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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!
The Supreme Court Library will be closed from 5pm Friday 21 December 2012 – reopening from Monday 7 January 2013.
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
Law Foundation-Queensland 2011-12 annual report and financial statements available online now!
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
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
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
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.
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
Queensland Law Society said there could be unintended consequences with proposed changes to the classification of ‘synthetic drugs’. Read full media release
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.
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.
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.
Join the QLS team! We’re currently recruiting for a Graduate Policy Solicitor to work with our proactive Advocacy team – find out more!
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
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
Queensland Law Society in collaboration with Chartered Secretaries of Australia invites you to attend Melbourne Cup day in style at 'A Spring Affair'.
The Annual General Meeting of the Queensland Law Society will be held on Thursday 15 November at 5:30pm.
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!
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!
Lawyers are encouraged to participate in the Queensland survey on retention of lawyers in the regions, available online!
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.
Queensland Law Society today urged the Queensland Attorney-General to reconsider his decision not to move ahead with the National Legal Profession Reform.
Read about the practical implications of the new 'family violence' and 'abuse' definitions!
Queensland Law Society today welcomed the announcement of judicial appointments to the Supreme Court and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).
QLS President Dr John de Groot video update - September edition available online now for QLS members!
Queensland Law Society today expressed disappointment that the state government has decided to cut three courts critical to diverting vulnerable people from prison.
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.
Yesterday's State budget delivered both savings and cost increases across the legal industry. Access the highlights online.
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.
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.
September issue of Proctor available online now for members! Cover story: Using today's technology in Queensland courts.
Queensland Law Society today welcomed the government’s permanent appointments of an Adult Guardian and Public Advocate.
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.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey this morning announced the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012 through parliament last night.
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.
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.
QLS police referral list and nomination form available online now!
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).
Excellent opportunity for a generalist who is passionate about giving back to the legal profession through the provision of ethical guidance.
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!
Queensland Law Society today criticised a government proposal to introduce an offender levy.
Media release: Queensland Law Society names the government’s shame
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.
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.
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.
Project Connect is upgrading a number of our business systems. For members, the most important upgrade will be the new QLS website.
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.
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.
Here is an excerpt of Geoffrey Robertson's presentation at Symposium as broadcast on the Big Ideas segment on ABC’s Radio National.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.