Upcoming Events

Carter on Mondays. Book for May 12 & 19, 2014

Emeritus Professor John Carter

12 May, 2014 to 19 May, 2014

Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library

The Doctrine of Consideration

Emeritus Professor John Carter

12 May, 2014

Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library


Congratulations Ron Osborne, winner of our Bannisters membership promotion

As our winner Ron receives a wonderful two-night, mid-week stay at Bannisters in Mollymook. The prize includes accommodation in a luxury suite, a hot breakfast on both days and a $200 voucher to Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant. The CLA would like to thank Bannisters very much for providing the prize and Russell Miller for drawing the winner.


Vol27 No4 Dec 2013-Feb 2014

Vol27 No4 Dec 2013-Feb 2014
• Construing the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth): interpretation or interpolation?
• Necessity, coherence and mutual trust and confidence: Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker
• Future of financial advice (FOFA): stocktake, commercial realities and why we’re here
Kakavas v Crown Melbourne Limited
• Book Review: Enrichment in the Law of Unjust Enrichment and Restitution by AVM Lodder


Welcome to our Commercial Law Forum

You’ve been asking us for an alternative to our traditional seminar program. In response, we’re launching our Commercial Law Forum on Wednesday evenings. The Commercial Law Forums will cover a wide range of topics, so there’s bound to be some that interest you. We’re starting off with two great events on 7 May and 4 June. The Forums will be held at the Australian Institute of Management’s new corporate headquarters at 7 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay. As an opening offer, there is no charge for financial CLA members to attend these two events (non-members $39).  Booking is essential as there are only 30 seats available at each Forum.

Wednesday, 7 May, 5.30-7.00pm
Marketing and business development opportunities for legal practitioners
Speaker: Chris Bland, Legal Tradecraft Consulting

This practical forum will cover seven key topics including:
• adopting a planned approach to managing legal matters
• better marketing to commercial clients
• three key paradigms to commercial legal service delivery
• flexible and creative approach to legal pricing
• the specifics of selling and marketing legal services
• building the bridge between business and the law
• real-world examples and war stories

Wednesday, 4 June, 5.30-7.00pm
All you need to know about the new Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules
Speaker: Neil Watt, Solicitor and Consulting Ethicist, Neil Watt Consulting

The forum will explore:
• why they were introduced
• what they mean to you
• what you need to do to comply

Legislative Review Task Force(LRTF)

The Association's Legislative Review Task Force reviews legislation and makes submissions to government and regulatory bodies in areas of law where it is considered desirable that change be forthcoming.The challenge is to identify areas of law where the input of the Legislative Review Task Force can make a significant difference through the concerted efforts of legal and commercial minds.

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The CLA offers very competitive membership rates — $220pa for individuals and $420pa for firms. CLA members receive an average 20% discount to our lunchtime seminars and 25% discount to our halfday seminars. Members also receive a subscription to our refereed journal, the Commercial Law Quarterly.


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Financial members of the CLA are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 28 May, 2014 at the offices of Bartier Perry, L10, 77 Castlereagh St, Sydney. Please contact our CEO Max Wilson if you're interested.

Commercial Law Quarterly manuscripts

We always welcome the submission of articles or case notes. Please send your manuscripts to Professor Gregory Tolhurst at gregory.tolhurst@sydney.edu.au or DX 983 Sydney.