Property Law and the effects of COVID-19

Property Law and the effects of COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented property lawyers with new and challenging ethical and legal issues, as well as the many practical consequences of social distancing, and “work from home” requirements. 

Rob Reis will present on the ethical and professional obligation issues of remote practice, with a focus on property transactions, and will speak in particular to the LPAE Guidance material on supervision of staff working remotely, and on confidentiality obligations. 

Michael James and Adam Peppinck will discuss COVID-19 related issues including execution of agreements, local protocols, the settlement process, national initiatives and will provide a quick update on e-conveyancing.

The seminar will go for 45 minutes with a short on-line question and answer session afterwards.


  • When: 3-4pm, Thursday 18 June 2020
  • Where: This is a webinar. When you register, you will be sent details of how to log in to the session.
  • Members will earn 0.5 CPD unit in Core Area  and 0.5 CPD unit in Core area 4
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 per person
  • Registrations close: 6 May 2020
  • **Please note: CPD points will accrue to the purchaser only

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email.

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. CPD Events — In the case of CPD events, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

Definitions: 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'Young Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.




Single ticket $88.00(GST incl.) Register



Rob Reis, Professional Standards Manager

Rob Reis is the Professional Standards Director of the ACT Law Society, with responsibility for Chapter 4 investigations into allegations of misconduct by practitioners including conflicts of interest, breach of confidentiality, and trust account misappropriation and defalcation. Rob has been in this role since the commencement of the Legal Profession Act in 2006, and prior to that was in private practice from 1985. In addition to his statutory role Rob also presents risk management and trust account seminars for newly admitted practitioners, paralegals and other administrative and support staff. He also runs bi-annual mandatory Practice Management Courses for senior and experienced practitioners and is a sessional lecturer at the University of Canberra and a tutor in Ethics at the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University.

Michael James, Principal, Trinity Law

Michael is a nationally recognised leading property lawyer. Three time winner of the REIACT Solicitor of the Year, and immediate past Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Australian Property Law Group, he is passionately interested in the evolution of real property laws, particularly where opportunities exist to achieve “best practice” nationally consistent law. He heads Trinity Law’s Private Client Division, supervising our large private conveyancing and wills/estates practice, and other private client services. He has an extensive client base, with an emphasis on long term and trusted relationships. He enjoys presenting seminars to other lawyers and professional groups on a wide range of legal issues, meeting with Government on law reform, but is equally comfortable in discussing complex or sophisticated matters with clients in a practical, and commercially informed manner. He has an outstanding team of talented and professional solicitors and assistants to support the work of the Private Client area, including his Conveyancing Manager and “chief organiser” for over 25 years, Angie Patron.

Adam Peppinck, Chair, Property Law Committee, ACT Law Society 

Adam has more than 15 years’ experience acting on a range of structured property transactions for public and private sector clients. He is renowned for his technical legal expertise and accuracy, his commerciality and his responsiveness. Adam acts for a wide range of government departments and agencies, with deep experience acting for the Departments of Defence, Finance, Home Affairs, Industry, Innovation and Science, and Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, as well as for Australian Hearing Services, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Federal Court of Australia, and the National Capital Authority.

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