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Property and Commercial Law Conference 2019




Law Society of Tasmania

CPD Points



Wrest Point

Sandy Bay Road Hobart, Tasmania 7000


Registration desk opens  - 10am 
Closing remarks, canapes and drinks - 5.00pm

Registration includes:

  • Attendance at all conference sessions 
  • Lunch and afternoon tea
  • Post-conference drinks
  • Papers
  • Draw to win a gift proudly sponsored by Stewart Title
  • Draw to win CPD Assist 

Local and interstate specialist teaching faculty. 

Program seminars:

Year in Review 
Keep up to date with this snapshot discussion of legislative, case law and other recent developments in the property and commercial law space.  

This session will cover:

  • Case law highlights 2018.
  • The new Law Society Conditions & Particulars of Sale by Auction. 
  • FIDs (a response to the submissions from the profession; a progress update; and what’s on the horizon).
  • Other local issues currently affecting property and commercial practices including the push for retail tenancies Code of Practice reform.
  • The ERF Register – a conveyancing search to add to your list?  Identifying permanence obligations attaching to the property.  These can run with the land for 25 or 100 years and not show up on the title.
  • Sunset clauses in sales off the plan – is legislative reform needed?

Speakers: Robert Manning, Senior Associate, Murdoch Clarke, Chair, Property & Commercial Law Committee; and 
Will Justo, Partner, Wallace Wilkinson & Webster, Member, Property & Commercial Law Committee and immediate past President of the Law Society of Tasmania.

Sale of Land Subject to Lease
The sale of a property subject to lease can give rise to many practical complications for clients and their solicitors.  This session will explore common issues arising under:

  • Rent and apportionment.
  • Provision of disclosure statements to purchasers.  
  • Maintaining the right to sue for arrears after settlement.
  • Unfair contract terms – recent cases and how to review contract clauses in light of these.
  • Pre-emptive and other contractual rights.

It will also examine the utility of deeds to confirm current lease terms to supplement the automatic rollover of benefit and burden under the Conveyancing and Law of Property Act 1884.

Speaker:  Peter Bowen, Hobart

“Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em”
Shutting Down Relationships and Transactions with Deeds of Release and Compromise in Property & Commercial Work

Key topics in this seminar will include:

  • When to demand a general release.
  • When to refuse to grant a general release.
  • Who is releasing who?
  • Does anyone else need to be bound?
  • What sort of obligations need to be preserved / redefined?
  • What security is needed to shut down relationships / transactions /obligations?
  • When to request an indemnity.
  • When to refuse a request for an indemnity.

Speaker:  Grant Bonner, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

GST Refresher – Business Sales and Property Transactions
Using practical scenarios this seminar will revisit some of the more complex practical GST considerations for lawyers including:

  • The margin scheme and when it can be used.
  • GST on adjustments.
  • Adjustment events following change of creditable purposes, split supplies, sales of leased premises and businesses as going concerns.

Speaker: Ron Jorgensen, Partner, Thomson Geer

Up Close & Personal 
Data Protection, Privacy, Cybersecurity and the Modern Law Firm

This session will delve into the cybersecurity event that brought DLA Piper to its knees world-wide as well as the everyday scenarios that might see any firm, including yours, exposed.  

The types of topics that will be explored include:

  • The dark web demystified.
  • How vulnerable even the most sophisticated of firms can be to cyber-attacks.
  • Encrypting your important communications.
  • The workplace has no boundaries - why you never want to hook up to free wifi hotspots and other risk tips.
  • Important risk reduction measures for small and large firms; and the new insurance options you need to consider.
  • Cyberscecurity resilience unpacked - do you have a basic 'response action plan'? 
  • The new data breach regime, privacy and confidentiality.

Speaker:  Simone Herbert-Lowe, Director, Law & Cyber

Title Insurance and the Role of the Lawyer 
Achieving harmony between title insurance referrals and complying with professional responsibilities.

This Q&A session will discuss the benefits of title insurance for clients as a risk management tool as well as some of the stickier issues in this space, including practical and professional considerations surrounding recommendations and referrals. 

Speaker: Further details coming soon.


Ethics for Property & Commercial Practitioners and the Australian Solicitor Conduct Rules
This seminar will use entertaining yet practical and relevant conundrums to explore the new Australian Solicitor Conduct Rules (coming into effect in Tasmania, 2019).

Speaker: Linden Barnes, Ethics Solicitor, Law Society of NSW



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