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Ethics and Professional Skills and Business Knowledge (Rule 6.1)

Meet your mandatory CPD topic obligations with our expert guidance and receive insights into ethics, cyber security, discrimination risks in the workplace and the new property tax replacing stamp duties.

About this course

Legal Practice involves an ongoing commitment to knowledge renewal and continuing professional development. The ability to re-invigorate and adapt in the legal profession is key to success. Designed to meet the mandatory CPD topics for Legal Practitioners, this UTS short course will equip you to navigate the dynamic landscape of technology and ethical challenges in the delivery of legal services.

You’ll hear from the President of the Court of Appeal on preserving the effectiveness of legal hearings in a digital context.

Key benefits of this course

This course has been designed to equip you with:

  • A refresh of the four Rule 6.1 CPD topics mandatory for the legal profession
  • Skills, strategies and insights into ethical dilemmas and practices
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technological challenges from cyber security threats
  • Insights from leading members of the court, bar, law firm, corporate counsel and academics
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)- for NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Walesadvises: “If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.


Full price: $495 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

8.30am - Registration

Chair:    Associate Professor Maxine Evers, UTS Faculty of Law

8.45am - Welcome and introduction

8.50am  - Rule 6.1.1 Ethics - Ethics in the Delivery of Legal Services

Speaker: Justice Julie Ward, President Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales

  • Ethics and empathy
  • The digital context – relevant skills
  • Do the legal system and courts work best face to face?
  • Professional boundaries – deference
  • Duties to colleagues and opposing parties’ representatives
  • Consequences of an overriding duty.

9.45am - Rule 6.1.2 Business Knowledge and Skills - Cyber Security, Data and Artificial Intelligence: Frontiers, Risks and Opportunities

Speaker: Benjamin Di Marco, Cyber Specialist, Australia and New Zealand – FINEX Willis Towers Watson, Willis Australia Limited

  • Cyber threats – risks to stored records data and supply chains
  • Application of AI to large data sets – zero trust, active testing of threats and identity protection
  • Privacy and risk management
  • Cyber incident response
  • Information security, cyber/tech insurance issues, technology and data security law
  • IoT AI and G5, data breach legislation, privacy principles and the role of the lawyer
  • Managing and allocating risk.

10.40am - Morning tea

11.00am - Rule 6.1.3 Professional Skills - Update on Discrimination Law as it may affect Legal Practitioners in the Workplace. 

Speaker: Mandy Tibbey, Barrister, 8 Wentworth Chambers

  • Outline of State and Federal Anti-Discrimination Law
  • NCAT Procedures
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Protecting your practice or workplace from claims.

11.50am - Rule 6.1.4 Substantive Law - Details of the new Stamp Duties regime

Speaker: Amrit MacIntyre, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

  • Application of new property tax replacing stamp duties for first home buyers
  • Proposal for the eventual replacement of stamp duty with property tax
  • Consequences for advice to clients
  • Impact on property transactions
  • Other developments in indirect taxes for property transactions.

12.45pm - Q & A

1.00pm - Close

Course learning objectives

By the end of this course, participants should have:

  • Enjoyed an opportunity to engage with a senior judicial officer outside of the courtroom
  • Developed an understanding of vital professional duties
  • Gained digital literacy and an understanding of privacy and cyber risk
  • You are required to complete 10 CPD points each year. This course will provide you with your three mandatory topics on ethics and professional responsibility, practice management and business skills, professional skills and at least one CPD point on a substantive law topic.



To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount for 2-4 participants from the same organisation
  • 15% for 5+ participants from the same organisation
  • 10% discount for UTS alumni and staff

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

Multiple enrolments from the same organisation

To take up this offer, email with

  • Your organisation’s name,
  • The course name and date and
  • The number of people you’ll be enrolling (minimum of 2 participants).

UTS staff only: how to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount UTS alumni and staff

Please contact the team at with your student or staff number to request your discount voucher code. 

If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile(under “A bit about you”). If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button.

On-campus and onsite course logistics


Morning tea will be provided as part of your enrolment. If you have particular dietary requirements, please advise our team members via email at

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Who is this course for?

This program is suitable for:

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


15 March




4 hrs


4 hrs

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Meet the Experts

Maxine Evers

Maxine Evers
Associate Professor – UTS Faculty of Law

Maxine is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law. Prior to academia, she was in private practice, followed by work as a government legal officer and a legal costs consultant.  Maxine’s commitment to the profession and legal education is reflected in her roles as Program Head for the Practical Legal Training program, Director of Students, Student Ombudsman and Associate Dean (Education).

Maxine believes in the importance of ethics and the profession, with her teaching and research having a focus on the philosophy and practice of ethics. Her passion has led her to contribute to legal education and the profession through teaching, research and community engagement. Maxine has served on the NSW Law Society Costs Working Committee, the NSW Bar Association's Professional Conduct Committee, the Practical Legal Training Sub-Committee and the Legal Qualifications Committee.  In 2021, she completed her thesis on sole general practitioners.

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Justice Julie Ward

Justice Julie Ward
President Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales

Justice Ward graduated in 1982 in law from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours and the University Medal, before being admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court. She became the associate to Sir Nigel Bowen, the first Chief Justice of the Federal Court, before completing a BCL with first class honours at Oxford University, having won a post-graduate scholarship from Sydney University.

Her honour was made a partner of Mallesons in 1988, where she was the youngest appointed female partner.  In 2008, she became the first female solicitor directly appointed to the Supreme Court of NSW, and sat in the Equity Division of the Court until her appointment to the Court of Appeal in 2012. Justice Ward was appointed Chief Judge in Equity in 2017 and President of the Court of Appeal on 6 March 2022.

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Benjamin Di Marco

Benjamin Di Marco
Cyber Specialist, Australia and New Zealand – FINEX Willis Towers Watson

Ben has over 14 years of experience specialising in cyber risk, privacy, technology law, financial insurance and dispute resolution. He has acted in over 300 data breaches providing triage, privacy, strategic and claim support to companies. Along with leading Willis Towers Watson's Australia and New Zealand cyber and technology risk team, Ben is the VP and National Cyber Risk and Governance stream leader for the Australian Society of Computers & Law. He sits on the Standards Australia IT-012 Committee, the Privacy and Data Law Committee for the Qld Law Society and numerous advisory bodies.

Ben is a leading privacy and technology risk speaker and recent works include technology risk advisory project to Australian/multinational organisation, drafting manuscript insurance wordings, managing complex data breach claims, advising on cyber policy, helping organisations strengthen data approaches, delivering assessment and quantification project, coordinating complex client insurance placements and providing expert risk consulting projects.

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Mandy Tibbey

Mandy Tibbey
Barrister, 8 Wentworth Chambers

Mandy has practised at the NSW Bar since 2004 and, prior to that, as a solicitor in a range of equity, commercial and administrative law matters including family provision, wills and probate, trusts, commercial and property-related claims, discrimination, consumer law and disciplinary matters. She appears in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court of Australia, ICAC and other courts and tribunals as required.

Mandy is a Part-Time Senior Legal Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and a nationally accredited Mediator. She is a contributing author to Thomsons NSW Civil Procedure and the popular Thomsons Civil Law Procedure Handbook.

Mandy has served as a Member of the NSW Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee and Professional Conduct Committee and is a past Chair of the Women Barristers Forum.

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Amrit MacIntyre

Amrit MacIntyre
Partner, Baker McKenzie

Amrit MacIntyre is a partner in the Sydney office of Baker McKenzie where he focuses on taxation planning and advisory work. He is one of Australia's most prominent tax lawyers and is a member of the Australian Taxation Office Public Rulings Panel and chairperson of Office of State Revenue/Taxation Institute of Australia Liaison Committee.

Amrit is recognised as a leading practitioner in Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific, International Tax Review's World Tax, International Tax Review's Indirect Tax Leaders Guide, International Tax Review's Tax Controversy Leaders Guide, PLC Which Lawyer?, Tax Directors Handbook, Who's Who Legal Corporate Tax and The Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers in Australia.

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Book a session

Wed 15 Mar 2023 -
Wed 15 Mar 2023
Expert: Maxine Evers, Justice Julie Ward, Benjamin Di Marco, Mandy Tibbey, Amrit MacIntyre

Self-managed enrolments close at 11.59pm AEDT on 14 March 2023.
If you anticipate a late enrolment, please email Law Short Courses

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