Mandatory CPD bundle

Course ID CN170341_MAN1

  • Face to Face
  • 4
  • Foundation

This seminar will satisfy your mandatory CPD obligations to complete at least one CPD unit in each of the following fields:

  • ethics and professional responsibility
  • practice management and business skills
  • professional skills, and
  • substantive law

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


Full Price $480.00

Alumni/Member Price $432.00



1pm - 5.15pm


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

About This Course


1.00pm - 2.00pm

Ethics: The ethics of client legal privilege

Speaker: Angus Macinnis, Senior Lawyer, Stevens Vuaran Lawyers  

In its report into client legal privilege in February 2008, the Australian Law Reform Commission expressed the view that there is considerable scope for improving the various levels of legal education to identify client legal privilege issues... to ensure a better understanding of the obligations of lawyers in relation to privilege claims within the context of a lawyer's overall ethical responsibilities to the court.

If your understanding of client legal privilege has scope for improvement, this session will give you what you need. The session will consider practical examples of getting it wrong (and getting it right) when it comes to client legal privilege, and assist you to identify ethical issues which arise, and then to resolve those issues once you have identified them. This session satisfies the mandatory requirement in relation to Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Practice Management and Business Skills: Personal Practice and Public Risk Management: Do’s and Don’ts

Speaker: Dr. Ulysses Chioatto, Director, Corporate Governance Program, University of Technology Sydney 

Practitioners have been exposed to professional negligence claims and other challenges to their practice by not fully appreciating how to categorise the risks they face, even from the outset in setting up the client engagement and performing conflict checks, during the engagement with the risks of overreliance on counsel, and the management of the firm in terms of operational risks including a failure to consider the risk of fraud. In summary, this session will cover:

  • categorising risk in practice
  • setting up the client engagement – when are you “on risk”?
  • conflict checks
  • risks of reliance on counsel
  • the link between professional negligence risk and business management, and
  • reviewing and assessing key structural and operational risks within a practice.

3.00pm - 3.15pm  Afternoon tea


3.15pm - 4.15pm

Professional Skills: Leveraging stress to build your practice

Speaker: Martine Barclay, Managing Director, Interconnected Development

Everyone experiences some level of stress irrespective of their career choice. A career in law, however, is considered one of the most stressful. This session will cover the neuroscience of stress, how to recognise your early signs, and how to influence your stress levels so that you can continue to flourish in your legal career. Irrespective ofyour skillset, if you cannot manage your stress levels, it is hard to use them to their fullest potential.


4.15pm - 5.15pm

Substantive Law: Accessorial liability in employment law and implications for advisors: Risks for HR managers, payroll officers, and lawyers

Speaker: Danny King, Principal, Danny King Lawyers 

An increased focus by the Fair Work Ombudsman on the role of professional advisers in breaches of the Fair Work Act has caused many to begin considering the extent of their own liability. It is important to anticipate the direction the law may be taking, and a review of judicial decisions and other materials (might want to give another example here) will help us form a view on where we might be headed, particularly concerning the liability of lawyers in employment law.

In this presentation we’ll be extracting hints from within decisions and media releases which indicate that outsourced service providers-- such as accountants, HR support and lawyers-- could be in the firing line.

Designed for

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



Angus Macinnis
Senior Lawyer, Stevens Vuaran Lawyers

Angus Macinnis is a senior lawyer at boutique commercial firm Stevens Vuaran Lawyers. Over more than 15 years of practice, Angus has developed a broad commercial practice with a focus on dispute resolution, and in particular, on employment and work health and safety law.

Dr Ulysses Chioatto
Director, Corporate Governance Program, University of Technology Sydney

My most recent role as Executive Director and Head of Research for Australia and New Zealand at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) is based on a significant depth of experience of the local equities market extending into south East Asia. I oversee 'thought leading' research and proxy recommendations for ASX 300 companies, engaging extensively with the companies' boards' pre and post AGM; this includes an expertise in addressing ESG risk under the Corporate Governance umbrella.

I have contributed to public policy on corporate governance working with ASIC, Treasury, ASX, CAMAC and Chartered Secretaires (now the Governance Institute).I respond frequently to media request on expert views on regulatory issues facing the Australian market in "The Australian Financial Review" and "Company Director" (AICD Journal) and others. 


Martine Barclay 
Managing Director, Interconnected Development

Martine runs her own coaching and training business which provides resilience, career management and leadership development solutions for professionals in private practice. Martine has spent the last two decades immersed in developing the skills, knowledge and confidence of others. She has a background in psychology and counselling, holds certifications in a variety of leadership tools and has over 20 years’ experience developing executives in top tier international law firms, accounting and investment banks. As an accredited Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher she adopts an integrated approach to development. 


Danny King
Principal, Danny King Legal

Listed on the Doyles List as a Leading Lawyer in Employment and Industrial Relations in both Sydney and Australia for 2016, Danny is an employment lawyer, business owner, sharer of knowledge and active member of the legal and broader community. Danny started DKL in 2011, stepping away from a career with top-tier firms to go out on her own. In the last 5 years DKL has transitioned from ‘Danny King – sole practitioner’ to a 6-strong boutique firm in Sydney CBD that has won awards in the employment field for the past 2 years running.

Danny’s experience as a business owner only strengthens her understanding of the thrill of business growth and the complexities involved in managing employment relationships every step of the way.

As well as being the founder of DKL, Danny is a happy wife and proud parent to an almost 4 year old man, teaches employment law at UNSW, is a long standing member of the Law Society Employment Law Committee, volunteers on Fair Work Commission pro-bono schemes and generally is the busiest person we know – check out the detail on LinkedIn.