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Litigation Convention 2017




Law Society of Tasmania

CPD Points



Strahan Village

41 Esplanade Strahan , Tasmania 7468



Early Bird closes 5pm FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

In 2017, the Society's Litigation Convention will be held in picturesque Strahan.

This is a CPD intensive not to be missed!

Limited seating - Register now to secure your place.

Accommodation FAQs are below.


This Convention, which attracts 10 CPD points (8.5 in-session) across all four mandatory areas (SL, PM, PS and E),  will be held over the weekend of 11 to 12 November 2017. Join the Society, an exciting lineup of speakers and presenters and your colleagues at this west coast getaway.

Open to  Barristers | Litigation Lawyers | Commercial Lawyers | In-house Counsel | Government Lawyers


Registration includes:

  • Accommodation (including breakfast): Friday 10 November and Saturday 11 November 
  • Pre-Convention drinks and canapes
  • All Convention sessions (with a choice of concurrent streams, see full Program sessions here)
  • Full weekend catering
  • Convention Dinner and Drinks, Saturday 11 November
  • Convention Papers and Presentations
  • A choice of two of the four recordings of concurrent sessions not attended (Recordings available from the Society after the Convention)


Convention Program 2017

Friday 10 November

7 pm - Pre-Convention Networking Drinks
You are invited to join the Law Society of Tasmania for the Convention kick-off on Friday evening 10 November.


Convention topics and speakers       

The Law with Respect to the Changing Relationship between Doctor and Patient

Dr. Ian Freckelton QC, Barrister, Crockett Chambers, Vic


Case Law Update 2017

Leigh Sealy SC, Barrister, Malthouse Chambers


Pricing for Value or Value Pricing – What is the Difference and How Do You Do It?

Liz Harris, Director, Allocatur Consulting, Vic


Appellate Advocacy 

Bruce McTaggart SC, Barrister, Malthouse Chambers


Building & Construction Security of Payment Act

Chris Groves, Principal, Dobson Mitchell Allport


The Curse of the Litigant in Person

Shaun McElwaine SC, Barrister, Shaun McElwaine + Associates


Growing Pains: Challenges Faced by the Young Lawyer Litigator (Discussion)

Leigh Sealy, SC, Barrister, Malthouse Chambers; Leanne Topfer, Partner, McLean McKenzie & Topfer


Legal Ethics and the Litigator (Panel)

The Hon. Chief Justice Blow, Supreme Court of Tasmania; Sandra Taglieri, Barrister, Derwent & Tamar Chambers


The Art of Persuasion in Courtroom Advocacy

Dr. Bob Murray, Principal, Fortinberry Murray, NSW


Bills and Taxation of Costs 

The Hon. Justice Benjamin, Family Court of Australia


Developments in Planning Law – A View from the Inside

Andrew Walker, Barrister, Derwent & Tamar Chambers; David Morris, Partner, Simmons Wolfhagen


Advocacy, Tribunals and Assisting Counsel

Kathyrn McMillan, SC, Barrister, Quay 11 Chambers, QLD


Personal Injury Claims (incl. quantification of damages)

Sandra Taglieri, Barrister, Derwent & Tamar Chambers


Mediation – How It Should Be Run

Jim Connolly, Registrar, Supreme Court of Tasmania


The formal Convention Program concludes on Sunday 12 November at 1.15pm


Additional Information, including accommodation FAQs:

  • Final registrations close on Friday 13 October due to accommodation requirements of the venue.

  • Individual accommodation (with breakfast) is provided to each registrant. If you have additional accommodation requests (such as bringing children etc.), please contact Julie Mazey at and we will endeavour to accommodate (excuse the pun) your request.

  • If you would like to bring your partner, please let us know using the comments box during the registration process. There is no extra cost for your partner's accommodation. Breakfast for your partner will be billed separately.

  • We will do our best to accommodate your request (nil extra cost for accommodation), and we will contact you upon receipt of your registration.

  • Please note that due to accommodation limitations (number of rooms), requests will need to be treated on a 'first in best dressed' basis.

  • Partners are welcome to attend the Convention dinner ($95pp extra, this will be invoiced separately).  

  • Information about the picturesque location and the attractions it offers will be uploaded shortly.

  • A guide to getting to Strahan, and delegate information (such as accommodation, venue, transport, other...), will be uploaded shortly.


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