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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.