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17 October 2018 – Legal policy submission - family law

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

View the most recent policy submission in response to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018 and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018.

10 October 2018 – “Get ready” Queensland practitioners: storm season ahead

Queensland solicitors are urged to get ready for storm season by ensuring that they have a plan in place should disaster strike.

10 October 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

View the most recent policy submissions on sustainable fisheries and proposed amendments to the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017.

10 October 2018 – Legal policy - have your say

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on the ACCC Consumer Data Right Rules Framework and Treasury Law Amendment Bills.

3 October 2018 – President's update

It could be said that lawyers are the guardians of the justice system, judges are at the coalface and our government is making the rules and decisions to enable us to administer justice. It’s reasonable to say that we should play a key part in assisting the government of the day in their work.

3 October 2018 – Legal policy reform - have your say

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on the ACCC Consumer Data Right Rules Framework and the Economic Development and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

3 October 2018 – Australia's second Open Government National Action Plan 2018-2020

Applications are now open for a Law Council of Australia nominee position on the next Open Government Forum.

26 September 2018 – Legal policy reform – have your say

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on the Consumer Data Right Rules Framework and the approvals processes for mineral and energy resources projects.

26 September 2018 – QBCC insurance search service now online

Practitioners and home owners can now complete Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) insurance searches online.

26 September 2018 – Land Title Practice Manual updated

The Registrar has published changes to the Land Title Practice Manual effective from 24 September 2018.

26 September 2018 – Legal policy submissions and public hearings

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions and public hearing updates on criminal law, general advocacy and the Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

25 September 2018 – Mirror wills – what you should consider if one client wishes to engage you after they split?

Practitioners are often asked to prepare mirror wills for couples who may later go their separate ways. Some issues to consider on whether they can act for one of the parties after they have separated.

19 September 2018 – QLS extends free legal advice panel

The Society has appointed six new members to our free legal advice panel. The new appointees extend the panel’s reach from Brisbane CBD to Caboolture, the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Cairns.

19 September 2018 – Legal policy submissions and public hearings

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions on property and development and general advocacy.

13 September 2018 – QLS backs calls for a national judicial commission

Queensland Law Society has backed calls by the Law Council of Australia to introduce a federal judicial commission, following a piece published in The Australian newspaper today.

12 September 2018 – Legal policy reform - have your say

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018, deductible gift recipient reforms and human rights and technology.

12 September 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions on telecommunications legislation and the National Disability Agreement Review.

5 September 2018 – President's update - 5 September 2018

We are in the middle of conference season and I have greatly enjoyed meeting with many of our members at our various professional development and networking events. Regional events in Mackay, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast have provided more opportunities to connect with members.

5 September 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions on competition and consumer laws, bail support and corrective services.

5 September 2018 – Legal policy reform - have your say

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare submissions on the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018, Treasury Laws Amendment (Consumer Data Right) Bill 2018 and Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

3 September 2018 – OPG Guidelines for Witnessing Enduring Documents have been updated

Please note that the OPG Guidelines for Witnessing Enduring Documents were modified slightly in July 2018.

3 September 2018 – Confidentiality – information in the public domain

A reminder that information in the public domain can still be confidential to the client. Read more.

29 August 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions on competition and consumer laws and litigation rules.

29 August 2018 – Notices not to employ

Magenta Jane Cameron, a former employee of a Brisbane law practice, has authorised QLS to publish that she will not attend or be present on the premises of any law practice in Queensland, other than for the purpose of taking legal advice for herself.

29 August 2018 – Court rules amendments – e-filing and changes to scales of costs

On 24 August 2018 the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 and the Criminal Practice Rules 1999 were amended by the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules and Other Legislation Amendment and Repeal Regulation (No. 1) 2018.

27 August 2018 – QLS call for change from new PM

Queensland Law Society has called for change in the legislative and legal assistance spheres after Australia welcomed its 30th Prime Minister, Scott Morrison last week.

22 August 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions on not for profit law, competition and consumer law and criminal law.

22 August 2018 – Legal policy reform – we want your input

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare these submissions.

22 August 2018 – The PEXA hack – new security guidelines and why they are important even to firms which do not use e-conveyancing

In two separate incidents, clients have lost substantial amounts after a conveyancer’s email was compromised and funds diverted by altering payment information on the PEXA platform. PEXA has now introduced new security measures to prevent attacks of a similar nature and all subscribers are strongly advised to implement them.

