Risk Management Education Program
Since the inception of our education program in 1995, almost 30,000 lawyers, legal administrative support staff and new law graduates have attended Lawcover’s workshops. Seminars have been presented extensively throughout the Sydney CBD, the metropolitan region, rural NSW, the ACT, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, North East Victoria and Melbourne.
Flexibility of its presentation is a feature of the Risk Management Education Program with many law practices, groups of practitioners, regional Law Societies and tertiary institutions taking advantage of arranging in-house programs. Please contact Practice Support Services on 02 9286 8877 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Risk Management Educators
Each of our events is facilitated by Lawcover’s Risk Management Educators. The educators have all been accredited to present the RMEP courses on behalf of Lawcover.
*What Constitutes Satisfactory Completion of a Workshop
Satisfactory completion of a workshop or seminar requires:
Attendance for the full duration of the workshop
Full payment of the applicable fee prior to attendance
Participants who arrive late, move in and out of the workshop, take lengthy telephone calls, absent themselves from sessions, return late from breaks, decline to take part in discussions, or fail to pay fees, do not meet the guidelines for satisfactory completion.
Claiming CPD Points
Can I claim CPD points for participation in Lawcover’s workshops, courses and seminars?
Your CPD obligations are set out under the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Solicitors) Rules 2015
Those Rules state that you must complete a minimum of 10 CPD units each CPD year, including at least at one CPD unit in each of the following four fields:
- ethics and professional responsibility
- practice management and business skills
- professional skills
- substantive law.
You are responsible for assessing your CPD activities and allocating them against the CPD fields to ensure you have met your CPD obligations.
Pursuant to CPD content (Rule 7) for a professional development activity to count as CPD, the activity must:
- be of significant intellectual or practical content and must deal primarily with matters related to your practice of law
- be conducted by persons who are qualified by practical or academic experience in the subject covered and
- extend your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development.
Pursuant to CPD format (Rule 8) you can claim professional development activities delivered in various formats including seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences or discussion groups.
Participation in Lawcover’s range of risk management and claim prevention seminars, workshops and courses should qualify you for CPD points, however you need to self-assess whether any professional development activity has met the requirements of the Rules before you can claim it as a CPD activity.
If you are subject to a CPD audit you will be required to explain your assessment for each activity.
The following link may assist with further explanation of CPD (Solicitors) Rules 2015.
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Principals Risk Management Workshops
Workshop 1 | All About the Client
Aspects covered include:
- Categorising risk in practice
- Setting up the client engagement – when are you ‘on risk’?
- Client selection
- Who is the client?
- Client identification checks
- Conflict checks
Workshop 2 | All About the Matter
Aspects covered include:
- Practice policies and procedures
- Analysing the legal issues
- Keeping the matter on track by developing a strategy and working plan
- Using Edward de Bono’s ‘The Six Thinking Hats’, to analyse your client’s problem
- Risks of reliance on counsel
Workshop 3 | All About the Communication
Developing and improving these communication skills is vital to strengthening the solicitor-client relationship.
Aspects covered include:
- Changing language and speed of communications and its pressures on legal practice
- Lawyers as communicators
- Clients as communicators
- The influence of practice styles
Workshop 4 | All About the Business
Aspects covered include:
- Overview of the current state of the legal profession market – business
- The link between professional negligence risk and business management
- Common business characteristics of claims prone practices
- Reviewing and assessing key structural and operational risks within your practice
Workshop 5 | All About the Dollar
Aspects covered include:
- Overview of the current state of the legal profession market – financial
- The link between professional negligence risk and financial management
- Common financial characteristics of claims prone practices
- Costs assessment
Employed Solicitors Workshop
Designed specifically for employed solicitors and experienced paralegals, the practical 1/2-day course examines the key components of the principals’ 3-module program.
The objectives of the course are to analyse the roles which solicitors play in managing the risks involved in legal practice and to reduce the incidence of professional indemnity insurance claims made against solicitors.
Issues addressed include:
- The causal symptoms and contributory factors of claims
- The effect of claims – cost to profession; cost to individuals;
- Identifying the main areas of risk in law firms;
- Managing the engagement and legal issues, and effective communication skills.
Support Staff Workshop
This special 1/2-day course examines the role of support staff and the importance of that role in relation to minimising the incidence of claims-prone situations arising.
