Queensland Law Society

Government lawyers conference

Friday 14 September 2018 | Pullman Brisbane King George Square

Join us for the key professional development conference in the Queensland calendar for legal professionals in the government, policy and administrative spheres, whether in federal, state or local jurisdictions, or in-house with government owned corporations and universities. Hear from, and network with, experts in their field and fellow colleagues from a range of government departments. Connect with fellow practitioners over drinks after the event.

Registration for this event has now closed.

Please note the conference venue has changed to the Pullman Brisbane King George Square.

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 17 August

Registration closes 11 September


Program

8am

Registration

8.20am

Welcome

Presenter:
Matt Dunn, General Manager, Policy, Public Affairs and Governance, Government Relations, Queensland Law Society

8.25am

Keynote address

Presenter:
The Honourable Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
Chair:
Andrew Harris, Executive Director, Business and Corporate Services, Office of Industrial Relations, Department of Education and chair, Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee

8.40am

The role of in-house counsel in addressing governance failures and potential misconduct in government

This session explores the perceived or actual misconduct by local government and discusses:

  • the potential failures in internal controls
  • what are the warning signs
  • what practical steps you can take as in house counsel to better ensure these behaviours do not occur
  • what to do when things go wrong.
Presenter:
Alan MacSporran QC, Chairperson of the Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland
Chair:
Andrew Harris, Executive Director, Business and Corporate Services, Office of Industrial Relations, Department of Education and chair, Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee

9.40am

Effective briefings: tips and traps

This session provides practical tips and the traps to watch out for to ensure you prepare an effective brief, and also have effective communications with your barrister. This session helps you to better plan, communicate and draft your brief and ultimately reduce time and costs when briefing out work, including:

  • planning and focused outcomes
  • what to put into a brief
  • communications with your barrister
  • what not to do.
Presenter:
Cate Hartigan, Barrister, Bar Association Queensland
Chair:
Jill Petrie, Director, Legal Services Coordination Unit, DJAG and member, Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee

10.25am

Morning tea

10.50am

Stream 1A

QITC General and Comprehensive Contract Conditions

This session covers recommended circumstances for using the QITC General and Comprehensive Contract Conditions as well as ICT products and services governed by the QITC General and Comprehensive Contract Conditions. This session also provides an overview of the:

  • QITC General and Comprehensive Contract Conditions, including formation of a Contract
  • key variables for completion in the Contract Details
  • key variables for each category of ICT products and services.
Presenter:
Adam Hall, Principal Lawyer, Crown Law
Chair:
Ian Commins, Head, Legal Services, Griffith University and member, Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee

Stream 1B

How to better handle right to information requests

This session provides important information and practical hints and tips to help you better handle right to information requests.

Presenter:
Tony Keyes, Senior Deputy Crown Solicitor, Crown Law
Chair:
Jill Petrie, Director, Legal services coordination Unit, DJAG and member, Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee

11.50am

Short break

11.55am

What’s new in administrative law?

Hear from our expert presenter regarding significant decisions relevant to commonwealth, state and local government jurisdictions, with a focus on their impact on your day-to-day practice.

Presenter:
Barry Dunphy, Partner, Clayton Utz
Chair:
Ian Commins, Head, Legal Services, Griffith University and member, Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee

12.55pm

Lunch

1.35pm

Legal professional privilege for in-house counsel

If you are looking for the fundamentals or want a refresher on legal professional privilege, this session looks at legal professional privilege as a rule of substantive law that prevents confidential communications between a lawyer and a client and sometimes a third party, from being disclosed without the client’s consent. Hear about the duty to claim privilege, scope of legal professional privilege in common law, confidentiality and dominant purpose.

Presenter:
Susan Forder, Barrister, Bar Association of Queensland
Chair:
Cecelia Christensen, General Counsel, Queensland Treasury

2.20pm

Model litigant - it doesn’t mean what they think it does

Government lawyers are bound by the Model Litigant Principles, which can be both benefit and burden - but what do they really mean? While many private lawyers feel these principles compel government lawyers to fold as quickly as possible, the truth is far more complex.

This session explores the operation of the Model Litigant Principles in light of a solicitor’s ethical duties, as well as providing practical advice as to how to robustly advance your client’s position whilst still observing the letter and spirit of the principles.

Presenter:
Shane Budden, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre and member, Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee
Chair:
Paula Freeleagus, Assistant Crown Solicitor, Crown Law and member, Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee

3.20pm

Afternoon tea

3.40pm

Effective communication: making the complex simple

This session uncovers how to:

  • make the complex simple
  • shift from briefing papers to implementable actions
  • get the responses you seek versus the reactions that often surprise you.
Presenter:
Sally Foley-Lewis, Speaker, Author, Mentor, People & Productivity
Chair:
Cecelia Christensen, General Counsel, Queensland Treasury

4.25pm

Looking back and looking forward: outcomes and recent cases

This interactive session will interview the panellists about the key cases and outcomes that have happened as well as look at emerging issues for this year and what are the key take-aways for government lawyers.

Panellists:
Paul Lack, Senior Principal Lawyer, Crown Law
Lisa Brereton, Lawyer, Clayton Utz
Natalie Wakefield, Director, Labour Hire Licensing Compliance Unit, Office of Industrial Relations
Chair:
Paula Freeleagus, Assistant Crown Solicitor, Crown Law and member, Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee

5.10pm

Closing remarks

Presenter:
Matt Dunn, General Manager, Policy, Public Affairs and Governance, Government Relations, Queensland Law Society

5.15pm

Networking drinks

6pm

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