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18 July 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions.

17 July 2018 – QLS says referral of controversial Bill to sack Ipswich City Council to committee a wise and necessary step

The state government’s decision to refer the draft Bill to dismiss Ipswich City Council to committee was a necessary one to ensure the public had faith in the proper process on introduction of new laws, according to Queensland Law Society.

13 July 2018 – QLS backs recommendations to overhaul youth justice system

Queensland’s peak legal body has thrown its support behind a report recommending an overhaul of the way Queensland deals with young offenders.

11 July 2018 – Changes to monetary entitlements for personal injury and workers' compensation

On 21 June 2018, the Governor in Council made the Civil Liability and Other Legislation (Prescribed Amounts) Amendment Regulation 2018 (the regulation), which provides for the indexation of various costs, offer limits and monetary caps and thresholds in relation to common law damages for personal injury.

11 July 2018 – Administrative Appeals Tribunal – fee changes from 1 July 2018

Application fees are payable in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in respect of certain types of applications in accordance with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulation 2015. These fees increased on 1 July 2018.

11 July 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions.

10 July 2018 – Property law reform makes solicitors tax collectors

Recently, the Federal Government’s Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No.1) Act 2018 came into effect, with Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor remarking that solicitors would effectively become tax collectors.

6 July 2018 – Funding for high-risk DV unit welcome: QLS

A funding boost for Women’s Legal Service (WLS) that will see a high-risk Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) and Health Justice Partnership in Caboolture established was to be welcomed, said Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor.

6 July 2018 – Salutation or opening salvo?

Correctly addressing colleagues is an ethical obligation

4 July 2018 – President's update - 4 July 2018

Last week, we were reminded through the media about some of the shortcomings of our modern society – specifically around our reliance on technology. There are many benefits to transacting electronically, but where large sums of money are concerned, there are also significant risks.

4 July 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

4 July 2018 – Australia’s first modern slavery bill the first step: QLS

The first national Modern Slavery Bill in Australia has been introduced into Federal Parliament, with Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor saying it was a good first step in a longer process.

4 July 2018 – Claim farming submission update

Leading on from last week’s update on claim farming, Queensland Law Society has now made its submission to the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC).

2 July 2018 – Updated REIQ contracts and ATO information now available

As notified to members last week, updated REIQ contracts have been released and are available on the QLS website (membership login required). The ATO has also published updated guidance material about the GST at settlement measures which commenced on 1 July 2018.

28 June 2018 – REIQ contracts: New editions now available

Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland have prepared new editions of the standard contracts for use by our members.

27 June 2018 – New REIQ contracts – comparison tables now available

Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) have prepared new editions of the four standard sale contracts. These will be made available to members on the QLS website from Thursday 28 June 2018.

27 June 2018 – Stamping out claim farming

Queensland Law Society is aware that claim farming is an issue not just in Queensland, but across the nation and internationally. Although some of the conduct that amounts to claim farming may not be prohibited by legislation, it may breach ethical obligations as found in the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 which could result in disciplinary action being taken against the solicitor.

27 June 2018 – Updates to standard REIQ property sale contracts: June/July 2018

QLS and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland are preparing new editions of the standard contracts: as a result of the GST withholding at settlement measures taking effect from 1 July 2018; to facilitate electronic signing of contracts; and to update references to legislation and notice clauses.

27 June 2018 – Expert assistance pilot commencing 2 July 2018

On 2 July 2018, the expert assistance pilot will commence in the Cairns and Beenleigh Childrens Court for complex child protection matters.

27 June 2018 – Amendments to the Child Protection Act 1999

In October 2017, the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 was passed by the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

27 June 2018 – Legal policy submissions - June 2018

The QLS Advocacy team consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

25 June 2018 – Reminder to avoid claim farming

QLS president Ken Taylor has reminded Queensland solicitors to stay away from claims farming of any kind.

20 June 2018 – Labour Hire Licensing update

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (LHL Act) and the accompanying regulation commenced on 16 April 2018.

20 June 2018 – Reminder to practitioners – restrictions on filed material

The Supreme, District and Land Courts Service reminds practitioners that the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 reflect the principle that ‘justice must not only be done but be seen to be done’ in that the rules relating to searching and copying filed documents create a very open regime.

20 June 2018 – Court regional services outlet project update

Under the Regional Services Outlet project, some of the regional court registries that provide mostly Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) services are transferring to DTMR operational management.

20 June 2018 – Queensland industrial manslaughter laws – countdown to 1 July

The Queensland Parliament introduced industrial manslaughter provisions into the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Electrical Safety Act 2002, and Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act 2011 in October 2017.

13 June 2018 – Advocacy submissions June 2018

The QLS Advocacy team consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

13 June 2018 – Western Australia to join Legal Profession Uniform Law scheme

The Western Australian Government has announced its intention to join the Legal Profession Uniform Law scheme, with the support of the Law Society of Western Australia.

6 June 2018 – Advocacy submissions

The QLS Advocacy team consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

6 June 2018 – President's update - 6 June 2018

Interesting news last week when the Australian Government announced plans to amalgamate the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia. While the Society supports constitutionally valid reform to the family court system that reduces delays and costs for Australian families, details are emerging that do not appear to be in the best interests of those involved.

4 June 2018 – Notice to claimants in relation to Buck Rigley & Associates

Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Guarantee Fund  notice to claimants. In the matter of Buck Rigley & Associates, principal solicitor Lance Geoffrey Rigley, formerly practising as Buck Rigley & Associates.

31 May 2018 – Funding for justice much needed in State Budget

Queensland’s State Government will hand down the first budget since the last election on Wednesday 12 June, with Queensland Law Society holding hopes for more justice system funding.

30 May 2018 – QLS to extend free legal advice panel

QLS is extending the reach of its Free Legal Advice Panel and wishes to appoint solicitors in the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns.

Interested solicitors are invited to submit applications to the Society by 20 June.

30 May 2018 – Recent advocacy submissions

The QLS Advocacy team consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the advocacy submissions from 18-23 May.

30 May 2018 – Titles Registry – list of common requisitions relating to land access agreements

The Queensland Registrar of Titles and Registrar of Water Allocations has provided a common list of errors in requisitions relating to lodgement and removals of land access agreements on certificates of title.

30 May 2018 – National Reconciliation Week 2018 – don’t keep history a mystery

QLS recognises this week is National Reconciliation Week, participating in the theme ‘don’t keep history a mystery’.

28 May 2018 – Transparency in DV data a welcome move for Queenslanders

Yesterday, the Queensland Government announced the publishing of regular court statistics and cases concerning domestic and family violence to assist in raising the community’s trust in the justice system.

23 May 2018 – External examination reports 2018 – lodgment reminder

The external examination lodgment period ended on 31 March 2018. Any outstanding reports must be lodged with the Society by 31 May 2018.

17 May 2018 – QLS supports equal justice in tragic circumstances

Queensland Law Society has supported a review into child sentencing in Queensland, while also flagging the importance of individual, equal justice for all Queenslanders.

17 May 2018 – First Queensland solicitor appointed to District Court retires leaving indelible legacy

The first Queensland solicitor appointed a judge of the District Court leaves a lasting legacy after almost 25-years of fearless and inspired leadership on the bench, according to the state’s peak legal body.

16 May 2018 – LawRight: Enforcement hearing service

LawRight will operate an Enforcement Hearing Duty Lawyer Service from 16 May 2018, to assist enforcement debtors attending enforcement hearings in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

15 May 2018 – Access for all Australians key to family law review

The Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) family law review has the potential to touch the lives of all Australian families. Recently, Queensland Law Society contributed to the Law Council of Australia’s submission to the review, noting key areas of consultation and change.

11 May 2018 – More legal aid funding for nation’s most vulnerable

Queensland’s peak legal body has thrown its support behind a Federal Senate motion calling for a ramp up of legal aid funding.

10 May 2018 – Will Danger, Robinson! (with apologies to Lost In Space fans)

Using a chatbot to provide legal services can get you in more trouble than the Lost in Space crew

9 May 2018 – QLS encourages public to always trust a solicitor

Queensland Law Society today (MAY 9) called for the public to ensure that when seeking legal advice they spoke directly to a qualified solicitor.

9 May 2018 – QLS says Federal Budget funding for Elder Abuse initiatives a good start

Queensland’s peak legal group has welcomed the $22 million Federal Budget commitment to Elder Abuse initiatives – but says more could be done to help the nation’s elderly.

9 May 2018 – QLS members advised to steer clear of claim farming

QLS president Ken Taylor has warned Queensland solicitors to be wary of utilising consultancy organisations which farm clients from surveys by offering them gift cards to submit their details.

9 May 2018 – President's update - 9 May 2018

Next week is Law Week – a time when we pause to reflect on the great work that we do as solicitors and the importance of the justice system to our local communities and the wider state.

9 May 2018 – Use of the term ‘principal’ – request for feedback

In April 2017, the QLS Council ruled the Society would stop issuing non-director principal practising certificates to senior practitioners employed by incorporated legal practices.

2 May 2018 – Expressions of interest: Speakers for QLS Succession and elder law conference

The Queensland Law Society Succession and elder law conference planning working group is calling for topic submissions from interested persons to present at the 2018 succession and elder law conference.

2 May 2018 – Renew your practising certificate and QLS membership

Renewal applications for 2018-19 practising certificates and Queensland Law Society membership must be submitted by 31 May 2018 to avoid a late fee.

2 May 2018 – Advocacy submissions and tabled parliamentary committee reports

The QLS Advocacy team works with our policy committees and stakeholders to engage with government on law reform.

1 May 2018 – QLD’s commitment to acknowledge the pain of abuse victims a step forward: QLS

Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor has welcomed the news that Queensland would acknowledge the suffering of those abused in government run institutions by joining the National Redress Scheme

26 April 2018 – QLS welcomes appointment of new Townsville Federal Circuit Court judge

The Queensland Law Society has welcomed Federal Circuit Judge Steve Middleton to Townsville, as he replaces local long-time Judge John Coker.

24 April 2018 – Recent advocacy engagement and submissions

The QLS Advocacy team works with our policy committees to engage with stakeholders on law reform.

24 April 2018 – Trust account reporting reminder: Law practice declaration (Part A)

All law practices are required to give a statement stating whether or not the law practice has during the 12-month period ended 31 March 2018 received or held trust money.

18 April 2018 – Security screening at the High Court of Australia

From Monday 9 April 2018 screening has been extended to all visitors to the High Court building in Canberra, including legal practitioners.

11 April 2018 – New labour hire licensing regulations

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 and the accompanying Regulation will commence on 16 April 2018. Existing providers have until 15 June to apply for a licence while new businesses must obtain a licence before commencing operation.

11 April 2018 – President's Update

Queensland Law Society is committed to ensuring our solicitors have a voice in the upper echelons of Government and our advocacy team and policy committees have certainly been busy in recent weeks.

11 April 2018 – Elizabeth Shearer appointed to Professional Standards Council

The Attorney-General, Yvette D’Ath, has appointed former Queensland Law Society Councillor and Chair of our Access to Justice/Pro Bono Law Committee, Elizabeth Shearer, to Queensland’s Professional Standards Council.

4 April 2018 – Commonwealth Games reminder – court changes, business and transport delays

There will be significant disruption on the Gold Coast and in other parts of Queensland during the Commonwealth Games (4-15 April 2018). Practitioners are reminded that this will affect the operation of courts and tribunals.

4 April 2018 – ALRC Pathways to Justice inquiry

Last week, the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Pathways to Justice - Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples report was tabled in the Australian Parliament and published online.

4 April 2018 – Recent advocacy successes

The QLS Advocacy team has been invited to appear at a number of parliamentary committee hearings to provide comment on legislative reform.

4 April 2018 – Access to Justice Scorecard Survey 2017

In July 2017, QLS asked members to identify existing barriers and propose ideas on how to improve access to justice for Queenslanders, by contributing to the annual Access to Justice Scorecard. The report has been finalised and based on the survey results, key items to improve access to justice were identified.

4 April 2018 – Bragging is for the Boardroom

When solicitors deliver great results and unlikely victories for clients, the temptation to share that good news is powerful - and with social media a ubiquitous part of our lives, succumbing to that temptation has never been easier.

4 April 2018 – Queenslanders below the poverty line denied access to justice

A serious lack of government funding combined with harsh means-testing for the state’s most cash-strapped and vulnerable are the main barriers for Queenslanders gaining proper access to justice.

28 March 2018 – Access LawCare's new online space

LawCare’s external provider has rebranded from Davidson Trahaire Corpsych to Benestar. For members, this means access to a new, interactive, online space.

23 March 2018 – Queensland appoints first Indigenous judge

Queensland’s peak legal body has applauded the state government on its appointment of the first Indigenous judge – barrister Nathan Jarro.

21 March 2018 – Indicative reprints of legislation

Following recent consultation with stakeholders, indicative reprints of legislation are now available on the Queensland Government legislation website. Indicative reprints are designed to assist web users in understanding how the proposed amendments would affect the legislation.

21 March 2018 – Childrens Court Act 1992, Form 25 – Affidavit

Version 3 of Childrens Court Act 1992 (Qld), Form 25 – Affidavit has been updated to accurately reflect the Childrens Court Rules.

21 March 2018 – Requesting your feedback – Redeveloping the REIQ contract templates

QLS has engaged a consultant to update the Microsoft Word documents that comprise the suite of joint REIQ/QLS contracts offered to our members. We need to hear from you to make sure this reformatting process is as beneficial as possible.

14 March 2018 – Welcome to the Supreme Court of Queensland

A welcome ceremony will be held for Justice Graeme Crow and Justice Soraya Ryan as judges of the Supreme Court of Queensland in the Banco Court on Monday 19 March at 9.15am.

14 March 2018 – The External Examination period is due to end on 31 March 2018

External Examination Reports are to be lodged soon. A six-point reminder plan has been implemented to alert law practices of their reporting requirements.

14 March 2018 – What to do if you become aware of claim farming

Claim farming involves the unsolicited contacting of people about an accident they may have been involved in.

14 March 2018 – Cyber crime trust account deficiency obligation

Practitioners’ obligations in respect to trust account deficiencies that are the result of the disbursement of trust funds in accordance with fraudulent instructions (cyber crime) have been clarified with advice from senior counsel.

14 March 2018 – Congratulations to QLS Legal Profession Award winners for 2018

The most prestigious night on the Queensland legal profession calendar, the QLS Legal Profession Dinner & Awards was held on Friday 9 March and saw the legal community, including esteemed members of the judiciary, come together to celebrate the achievements of outstanding individuals and firms across multiple award categories.

14 March 2018 – President's Update

Supporting good lawyers, advocating for good law, all for the public good. That is our mission at the Society, and we were able to showcase some of the excellent work that our members have contributed to it at various events last week.

12 March 2018 – Recent Advocacy in Industrial Law

The Labour Hire Licensing Scheme and possible implications for lawyers. Last year the Queensland Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (LHL Act) which establishes a licensing scheme for the provision of labour in Queensland. The scheme will commence on 16 April 2018.

7 March 2018 – New Queensland Judgments website

The new, free Queensland Judgments website has now been launched by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland and the Supreme Court Library of Queensland.

7 March 2018 – What do you need from Supreme Court Library Queensland?

To help the Supreme Court Library Queensland better understand your research and information needs, the library is inviting members of the legal community to take a brief, anonymous online survey. 

7 March 2018 – Introduction to conveyancing

Does your practice lack the time or resources to deliver in-house training to junior staff? Our popular Introduction to conveyancing course provides end-to-end, practical training in the essential steps of conveyancing, ideal for graduates, clerks and support staff.

7 March 2018 – Family Law Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Rules 2018

The Family Law Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Rules 2018 introduces a number of significant procedural changes that came into effect from 1 March 2018.  As a result, there are a number of new forms as well as amendments to existing forms.

7 March 2018 – QLS president warns of court closures for GC2018

Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor has urged solicitors to keep abreast of disruptions to the court system during the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast in April.

5 March 2018 – Land Access Ombudsman

The Land Access Ombudsman Bill 2017 was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 7 September 2017. QLS has updated the information on the Land Access Hub to prepare members for when the legislation comes into force later this year.

5 March 2018 – QLS welcomes new CEO

Today Queensland Law Society welcomed Rolf Moses as new chief executive officer of the peak representative body for solicitors in Queensland.

28 February 2018 – Court changes - Commonwealth Games

Practitioners are advised that there will be significant disruption to court and tribunal access on the Gold Coast during the Commonwealth Games (3-15 April 2018).

28 February 2018 – ACCC announces compliance and enforcement priorities for 2018

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released its new Compliance and Enforcement Policy on 21 February 2018.

28 February 2018 – Roma workshop

We’re packing our bags and heading to Roma to run a professional development workshop in association with the Downs & South West Queensland District Law Association.

28 February 2018 – Access to QLS JobConnector restored

Practitioners are advised that access to QLS JobConnector has now been restored. We apologise for any inconvenience the outage may have cause.

27 February 2018 – QLS JobConnector currently unavailable

Practitioners are advised that QLS JobConnector is currently unavailable due to technical issues. We are investigating this issue and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

22 February 2018 – Regional appointment most welcome: QLS

Queensland Law Society (QLS) has applauded news of the appointment of barrister Graeme Crow QC to the Supreme Court, to be based in Rockhampton. He will replace Justice Duncan McMeekin as of Monday when he retires from the bench.

21 February 2018 – Abstracts invited - Domestic and Family Violence Symposium

The USQ School of Law and Justice is proud to host the Domestic and Family Violence Symposium: At the Intersection of Knowledge and Practice and is currently seeking abstracts for a number of workshops taking place on Friday 18 May 2018.

20 February 2018 – Online requests currently unavailable - Supreme Court Library

The Supreme Court Library Queensland advises that online requests for document delivery and research services are currently unavailable. They are investigating this issue as a priority and apologise for any inconvenience.

14 February 2018 – Review of the Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules

The QLS Ethics Centre invites submissions with respect to the review of the ASCR by 31 May 2018.

14 February 2018 – Anniversary of the apology to the stolen generation

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation. Ten years ago, at 9am on 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Indigenous community for the treatment of Australians who identify as the Stolen Generation.

14 February 2018 – Historic changes to youth justice

An historic and long-awaited change to the youth criminal justice system commenced this week, with 17-year-olds now treated as children in the youth justice system, transitioning out of the adult criminal justice system from 12 February 2018.

14 February 2018 – Reminder – National Mortgage Form transition ends on 2 March 2018

Practitioners are reminded that the existing Form 2 Mortgage will be not accepted for lodgement after 2 March 2018 unless one of the parties has executed the Form 2 before that date.

14 February 2018 – Data breach reporting regime

On 22 February 2018 the federal government’s data breach reporting regime will commence, through amendments to the Privacy Legislation. The regime is broad-reaching and will likely effect most law firms-prudent practitioners will operate on the basis that it applies to them.

7 February 2018 – New FIRB guidance released on acquisition of agricultural land by foreign investors

The Australian Government has released new guidance clarifying that foreign investors can only acquire agricultural land when there has been an open and transparent sale process.

7 February 2018 – Seeking volunteer solicitors

The Nundah Community Legal Service provides free legal advice and information through an appointment-based, daytime service and a Wednesday evening volunteer walk-in service.

31 January 2018 – FCC seeks family law mediators

The Federal Circuit Court, in an effort to reduce waiting times for trials, will commence referring family law matters, both parenting and property matters, for mediation and dispute resolution. The court is seeking mediators to conduct these mediations/dispute resolutions, some of which will need to be done on a pro bono basis.

31 January 2018 – CPD year ends soon!

The end of the CPD year is fast approaching and QLS is running six Core CPD sessions you won’t want to miss before the end of March. Our sessions offer members stand-out topics and facilitators that not only contribute to your mandatory CPD points but also challenge your thinking and relationships with colleagues and clients.

31 January 2018 – Practice Direction 1 of 2018

Referral to the Drug and Alcohol Court – Drug and Alcohol Treatment Order (Treatment Order). The above Practice Direction was issued by the Chief Magistrate on Thursday 25 January 2018 and applies to all matters heard after the commencement of Part 8A Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 on Monday 29 January 2018.

31 January 2018 – ReelTime return to present on unconscious bias

We’re excited to welcome award-winning presenters Chris Osborn and Michael Kahn back to our shores for what promises to be another enlightening and entertaining learning experience at their half-day Core (all): Illumination of bias event.

30 January 2018 – QLS says youth justice reforms long time coming but necessary

Queensland’s peak legal group has praised the state government for new youth justice laws that will finally see 17-year-old offenders treated as children rather than adults.

