Queensland Law Society

Property law conference

4-5 September | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Join us for the 2018 property law conference to hear from industry experts on a range of issues to ensure you stay up to date with the latest developments and current issues in property law.

This year’s conference includes in depth discussion and practical tips on electronic contracting, indemnities and releases, tax, planning and body corporate issues, risks in a digital world and the regulatory environment for property transactions. The conference also includes the popular ‘hypothetical’ which will explore what’s worth arguing about in lease negotiations as well as a panel discussion on the future of property transactions, including E-Conveyancing.

Gain practical tips and advice on a range of property law topics, including ethics, professional skills and practice and business management skills. At the end of day one, join your colleagues and peers for networking drinks.

10 CPD points
Both days
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Member
$1027
Both day earlybird
$1290
Both day standard
$652
Day one earlybird
$817 Day one standard
$375 Day two earlybird
$473 Day two standard
$25 Networking drinks
Non-member
$1693 Both day standard
$1067 Day one standard
$626 Day two standard
$40 Networking drinks

 

Networking drinks are complimentary for all conference delegates.

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 07 3842 5806 to secure your group discount.

Earlybird closes 07 August

Registration closes 30 August


Program


Tuesday 4 September

6.5 CPD points

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

The explosion of electronic contracting

With the explosion of the use of email and text messages to communicate, what does this mean for electronic contracting? Hear from the experts about what you need to be aware of and tips and traps to not being caught out. This session will cover:

  • electronic contracting
  • electronic notices
  • DocuSign and corresponding REIQ contract changes
  • electronic deeds.
Presenter:
Professor Sharon Christensen, Consultant, Gadens and member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
Chair:
Frances Stewart, Associate, Hynes Legal and member, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee

9.40am

When can you have an easement?

This session will look at the circumstances surrounding what are the permissible purposes of an easement, what can you use an easement for, what are the different types of easements including positive and negative easements.

Presenter:
Peter Nugent, Partner, Holding Redlich and member, Queensland Law Society Property Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Chair:
Frances Stewart, Associate, Hynes Legal and member, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee

10.10am

Morning tea

10.40am

Indemnities and releases in leasing transactions and guarantees – what are you agreeing to?

This session will look at when to give an indemnity or a release, and when indemnities and releases are commonly used in lease documents and guarantees and what are the additional risk issues for clients who have given an indemnity or a release.

Presenter:
Brett Heath, In-house Advocate, Carter Newell Lawyers
Chair:
Wendy Devine, Principal Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

11.10am

Tax issues for property lawyers

Gain a clearer understanding of the topical tax issues that affect property transactions. Using a case scenario, this session will explore:

  • the GST withholding regime and REIQ changes – new practical considerations
  • joint venture and development agreements – when are they tax law partnerships or capable of being a GST joint venture?
  • additional foreign acquirer duty – who are foreign acquirers
  • capital gains tax – changes to main residence exemption.
Presenter:
Murray Shume, Senior Associate, Cooper Grace Ward
Chair:
Wendy Devine, Principal Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

12.10pm

Lunch

1pm

Risks in the digital world

Hear from Lexon Insurance on the risks that are affecting Queensland legal practitioners, what are they, how big is the risk, what is the scale of the impact and most importantly, the practical strategies you can use to mitigate these risks.

  • claims overview and cybersecurity issues
  • risks to settlement email
  • risk to electronic title system (future risk)
  • ID and security issues.
Presenters:
Robert Mackay, Senior Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance
William Ulyate, General Manager, Queensland, Content Security Pty Ltd
Chair:
Peter Nugent, Partner, Holding Redlich and member, Queensland Law Society Property Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee

2pm

Hypothetical: What’s worth arguing about in lease negotiations?

This hypothetical session will use a series of clauses and questions to explore important lease provisions and what should be negotiated from both the perspective of a landlord and a tenant.

Panellists:
Freeda Stevenson, Principal, Barry Nilsson Lawyers
Aaron Webb, Partner, Thynne and Macartney and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) - Qld
Moderator:
Peter Nugent, Partner, Holding Redlich and member, Queensland Law Society Property Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee

3pm

Afternoon tea

3.20pm

Year in review

Keep up to date with this snapshot of the most important legislative and case law updates that have happened in the last 18 months.

Presenter:
Julian Creagh, Associate, Wilson Lawyers Pty Ltd
Chair:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law committee

3.55pm

The regulatory environment for property transactions

Hear from the OSR, Titles Registry and a seasoned property practitioner about different aspects of regulation in the property industry, including:

  • new GST regime for settlements
  • stamping of trusts
  • foreign owner changes
  • update on E-Conveyancing
  • abolition of paper CTs
  • caveats.
Presenters:
Liz Dann, Registar, Titles Office
Stuart O’Neill, Special Counsel, Mills Oakley
Catherine Baldwin, Deputy Commissioner, Office of State Revenue
Chair:
Matthew Raven, Partner, Gadens and chair, Queensland Law Society Property & Development Law Committee

4.55pm

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

5pm

Networking drinks

6pm

Close

Wednesday 5 September

3.5 CPD points

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

8.35am

Future of property transactions

This structured panel discussion explores the challenges, benefits and the future of E-Conveyancing in Queensland. This session is a follow on from the findings of the recent QLS E-Conveyancing survey, and includes a discussion about the progress of the property law reform discussions. Questions on notice welcomed.

Panellists:
Mark Budd, Partner, B & G Law Pty Ltd
Warren Denny, Partner, K&L Gates, Accredited Specialist (Property Law) - Qld and member, Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist Property Law Committee
Professor Bill Duncan, Queensland University of Technology
Ian Hendey, Chief Practitioner Services Officer, PEXA Direct
Chair:
Matt Dunn, General Manager, Policy, Public Affairs and Governance, Government Relations, Queensland Law Society

10.05am

Morning tea

10.30am

Stream 1A

Body corporate - people, parking, parties and payment

This session will look at body corporate towing, short-term letting and debt recovery disputes from the perspective of the Commissioner’s Office.

Presenter:
Chris Irons, Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management
Chair:
Frank Higginson, Partner, Hynes Legal

Stream 1B

Planning laws: topical issues for property lawyers

This session will explore the following important planning issues that property lawyers should be aware of to better advise their clients:

  • transitional provisions and beyond
  • infrastructure charges
  • due diligence – planning and development certificates
  • development approval attached to the land
  • drafting development jargon in commercial contracts.
Presenters:
Tim Stork, Acting General Counsel, EnergyQ and member, Queensland Law Society Planning and Environmental Law Committee
Michael Leong, Partner, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and member, Queensland Law Society Planning and Environmental Law Committee
Chair:
Warren Denny, Partner, K&L Gates, Accredited Specialist (Property Law) - Qld and member, Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist Property Law Committee


11.30am

Ethical issues for property lawyers

Using practical scenarios, the panel will discuss ethical issues encountered during property transactions, including practical solutions to help you navigate the ethical dilemmas. Questions on notice welcomed.

Panellists:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Megan Mahon, Principal, Mahon Legal
Chair:
Frank Higginson, Partner, Hynes Legal

12.30pm

Closing remarks

Presenter:
Rolf Moses, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Law Society and member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group

12.35pm

Close and light lunch

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