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Legal, Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment

New Horizons: Property Law

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Veena Bedekar

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment

New Horizons: Property Law

This CPD will provide a snapshot of recent cases in property law and provide practical takeaways to help you keep your property law toolkit up to date.

Veena Bedekar

Veena has a broad range of commercial legal experience gained through advising Commonwealth entities and public and private companies for over a decade.  Two significant components of her practice are commercial property (including commercial leasing, acquisitions and disposals), probity and commercial law.  She also has experience in banking and finance.

Veena has a demonstrated ability to convey legal concepts to a broad range of stakeholders and to provide legal solutions that facilitate the achievement of business or policy imperatives.

She is the Chair of the ACT Law Society’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, a member of the ACT Law Society’s Pro Bono Clearing House Assessment Panel and a director of the Belconnen Arts Centre.

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Legal, Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment

Nuts and bolts of commercial leasing

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Veena Bedekar

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment

Nuts and bolts of commercial leasing

This CPD will provide an overview of key issues to consider when reviewing a lease from a tenant’s perspective.

Veena Bedekar

Veena has a broad range of commercial legal experience gained through advising Commonwealth entities and public and private companies for over a decade.  Two significant components of her practice are commercial property (including commercial leasing, acquisitions and disposals), probity and commercial law.  She also has experience in banking and finance.

Veena has a demonstrated ability to convey legal concepts to a broad range of stakeholders and to provide legal solutions that facilitate the achievement of business or policy imperatives.

She is the Chair of the ACT Law Society’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, a member of the ACT Law Society’s Pro Bono Clearing House Assessment Panel and a director of the Belconnen Arts Centre.

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Legal, Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment

New Horizons: Commercial Law

Presenter/s

Veena Bedekar

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment

New Horizons: Commercial Law

This CPD will provide a snapshot of recent cases in commercial law and provide practical takeaways.

Veena Bedekar

Veena has a broad range of commercial legal experience gained through advising Commonwealth entities and public and private companies for over a decade.  Two significant components of her practice are commercial property (including commercial leasing, acquisitions and disposals), probity and commercial law.  She also has experience in banking and finance.

Veena has a demonstrated ability to convey legal concepts to a broad range of stakeholders and to provide legal solutions that facilitate the achievement of business or policy imperatives.

She is the Chair of the ACT Law Society’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, a member of the ACT Law Society’s Pro Bono Clearing House Assessment Panel and a director of the Belconnen Arts Centre.

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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

WHS due diligence

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne, Stephen Reeves

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury Substantive law and procedural law (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, human rights, 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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Workplace wellbeing

Diversity & Inclusion: Tackling Unconscious Bias

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Helena Kuo, Mark Dean

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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
Organisation/s: En Masse

An Executive Director and Partner at En Masse, Helena has held senior Human Resources roles with over 20 years’ experience working in global organisations, including strategy development, and building high performing cultures. Helena blends her clinical background with her HR expertise to develop programs that support workforce sustainability through initiatives that drive psychologically safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces. Her key areas of focus are diversity and inclusion, and mental health. She has provided input into the Diversity Council of Australia’s gender equality and cultural diversity programs.

Mark Dean
Organisation/s: En Masse

Mark Dean is the founder and Chair of En Masse and co-founder of the behaviour change app On a Roll 21. In addition to his work as a mental health program developer and facilitator, Mark is also a qualified lawyer and conflict resolution specialist with expertise across the full spectrum of mental health and wellbeing at work, from prevention and promotion through to crisis management. Mark has delivered workshops to thousands of people in workplaces in Australia and overseas in the areas of mental health and wellbeing for managers, building resilience and more broadly reducing psycho-social risks at work. Mark is also an experienced board member and an advisor to large corporates and government leadership teams. He uses a blend of best practice in risk minimisation and governance as well as positive psychology based techniques that help people to achieve their full potential while contributing to the building of respectful, inclusive workplace environments.

Workplace wellbeing

Health Sleep

Presenter/s

Helena Kuo, Mark Dean

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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

An Executive Director and Partner at En Masse, Helena has held senior Human Resources roles with over 20 years’ experience working in global organisations, including strategy development, and building high performing cultures. Helena blends her clinical background with her HR expertise to develop programs that support workforce sustainability through initiatives that drive psychologically safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces. Her key areas of focus are diversity and inclusion, and mental health. She has provided input into the Diversity Council of Australia’s gender equality and cultural diversity programs.

Mark Dean
Organisation/s: En Masse

Mark Dean is the founder and Chair of En Masse and co-founder of the behaviour change app On a Roll 21. In addition to his work as a mental health program developer and facilitator, Mark is also a qualified lawyer and conflict resolution specialist with expertise across the full spectrum of mental health and wellbeing at work, from prevention and promotion through to crisis management. Mark has delivered workshops to thousands of people in workplaces in Australia and overseas in the areas of mental health and wellbeing for managers, building resilience and more broadly reducing psycho-social risks at work. Mark is also an experienced board member and an advisor to large corporates and government leadership teams. He uses a blend of best practice in risk minimisation and governance as well as positive psychology based techniques that help people to achieve their full potential while contributing to the building of respectful, inclusive workplace environments.

