Queensland Law Society

Property Law and Conveyancing
Conference 2017

14-15 September 2017
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Join us for the premier professional development event for property lawyers and conveyancers in Queensland. This year the conference will be a combination of the property law and conveyancing conferences and will consist of two streams, to provide you with more choice. The conference will include:

  • Foreign resident: Withholding tax regime and stamp duty surcharge – 12 months on
  • E-Conveyancing in the other states – What does this mean for Queensland?
  • Off the plan contracts – Get ready for the downturn
  • The future of property law: Property law reform
  • Land titles office: What’s new?
  • Retirement village conveyancing.
7 CPD points
(Day 1 - 14 September)
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
3 CPD points
(Day 2 - 15 September)
Substantive Law
10 CPD points
(Both-days - 14-15 September)
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Member
$1012
Both-days earlybird
$1271
Both-days standard
$643
Day 1 only earlybird
$805
Day 1 only standard
$370
Day 2 only earlybird
$466
Day 2 only standard
Non-member
$1325 Both-days earlybird
$1668 Both-days standard
$842 Day 1 only earlybird
$1051 Day 1 only standard
$485 Day 2 only earlybird
$617 Day 2 only standard

Earlybird closes 17 August

Registration closes 11 September


Sponsors

Gold sponsor

Leap

Silver sponsor

Smokeball

Bronze sponsor

Perfect Portal    

Trade exhibitors

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Program


Thursday 14 September

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome

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

8.40am

Foreign resident: Withholding tax regime and stamp duty surcharge – 12 months on and the future

It has been over a year since the introduction of the new Federal rules applying to vendors disposing of certain taxable Australian property as well as the Queensland rules introducing a new stamp duty surcharge. Hear from the experts about how the new regimes have been received in the past 12 months, including amendments to the REIQ contract, what lessons have been learnt and practical hints and tips for ensuring that you are following the correct process. This session will also include a discussion on the recent changes in the Federal budget.

Questions on notice for the presenters are welcome.

Presenters:
Melinda Peters, Senior Associate, McCullough Robertson
Justen Nixon, Senior Technical Advisor, Tax Counsel Network, Australian Taxation Office
Melinda Kross, Director, Policy and Legislation, Office of State Revenue Queensland
Presenter
& chair:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

9.40am

Stream 1A

Complex commercial leasing issues

This workshop will look at past specialist accreditation papers and explore complex commercial leasing scenarios and the different issues and options available for the client.

Presenter:
Aaron Webb, Partner, Thynne + Macartney and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) – Qld
Chair:
Frances Stewart, Associate, Hynes Legal and member, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee

Stream 1B

Off the plan – tips and traps

This session will help you to better advise purchasers about buying off the plan, navigating documents, what you should look out for, including common property, building management statements and by laws. It will also help you understand what information you need to give your clients.

Presenter:
Frank Higginson, Director, Hynes Legal
Chair:
Ralph Praeger, Principal, M+K Lawyers and member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee


10.40am

Morning tea

11am

Stream 2A

Off the plan contracts – Get ready for the downturn

With the property market in-flux and purchasers looking to avoid settlement, how can your practice best set itself up to limit or avoid losses for the seller? This session will consider essential steps prior to and during the sale process and what happens when the purchaser’s financial situation has changed from exchange to settlement and they are prepared to lose their deposit. Hear from the experts about what sellers and financers need to be aware of in this situation.

Presenters:
Robert Mackay, Legal Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance
Anthony Boge, Special Counsel, HWL Ebsworth; Accredited Specialist (Property Law) and chair, Queensland Law Society Property Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Chair:
Frances Stewart, Associate, Hynes Legal and member, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee

Stream 2B

Key transactional conveyancing issues

This session will cover important conveyancing issues:

  • Disclosure statements not being signed
  • Small scheme community title conveyancing
  • Reading and advising on easements and infrastructure changes.
  • Presenters:
    Julian Creagh, Associate, Wilson Lawyers
    Les Power, Legal Practice Director, Wilson Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Commercial Litigation) – Qld
    Chair:
    Ralph Praeger, Principal, M+K Lawyers and member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee


12pm

Construction law for property lawyers

The construction contract entered into by a property developer with a builder links the acquisition of a property earmarked for development with the end product to be sold. In this session we will go through the essential elements of a construction contract from the view point of a property developer and identify tips, traps and drafting changes which we recommend to the Australian standard D&C and construct only contracts. As an added bonus to this session we will also give legal and practical tips on development agreements and fund through construction arrangements.