30 January 2018 – Website maintenance

Practitioners are advised that access to the QLS website will be interrupted between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 3 February 2018 due to scheduled maintenance.

24 January 2018 – Volunteer family law solicitors needed

Women’s Legal Service (WLS) is reliant on the invaluable contribution volunteers make in order to provide its vital services. Without volunteers the service would be unable to draw on the extensive base of skills and experience with which it provides quality legal assistance to women.

24 January 2018 – Lawyers in child safety service centres

All practitioners working in the child protection jurisdiction are reminded that child safety service centres now have lawyers in most regions of Queensland.

24 January 2018 – University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee membership

The University of Queensland’s world-class medical, behavioural and social science research continues to provide solutions to some of the greatest problems of our time. You can contribute by joining UQ’s Research Ethics Committees, reviewing proposals to ensure that the values and principles that apply to all human research are fully considered.

24 January 2018 – Building resilience and managing difficult clients and colleagues

Robyn Bradey, author of ‘The Resilient Lawyer’ resource, will present two core professional skills (PS) workshops at Law Society House on Wednesday 7 February to help lawyers at all stages of their careers better manage the stressors of working in the law and enable them to thrive in the legal profession.

24 January 2018 – Award spotlight: QLS Equity and Diversity - Equity Advocate Award

The Equity Advocate Award recognises the promotion of equity and diversity in the Queensland legal profession. The award is open to individuals, in-house legal teams, government lawyers, private firms or community legal centres who have promoted equity and diversity in the legal profession through effective and innovative initiative(s) within the workplace to generate positive change.

24 January 2018 – Security bulletin – unattended bags in court buildings

Recently, the courts in Brisbane have experienced a small number of instances of bags and briefcases being left unattended in public areas within the court buildings. Practitioners are reminded not to leave belongings unattended, as this can result in unintended consequences.

17 January 2018 – Making professional development easy

In 2018 we are offering three formats for you to participate in QLS’s industry-leading training – all offering you convenience and greater accessibility.

17 January 2018 – Regional Services Outlet project

Under the Regional Services Outlet project, some regional registries that mostly provide Department of Transport and Main Roads services are transferring to operational management.

17 January 2018 – Criminal courts, Easter 2018 and the Commonwealth Games

How will the Commonwealth Games, held on the Gold Coast from 4-15 April 2018 affect the operation of the courts?

17 January 2018 – President's Update

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018. It is my pleasure to step into the role of QLS president and to continue the great work of promoting good law and good lawyers for the public good. I hope that all of our members enjoyed a restful Christmas season with family and friends, and are now refreshed as we begin a new year.

22 December 2017 – QLS Ethics Centre holiday contact

If you need ethical advice or have urgent practice support queries over the holiday period, you can contact one of our senior solicitors at the QLS Ethics Centre by calling 3842 5843.

15 December 2017 – QLS congratulates former president on appointment to Family Court

Queensland’s peak legal body has welcomed news of past Society president Judge Michael Baumann’s appointment to the Family Court of Australia.

13 December 2017 – President's Update

“I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”-Abraham Lincoln. Wise words from one of the world’s most famous – and effective – lawyers, and advice I intend to follow as best I can!

13 December 2017 – Foreign resident capital gains withholding

New simplified process for purchaser payments. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is simplifying the way in which foreign resident capital gains withholding (FRCGW) payments are made. From 11 December 2017, only one FRCGW payment is required per settlement, even if two or more purchasers are included in the transaction.

13 December 2017 – Streamlining Criminal Justice Committee: Working group (Bail)

The Society, as part of its role in the Streamlining Criminal Justice project is calling for expressions of interest from members who could assist the bail working group project.

13 December 2017 – Lexon risk alert

Lexon has released a new risk alert discussing cyber criminals attacking law practices right now, as well as other hot topics for practitioners.

13 December 2017 – Queensland Titles Registry Christmas/New Year closure

The Titles Registry, including all lodgement offices, will be closed from 4.30pm on Friday 22 December 2017 for the Christmas and New Year break, before re-opening for business at 8.30am on Tuesday 2 January 2018. 

13 December 2017 – Court Link commences operation in Brisbane Magistrates Court

Practitioners should be aware that Court Link began operating in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 27 November 2017. Court Link is a 12-week bail-based program that helps participants to access treatment and support services in the community to address the underlying issues driving offending behaviour.

13 December 2017 – Pre-order your Queensland Legal Yearbook 2016 today

Now in its 12th year, the 2016 edition of the Queensland Legal Yearbook is available for pre-order now!

11 December 2017 – Beware of the Leopard: How safe must safe custody be?

Solicitors store all manner of documents for clients, and have an obvious obligation to keep those documents sufficiently safe - but what will be considered safe enough?

11 December 2017 – Message from QLS president Christine Smyth

Milo – not the sweet, chocolate, belly warming-beverage, but Milo Yiannopoulos, the alt-right wing political commentator has garnered significant press recently. He is in Australia to spruik his version of society. His presence has drawn angry, violent crowds both in support and against. It makes for sensational news.

8 December 2017 – Is it Ethical (or legal) for law firms to pay cyber-ransom?

Is it Ethical for a Solicitor to pay ransom to unlock data?

6 December 2017 – President's Update

At QLS’s Succession and Elder Law Residential earlier this year, Dr Keith Suter lamented that Australians seem obsessed with cooking shows and not so concerned with current affairs and the future of our society. If there is anything that signals the approach of Christmas more than the joyous loop of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas...

6 December 2017 – Titles Registry update – settlement notices can only be deposited up to 22 December 2017

The Registrar of Titles has advised that the last settlement notices (current Form 23) will be accepted by the Titles Office up to close of business at 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017.

6 December 2017 – Changes to Sexual Assault Counselling privilege

The Victims of Crime Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (VOCAOLA) amends a number of pieces of legislation including the Evidence Act 1977 to introduce protections for certain counselling communications.

29 November 2017 – Changes to Federal Circuit Court forms

The Chief Judge has approved changes to Notice of Withdrawal as Lawyer, Notice of Intention to Withdraw as Lawyer, and Notice to Admit Facts forms. Forms with marked changes are available on the QLS website and updated form are available on the Federal Circuit Court’s website.

29 November 2017 – President's Update

End of year celebrations are on us, rolling in like a good surf break. Wave after wave of celebratory events jolly us to the end of the year tempting us to down tools. But there is still so much to be done before we turn off the office lights.

29 November 2017 – Lord Atkin: from Queensland to the House of Lords

Supreme Court Library Queensland’s new exhibition, Lord Atkin: from Queensland to the House of Lords is now open.

22 November 2017 – President's Update

One of the best things members can do to both verify and improve their skills is to undertake a Specialist Accreditation course in their particular area of expertise. Specialist Accreditation involves completing an advanced, peer-reviewed assessment program specific to an area of expertise, requiring the demonstration of a very high level of knowledge and skills in that area.

15 November 2017 – QLS defends integrity of magistrates court

QLS President Christine Smyth has defended the integrity of the state’s magistrates after recent media attacks.

15 November 2017 – President's Update

Queensland is unique in many ways, including the way we are governed. With a unicameral legislature, QLS’ almost 30 committees are the closest thing Queensland has to an upper house. The dedication of QLS members who serve on our committees affects real change to legislation, protecting the rights of all Queenslanders.

14 November 2017 – QLS demands 2017 electoral commitment to ongoing funding and roll out of DV courts

Queensland’s peak solicitor body has welcomed the appointment of two new Magistrates to the Southport Domestic Violence Specialist Court.

14 November 2017 – Not all Security is Cyber

It doesn’t take a computer hacker or virus to violate client confidentiality - it can be done in the simplest of ways.

14 November 2017 – E-conveyancing membership survey now open – closing 24 November 2017

As foreshadowed in the last edition of QLS Update, QLS is seeking feedback from property and conveyancing practitioners on e-conveyancing in Queensland.

13 November 2017 – 2018 QLS Legal Profession Dinner and Awards - a catalyst for career progression

Mark your calendars for the most prestigious night on the 2018 Queensland legal calendar – QLS Legal Profession Dinner and Awards. In the past, the Society has recognised outstanding contributions to the legal profession across three separate award ceremonies. In 2018, QLS will amalgamate its respective awards into a single gala evening attended by the profession’s elite.

13 November 2017 – Statement re CCC charges

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth has made the following statement in regard to Saturday's announcement of Crime and Corruption Commission charges.

13 November 2017 – State political parties must create judicial commission to ensure a robust and accountable judiciary for all Queenslanders: says QLS

The state’s peak lawyer group is demanding political parties commit to the creation of an independent judicial commission to ensure all Queenslanders can be confident they have an independent, fair and accountable judiciary.

9 November 2017 – QLS calls on political parties to appoint more solicitors to judicial roles

Queensland's peak lawyer group has called on the state's political parties to commit to appointing more solicitors to judicial roles.

8 November 2017 – President's Update

As I write this, the Melbourne Cup has just been run and won, and I hope you all had better luck than I did! The running of the Cup generally means the end of the year is, if not in sight, certainly just around the bend-but there is no slowing down here at QLS!

8 November 2017 – Court of Appeal two-monthly sitting system

The Court of Appeal has proposed to adopt a system of two-monthly sittings. Call-overs for the first of these sittings will be held in November, with the first of the two-monthly sittings in February and March.

8 November 2017 – New building and safety laws are now in effect

Changes to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1981 commenced on 1 November 2017. The changes aim to improve safety and will apply to everyone in the building product supply chain.

8 November 2017 – RSVP for the Annual General Meeting

Queensland Law Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 16 November 2017 at 5.30 pm in the Auditorium, Level 2 Law Society House, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane.

8 November 2017 – Not for Profit Panel Discussion

The Queensland Law Society and the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand Not for Profit Law Committees have worked together to create a NFP session to assist their members with “Managing and Influencing Not For Profit Boards to Work ‘With’” on 21 November 2017.

1 November 2017 – President's Update

Welcome to November. What a 10 months we have had so far for 2017! This week, I will share a couple of our most recent highlights with you. Last week we celebrated the first anniversary of our Modern Advocate Lecture Series (MALS), with the final lecture for the year, featuring the Honourable Justice Roslyn G Atkinson AO.

1 November 2017 – Calling all property and conveyancing solicitors

QLS is keen to hear from members about your experiences with e-conveyancing.  PEXA has been live in Queensland since mid-2015 and we would like to know what’s working, what’s not and what can be improved. 

1 November 2017 – Advocacy update and invitation to provide comments

The QLS Advocacy team works with our policy committees to engage with government on law reform proposals and matters affecting our members in their practice. Read more about our recent activities and invitations for members to provide their feedback.

1 November 2017 – The final LawLink session for 2017

Indigenous law students from across south east Queensland converged at Law Society House on Tuesday 24 October for the final LawLink session of the year.

1 November 2017 – A mislabelled file ends three careers: some practical steps to avoid e-discovery disasters

Learning from our mistakes is good, but learning from someone else’s is a lot less stressful.

30 October 2017 – QLD’s legal profession flags key election issues

Queensland Law Society’s Call to Parties statement has been unanimously passed by the QLS Council, ahead of the November state election. It highlights 10 key legal and social justice issues for political parties to consider as matters of priority for Queensland’s nearly 13,000 solicitors.

25 October 2017 – QLS applauds laws to bring back state’s drug courts

Laws paving the way for the re-opening of drugs courts would go a long way to targeting the problem of addiction and the reduction of spiralling crime, according to Queensland’s peak solicitor group.

25 October 2017 – Advocacy update and invitation to provide comments

The QLS Advocacy team works with our policy committees to engage with government on law reform proposals and matters affecting our members in their practice.  Read more about our recent activities and invitations for members to provide their feedback.

25 October 2017 – Call for expressions of interest to join a QLS Policy Committee

We are looking for members of the profession to get involved in a number of our Policy Committees develop policies and responses to government on proposed legislative amendments and consultation material by reviewing the proposals, discussing their impact on members and the public, and proposing any suggested amendments to address problems.

23 October 2017 – QLS president recognised for outstanding leadership

Queensland Law Society vice president Chris Coyne has congratulated president Christine Smyth on winning the Gold Coast Women in Business Creating Change Award for 2017.

18 October 2017 – President's Update

As all members will now be aware, the 2017 election has been decided and those who will guide the Society for the next two years have been elected. I congratulate them all and wish them well for their coming terms. I am now entering the fourth quarter of my time as President-the ‘championship quarter’ as so many sports coaches like to call it.

18 October 2017 – DocuSign scam warning

DocuSign scam another way to hack solicitor’s email: QLS repeats the warning not to use email alone to arrange trust transfers. The Society has been alerted to a new scam by which a sophisticated group of email hackers is using fake DocuSign links to steal email log on credentials.

18 October 2017 – Recognising and responding to mental health challenges

It is reported that one in three lawyers will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. Therefore, it is important for leaders to identify the signs of an emerging mental health issue in an employee, know the interventions that can be implemented to address mental health difficulties, and enhance employee wellbeing before it becomes a significant problem.

18 October 2017 – Inaugural meeting: Reconciliation and First Nations Advancement

The Society held the inaugural meeting of the Reconciliation and First Nations Advancement Committee (RFNAC) on 10 October. The Committee was established to further our commitment to our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

18 October 2017 – Updates to Land Title Practice Manual published

The Registrar has advised that the Land Title Practice Manual (Qld) has been updated, effective from 9 October 2017. Important changes have been made to a number of parts.

18 October 2017 – 2018 Specialist Accreditation program

In 2018, the Society’s Specialist Accreditation program will offer personal injuries law, business law, criminal law, commercial litigation, workplace relations and immigration law. Key dates for 2018 are available on the QLS website.

18 October 2017 – QLS function rooms for hire

Law Society House has rooms for hire in Brisbane CBD. Rooms have Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art facilities, catering options and can accommodate a mediation, team building event or conference.

17 October 2017 – QLS announces Council election results

Queensland Law Society's full members have elected 11 people during the 2017 Council election, with polls closing at 4pm Monday 16 October.

17 October 2017 – The ethical boundaries of a solicitor’s right to take security for fees

You work hard – how to negotiate some security over your fees?

12 October 2017 – Eight new magistrates a good start to better access to justice in Queensland: QLS

Queensland’s peak solicitor body has applauded the state government’s appointment of eight new magistrates across the state – including three charged with the specific task of helping combat domestic and family violence.

12 October 2017 – Expressions of Interest for the Appeal Costs Board

If you wish to nominate as the QLS representative for the Appeal Costs Board, please submit your expression of interest by midday Thursday 19 October 2017.

11 October 2017 – Court appointments welcome but numbers still critically low: QLS

QLS president Christine Smyth has welcomed the appointments of a new Chief Justice of the Family Court and Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court, while warning that judicial numbers remain critically low in these jurisdictions.

11 October 2017 – QLS Council election – time is running out

Time is running out for you to have your say in the Queensland Law Society 2017 Council election. With all positions contested, your vote will be crucial in shaping the QLS Council for the next two years. Voting closes at 4pm AEST Monday 16 October 2017.

11 October 2017 – Student engagement and QLS: LawLink

QLS supports our students, including those who identify as First Nations peoples. The QLS Equity and Diversity Committee established the LawLink program in 2003 to connect Indigenous law students with members of the judiciary, practitioners and other students.

11 October 2017 – Notice for members: BUPA

Access to BUPA corporate health plans has now changed. Please note that BUPA corporate health plans are now managed directly by our corporate partners Member Benefits Australia (MBA).

11 October 2017 – QLS annual report tabled

Queensland Law Society’s 2016-17 annual report has been tabled in Parliament by Queensland’s Attorney-General the Honourable Yvette D’Ath MP. The report highlights a number of key findings for the past financial year, summarising the Society’s work for good law, good lawyers and the public good.

10 October 2017 – QLS backs government move on gun reform

Queensland Law Society has thrown its support behind changes to gun laws proposed by the state government. President Christine Smyth on Tuesday (Oct 10) welcomed reforms to restrict access to high capacity lever-action shotguns – a move QLS has supported and discussed at length with Queensland Police, Fire, Emergency and Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan.

6 October 2017 – QLS welcomes Supreme Court Justice’s appointment as QCAT president

Queensland Law Society has welcomed the appointment of highly-respected silk and Supreme Court Justice Martin Daubney to the role of Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal president. Society president Christine Smyth said the legal profession would be unanimous in its agreement that Justice Daubney would be a great servant to the people of Queensland in his new role.

5 October 2017 – Discourteous and offensive behaviour

To be honest and courteous in all of our dealings in the course of legal practice is a fundamental ethical duty.

4 October 2017 – Probate and advertising requirement changes

The Supreme Court introduced Practice Direction 14 of 2017 on 1 September 2017. The Practice Direction applies from the date that the amendments to section 67 of the Trusts Act 1973 (by virtue of section 252 of the Court and Civil Legislation Amendment Act 2017) are to come into effect.

4 October 2017 – QLS Council election – voting open

Voting in the Queensland Law Society 2017 Council election is now open for the positions of president, deputy president, vice president and eight ordinary members of Council. With all positions contested, your vote will be crucial in shaping the QLS Council for 2018 and 2019.

3 October 2017 – QLS backs former prominent judge’s call to maintain legal aid funding

Queensland’s largest lawyer group has backed former Court of Appeal president Margaret McMurdo’s warning that legal aid needed ongoing and sufficient levels of public funding to ensure access to justice for the states most disadvantaged.

27 September 2017 – OSRconnect changes are coming

As foreshadowed in QLS Update on 13 September 2017, the Office of State Revenue (OSR) is implementing a second stage of additional information requirements on 3 October 2017.

27 September 2017 – New Federal Court Practice Direction - Interest on Judgments Practice Note (GPN-INT)

The Federal Court has revoked the Interest on Judgments Practice Note (GPN-INT) issued on 25 October 2016, and issued the new Interest on Judgments Practice Note (GPN-INT) taking effect from Monday, 18 September 2017.

27 September 2017 – New Queensland legislation website

The new Queensland legislation website went live on 25 September 2017. The Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel has a range of publications and frequently asked questions to help practitioners find their way around the new layout at
test. legislation.qld.gov.au.

27 September 2017 – QLS Council election – voting opens next week

There is one week to go until voting opens for the 2017 QLS Council election. With all Council positions contested, your vote will be crucial in shaping the QLS Council for 2018 and 2019.

20 September 2017 – New OSR forms available

As foreshadowed in the QLS Update 13 September 2017 edition, the Office of State Revenue has released a number of updated forms.

20 September 2017 – Interest on Judgments Practice Note

The Chief Justice of the Federal Court has revoked the Interest on Judgments Practice Note (GPN-INT) issued on 25 October 2016, and issued the new Interest on Judgments Practice Note (GPN-INT) which took effect from Monday, 18 September 2017. The new practice note is now available on the Federal Court website.

20 September 2017 – Invitation to provide comments

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

20 September 2017 – Expressions of interest: Join a QLS Policy Committee

QLS policy committees represent a foundational aspect of our organisation, and in the coming weeks we will call for expressions of interest to join our committees.

19 September 2017 – QLS seeks chief executive officer

Are you skilled in high-level stakeholder engagement and advocacy? Are you experienced in motivating and inspiring staff? Do you have the tertiary qualifications and legal practice experience to operationally lead Queensland’s peak representative body for solicitors?

18 September 2017 – QLS demands Fed Govt fund Robina Community Legal Centre

Queensland’s peak solicitor group has demanded the Federal Government find essential funds to ensure the Gold Coast’s most vulnerable people have access to justice.

18 September 2017 – QLS says more CLC funding necessary to ensure access to justice

Tens of thousands of needy Queenslanders will be denied access to justice in wake of the limited renewed funding grants announced by the state government this week, according to Queensland Law Society.

18 September 2017 – QLS welcomes move to remove 17-year-olds from adult prisons

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth today (Monday September 18) welcomed the state government’s announcement that it will begin removing 17-year-old offenders from the adult criminal justice system.

13 September 2017 – President's Update

While criminal lawyers may be one of the smaller cohorts of our profession, they are integral to the just and equitable administration of our legal system. It is with a mix of admiration and pride that I say all of our solicitors are inspired by their belief in the rule of law, and criminal lawyers are no exception.

13 September 2017 – OSRconnect changes from 3 October

As foreshadowed in QLS Update on 14 June 2017, the Office of State Revenue (OSR) will be implementing a second stage of additional information requirements on 3 October.