Legal, Public law, Ethics, practice management and other

Giving information to parliamentary committees

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Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Public law, Ethics, practice management and other Ethics and professional responsibility (LE), Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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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Legal, Public law

How Government works

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Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Public law Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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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Legal, Public law

The APS Book of Records

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Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Public law Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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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Legal, Commercial

How to get the best from your lawyer

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Commercial

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, human rights, 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

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne, Bruce Brown

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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 Government advisor with broad commercial expertise including property, procurement and probity advice 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, or for working on sensitive or risk laden projects.

As probity advisor, Bruce works with clients to ensure their grants, procurement or asset sales processes are defensible and can withstand internal and external scrutiny, as well as achieving value for money and optimum outcomes for his clients

In particular, Bruce has skills in the following:
  • Regulatory/Enforcement
  • Information Law – FOI, Privacy
  • Specialist litigation
  • Probity Advisory
  • Procurements and Grants Projects

Prior to joining Proximity, Bruce was a Special Counsel at King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), and before that Bruce was Special Counsel at the Department of Finance, National Legal Services Manager at the ACCC, and a Regional Commissioner in ASIC.

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Legal

Dealing with challenging complainants

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal Professional skills (PS)

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, human rights, 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

Creative Problem Solving

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial Professional skills (PS)

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, human rights, 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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Legal, Public law

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

Presenter/s

Robin Creyke, Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Public law Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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, Corporate and commercial, Ethics, practice management and other

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

Presenter/s

Zoe Lynam

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Ethics, practice management and other Practice management and business skills (PM)

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

Maintaining professionalism in in-house legal teams

Presenter/s

Simon Blake

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Ethics, practice management and other Ethics and professional responsibility (LE), Practice management and business skills (PM)

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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Ethics, practice management and other

Professionalism and career development

Presenter/s

Simon Blake

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Ethics, practice management and other Ethics and professional responsibility (LE), Practice management and business skills (PM)

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

Getting the most from secondments: a buyer’s guide

Presenter/s

Simon Blake

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Ethics, practice management and other Practice management and business skills (PM)

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

Negotiation skills: please sir, can I have some more

Presenter/s

Sean King, Sarah Byrne

Location/s

Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Ethics, practice management and other Professional skills (PS)

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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, human rights, 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

Ministerial correspondence: a guide for lawyers

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne, Declan Norrie

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Ethics, practice management and other Professional skills (PS)

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, human rights, 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

Make your writing speak

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David Smith

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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 in most aspects of commercial and public law, with a diverse range of agencies including the Departments of Industry, Innovation and Science; Agriculture and Water Resources; Home Affairs; Human Services; Finance; Communications and the Arts; and AGS. David has a broad practice covering legal, commercial and assurance support for major projects; information law; administrative decision-making and statutory interpretation; and commercial and procurement advisory.

David is particularly effective working in multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects. He has also successfully managed diverse teams of over 20. David is a practical lawyer who brings value to clients by being able to cut through complexity and present clear solutions to legal problems across the spectrum of public and commercial law.

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Ethics, practice management and other

Advice writing: clear, simple, useful

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Catherine Langman, David Smith

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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 in most aspects of commercial and public law, with a diverse range of agencies including the Departments of Industry, Innovation and Science; Agriculture and Water Resources; Home Affairs; Human Services; Finance; Communications and the Arts; and AGS. David has a broad practice covering legal, commercial and assurance support for major projects; information law; administrative decision-making and statutory interpretation; and commercial and procurement advisory.

David is particularly effective working in multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects. He has also successfully managed diverse teams of over 20. David is a practical lawyer who brings value to clients by being able to cut through complexity and present clear solutions to legal problems across the spectrum of public and commercial law.

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Ethics, practice management and other

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

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Kathryn Howard

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Ethics, practice management and other Ethics and professional responsibility (LE)

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.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Kathryn Howard
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Kathryn is an experienced senior lawyer who has practised in Melbourne, Tokyo and London.

Kathryn specialises in resolving disputes, and works collaboratively with her clients to provide the legal and strategic advice that best achieves their preferred outcome.

Kathryn’s tailored approach maximises the likelihood of avoiding escalation of a dispute. Where an early, favourable resolution of the dispute cannot be achieved, Kathryn conducts efficient and effective management of formal dispute mechanisms, always with a primary eye on her client’s objectives and commercial or policy concerns.

Kathryn advises both business and government on the full spectrum of legal disputes, from which we draw a snapshot of her recent experience.

Ethics, practice management and other

“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.

Presenter/s

Jacob Uljans

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Ethics, practice management and other Ethics and professional responsibility (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.

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
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Jacob (Jake) is a member of Hall & Wilcox’s commercial dispute resolution team, practising predominantly in general commercial litigation.

Jake acts for clients in a wide range of contractual disputes, corporations and equity matters, insolvency proceedings, disputes with regulators, class actions, environment and sustainability disputes, trade practices and tax litigation. Jake specialises in legally and factually complex disputes and litigation, with a particular focus on disputes in the financial services and regulatory spaces.

As a co-founder and director of a Melbourne-based brewing and hospitality business, Jake has substantial business knowledge and experience, and has previously held roles as a director of the Craft Beer Industry Association and on the Board of Management of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre.

