing to gain a better understanding of their current or future clients’ obligations in relation to conflicts of interest in order to provide proper and suitable advice.


Discipline of lawyers under the Uniform Law

Category: Ethics

Author: Megan Fitzgerald

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Discipline of lawyers under the Uniform Law

This one hour course, Discipline of lawyers under the Uniform Law, is designed to make sure you are aware of the key sections of the new Uniform Law, with a focus on complaints and any disciplinary action that the Legal Services Commissioner and the Legal Services Board is empowered to undertake.

Often the easiest way to explain the provisions is to paraphrase them and link the section as we have done throughout. We have broken this up with some activities and cases that have already been heard under the new laws.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To become familiar with the new Uniform Laws with a focus on disciplinary actions available;
  • To know what behaviors could amount to misconduct;
  • To know what penalties are available; and
  • To understand the complaint and disciplinary process.

Target audience: Lawyers affected by the Uniform Laws.

How long should this course take? The course is designed to take one hour.



Ethical issues raised in McCabe

Category: Ethics

Author: Camille Cameron

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Ethical issues raised in McCabe

This course is offered in two parts.  Part 1 of this course looked at the McCabe case and reviewed how it was run, with a focus on the discovery process. It highlighted the issues around the adversarial system regarding document destruction and consequences.  Part 2 of the course focuses on the ethical issues raised in the McCabe case.

To understand:

  • the tobacco litigation culture
  • the relationship between the corporate lawyers and their clients
  • the paramount duty to the court
  • the professional and ethical significance of the interdependence of corporate lawyers and their clients

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers who wish to learn from the ethical mistakes the lawyers made in this litigation.



Ethics and mediation

Category: Ethics

Author: Anna Robertson

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Ethics and mediation

This course considers the ethical issues that commonly arise for lawyers when acting on behalf of and advising clients, and considering conflicts of interest. It also looks at the way relevant professional conduct rules apply to shape the responsibilities that lawyers have, not only to zealously advocate their clients’ interests, but also to be fair, to seek the truth, and at times to limit the adversarial process.

Aims and Objectives

The aims of this module are to ensure you:

  • understand how a mediation works
  • know what ethical issues may arise and what professional conduct rules you need to be familiar with
  • become familiar with the Australian National Mediator Standards.

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: Any lawyer who is involved or intends to be involved in mediation.



Ethics and professional responsibility

Category: Ethics

Author: Ronywn North

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Ethics for lawyers in the digital age

The module, Ethics for lawyers in the digital age is an opportunity for you to consider and explore whether:

Uses of digital technology in legal practice raise new ethical issues or simply new versions of familiar dilemmas.

Digital dilemmas can be resolved satisfactorily using traditional approaches to ethical decision making or whether new approaches are needed.

The course offers:

  • Increased awareness of ethical issues that can arise from uses and abuses of digital technology in legal practice;
  • Refreshed understanding of traditional approaches to ethical decision making and introduction to emerging ideas of ‘digital ethics’;
  • Insight into your own approach to ethical decision making from applying reasoning to case studies; and
  • Consideration of action you might take to further strengthen your understanding and approach to practising ethically in the digital age.



Ethics and professional responsibility

Category: Ethics

Author: Anna Robertson

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Ethics and professional responsibility

This course deals with three areas where solicitors’ ethical obligations arise. First, the overriding duty of a solicitor to the court and the obligations this imposes on a solicitor. Secondly, the duty of the solicitor to the client including the duty to advise and the solicitor’s duty of loyalty. Thirdly, the duty of the solicitor to avoid conflicts of interest.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Practising lawyers in Australia.



Ethics a play

Category: Ethics

Author: Andrew Alston

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Ethics for lawyers – A play for junior lawyers

This course tests your knowledge of the law of ethics in your jurisdiction but also how you would react in certain situations, by having you watch a series of short animations, and then answer a series of questions designed for you to test and apply your knowledge. CPD Interactive would like to thank Andrew Alston for his outstanding efforts in writing and developing this interactive play.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Junior lawyers



Ethics a play

Category: Ethics

Authors: Anna Robertson and Natalie Wieland

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Ethics lawyers and government lawyers

This course deals with three areas where solicitors’ ethical obligations arise. First, the overriding duty of a solicitor to the court and the obligations this imposes on a solicitor. Secondly, the duty of the solicitor to the client including the duty to advise and the solicitor’s duty of loyalty. Thirdly, the duty of the solicitor to avoid conflicts of interest.

