Queensland Law Society

Symposium takes off with fighter pilots

Date 09 Mar 2011
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Queensland’s biggest legal symposium will be taking off on 25 March with fighter pilots set to give ‘top gun’ lawyers some remarkable business management advice.

F/A-18 Fighter Pilots Phil Eldridge OAM and Matthew Hall will speak at the first session of the Queensland Law Society’s two-day 49th Annual Vincents' Symposium 2011, teaching local lawyers how to make their practice fly.

The pilots will present their method for successful operations, applying the underlying principles to running a business.

Phil Eldridge said it wasn’t drawing a long bow to align running a mission in a $32 million supersonic plane to managing a law practice.

“Both jobs have periods of intense stress combined with moments of incredible satisfaction, and to a certain degree, relief,” Mr Eldridge said.

“To run a business properly and see it grow requires clear goals, careful planning and execution and the ability to learn from previous experience – just the same as a fighter pilot’s missions.

“I’m looking forward to Symposium as the law is an intriguing profession – it attracts analytical minds that, like our pilots, thrive on facts, accuracy and a challenge.”

Other key speakers presenting at Symposium include:

  • US trial lawyer Michael Kessler
  • The Hon Chief Justice Paul de Jersey AC
  • Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions deputy director David Adsett
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Queensland general manager Alan Ducret

Queensland Law Society president Bruce Doyle said this year’s Symposium offered some major Queensland firsts.

“This is the biggest year of Queensland’s biggest legal symposium – we have more than 60 sessions covering all areas of law, with the introduction of two new streams,” Mr Doyle said.

“Competencies and Skills teaches negotiation and provides the foundations for trial advocacy; Company and Corporate has been developed specially for in-house corporate lawyers and those working in large practices.”

Delegates can also earn up to 10 Continuing Professional Development points – a mandatory requirement for holding a Practising Certificate – and attend a pre-Symposium Vincents’ workshop on what drives the value of a legal practice and how to increase its worth.