Live Webinar: 3 CPD Compulsory Topics for Lawyers – a national webinar for lawyers


Date: Wednesday 25th November 2020
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas: 2pm to 5pm
Qld: 1pm to 4pm
SA:  1.30pm to 4.30pm  
NT:  12.30pm to  3.30pm
WA: 11am to 2pm

This webinar comprises 3 one-hour sessions covering each of the compulsory CPD subjects for lawyers for the CPD year ending 31 March 2021.

Session 1: Practice Management & Business Skills

Estimating Fees and Getting Costing Right

This session looks at what we normally get wrong in fee estimates and costing. Understanding the no-go zones on costing provides a path forward in efficient practice management. It includes:

  • Understanding legal obligation in costing - yours and theirs
  • What is required in cost disclosure? – be-spoked estimates and explaining major variables where applicable
  • The engagement letter - who is the client? how are costs calculated?
  • Descriptive scope of work and estimates for each step
  • Interim billing and how it conforms to overall estimate
  • Navigating the fixed fee and billable hour conundrum
  • Time costing - what is claimable and what is not claimable

Session 2: Professional Skills

Ready, Steady, Go: Preparing for a Mediation

The opportunities offered by mediation can readily be squandered by failure to properly prepare. This session will guide practitioners through the key aspects of preparing and running a successful mediation, including:

  • When and why mediation should be a choice
  • Selecting the right mediator and setting terms
  • Understanding the case including:
  • the issues, strengths and weaknesses
  • your side and the other side: a 360 degree view
  • money or something more?
  • Determining the point of compromise or bottom line
  • Do you and your client want to achieve the same thing?
  • At the mediation:
  • what are the physical arrangements?
  • process and agenda
  • what do you need to bring or have on hand?
  • managing emotions – support arrangements
  • Settlement options and draft agreements
  • Next steps following an unsuccessful outcome

Session 3:  Legal Ethics

Professionalism in the 21st Century: A Primer for Lawyers

What does it mean to be part of the legal profession and what is professionalism in practice? This session will provide best practice guidance on expected duties and behaviour of legal practitioners, and examine:

  • What are the major aspects of professionalism?
  • Why is professionalism fundamental to the practice of law?
  • Impact of the digital era on the profession
  • A refresher on some key ethical standards and obligations:
  • professional courtesy
  • integrity and honesty
  • diligence
  • Regulating the profession – who’s in charge in what can they do?
  • Common pitfalls and problems – tales from the coalface
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Cate Dealehr, Accredited Cost Law Specialist, The Australian Legal Costing Group, Melbourne

Cate founded ALCG in 1990 and is a recognised leader in her field. She is the chair of the Costs Section executive committee of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and long-standing trainer for law graduates at Leo Cussen Institute. She is a regular presenter at the annual National Costs Conferences.

Cate is a recipient of the annual LIV Pro Bono awards and received a LIV Certificate of Service for her outstanding service to the Victorian legal profession. She served for 4 years as an elected representative for Victoria’s solicitors on the Legal Services Board and drafted the precedent costs disclosure and agreements for distribution for the profession.

Cate has acted as an independent costs expert in over 20 class actions through-out Australia including acting as a Court appointed referee in the Federal and Victorian Supreme Courts.

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Deborah Awyzio, Director, DA Damily Lawyers, Brisbane

Deborah commenced her experience as a lawyer in a general law firm at Ipswich, she is an accredited family law specialist, nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution provider, and arbitrator and has over 20 years of exclusive experience in Family Law.  Deborah is the chair of the Domestic and Family Violence Committee with the Queensland Law Society and is a senior counsellor for the Queensland Law Society, assisting other practitioners with any ethical dilemmas they may face in practice.

Deborah undertakes work as an Independent Children’s Lawyer on Norfolk Island and appears regularly in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia as a Solicitor Advocate, avoiding the need to retain separate counsel. She also regularly participates in private mediations and roundtable conferences. Deborah’s approach is to work collaboratively with the client and other practitioners to resolve disputes in a cost-effective logical manner.

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Pippa Colman, Director, Pippa Colman & Associates, Queensland

Pippa Colman is the Founding Director of Pippa Colman & Associates Law Practice and was admitted to practice in February 1979. She became a Family Law Accredited Specialist in 1997 and is also a mediator and arbitrator.


Pippa has worked in every aspect of Family Law, including Property, Children, Spousal Maintenance, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Binding Financial Agreements and Hague Applications. She has appeared as an advocate in the Magistrates Court, District Court & Supreme Court of Queensland, and in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.


Pippa is passionate about Family Law and continuing education and mentoring younger practitioners.


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 2021.


Registered live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim 3 CPD 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:

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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: RB3NOV20
 Price:   $385.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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