Issues in elder law

Course ID ID18039_WEP

  • Online
  • 1
  • Intermediate

This seminar will discuss the case of Boyd v Catherine Margaret Thorn as executrix of the estate of the late Betty McAuley [2016] NSWSC 588; involving the problems of recovery of property arising from fiduciary breach. It will also address legal practice issues arising from guardianship cases including: current law reform references in elder law and a recent change in the aged care complaints system.


Full Price $120.00

Alumni/Member Price $108.00


Start date:

01 April 2018

End date:

31 March 2019

About This Course


This seminar will provide a thorough update in the area of elder law. Recent cases and proposed law reform in this area will be discussed and analysed.

Topics include:

  • legal representation in guardianship cases
  • law reform in elder law – NSW & Commonwealth
  • changes in aged care concerning complaints and comments about alternatives;
  • the recent case of Boyd v Catherine Margaret Thorn as executrix of the estate of the late Betty McAuley [2016] NSWSC 588 - a recent case concerning enforcement of fiduciary duty which contains a warning 


Designed for

This seminar complies with the mandatory requirement of either Professional Skills or Substantive Law.



Rodney Lewis

Rodney Lewis

Rodney Lewis is a practicing lawyer engaged in resolving legal problems for the aged and the ageing in our community. He is based in Mona Vale, a suburb of Sydney. 

He has been a practising lawyer for over 40 years. He has taught elder law to undergraduates at the Law School of the University of Western Sydney.

He is the author of Elder Law in Australia, published by Lexis Nexis, Sydney 2004 and has been a frequent seminar presenter to his colleagues in the legal profession on various elder law issues.

Admitted as a solicitor in 1969, Rodney has been practising law since then as a solo practitioner and in partnership, in Castle Hill, Parramatta and Ryde. He has been a seminar presenter and university lecturer to undergraduates in his special focus subject of Elder Law. He is the author of the legal text Elder Law in Australia (published by Lexis Nexis Sydney, in 2004).

Rodney’s interest in Aged Care came through his wife Noni who is a registered nurse. His inquiries sprang from their discussions and led to his research, writing, lecturing and the preparation of the only text book on the subject. The second edition is currently in preparation. Rodney’s interest in Elder Law and the legal rights of older persons stems from his interest and commitment to human rights.

Rodney was Senior Legal Advisor to the Minister of Finance of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste from 2007-2009 and has returned to Sydney to establish a legal practice in Elder Law. During his time in Dili, he was Chair of the Task Force appointed by the Government to reform Telecommunications, mandated to seek the liberalisation of the sector subject to agreement of the monopoly operator, Portugal Telecom, and to introduce competition.


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