Victorian Government Seminar Series 2018

Hall & Wilcox is delighted to bring you a series of seminars that will explore and offer practical insights on a range of legal issues relevant to the Victorian public sector.

Each of the seminars will be worth 1 CPD point.

RSVP for any of the sessions below here.


Closed – Seminar 1

Contribution between tortfeasors and contributory negligence

The seminar will be presented by Zoe Keith and Sauming Chan.
and will examine the legal principles applied in personal injury proceedings to determine:

  • the apportionment of liability between joint tortfeasors and
  • the extent of any contributory negligence on the part of a plaintiff

These two aspects of personal injury claims are often hotly contested and can have a dramatic impact on the scope of a defendant’s exposure to the claim.

Practical examples and strategies will be provided for containing claims exposure by reference to actions of others.

Date Thursday 22 February 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

Seminar 2

Ethics – Legal Professional Privilege

The issue of legal professional privilege continues to be a topic of interest for government lawyers

This seminar will be presented by Jacob Uljans who will provide a practical overview of this important topic and will cover, amongst other things:

  • the principles of legal professional privilege, particularly as they apply in the government context
  • recent cases on privilege and
  • practical tips for ensuring privilege is engaged, is maintained and not waived
Date Wednesday 7 March 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

Seminar 3

Recent developments in Victorian Planning Law

This seminar will be presented by Rory O’Connor who will provide an update and overview of recent changes and recommendations for review of planning law and policy arising from recent Advisory Committees, Planning Panels and VCAT decisions that have implications for decision makers and government authorities.

Date Tuesday 27 March 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

Seminar 4

Cladding Issues

The ‘cladding crisis’ had a significant impact on strata, insurance broking and the building industry.

This seminar will be presented by Matthew Curll and Zoe Keith and will:

  • provide an overview of the nature and extent of the cladding issue in the building industry
  • consider latest government and industry responses around Australia
  • consider rectification developments and the impact on various sectors in the economy and
  • provide an outlook on “where the issue is heading”
Date Tuesday 1 May 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

Seminar 5

The GST implications of government supplies of land

This seminar considers GST matters relating to government supplies of land and outlines key areas of GST which should be considered when contemplating a variety of transactions (including subdivisions, development agreements and auction sales).

This seminar will be presented by Michael Parker and Raoul D’Cruz and will cover, amongst other things:

  • an overview of key GST principles relating to property supplies
  • the importance of monetary and non-monetary consideration in working out GST on property supplies
  • the key margin scheme provisions for government supplies of property (including matters relating to ‘improvements’ on the land) and
  • the relevant GST-free provisions for government supplies of land
Date Thursday 17 May 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

Seminar 6

Medical Panel and impairment assessment master class

This seminar will provide an in depth examination through case studies of key criteria under the AMA Guides and GEPIC for the assessment of physical and psychiatric impairments.

This seminar will be presented by Anastasia Coutsouvelis and Jason McMahon and will focus on:

  • how can the impairment threshold be managed?
  • key chapters in the AMA Guides and GEPIC
  • practical tips for making an effective and persuasive referral to the Medical Panel
  • identifying grounds for judicial review with a focus on impairment assessment
Date Thursday 7 June 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

Seminar 7

Procurement and probity

This seminar will consider the latest legal issues in relation to government procurement processes.

The session will be presented by Matthew Smith and Matthew Bridges and will consider the following:

  • an overview of key procurement principles
  • good faith in government contracting
  • the role of the probity advisor
  • recent legal cases relevant to procurement and
  • other practical tips on managing procurement processes
Date Thursday 28 June 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

Seminar 8

A year in review: important decisions which have changed the personal injury landscape in the last 12 months

This seminar will be presented by Anastasia Coutsouvelis and Zoe Keith and will look at significant cases determined in the last year which impact on personal injury litigation, how they influence claims management and how to best adapt and evolve your litigation strategy.

Date Thursday 19 July 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

Seminar 9

Electronic Signatures and indemnities in government contracts

This seminar will provide an outline of the considerations that apply where indemnities are proposed to be included in government contracts. The session will also cover the use of electronic signatures in government contracts, both from the perspective of government as a signatory to a contract and also government’s ability to rely on a contract electronically signed by a counterparty.

Ben Hamilton and Matthew Bridges will provide a practical outline of key considerations for government lawyers drafting and advising in relation to contractual indemnities and the use of electronic signatures. The presentation will consider best practice both from the perspective of contract drafting and also the broader attestation and compliance framework within which government departments and agencies operate.

Date Thursday 26 July 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

Seminar 10

Crown land sales and leasing

This seminar will be presented by Natalie Bannister and Emily Kyriacou and will provide a high level overview of the key principles, statutory, regulatory and policy framework and rules applying to the sale and leasing of reserved and unreserved Crown Land.

Date Thursday 9 August 2018
Time 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue Hall & Wilcox
Level 11, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Map

RSVP