Queensland Law Society

QLS Roadshow: Toowoomba

2-3 November 2017
Picnic Point, Toowoomba

QLS is gathering the local and intrastate experts for a premium professional development event on the Range!

Attend the full 1.5 day program and gain all 10 CPD points, or choose:

  • Thursday only registration for a ‘supercharged’ 3 CPD program featuring sessions from our QLS experts on ethics and practice support plus networking drinks and a pop-up CV workshop; and/or
  • Friday only registration for an engaging 7 CPD program featuring updates across family, succession, civil litigation, criminal, personal injuries, property, technology, risk and trust accounts.

It's all at your QLS Roadshow: Toowoomba!


To learn more about the Student Member Package click here.

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 package (CV workshop and networking drinks)
Non-member
$1,000 Standard - Full roadshow
$370 Standard - Thursday only
$638 Standard - Friday only

Registrations for this event have now closed

Contact Events Management on 07 3842 5806 or events@qls.com.au with any queries.


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Program


Thursday 2 November

11.30am

Registration, light lunch and trade exhibition

12pm

Welcome

Presenter:
Catherine Cheek, Special Counsel, Clewett Lawyers, Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld, and President, Downs & South-West Law Association

12.15pm

Self-audit: Risk and compliance management in small practice

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

Presenter:
Mark Illidge, Practice Support Solicitor, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Catherine Cheek, Special Counsel, Clewett Lawyers, Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld, and President, Downs & South-West Law Association

1.15pm

Wellbeing at work: Are you meeting your obligations?

As you will discover in the previous session, lawyers all too often focus on their client’s interests and positions – and let our own fall by the way side. Join us for a discussion around your obligations as an employer and employee in law, a spotlight on the forgotten mental wellbeing workplace health and safety obligation, and a refresher on discrimination in practice.

Presenter:
Rob Stevenson, Principal, Australian Workplace Lawyers, Accredited Specialist (Workplace Relations) and member of the Queensland Law Society Industrial Law Committee
Chair:
Catherine Cheek, Special Counsel, Clewett Lawyers, Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld, and President, Downs & South-West Law Association Qld

2.15pm

Afternoon Tea

2.45pm

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:
Mark Illidge, Practice Support Solicitor, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society

3.45pm

Closing remarks and 25 year pin presentation

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

4pm

Networking drinks and trade exhibition 
POP-UP Consult: Career & CV Coaching

Join our resident CV and career 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 Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working

4.45pm

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Friday 3 November

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome

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

8.35am

Solicitor advocates in the Magistrates Court: Tips from the Bench

Magistrate Catherine Pirie discusses the potential pitfalls for solicitor advocates, and the steps required to avoid or surmount such pitfalls. Topics covered include:

  • process and procedure in this jurisdiction
  • the “five sins” of written advocacy
  • the affidavit as a tool of persuasion
  • the preparation and execution of effective oral submissions.
Presenter:
Magistrate Kay Ryan, Magistrate Court, Queensland
Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

9.35am

A series of unfortunate events: Practical strategies for recovery

This session will cover:

  • practitioner health: Lexon’s recent experiences
  • law practices: seeing the subtle
  • assisting the profession: what to do when you’re called in to help.
Presenter:
Tracy Skellern, Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance
Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

10.35am

Morning tea

10.50am

Stream 1A

Better client service through technology: Are you on (memory) board?

Join our experts for an engaging, targeted and practical session around the risk, benefit and ethics of technology in practise.

Explore the hit list of things you need to know to better protect yourself, your firm and your client's information from cyber-attacks; uncover the impact of meta data on legal professional privilege; and discover a valuable list of free-to-low cost resources available to help strengthen the way you practise (and compete) in a saturated legal marketplace.

Presenters:
Steven Tyndall, Managing Director, NextLegal
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

Stream 1B

Domestic violence applications: A refresher for criminal lawyers

Domestic violence applications are on the rise and criminal lawyers are uniquely placed to act in these matters. This session will consider pre-trial negotiations and preparations, trial advocacy and procedure, and how the rules of evidence come into play. Join our expert presenter for an insight into how you can apply best practice principles to excel in this evolving area of law

Presenter:
Nathan Bouchier, Partner, Bouchier Khan Toowoomba and Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld
Chair:
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group

11.55am

Stream 2A

Property spotlight: 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:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

Stream 2B

Personal injuries updates: The famous five

Join our expert presenter for an overview of the five most significant decisions over the past six months, as well as the practical impact of these decisions on your day-to-day practice.

Presenter:
Catherine Cheek, Special Counsel, Clewett Lawyers, Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) - Qld, and President, Downs & South-West Law Association
Chair:
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group

12.55pm

Lunch and trade exhibition

1.40pm

Stream 3A

Contract law cases: A year in review

Join our expert presenter for an overview of key recent developments in contract law. You will cover:

  • contract formation and the Masters v Cameron question
  • the principles of contract interpretation
  • equitable estoppel in commercial dealings
  • penalties
  • unconscionable conduct in commercial dealings.
Presenter:
Adrian Hallewell, Principal, Hallewell Law Disputes & Litigation
Chair:
Sarah-Elke Kraal, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society
Stream 3B

Trust accounts: Your questions answered

This practical and informative session will cover the following frequently asked questions and issues surrounding trust accounts:

  • who can authorise payments from a trust account
  • record keeping basics
  • trust account reconciliations
  • trust account authorities
  • trust account withdrawals
  • stakeholder trust account ledgers
  • trust account statements
  • emailing bills of costs
  • reporting irregularities.
Presenter:
Bill Hourigan, Manager, Trust Account Investigations, Professional Leadership, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sheila Kushe, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group

2.40pm

Afternoon tea

2.55pm

Strategies for small ‘c’ – collaborative family law practise on the Range

Lawyers are taught to be adversarial from the moment they take their first class in law school. There can only be one ‘winner’ in Court - and practitioners often take that same mentality into day-to-day practise.

However, with the advent of AI and new law, practitioners are being encouraged to look for new, disruptive ways to demonstrate value and remain relevant into the future. After all, to differentiate yourself from binary machines, you can no longer think like one!

Join our engaging and pragmatic presenters as they discuss the benefits of non-binary collaborative practise in the regions, including:

  • practical tools for encouraging greater cooperation, communication and creativity
  • framing a more positive experience for clients
  • boundaries between practitioners
  • confronting aggression and unnecessary antagonism
  • the risks of collaboration.
Presenters:
Kara Best, Director, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and member, Queensland Law Society’s Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Andrew Crooke, Director, Murdoch Lawyers, and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Chair:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society

3.55pm

Elder abuse: What all practitioners need to know

The presentation will examine the parliamentary inquiries into elder abuse in New South Wales, South Australia and federally through the Australian Law Reform Commission’s National Inquiry into Elder Abuse. Our panel will outline the scope of these inquiries and the potential for significant law reform to result at both the federal and state levels.

Panellists:
Chris Sheath, Legal Practitioner Director, Chris Sheath & Associates Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
Michele Sheehan, Principal, Sheehan & Co, Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld, and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Chair:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society

4.55pm

Closing remarks

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

5pm

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