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29 March 2021 – COVID-19 Alert: Greater Brisbane enters 3-day lockdown

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced this morning that from 5 pm today, Monday 29 March 2021, Greater Brisbane will lockdown for three days.

17 March 2021 – Exchange Server patch in place – what’s next?

Vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Exchange Server software require urgent action from law firms that are using it. Even if your firm has “patched” the vulnerability, there is further action required to ensure that your network is secure. These steps should not involve significant cost or disruption. For further information please read on.

12 March 2021 – QLS welcomes new Magistrates Court appointments

Queensland Law Society has applauded the state government’s two new magistrate appointees, and commended the government on its decision.

9 March 2021 – Urgent: Have you patched your Microsoft Exchange Server yet?

Last Friday QLS issued an urgent warning to all law firms which have an email server running Microsoft Exchange software. The issue is a new form of attack which allows criminals to access the server and data on the network. For further information please read on.

5 March 2021 – New hacker threat to email servers

Does your firm have an email server? If so, see below for urgent security guidance from Microsoft and the Australian Cyber Security Centre. For further information please read on.

24 February 2021 – Brisbane SDC law list

The IT systems at the Brisbane Supreme and District Courts are currently down.

19 January 2021 – Presidents update

There’s nothing like a crisis to focus attention on what really matters.

9 January 2021 – COVID-19: Greater Brisbane lockdown

Following a confirmed case of the highly infectious UK coronavirus strain, Greater Brisbane will be entering a three-day lockdown from 6pm Friday 8 January 2021 after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive.

4 January 2021 – QLS welcomes 2021 President

Queensland Law Society welcomes its 2021 President, Elizabeth Shearer, who takes over the reins from 2020 President Luke Murphy.

21 December 2020 – President 2020 term nears its end

On 31 December 2020, Luke Murphy will conclude his 12-month term as Queensland Law Society President.

7 October 2020 – Law Firms eligible for JobMaker payments

Law firms will be eligible for cash incentives to employ additional young workers as a part of a new employment incentive program announced last night amongst the Federal Budget 2020-21 measures. For further information please read on.

30 September 2020 – Norton Rose Fulbright’s Peter Schmidt joins Queensland Law Society Council

Queensland Law Society (QLS) President Luke Murphy is proud to announce the appointment of Peter Schmidt to the QLS Council by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice the Hon. Yvette D’Ath MP as the Attorney-General’s nominee from today (30 September 2020).

29 September 2020 – Gatton customer centre transferred to Department of Transport and Main Roads lead agency

On Monday, 14 September 2020, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) transferred the Gatton One-Stop Shop (OSS) to the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) lead agency management.

20 August 2020 – Engaging in legal practice – the use of Air Tasker

The Society has recently been made aware that an app called Air Tasker may be being used by unqualified persons or persons without a practising certificate to provide legal services for an agreed fee. For further information please read on.

13 August 2020 – QLS welcomes new Chief Judge appointed to District Court

Today Queensland Law Society has welcomed the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath’s announcement of the appointment of the new Chief Judge of the District Court, His Honour Judge Brian Devereaux SC.

5 August 2020 – Charging Outlays and Disbursements

One of the roles of the Trust Account Investigations (TAI) team of the Queensland Law Society (the Society) is to assist and provide guidance to practitioners and law practices regarding their statutory obligations under the Legal Profession Act 2007 and Legal Profession Regulation 2017 (the Regulation).

22 July 2020 – Resumption of some in-person AAT hearings

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has advised that they are taking steps to resume some in-person hearings at all AAT registries except for Melbourne.

22 July 2020 – Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court referral re-opening

QDAC commenced listing first referrals for the week of 13 July 2020.

21 July 2020 – Reminder regarding online applications for the listing of criminal matters in the Magistrates Court

Practitioners are reminded that Practice Direction No 7. Of 2020 facilitates online applications for the listing of all criminal matters to the Magistrates Court by legal representatives.

21 July 2020 – Administrative Appeal Tribunal fee increase

The Administrative Appeal Tribunal has advised that fees payable for applications to the Tribunal will increase from 1 July 2020.

15 July 2020 – Presidents update 15 July 2020

Last week we witnessed a watershed moment in legal practice in Queensland when Queensland’s Chief Magistrate Judge Terry Gardiner paved the way for the listing of all criminal matters in the Magistrates Courts electronically.