13 September 2017 – Note on Supreme Court Practice Direction 14 of 2017

Supreme Court Practice Direction 14 of 2017 was signed by Chief Justice Catherine Holmes on 1 September 2017. The court has also issued a communique which explains that the practice direction, together with the amendment of section 67 of the Trusts Act 1973 and an amendment of rule 599 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999...

13 September 2017 – Invitation to provide comments

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

12 September 2017 – Perfectionism – good or bad?

Perfectionism is commonly reported as being prevalent in the legal profession. There are multiple factors contributing to high levels of perfectionism.

6 September 2017 – President’s update

It is a pleasure to report that our Modern Advocate Lecture Series is continuing to break records.

Last Wednesday’s event, the third in our 2017 series, set a new record of 163 in-person registrants along with more than 500 online viewers via Facebook Live.

6 September 2017 – QLS Senior Counsellors' Conference 2017

On Friday 1 September, the QLS Ethics Centre hosted the annual QLS Senior Counsellors Conference.

6 September 2017 – Legal Profession Regulation 2017 commences

On 1 September, the Legal Profession Regulation 2017 (LPR 2017) commenced, replacing the Legal Profession Regulation 2007.

6 September 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries. This week these include property law, WHS and action on ice.

30 August 2017 – President’s Update

Tonight Queensland Law Society will present the third lecture in the 2017 Modern Advocate Lecture Series, and we have the honour of welcoming Justice Applegarth of the Supreme Court of Queensland, who will speak about ‘Issue Framing in Oral and Written Submissions’, a subject of importance to all advocates.

30 August 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries. This week’s topics include the Australian financial system; the Mining, Water and Other Legislation Bill 2017; mine safety; tow trucks; property law, and ice draft plan.

30 August 2017 – LawCare: Top prevention tips for lawyers

There are times as a lawyer when work has to be a priority, however it is still important to maintain positive functionality.

25 August 2017 – Equality before law: Queensland’s peak legal body cites deficiency in current marriage laws

Queensland Law Society today (FRI 25 AUG) released its position on the current marriage laws in Australia.

23 August 2017 – President’s update

Tonight I will be presenting 25 and 50-year membership pins to Queensland Law Society members in Brisbane at Law Society House.

23 August 2017 – Laws already exist to handle so-called offences of “industrial manslaughter”: QLS

Queensland’s peak solicitor body objects to the State Government’s plan to introduce the new criminal offence of “industrial manslaughter”, saying adequate laws already exist to cover such behaviour.

23 August 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries. This week these include treatment orders, child protection, housing, the Australian financial system and a plan for action against ice.

23 August 2017 – Aussie lawyers win World Cup

The Australian Lawyers’ Cricket Council team were crowned world champions at the 6th Lawyers’ Cricket World Cup on Sunday. The final was played at the famous Singhalese Sports Club Test cricket ground in Colombo where Australia narrowly beat the hosts, Sri Lanka, by six runs.

21 August 2017 – Mates Rates = Dire Straits

Free work for friends can cost more than you think - some tips to avoid empathy-induced ethical conflict.

21 August 2017 – Take control of your affairs - a will does not cover everything

A large percentage of Australians believe that filling out a will kit from their local news agency or downloaded from the internet, will cover them when they pass away. Decades ago that might have been true. But in a modern complex technological world, it is not.

19 August 2017 – Elder abuse awareness campaign garners support from community

Queensland Law Society’s recent awareness campaign highlighting the abuse of our elderly has seen an increase of community understanding and led to more victims seeking support.

17 August 2017 – New QLS/REIQ contract – Commercial Tenancy Agreement

Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland have jointly endorsed a new Commercial Tenancy Agreement for use by members.

17 August 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

17 August 2017 – President’s update

In past editions of my QLS Update column I have thanked various QLS staff for their excellent service. This week I will both draw your attention to the remarkable achievements of a QLS staff member and also seek your support for her.

15 August 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 8 September - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Friday the 8th day of September 2017.

11 August 2017 – QLS praises Victorian Government for appointment of first solicitor to top role

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth has praised the Victorian Government for their forward thinking in the appointment of the first solicitor to the role of Chief Justice, Justice Ann Ferguson.

10 August 2017 – Cyber criminals successfully divert Qld Solicitor’s trust transfers

Due to recent email based cyber attacks, the QLS Ethics Centre recommends that caution should be exercised by solicitors in the manner in which they receive instructions for the transfer of trust monies that may be received by email.

9 August 2017 – President's Update

These are exciting times for women in law, with the announcement that Victoria’s Chief Justice Marilyn Warren will be succeeded by another woman, Justice Anne Ferguson. It is also particularly exciting that Victoria continues to recognise the extraordinary pool of talent available from the ranks of that state’s solicitors.

9 August 2017 – Invitation to provide comments

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

9 August 2017 – Are you ready to take up the mantle?

The QLS Council sets the strategic direction of the Society and guides the Society in advocating for and on behalf of the solicitors’ branch of the Queensland legal profession. Council comprises a president, deputy president, vice president, eight ordinary Council members and an Attorney-General’s nominee.

8 August 2017 – Pretend “Gumtree” lawyer’s bark muzzled by court to the tune of $2,500

Queensland’s peak legal body has fired a warning shot at uncertified “Gumtree’’ gun advisers after one was fined $20,000 for advertising to give legal advice under the guise he was legally permitted to do so.

7 August 2017 – QLS backs changes to legislation protecting community from nefarious tow-truck operations

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth has welcomed proposed sensible legislative changes aimed at clamping down on disreputable tow-truck operators from ripping off the public when parking on private premises.

3 August 2017 – President Christine Smyth welcomes the opening of the new Legal Aid Office at Southport

President Christine Smyth welcomes the opening of the new Legal Aid Office at Southport.

2 August 2017 – President's Update

On Monday, it was with pleasure and pride that I welcomed former solicitor and QLS member Peta Stilgoe OAM to her new role as a member of the Land Court on behalf of the solicitors of Queensland.

2 August 2017 – Amendments to Legal Profession Act

On 5 June 2017 assent was given to the Court and Civil Legislation Amendment Act 2017, a piece of omnibus legislation. Among the Acts amended was the Legal Profession Act 2007 (the Act).

2 August 2017 – Invitation to provide comments

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

27 July 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 21 August 2017 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday the 21st day of August 2017.

27 July 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 25 August 2017 - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Friday the 25th day of August 2017.

26 July 2017 – President's Update

Last week’s announcement of a state Crime Statistics and Research Unit (CSRU) is a significant win for Queensland, as it will play a major role in helping policymakers and legislators to employ evidenced-based policymaking when formulating policy and legislation.

26 July 2017 – Elder abuse awareness campaign update

The joint initiative between AMAQ and Queensland Law Society to raise elder abuse awareness in the community was launched on 15 June. ‘GP packs’ were provided to 321 clinics in the Brisbane North Primary Health Network area, and the campaign has been promoted across several media outlets throughout Brisbane and the regions.

26 July 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

21 July 2017 – QLS praises funding for independent crime stats

Queensland’s peak solicitor group has commended the state government’s $2.7 million commitment to fund a new independent body to collect criminal statistics.

20 July 2017 – QLS calls for second-hand law books to donate to the Office of the Public Solicitor in Port Moresby

QLS is calling for the following list of unwanted legal titles and editions to be donated to the Office of the Public Solicitor in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG).

20 July 2017 – Appointment of former solicitor to Land Court of Queensland an excellent example to profession: QLS

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth has welcomed the appointment of former solicitor and current Senior Member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), Peta Stilgoe OAM as a member of the Land Court of Queensland.

19 July 2017 – President's Update

Last week’s QLS and FLPA Family Law Residential was another excellent event in the QLS professional development calendar. Opening the three-day conference, I took the opportunity to acknowledge the great work that family law practitioners do in this often difficult area of law, with clients who can frequently be complex and emotional.

19 July 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

14 July 2017 – Criminal lawyer deserves harsh penalty for illegal conduct: QLS

Queensland’s peak lawyers’ association has backed the Brisbane Supreme Court’s harsh condemnation of the deplorable and illegal actions resulting in the jailing of former high-profile criminal lawyer Tim Meehan.

13 July 2017 – First response checklist for law firms subjected to a cyber incident

The QLS Ethics Centre first response checklist has been designed to provide invaluable assistance if you suffer a cyberattack.

13 July 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 4 August 2017 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 4th day of August 2017.

13 July 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 7 August 2017 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday the 7th day of August 2017.

12 July 2017 – President's Update

Everything Queensland Law Society does is underpinned by the vision that is central to our strategic plan – Good law. Good lawyers. Public good. And if you look at all of our activities, you will find that they all meet one or more of these objectives. This week I’d like to draw your attention to our annual Access to Justice Scorecard survey, which is a notable activity within those for ‘public good’.

12 July 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

6 July 2017 – Peak legal body moving forward towards reconciliation

Queensland’s peak solicitor body has released the state’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for solicitors, during a launch attended by Indigenous Elders, government and judiciary representatives.

5 July 2017 – President's Update

This week is, of course, NAIDOC Week, a time for celebration across Australia. The NAIDOC acronym originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’, which organised national activities during the week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

5 July 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 28 July 2017 - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Friday the 28th day of July 2017.

5 July 2017 – Access to Justice Scorecard survey 2017

This month, QLS is asking members to identify existing barriers and propose ideas on how to improve access to justice for Queenslanders by contributing to the annual Access to Justice Scorecard.

5 July 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

28 June 2017 – President's Update

One QLS resource that has been evolving into an informative asset is our Law Talk blog, which is available at medium.com. It provides a platform for articles that offer more substance than those you may encounter on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or some of our other online outlets.

28 June 2017 – Survey: Independent Children’s Lawyer training

National Legal Aid (NLA) is redeveloping its national Independent Children’s Lawyer training program to replace the program previously offered by NLA in collaboration with the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

28 June 2017 – QLS salutes appointment of former solicitor as new Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal president

Queensland’s peak solicitor body has applauded the appointment of a former solicitor as Australia’s new president of the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

27 June 2017 – What’s in a name?

A rose by any other name may be as sweet, but the titles used by lawyers have specific meanings, and using the wrong one can get you into trouble. This handy table outlines to practitioners what they can call themselves, and what documents they can sign or witness.

26 June 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 17 July 2017 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday the 17th day of July 2017.

26 June 2017 – Updated REIQ contracts now available

Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland have updated the standard joint contracts following amendments to the Federal Government’s foreign resident CGT withholding framework which will take effect on 1 July 2017.

23 June 2017 – Appointment of former solicitor to senior judicial position very welcome: QLS

Queensland Law Society has applauded the recent appointments of former solicitor Justice Ann Lyons as Senior Judge Administrator and Judge Helen Bowskill QC as Supreme Court Justice.

22 June 2017 – QLS disappointment over conduct of high-profile criminal solicitor Tim Meehan

Queensland’s peak solicitor group has voiced its disappointment over the conduct of high profile criminal solicitor Tim Meehan after his plea of guilty today (Thurs 21 June) to a string of serious criminal offences.

21 June 2017 – Budget changes: First Home Owners Grant, land tax, AFAD and more

On 16 June, the Queensland Parliament passed the Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 as part of the Budget. Practitioners should be aware that the legislation introduces a range of changes.

21 June 2017 – President's Update

It’s a pleasure to report that our announcement of a campaign to encourage older Australians to discuss possible elder abuse with their local GP has gained enormous support. It has generated a lot of media attention, including a live national interview I gave on Sunday morning’s Sunrise program, and if successful this initiative could have the potential to be adopted across Australia.

21 June 2017 – ATO webinar: Foreign resident CGT changes

The Australian Tax Office will present a webinar for QLS members on Thursday 29 June to provide an overview of the foreign resident capital gains withholding framework and the recent changes. The webinar will run from 12:30 pm to 1:30pm.

21 June 2017 – QLS Essentials Conference 2017

Where does problem-solving end and innovation begin? “Problem-solving goes hand in hand with law; after all, it’s what lawyers do for a living. Not only do we solve problems, but we are also asked every now and then to dust off the ol’ crystal ball and do a little problem prediction.”

21 June 2017 – EHP to announce fee increases

Information about fee increases by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) will be available from 1 July on the EHP’s fees and services page.

21 June 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

21 June 2017 – AAT fees to increase

The Migration & Refugee Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) will increase fees for review of a migration or refugee decision from 1 July.

14 June 2017 – QLS welcomes Budget funding for justice issues

Queensland Law Society has welcomed the myriad justice initiatives announced in the 2017-18 State Budget – in particular the return of drug courts and extension of permanent specialist domestic violence courts.

14 June 2017 – Beware of dodgy legal advice: QLS

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth has issued a warning for people to avoid taking legal advice and representation from unqualified fraudsters posing as lawyers.

14 June 2017 – President's Update

Yesterday’s State Budget brought us a number of good news items. It was especially pleasing to see the Government’s commitment to fund the Southport specialist domestic violence court permanently and the announcement of new specialist courts for Townsville and Beenleigh. Our media release summed up my thoughts on why these will benefit Queenslanders.

14 June 2017 – Child and Youth Court Liaison Service

In March the Child and Youth Court Liaison Service was enhanced as a result of the Mental Health Act 2016 coming into effect.

14 June 2017 – OSRconnect changes 1 July

From 1 July 2017, additional information will be required when transferring real property in Queensland (either freehold or leasehold). This is a result of federal legislation requiring all states and territories to report certain identity and other information relating to property transfers.

14 June 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

14 June 2017 – Delivery of electronic bills

Electronic delivery of bills - Legislative change

14 June 2017 – QLS announces trial to raise awareness of widespread hidden elder abuse

Queensland’s peak legal body has launched a trial designed to raise public awareness of physical, emotional and financial abuse being suffered in silence by society’s vulnerable elderly community.

13 June 2017 – Return of drug courts will help addicts and reduce crime: QLS

The State Budget commitment to reintroduce drug courts in Queensland will go a long way to targeting the problem of addiction and reduce spiralling crime, according Queensland’s peak solicitor group.

13 June 2017 – Stamping out the scourge of DV one specialist court at a time: QLS

Queensland Law Society has praised the state government’s budget commitment to fund the Southport specialist domestic violence court permanently, and roll out two new specialist courts in Townsville and Beenleigh.

7 June 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

7 June 2017 – Foreign resident CGT withholding changes

On 1 June 2017, amending legislation was introduced to the Federal Parliament to amend the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cth) to modify the foreign resident capital gains withholding payments regime to increase the withholding rate to 12.5%; and reduce the withholding threshold to $750,000.

7 June 2017 – President's Update

Now that our QLS Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been approved by both Reconciliation Australia and Council, we are set to launch it officially on 5 July and will soon be providing information on the events planned to mark this occasion.

31 May 2017 – Amended DV legislation in effect

The amendments contained in the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016, excepting those which implement the scheme for national recognition of domestic violence orders, commenced on 30 May 2017.

31 May 2017 – President's Update

My highlight for last week, and no doubt for the hundreds of members who attended, was the annual QLS Ball at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. It was a wonderful night, with much fun and laughter, not to mention dining, dancing and collegial sharing.

31 May 2017 – QLS pays tribute to selfless service of QPS Senior Constable Brett Forte

Queensland's peak lawyer group has joined the nation in mourning the tragic and senseless murder of highly respected Queensland Police Service officer Senior Constable Brett Forte in the line of duty on Monday.

31 May 2017 – Federal Court crime practice note

The national Federal Crime and Related Proceedings Practice Note (CRIME-1) issued by the Chief Justice of the Federal Court came into effect on Monday 15 May.

31 May 2017 – Final reminder – external examination reports 2017

The external examination reports lodgment period ended on 31 March. Any outstanding reports must be lodged with Queensland Law Society today (31 May 2017). Please note there is no provision under the legislation for extensions to lodge reports.

31 May 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

26 May 2017 – QLS says “claim farming’’ is both unethical and breach of solicitors conduct rules

Queensland’s peak legal body has denounced the dubious interstate trend of “claim farming’’ creeping into the state.

24 May 2017 – President's Update

Last week was very much about celebrating the profession of law, and for us Law Week was definitely a tremendous success. It began for me on Tuesday in Cairns as I joined colleagues for the Queensland Legal Walk along the foreshore. There is something inspiring about hundreds of members of our profession walking together, united in a common cause – in this case access to justice – with the beautiful Queensland autumn weather across the state certainly adding to that special feeling.

24 May 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

22 May 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 12 June 2017 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday the 12th day of June 2017.

22 May 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 16 June 2017 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Friday the 16th day of June 2017.

22 May 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 23 June 2017 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 23rd day of June 2017.

22 May 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 23 June 2017 - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Friday the 23rd day of June 2017.

18 May 2017 – The Graduate

There is no such thing as a graduate solicitor or graduate lawyer, and giving such titles to unadmitted law graduates can create significant issues for law firms, including potential disciplinary action and/or accusations of misleading and deceptive conduct. This note explains how to avoid these issues and ensure that firms use the correct nomenclature for their graduate employees.

17 May 2017 – President's Update

Last Thursday I attended the second lecture in the 2017 Modern Advocate Lecture Series, delivered by the former President of the Court of Appeal, the Honourable Margaret McMurdo. On behalf of the Society, I would like to thank her for an entertaining and informative address which included many practical tips for advocacy both in and out of the courts.

17 May 2017 – WannaCRYpt ransomware – Just the tip of the cyber risk to law firms

Successful ransomware attacks on Queensland law firms are on the increase. Many firms can be hacked in minutes due to simple mistakes by computer users. This note identifies the issue and the desirability for education.

17 May 2017 – Invitation to nominate for rural mediator accreditation

The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA) is inviting legal practitioners to nominate for mediator accreditation under the Farm Business Debt Mediation Act 2017 (the Act). QRAA will become the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) on 1 July 2017 and be responsible for the administration of the Act and for the provision a Farm Business Debt Mediation (FBDM) program for Queensland.

17 May 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

17 May 2017 – Warning on new email scam

Practitioners are advised to take extreme care before opening or clicking on links in unexpected emails from government departments and other organisations. A practitioner has recently received an email purporting to be from ‘Applications Planning and Environment (City of Gold Coast)’ seeking further details to confirm an online payment for a planning application.

12 May 2017 – Closed courts have open ears

Solicitors are urged to keep in mind that in Queensland Courts, the recording devices in the courtroom are always active, unless turned off by order of the Judge or magistrate even during breaks in proceedings or after the court has been closed.

11 May 2017 – QLS praises state government move to expunge historical gay convictions

Queensland’s peak solicitor body has applauded the state government’s move to pave the way for the removal of historical criminal records of people convicted for having gay sex.

10 May 2017 – Much-needed safety net for CLCs very welcome: QLS

QLS president Christine Smyth has welcomed the Queensland Attorney-General’s announcement that the state government would guarantee a further three months of funding to community legal centres (CLCs).

10 May 2017 – President's Update

Last Wednesday I attended a meeting of the Queensland Government’s Better Regulation Taskforce, the object of which is to look at regulatory issues that are burdensome or inhibit small business. The group is tasked with reporting on the ‘red, green and blue’ tape areas across at least three industry sectors each year.

10 May 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – Personalised transport, Fair Work

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

10 May 2017 – Are you experiencing burnout?

‘Burnout’ is a stress condition brought on by being involved in an intense situation for a long period of time without adequate rest and recreation. It is also the result of feeling overworked and unappreciated. You may become disappointed, and sometimes cynical. Changes in your environment can prevent burnout.

4 May 2017 – Legal Aid’s choice of former COA President as their chair an inspired appointment: QLS

Queensland’s peak solicitor group has labelled the appointment of former Queensland Court of Appeal President Margaret McMurdo as chair of Legal Aid Queensland a coup for an organisation which works tirelessly for the state’s financially disadvantaged.

4 May 2017 – Further magistrate appointments a welcome announcement for Queensland’s justice system: QLS

The state’s peak professional body for solicitors has praised the announcement of further magistrates for Queensland’s courts.

3 May 2017 – President's Update

Last week ended on a high note as I disseminated the good news from Thursday’s QLS Council meeting – a 20% reduction in annual Lexon insurance levy rates. This very welcome cost reduction – delivered for the second year in a row – applies to virtually all Lexon-insured legal practices (bands two to nine) and reflects good governance within the profession as the level of insurance claims continues to approach an all-time low.

3 May 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for government inquiries.

28 April 2017 – Historically low claims against solicitors lead to third fee reduction

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth announced up to a 20 per cent levy rate reduction in annual insurance levies for Queensland solicitors today, following three years of low claims from the profession.

27 April 2017 – QLS applauds government funding to implement youth detention recommendations

Queensland’s peak solicitor group has welcomed the state government’s $6.2 million commitment to improve services and care for juveniles held in corrective detention centres.