Ethics, practice management and other

Ethics: a year in review

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Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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, human rights, 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

Ethics: ethical issues facing government lawyers

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Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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, human rights, 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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Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

The rise of adverse action claims

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Alison Baker

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Alison Baker
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Alison has close to 18 years’ experience in a wide-ranging employment practice, advising private sector and public sector clients on all aspects of employment, industrial relations and human resources law, and work health and safety law. She also advises private and public sector organisations on the application of privacy legislation.

Alison has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in employee benefits law every year since 2014 and as a recommended employment lawyer in Victoria in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.  She has been a finalist in 2016 and 2017 for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards, Workplace Relations.

Clients appreciate the easy-to-deal-with and solutions-focused approach that Alison brings when assisting them to navigate a complex and highly regulated legal environment.  Alison provides legal advice and assistance that is technically excellent but which always gives consideration to a client’s goals and imperatives, including financial, commercial and reputational considerations.

Alison advises a broad cross-section of private sector and public sector clients, including large corporate entities, small-to-medium enterprises, universities, local government, government agencies and statutory corporations.

Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

When disaster strikes: anecdotes and lessons learned from safety incidents 

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Kylie Groves

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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.

Presented in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox

Kylie Groves
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Kylie is a senior practitioner with extensive experience in advising both government and non-government clients across all areas of employment, workplace relations, discrimination and health and safety law.

Prior to commencing a legal career, Kylie worked for more than 10 years in industrial relations including several years as an Associate to the President of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission and over eight years with the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (during which time she held an appointment as a Deputy Industrial Registrar).

Kylie’s wide ranging experience enables her to assist clients with developing strategies to deal with complex workplace issues. She has unique experience in relation to union rules including eligibility rules and considerable experience in advising and assisting registered organisations.

In addition, Kylie’s practice includes defending clients in health and safety prosecutions, conducting large scale investigations into employee misconduct, presenting seminars and training on workplace law issues and conducting health and safety audits.

She has been listed for the last three years in The Best Lawyers in Australia in Occupational Health & Safety and is listed as a recommended Employment and Workplace Health and Safety lawyer in Western Australia in Doyle’s Guide.

Kylie is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia and the Australian Labour Lawyers Association.

Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

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

Presenter/s

Alison Baker

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Alison has close to 18 years’ experience in a wide-ranging employment practice, advising private sector and public sector clients on all aspects of employment, industrial relations and human resources law, and work health and safety law. She also advises private and public sector organisations on the application of privacy legislation.

Alison has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in employee benefits law every year since 2014 and as a recommended employment lawyer in Victoria in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.  She has been a finalist in 2016 and 2017 for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards, Workplace Relations.

Clients appreciate the easy-to-deal-with and solutions-focused approach that Alison brings when assisting them to navigate a complex and highly regulated legal environment.  Alison provides legal advice and assistance that is technically excellent but which always gives consideration to a client’s goals and imperatives, including financial, commercial and reputational considerations.

Alison advises a broad cross-section of private sector and public sector clients, including large corporate entities, small-to-medium enterprises, universities, local government, government agencies and statutory corporations.

Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

Restructures and redundancies – navigating this workplace minefield

Presenter/s

Alison Baker

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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

Alison has close to 18 years’ experience in a wide-ranging employment practice, advising private sector and public sector clients on all aspects of employment, industrial relations and human resources law, and work health and safety law. She also advises private and public sector organisations on the application of privacy legislation.

Alison has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in employee benefits law every year since 2014 and as a recommended employment lawyer in Victoria in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.  She has been a finalist in 2016 and 2017 for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards, Workplace Relations.

Clients appreciate the easy-to-deal-with and solutions-focused approach that Alison brings when assisting them to navigate a complex and highly regulated legal environment.  Alison provides legal advice and assistance that is technically excellent but which always gives consideration to a client’s goals and imperatives, including financial, commercial and reputational considerations.

Alison advises a broad cross-section of private sector and public sector clients, including large corporate entities, small-to-medium enterprises, universities, local government, government agencies and statutory corporations.

Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

Enterprise agreements – from negotiation to approval

Presenter/s

Alison Baker

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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

Alison has close to 18 years’ experience in a wide-ranging employment practice, advising private sector and public sector clients on all aspects of employment, industrial relations and human resources law, and work health and safety law. She also advises private and public sector organisations on the application of privacy legislation.

Alison has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in employee benefits law every year since 2014 and as a recommended employment lawyer in Victoria in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.  She has been a finalist in 2016 and 2017 for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards, Workplace Relations.

Clients appreciate the easy-to-deal-with and solutions-focused approach that Alison brings when assisting them to navigate a complex and highly regulated legal environment.  Alison provides legal advice and assistance that is technically excellent but which always gives consideration to a client’s goals and imperatives, including financial, commercial and reputational considerations.

Alison advises a broad cross-section of private sector and public sector clients, including large corporate entities, small-to-medium enterprises, universities, local government, government agencies and statutory corporations.

Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

Sexual harassment in the workplace and office romances

Presenter/s

Alison Baker

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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

Alison has close to 18 years’ experience in a wide-ranging employment practice, advising private sector and public sector clients on all aspects of employment, industrial relations and human resources law, and work health and safety law. She also advises private and public sector organisations on the application of privacy legislation.

Alison has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in employee benefits law every year since 2014 and as a recommended employment lawyer in Victoria in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.  She has been a finalist in 2016 and 2017 for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards, Workplace Relations.

