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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;

Members’ schemes of arrangement: Developments in 2019/2020

The Commercial Bar Association (Corporations and Securities Section)
8Sep

Members’ schemes of arrangement are used to effect company takeovers, mergers, demergers and corporate reconstructions. 

In this seminar, Greg Ahern will give a brief overview of what a members’ scheme of arrangement is and will then discuss some developments in 2019 and 2020 in this area of the law (including some COVID-19 related matters). Whilst the focus of this seminar is on members’ schemes, Greg will touch briefly on some developments in the United Kingdom in the area of creditors’ schemes of arrangement.

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Speaker(s): 
Carl Moller (Chair), Greg Ahern
When: 
Tuesday, 8 September, 2020 - 16:00 to 17:00
1 CPD point(s):
Substantive Law;

Insolvency Seminar Series 5: PPS issues in Insolvency

The Commercial Bar Association (Insolvency Section)
7Sep

The Insolvency Section of Commercial Bar is arranging a series of introductory webinars on insolvency. The intended audience is junior barristers who would like to gain experience in this area. The webinars would also serve as a refresher for more experienced barristers. 

In the fifth webinar, Mark McKillop and Amanda Carruthers will give their insights into issues that commonly arise under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 when companies enter into external administration.

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Speaker(s): 
Catherine Gobbo (Chair), Mark McKillop, Amanda Carruthers
When: 
Monday, 7 September, 2020 - 17:15 to 18:15
1 CPD point(s):
Substantive Law;