Live Webinar: Litigation Lawyers - 3 CPD Compulsory Topics


Date:   Tuesday 6th February 2018 – Online:
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas:  2pm to 5pm 
SA: 1.30pm to 4.30pm 
WA: 11am to 2pm 
NT: 12.30pm to 3.30pm 
Qld: 1pm to 4pm

This webinar comprises 3 one-hour sessions covering each of the compulsory CPD subjects for litigation lawyers.

Session 1: Ethics:  The Ethics of Settlements: When Resolving Disputes Can Come Back to Bite You

Presented by:  Geoffrey Adelstein, Partner, Adelstein Solicitors, Sydney

Clients sometimes have second thoughts after settling a major piece of litigation. Often, when faced with settlement remorse, an easy target is the client’s legal team. But, what are the ethical duties of a practitioner advising settlement, particularly in difficult or hard-fought litigation? And do the ethical waters become murkier when the matter is being run on a contingency basis?  This session unravels the ethical issues:

  • Advising on settlements – ethical obligations explained
  • Short time frames, costs and other pressures  impacting settlement decisions – what ethical difficulties do they create?
  • Contingency arrangements, litigation funding arrangements and settlement:
    • what are your ethical duties?
    • who should be involved in the decision to settle?
  • How much coercion can lawyers put on clients to accept settlement?

Session 2: Professional Skills:  Drafting Concise Pleadings under the New National Court Framework

Presented by:  John K Arthur, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne 

With the roll-out of the new National Court Framework, the Federal Court is hoping to ensure the quick, efficient and cost-effective resolution of commercial disputes. It’s vital that practitioners understand how to effectively draft the new form of pleadings and other court documents. This session unpacks the essentials:

  • Drafting the new Concise Statement:
    • understanding its purpose - draft to tell the story
    • presenting a narrative that is persuasive
    • drafting strategies to navigate the tension between remaining within the constraints of the Concise Statement and ensuring you present all the information you need
    • avoiding requests for further and better particular through effective drafting
  • How does the new Concise Statement differ to orthodox pleadings?
  • Further and better particulars – drafting with purpose and effect
  • Drafting agreed statement of facts and notices to admit – strategies to help streamline the issues in dispute

Session 3:  Practice Management & Business Skills: E-Discovery: Managing Discovery Processes in a Virtual World

Presented by:  David Grant, Partner, Logie-Smith Lanyon Lawyers, Melbourne

The traditional discovery processes may soon be headed in the direction of the wigs.  Predictive coding technologies are starting to be used and have even had judicial endorsement.  What does this mean for your litigation practice? This session looks at:

  • Identifying the most efficient methods and systems for e-discovery in your workplace
  • What is Technology Assisted Review and how does it work?
  • Continuous active learning technology – understanding its potential
  • What does this mean for paralegals and junior lawyers?
  • Pros and cons of using artificial intelligence for discovery in your practice
Our presenter

Geoffrey Adelstein, Partner, Adelstein Solicitors, Sydney

Geoffrey specialises in commercial and insurance litigation and his considerable experience in this area is recognised by other practices who have engaged him to act as a consultant and to give expert evidence. Geoffrey has been accredited as a Mediator with LEADR and regularly acts for parties in private and court appointed mediations.

Geoffrey is experienced in commercial negotiation, arbitration and mediation. Geoffrey is accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales as a specialist in Personal Injury and Advocacy, as well as being a Public Notary.


John K Arthur, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

John’s principal area of practice is general commercial litigation, including contract, sale of land, property, sale of business disputes, professional negligence, corporations, equity, estates and insolvency,. He is particularly interested in alternative dispute resolution including, arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

His work ranges across causes and applications in the Supreme, Federal, County and Magistrates Courts and at VCAT; mediations (both as counsel and as mediator); drawing pleadings, affidavits and other documents; advising in civil litigation, and general advice work. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and ACICA and a councillor of the Australian Branch of CIArb and empannelled with KLRCA as Arbitrator, Adjudicator & Mediator.


David Grant, Partner, Logie-Smith Lanyon Lawyers, Melbourne

The commercial litigation team at Logie-Smith Lanyon advise on and represent parties in complex commercial disputes, insolvency and restructuring matters and corporate investigations. The team, led by David Grant and Michael Nurse, were recently listed as 2017 Leading Lawyers by Doyle’s Guide, in the commercial litigation space.

David was formerly a senior associate at Minter Ellison before joining Logie-Smith Lanyon.  David has been recognised by Doyle’s as a leading commercial litigator and has practised as a commercial litigator for in excess of 25 years.


This webinar is suitable for litigation lawyers - Australia wide and it has been designed to deliver the 3 compulsory subject CPD units for the CPD year ending 31st March 2018.


Live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim 3 CPD [CLE] units – compulsory subjects.  1 unit each for Ethics, Practice Management and Professional Skills

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:

Attending a TEN webinar couldn’t be easier. Basically it’s just like attending a seminar except that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your office or home. You just need to be available at the appointed date and time with your computer and internet connection.

Once you’ve registered for the webinar, we send you a link so that you can login to the webinar from your computer. The speaker delivers the session from their computer in real time. Just like a live seminar, you can ask questions of the speaker. You simply type your question into the question box and the speaker responds to it during question time.
At the end of the webinar session we send you a certificate to confirm your attendance and the number of CPD hours you earned.

You will need a computer with sound, an internet connection and earphones if you need to participate in the webinar in an open office environment (so you don’t disrupt those around you).

Product Code: RB1FEB18
 Price:   $352.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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