ACT Work Safety Commissioner to speak at annual law conference

26th Aug 2015

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) annual ACT State Conference.

With a number of high profile industrial accidents in recent years, including deaths, members of the ACT legal profession will benefit hearing from the Commissioner on moves by the regulator to improve safety.

The conference is being held at the ANU Commons, Canberra, on Friday 28 August from 9:00am and will examine legal issues ranging from the perils of social media in the modern world through to family law for compensation lawyers and ’getting the most out of your mediation’.

ALA ACT President Phil Schubert said the ACT State Conference would be an outstanding networking opportunity more than 65 local lawyers and other legal professionals already registered to attend.

Mr Schubert said that this year’s conference had a packed program, demonstrating the commitment that ALA’s ACT branch had to the professional development of the local legal community.

“This year the Australian Lawyers Alliance’s ACT State Conference will concentrate on the core issues which will give personal injury and compensation lawyers across the ACT the edge in their practice,” Mr Schubert said.

“Having a keynote speaker as respected as ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe is a great testament to the quality of the content that attendees will hear on the day.”

“With the rights and entitlements of workers under attack in jurisdictions across the country, issues such as the future of the workers compensation scheme in the ACT will certainly be up for discussion,” Mr Schubert said.

Mr Schubert said that Mr McCabe’s Keynote Address would cover the topic Work Safety in the ACT.

Other conference highlights will include:

  • Getting The Most Out of Your Mediation: Kim Lackenby, Registrar, Federal Court of Australia
  • Social Media, Benefits and Perils of The Modern World: Daniel Petrushnko, 9 Windeyer Chambers
  • Ethics and Experiences From Lawyers Making Claims on Their Professional Indemnity Policies From Their Insurer’s View: Emma Reilly, Partner, Moray & Agnew
  • Law Graduates – Just What Are They Teaching Them These Days?: Gary Tamsitt, Associate Professor & Director, Legal Workshop, ANU
  • Anatomy Of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: It’s Not Child’s Play: Prof Geoffrey Boyce, Neurologist
  • Family Law for Compensation Lawyers – What You Need To Know: Phil Davey, Partner, DDCS Lawyers

The conference attracts up to 6 CLE/CPD points and is attended by plaintiff and defendant lawyers as well as representatives of the various regulators and insurers.

The full conference program can be found by clicking here.