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15 May 2019 – President's update

At the heart of our noble profession is a simple concept: collegiality. We are all united by the fact that we are officers of the court, sworn to uphold the law, serve the administration of justice and very simply do what is right, no matter the cost.

15 May 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback—legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, (2) the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, (3) the Federal Circuit Court Case Management Pilot, (4) intermediate sentencing options and parole and (5) Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill 2019.

8 May 2019 – President's update

One of the many privileged roles wrapped up in the QLS Presidency is being the voice of our profession to the general public. I have been doing a bit of that of late, through various media organisations, especially around the recent change to the laws regarding murder.

8 May 2019 – Titles Registry reminder: Caveats by family law practitioners

Family law practitioners are reminded that if they do not want their client’s caveat to lapse, section 126(4) of the Land Title Act 1994 requires the caveator to start a proceeding to establish the interest claimed under the caveat. Practitioners must then notify the Registrar within the relevant timeframe.

8 May 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Modern Slavery Act 2018 reporting requirement, (2) the Special Joint Taskforce to investigate subcontractor non-payment in the Queensland building and construction industry, (3) the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and (4) intermediate sentencing options and parole.

1 May 2019 – President's update

It does not speak well of the state of our world that I note—although my presidency is not yet a third of the way through—for the second time I write my President’s Update in the shadow of a terrorist attack.

1 May 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, (2) the ACCC Consumer Data Right, (3) the Modern Slavery Act 2018 reporting requirement and (4) the Special Joint Taskforce to investigate subcontractor non-payment in the Queensland building industry.

24 April 2019 – President's update

As we sit here, with bellies full of Easter goodies and (hopefully) basking in the warmth of celebrations with family and friends over the long weekend, it is good to think of what we owe to those whose blood and sacrifice have long kept our land safe. That is why we will pause in silence at dawn services around the country.

24 April 2019 – Trust account reporting reminder: Law practice declaration (Part A)

All law practices are required to give a statement noting whether or not the law practice has received or held trust money during the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

24 April 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, (2) the ACCC Consumer Data Right, (3) the Modern Slavery Act 2018  reporting requirement, (4) ASIC’s guidance for responsible lending conduct and (5) the review of the mandatory data retention regime.

17 April 2019 – President's update

The word leadership gets bandied about quite a bit these days, and of course any endeavour needs a little of it. In our profession, however, it is a non-negotiable necessity.

17 April 2019 – Are you ready for 2019 renewals?

If you are practising law in Queensland, you must renew your practising certificate between 1 and 31 May. Your QLS membership renewal is due at the same time.

17 April 2019 – Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

On 5 April 2019, the Prime Minister announced the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

17 April 2019 – End of grace period on applications for consent orders

On 8 April 2019, the Family Court of Australia announced that the extended grace period for filing applications for consent orders has ended.

17 April 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the terrorism-related citizenship loss provisions in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007, (2) the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, (3) the ACCC Consumer Data Right, (4) the Modern Slavery Act 2018  reporting requirement, (5) ASIC’s guidance for responsible lending conduct and (6) the review of the mandatory data retention regime.

10 April 2019 – President's update

Given the low priority politicians of all stripes seem to assign to our CLCs, you could be forgiven for thinking that they have mistaken them for CFCs. Community Legal Centres (CLCs), however, are a vital cog in the rule of law.

10 April 2019 – LawCare is moving to a new EAP provider

LawCare is among the many exclusive benefits that QLS provides to its members. From midday Monday 15 April, the LawCare employee assistance program (EAP) provider will change to Converge International.

10 April 2019 – Ransomware is back – and it is worse than ever

Ransomware tools are making a resurgence in attacks on law firms this year, and they have been updated and re-weaponised.

10 April 2019 – Victim Assist Queensland – guidelines for financial assistance

Victim Assist Queensland provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes that were committed in Queensland. The Director-General has issued Guideline 9 – Granting financial assistance for legal expenses, which takes effect from 21 April 2019.

