Queensland Law Society

President’s update

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The terrific feedback I’ve received since last week’s QLS Roadshow in Bundaberg is very heartening, knowing QLS is meeting its objective of being a membership organisation for all Queensland solicitors

When we plan new events, there is always a sense of will it work or not? Much to the joy of all involved, the three-day event was a success. It was well attended and very well received. Delegates enjoyed engaging professional development sessions, the input of knowledgeable QLS staff and the collegiate functions, all delivered to our regional members on their home turf.

A highlight was the debate, ‘Regional lawyers are tougher than city lawyers’, which was a treat.

I certainly appreciated the opportunity of getting to know local members, and the overwhelming feedback is that the Burnett-Wide Bay solicitors appreciated QLS investing in their region.

Stay tuned – there will be more roadshows to come this year!

Prior to joining the roadshow – on Wednesday night – I attended the Gold Coast District Law Association’s trivia night, which was another lovely, collegiate event. As my firm won the DLA’s inaugural trivia night, I didn’t participate in the quiz, thinking that perhaps someone else should be given a chance to win.

Justice_Susan_Brown_1_caption.jpgFriday it was back to more serious business, with the swearing-in of Justice Susan Brown QC at the Banco Court in Brisbane. It was pleasure and a privilege to attend the ceremony to welcome her Honour’s appointment. It is an appointment that is not merely welcomed by the court but also by the entire united profession. An already lustrous court will gain added shine with her Honour’s appointment.

This morning I attended the parliamentary Agriculture and Environment Committee’s public hearings on the Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 to draw attention to issues raised by the QLS Property and Development Law Committee.

We are particularly concerned with provisions that introduce a ‘priority notice’ concept in Queensland as part of the national eConveyancing system. This would largely replace the settlement notice mechanism, albeit with wider operation, and we are suggesting some amendments that would clarify the operation of this proposal.

Finally, I am very much looking forward to our ‘night of nights’ on Saturday, the QLS Legal Profession Dinner. It is an opportunity for us to celebrate the value we solicitors bring to society, to recognise the outstanding achievements of our members, and to get together with old friends and make new ones. I look forward to seeing you there.

Christine Smyth

QLS president