The course looks at these duties from the perspective of all lawyers, however, throughout the course issues that are unique to government lawyers are discussed. Such as:

  • who is the client?
  • who can give instructions
  • model litigant.

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: All government lawyers, and may be of use to in-house lawyers.



Legal ethics and globalisation

Category: Ethics

Author: Chiara Formenti-Ujlak

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The Legal ethics and globalisation course looks at the way in which lawyers can remain ethical in a global world. This can be fraught where there are a myriad of different ethical approaches in the different global jurisdictions.

You will learn:

  • the basic underpinnings of the European and American approaches to legal ethics and in-house counsel
  • differences between the practical approaches to preserving the independence of legal practitioners
  • why in-house counsel cannot practise as lawyers in some of Europe
  • what problems face in-house lawyers in the American model
  • what similar problems are faced by external counsel

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers. This course is an important reminder of the threats to the independence of practioners’ legal advice. This applies both to in-house and external counsel.



Legal ethics is normal ethics Part 1

Category: Ethics

Authors: Mirko Bagaric and Penny Dimopoulous

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This course provides a very high level, often-controversial discussion of what is ethics in the legal profession. Is there such a thing as legal ethics? What is the difference between normal ethics and legal ethics? If any.

The aims of this module are to give you an opportunity to reflect on:

  • the morality and the law
  • the role ethics plays in the legal profession
  • whether rules and regulations can govern a profession and ultimately make it immune from moral accountability

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: This is an academic discussion and is suitable for lawyers looking for a very high level discussion of ethics in the legal industry.



Legal ethics is normal ethics Part 2

Category: Ethics

Author: Mirko Bagaric

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This course provides a very high level, often-controversial discussion of what is ethics in the legal profession. Is there such a thing as legal ethics? What is the difference between normal ethics and legal ethics? If any.

The aims of this module are to give you an opportunity to reflect on:

  • the morality and the law
  • the role ethics plays in the legal profession
  • whether rules and regulations can govern a profession and ultimately make it immune from moral accountability

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: This is an academic discussion and is suitable for lawyers looking for a very high level discussion of ethics in the legal industry.



Social Media and ethical risks for lawyers

Category: Ethics

Author: Liz Kollias

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Social Media and ethical risks for lawyers

Whether lawyers and firms are prepared or not, social media has extended beyond the personal and social realm into the day-to-day operations of law firms, the courts and firm employees.  This course examines the ethical issues arising from the use of social media in legal practice, the courts and legal process.

Aims and objectives:

  • what is social media
  • who is using it
  • what are the benefits for lawyers
  • what are the risks for lawyers, including breach of confidentiality, inadvertant retainers and breach of “no-contact” rule

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers who do or would like to use social media. It covers the UK, US and Australia.



Solicitors' duties

Category: Ethics

Author: John Styring

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Solicitors’ duties 2015

The Solicitors’ duties course identifies some particular aspects of the duty of a solicitor to his or her client and to the court. It underlines that in the hierarchy of duty, the ultimate direction for obedience lies with the court.  This course has been updated to reflect recent cases.

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: A good refresher for all lawyers to be reminded on the ethical duties.



Undertakings by lawyers – Content and consequences

Category: Ethics

Author: David Bailey

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Undertakings by lawyers – Content and consequences

This course looks at the history and application of undertakings by solicitors. Further it looks at recent cases and the consequences of breaching an undertaking.

Learning outcomes

To understand:

  • what is an undertaking
  • the difference between a client undertaking and a solicitor undertaking
  • consequences of a breach

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: All lawyers who need to be aware of the rules and common law governing undertakings.



Uniform Law for lawyers

Category: Ethics

Author: Sasha Edwards-Taylor

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Uniform Law for lawyers

The Uniform Law for lawyers course is relevant to lawyers in all jurisdictions who are interested in learning about the recent changes to the legal profession rules across Victoria and New South Wales. That said, these rules may in time, be adopted by the other state jurisdictions.

This course is intended to give a broad overview of the key changes represented by the Uniform Law. It is not intended to be an exhaustive guide and should not be taken to constitute legal advice. The Uniform Law is a package of laws that has replaced the Legal Profession Act 2004 in both Victoria and New South Wales. The Uniform Law regulates the following areas of the legal profession: admission to practice, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for barristers  and solicitors , barristers’ conduct rules  and solicitors’ conduct rules, general rules and legal practice rules.

