Queensland Law Society
20-21 October 2017
Empire Apartment Hotel, Rockhampton

Queensland Law Society is excited to partner with the Central Queensland Law Association for the inaugural CQLA & QLS Conference 2017.

This is your chance to:

  • get updates in the practice areas that matter to you most
  • support your local law association
  • connect with your Society on all things trust accounts, practice support and ethics.

Strengthen the way you practise, grow your professional network and earn 10 CPD points – all at your CQLA & QLS Conference 2017!

10 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Member
$550 Both-days earlybird*
$700 Both-days standard*
$360 Day one earlybird
$450 Day one standard
$180 Day two earlybird
$230 Day two standard

Presidents' Dinner tickets
$90 Standard (member and non-member)
Non-member
$700 Both-days standard*
$450 Day one standard
$230 Day two standard

CQLA Caulfield Cup Day 2017
$80 Conference delegate (max 4 tickets)
$145 Standard

 

*Includes attendance at Presidents' Dinner (Friday)

Earlybird closes 29 September

Registration closes 17 October


Sponsors

Gold sponsor

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Silver sponsor

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Program


Friday 20 October

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome

Presenter:
Christine Smyth, President, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld

8.45am

Leading wellness in the legal profession

Depression and anxiety cost Australian businesses between $11-12 billion dollars every year though absenteeism, reduced work performance, increased turnover, and compensation claims. So how do we prevent this big issue from becoming a $12 billion dollar problem?

60% of our wellbeing at work is predicted by the quality of our relationship with our direct managers; so the power really is in your hands. Join our expert presenter and pick up tips for improving your workplace leadership, as well as techniques that may help prevent mental health issues from impacting your team. This session is an initiative of Queensland Law Society’s Wellbeing Working Group.

Presenter:
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and member, QLS Wellbeing Working Group
Chair:
Stephanie Nicholas, Principal Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland, Rockhampton and President, Central Queensland Law Association

9.45am

Risky business: Advising small business

Lexon has conducted research into the neuroscience of errors commonly seen in claims – particularly those surrounding advising small business. This session will highlight new findings from this field and apply them to real practice scenarios. You will also receive an update on claims and an overview of the free tools available to insured members.

Presenters:
Tracy Skellern, Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance
Bill Potts, Immediate Past President, Queensland Law Society and Director, Potts Lawyers
Chair:
Stephanie Nicholas, Principal Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland, Rockhampton and President, Central Queensland Law Association

10.45am

Morning tea

11am

Stream 1A

Family law spotlight: Domestic and family violence best practice guidelines

This is a fundamental session for all legal practitioners working with victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

Join us for a practical discussion around the real-world implication of the five principles set out in the QLS Domestic and Family Violence Best Practice Guidelines and valuable advice for implementing the guidelines in your practice.

Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and member, QLS Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group

Stream 1B

Practice management: Self-audit in small practice

Join our expert presenters for an engaging and practical look at identifying and managing the main risks associated with operating a legal practice (beyond complaints and legal action).

Seize the opportunity to armour yourself and your practice with experts from the QLS Practice Management Course, and continue the conversation with our presenters over lunch at the Pop-up QLS stalls.

Presenters:
Dr Rachel Baird, Manager, Learning and Professional Development, Queensland Law Society
Mark Illidge, Practice Support Solicitor, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and member, QLS Wellbeing Working Group

12pm

Stream 2A

What’s new in succession law: Case law and legislation Q&A

Join our expert presenter for an interactive and practical discussion around the recent and significant succession law cases, and how they will impact on your daily practice.

Take the opportunity to brush up on your practice skillset by asking questions from the floor.

Presenter:
Christine Smyth, President, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and member, QLS Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group

Stream 2B

Trust account FAQs: Answered

This practical and informative session will cover the following frequently asked questions and issues surrounding trust accounts:

  • who can authorise payments from a trust account
  • record keeping basics
  • trust account reconciliations
  • trust account authorities
  • trust account withdrawals
  • stakeholder trust account ledgers
  • trust account statements
  • emailing bills of costs
  • reporting irregularities.
Presenter:
Bill Hourigan, Manager, Trust Account Investigations, Professional Leadership, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and member, QLS Wellbeing Working Group

1pm

Lunch

1.45pm

Stream 3A

Civil litigation: Pleadings and particulars masterclass

Are you using pleadings as a strategic tool in all your litigation matters? With a primary focus on the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld) and notes on the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth), our expert presenter will refresh your knowledge and take your litigation skillset to the next level by:

  • examining what amounts to a defective pleading and how to avoid delivering one
  • brushing up your pleadings toolkit with practical tips you can apply today
  • applying your pleadings skills to control the scope and costs of litigation
  • comparing well drafted and poorly drafted claims and defences
  • considering the do’s and don’ts for managing complex claims.
Presenter:
Steven Deaves, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Chair:
William Prizeman, Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland; Vice President, Central Queensland Law Association and member, QLS Early Career Lawyers Committee