Clients appreciate the easy-to-deal-with and solutions-focused approach that Alison brings when assisting them to navigate a complex and highly regulated legal environment.  Alison provides legal advice and assistance that is technically excellent but which always gives consideration to a client’s goals and imperatives, including financial, commercial and reputational considerations.

Alison advises a broad cross-section of private sector and public sector clients, including large corporate entities, small-to-medium enterprises, universities, local government, government agencies and statutory corporations.

Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

Social media and the employment relationship

Presenter/s

Kylie Groves

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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

Kylie is a senior practitioner with extensive experience in advising both government and non-government clients across all areas of employment, workplace relations, discrimination and health and safety law.

Prior to commencing a legal career, Kylie worked for more than 10 years in industrial relations including several years as an Associate to the President of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission and over eight years with the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (during which time she held an appointment as a Deputy Industrial Registrar).

Kylie’s wide ranging experience enables her to assist clients with developing strategies to deal with complex workplace issues. She has unique experience in relation to union rules including eligibility rules and considerable experience in advising and assisting registered organisations.

In addition, Kylie’s practice includes defending clients in health and safety prosecutions, conducting large scale investigations into employee misconduct, presenting seminars and training on workplace law issues and conducting health and safety audits.

She has been listed for the last three years in The Best Lawyers in Australia in Occupational Health & Safety and is listed as a recommended Employment and Workplace Health and Safety lawyer in Western Australia in Doyle’s Guide.

Kylie is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia and the Australian Labour Lawyers Association.

Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

Investigations, employee discipline and termination

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne, Michael Chilcott

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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, human rights, 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 a senior workplace relations lawyer who has significant experience managing the full range of industrial relations, workplace and health and safety matters. He is a trained mediator and uses these skills to where appropriate to help clients avoid costly litigation and negotiate fair settlements. Michael also assists organisations with cultural change to remove or reduce issues such as sexism and discrimination long term.

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

Discrimination, bullying and harassment

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne, Michael Chilcott

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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, human rights, 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 a senior workplace relations lawyer who has significant experience managing the full range of industrial relations, workplace and health and safety matters. He is a trained mediator and uses these skills to where appropriate to help clients avoid costly litigation and negotiate fair settlements. Michael also assists organisations with cultural change to remove or reduce issues such as sexism and discrimination long term.

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, Corporate and commercial

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

Presenter/s

Julian Hammond, Suneel Jethani

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Canberra, Melbourne

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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

Julian is an experienced senior litigator who has acted in high profile, complex and fiercely contested commercial litigation, public inquiries and investigations on behalf of companies, individuals (including members of parliament) and Government entities.

Julian’s commercial practice spans defence of contract, tort, intellectual property and consumer claims, and he has acted across a variety of industries from banking and property to insurance, franchising and energy. Julian has acted for high profile private clients in relation to confidential information, defamation, shareholder and family company disputes.

Julian has significant experience with regulatory investigations, including acting for companies, and individuals in investigations conducted by regulators (including ASIC and IBAC) and in public inquiries such as Royal Commissions.

Julian’s experience as a senior executive adviser in the Department of Premier and Cabinet means that he understands both the internal and external pressures on Government, and provides advice in that context.

Julian has acted for Departments and individuals in a number of high profile cases, including acting for the Victorian Attorney-General in the Supreme Court through the Court of Appeal and the High Court in the Myer blockade contempt litigation.

Julian has also acted for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in the Alpine Grazing litigation, a Government body in the Fiskville public inquiry and the Supreme Court of Victoria in a coronial investigation. Julian has also provided legal advice to Ministers, Cabinet and Cabinet committees on significant issues of public importance, including the establishment of the IBAC in Victoria, and the risks of PFOS and PFOA for contamination of land.

Suneel Jethani
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial, Dispute resolution and litigation

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

Presenter/s

Kathryn Howard, Julian Hammond

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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

Kathryn is an experienced senior lawyer who has practised in Melbourne, Tokyo and London.

Kathryn specialises in resolving disputes, and works collaboratively with her clients to provide the legal and strategic advice that best achieves their preferred outcome.

Kathryn’s tailored approach maximises the likelihood of avoiding escalation of a dispute. Where an early, favourable resolution of the dispute cannot be achieved, Kathryn conducts efficient and effective management of formal dispute mechanisms, always with a primary eye on her client’s objectives and commercial or policy concerns.

Kathryn advises both business and government on the full spectrum of legal disputes, from which we draw a snapshot of her recent experience.

Julian Hammond
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Julian is an experienced senior litigator who has acted in high profile, complex and fiercely contested commercial litigation, public inquiries and investigations on behalf of companies, individuals (including members of parliament) and Government entities.

Julian’s commercial practice spans defence of contract, tort, intellectual property and consumer claims, and he has acted across a variety of industries from banking and property to insurance, franchising and energy. Julian has acted for high profile private clients in relation to confidential information, defamation, shareholder and family company disputes.

Julian has significant experience with regulatory investigations, including acting for companies, and individuals in investigations conducted by regulators (including ASIC and IBAC) and in public inquiries such as Royal Commissions.

Julian’s experience as a senior executive adviser in the Department of Premier and Cabinet means that he understands both the internal and external pressures on Government, and provides advice in that context.

