Risk on Air


Lawcover presents Risk on Air – a series of podcasts focusing on issues, trends and developments in legal practice and how they can impact on your practice.

All Episodes

In this episode - Host Julian Morrow (co-founder of the Chaser, Giant Dwarf and host of ABC National Radio’s Sunday Extra) chats with John McKenzie, (Legal Services Commissioner for NSW) about solicitor complaints. They explore the key causes of complaints, how a client relationship can sour, how solicitors can form an appropriate response to a complaint and what you can do to reduce the likelihood of complaints.

Nov 17

36 min 12 sec

In this episode we delve into neuroscience and how it can help us manage our workloads, reduce risk and how maintaining mental fitness can prepare you for life’s biggest challenges. Hosted by Julian Morrow, co-founder of the Chaser, Giant Dwarf and host of ABC National Radio’s Sunday Extra who chats with Rachel Clements, co-founder and Director of Psychological Services at the Centre for Corporate Health and Resilia about creating a healthy relationship with stress. Show Notes: Resources Law Society of NSW Solicitor Outreach Service (SOS) LIFELINE

Sep 15

37 min 46 sec

Renee Stevens, Legal Risk Manager at Lawcover and Kristy Nunn, Director of Mullane & Lindsay, discuss recent cases and claims highlighting some key risk areas of family law practice, and explore how to manage these risks effectively. Show Notes: Binding Financial Agreements Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) sections 90G and 90K Rogic v Samaan [2018] NSWSC 1464 Spouse maintenance Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) sections 90F and 90UI Millington & Millington [2007] FamCA 687 (29 June 2007) Fosse & Salvage [2019] FamCA 385 (14 June 2019) Spouse maintenance orders Bodilly & Hand [2019] FamCA 210 (9 April 2019) Blevins and Blevins [2019] FCCA 1923 (11 July 2019) Child support and child support agreements Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth) sections 80C(2), 83 and 106A(5)(a) Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth) Part 4 Superannuation splitting orders Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (Cth) Part 7A Family Law (Superannuation) Regulations 2001 (Cth) Regulation 72

Jun 30

36 min 53 sec

In this episode, Jack Boyd provides the inside story on how New South Wales law firms have been impacted by cyber-attacks in the last few years.

Apr 27

42 min 14 sec

In this episode, Elissa Baxter, General Counsel at Lawcover and Michaela Moloney, Partner at K&L Gates, discuss sexual harassment in law practices. Show notes: Need cover for employment related claims? Consider Lawcover’s NEW Lawyers Management Liability insurance. Click here for more information. Other Resources mentioned: Respect@work report 2020, Australian Human Rights Commission Richardson v Oracle [2014] FCAFC 82 Vergara v Ewin [2014] FCAFC 100

Feb 24

38 min 25 sec

The aftermath of a claim is a prime opportunity to explore changes to a law practice, particularly issues around employees whose conduct might have contributed to the claim. Show Notes: In this episode, guests Alex Haslam and Sarah Wood discuss systems around good employee supervision and the creation of ethical law firm cultures. They also discuss ways to approach disciplining or dismissing employees whose conduct is not meeting the firm’s expectations, and the employment law risks which arise from disciplinary action. Cases discussed Legal Services Commissioner v Ibidapo Olayemi [2019] VCAT 1283 For law practices wanting insurance for employment related claims, information about Lawcover’s Lawyers Management Liability Policy can be found here: Lawyers Management Liability

Nov 2020

28 min 54 sec

We discuss the importance of having a risk management strategy for your legal practice. This includes the four essential questions that every legal practice owner should ask in order to reduce general risks and in particular, the risk of claims.

Sep 2020

38 min 49 sec

Every client file is different and proper management is key for timely and effective client service and risk mitigation.

Jun 2020

36 min 14 sec

When running a legal practice what are your obligations as an employer when it comes to working remotely? We discuss the risks, what is reasonably practicable and how you can minimise the risk to yourself, the legal practice and your employees to ensure a safe and effective work environment for everyone.

May 2020

26 min 7 sec

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, we look at the unique challenges that solicitors and law practices face as they transition to a remote working environment and evolving work arrangements. What are the potential risk implications for your practice? We discuss how systems, processes, clients and employees are impacted and how you can best minimise the risk of a professional negligence claim during these times of uncertainty.

Apr 2020

29 min 44 sec

In family provision litigation there are points where your exposure to risk increases. Knowing where these danger points lie can make all the difference. We examine the stages of family provision litigation and the points at which a solicitor is most exposed to risk. We examine how and why each risk point arises and what you can do to manage it.

Feb 2020

47 min 42 sec

Do solicitors stick to advising on the strict application of the law, or do they have a role in helping a client decide what is right and wrong?

Nov 2019

35 min 28 sec

For many solicitors property transactions form a large part of legal practice; but they are not always straightforward.

Oct 2019

25 min 36 sec

By examining recent cases we discuss the key risk areas in litigation practice, how this risk presents itself in different matters and the steps you can take to manage it in your practice.

Aug 2019

42 min 15 sec

What cyber risks are relevant to your legal practice and what can you do about it? We discuss recent cyber claims, why and how solicitors have become targets and what can be done to secure your legal practice against cyber-attack.

Jul 2019

34 min 40 sec

For a legal practice to thrive, good financial management is key. We examine the link between poor financial management and professional negligence claims, and what can be done to minimise the likelihood of problems occurring while working towards a more profitable and successful law practice.

May 2019

40 min 27 sec

Lawcover shares lessons from 10 years of law firm visits and examines the recurring risk issues and key aspects of legal practice management that commonly give rise to claims, how you can better understand your practice systems and what you can do to improve operations and minimise risk.

Mar 2019

27 min 41 sec

Sometimes it’s the simplest of actions that can expose a solicitor to a defamation claim. We discuss recent claims in the area and examine why solicitors are at risk, how they can become exposed to claims and what precautions they can take to control the risk within their practice.

Feb 2019

40 min 51 sec

Conveyancing is one of the largest areas of legal practice and it is changing.We discuss these changes along with cases, current issues and recent developments in conveyancing and how this relates to risk in everyday legal practice.

Nov 2018

41 min 23 sec

Are you confident that misunderstandings or false assumptions could not arise between yourself and your client? We discuss recent cases which highlight the importance of clear client communication, how and why these situations occur and what can be done to manage the risk in your legal practice.

Sep 2018

42 min 55 sec

Are you unsure if your client has capacity to make a will? What should you do? We examine key cases surrounding testamentary capacity and practical measures that solicitors can take to ensure the risk is minimised and that the client’s will has the best chance of being upheld in a capacity challenge.

Jul 2018

54 min 9 sec

We discuss a solicitor’s duty of care to avoid economic loss to a client and how this relates to managing risk in everyday legal practice.

May 2018

31 min 22 sec

This podcast will examine the issues and risks associated with cost estimates, fixed costs and how practical measures can be taken to manage this risk, maintain a happy client base and get paid on time.

Mar 2018

38 min 41 sec

Lawyers are faced with unique, rewarding and sometimes confronting circumstances in every day legal practice. Our “Mental Health” podcast considers these challenges and the impact they can have on individual health and how to recognise warning signs, reducing risk to lawyers, their staff and their practice.

Jan 2018

29 min 58 sec