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 NSW Criminal Lawyers – 3 CPD Compulsory Topic Programs

Programs Recorded:  November 2021 & January 2022

Duration: 3 Hours

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

Session 1: Legal Ethics

Ethical Standards and Behaviour for Criminal Lawyers

Mistakes are inevitable in practice. When they occur, they immediately create a plethora of ethics issues, including what to tell the client and whether efforts to fix the mistake may transgress ethical boundaries. This session looks at the key issues from an ethics perspective, including:

  • The mistake has been made – what next?
  • Managing the divide between error prevention and error management in legal practice
  • Ethics obligations on practitioners when a mistake has been made
  • Is it worthwhile to make a distinction between honest mistakes and everything else?
  • Gaining perspective on what has actually happened – seeking objective review
  • Turning mistakes into opportunities for learning and development
  • Avoiding the temptation for a quick fix – why this is important from an ethics perspective
  • Developing strong policy guidelines to address the issue going forward
  • Conducting a mistake audit on your systems and processes

Session 2: Professional Skills

Tips and Traps for Local Court Appearances

Appearing in the Local Court for an accused in a defended matter can be a challenging experience, but the key to success lies in preparation and an understanding of the process. This session provides a thorough guide to practitioners of key essentials in appearing in a matter in the Local Court, including:

  • Considerations on whether or not to brief counsel
  • Tips for preparing for a hearing without counsel
  • What to look for in the particulars of charge and analysing the elements of the offence
  • Tips for reading and assessing the brief of evidence and challenging the prosecution case
  • What to do if further information is needed? Requisitions, requests and subpoenas
  • A guide to contacting and communicating with the prosecutor, witnesses and the court
  • Defence preparation including:
    • when to use expert witnesses and exhibits
    • defences
    • sentencing recommendations
    • closing address
  • Advocacy essentials including evidence management, examination and cross-examination tips, managing delays
  • Resources and preparation guides

Session 3:  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
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Philippa Grant, Solicitor Director, Medcalf Grant, NSW

Philippa is a criminal and civil litigation lawyer practising in Manly. She is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in both Advocacy and Criminal law and has Bachelor Degrees from the University of Otago in Arts and Law. Philippa is also the President of the Northern Beaches Law Society.

She has over 20 years’ experience of appearing in Local and Superior Courts and is on the legal aid general, indictable and complex criminal law panels. 

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Andrew Tiedt, Director & Accredited Specialist Criminal Law, The Criminal Law Specialists, Sydney

Andrew is an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law and has been repeatedly recognised in the Doyles list both for Criminal and Traffic Law. He has recently set up his own practice as The Criminal Law Specialists.

Andrew has acted in high profile, sensitive prosecutions, matters of significant personal significance, and complex matters where expert advice and advocacy has proved crucial. He has a reputation as a fierce and skilled advocate, and is one of the few private solicitors in New South Wales who appears in jury trials without counsel.

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Alexandra Wedutenko, Consultant, Sparke Helmore Lawyers, Canberra

A leading Government and ICT lawyer as voted by Best Lawyers Australia, Alexandra Wedutenko has an enviable reputation for her success in strategic procurement and governance.

Specialising in complex services agreements in a regulated environment, ICT, select sourcing and business process sourcing, Alexandra has acted for a range of private sector and government clients. She acts for and understands the requirements of clients in industries where security and availability of supply are critical. 


This webinar is suitable for NSW Criminal lawyers and it has been designed to deliver the 3 compulsory subject CPD units for the CPD year ending 31st March 2022.

Lawyers can claim 3 CPD units - 1 unit Ethics, 1 unit Professional Skill and 1 unit 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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Product Code: WB1JAN22
 Price:  $396.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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