Queensland Law Society

President's Update


Last week was all about QLS Symposium, and what a great event it was!

My personal highlights included the excellent opening address by Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, the eye-opening plenary by Holly Ransom and the insightful glimpse of the future from Gihan Perera at the closing plenary.

I dropped in on some of the sessions in the various streams and was pleased to note that all appeared to be of an exceptional standard.

Our Knowledge Café concept was also popular and highly enjoyable. For those who didn’t get a chance to participate, this is like ‘speed dating’, but with acknowledged experts in various fields. The Law on the Lawn concept, whereby presenters make themselves available for a chat following their sessions, also worked very well.

The Symposium debate – ‘In the future there will be no need for lawyers’ – was highly entertaining, and the many lawyers on hand seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief when the negative team (Dan Rogers, Chloe Kopilovic and Nola Perce) snatched victory.

This was followed by our Symposium by Night, a great way to unwind after such a busy day!

My thanks go to all the 600-plus attendees – delegates, presenters, sponsors and the QLS staff who made it all happen.

Our sponsors included Bond University, Auscript, Brisbane BMW, Medilaw, Actionstep, ALPMA, Brisbane Capital, Bupa, de Groots Publishing, Search ESS, GlobalX, Herron Todd White, Law In Order, LEAP, legalsuper, LexisNexis, Lexon Insurance, mlcoa, PEXA, RateSetter, Sinergy, Supreme Court Library Queensland, The College of Law, TIMG, Touchstone, Wolters Kluwer.

I hope to see everyone again next year!

This week it’s been back to routine business, but tonight I am heading to the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland and Diverse City Careers 2017 Inter-Professional Networking Working Evening at Bar Pacino, where I’m looking forward to hearing an address from Diverse City Careers co-founder Gemma Lloyd. 

Christine Smyth

QLS president