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Ethics and professional skills (Rule 6.1)

Refresh your skills and perspective in key CPD topic areas with our expert panel of speakers. An important attribute of any profession is its ability to adapt: legal practice in particular involves a commitment to knowledge renewal and continuing professional development to remain current and relevant.

About this course

This half-day seminar will provide key insights that will assist in navigating your professional life.  This seminar provides a CPD point in relation to each of Ethics and Professional Responsibility (rule 6.1.1); Practice Management and Business Skills (rule 6.1.2); and Professional Skills (rule 6.1.3).

We will focus on ethics for legal practitioners; data analytics and artificial intelligence; and professional communications.


Three CPD units (one unit per hour)

Program outline

1.00pm - Introduction

Chair:  Lyn Nicholson, General Counsel, Holding Redlich


1.05pm - Ethics and Professional Responsibility (rule 6.1.1)

Speaker:  John McKenzie, Legal Services Commissioner, OLSCNSW


2.05pm - Practice Management and Business Skills (rule 6.1.2): Data governance, data analytics, AI competencies for lawyers

Speaker:  Peter Leonard, Principal, Data Synergies Pty Limited; Professor of Practice, University of NSW Business School

  • artificial intelligence, harvesting data and legal protections
  • ethics and risks of unfair treatment
  • legal liability for data breach


3.05pm - Afternoon tea


3.25pm - Professional Skills (rule 6.1.3)

Speaker:  Lucy McGovern, Barrister, Tenth Floor Chambers

  • professional communications
  • engaging the Bar
  • legal professional privilege preserved or lost


4.25pm - Concluding remarks


4.30pm – Close


Learning outcomes

  • Apply an ethical framework in practice
  • Develop strategies and skills for enhancing and protecting communication with clients, colleagues and the Bar
  • Understand developments in data governance, artificial intelligence and their impact on the legal profession



A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you’re eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number in your UTS Open Profile (under ‘A bit about you’).

When signing up for the Session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your Cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that there’s a limit of one discount rate per participant.

Who is this course for?

  • General legal practitioners
  • Contract and commercial law specialists
  • Accredited specialists
  • Barristers
  • In-house counsel and general counsel teams
  • Legal officers
  • Government lawyers


12 March


CBD location


3 hrs

Meet the Expert

Lyn Nicholson

Lyn Nicholson
General Counsel, Holding Redlich

Lyn Nicholson is a General Counsel in the Corporate and Commercial group of Holding Redlich, with a broad wealth of corporate and commercial experience.  Lyn has significant expertise advising on complex corporate transactions.  Lyn’s commercial experience has focused on intellectual property and information assets which have involved various technologies and regulatory regimes.  

Lyn’s experience includes developing and implementing privacy and information security policies and negotiating contracts for the exploitation of information assets.  She has significant experience in privacy and spam regulation. Lyn advises on directors’ duties and a range of practical governance issues for both listed and unlisted companies.

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John McKenzie

John McKenzie
Legal Services Commissioner, OLSCNSW

John McKenzie was appointed as the Legal Services Commissioner for NSW from 12 March 2015.  A solicitor for 34 years, he worked primarily as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, largely for the Aboriginal Legal Service and on the staff of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.  He also worked some years in private practice, Legal Aid and community legal centres.

He was appointed the NSW Legal Services Commissioner in 2015 to head the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner which has the statutory responsibility for all complaints against lawyers.  Mr McKenzie was re-appointed as Legal Services Commissioner for a period of five years from 28 February 2019.

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Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard
Principal, Data Synergies Pty Limited; Professor of Practice, University of NSW Business School

Peter Leonard is a Sydney, Australia based data, content and technology business consultant and lawyer, advising data-driven businesses and government agencies.  Peter is principal of Data Synergies and a Professor of Practice at UNSW Business School (Information Systems and Business and Taxation Law). 

Peter chairs the IoTAA’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales’ Privacy and Data Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s AI Ethics Technical Committee. 

He serves on a number of corporate and advisory boards, including of the NSW Data Analytics Centre.  Peter was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin, now a large Australian law firm.  Following his retirement as a partner in 2017 he continues to assist Gilbert + Tobin as a consultant.

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Lucy McGovern

Lucy McGovern
Barrister, Tenth Floor Chambers

Lucy accepts briefs in a broad range of civil matters, including commercial and equity, regulatory, intellectual property and consumer, financial services and taxation law.  Prior to joining the Bar, Lucy was an associate in the intellectual property team at Minter Ellison. 

She has experience advising on a broad spectrum of intellectual property issues including patent, copyright and trade mark infringement, comparative advertising, product recalls, parallel importation, domain name disputes, franchising and pharmaceuticals and therapeutic goods regulations.  Lucy also gained experience as a solicitor for SingTel Optus and Westpac Banking Corporation.  

She has experience in contentious and non-contentious matters and has advised clients in diverse industries, including the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and banking sectors.

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Additional Information

Please arrive at 8:30 am for registration. Morning tea will be provided for seminar participants. Disclaimer: While it is the Faculty's intention to provide this program as advertised, UTS reserves the right to alter the program, or to cancel this seminar should the minimum enrolment quota not be met. Please note that all registrations are governed by UTS Short Courses & Conferences’

Book a session

01:00 PM, Thursday, 12 March
Expert: Lyn Nicholson
  • Thursday, 12 March
  • 3 hrs
  • CBD location
  • 1.00 to 4.30pm, 12 March 2020 | Grace Hotel: 77 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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