26 April 2017 – President's Update

What a great start to the week! We warmly welcomed Monday’s announcement by federal Attorney-General Senator George Brandis QC that the proposed cuts to funding for community legal centres would be reinstated. This was a wonderful victory that followed a campaign that was begun by my predecessor, Bill Potts, and vigorously pursued by myself.

26 April 2017 – Get ready for renewals – renew online from May 2

It is almost that time of year again. You can renew your practising certificate and QLS membership online from 2 May.

26 April 2017 – Avoiding the fiscal cliff but still on the edge

On Monday morning, Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth attended a press conference at the Women’s Legal Service where federal Attorney-General Senator George Brandis QC announced the reinstatement of funding to community legal centres across the country.

24 April 2017 – Reinstatement of previous funding appreciated: QLS

QLS President Christine Smyth has welcomed the news that the federal government will abandon planned funding cuts to Community Legal Centres in the upcoming budget, noting that the decision means that society’s most vulnerable people will continue to be able to access justice.

21 April 2017 – QLS calls on government to explain delays in judicial appointments

Queensland’s peak solicitor group says on-going and unexplained delays in the appointment of judges and magistrates across the state was causing critical backlogs and pressure on Queensland’s courts and judicial system.

19 April 2017 – President's Update

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with our members in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie, visiting Proserpine, Bowen, Airlie Beach and Mackay. The warm welcome our group received was heartening and it was appreciated that members took the time to brief us not only on the impact of the cyclone but also other, non-weather-related issues of concern to the local profession.

19 April 2017 – Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for a number of government inquiries.

13 April 2017 – Cyclones and CLCs

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth this week witnessed firsthand the extraordinary work being done by solicitors and community legal centres (CLC) to help re-establish regions left devastated by the Cyclone Debbie weather event.

12 April 2017 – ATO webinar: Requesting client tax documents via the business portal

From 1 July the Australian Tax Office will no longer accept requests for clients’ tax documents by post or fax, and requests will need to be made via the ATO Business Portal. A free webinar on 1 May will explain how to use the portal to request copies of client documents such as tax returns, payment summaries and notices of assessment.

12 April 2017 – President's Update

As the cleanup and repair work continues in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, it is timely to acknowledge the efforts of those who have given generously of their time and expertise in managing this catastrophic weather event.

7 April 2017 – QLS president embarks on tour to help rebuild cyclone-affected regions

Queensland was recently hit with not only Cyclone Debbie, but also many severe weather events over the following days. Throughout the events, QLS president Christine Smyth kept in contact with members as much as possible, endeavouring to send out as much information as possible as it came to hand.

6 April 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 2 May 2017 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Tuesday the 2nd day of May 2017.

6 April 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 12 May 2017 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 12th day of May 2017.

6 April 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 12 May 2017 - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Friday the 12th day of May 2017.

6 April 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 15 May 2017 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday the 15th day of May 2017.

5 April 2017 – QLS remembers the great contribution of leading legal light – former Justice Martin Moynihan

Queensland this week lost one of its most celebrated and leading legal minds with the passing of former Supreme Court Justice Martin Moynihan, AO.

5 April 2017 – Amendments to external examinations of trust records

On 30 March 2017 amendments were made to the Legal Profession Regulation 2007 (LPR) pertaining to the external examinations of trust records. The amendments were made to Section 62 of the LPR. The previous section was replaced in its entirety and replaced with ‘Exemption from requirement on a law practice to have its trust records externally examined’.

5 April 2017 – President's Update

There have been some new and significant developments in the practice of criminal law. Firstly, there has been a shift in procedure for criminal matters, with Justice Boddice confirming that, when an accused person’s matter has been listed for trial, and it resolves to a sentence, the sentence hearing is to occur at that point – the time when the matter was listed for trial.

4 April 2017 – Post-cyclone information: settlements, court closures & support

I would like to thank the members who have contacted us at QLS to make us aware of their situations following Cyclone Debbie. I hope that anyone who has been affected is receiving assistance where needed and anyone still facing the after effects is safe and as prepared as possible.

4 April 2017 – Cyclone Debbie weather event amplifies need to adequately fund Queensland CLCs

Community legal centres that provided essential free legal services after the 2011 floods would be forced to overcome massive government funding shortfalls if they were to provide similar assistance to victims of the damaging Cyclone Debbie weather event, according to Queensland Law Society.

3 April 2017 – Important update: Post Cyclone information

I sincerely hope that this message finds you, your staff and family safe as the after effects of Cyclone Debbie continue to ravage parts of our state. My thoughts are with those of you in particular who are currently in Rockhampton and surrounding affected areas as you evacuate and watch the rising Fitzroy River.

3 April 2017 – Community information following Cyclone Debbie aftermath

QLS president Christine Smyth encourages members of our community to contact your solicitor if you have concerns arising from the recent adverse conditions.

3 April 2017 – Guidance for law practices affected by flooding or extreme weather conditions

The QLS Ethics Centre has published guidance on the management of the issues resulting in the damage, destruction or loss of client documents or property by flood or extreme weather conditions.  

31 March 2017 – Court closures, affected areas and assistance

Skies across south-east Queensland are blue and sunny today, however, many are still feeling the after effects of Cyclone Debbie’s aftermath, specifically on the Gold Coast and in our more regional areas. There are numerous suburbs with power outages and other issues associated with flooding, dangerous winds and the storm in general.

31 March 2017 – QLS praises appointment of renowned silk as new Court of Appeal President

Queensland Law Society has applauded the appointment of esteemed silk Walter Sofronoff as the state’s new Court of Appeal president.

30 March 2017 – QLS: Stay safe in Cyclone Debbie aftermath

QLS president Christine Smyth has urged all Queensland solicitors to remain vigilant and stay safe in the Cyclone Debbie aftermath currently already hitting parts of the state. With heavy rain predicted for most of the state today, Ms Smyth said that the safety of practitioners, their staff and families was of upmost importance.

29 March 2017 – President's Update

With the Cyclone Debbie cleanup now under way in north Queensland, our thoughts are with our members in the affected regions. It appears all have made it through safely and we have not received any reports of substantial damage to practices.

27 March 2017 – QLS urges NQ solicitors to stay cyclone safe

QLS president Christine Smyth has asked for all Queensland solicitors in the path of Cyclone Debbie to remain safe and put the lives of themselves and others as the highest priority.

23 March 2017 – Farm debt Bill provides fairer deal for struggling rural sector: QLS says

Queensland Law Society has applauded the introduction of new farm business debt mediation laws – saying the laws would level the playing field between farmers and the banks.

23 March 2017 – QLS backs new DV laws

Queensland Law Society has thrown its support behind new legislation designed to make it harder for serious alleged domestic violence offenders to get bail.

22 March 2017 – Invitation for family lawyers!

Queensland Law Society is seeking applications from family lawyers who are interested in joining the Society’s Family Law Committee.

22 March 2017 – QLS applauds state government’s removal of “gay panic’’ defence

Queensland’s peak solicitor body has commended the state government for the removal of the antiquated and discriminatory "gay panic defence” from its criminal statutes.

22 March 2017 – President's Update

Last week was all about QLS Symposium, and what a great event it was! My personal highlights included the excellent opening address by Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, the eye-opening plenary by Holly Ransom and the insightful glimpse of the future from Gihan Perera at the closing plenary.

22 March 2017 – QLS delayed judgments service

Queensland Law Society provides members with a delayed judgments inquiry service under which the Society approaches the relevant court to inquire about specific judgments which have been delayed for three months or more. For the financial year of 2016-17 up to 16 March, the total number of delayed judgment matters received and actioned was 76.

18 March 2017 – QLS: Federal Government crippling vital justice safety net by cutting CLC funding

This morning, president Christine Smyth joined with Queensland’s Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath and Community Legal Centres Queensland Director James Farrell to urge the Federal Government to reverse the decision to cut $2 million in vital community legal services funding.

16 March 2017 – Ethics and client confidentiality in a digital world

One of the pillars of the solicitor-client relationship is the solicitor’s duty of confidentiality-a duty which is increasingly onerous in the face of the challenges of the digital world.

15 March 2017 – President's Update

The two stand-out events from last week were, of course, International Women’s Day and the first Brisbane sitting of the High Court with Chief Justice Kiefel and Justice Edelman.

15 March 2017 – Commissioner of Taxation’s remedial power

The Australian Tax Office has published information about the Commissioner of Taxation’s recently enacted remedial power. The commissioner’s remedial power (CRP) benefits the community by allowing the commissioner to modify the operation of tax and super law to resolve certain unforeseen or unintended outcomes.

15 March 2017 – National Close the Gap Day

This Thursday 16 March is National Close the Gap Day, which provides an opportunity to show support for closing the education and life expectancy gap for our First Nations peoples.

15 March 2017 – NEW: Invitation to provide comments – QLS advocacy

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on legal topics for a number of government inquiries.

9 March 2017 – CLC funding cuts to affect our ageing population

Recently the Queensland Government welcomed a Bill proposing changes that will provide vulnerable Queenslanders with options to tackle the burden of SPER Debts. However, president Christine Smyth, who practises in succession and elder law, wonders how our ageing homeless population will be affected if the Federal Government continue to cut funding to CLCs?

8 March 2017 – President’s update

A recent article in the print media has criticised the Fidelity Guarantee Fund. That criticism was unfair. The fund has been in place for many years. It is an initiative promulgated by the goodwill and personal funds of thousands of Queensland solicitors. It is not funded by government, it is not funded by members of the public – it is your money.

8 March 2017 – Launch of 2017 Modern Advocate Lecture Series

On Thursday 2 March, Queensland Law Society hosted the first lecture of 2017 in the QLS Ethics Centre’s Modern Advocate Lecture Series. This series aims to foster collegiality in the junior ranks of the profession and to imbue young practitioners with the knowledge and skills to sharpen their advocacy.

8 March 2017 – External examination period ends 31 March

External examination reports are to be lodged soon. Please note that the QLS Form 5 – External Examiner’s Report and QLS Form 4 – Law Practice Declaration and Trust Money Statement have been amended. The current forms (version 8) were approved in December 2016.

8 March 2017 – Changes to EFT guidelines

On 9 February the Professional Conduct Committee of the Queensland Law Society approved amendments to the QLS Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Guidelines for trust account operations (the guidelines).

1 March 2017 – QLS backs call for Federal Government to reinstate community legal centre funding

Queensland Law Society has backed the state government’s call demanding the Federal Government immediately reverse its decision to slash $3 million in vital community legal services funding to ensure society’s most vulnerable people have access to justice.

1 March 2017 – QLS launches search warrant guidelines

Queensland Law Society launched its historic Search Warrant Guidelines yesterday at Old Government House, Brisbane. QLS collaborated with Queensland Police Service to execute the guidelines that address the process to be followed and obligations to be met in the event of the execution of a search warrant on solicitors’ premises in Queensland.

1 March 2017 – QAI book aids clients with intellectual disability

A new publication by Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) will assist people with intellectual disability who have been charged with an offence.

1 March 2017 – President's Update

With federal legal aid funding set to fall by around 30% from July, there is a lot happening as community legal centres and other organisations seek to influence government attitudes on this crucial community service.

1 March 2017 – Access to Justice Scorecard released

To further our vision of advocating for good law and supporting good lawyers, Queensland Law Society has published the 2016 Access to Justice Scorecard Report. The annual survey is fundamental to QLS contributions to upholding the rule of law and highlights the barriers that QLS members see for Queenslanders accessing justice.

1 March 2017 – Join the ‘Justice Journey’ in Law Week

To celebrate the annual Law Week (15-21 May), the Department of Justice and Attorney-General will run the ‘Justice Journeys’ program for the second year.

28 February 2017 – QLS unveils ground-breaking search warrant guidelines to assist police

The state’s peak professional legal body will today launch its historic Search Warrant Guidelines – designed to assist solicitors and police when a search warrant is executed on solicitors’ premises.

22 February 2017 – President's Update

QPILCH was an unusual but memorable acronym, and it may take some of us a little while to become used to saying LawRight instead. Last Wednesday night marked the launch of the new name for the leading organisation in our pro bono community.

22 February 2017 – QLS honours outstanding solicitors at annual gala event

President Christine Smyth said it was an honour to begin her journey as the 2017 QLS president by bestowing awards at the Society’s annual premier event for members and legal and prominent dignitaries. Queensland Law Society added three awards to acknowledge the stellar achievements of solicitors across the state at its prestigious 2017 QLS Legal Profession and Awards Dinner at the weekend.

22 February 2017 – Have your say on the Queensland Building Plan

The Queensland Building Plan is billed as the most comprehensive review of the state's $44 billion building industry in generations. The Department of Housing and Public Works is inviting practitioners to have their say on the plan at a series of state-wide consultation sessions.

22 February 2017 – Payment scam warning

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning of a recent spike in the number of up-front payment and advanced fee frauds. The frauds, which are usually received via email, typically ask you to send money in order to later receive some sort of ‘reward’, such as a prize, discounted holiday, or pre-approved loan.

20 February 2017 – Building Closure: Brisbane’s Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

UPDATE: Court matters will not proceed in Brisbane’s Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law today (Monday 20 February 2017) as previously listed. This is due to the closure of the building as a result of a fire which occurred on Level 11 on Friday night.

15 February 2017 – President’s update

The terrific feedback I’ve received since last week’s QLS Roadshow in Bundaberg is very heartening, knowing QLS is meeting its objective of being a membership organisation for all Queensland solicitors. When we plan new events, there is always a sense of will it work or not? Much to the joy of all involved, the three-day event was a success.

15 February 2017 – QLS voices concern over aspects of proposed DV bail law changes

Queensland’s peak lawyer group has voiced concerns about the state LNP’s proposed changes to domestic violence bail laws – saying they were unlikely to improve public safety. Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth acknowledged there was some urgency in discussing this extremely important issue given the horrific domestic violence murder-suicide on the Gold Coast last month.

15 February 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 17 March 2017 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 17th day of March 2017.

15 February 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 10 March 2017 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Friday the 10th day of March 2017.

15 February 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 20 March 2017 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday the 20th day of March 2017.

15 February 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 23 March 2017 - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Monday the 23rd day of March 2017.

8 February 2017 – President’s update

The New Year Profession Drinks last Thursday was a great way to get our 2017 events program under way. With a record crowd of more than 200 in attendance, the function held in the Gallery at the QEII Courts of Law presented an ideal opportunity to explain my plans for raising the profile of the profession and its value to society, and I would particularly like to thank the many members who gave me positive feedback on this.

8 February 2017 – QLS RAP – Thank you!

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft QLS Reconciliation Action Plan. We received an overwhelming 145 responses and your feedback will help us to fine tune our RAP, which fulfils our commitment to advocate for good law and support good lawyers.

8 February 2017 – QLS Legal Profession Dinner and Awards

QLS Legal Profession Dinner and Awards night is just over one week away! Have you secured your ticket to the profession’s night of nights yet? QLS president Christine Smyth will address the profession and detail her commitments and aspirations for 2017, and announce the winners of four awards...

2 February 2017 – ATO website - FRCGW form outage

The ATO has advised that it is currently experiencing a temporary system issue which is impacting the online forms for foreign resident capital gains withholding (FRCGW). The ATO has provided PDF versions of the forms which members will need to use when applying for a clearance certificate or variation for settlements.

1 February 2017 – President’s update

It was an honour to attend the High Court of Australia on Monday for the swearing-in of Chief Justice Susan Kiefel. To see a Queensland practitioner – and the first female – elevated to our highest judicial office is something I will always remember.

30 January 2017 – Updated REIQ Contracts – 13th edition “Houses and Residential Land” and 9th edition “Residential Lots in a CTS”

QLS and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland have prepared new editions of the two standard residential contracts, updating the definition of “Compliant Smoke Alarm” as a result of recent legislative changes.

29 January 2017 – QLS reiterates support for nation’s first female High Court Chief Justice ahead of Monday’s swearing in

Queensland Law Society welcomes the swearing in of Australia’s first female High Court Chief Justice, the well-deserving Justice Susan Kiefel.

27 January 2017 – QLS applauds new High Risk Youth Court in Townsville

Queensland Law Society congratulates the Queensland Government on the launch of a new specialist High Risk Youth Court that will hold its first sitting next week.

25 January 2017 – President’s update

The ‘gay panic’ defence is in the spotlight today at the parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee’s public hearing on the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016. Our immediate past president, Bill Potts, is front and centre on this, as we have several issues with this legislation because it is not well drafted.

25 January 2017 – Changes to CPD rules

A number of changes have been made to the continuing professional development (CPD) rules with which all solicitors in Queensland must comply. The changes, effective from 24 November 2016, clarify the position regarding the approved CPD activities set out in Rule 48.

25 January 2017 – LPAB strengthens commitment to resilience and wellbeing

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB), the entry point for graduates wishing to be admitted as lawyers in Queensland, has strengthened its support for resilience and wellbeing in the legal profession.

24 January 2017 – QLS supports move to scrap lockout laws

Queensland’s peak solicitors’ body has backed the state government’s proposed scrapping of nightclub lockout laws and opts for a more measured mandatory digital screening process to identify potentially problematic patrons.

20 January 2017 – QLS welcomes return of Sentencing Advisory Council

Queensland Law Society has welcomed the re-instatement of the Sentencing Advisory Council – saying it was vital to the delivery of justice throughout the state.

18 January 2017 – New public rulings approved by Commissioner of State Revenue

The Commissioner of State Revenue has advised that a number of new public rulings were approved in December 2016.

17 January 2017 – Regional Roadshow to Bundaberg

Queensland Law Society is hitting the road in February 2017 and holding our inaugural Regional Roadshow in Bundaberg. Select from either attending the full conference program over three days or participate in sessions that suit your practice area or interests. We have created a flexible program that allows members to tailor the roadshow to their individual needs.

12 January 2017 – Message from the President Christine Smyth

Happy New Year and welcome to what I hope will be an exciting and prosperous 2017 for all Queensland Solicitors. It is an honour and a privilege to be elected to the role of President of the Queensland Law Society.  I am also proud to be the 5th female and the first Gold Coast woman lawyer to be entrusted with this position, in the long history of the QLS.

12 January 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 6 February 2017 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday the 6th day of February 2017.

12 January 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 10 February 2017 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 10th day of February 2017.

12 January 2017 – Notice of Admission Sitting 10 February 2017 - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Friday the 10th day of February 2017.

12 January 2017 – Self-reporting obligations under the Legal Profession Act 2007 (‘LPA’)

End of year parties can leave a lot of mess to clear up. Unfortunately, this may include solicitors charged with criminal and traffic offences arising from festive celebrations.

22 December 2016 – ATO website – FRCGT Withholding forms now available

Following our QLS News Headline of 16 December 2016, the ATO has advised that the online Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding (FRCGW) forms are now available.   

21 December 2016 – President’s message

Our profession has much of which to be proud as I come to end of my year as your 2016 president. I said at the beginning of the year that I am a proud to be a Queensland solicitor and after a year in the role as the QLS’s most privileged elected position it has given me a great amount of respect and pride in the more than 13,000 solicitors across the state.

20 December 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 30 January 2017 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 4th day of November 2016.

16 December 2016 – ATO website outage – further update on FRCGT Withholding forms

Following our QLS News Headline of 14 December 2016, the ATO has advised that the online Foreign Resident CGT Withholding forms are still unavailable. However the ATO can still manually issue any Clearance certificates or Variation notices.

15 December 2016 – QLS welcomes appointment of silk Susan Brown to Supreme Court bench

Queensland Law Society has welcomed the appointment of respected silk Susan Brown QC and former solicitor as a Supreme Court judge.

15 December 2016 – New ‘Land Access’ directory helps landholders find specialist lawyers

Queensland Law Society and State Government have launched an online directory hub for landholders to easily locate specialist lawyers to help negotiate land access deals with commercial operators and strike compensation agreements.

14 December 2016 – Land Access Hub now live

Queensland Law Society, in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, has developed a Land Access Hub which is now live on the QLS website.

14 December 2016 – ATO website outage – pdf forms available here for Foreign Resident CGT Withholding purposes

The ATO website is now largely online following an outage earlier this week.  However, the links to the online Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding application forms are yet to be restored.

14 December 2016 – Changes to QCAT fees

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has advised that amendments to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Regulation 2009 commenced on 12 December.

14 December 2016 – President’s message

The end of 2016 is approaching rapidly and it has been a very big year for the Queensland legal profession. I want to take this opportunity to bring two things to your attention.

