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Diversity & Inclusion: Tackling Unconscious Bias

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Helena Kuo, Mark Dean

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Workplace wellbeing

Diversity & Inclusion: Tackling Unconscious Bias

Our biases both conscious and unconscious influence our everyday decision making at work and at home. Creating a diverse and inclusive culture includes understanding how our biases impact on our seemingly well-meaning decisions. This innovative and engaging session looks at the forces that challenge us to create inclusive cultures and some ways to address them.

Helena Kuo
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Mark Dean
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Workplace wellbeing

Health Sleep

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Helena Kuo, Mark Dean

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Workplace wellbeing

Health Sleep

We all know how good it feels to have a great night’s sleep. It seems that many of us are not getting the sleep we need, and it has now turned into a status symbol! This engaging seminar explores the physiology of sleep , why we may be finding sleep challenging and provides practical tips on how to get a good night’s sleep.

Helena Kuo
Organisation/s: En Masse
Mark Dean
Organisation/s: En Masse

Giving information to parliamentary committees

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Sarah Byrne

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Giving information to parliamentary committees

Appearing before Senate Estimates? Or being asked to hand over documents? What are your rights and obligations as a witness before a parliamentary committee? What if the committee steps outside its terms of reference? Or asks you a policy question? Or wants you to hand over information that you’d rather not? We’ve been there and done that, and can answer all your questions, both the theoretical and practical. You’ll come away feeling prepared for whatever the process can throw at you!

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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How Government works

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Sarah Byrne

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How Government works

For newly engaged or promoted public servants, especially those from other jurisdictions, the Commonwealth moves in mysterious ways. This seminar will explain some fundamental essentials such as:

how our federated system of government works, the different types of legislation and policy documents, how to work with legislation and policy, public service ethics and the Code of Conduct, all of government legislation such as FOI and Privacy, PGPA Act and the Public Service Act, significant all of government policies, recordkeeping obligations, appropriations and “outcomes”, the difference and what all of these things mean for you as an individual cog in the vast Machinery of Government (yes, we’ll explain that, too).  The course is infinitely flexible and customisable depending on your agency’s priorities and particular needs, and is taught by experienced former senior public servants who have seen it all – and explained it all – before.  We’ll have you using those acronyms like a pro in no time!

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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The APS Book of Records

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Sarah Byrne

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The APS Book of Records

What are my obligations to keep and manage records in the APS? What exactly counts as a “document” anyway? When can I get rid of stuff? How “deleted” is that email? What responsibilities do I have under the Archives Act, Privacy Act, FOI Act and other legislation? And how can I keep out of trouble without spending all my time on this?

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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How to get the best from your lawyer

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Sarah Byrne

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How to get the best from your lawyer

Lawyers are a vehicle, not an obstacle, to getting the business outcomes that you want. If you’re not finding that so easy, we can help. Framing your question, identifying your goals, providing the right sort of background information and fostering communication will help your lawyer to get you where you want to go. This session explores some simple and easy strategies for getting your legal advisers on the same page.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Working with Legislation

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Sarah Byrne, Bruce Brown

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Working with Legislation

There’s a reason your lawyer studies for four years before they can do this stuff in public. Reading legislation is hard. Let us help you with some tips and tricks that won’t replace your legal adviser but will give you the best chance of understanding your legislation, how to approach it, and why it might not mean what you thought it meant.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Bruce Brown

Bruce is a highly regarded and experienced Australian Government lawyer with broad regulatory and enforcement, public law and procurement, asset sale and grants expertise gained over 25 years of practice. His wide experience in many areas of government practice has made him particularly valuable to client agencies as a strategic adviser, working on sensitive or risk laden projects.

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Dealing with challenging complainants

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Sarah Byrne

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Dealing with challenging complainants

We celebrate a democracy in which members of the public have all sorts of rights and avenues of complaint and redress in their dealings with government. Some individuals, though, seek to make their complaints in innovative and challenging ways which may be difficult to deal with. Hear some tales from the trenches along with practical and effective strategies for managing complaints without limiting the complainant’s access to justice. Feel free to bring and workshop your current issues in a safe and confidential space!

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Creative Problem Solving

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Sarah Byrne

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Creative Problem Solving

How do you solve a problem like Maria? Or any problem, really? This session will give you tools to look at problems differently, strategies to eliminate some of the roadblocks to creative thinking, and confidence in your ability to reach decisions. We guarantee not to use the expression “think outside the box”, except once, in a joke.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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The relationship between law and Policy (“Soft Law”)

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Robin Creyke, Sarah Byrne

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The relationship between law and Policy (“Soft Law”)

How does policy inform law? How can law be used to drive policy? What do you do when law and policy don’t agree? Which instruments are law, and which are policy? Do some policies carry more weight than others? When can I depart from policy? And for the love of Kirby – why does any of this matter?

Robin Creyke

Robin has extensive expertise in administrative law, both in practice and academia. Robin is Emeritus Professor of Law in the College of Law at the Australian National University, where her research is focused mainly on administrative law and military law. Her main research interests are in administrative law, particularly the impact of judicial review cases, statutory interpretation, and the position of tribunals in the Australian system of government.

Robin’s current teaching interests are in the public law sphere, particularly administrative law and military law. She has broad experience in regulation and administrative law as previous Commissioner of the ACT’s Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and one of the longest serving members of the Administrative Review Council. She was also the Integrity Advisor to the Australian Taxation Office and is a member of the Administrative Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

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Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Ethics, practice management and other PM

Legal efficiency: striving for nirvana through technology, AI and products

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Zoe Lynam

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Legal efficiency: striving for nirvana through technology, AI and products

The changing face of the legal industry is being dramatically impacted by technology, AI and the availability of products. How can agencies take advantage of these changes to enhance performance?