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers can benefit from this course.


Practice Management


A guide to understanding generational differences

Category: Practice Management

Author: Belinda Cohen

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A guide to understanding generational differences

This course by Belinda Cohen of Inspired Reality provides an introduction to understanding generational difference and how it impacts workplace relationships. The course explores four different generations: The Veterans, The Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y and how to best connect with each generation. It also explores the similarities between the generations and questions the extent of the divide. Finally it provides some case studies highlighting how awareness of generational difference has been utilised to attract and recruit good employees.

Key aims and objectives

  • Understand the characteristics of the different generations
  • Learn how to connect with the different generations
  • How to apply understanding of generational difference to enhance recruitment processes and workplace relationships more broadly.

How long should the course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: People who work with a wide variety of age groups and are interested in exploring what make a particular “generation” tick.



Dealing with the media – Getting started

Category: Practice Management

Author: Paul Bateman

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Dealing with the media – Getting started

This module by Paul Bateman a Melbourne writer, freelance journalist and communications professional will provide you with an overview of the media – its needs and wants, and the various forms in which it operates – and will offer an introductory guide to successfully engaging with the media and managing your media relations. The module includes:

  • tips for preparing your organisation for its media engagements;
  • advice and suggestions for making the most of your media opportunities; and
  • tools for shaping your media encounters.

Aims and objectives To provide the user with:

  • an understanding of why engaging proactively with the media really matters
  • an appreciation of the contexts and forms in which the media operates
  • tools and techniques for engaging successfully with the media
  • the ability to confidently assess the media opportunities available to your organisation prior to engaging with the media
  • the ability to appreciate and utilise the range of media engagement options at the disposal of your organisation

How long should the course take? The course should take 1-2 hours to complete.

Target audience: Anyone interested in or involved with promoting their services via the media.



Death of the billable hour

Category: Practice Management

Authors: Craig Hollett and Natalie Wieland

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Death of the billable hour

In recent years law firms have been feeling the strain of the global economic climate. The once sacred “billable hour” is no longer accepted with grace by clients. Clients are looking for value for money. Richard Susskind refers to this as the “more-for less challenge”.* Therefore law firms need to work out how to provide their clients more for less, yet remain commercially viable.

This course will outline a number of Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFA’s) and then use the Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky as a case study.

At the end of this course you will:

  • know some of the benefits of Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFA’s)
  • know what are the trends in the US
  • know what are some the Alternative Fee Arrangements
  • case study of an Australian firm who has  successfully implemented a fixed billing scheme.

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: All lawyers.



Legal professional privilege in practice

Category: Practice Management

Author: Karen Lee

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Legal professional privilege in practice

This course focuses on Legal Professional Privilege in practice instead of providing a detailed analysis of the legislation.  The course looks at (among many things) why do we need Legal Professional Privilege, when a communication is privileged, some misconceptions about LPP, and most importantly, it offers some practical tips on how to protect LPP.

The course also reviews some simple steps to take to minimise the risk of losing privilege, and provides examples of relevant cases with links for you to further explore.

Target audience: This course is designed to be a refresher for all practising lawyers.

How long should this course take? The course is designed to take one hour.


Managing risk on the economic rollercoaster

Category: Practice Management

Author: Ronwyn North

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Managing risk on the economic rollercoaster

This course will prompt you to think about risk as your law practice rides the rollercoaster of economic uncertainty.  It looks at several patterns of claims and practice problems that can arise in times of recession with a view to enabling you to:

  • avoid becoming more ‘claims prone’
  • decide if you need to strengthen you approach to managing risk and
  • ride the rollercoaster with more confidence that you are doing enough to manage risk, at least for now.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Practising lawyers in Australia.



Procedural issues in McCabe

Category: Practice Management

Author: Camille Cameron

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Procedural issues in McCabe

This course looks at the procedural issues in the McCabe case, with a focus on the role of the lawyers and the court in effecting fair process. The aim of the course is for you to understand:

  • the history and facts of the McCabe case
  • the role of the court in the adversarial system
  • the role of discovery in litigation
  • how to critique the role of all parties in the adversarial system
  • the problems with the adversarial system

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: This is an academic discussion and therefore would be suitable for lawyers looking for a theoretical discussion of the adversarial system.