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 7 of 2020 allows for either prosecutors or defence legal representatives to submit an electronically lodged form for any matters listed in the Magistrates Court seeking an order for a date for a directions hearing, bail application or sentence. For those looking for more information, visit Proctor.

14 July 2020 – Jessica Popple—Behind the beverage

I’ve always been ‘Mum’. I’m the eldest of two younger brothers who I loved fussing over when I was a kid. I now live in an all-boy share house and I’m definitely the Mum there too! I’ve always been one to put others needs before my own; which is a good and bad thing. It’s a trait I’ve definitely carried into my career; especially now working in family and domestic violence law – an area I swore I’d never work in!

3 July 2020 – Proctor Online—daily news for the legal profession

We are excited to tell you that Proctor online is LIVE and available now.

2 July 2020 – Workplace Conduct Advisory Service

This service is free to full members of the Queensland Law Society who meet the eligibility requirements outlined below. The service will provide up to 2 hours of advice to an eligible individual member with respect to workplace issues arising from discrimination, sexual harassment and workplace bullying.

1 July 2020 – Updated Franchising Code of Conduct

Compilation No. 2 of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Franchising) Regulation 2014 has been registered on the Federal Register of Legislation. The compilation incorporates the recent amendments made in relation to new motor vehicle dealerships.

1 July 2020 – Keeping Queenslanders safe at home during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Queensland Government has launched a new awareness campaign to support Queenslanders affected by domestic and family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1 July 2020 – Cessation of the Free Legal Advice Panel and continuing Lexon Complaints Cover

The Free Legal Advice Panel Scheme ended on 30 June 2020.

29 June 2020 – Reminder from Queensland Courts regarding social distancing

As restrictions are lifted, legal practitioners are reminded to observe social distancing in all courts, particularly the Magistrates Court, where the flow and number of people is higher.

24 June 2020 – MAIC cracks down on claim farmers

Claim farmers (also known as ‘car crash scammers’) have contacted over 1.5 million people, including vulnerable Queenslanders, with relentless phone calls and aggressive tactics.

24 June 2020 – Joint Statement from QLS President Luke Murphy and QLS CEO Rolf Moses

As the press is dominated by reports of sexual harassment by former High Court Justice, the Hon Dyson Heydon AC QC, we are reminded that sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination are sadly – and appallingly – features of many Australian workplaces.

22 June 2020 – Queensland Law Society welcomes appointment of new Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, the Honourable Yvette D’Ath MP today announced the appointment of Carl Heaton QC as the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions.

18 June 2020 – Eased restrictions allow lawyers to enter aged care facilities

The Chief Health Officer has made Aged Care Direction (No. 6).

17 June 2020 – Foreign Investment Reforms—Treasury Update

On 5 June 2020, the Government announced the most comprehensive reforms to Australia’s foreign investment review framework since the introduction of the Foreign Acquisitions Takeovers Act 1975.

17 June 2020 – Court Link Program—Recommencement of Referrals

The availability for new referrals to Court Link recommenced from 15 June 2020 at all sites. Court Link is an integrated court assessment, referral and support program.

16 June 2020 – Wellbeing: Transitioning back to the office

As we are taking steps to meet the world again after many weeks in lock-down, not everyone is rejoicing. For those who have been working from home for an extended period, returning to the office may be an uneasy or confusing experience. As people will react differently to the challenges and expectations around returning to their workplaces and social routines, read on to find out about some helpful ways of dealing with another change.

15 June 2020 – Staggered increase of face-to-face hearings

The Family Court of Australia (FCoA) and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) have announced plans to increase face-to-face hearings through a staggered approach over the coming months, commencing Monday 15 June.

10 June 2020 – The road out of COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19 has impacted much of the way we practice law on a day to day basis. The need to isolate and respect social distancing has challenged the operation of our institutions in a way little had prepared us for.

10 June 2020 – DX mail service

The Federal Court, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court will retire the DX mail service on 30 June 2020.

10 June 2020 – Share your story with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability would like to hear from people with disability, families, support people, organisations and the broader community.

10 June 2020 – Reopening SCLQ premises

In consultation with Queensland Courts and the Library Committee, Supreme Court Library Queensland has developed a roadmap for reopening the library.

