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 Live Webinar: 3 CPD Compulsory Topic programs for Commercial Lawyers

Date: Thursday 16th February 2023
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 commercial lawyers for the CPD year ending 31 March 2023.

Session 1: Ethics

Disciplinary and Professional Complaints: Walking the Ethical Tightrope

Despite the best of intentions, no lawyer is immune from a complaint or disciplinary action. A poorly handled complaint can have a potentially devastating impact on your reputation and your ability to practice. This practical session examines how lawyers can avoid, manage and respond to complaints, including:

  • Complaint receiving bodies – who are they? What is the process?
  • Responding to the initial complaint – the right way and wrong way when dealing with the regulator
  • Best practice to resolve matters efficiently
  • Disciplinary proceedings – case examples and approaches to take
  • Disclosure obligations, including offences and show cause events

Session 2: Professional Skills

Drafting to Avoid Unfair Contract Terms

The unfair contract term provisions under the Australian Consumer Law raise significant issues for all businesses that utilise 'standard form contracts'. Forthcoming changes to the laws will significantly increase the risk associated with these laws, as it will soon be illegal to include 'unfair terms' in such contracts, exposing businesses to the risk of significant financial penalties.

This session will provide a summary of the new laws, and discuss how careful drafting can effectively manage the associated risks. Issues to be covered include:

  • Undertaking an effective 'unfair term' review
  • Documenting 'reasonable basis' for potentially unfair terms
  • Understanding the ACCC's views as to what is 'unfair'
  • Effective negotiation strategies to avoid the application of UCT laws
  • Understanding when an onerous clause can still be 'fair'
  • Techniques for drafting enforceable, once-sided clauses
  • Use of mutuality and interpretation clauses to mitigate risk

Session 3:  Practice Management & Business Skills

Getting Noticed - Marketing Techniques for Lawyers

New clients and files don’t just magically happen. While we all wish we were natural-born rainmakers, the reality is it takes a combination of hard work, clever marketing and the development of effective networks. This session covers:

  • Gaining clarity on the type of practice you have – the key to marketing success
  • The importance of marketing that is measurable and tracking the results
  • Business development starts with low hanging fruit - your existing clients
  • Developing referral sources – active marketing for referrals
  • Developing your connections to entities with potential clients – getting out there
  • Devising a social media marketing strategy
  • Incorporating marketing in your business plan
  • Case study – your firm’s online presence: infrastructure and content
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Jennifer Shaw, Partner, Bartier Perry, Sydney, NSW

Jennifer is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution & Advisory team with over 20 years of experience in the legal profession. Jennifer has in depth experience in professional disciplinary matters. She is a panel member of the Law Society’s Professional Conduct Advisory Panel and she acts for and advises solicitors who are subject to disciplinary complaints, show cause events, suspensions and related proceedings. She has also acted for and advised peak professional bodies in relation to the prosecution of disciplinary matters before specialist Tribunals in NSW and the ACT. In addition to her professional conduct practice Jennifer acts and advises in relation to disputes across a broad range of industries including professional negligence, contract disputes, construction disputes, intellectual property disputes, family provision/estate disputes, debt recovery, winding up and bankruptcy.

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Nicole Marcus, Associate, Bartier Perry, Sydney, NSW

Nicole is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution & Advisory team at Bartier Perry. Nicole has over 6 years of experience in the legal profession, having also worked as an enforcement lawyer at ASIC for over 2 years.

In relation to disputes, Nicole assists her clients with professional negligence, real property, contracts, regulatory matters including ASIC investigations, debt recovery (secured and unsecured), winding up and bankruptcy.

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Josh Simons, Partner, Thomson Geer, Adelaide, SA

Josh is a Partner of national law firm, Thomson Geer, where he specialises in intellectual property and competition law. Best Lawyers Australia has recommended Josh for intellectual property and competition each year since 2010.

Josh was the Deputy Chair of the Law Council of Australia's Competition and Consumer Committee between 2008 and 2022. He led the Law Council's working group in relation to the extension of unfair contract term laws to small business contracts, including coordinating of written submissions and meeting with Treasury regarding the drafting and implementation of the new laws.

Josh undertakes competition and consumer law advisory work for clients in a diverse range of industries, including franchise networks, major retailers, food and beverage suppliers, manufacturers, government bodies, and consumer healthcare providers. He regularly designs and implements competition and consumer law compliance programs, including in relation to managing unfair contract term risk.

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Matthew Burgess, Director, View Legal, Brisbane, Qld

Matthew Burgess co-founded specialist firm View Legal in 2014, having been a lawyer and partner of one of Australia’s leading independent law firms for over 17 years. Matthew’s passion is helping clients successfully achieve their goals.

Matthew specialises in holistic estate planning (including trusts, tax, asset protection, structuring, business succession and superannuation).

He has been recognised for many years in the ‘Best Lawyers’ list in relation to trusts and estates, and wealth management/succession planning and either personally or as part of View in Doyles’ in relation to taxation, and wills, estates and succession planning.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in commercial law - Australia wide and it has been designed to deliver the 3 compulsory subject CPD units for the CPD year ending 31st March 2023.


Registered live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar. Lawyers can claim 3 CPD units – 1 unit each for Ethics, Professional skills and Practice Management & Business 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: lisa@tved.net.au

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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: RBXFEB23
 Price:   $396.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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