Queensland Law Society

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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.