Cyber attacks on firms: Be alert and prepared

Several local law firms have recently been victims of sophisticated email scams. Cyber fraud is on the rise, and law firm staff need to be alert and prepared.

Scammers are now aware that it's common for firms to verbally check bank account details before transferring funds electronically. They are now altering phone numbers on emails and PDF attachments. They target all firms, regardless of size or the amount of money involved.  

This is a timely reminder to not become complacent, and to take extra precautions before transferring funds to external bank accounts. 

As we approach the end of year and holiday period, these cyber attacks will increase. 

The Law Society invites all members, and their legal staff, to attend this free webinar. Learn what cyber scams are currently hitting law firms, and get useful tips on what defence strategies you can put in place to prevent them.

Malcolm Heath, Practice Risk Manager, Lawcover

Malcolm conducts risk reviews of law firms and presents risk management strategies through the Lawcover Risk Management Education Program’s workshops for principals, on-site at law firms, at the practice management courses of The Law Society of NSW, College of Law, FMRC, Regional Law Societies’ seminars and other events. Prior to joining Lawcover, Malcolm ran his own company for 20 years providing consulting services to the general insurance industry and the legal profession as well as researching and producing conferences. He has been a sole director and a co-director of private companies including a subsidiary of a publicly listed UK company and a director of a Sydney club. With a degree in Psychology and his experience in business, Malcolm focuses his work on the importance of effective law firm management and profitability which helps reduce professional negligence risks.

Details

  • When: 1-2pm, Monday 29 November 2021
  • Where: Live Webinar on Zoom
  • Members will earn 1 CPD unit in core area 2 (Practice Management & Business Skills)
  • Cost (incl GST): Complimentary for all attendees 
  • Registrations close 29 November 2021

Event registration terms and conditions

In these circumstances, please advise us by email prior to the event start time and we will issue you a full refund. 

Contact Liz Francis on liz.francis@actlawsociety.asn.au.

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.2% surcharge may be incurred on payments processed via credit/debit card. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'Young Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means any member holding a student membership.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. 

Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. 

Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you have been to an active Covid-19 hotspot as listed by the ACT Government, are a close contact of an active case, or feel unwell in the lead up to the event, we kindly ask you not to attend. 

In these circumstances, please advise us by email prior to the event and we will issue you a full refund. 

 

 

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