Queensland Law Society

LAW IN THE TROPICS

17-18 August 2017
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas

Queensland Law Society is heading to the tropics! Receive the latest in legal updates, enhance your essential skills in practical workshops, and pick up the tools and techniques you need to advance your practice - all against the magnificent backdrop of Port Douglas!

Our stimulating program line-up includes an entertaining debate between local and intrastate practitioners on the topic “Lawyers are tougher in the tropics”, a pop-up stall offering tailored advice from QLS experts, and the chance to hear from leading legal minds on a variety of emerging legal topics across the full 1.5 day program.

Also seize the opportunity to network with local and intrastate colleagues at our Networking Drinks, and enjoy cocktails at the Roadshow Pool Party whilst you watch the spectacular Port Douglas sunset.

Day one, day two and full program registration available.

Accommodation

We have secured a special nightly rate for Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas which is available for all QLS Roadshow attendees.

10 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Member
$607 Earlybird - Full roadshow
$765 Standard - Full roadshow
$222 Earlybird - Thursday only
$280 Standard - Thursday only
$390 Earlybird - Friday only
$486 Standard - Friday only
$35

Student member offer: Thursday debate, networking drinks and CV workshop

Non-member
$800 Earlybird - Full roadshow
$1,000 Standard - Fullroadshow
$291 Earlybird - Thursday only
$370 Standard - Thursday only
$509 Earlybird - Friday only
$638 Standard - Friday only
 
Roadshow Pool Party
Complimentary Full Roadshow and Friday only delegates

Earlybird closes 20 July


Sponsors

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Program


Thursday 17 August

11:30am

Registration, light lunch and trade exhibition

12pm

The adventures of the Cheshire Cat

This session will consider the questions of ethics, legal ethics and the fundamental duties owed by solicitors. In particular it will look at questions concerning confidentiality and when a solicitor may be permitted to disclose information which is confidential. The presentation will also address issues dealing with inadvertent disclosure, claims without foundation and the responsible use of court process. The session explores the above issues by use of a case study that calls into question the actions of the Cheshire Cat as a practitioner.

Presenter:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

1pm

Short break and trade exhibition

1.15pm

Leading wellness in the legal profession

Depression and anxiety cost Australian businesses between $11-12 billion dollars every year though absenteeism, reduced work performance, increased turnover, and compensation claims. So how do we prevent this big issue from becoming a $12 billion dollar problem? 60% of our wellbeing at work is predicted by the quality of our relationship with our direct managers; so the power really is in your hands. Join our expert presenter and pick up tips for improving your workplace leadership, as well as techniques that may help prevent mental health issues from impacting your team. This session is an initiative of Queensland Law Society’s Wellbeing Working Group.

Presenter:
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

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3:15pm

Afternoon tea and trade exhibition

3.30pm

President's welcome remarks

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

3.45pm

THE ROADSHOW DEBATE: 'Lawyers are tougher in the tropics'

4.30pm

Networking Drinks

Seize the opportunity to network with local and intrastate colleagues over drinks.

POP-UP Workshop: QLS JobConnector

Join our resident CV coach for a 5-minute one-on-one session and get tailored advice for how to best package yourself for career success. Finish off your session with a tour of the Society’s own JobConnector - and finally find what you have been seeking in the legal job market!

Facilitator:
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

5.30pm

Close

Friday 18 August

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome remarks

Presenters:
Spencer Browne, President, Far North Queensland Law Association and Corporate Compliance Solicitor, Wuchopperen Health

8.35am

Insolvency law reforms: A safe harbour or Pirate Bay?

The recent law reforms released by the Federal Government are the most substantial in size and breadth in the past twenty years. They impact upon insolvency professionals, directors and their advisors with the proposed changes to insolvent trading liability an absolute paradigm shift in culture. Get the low down on how directors will be able to move from swashbuckling freebooters to legally backed privateers in a brave move that is hoped to encourage the entrepreneurs. As we know, history shows hope is not always the best strategy.