Protecting your business

Category: Practice Management

Author: Charles Power

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Protecting your business

This course examines the legal safeguards that may be available to an employer to protect its secrets and goodwill when an employee moves to a competitor.

How long should the course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers who are employers or managers of staff.



Social Media marketing and reputation for lawyers

Category: Practice Management

Author: Amruta Slee

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Social Media marketing and reputation for lawyers

This course is designed to introduce some of the many social media and networking tools that are available online. Further, it explores how these resources can be used to market you and your business and why you need to understand these tools and how they may affect your brand.

How long should the course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers who want an introduction to social media issues.



Managing risk on the economic rollercoaster

Category: Practice Management

Author: Belinda Cohen

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Time Management – Finding 25 hours in a day

Every business wants to be more profitable. One of the keys to profitability is to ensure that you can produce more without the need to expend more. Therefore, it is essential that both resources and time are carefully managed.  This course examines time management principles and strategies to help you get more done with the available time.  The course covers:

  • The changing face of business
  • Effective work versus efficient work
  • Managing the causes of poor time management rather than the symptoms
  • The 5 key principles of strong time management
  • Other practical tips

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers who want to be more effective in their day.



Managing risk on the economic rollercoaster

Category: Practice Management

Author: Craig Hassed

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Well being for lawyers

This one hour module is designed for lawyers and law students. It provides an overview of the risks associated with the legal profession regarding mental health. A survey is available to provide an indication of how you are going in this space. Finally, there are some tools offered to assist with both prevention and if you already suffer from anxiety or depression. This is a private space and no data is recorded at all. Therefore treat it as some time to ensure you understand the risks and see how you are tracking.

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: Lawyers and law students



Writing engaging content to attract new clients

Category: Practice Management

Author: Elana Benjamin

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Writing engaging content to attract new clients

This course will prompt you to think about risk as your law practice rides the rollercoaster of economic uncertainty.  It looks at several patterns of claims and practice problems that can arise in times of recession with a view to enabling you to:

  • avoid becoming more ‘claims prone’
  • decide if you need to strengthen you approach to managing risk and
  • ride the rollercoaster with more confidence that you are doing enough to manage risk, at least for now.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Practising lawyers in Australia.


Skills


A Recipe for Clear Legal Writing

Category: Skills

Author: Bree Williams

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A Recipe for Clear Legal Writing will give you the essential ingredients for clear legal writing. The method covered in the training gives you a practical framework to start making changes to your writing, without losing your personal style. How is clear legal writing different to plain language? It isn’t. Clear legal writing is one way to look at the way that legal professionals write. In this course clear legal writing incorporates plain language as part of a broader method, but often the terms are used interchangeably. This course will focus on 4 key areas of clear legal writing:

  1. language
  2. tone
  3. sentence structure
  4. layout and design.

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers can benefit from this course.



Accept, reject or renegotiate

Category: Skills

Author: CMA Learning Group

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Accept, reject or renegotiate

CMA Lawyers routinely negotiate on behalf of – or side-by-side with – their clients. Every time you receive an offer from the other side, the question arises: do we accept the offer, reject it, or keep negotiating? This course provides a checklist for helping your client determine their response to proposals from the other side. Relevant to all types of negotiation, it will enable lawyers to bring a fresh and systematic approach to answering this critical question…and for laying the foundation for determining strategy if the answer is indeed “renegotiate.”

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers.



Contract Law Fundamentals Series Part 1

Category: Skills

Author:Roman Rozenberg, Sam Prendergast, Nicolas Gallina, Lucy Davis

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Contract Law Fundamentals Series Part 1

In this course, Contract Law Fundamentals Series Part 1, authored by Roman Rozenberg, Sam Predergast, Nicolas Gallina and Lucy Davis, explore the fundamentals of Contract Law and the changes to the Unfair Terms regime as it extends to small business. The course is ideal for junior lawyers and lawyers who need a challenging and comprehensive refresher. Topics covered include:-

  • Terms implied by Common Law
  • Terms implied by Statute
  • Applications of the Australian Consumer Law
  • Illegal and unfair terms
  • The Penalty Doctrine

Target Audience: All lawyers who want to refresh their contract law knowledge.

How long should this course take: This course is designed to take one hour.



