Queensland Law Society

Changing complexity in family law practice

Date 17 Jul 2015
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Queensland Law Society and the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland will use their annual Family Law Residential conference to examine the changing complexity of family law practice.

Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, the Honourable Justice Diana Bryant AO, and Her Honour Judge Mary O’Dwyer of the District and Family Court, New Zealand, will address the nation’s largest gathering of family law practitioners in Queensland today.

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald said “We are delighted to welcome the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Her Honour Judge Mary O’Dwyer to deliver our keynote address on family law and domestic violence, in light of recent changes to New Zealand law and inquiries held in Australia in the last year.”

Mr Fitzgerald said the conference is the premier professional development event for family lawyers in Queensland. The two-day event covering children and parenting matters, and property related considerations features speakers including judicial officers, senior legal practitioners, academics and social scientists, discussing the most topical aspects of family law today.

“This conference attracts a great deal of interest from family law practitioners around Australia. The Society welcomes the timing of this conference with the serious issue of domestic violence, top of mind for everyone in our community.

The Society has also formed a working group to consider a number of legal profession initiatives in response to the issue of domestic violence.”

Mr Fitzgerald said more than 450 Family Law Residential attendees will hear about current concerns for family lawyers, including dealing with family and domestic violence, ethical dilemmas and surrogacy.

The conference is being held today and tomorrow 17-18 July at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast.