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Frustration and Force Majeure in a Time of Covid

The Commercial Bar Association
24Nov

The Covid-19 crisis and lockdowns were unforeseen events, impacting on the performance of contracts. Can parties escape their contractual obligations by relying on the doctrine of frustration in a time of Covid? How do these events affect force majeure clauses? These questions and more will be answered in this CPD.

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Speaker(s): 
Matthew Harvey QC
When: 
Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:00
1 CPD point(s):
Substantive Law; Barristers Skills;

Creating Legal Content with Lexology

The Commercial Bar Association
12Nov

Join CommBar to learn about the functionality of our subscription with Lexology and how you can make it work for you in creating targeted legal content and blog posts that reach a wide, international, audience.

This CPD will be of particular interest to members who want to get the most out of their posts to the CommBar Matters blog.

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THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND IS ATTENDANCE ONLY

Speaker(s): 
Claire Harris QC (Chair), Alsace Yau of Lexology
When: 
Thursday, 12 November, 2020 - 16:30 to 17:30
1 CPD point(s):
Practice management & business skills;

Model Defamation Provision Amendments 2020- Much needed reform or missed opportunity?

Monash University
11Nov

This seminar will examine the Model Defamation Provision Amendments 2020 that have been approved by the Council of Attorneys-General and are expected to be enacted by each of the States and Territories in the coming months. They contain significant amendments, including a new serious harm threshold, more stringent requirements for the initiation of proceedings, a new public interest defence and amendments to clarify the operation of the cap on damages.

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Speaker(s): 
The Hon Justice Michael Wheelahan (Chair), Georgina Schoff QC (Barrister), Justin Quill (Partner, Thomson Geer), Nicholas Pullen (Partner, HWL Ebsworth)
When: 
Wednesday, 11 November, 2020 - 17:15 to 18:15
1 CPD point(s):
Substantive Law;

Defamation law reform in Australia: what’s coming, and what it means

The Commercial Bar Association (Media Law Section)
15Oct

Australia’s Uniform Defamation Acts are changing. On 27 July 2020, the Council of Attorneys-General approved the Model Defamation Amendment Provisions. New South Wales recently became the first state to pass an amending act, with Victoria and others soon to follow. The amendments include the introduction of a serious harm threshold, a new 'public interest’ test, a new 'single publication rule’, amendments to the cap on damages and much more. A second stage of amendments is also under consideration, focusing especially on liability of digital platform operators for online publications.

In this session, those who appeared in some of the high-profile cases that prompted the reforms address the nature of the forthcoming changes and those still being debated, and their significance to the evolution of defamation law, freedom of expression and the changing media landscape in Australia.

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Speaker(s): 
David Gilbertson QC (Chair), Georgina Schoff QC, Dr Matthew Collins AM QC
When: 
Thursday, 15 October, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:00
1 CPD point(s):
Substantive Law;

Recent High Court cases on damages

The Commercial Bar Association
17Sep

This presentation will consider two recent High Court cases dealing with damages under the Australian Consumer Law: Moore v Scenic Tours Pty Ltd [2020] HCA 17 (damages for distress for breach of consumer guarantees in the context of a ruined holiday) and Berry v CCL Secure Ltd [2020] HCA 27 (damages for misleading and deceptive conduct where unlawful means were used to secure an outcome). The ramifications of the decisions for the broader law of remedies will also be considered.

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Speaker(s): 
Carl Moller (Chair), Professor Katy Barnett (Melbourne Law School)
When: 
Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:00
1 CPD point(s):
Substantive Law;