Victoria Practice Management Course

A requirement to meet the guidelines to apply for
a principal practising certificate in Victoria

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Why Choose The FMRC Practice Management Course?

Fastest Course

The FMRC course is unique in that it does not require any prereading. Our course lets you cover everything in the three consecutive days at a face to face workshop.

Industry Experts

All our presenters are known as industry experts in their field. Most have an international reputation in the legal profession and are sought after consultants and advisors.

30 Years Experience

Having conducted the Practice Management Course for more than 30 years we have ironed out all the wrinkles – we make it easy for you from start to finish.

Best Reputation

FMRC was the first organisation to be accredited to provide the Practice Management Course with more than 8,000 practitioners completing the course since 1989.

All FMRC Practice Management Courses will be proceeding as planned using Zoom video conferencing. This will allow you to participate from the comfort of your home or office. You will not need any software or tools, just a good internet connection and a desktop computer / laptop with a camera.

This is the perfect opportunity to complete the Practice Management Course whilst the CO-VID19 restrictions are in place.

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VIC Sole and Small Firms / 1 – 34 Principals / Incorporated Legal Practice

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Large Firms / 35+ Principals
To meet the requirements for both NSW and VIC guidelines.

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A course specific to your needs

Sole and Small Firms / 1 – 34 Principals / ILP

This highly practical course will provide you with the practical and implementable skills to manage and grow your legal practice.  The presenters in the program are industry leaders in their area of specialisation which gives you access to the latest management strategies and an understanding of how the best performing firms are achieving their success and how you can emulate them.

Large Partnerships (35+ Principals)

You will examine the strategic management issues relevant to new partners of
Australia’s largest legal firms. A separate program has been devised for this course.

FMRC Practice Management Course Victoria Program

Day 1

Manual Ref Timing Session Title Presenter
8:30am – 10:00am Business strategy, a planned approach Neil Oakes FMRC
10:15am – 12:45pm Financial management for success Neil Oakes FMRC
1:30pm – 3:00pm Profitability, cash flow and pricing Neil Oakes FMRC
3:15pm- 5:00pm Ethics Neil Watt Neil Watt Consulting

Day 2

Manual Ref Timing Session Title Presenter
8:30am – 10:00am Trust accounting John Mitchell Mansfield Partners
10:15am – 12:45pm Structure, ownership, valuation and partnership issues Neil Oakes FMRC
1:30pm – 3:00pm Risk management systems and issues
3:15pm – 4:45pm Technology innovation and cyber security Markus Hugenschmidt Jam Cyber

Day 3

Manual Ref Timing Session Title Presenter
8:30am – 10:00am Trust Accounting John Mitchell Mansfield Partners
10:15am – 12:45pm Getting the best from and doing the best for talent Neil Oakes FMRC
1:30pm – 4.00pm Business Development and Marketing Sue-ella Prodonovich Prodonovich Advisory
4:00pm– 5:00pm Pragmatic implementation, a plan for success Neil Oakes FMRC
  • Ethics online assessment task, allow 1 hour
  • Trust online accounting assessment task, allow 1 hour
  • Business planning exercise, allow 2 hours if you have not completed a business plan
  • Pass mark 75%

FMRC Practice Management Course Large Firms (35+) Program

Day 1

Manual Ref Timing Session Title Presenter
1 8:30am – 1:15pm Practice Management, Financial Mechanics, Profitability and Price Neil Oakes FMRC
4 1:45pm – 3:45pm People Management Issues, getting the best from the Talent Neil Oakes FMRC
14 4:00pm – 6.00pm Partnership Management Issues Neil Oakes FMRC

Day 2

Manual Ref Timing Session Title Presenter
11 8:30am – 10:00am Trust Accounting John Mitchell Mansfield Partners
6 10:15am – 1:15pm Risk Management and Compliance Ronwyn North Streeton Consulting
9 1:45pm – 4:45pm Ethics Neil Watt Neil Watt Consulting
12 5:00pm – 6:00pm Taxation Issues for New Partners Andrew Chen Findex

Day 3

Manual Ref Timing Session Title Presenter
10 8:30am – 12:00noon Business Development and Marketing Sue-ella Prodonovich Prodonovich Advisory
13 12:00pm – 1:15pm IT / Innovation & Cyber Security Issues
5 1:45pm – 3:15pm Stress Management Marina Reid-Wilson Reid Wilson Consulting
10 3:30pm – 4:00pm Strategic and Business Planning Neil Oakes FMRC
4:00pm– 6:00pm Homework Neil Oakes FMRC

Program

VIC Sole and Small Firms / 1 – 34 Principals Program / ILP

Day 1

  • Business Strategy, a Planned Approach
  • Financial Management for Success
  • Profitability, Cash flow and Pricing
  • Ethics

Day 2

  • Trust Accounting
  • Structure, Ownership, Valuation and Partnership Issues
  • Risk Management Systems and Issues
  • Technology Innovation and Cyber Security

Day 3

  • Getting the Best From and Doing the Best for Talent
  • Business Development and Marketing
  • Pragmatic Implementation, a Plan for Success

VIC Large Firms / 35 +

Day 1

  • Practice Management, Financial Mechanics, Profitability and Price
  • People Management Issues, Getting the Best from Talent
  • Partnership Management Issues

Day 2

  • Trust Accounting
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • Ethics
  • Taxation Issues for New Partners

Day 3

  • Business Development and Marketing
  • IT / Innovation and Cyber Security Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Strategic and Business Planning

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How is FMRCs Course Different?