Dealing with client expectations

Category: Skills

Author: Belinda Cohen

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Dealing with client expectations

One crucial way of maintaining client relationships is through excellent communication. However, when we discuss ‘communication’ we also mean communication around client expectations and perceptions. This course is designed to enable you to:

  • manage client expectations by understanding how perception works
  • understand why poor communication drives clients away
  • salvage relationships where practicable by communicating empathetically, reciprocally and clearly

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers can benefit from this course, developed by a leader in the corporate communications world.



Drafting ADR clauses in contracts

Category: Skills

Author: Peter Condliffe

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Drafting ADR clauses in contracts

This course provides an overview of the law relating to the enforceability of dispute resolution clauses in contracts. It includes a summary of the major cases in Victoria and NSW, principles and tips for the drafting of such clauses and a discussion of issues relating to the use of mandatory mediation and arbitration. A sample dispute resolution clause is provided and analysed as to its enforceability and compared with dispute resolution clauses of IAMA and LEADR.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Practising lawyers in Victoria and NSW.



Drafting Terms of Settlement Top ten tips

Category: Skills

Author: Albert Monichino

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Drafting Terms of Settlement Top ten tips

Now, more than ever parties are encouraged to compromise their differences, rather than pursue their legal rights and remedies by a trial in court. For example, in the Second Reading Speech accompanying the Civil Dispute Resolution Bill in the Commonwealth Parliament the then Attorney-General, Robert McClelland said: “The Civil Dispute Resolution Bill is all about seeking to resolve disputes at the most appropriate level. It encourages parties to resolve their disputes at the earliest possible opportunity, and to do so outside of the courts – promoting a move away from the often stressful, expensive adversarial culture of litigation.” This course reviews how to draft terms of settlement and what you need to look out for.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers.



How to prepare for an e-trial

Category: Skills

Authors: Allison Stanfield andRebecca Grant

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How to prepare for an e-trial

This course provides an insight into electronic discovery, how to prepare discoverable material, issues to consider in electronic discovery, how to exchange electronic documents and looks at what constitutes an electronic trial.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Anyone required to prepare for an electronic trial.



How to provide effective feedback to junior lawyers

Category: Skills

Author: Iselin Gambert

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How to provide effective feedback to junior lawyers

The How to provide effective feedback to junior lawyers course provides strategies on how to give feedback to your staff, particularly in relation to feedback on their written work.  Commenting on junior lawyers’ drafts is one of the most important, time consuming and challenging aspects of a supervising lawyer’s job.  In preparing feedback you will need to decide both on the form that feedback will take, and the specific nature of each individual comment.

The How to provide effective feedback to junior lawyers course covers:

  • goals when giving feedback
  • the types of feedback you can give
  • what type of feedback to give and when
  • how to give feedback, including practical examples illustrating a variety of strategies for giving feedback.

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience:  Any lawyers who has to provide feedback to their staff both written and verbal.



How to research Case Law

Category: Skills

Author: Natalie Wieland

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How to research Case Law

This course provides an overview of legal research with a focus on case law in Australia. There are so many different sites and ways to conduct legal research. This module is designed to provide a methodology on efficient ways to complete research tasks. It is conducted via a series of simulations and comes with a complete user guide.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Practising lawyers in Australia.



Introduction to Advocacy

Category: Skills

Author: George Hampel

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Introduction to Advocacy

This course provides an edited version of the introductory session presented at the beginning of a two-day advocacy workshop. It includes an overview of the history of advocacy training, principles and tips on advocacy and a methodology of how to prepare and present any matter regardless of jurisdiction or subject matter.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Anyone who is required to be an advocate, lawyers who would like an advocacy refresher.



Mediation attitudes and case studies

Category: Skills

Author: Michael Sweeney

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Mediation attitudes and case studies

The first part of this course by Geoffrey Gibson explores the evolution of ADR and how its role has increased over the last 40 years. Further it explores the necessary attitudes and skills required to be an effective mediator. The second module by Michael Sweeney provides an overview of mediation in the commercial context, using two case studies as examples of how mediation can work, not only as a mechanism for resolving disputes but also as a strategic negotiation tool.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers.



Overview of UK Law and research

Category: Skills

Author: Ruth Bird

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Overview of UK Law and research

This course provides an introduction to the UK legal system and then introduces the key resources used for researching cases and legislation. It makes references to both free and paid services for research.

Key aims and objectives

  • To understand the legal system and institutions in the UK
  • To know the key resources available for research

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Anyone interested in the UK legal system and how to research the law effectively.