Julian has acted for Departments and individuals in a number of high profile cases, including acting for the Victorian Attorney-General in the Supreme Court through the Court of Appeal and the High Court in the Myer blockade contempt litigation.

Julian has also acted for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in the Alpine Grazing litigation, a Government body in the Fiskville public inquiry and the Supreme Court of Victoria in a coronial investigation. Julian has also provided legal advice to Ministers, Cabinet and Cabinet committees on significant issues of public importance, including the establishment of the IBAC in Victoria, and the risks of PFOS and PFOA for contamination of land.

Commercial

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

Presenter/s

Kathryn Howard

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial Substantive law and procedural law (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

Kathryn is an experienced senior lawyer who has practised in Melbourne, Tokyo and London.

Kathryn specialises in resolving disputes, and works collaboratively with her clients to provide the legal and strategic advice that best achieves their preferred outcome.

Kathryn’s tailored approach maximises the likelihood of avoiding escalation of a dispute. Where an early, favourable resolution of the dispute cannot be achieved, Kathryn conducts efficient and effective management of formal dispute mechanisms, always with a primary eye on her client’s objectives and commercial or policy concerns.

Kathryn advises both business and government on the full spectrum of legal disputes, from which we draw a snapshot of her recent experience.

Commercial

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

Presenter/s

Rory O’Connor, Bridget Negri

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial Substantive law and procedural law (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

Rory has over 10 years’ experience in planning and environmental law and was recognised in 2016 as a “Rising Star” in Planning and Environment, and again in 2018 as a Recommended Town Planning & Development Lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession. Rory has a focus on major projects and infrastructure and large scale infill and growth area development projects. He has experience in development approvals across a broad scale, compulsory land acquisition, due diligence and risk advice, retail planning, land fill, geotechnical and contaminated land matters, prosecutions, enforcement and water law.

Rory primarily acts for private developers and institutional clients, but more recently has worked closely with state government clients and authorities on a number of large scale infrastructure, transport and housing projects. He is passionate about planning and environmental issues in his community and he works closely with his clients to develop strategies that mitigate risk; save them time and money; and achieve outstanding results. Rory provides timely, strategic, commercially-minded advice with a focus on practical outcomes and solutions.

Rory is a skilled advocate and he regularly appears in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), before Planning Panels Victoria and in prosecutions in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Rory has demonstrated ability in effectively engaging with parties to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently to achieve the best outcome for his clients.

Rory is a member of the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association, the Law Institute of Victoria and Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Bridget Negri
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox
Commercial, Property and environment

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

Presenter/s

Michael Parker, Raoul D’Cruz, Jim Koutsokostas

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Property and environment Substantive law and procedural law (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

Michael Parker is Partner advising on tax disputes, capital gains tax, GST, business sales and acquisitions and restructuring. He also acts in matters that deal with domestic income tax, tax compliance, tax training and tax due diligence. As part of his GST practice, Michael has advised a variety of government entities (including councils) on a range of property transactions.

Raoul D’Cruz
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Raoul D’Cruz is a Lawyer with over 6 years’ experience providing taxation advice for domestic and international transactions and Australian tax disputes. Raoul has a particular focus on the indirect taxes (including Australian GST and the R&D Tax Incentive) and has an in-depth understanding of GST as it relates to a variety of transactions undertaken by government entities.

Jim Koutsokostas
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Jim Koutsokostas is a Special Counsel with 15 years’ experience providing direct and indirect taxation advice on corporate and trust tax matters, with a focus on banking/finance, government and property/ construction sectors. Jim has advised a number of State government departments and authorities, particularly with respect to the application of GST and FBT.

Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment

The 21st century asbestos: Cladding

Presenter/s

Matthew Curll, Zoe Keith

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment Substantive law and procedural law (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?

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Matthew Curll
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Matthew is a leading insurance lawyer who has for almost 25 years advised Australian and English insurers in the General Insurance sector. He is the lead partner of the firm’s General Insurance team servicing clients Australia wide from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra and Perth.

Matthew’s current practice includes managing public liability, professional indemnity, D&O and EPL claims, as well as first party property claims and associated recoveries.

Matthew has a significant role of managing client relationships to ensure that Hall & Wilcox’s large and capable insurance team has a deep understanding of the needs and expectations of the firm’s clients and in developing innovative and cost effective solutions to ensure the consistent and outstanding delivery of legal services to those clients, Australia wide.

Matthew is a solicitor admitted to practice throughout Australia. He is the solicitor member of the New South Wales Government’s Architects Registration Board.  His insurance memberships include the Insurance Institute of Australia, the Australian Insurance Lawyers Association and the Australian Professional Insurance Group. Matthew has a significant profile in the insurance sector and is called upon by industry publishers to provide market commentary and by Government to comment on proposed insurance reforms.

He is a recommended professional indemnity lawyer in NSW in Doyle’s Guide to the Australia Legal Profession.

Zoe Keith
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Zoe is a specialist insurance lawyer who manages complex and varied matters for a number of leading corporate insurers and Lloyd’s of London syndicates.

She acts in litigated public liability claims (including dust diseases), professional indemnity claims, and coverage disputes.

