Queensland Law Society

Lawyers and working in the Asian Century

Date 13 Feb 2013
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
Phone 07 3842 5868
Mobile 0488 433 884
Fax 07 3221 9329
Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society is providing a forum for sharing knowledge about key legal developments and reflecting on changes in the profession that the Asian century can bring.

President Annette Bradfield said QLS Symposium 2013, the Society’s signature annual conference, would examine the legal profession’s regional ambitions and potential.

“In the opening plenary, we have some of Australia’s most experienced practitioners sharing their insights on the roles we might play in the Asia Pacific region,” Ms Bradfield said.

“We also have legal colleagues from Indonesia, Hong Kong and Korea who will present their unique views on Australia’s regional engagement, our prospects and how to move between the world we know and the world to come.

“Even if a lawyer doesn’t currently have a focus on Asian markets, it’s only a matter of time before clients of firms of all sizes may need advice.

“Our profession directly influences – and is influenced by – the five pillars of productivity identified in the Federal Government’s paper Australia in the Asian Century: skills and education, innovation, infrastructure, tax reform and regulatory reform.

“We consistently serve clients in connecting Australian enterprise to overseas customers and business partners and our profession is seen as a major enabler of collaboration and problem solving across regional borders.

“In addition, we are at the forefront of commenting on important regulatory change, such as our tariff framework, and fair and just international law.

“Along with these big picture issues, we’re bringing in international experts to talk to our members on pricing legal services, managing legal teams and developing the resilience that professionals need to practise confidently in a changing world.

“This year’s Symposium, more than any other, is essential for all practitioners – beyond attaining CPD points for the year; it will provide business inspiration for the decades to come.

Register for Queensland Law Society’s 51st Symposium at www.qls.com.au/symposium. Earlybird closes 15 February!