Victorian Government Solicitor's Office Monthly Seminar Series

Keep Calm and Carry on: the 2019 Litigator

Monday 16 September 2019

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When things go pear-shaped and you're receiving or issuing court papers, the months (or years) ahead can be challenging, expensive and stressful. The modern-day litigator brings a new suite of innovative skills to help chart a path through litigation in a way that is planned, strategic, cost effective and calm.
This session will provide you with some very practical, concrete Legal Project Management (or LPM) tools to help you to plan and manage your matters better.  The benefits of LPM are becomingly increasingly well-known to both lawyers and businesses.  Over the past 12 months we have seen a number of law firms establish LPM teams and corporate legal departments hire legal operations professionals (who are experts in LPM).
We will then look at the role of Mindfulness in Litigation.  Through examples drawn from Mediation and Negotiation, we consider how mindfulness and a trained mind is fast becoming a key tool in not only managing complex litigation matters, but also in fostering a more inclusive and compassionate workplace.

Event details

Date Monday 16 September 2019
Time 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Venue Theatrette, Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
CPD 0.5 unit Practice Management and Business Skills, 05 unit Professional Skills
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We welcome members of the Victorian Public Sector to attend this free seminar. If you are unsure of your eligability, please contact us.
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About your speakers

Sara Dennis, Lead Counsel, VGSO
Sara manages, and provides strategic guidance to, teams responsible for a range of litigation matters. She is an experienced litigator who, prior to joining VGSO in August 2019, worked in private practice for 20 years. 
Sara’s legal experience includes defence of class actions, litigation involving allegations of negligence, and defending WorkCover claims and medical negligence cases. 
Sara also has experience in Legal Project Management (LPM) and completed a LPM certification workshop in 2018.
Liam McAuliffe, Principal Solicitor, VGSO
Liam practices in litigation and criminal law. He specialises in advising and prosecuting breaches of supervision orders. He also takes carriage of matters under the Crimes Mental Impairment (Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 on behalf of the Attorney-General.
Liam’s experience and practice also extends to providing advice on statutory interpretation, corrective officer powers, correctional centres, and offender management.   
Jade Ryan, Principal Solicitor, VGSO
Jade has a diverse civil litigation practice encompassing judicial review proceedings, contempt of court cases, asset confiscation and enforcement proceedings, personal injury litigation (negligence and breach of statutory duty) and crimes (mental impairment) reviews.
Jade is familiar with the processes and procedures of litigation, and the unique sensitivities and complexities that accompany government litigation. She has experience managing cases that involve multiple government agencies at State and local level, corporate third parties and self-represented litigants. 


Monday 12:30PM 16 Sep 19 2019
12:30pm - 2:00pm