Mandatory Rule 6.1 for All Lawyers Video & Papers


Date of Seminar: 26 September 2018

Cost: $440

CPD points: Four (4)

Category: Ethics and Professional Responsibility; Practice Management and Business skills; Professional skills

Seminar Programme:

Introduction from Chair
Chair: Selwyn BLACK, Partner, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

Practice Management and Business Skills / Professional Skills
Topic 1: Creating permission for a Well and Resilient Legal Practice
Speaker: Mary DIGIGLIO, Managing Partner, Swaab and Director of Minds Count (formerly the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation)
• Research: the past and present of the legal profession and wellness;
• TJMF best practice guidelines for the legal profession;
• Implementing best practice; and
• Sharing wellness initiatives.

Business Skills and Practice Management / Professional Skills
Topic 2: Legal Innovation – Where to now?
Speaker: Caryn SANDLER, Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer, Gilbert + Tobin
• The current landscape for innovation and change;
• Innovation in legal practice including practical applications of AI and automation; and
• Tips and traps in implementing legal technology and embedding an innovation culture (including change management and design thinking).

Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Topic 3: Complaints to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner (OLSC)
Speaker: Samantha GULLIVER, Assistant Commissioner, OLSC
• Brief outline of OLSC’s role and the complaints process (including the different pathways – consumer matter, disciplinary matter, mixed),
• Where a lawyer can get help.
• Insights from the regulator (including behaviour that may generate a complaint, what not to do when confronted with a complaint).
• Q & A about complaints - illustrated by some case studies.

Practice Management and Business Skills / Ethics and Professional Responsibility / Substantive Law
Topic 4: That’s a Sticky Situation: Navigating Practice Management nightmares
Speaker: Petros MACAROUNAS, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers
An interactive session, including worked examples and a discussion of relevant Solicitors Rules, Barristers Rules and case law pertaining to the following topics:
• Conflicts of interest and confidential information including a discussion of the availability and case law surrounding injunctive relief to prevent a solicitor from continuing to act.
• Settling cases - Disclosure of information harmful to one’s case and the degree of pressure that may be put upon a client to accept an offer of settlement.
• Making mistakes - Strategies to deal with mistakes made in practice, issues of culture and supervision of junior lawyers with respect to handling their error, when to notify insurers.
• Show cause events - When to notify the Law Society or Bar Association.