Zoe’s clients value the quality of her advice and her advocacy skills. She is regarded as a conscientious practitioner, who seeks out commercial and pragmatic solutions to disputes that take into account both the legal issues and her clients’ internal drivers. She takes pride in efficiently achieving the best possible results for her clients.

Zoe was a Finalist for Senior Associate of the Year at the 2015 Australian Law Awards.

She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Australian Insurance Law Association, the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF), Women in Insurance and Young Insurance Professionals.

Commercial, Property and environment

Crown land sales and leasing

Presenter/s

Natalie Bannister, Emily Kyriacou

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Property and environment Substantive law and procedural law (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.

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Natalie Bannister
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Natalie has close to 20 years’ experience in property, planning and environment law and has been recognised as a leading Australian lawyer in this area in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.  She has also been recognised in the The Best Lawyers in Australia in real property law and was a Finalist at the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards in real estate and for Partner of the Year at the 2014 Australian Law Awards.

Natalie acts primarily for institutional clients, utility providers, property developers and large companies.  Her experience includes property due diligence, sales and acquisitions; commercial and retail leasing including managing national property portfolios; land contamination including compliance, risk allocation and liability, management and clean-up; obtaining development approvals; planning advice and compliance (including in respect of Aboriginal and European Heritage, native vegetation, traffic, noise, flooding and water quality impacts); rates and land tax objections; compulsory acquisition of land and compensation and property disputes and advice about easements, rights of way and adverse possession.

She regularly acts as an advocate before VCAT and at planning panel hearings.

Natalie is customer-service focused and is constantly evolving and improving the way she delivers legal services to make it as easy as possible for clients to do business with her. Natalie takes an innovative approach to pricing, using fixed fees and other alternative fee arrangements to deliver price certainty and value for money. Natalie is responsive to clients and always does what she says she will do.

Natalie is passionate about supporting women to progress in business, and she co-founded the Professional Environmental Women’s Association (PEWA) in 2013.

Emily Kyriacou
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Emily has significant experience acting for a variety of clients in property, planning and environmental matters. Her areas of practice include all areas of property law including sales and purchases of real estate, commercial and retail leasing and property related disputes.

She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Victorian Women Lawyers, the Professional Environmental Women’s Association and the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association.

Commercial, Corporate and commercial

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

Presenter/s

Ben Hamilton, Matthew Bridges

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (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?

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Ben Hamilton
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Ben has a range of experience in intellectual property, technology, and commercial matters.

He specialises in technology and commercial contracts, branding and product labelling advice, advertising and marketing law, trade mark matters, intellectual property commercialisation, copyright advice, disputes and licensing, and competition and consumer law matters.

Ben has also advised and assisted clients in drafting and negotiating procurement, technology and other commercial contracts, asserting and defending substantial copyright and trade mark infringement claims, implementing a national trade mark certification scheme, drafting agreements relating to the commercialisation of new plant varieties and patented technology.

Ben is listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2019 in intellectual property law.

Ben is a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) and the Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand (LESANZ).

Matthew Bridges
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Matthew is a general commercial lawyer with more than 18 years’ experience covering a range of areas of practice including private M&A, general commercial and corporate transactions, projects and advisory work, family succession arrangements, non-contentious employment matters, property, contracts and governance.

Matthew’s clients include:

  • public sector bodies including Victorian Government departments, public sector agencies and local councils;
  • prominent family groups across several industries including agribusiness, transport and retail;
  • not-for-profits including the developer of a new ecoutourism development on the Great Ocean Road to be run as a social enterprise; and
  • the owners of the Melbourne Storm NRL franchise.

Matthew had a stint as an in-house lawyer and has undertaken secondments with several listed companies and WorkSafe Victoria.

In addition to his commercial law experience, Matthew is a member of the advisory board of a registered environmental organisation based in South-West Victoria and is a director of several not-for-profit public companies in the tourism and education sectors.

Commercial, Corporate and commercial

Procurement and probity – where is the balance?

Presenter/s

Matthew Smith, Matthew Bridges

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (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.

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Matthew Smith
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Matthew is a Partner at Hall & Wilcox and previously had almost 30 years at Harris Wheeler, most recently as managing partner of the firm and supervising partner of the firm’s Commercial practice.

In addition to advising on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, Matthew has provided advice to a number of Hunter public sector clients including Port Stephens Council, Newcastle City Council, Maitland City Council, Hunter Water Corporation, Hunter Development Corporation, Newcastle Airport Pty Limited, Hunter New England Local Health District, the University of Newcastle, Hunter TAFE and Hunter Resource Recovery

Matthew’s special knowledge covers legal risk management and the allocation of risk in commercial contracts, contract drafting and negotiation, precedent development, legal audits of insurance cover, procurement, contract tendering and contract administration, corporate governance and probity, trade practices and competition law, the protection and commercialisation of inventions and other intellectual property, technology related contracts, joint ventures & public/private partnerships.

Matthew Bridges
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Matthew is a general commercial lawyer with more than 18 years’ experience covering a range of areas of practice including private M&A, general commercial and corporate transactions, projects and advisory work, family succession arrangements, non-contentious employment matters, property, contracts and governance.

Matthew’s clients include:

  • public sector bodies including Victorian Government departments, public sector agencies and local councils;
  • prominent family groups across several industries including agribusiness, transport and retail;
  • not-for-profits including the developer of a new ecoutourism development on the Great Ocean Road to be run as a social enterprise; and
  • the owners of the Melbourne Storm NRL franchise.

