Queensland Law Society
QLS Open Day 2018: Good law, good lawyers
Law Society House, Brisbane

1.30-6.30pm | 16 May | Law Society House, Brisbane

QLS is opening its doors for a complimentary half-day of professional development. We have secured legal industry experts on a wide range of issues, and encourage early career lawyers to register and experience the benefits of being a QLS member. Collect up to 3 CPD points at our free sessions. Spaces are limited and registrations are essential. 

3 CPD points
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Cost Complimentary
Cost Complimentary

Registration closes 14 May.



Registration and light lunch


Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

Rolf Moses, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Law Society and Member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group


Short break


Stream 1A: Good Law

Key legislation in review

Hear a review of this year’s topical legislation that has caught the attention of the public. QLS has a leading role in assisting government to draft legislation that is fair and workable. Find out how QLS ensures that the views and experiences of members at the coalface are taken into account when laws are made.

Binari De Saram, Acting Advocacy Manager, Queensland Law Society
Wendy Devine, Acting Principal Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society
Natalie De Campo, Senior Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

Stream 1B: Good lawyers

Managing vicarious trauma for the legal and justice sector

This session will provide you with a taster of the tailored vicarious trauma training that Blue Knot conducts for the legal sector. This session will provide you with knowledge, skills and tools to:

  • better recognise the early signs of vicarious trauma
  • how to accordingly intervene
  • support you to develop your own wellness plan.

This session will support you, professionally and personally, to stay safe, healthy and resilient.

Karin El Monir, Trainer, Blue Knot Foundation
Giorgia Papi-Morini, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society


Break and networking


Stream 2A: Good law

Elder Abuse – the essentials

This session will provide you with the fundamentals about elder abuse and will help you to better advise an elderly client or a family member or an executor or guardian about:

  • what is elder abuse?
  • why is elder abuse not classified as assault?
  • why is elder abuse not classified as assault?
  • what are the different types of elder abuse?
  • elder abuse and power of attorneys and advance
  • health directives.
Kirsty Mackie, Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Solicitor, Pippa Colman & Associates; Lecturer in Law, University of the Sunshine Coast and Chair, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee
Vanessa Krulin, Senior Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

Stream 2B: Good lawyers

The rise of artifical intelligence in law - should we be worried?

Productivity through technology is growing at an exponential rate. The rise of artificial intelligence and related technologies, such as lawbots (intelligent research systems, intelligent document generation, chatbots), automated online dispute resolution systems and the online delivery of legal services, all have implications for the administration of justice, legal practitioners, regulation of the legal profession, legal education, and community access to justice.

This session examines these claims and their potential for transformative change.

Professor Stephen Colbran, Dean of Law, CQUniversity
Dr Rachel Baird, Manager, Learning & Professional Development, Queensland Law Society


Break and networking


Stream 3A: Good law

Modern day slavery act – what is the impact on Australian businesses?

In August 2017, the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced that the Federal Government proposes to introduce legislation to require large businesses to report annually on their actions to address modern slavery. This session will give you an overview and some insights into how this act will impact Australian businesses. This session will cover:

  • what is modern slavery?
  • how will a Modern Slavery Act affect Australian businesses?
  • how to deal with reporting entities and supplying goods and services to them, be that onshore of offshore?
  • how will this new Federal legislation interact with the Labour Hire Licensing Act?”
  • what will be the direct and ‘indirect’ impact of the Act?
  • what are businesses doing already?
  • what can businesses do to prepare?
Greg Vickery AO, Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
Kate Brodnik, Senior Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

Stream 3B: Good Lawyers

Productivity: It’s never been about time management

Productivity is the result of excellence, planning and focus on the effectiveness of your efforts. Hear from a productivity expert about some simple ways you can improve your productivity, including:

  • increasing your focus and attention
  • prioritising and reviewing
  • plan, plan, plan
  • managing distractions (email, other technology, phone calls and colleagues)
Sally Foley-Lewis, Speaker, Author, Mentor
Dr Rachel Baird, Manager, Learning & Professional Development, Queensland Law Society


Break and networking


Stream 4A: Good law

Thorne v Kennedy: Development of equitable doctrines

This panel discussion will explore the practical and cross-jurisdictional implications of the High Court judgement in Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49. Join us for an exploration of:

  • how the six factors of the judgment (which were not intended to be exclusive) will be applied in non-family jurisdictions
  • whether it will now be possible for a binding financial agreement to withstand an application to set it aside
  • what this decision means for lawyers (and their clients) negotiating pre-nuptial agreements where the parties have unequal bargaining power.
James Steel, , Principal, Family Law, Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Member, Queensland Law Society’s Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Matt Dunn, Government Relations Principal Advisor, Queensland Law Society

Stream 4B: Good lawyers

Starting your own legal practice on a shoestring budget

Want to know how you can set up a legal practice with very little? Hear from a regional practitioner about how they set up their own legal practice on a shoestring budget. Gain practical hints and tips that can help you set up your own firm or further develop your existing firm/practice. This session will include:

  • being clear about your point of difference from your competitors in your region
  • the important difference between client care and customer care
  • establishing an online presence, including blogging
  • tapping back into why you did the law in the first place
  • having a mindset shift from a lawyer to a business owner
  • researching providers to find the most cost effective products and services.
Paul Cate, Solicitor Director, Cate & Co Lawyers and Associates
Sarah Kraal, Legal Professional Development Executive and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society


Networking drinks