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The role of family lawyers is both challenging and pivotal, as they assist families in navigating through profoundly emotional and challenging situations. From contentious property settlements to disputes over parental arrangements and financial support, family lawyers must deftly


About the Masterclass

The role of family lawyers is both challenging and pivotal, as they assist families in navigating through profoundly emotional and challenging situations. From contentious property settlements to disputes over parental arrangements and financial support, family lawyers must deftly navigate the delicate intricacies of family dynamics while advocating for their clients' best interests.

TEN The Education Network is proud to present the Family Law Masterclass, which examines the key challenges facing family lawyers today. Sessions include assessing initial contributions over time, defending equitable claims in property law disputes, as well as managing valuation issues in a volatile market. It also includes a deep dive into the significant parenting reforms that are on the horizon, along with navigating contravention applications in the FCFCOA.

This masterclass has been designed to enable family lawyers to earn their 10 CPD units for the CPD year ending 31.3.24.

Delegates will attend 6 substantive law sessions live online at the Masterclass and we’ll supply 4 free on-demand video webinars – 3 covering each of the compulsory subjects plus 1 other - to view at your leisure by 31.3.24.  So all up you will earn your 10 CPD units for the current CPD year.

Morning Theme: Challenging Property Settlements

  • Session 1:  From Erosion to Springboards: The Assessment of Initial Contributions Over Time - the approach of the Court to the assessment of initial contributions and the weight that ought to be properly placed on initial contributions at trial has changed over time. From early arguments of erosion to later discussion of springboards – the language employed when discussing how the Court should assess initial contributions is vital, as use of an incorrect term could arguably lead the court into error.
  • Session 2:  Defences to Equitable Claims in Family Property Disputes: Time for the Strategy - in a post Thorne v Kennedy landscape, equity can often be seen by an aggrieved party as a way in which to ensure ‘fairness’ prevails in property settlement matters. The equitable doctrine has underpinned property settlement matters and can be pivotal to the alteration of property interests in family law. This session focuses on what happens when the other side is seeking an equitable claim in a family law property settlement. What defences are available and how are these best run?
  • Session 3:  When the Price is not Right: Managing Valuation Issues in a Volatile Market - the stress of family law property settlement litigation can bring out the worst in parties at the best of times, let alone when the economic climate is uncertain. This often leads to disputes about the value of assets and how declining value should be treated by the courts and addressed in final property settlement orders.

Afternoon Theme:  Parenting Changes and Courtroom Procedures

  • Session 4:  Saying Goodbye to ‘Shared Parental Responsibility’: Are Better Days Ahead? - the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 introduces sweeping changes to the way in which parenting matters are determined by the Court. This practical session explores the key changes and how they will impact future parenting matters.
  • Session 5:  I fought the law and….I won?: Contravention applications in the FCFCOA - the enforcement of parenting orders has always been problematic in family law. Despite the rule in Rice v Asplund, it is common for contravention proceedings to be treated by some parties as an attempt to relitigate and there is a perception that this trend has increased following, and may be facilitated by, the new approach to contraventions in the FCFCOA. This session will take a deeper dive into these issues.
  • Session 6:  Managing and Responding to Defective Applications in Family Law Proceedings - the management and response to defective applications in family law proceedings can present significant challenges for family lawyers. Such applications can be time-consuming, expensive, and can cause unnecessary delays in the court process. At the same time, the consequences of failing to respond appropriately to defective applications can be severe, leading to adverse outcomes for clients. This practical session outlines how practitioners can maximise the benefits from the extensive range of tools and mechanisms available in family law when they are served with a defective or incomplete application.

Plus 4 on-demand video webinars

In addition, all delegates will receive 4 on demand video webinars.  These webinars are being recorded in February 2024 and will be provided online by end February 2024 for you to view at your leisure by 31.3.24.

  1. 1 hour Ethics program
  2. 1 hour Professional Skills program
  3. 1 hour Practice Management & Business Skills program
  4. Untying the Knot: Validity and Enforcement of Financial Agreements – featuring Ian Kennedy AM, Senior Partner, Kennedy Partners, Melbourne, Vic (substantive law)

The Faculty

Karen Hardy, Director & Principal Lawyer, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Rubin Blight Hardy Family Lawyers & Mediators, Sydney, NSW

Rebecca Dahl, Partner, Nicholes Family Lawyers, Melbourne, Vic

Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar, Consultant Family & Relationship Law, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Lander & Rogers, Sydney, NSW 

Joseph Box, Partner, Grant Thornton, Brisbane, Qld

The Hon. Justice Suzanne Christie, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Sydney, NSW

Richard Galloway, Barrister, Brisbane, Qld

Elaine Clarke, Director, Accredited Specialist Family Law, Newnhams Solicitors, Sydney, NSW

CPD Certificate

Lawyers (except WA):  10 CPD units

All delegates attending masterclass conference will receive a CPD Certificate confirming attendance.

Registration Special Offer

If you register and pay on or before 30 September 2023 - $990 ($900 + $90 GST)

Full Price Registration – $1100 ($1000 + $100 GST)

Multiple registration discount?

Discounts are available for multiple registrations:  The more you send, the greater the discount.  You can access the discount by contacting our Event Coordinator, Hayley Williams-Cameron, to organise your registrations - email or phone (03) 8601 7730.

  • 3 registrations – 5% discount for each delegate
  • If you register 4 people at the same time you are entitled to a 10% discount for each delegate
  • If you register 5 people or more people at the same time you are entitled to a 15% discount for each delegate.


If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Hayley Williams-Cameron, on (03) 8601 7730 or email:

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