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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 – 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.

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.

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.