9 June 2020 – Wellbeing: Behaviours to build mentally healthy workplaces

Leaders in the workplace have a significant impact on organisational culture and employee wellbeing. If you are in a position of influence over others, your actions and behaviours will not only shape perceptions and cultural norms in your team, but can also directly affect your team members’ mental health and wellbeing. Read on to learn about strategies that can help you develop thriving and high-performing teams.

9 June 2020 – GST at settlement—end of transitional arrangements 1 July 2020

The GST at settlement transitional arrangements ends on 30 June 2020. Contracts entered into before 1 July 2018 for new residential premises or potential residential land may now be subject to the withholding obligations under GST at settlement.

8 June 2020 – 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours list

Queensland Law Society extends congratulations to two members of the Queensland legal profession for being recognised in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

3 June 2020 – Phase 2—support for Queensland’s legal profession

As we all experience another week in COVID-life and start to see more and more restrictions lift, there are a few things I’d like to update and remind you of this week.

3 June 2020 – Phase 2 of QLS’s support for the legal profession

Last week, QLS CEO Rolf Moses and President Luke Murphy announced some details of ‘Phase 2’ of QLS’s support for legal practitioners. This is able to be provided due to $750,000 funding from Queensland Law Foundation and I’d like to thank them for their support.

3 June 2020 – Amendment to the Legal Profession Act 2007—additional suitability matters and show cause events

The Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Qld) came into force on 25 May 2020. It can be found here. It strengthens the provisions of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) (Act) relating to suitability matters and show cause processes for directors of insolvent incorporated legal practices and corporations.

3 June 2020 – Queensland Courts now accepting electronic signatures on some court documents

Following continued advocacy from QLS, Queensland Court registries now accept any hard copy UCPR document for filing (except where it is a sworn document) that has a wet, stamped or electronic signature of the applicant or the applicant’s lawyer/law firm.

3 June 2020 – Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020

The Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 was made and notified on 28 May 2020.

3 June 2020 – Free advice for members experiencing general practice management issues due to COVID-19

The QLS Ethics and Practice Centre is now offering guidance to members with general practice management issues arising from the impact of COVID-19. The QLS General Manager Support Service (GMSS) is provided via subject matter experts and is free for members who meet the eligibility criteria. They will benefit with up to two hours of advice.

3 June 2020 – Lexon risk alert—3 June

Lexon released a risk alert on 28 May updating the Conveyancing Protocol as a result of Body Corporate changes.

2 June 2020 – Wellbeing: Mental health at work

Workplaces can have a positive, supporting effect on employee’s mental health and wellbeing – or they can be a source of ongoing stress and increase the risk of psychology injury. Read on to find out what a “mentally heathy workplace" is, and what role they play in reducing mental health issues for the working population.

28 May 2020 – Electronic conveyancing settlements unavailable 8 June 2020

PEXA will not be available for settlements on 8 June 2020 due to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) being closed for a public holiday in both NSW and Victoria, even though this is not a public holiday in Queensland. 

28 May 2020 – Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Documents and Oaths) Regulation 2020

The Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Documents and Oaths) Regulation 2020 is a welcomed regulation dealing with the electronic signing and witnessing of a number of additional types of documents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes affidavits, statutory declarations, deeds, general powers of attorney and certain mortgage documents.

28 May 2020 – Lexon risk alert

Lexon released a risk alert on 22 May publishing the Cyber Protocol which commences on 1 July 2020 and further audio-visual options in Wills and EPA matters following amendments published to the Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response Documents and Oaths) Regulation 2020 which also affects a number of different documents. Practitioners are warned that an audio-visual option under this Regulation should only be used as a last resort.

27 May 2020 – Wellbeing: Leading others through crisis

For many of us, our own health and wellbeing is not all we care about or are responsible for. How can you help others both at home and work get through difficult times and deal with current challenges in a constructive way? Read on to learn more about helpful strategies and actions that may lead others through a crisis. 

21 May 2020 – Estate administration update – access to ATO Information

The range of persons to whom the ATO can disclose information about the taxation affairs of a deceased person has been expanded, as of 15 May 2020, pursuant to the Taxation Administration (Remedial Power—Disclosure of Protected Information by Taxation Officers) Determination 2020.

19 May 2020 – Wellbeing: Six daily questions to ask yourself

Protecting our health and wellbeing is of particular importance during difficult, challenging times - but this also when we are most likely to neglect our own needs. Here are six easy practices you can integrate into your daily life to help you focus on what matters most, remain intentional in your actions, and look after your wellbeing. Read on to find out more. 

