Setting up a successful law firm

Setting up a successful law firm


This all-day conference will give you the tools to set up a new firm or make your young firm thrive. The course is designed for anybody planning to open new firm, for those who own firms that's been operating for five years or less, and for practice managers or partners who assist with running those firms.

Unlike the Practice Management Course, which focuses on the rudiments for compliance with the requirements necessary to obtain an Unrestricted Practising Certificate, this course is designed to cover the details of setting up a firm. It will help you embed the elements needed to safeguard the pathway to a successful business, and will enable you confidently thrive in your new firm and practice.

The course sessions include:

  • Business planning and risk management
  • Policies and procedures
  • Adjusting your business strategy in times of change
  • Tax and compliance
  • Business budgeting
  • Supervision and appropriate training and mentoring of staff
  • Employment contracts
  • Marketing your firm

The course will close with a panel session of partners of successful local firms, who will discuss business planning and partnerships.

After the course, all member participants will have access to an experienced consultant who will visit your business and provide you with a free confidential meeting to evaluate your set-up and give guidance on ways to move forward with your business plans. 

Attendance at this course will also earn you 8.5 CPD points towards your CPD requirements for the year (0.5 units in Core Area 1, 0.5 units in Core Area 3, and 7.5 units in Core Area 2).


  • When: 7.30am-6.30pm, October 2021 [date to be confirmed]
  • Where: East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston 
  • Meals and refreshments will be provided throughout the day
  • The free consultant meeting is up to a maximum of 3 hours and must be used in the same financial year that the course is run
  • Members will earn 8.5 CPD units (0.5 units in Core Area 1, 0.5 units in Core Area 3, and 7.5 units in Core Area 2)
  • Cost (incl GST): $350 members, $455 non-members, $90 students/CLCs

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.





Sponsors & Supporters

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

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