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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.