About the Webinar
This webinar comprises 3 one-hour sessions covering each of the compulsory CPD subjects for lawyers.
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  NSWSC 1007
Session 2: Practice Management Business Skills
Creating Digital Content and Measuring Its Return: A Primer for Lawyers
Digital marketing, newsletters, tweeting – how effective is it all really? This session looks at the various ways you can create social content and what returns you can expect. The types of things working for lawyers may surprise you. This session will take a detailed look at the various social mediums around and how you can develop your social media skills. It covers:
Digital marketing – Facebook and Instagram ads for lawyers – is it appropriate and where has it been done well?
Developing your social media profile – what are they steps?
Specialist v generalist – what is your message?
Managing your social media profile – which platforms?
To tweet or not to tweet – should you use Twitter?
Case studies on effective social media use for practitioners
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?
Jen McMillanLegal Risk Manager, Lawcover
Who Should Attend?
This webinar is suitable for lawyers - Australia wide and it has been designed to deliver the 3 compulsory subject units.
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]