Presenter:
Warren Denny, Partner, K&L Gates; Accredited Specialist (Property Law) – Qld and member, Queensland Law Society Property Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Chair:
Michael Byrom, Director, Byroms

Land titles office: What’s new?

Hear from the Land Titles Office about the changes to the Queensland Globe and the Land Titles Act 1994 and what’s new with priority notices.

Presenter:
Liz Dann, Registrar of Titles and Registrar of Water Allocations
Chair:
Leone Costigan, Executive Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) – Qld


1pm

Lunch

2pm

Stream 3A

GST on property transactions

Hear from the expert about a range of GST treatment – taxable, input taxed, GST-free and out of scope supplies. This session will help you navigate the GST issues that lie in property transactions.

Presenter:
David Hughes, Small Myers Hughes and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) – Qld
Chair:
Michael Byrom, Director, Byroms

Stream 3B

Retirement village conveyancing

Hear from our expert presenter about the things that your client needs to consider, the different models and the legal documents involved, including the public information document. This session will help you to understand the process and tips and traps for retirement village conveyancing.

Presenter:
Paul McGrory, Associate Director, Hynes Legal
Chair:
Leone Costigan, Executive Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) – Qld


3pm

Afternoon tea

3.20pm

Hypothetical: Ethical dilemmas in property and conveyancing transactions

This hypothetical will navigate a variety of ethical dilemmas that arise in a series of scenarios. Our panel will explore a number of dilemmas that can arise in property and conveyancing transactions.

Panellists:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Darren Catton, Principal, Catton Roderick Lawyers and member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
Peter Nugent, Partner, Holding Redlich and member, Queensland Law Society Property Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Moderator:
Brett Heath, Special Counsel, Carter Newell Lawyers

4.20pm

E-Conveyancing in the other states – what does this mean for Queensland?

New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have announced timetables for mandatory digital lodgement of transfers by 2019, what does this mean for Queensland? Hear about what is happening in the other states and also an update from PEXA about what is happening in Qld. Hear from the key stakeholders in Queensland about what is being discussed as well as what is happening the other states and what that will mean for Queensland.

Presenters:
Professor Sharon Christensen, Queensland University of Technology; Consultant, Gadens and member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
Elizabeth Goli, Commissioner, Office of State Revenue Queensland
Liz Dann, Registrar, Land Titles Office
Amy Gerraty, General Manager, Transformation, Property Exchange Australia Limited
Chair:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

5.20pm

Closing remarks

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

5.25pm

Networking drinks

6.30pm

Close

Friday 15 September

8.30am

Registration

9am

Welcome

Presenter:
Matt Dunn, Acting CEO, Queensland Law Society

9.05am

The future of property law: Property law reform

In 2013 the Commercial and Property Law Centre (Centre) at QUT was commissioned by the Honourable Attorney General for Queensland to review certain aspects of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 and undertake a complete revision of the Property Law Act 1974 to bring them both into the digital age and to take account of significant new developments in both areas outside Queensland. After receiving feedback from the public and the profession from numerous Issues Papers, the Centre is now finalising its recommendations to government. This session will highlight some of the more significant changes that have been recommended for legislative reform.

Presenters:
Professor Sharon Christensen, Queensland University of Technology; Consultant, Gadens and member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
Professor Bill Duncan, Queensland University of Technology
Chair:
Wendy Devine, Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

10.05am

The new planning laws are here!

The new Planning Act 2016 comes into effect in July 2017 and it will replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Hear from the experts about the tips and traps around the new regulatory planning structure and the suite of supporting instruments so that you are informed about the key changes and are able to better advise your clients.

Presenters:
Anthony O’Dwyer, Partner, Mullins Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) - Qld
Michael Leong, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and member, Queensland Law Society Planning and Environmental Law Committee
Chair:
Dr Rachel Baird, Manager, Learning and Professional Development, Queensland Law Society

11.05am

Morning tea

11.25am

Repudiation and wrongful termination

Hear from our expert presenter about what you need to take care of and how you deal with the other party so that your position is protected when a contract has been terminated by repudiation.

Chair:
Dr Rachel Baird, Manager, Learning and Professional Development, Queensland Law Society

12.25pm

Closing remarks

Presenter:
Matt Dunn, Acting CEO, Queensland Law Society

12.30pm

Lunch

1.30pm

Close