Queensland Law Society

Conveyancing conference

Thursday 2 August 2018
Law Society House, Brisbane

Returning by popular demand, join the experts and your peers at our conference especially designed for conveyancing practitioners. This premier professional development event will get your up to date on new developments, and refresh and enhance your knowledge of the essential aspects of conveyancing practice. Hear the latest issues affecting your practice, catch up with your peers, enhance your legal and practical skills, and earn 7 CPD points.

7 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Member
$652 Earlybird
$817 Standard
Non-member
$1067 Standard

Earlybird closes 05 July

Registration closes 30 July


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Program

8am

Registration

8.20am

Welcome

Presenter:
Ken Taylor, President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Purcell Taylor; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee
Chair:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

8.30am

REIQ contract: Impact of recent case law and statute

This session covers essential updates, including recent case law and statute that impact on the contract disclosure, as well as issues arising from electronic contracting and notices.

Presenter:
Professor Sharon Christensen, Queensland University of Technology; Consultant, Gadens and Member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
Chair:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

9.30am

The new GST withholding regime – navigating the basics and the traps for the unwary

This session examines the risk issues associated with the new GST withholding regime (commencement date 1 July 2018). Be aware of the grey areas that exist including what transactions fall in and out of the GST withholding regime.

Presenter:
Fletch Heinemann, Partner, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
Chair:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

10.30am

Morning tea

10.50am

Terminating a conveyancing retainer

Generally when engaged by a client to undertake conveyancing services the solicitor is obliged to complete the transaction for which he or she has been retained. Circumstances can arise during the course of the transaction which may cause the solicitor to consider whether the retainer needs to be terminated. A law practice may terminate if there is “just cause” and on “reasonable notice”.

The panel will consider a number of scenarios that will highlight the following issues:

  • The difference between the “difficult client” and one where the necessary relationship of trust between the client and solicitor has broken down.
  • What constitutes “just cause”.
  • What is “reasonable notice”.
Panellists:
Bill Purcell, Director, Bennett & Philp Lawyers; QLS Senior Counsellor and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) - Qld
Darren Catton, Principal, Catton Roderick Lawyers and Member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
David Bowles, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society

11.35am

How to avoid conveyancing targeted cyber-crime

Cybercriminals have succeeded in stealing millions of dollars from Queensland firms in the past year alone. Conveyancing firms regularly handling large amounts through their trust accounts are prime targets. This session explains how this criminal activity is being carried out, and the steps firms should take to avoid falling victim

Presenters:
Robert Mackay, Senior Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd
James Sowry, Founder and Managing Director, Sentrian
Chair:
David Bowles, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society

12.35pm

Lunch

1.15pm

Update from the Titles Registry

Hear the latest developments and guidance for practitioners from the Titles Office Registrar.

Presenter:
Liz Dann, Registrar, Titles Office
Chair:
Kim Teague, Partner, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

2pm

Body corporate issues

This session covers important aspects of law and practice arising with respect to Bodies Corporate, including off the plan contracts, disclosure, preparation of contracts, ongoing disclosure, and searches to be undertaken once a plan is registered (before settlement).

Presenter:
Frank Higginson, Director, Hynes Legal
Chair:
Kim Teague, Partner, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law

3pm

Afternoon tea

3.20pm

Why E-conveyancing matters: A practitioner’s perspective

A user of E-conveyancing shares his experience and views in a combined presentation with PEXA:

  • did you know? – the “hidden” benefits of PEXA
  • a question of change management – transitioning smoothly without disruption
  • the future: the sound attractions of paperless conveyancing
Presenters:
Simon LaBlack, Legal Practitioner Director, LABLACK Lawyers Pty Ltd and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) - Qld
Rukshana Sashankan, Queensland State Lead, Property Exchange Australia Ltd (PEXA)
Chair:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

4.05pm

Update on risk management issues in conveyancing matters – how would you do?

This practical workshop will put various conveyancing scenarios to the audience built around the bigger pitfalls Lexon is seeing in current claims. It will help you identify practical risk management strategies that can reduce exposure when acting for buyer or seller in residential matters.

Presenters:
Robert Mackay, Senior Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd
Emma-Jane McNicol, Legal Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd
Facilitator:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

5.05pm

Closing remarks

Presenter:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

5.10pm

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