20 August 2018 – Bail support for Qld youth a step forward: QLS

Queensland Law Society has embraced the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement of $17 million across Queensland for young people on remand as a step towards a broader solution.

16 August 2018 – Legal policy reform – we want your input

Practitioners are invited to provide their opinions and feedback as Queensland Law Society policy committees prepare these submissions.

16 August 2018 – Mineral, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

QLS, assisted by its Mining and Resources Law Committee, provided submissions on the Mineral, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 and appeared before the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee at a public hearing on 9 March 2018.

16 August 2018 – New volunteering streams for family lawyers with WLSQ

Are you a female family lawyer in regional Queensland? Perhaps you are on maternity leave, transitioning to retirement, returning to the workforce or moving into sole practice? Women’s Legal Service offers a range of new volunteering opportunities connecting more solicitors with women in crisis than ever before.

16 August 2018 – Interviews needed – why litigants self-represent in Queensland Child Protection Courts

Legal practitioners in Brisbane, Ipswich, and Toowoomba are sought for telephone or face-to-face interviews for research on why litigants self-represent in Queensland child protection courts.

9 August 2018 – ID cards for court – Queensland ahead of the game

New South Wales’ legal profession are calling for a trial to provide barristers with security clearance and an identity card allowing them to enter a courthouse without going through standard security inspections.

8 August 2018 – PEXA residential seller guarantee

PEXA has released details of the PEXA residential seller guarantee which is available to sellers in the event of certain kinds of fraud.

1 August 2018 – President's update - 1 Aug 2018

We are now halfway through the year, so I would like to share some of the work your Society has been doing for you this year so far. Our focus has been on the relationships we build and maintain with our members, stakeholders, government and community, along with supporting good lawyers, advocating for good law and looking out for the public good.

1 August 2018 – Are you working without a practising certificate?

The renewals period has now ended and all Queensland legal practitioners should have received a 2018/19 practising certificate. If you have not received your certificate yet, please contact Records and Member Services urgently by telephone on 1300 367 757 or email records@qls.com.au .

25 July 2018 – Parliamentary public hearing

On 19 July 2018, QLS representatives including Deputy President Bill Potts appeared before the parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on the public hearing of the Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

25 July 2018 – Queensland Governments plan to eliminate claim farming welcome but not timely

QLS has welcomed news that the State Government would introduce legislation in 2019 to stamp out claim farming in the state, after agitating for a change over several years.

25 July 2018 – Queensland Police warn of new scam targeting lawyers

The Queensland Police Financial and Cyber Crime Group is warning all Queensland legal practitioners to be on the lookout for ‘fake invoice’ cyberfraud.

25 July 2018 – Additional information on GST at settlement measures now available

Following the release of the updated REIQ contracts on 28 June 2018, Queensland Law Society has prepared frequently asked questions in relation to the contract changes on the GST at settlement measures. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has also published additional information to assist practitioners.

25 July 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions.

18 July 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions.

17 July 2018 – QLS says referral of controversial Bill to sack Ipswich City Council to committee a wise and necessary step

The state government’s decision to refer the draft Bill to dismiss Ipswich City Council to committee was a necessary one to ensure the public had faith in the proper process on introduction of new laws, according to Queensland Law Society.

13 July 2018 – QLS backs recommendations to overhaul youth justice system

Queensland’s peak legal body has thrown its support behind a report recommending an overhaul of the way Queensland deals with young offenders.

11 July 2018 – Changes to monetary entitlements for personal injury and workers' compensation

On 21 June 2018, the Governor in Council made the Civil Liability and Other Legislation (Prescribed Amounts) Amendment Regulation 2018 (the regulation), which provides for the indexation of various costs, offer limits and monetary caps and thresholds in relation to common law damages for personal injury.

11 July 2018 – Administrative Appeals Tribunal – fee changes from 1 July 2018

Application fees are payable in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in respect of certain types of applications in accordance with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulation 2015. These fees increased on 1 July 2018.

11 July 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions.

10 July 2018 – Property law reform makes solicitors tax collectors

Recently, the Federal Government’s Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No.1) Act 2018 came into effect, with Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor remarking that solicitors would effectively become tax collectors.

6 July 2018 – Funding for high-risk DV unit welcome: QLS

A funding boost for Women’s Legal Service (WLS) that will see a high-risk Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) and Health Justice Partnership in Caboolture established was to be welcomed, said Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor.