10 April 2019 – Driver licensing legislation change

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has recently undertaken a review of the special hardship order scheme under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management — Driver Licensing) Regulation 2010.

10 April 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, (2) the inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, (3) the review of the terrorism-related citizenship loss provisions in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007, and (4) the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 review.

4 April 2019 – The best for Queenslanders: QLS

Queensland Law Society has released the 2019 Call to Parties Statement ahead of the Federal Election, with a list of priorities on behalf of the solicitors’ branch of the state’s legal profession.

4 April 2019 – Uniform Law needs to work for everyone in Queensland

Discussion around whether Queensland would join the Legal Profession Uniform Law (LPUL) has recommenced after Western Australia confirmed in March they would join. QLS President Bill Potts said that the Society would always be open to any reform or scheme that provided a direct benefit to its members and which showed demonstrable economic benefit to Australians.

3 April 2019 – President's update

If you are anything like me, there is some chance that around this time of year you are indulging in a mad scramble for CPD points. While often we can pick these up here and there during the year, most of us probably have that ‘uh-oh!’ feeling right about now.

3 April 2019 – Guardianship changes passed by Queensland Parliament

On 26 March 2019, the Queensland Parliament passed the Guardianship and Administration and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.

3 April 2019 – Titles Registry: Paper certificates of title

On 26 March 2019, a Bill was passed in Parliament to amend the Land Title Act 1994. The amendments mean that from 1 October 2019, paper certificates of title will no longer have any legal effect.

3 April 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the enforceability of financial services industry codes, (2) the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, (3) the inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, (4) the review of the terrorism-related citizenship loss provisions in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007, and (5) the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 review.

27 March 2019 – President's update

As President of QLS wherever I go I find inspiration from our admirable members and profession. Last Wednesday night, I was inspired by our future members and colleagues, and humbled by QUT Law Society’s invitation for me to be the keynote speaker at their Meet the Profession function.

27 March 2019 – External examination of trust records

If your law practice held or received trust money (operated a trust account) during the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, you are required to have the law practice’s trust records externally examined and provide the external examiner’s report to the Society on or before 30 May 2019.

27 March 2019 – Appointment of receiver for Team Lawyers, Brisbane

On 21 March 2019, the Council of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated (the Society), as Council’s delegate, passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the Receiver for the law practice, Team Lawyers.

27 March 2019 – Public hearings

On Monday 25 March 2019 QLS representatives and committee members appeared at two public hearings.

27 March 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, (2) the inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, (3) the review of model defamation provisions, and (4) the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 review.

26 March 2019 – Appointment of FCC judge for Townsville delivered at last

Queensland’s peak legal group has welcomed the appointment of barrister Guy Andrew as a permanent judge of the Federal Circuit Court in Townsville.

20 March 2019 – President's update

Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand, and I express our solidarity with them in these terrible times.

20 March 2019 – QLS protects good lawyers by taking action

Queensland Law Society continues to protect the reputation of Queensland solicitors after taking immediate action against a company running a law practice and providing legal services without a lawyer.

20 March 2019 – Use of the word 'principal' in a law practice

On 24 October 2018, Queensland Law Society published a statement of the determination of its Council in relation to the use of the word ‘principal’ to describe the position or status of practitioners in law practices.

20 March 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Productivity Commission inquiry into mental health, (2) the review of Queensland energy consumer protections and support, (3) the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, (4) the inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, (5) the review of model defamation provisions, and (6) the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 review.

17 March 2019 – Bridging the distance one step at a time

Today (17 MAR) is National Close the Gap Day, a day when the focus is placed on shortening the gap in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

15 March 2019 – Recognising excellence in the law

Queensland’s legal profession gathered last night in Brisbane to recognise excellence in the law at the annual QLS Legal Profession Dinner and Awards. Among the crowd were some of the finest legal minds in the state, including members of the judiciary, Government representatives and Queensland lawyers.

13 March 2019 – President's update

One of the great things about the QLS Presidency is that it is one of those jobs that constitutes both duty and privilege. I spoke in my last column about the good that solicitors can do and how it isn’t a bad idea to remind ourselves of it.

13 March 2019 – Appointment of receiver for KB Law, Widgee

On 27 February 2019, the Executive Committee of the Council of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated (the Society), as Council’s delegate, passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the Receiver for the law practice, KB Law.

13 March 2019 – Public consultation on anti-money laundering guidance

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is undertaking public consultation on its draft risk-based approach guidance for legal professionals.

13 March 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Review of the Intergovernmental Agreement for an Electronic Conveyancing National Law, (2) the Productivity Commission inquiry into mental health, (3) the Natural Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, (4) the review of Queensland’s environmental offsets framework, and (5) the inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care.

6 March 2019 – President's update

There is no doubt of course that in all professions, trades, and industries there are rogue operators. The difficulty for the legal profession is that our transgressions are now given a prominence which creates the impression that we are beset with wrongdoers.

6 March 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Transport Legislation (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019, (2) the Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Mason Jett Lee) Amendment Bill 2019 (Private Member’s Bill), (3) the Review of the Intergovernmental Agreement for an Electronic Conveyancing National Law, (4) the Productivity Commission inquiry into mental health, (5) the review of Queensland’s environmental offsets framework, and (6) the inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care.

6 March 2019 – Appointment of receiver for AMH Lawyers, Brisbane

On 26 February 2019, the Executive Committee of the Council of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated (the Society), as Council’s delegate, passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the Receiver for the law practice, AMH Lawyers.

5 March 2019 – Valuer-General releases 2019 Property Market Movement Report

Queensland’s Valuer-General has released the 2019 Property Market Movement Report which provides statewide commentary for the next round of Queensland land valuations.

28 February 2019 – Human Rights Bill for Queensland

Queensland Law Society has joined much of the state in welcoming the historic passing of the Human Rights Bill 2018 in Queensland Parliament yesterday (WED 27 FEB).

27 February 2019 – President's update

QLS stats show that just over 51% of those who hold solicitors practising certificates are women. There is no scope for complacency however; women remain under-represented in leadership roles in law firms, and that is deeply concerning.

27 February 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, (2) the Transport Legislation (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019, (3) the Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Mason Jett Lee) Amendment Bill 2019 (Private Member’s Bill), and (4) the review of Queensland’s environmental offsets framework.

26 February 2019 – Technical fault – email submissions to QLS

Due to a technical fault with the QLS Records email inbox, messages sent to records@qls.com.au between 4pm Thursday 21 February and 5pm Friday 22 February 2019 were not received.

20 February 2019 – President's update

I have had a busy start to this year, which is to be expected, but thankfully a lot of that busyness has been related to very positive events. I have been very pleased to have cause to welcome a number of new members to our judiciary (and look to welcome many more before the end of my term, hopefully including a good number from the diverse and competent ranks of Queensland’s solicitors).

20 February 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for the inquiry into the Opportunities and Challenges of the Engagement of Traditional Owners in the Economic Development of Northern Australia.

20 February 2019 – Appointment of receiver for Stenton & Moore Solicitors, Mudgeeraba

On 7 February 2019, the Council of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated (the Society) passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the Receiver for the law practice, Stenton & Moore Solicitors.

20 February 2019 – Access to justice: we can do better

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

13 February 2019 – President's update

Eleven years ago this week, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered an apology to the stolen generation of indigenous children. It was a controversial move, then and now, and has been the subject of endless debate.

13 February 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of Queensland’s resources safety legislation.

13 February 2019 – Appointment of receiver for The Legal Elements Pty Ltd, Annerley

On 1 February 2019, the Council of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated (the Society) passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the Receiver for the law practice, The Legal Elements Pty Ltd.

13 February 2019 – Phishing email alert

On Monday 11 February 2019, PEXA issued an alert about a phishing scam targeting their members. It is an example of a cyber-criminal creating an email to resemble PEXA communications.

6 February 2019 – President's Update

February is reality. By that I mean that for most of the profession, the holidays are over and the serious business of serving the rule of law and standing up for our clients, without fear or favour, is well and truly underway. We can no longer bask in the glow of the so-called ‘silly season’; from here until Easter, it is work, work, work.

6 February 2019 – Legal policy submissions

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. View the most recent policy submissions about competition and consumer law and the Australian Citizenship Act 2007.

4 February 2019 – QLS urges patience for storm-ridden NQ

NQ Courthouse closures – Monday 4 February 2019:

  • Townsville Supreme and District Courts will re-open on Monday 11 February 2019
  • All North and Central Queensland Courts have resumed normal operations
  • Townsville Titles Registry will reopen on Thursday 7 February 2019 from 8:30 am
  • Palm Island Magistrates Court is closed from Tuesday 5 to Wednesday 6 February 2019
  • Ingham Magistrates Court is closed from Thursday 7 to Friday 8 February 2019
  • Townsville Arrests Court remains open for custody matters
  • Numerous firms may be closed or disrupted today until further notice 

1 February 2019 – QLS urges patience for storm-ridden NQ

NQ Courthouse closures – Friday 1 February 2019: Townsville Magistrates Court, Townsville District Court and Townsville Supreme Court.

30 January 2019 – PPSR registrations may expire from 30 January 2019

Members are reminded that under the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR), some registrations over serial-numbered goods are applied for the maximum period of seven years. It is possible that PPSR registrations of these items will start to expire from today, 30 January 2019.

30 January 2019 – President's Update

On average, Queensland’s magistrates deal with 2614 matters per year, compared with 1524 for their NSW counterparts. Although Queensland is fairly consistently ahead of New South Wales numbers, our magistrates cannot sustain such a pace indefinitely.

30 January 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the QLRC – Civil surveillance and privacy review, (2) Queensland’s resources safety legislation, and (3) Indigenous Knowledge consultation.

23 January 2019 – Bill amendments to be marked with tracked changes

In our 2017 Call to Parties statement, QLS called for a commitment to provide Bills with mark-ups showing tracked changes, where amendments to the existing legislation are proposed.

23 January 2019 – President's update

One of the fundamental tenets of being a solicitor is that you do what is right, even if what is right is not popular. After all, anyone can do the right thing if it brings the applause of the crowd; when the right thing brings the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune-or indeed, unfortunate outrage-people are often content to do the wrong thing, or at least not to act at all.

23 January 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, (2) the Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, and (2) the Mineral Resources (Galilee Basin) Amendment Bill 2018, and (3) the QLRC – Civil surveillance and privacy review.

22 January 2019 – Lexon board position: Call for expressions of interest

Lexon’s Constitution provides for Queensland Law Society (QLS) to nominate directors to the Lexon Board. QLS members interested in nominating for the position of QLS nominee to the Board of Lexon are asked to submit an expression of interest by 8am Thursday 31 January 2019.

18 January 2019 – The fight to balance emotion and common sense

Queensland Law Society President Bill Potts has written a letter to the Editor applauding voice of reason – The Courier-Mail journalist Marg Wenham – on her reasonable and informed opinion editorial on the release of Robert John Fardon.

16 January 2019 – President's update

One of the great joys of being QLS President – and one of the main reasons I decided to run for this esteemed office a second time – is the incredible good that can be done when harnessing the abilities and enthusiasm of 13,000 passionate and engaged members.

16 January 2019 – Review of the Intergovernmental Agreement for Electronic Conveyancing

Feedback about the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for Electronic Conveyancing is sought from stakeholders via an online survey. This feedback will form part of a review of the IGA’s terms and operation over the last seven years.

16 January 2019 – Secure your CPD points with flexible learning formats

With the new year in full swing, now’s the time to lock in your professional development and ensure you meet your CPD requirements before 31 March. Whether you need all 10 points, just a couple, or only the mandatory core areas, our variety of learning formats allow you to gain CPD suited to your needs.

16 January 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, and (2) the Mineral Resources (Galilee Basin) Amendment Bill 2018.