Matthew had a stint as an in-house lawyer and has undertaken secondments with several listed companies and WorkSafe Victoria.

In addition to his commercial law experience, Matthew is a member of the advisory board of a registered environmental organisation based in South-West Victoria and is a director of several not-for-profit public companies in the tourism and education sectors.

Commercial, Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury

A master class on the Medical Panel and impairment assessment

Presenter/s

Anastasia Coutsouvelis, Jason McMahon

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Workplace, industrial relations, personal injury Substantive law and procedural law (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

Anastasia’s is a Partner at Hall & Wilcox and her practice focuses on personal injury litigation management and administrative law.  Anastasia focuses on achieving quality outcomes for her clients in worker’s compensation matters, including statutory benefits and common law claims under the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (Vic) and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic).

Anastasia has acted for WorkSafe Victoria and its predecessors for a number of years. She was previously employed at the TAC as an Impairment Officer and in its WorkCover Division for a number of years before moving to Allianz Australia in Sydney. Anastasia gained valuable management experience managing a large team of people and driving some significant improvements whilst at Allianz.

Anastasia has made it a priority to understand the strategic imperatives of WorkSafe Victoria, its agents and employers, and to develop a reputation for consistently delivering on these objectives.

Jason McMahon
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

Jason is a Partner at Hall and Wilcox and he acts for WorkSafe Victoria and its agents and employers. He is the relationship partner and manages lawyers acting on behalf of the TAC at the firm.

Jason’s practice focuses on personal injury litigation management and administrative law.  He predominantly manages Mildura and Bendigo common law and statutory benefits claims brought pursuant to the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (Vic) and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic). Jason also has a well-developed and successful judicial review practice.

Jason’s contribution to the workers compensation scheme was recognised when he was the recipient of Worksafe’s inaugural ‘Award for Excellence in Personal Injury Management’ in 2010.

Prior to joining Hall & Wilcox, Jason worked in a number of roles at the TAC and TAC Law from 1998 and later WorkSafe Victoria in 2004. Jason remained at WorkSafe Victoria for approximately four years with his final position being Principal Workers’ Consultant at WorkCover Assist – a division of WorkSafe Victoria which provides representation for workers before the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service.

Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment

Leasing disputes – a marriage with an expiry date

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David Dickens

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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?

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David Dickens
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

David is a Special Counsel at Hall & Willcox and is a commercial litigator with extensive insolvency and reconstruction experience, and expertise in property disputes.

David’s corporate insolvency and reconstruction practice spans turnaround / workouts, creditor claims, cross-border insolvency, directors’ duties, distressed debt trading and acquisitions, liquidation, receivership, bankruptcy  and voluntary administration.

As a litigator, he regularly acts in complex contractual disputes, trust disputes and regulatory investigations. David has conducted many matters in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Victoria, and VCAT.

David has particular experience with clients in the financial services, property, logistics, maritime, telecommunications and manufacturing industries.

Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment

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

Presenter/s

David Dickens

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial, Property and environment Substantive law and procedural law (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.

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David Dickens
Organisation/s: Hall & Wilcox

David is a Special Counsel at Hall & Willcox and is a commercial litigator with extensive insolvency and reconstruction experience, and expertise in property disputes.

David’s corporate insolvency and reconstruction practice spans turnaround / workouts, creditor claims, cross-border insolvency, directors’ duties, distressed debt trading and acquisitions, liquidation, receivership, bankruptcy  and voluntary administration.

As a litigator, he regularly acts in complex contractual disputes, trust disputes and regulatory investigations. David has conducted many matters in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Victoria, and VCAT.

David has particular experience with clients in the financial services, property, logistics, maritime, telecommunications and manufacturing industries.

Commercial, Corporate and commercial

Government procurement and judicial review

Presenter/s

Su-Ann Tan Burke, Veena Bedekar

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Government procurement and judicial review

Getting your systems and processes ready to minimise the likelihood of a challenge under the new regime. In this session, we will provide a synopsis of several judicial reviews of procurement decisions overseas, and run through some practical scenarios examining when the Act might be triggered during procurement design and evaluation.

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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Veena Bedekar

Veena has a broad range of commercial legal experience gained through advising Commonwealth entities and public and private companies for over a decade.  Two significant components of her practice are commercial property (including commercial leasing, acquisitions and disposals), probity and commercial law.  She also has experience in banking and finance.

Veena has a demonstrated ability to convey legal concepts to a broad range of stakeholders and to provide legal solutions that facilitate the achievement of business or policy imperatives.

She is the Chair of the ACT Law Society’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, a member of the ACT Law Society’s Pro Bono Clearing House Assessment Panel and a director of the Belconnen Arts Centre.

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial

Probity: Lessons from the school of hard knocks

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Len Withers, David Smith

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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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David Smith

David has long and broad experience in most aspects of commercial and public law, with a diverse range of agencies including the Departments of Industry, Innovation and Science; Agriculture and Water Resources; Home Affairs; Human Services; Finance; Communications and the Arts; and AGS. David has a broad practice covering legal, commercial and assurance support for major projects; information law; administrative decision-making and statutory interpretation; and commercial and procurement advisory.