Fundamental areas of responsibility discussed include dealing with:
- The solicitors with whom they work
- The firm’s clients
- The maintenance of files
- Document creation, checking and transmitting
- Office systems and effective management
Other issues discussed include:
- The importance of file notes
- Keeping client details
- Producing / checking documents
- Identifying problem areas
Traps in Costs
Many professional negligence claims against practitioners are instigated where there has been a dispute with a client or third party about the costs disclosure and payments in a legal matter. Additionally, there has been significant legislative change in the area of costs assessments and cost disputes.
This briefing will not only provide you with an update in the area of cost recoveries but also share our risk management tips for you and your practice through examples of the many claims at Lawcover where costs were at issue. It will also provide you with the opportunity to hear how fellow practitioners are addressing the issues within their practice.
Traps in Family Law
When analysing the causes of family law claims, the majority are problems arising in financial agreements made in contemplation of marriage (pre-nuptial agreements). As more couples now enter into such agreements (both at the pre- and post-nuptial stage) since the legislative ability to do so was introduced in 2001, Lawcover anticipates that this area of claim will continue to increase in number and cost, unless prudent risk management measures are applied.
This briefing will highlight the claim causation issues in this area as well as in the general practice of family law. Through our investigation and analysis and sharing claims’ stories we will provide you with valuable claims prevention and practice tips. It will also provide you with an opportunity to hear how fellow practitioners are addressing these issues within their practices.
Traps in Litigation
Professional indemnity claims against solicitors in the litigation area have been increasing steadily over the past three years and they now represent over 20% of all claims. What is happening? Lawcover has examined the causes of these claims and through sharing our claims experiences we can provide valuable claims prevention and practice tips for you and your practice.
This briefing is not only for litigators but also for sole and small practices who encounter litigation issues whether in respect of providing advice on litigation prospects or the actual conduct of the litigation in court. It will also provide you with an opportunity to hear how your fellow practitioners are addressing the issues within their practice.
Traps in Property: Conveyancing
Over the past 10 years professional negligence claims against solicitors in the area of conveyancing transactions have been reasonably consistent in both volume and cost. They have consistently been between 20% and 25% of all claims and 20% and 25% of the cost of all claims.
Conveyancing is about 54% of the work of both suburban and regional practices. This briefing addresses the major areas in which claims are made against solicitors in the conveyancing process. It analyses the causes of those claims and provides tips to assist practitioners to manage the risks in conducting conveyancing. It is a must for all conveyancing practitioners.
Traps in Property: Mortgages & Leasing
It is not surprising that 42% of claims against practitioners acting on behalf of mortgagors arise from the explanation of the mortgage. It is similarly not surprising that 20% of claims against practitioners acting on mortgage transactions arise from the explanation of guarantees and a further 20% from not recognising a conflict of interest (most typically when acting for mortgagor/guarantor and mortgagee).
This briefing addresses the major areas in which claims are made against practitioners in mortgage transactions. It analyses the causes of those claims and provides tips to assist practitioners to manage the risks.
This briefing is a must for any practitioner who regularly acts for either lessors or lessees in commercial leasing transactions.
This briefing also highlights recent cases, claims and notifications arising from practitioners acting in commercial leasing transactions.
Traps in Sale and Purchase of Business
A review of all claims and notifications in this area of law over the last three years has established that by far the most significant category of payments in respect of claims and costs is the sale and purchase of business. The next most significant category of payments is commercial transactions involving commercial borrowing.
This briefing will highlight the causation issues in respect of claims against solicitors acting both on behalf of vendors and purchasers of businesses. Examples of claims received by Lawcover will highlight the causes. The briefing will also address the causation issues in respect of claims against solicitors acting for the lender or the borrower and in some cases the guarantor in commercial borrowing matters.
Traps in Wills & Estates
This briefing is limited to the recent cases, claims & notifications arising from the estate planning process (including the drafting of wills) and the administration of deceased estates by solicitors. It does not address the risks in the conduct of litigation such as family provision litigation and probate litigation as claims against solicitors in respect of that litigation are rare.
There has been an increase in claims against solicitors in respect of these areas of law in recent years. That increase would appear to be a result of a fundamental lack of legal education of solicitors practising in these areas of law.
Claims Prevention Roadshows
From Albury to Tweed Heads, Lawcover’s Claims Prevention Roadshows provide the opportunity for every solicitor to access face to face risk management education.
Click here for all upcoming regional and suburban roadshows.
Annual One Day Claims Prevention Seminar
The One Day Claims Prevention seminars address emerging and current risks in law practices as evidenced by Lawcover claims over the previous 12 months. Highly respected presenters address a variety of topics. Register early as this conference is always fully subscribed.