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The Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court will lead an impressive line-up of speakers at the Law Society of NSW's inaugural conference next month.

Law Society President Joanne van der Plaat said “the flagship, hybrid event will provide opportunities for practitioners across the profession to network, upskill and discover new trends and insights” over two busy days on 5 and 6 September.

The Conference, to be held in-person at the Hilton Sydney and fully accessible online, will explore critical themes to today’s profession and legal professional, including leadership and trust and preparing for the unexpected.

Chief Justice Andrew Bell will deliver a keynote address on leadership and trust to conclude the first day that also features sessions on staying well in the law and developing thriving high-performance teams in the new hybrid working environment.

The evening’s networking will culminate in the new Member Awards Night, an opportunity to recognise members of the Law Society of NSW and their valuable contribution to the profession and the community.

Following the Member Awards Night, the second day of the Conference will bring together the Government Solicitors, Rural Issues and Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) conferences.

Among the highlights of the second day is a presentation by ICAC Commissioner Patricia McDonald SC on maintaining and building trust in the government legal profession.

There will also be a session on secrecy in court and public interest immunity hosted by leading Sydney barrister Dr Christopher Ward SC and a not-to-be-missed great debate asking, “can government lawyers ever be ethical whistle-blowers?”

The rural issues stream includes discussions and presentations on drug testing in parenting matters, land use planning and wage theft and payment issues in rural businesses and farms.

Find out more about the program, and take advantage of early bird pricing, by registering here.


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