First Annual Law of Religious Institutions Conference
Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 July 2019

Melbourne Marriott Hotel

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The legal and regulatory challenges facing religious institutions and their advisers have never been greater.  Managing child safety obligations and responding to allegations continue to be issues that are front and centre for many religious institutions.  This conference examines the key lessons and practical strategies to take in a post-Royal Commission landscape, along with sessions on religious freedom, employment law issues, and governance.

Monday 29 July 2019

Child Safety

  • Managing & Conducting Investigations in Religious Institutions

  • Management of Persons of Concern

  • Settlements in Child Abuse Matters: Where To From Here?

  • Civil Liability for Clergy Child Abuse

Governance and Law Reform

  • A Director by any Other Name: Duties of Board and Committee Members of Religious Institutions

  • The Fine Line Between Religious Freedom and Australia’s Discrimination Laws

  • The Fate of the Basic Religious Charity

Tuesday 30 July 2019

Employment Law Issues Facing Religious Institutions

  • The Ordained: Employed or Called by God?

  • Managing Volunteers in Religious Institutions

  • Managing Bullying & Harassment in a Religious Setting

Contemporary Challenges

  • Pastoral Care, Religious Institutions and Supporting Mental Wellbeing

  • Document, Document, Document: Effective Records Management and Data Protection in Religious Institutions


Philip Battye, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Melbourne

Dr Graeme Blackman AO, Chancellor, University of Divinity, Melbourne

David Ford, Partner, Emil Ford Lawyers, Sydney

Rebecca Lambert-Smith, Team Leader, Not For Profits, Moores, Melbourne

Amanda Ryding, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Sydney

Garth Blake AM SC, Barrister, 8th Floor Wentworth Chambers, Sydney

Andrew Lind, Director, Corney & Lind Lawyers, Brisbane

Skye Rose, Principal, Moores, Melbourne

Mark Fowler, Director, Fowler Charity Law, Sydney

Luke Geary, Partner, Mills Oakley, Brisbane

Adam Foster, Senior Associate, Lewis Holdway Lawyers, Melbourne

Philip Brewin, Director, Nevett Ford Lawyers, Melbourne

Sarah Rey, Partner, Justitia, Melbourne

Leah Mooney, Special Counsel, MinterEllison, Brisbane


Whilst this is our first conference in this area, we are certainly not new to the world of conferencing.  We have been running legal conferences for over 30 years.  One of our most popular conferences is our Annual Not for Profits & Charities Regulatory Conference and here is the some of the feedback from the last conference.

  • I found this year's & last year's conference very interesting, relevant and engaging.Given the current and recent challenges in my role and the relevance of material covered, I would recommend the conference to colleagues for the same reasons.

  • Excellent speakers, great papers/resources, broad range of relevant topics with immediate practical relevance to day to day practice.

  • Calibre of the speakers was sound.Business papers were prepared with relevance for audience.High quality speakers and materials.

  • I normally expect 2 to 3 take home points.During this conference I have 7 to 10 take home points.

  • Relevant up-to-date subject matter; qualified presenters, quality venue - Thank You!


If you register and pay by 14 June 2019 you will pay only $1870 – a saving of $275 off the full price conference registration fee of $2145.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Conference Coordinator, Jenna Pickrell on (03) 96702055 or email:
Product Code: MLRJUL19
 Price:   $1,870.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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