Risky Business 2021

11 July 2021

The popular annual Risky Business webinar, held in July 2021, featured expert speakers offering legal, insurance and practitioner insights on how to actively manage risk in practice.

This CPD webinar was held on 21 July 2021 and is now available for PURCHASE ON DEMAND.

  • John Moore (Thynne + Macartney)
  • Karen Meiklejohn (Planned Cover)
  • Paul Trotter (Fulton Trotter Architects)

The annual Risky Business event is one of the most popular events on the calendar. Current issues are addressed with practical application to architectural practices. John, Karen and Paul will share their knowledge and experience focusing on topics practices need to be vigilant about, including:

  • The importance of having good contracts and good record keeping in times of litigation
  • Dealing with substitutions and PI exclusions
  • Ensuring the correct wording in specifications
  • De-escalating conflict through mediation and how it works
  • How sub-consultants can be ‘gold’ in you defence.


John Moore, Partner of Thynne + Macartney

John developed the Professional Risk Group at Thynne + Macartney over 30 years ago. His in-depth understanding of relationships assists in avoiding misunderstandings that may ultimately have a commercial impact. John has had a long history of specialist practice in the area of professional negligence and defence of professionals of various disciplines and in relation to a wide variety of claims from very large and complex matters to smaller cases in Australia and overseas. Some areas of John’s specialisation include: professional risks, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, risk management (large project, retainer and construction agreement review), commercial construction, and dispute resolution and mediations of all types.

Karen Meiklejohn, QLD/NT Branch Manager, Planned Cover

With over 30 years in the Insurance industry, Karen has worked on all classes of insurance, specialising in professional indemnity insurance. She has worked extensively with architects, engineers, building designers, real estate agents and accountants. Karen also works with members to provide education and risk management solutions.

Paul Trotter, Director, Fulton Trotter Architects

Paul has been a director at Fulton Trotter Architects for over 25 years. During this time, he has been involved in numerous exceptional health care, aged care, cultural and education projects. Paul is an Adjunct Professor and sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), leading design students for their Master of Architecture course. He is the co-convenor of the PALS course provided by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) for the preparation of graduate architects for registration. Paul has also led the profession as President of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.


Members $25 (incl. GST)
Non-members $40 (incl. GST)


1 formal CPD point for 1 hour webinar

Learning outcomes – After completing this webinar participants will understand several important risk areas including:

  • The importance of good contracts and good record keeping in cases of litigation
  • Dealing with substitutions and PI exclusions
  • Ensuring the correct wording in specifications
  • De-escalating conflict through mediation and how it works
  • Sub-consultants in the context of your defence


6. Documentation: Documentation – 6.5 Nomination of quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings components and systems.

9. Practice Management: 9.7 Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect.

APBSA Core Area: Practice Management

The webinar will include time for Q&A with the speakers. Written CPD questions will be sent to attendees before the webinar and will also be accessible for download from the webinar platform. Sample answers will be provided to self-check your responses against after the webinar. Please keep your receipt and completed questions for your records. A link will be provided to upload your own responses to CPD questions after the webinar and for issue of a certificate of completion.