Queensland Law Society

QLS Essentials Conference 2017

Friday 7 July 2017
Law Society House, Brisbane

Discover new horizons at the QLS Essentials Conference 2017. This one-day event has been designed to give solicitors the fundamental practical advice and tips they need to build, grow and maintain a successful and lasting career in the legal profession.

Join us for:

  • tips from award-winners and future thinkers on how to build courageous, impactful careers that take full advantage of your personal passions
  • a focus on early career lawyer start-ups, specialist accreditation and career building, and
  • a communication skills boot camp with Petris Lapis that will supercharge your impact in (and out) of the workplace.

Make new connections, share ideas and end the day with networking drinks at your QLS Essentials Conference 2017.

7 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Member
$380 Standard
Non-member
$530 Standard

 

Registrations for this event have now closed.

 

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Program

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome remarks

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

8.45am

How to build a courageous career

It is important to have passion as lawyers, both for the law and for our clients. So how do you find that passion, harness it and use it to be the lawyer you want to be?

Join us for an entertaining and enlightening discussion with one of Queensland’s most inspiring and passionate lawyers and gain insight into developing a courageous career.

Presenter:
Stephen Page, Partner, Harrington Family Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Blogger, ‘The Australian Surrogacy and Adoption Blog’
Chair:
Dr Rachel Baird, Manager, Learning and Professional Development and Practice Management Course Coordinator, Queensland Law Society

9.45am

To specialise or not specialise: That is the question!

Is specialisation inevitable in a complex environment? Join our expert presenter for a look beyond the labels, and consider the advantages and disadvantages of specialising in law including:

  • area of law and how that impacts specialisation
  • area of practice
  • industry
  • target client group
  • sub-specialties and niche practices
  • is general practice the new specialisation?
  • matching your skills, interests and values with the right specialty for you
  • finding opportunities within a specialisation that was chosen for you
  • moving beyond your current area of practice.
Presenter:
Elizabeth Shearer, Legal Practitioner Director, Affording Justice, Councillor and QLS Senior Counsellor, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Mark Illidge, Practice Support Solicitor, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society

10.45am

Morning Tea

11am

Dream weaver: How to capitalise on your current role (and turn it into your dream job)

You may be in the perfect legal role, or you may be in one that is less than perfect; but in either case, how can you make the most of the role you are in?

Join our expert presenter for a practical and insightful session that will step you through the keys to career development success, including:

  • tips for developing (and keeping) the ‘right’ mindset
  • understanding the reality of your position
  • how adaptability, flexibility, practicality and pragmatism can put you on the fast-track to your career goals
  • the importance of knowing your strengths or weaknesses
  • how to position yourself if you are not in your ‘dream’ role.
Presenters:
Kara Plummer, Principal Consultant, empire legal
Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

12pm

Top tips and traps for early career lawyer start-ups

Join the QLS Ethics Centre for a discussion around recent experiences via the Practice Support Consultancy Service with those who have established new firms, both traditional and ILP.

Issues that will be discussed include:

  • appropriate management systems you need to put in place
  • the importance of the client relationship (and how to manage it)
  • lessons learned from the QLS Ethics Centre's contact with new law practices.

You will also have the opportunity to submit questions on notice.

Presenter:
Mark Illidge, Practice Support Solicitor, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

1pm

Lunch

1.45pm

The 3D lawyer: Using your personal passions for career success

Join us for an exciting session that will discuss how networking, business development and extracurricular activities (such as pro bono, board or committee work) build better, stronger lawyers - and of course, bigger client bases as an added bonus!

Presenter:
Dr Rachel Baird, Manager, Learning and Professional Development and Practice Management Course Coordinator, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Aron Gibbs, Lawyer, Clayton Utz, and Chair, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyer Committee

2.45pm

Supercharged communication skills

This session will give you the keys to taking your communication skills to the next level both at work and at home. Join us for a practical and thoroughly enjoyable session and gain insight into:

  • the art of persuasion
  • how others think
  • listening and communicating in ways that will have the biggest impact on your career and your personal life 
  • how effective the law of reciprocity is when it comes to your communication with others.
Presenter:
Petris Lapis, Director, Petris Lapis Pty Ltd
Chair:
Aron Gibbs, Lawyer, Clayton Utz, and Chair, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyer Committee

3.45pm

Afternoon Tea

4pm

How will you save the (legal) world?

Innovative thinking is a fundamental skill for lawyers; it boosts resilience and is increasingly recognised as a core capability that sets good lawyers apart from great ones. Join us for an exciting an interactive Q&A session with award winners and future-thinkers who will examine how harnessing an innovative perspective can empower you to not only survive the wave of legal digital disruption, but also make waves of your own.

Panellists:
Kara Cook, Vice President, Queensland Law Society and Director and Principal Lawyer, Cook Legal
Tristan Lockwood, Lawyer, Australian Government Solicitor and Co-Founder and National Board Member, The Legal Forecast
Clarissa Rayward, Director, Brisbane Family Law Centre and Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Patrick Ellwood, Director, View Legal
Chair:
Matt Dunn, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Law Society

5pm

Closing remarks

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

5.05pm

Networking drinks and canapés

6pm

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