‘How to’ Skills for Litigators

Litigation is about skill. Join an exceptional panel of experienced litigators and walk away with practical insights on key skills for litigators. Jam-packed with real worked examples on drafting statement of claims, defences and replies. Gain a practical understanding of the use conversation evidence in your affidavits and learn how and when it can be used. Plus get a valuable guide to using expert evidence and be across your ethical obligations in the preparation and participation of mediations. 243N40

Thursday, 21 March 2024
Professional Skills
9.00am to 10.00am Drafting Statement of Claims, Defences and Replies with Real Examples
  • Types of Pleadings: statements of claim, defences, replies and crossclaims
  • Organising content: material facts vs particulars
  • Amendments and strike out: the when, the why and the how
  • Drafting effective pleadings and some things to avoid with real examples

Presented by Ashley Cameron, Barrister, Greenway Chambers; Recommended Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel Doyles Guide 2023

Professional Skills
10.00am to 11.00pm A Guide to Using Expert Evidence
  • How to ask the right questions in your letter of instructions?
  • Can the other side subpoena my note? How to give instructions
  • Ethical boundaries: what you can and cannot influence
  • Can lawyers draft (part of) the report for the expert?

Presented by Ronny Chen, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers


Michelle Campbell, Barrister

Professional Skills
11.15am to 12.15pm Admissibility and Presentation of Conversation Evidence: How and When Direct Speech Should be Used in Affidavits
  • Do’s and don’ts of speech in affidavits
  • Hearsay implications of direct speech and admissibility requirements

Presented by Alexander Kuklik, Barrister, Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

Professional Skills
12.15pm to 1.15pm Mediation Preparation and Participation
  • Preparation and participation of mediation
  • Ethical rules to consider
  • Issues that you may face

Presented by Gregory Burton SC, 5 Wentworth Chambers

11.00am to 11.15am Morning Tea

Attend and earn 4 CPD units in Professional Skills
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories


Gregory Burton SC, 5 Wentworth Chambers
Gregory Burton SC FCIArb FRI TEP practises primarily in commercial/equity matters, at trial and appellate levels, from 5 Wentworth Chambers, with a focus on corporations, finance and securities, insolvency, insurance, trusts, property (intellectual, personal, real) and succession/family provision. He took silk in 2004. He is also a long-standing mediator and arbitrator, expert determiner, and domain name dispute determiner for auDA. He edits and co-authors a banking and finance law journal and text, and has authored and edited books, articles and commentary, and speaks, on aspects of commercial law/equity, public law, evidence and practice/ethics and ADR. He is Procurator (church counsel) for the Presbyterian Church of Australia, federally and in some States, chairs and has chaired or been a member of dispute or discipline panels for various organisations and holds a part-time tribunal appointment (primary and appellate).

Ronny Chen, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers
Ronny Chen is a commercial barrister in Sydney. He is familiar with complex disputes involving insolvency, Corporations Legislation, and financial services dimensions. His first degree is in mathematics and has a master’s in applied finance. He focuses on resolving commercial disputes that often has a cross-border element. He was born and raised in China and often works with Chinese-speaking clients and on matters involving Chinese laws. Ronny is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has experience in appearing in arbitration and arbitration-related Court proceedings.

Alexander Kuklik, Barrister, Third Floor Wentworth Chambers
Admitted to the bar in 2006 after practising as a solicitor in private practice and with the corporate regulator, Alex has established a broad practice in commercial and equity law. He specialises in trusts and succession, property disputes and company and financial services law. Alex lecturers and tutors at the University of Sydney and for the Legal Practitioners Admission Board in the areas of evidence law, contract law, criminal law, civil and criminal procedure, and has presented seminars on a broad range of legal topics. Alex also serves on the Navy Reserve Legal Panel.

Ashley Cameron, Barrister, Greenway Chambers
Ashley Cameron has a commercial practice that focuses on building and construction, insurance, equity and commercial litigation. She represents government, individual and corporate clients, working closely with instructing solicitors and in-house counsel to ensure a practical and commercial approach to resolving disputes. Ashley’s excellent research, legal analysis and written and oral advocacy skills help her get to the nub of any dispute efficiently and make her an asset both in and out of court. For four years before becoming a barrister, Ashley worked in the commercial litigation teams at TressCox Lawyers and HWL Ebsworth and was promoted to senior associate within 2.5 years of admission. She was also the tipstaff to NSW Supreme Court judge, the Hon Justice Robert McDougall. Ashley was voted in as a member of Greenway Chambers within three months of completing readership. She is regularly called on to present on building and construction and contract law. Doyles Guide Leading Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel – New South Wales– Recommended 2023 Ludlows Award 2018 (awarded to the individual who receives the highest overall mark in the NSW Bar exams) Katrina Dawson Award 2018 (awarded annually to one woman who has passed the NSW Bar exams and is committed to starting practice at the Bar)


‘How to’ Skills for Litigators


Single Session
Thursday, 21 March 2024
9.00am to 1.15pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 4
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