CTP reform, Justice McClellan to headline NSW law conference

14th Mar 2017

Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) annual NSW Conference being held at Darling Harbour this Friday.

Greens MP The Hon. David Shoebridge will follow Justice McLellan with a presentation focusing on ‘Justice for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse - The Ellis Defence and Sentencing Principles’, discussing proposed changes to NSW law to overturn the Ellis Defence and make it possible for survivors of abuse to sue the Church.

In addition, ALA spokesperson and Barrister Andrew Stone SC will provide a detailed analysis and discussion of the NSW government’s newly-announced proposal to reform the CTP insurance scheme in NSW - the Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2017.

With issues such as workers compensation, legal ethics, and the separation of powers on the agenda, members of the NSW legal profession are strongly encouraged to attend this conference to stay abreast of the latest developments in these fields.

The one-day ALA NSW State Conference is being held at the Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour on Friday 17 March, 2017 from 8:30am.

ALA NSW President Roshana May said the ALA NSW State Conference 2017 will be an outstanding networking opportunity for the more than 100 personal injury, human rights and criminal lawyers and other legal professionals who have already registered to attend.

Ms May said that this year’s conference has a packed program, demonstrating the commitment that the ALA has to the professional development of its more than 1,400 members.

“Last week the NSW Premier announced the introduction of a new Compulsory Third Party insurance scheme with changes to benefit structures and reductions in greenslip premiums,” Ms May said  

“The ALA has been working constructively with the government to try and secure the best possible outcome for innocent accident victims with more serious injury and to preserve access to justice and legal representation for all accident victims.”

Ms May said that Mr Stone SC’s presentation would cover the consultation process behind the Bill and the details of the proposed scheme.

“The reform proposal comes after lengthy consultation with stakeholders. Reduction in benefits to the injured is always to be regretted and should be the subject of careful consideration,” Ms May said  

“It is important that there be balance struck in the Bill between individual rights and scheme costs".

Other conference highlights will include:

  • Richard Williams of the QLD Bar will examine Statutory wills – what are they, and when might an application be warranted?
  • Nicholas Cowdery discusses Does the separation of powers matter any more?.
  • Workers Compensation Masterclass presented by Tim Concannon of Carroll & O'Dea and Paul Macken of Leigh Virtue & Assoc.
  • Assessment of Damages for Overseas Claimants - Michael Lee will talk through the crucial issues you need to consider when dealing with an injured client from overseas
  • Our much loved Annual Case Review with Andrew Morrison SC
  • PLUS sessions on ethics, ,  current issues in expert evidence, , Centrelink payments and preclusion periods and costs issues.

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 Australian Lawyers Alliance is a national, non-profit association that promotes justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.

The full conference program can be found here:

Please note: Justice McClellan will not be doing media interviews following his presentation 

Tags: NSW