School Law Conference - Perth

Session ID: 176W02
Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Time: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Venue: Parmelia Hilton Perth, Level 1 Meeting Rooms, 14 Mill Street, PERTH

Face to face

Substantive Law: 6

State: WA CPD:6
Standard Price $860.00

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Session Content

Date: Wednesday 14 June 2017
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Venue: Parmelia Hilton, 14 Mill St, Perth

Attend the full day and earn 6 CPD points in Competency Area 4: Substantive Law

Gain legal and business acumen for dealing with everyday issues so that you can protect your school. For the first time, and only in Perth, a representative from the Equal Opportunity Commission will feature on our program to provide insight into gender and sexuality in schools. In addition, leading experts from Curtin University, esteemed law firms and chambers will tackle the tricky family, parent and employment legal issues that can have a significant impact on your school. Places are limited so book early - this conference is not to be missed.

Session 1: Navigating Student, Parent and Employment Issues

Chair: Karen Prendergast, Vice Principal, Corpus Christi College

Dealing with Student Risk: Welfare and School Obligations at Excursions and Sport

  • Domestic and international excursions: your liabilities and obligations
  • Sporting events

Presented by Patrick Barry, Barrister, Howard Zelling Chambers; Recommended Barrister in Employment and Safety, Doyle's Guide 2017

LGBTIQ: Understanding Your School's Rights and Obligations
Gain practical insights into the legal issues relating to gender and sexuality diversity in schools, and the impact on enrolments, support services, and everyday issues such as toilets, change rooms and camps.

Presented by Allan Macdonald, Senior Legal Officer and Diana MacTiernan, Manager, Commission Services, the Equal Opportunity Commission

Practical Family Law Advice and Strategies for Your School

  • Dealing with separated parents and divided and blended families: shared parental responsibility
  • Interpreting Family Court Orders, Subpoenas, and other Court Orders
  • Processes and strategies to provide effective management of Parenting Orders

Presented by John Butler, Principal, Butlers Barristers & Solicitors

You Against the World: Managing Conflict with Parents, Staff and Students

  • Conflict and complaints between staff, parents and your school
    • The complaint process, threats to sue, liability and resolution
  • When does conflict become bullying?
    • Developing policies and procedures for dealing with bullying in the workplace
    • Investigating and responding to complaints of bullying (student/student, staff/student, staff/staff, parent/staff)
  • When does staff conflict become serious misconduct?
    • How are these concepts misunderstood and misused in the education sector?
    • Serious misconduct and constructive dismissal: what it is and isn't
    • Fundamental breach of employment obligations by an employee or employer
    • How is constructive dismissal foreseeable?
  • Q&A and panel discussion


Michael Jensen, Senior Associate, Lavan
Murray Thornhill, Director (Litigation & Dispute Resolution) HHG Legal Group
Leanne Nickels, Partner, DLA Piper

Session 2: Information Sharing: Privacy, Social Media and IP Risks Affecting Schools

Chair: Dr Julie Harris, Director of Teaching & Learning, Guildford Grammar School

Intellectual Property (IP) Considerations for your School

  • Important IP concerns in the employment context (ideas, projects and work): Who owns the IP?
  • Preventing ex-employees from leaving with your school's IP
  • What to include in employment contracts to protect IP
  • Trade marks for schools: owning a school's name and logo

Presented by David Stewart, Principal and Trade Mark Attorney, Williams + Hughes, Commercial and Litigation Lawyers

Students and Social Media: What is the Extent of a School's Responsibility?
Although you want to protect your students on social media it can be difficult to know where to draw the line and the extent of your responsibility and duty of care. In this session you will focus on:

  • Sensitive content
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Online sexual predators and students who are 'predators'
  • What constitutes a criminal offence?
  • Educating staff students and parents

Presented by Ian Curlewis, Partner, Lavan

An Educator's Guide to Privacy Law and Students

  • The landscape of privacy laws
  • Sharing info about students: Who has the right to what?
  • Security and retention of student info and consequences of breach
  • Conflicting privacy obligations from different sources
  • Cases, examples and policies to have in place

