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17 September 2019 – President's update

“What do we want?”

The right to March!

“When do we want it?”

Now!

17 September 2019 – Being courteous to our colleagues

The 2008 case of LSC v Turley [2008] LPT 4, concerned two charges for professional misconduct against a solicitor in the course of child protection proceedings in Queensland. One charge related to submissions he made to the court, which contained scandalous and offensive remarks about the departmental employees.

10 September 2019 – President's update

Lèse-majesté. Not a term you hear much in Australia, and no doubt few people here are familiar with it. It is a French phrase meaning ‘to do wrong to majesty’, and it generally refers to the crime of offending a country’s leaders—and such crimes are, thankfully, off most statute books these days. You might have a bit of trouble convincing Bernard Joseph Edward Collaery of that though. Officially, the Australian Barrister is facing prosecution for conspiring to communicate secret information to the Government of Timor-Leste; unofficially, it looks a heck of a lot like he is being prosecuted for embarrassing the government.

10 September 2019 – Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy 11 September

The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committees has been referred the above inquiry, due to report by May 2020.

10 September 2019 – Body Corporate and Community Management Regulations—Consultation on draft legislation

Members are invited to provide feedback on proposed reforms to regulations under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (the BCCM Act).

4 September 2019 – President's update

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." 

―Isaac Asimov

Ah, wisdom; we all gather some as we move through life, and one of the few benefits of getting older is that your store of wisdom grows. Of course, that presents the question: what do you do with all this wisdom? Hoard it like a greedy dragon’s treasure, never seeing the light of day and known only to the one who hoards it?

That is not the wisest use of wisdom, I think, and a better one is to share it.

4 September 2019 – Domestic and Family Violence Best Practice Guidelines

The Queensland Law Society’s Domestic and Family Violence Committee is seeking feedback from members of the legal profession on its Best Practice Guidelines (BPG).

4 September 2019 – Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee has been referred the above inquiry, due to report by May 2020.

4 September 2019 – Body Corporate and Community Management Regulations—Consultation on draft legislation

Members are invited to provide feedback on proposed reforms to regulations under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (the BCCM Act).

28 August 2019 – President's update

It has been a fairly newsworthy week in the legal world. The Queensland government has been exploring legislation which would make it an offence for ministers of religion to fail to report offending against children. This is of particular concern to the Catholic Church, for whom the sanctity of the confessional is held above all.

Balanced against that, of course, is the astonishing damage that paedophiles do if they are not stopped, and the simple fact that our law should—and indeed must—apply to everyone equally. There is also the concern that paedophiles may use this process almost as a ‘permission slip’—that is, when an offending junior priest confesses his crime to his superior, he effectively seals the lips of the one person who is most likely to either discover his offending or receive complaints about it.

28 August 2019 – Appointment of receiver for Bennett and Bennett Lawyers, Brisbane

On 15 August 2019, the Executive Committee of the Council of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the receiver for the law practice, Bennett and Bennett Lawyers.


28 August 2019 – 19-205MR ASIC consults on new guidance for companies on whistleblower policies

ASIC is calling for public input on its proposed guidance on the new legal obligation on companies to implement a whistleblower policy.

Public companies, large proprietary companies and corporate trustees of registrable superannuation entities must implement a whistleblower policy and make it available to their officers and employees by 1 January 2020.

28 August 2019 – Appointment of receiver for Pene Legal, Springfield Lakes

On 15 August 2019, the Executive Committee of the Council of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the receiver for the law practice, Pene Legal.

28 August 2019 – Treat yourself and three others to a round of golf

In conjunction with Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club we have four vouchers to give away—valued at over $400!

21 August 2019 – President's update

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" (Who will guard the guards themselves?)

-Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis (Juvenal)

In February of last year, Dyson Heydon AC QC, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, published a paper examining the issues of contempt which arose following criticism of the courts by several government ministers. The resultant furore almost brought the government down, and we can assume that politicians will forever more be aware of the sub judice rule and keep it in mind before holding forth on the subject of the judiciary.