Practical tips for drafting commercial agreements

Category: Skills

Author: Karen Lee

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Practical tips for drafting commercial agreements

The Practical tips for drafting commercial agreements course is suitable for all lawyers, including those in private practice, working in-house, or working for government agencies.  Drafting is an essential skill, and legal drafting is now a course offered in law schools in Australia as well as overseas.  This course focuses on providing practical tips for lawyers who have the role of drafter of commercial agreements, that is, the spotlight is on what to do in practice. The content of this course is also relevant to lawyers who review or negotiate contracts.

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers wishing to gain practical tips to draft better commercial agreements. Lawyers who review and negotiate commercial agreements will also benefit from this course.



Preparing for Tax Litigation in the Federal Court

Category: Skills

Author: Stephen Linden

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Preparing for Tax Litigation in the Federal Court

This course offers a practical guide when preparing for taxation litigation in the Federal Court.  It includes:

  • Why choose the Federal Court over the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • What rights of appeal are available
  • When to file an appeal
  • What is the burden of proof?
  • Some examples

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: Any lawyer involved in taxation litigations.



The risks and benefits of using email in negotiation

Category: Skills

Author: Anne Marie Bülow

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The risks and benefits of using email in negotiation

This course looks at the advantages and disadvantages of using email in negotiation.  It recognises the increased use of email in negotiations and questions how effective email really is in the negotiation process. It provides an interesting opportunity to reflect on how you are currently using email and what are the traps you need to avoid.

The is course is designed to:

  • establish some of the limitations when using email in any negotiation and what are the risks involved
  • what are the benefits and when can email be an effective tool for a negotiation
  • provide a checklist of things to remember when using email in business

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Practising lawyers.



USA Legal System and Legislative Research

Category: Skills

Author: Ruth Bird

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This course is designed to introduce the American Legal system.  It is the author’s belief that without a sound knowledge of a country’s legal system it is impossible to complete effective legal research. The course will introduce some key resources available both free online and susbcription that would be useful when researching US law.  In the age of the internet and “google” it is critical that when conducting research online the resources used are well regarded and reliable.

Key aims and objectives

  • to provide an overview of the US legal system
  • to provide an introduction to the key resources that are well regarded when conducting legal research

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Any non USA lawyer who is interested in researching USA law.



Writing to high conflict clients

Category: Skills

Author: Bree Williams

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Writing to high conflict clients

Professionals need to adjust their style of writing when they encounter a high conflict client. The course Writing to high conflict clients explores the technical improvements that a legal professional can make to their writing to reduce the burden of dealing with a high conflict client. Traditional techniques and document structures may escalate conflict and even make the professional writer the next target of blame.

Learning outcomes

  • To recognise high conflict clients
  • Know what you can do to adjust how you communicate
  • Understand writing approaches for high conflict people

Target audience: This course is designed for any lawyer or law student who wants to be empowered with the knowledge of how to deal with high conflict clients in all communication.


Substantive Law



ASIC investigations – the role of the lawyer

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Simon Rubenstein

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ASIC enforcements – Practical advice for clients

The course ASIC enforcement – Practical advice for clients is designed to help you think about the issues involved when your client is faced with an ASIC investigation.  While it is not possible to deal exhaustively with every issue that a lawyers might face when advising a client in respect of an ASIC investigation, it is important to highlight some of the more important issues that might arise and to provide some useful pointers that might assist you when dealing with those issues.  The issues dealt with in this module include: 

  • Determining the role of your client in an investigation;
  • Advising about notices to produce documents;
  • Preparation for and attendance at section 19 examinations;
  • Advising clients about the timing of and possible publicity arising from an ASIC investigation;
  • Negotiating enforceable undertakings; and
  • Making complaints to ASIC.

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Any lawyer who wants a sound understanding of how ASIC run investigations and the rights of your client



 Australian Consumer Law essentials

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Karen Lee

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Australian Consumer Law essentials

This course, in 7 easy-to-follow parts, provides lawyers with a practical overview of the operation of the ACL. Examples are used throughout the course to aid understanding.

  • Part 1 – Introduction, including legislative background and ACL benefits
  • Part 2 – misleading or deceptive conduct
  • Part 3 – false or misleading representations regarding goods or services
  • Part 4 – unconscionable conduct
  • Part 5 – unfair terms
  • Part 6 – consumer guarantees
  • Part 7 – sale practices

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers interested in consumer law.