14 December 2016 – Justice sector holiday arrangements – summary

See this summary for information on how the Christmas holiday period will impact the Federal Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, District Court, Titles Registry, Australian Tax Office and Queensland Law Society.

7 December 2016 – Commonwealth Ombudsman seeks facilitators

From 1 December 2016, the jurisdiction of the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman (OCO) has been expanded to include an independent process to resolve reports of serious abuse in Defence.

7 December 2016 – Parliamentary wrap-up 48/2016

Two monster sessions of Parliament brought the legislators’ year to a close last week. One of the highlights was the debate of the week on the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which was passed with amendments. QLS president Bill Potts cautiously supported the passing of the legislation after welcoming the original introduction of the Bill.

6 December 2016 – New Retail Shop Leases Regulation and approved forms now available

The Retail Shop Leases Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) commenced on 25 November 2016. The Retail Shop Leases Regulation 2016 has now been made and approved forms are now available on the Queensland Government’s Business and Industry portal

30 November 2016 – QLS says new anti-bikie laws are a step forward – but not without problems

Queensland Law Society has applauded the Palaszczuk Labor Government for dispatching the LNP’s flawed and unworkable VLAD anti-bikie laws to the dustbin of history.

30 November 2016 – Stakeholder briefings on planning changes

The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning has announced a statewide series of briefings to outline the key drivers, changes and effects in the new draft versions of the State Planning Policy (SPP), State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP) and the draft Planning Regulation.

30 November 2016 – ATO reminder on Christmas closure and clearance certificates

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has advised that its offices will be closed over the Christmas break from 23 December 2016 to 3 January 2017. Note that no ATO clearance certificates will be issued during this period. Practitioners are reminded that online applications must be made at least 14 days in advance of to avoid possible settlement delays.

30 November 2016 – Prescribed deposit accounts abolished

On 11 November 2016, the Bill for the Limitations of Actions (Child Sexual Abuse) and Other Legislation Amendment Act received Royal Assent. This Act amends provisions of the Legal Profession Act 2007 pertaining to the Legal Practitioner Interest on Trust Accounts Fund, which will be replaced by new funding arrangements through the Consolidated Fund.

29 November 2016 – Retail Shop Leases Regulation and approved forms

The Retail Shop Leases Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) commenced on 25 November 2016. At this stage, the Retail Shop Leases Regulation 2006 and approved forms have not been amended. Until amendments are made, practitioners should continue to use the current approved forms.

29 November 2016 – Appointment of Queenslander as nation’s first female High Court Chief Justice a worthy and inspired choice: QLS says

Queensland Law Society has praised the Federal Government for its appointment of esteemed jurist Susan Kiefel as the nation’s first female High Court Chief Justice.

25 November 2016 – How do experienced lawyers prepare a complex costs estimate?

The key to a good outcome for both the client and solicitor is a retainer agreement that is clear, precise and provides an accurate estimation of costs right from the beginning.

21 November 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 14/15 December 2016 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Wednesday and Thursday the 14th and 15th day of December 2016.

21 November 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 9 December 2016 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 9th day of December 2016.

21 November 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 9 December 2016 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Friday the 9th day of December 2016.

21 November 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 12 December 2016 - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Monday the 12th day of December 2016.

16 November 2016 – Call for female lawyers on key committees

Women lawyers are being encouraged to put their hands up to assist in creating a better gender balance on Queensland Government boards and committees.

9 November 2016 – QPILCH celebrates 15 years of pro bono

Queensland Law Society congratulates the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) and the volunteer practitioners who have helped it to achieve a 15-year milestone in the provision of pro bono services to the community. A special publication, 15 Years of Law Firm Pro Bono in Queensland 2001-2016, has been released to mark the occasion.

9 November 2016 – Land Access Hub – call for applications

Queensland Law Society, in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, is developing a new ‘Land Access Hub’ to be launched on the QLS website.

9 November 2016 – Parliamentary wrap-up 44/2016

Last week was a big one in Queensland Parliament, with some historic legislation passed amidst the usual political shenanigans.

9 November 2016 – Removal of limitation statute a win for sex abuse victims: QLS says

The removal of the statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse to claim compensation would go a long way to healing decades of injustice and suffering, according to the Queensland Law Society.

8 November 2016 – Practice Support Tip – Project Management in Legal Practice – Part 3

This is Part 3 in the series on Project Management in Legal Practice - Project management of legal matters is becoming more common in the increasingly competitive legal market.

4 November 2016 – QLS says abolition of antiquated laws allowing 17-year-olds to be sentenced as adults a win for common sense

The State Government’s decision to dispatch antiquated and archaic laws requiring 17-year-old offenders to be sentenced as adults would help teens avoid becoming career criminals, according to the Queensland Law Society.

3 November 2016 – QLS joins national call for PM to reverse slashing of legal assistance funding

Queensland’s peak lawyer body has backed a push by the nation’s more than 60,000 solicitors demanding Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to restore legal assistance funding.

2 November 2016 – Launch of the Modern Advocate

On Tuesday 25 October Queensland Law Society launched the QLS Ethics Centre’s Modern Advocate Lecture Series. This series, an initiative of QLS deputy president Christine Smyth, aims to foster collegiality in the junior ranks of the profession and to imbue young practitioners with the knowledge and skills to sharpen their advocacy.

2 November 2016 – Property law review – comments invited

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General has released four papers as part of an ongoing review of Queensland property law by the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre of the Queensland University of Technology. Practitioners are invited to provide comments to QLS on issues raised in the papers.

2 November 2016 – Human Rights Month: Fair and inclusive workplaces

The 2016 Human Rights Month campaign of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland will run from 10 November until International Human Rights Day on 10 December. This year the commission is partnering with Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland to focus on the two key topics of mentally healthy workplaces and flexibility at work, under the theme of fair and inclusive workplaces.

27 October 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 21 November 2016 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday the 21st day of November 2016.

26 October 2016 – Women in law – this year’s winners

Thynne + Macartney partner Margaret McNamara is the winner of the 2016 QLS Agnes McWhinney Award, which recognises the contributions of outstanding women in the legal profession.

25 October 2016 – Practice Support Tip – Project Management in Legal Practice – Part 1

This is Part 1 in the series on Project Management in Legal Practice - Project management of legal matters is becoming more common in the increasingly competitive legal market.

19 October 2016 – Parliamentary wrap-up 41/2016

A number of notable Bills were passed last week in State Parliament. The Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 was debated and passed with both Government and Opposition amendments.

13 October 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 4 November 2016 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 4th day of November 2016.

13 October 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 4 November 2016 - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Friday the 4th day of November 2016.

13 October 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 7 November 2016 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday the 7th day of November 2016.

5 October 2016 – Hervey Bay Body Corporate Committee Master Class

Hervey Bay practitioners and their clients are invited to a free Body Corporate Committee Master Class tomorrow Thursday 6 October featuring the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management Chris Irons and convened by the Australian Resident Accommodation Managers Association (ARAMA).

5 October 2016 – Mental Health Week: Happy Lawyer Happy Life

Brisbane family lawyer Clarissa Rayward has joined the campaign to improve mental health in the legal profession with a new series of podcasts. Queensland Mental Health Week runs from Sunday 9 October until 15 October.

5 October 2016 – New OSR rulings on Additional Foreign Acquirer Duty

The Commissioner of State Revenue has advised that new Additional Foreign Acquirer Duty (AFAD) public rulings are now available. The AFAD provisions commenced on 1 October 2016, as outlined in QLS Update of 28 September 2016.

28 September 2016 – Additional foreign acquirer duty commences 1 October

As announced in the Queensland State Budget 2016, additional foreign acquirer duty (AFAD) will be introduced in Queensland on 1 October 2016. This is an additional amount of transfer duty, landholder duty or corporate trustee duty on particular transactions when foreign purchasers acquire certain residential land.

21 September 2016 – Parliamentary wrap-up - 21 September

Last week was a big week in Queensland State Parliament, with a number of historic pieces of legislation introduced or passed.

20 September 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 10 October 2016 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday the 10th day of October 2016.

20 September 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 10 October 2016 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday the 10th day of October 2016.

16 September 2016 – Caxton’s Queensland Law Handbook is now online

Caxton Legal Centre has announced the release of their flagship publication, the Queensland Law Handbook as an online resource.

14 September 2016 – Adjournments of criminal reviews

The Supreme Court Criminal List Manager has advised of a new criminal listings initiative for hearing applications for adjournments of criminal reviews on the papers, electronically. Practitioners who familiarise themselves with the new procedure when appropriate can expect to achieve time and cost efficiencies.

14 September 2016 – ATO updates CGT withholding framework information

The Deputy Commissioner of Taxation has released Variation 48, ‘PAYG Withholding variation for foreign resident capital gains withholding payments – deceased estates and legal personal representatives’. The Australian Taxation Office has also provided QLS with clarification on the time periods covered by clearance certificates and when a purchaser may rely on a clearance certificate.

7 September 2016 – Introducing QLS JobConnector

We are excited to announce the launch of our recruitment hub, QLS JobConnector. This unique resource connects the largest single source of employers with those seeking work in the Queensland legal profession, including students and legal support staff.

7 September 2016 – ATO update on foreign resident CGT withholding framework

The Australian Tax Office has updated its foreign resident CGT withholding webpages, including new guidance on obtaining clearance certificates for a trust, deceased estates and mortgagee in possession situations.

7 September 2016 – Office of Fair Trading compliance events

Practitioners wishing to assist clients in the retail industry may like to recommend compliance education events being held this month in the Brisbane suburbs of Arana Hills and Eight Mile Plains.

7 September 2016 – Latest parliamentary wrap-up

Last week was a busy week in Queensland Parliament with a swathe of legislation coming and going from the House.

7 September 2016 – Save time recording CPD activities

The annual CPD audit has begun. Almost 30% of practitioners audited for CPD compliance this year had recorded their CPD activity on the online CPD tool. Those practitioners simply received an email from the CPD auditor notifying them that they had been audited and were found to be CPD compliant.

5 September 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 16 September - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, on Friday the 16th day of September 2016.

5 September 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 16 September 2016 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 16th day of September 2016.

24 August 2016 – Parliamentary wrap-up - August

The Queensland Government received a notable legislative defeat in last week’s parliamentary sitting. However, long-awaited and much lauded legislation arrived to deal with limitation issues in child sex abuse claims and class actions for the Queensland state courts.

24 August 2016 – Balancing public and private interests in the exercise of judicial discretion

Practitioners acting for or against public bodies should be aware of the implications arising from the recent case of Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2016] FCAFC 97.

24 August 2016 – Research on BCIPA changes

Practitioners are invited to assist with research on the involvement/removal of authorised nominating authorities from the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act (BCIPA).

18 August 2016 – Melbourne Law School Alumni Reception

An exclusive MLS alumni reception will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 7 September 2016.

17 August 2016 – 2016-17 land tax assessment cycle under way

Queensland land tax assessments are now being issued by the Office of State Revenue (OSR) for the 2016-17 financial year. The OSR is also contacting first-time taxpayers to explain land tax obligations and available exemptions.

9 August 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 22 August 2016 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday the 22nd day of August 2016.

3 August 2016 – President’s message: Child correctional facilities – is there a problem here?

The issues relating to the treatment of children in NT correctional centres are no doubt of concern to QLS members, and it is heartening to hear that these will receive proper scrutiny under an appropriate royal commission.

27 July 2016 – QLS launches domestic violence guidelines

Queensland Law Society will officially launch its Domestic and Family Violence Best Practice Guidelines today at the Supreme Court of Queensland Banco Court.

27 July 2016 – CPD compliance audit begins 1 August

Each year Queensland Law Society audits 20% of practitioners for compliance with the CPD scheme. For QLS accredited specialists, all those who have held their accreditation for less than three years will be audited. For specialists who have held their accreditation for more than three years, 25% will be audited.

26 July 2016 – QLS begins work on Reconciliation Action Plan

The new QLS Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG) met for the first time on 19 July to begin work on a framework which sets out practical plans of action for QLS to realise its vision for reconciliation, creating social change and building on relationships and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (ATSI).

20 July 2016 – Call for volunteers: New Brisbane asylum seeker clinic

Salvos Legal Humanitarian is partnering with MDA Ltd in Queensland to deliver a free legal clinic to assist people seeking asylum.

20 July 2016 – Search warrant guidelines initiative

Queensland Law Society has partnered with Queensland Police Service to produce guidelines addressing the process to be followed and obligations to be met in the event of the execution of a search warrant on solicitors’ premises in Queensland by Queensland police.

13 July 2016 – Judicial appointments protocol released

The Queensland Government has approved a protocol associated with the appointment of judicial officers in the Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court of Queensland.

13 July 2016 – Federal Court scam warning

The Federal Court has warned of a potential virus or malware threat in emails purportedly sent by the court.

12 July 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 1 August 2016 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday the 1st day of August 2016.

12 July 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 29 July 2016 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 29th day of July 2016.

12 July 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 28 July - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, on Thursday the 28th day of July 2016.

6 July 2016 – Office of State Revenue: Budget changes

The Office of State Revenue has advised of a number of changes flowing from the Duties and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016, as well as updated transfer duty and other charges.

6 July 2016 – Human Rights Inquiry report released

The report from the parliamentary Human Rights Inquiry is now available. Queensland Law Society made submissions to the inquiry on 22 April and appeared at the parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee public hearing.

6 July 2016 – Director of Child Protection Litigation announced

Last week the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice announced the appointment of Nigel Miller as Queensland’s first Director of Child Protection Litigation (DCPL) from 1 July.

6 July 2016 – REIQ contracts – updated documents

A cross-reference has been updated in the Contract for Houses & Residential Land (12th edition) and Contract for Residential Lots in a Community Titles Scheme (8th edition), both released 29 June 2016.

6 July 2016 – Invitation: 2016 Access to Justice Scorecard Survey

You are warmly invited to participate in the 2016 Queensland Law Society Access to Justice Scorecard, an initiative of the QLS Access to Justice and Pro Bono Law Committee.

5 July 2016 – Opinion editorial by Queensland Law Society president, Bill Potts

As lawyers, we represent and act for some of the most disadvantaged people in our community.

1 July 2016 – ALP responds to QLS Call to Parties

Today, the Australian Labor Party responded to Queensland Law Society’s Federal Call to Parties.
Read ALP's Call to Parties response

29 June 2016 – Updated REIQ contracts now available

Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland have prepared amendments to four of the standard contracts in response to the Federal Government’s foreign resident CGT withholding framework.

29 June 2016 – Deliver trust account statements after 30 June 2016

A law practice is required to furnish a trust account statement to each person for whom or on whose behalf trust money (other than transit money) is held or controlled by the law practice.

22 June 2016 – eDivorce changes

As part of the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia’s eDivorce strategy, there have been recent changes related to process and website information for filing divorce applications and the availability of the Application for Divorce Kit from the courts.

22 June 2016 – FCC Practice Direction No.1 of 2016 – Consent orders

Amendments have been made to the previously approved Practice Direction No.1 of 2012 – Consent orders in proceedings involving a federal tribunal with the issue of a new Practice Direction No.1 of 2016.

22 June 2016 – Parliamentary wrap-up

Last week’s four-day Budget sitting was a pressure-cooker in Queensland Parliament. The long sitting concluded after a rowdy debate on youth justice into the early hours of Saturday morning, but not before Bills dealing with electricity, stamp duty for foreign property buyers and a quick salve for a case of mistaken laws were hurried through.

22 June 2016 – REIQ contracts update – comparison tables available

The REIQ contracts are being updated as a result of the Commonwealth Government’s foreign resident CGT withholding framework. QLS and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland have prepared amendments to four of the standard contracts to reflect the new tax withholding regime.

21 June 2016 – QLS welcomes youth justice reforms

Queensland Parliament last week passed two important bills for youth justice – with many of the reforms being advocated for by Queensland Law Society and the Society’s president Bill Potts.

15 June 2016 – Foreign resident CGT withholding measure – from 1 July

From 1 July 2016, the Commonwealth Government’s foreign resident capital gains tax withholding measure will apply to the acquisition and disposal of certain taxable property.

15 June 2016 – Revised practice directions –Body Corporate and Community Management

The Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management has announced that revised practice directions are now available.

15 June 2016 – Titles Registry update – witnessing documents

Further to Titles Registry Alert 125 and recent changes to the Land Title Practice Manual relating to witnessing instruments and documents outside Australia, additional information and resources regarding signing and witnessing requirements is now available online.

15 June 2016 – QLS appears at human rights hearing

On Thursday 9 June 2016, QLS representatives appeared before the parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee’s public hearing into whether it is appropriate and desirable to legislate for human rights in Queensland.

15 June 2016 – WLAQ 2016-17 election results

The Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) 2016-17 executive and management committee were determined at its annual general meeting last night.

15 June 2016 – QLS welcomes Budget funding for justice issues

Queensland Law Society has welcomed the myriad of justice initiatives announced in the 2016-17 State Budget, but believes more funding is needed in crucial areas.

8 June 2016 – Queensland lawyers divided on Human Rights laws

Queensland Law Society will tomorrow (THURSDAY JUNE 9) have its opportunity to give its members’ conflicting views at the Parliamentary Committee hearing on proposed Human Rights laws.

3 June 2016 – Changes to vegetation clearance laws unjust and backward: QLS

The State Governments proposed changes to its land clearing laws were unjust and comparable to the Newman LNP Government’s stance on anti-bikie laws, according to the Queensland Law Society.

27 May 2016 – NIIS laws a win for vulnerable Queenslanders: QLS

New National Injury Insurance Scheme was a win for Queenslanders affected by catastrophic injury, according to Queensland Law Society.

26 May 2016 – Queensland needs reform on class actions

Queensland's continued lack of a class action structure perpetuates a significant omission in the States legal structure, according to Queensland Law Society.

25 May 2016 – Return of Sentencing Advisory Council a win for QLD justice system

The reintroduction of the Sentencing Advisory Council in Queensland is vital to the delivery of justice throughout the state, according to Queensland Law Society.

20 May 2016 – Opinion editorial by Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts - 20 May

A $95 million surplus in confiscated criminal profits could be the saviour of legal aid.

18 May 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 20 June 2016 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday the 20th day of June 2016.

18 May 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 24 June 2016 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 24th day of June 2016.

18 May 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 24 June - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, on Friday the 24th day of June 2016.

17 May 2016 – Peak law groups call for increase in federal legal aid funding

Queensland’s peak law groups have described the state’s legal aid system as being in a state of crisis due to a lack of federal funding and that justice was being denied to thousands of people each year.

16 May 2016 – Need for more funding to represent legal representation for the mentally ill

More than 97 percent of mentally ill Queenslanders locked up under involuntary detention orders have no legal representation if they wish to fight unjust incarceration, according to Queensland Law Society.

13 May 2016 – QLS applauds further appointments to Queensland courts

Queensland Law Society has praised the state government for the appointment of one District Court judge and two magistrates.

13 May 2016 – QLS commends steps towards improving child protection laws

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts has applauded two child protection bills passed by the Queensland Parliament this week – saying that any laws designed to protect children was for the good of the whole community.

13 May 2016 – Coalition funding to Legal Aid a start, but not nearly enough

The Federal Coalition’s $30 million commitment to fund Legal Aid, community and Aboriginal legal services over three years was a good start but nowhere near enough, according to Queensland Law Society.

12 May 2016 – QLS supports decision of the High Court in Baden-Clay ruling

Queensland Law Society has urged all Queenslanders to respect the High Court of Australia’s decision in relation to the Crown’s appeal to reverse the quashing of convicted wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay’s murder charge.

12 May 2016 – Leasing law amendments a win for retail shop sector

Queensland Law Society has praised the state government’s amendment to leasing laws for the retail shop sector. Society president Bill Potts said the passing of the Retail Shop Leases Act Amendment Bill 2015 will provide further clarity for retail shop business owners, buyers and sellers.

11 May 2016 – High Court decision clarifies lawyer obligations

The High Court has unanimously allowed an appeal from a decision of the Full Court of the Supreme Court of Tasmania holding that a solicitor did not owe a duty of care to a beneficiary under a will to advise the testator of the options available to the testator to avoid exposing his estate to a claim under the Testator’s Family Maintenance Act 1912 (Tas) (“the TFM Act”).

11 May 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 6 June 2016 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday the 6th day of June 2016.

6 May 2016 – New processes at the Brisbane Arrest Courts commencing Monday 9 May

Members practicing in the Brisbane Arrest Courts need to be aware of changes to the way video link appearances will be made in those courts from Monday May 9, 2016.

29 April 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 23 May 2016 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday the 23rd day of May 2016.

29 April 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 20 May 2016 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday the 20th day of May 2016.

