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LSB April 2018_Web

THE LAW SOCIETY: WORKING

THE LAW SOCIETY: WORKING FOR YOU CPD programme tailored to meet Members’ needs NATALIE MACKAY, PROGRAMME MANAGER (CPD) The Society has been providing CPD for the legal profession since at least 1965. The key aim of the CPD programme is to provide quality learning opportunities for Members to enhance and expand the skills and knowledge they require in order provide high quality services to their clients. The Society’s programme is developed in close consultation with the Society’s CPD Reference Advisory Group. This group comprises senior members of the profession including Judges, barristers and lawyers from various backgrounds and interests that are determined to provide a broad and high-quality programme that meets the requirements and needs of the profession. The programme also relies heavily on feedback and suggestions from our numerous committees, CPD attendees and our Members. In the 2017 calendar year the Society provided over 250 hours of CPD in a variety of formats including short 1-1.5 hour seminars, half-day and full day workshops and two-day conferences. Nearly all of our short seminars are broadcast via webinar providing easy access to Members, wherever they are located. Some of our major events include the Country Conference and Update, Small Practice Conference, Succession Law Conference, Criminal Law Conference, Trust Symposium and of course the Legal Forum. The Society’s committees are heavily involved in the development of these major events and this input ensures each event is of a very high quality and value to the profession. Delegates tell us that these sessions are of significant benefit not only for learning and development but also for networking and camaraderie. Our most recent Legal Forum held on 15-16 February 2018 at Adelaide Convention Centre hosted almost 800 delegates. The Forum is an opportunity for Members and non-members to attend a selection of sessions that enables all CPD points to be covered over the two days. There are 30 sessions provided and these cover all areas of practice. When attending CPD hosted by the Society, we maintain your attendance record and make it available to you through your profile page on the Society’s website. This helps Members keep track of their MCPD units against their mandatory requirements. If randomly selected to be audited for MCPD compliance and you have completed all MCPD units through the Society, you are then not required to provide any further evidence, making the audit process painless. It is important to remember that the Society is a member-based organisation, which is driven to tailor its CPD programme to suit the needs of our Members, rather than simply offering the most profitable options, as many other providers do. We are proud to be price competitive. All revenue from the Society CPD programme goes back into the profession through advocacy work, Members’ services, support services, free or subsidised events and other work you will read about in this edition of the Bulletin. I encourage you to support your own Society programme in preference to other providers, whether it be attending or presenting at a CPD session or suggesting topics for future sessions. There are several highly informative CPD seminars, conferences and workshops coming up in the near future which I encourage you to consider attending. Check out our website, InBrief e-newsletter and What’s On e-newsletter for upcoming CPD sessions. B Thankyou for supporting the Law Society's CPD Program .1.:.1.:.H

Making life easier for lawyers DALE WEETMAN, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER THE LAW SOCIETY: WORKING FOR YOU The Society understands the heavy regulatory burden on the profession, and while it continues to advocate to reduce these burdens where possible, we are also continually looking for ways to streamline processes, implement new tools and provide better information to assist practitioners manage their regulatory obligations, giving them more time to focus on the day-to-day practice of law. Some new services include: Online Resources Hub The Online Resources Hub brings together numerous guidelines, articles and other information and resources from throughout the Society into one centralised and searchable location on the website. It contains more than 180 articles and is continually growing. Whether you have questions about starting a new practice, limitation periods, costs, risk management strategies or ethical obligations, the Society’s new Resource Hub is a great place to turn to. We encourage you to jump on and have a browse. Searches can be made using common search buttons or by entering your own search terms in the search bar. Access the Resource Hub at lawsocietysa.asn.au/resources or from our website search the word “Resources” Online Combined Trust Account Calculator & Notice of Withholding Form The Society will be launching an Online CTA Calculator on 31 May. Twice each year, within 14 days after 31 May and 30 November, money must be deposited from each Law Practice’s general trust account into the CTA. The amount of the required deposit is calculated by means of a formula provided in the Legal Practitioners Act. If the law practice fails to make the required deposit by the due date, or fails to provide a written notice of withholding, it may be liable to pay interest on the outstanding amount. The new CTA Calculator, which is free for Members, will help law practices to complete the calculations faster and more accurately, reducing the incidence of error and subsequent non-compliance. A simple online form has also been developed for Law Practices to provide a written notice of withholding when required. More details about these two online tools will be sent out to law practices prior to the next reporting period. Members on the Go - New Mobile Website The new “Members on the Go” mobile website provides members with quick access to a variety of useful resources for Lawyers while out of the office. “Members on the Go” contains quick access to searchable directories (including contact details for Law Practices, Barristers and Courts), important dates, Court Case Lists, publications and more. This new website for Members will be launched in April. Annual Renewal Improvements The annual renewal of Practising Certificates, PI Insurance, Membership and Professional Standards Scheme Participation is something that the Society works hard to improve every year. Further improvements have been made this year to simplify the process, particularly for those managing a Law Practice. Payment of Law Society Membership fees by automatic credit card instalments is now available to Members. More information about this will be available closer to renewal time. Other similar service improvements in recent times include: Online lodgement of Irregularity Reports (www.lawsocietysa. asn.au/irregularity); Updated and digitalised regulatory and other forms (www.lawsocietysa.asn.au/Forms); Online Career Centre, providing tools and connecting employees and employers within the Legal Profession; Updated Profile Page, providing members easy access to access their Practising Certificates, admission details, invoices, CPD records and more; New Referral Service website and marketing campaign encouraging people with a problem to see a lawyer ( seealawyer.com.au). In addition to these services, the Society is continually working to find internal efficiencies and cost savings in order to maximise the resources being allocated to services and activities that matter most to members. The Society encourages any suggestions from Members about how the Society can help them. Members can send their suggestions to Chief Operations Officer Dale Weetman: dale.weetman@lawsocietysa.asn.au. B EXPERT REPORTS & LITIGATION SUPPORT Accident Investigation & Collision Reconstruction Forensic & Safety Engineering • Transport & Workplace Safety DEPENDABLE • DETAILED • INSIGHTFUL Ph 0418 884 174 E georger@netspace.net.au W www.georgerechnitzer.com.au