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

Date: Wednesday 15th September 2021
Duration: 3 hours

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: Legal Ethics

Mind your Language: Ethical Boundaries in Professional Correspondence

Advocacy appears to have given way to more aggression, with increasing complaints about the behaviour and language used by lawyers in dealing with clients, opponents and other practitioners. This session will provide guidance on how practitioners can restore civility and collegiality into their professional interactions and correspondence, including:

  • A reminder of the key conduct rules and standards
  • What constitutes unprofessional conduct? An analysis through examples from cases brought before regulatory bodies
  • The impact of unprofessional behaviour on the profession and the community
  • What lawyers can do to improve interactions through:
    • Language
    • Emotion
    • Correspondence form and content
  • Judicial intervention – how senior judges have entered the discussion

Session 2: Professional Skills

Dollars and Sense: Financial Literacy for Lawyers

Being financially literate is an important skill for lawyers. This session will explore why an understanding of financial and accounting basics is an integral part of a lawyer’s toolkit, and provide a guide to important financial concepts, including:

  • How financial literacy contributes to your service provision
  • Basic financial concepts and language and what every lawyer should know
  • Understanding your client’s business and financial position through financial literacy
  • Building credibility: communicating with your client on a financial level
  • Drafting documents to present financial information
  • Provision of financial details and conditions in contracts – understanding the big picture
  • Identifying fraud and other anomalies
  • Making informed practice decisions on the basis of financial information – budgets, billing and productivity
  • Guides and resources for improving financial understanding.

Session 3:  Practice Management & Business Skills

A Roadmap for Managing Client Expectations

Developments in technology and consumer activism have led to a blurring of the lines between the professional and the personal, as well as to heightened expectations of interactions between service providers and their clients. This can leave practitioners feeling overwhelmed and under immense pressure. This session will provide advice on how to meet your obligations to your client while using effective techniques and strategies to maintain the required degree of professionalism, including:

  • The fiduciary duty and the conduct rules – how these impact on your relationship and communication with your client
  • Knowing your client – determining appropriate and clear communication and management methods
  • Strategies for dealing with changes in the relationship, such as aging or distantly remote clients
  • What to do when the family starts interfering
  • Setting boundaries and keeping them
  • Resources and tactics for dealing with clients behaving badly
  • Is there a time to terminate the relationship?
Recorded Webinars,Legal CPD Compulsory Subject/s,Recorded Webinar: 3 CPD Compulsory Topics for Lawyers – a national webinar for lawyers

Peter Sise, Special Counsel, Clayton Utz, Melbourne

Peter is an experienced commercial litigator with particular knowledge of trade practices law, insolvency and regulatory investigations. He believes litigation is about resolving conflicts so that a business can remain focused on what matters: its business. 

This requires understanding the objectives, histories and personalities of all stakeholders and that a win does not always come from a court's judgment. 

Peter believes that in a world of continuously changing legal regulation, it's essential to have an understanding of where laws originated and where they are headed – a belief that has led him to write regularly for peer-reviewed journals and work on both the "Harper Review" of Competition Law and Policy and the Australian Consumer Law Review. Peter is also an editor of Wolters Kluwer CCH's trade practices commentary and a member of the editorial committee for the publication, In-house Counsel.

Recorded Webinars,Legal CPD Compulsory Subject/s,Recorded Webinar: 3 CPD Compulsory Topics for Lawyers – a national webinar for lawyers

David Bailey, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

David is a member of the Victorian Bar, and has been in legal practice for over 40 years. He has a strong interest in dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. He was a founding member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration board and served on it from 1985 to 2010; he is a fellow of ACICA and a fellow of the Resolution Institute and the first Chair of the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia . David is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Victoria University where he teaches Commercial Arbitration. He regularly presents papers on civil litigation and dispute resolution for the Law Institute, Leo Cussen Institute, Legalwise and other bodies. He is the senior author of Civil Procedure Victoria and the author of Discovery and Interrogatories, Australia published by Lexis Nexis.

Recorded Webinars,Legal CPD Compulsory Subject/s,Recorded Webinar: 3 CPD Compulsory Topics for Lawyers – a national webinar for lawyers

Philip Bambagiotti, Barrister, Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers, Sydney

Philip Bambagiotti is a barrister, arbitrator, arbitration advocate, independent negotiator, and consultant dispute resolver.  He practices from chambers in Sydney (Australia) and London (UK).  He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney.

He has been at the commercial bar for 23 years. He practices in all aspects of commercial law, but with particular focus upon technology & construction issues, equity, property & planning, and professional negligence, insurance / reinsurance and revenue issues in the commercial context.  He is one of the few common-law counsel with particular interests in the Convention for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna Convention).

 He is a specialist advocate, with experience in appearing before all levels of the courts, various tribunals, and in arbitrations.  He is noted for his advice in dispute ‘management’ and strategy.  His range of skills & experience also lends itself to representing parties in complex and complicated negotiations (of disputes and otherwise) and mediations.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers - Australia wide 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 – compulsory subjects.  1 unit each for Ethics, Practice Management and Professional Skills.

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: WBRSEP21
 Price:  $396.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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