Beyond Borders: Upcoming changes to CPD for Migration Lawyers

December 20th, 2016 by
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For a long time, any Australian lawyer looking to practise immigration law has had to register as a migration agent and maintain that registration by, among other things, paying an annual registration fee to the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) and completing MARA-approved CPD. However, with pending legislation set to remove legal practitioners from the Migration Agents Registration Scheme, along with recent changes by the MARA exempting legal practitioners from the requirement to complete MARA approved CPD, conditions are improving for both existing and prospective immigration lawyers.

CPD Deadline Looming: What you need to do

March 14th, 2016 by
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Let’s face it: It is hard to keep track of the CPD requirements and what is required of practitioners each CPD year. Lucky for you, Insights has provided an overview of what you should know as the 2015/16 CPD year comes to a close.

Using CPD to Boost your CV

February 23rd, 2016 by

With 2016 well and truly underway, many of you may be looking for ways to further hone your array of professional skills with an eye to building your resume.

According to Jason Elias of Elias Recruitment, “The key to a successful legal career is lifelong learning. Keeping your skills up to date and refining them beyond just substantive law is crucial when it comes to career development. See CPD as an opportunity to improve yourself rather than a compliance hurdle,” he says.

To assist you in skilling up and making the most of your CPD, Insights has compiled a list of relevant short courses being offered by The College of Law before 31 March 2016.

Destination East Timor – the Push to Shape Continuing Legal Education in Timor Leste

January 14th, 2016 by
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As 2015 was drawing to a close, College of Law CEO and Principal Neville Carter participated in an effort to revamp Timor Leste’s continuing legal education (CLE). At an Asia Foundation Seminar hosted in the country’s capital of Dili, Carter delivered a presentation which outlined how the College of Laws practices could be implemented in the advancement of Timor Leste’s CLE and judicial education (JE) programs. Carter shared his experiences and observations with Insights, and in so doing provided a snapshot of the legal climate in one of Australia’s closest geographic neighbours.

CPD: What is required of you

January 11th, 2016 by
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Due to the demands on their time, many lawyers often find themselves needing to fulfil their annual CPD requirements in the last month of the CPD year. If you are in this situation please be aware that the Easter long weekend this year starts Friday, 25 March and offices will not re-open until Tuesday, 29 March. So you will need to plan now and take this into account. Read more for an overview of what is required of you and some options for you to quickly and conveniently complete your CPD.

The Uniform National Profession Law and CPD

July 8th, 2015 by
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From 1 July 2015 the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) rules will change when the Uniform National Profession regime comes into effect. The changes effect New South Wales and Victoria. Insights wanted our readers to be aware of these changes and what it means for them.

The Lunchtime Lawyer: A Six-Minute CPD March Overview

March 13th, 2015 by

For many lawyers, finding time to research CPD requirements can be a challenge. A requisite for any lawyer who wants to retain their practising certificate, it can nonetheless be difficult to find time between obligations to courts, clients, and cases to read up on the right courses. For this reason, Insights has prepared a simple overview of a few of the month’s upcoming CPD programs – designed to be comfortably read within a six-minute billing increment.

Preparing for Your Continuing Professional Development in 2015

February 5th, 2015 by
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With the deadline for the current MCLE/CPD year approaching fast, the time has come for lawyers to consider how they will satisfy their requirements before 31 March. While preferences for MCLE/CPD will vary from lawyer to lawyer, there have been some key areas of change and development that lawyers should make sure they are au fait with. Below is a shortlist of four of these areas that will be covered in the College’s upcoming February to March program.

Trademark law: who wins when it comes to big business vs small?

March 19th, 2014 by
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Can small businesses successfully fight a multinational for rights to a trademark? And to what extent are large corporations getting away with bullying tactics to acquire trademarks from small businesses? Trademark attorney Brian Elkington, a partner at Adams Pluck, explains the latest developments in trademark law.