Vic/Tas Division Conference & Dinner

The full-day conference was designed for senior practitioners to stay up to date with developments, as well as sharing industry best practice. The conference was followed by a opportunity to network at the Dinner which included pre-drinks and a three course meal.

Conference sessions

Check out these sessions presented at this year’s Vic/Tas Division Conference. Our program was highly topical and covered all the big issues facing our profession in 2021 and beyond:

  • Roger David – A safe harbour experience 
  • This presentation from a safe harbour adviser, company lawyer and voluntary administrator spoke about the administration of Australia's third-largest menswear chain.
    Joanne Hardwick, Partner, Piper Alderman (moderator); Shane Deane, Director, Dye & Co; Justin Vaatstra, Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler; and Craig Shepard, Partner, Restructuring, KordaMentha.
  • Dealing with uncollected goods, bailee for reward & other useful tips in combatting PPSA issues
  • When landlords or bailees take possession of uncollected goods, they may be exposed to loss of priority due to the application of the PPSA. The risk can be mitigated by registration, by drafting to avoid the creation of a security interest or the application of uncollected goods legislation, but in what circumstances will such measures be effective against a liquidator or third party claimant to the goods? This session considered recent cases of interest concerning the PPSA.
    Mark McKillop, Barrister, Castan Chambers
  • Small Business Restructuring and simplified liquidation – What we know so far 
  • This panel's discussion covered lessons from the recently commenced small business restructuring and simplified liquidation processes and further reforms anticipated or required.
    Michael Lhuede, Partner, Piper Alderman; Narelle Ferrier, Technical & Standards Director, ARITA; Jason Stone, Business Recovery and Insolvency Partner, PKF.
  • Economic update
    The anticipated 'insolvency tsunami' is yet to arrive. Macquarie Bank’s leading economic and market commentator gave us his thoughts on why this is yet to happen.
    Martin Lakos, Division Director, Macquarie Bank
  • Pre-pack asset transfers and illegal phoenixing
    Carl Moller, Barrister

  • Case updates: Rapid fire, three lawyers, 9 cases of note, what you really need to know 
    Three lawyers dissected 9 cases of note in a rapid-fire session, explaining everything you really need to know.
    Katherine Payne, Partner, Hall & Wilcox; Ariel Borland, Partner, Mills Oakley; Marelda Hibberd, Partner, Maddocks 
  • Being a change champion in the pursuit of diversity in the workplace and securing discretionary effort
    Babette Graham, Director of Coaching, Leadership and Talent, KPMG
  • Bankruptcy update
    Included reports on recent bankruptcy cases of note.
    Alicia Hill, Principal, MST Lawyers; Neil McLean, Director, Rodgers Reidy

Event details


Tuesday 13 July 2021


RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000


Registration from 10:00 am
Conference from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Pre-dinner drinks from 5:15 pm
Dinner (three course sit down meal) from 6:00 pm


Tickets are available for an individual ticket or a table of 10

Rates to attend

All prices include GST Member Non-member
Conference $555 $758
Dinner ticket $258
Dinner guest ticket $258
Table of 10 $2,369



Up to 5.5 CPE hours 

COVID-safe and booking with confidence

We know that the world has changed and there is always going to be uncertainty around events in the age of a pandemic, so here is our approach to making this work:

  • The event will be fully COVID-safe and compliant above and beyond any basic government health requirements to do what we reasonably can to protect your health and safety and that of all attendees. That will include appropriate social distancing and other measures.
  • COVID cancellation: if the event is cancelled or has to be moved due to COVID issues, we will offer you a full refund.
  • If you’re unwell we will offer a cancel-on-the-day refund. It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure anyone who feels unwell stays away from events, so we will offer you a full refund if you are showing any COVID-like symptoms with no questions asked.
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