Online Friday 14 October, 9am-4:30pm AEDT

Leading Learning in Changed Times

All Sessions are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (MELBOURNE, CANBERRA, SYDNEY)

8:55am – Enter meeting and wave hello!


Introduction and Welcome

Welcome and housekeeping

9:10am – Session 1

Reflective Practice – in practice.  Lessons from New Zealand

Research shows that experience and formal learning alone do not produce competence and/or expertise and that instruction and reflection are essential to learning. New Zealand has taken the lead in the introduction of reflective practice as part of a regulatory CPD framework, with it being used by the NZ Law Society and the NZ Dental Council as examples.

Together, this session will explore the theoretical basis of reflective practice, what the data says to support the use of reflective practice as a method to assess ongoing competence and examination of the practical aspects that need to be considered when implementing reflective learning.

  • Understand a regulatory approach to reflective practice used by the NZ Law Society and the NZ Dental Council
  • Explore the trends identified over the last 8 years of implementation
  • Discuss what is required to implement best practice reflective learning
  • Discuss the advantages of reflective practice to enhance the skills and knowledge of professionals.

Our panel of professionals includes Helen Comrie-Thomson, CPD Manager, New Zealand Law Society, Emily Walton, Partner, Wynn Williams and Dr Andrew Gray, Chairman, Dental Council of New Zealand.

10:10am  Short break

10:15am – Session 2

Designing Effective Learning and Development for the Learner Needs of Today

The professional learning landscape is evolving, with learner needs and expectations shifting. The recent move to digital and remote working also applied for learning delivery, where no alternative was available. This meant that ‘best practice learning design’ was often sacrificed in order to simply deliver on an immediate learning need. As we now juggle a hybrid workforce, how do we respond to the changing expectations of our learners coming out of the pandemic?

In this session, we will explore these changes and how we might respond through best practice design, development and delivery to ensure we are responsive and create the best conditions for legal learning.

  • Understand what are the current needs and expectations of learners since the pandemic
  • Understand what has changed in our assumptions for learning design, development and delivery
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities for legal education to respond to these changes
  • Identify how to integrate relevant learning

Francesca Lucin, Senior Consultant, Forethought

11:00am Morning Tea

11:15am – Session 3

Transformative Learning: Time to Rewrite the Training Playbook?  

Transformative learning is a well-established learning theory.

2022 is a good time to reconsider this approach: How are the challenges it addresses helpful for professional development in the current workplace environment?

This conversation with professional development and organisational strategy consultant Judi Apte will:

  1. Discuss what transformative learning is and how it is particularly relevant for the workplace in 2022
  2. Talk about the strategies at different stages of transformative learning
  3. Look a bit further at the role and the environment where transformative learning is possible and valued.

Judi Apte, Professional Development and Organisational Strategy Consultant, EOS Management. Chaired by Tamara McCombe, Records Manager, Level Twenty Seven Chambers.

10:10am  Short break

12:15pm – Session 4

How to Protect You and Your Intellectual Property in the Digital Age

The move to digital delivery and work has provided enormous benefits to enable access to knowledge and learning through the pandemic. This increased use in technology has also enabled increased collaboration and sharing of information, as well as the amount of digital data and assets that can now be collected and accessed – by anyone.

In this session, Cameron Gascoyne from Clayton Utz will provide practical tips for the L&D function in relation to the proper and improper use of teaching aids and materials including licenses, exclusivity, permissions, recordings and other information to protect your firm and your own intellectual property assets through this new digital way of working.


  • Protecting your IP
  • Movement to digital assets – paper, ppts/presentations of content, recording sessions –
  • Accidentally infringed IP rights…or IP rights are being infringed
  • Practical tips for the learning and development function to protect your firm/firm assets….protect yourself/protect your assets.

This session will be presented by Cameron Gascoyne, Partner, Clayton Utz.

12:45pm Lunch


CLEAA AGM  – Open to all financial members

1:45pm – Session 5

Wayfinding – Digital Strategies for Hybrid work.

The pandemic and new ways of working has accelerated the adoption and comfort with digital learning – and this together with the new digital and hybrid working rhythms presents learning practitioners with a new range of challenges when it comes to designing great learning experiences.

BSI has engaged in research and a series of thinktanks, defining the challenge of “digital overwhelm” and how to combat it, and the skills learning teams need, including the concept of “wayfinding” as a mindset to support L&D to conceive of new, digitally supported learning strategies that can ensure learning in the face of ambiguity and constant change.
Join Simon Dewar as he provides an update on current thinking, and case studies in learning design, as well as fresh thinking on the skills we need to set up our learners for success by harnessing digital technology.

  • Define our current state and “digital overwhelm” causes, and solutions
  • Examine the skills L&D need to adopt to become “wayfinders” to design effective digitally enabled strategies
  • Review some case studies of what top organisations are doing in response to the above challenges
  • Leave with some principles and tips to guide your own journey in planning for the future

Presented by Simon Dewar, Managing director of BSI Digital Learning and hosted by Kellie Hamilton, General Manager, Member Knowledge & Learning, Law Institute of Victoria and CLEAA President.

2:30pm  Short break

2:35pm – Session 6

Building Strategic Learning Pathways – from novice to expert

Building and developing the skills and competencies of our learner needs to work for both the individual and the workplace. The diversity of our learners in firms is often cited as a challenge for legal educators, balancing the skills and knowledge transfer required across their careers. We know that shortening the learning gap builds confidence and performance – we want everyone to be an expert!

Progression from graduate to associate, from senior associate to partner, requires a strategic approach, thoughtful structuring and a deep understanding of the firm requirements plus the skills and knowledge required to perform.

Join this panel of presenters who will discuss their experiences in rolling out a strategic learning pathway in order to develop the skills and knowledge their learners needed to close a skills gap and achieve much-needed business outcomes in their organisation.

  • Understand how to approach the design and delivery of a strategic learning pathway in a law firm
  • Explore how to develop both legal skills and build legal knowledge across the career lifecycle
  • Discuss the considerations for implementing a strategic learning pathway in firms

A discussion panel with Narissa Bartle, Head of Learning and Development, Hall & Willcox, Suellen Thomson, Knowledge Lead – Content & Projects (Australia and Asia) Herbert Smith Freehills and Clair Townsend, Advantage Learning & Consulting.

3:35pm – Session 7

What Have We Learned?

Join conference facilitator Kellie Hamilton as she reviews our learnings of the day to put reflective practice into action.

Kellie is the General Manager, Member Knowledge & Learning, Law Institute of Victoria and CLEAA President.

4:00pm Conference Close