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 Live Webinar: Family Law – 3 CPD Compulsory Topic Programs

Date:  Friday 19th February 2021
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas: 1.30pm to 4.45pm  
Qld: 12.30pm to 3.45pm  
SA:  1pm to 4.15pm
NT:  12noon to 3.15pm   
WA: 10.30am to 1.45pm   

This webinar comprises 3 one-hour sessions covering each of the compulsory CPD subjects for family lawyers for the CPD year ending 31 March 2021.  This is a national webinar and is suitable for family lawyers Australia wide.

These sessions will be chaired by: John Butler, Principal, Butlers Lawyers & Notaries, Nedlands, WA

Session 1:  Professional Skills:  Drafting Water Tight Consent Orders in Family Law Matters

The coronavirus pandemic has provided many parties with the impetus to reach agreement and bypass lengthy court delays and uncertainty. However, care still needs to be taken. The session looks at the key issues in ensuring watertight consent orders, including:

  • The nature of consent orders – an overview
  • Understanding the importance of the ‘what if’ factor in drafting consent orders
  • Essential inclusions in consent orders
  • Careful and comprehensive drafting – what does this really mean?
  • Drafting consent orders on property matters
  • Parenting matters and consent orders
  • Case study – consent order drafting check list
  • Practical case studies

Session 2:  Practice Management & Business Skills:  Productivity and Profitability: Innovation in Family Law Practice

Productivity and profitability often go hand-in-hand. This practice management session examines how family lawyers can effectively manage their files to ensure you can improve the bottom line in an effective and sustainable way. It covers:

  • Developing a “ fair and reasonable” costing policy
  • Working out a value pricing system rather than time costing
  • Project manage your files -  maximize yield and manage risk
  • Tips from the coal face on productivity and improving your value
  • Impact of staff management and human resources on profitability
  • Key strategies for growth and development of your family law practice

Session 3:  Legal Ethics:  Hosing Down the Toxic Adversary: An Ethical Toolkit

Family law situations are fraught with emotion at the best of times, and not aided by legal representation which throws threats and aggression into the mix. This session will provide practitioners with tools to prevent and counter situations which have turned toxic, including:

  • Back to basics: the professional courtesy rules and when to use them
  • Crafting constructive correspondence and following client instructions
  • Tone and content essentials
  • What to do when you receive letters containing threats and time limits for response
  • Countering ambit claims and other game playing
  • Focussing on settlement and not the fight – solicitors modelling appropriate and ethical behaviour
  • Tips for cultivating good relationships with your opponent
  • When is it time to make a complaint?
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John Butler, Principal, Butlers Lawyers & Notaries, Nedlands, WA

John Butler has worked in the law for more than 47 years. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and on the Roll of Legal Practitioners for the High Court of Australia. In addition to Western Australia, John has practised in New South Wales and the ACT. He has been a partner in a national legal firm and has twice established his own practice. John is currently the Principal of Butlers, Barristers & Solicitors, based in Nedlands. The majority of John’s practice is in the areas of Family Law, Business Planning, Wills & Estate Planning and Claims on Estates.

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Adam Cooper, Principal, Cooper Family Law, Brisbane

Adam has been a family law lawyer and advocate for over 20 years. He is the principal of Cooper Family Law, having previously had 5 enjoyable years as in-house counsel at Barry Nilsson Lawyers. Prior to that, Adam was at the private bar in Queensland, where his practice concentrated then, as it does now, on parenting matters and domestic violence.

Adam is the author of the domestic violence chapter for Queensland Legal Aid’s Duty Lawyer Handbook, has authored papers ranging from capacity, to illicit drug use, to the impacts on family violence, and appears regularly in radio family law discussion forums. Adam wrote a family law and relationship column for the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, until that newspaper's demise a few months ago.

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Dimitra Tolis, Partner & Accredited Specialist Family Law, Tolis & Co Lawyers, Adelaide

Dimitra completed her Law Degree at Flinders University in 1995 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia in 1996. She has practiced exclusively in Family Law for over 20 years. In 2015, she was Accredited as a Specialist in Family Law by the Law Institute of Victoria and the Law Society of South Australia. She is therefore recognized as having an enhanced level of skill in all areas of Family Law, and a commitment to achieving higher levels of expertise through ongoing professional development to a higher level than other lawyers. She is a member of the Law Society of South Australia, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Women’s Legal Service, Hellenic Australian Lawyers, and the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

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Neil Jackson, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers Sydney

Neil was an accredited Specialist in both family law and personal injury litigation before coming to the Bar. At the Bar he has focused on De Facto Relationship law and Family Provisions matters. In addition to his work as an advocate he is an accredited mediator, with a practice in private mediation. Neil frequently appears for Independent Children's Lawyers and is happy to appear for legally aided clients. He enjoys country circuit work.


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 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: RBWFEB21
 Price:   $385.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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