Zoe Lynam

Zoe is Proximity’s Chief Operating Officer. She is a lawyer and highly experienced manager with over 10 years working in General Management and Legal Practice Management roles in private enterprise and government legal practice. Zoe has extensive experience managing corporate functions, large professional teams and promoting leadership within organisations. She is highly skilled in managing large budgets and is a specialist in managing change and developing workforce capability to improve business outcomes. Zoe is a critical thinker, excellent negotiator, with exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills. She is passionate about culture as an enabler of high performance, mentoring future leaders and empowering others to achieve and exceed goals. Zoe receives positive feedback for her combination of legal and management abilities and her unique aptitude to work collaboratively across levels and reporting lines to achieve results in large technical specialist teams.

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Ethics, practice management and other PM

Maintaining professionalism in in-house legal teams

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Simon Blake

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Maintaining professionalism in in-house legal teams

Professionalism is hard won and can’t be taken for granted once achieved. This session will examine the challenges facing in-house teams and discuss common factors in highly professional in-house teams that need to be nurtured on an ongoing basis.

Simon Blake

Simon is a highly-experienced government lawyer with over 25 years’ experience working in private and government legal practice.

He has extensive experience managing legal teams, strategic and legal practice management and providing high level legal advice. He has wide ranging experience in carrying out and managing large scale civil litigation, statutory interpretation, administrative law, freedom of information, executive power and machinery of government, legislative drafting, legal policy, commercial and property law, employment law, media and communication law, general dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration.

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Professionalism and career development

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Simon Blake

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Professionalism and career development

We all aspire to be recognised as being a professional, and we easily recognise professionalism when we see it in individuals and teams. This session will discuss what professionalism looks like on an individual and team level and lessons learned on career progression.

Simon Blake

Simon is a highly-experienced government lawyer with over 25 years’ experience working in private and government legal practice.

He has extensive experience managing legal teams, strategic and legal practice management and providing high level legal advice. He has wide ranging experience in carrying out and managing large scale civil litigation, statutory interpretation, administrative law, freedom of information, executive power and machinery of government, legislative drafting, legal policy, commercial and property law, employment law, media and communication law, general dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration.

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Ethics, practice management and other PM

Getting the most from secondments: a buyer’s guide

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Simon Blake

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Getting the most from secondments: a buyer’s guide

Secondments are now a regular part of the resourcing mix for in-house legal teams, but not all clients get the most out of secondments. We will cover how to get value for money out of a secondment and how to set up the secondment arrangement to best meet your broader business needs.

Simon Blake

Simon is a highly-experienced government lawyer with over 25 years’ experience working in private and government legal practice.

He has extensive experience managing legal teams, strategic and legal practice management and providing high level legal advice. He has wide ranging experience in carrying out and managing large scale civil litigation, statutory interpretation, administrative law, freedom of information, executive power and machinery of government, legislative drafting, legal policy, commercial and property law, employment law, media and communication law, general dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration.

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Ethics, practice management and other PS

Negotiation skills: please sir, can I have some more

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Sean King, Sarah Byrne

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Negotiation skills: please sir, can I have some more

Some people negotiate like they’re playing a game of chicken. Others don’t want to crash and burn. This course will help you understand your bottom line, help you scope out the other party’s bottom line, think creatively about what you can offer, understand how interests drive negotiating behaviour, and deconstruct common cognitive fallacies that might be preventing you from getting the best outcome in your negotiations.

Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Ethics, practice management and other PS

Ministerial correspondence: a guide for lawyers

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Sarah Byrne, Declan Norrie

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Ministerial correspondence: a guide for lawyers

The single easiest way to impress your Minister is to provide him or her with pithy, practical, and empathetic responses to constituents. Between them, Declan and Sarah have answered thousands and thousands of Ministerials for numerous different agencies. They can help you learn how to deal rapidly and effectively with Ministerials, how to be helpful even when you’ve nothing to offer, how to deal with challenging correspondents, proactive measures to manage the volume, and how to make life easier for you, your Minister, and your correspondents.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Declan Norrie

Declan is a hard-working graduate lawyer whose professional focus is on value-adding. He has a highly developed ability to efficiently manage competing priorities while delivering high quality products. Declan uses creative solutions drawing on his background in systems thinking from his undergraduate studies in sustainability and environmental science, contributing to demonstrated excellence in problem solving and analytical tasks. This diverse skill set, coupled with highly developed legal research skills, gives Declan an ability to digest and synthesise swathes of information with clarity and succinctness in work he produces for our clients. Declan has completed secondments as a Ministerial Writer and a Parliamentary Officer within the Department of Human Services and previously worked within the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, and Geoscience Australia.

Declan’s major contributions to date have been the review of the Law Design and Practice Group in the Australian Taxation Office, the Digital Transformation Agency’s SourceIT contract update and resulting Commonwealth Digital Sourcing Contract Suite update and the drafting of an agency-wide memorandum of understanding template for all NHMRC engagements with third parties.

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Ethics, practice management and other PS

Make your writing speak

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David Smith

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Make your writing speak

How to write in a way that won’t cause psychic pain – to your readers, or to you as you write!

Bring along examples of really bad (and really good) writing, and we will make everyone better.

David Smith

David has long and broad experience as an Australian Government lawyer in most aspects of commercial and public law across a diverse range of agencies including DIBP, Department of Communications, Department of Finance, AGS and DHS.

David is particularly effective working in multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects. He has also successfully managed diverse teams of over 20.

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Advice writing: clear, simple, useful

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Catherine Langman, David Smith

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Advice writing: clear, simple, useful

The days of the ivory tower are over. All good written legal advice starts and ends with the client. This course will cover everything you need to know about advice writing from go to whoa, including:

  • Getting effective instructions
  • Planning and structuring your approach to complex questions
  • The DNA of a good written advice
  • Helpful tool and resources
Catherine Langman

Catherine has over 20 years’ experience advising the Australian Government on legislation and helping develop new legislative schemes.

Before joining Proximity in early 2016, Catherine worked within the Office of General Counsel in the Australian Government Solicitor and advised government agencies on a wide range of matters, with a particular focus on statutory interpretation, constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, legislative development and drafting legislative instruments.

