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Greenway Chambers’ CPD program is available to all legal professionals. Please check back here for information on upcoming events. Alternatively, email our Clerk or call (02) 9151 2999 for more details.
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05-Feb-20 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Comparative Advertising and the Australian Consumer Law - recent developments in the law 20 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Comparative advertising has long been viewed by marketing experts as an effective and persuasive means of promoting goods and services. This is particularly so where comparative claims are made of a scientific nature, as it is recognised that such claims can have significant influence on the public and their buying patterns.

It has long been held that such claims of a scientific nature can only be maintained where there is a "current adequate foundation in scientific knowledge" for the claims. Where scientific minds do not differ on a claim, it is simple to ascertain whether or not there is a current adequate foundation in scientific knowledge for the claim. However, where there is a difference in scientific opinion or evaluative judgments are required to determined the nature of the alleged foundation in scientific knowledge, the questions and issues become more complex.

Recent litigation in the Federal Court of Australia, both at first instance and appellate level, has addressed these matters and others in the context of comparative advertising and the Australian Consumer Law.

Alastair Vincent and Michael Swanson will discuss these and other issues at a Greenway CPD on 5 February 2020. We hope you can join us for drinks and canapés following the seminar.

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12-Feb-20 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Family Law seminar 28 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

This presentation in two parts will focus on areas of particular interest to family lawyers.

In the first part, Derek Hand will present on caveatable interests that often arise in the context of family law proceedings. He will discuss the nature of caveatable interests and the principles that commonly arise in the family law arena. The seminar is specially tailored for family lawyers and will offer practical tips on drafting, on how to extend the operation of a caveat, and the means of removing caveats.

In the second part, Leah Reid will discuss the Family Court’s jurisdiction to vary and set aside final property orders (made by consent or after a contested hearing), and will provide a case update as to the circumstances that amount to a miscarriage of justice, enlivening the Court’s power.

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13-Feb-20 7:15 am - 8:30 am

Ethics in mediation - driving a hard bargain: How far is too far? 15 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

In this talk Ben Bradley and Carmel Lee will review the ethical duties of practitioners representing clients in mediations.

Ben and Carmel will review this area with reference to key and recent authorities and offer a practical advice to practitioners on effective (ethical) mediation techniques.

Please join us for tea, coffee and breakfast pastries following the seminar.

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19-Feb-20 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Professional negligence claims against valuers 32 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

In this seminar, Richard Cheney SC and Stephen Ipp will provide:

  • An update on recent case law in respect of liability and damages issues
  • Commentary on practice and procedure in the professional negligence list of the Supreme Court NSW
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20-Feb-20 7:15 am - 8:30 am

Communicating with the court 16 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

As lawyers, communication occupies a central part of our professional lives. Whether communicating with Court officers, Registrars or Associates, by email, telephone or in person, like most things in life, there’s a right way and a wrong way. The need to understand and follow communication protocols, including through the online court and social media is becoming more important as our profession belatedly moves into the digital age. Ian Roberts SC and Adele Carr will guide you through your ethical obligations to ensure that you are communicating with the court across all platforms correctly, effectively and ethically.

Please join us for tea, coffee and breakfast pastries following the seminar. 

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26-Feb-20 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Bushfire Class Actions and Litigation: A Thematic View 17 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Bushfires are a recurring feature of life in Australia. The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria and the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires demonstrate that such fires have the potential to affect people and property on a vast scale. Often, as people affected by bushfires come to terms with the extent of the damage, a range of parties (including landowners, corporations and public authorities) may be drawn into class actions or other proceedings, including coronial inquiries.

In this CPD, Hernan Pintos-Lopez and Tim Hackett examine common themes that arise in bushfire class actions and litigation, with a particular focus on negligence claims and the liability of public authorities.

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27-Feb-20 7:15 am - 8:30 am

Compulsory Acquisition of Land after United Petroleum: Legal questions resolved by the Court of Appeal and the questions that remain unanswered 39 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

An extraordinary number of infrastructure projects are planned or underway across NSW, many of which will require the compulsory acquisition of homes and businesses in the paths of motorways, rail lines and the like. Compulsory land acquisitions are not only emotionally taxing for affected home and business owners, it also requires them to navigate a complex legal regime to achieve “just terms compensation”.

In the first half of this seminar, the Michael Astill and Faheem Anwar will provide a brief overview of the statutory regime governing compulsory acquisition of land, including the various heads setting out legal entitlement to compensation.

