Queensland Law Society
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
Friday 9 June 2017

The 10th annual Gold Coast Symposium is a unique opportunity for practitioners to explore the issues, challenges and pressures relevant to the local legal profession. Hear from experts about:

  • how technology is impacting the right to privacy; legal practices, our laws and you as a legal professional and how you can mindfully cope with change
  • the progress of the unique domestic violence court at Southport
  • recent property law changes and property law reforms
  • effective mediation and advocacy tips and traps; succession law update; commercial realities of the new shared economy
  • Lexon’s session on the neuroscience of errors commonly seen in claims as well as risk management for advising small business.
     

Registration for Gold Coast Symposium 2017 has now closed.

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

Sponsors

Gold sponsor
Bond University

Silver sponsor
legalsuper

Stream sponsor
Worrells     
Trade exhibitors
BUPA   The College of Law   Search ESS
PEXA   Robina Community Legal Centre

Program details

Friday 9 June 2017

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome remarks

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

8.40am

Opening plenary: Privacy in a digital world

This panel discussion will look at the right to privacy and how technology is impacting upon that right. Join us to hear about the:

  • legalities about how information can be used as evidence in court
  • impact to our human rights
  • Commonwealth and Queensland privacy legislation and the regulator’s perspective
  • impact to you and your client.

Questions on notice for the presenters are also welcome.

Panellists:
Phil Green, Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland
Ian Kennedy, Legal Practice Director, McLaughlins Lawyers
Terry O’Gorman AM, Partner, Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld; President of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties and Vice President of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties.
Bill Potts, Director, Potts Lawyers and Immediate Past President, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Christine Smyth, President, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld

9.40am

Morning tea

10.10am

Stream 1A

Effective mediation: Tips and traps

Join us to hear from QCAT to gain essential knowledge and practical skills for you to understand a best practice model for mediation as well as useful insights into how to get the most out of a mediation.

Presenter:
Dr Adrian Ashman, Sessional Tribunal Member, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Ian Brown, Senior Member, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Chair:
Ross Lee, Principal, Lee Lawyers, President, Robina Community Legal Centre and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association

Stream 1B

Property law: Year in review and the future of property law

This session will reflect on the significant decisions and legislation relevant to property law practice over the last twelve months. This session will also look at the evolving legal landscape and provide some observations about the future of property law with the rise of new technologies, outsourcing, E-conveyancing and New Law as well as an update about QUT‘s Commercial and Property Law Research Centre papers. This session will ensure you remain current as well as give you the opportunity to be prepared for the future.

Presenters:
Kim Teague, Partner, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
Wendy Devine, Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Ted Skuse, Solicitor & Cost Assessor, Skuse and Co. and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association


11.10am

Stream 2A

The Shared economy: Commercial realities

With the rise of global organisations who do not employ staff, retailers with no inventory and accommodation providers with no real estate, where do staff and consumer rights lie, and what does the rise of the shared economy mean to you? Join our presenters to hear about how legal policy makers are reacting to the deliberate movement by multi-national corporations towards a shared based economy which sees a shift of legal obligations developed in western society over the past 200 years.

Presenters:
Mia Behlau, Senior Associate, MinterEllison and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association
Scott Reid, Partner MinterEllison
Chair:
Lauren Hicks, Practice Director, Hix Lawyers and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association

Stream 2B

Domestic violence – Action in the courtroom

Hear directly from Magistrate Strofield about the developments, progress and future of the trial program of the Southport Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Court as well as a perspective from the bench regarding the implementation of the new domestic violence guidelines. This session will consider the use of social media as evidence in DV court proceedings and electronic communication in court proceedings.

