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20 December 2012 – QLS Christmas closing times

Queensland Law Society is closed from 4pm Friday 21 December 2012 and will reopen 8:30am Wednesday 2 January 2013. Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas from all of us at QLS and we will see you again in the New Year!

20 December 2012 – Christmas closing period for the Supreme Court Library

The Supreme Court Library will be closed from 5pm Friday 21 December 2012 – reopening from Monday 7 January 2013.

12 December 2012 – Media release: Welcome relief for families in dispute

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the announcement of Queensland judicial appointments to the Family Court of Australia as a means of hopefully speeding up delayed judgments. Read full media release

11 December 2012 – Law Foundation-Queensland 2011-12 annual report

Law Foundation-Queensland 2011-12 annual report and financial statements available online now!

6 December 2012 – Transitional issue in lodging development applications

The recent amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act which took effect immediately on the date of assent (22 November 2012) have created a transitional risk for clients and solicitors lodging development applications. Read full story

5 December 2012 – QLS media release: Weakness in “tough on crime” approach

Queensland Law Society said today there were a number of weaknesses in the government’s “tough on crime” approach, highlighted by new criminal wealth and assets legislation. Read full media release

4 December 2012 – December edition of Proctor available online now!

Key stories include: “Arrivederci Oz – Italian sisters v the Hague Convention”, and “Signatures in a digital world – So far so good, but big risks await the unwary”. Available now to download for QLS members

28 November 2012 – Media release: Property law gets some modern love

Queensland Law Society today congratulated the government on introducing legislation for econveyancing, bringing a centuries-old process into the modern world. Read full media release.

26 November 2012 – Media release: 20 years of shame of 17 year olds in prison

The recent story on Hack about 17 year olds in prison highlighted the sorry state of affairs that has hung over the Queensland criminal justice system for 20 years. Read full media release

22 November 2012 – Media release: Concerns over proposed synthetic drug classification

Queensland Law Society said there could be unintended consequences with proposed changes to the classification of ‘synthetic drugs’. Read full media release

19 November 2012 – We are delighted to present our inaugural President’s Medal

Celebrating ‘Leadership in Law’ among the state’s practitioners, this very special award will recognise: commitment; contribution; and outstanding performance in the Queensland legal profession.

16 November 2012 – Childrens law – new online resources

QLS provides resources on children’s law issues for practitioners. Children’s law affects practice areas such as family, criminal and international law and access to justice issues. Access new resources online.

16 November 2012 – The Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC - Lawyers duties: A view from the judiciary

The President of the Court of Appeal, the Honourable Justice Margaret McMurdo AC has kindly permitted publication of her address to the 5th Annual North Queensland Symposium delivered on 9 November 2012. Access online.

16 November 2012 – Position vacant – Graduate Policy Solicitor

Join the QLS team! We’re currently recruiting for a Graduate Policy Solicitor to work with our proactive Advocacy team – find out more!

14 November 2012 – Agnes McWhinney Award Winner 2012

The winner of this award was Kelly Roggenkamp, solicitor at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. To view photos of the night, please visit our Facebook page.

14 November 2012 – 2012 Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards

The Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) in conjunction with the Queensland Law Society recently presented the 2012 Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards and the prestigious Agnes McWhinney Award at their annual Awards Dinner

5 November 2012 – Media release: Child protection inquiry raises questions for QLS

Published today, Queensland Law Society’s submission to the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry raised the issues of children’s legal needs while in care.

Read full media release

31 October 2012 – November edition of Proctor available online now for members!

Interesting articles in this month's Proctor including: Toughen up - The key changes in Queensland criminal law; Budget bites on duties - Important changes to transfer and landholder duties; The surrogate's progress - A question of state law, or children's best interest. Download now!

30 October 2012 – Difference between the ASCR 2012 and Solicitors Rule 2007

A step in understanding the new Rules is to compare them to the former Rules. For details on the difference between the ASCR rule and Solicitor Rule 2007, please download the comparison table.

29 October 2012 – QLS speeds up delayed judgments process

We’ve reduced QLS processing time for delayed judgments inquiries. Newly-developed electronic forms will enable QLS practitioners to easily submit requests for us to chase up judgments.

