Live Webinar: 3 CPD Compulsory Topics for Lawyers


Date:  Friday 27th March 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 2020.

Session 1: Professional Skills

Assessing a Client’s Capacity to Give Instructions 

Central to the lawyer-client relationship is that a practitioner must be able to rely and act on instructions given by a client. However, what if a lawyer has doubts about their client’s ability to give instructions? Recognizing the signals of incapacity, physical or otherwise, and how to deal with it is the subject of this session. It includes:

  • Understanding Solicitor Conduct Rules on client capacity

  • Recognizing signals and signs of incapacity during client interviews – spotlight on mental health, disability and other issues affecting capacity

  • What to do when you have doubt about a client’s capacity

  • Recording initial mental capacity assessment

  • When to refer client and to whom

  • Talking about capacity with the client

  • When to seek a substitute decision maker

  • Case study – capacity checklist for lawyers

  • Case report – Ryan v Dalton [2017] NSWSC 1007

Session 2: Practice Management & Business Skills

Creating Digital Content and Measuring Its Return: A Primer for Lawyers

Social posts, blogs, newsletters, videos – how effective is it all really? The simple fact is that clients who have a view on your offering will want your service. This session provides an implementable program for various ways you and your firm can create and share content and build a work-generating online profile. Individuals and businesses profiting from their online presence continue to grow, it is not too late to engage online and grow. This session provides practical guidance on various social platforms and online marketing mechanisms and how you can develop your social media skills and presence. It covers:

  • Content marketing is not advertising! Why?

  • 8 step to help you and your firm market online

  • Resources to help you produce better content, faster

  • What type of attracts engagement and builds a community of followers?

  • The road to brand destruction - me-tooism, formal writing styles and tired old words

  • Case studies on social media use that attracts prospects, referrals and repeat work

  • Building content libraries for content-hungry video, podcasts and live streaming

  • 12 month S.M.A.R.T. habit for growing practices

Session 3:  Legal Ethics

The Ethics of Settlements: When Resolving Disputes Can Come Back to Bite You

Clients sometimes have second thoughts after settling a major piece of litigation. Often, when faced with settlement remorse, an easy target is the client’s legal team. But, what are the ethical duties of a practitioner advising settlement, particularly in difficult or hard-fought litigation? And do the ethical waters become murkier when the matter is being run on a contingency basis?  This session unravels the ethical issues:

  • Advising on settlements – ethical obligations explained
  • Short time frames, costs and other pressures  impacting settlement decisions – what ethical difficulties do they create?
  • Contingency arrangements, litigation funding arrangements and settlement:
    • what are your ethical duties?
    • who should be involved in the decision to settle?
  • How much coercion can lawyers put on clients to accept settlement?
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Jen McMillan, Legal Risk Manager, Lawcover, Sydney

Jen McMillan was admitted to practice in New South Wales in 1989 and in Western Australia in 1992.  She is a Law Society of NSW accredited specialist in wills and estates and has extensive experience in this area in private practice and with a trustee company and as the Practice Leader – Wills and Estates in the College of Law’s LLM (Applied Law) program and as a former part-time Senior Member (Legal) in the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Jen is a member of the NSW Law Society Elder Law and Succession Committee and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.  Jen is a Legal Risk Manager with Lawcover.

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Noric Dilanchian, Special Counsel, Nexus Law Group, Sydney 

Noric’s approach to practice is multidisciplinary, integrating legal, business and innovation strategy to brand, protect, document, manage, market and commercialise intellectual property, digital media, technology and knowledge assets.

Since 1983 he has continuously worked as a business lawyer. In previous position Noric led Dilanchian Lawyers from 2000 to 2018 and before that he worked as a lawyer in national and medium-sized law firms. His first position was in-house counsel with Angus & Robertson Publishers. He graduated from the University of New South Wales with degrees in Arts and Law.

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Geoffrey Adelstein, Principal, Adelstein Solicitors, Sydney

Geoffrey has been practising as a Lawyer for over 42 years and is an Accredited Specialist in Advocacy and Persona Injury.

In his long career, he has practised extensively in personal injury litigation, having acted for injured persons and Insurers. He has been a Supreme and District Court Arbitrator, a CARS Assessor and Workers Compensation Arbitrator.

In more recent times he completed his Masters in Commercial Litigation. He appears regularly as an Advocate across jurisdictions and is presenting an interactive Case Study on Medical Negligence and Solicitors Negligence.


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 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: RBZMAR20
 Price:   $385.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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