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Next CPD Event – The Bell Settlement: Where Are We Now?

The settlement of the Bell Group case (Westpac Banking Corp v The Bell Group Ltd (in liq) (No 3) [2012] WASCA 157) leaves several important areas of corporate law and accessorial liability in a state of uncertainty. The Court of Appeal’s split decision in Bell gives rise to significant issues for company directors and executives, […]

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The New ICAC and its Implications for Lawyers

The appointment of South Australia’s new Independent Commissioner against Corruption was announced in February 2013, and he recently took up his position. The Commissioner, Bruce Lander QC, is charged with identifying, investigating and dealing with serious or systemic corruption in public administration. The role also incorporates preventing or minimising corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public […]

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Next CPD event – Acting for Government in Litigation

This seminar will explore the ethical responsibilities of government lawyers to the court. Dr Appleby will provide an overview of the model litigant obligations in theory and practice and Dr Le Mire will comment on the recent decision about the conduct of ASIC in the case of ASIC v Hellicar [2012] HCA 17. The Director […]

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Next CPD Event – Rectification of Contracts

Rectification is a court order correcting a mistake in a written contract or other legal document. The precise circumstances in which this important remedy will be granted have long been subject to debate. In this seminar Professor Michael Furmston, one of the world’s leading experts on contract and commercial law, will review some major and […]

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Next CPD Event – Unpaid Work Experience: A Legal Challenge

A recent study commissioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman has highlighted a growing trend for job-seekers to perform unpaid work in order to gain experience and improve their employability. Such arrangements, often called internships, are becoming an accepted pathway into many professions – including the law. But are they lawful, especially under the federal Fair […]

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Next CPD event – Contemporary Corporate Law

Presenters: Steven Thomas and Associate Professor Christopher Symes There is a lot of corporate law in Australia, over 2300 provisions in the major Act alone, and volumes of case law that expand vastly each year. Decisions on directors’ duties, insolvent trading and company service are received each year and the changes they make to the […]

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Why are Unfair Preferences so difficult?

Unfair preferences feature in many insolvencies. Whilst liquidators will often have difficulty in recovering them, creditors may have difficulty in defending them. Shortly before liquidation a company is likely to pay some debts and the task of the law is to determine which of these payments can be set aside as a preference. This seminar […]

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CPD – Expert Evidence: Underlying facts and emerging issues

The presentation surveys the state of expert opinion evidence in civil and criminal proceedings in the aftermath of Dasreef (2011) 85 ALJR 694, Aytugrul [2012] HCA 15, several other recent decisions, and significant international developments. Presenters: Gary Edmond and Andrew Ligertwood Gary Edmond is a professor of law at the University of New South Wales […]

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CPD – Government Lawyers and the Public Interest: Still Relevant Today?

What is the relationship between the public interest and government lawyers? On one level, the concept pervades the very existence of government lawyers: advising and assisting government understand the limits of its powers is a function conducted in the public interest. But beyond providing one explanation for the existence of government lawyers, should the public […]

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CPD – PPSA Six Months On – Taking Stock

The Personal Property Securities Act 2009, possibly the most important change to commercial law in 25 years, has been in force for six months. It is not too early to identify practical concerns and issues that have arisen, and offer some solutions; also to address some misconceptions about the purpose and operation of aspects of […]

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