Public Sector and In House Counsel CPD Half Day

Public Sector and In House Counsel CPD Half Day

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Public Sector and In House Counsel CPD Half Day
Friday, 19 July 2024 | 9:00am - 12:45pm | In-person and by Webinar

This public and in house counsel half day event will contain three CPD sessions tailored to public and in house lawyers and any interested in this area. The experienced presenters will deliver three sessions focused on employment contracts, psychosocial hazards, and ethics for in-house lawyers.

The formal sessions will conclude at 12:15pm with a networking catered lunch to follow until 12:45pm. As such, we encourage registrants to attend in-person to experience invaluable networking with fellow members of the profession. 


The Employment Contract: Rules of Engagement
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:00am
Presenter: Matoula Makris, 3 Shell Chambers
CPD: 1 CPD unit (Practice Management / Business Skills)
With changes to how employers can contract with their employees, including new rules limiting the use of fixed term contracts and rules against pay secrecy terms, it is important to understand what the rules of engagement are when it comes to having compliant employment contracts.  In this session, we’ll take a look at the regulatory framework for employment contracts and give guidance as to what is needed to help ensure you have enforceable employment contracts in place.

About the Presenter:
Matoula Makris is a barrister at 3 Shell Chambers specialising in civil litigation with a particular interest in employment, industrial, workers compensation, disciplinary and work health and safety matters. Prior to coming to the bar, Matoula held various roles in government, private practice and in-house legal roles most recently as partner at national law firm HWL Ebsworth in their Workplace Relations and Safety team. Matoula regularly appears before various Commissions and Courts in a variety of contested matters. She is also a member of the LSSA’s Industrial Relations Committee.

Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace
Session 2: 10:00am - 11:00am
Presenter: Jason Mavrikis, SafeWork SA
CPD: 1 CPD unit (Standard)
The session will consider the new psychosocial regulations intended to manage the risks of psychosocial harm, now in effect in South Australia. This session will benefit a broad range of legal practitioners, including those practicing employment law. Please join us to learn more about what these regulations mean for workplaces across the state. 

About the Presenter:
Jason is the Chief Advisor Psychosocial for the Regulatory Assurance Team at SafeWork SA. With over 16 years’ experience working in various WHS roles such as Senior WHS inspector, Mine Safety Investigator, Psychosocial Inspector and WHS Advisor, he has worked across a variety of safety critical industries from within two Australian WHS regulators. 
Jason forms part of the team that delivers psychosocial safety information, advice, and support to South Australian businesses. He is a passionate advocate for the addressment of workplace psychosocial risk and has played a key role in the roll out of the new South Australian psychosocial regulations. 

Beyond Legal Advice - The Role of the In House Lawyer 
Session 3: 11:15am - 12:15pm
Presenter: Simon Libbis, The Law Institute of Victoria
CPD: 1 CPD unit (Practical Legal Ethics)
Like all lawyers, lawyers practicing “in house” have various ethical obligations. Their position does, however, present some specific unique challenges. These include:

  • Having only one client, and dealing with unrepresented parties.
  • Maintaining the duty of independence, alongside competing interests
  • Being the legal conscience
In this session, presenter Simon Libbis will provide some analysis on this, consider the relevant law, and lead discussions arising out of some relevant case studies.

About the Presenter:
Simon Libbis is the Head of Ethics and Practitioner Support at the Law Institute of Victoria. He had previously been the principal of Subdivision Lawyers. Before he established Subdivision Lawyers, Simon was the Executive Director of the National Electronic Conveyancing Office which ultimately led to the introduction of PEXA. As well as an extensive career as a specialist property lawyer Simon also served as the Registrar General of South Australia for some years.
In 1994 Simon was among the first legal practitioners accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as property law specialists. He is the author of a number of books including Conveyancing in Victoria and Subdivisions Victoria – The Ultimate Guide.

Registration Fees:
These sessions will not be sold individually and can only be purchased as a bundle.
Platinum / GDLP / Student: $110
Members (admitted more than three years): $245
Members (Junior - admitted less than three years): $200
Non-Members: $355
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Friday, 19 July 2024

9:00 AM - 12:45 PM ACDT

Law Society of South Australia
Level 10, Terrace Towers
178 North Terrace
Adelaide 5000