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March 2020

Existing use rights – when, why and how?

March 30 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maddocks, Collins Square, 25/727 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3008 Australia
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$330

Existing use rights play an important role in town planning. They are protected by law and the planning schemes, yet they are imbued with uncertainty and complexity. When are they created? What is protected? When are they subject to the planning scheme? In this workshop, you will learn the broad principles of existing use rights and be able to identify when, how and how much they apply. Presenter: John Rantino, Partner, Maddocks Lawyers Morning Tea will be provided. REGISTRATIONS CLOSE…

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April 2020

Section 173 Agreements – when, why and how?

April 9 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maddocks, Collins Square, 25/727 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3008 Australia
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$330

Every year, thousands of section 173 Agreements are entered into and recorded against land titles. They are legal agreements affecting legal rights. They are authorised by legislation but have been described by the Tribunal as “a hybrid agreement”. Yet they are often drafted by non-lawyers. In this workshop, you will learn the broad principles of drafting and interpreting section 173 Agreements. When and how to use them and when not to use them. Presenter John Rantino, Partner, Maddocks Lawyers Morning…

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Did you order the code red? Cross examining witnesses

April 24 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
$330

Cross-examining a witness is often thought of as the most difficult and stressful part of advocacy. As a witness, being cross-examined is equally difficult and stressful if unprepared. While cross-examination is not the only aspect of advocacy or of giving evidence, it can often make the difference between winning and losing. In this workshop, you will learn the rules of cross-examination how to prepare to be cross-examined. Presenters This program will combine the expertise of John Rantino of Maddocks Lawyers…

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May 2020

Restrictive covenants – their meaning, effect and removal

May 14 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maddocks, Collins Square, 25/727 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3008 Australia
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$330

Restrictive covenants are where property law crosses with planning law. A planning permit may not be granted if it would authorise a breach of a restrictive covenant. Restrictive covenants may be ended or modified by planning permit or planning scheme amendment. Yet restrictive covenants are exceedingly complex to interpret. The Courts have said that subtle differences in wording or circumstances can significantly change the meaning of a covenant. In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret a restrictive covenant,…

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Drafting for VCAT

May 28 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maddocks, Collins Square, 25/727 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3008 Australia
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$330

Nearly all VCAT appearances require the drafting and presenting of a written submission. The submission is not the only part of advocacy but it is an important part. Drafting for VCAT involves more than writing a submission. Everything a planner writes can affect the outcome of a proceeding (including external correspondence, responses to referrals etc). In this workshop, you will learn about the risks of writing in each phase of a proceeding – before, during and after. Importantly, you will…

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June 2020

The basic principles of drafting and interpretation

June 11 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maddocks, Collins Square, 25/727 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3008 Australia
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$330

Town planners spend much of their working life drafting, reading, interpreting and applying planning schemes, planning permits and section 173 Agreements. The law has established principles as to how to interpret such documents – the interpretation of planning schemes is different to the interpretation of permits and agreements. It is vital that planners have a broad understanding of how to draft and interpret the documents which they and others are required to apply. In this workshop, you will learn the…

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