Statutory Interpretation Intensive: From Basics to Advanced Techniques

Gain a strong foundation in statutory interpretation including differing interpretation approaches, statutory requirements and key aids plus a practical workshop to cement your understanding. Delve into real-world cases for critical practical insights. Engage in practical problem-solving activities to advance your skills. Leave understanding the intersection of statutes, common law and equity, providing a holistic perspective. 243V09

Thursday, 14 March 2024
9.00am to 10.00am Statutory Interpretation Essentials and Recent Case Updates
  • The contemporary approach to statutory interpretation
  • Statutory requirements
  • Aids to interpretation
  • Legal assumptions
  • Recent illustrative cases

Presented by  Minh-Quan Nguyen, Barrister, Dever’s List

12.15pm to 1.15pm Practical Interactive Problem-Solving Workshop
  • Engaging in a practical exercise to tackle various statutory problems, with opportunities for interactive discussion and commentary
  • Offering contemporary legal cases with diverse judicial viewpoints to foster constructive discussion
  • Exploring common words and phrases used in statutes and their interpretation
  • Identifying common pitfalls in statutory interpretation

Presented by Peter Hanks KC, List G Barristers and James Stoller, Barrister, Foley's List


Dan Star KC, List A Barristers

10.00am to 11.00am Advanced Statutory Interpretation
  • Presumptions of construction
  • Commonwealth, State and Territory constitutions and statutory interpretation
  • Amendments and repeals
  • Commencement and duration
  • Nature and validity of subordinate legislation and instruments made under statute
  • Non-legislative instruments 

Presented by Alanna Mitchell, Partner, Maddocks 

11.15am to 12.15pm Interpreting Statutes in the Context of Equity and the Common Law
  • Exploring the entanglement between statutes, common law and equity

Presented by Emrys Nekvapil SC, List A Barristers

Attend and earn 4 CPD units in Professional Skills

This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

11.00am to 11.15am Morning Tea


Mr. Peter Hanks KC, Barrister,
Peter appears regularly for Commonwealth and State government agencies, and against those agencies, in the Federal Court, High Court, Supreme Court, Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He also regularly provides advice on administrative and constitutional law issues to Commonwealth and State government agencies, and to private parties in relation to their rights against those agencies. Prior to coming to the Bar, Peter had over 25 years experience teaching administrative law and constitutional law at the University of Sydney and Monash University. He is an accomplished author and has published several books on constitutional law and administrative law including Constitutional Law in Australia (4th edition), Social Security in Australia (2nd edition) and Australian Constitutional Law (7th edition). Peter has been a principal contributor to Butterworths' "High Court and Federal Court Practice" and "Administrative Law Service".

Mr James Stoller, Barrister,
James specialises in proceedings involving government parties. He acts for and against government entities in judicial review proceedings and statutory appeals; professional disciplinary, licensing, and civil penalty proceedings; applications for regulatory injunctions; applications to stay regulatory action; planning and environmental cases; merits review proceedings; investigations and inquiries; common law cases involving government defendants; and statutory prosecutions in a regulatory context.

Mr. Emrys Nekvapil SC, Barrister,
Emrys Nekvapil practises in public law and commercial law. Before coming to the bar he was a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jacques. He has a Master of Laws (Government and Commercial) from the ANU. He regularly appears in trials in the lower courts and tribunals and appellate and judicial review matters in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and High Court.

Ms. Alanna Mitchell, Partner,
Alanna is a Partner in the Commercial – Government and NFP team at Maddocks. Alanna is an experienced legal practitioner who specialises in providing commercial, administrative, integrity and investigative legal services to public sector and not-for profit clients. Alanna specialises in energy, emergency and crisis management, and the environment. She is a legal, commercial and public administration expert with a strong sense of the client imperative and a track record of providing high quality, pragmatic and strategic legal advice in high value, high risk, or sensitive matters that drives strong client solutions. Alanna has worked with Victorian Government departments and agencies on high-value, high-risk commercial and regulatory matters, including advisory, investigations, litigation, inquiries, major projects and deals, prosecutions and administrative law matters. Alanna's areas of expertise include commercial contracts, negotiations and transactions, regulatory investigations and advice on powers, procedures, compliance and enforcement, administrative law and decision-making and associated litigation, professional disciplinary investigations and prosecutions, integrity investigations, advice and regulation, public inquiries and associated litigation, public sector governance, entity establishment and restructuring, public sector board advisory, entity powers and privileges, statutory interpretation, legislation development and advice

Mr. Minh-Quan Nguyen, Barrister,
Minh-Quan practises mainly in public law and commercial law. He regularly advises government and private clients on constitutional law, administrative law and general statutory interpretation issues. He has taught public law subjects at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Before coming to the Bar, he worked in government and private practice and as a judge’s associate.


Statutory Interpretation Intensive: From Basics to Advanced Techniques


Single Session
Thursday, 14 March 2024
9.00am to 1.15pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 4
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InterContinental Melbourne

495 Collins Street, Melbourne 


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  • By train: Southern Cross Station (5-minute walk)
  • By subway: Southern Cross Station (5-minute walk)
  • By Tram: Trams on routes 12, 109, 11 and 48 all pass the hotel along Collins Street, get off at the William Street stop (3-minute walk). The hotel is located within the free tram zone which means travel within the CBD on the tram is free.
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