13 May 2020 – Extended access to Virtual Legal Library for some QLS members during COVID-19

With our cooperation, your law library SCLQ has negotiated a temporary extension of access to its popular Virtual Legal Library (VLL) service for a wider group of Queensland lawyers.

VLL provides free online access to a range of key legal commentaries, textbooks and reference works from commercial legal publishers.

12 May 2020 – Wellbeing: Setting boundaries when working from home

Working from home changes the way we move between our professional and personal lives. When natural boundaries - imposed by space and time, and usually crossed during our commute – disappear, we have to create new boundaries that help us keep our professional and personal identities separate and intact. Read on to learn more about helpful strategies.

6 May 2020 – President's update

As our time in unsettled practise continues, there are some important updates I’d like to share with you this week:

Firstly, QLS has negotiated with the Supreme Court Library Queensland (SCLQ) for a temporary extension of access to their popular Virtual Legal Library (VLL) service for a wider group of Queensland lawyers.

VLL provides free online access to a range of key legal commentaries, textbooks and reference works from commercial legal publishers.

Access is ordinarily restricted to full QLS members who are sole practitioners or from a firm with five or fewer practising certificates. However, the majority of VLL resources will be temporarily available to full QLS members in firms with between six and ten practising certificates during COVID-19, to assist you while you are working remotely.

5 May 2020 – Wellbeing: The power of “No”

Last week, we discussed how to identify, set and protect your personal boundaries. Today, we are going to have a look at different ways to say “No” to other people. If this thought is stressful, scary or uncomfortable to you, please read on. 

30 April 2020 – Wellbeing: Setting boundaries

Setting appropriate boundaries and being able to confidently protect them in response to inappropriate or unachievable requests, is a critical skill at work and in your personal life. However, many people struggle for different reasons. The next two articles will provide you with practical tips and techniques to build respect, look after your wellbeing and maintain relationships. Read on to find out more.

29 April 2020 – President's update

2020 has certainly presented significant challenges for us as a profession. QLS is continuing its work to assist the profession and the community in responding to the challenges COVID-19 has presented to the efficient and effective provision of legal services and justice.

27 April 2020 – Australia Post Delivery Delays

Australia Post has advised of delivery delays that may affect Queensland Practitioners. Read on to find out more.

23 April 2020 – QLS welcomes signing off on new COVID-19 document witnessing laws

Queensland’s peak legal body has applauded the state government’s passing of laws designed to assist in the managing of legal affairs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

22 April 2020 – Expanded services from the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre

QLS is now providing three significant new services as part of our support package for the legal profession via the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre which provide for employment law advice, general manager support and government funding assistance.


21 April 2020 – Wellbeing: Why you should have a Self-Care plan

While most people would agree on the importance of having a carefully considered plan for their career, financial future or next holiday - we often neglect planning for our health and wellbeing. Without a self-care plan, however, we risk losing sight of our most valuable resource, especially in challenging and difficult times such as the current crisis. Read on to find out more.

16 April 2020 – COVID-19 not grounds for early jail release: Parole Board Queensland

The independent Queensland body tasked with assessing prisoner eligibility for return to the community on parole has sent a clear message that “vulnerability, exposure to or a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19’ was not sufficient grounds for early release from jail.

15 April 2020 – COVID-19 support package announced

President Luke Murphy and CEO Rolf Moses announce QLS’ support package for Queensland’s legal profession as it operates through the COVID-19 economy.

15 April 2020 – Wellbeing: Being with yourself

The COVID-19 pandemic has also removed many of the countless opportunities for entertainment, enjoyment and distraction which we used to take for granted.  Read on to find out more about some simple, calming self-care activities.

14 April 2020 – Can I hibernate my legal practice during COVID-19 so I can self-isolate due to age or health reasons

QLS has received a number of enquiries from practitioners wanting to hibernate their practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

7 April 2020 – Wellbeing: Creating new habits in times of disruption

As we are adjusting to the “new normal” that COVID-19 has introduced to our professional and personal lives, new habits are starting to form and consolidate. Instead of just repeating the same patterns as before, some of our old behaviour needs to be adjusted to remain appropriate and helpful in the circumstances we are dealing with now. Read on to find out more.

3 April 2020 – Exemption from the Hospital Visitors Direction

The Chief Health Officer has provided an exemption to Public Health Directions to permit solicitors to access hospitals to assist clients with instruments such as powers of attorney, wills and advanced health directives.

