Professional Responsibility Symposium 2019

Course ID CN191006_PSK1

  • Face to Face
  • 8
  • All
  • 6.5 CPD POINTS
Working with cognitively impaired and ageing clients


Rapid changes in the socio-economic, legal and ethical frameworks of society have had a significant impact on ageing and cognitively impaired clients. As this group’s needs and issues have grown and become more complex, so too have the responsibilities of professionals when dealing with such clients.

By attending, you will:

  • Hear new thinking on how to meet the needs of ageing and cognitively impaired clients.
  • Learn to better manage professional responsibility risks.
  • Learn how to apply cross-disciplinary approaches.
  • Check your understanding of the range of needs and issues owed to your client.

Speakers include: 

  • Michael Perkins, Special Counsel, Nexus Law Group 
  • Noric Dilanchian, Group Principal, Nexus Law Group 
  • Lise Barry, Deputy Law Dean, Learning and Teaching, Macquarie Law School 
  • Carolyn Smith, Office of the Public Guardian 
  • Adam Steen, Convenor Academic Community and Deakin University 
  • Dr Jane Lonie, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist 
  • Mark Vigors, Chief Operating Officer, BGC Consultants 
  • Cecelia Wells, Senior Associate, Jackson Teece 
  • Damian Barker, Principal, Jackson Teece 

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The College of Law in partnership with Nexus Law Group and with the support of STEP Academic Community are providing you with the opportunity to take part in our upcoming professional responsibility symposium. You will have the chance to recognise the wealth, health and wellness concerns that drive the decisions of aging and cognitively impaired clients and their successors.


Full Price $720.00

Alumni/Member Price $648.00


Start date:

23 October 2019

End date:

23 October 2019


8.45am - 4.45pm


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

About This Course



8.45am – Registration and Introduction

Chair: Michael Perkins, Special Counsel, Nexus Law Group

9.00am: Lawyers in an ageing world

Speaker: Lise Barry, Deputy Law Dean, Learning and Teaching, Macquarie Law School

  • Law in the context of an ageing society
  • The impact on teaching, professional practice and professional workplaces
  • The role of universities, higher education and professional societies
  • The evolving social landscape

10.00am: Designing professional businesses for today’s client businesses and needs

Speakers: Michael Perkins, Special Counsel, Nexus Law Group and Noric Dilanchian, Group Principal, Nexus Law Group

  • The impact on professional societies and practitioners
  • Market changes and evolving business models and practice types
  • Contractualisation versus the broader societal function of the professions
  • Functional specialists versus the consulting-led adviser
  • Infrastructure needs for sustainable and profitable professional practices

11.30am: Morning tea and networking opportunity
11.45am: The impact of ageing citizens on public policy
Part 1: Reframing the social contract: economics and public policy for ageing citizens

Speaker: To be confirmed.

  • The contemporary economic situation and its impacts on ageing and cognitively impaired citizens
  • The role of behavioural economics in shaping public perceptions of government policies and their objectives
  • Implications for professionals and future trends

Part 2: Current public policy position and action of NSW Government toward building stronger and more connected communities.

Speaker: Carolyn Smith, Office of the Public Guardian

  • The policy drive toward supported decision making
  • A supportive framework helping to shift thinking
  • Avoiding unnecessary Guardianship

12.45pm: For what purpose are we producing students? The significance of relational as opposed to transactional professional practice

Speaker: Adam Steen, Convenor Academic Community and Deakin University and Dr Jane Lonie, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

  • The relational practitioner and family/community settings
  • Simplifying the life of our clients and new value creation opportunities
  • Training for cognitive responsiveness
  • Estates practice reimagined to respond efficiently to an ageing society and the STEP professional society perspectives
  • Futures to consider

1.45pm: Lunch and Networking Opportunity
2.45pm: Facilitator: Attributes of the ideal private client focus

Facilitators: Mark Vigors, Chief Operating Officer, BGC Consultants,
Table leaders: Cecelia Wells, Senior Associate, Jackson Teece
Damian Barker, Principal, Jackson Teece and others being invited

Workshop participants will discuss four headline problems:

  1. The MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) problem
  2. The Informed consent problem
  3. The Client or patient on-boarding problem
  4. The Case administration problem

Resolving these problems, case-by-case, is fundamental for ethical and professional practice and to meet reasonable public expectations of professionals. The need exists in all workplaces irrespective of profession or domain and of course, is especially significant to legal professionals.

4.45pm: Q/A & Close

Designed for

Professions engaged with consulting or advising ageing Australians.

Policy developers or analysts dealing with the impact of ageing on our community’s economy and society.

Medical and allied health professionals dealing with patients and families with complex health conditions.

Health and commercial business administrators concerned with obtaining informed consent to their contracts.

Professionals concerned with the ethics of care and the ethics of ageing.

In the legal community, this symposium is also ideal for solicitors in general practice, commercial lawyers, property lawyers, conveyancing specialists, new lawyers (1-3 years’ experience) wills and estate lawyers, probate lawyers, elder law specialists, estate planning lawyers and executors, corporate officers in family businesses, trustee company legal officers and business professionals.


Mandatories Covered

The program covers the mandatory requirements of practice management and business skills, professional skills and ethics and professional responsibility.



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