Sexual harassment in the legal profession

The 2021 CPD Intensive Series

On 10 and 11 February 2021 the ACT Law Society hosted a hybrid version of our annual CPD Intensive Series. To accommodate guests and speakers within Covid-19 restrictions, we included both face to face and hybrid tickets to this very popular two-day conference. This 'watch when you want' webinar is an individual session from the 2021 Intensive. 

Panel session — Sexual harassment in the legal profession

The Law Society’s Sexual Harassment Working Group was formed to address issues relating to sexual harassment in the ACT legal profession. The group consists of members from a diverse range of professional backgrounds who are dedicated to creating a safe work environment for all legal practitioners. Our Sexual Harassment Working Group together with our Industrial Relations Committee will present this timely seminar. The sesssion will offer useful strategies on how to keep your employees safe from bullying and harassment, and discuss the implementation of new policies and procedures recommended by the working group.

  • When: This is an on-demand webinar. You will be sent log in details when you register 
  • Members will earn 1 point in Core Area 2 & 0.5 points in Core Area 4
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 members, $115 non-members, $25 students/CLCs 
  • You will need to record CPD in your tracker once viewed. 

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 $88.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-Member rate $115.00(GST incl.) Register
Student/CLC rate $25.00(GST incl.) Register



Facilitator: Sarah Avery

Sarah is Chair of the Law Society’s Sexual Harassment Working Group. She has worked as a solicitor since 2007, predominantly in private practice, and has just opened her sole practice. She operates in the fields of criminal law, occupational discipline, and coronial process, in line with her enduring passion for helping vulnerable people and professionals facing disciplinary action. In 2016, Sarah became the youngest President of the ACT Law Society, and was re-elected unchallenged in 2017. She won the inaugural Women Lawyer of the Year - Private Practice Award from the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT in 2017.

Frances Carleton

Frances is the Principal of ‘The Secret Keeper: Counselling and Psychotherapy’. After years of working in change management, training and mentoring, Frances undertook a Masters in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy. Her mission is to guide, facilitate and nurture, while utilising both traditional and modern therapeutic techniques. She is a member of the Australian Counsellors Association, the ACA College of Supervisors, and the Australian Society of Sex Educators Researches and Therapists (ASSERT).

Anca Costin

Anca’s practice comprises of a range of areas, including employment law, occupational regulation and disciplinary matters, administrative law, personal injury and commercial matters. Prior to being called to the Bar, Anca enjoyed a successful and diverse career as a solicitor advocate. In December 2019 Anca was the recipient of the ACT Bar Association Women Scholarship.

Kate Eastman SC

Kate has over 27 years’ experience in dispute resolution and advocacy in a wide range of employment disputes, all aspects of discrimination law (employment, services, education, transport and media), human rights (international and Australian), public law and health law. She regularly appears in tribunals for trials and appeals in matters arising under the Fair Work Act, Industrial Relations Act and all Federal/ State/Territory discrimination laws. Kate also has extensive experience in Royal Commissions and inquiries.

Karen Toohey

Karen is the Discrimination, Health Services, and Disability & Community Services Commissioner, appointed in 2016. This includes handling complaints, building understanding of community rights and responsibilities, and working with providers in the ACT to improve service provision and outcomes in the provision of services.

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