Forum 2021

Forum 2021

Register for the 2021 Law Society Forum with Key Note Speaker Erin Brockovich.

When registering for the full 2 days (11 sessions), at the checkout use the promotional code 10COMP to receive Erin Brockovich's session complimentary.  


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Register for up to 11 sessions from a selection of 31 topics over a 2 day period. Complete or top up your 10 MCPD units required before the 31 March deadline.

All sessions can be attended in-person or via webinar. To attend via Webinar, register to the session's with "Webinar" in the title. Webinar registrations are discounted and do not include catering or seating at the venue.
When
25/02/2021 8:15 AM - 26/02/2021 4:30 PM
Where
Adelaide Convention Centre North Terrace ADELAIDE SA 5000 AUSTRALIA

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Program

   

Thursday, 25 February 2021

 
Time
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
8:15 AM

8:15 AM

Presenter: Judge Heffernan, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
 
Description  This session will explore the ways practitioners can navigate the ever increasing overlap between the Family Law and Criminal Law Jurisdictions and explore some of the current issues these interactions can face for practitioners and their clients. 
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Presenters: Philip Adams, Murray Chambers s
Chair:Robert Fenwick Elliot • Keating Chambers 
Description This CPD will be on an update on developments in Construction Law and within the Industry over 2020.
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Presenters: Guy Biddle • Finlayson’s Lawyers and Paul Black • Carrington Chambers
Chair: The Honourable Justice Steven Dolphin, President - SAET 
Description The President will provide an update on the practice and procedure in the SAET and the panel will consider recent decisions and general practice issues in the SAET.
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Time
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
10:15 AM

Presenters: Greg May - Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner, Professor Michael Baigent - Flinders University and Rosalind Burke - Director (Ethics and Practice) Law Society of South Australia
Chair: James Caldicott, Caldicott Lawyers
 
Description The Young Lawyers’ Committee’s annual Ethics & Wellbeing Hypothetical Seminar is a unique, interactive Q&A session, using interactive technology to allow attendees to vote on answers to ethics hypotheticals live at the seminar using their smart phones. Panel members then discuss the more serious aspects of the issues raised in the hypotheticals to educate young lawyers on ethics and wellbeing matters. Registrants are encouraged to submit ethics and/or wellbeing hypothetical questions ahead of the seminar via email: cpd@lawsocietysa.asn.au
Time
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
10:45 AM

10:45 AM

Presenters: John Dillon - Matrimonial Chambers & Melissa Boyle • Hugh Burton Chambers
Chair: The Hon. Rodney Burr AM  
Description An interactive session on your obligations to the court, and your client, when you become aware that your client has been less than candid with both of you.
Time
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
10:45 AM

Presenters: John White, Mitchell Chambers and Rachael Gray QC, Victoria Square Chambers
Description 
Time
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
10:45 AM

10:45 AM

Presenters: Rodney Lewis, Elder Law and Vanessa Varga, Varga Lawyers
Chair: Melissa Yule, Adelta Legal 
Description Join a panel of elder law experts as they discuss some of the recent developments in aged care and elder law.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

12:00 PM

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Chair: Name, Company  
Description 
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Presenters: Tracee Micallef, Micallef Lipson Chambers, Magistrate Oliver Koehn • Youth Court of South Australia & Dora Fuda - Barrister
Chair:Justin Wickens, Micallef Lipson Chambers 
Description Often legal practitioners will have clients whose issues involve the separate areas of criminal, family and child protection law. Unless one understands the complexities of the interactions of the law relating to those areas, the boundaries may seem like a no man’s land. With the assistance of a panel of experts from each area, those complexities will be explored in the context of a hypothetical scenario.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM

Presenters: Professor Sharon Lawn, SA Mental Health Commissioner & Penny Wright, Guardian for Children and Young People in Care
Chair: Emily Strickland - Acting Commissioner for Equal Opportunity 
Description This session explores the legal rights of two groups of vulnerable (and often forgotten) South Australians • persons with mental illness and children in care or detention. Professor Sharon Lawn will examine the use of restrictive practices in mental health, and Penny Wright will address her recent report: ´Great Responsibility: Report on the 2019 Pilot Inspection of the Adelaide Youth Training Centre (now known as the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre)’. In addition to looking at these particular areas, this session will offer insights into the role of statutory office-holders in protecting the legal rights of vulnerable South Australians.
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM

Presenters: Dr Kerryn Brent, Paul Leadbeter and Dr Beth Nosworthy, Adelaide Law School
Chair:David Cole, Cole Solicitors Environmental Lawyers  
Description This presentation provides practitioners with an introduction to climate change law and its relevance to legal practice in South Australia. The session commences with an overview of climate change law at an international level, including Australia’s legal obligations, followed by an introduction to the role of climate change policy under the new Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and its relevance to the task of determining development applications. Finally, the session will consider the increasing trend for shareholders and others to engage in climate change litigation against corporations and their directors as well as addressing duties imposed on corporations and their directors to disclose climate risk.
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM

2:00 PM

Presenters: Marie Shaw QC, Frank Moran Chambers
Chair: Yasmin McMahon - McMahon & Co Barristers & Solicitors  
Description This presentation will equip you with the preparation needed to successfully deliver the best trial defence.
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM

Time
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
3:00 PM

Presenters: Stephen Dickinson, ANSR Dispute Resolution, The Honourable Chief Justice Kourakis, Supreme Court of South Australia, Alex Lazarevich, Anthony Mason Chambers & Franca Petrone, Administrative Appeals Tribunal
 
Description So, what exactly is mediation? National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) | The Facilitative Model | Adjudication | Arbitration, Conciliation | Expert Determination | Facilitation Embracing mediation as a profession (it’s not going anywhere) Tribunals | Public Policy | Industry Standards | Dispute Resolution Clauses | Federal Court Rules 2011 | Uniform Civil Rules 2020 Challenging the stigmas attached to mediation Mediation causes delay | Mediation causes avoidable costs | Attack on legal precedent | Competence and suitability of mediators. How to use mediation to advance your clients' interests (and those of your practice) Aligning litigation and mediation work product | Preparation | Pre-mediation sessions
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

3:30 PM

Presenters: Margaret Castles, Adelaide Law School e
 
Description The presentation outlines the Pre Action Protocol provisions in the new Uniform Civil Rules, covering Magistrates Court, District Court, and Supreme Court. It will include discussion of the use of Pre Action Protocols by self-represented litigants, an evaluation of the impact of the rules within the profession, and commentary from the bench on approaches to compliance with the protocols, including costs implications. The presentation is designed to provide practical guidance on the use of the protocols, and an opportunity for questions and concerns to be explored.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

Presenters: Anthony Kelly, Mellor Olsson Lawyers and Paul Leadbeter, Adelaide Law School
 
Description The Planning Development and Infrastructure Act, 2016 came into partial operation in July 2019 and the intention is that once the metropolitan component of the key policy document, (the Planning and Design Code) is approved by the Minister ( anticipated to be late February 2021) the new land use planning and development system will be fully operational. While some elements of the new planning and development controls reflect the provisions of the ( soon to be repealed) Development Act 1993 there are some significant changes to the previous system. These include the categorisation of development, the role and rights of third parties, the responsibilities of planning authorities, new procedural requirements and the introduction of one Planning and Design Code covering the entire state instead of individual council area based development plans. This session will highlight some of the key changes and what they might mean for legal practitioners who provide advice to land and business owners on a range of property and land use issues.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

Friday, 26 February 2021

 
Presenters: Jason Ryan and Gavin Davis, Engo
Chair: Mun Lai, Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand 
Description A study in the importance of identifying team scope using military strategy theories so that the team is constantly predicting future work and handling matters as they arise in a pre-practised pre-decision-making environment as seen in the military. This session will specifically look at useful techniques such as standard operating procedures, middle ground positioning in contracts, and best practice in information management.
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Presenters: Ed Jolly, Len King Chambers
 
Description 
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Presenters: Grant Feary, Deputy Director Law Claims
 
Description Law Claims has produced some new document packages to assist practices insured by the SA Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme to avoid claims in the areas of Sale and Purchase of Businesses and Commercial Leasing. Grant Feary, Deputy Director Law Claims, and experts in the relevant areas will explain how the document packages work and how the use of the documents can prevent claims against your practice.
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Time
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
10:15 AM

Presenters: Judge Rossi, South Australian Employment Tribunal
Chair: The Hon Justice Hughes, Supreme Court of South Australia 
Description This session will address both the civil and criminal jurisdictions, the status and use of interpreters at both the interlocutory stage and at trial, how to address difficulties if they arise at trial and the likely introduction in the near future in this State of Rules of Court or practice directions to regulate the use of interpreters in the judicial process.
Time
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
10:45 AM

Presenters: Rebecca Sandford, HWL Ebsworth, President, Law Society of South Australia Chair:Mun Lai - Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand
 
Description Data security and protection laws in Australia and globally have been the focus of much scrutiny and change in recent years. This session will provide an update on recent developments in this ever evolving and increasingly important area, with a particular focus on matters of relevance to Public Sector and In-house Lawyers.
Time
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
10:45 AM

Presenters: Bill Ericson, Ericson Legal
 
Description An analysis of the issues raised by this increasingly popular costs arrangement, including the need to carefully define the work-scope, successive fixed fees for stages of continuing work, provisions for variation, dealing with disbursements, and advising as to above scale costs
Time
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
10:45 AM

