Queensland Law Society

Gold Coast Symposium

Friday 8 June 2018
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

The 11th annual Gold Coast Symposium is a unique opportunity for local practitioners to come together to foster collegiality and explore the issues, challenges and pressures relevant to the legal profession in a complex business environment. With several streamed sessions, you are spoilt for choice with practical tips on: how to manage your cyber risk; comply with mandatory data breach notification obligations; act for body corporates (there are 120,000 on the Coast!); get on top of evidence (with Judge Leanne Turner), run a lean and profitable legal practice and advise in franchise transactions.

7 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law

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Please contact the QLS events team at events@qls.com.au or call on 07 3842 5806 for registration enquiries.

Member
$652 Earlybird
$817 Standard
Non-member
$1,067 Standard

Group discount

Register four people from the same organisation and the fourth person is registered at 50% of the standard member price. Email the QLS events team at events@qls.com.au or call on 07 3842 5806 to secure your group discount.

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Earlybird closes 11 May

Registration closes 05 June


Program details

Friday 8 June 2018

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome remarks

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

8.40am

Resilience and focus

The average person spends nearly half their time 'mind wandering', doing one thing but thinking about something else. This skyrockets to 60% when they are at work! Attention spans have shrunk, distraction is growing, and the simple act of paying attention is being lost. A leader with resilience and focus can significantly boost performance, productivity, engagement and relationships in their workplace.

This session will change the very relationship you have with distractions and busyness of modern business life. You will leave with practical skills for: taming a busy mind, dealing with stress and focusing on the right things in a busy work environment.

Presenter:
Susan Pearse, Mind Gardener
Chair:
Rolf Moses, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Law Society and Member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group

9.40am

Morning tea

10.10am

Stream 1A

Strata title: 120,000 opportunities

There are more than 120,000 body corporates on the Gold Coast, promising a plethora of opportunities and issues for legal practitioners.

Confidently minimise the risk and increase the benefits of handling body corporate files in this session. Providing you with practical tips and tricks, this session covers:

  • Jurisdiction – where can you make an application?
  • Adjudication – how do you get problems resolved?
  • Wave – levies – what is the lot owner’s perspective?
  • Airbnb and Strata – what does your client need to know?
  • What does Ainsworth v Albrecht mean for you?
Presenters:
Juliette Nairn, Partner, O’Keefe Mahoney Bennett
Tom Robinson, Associate, O’Keefe Mahoney Bennett
Chair:
Erin Mitchell, Senior Criminal Lawyer, Potts Lawyers

Stream 1B

The future of legal practice is now

Legal professionals are bombarded with information about disruptive technologies and the transformation of legal practice. As a busy professional, how do you wade through all of this noise to find the best options for you and your practice?

This session provides an update on what’s happening, why it matters to you, and the practical skills and knowledge you need to successfully navigate your way through the disruption and find the key to your practice’s success.

Presenter:
Terri Mottershead, Director, Centre for Legal Innovation, College of Law
Chair:
Mia Behlau, Senior Associate, Minter Ellison – Gold Coast and Vice President, Gold Coast District Law Association


11.10am

Stream 2A

50 shades of grey: The complex area of elder abuse

Elder abuse is not a neatly packaged area of law. Clients will often present with fact scenarios that call for remedies across a broad spectrum of the law. From domestic violence orders to caveats on title, this session explores some of the ways in which you can assist elder abuse clients to reclaim their rights at law.

Presenter:
Brian Herd, Partner, CRH Law, Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee, and Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys of America
Chair:
Erin Mitchell, Senior Criminal Lawyer, Potts Lawyers

Stream 2B

A series of unfortunate events: Practical strategies for recovery

This session covers:

  • practitioner health: Lexon’s recent experiences
  • llaw practices: seeing the subtle
  • assisting the profession: what to do when you’re called in to help.
Presenter:
Tracy Skellern, Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance
Chair:
Mia Behlau, Senior Associate, Minter Ellison – Gold Coast and President, Gold Coast District Law Association

12.10pm

Lunch

1pm

Stream 3A

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…Evidence law essentials

Join Judge Turner for this practical and informative session on evidence law. This session takes you back to the basics and covers the essentials of obtaining instructions, gathering evidence, and telling your client’s side of the story.

Presenter:
Judge Leanne Turner, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Chair:
Joelene Nel, Senior Associate Family Lawyer, McLaughlins Lawyers


Stream 3B

Running your practice on a shoestring budget

Want to know how you can run a legal practice with very little? Hear from a regional practitioner about how he runs his own legal practice on a shoestring budget. Gain practical hints and tips that can help you set up your own firm or further develop your existing firm/practice. This session includes:

  • being clear about your point of difference from your competitors in your region
  • the important difference between client care and customer care
  • establishing an online presence, including blogging
  • tapping back into why you did law in the first place
  • having a mindset shift from a lawyer to a business owner
  • researching providers to find the most cost effective products and services.
Presenter:
Paul Cate, Principal, Cate & Co Lawyers and Associates
Chair:
Lauren Hicks, Practice Director, HIX Lawyers

2pm

Stream 4A

Special conditions: Buying and selling franchises

Looking at buying and selling franchises from the perspective of acting for the buyer and seller, this session will cover the practical skills and knowledge you need to advise. The session focuses on:

  • special conditions
  • franchise agreement considerations
  • franchisor requirements
  • franchising Code of Conduct considerations
  • timing, fees and other expenses
  • disclosure document considerations.
Presenters:
Elizabeth Gore-Jones, Principal, The Franchise and Business Lawyers
Peter Thelwell, Partner, IP Partnership; Member, Specialist Accreditation Business Law Committee and Accredited Specialist (Business Law)
Chair:
Joelene Nel, Senior Associate Family Lawyer, McLaughlins Lawyers

Stream 4B

Insight from the bench: Battles in the applications jurisdiction

Join his Honour Judge McGill SC for this insightful and enlightening session on practice in the applications jurisdiction:

  • pre-filing and preparing the ground – locating the enemy and diplomatic posturing
  • formulating the application – choosing your weapon
  • drafting affidavits: content, hearsay, exhibits – gathering ammunition
  • outlines of argument – softening up the enemy
  • the hearing: material, cases, oral submissions –sounding the charge
  • draft orders and costs – the fruits of victory.
Presenter:
His Honour Judge Douglas J McGill SC, District Court of Queensland
Chair:
Lauren Hicks, Practice Director, HIX Lawyers

3pm

Afternoon Tea

3.30pm

Managing conflict for solicitors

Ethical judgment requires acuity and the ability to respond to the needs of our community. Our conduct rules establish certain professional norms but sometimes these may not seem to respond to a client’s position. This session looks at the conflict rules in the ASCR but also examine a practitioner’s autonomy to discern what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in their wider community. The session examines some of the issues and influences that arise in practice and also provides tools to assist.

Presenter:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
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

4.30pm

The rise and risk of cyber-crime: Cyber, dark web, deep web

Almost every day a law firm is hacked. Many firms have already been hacked and don’t know it; they are simply under surveillance for opportunities to exploit. The risk is real, but how does it happen? How can you manage your risk? Are you impacted by the mandatory data breach reporting obligations which came into effect on 22 February 2018?

Given the continual rise of cybercrime together with the recent privacy law changes, it is timely to take a moment to consider the impact on your business activities. Join us as we peek behind the curtain and into cyberspace for a non-technical look at this dynamic frontier for business risk.

Littered with real world examples, this informative presentation provides:

  • an alternative view of cyber risk
  • ways to prepare for what many organisations see as inevitable
  • an understanding of what needs to happen if there is a data breach, how to protect your business, and meet your legal requirements.
Presenters:
Stan Gallo, Partner, KPMG Forensic and National Leader of Forensic Technology
Kate Marshall, Partner, KPMG Law
Chair:
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

5.30pm

Closing remarks

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

5.35pm

Close

5.35pm

Celebrate, recognise and socialise

Celebrate, recognise, and socialise at our networking event following Gold Coast Symposium. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues and connect with your local profession in a relaxed setting over drinks and canapés . We will also be recognising the special milestone of 25 years of membership for a group of Queensland Law Society members. Join us in celebrating their achievement as they receive their 25-year pins.


Gold sponsor
Bond University
Silver sponsor
legalsuper
Stream sponsor
Worrells
Trade sponsor
College of Law

Trade sponsor
GlobalX
Trade sponsor
Morgans Financial
Trade sponsor
PEXA
Trade sponsor
SAI Global

Trade sponsor
Robina Community Legal Centre