David is particularly effective working in multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects. He has also successfully managed diverse teams of over 20. David is a practical lawyer who brings value to clients by being able to cut through complexity and present clear solutions to legal problems across the spectrum of public and commercial law.

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial

Water tight: How to establish a strong liquidated damages regime

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James Dunn

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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 including general contracting law, governance and probity, intellectual property and information and communications technology. 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, Corporate and commercial

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

Presenter/s

Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, Corporate and commercial

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

Presenter/s

James Dunn, Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 including general contracting law, governance and probity, intellectual property and information and communications technology. 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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, Corporate and commercial

Contract law masterclass: consequential loss – what now?

Presenter/s

Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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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Legal, Commercial, Corporate and commercial

Contract law masterclass: latest on the duty of good faith

Presenter/s

Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, Corporate and commercial

A gigabit tour of global technology trends

Presenter/s

Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, Corporate and commercial

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

Presenter/s

James Dunn, Peter DeGraaff

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 including general contracting law, governance and probity, intellectual property and information and communications technology. 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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Peter DeGraaff

Peter is a very well regarded procurement and contracting advisor with significant experience in government and the private sector.

He has significant experience as a commercial, procurement and contracting advisor on strategic and operational information and communication technology procurement projects, covering business systems, IT professional services, hardware procurement, software licensing (including for SaaS and AaaS) and fixed and mobile communications.

He also has considerable experience as an advisor and practitioner in general goods and services procurement projects and whole-of-government procurement and performance-based contract development and management. This experience includes establishing, implementing and managing whole-of-government professional services’ panels and similar arrangements.

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Commercial, Probity, Corporate and commercial

Intellectual property: Cth IP and Crown copyright

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Sean King, Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Probity, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, human rights, 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, Corporate and commercial

Performance based contracting masterclass: a modern approach to PBC

Presenter/s

Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, Corporate and commercial

Commonwealth ICT Procurement: Tips and Tricks

Presenter/s

James Dunn, Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 including general contracting law, governance and probity, intellectual property and information and communications technology. 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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, Corporate and commercial

Purchasing power: maximising the benefits of coordinated and cooperative procurement

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James Dunn, Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 including general contracting law, governance and probity, intellectual property and information and communications technology. 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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, Corporate and commercial

Tender evaluation: getting it right

Presenter/s

James Dunn, Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 including general contracting law, governance and probity, intellectual property and information and communications technology. 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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, Corporate and commercial

Fireman SAM: software licences and software asset management

Presenter/s

Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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, Corporate and commercial

Agile contracting: a legal approach to support agile delivery

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James Dunn, Sean King

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Commercial, Corporate and commercial Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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 including general contracting law, governance and probity, intellectual property and information and communications technology. 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 practices in general contract law, procurement and tendering, governance and probity, intellectual property, media and information and communications technology.

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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Governance and assurance, Public law, Ethics, practice management and other

Committee Induction Workshops

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Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Governance and assurance, Public law, Ethics, practice management and other Ethics and professional responsibility (LE), Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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

Bullet-proof decisions

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Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Public law Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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

Red tape reduction: achieving principle-based regulation

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Simon Taylor

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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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Legal, Public law

Delegations and authorisations: lessons from the coalface

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Caitlin Morgan, David Snell

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Public law Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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?
Caitlin Morgan

Caitlin is a Canberra-based lawyer with over two years’ experience working for the Australian Government. Caitlin has worked with a diverse range of clients across multiple practice areas, gaining considerable experience in government law, public law, information law (including freedom of information and privacy) commercial law and litigation.

Caitlin has recently undertaken four secondments within the Legal Division at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and one secondment within the Department of Health’s Commercial Law Section. Caitlin has had extensive pro bono involvement in the Canberra community through secondments at the ACT Law Society Pro Bono Clearing House and the Consumer Law Centre of the ACT.

Caitlin’s co-operative and personal approach allows her to excel in building strong relationships. She can seamlessly fit into each new environment she encounters and is experienced in managing and meeting tight timeframes, while delivering high quality services.

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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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Legal, Public law

Regulatory frameworks, compliance and enforcement: practical tips and tricks

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne, Simon Taylor, David Snell

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Public law Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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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Legal, Public law

Public Interest Immunity

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Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Public law Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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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Legal, Public law

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

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Public law Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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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Legal, Public law

Information law: fundamentals of privacy, secrecy and FOI

Presenter/s

Sarah Byrne, David Smith

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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Legal, Public law Substantive law and procedural law (SL)

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, human rights, 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 in most aspects of commercial and public law, with a diverse range of agencies including the Departments of Industry, Innovation and Science; Agriculture and Water Resources; Home Affairs; Human Services; Finance; Communications and the Arts; and AGS. David has a broad practice covering legal, commercial and assurance support for major projects; information law; administrative decision-making and statutory interpretation; and commercial and procurement advisory.

David is particularly effective working in multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects. He has also successfully managed diverse teams of over 20. David is a practical lawyer who brings value to clients by being able to cut through complexity and present clear solutions to legal problems across the spectrum of public and commercial law.

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Legal, Public law

Statutory interpretation fundamentals: a survival guide

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Catherine Langman, Sarah Byrne

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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, human rights, 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

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

Presenter/s

Robin Creyke

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Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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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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