Managing Small Practices Forum: Gaining A Competitive Edge

Session ID: 186W06
Date: Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Time: 09:00am - 01:15pm
Venue: Parmelia Hilton Perth, Level 1, Meeting Room, 14 Mill Street, PERTH

Face to face

Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 1.5
Practice Management: 1.5
Professional Skills: 1

State: WA CPD:4
Standard Price $480.00
Early Bird Discount $395.00

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Session Content

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018
Time: 9.00am to 1.15pm
Venue: Parmelia Hilton, 14 Mill Street, Perth

Attend and earn 4 CPD points including:
1.5 points in Competency Area 1: Practice Management
1 point in Competency Area 2: Professional Skills
1.5 points in Competency Area 3: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Boutique and small legal practices are trailblazers so here is a practical and useful forum as an opportunity to examine and discuss key issues providing you with what is needed to gain a competitive edge in today's volatile market. Join us to learn how to structure your practice, survive future challenges and thrive and grow in the rapidly evolving legal industry.

Chair: Sabina Schlink, Principal, Thomas Legal

Competency Area 3: Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Managing the Isolation and Pressure as a Sole Practitioner: Looking After Yourself
The knowledge, skills and attitudes that make a good lawyer can often also be the characteristics that unfortunately put lawyers at risk of experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Explore the issues and how it impacts lawyers and their ability to comply with their professional and ethical obligations.

  • Identifying the key stressors affecting your ability to deliver legal services competently, diligently and with integrity
  • Checking for the warning signs (and doing something about it)

Presented by David Kernohan, CEO, WA Aids Council; former CEO, Mental Health Law Centre

Competency Area 1: Practice Management
New and Emerging Technologies and Innovation Impacting Legal Practice
Learn what new technologies you should be considering deploying to ensure the best opportunity for future growth and to remain competitive in the market. Consider what is needed to ensure your system's security, privacy compliance and what new technologies are available to ensure your practice remains accessible and adaptable.

Presented by Fabio Suffell, Director, Qbit

Competency Area 1: Practice Management
Attracting and Developing New Business: Proven Strategies
Discover the nuts and bolts, insider secrets and critical misconceptions of networking and LinkedIn for lawyers and the true leverage they can bring.

  • How to build a network which regularly delivers new business
  • Getting your share of the business being done on LinkedIn
  • Easy law practice marketing plan for 2018

Presented by Ron Gibson, Principal, Go Networking

Competency Area 2: Professional Skills
How to Engage and Manage Employees

  • Determining minimum conditions of employment
  • Engaging contractors, casual employees or volunteers
  • Parental leave and flexible working arrangements
  • Performance management, dismissals and redundancies

Presented by Stephen Kemp, Principal, Stephen Kemp Employee Relations Lawyer

Competency Area 3: Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Managing a Trust Account from the Committee's Perspective: What Can Get You into Trouble

  • 'They are not called "trust" accounts for nothing' - the seriousness of the obligations of a trust account
  • Where the management of trust accounts can and does go wrong
  • The issues that may arise when the law practice does not have a trust account
  • Trust account 'wrongdoing' - disciplinary and even a criminal outcomes
  • Tips for where this leaves small legal practices

Presented by Cassandra Paterson, Senior Legal Officer, Legal Profession Complaints Committee


Chair:Sabina Schlink

Sabina Schlink is the Principal of Thomas Legal a commercial legal practice and a Director of the corporate advisory company One Stop Corporate Solutions. She is also an elected member of the Legal Practice Board and sits on many of their committees. Sabina is a honorary lifetime member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and is on the Board of the Salvation Army National Advisory Board, Chairman of the Red Shield Appeal. Sabina holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of Adelaide, a Diploma in Journalism and in Marketing, a Diploma of Investment Fiduciary from the University of Pittsburgh USA and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School.

David Kernohan

David Kernohan is a highly skilled senior executive in the not-for-profit sector in Western Australia with over 30 years' experience working in the social services and community legal fields. David is currently CEO of the state wide Mental Health Law Centre Inc. and chairperson of the WA Community Legal Centres Association (A peak body of community legal centres in Western Australia). Prior to working in Community Legal Centres, David was employed in senior management positions for over 20 years in the community services sector working with people who are homeless and who have complex needs linked to drug and alcohol and mental health issues. In the early 1980's David trained, qualified and work as a Mental Health Nurse at Graylands/Swanbourne hospitals. He also has Bachelor of Law: Murdoch University and Bachelor of Social Science: Edith Cowan University.

Fabio Suffell

Ron Gibson

Ron Gibson started Go Networking in 1992 with one aim: Help small to mid-size companies, firms and solo professionals make their business networking profitable. Ron is a leading professional expert in business relationships, networking and word of mouth referrals, and will give you the answers to those questions that have been holding you back in your networking and business development success. Hitting the nail squarely on the head, his entertaining presentations distil more than 20 years of experience and insights gained from building his own successful business exclusively from networking and relationships. Ron's client list reads like a who's who of Australian financial services, professional services and business-to-business service companies and firms.

Stephen Kemp

Stephen Kemp has been an employment lawyer for over 30 years, including leading the Workplace Relations & Safety team at a large Perth firm for over 10 years. The firm is a boutique employment law practice providing a full range of services tailored to your needs, whether you are a large employer looking for specialist advice to assist your human resources or industrial relations team or a small or medium sized employer looking for a range of advice to ensure that you are getting it right. The firm offers a bespoke service to meet your needs. That might vary from specialist advice on an ad hoc basis to a virtual industrial relations department guiding you at every step of the way. Whatever your requirements, we are only a phone call away whenever you need us.

Cassandra Paterson

Cassie Paterson is a Special Counsel at Pynt & Partners. She joined Pynt & Partners in July 2009 from MDA National, where she worked as a Solicitor/Claims Manager for over 10 years, after 8 years at Parker & Parker/Freehills (including 2 years in Sweden). Cassie graduated from UWA in 1993 with BA/LLB (Hons) and commenced articles at the Crown Solicitor's Office. Cassie practises almost exclusively in the area of medical malpractice, conducting civil litigation, disciplinary, criminal, Medicare and Coronial matters and disputes for medical and other health practitioners with their Hospital or Area Health Service employers.

Venue Details

Parmelia Hilton Perth

Level 1, Meeting Room, 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 $6.00. Parking Monday -

Friday the day rate from 6:00am - 5:59pm is $23.00, thereafter hourly rate

applies. Parking is not included in the registration fee and is subject to


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