New Lawyers Afternoon

With great pleasure, the Law Society's New Lawyers Committee is hosting an afternoon seminar designed specifically for upcoming, young, and new lawyers. Early-career solicitors will get two sessions of training in the afternoon that will provide them with practical tools to advance their careers.

This afternoon will include two sessions, followed by networking drinks: 

Session 1: How to survive and thrive in the first couple of years of legal practice - presented by Athol Opas

This session will offer guidance to new lawyers on how to survive and thrive in the early years of legal practice, including:

  • challenges typically faced by new lawyers and strategies for dealing with them;
  • managing relationships with co-workers and senior lawyers/partners;
  • what partners/supervisors expect of new lawyers;
  • what to expect from your supervisor;
  • dealing with other situations such as when friends and family seek your guidance on legal issues outside of your workplace; and
  • strategies if your job does not satisfy your needs.

Core Area 3 – Professional Skills, 1 point

Session 2: Collegiality in the Legal Profession - presented by Ian Metz

This session will address collegiality in the profession, touching on what to expect from the profession, and what the profession can expect from new lawyers. 

Core Area 2 Practice Management and Business Skills , 1 point

This popular event typically sells out and registrations are limited, so get in quick!


  • When: Friday 1 March 2024 - 2:45pm - 6:00pm 
  • Where: ACT Law Society, Training Room - Level 4/1 Farrell Place, Canberra City
  • CPD: Members will earn 2 CPD points (1 in each of core areas 2 and 3)
  • Cost: New Lawyers, Student members - $15. If you are a non-member and would like to attend please contact
  • Online Registrations close Thursday 29 February 2023
  • In-person registration has sold-out
  • Light refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon.



2:45pm: Registration

3pm-4pm : How to survive and thrive in the first couple of years of legal practice - presented by Athol Opas

4pm – 4:15pm: Break

4:15pm – 5:15pm: Collegiality in the Legal Profession - presented by Ian Metz

5:15pm – 6pm : Networking drinks



Ian Metz

Ian Metz is a barrister at Blackburn Chambers. He graduated from Melbourne University in 2016, then proceeded to spend his first four years of practice at a large, Sydney-based corporate law firm.  Following that, he spent time as an associate to a Judge, before being called to the ACT Bar.  In addition to his busy practice, he currently serves as the Chair of the ACT Bar Association's Health and Wellbeing Committee.


Athol Opas

Athol practices mainly in commercial law and also in general civil law and occupational discipline.  Athol was called to the Bar in 2017.  Before being called to the Bar, Athol worked as a solicitor in Canberra for 18 years, working in small and large Canberra firms, in a national law firm, and as a Commonwealth government in-house lawyer.  Athol served for several years on the ACT Law Society Council, and was president of the ACT Law Society and a director of the Law Council of Australia.  Athol has served on various committees of the ACT Law Society and ACT Bar Association, and he is a current member of the Law Society’s Legal Profession Act and Ethics Committee.  Athol has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution and for Commercial Leasing.

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 are a close contact of an active covid 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.




Online registration $15.00(GST incl.) Register



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