29 April 2016 – QLS praises appointment of reputable magistrates for Queensland’s busiest court

The appointment of three new magistrates in Queensland is a welcome addition to resources in the state’s courts, according to Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts.

22 April 2016 – QLS says environmental clean-up reform amendments a win for Queensland

Queensland Law Society has praised the State Government for guaranteeing landowners and native title holders were protected in its newly minted chain of responsibility bill.

22 April 2016 – QLS says youth justice reforms are not before time

The Queensland Government’s announcement of youth justice reforms is a welcome return to evidence-based policy, according to Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts.

21 April 2016 – Practice Support Tip - File Management Essentials - Part 1

File Management Essentials – Part 1

21 April 2016 – QLS backs government move to restore anti-corruption body independence

The Labor Palaszczuk Government’s move to restore the independence of the state’s anti-corruption body was welcome news, according to Queensland Law Society.

19 April 2016 – QLS backs plan for common law rights as part of NIIS

The Queensland Government’s announcement of a commitment to common law rights while implementing the NIIS was a win for common sense and the taxpayers hip pocket, according to Queensland Law Society.

18 April 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 9 May - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane on Friday the 9th day of May 2016.

13 April 2016 – QLS welcomes reopening of state’s first Murri Court

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts has welcomed the announcement of the reintroduction of Murri Courts across Queensland  to commence in Rockhampton.

13 April 2016 – QLS calls on membership to step out in support of QPILCH Legal Walk

Queensland Law Society has called on its members to take part in the annual Queensland Law Week walk to raise funds for much needed community mental health law practice.

13 April 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 6 May - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, on Friday the 6th day of May 2016.

8 April 2016 – QLS calls for common law rights to be kept as part of NIIS

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts says a report highlighting design flaws in the National Disability Insurance Scheme should serve as a warning to Queensland as it decides on a model to implement the National Injury Insurance Scheme.

7 April 2016 – Legal Practitioners Fidelity Guarantee Fund: submission of claims in relation to Maleny Law

Access details about claim submissions.

6 April 2016 – QLS: Queenslanders safer with proposed new police powers

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts has applauded the state government on their plan to strengthen laws which will give police greater powers to respond to acts of terrorism and public emergencies.

5 April 2016 – QLS applauds extra police funding to fight organised crime

Queensland Law Society has applauded the state government’s $20 million commitment to fight organised crime as part of its proposed reforms of controversial anti-bikie laws.

4 April 2016 – QLS welcomes release of taskforce report into anti-bikie laws

Queensland Law Society welcomes the release of the Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation report in response to the state’s controversial “anti-bikie” laws.

31 March 2016 – QLS announces up to 20 percent reduction in annual insurance levies

Outstanding risk management by lawyers has resulted in the Queensland Law Society approving an up to 20 percent levy reduction in annual insurance premiums.

29 March 2016 – QLS members appointed to high-office roles

Queensland Law Society members Professor Bernard McCabe and Kent Chapman have been appointed to roles on Australia’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

24 March 2016 – Practice Support Tip – Verification of Identity (VOI) of Mortgagors

The Registrar of Titles has recently announced updated guidelines for the verification of identity ‘VOI’ of mortgagors. The intention is to bring the VOI of mortgagors in paper transactions into line with the obligations of financial institutions and other subscribers who undertake land titling transactions electronically under the Queensland Participation Rules developed pursuant to the Electronic Conveyancing National Law (Queensland) Act 2013.

24 March 2016 – Potential exposure to Counsel’s fees

A solicitor has a right to have a barrister’s bill assessed within a period of 60 days. If the solicitor passes up this opportunity and the client subsequently obtains a reduction in its liability to the solicitor for the barrister’s fees, the solicitor may be left solely responsible to pay the barrister the amount of the reduction.

24 March 2016 – Practice Support Tip - Stakeholder Ledgers

The Society’s trust account auditors have noted that a common oversight by law firms concerns their obligations when acting as the solicitor for the seller or the buyer in a contract of sale and also acting as the stakeholder pursuant to that contract.

23 March 2016 – Notice of Admission Sitting 18 April 2016 - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Friday the 18th day of April 2016.

18 March 2016 – QLS past president appointed as Queensland’s Public Trustee

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts has commended the state government for its appointment of past Society president and chief executive officer Peter Carne at the state's new Public Trustee.

17 March 2016 – Notice of Admission Sittings 11 April 2016 - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Friday the 11th day of April 2016.

16 March 2016 – Premier legal gathering in Queensland to feature leading presenters

Queensland Law Society’s annual Symposium will feature presenters including the Chief Justice of Queensland, Queensland’s Attorney-General, and internationally renowned criminal and human rights lawyer Rabia Siddique.

11 March 2016 – Many reasons for lack of new Bar work

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts has responded to criticism by his Bar Association counterpart about the lack of work available for young barristers – saying he sympathises with their plight but that it isn’t the fault of solicitors.

8 March 2016 – Profession heads for female majority

Queensland Law Society celebrates Queensland Women’s week by highlighting and heralding the achievements of women in the legal profession.

8 March 2016 – Keep an eye on supervision

Supervision is a challenge for all of us but is a key tool for effective law management.

7 March 2016 – Notice of Admission Sittings 1 April 2016 - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday 1st April 2016.

7 March 2016 – Notice of Admission Sittings 1 April 2016 - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Friday 1st April 2016.

7 March 2016 – Brisbane needs two judges

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts has called on the Federal Government to appoint two judges – one to the Federal Circuit Court and another to the Family Court – in Brisbane to cope with the region's overwhelming workload.

4 March 2016 – Inspired appointment to Queensland's District Court

Queensland Law Society has praised the state government for its appointment of esteemed and highly respected silk David Kent to the Queensland District Court.

3 March 2016 – QLS looks forward to more judges in Queensland after Brandis confirms funding

Queensland Law Society has greeted with delight the Federal Government’s announcement of savings measures to allow extra funding to federal court operations  – saying it was a great opportunity for the appointment of two desperately needed judges in Queensland.

2 March 2016 – ‘Lemon laws’ Inquiry win for consumers

Queensland Law Society has praised the Queensland Government’s response to recommendations of the ‘lemon laws’ Inquiry into consumer protections and remedies for buyers of new motor vehicles.

1 March 2016 – Ninth death of an Australian woman in 2016 unacceptable: QLS

Queensland Law Society CEO Amelia Hodge has described the reported violent death of a ninth woman in Australia so far this year as heartbreaking, abhorrent and unacceptable.

25 February 2016 – Indigenous incarceration costs almost double price of uni education

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts has called for reforms to reduce the nation’s appalling rate of indigenous imprisonment – saying it costs taxpayers almost twice as much to lock people up than provide them with an elite university education.

25 February 2016 – Queensland needs more Family Court judges: QLS

Queensland Law Society has applauded the Federal Government’s appointment of Catherine Carew QC as the State’s new Family Court judge.

25 February 2016 – Queensland Law Society applauds Federal Family Court judge

Queensland Law Society has applauded today’s appointment of Catherine Carew QC as the State’s new Family Court judge.

22 February 2016 – Medal honours Morcombe family lawyer

The humble small-town lawyer whose tireless tenacity helped secure the conviction of Sunshine Coast school-boy Daniel Morcombe’s killer has won the coveted 2016 Queensland Law Society’s President’s Medal.

19 February 2016 – Domestic violence research funding welcomed

Queensland Law Society has welcomed new funding for the CQUniversity Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research.

18 February 2016 – Queensland Law Society welcomes legislation to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence

Queensland Law Society has welcomed the overnight passage of the Government’s legislation to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.

16 February 2016 – Queensland Law Society cautiously welcomes Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts today gave a cautious welcome to the introduction of the much-awaited Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016.

10 February 2016 – Queensland Law Society CEO supports Women’s Legal Service through dance

Queensland Law Society CEO Amelia Hodge is supporting Women’s Legal Service (WLS) this year at the ‘Dancing CEOs’ competition.

10 February 2016 – Opinion editorial by Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts - 10 February

LAST month marked the 40th anniversary of the commencement of the Family Law Act in Australia. Like many 40-year-olds, family law has matured but is in need of a little care and a freshen-up.

9 February 2016 – Notice of admission sitting - Rockhampton, 11 March 2016

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Friday, 11 March 2016.

2 February 2016 – Queensland Law Society welcomes Federal Circuit Court judge for Rockhampton

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts welcomes the announcement by the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, that Judge Anne Demack has been appointed as a Federal Circuit Court judge based in Rockhampton.

1 February 2016 – Welcomed support for domestic violence victims

Queensland Law Society has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of an extra $3.7 million in funding over five years for local domestic violence support services.

1 February 2016 – Queensland Law Society supports national campaign on legal assistance

Today Queensland Law Society added its voice to a national campaign, drawing attention to a crisis in legal aid and legal assistance services around the country.

1 February 2016 – Notice of admission sitting - Townsville 19 February 2016

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Wednesday/Thursday, 16/17 December 2015.

18 January 2016 – Queensland Law Society welcomes short-term funding but the fiscal cliff looms

Queensland Law Society has welcomed the Government’s commitment to $2.7 million in additional funding for nine community legal centres (CLCs) across Queensland until June 2017.

15 January 2016 – Notice of February admission sitting - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Monday 8 February 2016.

15 January 2016 – Notice of February admission sitting - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday 12 February 2016.

15 January 2016 – Notice of February admission sitting - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday 1 February 2016.

13 January 2016 – Establishment of a Queensland judicial commission

Queensland Law Society has called for the State Government to consider establishing a judicial commission as a part of a protocol for judicial appointments in Queensland.

13 January 2016 – Opinion editorial by Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts

This last week the community was appalled, quite rightly, by the senseless killing of 18-year-old Queenslander Cole Miller.

13 January 2016 – A message to members from 2016 Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts

Our profession has much of which to be proud and I am proud to be a Queensland solicitor.

5 January 2016 – Queensland Law Society urges preventative approach in response to increasing coward punch attacks

Queensland Law Society urges the Queensland Parliament as a whole to carefully consider lockout legislation currently before it, in order to prevent the further loss of lives due to coward punches and alcohol-fuelled violence.

16 December 2015 – Queensland Law Society supports the fight against domestic and family violence

Queensland Law Society (QLS) has engaged in supporting government and community efforts to fight domestic and family violence throughout 2015. The Society is focused on ensuring that lawyers are properly equipped to deal with the legal response to domestic and family violence.

16 December 2015 – Changes to Law Society House member lounge access – Friday 18 December only

An organised rally is taking place in Brisbane’s King George Square from 12pm on Friday 18 December. Due to the Law Society’s close proximity to King George Square and the numbers expected, we advise that Law Society House will be closed from 11.30am.

16 December 2015 – Opinion editorial by Queensland Law Society president-elect, Bill Potts

Shock, disappointment and confusion are some of the emotions people have expressed in the wake of the Baden-Clay appeal. This is an emotional circumstance, a beloved mother is now gone. Three children have lost both parents.

15 December 2015 – Christmas closing times

Queensland Law Society will close for the Christmas break at 3pm on Thursday 24 December 2015 and re-open at 8.30am on Monday 4 January 2016.

14 December 2015 – Solicitors referring clients to third parties for reward

A solicitor is a fiduciary. Subject to our duty to the Court and the administration of justice, we must serve the best interests of our client.

3 December 2015 – Queensland Law Society welcomes changes to Penalties and Sentences Act and Youth Justice Act

Queensland Law Society (QLS) welcomes proposed amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Youth Justice Act 1992, which will address complications created by the High Court of Australia decision in Barbaro v The Queen and Zirilli v The Queen.

2 December 2015 – Queensland Law Society welcomes youth justice reforms

Queensland Law Society welcomes the youth justice reforms announced by the Queensland Government last night.

1 December 2015 – Queensland Law Society president joins Law Council of Australia Executive

Queensland Law Society (QLS) president Michael Fitzgerald has been elected as one of the 2016 members of the Law Council of Australia (LCA) Executive.

20 November 2015 – Supreme Court White Ribbon Day Breakfast Monday 23 November 2015 – featuring high-profile presenters

This Monday, the Supreme Court together with Gadens, Queensland Law Society and the Bar Association of Queensland will hold a White Ribbon Day breakfast to support Women’s Legal Service.

20 November 2015 – Legal Practitioners Fidelity Guarantee Fund: submission of claims in relation to Biddle Lawyers.

Access details about claim submissions.

18 November 2015 – Queensland Law Society welcomes a permanent Federal Circuit Court judge for Rockhampton

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald welcomes the announcement by the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, that a Federal Circuit Court judge will be based permanently in Rockhampton.

18 November 2015 – Notice of admission sitting - Brisbane

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland on Wednesday/Thursday, 16/17 December 2015.

18 November 2015 – Notice of admission sitting - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Monday 14 December 2015.

17 November 2015 – Notice of admission sitting - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Friday 11 December 2015.

17 November 2015 – Notice of admission sitting - Cairns

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns, Queensland on Friday 11 December 2015.

13 November 2015 – Scam call alert

Members of the public are advised to beware of any unsolicited calls regarding legal matters such as personal injuries claims.

13 November 2015 – Queensland Law Society welcomes judicial and DPP appointments

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald extends congratulations to Justice Philip McMurdo and Mr Michael Roderick Byrne QC on the announcement of their appointments.

30 October 2015 – Queensland Law Society recognises exceptional solicitor from Townsville with prestigious award

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald was delighted to present the Society’s annual Agnes McWhinney Award to Townsville solicitor Michelle Morton this evening.

21 October 2015 – Queensland Law Society announces Council election outcome

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald is delighted by member interest in this year’s Queensland Law Society Council election.

19 October 2015 – 'Chinese Walls' on the rise

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19 October 2015 – Counting the costs in QCAT? Think again…

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16 October 2015 – Notice of Admission Sittings - Townsville

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville, Queensland on Friday 6 November 2015.

16 October 2015 – Notice of Admission Sittings - Rockhampton

The Legal Practitioners Admissions Board gives notice of an admission sitting to take place at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Rockhampton, Queensland on Monday 9 November 2015.

25 September 2015 – Queensland Law Society welcomes appointment of three magistrates

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald extends congratulations to Peter Delibaltas, Melanie Ho and Nerida Wilson on the announcement of their appointment as Queensland magistrates today.

11 September 2015 – Courts security screening now mandatory

Queensland Courts Service has advised that, effective Monday 14 September 2015, all persons entering the Brisbane Supreme and District Courts will undertake mandatory security screening.

7 September 2015 – Queensland Law Society welcomes first female Chief Justice

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the Queensland Government’s appointment of Justice Catherine Holmes as Chief Justice of Queensland.

4 September 2015 – QLS welcomes new student ambassadors

QLS welcomed its very first intake of Student Ambassadors as part of QLS Student Ambassador Program 2015-16, with a lunch and afternoon orientation session at Law Society House on 3 September.

21 August 2015 – Communication with the Court

A recent decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court in FAL Management Group Pty Ltd v Denham Constructions Pty Ltd1 has reinforced the long established rule that unilateral communication with the Court is unacceptable.

20 August 2015 – Queensland Law Society welcomes Not Now, Not Ever announcement

Queensland Law Society welcomes the Government’s announcement that all 140 recommendations in the Not Now, Not Ever report on domestic violence will be implemented.

17 August 2015 – Queensland Law Society assists members with childcare needs

Queensland Law Society has announced a partnership with G8 Education which will assist members to find suitable childcare options across more than 70 childcare centres in Queensland.

11 August 2015 – Brisbane RNA People’s Day Public Holiday

QLS will be closed on Wednesday 12 August for the Brisbane RNA People's Day Public Holiday. We will reopen 8:30am Thursday.

30 July 2015 – Queensland Law Society welcomes appointment of CCC chair

Queensland Law Society today congratulated Alan MacSporran QC on his appointment as chair of the Crime and Corruption Commission.

15 July 2015 – State Budget initiatives align with Queensland Law Society’s Call to Parties

Queensland Law Society welcomes legal services and court funding commitments announced in the Queensland 2015-16 State Budget yesterday.

1 July 2015 – Chief Justice resignation announced today

Queensland Law Society is pleased that the Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath and Justice Tim Carmody have announced today a resolution to the Chief Justice’s offer to resign.

1 July 2015 – Commencement today of Legal Profession Uniform Law in Victoria and New South Wales

The Legal Profession Uniform Law (Uniform Law), which has created a uniform system of legal professional regulation for Victoria and New South Wales, takes effect from today, 1 July.

23 June 2015 – QLS annual report wins ARA silver

Queensland Law Society (QLS) was presented with an Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) silver award for its 2013-14 annual report at the ARA dinner in Melbourne last Thursday 18 June.

17 June 2015 – QCAT appointments

Queensland Law Society (QLS) would like to extend congratulations to our current members who were recently appointed by the Governor in Council to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

11 June 2015 – Application of Legal Profession Uniform Law to Queensland legal practitioners from 1 July 2015

The Legal Profession Act 2007 (the Act) sets out the requirements for costs disclosure by a solicitor to clients. Disclosure is not required for "sophisticated clients".

10 June 2015 – Queensland legal leaders honoured by the Queen

Queensland Law Society (QLS) President Michael Fitzgerald congratulates Queensland legal leaders named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists.

9 June 2015 – 1215 and all that … Magna Carta 800 years on

Why should we care about an agreement signed between an English King and fractious nobles 800 years ago?

4 June 2015 – Queensland Law Society announces appointment of new CEO Amelia Hodge

Queensland Law Society (QLS) president Michael Fitzgerald on behalf of QLS Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Amelia Hodge as its new CEO, effective 20 July 2015.

4 June 2015 – What is a sophisticated client?

The Legal Profession Act 2007 (the Act) sets out the requirements for costs disclosure by a solicitor to clients. Disclosure is not required for "sophisticated clients".

2 June 2015 – Queensland Law Society discusses opportunities provided by the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Queensland Law Society (QLS) hosted a breakfast this morning, celebrating 100 of Queensland’s top lawyers recently recognised in the Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2015, Best Lawyers in Australia 2016 list and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015.

26 May 2015 – Queensland Law Society supports Supreme Court Judges

Queensland Law Society (QLS) president Michael Fitzgerald says the Society rejects suggestions that a royal commission is needed into the conduct of the state’s Supreme Court.

21 May 2015 – Supporting more funding for legal assistance services in Queensland

Queensland Law Society (QLS) supports the Law Council of Australia’s recent request for the Attorneys-General on the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) to urgently commit more funding to legal assistance services.

20 May 2015 – Beware of phone hoax

Queensland Law Society (QLS) warns members and the general public to beware of a phone scam encouraging recipients to contact 370 George Street in relation to QLS claims.

20 May 2015 – New legal capacity handbook for practitioners

The Queensland Handbook for Practitioners on Legal Capacity was launched yesterday, 19 May, at Allens by Supreme Court judge, the Honourable Justice Ann Lyons.

5 May 2015 – Guidance Statement No. 2 - Ongoing Costs Disclosure

Queensland Law Society is pleased to release QLS Guidance Statement No.2 – Ongoing Costs Disclosure. Developed for the profession, QLS Guidance Statements set out our position on a particular subject, and set out a statement of a solicitor’s responsibilities in that subject area.

30 April 2015 – Can I use client contact details for mail-outs, newsletters and advertising materials?

Whether a solicitor or law practice can use a client’s contact details to provide a client with advertising or promotional material will depend on whether the client has consented to receipt of such information. 

30 April 2015 – Should restricted practitioners be engaged as contractors?

No. It has come to the Society’s attention that solicitors holding restricted practising certificates (i.e. entitled to engage only in supervised legal practice) are being asked to enter into contracts for services instead of employment agreements.

24 April 2015 – Does the cab-rank rule apply to solicitors?

No. In Queensland, the solicitors’ branch of the profession is governed by the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 (ASCR) which does not include provision for the cab-rank rule. Solicitors are free to accept or reject matters without consideration as to the constraints of the rule.

24 April 2015 – Is a bill required prior to transferring monies held in trust to firm’s general account

The authorities suggest that it is not necessary for a solicitor to have rendered a bill of costs prior to the transfer of funds from the firm’s trust account to a general account for professional costs. However, it is necessary that solicitors ensure that the authority given in the costs agreement is in fact wide enough to permit such a transfer.

20 April 2015 – What is inadvertent disclosure?

Inadvertent disclosure occurs where we receive material which we know or reasonably suspect to be confidential and we are aware that the material has been disclosed inadvertently.

