Writing for government (introductory)

This practical and interactive half-day session is designed for lawyers wanting to write effectively for government clients.

Learn the key concepts relating to effective writing for lawyers in a government workplace context, and best practice techniques for legal advisors working with all forms of writing for government (including correspondence, emails, briefs, meeting minutes, and reports).

Discover how to apply a range of techniques for gathering the necessary information, and how to ask the right questions of clients to help deliver the best outcomes. Find out how Plain English drafting and related techniques help add value for clients. Gain an understanding of the government accountability and legal frameworks that relate to written work, including some of the common pitfalls to avoid.

Participants may choose to continue their learning in the advanced afternoon session.

James Fletcher, Alta Pete Consulting

James is Managing Director of Alta Pete Consulting. ‘Alta Pete’ means ‘Aim High’. Alta Pete is all about empowering professionals to reach their highest potential through training, facilitation and executive coaching services. James is a Level 3 credentialed Executive and Organisational Coach; accredited mediator and trainer as well as being an accredited practitioner in the use of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI); High Performance Trait Indicator (HPTI); and Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI). James is a former Senior Executive Service-level Government lawyer, managing a branch of some 30 lawyers and leading work on significant legislative projects like the NDIS, problem gambling reforms and Stronger Futures in the NT. James' specialties include: career coaching, adaptive leadership, leading in a VUCA environment, leading change, and building productive and healthy workplace cultures. James is also an avid karate practitioner and kayaker. He also loves spending time at the South Coast of NSW with his family. 


  • When: 9.30am-12.30pm, Thursday 12 August 2021
  • Where: ACT Law Society Blackburn Training Room, Level 4, 1 Farrell Place, Canberra City
  • Light refreshments will be provided
  • Members will earn 3 CPD units in Core Area 3
  • Cost (incl GST): $180 members, $240 non-members, $45 students/CLCs
  • Registrations close Thursday 5 August 2021

Event registration terms and conditions

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. 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. 'Young 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 a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.

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.

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

If you are sick, have recently visited a COVID hot-spot, or are in close contact with someone in either situation, please stay at home.




Member rate $180.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-member rate $240.00(GST incl.) Register
Student/CLC rate $45.00(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 Long Nguyen on 0477 401 151 or lnguyen@legalsuper.com.au to book your free appointment today — meetings can be conducted by phone or on Zoom.