Catherine also has many years of experience as a legal trainer, having devised and presented training on a broad range of legal subjects to government lawyers and non-lawyers.

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David Smith

David has long and broad experience as an Australian Government lawyer in most aspects of commercial and public law across a diverse range of agencies including DIBP, Department of Communications, Department of Finance, AGS and DHS.

David is particularly effective working in multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects. He has also successfully managed diverse teams of over 20.

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Ethics, practice management and other LE

Privilege – making sense of what it is and how to protect it

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Kathryn Howard

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Privilege – making sense of what it is and how to protect it

Too often, we see privilege abused, either by the withholding of information improperly or the breaching of without prejudice privilege. In this practical session, we will navigate the minefield of privilege and empower day-to-day decision making that best protects your rights.

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Kathryn Howard
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Ethics, practice management and other LE

“You’re my lawyer so I think you should know, I’ve killed a lot of people”: Legal professional privilege and the protection of confidential lawyer-client communications.

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Jacob Uljans

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“You’re my lawyer so I think you should know, I’ve killed a lot of people”: Legal professional privilege and the protection of confidential lawyer-client communications.

Join us for a practical workshop on legal professional privilege – with a focus on issues of relevance to in-house and government lawyers – including:

  • an overview of the principles of legal professional privilege
  • recent and key cases on privilege
  • practical tips for ensuring privilege is engaged, maintained and not waived.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Jacob Uljans
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Ethics: a year in review

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Sarah Byrne

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Ethics: a year in review

An entertaining and informative overview of the year in misconduct, including trends in the focus of the regulators, important cases, legislative developments, the latest in the Legal Services Directions, who is at the greatest risk of ethical infraction, and how the legal profession compares with other professions when it comes to misconduct and professional negligence complaints.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Ethics, practice management and other LE

Ethics: ethical issues facing government lawyers

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Sarah Byrne

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Ethics: ethical issues facing government lawyers

“There are no shades of grey, there’s just white that’s got grubby.” But is it as simple as that? Government lawyers face many ethical quagmires not covered by the Solicitors Conduct Rules. In this interactive seminar, Sarah will take you through strategies for analysing the ethics of a situation, and strategies for holding an ethical position without killing your career.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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The rise of adverse action claims

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Alison Baker

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The rise of adverse action claims

Many employees are turning to adverse action claims to seek remedies following termination of employment. These claims can be brought by any employee regardless of their length of service or income and they have the potential for large damages, exposing employers to penalties and requiring employers to discharge the reverse onus of proof. We will discuss the key components of an adverse action claim, look at learnings from recent cases and explore what is best practice.

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Alison Baker
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When disaster strikes: anecdotes and lessons learned from safety incidents 

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Kylie Groves

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When disaster strikes: anecdotes and lessons learned from safety incidents 

What you do in the aftermath of a serious safety incident is crucial, yet time is short. Prepare yourself now by joining us for a discussion about how to deal with the regulator, how to conduct an investigation and how to maintain legal professional privilege.

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Kylie Groves
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Managing ill and injured workers is fraught with risk – a guide to getting it right

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Alison Baker

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Managing ill and injured workers is fraught with risk – a guide to getting it right

The management of ill and injured workers is fraught with risk. If you get it wrong, you’re looking down the barrel of a number of claims – discrimination claims, unfair dismissal claims, general protections claims. If you get it right, you’ll be able to bring your people back to work sooner OR terminate their employment in a lawful way.

We will provide a snapshot of the laws that apply to managing ill and injured workers, and your exposure if you end up on the wrong side of the law. We’ll look at some war stories of how the courts and tribunals have interpreted the laws and set you on the path to best practice.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Alison Baker
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Restructures and redundancies – navigating this workplace minefield

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Alison Baker

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Restructures and redundancies – navigating this workplace minefield

The many and varied rules and regulations surrounding restructures and redundancies can be a minefield for employers. We break down the key requirements and talk you through a practical approach to redundancy implementation. Our presentation will address:

  • what constitutes a ‘genuine redundancy’ under the Fair Work Act 2009
  • how to meet consultation obligations
  • the redeployment requirements
  • employee entitlements on redundancy

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Alison Baker
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
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Enterprise agreements – from negotiation to approval

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Alison Baker

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Enterprise agreements – from negotiation to approval

Getting an Enterprise Agreement approved by the Fair Work Commission can be a technical, time consuming and difficult process. Join us for a discussion about navigating the enterprise agreement process, including:

  • how to initiate bargaining, appointing bargaining representatives and good faith obligations
  • getting the NERR right
  • what can be included in an enterprise agreement
  • applying the better off overall test
  • what options are available to resolve an impasse with negotiations.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Alison Baker
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

Sexual harassment in the workplace and office romances

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Alison Baker

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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

Sexual harassment in the workplace and office romances

The #metoo movement, along with numerous media reports of inappropriate workplace behaviour, has put the spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace. Tolerance by employers of sexual abuse or sexual harassment in the workplace creates significant reputational and legal risk. Join us for a discussion of key learnings from recent high-profile cases and consider how courts are approaching these matters, including the larger compensation amounts being awarded. We will provide risk minimisation strategies for employers, including how to deal with workplace behaviour complaints and office romances.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Alison Baker
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

Social media and the employment relationship

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Kylie Groves

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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

Social media and the employment relationship

“What I did last night ended up on line – I’m screwed”. Employees continue to find themselves dismissed for what they post on social media

  • when an employer can rely on what they find on social media to discipline employees
  • what steps an employer can take to minimise the risks arising from an employee’s mis/use of social media at work and at play.
    • Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Kylie Groves
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

Investigations, employee discipline and termination

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Sarah Byrne, Michael Chilcott

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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

Investigations, employee discipline and termination

You’re the Worst” – At one time, every employee was the best person for the job. But something’s gone wrong … Michael and Sarah will draw on their experience in these fields to show you how to conduct or oversee an investigation with integrity, what to do with the results, and, if worst comes to worst, how to make sure you apply the right sanctions. We’ll also show you how to handle the parties and come out of the process with minimum disruption for your team.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Michael Chilcott

Michael is an experienced lawyer with a broad background in government work, primarily for the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth.