Time
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
10:45 AM

Presenters: Gerry Bowen, Adelaide Capital Lawyers & Hon. A Redford, Elliott Johnston Chambers
Chair: Greg Mead SC, Legal Services Commission 
Description When we stand back and take an objective look at our clients, by far the rarest client is one who attends with a clear objective and a realistic outlook. For the most part clients come to us with an endless range of vulnerabilities ranging from age, health, addictions, family, stresses, the fear of the unknown and the list goes on. In this session we hope to see how we can become better service providers and achieve better results for our clients. Audience participation will be encouraged to expand the range of skills for all practitioners.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Presenters: Deej Eszenyi
Chair:Judge Rossi, South Australian Employment Tribunal 
Description This session will discuss: - Review the Law Council of Australia Gender Equitable Briefing Policy which forms part of LSSA’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Show how the policy makes sound commercial sense especially in long term planning for the development of a firm’s capacity - Discuss equitable briefing as a marketing tool, and Talk about how to brief both the initial approach (especially to a barrister you don’t know) and what to include in the actual brief.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Presenters: Paul Gordon, Wallmans Lawyers
Chair: Mun Lai, Bridgestone - Australia and New Zealand 
Description - This session, aimed at in-house counsel will offer: 1. Practical advice on how to conduct an IP and brand audit 2. Trade marking in Australia and abroad 3. The trade mark/business name dichotomy 4. Protecting more than words and logos: How shape marks can offer benefits
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM

Presenters: Lincoln Smith, Norman Waterhouse and Elizabeth Dooley, ANMF
Chair: The Honourable Justice Steven Dolphin, President, SAET  
Description This session will address the below questions surrounding employment law including: How well did current employment law respond to the pandemic? Where can they be improved? What lessons have been learned?
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM

Presenters: Karen Stanley, Stanley Law
Chair:Judge Fuller - District Court of South Australia  
Description Over the last few years, the Supreme Court has incrementally increased the scope of defence challenges to evidentiary aids to proof (certificates) and statutory presumptions in relation to traffic law. What were once relatively straightforward minor charges in the Magistrates Court have now become increasingly technical and complex. Karen Stanley will take you through the evolution in Supreme Court authority in relation to traffic law challenges to evidentiary presumptions. She will also discuss how the principles raised in these cases can be applied not only to traffic law, but also to all charges where prosecution is able to rely on evidentiary and statutory aids to proof.
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM

Presenters: The Hon. Justice White, Federal Court of Australia
Chair:Judge Dart - Supreme Court of South Australia 
Description 
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM

2:00 PM

Time
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
3:00 PM

Presenters: Dom Sheil, Australian Taxation Office
 
Description This session will explore strategies for managing complex employee disputes which involve significant allegations of poor or underperformance, illness or workplace injury and misconduct. What or who takes the lead? Isn't three a crowd?
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

Presenters: Sylvia Villios and Holly Nicholls, Adelaide Law School & Melissa Yule • Adelta Legal
 
Description  This session discusses the role and operation of enduring powers of attorney (EPAs) and potential law reform in the context of the recent major report of the South Australian Law Reform (SALRI). SALRI in close consultation with members of the Law Society and others has recently examined EPAs and the Powers of Attorney and Agency Act 1984. It is important to prevent and address the misuse of EPAs, but also to retain and improve the utility of EPAs and encourage their use. This session discusses how this delicate balance can be best achieved.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

Presenters: Professor Matthew Stubbs, Adelaide Law School Emeritus Professor Rick Sarre, Dr Sarah Moulds, University Of South Australia & Christopher Charles
Chair: Emeritus Professor Clement Macintyre 
Description COVID-19 has not only posed health challenges • its impacts on our livelihoods, lifestyles and rights have been significant, and may be long lasting. This session explores legal aspects of South Australia’s and Australia’s legislative responses to COVID-19 and their impacts on human rights. In particular, presenters will examine the human rights law relevant to border closures (international and interstate), face mask requirements, limits on public gatherings and protests, and emergency powers (which have included broad discretionary powers to law enforcement and other authorised officers).
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

3:30 PM

 

Terms and Conditions:

Cancellations: Payment in full of the registration fee is required to be made at least five working days prior to the event.  Previously paid registrations are transferable subject to the alternate attendee being eligible to register at the same registration fee (that is a practitioner who is not a Society member is not eligible to attend in place of a member without the price differential having been paid. Any person who has registered and paid to attend an event but is subsequently unable to do so and does not wish to transfer the registration is able to apply to the Society for a refund, however such refunds (in whole or in part) will be at the discretion of the Law Society subject to the circumstances and any external costs paid by the Society which cannot be recovered by us.
MCPD Units: Any MCPD Units listed are only provided as a guide and attendees must satisfy themselves about the nature and quantity of MCPD Units they can claim for the activity. Please refer to the MCPD Guidelines for details at www.lawsocietysa.asn.au/mcpd
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Webinar Cost: Unless otherwise stated, the cost to attend events via webinar is the same as attending in person or $80, whichever is greater.  The cost for students to attend via webinar is the same as attending in person or $35, whichever is greater. Country Practitioners (as defined by the Law Society of South Australia) are exempt from the minimum webinar charges and will be charged the same rate as attending in person.