Australian Privacy Principle essentials

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Karen Lee

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Australian Privacy Principles essentials

From 12 March 2014, changes to the Privacy Act commence, and importantly, the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) replace the National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles.  The APPs apply to organisations, and Australian Government (and Norfolk Island Government) agencies. This course provides lawyers with a practical overview of the APPs and the impact of the new privacy regime on organisations, many of which are clients or potential clients.

What does this course cover?

  • Privacy legislation overview – the Privacy Act, the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act, the APPs and Credit Reporting Code of Conduct
  • Understanding the key definitions relating to information – personal information, sensitive information and the different kinds of credit information
  • Privacy compliance – what should organisations do to comply with the new laws?
  • What are the APPs – a summary of the obligations
  • Privacy breaches – prevention, reporting and management
  • Some practical tips for lawyers to help clients manage the privacy reforms

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers wishing to gain a better understanding of the new privacy regime, particularly on the impact of the new APPs on organisations.



Big Data – What lawyers need to know

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Karen Lee

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Big Data – What lawyers need to know

This course, Big data – what lawyers need to know provides legal practitioners with a practical overview of Big Data and legal issues of and legislation applicable to Big Data. The course is offered in 4 easy parts:

  • What is Big Data?
  • Big Data and commercial information
  • The Australian regulatory landscape
  • The global view

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers wishing (for their own interest or their clients’ interest) to gain a better understanding of Big Data, the relevant legislation and legal issues relating to Big Data.



Bitcoins essentials for legal practitioners

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Karen Lee

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Bitcoins essentials for legal practitioners

Bitcoin is generally accepted to the world’s first, and arguably most popular, cryptocurrency. Essentially, Bitcoin functions as digital or virtual cash. Bitcoin emerged online in 2009, and by some studies, Bitcoin has now grown into an industry worth over US$6 billion. This course, in 8 easy-to-follow parts, provides legal practitioners with a practical overview of Bitcoins and the legal issues surrounding Bitcoins. It also discusses the legislation that applies to Bitcoins in Australia. Examples are used throughout the course to aid understanding.

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All lawyers wishing to gain a preliminary understanding of the legal implications of Bitcoins.



Bitcoins essentials for legal practitioners

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Simon Rubenstein

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Company officers, bribery & secret commissions

The module, Company officers, bribery and secret commissions explores some of the legislative schemes designed to prevent Australian businesses from engaging in foreign corrupt practices including bribery and payment of secret commissions to foreign officials.  

Company officers, bribery and secret commissions then looks at some recent examples of alleged foreign corrupt practices by Australian businesses.  These include the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) proceedings, the Securency prosecutions and recent allegations against Leighton Holdings Ltd.       

The module concludes with a number of practical suggestions to assist in managing the risk of Australian businesses falling foul of these regimes.

Target audience:  This course is designed for any lawyer who wants a sound understanding of the law and application dealing with the payment of bribes and secret commissions in the corporate world.

How long should this course take? The course is designed to take one hour.



Directors’ duties – what lawyers need to know

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Simon Pitt

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Directors’ duties – what lawyers need to know

This course by Simon Pitt and Dean Luxton of Green’s List, provides an in depth analysis of the directors’ duties in recent years, thoroughly exploring the case law. The course looks at Recent high-profile public corporate collapses such as HIH, One.Tel and James Hardie; and the Global Financial Crisis  and how they set the scene for a series of hotly contested cases where directors’ duties received significant and valuable judicial commentary

To understand:

  • the role of case law and legislation in recent years in relation to directors duties
  • the key provisions in the Corporations Act dealing with directors duties and how they have been interpreted by the Court.

How long should this course take? The course should take 1-2 hours to complete.  Note that only 1 CPD point can be claimed if the course was completed in an hour.

Target audience: Anyone who is a director or advises directors.



Issues for estates with assets in company trusts

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Michael Flynn

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Issues for estates with assets in company trusts

This course explores tax and non-tax issues that can arise if a testator holds significant assets through a company or trust. What does this course cover? This course will deal in turn with companies and trusts. It is designed to reinforce the importance for solicitors to ascertain whether a testator holds assets directly or through a company or trust.

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience:  Lawyers with an interest in estate laws and planning.



