Ethics, professional skills and business skills

Course ID CN170309_MAN1

  • Face to Face
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  • All

Attend this seminar and satisfy your mandatory CPD requirements for ethics, professional skills, and business skills, whilst hearing from some of Sydney’s leading legal minds.

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


Full Price $360.00

Alumni/Member Price $324.00



1pm - 4.15pm


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

About This Course


1.00pm - 2.00pm

Ethics and Professional Responsibility: The Good Lawyer: Thinking ethically in a world of choices

Speaker: Neil Watt, Solicitor and Consulting Ethicist

Solicitor and legal ethicist, Neil Watt, looks at some of the common (and uncommon!) ethical issues faced by lawyers & shares some practical tips and processes for sorting them out!


2.00pm - 3.00pm

Professional Skills: Improving Workplace Psychological Health and Safety

Speaker: Michael Appleby, Lecturer, The College of Law

It’s no surprise that practicing the law can be taxing for lawyers and their staff.

This session draws upon a wealth of experience from one of the College’s most experienced lecturers. The College has now provided mental health training to more than 20,000 law graduates nation-wide. Michael is the coordinator of that program.

This workshop draws on the College’s lengthy experience in this area and Michael Appleby will provide information, insights and strategies in this most-important mandatory session. He will also introduce the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession aimed at equipping the profession to provide improved environments for wellbeing. 


3.00pm - 3.15pm  Afternoon tea 


3.15pm - 4.15pm

Practice Management and Business Skills: Why costs matter …. Because we all need to get paid!

Speaker: Jacqueline Highfield,DGT Costs Lawyers

Wouldn’t it be nice to choose your pro bono matters and not have them thrust upon you because of clients who don’t pay? 

Come along to this one-hour intensive and learn how you can manage client expectations and client engagement better to help ensure that you get paid on time, every time (or at least most of the time) and without a fuss.

Topics covered include: meeting your disclosure obligations, the tricky question of estimates, what you need to keep in mind when considering fixed and capped fees and a host of ‘war stories’ to help you remember why costs should always be addressed proactively rather than reactively. A practical and valuable seminar suitable for all levels of the profession.


Designed for

This seminar complies with the mandatory areas of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Practice Management and Business Skills and Professional Skills.



Neil Watt
Solicitor & Consulting Ethicist, Neil Watt Consulting 

Neil Watt is known as “That Ethics Guy” for his column of that name Neil is recognised as one of Australia’s best known and most entertaining legal ethicists and trainers. Founder of the Qld Law Society Centre for Lawyers’ Ethics and its website “Australian Lawyers’ Ethics” ( Neil served as its Senior Ethics Lawyer until opening his own consultancy, Neil Watt Consulting in 2011. 


Michael Appleby
BA, LLB (UNSW), Lecturer - Practical Legal Training

Michael has experience as a solicitor at Turner Freeman, practising personal injury from 1981-1982, ALAO litigious practice including AAT, family and crime from 1982-1983 and was a Partner at Collins and Stephens focusing on a broad range of both contentious and non-contentious matters from 1983-1988. He was also partner and sole practitioner at Appleby & Nilson focusing on a broad range of litigious and commercial matters from 1988-2001 and a partner at Watkins Tapsell, practising in commercial litigation and having responsibility for practice development from 2001-2003.

Prior to coming to The College of Law, Michael was an Adjunct Lecturer at The University of Sydney Law School. 


Jacqueline Highfield
DGT Costs Lawyer

Jacqueline Highfield holds a Bachelor of Arts from Newcastle University, a Diploma of Law from the Legal Practitioners Admission Board and a Masters of Laws from Sydney University and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1995.

Prior to moving into costs law Jacqueline worked across the gamut of legal practice including in a large commercial firm, a smaller defendant insurance practice and in-house. She has practiced exclusively in the area of costs law since early 2000 and has extensive experience in all aspects of legal costs law in all New South Wales, Queensland and Federal jurisdictions.

Over the last 16 years Jacqueline has been engaged to advise on costs in multiple large and high profile matters. She is regularly engaged to speak on legal costs, work with firms to better improve their billing and legal costs recovery practices, provide expert advice and reports on costs matters including appearing as an expert witness.