In the second half, there will be a discussion about the recent five-member Court of Appeal decision of Roads and Maritime Services v United Petroleum (2019) 99 NSWLR 279, in particular whether projected future profits of a business may taken into account in determining compensation. The presenters will consider whether the United Petroleum decision has overturned the established line of authority following the earlier Court of Appeal decision of Health Administration Corporation v George D Angus (2014) 88 NSWLR 752 and the various legal questions that remain uncertain following United Petroleum.

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04-Mar-20 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Trespass on neighbouring land: Why it is always better to seek permission (and what to do when it is not given) 19 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Construction projects are often carried out in close proximity to neighbouring land. Rock anchors, cranes and temporary structures may extend beyond the site. Proper permission is not always obtained from neighbours in advance, leading to disputes and sometimes urgent applications for interlocutory relief.

Lucas Shipway and Declan Byrne will discuss the law governing access to and encroachment on neighbouring land, including the latest cases on the Access to Neighbouring Land Act 2000, the Encroachment of Building Act 1922, s88k of the Conveyancing Act 1919, nuisance and trespass.

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11-Mar-20 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Defences available to public authorities 29 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Part 5 of the Civil Liability Act provides public authorities with a number of defences to claims arising out of the exercise, or failure to exercise, statutory powers, authorities and duties. Richard Cheney SC and Justin O’Connor will discuss recent first instance and appellate authority on sections 42 – 46.

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12-Mar-20 7:15 am - 8:30 am

Alienations of property to defraud creditors: the current law 33 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Recent decisions of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia have affirmed that a liberal construction is to be given to section 37A of theConveyancing Act 1919(NSW), under which alienations of property with intent to defraud creditors are voidable. The Full Court has affirmed that an asserted absence of value of the alienated property is irrelevant and that it is not necessary to show that the debtor wanted creditors to suffer a loss or to ‘cheat or swindle’ them.

Penny Thew and Lucas Shipway will discuss the broad approach that has been adopted by the Courts in relation to what constitutes an alienation of property as well as the conduct from which inferences of the relevant intent to defraud can be drawn.

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18-Mar-20 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Work Health and Safety Law Update 13 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

 

Join Ingmar Taylor SC, Malcolm Scott and Carmel Lee for a three part seminar.

This CPD will be chaired by Ingmar and will begin with a summary of recent decisions of note.

Followed by Malcolm discussing 'Forseeability and breach of duty under the Work Health and Safety Act'
two recent judgments from the District Court that have brought the issue of the forseeability of the materialising of a risk to health and safety back into the spotlight when prosecutions are brought for breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act.

Finally, Carmel will be speaking on What Comes First? The Coronial or the Prosecution Evidence? The recent decision in Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd v Commonwealth of Australia [2019] FCAFC 25 and subsequent High Court appeal raise the issue of whether coronial evidence should be given prior to a prosecution that arises from the same facts and the effect such evidence would have on a prosecution.

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19-Mar-20 7:15 am - 8:30 am

Free Speech in Employment - A Hellish Controversy 22 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Lucy Saunders and Dilan Mahendra will be presenting a seminar on key developments concerning political and religious expression and its interaction with the workplace. The seminar will include discussion concerning Israel Folau’s case against Rugby Australia, the Right to Religious Freedom bill and recent decisions concerning the right to freedom of political expression in Australia.

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25-Mar-20 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Litigation Essentials - Disclosure in the Equity Division 10 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Practice Note SC EQ 11 commenced on 26 March 2012, bringing fundamental changes to disclosure in Equity Division proceedings.

As the 8-year anniversary of EQ 11 approaches, Scott Goodman SC and Dinesh Ratnam will review its operation, including:

  • guidance provided by key authorities;
  • when and why the Court disclosure is likely to be ordered (or not);
  • what are “exceptional circumstances”?
  • the operation of EQ 11 in the context of briefing experts
  • its effect upon Notices to Produce and subpoenas
  • tips for preparing an application for disclosure and the supporting affidavit.
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26-Mar-20 7:15 am - 8:30 am

The continuing employee/contractor debate in the age of the gig economy 21 Places remaining

Level 10, 99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

This seminar will consider recent cases and developments in the proper characterisation of the relationship of those who work and the consequences of that characterisation. The seminar will consider the status of workers in the gig economy and other workers who do not carry on a business in their own right, and will consider the issue of superannuation obligations and liability for mis-characterisation.

Please join us for tea, coffee and breakfast pastries following the seminar. 

Presented by: Jamie Darams and Faheem Anwar

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