6 July 2018 – Salutation or opening salvo?

Correctly addressing colleagues is an ethical obligation

4 July 2018 – President's update - 4 July 2018

Last week, we were reminded through the media about some of the shortcomings of our modern society – specifically around our reliance on technology. There are many benefits to transacting electronically, but where large sums of money are concerned, there are also significant risks.

4 July 2018 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

4 July 2018 – Australia’s first modern slavery bill the first step: QLS

The first national Modern Slavery Bill in Australia has been introduced into Federal Parliament, with Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor saying it was a good first step in a longer process.

4 July 2018 – Claim farming submission update

Leading on from last week’s update on claim farming, Queensland Law Society has now made its submission to the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC).

2 July 2018 – Updated REIQ contracts and ATO information now available

As notified to members last week, updated REIQ contracts have been released and are available on the QLS website (membership login required). The ATO has also published updated guidance material about the GST at settlement measures which commenced on 1 July 2018.

28 June 2018 – REIQ contracts: New editions now available

Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland have prepared new editions of the standard contracts for use by our members.

27 June 2018 – New REIQ contracts – comparison tables now available

Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) have prepared new editions of the four standard sale contracts. These will be made available to members on the QLS website from Thursday 28 June 2018.

27 June 2018 – Stamping out claim farming

Queensland Law Society is aware that claim farming is an issue not just in Queensland, but across the nation and internationally. Although some of the conduct that amounts to claim farming may not be prohibited by legislation, it may breach ethical obligations as found in the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 which could result in disciplinary action being taken against the solicitor.

27 June 2018 – Updates to standard REIQ property sale contracts: June/July 2018

QLS and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland are preparing new editions of the standard contracts: as a result of the GST withholding at settlement measures taking effect from 1 July 2018; to facilitate electronic signing of contracts; and to update references to legislation and notice clauses.

27 June 2018 – Expert assistance pilot commencing 2 July 2018

On 2 July 2018, the expert assistance pilot will commence in the Cairns and Beenleigh Childrens Court for complex child protection matters.

27 June 2018 – Amendments to the Child Protection Act 1999

In October 2017, the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 was passed by the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

27 June 2018 – Legal policy submissions - June 2018

The QLS Advocacy team consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

25 June 2018 – Reminder to avoid claim farming

QLS president Ken Taylor has reminded Queensland solicitors to stay away from claims farming of any kind.

20 June 2018 – Labour Hire Licensing update

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (LHL Act) and the accompanying regulation commenced on 16 April 2018.

20 June 2018 – Reminder to practitioners – restrictions on filed material

The Supreme, District and Land Courts Service reminds practitioners that the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 reflect the principle that ‘justice must not only be done but be seen to be done’ in that the rules relating to searching and copying filed documents create a very open regime.

20 June 2018 – Court regional services outlet project update

Under the Regional Services Outlet project, some of the regional court registries that provide mostly Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) services are transferring to DTMR operational management.

20 June 2018 – Queensland industrial manslaughter laws – countdown to 1 July

The Queensland Parliament introduced industrial manslaughter provisions into the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Electrical Safety Act 2002, and Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act 2011 in October 2017.

13 June 2018 – Advocacy submissions June 2018

The QLS Advocacy team consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

13 June 2018 – Western Australia to join Legal Profession Uniform Law scheme

The Western Australian Government has announced its intention to join the Legal Profession Uniform Law scheme, with the support of the Law Society of Western Australia.

6 June 2018 – Advocacy submissions

The QLS Advocacy team consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform.

6 June 2018 – President's update - 6 June 2018

Interesting news last week when the Australian Government announced plans to amalgamate the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia. While the Society supports constitutionally valid reform to the family court system that reduces delays and costs for Australian families, details are emerging that do not appear to be in the best interests of those involved.

4 June 2018 – Notice to claimants in relation to Buck Rigley & Associates

Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Guarantee Fund  notice to claimants. In the matter of Buck Rigley & Associates, principal solicitor Lance Geoffrey Rigley, formerly practising as Buck Rigley & Associates.

31 May 2018 – Funding for justice much needed in State Budget

Queensland’s State Government will hand down the first budget since the last election on Wednesday 12 June, with Queensland Law Society holding hopes for more justice system funding.

30 May 2018 – QLS to extend free legal advice panel

QLS is extending the reach of its Free Legal Advice Panel and wishes to appoint solicitors in the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns.