Michael has significant experience in administrative law, employment law, investigations, the criminal law, regulatory law, governance and management.

Michael is based in Canberra and has a current NV1 security clearance.

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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

Discrimination, bullying and harassment

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Sarah Byrne, Michael Chilcott

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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

Discrimination, bullying and harassment

Everyone knows this is wrong, right? So why is it still happening? Michael and Sarah will explain why discrimination, bullying and harassment occur, what your legal rights and obligations are as an employee and as a manager, and what you can do not only to prevent bad behaviour, but build a culture that promotes a happy, respectful and productive workplace.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Michael Chilcott

Michael is an experienced lawyer with a broad background in government work, primarily for the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth.

Michael has significant experience in administrative law, employment law, investigations, the criminal law, regulatory law, governance and management.

Michael is based in Canberra and has a current NV1 security clearance.

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Commercial SL

Tell me everything about yourself: a conversation with Victoria’s Data Insights agency

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Julian Hammond, Suneel Jethani

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Tell me everything about yourself: a conversation with Victoria’s Data Insights agency

Public sector organisations have moved from their previous position of restricting access to data to harnessing data as a key asset that can be used for public and economic good, as well as enabling the public sector to gain access to richer and far more timely information to inform decisions and policies.

In this conversation (think Andrew Denton’s Interview), we will speak to a representative from Victoria’s Data Insights agency about risk management and litigation risk for public sector organisations in storing, aggregating and providing access to data, and where the new ‘open access’ landscape could lead to next.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Julian Hammond
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Suneel Jethani
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

Avoiding the next Erin Brockovich: managing the rise of the new toxic tort, PFOA

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Kathryn Howard, Julian Hammond

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Commercial SL

Avoiding the next Erin Brockovich: managing the rise of the new toxic tort, PFOA

PFOA may be something you have never heard of, but it is something you would have had much exposure to; it is found in most consumer goods (from pizza boxes to carpet cleaner) and many industrial applications (such as firefighting foam). It’s also just been listed as emerging contaminant by the US EPA and been the subject of US$650 million class action in the United States for allegedly causing cancer. Come along for a discussion about what it means for you, including practical ways to identify and manage potential legal exposure and quarantine that risk in advance of future litigation.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Kathryn Howard
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Julian Hammond
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

Your confidential information has been hacked – how to secure it, fix it and resolve it

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Kathryn Howard

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Commercial SL

Your confidential information has been hacked – how to secure it, fix it and resolve it

In the highly competitive world of business, the line between fair and unfair competition can be too easily crossed. Come along to hear how you can act swiftly to protect yourself against a security breach.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Kathryn Howard
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

New regime for provision of land for infrastructure in growth area planning

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Rory O’Connor, Bridget Negri

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Commercial SL

New regime for provision of land for infrastructure in growth area planning

The new Planning & Environment Amendment (Public Land Contributions) Act 2018 introduces a land contribution model for the Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) system. Learn all about the new model and what it means for you.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Rory O’Connor
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Bridget Negri
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

The trees and the forest; to GST or not to GST? Looking at GST matters relating to government supplies of land

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Michael Parker, Raoul D’Cruz

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Commercial SL

The trees and the forest; to GST or not to GST? Looking at GST matters relating to government supplies of land

There is a lot of information out there on GST, but how does it affect you?
Join us for a discussion about:

  • key areas of GST which should be considered when contemplating a variety of transactions (including subdivisions, development agreements and auction sales)
  • key GST principles relating to property supplies
  • the importance of monetary and non-monetary consideration in working out GST on property supplies
  • the key margin scheme provisions for government supplies of property (including matters relating to ‘improvements’ on the land)
  • the relevant GST-free provisions for government supplies of land

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Michael Parker
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Raoul D’Cruz
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial, Corporate and commercial SL

The 21st century asbestos: Cladding

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Matthew Curll, Zoe Keith

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial SL

The 21st century asbestos: Cladding

2017 saw the ’cladding crisis’ and the significant impact it had on the strata, insurance broking and building industry.
Join us for a discussion on:

  • the latest government and industry responses around Australia
  • how rectification developments proceed and how this will impact on various sectors in the economy
  • where is the cladding issue headed?

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Matthew Curll
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Zoe Keith
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

Crown land sales and leasing

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Natalie Bannister, Emily Kyriacou

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Commercial SL

Crown land sales and leasing

How can Crown land be sold and leased? Learn the key principles, statutory, regulatory and policy frameworks and rules that apply to the sale and leasing of reserved and unreserved Crown Land.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Natalie Bannister
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Emily Kyriacou
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

How electronic signatures are becoming the norm and how to ensure their security in government contracts

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Ben Hamilton, Matthew Bridges

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Commercial SL

How electronic signatures are becoming the norm and how to ensure their security in government contracts

Electronic signatures are increasingly being used in contract signing, yet the challenges and risks are rarely addressed. Join us for a discussion on the key considerations when drafting and advising in relation to contractual indemnities and the use of electronic signatures. What is best practice from the perspective of contract drafting and the broader documentation and compliance framework within which government departments and agencies operate?

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Ben Hamilton
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Matthew Bridges
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

Procurement and probity – where is the balance?

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Matthew Smith, Matthew Bridges

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Commercial SL

Procurement and probity – where is the balance?

What are the latest legal issues in relation to government procurement processes? This workshop will provide a 101 of key procurement principles, how to ensure there’s good faith in government contracting and where the role of the probity advisor ties in.