Presenter:
Magistrate Colin Strofield, Southport Magistrates Court
Chair:
Joelene Nel, Senior Associate Family Lawyer, McLaughlins Lawyers and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association

12.10pm

Lunch

1pm

Stream 3A

Advocacy 101

Join us to hear from a District Court judge to gain fundamental practical tips on court procedure to ensure that your attendance at court is a success. This session will focus on:

  • pleadings
  • making ex parte and interlocutory applications
  • basics on court procedure.
Presenter:
His Honour Judge David Kent QC, Southport District Court
Chair:
Erin Ahearn, Lawyer, Potts Lawyers and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association


Stream 3B

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

Join our President 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 learn from Queensland’s foremost succession lawyer and 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)
Chair:
Joelene Nel, Senior Associate Family Lawyer, McLaughlins Lawyers and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association

2pm

Stream 4A

The new legal professional: Digitally competent and conscientiously networked

The biggest challenge presently confronting the legal profession: digital disruption. Join us to hear from the experts about:

  • the nature of digital disruption, focusing upon recent and impending technological innovations in the areas of networking, communication, data analysis and artificial intelligence
  • how digital disruption is transforming the delivery of legal services and access to legal expertise
  • the extent to which digital disruption is challenging the status – and potentially the existence – of legal professionals.

This session will also evaluate some strategies for surviving digital disruption, including developing digital competence, redefining legal professionalism, and connecting and networking consciously and conscientiously.

Presenters:
Professor Nick James, Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, Bond University
Assistant Professor Kate Galloway, Faculty of Law, Bond University
Chair:
Anna Morgan, Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn and President, Gold Coast District Law Association

Stream 4B

Risky business: Risk management for 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, Director, Potts Lawyers and Immediate Past President, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Paul Brake, Proprietor, ACP Insolvency and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association

3pm

Afternoon Tea

3.30pm

The future of law practices in a high tech environment

The use of artificial intelligence (‘AI’) and robots in the legal profession is no longer a hypothetical vision of the future – such software is available to all Queensland solicitors and some are already wading its unchartered waters. AI will likely reduce overheads, lead to better quality legal work, and improve access to justice. However, it poses new ethical challenges for solicitors. Competence is undermined by a solicitor that wholly delegates tasks to AI without exercising independent judgment. Effective solicitor-client communication is not always possible through AI which lacks the social understanding innate to humans. Ethics can be nuanced and are irreducible to rules, yet AI can only operate according to rules. These inevitable issues demonstrate that AI will merely complement and never replace a human solicitor.

Participants in this presentation will gain an understanding of:

  • the extent to which AI is being utilised in the Queensland legal profession
  • the ethical challenges that AI will pose to the legal profession, and how solicitors may continue to fulfil professional obligations under the ASCR whilst utilising AI
  • why the American Bar Association has extended the concept of competence to requiring attorneys to stay updated about the benefits and risks associated with technological advancements in the legal profession
  • the importance of adequate training for the competent use of technology by solicitors and their staff.
Presenter:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Pam Roberts, Senior Associate, Woods Hatcher Solicitors & Attorneys and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association

4.30pm

How to mindfully cope with change

The world around us is changing rapidly and making unprecedented demands upon us to keep up and change the way we think and do business. As lawyers you are seeing change not only in the law itself, but also in how you charge for your time, how you gain clients, the types of services you offer and how you can distinguish yourself from other trusted advisors. Change can be tough for us to cope with. In this session discover for yourself:

  • the reason most of us won’t make change in a timely way
  • what you can do personally to make change when you need to
  • the practical mindfulness tools you can use to more easily cope with change.
Presenter:
Petris Lapis, Author, Speaker and Trainer
Chair:
Caralee Caldwell, Principal, Caldwell Family Lawyers and committee member, Gold Coast District Law Association

5.30pm

Closing remarks

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

5.35pm

Networking drinks and 25 year pin presentation

Member

$390   Earlybird
$486   Standard
$80   Earlybird^
$94   Standard^
$33   Networking drinks only

Non-member

$509   Earlybird
$638   Standard
$94   Earlybird^
$115   Standard^
$55   Networking drinks only

Early Career Lawyer*

$100   Full member

Earlybird registration close 12 May 2017
Registration close 6 June 2017

* Conditional on registering at the same time as a full paying member of the same organisation.
^ Closing session and networking drinks (1 CPD point)