ACT Branch Conference AUG 2017


Friday 25 August: 9:00am-5.00pm (Registration from 8.30am)

Followed by a casual cocktail function


(1.5% surcharge applies for credit card payments)
Voting & non-voting Member Early Bird: $660 (if BOOKED AND PAID IN FULL BY 4 AUGUST 2017, otherwise $810)

Non Member: $1,300



ANU Commons
Cnr Barry Drive & Marcus Clarke Street, Acton


Registrations Open: 1st Jun 17 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 24th Aug 17 11:59 PM


The ACT Branch Conference will be held on Friday 25 August 2017 at ANU Commons, Acton.

The conference provides attendees with an an excellent educational and networking opportunity as well as attracting up to 6 CLE/CPD points. It is attended by plaintiff and defendant lawyers as well as representatives of the various regulators and insurers.


  • Keynote Address - Gordon Ramsay MLA, ACT Attorney General.
  • Trauma-informed Client Engagement - Rodney Walsh, Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Engaging trauma-survivors effectively requires new and better skills. Even expert agencies like the Commonwealth Ombudsman can learn, change and deliver.
  • Extension of Limitation Period - Breaking the Limits: Steven Hausfeld and Prue Bindon of Blackburn Chambers explore how to get beyond limitation periods across a range of claims and jurisdictions.
  • The Use of Tendency and Coincidence Evidence in Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Cases - Jamie Ronald, Burley Griffin Chambers.Tendency and coincidence evidence is rarely used in civil trials, but it may be crucial to proving historical child sex abuse. In this session, Jamie will discuss how that might be done, walking you through the procedural steps that you must comply with under the Evidence Act to get the evidence in.
  • Mediation at the Magistrates Court – Why Litigation Needs Conciliation - Philippa Spence, Alternative Dispute Resolution Manager and Deputy Registrar, ACT Magistrates Court and Karen Stott, Lawyer, ADR & Mediation Services.
  • High Performance Evidence - Getting the Most from Lay Witnesses - James Stewart, Burley Griffin Chambers. Do you want more from your witnesses? In this session James Stewart will discuss how to set about achieving vivid and compelling evidence in your case.Come and learn some tips or polish some of your own ideas about witness preparation for trial with a highly experienced advocate.
  • Not Necessarily out on a "Lim" - Karl Pattenden, Blackburn Chambers takes us through a practical guide on how to maximise the prospects of successfully conducting a claim for a psychological condition before the AAT.
  • Mediation and How to Get the Most Effective Result for Your Client - Karen Stott, Lawyer, ADR & Mediation Services
  • Hitting the Target: Effective Offers - Maximising your costs through effective and strategic offers of settlement. Duncan Harrington and Sam Kibbey of Canberra Costing Consultants talk about the relevant legislative framework and case law on costs and provide tips on obtaining the biggest return to you and your client
  • Plus much, much more including topics on Workers Compensation, Ethics and the popular Annual Case Review.


Event Details


ANU Commons, Acton


Friday 25 August: 9.00am-5.00pm (Registration from 8.30am) - Function Rooms 1& 2

Followed by a casual cocktail function


(1.5% surcharge applies for credit card payments)

Voting & non-voting Member Early Bird: $660 (if BOOKED AND PAID IN FULL BY 4 AUGUST 2017, otherwise $810)

Non Member: $1,300


This event is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to approximately 80 legal practitioners with a social justice focus. Various sponsorship packages are available for this conference, ranging from major partners, exhibitors, advertisers, social event sponsorship and tailored packages.

For more information, CLICK HERE. We can also be contacted at or phone (02) 9258 7700.

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