Knowledge and practicability are vital, so we will give you practical tips about managing the procurement process and discuss what you need to know from recent cases relevant to the procurement process.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Matthew Smith
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Matthew Bridges
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

A master class on the Medical Panel and impairment assessment

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Anastasia Coutsouvelis, Jason McMahon

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Commercial SL

A master class on the Medical Panel and impairment assessment

Personal injury cases can be complex, so join us for a discussion about making sense of the key criteria under the AMA Guides and GEPIC for the assessment of physical and psychiatric impairments. We address:

  • how the impairment threshold can be managed.
  • some of the key chapters in the AMA Guides and GEPIC

Practical tips for making an effective and persuasive referral to the Medical Panel and identifying grounds for judicial review with a focus on impairment assessment.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Anastasia Coutsouvelis
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Jason McMahon
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

Leasing disputes – a marriage with an expiry date

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David Dickens

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Commercial SL

Leasing disputes – a marriage with an expiry date

We will give you strategies to avoid or resolve common leasing disputes. We will address:

  • what happens when the position of the parties changes along the journey?
  • what can be done to reduce the risk of disputes?
  • what does a landlord do when the tenant stops paying rent?
  • what about when a stranger, like a liquidator or receiver, tries to enter the marriage?

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

David Dickens
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

Insolvency fundamentals: Join us on a journey to the dark side – find out what administrators, liquidators and receivers do and the differences between each of these roles

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David Dickens

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Commercial SL

Insolvency fundamentals: Join us on a journey to the dark side – find out what administrators, liquidators and receivers do and the differences between each of these roles

What happens when a company is in financial trouble? Learn about the changing insolvency landscape and the fundamentals of insolvency law today. We will discuss:

  • what happens when a counter party to your contract has an insolvency practitioner appointed to it
  • how your contractual rights are affected by the new ipso facto reform

Tips and traps for dealing with insolvency practitioners and understanding what drives them.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

David Dickens
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial SL

Government procurement and judicial review

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Liana Westcott, Su-Ann Tan Burke

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Commercial SL

Government procurement and judicial review

Getting your systems and processes ready to minimise the likelihood of a challenge under the new regime

Liana Westcott

Liana is a highly-experienced government commercial lawyer who has advised the Commonwealth Government on some of its most high-profile projects. She provides strategic legal and probity advice on procurement, contracting, competitive grants, construction and infrastructure and intergovernmental agreements.

Liana’s approach is characterised by a desire to understand the key drivers and personalities in every project, and by her quick, practical and creative problem solving. Liana has extensive experience working as an embedded member of legal and project teams and has exceptional communication skills.

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Su-Ann Tan Burke

Su-Ann joined Proximity in 2017 to launch its Melbourne operations. Clients value Su-Ann’s outcome-focused approach and passion for continuous improvement.

Su-Ann brings significant legal and commercial experience from both private and public sectors. Her in-house experience includes working at Toyota/Lexus Australia, Cadbury, Department of Defence and the Grains Research & Development Corporation.

Su-Ann completed her Master of Commercial Law at the University of Melbourne while working as a corporate lawyer. This enabled her to acquire practical expertise in areas including negotiation, technology contracts, liability insurance and international intellectual property law.

Su-Ann speaks Mandarin and Cantonese, and basic Japanese. She enjoys bringing together people from different perspectives to leverage talent and spark new ideas.

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Commercial SL

Probity: Lessons from the school of hard knocks

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Len Withers, Liana Westcott, David Smith

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Probity: Lessons from the school of hard knocks

This training session covers probity principles, practices and policy; but then goes a step further drawing on lessons from prominent probity examples from case law, audit reports, media publications and Proximity’s own experiences; using war stories and worked examples to teach a best practice approach to managing complex probity issues.

Len Withers

Len holds Bachelor degrees in both Engineering and Law and is a Barrister and Solicitor. He has worked as a professional Engineer in Australia and the UK and spent many years in the Australian health industry, most recently as CEO of a large, metropolitan teaching hospital. Following a 25-year career in the Commonwealth and ACT Administrations (14 years at the level of Senior or Chief Executive), Len moved into consultancy.  For the past 20 years, Len has been predominantly engaged by Commonwealth and NSW Government agencies in various roles of probity advising and tender management.

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Liana Westcott

Liana is a highly-experienced government commercial lawyer who has advised the Commonwealth Government on some of its most high-profile projects. She provides strategic legal and probity advice on procurement, contracting, competitive grants, construction and infrastructure and intergovernmental agreements.

Liana’s approach is characterised by a desire to understand the key drivers and personalities in every project, and by her quick, practical and creative problem solving. Liana has extensive experience working as an embedded member of legal and project teams and has exceptional communication skills.

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David Smith

David has long and broad experience as an Australian Government lawyer in most aspects of commercial and public law across a diverse range of agencies including DIBP, Department of Communications, Department of Finance, AGS and DHS.

David is particularly effective working in multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects. He has also successfully managed diverse teams of over 20.

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Commercial SL

Water tight: How to establish a strong liquidated damages regime

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James Dunn

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Water tight: How to establish a strong liquidated damages regime

Understand when liquidated damages (LDs) should be used in contracts and how to establish a strong and defensible LDs regime. This session covers recent Australian cases on liquidated damages and suggests practical principles for managing a liquidated damages regime in your contracts.

James Dunn

James has built a very strong reputation in the Australian Government legal and procurement sector as a dependable and outcome focused advisor who provides real world solutions that reflect the political, policy and commercial imperatives of his clients.

James’ main areas of practice are government contracting and procurement. He has a particular focus on technology outsourcing and procurement and capital acquisition procurement. He has played an important role in providing legal and procurement services to the Australian Government for many high profile and complex procurement projects.

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Commercial SL

Open Source Software in frontier land: no cost, no obligations?

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Sean King

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Open Source Software in frontier land: no cost, no obligations?

Open Source software has reach the point of being pervasive in nearly every significant technology project. Learn how to identify and manage the use, distribution and attribution of open source software.

Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

Feet on the ground, head in the clouds: eight key contract terms to reduce risk in cloud contracts

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James Dunn, Sean King

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Feet on the ground, head in the clouds: eight key contract terms to reduce risk in cloud contracts

A move to cloud contracting requires a change in approach for how software is licensed. This training session covers eight key terms to incorporate into your cloud contracts to ensure that they’re fir for purpose.