About the Course

A Practice Management Course for Victorian solicitors seeking to apply for an unrestricted practising certificate. FMRC courses meet the guidelines as determined by the VLSB+CFor the past 30 years we have specialised in research, strategy and management training and advice to law firms. We are a major centre for legal practice management training. Participants enjoy the results of our research and consulting activities. They receive empirical, substantive advice rather than anecdotal, theoretical advice.

Participant Feedback

“Excellent content very practical, useful and extremely relevant.” – Corporate & Government workshop

“Worthwhile. Some very useful tools and information.” – Large Firms workshop

“Very informative and helpful. Good use of materials and activities to use.” – Sole Principal / Incorporated Legal Practice workshop

“Excellent and extremely good value for money.” – Small Firms workshop

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Presenters

SAM COUPLAND

FMRC

Sam’s client facing roles span direct consulting and management training. In anyone year he would be engaged by 50+ firms to assist with strategic planning, partner compensation, equity valuation and succession related issues. With industry experience gained since 1999 and the capacity to draw on the many resources of FMRC, Sam has developed unique insights into the workings of a wide range of firms. Sam is considered the foremost authority on law firm valuations having developed a robust valuation methodology and values more than 20 firms each year. Prior to joining FMRC Sam worked at Ernst & Young for four years followed by a stint in London conducting due diligence on businesses listing on the London Stock Exchange. Sam is a Director at FMRC.

MARINA REID WILSON

Reid Wilson Consulting

Marina is a registered psychologist, working as a coach, consultant and facilitator for lawyers and other professionals, focusing on enhancing performance and well-being. Her stress management workshops aim to assist participants to recognise their personal triggers and implement effective strategies to minimise the negative impact of stress.

MARKUS HUGENSCHMIDT

Jam Cyber

Markus has 20+ years of experience in the information and communication technology sector. He is the Managing Director at The Benchmarking Group, who provides ICT services to 100s of businesses Australia wide since 2006. The integration of SME business benchmark data as an offering in 2012 delivered an in-depth understanding of how technology can assist business to grow while keeping digital assets secured. He consults to law firms in the areas of communication, data and access security, licencing and architecture as well as digital transformation.

DR NEIL OAKES

FMRC

Neil has served the Australasian legal profession since 1989. During this time he has assisted many firms with myriad management challenges. Neil assists firms with strategy and profit growth, partner / director performance management and profit sharing, key talent management, management structures and succession management. Neil conducts planning retreats regularly, assisting firms to plan for and achieve greater success. Neil presents in FMRC workshops and is often invited to present key note addresses at management forums throughout Australia and New Zealand. Neil is a Director at FMRC.

ANDREW CHEN

Findex

Andrew is a Senior Partner and the leads the Professional Practice Advisory Services of the firm. A Chartered Accountant providing taxation, accounting and advisory services specialising in advising partners, boutique and top tier law firms on firm structures, remuneration models, improving financial outcomes and tax effective planning for them and their client’s businesses.

Andrew also regularly lectures and writes on financial and taxation matters for the Legal sector.

JOHN MITCHELL

Mansfield Partners Tax and Business Advisory

John Mitchell is an accountant who completes external examinations for Mansfield Partners Accounting Tax and Business Advisory. John was previously the Chief Trust Account Investigator and Supervisor at The Law Society of NSW. He has over 40 years’ experience in trust accounting and investigations.

SUE-ELLA PRODONOVICH

Prodonovich Advisory

Sue-Ella brings more than 20 years of senior level experience in winning and growing business. During this time her roles have included Director of Marketing with Arthur Anderson, Director of Marketing and Business Development with Baker & McKenzie, senior Consultant with Rogen SI, business owner of PTB Consulting, and Partner of Crowe Horwath. Sue-Ella has a particular interest in client feedback programs and business development coaching.

RONWYN NORTH

Streeton Consulting

Ronwyn is a risk, ethics and practice management consultant with clients in all sectors of the legal profession. She is co-author of a ground breaking study into how lawyers get sued and an award winning risk educator. With experience also as a law firm principal and quality systems evaluator, Ronwyn is well placed to help participants learn how to meet the challenges of legal practice.

JANICE PURVIS

LawCover

Janice Purvis is a Risk Services Manager with LawCover. Janice has worked as an Investigations Solicitor with the Professional Standards Department of the Law Society of NSW. She has investigated complaints made to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner and worked in conjunction with Receivers, Managers and Investigators appointed to solicitors’ practices. Janice also worked as an Ethics Solicitor at the Law Society, providing advice to the profession.

 

 

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Important Information

Venue 

All FMRC Practice Management Courses will be proceeding as planned using Zoom video conferencing. This will allow you to participate from the comfort of your home or office.

Accreditation

One of the requirements to meet the guidelines to apply for a principal practising certificate in Victoria. FMRC program fully complies with the guidelines determined by VLSB+C.

 

Satisfactory Completion

Satisfactory completion of the course requires prompt attendance at all sessions. Should circumstances preclude attendance at any session, delegates are able to complete these sessions at a future course.

CPD

These tax deductible courses enable attendees to claim 10 CPD points.

Workshop Fee

$1,600 for the Sole and Small Firms course and the Large Firms course is $2000 (all are gst free).  The fee includes all tuition, a dedicated course manual and meals on each day.

 

Transfer, Cancellation And Refunds

FMRC reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient registrations. We recognise that busy practitioners lead busy lives. Should you wish to transfer your enrolment to a future course we will facilitate this at no charge. If your circumstances change and you wish to cancel your enrollment prior to the commencement of the course, we will refund any fees paid. Registrations cancelled within one week of a workshop incur an administration charge. Should you find yourself unable to complete the program in full, you are welcome to attend any future program, within a twelve month period to complete your requirements at no additional cost.

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