Queensland Law Society

Sex, crime, hacks and trolls at QLS Symposium

Date 21 Mar 2014
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
Phone 07 3842 5868
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

With cybercrime on the rise, tomorrow Queensland Law Society’s Symposium 2014 will explore the illegality of conduct over the internet involving sexual offences, hacking, and trolling.

Queensland Law Society President Ian Brown said Symposium was the largest gathering of legal professionals in Queensland, with more than 500 solicitors, barristers and judges participating across two days.

“Our topics this year have a particular focus on how technology and changing business conditions are affecting the way lawyers practice,” Mr Brown said.

“Issues such as cybercrime are dramatically on the rise and increasingly involve our clients.

“According to a House of Representatives report last year, the Australian Federal Police estimate that Australians lose in excess of $1 billion annually to cyber criminals.

“Online scammers are also on the rise with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission  receiving more than 83,000 complaints regarding online scams in 2012.

“It is important for solicitors to be up to date with the latest law enforcement investigatory techniques, the law as it applies and the conduct of these types of cases.

“Other sessions at Symposium will discuss how tough economic conditions can affect practice, and our closing address from Dr John Hewson will examine the legal profession in the context of Australia’s economic and business outlook and the recently elected federal Coalition government.”

Symposium 2014 is the premier legal conference in Queensland, designed to meet the diverse professional development needs of solicitors from all walks of life across nine streams of law.

It will take place Friday 21 and Saturday 22 March at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.