1 April 2020 – Q&As - Can a client come to see me at my office?


Under the Home Confinement Direction issued under s 362B of the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld), the Chief Health Officer made a declaration that provided that a person who resides in Queensland could leave their principal place of residence for and only to the extent reasonably necessary to accomplish a number of permitted purposes. Read on to find out more

1 April 2020 – Essential business activity during COVID-19 crisis

QLS has been liaising with the Attorney-General about the essential nature of the provision of legal services in Queensland.

1 April 2020 – Q&As - Can I interview a client by video conference for the purposes of providing an independent solicitor’s certificate?

If all the circumstances are such that a person to person interview is not possible then the use of video conferencing is a possibility where you have been requested to provide an independent solicitor’s certificate for a third party guarantor, surety mortgagor, or indemnifier for a principal borrower. As a matter of caution, you should ensure that you are able to undertake this interview in circumstances where the third party guarantor, surety mortgagor, or indemnifier are in the absence of the principal borrower. Read on to find out more.

31 March 2020 – Wellbeing: Managing fear and anxiety in times of a pandemic

Fear and anxiety are normal reactions to an abnormal situation - such as dealing with unprecedented disruption to our professional and personal lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But constant worry and rumination can be paralysing and will reduce your ability to proactively and rationally respond to the challenges ahead. Here are some helpful strategies to stay calm and resilient. Read on to find out more.

31 March 2020 – Q&A’s - conveyancing issues during COVID-19

Effective from Tuesday 31 March 2020, all Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy business centre counters are closed until further notice. For further information, please see our latest Property Law Update 31 March 2020 here.

27 March 2020 – QLS President and CEO COVID-19 update for the profession

The Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) is exploring how digitisation could improve the experience of claimants in Queensland’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme.

25 March 2020 – Practice Note for Queensland practitioners taking Will and Enduring Power of Attorney Instructions during COVID-19

This practice note has been prepared after a careful consideration of the current legal position in Queensland, current duties to the Court and client and the most recent advice released from the Department of Health. We recognise that this is an unprecedented public health crisis and this note may viewed in the context of the crisis and government decisions with respect to isolation and the definition of essential services.

To access the practice note please click here.  

23 March 2020 – Wellbeing: Working from home – staying productive and well

Working from home makes it possible for us to remain productive and connected with clients and colleagues – but it also comes with its own host of new challenges and questions. Here is a list of practical tips to ensure you can still get your work done effectively and protect your health and wellbeing at the same time. Read on to find out more.

17 March 2020 – Wellbeing: Coronavirus / COVID-19 - Dealing with isolation

We are going through uncertain times at the moment. Compounding the concerns for the health and safety of loved ones and ourselves, fear of the long-term economic impact of the current pandemic and worries about fundamental changes to community and social life as we know it – is the weight of isolation. Read on to find out more.

13 March 2020 – Information for practitioners in response to COVID-19

The latest advice from the Australian Government is that from 16 March 2020, events with 500 attendees or more should not proceed until further notice. People who are unwell should not attend public events. It is also advised that practising good hand and respiratory hygiene precautions is the best defence against contracting COVID-19. This guidance may change and members should check regularly for latest updates.

12 March 2020 – Wellbeing: Leading yourself to lead others - things you can control

How much control do you have over your life, events and situations at work, other people, and in your professional and personal relationships? How much is really up to you, and how do you avoid wasting all your energy over “fighting the wrong battles”, or missing the important ones? Read on to learn more about a useful approach to think about the realms of concern, influence and control. Read on to find out more.

5 March 2020 – Wellbeing: Leading yourself to lead others - setting your path

The common leadership narrative usually revolves around the confident leader showing the way, leading his or her followers to the destination with unwavering commitment and courage. But if you are this leader – how do you know what direction to walk in? How do you choose the destination? And how do you ensure you are staying on track? Read on to find out more. 

5 March 2020 – Warning as to representation of multiple co-accused

Practitioners are reminded of the substantial ethical risks arising from a proposed representation of multiple co-accused in criminal proceedings. Read on to find out more. 

27 February 2020 – Wellbeing: Leading yourself to lead others - are you a leader?

In this series, we are going to explore the foundation of leadership, starting with your number one responsibility: leading yourself. What does that actually mean, and what is involved in having a self-leadership practice?

Read on to find out more. 

