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 Recorded Webinar: Drafting a Defence in Commercial Litigation: Strategy and Procedure

Date: Monday 13th September 2021
Duration: Approximately 1 Hour


There is a mistaken belief amongst some practitioners that drafting a defence is a simple process. However, practitioners overlook the defence at their peril. A well-drafted defence has the client’s outcome in mind and a clear understanding of the facts and elements required to prove your client’s position. This session looks at how to draft effective defences, including:

  • Acting for defendants - understanding the practitioner’s obligation
  • Understanding the defence content - procedural and ethical obligations
  • Responding to the allegations
  • When you should make:
  • Admissions
  • denials
  • non-admissions
  • When you don’t know should you say that?
  • Asking for more particulars and seeking documents referred to in claim
  • Pleading failure to mitigate
  • Pleading your actions were caused by a third party
  • Practical evidentiary considerations
  • Ensuring you have made out a valid defence
Recorded Webinars,Litigation Law,Recorded Webinar: Drafting a Defence in Commercial Litigation: Strategy and Procedure Steven Brown, Chairman, Etienne Lawyers, Sydney

Steven is highly experienced lawyer with an extensive knowledge in all aspects of intellectual property, trade marks, copyright and trade law.

Steven currently lectures:

  • in the Master of Finance for FINSIA in the areas of securities and intellectual property, trade contracts and trade finance and contract law; and
  • for the Property Investors Association of Australia in security law and practice

Steven has published a number of articles on commercial subjects.

Steven lectured for the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1989-2008, and lectured in the Master and Doctorate courses at UTS in from 1989-1995 and in the Masters of Banking Law Course conducted by Macquarie University from 2003 -2006.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in business law - Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Lawyers can claim up to 1 CPD unit/point – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 1 hour, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion.

WA lawyers – From April 1st 2021, due to the new 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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Product Code: WBNSEP21
 Price:  $269.50 (Inclusive of GST)
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