Full day Family Law Conference

The Family Law Committee invite you to a full day seminar focusing on the latest issues family lawyers are grappling with, including case updates, practical skills sessions, and the chance to catch up with colleagues.

Don't miss out — register now to save your spot!

Click on the 'Schedule' tab above to view full details of the day's events. 


  • When: 8.30am-5pm, Wednesday 24 March 2021
  • Where: The Boat House by the Lake, Menindee Drive, Barton
  • Meals and refreshments will be provided throughout the day
  • Members will earn 1 CPD unit in core area 1, 0.5 units in corea area 2, 1.5 units in core area 3, and 2 units in core area 4.
  • Face to face tickets: $350 members, $455 non-members (CLC rate is not available for this event)
  • Registrations close 17 March 2021

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email.

Cancellation policy: 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.

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 a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.

The Law Society is enforcing social distancing and spacing measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you are sick, have recently visited a COVID hot-spot, or are in close contact with someone in either situation, please stay at home.

Many of our upcoming CPD sessions will now be available either online or in-person and some have the offer of live streaming. Each CPD event advertised on our website will provide details about the online options available in that session. 

If sessions offer recordings, when you register, please let us know if you'd prefer to watch the CPD online (either live, or at a later date). If you choose the live-stream option you can still interact, ask questions, and be a meaningful participant at the seminar.

For more information about online CPD, please contact Carissa on carissa.webster@actlawsociety.asn.au.




Member rate $350.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-member rate $455.00(GST incl.) Register










Elizabeth Carroll, President, ACT Law Society


Family law ethical issues

An update on recent cases and issues that have specific relevance to family lawyers.

1 CPD point in core area 1

Rob Reis, Professional Standards Director, ACT Law Society


Morning Tea





Dos and don’ts of Affidavit preparation

An interactive session on preparing affidavits with a focus on initial affidavits relied in interim applications.

Including tips and tricks and updates in preparing applications and dealing with urgent matters in family law matters.

Registrar Crawley will provide insights into the court processes for filing urgent documents and managing complex cases.

1 CPD point in core area 3

James Haddock, Blackburn Chambers

Dr Sage Leslie, Blackburn Chambers

Registrar Jennifer Crawley, Family Court of Australia





Trauma informed lawyering

How to implement trauma informed practice into legal work, and the benefits to both clients and practitioners.

0.5 CPD point in core area 2 and 0.5 CPD point in core area 3

Kasumi Egiri, Social Worker, Women’s Legal Centre ACT & Region

Claudia Maclean, Principal Solicitor, Women’s Legal Centre ACT & Region


Addbacks – where are we at?

A discussion of the law in relation to addbacks and review of relevant cases.

1 CPD point in core area 4

Gavin Howard, Blackburn Chambers

Merrilyn Davis, Burley Griffin Chambers


Afternoon Tea



Latest and greatest family law cases (a Canberra perspective)

A presentation reviewing some important decisions of the Full Court and with a focus on cases relevant to ACT practitioners.

1 CPD point in core area 4

Dr Juliet Behrens, Burley Griffin Chambers

Gregg Stagg, Burley Griffin Chambers


Closing Remarks

Kevin Robinson, Chair, ACT Law Society Family Law Committee





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