Mandatory CPD bundle

Course ID CN170342_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



8am - 12.15pm


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

About This Course


8.00am - 9.00am

Ethics and Professional Responsibility: Interpretation and ethical responsibility: The search for values and truth in the age of technology

Speaker: Dr Michael Nancarrow, Senior Lecturer, CQUniversity

Dr Michael Nancarrow will lead a discussion on interpretation and ethical responsibility that is wrapped around working and living in the age of technology.


9.00am - 10.00am

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.


10.00am - 10.15am  Morning tea


10.15am - 11.15am

Professional Skills:Stress Management in law

Speaker:Dr Ian Chung, Coordinating Counsellor, LawCare, Law Society of New South Wales

Managing stress is a significant challenge for many legal practitioners. The ability to deal with the demands and expectations of the legal workplace is necessary for a successful career and satisfactory work-life balance. This session will provide helpful insights and guidance on managing stress in the workplace.  It will cover:

  • factors that create stress and the role of one's personality in making the person more vulnerable
  • how to recognise the onset of stress
  • how to manage stress, including what not to do, and
  • prevention strategies, such as work and time management, work-life balance, and specific life habits.


11.15am - 12.15pm

Substantive Law: Using the stick, instead of the carrot: Contractual ways to stop employees causing damage after they leave

Speaker: Kevin Yee, Solicitor, Danny King Legal

The capacity for employers to restrain an employee’s conduct after they are terminated or leave their employment, particularly in a modern corporate context, is a particularly complex and exciting area of employment and contract law. The traditional method of using restraint of trade clauses is itself a constantly developing area of law, but there are other ways out their employers need to be aware of. Whether it is economically desirable or not, restricting the freedom of employees is essential in maintaining the fabric of the corporate workplace, and understanding the various mechanisms for achieving such control is crucial for any employer and their lawyers.

This presentation will focus on:

  • Recent developments in the enforcement of restraints of trade
  • Many alternative methods of control
  • Regulating social media
  • Post-employment investigations
  • Numerous case studies

Designed for

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



Dr Michael Nancarrow
Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Research Fellow, CQUniversity

Dr Michael Nancarrow received his PhD in Law from the University of NSW in 2010. He has previously also studied at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and Oxford University.  His professional and academic expertise in legal education and in his early law practice experience has been in property law. Michael has written 2 theses in this field: LLB (Hons) dissertation on the Torrens system and land-based cadastres and his PhD thesis on the regulation and governance of community housing. He has delivered conference papers and published in this field as well, including in Halsburys’ Laws of Australia. His professional career started in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet during the Hawke government. Michael has also worked in private legal practice with the international firm of Baker & McKenzie and subsequently with Ross Tzannes (foundation author of the NSW Strata Titles loose leaf service and property law teacher at the University of Sydney Law School for 10 years) in the firm of Pryor, Tzannes and Wallis in Sydney.

Michael has taught at a range of universities and Law Schools in Australia and been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford Law School (USA) and Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada). Since 2013 he became more intensively involved in online legal education, through teaching into the CQUniversity online LLB program and taking responsibility for the property law courses within the CQU LLB program. 


Jacqueline Highfield
DGT Costs Lawyers

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. 


Dr Ian Chung
Coordinating Counsellor, LawCare, Law Society of New South Wales

Dr Chung holds the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Sydney University 1963), and Master of Psychiatry (Institute of Psychiatry 2008).

He is a Life Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practice; I have been in medical practice continuously since 1965 with a primary interest in psychiatry; He is the coordinating counsellor of the LawCare Service of the NSW Law Society since 1991; on the Management Committee of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) of the NSW Law Society; a lecturer at the College of Law since 2002; a peer reviewer for the Health Care Complaint Commission (HCCC); has appeared at over 40 Medical Tribunals, on the bench, or as expert witness; has appeared on Professional standards Committee Hearings as a member of the committee or as specialist witness; is a past member of the NSW Medical Board (1987-1990); and has acted as counsellor (of medical practitioners) for the NSW Medical Board. Dr Chung continues to supervise and mentor medical practitioners at the instruction of the Medical Tribunal; and has been a visiting medical practitioner to the Sydney City Mission (Campbell House) and the Salvation Army Detoxification and Rehabilitation (William Booth Institute) Units since 1975.

He is NOT a fellow of the RANZCP.

He has no ethical, legal or financial disclosures.

Kevin Yee
Solicitor, Danny King Legal

Kevin is the resident French-Canadian at Danny King Legal, having joined the firm in DKL’s Dulwich Hill office in 2014. He is one of three lawyers that won the firm the Doyle’s Award for Leading Firm in Employment Law & Industrial Relations in 2015 and 2016.

Prior to getting stuck into legal work, Kevin has had international careers in the education and healthcare industries, where he held senior roles in policy development and project management. This has given him a managerial eye for troubleshooting client operations in terms of workflow analysis and process implementation.

These people skills play into his work as a solicitor, where he specialises in:

  1. Modern Award analysis;
  2. Obtaining FWC approvals for complex enterprise agreements;
  3. Managing complex FWC litigation;
  4. Drafting corporate policies; and
  5. Advising on senior executive contracts. 

Outside of DKL, Kevin also volunteers as a Duty Solicitor for the Fair Work Commission, teaches law at Macquarie University, and does judo. He is a loving husband and father to 2 cats who get more social media views than he does.

If you want the more serious career detail – check out LinkedIn.