Presented by Anna Bunn, Lecturer, Curtin University - School of Law


Karen Prendergast

Karen Prendergast is Vice Principal at Corpus Christi College in Bateman, where she has worked for the past eighteen months. Corpus Christi is a co- educational Catholic College, with approximately 1350 students in Years 7 -12. Prior to her appointment at Corpus Christi, Karen held the position of Deputy, Teaching and Learning at Newman College in Churchlands, for 5 years. A significant focus in both roles has been on the professional development of teaching staff, with an emphasis on developing a coaching culture to support professional learning. With the rest of the Executive Leadership Team at Corpus Christi, Karen is currently working on reviewing and developing processes concerned with mitigating risk at the College. Karen has led the development of robust processes regarding the planning and execution of excursions and tours in particular, leading the professional learning of staff so that their understanding of their responsibilities when planning, leading and participating in these learning experiences is clear. Although this is still a work in progress, the College has come a long way in this area over the last year. Before moving to Perth in 2008, Karen was an Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning) at Christ the King Catholic Comprehensive school in the North West of England. She is married with three teenage children.

Patrick Barry

Patrick Barry is a barrister at Howard Zelling Chambers with a practice in occupational health and safety law, coronial inquests and industrial law. Before coming to the bar Patrick was a Senior Associate at Freehills (as it then was) and K & L Gates and practiced in a variety of jurisdictions including Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, as well as the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands. Patrick continues to maintain a national practice at the bar and appears regularly before Courts and Tribunals around Australia. Patrick's practice focuses principally on defending corporate entities and individuals in safety prosecutions (both State and Commonwealth), acting for employers of deceased workers during coronial inquests and appearing for employers in a variety of industrial disputes. Patrick has also acted for corporate defendants in mining and maritime safety prosecutions. Patrick is rated as 'Leading' for Employment and Safety Barristers for the State of South Australia in Doyles' Guide 2017.

Allan Macdonald

Allan Macdonald - is the Senior Legal Officer with the Equal Opportunity Commission. Recently he has been actively involved with the State Dept of the Attorney General to gauge which pieces of WA legislation need to be amended to ensure they are compliant with the 2013 transgender and intersex recognition amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act.

Diana MacTiernan

Diana MacTiernan is the Manager of Commission Services at the EOC and oversees the complaint handling and community education functions of the Commission. Diana was involved with the finalisation of the guidelines anti-bullying strategies for gender and sexuality diversity in schools.

John Butler

John Butler has worked in the law for more than 50 years. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and on the Roll of Legal Practitioners for the High Court of Australia. In addition to Western Australia, John has practised in New South Wales and the ACT. He has been a partner in a national legal firm and has twice established his own practice. John is currently the Principal of Butlers, Barristers & Solicitors, based in Nedlands. The majority of John's practice is in the areas of Family Law, Business Planning, Wills & Estate Planning, Claims on Estates, Guardianship & Administration and Elder Law. John has been involved with government and independent schools for over 40 years, including serving on the governing bodies of several independent schools over that period.

Michael Jensen

Michael Jensen is a Senior Associate in the Employment and Workplace Relations Team at Lavan Legal. He has over 20 years' experience in workplace law. Before joining Lavan Legal (which was then Phillips Fox) in 1995, Michael spent 7 years working as an industrial advocate with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years as a cartographer with a consulting engineering firm, working both in the office and on site. Michael advises clients on a wide range of employment and administrative law related matters, including FOI and Privacy advice and policies, industrial action, unfair dismissals, employment contracts, enterprise bargaining, equal opportunity and discrimination issues. He regularly represents employers in conferences and hearings before State Industrial Commission, Fair Work Australia, State Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Courts. Michael has broad-based knowledge and experience in the areas of human rights, administrative law and employee relations and has a particular interest in disability discrimination and privacy as it applies to inclusive education.

Murray Thornhill

Murray Thornhill has been a director of HHG Legal Group since 2003. HHG Legal Group is a mid-sized, full service law firm, and one of WA's oldest and in recent times fastest growing law firms with a business and government division, and a private client services division. The firm has offices in West Perth, Mandurah and Albany, and is part of the national group AustLaw and the Primerus international group of law firms. Murray heads up the business and government division and has a strong practice in construction, insolvency, employment and corporate/commercial dispute resolution. Murray is also a Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand College of Notaries. He also sits on various boards and is active in several professional and community organisations.

