- CREW CPD will provide courses and workshops exclusively to commercial sector
- Most courses are offered to residential, and a mix of commercial and residential
- Law firm has also innovated with fixed fee property legal services
Boutique Perth property law firm Stork Davies has launched a new brand – CREW CPD – that will provide continuing professional development (CPD) courses and workshops.
For now, the company will offer its services exclusively to West Australian commercial real estate companies.
CPD courses and regulations are governed at the state level, and most providers cater for both residential and commercial operators. What sets CREW CPD apart will be its focus on commercial real estate.
CREW stands for ‘Commercial Real Estate Workshops’. Stork Davies principal Shannon Davies said the offer had evolved out of various discussions he’d had with commercial clients over the years.
“The overwhelming feedback we’ve received from the real estate industry is that there is a lack of quality CPD programs with content that is relevant to those who work outside of the residential sector.”
Shannon Davies, Stork Davies and CREW CPD
Most of the existing courses were predominantly aimed at residential real estate agents and principals.
Mr Davies said that all his CREW workshops will be accredited for CPD points. In WA, agents and sales representatives have to complete 10 CPD points a year, made up of mandatory and elective courses.
A seven-hour day-long course could be worth 7 points, and then another half-day course could make up the final 3 points required in a calendar year, for example.
“Another point of difference is that our content will be presented by senior lawyers,” said Mr Davies, “and many will include catered post-workshop networking opportunities.”
Stork Davies runs one of a few boutique law firms listed in the Doyles Guide 2020 and 2021, which is usually the preside of large national and international practices.
They also launched a fixed fee online property law service ‘Perth Property Lawyers’ in 2018.
The risk of falling behind in the legal marketplace is ever-present, with a 2016 Australian Legal Practice Management Association Report finding 46% of legal firms do not have a solid road map for innovation.
Together with CREW CPD, the Perth Property Lawyers brand expanded the legal firms’ capacity, using technology to provide high-volume fixed-fee property law documents and services.