Queensland Law Society

Proctor editorial policy and contributor guidelines

Proctor is the magazine of the Queensland legal profession.

Published by the Queensland Law Society, it is a primary information channel for the QLS to reach its members and for the Society to reach the broader legal community, including barristers, the judiciary, politicians, the media and, through the media, the public.

Its positioning as the Queensland legal magazine enhances and confirms the role of the QLS as a major stakeholder within the Queensland legal profession.

Proctor educates, informs and entertains its readers.

It educates its readers with information they must be aware of, including changes in legislation, significant case law, practice directions, etc.

It informs its readers with articles on legal topics and people, providing them with a clearer perspective of the functioning of the law in Queensland and their role within the profession.

It entertains its readers with social news and events, humour and interests that include, for example, wine and travel.

Further, it provides a monthly portrait of the QLS, its activities and the services it provides to its members, thereby promoting the Society and Society membership to the wider community.


All legal articles are reviewed by the Proctor editorial committee, apart from legal articles submitted on behalf of QLS committees. These must be signed off by the chair of that committee.

Non-legal articles are reviewed by the editor.

When two articles are received on the same subject, the committee will prefer the article which best meets the needs of practitioners/readers.

Articles which the committee deems as including commercial content will be rejected.

Acceptance of articles by the committee or editor does not guarantee their publication, and the editor reserves the right to deny publication of articles without explanation.

Once an article is accepted for publication, the author(s) is required to complete and return a signed Proctor contributor form.

Publication of articles is subject to variables such as the available space, the ‘balance’ of articles in an edition and other factors.

More information including style pointers is available in the Guidelines for contributors and submissions FAQ on the Proctor homepage.


The official deadline for all editorial submissions is the 20th of the month six weeks prior to publication.


No person should rely on the contents of the publication. Rather, they should obtain advice from a qualified professional person. The publication is distributed on the basis that Queensland Law Society as its publisher, authors, consultants and editors are not responsible for the results of any actions taken in reliance on the information in this publication, or for any error in or omission from the publication, including those caused by negligence. The publisher and the authors, consultants and editors expressly disclaim all and any liability howsoever caused, including by negligence, and responsibility to any person, whether a purchaser or reader of this publication or not, in respect of anything, and of the consequences of anything, done or omitted to be done by any such person in reliance, whether wholly or partially, upon the whole or any part of the contents of the publication. Without limiting the generality of the above, no author, consultant or editor shall have any responsibility for any act or omission of any other author, consultant or editor. Requests for reproduction of Proctor articles are to be directed to the editor. Unless specifically stated, products and services advertised or otherwise appearing in Proctor are not endorsed by Queensland Law Society.

Contributors to Proctor grant to the Society a royalty free, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable paid up licence to:

a. use, reproduce, communicate and adapt their contributions; and

b. perform any other act with respect to the Intellectual Property in their contributions and to exploit or commercialise all those Intellectual Property rights.

QLS will acknowledge a contributor’s moral rights by attributing authorship to that contributor.

Small sums of money from the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) are periodically payable to authors when works are copied by CAL licensees (including government departments, tertiary institutions, etc). As it is not financially viable for the Society to collect and distribute these royalties to individual authors, contributors undertake to become a member of CAL and receive any due payments directly (see copyright.com.au) or they waive all claims to moneys payable by CAL for works published in Society publications. It is a condition of submission of an article that contributors agree to either of these options. Contributors should read the Guidelines for contributors on the Society’s website: qls.com.au.