24 October 2012 – Children’s Law paper – a voice for the vulnerable

Today, we launched our Children’s Law policy position’s paper that provides the platform on which we stand on a range of legal issues affecting children and young people.

24 October 2012 – Melbourne Cup "A Spring Affair"

Queensland Law Society in collaboration with Chartered Secretaries of Australia invites you to attend Melbourne Cup day in style at 'A Spring Affair'.

19 October 2012 – Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Queensland Law Society will be held on Thursday 15 November at 5:30pm.

19 October 2012 – Yearly account of accomplishments

Our 2011/12 annual report is now available and includes operational highlights, insightful statistics on the legal profession and a wrap-up of member events and services – you might even see yourself in these pages!

16 October 2012 – Equity, diversity & flexibility

The section on ‘Equity, diversity & flexibility’ within our website has been updated to include information on issues such as work-life balance, lawyers working in regional areas, cultural diversity and gender equity. Check out the great resources online!

9 October 2012 – Retention of Lawyers in the Regions: Queensland

Lawyers are encouraged to participate in the Queensland survey on retention of lawyers in the regions, available online!

5 October 2012 – 2012 Agnes McWhinney Award - call for nominations!

Queensland Law Society (QLS) is now calling for nominations for the Agnes McWhinney Award, which acknowledges outstanding professional or community contribution by a woman lawyer who has practised as a solicitor. Access award details.

3 October 2012 – Media release: Queensland Law Society urges AG to reconsider on NLPR

Queensland Law Society today urged the Queensland Attorney-General to reconsider his decision not to move ahead with the National Legal Profession Reform.

1 October 2012 – October edition of Proctor available online now for members!

Read about the practical implications of the new 'family violence' and 'abuse' definitions!

19 September 2012 – Media release: Judicial appointments welcome

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the announcement of judicial appointments to the Supreme Court and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).

17 September 2012 – President's video - September 2012

QLS President Dr John de Groot video update - September edition available online now  for QLS members!

14 September 2012 – Media release: The vulnerable vetoed in court cuts

Queensland Law Society today expressed disappointment that the state government has decided to cut three courts critical to diverting vulnerable people from prison.

13 September 2012 – Media release: Reporting Bureau closure a concern for confidentiality

Queensland Law Society today expressed its concern regarding the government’s announcement that production of court proceedings records will be outsourced to the private sector.

12 September 2012 – State budget 2012-13 highlights

Yesterday's State budget delivered both savings and cost increases across the legal industry. Access the highlights online.

7 September 2012 – QLS Vacancy: Manager - Learning & Professional Development

Join our team as Manager, Learning & Professional Development and lead the strategic development and delivery of learning and professional solutions for the Queensland legal profession.

29 August 2012 – Media release: Gag clauses concerning

Queensland Law Society said today an attempt by the government to gag those who receive 50 percent or more of their funding from speaking out about legislation was extremely concerning.

29 August 2012 – September issue of Proctor available online now for members!

September issue of Proctor available online now for members! Cover story: Using today's technology in Queensland courts.

23 August 2012 – Media release: Society welcomes permanent guardian system appointments

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the government’s permanent appointments of an Adult Guardian and Public Advocate.

23 August 2012 – Introducing Queensland Law Society venue facilities

Queensland Law Society offers a professional conference venue and a range of meeting rooms which are conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD at Law Society House, Level 2, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane.

22 August 2012 – More mandatory sentencing

Police Minister Jack Dempsey this morning announced the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012 through parliament last night.

17 August 2012 – Offender Levy commences on Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Queensland Government has introduced a levy to be applied to any adult offender sentenced from Tuesday, 21 August 2012, which will be enforced by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry.

14 August 2012 – QLS office closure - Wednesday 15 August

Queensland Law Society will be closed on Wednesday 15 August 2012 for the Royal Queensland Show holiday and will reopen on Thursday 16 August 2012 at 8:30am.

14 August 2012 – QLS police referral list and nomination form

QLS police referral list and nomination form available online now!

13 August 2012 – Media release: Government leaves rent in Tenants’ Union funding

Queensland Law Society (QLS) said today the government’s decision to reduce the funding of the Tenants' Union of Queensland will likely put more pressure on struggling community legal centres (CLCs).