21 August 2019 – Titles registry—Witnessing requirements

Practitioners are advised that a new draft Part 61 of the Land Title Practice Manual has been released outlining revised practice requirements for witnessing titles registry instruments. The revised requirements implement amendments to the Land Title Act 1994 and the Land Act 1994 which are expected to commence in the coming months.

21 August 2019 – Centrelink's compliance program

On 31 July 2019, the Senate referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee an inquiry into Centrelink's compliance program, particularly the Government's automated debt collection practices.

20 August 2019 – REIQ contracts – new editions released

Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) have prepared new editions of the four standard sale contracts, as notified in QLS Update on 12 June 2019.

20 August 2019 – REIQ contracts—New editions released

Queensland Law Society and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) have prepared new editions of the four standard sale contracts, as notified in QLS Update on 12 June 2019. The new editions are now available to members on the QLS website. An overview of the changes in the new editions has also been published.

13 August 2019 – President's update

When you have been a lawyer for as long as I have—and trust me there are times when that seems a long time indeed!—you can at times wonder if you are getting anywhere. I well know that we do make a real difference, and that the justice system depends on us to ensure that the rights of our citizens are protected and enforced when necessary, but we all need a little inspiration now and then, me included.

7 August 2019 – President's update

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!"
― Benjamin Franklin

Planning. Whether you run a hot-dog stand, a law firm or BHP, at some point you will need to be involved in planning—working out strategy, budget concerns, goals, risks, etc. Queensland Law Society is no different. We recently had a planning day at which the Executive and Council got together to plan out how best to help our members be better lawyers, serve clients more effectively and have prosperous and successful careers. The time taken to engage in the process of planning is invaluable and always rewarding.

7 August 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2018, (2) the Intergovernmental Agreement for an Electronic Conveyancing National Law and (3) the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

7 August 2019 – 2019 QLS Council election starts on 9 September

Help shape the QLS Council in 2020-21. The first phase of the election—nominations for the 2020 QLS Council roles of President, Deputy President, Vice President and Councillors—will open on 9 September. Only full members on the Roll of Electors as of 9am AEST Monday 9 September are eligible to stand for election, vote and nominate candidates. To be on the Roll please ensure your contact details, especially your email address, are up to date on the QLS member database before this date.

31 July 2019 – President's update

I had the great pleasure of seeing a vision become reality last week, when the first lecture of the Society’s Aspire Leadership Lecture Series was presented by Grata Fund founder Isabelle Reinecke. With a broad range of achievements both within and outside the profession, Isabelle is not your average QLS speaker—but then again, this is not your average QLS lecture series.

31 July 2019 – LawCare’s healthy work, healthy living resource

Sleep is the natural way to restore the body and mind to normal functioning. Good quality sleep can improve concentration, productivity, and mental wellbeing and decrease risk of heart disease, stroke and type-two diabetes. The amount of sleep a person needs can vary Most people needing seven to eight hours sleep. You can increase the quality of your sleep by adopting lifestyle changes.

31 July 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) in-service safety for automated vehicles, (2) the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018, (3) the Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 and (4) the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2018.

24 July 2019 – President's update

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Best Lawyers Breakfast, which celebrates the achievements of QLS members named on the Best Lawyers, Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30, Chambers and Legal 500 lists. The event allowed us to recognise those members who have been rated at the top of their game by their peers.

24 July 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) in-service safety for automated vehicles, (2) the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018 and (3) the Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017.

17 July 2019 – President's update

The presidents of QLS are a varied bunch, coming from all corners of the profession, all sizes of firms, and from many reaches of our state. That variety is our strength. Each of us bring different perspectives and priorities to the role (although I admit I am quite similar to the 2016 president).

