Sydney Symposium 2 – 3 November 2017

Sydney Symposium 2 – 3 November 2017

Date: 02 November, 2017


The AustLaw November Symposium is being held at the stunning ParkRoyal Darling Harbour Sydney.  AustLaw members are invited to register to this finely tuned and relevant symposium.  Registration for members is free.  Accommodation (if required) is at the delegates cost and the Symposium Dinner will be charged back to the firm.

Accommodation | ParkRoyal Hotel Darling Harbour
Special delegate rate of $310 per night and includes free Wifi and one complimentary breakfast.  Upon registration, delegates will receive a confirmation of the event booking with a link to session, accommodation, dinner and dietary requirements.


9:30 to 10:45

  Partner and Practice Managers Session

  Bronwyn Pott Succession Planning

Succession is something that many practitioners shy away from until it’s (almost) too late.  The need for succession is something that others will often see the need for well before the practice principals do, however they are often without the power or a framework to start the succession conversation.   
In this workshop Bronwyn will cover the basics of succession, including how to start the conversation, what options are available, and what the journey will look like.  Depending on the path the practice takes, there may be other sessions or coaching that would be of interest, but this session is about where to start, looking at the options, and what might have to happen in order to achieve some of those desired outcomes.
In order to start this journey attendees will need to start thinking about what their ideal ‘end game’ looks like – it might not be realistic, but they have to start somewhere.  Before the session attendees should complete the workbook on ‘where I want/need to be’ in 1, 2, 5 years, and answer some rudimentary questions about the business aspects of the practice.  

11:00 to 12:00
  Partner and Practice Managers Session
  Anthony Ridley-Smith
Matrix Solutions
The P Word

It can be a risk to mention the word paperless in polite company.  It can produce a range of reactions from rolling of eyes to violence involving large manila folders.
In the modern information age, lawyers are being told by the technology industry that they should move away from paper documents and rely on digital documents instead.  This is a significant change and has provided to be a psychological challenge for the legal industry.  It is understandable that many lawyers continue to insist on physical documents.  The paper document provides a degree of comfort, being more tactile, tangible and, in some cases, maintaining primary recognition in law.

In this session, Anthony will discuss real world examples of implementing “paper light” environments.
  What are the benefits of moving to a digital file?
  Does it always work?
  Where do you start?

Topics will include:
  Getting material into a digital file.
  Working with a digital file.
  Security, collaboration, mobile access and much more.

12:00 to 12:30

   The Restaurant | Park Royal Hotel
12:30 to 2:00

Break Out Session 1 – Thursday 

Stream A
Accident Compensation Lawyers

Medical Negligence

Richard Cheney SC and Richard Sergi |
Greenway Chambers

  Stream B
Family Lawyers

Setting aside Financial Agreements

Derek Hand | Greenway Chambers
  Stream C
Wills & Estates 

Wills Update

Carmel Lee | Greenway Chambers
  Stream D
& Property

Contractual Interpretation
and Proprietary Estoppel

Natasha Case | Greenway Chambers

 2:00 to 2:15
Afternoon Tea
 2:15 to 3:00
Firm Reps Meeting

3:00 to 4:30


Break Out Session 2 – Thursday 
Stream A
Accident Compensation Lawyers

An update on Total and Permanent Impairment claims

Christiane Etienne
Principal Solicitor/CEO
Win/Win Super Claims
Michael Garrahy  

  Stream B
Family Lawyers

Collaborative Law | Divorce Done Differently

Shelby Timmins
Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  Stream C
Wills & Estates


   Stream D
Business & Property

Recent Developments in discrimination
in Employment and the recent Amendments
to the Human Rights Act.

Kellie Edwards |Greenway Chambers
 5:30 to 6:30
  Pre-Dinner Drinks
  Kindly hosted by Greenway Chambers  
 6:30 to 10:30
  Symposium Dinner
      Restaurant to be confirmed.



 9:30 to 11:00
  Creating a Culture for High Performing Teams through Effective Delegation
  Ben Richards | Aticus
  Effective delegation and feedback practices mean a more efficient, productive and harmonious practice. It is something we have to do every day but rarely consider how effectively we do it.  Good delegation is the enabling device for any successful leveraged practice model and the foundation for a culture of learning. This course has been designed specifically for the leveraged professional services sector.

Course participants are challenged to critically analyse their own delegation and feedback practices and are provided with tools to work in a more effective and planned manner.  Delegation is taught as a cycle of planning, communicating, reviewing, feeding back and reflecting on the way forward. Practical strategies for each component of that cycle are discussed as well as pressure points.

Learning outcomes from this two-hour course include a better understanding of:

  Behaviours of effective and ineffective delegators and delegates
  Impediments to good delegation and how to work around them
  Effectively communicating tasks and context
  Ways of establishing a meaningful review processes
  Delegation as a mentoring and coaching device
  Techniques to give and receive feedback effectively

For delegators, this course focuses on how to get effective deliverable product by having a systematic approach to the front end of a project and its ongoing management. For delegates, this course offers invaluable insights into receiving work and feedback and getting the most out of those critical communications.

 11:30 to 1:00
  How to Avoid a Flawed Workplace Investigation
  Jason Clarke | Worklogic
  In this workshop we examine what constitutes natural justice and procedural fairness in a workplace investigation process.  Along the way we will look at several cases of what not to do when conducting workplace investigations and the seven steps you can take to avoid making the same mistakes.

 2:00 to 3:30
  Value Pricing | AustLaw Firms making it work
  Panel Presentation
  Facilitator to be confirmed
Panel Members
Tricia Schmidt | MurphySchmidt Solicitors
Paige Rolfe | Belbridge Hague Lawyers
3rd Panel Member

 3:30           Symposium Ends  

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