Live Webinar: 3 CPD Compulsory Topics for Lawyers


Date:  Tuesday 11th September 2018 – Online:
Vic, NSW, Qld, ACT, Tas: 2pm to 5pm  
SA & NT 1.30pm to 4.30pm 
WA 12noon to 3pm

This webinar comprises 3 one-hour sessions covering each of the compulsory CPD subjects for lawyers for the CPD year ending 31 March 2019.

Session 1: Practice Management & Business Skills:  NewLaw, Legal Apps and Disruptive Technology – Preparing for Change

Presented by:  Joanna Green, Principal, Hive Legal, Melbourne

The NewLaw phenomenon has well and truly hit.  This session looks at precisely what is NewLaw, the rise of micro-firms, cost consciousness and pricing innovation. We will also look at the rise of legal apps and other forms of disruptive technology and how it affects your practice. It covers:

  • What is NewLaw?
  • Virtual law firms – are they creating disruption in the marketplace?
  • Use of locum and contracted solicitors to match the client’s specific requirements
  • Legal apps – what is on the horizon and how will they change the future of practising law?
  • Using technology to enhance your practice – keeping up with the change rather than fearing it
  • Offering alternative pricing strategies in a NewLaw era

Session 2: Professional Skills:  Costs Agreements, Cash Flows and Client Expectations

Presented by:  Suzanne Ward, Executive Costs Lawyer & Director, Pattison Hardman, Sydney

This session looks at drafting costs agreements in a cost-effective manner to ensure that you disclose everything that you are required to, that you manage the client’s expectations and that ultimately, you get paid.  This session looks at the traditional costs agreement as well as conditional costs agreements and includes:

  • What should be in your costs agreement? Understanding the legislative requirements
  • Preparing a fee estimate – how do you effectively scope your work?
  • What happens when the scope changes? Updating the client
  • Conditional costs agreements – what needs to go in them? What are you allowed to charge for your uplift fee?
  • Professional conduct issues involving costs agreements

Session 3:  Legal Ethics:  Obtaining Information and Using It – What are the Ethical Limits?

Presented by:  Dr Elisabeth Peden, Barrister & Accredited Mediator, Sydney

The practitioner’s role does involve information gathering, particularly with evidence, but what are the practical ethical limits to this process? Once obtained, the way you use information may also present an ethical risk. This session looks at the ethics of information gathering and use:

  • The duty of care to your client and ethical information gathering and use
  • Obtaining information legally and ethically – is this the same thing?
  • Privacy and confidentiality issues when obtaining information
  • Duty to client and duty to the court in information gathering
  • Using confidential information – is this ever justified?
  • Misuse of information – disclosure of personal information and other breaches
  • Obligation to report versus the duty of confidentiality
  • Inadvertent disclosure – a look at Expense Reduction Analysts Group Pty Ltd v Armstrong & Marketing Pty Ltd [2013] HCA 46
  • Case studies in ethical information gathering and use
Our presenter

Joanna Green, Principal, Hive Legal, Melbourne

Joanna is a senior lawyer with over nine years’ experience advising private and public sector clients on commercial, regulatory, privacy and consumer law issues. She has specialist experience and interest in highly regulated industries, including the health, government and transport industries, following three in-house counsel secondments.

Our presenter

Suzanne Ward, Executive Costs Lawyer & Director, Pattison Hardman, Sydney 

Suzanne is a leading Australian Legal Costs Consultant and distinguished lawyer with over 16 years’ experience. During this time, Suzanne has refined her skills in resolving costing disputes in all forms of litigation for both national and international legal firms. Suzanne has also been accepted and judicially quoted as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Federal Court of Australia. Suzanne is often called upon to cost large complex matters, supply expert legal reports, conduct conciliation conferences and to act as an advocate in legal taxation hearings in high value commercial litigations for multinational clients.

Our presenter

Dr Elisabeth Peden, Barrister & Accredited Mediator, Sydney

Elisabeth was admitted in 1994 (BA (1st Hons); LLB (1st Hons, Medal) USyd) and completed her PhD on contractual implied terms at Cambridge University.

Until 2007 she was as an academic, academic barrister and consultant to an international law firm.

From 2007 Elisabeth has been a barrister fulltime, while remaining a Professor at Sydney University, teaching internationally.

She also provides legal training to law firms, inhouse counsel and organisations and speaks at conferences nationally and internationally.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers - Australia wide and it has been designed to deliver the 3 compulsory subject CPD units for the CPD year ending 31st March 2019.


Registered 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: RBISEP18
 Price:   $352.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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