James Dunn

James has built a very strong reputation in the Australian Government legal and procurement sector as a dependable and outcome focused advisor who provides real world solutions that reflect the political, policy and commercial imperatives of his clients.

James’ main areas of practice are government contracting and procurement. He has a particular focus on technology outsourcing and procurement and capital acquisition procurement. He has played an important role in providing legal and procurement services to the Australian Government for many high profile and complex procurement projects.

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Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

Contract law masterclass: consequential loss – what now?

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Sean King

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Contract law masterclass: consequential loss – what now?

After a period of significant judicial consideration of the law of consequential loss, get an understanding of the latest case law and practical approaches for dealing with the law as it currently stands and the uncertainty caused by changing caselaw and departures from jurisprudence in countries that are key trading partners an likely source jurisdictions for suppliers.

Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

Contract law masterclass: latest on the duty of good faith

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Sean King

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Contract law masterclass: latest on the duty of good faith

Is there a general duty of good faith in government contracts? How does it apply? What is the scope of the duty? How can the risks be managed? What will the future hold? This training session will answer these questions and more in examining the duty of good faith.

Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

A gigabit tour of global technology trends

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Sean King

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A gigabit tour of global technology trends

Understand the legal implications of current tech trends including cloud, big data, virtualisation and agile

Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

To market we go: early and interactive market engagement in procurement

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James Dunn

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To market we go: early and interactive market engagement in procurement

Understand the latest ways to better engage the market in the procurement process including methods such as early contractor involvement, competitive dialogue and offer definition. This session will cover the key benefits of these approaches and the risks that need to be managed.

James Dunn

James has built a very strong reputation in the Australian Government legal and procurement sector as a dependable and outcome focused advisor who provides real world solutions that reflect the political, policy and commercial imperatives of his clients.

James’ main areas of practice are government contracting and procurement. He has a particular focus on technology outsourcing and procurement and capital acquisition procurement. He has played an important role in providing legal and procurement services to the Australian Government for many high profile and complex procurement projects.

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Commercial SL

Intellectual property: Cth IP and Crown copyright

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Sean King, Sarah Byrne

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Intellectual property: Cth IP and Crown copyright

A journey through the world of government IP including understanding: what is IP (including Crown copyright) in the context of government activity; the latest IP policy and IP management requirements; purchasing, licensing and commercialisation of IP; and how your can secure the IP rights you need.

Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Commercial SL

Performance based contracting masterclass: a modern approach to PBC

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Sean King

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Performance based contracting masterclass: a modern approach to PBC

This session covers: What is performance based contracting? Developing a performance based contract (Strategic Performance Measures and Key Performance Indicators); Evaluating, negotiating and managing PBC contracts.

Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

Commonwealth ICT Procurement: Tips and Tricks

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James Dunn, Sean King

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Commonwealth ICT Procurement: Tips and Tricks

The importance of ICT to public service delivery continues to grow and an increasing number of government purchases include ICT elements. This session will explore what is different about ICT procurement, provide an overview of the Commonwealth ICT framework and cover key issues to consider when procuring different types of ICT goods and services, including cloud software.

James Dunn

James has built a very strong reputation in the Australian Government legal and procurement sector as a dependable and outcome focused advisor who provides real world solutions that reflect the political, policy and commercial imperatives of his clients.

James’ main areas of practice are government contracting and procurement. He has a particular focus on technology outsourcing and procurement and capital acquisition procurement. He has played an important role in providing legal and procurement services to the Australian Government for many high profile and complex procurement projects.

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Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

Purchasing power: maximising the benefits of coordinated and cooperative procurement

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James Dunn, Sean King

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Purchasing power: maximising the benefits of coordinated and cooperative procurement

There has been a shift in government purchasing practices to better maximise the government’s purchasing power. This session provides guidance on topics such as: cooperative, coordinated and whole-of-government procurement; establishing and using multi-agency arrangements and lessons learned from projects Proximity has been involved in.

James Dunn

James has built a very strong reputation in the Australian Government legal and procurement sector as a dependable and outcome focused advisor who provides real world solutions that reflect the political, policy and commercial imperatives of his clients.

James’ main areas of practice are government contracting and procurement. He has a particular focus on technology outsourcing and procurement and capital acquisition procurement. He has played an important role in providing legal and procurement services to the Australian Government for many high profile and complex procurement projects.

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Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

Tender evaluation: getting it right

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James Dunn, Sean King

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Tender evaluation: getting it right

There’s an art to tender evaluation and a bit of knowledge goes a long way in ensuring a smooth tender evaluation process. This seminar will help you understand the pros and cons of weighted and unweighted evaluation, applicable procurement law and policy, and the tools you can use to manage your next evaluation.

James Dunn

James has built a very strong reputation in the Australian Government legal and procurement sector as a dependable and outcome focused advisor who provides real world solutions that reflect the political, policy and commercial imperatives of his clients.

James’ main areas of practice are government contracting and procurement. He has a particular focus on technology outsourcing and procurement and capital acquisition procurement. He has played an important role in providing legal and procurement services to the Australian Government for many high profile and complex procurement projects.

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Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

Fireman SAM: software licences and software asset management

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Sean King

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Fireman SAM: software licences and software asset management

Software is an important asset for every major organisation. We’ll help you extinguish your software asset management spot fires and ensure that you’re not the organisation that spends more effort managing pens and notepads than the often complex multi-million dollar software inventory.

Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Commercial SL

Agile contracting: a legal approach to support agile delivery

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James Dunn, Sean King

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Agile contracting: a legal approach to support agile delivery

The agile revolution gains more momentum each year; with most large organisations using agile as a method for project delivery. But Agencies are often still using traditional contracts that don’t work for agile projects. In this session we explore the key features for a successful agile contract including maximum flexibility, a framework for incremental scope development and scope delivery and clear rights to exit the contract at specified intervals.

