SAT Practice and Procedure

Join us in navigating the SAT legal landscape. Examine, with a Member of the Tribunal, the SAT's jurisdictions, the scope of SAT’s powers in its review jurisdiction and dispute resolution in the context of SAT’s objectives. Understand the jurisdiction for appealing SAT decisions, grounds for appeal and review recent cases. Equip yourself with practical advocacy tips to enhance your effectiveness in SAT matters. 243W19

Friday, 22 March 2024

Attend and earn 3 CPD units including:
2 units in Substantive Law
1 unit in Professional Skills 

This program is based on WA legislation


Elmi Carlean, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers

2.00pm to 3.00pm SAT’s Jurisdiction and Dispute Resolution Processes
  • SAT’s original and review jurisdictions
  • Applications by ‘stream’
  • The scope of SAT’s powers in its review jurisdiction
  • Dispute resolution in the context of SAT’s objectives
  • Facilitative dispute resolution through directions hearings and mediation
  • SAT as a ‘no cost’ jurisdiction

Presented by Charmian Barton, Member, WA State Administrative Tribunal

3.00pm to 4.00pm Appealing SAT Decisions: What You Need to Know
  • Internal appeals within SAT
  • Appeals from SAT to a single Judge of the Supreme Court
  • Appeals from SAT to the Court of Appeal
  • Checklists for SAT appeals
  • The dos and don’ts of grounds of appeal
  • Templates for advising clients in relation to SAT appeals (including in relation to costs)
  • Notable recent appeals

Presented by Richard Graham, Legal Practitioner Director, Graham & Associates Lawyers

4.00pm to 4.15pm Afternoon Tea Break
Professional Skills
4.14pm to 5.15pm Effective Advocacy in the SAT: Practical Tips
  • The fundamentals of an effective advocate.
  • Tailoring your advocacy style to suit the particular jurisdiction of the SAT in which you appear.
  • Advocacy in mediations and procedural hearings before the Tribunal.
  • Tips for appearing by video.

Presented by Douglas Johnson, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers


Richard Graham, Legal Practitioner Director, Graham & Associates Lawyers
Richard Graham is a legal practitioner director at Graham and Associates. He specialises in defamation, guardianship and administration in SAT and legal costs disputes. He is the author of Civil Procedure WA Magistrates Court, known as "The Magistrates Court Red Book". Richard is a member of 2 committees at the Law Society of WA. These are the Courts Committee and the Costs Committee.

Douglas Johnson, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers
Doug practices in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has particular experience in the areas of construction, insurance, and commercial law. Disputes arising from construction and engineering projects have been a core part of Doug’s practice, both before and after coming to the Bar. Doug has advised owners and contractors on complex claims for delay, defective work, and variations (including proceedings involving over $300 million in issue). He has also acted on disputes relating to the termination of contracts, urgent injunctions, misleading or deceptive conduct, and statutory adjudications. In the insurance space, Doug has represented insurers and self-insureds in proceedings involving public liability, property damage, and professional negligence claims. The cross-over between Doug’s experience with insurance and construction work makes him particularly well suited for disputes involving construction professionals, such as engineers, architects, and project planners, as well as public liability claims arising on major projects. Doug’s broader commercial experience (as a solicitor) covers a range of matters, such as: Contractual disputes. Corporations law matters, including claims of shareholder oppression. Royal Commissions and regulatory investigations. Joint venture disputes. Before joining the Bar, Doug worked in the dispute resolution teams at Jones Day and King & Wood Mallesons. He also practised in insurance litigation at Moray & Agnew.

Ms. Charmian Barton, Member, WA State Administrative Tribunal
Charmian is a member of the WA State Administrative Tribunal. She is a lawyer and accredited mediator who works across the Tribunal’s development and resources, and commercial and civil jurisdictions. Charmian commenced her legal career with the WA State Solicitor’s Office in 1995 where she undertook a broad range of litigation, including prosecution work for non-indictable offences. She later practised law in NSW and appeared in planning appeals and judicial review proceedings before the NSW Land and Environment Court. Prior to her appointment with the Tribunal in October 2018, Charmian was a partner with global and national law firms in Perth and Sydney specialising in planning and environmental law with a particular focus on contaminated land management. Charmian is a Fulbright scholar with tertiary qualifications in law and science from Murdoch University and a Masters degree from Harvard Law School. Charmian has published and presented on a range of topics from a legal perspective, including brownfield redevelopment, mine site rehabilitation, corporate social responsibility, water reform, and carbon risk. She was an inaugural member of the WA Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel and is a current member of the WA Contaminated Sites Committee.


SAT Practice and Procedure


Single Session
Friday, 22 March 2024
2.00pm to 5.15pm Australia/Perth
CPD Points 3
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Parmelia Hilton

Level 1, Meeting Room, 14 Mill Street, Perth


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