Leanne Nickels

Leanne Nickels is an employment law practitioner with over 20 years' experience assisting clients in managing workforce challenges, achieving compliance with workplace laws and resolving workplace conflict at the individual and collective level. Leanne is experienced across a broad spectrum of workplace issues including workplace dispute resolution, legislative and award compliance, managing disciplinary processes, privacy, contractpreparation, enterprise bargaining and investigations. As an advocate, Leanne has appeared in the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court, the District Court of Western Australia, and the Supreme Courts of WesternAustralia and New South Wales. Leanne is frequently requested to present at seminars and conferences and is a well-regarded speaker on workplace issues and employment law best practice. Since 2014, Leanne has been recognised as a 'Best Lawyer' for employment law by the Australian Financial Review and she is listed as a 'Recommended' employment lawyer by Doyles' guide to the legal profession.

Julie Harris

Dr Julie Harris is a British-trained Science teacher now working as the Director of Teaching and Learning at Guildford Grammar School in Western Australia. Her interest lies in supporting teachers to maximise student learning in classrooms. She recently finished her PhD which investigated strategies for changing pedagogical practices relating to differentiation and now works to put into practice what she learned from her research.

David Stewart

Dave Stewart is an IP lawyer who spends a lot of time on social media, but for work-related reasons rather than only uploading photos of his dogs. Dave assists many national and international clients with issues arising on various social media platforms, including dealing infringing behaviour relating to search engine optimisation. Since attending the World Intellectual Property Organisation Domain Name Workshop in Geneva in 2011, Dave has been involved in over 150 domain name arbitrations in various jurisdictions. Dave as an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University and taught "IP and the Internet" at Murdoch University in 2014. From 2013 to 2016 Dave has been featured in the "World Trademark Review 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals", a highly-regarded independent publication which identifies the world's leading trade mark practitioners. Dave's book, "Trade Mark Opposition Proceedings in Australia", is due to be published at the end of 2016. Dave has lived and worked in Japan (1996-7) and Hong Kong (2000-2003).

Ian Curlewis

Ian Curlewis is the lead Partner in the Employment and Safety Team at Lavan. He has been practising as a lawyer for over 40 years. He has represented employers from the public and private sectors in the Courts, industrial commissions, equal opportunity commissions and tribunals, on an extensive range of employment matters including unfair dismissals, contractual disputes, award breaches, discriminatory practices, disability claims, enterprise bargaining, and the drafting of policies, employment contracts, strategic advice and occupational safety and health issues. A large number of Ian's clients are Independent and Catholic schools. Ian is chairman of the Board of an Independent school, past chairman of the Board of the Independent Schools Association of Western Australia and a current member of the Teachers' Registration Board of Western Australia.

Anna Bunn

Anna Bunn has an undergraduate law degree and a Master's degree from Oxford University, and undertook the Law Society's Final Examination at York University. She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and practised in a large commercial firm, specialising in franchising and intellectual property law. Towards the end of the 1990s Anna left legal practice to establish and run a not-for-profit organisation providing skills training and opportunities for street living and working youth in Indonesia, where she lived for approximately ten years. In 2008 Anna moved to Curtin to take up a position as a lecturer with the Curtin Law School (then the School of Business Law and Taxation). In that position Anna has won faculty, university and national teaching awards and published a number of papers in peer reviewed academic journals and two book chapters. At the end of last year, Anna submitted her PhD considering the issue of children's right to their image. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of law, technology and privacy; torts; legal and policy issues around health; child rights and the role of law as an instrument of socio-cultural change.

Venue Details

Parmelia Hilton Perth

Level 1 Meeting Rooms, 14 Mill Street
PERTH 6000

Ph: 0892152000


Parmelia Hilton is located on 14 Mill Street, just a short stroll

from St George's Terrace. The Esplanade train station is the nearest train

station which is a short 5 minute walk to Parmelia Hilton Perth.

There is parking on Mill Street (100 metres from Parmelia Hilton) in

the Convention Centre with an hourly rate of $5.80 and a 10 hour

maximum price of $23.80. Parking is not included in the registration fee

and is subject to change.

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