20 April 2015 – If I have overseas qualifications but no practising certificate, how can I describe myself?

The Ethics Committee of the Queensland Law Society recommends that lay associates in Queensland who are admitted in an overseas jurisdiction may be held out under one of the following titles as appropriate to their seniority and experience.

20 April 2015 – New courts role

Queensland Courts Service recently appointed Billy Campbell to the new role of Courts Security Manager, responsible for the safety and security of the QEII Supreme and District Law Courts, the Brisbane Magistrates Court and the Roma Street Magistrates Court.

30 March 2015 – Media Statement

Queensland Law Society will not be commenting on a letter sent to Society President Michael Fitzgerald by Chief Justice Tim Carmody.

27 March 2015 – Supporting Queensland’s Judiciary

Queensland Law Society rejects comments made in recent editorials in The Courier-Mail.

27 March 2015 – Some guaranteed Legal Aid funding welcomed

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald, and vice president Deborah Awyzio have welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement about guaranteed Legal Aid funding.

25 March 2015 – Effective consultation the future of justice

At the recent Queensland Law Society Symposium, Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath outlined her vision for the future of the legal profession under the Palaszczuk government.

19 March 2015 – Welcoming the future of legal practice

Queensland Law Society will use its annual Symposium to look into the future of legal practice.

18 March 2015 – QLS Ethics Centre – new easy-to-use website

The QLS Ethics Centre has refreshed and changed its website. We believe the improved navigation will make it easier for you to find the resources you need in practice.

17 March 2015 – Acting for friends and family

The cliché (or perhaps aphorism) that a lawyer acting for themselves has a fool for a client is based on longstanding experience.

9 March 2015 – Justice P A Keane - A True Profession

Read ‘A True Profession’, the inspiring speech delivered by High Court Justice Patrick Keane to the Queensland Law Society’s Legal Profession Dinner on 20 February.

16 February 2015 – Queensland Law Society welcomes Attorney-General appointment

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the appointment of Yvette D’Ath MP as Attorney-General.

28 January 2015 – Honours recognise legal contributions to our community

Queensland Law Society today congratulated its members and Queensland judicial officers recognised in the Australia Day Honours List.

15 January 2015 – Parties heed policy call

Following the announcement of Queensland’s 2015 state election last week, Queensland Law Society today thanked both major parties for delivering their responses to the Society’s Call to Parties.

27 November 2014 – Make a difference in the profession and your community – join a QLS policy committee

As a member of one of our 27 policy and advisory committees,  you will contribute our advocacy on  current public issues, State Government Bills and potential areas of law reform.

17 November 2014 – New property legislative scheme to commence on 1 December 2014

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie MP has announced 1 December 2014 as the commencement date for the four pieces of legislation that will replace the current Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMDA).

25 October 2014 – Regional legal pioneer recognised for leadership

Queensland Law Society is proud to announce Queensland legal pioneer, Vicki Jackson as this year’s Agnes McWhinney Award winner.

23 October 2014 – QLS welcomes timely new appointments

Queensland Law Society today congratulated the four new appointees to the District Court, and welcomed the Court’s new Judge Administrator.

17 October 2014 – Leading light leaves the bench

Queensland Law Society farewelled a judicial pioneer at Chief Judge Patricia Wolfe’s valedictory ceremony today.

16 October 2014 – QLS welcomes Judge Kerry O’Brien to new appointment

Queensland Law Society today welcomes Judge Kerry O'Brien’s appointment as Chief Judge of the District Court of Queensland.

8 October 2014 – Back to work at Brisbane Magistrates Court

It is ‘business as usual’ today at Brisbane Magistrates Court after a burst water pipe inundated the lift well and plant room, forcing closure of the building yesterday.

7 October 2014 – Burst water pipe closes Brisbane Magistrates Court

A burst water pipe in the Brisbane Magistrates Court at 363 George Street, Brisbane City, has caused the closure of the building today. All court matters listed for today have been adjourned.

7 October 2014 – Legal profession’s changing face

Queensland Law Society’s 2013-14 annual report results have uncovered some significant facts about the makeup of the state’s legal profession and factors affecting practice.

29 September 2014 – Major events law no cause for celebration

At a public hearing today, Queensland Law Society stated concerns about proposed legislation that would give event volunteers the power to search people, their possessions and vehicles.

13 September 2014 – Queensland young solicitor wins national award

Queensland Law Society proudly congratulates Women's Legal Service principal solicitor Kara Cook for winning the Law Council of Australia’s (LCA’s) 2014 Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

4 September 2014 – Legal assistance sector project funding

For the next three years, the Queensland Government has set aside approximately $500,000 per annum for delivery of innovative projects that have a legal assistance sector-wide focus or benefit.

25 August 2014 – Legal profession mourns death of Cedric Hampson QC

Queensland Law Society says there is deep sadness in the legal community regarding the death of Cedric Hampson AO QC on the weekend.

8 August 2014 – Inquiry should address crime, not just punishment

Queensland Law Society said the state’s criminal law strategies must be based on evidence, ahead of an appearance at the government’s parliamentary committee hearing today.

24 July 2014 – Safer strategies needed for Safe Night Out

Queensland Law Society today commended the government for tackling alcohol-related violence but stated they may not achieve their desired outcome.

20 June 2014 – Queensland Law Society annual report awarded for insight

The Queensland Law Society 2012-13 Annual Report is now an award-winner, picking up bronze at the Australasian Reporting Awards last night.

19 June 2014 – New Magistracy appointments

Queensland Law Society today congratulated two former members Deputy Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo and Magistrate Leanne O’Shea who were appointed as Chief Magistrate and Deputy Chief Magistrate, respectively.

12 June 2014 – Queensland Law Society welcomes Chief Justice appointment

Queensland Law Society today warmly welcomed the appointment of the Chief Magistrate, The Honourable Judge Tim Carmody QC, to the role of Chief Justice.

11 June 2014 – Access to Justice Scorecard survey – your say on our justice system

We need your response to assess our justice system including the fairness of our laws, affordability of legal services and people’s access to dispute resolution and pro bono services. Your input will form the results of our 2014 Access to Justice Scorecard.

26 May 2014 – Call for comments - Inquiry on strategies to prevent and reduce criminal activity in Queensland

Your comments are needed for the Society’s submission on the government’s draft terms of reference for an inquiry into criminal activity.

20 May 2014 – Amalgamation of Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal

The federal government has announced that the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal will be amalgamated with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Classification Review Board and come within the portfolio of the Federal Attorney-General’s Department.

14 May 2014 – Relocation of Brisbane Children's Court

The Brisbane Childrens Court was relocated to 363 George Street on 5 May 2014. A fact sheet containing relevant information is now available.

15 April 2014 – Law Week 2014 12-18 May – Celebrating the legal profession

Queensland Law Society celebrates Law Week the legal profession and their community contributions, with a range of activities for professionals and public alike. 

10 April 2014 – QLS welcomes Solicitor-General and Electoral Commissioner appointments

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the appointments of Queensland’s new Solicitor-General and Electoral Commissioner.

4 April 2014 – Policy paper launch to unpack mandatory sentencing issues

Queensland Law Society launched its mandatory sentencing policy paper today that unpacks significant issues relating to costs and transparency.

28 March 2014 – Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 commences today

The Governor has today assented to the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014

26 March 2014 – Youth justice changes – possible commencement tomorrow (27 March 2014)

The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 was passed, with amendment, by the Legislative Assembly on 18 March 2014.

18 March 2014 – Harsher punishment does not reduce youth crime

Queensland Law Society and the Youth Advocacy Centre today cautioned that the government’s proposed changes to youth justice would not reduce reoffending.

26 February 2014 – Symmetry in Chief Justice’s Governor appointment

Queensland Law Society today warmly welcomed the Premier’s announcement that Chief Justice Paul de Jersey will become the state’s next Governor.

21 February 2014 – President’s Medal silver lining to five-year nightmare

On Friday 21 February Queensland Law Society awarded its prestigious 2014 President’s Medal to solicitor John Sneddon for his work in freeing Australian Marcus Lee from a nightmare five years in Dubai.

9 January 2014 – Restrictive practices no restraint on humane treatment

Queensland Law Society today welcomed proposed amendments to the Disability Services Act 2006 concerning the treatment of adults with intellectual or cognitative disabilities. 

20 December 2013 – Magistrate appointments a welcome gift to the bench

Queensland Law Society today congratulated three new magistrate appointees, and commended the government on its decision.

18 December 2013 – Brave step for grave problem

Queensland Law Society said today the government’s acceptance of child protection inquiry recommendations was a brave step to address a grave problem.

27 November 2013 – Scorecard a first for the profession

The Access to Justice Scorecard provides an assessment of the workings of our legal system including the fairness of our laws, dispute resolution, Queenslanders’ access to legal help and the capacity of our access to justice system.

22 November 2013 – Amendments to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 2013

The Queensland Building Services Authority has clarified aspects of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act, which is expected to commence on 1 December. This information corrects a number of inaccurate reports which have been circulating within the legal profession.

20 November 2013 – Change to the Supreme Court Applications List start time - 21 November to 29 November 2013

Due to the large number of applications listed this week and next for the Supreme Court of Queensland, the applications list will start at 9am every morning starting tomorrow Thursday 21 November 2013, up to and including Friday 29 November 2013.

23 October 2013 – 2013 Council election results are in!

The results are in for the Queensland Law Society 2013 Council election!

16 October 2013 – Executive overreach a danger to all

This week has brought significant legislative developments from the Queensland Government which impact on the profession and the rights of all Queenslanders.

15 October 2013 – Significant changes to Qld workers’ compensation scheme announced today

This morning the Attorney-General announced that the government would introduce a 5% impairment threshold for access to common law workers’ compensation claims. Before lunch he introduced urgent legislation to implement those reforms. By the end of the week the legislation will be passed.

30 September 2013 – Queensland Law Society venue facilities

Queensland Law Society offers a professional conference venue and a range of meeting rooms which are conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD at Law Society House, Level 2, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane.

20 September 2013 – Be part of the big picture – join a QLS committee

You’re invited to be at the forefront of legislative and legal profession issues – submit your interest for policy committee membership. 22 of our 27 committees are open for applications, ranging from specific areas of law to general legal profession issues.

16 September 2013 – Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013

The Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 was passed on 20 August 2013 and received royal assent on 29 August 2013. The Act makes amendments to a number of Acts. Members may be interested in the following Act changes which came into force on 29 August 2013.

30 August 2013 – QLS Symposium 2014 – save the date

QLS Symposium will be held on 21-22 March 2014. At Symposium you can expect to ‘stay ahead’ by gaining perspectives from experts and peers on how to tackle the current challenges of legal practice.

23 August 2013 – Queensland Law Society quoted extensively during Queensland Parliament sitting this week

During the lengthy debate the week for the Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, the Queensland Law Society was quoted extensively and a number of our recommendations to the Parliamentary Committee were adopted.

31 July 2013 – Plan for partnership with the profession

Our 2013-18 strategic plan and 2013-14 corporate plan aim to provide you with products and services specific to your needs, and to build a stronger professional partnership with you.

26 July 2013 – New BCCM Form 14 to come into force on 1 August 2013

The Queensland Government Gazette today includes a notification that a new version of Form 14 (Information Sheet) under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 will come into force on Thursday 1 August 2013 (version 11).

2 July 2013 – July Proctor now available online for members now!

What does ‘corporate sustainability’ mean for a law firm? Rebecca Michalak answers that question in this month’s Proctor with an article that explains the six phases of sustainability and looks at how employee wellbeing initiatives can make a positive impact. Access online

1 July 2013 – Proctor reader survey 2013

Take the 2013 Proctor reader survey for your chance to win over $1000 in wine

29 May 2013 – Media release: Nothing broken with workers’ compensation

Queensland Law Society said today it welcomed the Workers’ Compensation Review report from the Parliament’s Finance and Administration Committee and was pleased to see support for the current regime.

24 May 2013 – Government legal officers and practising certificates

Do you think you are a government legal officer? Do you need a practising certificate?

21 May 2013 – QLS Annual Ball 2013 – image gallery

Check out the photos from the QLS Annual Ball - you may see someone you know!

21 May 2013 – Law Week promotes law's strength

Queensland Law Society was involved in a number of events in Law Week 2013, held 13-19 May. These events presented current issues to stakeholders and the public, promoted the profession’s important role to the community, and celebrated our professional pride with our members.

16 May 2013 – We are hiring! Instructional Designer and Trainer

Experienced instructional designer and trainer required to design, develop and deliver training and assessment materials, and provide support and feedback to students. Apply online now!

15 May 2013 – Media release: QLS unearths Brisbane’s dark side

Queensland Law Society will expose the sinister, sordid and surprising criminal history of Brisbane’s iconic landmarks at a free presentation at the Law Week Open Day 2013 on 18 May at the Brisbane Courts Precinct.

10 May 2013 – Make a difference on the Free Legal Advice Panel

As a result of the resignation of Brian Bartley (of Bartley Cohen) as a member of the Free Legal Advice Panel, we now invite Queensland Law Society members to apply to be appointed to the Free Legal Advice Panel.

9 May 2013 – Media release: Government comes round on YJ conferencing

Queensland Law Society (QLS) today welcomed the government’s proposed introduction of a community reparation model, similar to the court-ordered youth justice conferencing previously in place. Read full media release online.

7 May 2013 – We are hiring! Helpdesk Officer

Reporting to the Information Systems Team Leader, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the delivery of information system services to QLS staff and first level support for QLS members interacting with QLS through our website.

1 May 2013 – QLS proposes move from stat body

We’re seeking member feedback on a planned change to our corporate structure. Currently a statutory body, we propose to shift structures to a company limited by guarantee.

30 April 2013 – May edition of Proctor available online now for members!

Wellbeing and resilience are a key concern for all lawyers. This month’s Proctor supports the QLS love law, live life campaign with articles that highlight practical steps for practitioners and firms to improve their wellbeing, the particular problems in this area for early career lawyers, and the importance of psychosocial risk management. Access online

24 April 2013 – Media release: JP (Quals) could compound dispute unease

Queensland Law Society is concerned about the decision to trial Justices of the Peace (Qualified) to preside with legally experienced Justices of the Peace over certain QCAT matters. Read full media release online.

24 April 2013 – Brave new webinar world

Next month, Queensland Law Society will launch a new webinar service as part of our professional development (PD) offering.

17 April 2013 – We are hiring: Membership and Marketing Manager

Responsible for developing and implementing targeted marketing and engagement strategies to ensure retention, growth of membership and revenue targets are met through the uptake of our products and services. Read full details online!

16 April 2013 – Media release: Unexplained wealth law a mystery

Queensland Law Society said today they were mystified at why proposed unexplained wealth legislation was introduced when similar legislation already exists. President Annette Bradfield said that the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 already enabled judges to penalise people convicted of major crime and drug offences in this manner. Read full media release online.

3 April 2013 – We are hiring! Position: Advertising Executive

A diverse role offering you the opportunity to build on your account management skills and to enhance our ability to reach new and existing advertising clients. Read full position details

29 March 2013 – June Proctor now available online for members now!

Are you hoping for promotion? New research suggests that practitioners who put in long hours are the most likely to get ahead – but does this really reward the most deserving candidates? The June edition of Proctor also has everything you wanted to know about interest awards in the courts. Access online

25 March 2013 – Will precedents guide volume 4 - on sale now!

Do you have an interest in wills and estates? QLS, with the greatly appreciated assistance of McCullough Robertson’s Tim Whitney, have updated the Will precedents guide.

25 March 2013 – Latest release of 'Legal guide for primary producers' available now!

Latest release of 'Legal guide for primary producers' is available online for member now!

20 March 2013 – Media release: QLS counsels a considered approach to CJ’s proposed changes

Queensland Law Society (QLS) said today that changing the balance in the criminal justice system required careful consideration and consultation, in light of the issues raised by Chief Justice Paul de Jersey on Friday 15 March. Read full media release.

12 March 2013 – Media release: Global Rein exposes challenges

Queensland Law Society and Women Lawyers Association of Queensland are hosting a breakfast with iconic entrepreneur Thérèse Rein presenting on Challenges for a Global Leader. Read full media release

12 March 2013 – Media release: Drug laws high on ambiguity

Queensland Law Society said today proposed amendments to Queensland’s drug laws were ambiguous in a number of important aspects, exposing lawful activity to potential criminal sanctions. Read full media release

12 March 2013 – Media release: Resourceful Symposium attracts the best minds

The legal profession’s thought leaders in mining, energy and resources law will present on current issues for this major economic pillar at Queensland Law Society’s Symposium on 15-16 March. Read full media release

12 March 2013 – QLS position vacant: Advertising Executive

This is a diverse role offering you the opportunity to build on your account management skills and to enhance our ability to reach new and existing advertising clients. In addition to the role’s primary advertising function, you will also be given the opportunity to work closely with the Sponsorship Manager on a range of diverse sponsorship and events activities. Read full position details

4 March 2013 – March Proctor now available online for members now!

Highlights of the March edition of Proctor include a lead story on the new national econveyancing system and former High Court Chief Justice Sir Gerard Brennan discussing the application of the rule of law in everyday practice. Research shows that switching to part-time work may not be the career-killer we previously thought, and you can see how our members sprang into action to help their community in battered Bundaberg. Mediators will find a report which goes to the “edges of orthodoxy” in mediation of particular interest. Access online

25 February 2013 – QLS media release: LAWASIA moves headquarters

International law association LAWASIA will move offices from Queensland to New South Wales later this year, after almost a decade being hosted by the Queensland Law Society. Read full story online.

18 February 2013 – Latest QLS submissions

The latest QLS submissions to Parliamentary Inquiries are available for access online.

13 February 2013 – Media release: Lawyers and working in the Asian Century

Queensland Law Society is providing a forum for sharing knowledge about key legal developments and reflecting on changes in the profession that the Asian century can bring. President Annette Bradfield said QLS Symposium 2013, the Society’s signature annual conference, would examine the legal profession’s regional ambitions and potential. Read full story online

13 February 2013 – Publication of QLS’ police referral list: version 3 available online now!

The QLS police referral list for criminal law matters is now in use in police stations across Queensland. Members of the Society can access an updated version 3 of the list and the nomination form online.

13 February 2013 – Update on transitional issue in lodging development applications

Recent amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act which took effect immediately on the date of assent (22 November 2012) have created a transitional risk for clients and solicitors lodging development applications. Read full story

11 February 2013 – Media release: Government change to benefit thousands

Queensland Law Society today congratulated the state government on its review of legislation that could have a positive impact on thousands of property-related businesses and consumers. Read full media release

1 February 2013 – February edition of Proctor now available for members!

This edition includes: new Alternative Dispute Resolution column, and feature articles How to stop lawyers leaving law firms, and Residential tenancies 101 – the basis for every lawyer. Find out more about the new QLS president Annette Bradfield in her first President’s report A year for all lawyers. Access Proctor online

29 January 2013 – New guidance note from our Ethics Centre

The Ethics Centre has published a new guidance note for members whose law practices are affected by recent flooding and extreme weather conditions - access online!

29 January 2013 – Guidance note for members whose law practices are affected by recent flooding and extreme weather conditions

11 January 2013 – Welcome to our new President

We warmly welcome Annette Bradfield as Queensland Law Society’s 2013, and 60th, President. Annette is a partner of Fox Bradfield Lawyers practising primarily in property and commercial law.

11 January 2013 – Symposium 2013 special offer for past attendees!

Did you attend Symposium 2010, 2011 or 2012? If so, register before 8 February 2013 to receive the special past delegate rate of $900. To secure this rate, please complete this exclusive offer registration form and send with accompanying payment prior to 8 February 2013.

7 January 2013 – We are hiring! Senior Trust Account Investigator

You will work with a team of professionals to undertake trust account investigations within law practices to assess a firm’s compliance with the legislative requirements in the Legal Profession Act 2007 - apply online now!

6 January 2013 – Admission sittings for January 2013

The next admission ceremony is on 29 January 2013, access details on the collection dates of application documents.

20 December 2012 – QLS Christmas closing times

Queensland Law Society is closed from 4pm Friday 21 December 2012 and will reopen 8:30am Wednesday 2 January 2013. Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas from all of us at QLS and we will see you again in the New Year!

20 December 2012 – Christmas closing period for the Supreme Court Library

The Supreme Court Library will be closed from 5pm Friday 21 December 2012 – reopening from Monday 7 January 2013.

12 December 2012 – Media release: Welcome relief for families in dispute

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the announcement of Queensland judicial appointments to the Family Court of Australia as a means of hopefully speeding up delayed judgments. Read full media release

11 December 2012 – Law Foundation-Queensland 2011-12 annual report

Law Foundation-Queensland 2011-12 annual report and financial statements available online now!