Presenter:
Michael Brennan, Councillor, Queensland Law Society and Managing Principal, Offermans Partners
Chair:
Spencer Browne, President, Far North Queensland Law Association and Corporate Compliance Solicitor, Wuchopperen Health

9.35am

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:
Bill Potts, Immediate Past President, Queensland Law Society and Director, Potts Lawyers
Tracy Skellern, Legal Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance
Chair:
Spencer Browne, President, Far North Queensland Law Association and Corporate Compliance Solicitor, Wuchopperen Health 

10:35am

Morning tea and trade exhibition

10:50am

Solicitor advocates in Applications Court: Tips from the Bench

Justice Henry discusses the potential pitfalls for solicitor advocates over the arc of their Applications to the court, and the steps required to avoid or surmount such pitfalls. Topics covered include:

  • the “five sins” of written advocacy
  • the affidavit as a tool of persuasion and
  • the preparation and execution of effective oral submissions.
Presenter:
The Honourable Justice James Henry, Supreme Court of Queensland
Chair:
Spencer Browne, President, Far North Queensland Law Association and Corporate Compliance Solicitor, Wuchopperen Health

11.50am

Stream 1A

Personal injuries spotlight: National Injury Insurance Scheme (Queensland) Act 2016

The session will bring you up to speed on the legal issues raised by the NIIS and address: 

  • the injuries covered by the scheme
  • the limitation period to apply to scheme participants
  • data from the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry about the anticipated number of claimants
  • anticipated key areas of conflict that personal injury practitioners should know about, such as:
    • whether or not a person should be in the scheme
    • opting out of the scheme
    • the right of the National Injury Insurance Agency to apply to court to prevent a person claiming damages for treatment, care and support. 
  • the need to advise clients of potential benefits under the scheme versus lump sum damages claimable, so that clients can determine whether to stay with the scheme or claim damages.
  • restrictions on Griffith v Kerkemeyer damages if a person is, or has  been, a participant in the scheme.
Presenter:
Ken Taylor, Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Director, Purcell Taylor Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) - Qld 
Chair:
Spencer Browne, President, Far North Queensland Law Association and Corporate Compliance Solicitor, Wuchopperen Health

Stream 1B

Self-audit: Risk and compliance management in small practice

Join our expert presenters for an engaging and practical look at identifying and managing the main risks associated with operating a legal practice (beyond complaints and legal action).

Seize the opportunity to armour yourself and your practice against risk, and continue the conversation with our presenters over lunch at the Pop-up QLS stalls.

Presenters:
Dr Rachel Baird, Manager, Learning and Professional Development, Queensland Law Society
Mark Illidge, Practice Support Solicitor and Limitation of Liability Scheme representative, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society


12.50pm

Lunch and trade exhibition 
POP-UP QLS

QLS is coming to you – over lunch! Visit our pop-up Society stalls and get one-on-one support from our in-house experts on:

  • trust accounts
  • practice support
  • ethics
  • QLS JobConnector encore
  • specialist accreditation program and practice management course
Experts:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Mark Illidge, Practice Support Solicitor and Limitation of Liability Scheme representative, Queensland Law Society
Bill Hourigan, Manager, Trust Account Investigations, Professional Leadership, Queensland Law Society
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

1:35pm

Family law spotlight: Domestic and family violence best practice guidelines

Following the official launch of the QLS Domestic and Family Violence Best Practice Guidelines by the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO in 2016, join us for a fundamental professional development event for all legal practitioners working with victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence. Our expert presenter will lead a discussion on the five principles set out in the guidelines and offer practical advice for implementing the guidelines in your practice.

Presenter:
Michael Keogh, Partner, Miller Harris Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Family Law) - Qld
Chair:
Arabella Kullack, Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee

2.35pm

The laws of the land: What you need to know NOW

It seems as though property law has been built on shifting sands lately! With changes happening (and more to come), there has never been a better time to refresh and perfect your skills and knowledge in day-to-day property law practice. Join our expert presenter and discover: 

  • land clearing changes in the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
  • a refresher on rural land transactions with tips and tricks for avoiding common errors
  • the proposed changes to the Property Law Act 1974– and what they mean for you (and your clients).
Presenter:
Peter Apel, Solicitor, Apel Solicitors; Notary Public; Senior Counsellor, Queensland Law Society, and Past President, North Queensland Law Association 
Chair:
Arabella Kullack, Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Deputy Chair Queensland Law Society Early Lawyers Committee

3:35pm

Afternoon tea and trade exhibition

3:50pm

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

Join our expert presenter 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 the expert and brush up on your succession skillset by asking questions from the floor.

Presenter:
Christine Smyth, President, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) - Qld
Chair:
Arabella Kullack, Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee

4.50pm

Closing remarks

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

5:00pm

Roadshow Pool Party

Bring your partner and enjoy a relaxed poolside gathering with QLS friends and family against the backdrop of a spectacular Port Douglas sunset!