On one thing, however, I think all presidents would agree: the term goes quickly! That was brought to mind for me when I realised that it was the end of the financial year, with my term half over; I could have sworn it was March just yesterday…

17 July 2019 – Appointment of receiver for Harrington Legal Pty Ltd, Ayr

On 20 June 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, Harrington Legal Pty Ltd.

17 July 2019 – Have your say—Access to Justice Scorecard

The Access to Justice Scorecard assesses the workings of our legal system through the lens of the profession, including the fairness of our laws, dispute resolution and Queenslanders’ access to legal help.

Over the next month, QLS is encouraging members of the legal profession to have their say by contributing to the annual Scorecard.

17 July 2019 – LawCare’s healthy work, healthy living resource

Are you noticing a change in your mood? It can be hard to motivate yourself when the weather outside is cold and daylight is shorter. You’re not alone—beat the winter blues with our tips to enhance your wellbeing this winter.

10 July 2019 – President's update

Anyone who has been paying attention to the weather reports of late will know that the beaches at my home city of the Gold Coast have been pounded by unseasonable and enormous waves. I have lived here a long time and struggle to recall the surf being any bigger, or seeing so many ‘beach closed’ signs.

Of course, that doesn’t stop many surfers from getting out there, quickly adapting to the huge conditions and indulging in their passion. In fact, there is a bit of a lesson there for us.

10 July 2019 – FCC case management pilot ending 15 July

The Federal Circuit Court (FCC) case management pilot will cease from 15 July 2019 in the Brisbane registry. The pilot program limited case management to a discrete number of judges to improve efficiencies and resolve cases in a timely way.

10 July 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) Object 2 of the ACNC Act and (2) the Cultural Heritage Acts.

3 July 2019 – President's update

"Dear Legal Profession: I stole your women"

That was the auspicious title of an article QLS Ethics Solicitor Shane Budden posted on our LawTalk blog back in 2017 (you can read it here if you are interested). The thrust of the article was that in the absence of a path to partnership for talented female lawyers, they were finding other—and better—options outside the traditional law firm model, especially in government and in-house.

3 July 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 , (2) the Cultural Heritage Acts, (3) the Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill 2019 and (4) the Weapons and Other Legislation (Firearms Offences) Amendment Bill 2019.

3 July 2019 – Appointment of receiver for Siong Legal Pty Ltd, Brisbane

On 20 June 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, Siong Legal Pty Ltd.

3 July 2019 – LawCare’s healthy work, healthy living resource

As lawyers, you are sometimes exposed to human tragedy, extreme fear and anxiety. You can consequently experience vicarious trauma. How you are affected can vary. Distress is often not recognised until your capacity to do your job is affected.

3 July 2019 – New member benefit: Comprehensive cyber insurance

The QLS Cyber Essentials Insurance policy will protect all Member Practices* also insured by Lexon from 1 July this year.

Cyber Essentials Insurance is underwritten by Chubb and backed by Chubb’s worldwide resources. The insurance will fund the first $50,000 of your firm’s investigation, response and compliance costs in the case of a cyber incident (exclusions apply). Other benefits include business interruption cover and expert help to rebuild trust with your clients.

26 June 2019 – President's update

Last week, a snippet came to me via the QLS media reports, which went largely unnoticed everywhere else.

26 June 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 and (2) the Cultural Heritage Acts.

19 June 2019 – President's update

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the handing down of the historic and game-changing Fitzgerald Report, it is hard not to sit back and wonder how the corruption that the report exposed came to be. The massive criminal enterprise undertaken by corrupt police was stunning, not just because of the fact that those who ran it were those sworn to uphold the law, but also because of the lack of discretion. It seemed that everybody knew what was going on but nobody moved to stop it.

19 June 2019 – OSR update: eConveyancing expansion

The Office of State Revenue (OSR) has announced an expansion of the type of transactions that can be self assessed via an eConveyancing lodgment network operator.

In a staged expansion, the first group of transaction types is now available.

19 June 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Cultural Heritage Acts and (2) the proposal to extend workers’ compensation coverage to the gig economy and taxi industry.

