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 Recorded Webinar: Family Law – 3 CPD Compulsory Topic Programs

19th February 2021
Duration:  3.25 hours

This webinar comprises 3 one-hour sessions covering each of the compulsory CPD subjects for family lawyers for the CPD year ending 31 March 2021.  This is a national webinar and is suitable for family lawyers Australia wide.

Session 1:  Professional Skills:  Drafting Water Tight Consent Orders in Family Law Matters

The coronavirus pandemic has provided many parties with the impetus to reach agreement and bypass lengthy court delays and uncertainty. However, care still needs to be taken. The session looks at the key issues in ensuring watertight consent orders, including:

  • The nature of consent orders – an overview
  • Understanding the importance of the ‘what if’ factor in drafting consent orders
  • Essential inclusions in consent orders
  • Careful and comprehensive drafting – what does this really mean?
  • Drafting consent orders on property matters
  • Parenting matters and consent orders
  • Case study – consent order drafting check list
  • Practical case studies

Session 2:  Practice Management & Business Skills:  Productivity and Profitability: Innovation in Family Law Practice

Productivity and profitability often go hand-in-hand. This practice management session examines how family lawyers can effectively manage their files to ensure you can improve the bottom line in an effective and sustainable way. It covers:

  • Project manage your files -  maximize yield and manage risk
  • Tips from the coal face on productivity and improving your value
  • Impact of staff management and human resources on profitability
  • Key strategies for growth and development of your family law practice

Session 3:  Legal Ethics:  Hosing Down the Toxic Adversary: An Ethical Toolkit

Family law situations are fraught with emotion at the best of times, and not aided by legal representation which throws threats and aggression into the mix. This session will provide practitioners with tools to prevent and counter situations which have turned toxic, including:

  • Back to basics: the professional courtesy rules and when to use them
  • Crafting constructive correspondence and following client instructions
  • Tone and content essentials
  • What to do when you receive letters containing threats and time limits for response
  • Countering ambit claims and other game playing
  • Focussing on settlement and not the fight – solicitors modelling appropriate and ethical behaviour
  • Tips for cultivating good relationships with your opponent
  • When is it time to make a complaint?
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Adam Cooper, Principal, Cooper Family Law, Brisbane

Adam has been a family law lawyer and advocate for over 20 years. He is the principal of Cooper Family Law, having previously had 5 enjoyable years as in-house counsel at Barry Nilsson Lawyers. Prior to that, Adam was at the private bar in Queensland, where his practice concentrated then, as it does now, on parenting matters and domestic violence.

Adam is the author of the domestic violence chapter for Queensland Legal Aid’s Duty Lawyer Handbook, has authored papers ranging from capacity, to illicit drug use, to the impacts on family violence, and appears regularly in radio family law discussion forums. Adam wrote a family law and relationship column for the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, until that newspaper's demise a few months ago.

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Dimitra Tolis, Partner & Accredited Specialist Family Law, Tolis & Co Lawyers, Adelaide

Dimitra completed her Law Degree at Flinders University in 1995 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia in 1996. She has practiced exclusively in Family Law for over 20 years. In 2015, she was Accredited as a Specialist in Family Law by the Law Institute of Victoria and the Law Society of South Australia. She is therefore recognized as having an enhanced level of skill in all areas of Family Law, and a commitment to achieving higher levels of expertise through ongoing professional development to a higher level than other lawyers. She is a member of the Law Society of South Australia, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Women’s Legal Service, Hellenic Australian Lawyers, and the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

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Neil Jackson, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers Sydney

Neil was an accredited Specialist in both family law and personal injury litigation before coming to the Bar. At the Bar he has focused on De Facto Relationship law and Family Provisions matters. In addition to his work as an advocate he is an accredited mediator, with a practice in private mediation. Neil frequently appears for Independent Children's Lawyers and is happy to appear for legally aided clients. He enjoys country circuit work.


This webinar is suitable for family lawyers - Australia wide and it has been designed to deliver the 3 compulsory subject CPD units for the CPD year ending 31st March 2021.


Lawyers can claim 3 CPD units – compulsory subjects.  1 unit each for Ethics, Practice Management and Professional 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: [email protected]

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Product Code: WBWFEB21
 Price:  $385.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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