Presenters & Topics:
John McKenzie – Legal Services Commissioner NSW
Topic: Legal Ethics – What are they today?
John McKenzie was appointed as Legal Services Commissioner on 12 March 2015. The OLSC receives complaints about solicitors and barristers practicing in NSW and strives to improve the ethical and professional behaviour of legal practitioners. John is a respected senior criminal lawyer with more than 36 years’ experience, including senior positions in Legal Aid NSW, in a suburban, generalist law practice, nine years as the Chief Legal Officer of the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT), and as a principal solicitor at the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody between 1987 and 1991. In this presentation John will connect the historical sources of legal professional ethics to technological and business structure development, including recent developments in legal ethics such as the Uniform Law and provide a checklist of characteristics of an ethical lawyer.
Jon Goodgame – Associate Director, Macquarie Business Banking
Topic: Succession Planning for Legal Firms
Jon has spent the previous 10 years with Macquarie working with professional services firms and their directors. He recognises the growth of SME businesses is often closely linked to their wider personal goals of building wealth and supporting their families. This session will cover the challenges faced by firms with succession planning, from the identification and retention of talent, through to the funding models available to execute succession plans. The discussion will draw on the findings of Macquarie’s Legal Benchmarking Survey to ensure the firm continues to grow.
John Fleming – Solicitor, Professional Support Unit, Law Society of NSW
Topic: Unpaid costs: strategies for recovery
John was admitted to practice in 2000 and after a number of years at Spruson & Ferguson Patent & Trademark Attorneys, he took up positions with the Australian Government Solicitor and Australian Taxation Office, primarily in tax litigation and appeals, including being the secretariat for the Commissioner’s Test Case Funding Program. On leaving the ATO John worked as a sole practitioner for 7 years mainly in the areas of commercial litigation and taxation.
Cost (GST not applicable):
Newcastle Law Society Member: $90
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