13 June 2019 – Significant changes to the witnessing requirements for Titles Registry documents

Practitioners who witness documents for lodgement in the Titles Registry should read on.

12 June 2019 – President's update

I write this fresh from another successful and engaging Gold Coast Symposium, which was held on 7 June. The event was very well attended and a big reason for that was the excellent line-up of speakers. I thank them all very much for giving us the benefit of their time and wisdom.

The Symposium featured a practical session on cyber-security, as do most of our events these days—out of necessity. Law firms continue to be a tempting target for hackers and scammers.

12 June 2019 – Family Court of Australia rolling trial list: Weeks commencing 18 and 25 November

On 27 June 2019, Justice Baumann will conduct a callover of all remaining matters allocated to the trial pool during the 2018 calendar year.

12 June 2019 – Reminder: Tighter tax exemptions for charitable institutions

The Taxation Administration Act 2001 (Qld) (TAA) was amended on 30 October 2018 by the Revenue and Other Legislation Authority Amendment Bill 2018 (Qld). Queensland charitable institutions must now ensure certain provisions are expressly stated in their governing documents to be eligible for exemptions from state taxes and duties.

12 June 2019 – You’re invited to provide feedback—12 June 2019

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare submissions for reviews of: (1) the Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill 2019, (2) the Weapons and Other Legislation (Firearms Offences) Amendment Bill 2019 and (3) the review of Cultural Heritage Acts.

11 June 2019 – Queensland State Budget 2019: Key highlights for lawyers

Below is a summary of the key announcements for the legal profession from the 2019/20 Queensland State Budget, handed down on Tuesday 11 June 2019.

11 June 2019 – Anti-Money Laundering—Where are we? And what next?

The re-election of the federal Coalition government brings with it the likelihood of continued expansion of the Anti-Money Laundering / Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) regime.

5 June 2019 – President's update

I can’t start this update without acknowledging that a great deal of media—quite rightly, too—has been focussed in recent times on the almost incredulous fact that on any given day 200 or more Queensland kids are being held in watch houses around our state.

5 June 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 Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill 2019 and (3) the Weapons and Other Legislation (Firearms Offences) Amendment Bill 2019.

4 June 2019 – Important notice about a phishing email using QLS's logo

An email has been circulating using Queensland Law Society’s logo. The email requests you to sign in using a password to continue. Be on alert—QLS does not send emails requesting your password.

29 May 2019 – President's update

Anyone who says you can’t combine business with pleasure hasn’t had the good fortune to travel to our state’s sunny north for work purposes. Far North Queensland at this time of year is perfect: mild temperatures, crystal-blue skies and (in my case) eager members all keen to contribute to our profession and society.

29 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) intermediate sentencing options and parole, (2) Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill 2019, (3) the Weapons and Other Legislation (Firearms Offences) Amendment Bill 2019, (4) amendments to the food and grocery code of conduct and (5) the container refund scheme pricing review.

29 May 2019 – Appointment of receiver for Harding Lawyers, Newmarket

On 16 May 2019, the Executive Committee of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated (the Society), as Council’s delegate, passed a resolution to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the Receiver for the law practice, Harding Lawyers. The principal, Robert Blair Harding passed away on 17 April 2019.

29 May 2019 – 30 May 2019 deadline for lodgment of trust record external examinations

All law practices in Queensland, regardless of whether the law practice held a trust account, were required to lodge a Law Practice Declaration on QLS Form 4 - Part A on or before 30 April 2019. Because that due date has now passed, any Part A lodgments received after 30 April are considered a late lodgment.

22 May 2019 – President's update

QLS put together a comprehensive and coherent Call to Parties Statement before the election. Now that the hurly-burly’s done and the battle lost and won, we will be pushing for the much-needed reform identified in that document.

22 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) feedback on the expert assistance pilot for child protection matters, (3) intermediate sentencing options and parole and (4) Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill 2019.

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 – 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.