James Dunn

James has built a very strong reputation in the Australian Government legal and procurement sector as a dependable and outcome focused advisor who provides real world solutions that reflect the political, policy and commercial imperatives of his clients.

James’ main areas of practice are government contracting and procurement. He has a particular focus on technology outsourcing and procurement and capital acquisition procurement. He has played an important role in providing legal and procurement services to the Australian Government for many high profile and complex procurement projects.

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Sean King

Sean is a highly regarded commercial advisor and lawyer with significant experience acting for the Australian Government, private sector and non-profit clients.

He has significant experience in commercial law, process structuring and governance. He has wide ranging commercial and contracting experience including outsourcing, procurement of major capital acquisitions and services, funding agreements and MOUs.

Sean has carried out numerous on-site engagements and received positive feedback for his combination of legal, commercial and management abilities.

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Public law SL

Committee Induction Workshops

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Sarah Byrne

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Committee Induction Workshops

Are you providing legal or secretariat support for a statutory or other advisory committee? While these bodies bring great expertise and necessary practical experience to bear on government processes, they may not always be fully aware of the challenges of working within an administrative law framework. In a workshop customised for length and content, we will take your committee through issues such as confidentiality, conflict of interest, fiduciary duty, terms of reference, and procedural fairness in decision-making, all in a way that will add light without creating heat.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Public law SL

Bullet-proof decisions

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Sarah Byrne

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Bullet-proof decisions

Making a reviewable decision? Or any decision in a work capacity? This workshop will show you how to reach your decision and write it up in a way that will withstand a challenge. We will take you through the tips and tricks for making a decision that is bullet-proof – and for maintaining good relationships with the stakeholders while you do it!

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Public law SL

Red tape reduction: achieving principle-based regulation

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Simon Taylor

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Red tape reduction: achieving principle-based regulation

Regulation of sophisticated or systemically important industries often goes with large volumes of primary and secondary legislation. More recently regulators have been focussing on principles, culture and even concepts of “social licence” when supervising complex business undertakings. To what extent can this realistically displace the black-letter approach? What are the implications for government regulators, and business?

Simon Taylor

Simon is a Special Advisor with extensive experience providing legal advice within government and the private sector. His main areas of focus have been commercial and financial sector law, government law and legislation development. Simon has managed teams, including the Commercial & Resolution legal team in APRA and the Public Law Branch at FaHCSIA.  Simon’s experience includes advising on corporate and procurement matters and the regulation of authorised deposit-taking institutions, payment schemes, superannuation funds, general, life and private health insurers. He has advised on administrative law, information law (secrecy, FOI and privacy) and transfers of staff, assets and liabilities between agencies. Simon has extensive experience drafting administrative and legislative instruments and working with policy teams and OPC on the development of complex legislative reforms. Simon has a NV1 security clearance.

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Public law SL

Delegations and authorisations: lessons from the coalface

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Caitlin Morgan, David Snell

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Delegations and authorisations: lessons from the coalface

Do your staff know when they have the power to carry out their duties and when they don’t? We will cover:

  • delegation versus revocation
  • limitations on delegation by direction
  • the difference between a delegation, authorisation and appointment
  • leaving space for operations and reconsideration – don’t delegate too low or too high
  • understanding what is delegable
  • if I am the Secretary’s delegate, can I overrule the Secretary?
  • the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 and the Legislation Act 2001 (ACT)
Caitlin Morgan

Caitlin was admitted to practice in 2016 and has worked predominately in commercial law and litigation for both public and private sector clients. She has worked in commercial litigation where her work has included drafting court documents, deeds, affidavits, letters of demand, trade mark infringement notices, trademark registration applications, FOI requests, MOUs and submissions. Caitlin has also worked on governance matters, including reviewing and updating internal policies and procedures in accordance with amended legislation, drafting charters for the Risk and Audit Committees and assisting with management of conflict of interest and other governance team registers.

She has also worked on a number of property law matters for both private sector and Australian Government clients, including in relation to preparing and negotiating leases, negotiating terms and conditions, drafting and amending head leases and subleases, preparing disclosure statements, deeds of agreement and surrender, contracts for sale (both residential and commercial), and drafting letters and correspondence to clients and external parties.

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David Snell

David is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer with an exceptionally strong background in legislation, policy and governance. David has a very strong reputation for strategic problem-solving in challenging review and reform environments and has undertaken major statutory and structural reform projects in a wide range of legal and operational settings.

After a number of years in private practice, David pursued a career in legislative development and legal policy. He was involved in the development of the ACT’s initial land, planning and environment legislation, the establishment of the ACT Planning and Land Authority and Land Development Agency, the establishment of the ACT Emergency Services Authority and the national review of the Australian legal profession.

David has extensive experience within the ACT framework in regulatory law reform, and has worked closely with the ACT’s environment protection agencies in planning, land management, emergency services and waste management review roles.

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Public law SL

Regulatory frameworks, compliance and enforcement: practical tips and tricks

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Sarah Byrne, Simon Taylor, David Snell

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Regulatory frameworks, compliance and enforcement: practical tips and tricks

We will cover:

  • Why regulate?
  • The process of regulation
  • Building an effective compliance strategy
  • Facilitating compliance
  • Reporting requirements for compliance purposes
  • Appropriate penalties for offences
Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Simon Taylor

Simon is a Special Advisor with extensive experience providing legal advice within government and the private sector. His main areas of focus have been commercial and financial sector law, government law and legislation development. Simon has managed teams, including the Commercial & Resolution legal team in APRA and the Public Law Branch at FaHCSIA.  Simon’s experience includes advising on corporate and procurement matters and the regulation of authorised deposit-taking institutions, payment schemes, superannuation funds, general, life and private health insurers. He has advised on administrative law, information law (secrecy, FOI and privacy) and transfers of staff, assets and liabilities between agencies. Simon has extensive experience drafting administrative and legislative instruments and working with policy teams and OPC on the development of complex legislative reforms. Simon has a NV1 security clearance.