20 February 2020 – Wellbeing: Imposter syndrome

Do you sometimes think that you owe your achievements at work and in your personal life to sheer luck? That you have somehow managed to trick everyone else into believing how skilled and capable you are, which makes you fear the day when they actually find out that in reality - you are a fraud? Imposter syndrome is an insidious and false self-belief that affects many people. Read on to find out more.

14 February 2020 – Wellbeing: How to prioritise when everything seems important

Do you ever feel like work is a constant juggling act of endless tasks thrown at you? And on top of this, you are asked to perform with a never-ending parade of distractions also screaming for your attention? You know that you need to prioritise somehow - but how are you going to do this when everything seems important? Read on to find out more.

13 February 2020 – Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Last week, QLS President Luke Murphy, Ken MacKenzie, Deputy Chair of the QLS Criminal Law Committee and Andrew Forbes, Deputy Chair of the Occupational Discipline Law Committee attended a parliamentary committee public hearing to discuss the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 that seeks to prohibit the practice of ‘conversion therapy’ by health service providers in Queensland.

6 February 2020 – QLS welcomes first solicitor appointed to Supreme Court in more than six years

Highly-respected Brisbane lawyer Frances Williams has become the first member of the solicitor’s branch of the legal profession to be appointed to the Supreme Court bench since August 2013.

6 February 2020 – Wellbeing: One microstep at a time

If you are like most people, you have probably started the year with one or more ambitious, inspirational goals for yourself. And if you have already given up on them now, you are in good company. Read on to find out more about a proven strategy to stick with and achieve your goals! Read on to find out more.

6 February 2020 – Proposed reforms affecting community associations and clubs

On Monday, QLS appeared at a parliamentary committee hearing to discuss proposed reforms affecting community associations and clubs. President Luke Murphy and Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes (QLS Not for Profit Law Committee member) highlighted the significant impact these reforms will have on the day-to-day operations of community groups, many of which are run by volunteers.

4 February 2020 – Verifying client identity and overseas transactions

The QLS Ethics and Practice Centre and the Registrar of Titles and Registrar of Water Allocations wish to bring to practitioners’ attention the potential for property fraud which highlights the need to know your client and the risks of communicating with clients solely by email. Read on to find out more.

30 January 2020 – Wellbeing: Don’t be chained to the desk

Where are you as you are reading these words? Chances are you are sitting at your desk, where most of us are spending a substantial portion of our days. Prolonged sitting is not part of a healthy lifestyle – on the contrary, it increases our risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, type II diabetes and other significant health complications. But here are things you can do. Read on to find out what you can do to protect yourself. Read on to find out more.

28 January 2020 – 2020 Australia Day Honours

This year's Australia Day Honours list recognised the 837 dedicated Australians, for hard work, commitment and excellence in their respected fields.

23 January 2020 – Wellbeing: Self-awareness and resilience – growth mindset - part 4

Solicitors are said to be perfectionistic. How do you feel about failing and making mistakes? If you are shuddering at the mere thought of it, try to never make any mistakes and go through life carefully avoiding anything that could possibly end in failure – how do you make any progress? How do you learn and develop?  This update explores what it means to have a Growth Mindset which allows you to embrace challenges and difficulties as an opportunity for improvement.  Read on to find out more.

17 January 2020 – Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

On Friday 17 January 2020, QLS attended a public hearing on a bill before parliament that amends 33 acts and 4 regulations across a number of areas including civil and criminal amendments.

17 January 2020 – Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

On Friday 17 January 2020, QLS attended a public hearing on a bill before parliament that amends 33 acts and 4 regulations across a number of areas including civil and criminal amendments.

16 January 2020 – Wellbeing: Self-awareness and resilience – automatic thoughts - part 3b

What automatic mental habits do you have? Now that we have discussed what automatic thoughts are (distorted, exaggerated and incorrect ways of interpreting events and situations), let’s have a look at some of the most common types. Read on to find out more.

9 January 2020 – Wellbeing: Self-awareness and resilience – automatic thoughts - part 3a

What’s your inner voice telling you? We all have this internal “running commentary” in our heads, providing us with automatic and ongoing judgements and interpretations about what is happening around us, how we are performing, and what others are probably thinking about us. Sometimes we are unaware that these thoughts are likely to be distorted and incorrect, leading us towards negativity and self-doubt. What are your automatic thoughts?  Read on to find out more.