Live Webinar: Family Lawyers - 3 CPD Compulsory Topics


Date:  Tuesday 27th 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 family lawyers.

Session 1: Ethics:  The Ethics of Tactics – Ducking and Weaving in the Family Law Jurisdiction

Presented by:  Stephen Winspear, Principal & Accredited Specialist Family Law, Moores, Melbourne

Courts are a strategic battlefield – and minefield. It may not be worthy of Perry Mason but there is a place for intelligent tactics. Court strategy is part of the family lawyer’s tool chest. This is about useful and ethical strategies to really advance your client’s interests:

  • Understanding your ethical duty to the Court:
    • understanding your client’s real interests
    • promoting those interests and not breaching your ethical duties
  • Choosing your dispute resolution process – the client’s second most important decision
  • Dealing with dubious lawyering –  be it competence, ethics or procrastination
  • Court process choices explained
  • Stay applications – preserving and protecting your client
  • Appeals and stays – when and why
  • Innovative ways to approach settlement

Session 2: Professional Skills:  Alternatives to Litigation and When to Use Them in Family Law

Presented by:  Gerard Holmes, Barrister and Accredited Mediator & Arbitrator, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

There are a number of different ways you can achieve a resolution for your client without the need to head to court.  And with court delays the way they are, you may have no choice.  This session looks at the alternatives to litigation and when they are appropriate in family law settings.  It covers:

  • The pros and cons of different types of ADR in family law matters:
    • arbitrations
    • mediations
    • collaboration
    • early Neutral Evaluation
  • Which type to use and when?
  • What are the benefits of ADR and when should they be used? Time and cost benefits
  • When is ADR binding?

Session 3:  Practice Management & Business Skills:  Best Practice File Management in Family Law Matters

Presented by:  Evelyn Young, Senior Associate, Mitchell Family Law, Melbourne

This session concentrates on practical file management in family law matters. It will take you through the latest technology and resources that will help you with effective file management to best practice standard:

  • File management and technology – how it intersects
  • Legal practice management software
  • Systems to store and retrieve key client information
  • Family law practice standards
  • Managing your database
  • Conflicts checking system
  • Risk identification as a file management tool
  • Closing, retaining and disposing of client files
Our presenter

Evelyn Young, Senior Associate, Mitchell Family Law, Melbourne

Evelyn is a lawyer specialising in family law.

Evelyn has extensive experience in all aspects of family law including property disputes, children's matters, de facto matters, financial agreements, spousal maintenance and child support. She has particular expertise in surrogacy matters, and has appeared for clients in surrogacy matters both within Australia and overseas.  Evelyn is also a trained Collaborative Practitioner.

Gerard Holmes, Barrister and Accredited Mediator & Arbitrator, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

Gerard has been involved in high profile financial and parenting cases. He has participated in much mediation since ’84 when he was first accredited as a mediator both as Counsel and as Mediator. He understands and values the benefits of Mediation and Arbitration as a form of dispute resolution. Gerard is also an accredited Arbitrator.

He has been active in committees within the LIV and continues that commitment as the Vic Bar rep on the LIV Court’s Practice Committee. Gerard was awarded the Law Institute Award for Family Law for several years and was one of the first solicitors to become an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. He has written and presented many papers and articles on aspects of Family law including advocacy, evidence, financial and parenting matters.

Stephen Winspear, Principal & Accredited Specialist Family Law, Moores, Melbourne

Stephen Winspear is the principal in the Family Law team. He is co-author of the fifth and sixth editions of the Family Law Practice Manual. Stephen is the Chair of the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria, a member of the Collaborative Law Section of the LIV, and is a regular speaker and writer on family law issues.

Stephen has had comprehensive experience in all areas of family law. Stephen has acted in complex and protracted cases as well as the more straightforward cases, which often need as much sensitivity and care to reach a satisfactory solution.


This webinar is suitable for family 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: RB5FEB18
 Price:   $352.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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