2017 Wills and estates Autumn intensive

Course ID CN170320_WEP1

  • Face to Face
  • 6
  • Intermediate

Hear special presentation from the Hon. Justice Phillip Hallen, Family Provision List Judge. Learn about aspects of testate estate administration, drafting and construing life interests and rights of residence, recent case law in testamentary trusts, digital legacy and more! 

Other guest speakers include:

  • John Stinson, Partner, Diamond Conway, Accredited Specialist, Wills and Estates
  • Warwick Gilbertson, Partner, Turnbull Hill Lawyers, Accredited Specialist, Family Law
  • Rod Cunich, Consulting Principal, Keypoint Law
  • Natalie Darcy, Lecturer, The College of Law, Accredited Specialist, Wills and Estates
  • Ben Dornan, Partner, L.Rundle & Co Solicitors

College of Law Alumni and Law Society Members receive a 10% discount on the price.


Full Price $720.00

Alumni/Member Price $648.00



9am - 4.30pm


The College of Law
Level 16, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

About This Course

Designed for

This seminar complies with the mandatory areas of Professional Skills and Substantive Law.



The Honourable Justice Philip Halen

The Honourable Justice Philip Hallen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and was subsequently admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1976. His Honour has been a member of the Bar since 1978 and commenced practice on the 13th floor of Selbourne Chambers.  His Honour took silk in 1997, having had a significant practice at the bar, covering areas of wills and estates, equity, professional negligence, banking and commercial law. 


John Stinson
Partner, Diamond Conway 

John is the Partner who heads up the trusts and estates team at Diamond Conway Lawyers. Over many years John has practised extensively in the area of estates, trusts and general business law.

In April 2006, when Conway Maccallum (of which John was then Managing Partner) merged with Diamond Peisah to form Diamond Conway Lawyers, John became a Partner of Diamond Conway and significantly expanded the area of his practice in the general area of trusts and estates. His vast business law experience has been of great benefit to him and his clients in dealing with issues arising in trusts and estates and enabled him to bring a commercial perspective to bear upon the resolution of those disputes.

In May 1992, John joined Conway Maccallum, a legal practice in the Sydney CBD, having previously practised in the country and the ACT for some years. He became a Partner of Conway Maccallum in 1994 and became the Managing Partner in 2002.

In 1994, John was accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales as a specialist in Business Law. In 1995, he was also accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales as a specialist in Wills and Estates Law.

John has been a member of the Law Society Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee (Wills and Estates) which sets assignments and examinations for solicitors seeking specialist accreditation in wills and estates and then marks them. He was also, subsequently, an assessor to whom an appeal or review from a decision of the Advisory Committee had been referred for determination.

John has frequently delivered papers and chaired seminars for professional education bodies, such as the Law Society, the College of Law and the University of New South Wales in the area of trusts and estates. He has a reputation within the profession and elsewhere as a leading expert in the area of trusts and estates. 


Warwick Gilbertson
Partner, Turnbull Hill Lawyers 

City born and country raised Warwick Gilbertson understands people as much as he understands the law.

It is this combination of talents coupled with 40 years of experience that has seen Warwick become a sought after advisor regarding Wills, Powers of Attorney, Guardianship, Trusts, Companies, Superannuation Funds, Business entities and the claims that can be made upon them.

He is an accredited specialist in Family Law since 1993, an Associate member of the Taxation Institution of Australia, and a Trust & Estates Law Practitioner {STEP).

Warwick's journey as a lawyer has brought him far since being admitted to practice as a Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 1975, to a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1980, to now being Partner at Turnbull Hill Lawyers. He is the partner in charge of our Estate Planning, Contested Wills and Family Law Teams.

Rod Cunich
Consulting Principal, Keypoint Law 

Rod has over 30 years’ experience in consumer and business law, and specialises in wealth protection, business succession and personal estate planning.  He has been a director of numerous companies and NFPs, with clients also benefitting from Rod’s first hand commercial experience.  Rod is author of the acclaimed text ‘Understanding Wills and Estate Planning” and, prior to joining Keypoint, was National Practice Group Leader of Slater & Gordon’s Wealth Protection and Estate Planning division.  


Natalie Darcy
LLB, Dip Leg Prac (University of Newcastle), Adjunct Lecturer, College of Law

Natalie was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2002. She has practised primarily in the area of Wills and Estates Law and became an Accredited Specialist in 2009. She worked in private legal practice with Turnbull Hill Lawyers from 2003-2010, and then commenced working in the legal division of NSW Trustee and Guardian where she continues to work today. In private practice she worked on many aspects of Wills and Estates Law with a heavy emphasis on litigation. In her current role at NSW Trustee and Guardian she advises on a wide array of wills, estates and trust matters including will drafting, determining intestate entitlement, advice on various aspects of estate administration and estate litigation. 

Ben Dornan
Partner, L.Rundle & Co Solicitors 

Ben Dornan is an accredited specialist in Wills and Estates and a partner of L.Rundle & Co Solicitors. His practice covers all aspects of elder law, will drafting, estate administration and litigation including contested probate and family provision matters. L.Rundle & Co acted for the plaintiffs/respondents, who were estranged from their father for 21 years, in Poletti v Jones [2015] NSWCA 107.