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 Eighth Annual Melbourne Family Law Conference

Conference,Family Law,Eighth Annual Melbourne Family Law Conference
Thursday 9 & Friday 10 March 2023

Crown Melbourne

** Penfolds St Henri Offer - see below **

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Our annual family law conference (held on the Gold Coast in July every year) is one of our most popular conferences and that is why we are repeating this event in Melbourne in February 2023 for all those who couldn’t get to the Gold Coast. The last 12 months have been one of the most challenging times for family lawyers: fluctuating property values, coupled with the lingering effects of COVID-19, have coincided with the biggest overhaul in family law since 1975.

This year’s program covers a range of important and topical issues for family lawyers, including the impact of relationship status on judicial decision making, access and overnight stays in parenting arrangements, as well as counting the cost of family violence on property settlements. It also includes a deep dive into superannuation splitting, as well as challenging the experts in asset valuations. The conference also includes a presentation on each of the compulsory subjects: Ethics - Practice Management & Business Skills - Professional Skills.

Day 1 - Thursday 9 March 2023

Property and Financial Matters

  • Big Money, Big Problems? The Family Court and the Top End of Town
  • All’s Fair in Love and War, except when it comes to Binding Financial Agreements
  • Counting the Cost of Family Violence on Property Settlements
  • Same Same But Different? The impact of Relationship Status on Judicial Decision Making

Challenges in Parenting Matters

  • The Long and Winding Road: Child Relocation and Travel
  • How Young is too Young? Access and Overnight Stays in Parenting Arrangements

Day 2 - Friday 10 March 2023

Litigation and Carving Up the Citadel

  • Have Costs become the Weapon of Choice for the Courts?
  • Super-Size Me: Superannuation Splitting and Family Law
  • Factoring in Tax in Family Law Property Settlements

3 Compulsory CPD Topics

  • Professional skillsAppointing and Challenging the Experts in Family Law Asset Valuations
  • Practice management & business skillsHandling Volatile Clients in Family Law
  • Ethics:  Negotiations and Determining When to Settle: Walking the Ethical Tightrope

The Honourable Nahum Mushin AM, Melbourne, Vic

John Spender, Principal, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kennedy Partners, Melbourne, Vic

Wendy Kayler-Thomson, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Forte Family Lawyers, Melbourne, Vic

Adam Cooper, Principal, Cooper Family Law, Brisbane, Qld

Justine Woods, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, Brisbane, Qld

Jacob Clancy, Senior Associate, Clancy & Triado, Melbourne, Vic

Evelyn Young, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Mitchell Family Law, Melbourne, Vic

Gerry Holmes, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne, Vic

Lino Marchetti, Barrister & Nationally Accredited Mediator, Owen Dixon Chambers East, Melbourne, Vic

Jacky Campbell, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Forte Family Lawyers, Melbourne, Vic

Briana Kotzapavlidis, Partner, Hargreaves Family Lawyers, Melbourne, Vic

Suzanne Delbridge, Director, Delbridge Forensic Accounting, Newcastle, NSW

Paul Fildes, Principal, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Taussig Cherrie Fildes Lawyers, Melbourne, Vic

Barry Berger, Director, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Dignity.EDR, Melbourne, Vic

  • Lots of relevant and interesting talks, and very nice to be able to network with people face to face!
  • Great relevant topics for the seminar sessions, beautiful venue & food. Really helpful staff.
  • Run professionally. Speakers of high calibre and content always interesting and mostly very relevant

Lawyers (except WA):  10 CPD units for attending the conference including the 3 compulsory CPD units.

WA Lawyers:  6 CPD points (either all substantive law or 3 CPD compulsory units + 3 substantive law).  WA practitioners can claim 6 CPD points for attending the conference (being the maximum allowable per event).

All delegates attending the conference will receive a CPD Certificate confirming attendance.


If you register and pay by 31 January 2023 you will pay only $1903 – a saving of $275 off the full price conference registration fee of $2178.


If you register and pay for the 2-day conference by 16/12/22 you'll receive a bottle of Penfolds 2018 St Henri Shiraz - the 2021 wine of the year - (valued at $140) - in addition to the early bird price discount. 

"For me, this is the wine of the entire release. An extraordinarily good St Henri and I could not encourage winelovers to fill their cellars with this wine more strongly which will comfortably sit with 2010 and 2012. I have no doubt that in years to come, it will be considered as one of the greatest St Henri’s ever made. It really is that good.  Colour is black and purple. The aromas kick off with cloves and black olives. Dark chocolate, mulberries, cassis, leather, hints of tobacco leaves, truffles, beef stock and blackberries. Power and concentration. What is not to love? Right on form. Complex, balanced, very long and generous. Abundant silky tannins. This is perfectly structured. Balance is the key. The balance allows the wine to exhibit Audrey Hepburn elegance and Arnie Schwarzenegger power. This has decades ahead. A great St Henri." 99 points, Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot

The wine will be available for collection from the registration desk at the conference. We have a guaranteed delivery but in the unlikely event that we run out of stock due to high demand, we reserve the right to supply a wine of equal value.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Conference Manager, Jenna Pickrell, on (03) 8601 7729 or email: jenna@tved.net.au

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 Price:   $1,903.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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