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David Snell

David is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer with an exceptionally strong background in legislation, policy and governance. David has a very strong reputation for strategic problem-solving in challenging review and reform environments and has undertaken major statutory and structural reform projects in a wide range of legal and operational settings.

After a number of years in private practice, David pursued a career in legislative development and legal policy. He was involved in the development of the ACT’s initial land, planning and environment legislation, the establishment of the ACT Planning and Land Authority and Land Development Agency, the establishment of the ACT Emergency Services Authority and the national review of the Australian legal profession.

David has extensive experience within the ACT framework in regulatory law reform, and has worked closely with the ACT’s environment protection agencies in planning, land management, emergency services and waste management review roles.

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Public law SL

Public Interest Immunity

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Sarah Byrne

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Public Interest Immunity

Is a Senate Estimates Committee asking your client for information it would rather not disclose? This session explores what information parliamentary committees can ask for, what steps to take, what grounds exist for claims of immunity, what alternative strategies you might be able to offer, what are the consequences of non-compliance, and the reality gap between what Odgers says and how committees operate in practice.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Public law SL

FOI – IRL (OMG!): Freedom of Information in real life

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Sarah Byrne

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FOI – IRL (OMG!): Freedom of Information in real life

A course for FOI co-ordinators and lawyers – what do the exemptions really mean in practice? How to deal with difficult applicants, how to deal with difficult decision-makers, examples of the things serial applicants might try to put past you, and strategies for making the best of a bad situation.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Public law SL

Information law: fundamentals of privacy, secrecy and FOI

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Sarah Byrne, David Smith

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Information law: fundamentals of privacy, secrecy and FOI

I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes”. Information law, like love, is all around. But what do you really need to know day to day? This course will cover the essentials government lawyers need to know to operate effectively in the information law space.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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David Smith

David has long and broad experience as an Australian Government lawyer in most aspects of commercial and public law across a diverse range of agencies including DIBP, Department of Communications, Department of Finance, AGS and DHS.

David is particularly effective working in multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects. He has also successfully managed diverse teams of over 20.

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Public law SL

Statutory interpretation fundamentals: a survival guide

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Catherine Langman, Sarah Byrne

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Statutory interpretation fundamentals: a survival guide

We are surrounded by legislation, but it’s often unclear what it means. This course will go over the key principles of statutory interpretation (including the Acts Interpretation Act 1901), different approaches to statutory interpretation and the latest High Court cases on interpretation.

Catherine Langman

Catherine has over 20 years’ experience advising the Australian Government on legislation and helping develop new legislative schemes.

Before joining Proximity in early 2016, Catherine worked within the Office of General Counsel in the Australian Government Solicitor and advised government agencies on a wide range of matters, with a particular focus on statutory interpretation, constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, legislative development and drafting legislative instruments.

Catherine also has many years of experience as a legal trainer, having devised and presented training on a broad range of legal subjects to government lawyers and non-lawyers.

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Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Public law SL

Automated decision making: It’s a tight squeeze! Fitting automated decision-making by Commonwealth agencies into the administrative law box

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Robin Creyke

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Automated decision making: It’s a tight squeeze! Fitting automated decision-making by Commonwealth agencies into the administrative law box

We will provide a brief overview of the legal landscape for automated decision-making by Commonwealth agencies and then consider:

  • the administrative law pressure points that must be considered when implementing any automated decision-making system;
  • some better practice approaches to implementing automated decision-making systems to ensure the best fit with administrative law; and
  • possible future developments, including how legislation could be drafted to facilitate the use of automated decision-making systems.
Robin Creyke

Robin has extensive expertise in administrative law, both in practice and academia. Robin is Emeritus Professor of Law in the College of Law at the Australian National University, where her research is focused mainly on administrative law and military law. Her main research interests are in administrative law, particularly the impact of judicial review cases, statutory interpretation, and the position of tribunals in the Australian system of government.

Robin’s current teaching interests are in the public law sphere, particularly administrative law and military law. She has broad experience in regulation and administrative law as previous Commissioner of the ACT’s Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and one of the longest serving members of the Administrative Review Council. She was also the Integrity Advisor to the Australian Taxation Office and is a member of the Administrative Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

WHS due diligence

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Sarah Byrne, Stephen Reeves

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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury SL

WHS due diligence

What obligations do you have to provide a safe workplace? And what exactly is a safe workplace? What are the risks of failing to get it right? And how can you get it right without spending a fortune and killing the vibe? Our presenters bring a wealth of experience in employment law and HR practice to show you how to get it right.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced government lawyer, company director and accredited mediator, with an excellent reputation for client-focused and strategic problem-solving.

Sarah has considerable experience as an in-house Counsel specialising in administrative law, statutory interpretation, information law and litigation, including as General Counsel for several agencies, head of the AGS Information Law team, and the ACT senior executive with oversight of legislation and policy for the whole of the Territory.

Sarah has extensive experience in legislative drafting and acting as an advocate in administrative appeals, including negotiating the advantageous resolution of matters before hearing. She is experienced in all types of APS corporate regulation, including employment law, information law, compliance, complaints management and governance.

Clients value her strategic and lateral approach to finding innovative and lasting solutions to complex problems, and her ability to manage difficult stakeholders through the use of her negotiation and mediation skills.

Sarah has a current NV1 (Secret) security clearance with AGSVA.

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Stephen Reeves

Stephen is a Canberra-based lawyer with three years’ experience working for the Australian Government. His main areas of practice are employment law and developing legislation.

Stephen’s employment law experience includes providing advice on Commonwealth public-sector employment law, as well as the application of workers’ compensation and work health and safety laws to the APS.

He has advised on a broad range of Commonwealth public sector employment law matters including code of conduct investigations and dismissals, voluntary redundancy rounds, enterprise bargaining and protected industrial action. He has provided general advice on employee entitlements and conditions under enterprise agreements and public-sector employment legislation.

Stephen’s experience in legislative development includes work on a number of large legislative reform projects, as well as on various shorter projects and legislative instruments.

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