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Recorded Webinar: 3 CPD Compulsory Topics for Lawyers – a national webinar for lawyers

This webinar comprises 3 one-hour sessions covering each of the compulsory CPD subjects for lawyers for the CPD year ending 31 March 2022. Session 1: Professional Skills Should My Client Accept That Offer? Determining When To Settle And When To K


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This webinar comprises 3 one-hour sessions covering each of the compulsory CPD subjects for lawyers for the CPD year ending 31 March 2022.

Session 1: Professional Skills

Should My Client Accept That Offer? Determining When To Settle And When To Keep Fighting

A prudent party should settle if (but only if) terms of settlement offer value which exceeds the value of the party’s litigation position. But without a methodology for the valuation of the litigation position, a party can’t make that assessment. This practical session provides a novel and practical methodology for the valuation of a party’s litigation position. It provide a valuable set of tools for solving that seemingly imponderable dilemma: should my client accept the offer on the table, or litigate? It covers:

  • 3-step methodology for the overall valuation of a party's litigation position:
    • probability-weighted valuation of monetary claims and exposures
    • monetising the value of non-monetary ancillary advantages and disadvantages of litigation (eg, stress, opportunity cost, reputation damage)
    • monetising the value of the risk associated with the litigation
  • The relevance of that methodology for determining a party’s “bottom line” – the worst offer the party should accept, in preference to litigation
  • The relevance of the methodology to settlement and litigation strategy
  • Practical case studies

Session 2: Practice Management Business Skills

Cyber Security: Managing Risk and Control in Your Legal Practice

No one wants to be the target of a cyber security attack. However, lawyers are particularly vulnerable and every practitioner has a professional obligation to be cyber safe. This session examines the key issues, including:

  • Understanding your cyber security risk
  • Why law firms are a constant target
  • Some common threats explained and what practitioners should do to avoid a cyber attack when working from home
  • Warning clients about cyber security risks
  • Spotlight on work-from-home cyber security issues
  • Key cyber security checklists from a firm audit perspective
  • Consequences of a successful cyber-attack or data breach
  • Case studies

Session 3: Legal Ethics

Calling it Quits: Practical and Ethical Dimensions of Ceasing to Act

At what point do you make the call to cease to act for a client? The practical and ethical issues ca be difficult to navigate, however this session steps you through the process. It covers:

  • Understanding circumstances where a practitioner can and/or should cease to act for a client
  • Navigating difficult or underperforming clients
  • Importance of your retainer
  • Civil Procedure rules regarding withdrawal of practitioner
  • Some ethical dilemmas when ceasing to act:
    • when opposing a self-represented litigant
    • the duty lawyers have to the court
    • when case have been set for trial
    • other
  • Ethical issues arising after ceasing to act
  • When is it appropriate to discuss application for leave to file notice ceasing to act?
  • Applications to file notice of ceasing to act – a jurisdictional review
  • Which parties must be notified and in what form?
  • Case studies

Presented By

Hugh Stowe
Barrister & Mediator, 5 Wentworth Chambers Sydney, NSW

Hugh Stowe is a member of 5th Floor Wentworth Chambers, and has been at the bar for 20 years.

He practices in equity and commercial litigation, with specialisation in insolvency, corporations law, and restraint of trade.

He has an undergraduate degree from Sydney University, and a Master of Laws from Cambridge.

Before coming to the Bar, he practised at the firms now known as Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons, and was the Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. He has also lectured in law in the University of Durham, in the UK.

Has written papers and delivered seminars on various topics while at the bar, including expert evidence, legal professional privilege, the ethics of witness preparation, corporations law, bias, restraint of trade, settlement and mediation strategy.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is suitable for lawyers - Australia wide and it has been designed to deliver the 3 compulsory subject units for t

CPD Information

units for the CPD year ending 31st March 2022.


Lawyers can claim 3 CPD units – compulsory subjects. 1 unit each for Ethics, Practice Management Business Skills and Professional Skills.

WA lawyers – From 1/4/2021, due to changes to your CPD requirements we are unable to verify your completion of recorded webinars to the Legal Practice Board of WA.


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: [email protected]

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