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Litigation Convention 2019




Law Society of Tasmania

CPD Points



Cradle Mountain Hotel

3718 Cradle Mountain Road Cradle Mountain, Tasmania 7310

Registrations closed.

Cradle Mountain Weekend 

In 2019, the Society's Litigation Convention will be held in the picturesque location of Cradle Mountain Hotel in Tasmania’s highland region around Lake St Clair.

Registrations now open for a weekend's worth of 10 CPD points. This is a CPD intensive not to be missed!

If you have queries please contact the Society on 62344 133

Registration includes 2 nights in cosy accommodation.

This Convention commences with a welcome reception at the local Wilderness Gallery on Friday evening, with the program opening over a seminar breakfast on Saturday 12 October. Saturday concludes with a very spirited conference dinner which generally includes a number of humorous traditions. Sunday concludes at lunchtime giving delegates the opportunity to travel home in good time. 


Accommodation FAQs and Property Map 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 13 October 2019. Join the Society, an exciting lineup of eminent speakers and presenters and your colleagues at this highland getaway.

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


Registration includes:

  • Two nights accommodation (including breakfast): Friday 11 October and Saturday 12 October
  • Pre-Convention drinks and canapes at the Wilderness Gallery 7pm Friday 11 October
  • All Convention sessions (with a choice of concurrent streams)
  • Full weekend catering
  • Convention Dinner and Drinks, Saturday 12 October
  • Convention Papers and Presentations
  • A choice of a recording of one of the concurrent sessions not attended (All recordings deemed viable will available from the Society after the Convention).  The Society will communicate with registrants prior to the Convention to determine the concurrent sessions they wish to attend.


Convention Program 2019

Friday 11 October

7 pm - Pre-Convention Networking Drinks
You are invited to join the Law Society of Tasmania for the Convention kick-off on Friday evening 11 October.     

Day One - Saturday 12 October


Welcome and Housekeeping over a breakfast seminar


Plenary KeyNote  -  Overlooked and Undercooked - Perspectives on Trial Preparation
Will Snow, Partner, Finlaysons Lawyers (SA)

Day One Morning Sessions (concurrent streams)

Pleadings: A Conceptual Guide to Practical Legal Drafting (Stream 2.1 - Advanced) 
Ian Roberston SC, Barrister, Jeffcott Chambers (SA)

Management of Litigation Files: A Case Study (Stream 2.2 - Early Career Lawyer) 
Hon Assoc. Justice Stephen Holt, Supreme Court of Tasmania, Chris Gunson SC, Barrister, Derwent & Tamar Chambers

The Crown as a Model Litigant in Civil Litigation (Stream 3.1 - Advanced) 
Michael O'Farrell, SC, Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General

The Coronial Court for Early Career Lawyers (Stream 3.2 - Early Career Lawyer) 
Magistrate Andrew McKee, Magistrate's Court of Tasmania + Simon Nicholson, Crown Counsel (Summary Prosecutions), Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Case Law Update (Plenary) 
Evan Hughes, Principal, Rae and Partners


Day One Afternoon Sessions

Working with Silks  (Plenary)
Jennifer Batrouney QC, Barrister, Douglas Menzies Chambers (Vic) + Angela Lee, Barrister, Aickin Chambers (Vic)
Is 'See you in Court' Good Enough: A Trial of Alternatives (Plenary)
Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, Barrister, Inns of Court (Qld)



Day One Afternoon Sessions continued

Expert Evidence in the Context of Tribunal and Divisions of the Magistrate's Court not Bound by the Rules of Evidence (Plenary)
Ken Read SC, Barrister, Malthouse Chambers + Magistrate Andrew McKee, Magistrate's Court of Tasmania



7pm CONVENTION DINNER (Business Cocktail Attire)


Day Two - Sunday 13 October


Day Two Sessions

Mindfulness and the Super Lawyer (Plenary)
Miranda Stephens, Clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness Programs Australasia


Day Two Sessions continued

Appellate Court (Stream 9.1 - Advanced)
Simon Nicholson, Crown Counsel (Summary Prosecutions), Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Sentencing in the Magistrate's Court for Early Career Lawyers (Stream 9.2 - Early Career Lawyer)  
Deputy Chief Magistrate Michael Daly, Magistrate's Court of Tasmania

Etiquette and Ethics in the Administration of Justice: Is Bad Behaviour Permissable? (Plenary) 
Hon Justice Tom Gray, Supreme Court of South Australia (Retired)


The formal Convention Program concludes on Sunday 13 November at 1.25pm



Additional Information, including accommodation FAQs:

  • Earlybird registrations close Friday 23 August 2019

  • Final registrations close on Friday 13 September2019 due to accommodation requirements of the venue.

  • Individual accommodation (with breakfast on Day Two - breakfast on Day One is part of the Convention Program) is provided to each registrant. If you have additional accommodation requests (such as bringing children etc.), please contact Carmen Bold 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, and room facilities ranging from standard to deluxe - allocations and requests will be treated on a 'first in best dressed' basis once your registration has been paid for. If you would like to share a self-contained cabin with 1-2 others please email (numbers of these are limited)

  • Partners are welcome to attend the Convention dinner (this will be invoiced separately).  


Please see here for information for delegates, including accommodation and a list of delegates and speakers

Pre-Reading for sessions 2.1 and 2.2 is here

The Convention Progam 2019 is here



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Litigation Convention 2019 Terms and Conditions





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