10 August 2012 – Position vacant: Ethics Solicitor

Excellent opportunity for a generalist who is passionate about giving back to the legal profession through the provision of ethical guidance.

3 August 2012 – Supreme and District Court Tours

Due to popular demand, there will be another tour of the new Supreme and District Court on Friday 17 August 2012. Book early to avoid disappointment!

30 July 2012 – Media release: Offender penalty costs to hit taxpayers’ pockets

Queensland Law Society today criticised a government proposal to introduce an offender levy.

17 July 2012 – Media release: Queensland Law Society names the government’s shame

Media release: Queensland Law Society names the government’s shame

16 July 2012 – Welcome to your new website!

It’s a big move away from the old website, and a definite change for the better. Our new Queensland Law Society (QLS) website has an updated look-and-feel, refreshed content and clearer navigation.

25 June 2012 – 2011/12 Advocacy Annual highlights another stellar year

Queensland Law Society is proud to present the second annual QLS Advocacy Annual, providing a synopsis of the most important advocacy issues undertaken by the Society from May 2011 to April 2012.

20 June 2012 – Transfer duty change to help solicitors, clients

The Queensland Government has reinstated transfer duty concessions for non-first home buyers, encouraging property purchases, use of solicitor services and saving potential clients thousands of dollars.

4 June 2012 – Making our website work for you

Project Connect is upgrading a number of our business systems. For members, the most important upgrade will be the new QLS website.

24 May 2012 – Office of Fair Trading business name registrations and practitioner guidance

QLS would like to remind practitioners that 4pm 25 May 2012 is the deadline to submit applications in person at the Office of Fair Trading for: New business name applications, changes to existing business name applications, requests for certificates or requests for extracts.

30 April 2012 – 3-in-1 enewsletter launched

On Thursday 26 April, Queensland Law Society launched our new-look QLS Update. Our signature enewsletter now incorporates PD News and Legislation Update to provide a streamlined and engaging publication that is easier to navigate and read.

13 April 2012 – Geoffrey Robertson QC presentation

Here is an excerpt of Geoffrey Robertson's presentation at Symposium as broadcast on the Big Ideas segment on ABC’s Radio National.

3 April 2012 – Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012

The QLS Ethics Centre advises that on 1 June 2012 the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules (ASCR) commence. The ASCR will replace the Solicitors Rule 2007. The rules are designed to be the first set of uniform professional conduct rules for Australia. Queensland is the second State to notify the commencement.

27 March 2012 – Phone it in

Queensland Law Society is improving its call response service to help members, stakeholders and the public quickly receive accurate information. Currently, the Society has a two-person contact centre for members and non-members and there are two separate phone numbers for legal professionals and members of the public

22 March 2012 – Planned QLS website outage

Please note that due to building power maintenance works at Law Society House both the QLS and Lexon websites will be unavailable from 5pm Friday 23 March until mid-Sunday 25 March.

5 March 2012 – QLS Limitation of Liability Scheme: Survey

The Professional Standards Councils, who oversee schemes such as the QLS Limitation of Liability Scheme, are undertaking research on the impacts of Professional Standards legislation (which enabled the scheme). Please support their research by reading the below and completing the survey.

Access the information sheet.

21 February 2012 – Queensland legislation impacted by the Civil Partnerships Act

The Civil Partnerships Act 2011 (“the Act”) was passed by the Queensland Parliament in late 2011. The Act allows a couple, regardless of sex, to enter into a civil partnership, subject to eligibility criteria.

8 February 2012 – Planned QLS website outage

Due to building power maintenance works at Law Society House both the QLS and Lexon websites will be unavailable from 5pm Friday 10 February until late Sunday 12 February.

Emails sent to QLS during this time will queue and be delivered to recipients at the end of the outage. Lexon emails will be unaffected.

25 January 2012 – PPSR and Conveyancing Settlements

The Personal Property Securities Register (the Register) and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) will come into operation on 30 January 2012. The PPSA will apply to the release of security interests over personal property on and from that day. Land is not personal property under the PPSA and the PPSA does not apply to interests in fixtures.