Interested solicitors are invited to submit applications to the Society by 20 June.

30 May 2018 – Recent advocacy submissions

The QLS Advocacy team consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the advocacy submissions from 18-23 May.

30 May 2018 – Titles Registry – list of common requisitions relating to land access agreements

The Queensland Registrar of Titles and Registrar of Water Allocations has provided a common list of errors in requisitions relating to lodgement and removals of land access agreements on certificates of title.

30 May 2018 – National Reconciliation Week 2018 – don’t keep history a mystery

QLS recognises this week is National Reconciliation Week, participating in the theme ‘don’t keep history a mystery’.

28 May 2018 – Transparency in DV data a welcome move for Queenslanders

Yesterday, the Queensland Government announced the publishing of regular court statistics and cases concerning domestic and family violence to assist in raising the community’s trust in the justice system.

23 May 2018 – External examination reports 2018 – lodgment reminder

The external examination lodgment period ended on 31 March 2018. Any outstanding reports must be lodged with the Society by 31 May 2018.

17 May 2018 – QLS supports equal justice in tragic circumstances

Queensland Law Society has supported a review into child sentencing in Queensland, while also flagging the importance of individual, equal justice for all Queenslanders.

17 May 2018 – First Queensland solicitor appointed to District Court retires leaving indelible legacy

The first Queensland solicitor appointed a judge of the District Court leaves a lasting legacy after almost 25-years of fearless and inspired leadership on the bench, according to the state’s peak legal body.

16 May 2018 – LawRight: Enforcement hearing service

LawRight will operate an Enforcement Hearing Duty Lawyer Service from 16 May 2018, to assist enforcement debtors attending enforcement hearings in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

15 May 2018 – Access for all Australians key to family law review

The Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) family law review has the potential to touch the lives of all Australian families. Recently, Queensland Law Society contributed to the Law Council of Australia’s submission to the review, noting key areas of consultation and change.

11 May 2018 – More legal aid funding for nation’s most vulnerable

Queensland’s peak legal body has thrown its support behind a Federal Senate motion calling for a ramp up of legal aid funding.

10 May 2018 – Will Danger, Robinson! (with apologies to Lost In Space fans)

Using a chatbot to provide legal services can get you in more trouble than the Lost in Space crew

9 May 2018 – QLS encourages public to always trust a solicitor

Queensland Law Society today (MAY 9) called for the public to ensure that when seeking legal advice they spoke directly to a qualified solicitor.

9 May 2018 – QLS says Federal Budget funding for Elder Abuse initiatives a good start

Queensland’s peak legal group has welcomed the $22 million Federal Budget commitment to Elder Abuse initiatives – but says more could be done to help the nation’s elderly.

9 May 2018 – QLS members advised to steer clear of claim farming

QLS president Ken Taylor has warned Queensland solicitors to be wary of utilising consultancy organisations which farm clients from surveys by offering them gift cards to submit their details.

9 May 2018 – President's update - 9 May 2018

Next week is Law Week – a time when we pause to reflect on the great work that we do as solicitors and the importance of the justice system to our local communities and the wider state.

9 May 2018 – Use of the term ‘principal’ – request for feedback

In April 2017, the QLS Council ruled the Society would stop issuing non-director principal practising certificates to senior practitioners employed by incorporated legal practices.

2 May 2018 – Expressions of interest: Speakers for QLS Succession and elder law conference

The Queensland Law Society Succession and elder law conference planning working group is calling for topic submissions from interested persons to present at the 2018 succession and elder law conference.

2 May 2018 – Renew your practising certificate and QLS membership

Renewal applications for 2018-19 practising certificates and Queensland Law Society membership must be submitted by 31 May 2018 to avoid a late fee.

2 May 2018 – Advocacy submissions and tabled parliamentary committee reports

The QLS Advocacy team works with our policy committees and stakeholders to engage with government on law reform.

1 May 2018 – QLD’s commitment to acknowledge the pain of abuse victims a step forward: QLS

Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor has welcomed the news that Queensland would acknowledge the suffering of those abused in government run institutions by joining the National Redress Scheme

26 April 2018 – QLS welcomes appointment of new Townsville Federal Circuit Court judge

The Queensland Law Society has welcomed Federal Circuit Judge Steve Middleton to Townsville, as he replaces local long-time Judge John Coker.

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 – 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.

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.

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.