Understanding and avoiding professional negligence claims

Understanding and avoiding professional negligence claims

Join Jennifer McMillan from Lawcover and Emma Reilly from Moray & Agnew for a seminar covering recent trends in professional negligence claims, and offering useful advice on how to respond to claims.

The session will cover the most common causes for professional negligence claims, including the latest trends and statistics in the ACT. Emma and Jennifer will outline recent cases, including decisions of the ACT Supreme Court in professional negligence matters involving conveyancing, breach of fiduciary duty, and advice to clients. Gain an understanding of your options for responding to vexatious claims without merit, tips on how to avoid claims, and arm yourself with the information you need to respond appropriately if a claim arises.

This seminar is a maintenance event for Lawcover ongoing premium discount eligibility (click here for more details).

Emma Reilly, Partner, Moray & Agnew Lawyers

Emma has practiced in defendant insurance litigation, property and employment law in the ACT for over 20 years. She provides expert legal services to professional indemnity insurers including in negligence claims against lawyers and barristers. Emma is the only Canberra lawyer servicing the 5 major insurers licenced in the ACT workers compensation scheme.

Jennifer McMillan, Manager, Practice Support Services, Lawcover

Jen McMillan is Manager, Practice Support Services with Lawcover. She was admitted to practice in New South Wales in 1989 and in Western Australia in 1992.  She is a Law Society of NSW accredited specialist in wills and estates and has experience in private practice, in-house with a trustee company, as an academic in the College of Law’s LLM (Applied Law) program and as a former Senior Member in the Guardianship Division of NCAT.  She is a member of the NSW Law Society’s Property Law Committee and the chair of its Elder Law Succession & Capacity Committee. 


  • When: 1-2pm, Wednesday 24 August 2022
  • Where: Live Webinar on Zoom. When you register, you will be sent details of how to log in to the session.
  • Members will earn 1 CPD point in Core Area 2 (Practice management and business skills)
  • Cost (incl GST): $44 for members, $25 for student and CLC members
  • Registrations close Tuesday 23 August 2022

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 casey.magnussen@actlawsociety.asn.au.

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 ticket (online) $44.00(GST incl.) Add to Cart
Student/CLC member ticket (online) $25.00(GST incl.) Add to Cart



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 gmahony@legalsuper.com.au to book your free appointment today — meetings can be conducted by phone or on Zoom.