6 December 2012 – Transitional issue in lodging development applications

The recent amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act which took effect immediately on the date of assent (22 November 2012) have created a transitional risk for clients and solicitors lodging development applications. Read full story

5 December 2012 – QLS media release: Weakness in “tough on crime” approach

Queensland Law Society said today there were a number of weaknesses in the government’s “tough on crime” approach, highlighted by new criminal wealth and assets legislation. Read full media release

4 December 2012 – December edition of Proctor available online now!

Key stories include: “Arrivederci Oz – Italian sisters v the Hague Convention”, and “Signatures in a digital world – So far so good, but big risks await the unwary”. Available now to download for QLS members

28 November 2012 – Media release: Property law gets some modern love

Queensland Law Society today congratulated the government on introducing legislation for econveyancing, bringing a centuries-old process into the modern world. Read full media release.

26 November 2012 – Media release: 20 years of shame of 17 year olds in prison

The recent story on Hack about 17 year olds in prison highlighted the sorry state of affairs that has hung over the Queensland criminal justice system for 20 years. Read full media release

22 November 2012 – Media release: Concerns over proposed synthetic drug classification

Queensland Law Society said there could be unintended consequences with proposed changes to the classification of ‘synthetic drugs’. Read full media release

19 November 2012 – We are delighted to present our inaugural President’s Medal

Celebrating ‘Leadership in Law’ among the state’s practitioners, this very special award will recognise: commitment; contribution; and outstanding performance in the Queensland legal profession.

16 November 2012 – Childrens law – new online resources

QLS provides resources on children’s law issues for practitioners. Children’s law affects practice areas such as family, criminal and international law and access to justice issues. Access new resources online.

16 November 2012 – The Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC - Lawyers duties: A view from the judiciary

The President of the Court of Appeal, the Honourable Justice Margaret McMurdo AC has kindly permitted publication of her address to the 5th Annual North Queensland Symposium delivered on 9 November 2012. Access online.

16 November 2012 – Position vacant – Graduate Policy Solicitor

Join the QLS team! We’re currently recruiting for a Graduate Policy Solicitor to work with our proactive Advocacy team – find out more!

14 November 2012 – 2012 Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards

The Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) in conjunction with the Queensland Law Society recently presented the 2012 Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards and the prestigious Agnes McWhinney Award at their annual Awards Dinner

14 November 2012 – Agnes McWhinney Award Winner 2012

The winner of this award was Kelly Roggenkamp, solicitor at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. To view photos of the night, please visit our Facebook page.

5 November 2012 – Media release: Child protection inquiry raises questions for QLS

Published today, Queensland Law Society’s submission to the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry raised the issues of children’s legal needs while in care.

Read full media release

31 October 2012 – November edition of Proctor available online now for members!

Interesting articles in this month's Proctor including: Toughen up - The key changes in Queensland criminal law; Budget bites on duties - Important changes to transfer and landholder duties; The surrogate's progress - A question of state law, or children's best interest. Download now!

30 October 2012 – Difference between the ASCR 2012 and Solicitors Rule 2007

A step in understanding the new Rules is to compare them to the former Rules. For details on the difference between the ASCR rule and Solicitor Rule 2007, please download the comparison table.

29 October 2012 – QLS speeds up delayed judgments process

We’ve reduced QLS processing time for delayed judgments inquiries. Newly-developed electronic forms will enable QLS practitioners to easily submit requests for us to chase up judgments.

24 October 2012 – Children’s Law paper – a voice for the vulnerable

Today, we launched our Children’s Law policy position’s paper that provides the platform on which we stand on a range of legal issues affecting children and young people.

24 October 2012 – Melbourne Cup "A Spring Affair"

Queensland Law Society in collaboration with Chartered Secretaries of Australia invites you to attend Melbourne Cup day in style at 'A Spring Affair'.

19 October 2012 – Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Queensland Law Society will be held on Thursday 15 November at 5:30pm.

19 October 2012 – Yearly account of accomplishments

Our 2011/12 annual report is now available and includes operational highlights, insightful statistics on the legal profession and a wrap-up of member events and services – you might even see yourself in these pages!

16 October 2012 – Equity, diversity & flexibility

The section on ‘Equity, diversity & flexibility’ within our website has been updated to include information on issues such as work-life balance, lawyers working in regional areas, cultural diversity and gender equity. Check out the great resources online!

9 October 2012 – Retention of Lawyers in the Regions: Queensland

Lawyers are encouraged to participate in the Queensland survey on retention of lawyers in the regions, available online!

5 October 2012 – 2012 Agnes McWhinney Award - call for nominations!

Queensland Law Society (QLS) is now calling for nominations for the Agnes McWhinney Award, which acknowledges outstanding professional or community contribution by a woman lawyer who has practised as a solicitor. Access award details.

3 October 2012 – Media release: Queensland Law Society urges AG to reconsider on NLPR

Queensland Law Society today urged the Queensland Attorney-General to reconsider his decision not to move ahead with the National Legal Profession Reform.

1 October 2012 – October edition of Proctor available online now for members!

Read about the practical implications of the new 'family violence' and 'abuse' definitions!

19 September 2012 – Media release: Judicial appointments welcome

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the announcement of judicial appointments to the Supreme Court and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).

17 September 2012 – President's video - September 2012

QLS President Dr John de Groot video update - September edition available online now  for QLS members!

14 September 2012 – Media release: The vulnerable vetoed in court cuts

Queensland Law Society today expressed disappointment that the state government has decided to cut three courts critical to diverting vulnerable people from prison.

13 September 2012 – Media release: Reporting Bureau closure a concern for confidentiality

Queensland Law Society today expressed its concern regarding the government’s announcement that production of court proceedings records will be outsourced to the private sector.

12 September 2012 – State budget 2012-13 highlights

Yesterday's State budget delivered both savings and cost increases across the legal industry. Access the highlights online.

7 September 2012 – QLS Vacancy: Manager - Learning & Professional Development

Join our team as Manager, Learning & Professional Development and lead the strategic development and delivery of learning and professional solutions for the Queensland legal profession.

29 August 2012 – Media release: Gag clauses concerning

Queensland Law Society said today an attempt by the government to gag those who receive 50 percent or more of their funding from speaking out about legislation was extremely concerning.

29 August 2012 – September issue of Proctor available online now for members!

September issue of Proctor available online now for members! Cover story: Using today's technology in Queensland courts.

23 August 2012 – Media release: Society welcomes permanent guardian system appointments

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the government’s permanent appointments of an Adult Guardian and Public Advocate.

23 August 2012 – Introducing Queensland Law Society venue facilities

Queensland Law Society offers a professional conference venue and a range of meeting rooms which are conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD at Law Society House, Level 2, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane.

22 August 2012 – More mandatory sentencing

Police Minister Jack Dempsey this morning announced the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012 through parliament last night.

17 August 2012 – Offender Levy commences on Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Queensland Government has introduced a levy to be applied to any adult offender sentenced from Tuesday, 21 August 2012, which will be enforced by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry.

14 August 2012 – QLS office closure - Wednesday 15 August

Queensland Law Society will be closed on Wednesday 15 August 2012 for the Royal Queensland Show holiday and will reopen on Thursday 16 August 2012 at 8:30am.

14 August 2012 – QLS police referral list and nomination form

QLS police referral list and nomination form available online now!

13 August 2012 – Media release: Government leaves rent in Tenants’ Union funding

Queensland Law Society (QLS) said today the government’s decision to reduce the funding of the Tenants' Union of Queensland will likely put more pressure on struggling community legal centres (CLCs).

10 August 2012 – Position vacant: Ethics Solicitor

Excellent opportunity for a generalist who is passionate about giving back to the legal profession through the provision of ethical guidance.

3 August 2012 – Supreme and District Court Tours

Due to popular demand, there will be another tour of the new Supreme and District Court on Friday 17 August 2012. Book early to avoid disappointment!

30 July 2012 – Media release: Offender penalty costs to hit taxpayers’ pockets

Queensland Law Society today criticised a government proposal to introduce an offender levy.

17 July 2012 – Media release: Queensland Law Society names the government’s shame

Media release: Queensland Law Society names the government’s shame

16 July 2012 – Welcome to your new website!

It’s a big move away from the old website, and a definite change for the better. Our new Queensland Law Society (QLS) website has an updated look-and-feel, refreshed content and clearer navigation.

25 June 2012 – 2011/12 Advocacy Annual highlights another stellar year

Queensland Law Society is proud to present the second annual QLS Advocacy Annual, providing a synopsis of the most important advocacy issues undertaken by the Society from May 2011 to April 2012.

20 June 2012 – Transfer duty change to help solicitors, clients

The Queensland Government has reinstated transfer duty concessions for non-first home buyers, encouraging property purchases, use of solicitor services and saving potential clients thousands of dollars.

4 June 2012 – Making our website work for you

Project Connect is upgrading a number of our business systems. For members, the most important upgrade will be the new QLS website.

24 May 2012 – Office of Fair Trading business name registrations and practitioner guidance

QLS would like to remind practitioners that 4pm 25 May 2012 is the deadline to submit applications in person at the Office of Fair Trading for: New business name applications, changes to existing business name applications, requests for certificates or requests for extracts.

30 April 2012 – 3-in-1 enewsletter launched

On Thursday 26 April, Queensland Law Society launched our new-look QLS Update. Our signature enewsletter now incorporates PD News and Legislation Update to provide a streamlined and engaging publication that is easier to navigate and read.

13 April 2012 – Geoffrey Robertson QC presentation

Here is an excerpt of Geoffrey Robertson's presentation at Symposium as broadcast on the Big Ideas segment on ABC’s Radio National.

3 April 2012 – Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012

The QLS Ethics Centre advises that on 1 June 2012 the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules (ASCR) commence. The ASCR will replace the Solicitors Rule 2007. The rules are designed to be the first set of uniform professional conduct rules for Australia. Queensland is the second State to notify the commencement.

27 March 2012 – Phone it in

Queensland Law Society is improving its call response service to help members, stakeholders and the public quickly receive accurate information. Currently, the Society has a two-person contact centre for members and non-members and there are two separate phone numbers for legal professionals and members of the public

22 March 2012 – Planned QLS website outage

Please note that due to building power maintenance works at Law Society House both the QLS and Lexon websites will be unavailable from 5pm Friday 23 March until mid-Sunday 25 March.

5 March 2012 – QLS Limitation of Liability Scheme: Survey

The Professional Standards Councils, who oversee schemes such as the QLS Limitation of Liability Scheme, are undertaking research on the impacts of Professional Standards legislation (which enabled the scheme). Please support their research by reading the below and completing the survey.

Access the information sheet.

21 February 2012 – Queensland legislation impacted by the Civil Partnerships Act

The Civil Partnerships Act 2011 (“the Act”) was passed by the Queensland Parliament in late 2011. The Act allows a couple, regardless of sex, to enter into a civil partnership, subject to eligibility criteria.

8 February 2012 – Planned QLS website outage

Due to building power maintenance works at Law Society House both the QLS and Lexon websites will be unavailable from 5pm Friday 10 February until late Sunday 12 February.

Emails sent to QLS during this time will queue and be delivered to recipients at the end of the outage. Lexon emails will be unaffected.

25 January 2012 – PPSR and Conveyancing Settlements

The Personal Property Securities Register (the Register) and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) will come into operation on 30 January 2012. The PPSA will apply to the release of security interests over personal property on and from that day. Land is not personal property under the PPSA and the PPSA does not apply to interests in fixtures.

29 November 2011 – Society on front foot in State election lead-up

Queensland Law Society is on the front foot in the lead-up to the next election, sending 11 priority legal profession issues to the ALP and LNP.

25 November 2011 – Personal Property Securities Register commencement times announced

The Federal Attorney-General has issued a formal Determination and Explanatory Statement setting out the following times for the commencement of the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR).

15 November 2011 – Annual General Meeting of Queensland Law Society Inc.

A reminder that the QLS Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 16 November 2011, at Law Society House, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane, commencing at 5.30pm.

7 October 2011 – Queensland Law Society Council elections results

We are pleased to announce the results of the Queensland Law Society 2012-13 Council elections. Congratulations to all those who have been elected. It has been great to see the innovative ways our candidates engaged with the membership and embraced the new and different methods of getting their campaign messages across.

12 September 2011 – Have your say and vote in the Council elections

Voting is now open in the Queensland Law Society 2011 Council elections and all members are encouraged to have their say at this crucial time in the profession’s history.

26 August 2011 – Changes to court fees and child protection legislation

From Monday 29 August, changes to the Child Protection Act 1999 will come in force with the introduction of the Child Protection and Other Acts Amendment Act 2010.

On 1 September 2011 the Uniform Civil Procedure (Fees) and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2011 will commence.

23 August 2011 – QLS 2011/12 strategic plan – a blueprint for member service

Queensland Law Society’s 2011/12 strategic plan has just been released, providing a blueprint for future member service.

12 August 2011 – Call for nominations for the Agnes McWhinney Award 2011

Queensland Law Society is now calling for nominations for the Agnes McWhinney Award, which acknowledges outstanding professional or community contribution by a woman lawyer who has practised as a solicitor.

10 August 2011 – New QLS Council elections site shaped to meet members’ needs

The QLS Council e-elections site is up and running, shaped to meet members’ needs with the latest election information and resources.

18 July 2011 – Queensland Government State election – let them hear your voice

Queensland Law Society is determined that the voice of legal practitioners is heard at the next State election.

5 July 2011 – Elder abuse concerns highlight a growing problem

This week Queensland Law Society released a critical report (PDF 2.6MB) on elder abuse following public consultation which highlighted a wide array of concerns with this growing problem.

29 June 2011 – Updated QLS Legal Services Award Guide

The Queensland Law Society's Legal Services Award Guide has been updated to include new minimum wages and meal allowances set by Fair Work Australia effective from 1 July 2011. There have also been changes to wages for traineeships incorporated into the Legal Services Award 2010 available on the Fair Work Australia website.

24 June 2011 – Business development and marketing guide available now

With the start of the new financial year, now is a great time for Queensland Law Society members to access the free Business development and marketing guide, containing great ideas for building your business.

9 June 2011 – Advocacy Annual launch!

Queensland Law Society is proud to launch the inaugural Queensland Law Society Advocacy Annual! The 2010/11 Advocacy Annual provides an overview of the most important issues tackled by the Society in the 2010 calendar year and the beginning of 2011 sorted by areas of legal practice. The briefs cover the issues’ backgrounds, actions conducted and outcomes achieved.

31 May 2011 – Queensland solicitors keep costs fair and just

Queensland Law Society stated today recent media regarding legal costs referred to an isolated incident and that, on the whole, solicitors kept costs fair and just.

24 May 2011 – Completing new BCCMA disclosure statements

Queensland Law Society has published a practice guidance document in response to queries about completing the new REIQ disclosure statements, in particular the new requirements in sections 206(2)(b) and 213(2)(a) of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (BCCMA) which describes the extent to which the levies are based on contribution schedule lot entitlements and interest schedule lot entitlements. The document is useful for completing these disclosures.

12 May 2011 – Build your profile and your business - Contribute to Proctor

Build your personal professional profile and your organisation’s reputation – submissions for the July, August and September editions of Proctor are now welcome.

4 May 2011 – Get stuck into Law Week!

Looking for something different to do 16-22 May? There’s a cavalcade of fabulous activities on offer during Law Week for everyone to enjoy.

27 April 2011 – New trust account reviews to make record keeping easier

Queensland Law Society’s new trust account compliance reviews, starting 1 July 2011, will help law practices comply with their legislative record keeping requirements and ensure good trust account management practices.

15 April 2011 – Body Corporate and Community Management and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2010

The Body Corporate and Community Management and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2010 became law on 14 April 2011 after the changes received Royal Assent. Queensland Law Society has developed Body Corporate legislation information regarding major aspects of this legislative change.

12 April 2011 – Choice of charity in your hands

Queensland Law Society members have the chance to make an extraordinary difference to a special non-profit and help choose the Society’s Charity of Choice for 2011/12.

11 April 2011 – Brisbane Law Courts access cards now a permanent feature

Initiated by the Queensland Law Society and the Bar Association of Queensland, legal practitioner access cards are now a permanent feature of the Brisbane Law Courts Complex.

25 March 2011 – Equity and Diversity Award

Nominations are now open for the Queensland Law Society 2011 Equity and Diversity Award. The award aims to encourage all Queensland legal practices to promote staff diversity and accommodate lifestyle needs.

25 January 2011 – Legal Services Award – 2011 introductory guide out now!

Queensland Law Society has updated its Introductory Guide to the Legal Services Award.

17 January 2011 – Make a difference on the Free Legal Advice Panel

Applications are now open for Queensland Law Society members to make a difference and apply to join the Free Legal Advice Panel.

19 November 2010 – Client Relations Centre now at Legal Services Commission

On Friday 10 December 2010, responsibilities held by the Queensland Law Society’s Client Relations Centre will be transferred to the Legal Services Commission (LSC).

9 November 2010 – New swimming pool legislation information now available

Queensland Law Society has published valuable information regarding the new Pool Safety Certificate disclosure regime.

28 October 2010 – Family Law Regulations, Family Court form and fee changes

The Family Law Amendment Regulations 2010 (No.2) will take effect from 1 November 2010.

26 October 2010 – Review decisions of Q-Comp - new procedures

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) has advised of procedures to take effect from 1 November 2010 when the QIRC assumes responsibility for appeals against review decisions of Q-Comp under the Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction Reform and Modernisation Amendment Act 2010.

26 October 2010 – New tax system for managed investment trusts

Queensland Law Society calls for comments on the new tax system for managed investment trust discussion paper.

4 October 2010 – Agnes McWhinney Award goes to Judge Fleur Kingham

Judge Fleur Kingham was awarded the Queensland Law Society Agnes McWhinney Award for her contribution to access to justice.

1 October 2010 – PAMDA and BCCMA amendments commence today

Amendments to the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 and the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 made by the Property Agents and Motor Dealers and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2010 commenced today, 1 October 2010.

21 September 2010 – PAMDA transitional arrangements

Queensland Law Society has developed an introduction to transitional arrangements for the Property Agents and Motor Dealers and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2010.

20 September 2010 – Pool safety reforms

Queensland Law Society ensures flexible post-settlement period is included in pool safety reforms passed on 15 September 2010.

20 September 2010 – Land Valuation Bill 2010 passed

The new Act changes the way land valuations are determined.

13 September 2010 – Go Red for Women Heart Health Challenge

Our charity of choice, the Heart Foundation, is conducting the 10-week Go Red for Women challenge.

9 September 2010 – Land Valuation Bill 2010 introduced into Parliament

The Land Valuation Bill 2010 has been introduced after the Government's close consultation with Queensland Law Society.

31 August 2010 – Financial aspects of civil jurisdiction reform - guidance released

Queensland Law Society has released guidance material that outlines the transition to the changes to the financial jurisdiction of the civil courts.

27 August 2010 – Start dates of stage one Moynihan reforms announced

The start dates of the staged introduction of the Moynihan reforms have been proclaimed - with some introduced from 1 September 2010.

26 August 2010 – Improved court access for solicitors

Queensland Law Society members can obtain a special access card for the Brisbane Law Courts complex.

25 August 2010 – Queensland Government confirms National Occupational Licensing System not to bring conveyancers to Queensland

Queensland Treasurer confirms the Queensland Government does not intend to license conveyancers.

13 August 2010 – Queensland Law Society responds to National Legal Profession Reform Draft Bill and Rules

Queensland Law Society has lodged its submission to the National Legal Profession Reform Taskforce in response to the draft Bill and Rules.

9 August 2010 – Civil and criminal reforms passed by Parliament

The Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction Reform and Modernisation Amendment Bill was passed by Parliament on 3 August 2010.

4 August 2010 – Integrity Act reform to help legal practitioners

Queensland Law Society has successfully lobbied Government for amendments to the Integrity Act 2009 to assist legal practitioners in dealing with government agencies.

5 July 2010 – Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010

The Queensland Law Society recently made submissions to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee regarding the Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010, which proposes to implement sanctions that may have a practical impact on legal practitioners who engage in transactions that involve international entities.

1 July 2010 – Franchising Code updated and commencing 1 July 2010

Amendments to the Franchising Code announced by Minister Craig Emerson on 4 June 2010 come into force today.

Celebrate, recognise and socialise

QLS is hosting a series of networking events in 2018. Take the opportunity to celebrate and socialise with your peers in a relaxed setting over drinks and canapés.