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Ethics and professional skills for lawyers (rule 6.1)

Refresh your skills and perspective in key CPD topic areas with our panel of expert speakers. An important attribute of any profession is its ability to reinvigorate and adapt. Legal practice involves a commitment to knowledge renewal and continuing professional development. This half-day seminar will provide key insights that will assist in navigating your professional life.

About this course

This seminar provides a CPD point in each of the four Rule 6.1 mandatory fields. Hear from the 2019 President of the Law Society of NSW on Ethics, a leading practitioner on getting the most out of mediation, an IT expert on using Artificial Intelligence to best advantage, and an experienced barrister on anti-discrimination law.

Four CPD units (one unit per hour)

Course structure

8:40am - Introduction by our Chair 

Jane Hogan, Lecturer and Quentin Bryce Scholar, UTS Faculty of Law


8:45am - Ethics in the delivery of legal services (Rule 6.1.1 Ethics and Professional Responsibility)
Presented by Elizabeth Espinosa, 2019 President, The Law Society of New South Wales

  • Ethics and empathy
  • Professional boundaries
  • Duties to colleagues and opposing parties' representatives.


9:45am - Mediation: getting a great result (Rule 6.1.3 Professional Skills)
Presented by Peter Butler AM, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

  • The art of negotiation and influence during a mediation
  • Mediating in a commercial context
  • Skills, strategies and principles.

11:00am - Artificial Intelligence – frontiers and opportunities (Rule 6.1.2 Practice Management and Business Skills)
Presented by Professor Richard Xu, UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT)

  • Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to large data sets
  • Computational learning theory, machine learning, data mining and predictive analysis
  • AI and neural networks – generative adversarial networks
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and G5 wireless communications, surveillance capitalism and the role of the lawyer.


12:00pm - Anti-discrimination law in the workplace (Rule 6.1.4 Substantive Legal Knowledge)
Presented by Mandy Tibbey, Barrister, 8 Wentworth Chambers

  • Discrimination in the workplace
  • Sexual, racial and disability protections
  • Employer obligations.


Learning outcomes

  • Apply an ethical framework in practice
  • Develop strategies and skills for optimising mediation outcomes
  • Understand developments in Artificial Intelligence and their impact on the legal profession
  • Interpret anti-discrimination law as it applies in the workplace.



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?

This seminar is for:

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


26 February


CBD location


4 hrs

Meet the Expert

Dr Jane Hogan

Dr Jane Hogan
Lecturer, Quentin Bryce Scholar, UTS Faculty of Law (Chair)

Jane Hogan is a Lecturer at UTS Law School, Sydney, and a current PhD candidate and Quentin Bryce Scholar.  Her research focuses on understanding the use of artificial intelligence in the legal sphere and she is exploring the legal and policy implications of that use. 

She is interested more broadly in the design, implementation and impact of technology on our social world and of the role of law in enabling those technologies whilst ameliorating any adverse impacts.  Jane’s previous experience includes practice in the area of intellectual property with a focus on patent litigation.  She also has extensive experience in law firm knowledge management and holds a qualification in information management.

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Elizabeth Espinosa

Elizabeth Espinosa
2019 President, The Law Society of New South Wales

Elizabeth Espinosa was the President of the Law Society of NSW for 2019.  Elizabeth is the first graduate from the University of Wollongong to hold this position and the first member of her family to practise as a lawyer.  Elizabeth is a strong supporter of professional integrity, the rule of law, natural justice principles, education and diversity and inclusion. 

In her role as General Counsel, Manager Governance, Legal and Procurement at Liverpool City Council, Elizabeth is a crucial part of the executive team and a lead decision-maker in numerous complex matters.  She has often been involved in the interplay of various Commonwealth and State legislation and corporate governance and probity principles, including addressing ethical challenges faced by in-house counsel.

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Peter Butler AM

Peter Butler AM
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Peter became a partner of the Melbourne office at Freehills at 29 years of age after graduating from the University of Melbourne.  He was seconded to Sydney office at Freehills, and assisted the firm in senior management roles before accepting a secondment to London as Special Counsel for the Board and as Head of Compliance of Reuters Plc.  He became Freehills’ first Head of Litigation. 

He has maintained a substantial litigation practice and has returned full time to his practice following his resignation as Managing Partner in February 2010.  Peter advises Australia’s largest companies on Corporations Law matters, contractual disputes, construction disputes, class actions and regulatory issues.  He lectures on a variety of litigation topics including directors’ obligations, privilege and the conduct of litigation in the Supreme and Federal courts. 

Peter is co-author of ‘Class Actions in Australia’ in Litigation Issues in the Distribution of Securities: An Internal Perspective.  He has advised the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian governments on a range of issues and has advised investment banks and other financial institutions in relation to securities market investigations by ASIC and APRA.  He has acted in numerous high-profile class actions, including for clients such as Johnson and Johnson, Cash Converters and Ashley Holdings, among others. 

He is recognised as one of Australia’s strongest litigators by Australian Financial Review ‘Best Lawyers’ in Class Actions, ADR and Litigation 2017; PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook; Who’s Who Legal: Australia 2019; Best Lawyers in Australia 2019; Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year – Global Awards 2019.

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Richard Xu

Richard Xu
Associate Professor

Founder and director of the UTS DataLounge, Richard Xu is a leading researcher in the fields of machine learning, deep learning, data analytics and computer vision. Associate Professor Xu is also a core member of UTS's Innovation in IT Services and Applications and the Global Big Data Technologies research centres.

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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.  She is experienced in a range of equity, commercial and administrative law matters such as family provision, wills and probate, general equity, trusts, commercial and property-related claims, discrimination, consumer law and disciplinary matters.  She appears in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, ICAC and other courts and tribunals. 

Mandy is a Part-Time Senior Legal Member with the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, appointed to the Guardianship, Commercial and Consumer and Administrative and Equal Opportunity Divisions.  She is a nationally accredited Mediator, a Member of the Mediation Panels for the Supreme Court of NSW and District Court of NSW and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. 

Mandy is a contributing author to Thomsons NSW Civil Procedure and Civil Law Procedure Handbook.  She is often asked to present legal education seminars to the profession, has been a Member of the NSW Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee and Professional Conduct Committee, past Chair of the Women Barristers Forum and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Sir Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History.

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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’

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08:40 AM, Wednesday, 26 February
Expert: Dr Jane Hogan
  • Wednesday, 26 February
  • 4 hrs
  • CBD location
  • 26 February 2020, 8.40am-1pm | Grace Hotel: 77 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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