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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.