Liquidated damages compared to penalty clauses

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Kylie Weston-Scheuber

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Liquidated damages compared to penalty clauses

The Liquidated damages compared to penalty clauses course considers the doctrine of penalties at common law, and its subsequent development in equity in the context of challenges to bank fees.  The course provides tips for lawyers when drafting terms of settlement to help ensure that they are not deemed penalties by the court. Particular consideration is given to the application of the penalties doctrine in the context of agreements to settle litigation.

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Any lawyer who has to draft terms of settlement.



PPS essentials for the corporate lawyer

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Karen Lee

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PPS essentials for the corporate lawyer

The personal property securities (PPS) regime is not just for banking lawyers.  It impacts on corporate transactions in a number of key areas, including mergers and acquisitions, buying and selling of assets, and lending and borrowing money.  This course provides lawyers with a practical overview on the impact of the PPS regime on corporate clients and corporate transactions.

What does this course cover?

  • Brief introduction – the PPS regime
  • Quick recap – the new legal concept of perfection and the abolition of the nemo dat rule
  • The importance of identifying and registering security interests, and the impact on corporate matters
  • Practical tips regarding due diligence
  • Confidentiality issues brought about by the PPS Act and how to manage them
  • Why and how commercial documents would be amended for PPS Act changes
  • The operation of the new section 588FL of the Corporations Act, and the importance of observing the timeframes for registration of a security interest
  • What to do if the registration time for a security interest has been inadvertently missed

How long should the course take? This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: Lawyers wishing to gain a better understanding of the PPS regime, particularly on the impact of the new regime on corporate clients and corporate transactions.



Purchase Money Security Interests – What lawyers need to know

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Karen Lee

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Purchase Money Security Interests – What lawyers need to know

Purchase money security interest (PMSI) is a new legal concept introduced to Australia by the personal property securities (PPS) regime.  This course provides a primer on PMSIs with examples to aid understanding and tips to navigate the PPS Register.

What does this course cover?

  • A brief recap – the PPS regime
  • What is a PMSI and what is not a PMSI, with examples to illustrate both
  • Relevant PPS terminology including PPS lease and commercial consignment
  • Relevant PPS principles such as the default priority rules
  • Super priority for PMSIs and exceptions
  • Registration of PMSIs including registration timeframes

How long should the course take? The course is designed to take one hour.

Target audience: Lawyers wishing to gain a better understanding of the PPS regime, particularly in terms of PMSIs.



Review of PPSA and its impact on leasing and conveyancing transactions

Category: Substantive Law

Author:William Stark

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Review of the PPSA, its impact on leasing and conveyancing transactions

This course offers a review of the PPSA and its impact on leasing and conveyancing transactions.  The PPSA has been around since 2012 so it is a good time to review how it has impacted purchase and sale transactions in the property market.  The course offers an insight into the issues, and follows four recent cases, describing the issues and the results of each case.

Get an overview of the legislation and find out:-

  • what have been the implementation ‘teething problems’
  • impact on common law
  • rules of priority of interests
  • what can go wrong for practitioners and clients.

Target Audience: All lawyers who want to keep up to date with the PPSA Law.

How long will the course take? The course is designed to take 1 hour.



Super and Family Law a crash course

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Karen Lee

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Super and Family Law a crash course

This course provides  lawyers with:

  • a practical understanding of the critical issues when advising a client on superannuation in family law property matters
  • an understanding of how superannuation interests can operate, in the context of family law disputes
  • techniques for drafting superannuation agreements or flagging or splitting orders.

By its conclusion you should be able to draft superannuation agreements or orders taking into account both the potential legal challenges they could face and the options available and to effectively advise clients on superannuation issues in a way that will protect their interests.



Testamentary Trusts Victoria

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Angela Cursio

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Testamentary Trusts Victoria

This course gives Victorian lawyers an overview of testamentary trusts. As well as considering some of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of trust it looks at the powers and obligations of trustees and beneficiaries of testamentary trusts, and how testamentary trusts function in a practical sense. The focus is on trusts that operate under a will after the testator has died.

How long should this course take? The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target audience: All Victorian lawyers.



The role of fiduciary obligations in commercial transactions

Category: Substantive Law

Author: Michael Bryan

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The role of fiduciary obligations in commercial transactions

This course focuses on recent decisions on fiduciary obligations, such recent cases supplying the contemporary contexts for applying long-established equity.  It introduces the consequences of recognising a legal relationship as fiduciary, remedies for breach of fiduciary obligations and other advantages of the fiduciary claim.

How long should this course take? 1 hour.

Target audience: All lawyers.