Stream 3B

Practice update: National Injury Insurance Scheme (Queensland) Act 2016 and National Disability Insurance Scheme Act (Cth) 2013

This session will explain the fundamental features of both schemes and address:

  • the injuries covered by the scheme and the eligibility criteria
  • the limitation period to apply to scheme participants
  • interaction with existing compensation schemes and common law
  • data from the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry about the anticipated number of claimants
  • anticipated key areas of conflict and uncertainty that personal injury practitioners should know about, such as:
    • whether or not a person should be in the scheme
    • opting out of the scheme
    • the right of the National Injury Insurance Agency to apply to court to prevent a person claiming damages for treatment, care and support.
  • the need to advise clients of potential benefits under the scheme versus lump sum damages claimable, so that clients can determine whether to stay with the scheme or claim damages
  • logistical issues raised by each scheme and how these issues may be addressed.
Presenters:
Matthew Dunlop, Solicitor, Maurice Blackburn
Connor O’Driscoll, Associate, Maurice Blackburn
Chair:
Carla Melbourne, Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn and Secretary, Central Queensland Law Association

2.45pm

Stream 4A

The Magic Eight Ball: Predictions for drug trafficking evidence and sentencing

This session will address the nature and admissibility of evidence typical to trafficking briefs (including TI’s, Celebrite and Law Enforcement Participant statements) as well as the potential ways to weaken such evidence - or have it excluded altogether.

You will then turn your focus to sentencing and address some of the recent QCA decisions on trafficking sentences.

Presenters:
Matt Heelan, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Scott Moon, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Chair:
William Prizeman, Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland; Vice President, Central Queensland Law Association and member, QLS Early Career Lawyers Committee

Stream 4B

The life and times of an insolvency practitioner (and of course some war stories)

In this session, our presenter will take delegates through a number of cases to reveal what lessons can be learnt; so as to better guide and advise clients.

Presenter:
Morgan Lane, Partner, Worrells
Chair:
Carla Melbourne, Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn and Secretary, Central Queensland Law Association

3.45pm

Afternoon tea

4pm

The adventures of the Cheshire Cat

This session will consider the questions of ethics, legal ethics and the fundamental duties owed by solicitors. In particular it will look at questions concerning confidentiality and when a solicitor may be permitted to disclose information which is confidential. The presentation will also address issues dealing with inadvertent disclosure, claims without foundation and the responsible use of court process. The session explores the above issues by use of a case study that calls into question the actions of the Cheshire Cat as a practitioner.

Presenter:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Stephanie Nicholas, Principal Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland, Rockhampton and President, Central Queensland Law Association

5pm

Day one closing remarks

Presenter:
Stephanie Nicholas, Principal Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland, Rockhampton and President, Central Queensland Law Association

5.05pm

Close

5.30pm

Pre-dinner drinks

6.30pm

Presidents' Dinner

Saturday 21 October

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome

Presenter:
His Honour Judge Michael Burnett, District Court of Queensland
Chair:
Stephanie Nicholas, Principal Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland, Rockhampton and President, Central Queensland Law Association

8.35am

Solicitor advocates in Applications Court: Tips from the Bench

We are delighted to welcome the Honourable Judge Burnett and the Honourable Judge Demack to discuss the potential pitfalls for solicitor advocates over the arc of their Applications in each of their jurisdictions, and the steps required to avoid or surmount such pitfalls. Topics covered will include:

  • the “five sins” of written advocacy
  • the affidavit as a tool of persuasion
  • the preparation and execution of effective oral submissions.
Presenters:
His Honour Judge Michael Burnett, District Court of Queensland
Her Honour Judge Anne Demack, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Chair:
Stephanie Nicholas, Principal Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland, Rockhampton and President, Central Queensland Law Association

9.35am

Morning tea

9.50am

The laws of the land: What you need to know NOW

It seems as though property law has been built on shifting sands lately! With changes happening (and more to come), there has never been a better time to refresh and perfect your skills and knowledge in day-to-day property law practice. Join our expert presenter and discover:

  • the land clearing changes that were proposed in the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
  • updates on land clearing under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 and other legislative requirements
  • a refresher on rural land transactions with tips and tricks for avoiding common errors
  • the proposed changes to the Property Law Act 1974 – and what they mean for you (and your clients).
Presenters:
Geoff Sinclair, Senior Botanist, Ecosure
Amy Gudmann, Solicitor, Energy, Environment & Agribusiness, Rees R & Sydney Jones
Chair:
William Prizeman, Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland; Vice President, Central Queensland Law Association and member, QLS Early Career Lawyer Committee

10.50am

Closing plenary: The rise of artificial intelligence in law - Should you be worried?

Presenter:
Professor Stephen Colbran, Head of Discipline of Law, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity
Chair:
William Prizeman, Lawyer, Legal Aid Queensland; Vice President, Central Queensland Law Association and member, QLS Early Career Lawyer Committee

11.50am

Conference closing remarks & 25 year pin presentation

Presenter:
Christine Smyth, President, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld

12pm

Conference close

12.30pm

CQLA Caulfield Cup Races