The 2023 Intensive Conference: 'Staying ahead of the game'

Stay ahead of the game and join us at the ACT Law Society CPD Intensive Conference 2023. For the first time, we're bringing all our specialist legal seminars under one umbrella — attend plenary sessions for general legal skills, as well as streams for family law, property law, and wills & estates. Hone your skills, enhance your practice, and build your connections in the legal industry.


Here are just some of the sessions available at this years’ Intensive: all designed to help keep you ahead of the game.

ACT legal ethics cases: 2022 in review: Athol Opas, barrister at Blackburn Chambers and member of the Law Society’s Legal Profession Act & Ethics Committee, will review the last year of local court and tribunal decisions that dealt with legal ethics issues. Athol has presented this very popular session regularly for a number of years, and as well as the latest updates, participants should expect a lively discussion.

Working with the courts: Join Richard Faulks, Chair of our Civil Litigation Committee, for a discussion on working with the Courts. An experienced panel will share their tips and tricks for making your court attendance smooth and stress-free. 

NewLaw and legal innovation: Terri Mottershead will lead an experienced panel as they discuss the ongoing transformation of legal practice, and how legal services are innovating for the future. As Executive Director of the Centre for Legal Innovation at The College of Law, Terri works internationally with leaders of legal businesses, supporting them to identify trends, develop strategies, and helping them transform their practices to deliver legal services in the changing legal ecosystem.

Managing and protecting personal data: Recent high-profile data breaches have shone a spotlight on cybersecurity. If your business came under that spotlight, how would you fare? In this very topical session, Natalie Butler, Partner at Mills Oakley, will provide an overview of security-related obligations imposed by the Privacy Act and highlight the anticipated changes to penalties that can be imposed in the event of a breach. She will also discuss the Australian Privacy Principles and share practical steps to assess the adequacy of your own firm’s protective measures and preparedness to respond in the event of a data breach.

Just Hearing: an interactive mental health performance: Just Hearing is an interactive training event for the legal sector. Led by actors and writers with lived experience of mental ill-health, this session will provide insight into how to best support clients who have also lived with mental ill-health. Delivered by Canberra Community Law in partnership with Rebus Theatre, an award-winning mixed ability theatre company and health promotion agency, Just Hearing is sure to be an insightful and unique experience.


Early registrations are now open!

Full details will be confirmed soon, but if you’d like to secure your spot now, full two-day registrations are now open.

  • When: Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 March 2023
  • Where: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit Barton ACT
  • Cost: $750 for full two-day registration (other registration options will open soon)
  • Catering throughout will be provided

Event registration terms and conditions

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you have been to an active Covid-19 hotspot as listed by the ACT Government, are a close contact of an active case, or feel unwell in the lead up to the event, we kindly ask you not to attend. 

In these circumstances, please advise us by email prior to the event start time and we will issue you a full refund. Contact us on

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.2% surcharge may be incurred on payments processed via credit/debit card. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

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. 'New 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 any member holding a student membership.

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.




Member Rate (Full 2 day registration) $750.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-member Rate (Full 2 day registration) $950.00(GST incl.) Register
Student + CLC Member Rate (Full 2 day registration) $180.00(GST incl.) Register



Sponsors & Supporters

The Law Society is proud to recognise legalsuper as the sponsor of the Law Society CPD Program.

legalsuper is the industry super fund for Australia’s legal community. With personal service for every member, we can help you to maximise your super, consolidate accounts, adjust insurance or investments, plan for retirement and more. Contact Guy Mahony on 0477 401 151 or to book your free appointment today — meetings can be conducted by phone or on Zoom.

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