Live Webinar: 3 CPD Compulsory Topics for Family Lawyers


Date:  Tuesday 25th February 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 family lawyers for the CPD year ending 31 March 2020.  This is a national webinar and is suitable for family lawyers Australia wide.

Session 1:  Ethics:  Managing Difficult Clients in Family Law: The Ethical Challenges

Clients want their matter dealt with efficiently, expeditiously and in a cost effective manner. This session looks at what to do when this takes an unethical turn with an improper or unreasonable client request, including:

  • Duty of practitioner to comply with instructions – practical constraint

  • Establishing your ethical credentials early in the solicitor / client relationship

  • Identifying the ethical problem in client instructions – dealing with it early

  • Communicating the ethical option – reeducating the client

  • When the client instructs you not to disclose in a property matter and how to respond

  • Balancing duty of care to court with duty to client – the duty not to mislead the court

  • Learning how to say ‘no’ with emphasis but not bounce

  • Ditching the client – ethics in severing contact

  • Case study – Unreasonable client demands in parenting matters and family relocation

Session 2:  Professional Skills:  Resolving Family Law Matters by Mediation or Arbitration

Heightened emotional stresses in family law disputes place extra pressure on practitioners to get it right. The session looks at the key skill sets required in use of alternative dispute resolution in family law matters, including:

  • Why you should use alternative dispute resolution in family law matters

  • Growing importance of arbitration in family law matters

  • Preparing the client for mediation/arbitration

  • Dealing with mediator/arbitrator – essential dos and don’ts

  • Negotiating settlement – finding common ground where none previously existed

  • Preparing consent orders and final advice as to clients

  • Addressing risk factors in mediations/arbitrations

  • Understanding no right of appeal in arbitrations accept on questions of law

Session 3:  Practice Management & Business Skills:  Taking Instructions from a New Client in Family Law Matters- Cost Agreements, Conflict-Checking and Cementing New Relationships

Taking instructions from a new client sounds like a simple thing but far too often legal practitioners miss getting the crucial information.  This session gives you an insight into best practice in conducting client interviews and covers:

  • Conflict checking

  • Recognising problematic areas:

    • instructions for wills

    • instructions from parents for financial agreements involving their children

  • Cost disclosure – when is it necessary? Can you charge for the initial meeting without disclosing costs?

  • Identifying imminent deadlines

  • Client questionnaires – are they a good idea?

  • Verifying the client’s identity

  • Confirming confidentiality and your file retention policy

  • What are the next steps? Clear communication!

  • Client instruction checklist

  • Getting new clients to “stick” – how to ensure new clients stay

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Therese Borger, Barriser, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

Therese accepts briefs to appear in, and advise on, matters involving all aspects of family law and related jurisdictions.

Recognised in 2018 and 2019 by Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as a Rising Star in family law, and previously named by Lawyers Weekly as one of the top 30 lawyers practicing under the age of 30 across Australia in all areas, Therese comes to the Bar with a dedicated focus on her chosen field.

Starting from a foundation of general practice including civil, criminal and administrative law, she commenced exclusively working in family law at the start of 2016 with Kennedy Partners Lawyers - a first tier Melbourne based firm with a domestic and international client base.  Since that time, Therese has advised on and litigated extensively in all aspects of the jurisdiction.

Therese is a contributor to ongoing legal education and regularly presents for industry CPD providers.

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Will Stidston, Principal & Accredited Family Law Specialist, Barry.Nilsson.Lawyers, Melbourne

Will Stidston is a Principal & Accredited Family Law Specialist Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers’ Melbourne office. He has over a decade of experience in family law and has practised exclusively in the area since 2010.

Will has worked on a number of large scale multi-million dollar financial matters involving intricate corporate structures, together with difficult parenting cases involving international relocation. He has published a number of articles on the subject of family law including for the Law Institute of Victoria and Thomson Reuters.

Lino Marchetti, Barrister & Mediator, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

  • Signed the Bar Roll in 2003

  • Previously between 2000 and 2003 lived in London

  • Employed as Senior Lawyer at the Official Solicitor’s Office

  • Responsible for Family Law and Human Rights litigation including

    • Medical procedures

    • Hague Convention Cases (on behalf of the state Central Authority)

    • Reciprocal Country Child Support enforcement

  • Previously employed as Family Law Duty Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid


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 2020.


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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Product Code: RB9FEB20
 Price:   $385.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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