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Effective Written Submissions
Thursday 25 July 2019, 12:45pm - 01:45pm

Tips & Traps for Effective written submissions

Venue: Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin 
Cost: $99.00 inc. GST 
Level: Suitable for all levels of legal practice 

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This CPD provides guidance on the preparation of effective written submissions. The topics include the role and importance of written submissions, procedural requirements, the elements of sound written submissions, the do’s and don’ts, the interplay with oral submissions and an invaluable section dedicated to a judge’s perspective on written submissions.
The participants should leave the seminar with a thorough understanding of the elements which comprise effective written submissions and an appreciation of the matters to consider when next crafting such a document.

Presenters: The Hon. Justice Judith Kelly & Nikolai Christrup SC 

The Honourable Justice Judith Kelly was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in August 2009. At the time of her appointment Justice Kelly was a Senior Counsel with William Forster Chambers.

Justice Kelly came to the Territory in 1977 and worked as a secondary teacher at Batchelor Area School from 1977 to 1982. She completed her law degree in Brisbane in 1985 and was admitted to practise as a barrister in Queensland in February 1986 and a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory on 1 April 1986. She began work for the Darwin Office of Morris Fletcher & Cross, (later Philip & Mitaros, now Clayton Utz) where she became a partner.

After joining William Forster Chambers in 1996 she retained a commercial focus practising mainly in the areas of contract, partnership, building, property tax and insolvency matters, as well as some professional negligence, insurance, native title, administrative law, maritime, probate and family provision matters. She was appointed as a Senior Counsel in 2008 and contributes to the legal profession through active membership and leadership of:

Law Society of the NT Council Member: 1991 to 1992, Secretary: 1992 to 1993;
NT Law Reform Committee Member: 1991 to 1993;
NT Bar Association Vice-President: 2008 to 2009; and
Judicial Conference of Australia Member of Governing Council: 2010 to date, Member of Executive: 2011 to date, Vice-President: Oct 2016 to 2018, and President: 2018 to date.

Nikolai Christrup SC served as Associate to Justice Angel of the Supreme Court in 1998 and was admitted as a legal practitioner in August 1999. He was employed as a solicitor with Clayton Utz and as senior associate with Purcell Lancione Cureton and Minter Ellison, acting in government and commercial litigation matters. Nikolai was called to the Bar in June 2004.

His practice is predominantly civil cases in the Supreme Court. Nikolai lectured in Civil Procedure at CDU in 2004 and 2005, and in 2018 Nikolai was appointed as Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics.

Earn 1 CPD point in Professional skills in legal practice (CC) 

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