Property Law Conference

11 November 2021


Registrations are now open for this year’s annual conference with Queensland Law Society!

Join our industry experts online over a two-day program to ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in property law. Gain practical tips and advice on a range of topics including ethics, professional skills and practice and business management skills.

This year’s conference includes in depth discussion and practical tips on topics such as e-conveyancing, tax and body corporate issues, electronic signing and the regulatory environment for property transactions – and more!

Group discount

Register four people from the same organisation and the fourth person will be registered free of charge.

To secure the discount please email a list of delegate names, email addresses and note any physical requirements to

Principal Partner

Major Partner

Practical Legal Ethics (PLE) Practice Management & Business Skills (PMBS) 

Professional Skills (PS) Substantive Law (SL)


8:10 am

8:20 am
Welcome Remarks

Presenter: Elizabeth Shearer, President, Queensland Law Society; Legal Practitioner Director, Shearer Doyle and Chair, Queensland Law Society Access to Justice Pro Bono Law Committee

8:30 am
Ethical issues for Property Lawyers

Using practical scenarios this session will discuss ethical issues encountered during property transactions, including practical solutions to help you navigate the ethical dilemmas. Our ethics expert will explore current issues in the digital space for property lawyers including:

  • remote witnessing & eConveyancing;
  • Verification of Identity when engaging in electronic transactions or when a client is overseas – ethical overlaps, things to think about and how to deal with these in a pressured environment;
  • anti-money laundering issues;
  • clients dying mid-transaction - clients losing capacity mid-transaction.

Presenter: Shane Budden, Special Counsel – Ethics, Queensland law Society 


9:40 am
Claims and risk experiences in the residential conveyancing world

Hear from Lexon Insurance on the claims risks that are currently affecting Queensland legal practitioners, what are they, how big is the risk, what is the scale of the impact and most importantly, the practical strategies you can use to mitigate these risks.


Robert Mackay, Senior Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd 

Emma-Jane McNicol, Senior Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd


10:40 am
Short Break

10:50 am
What the new Body corporate and community management (BCCM) Regulation Modules mean for practitioners

This session will explore what has changed as a result of new Regulation Modules that commenced in March 2021 which involve substantial changes to administrative processes. Learn what has happened that you should be aware of and what this means for your practice.

Presenter: Frank Higginson, Partner, Hynes Legal 


11:35 am
Short Break

11:45 am
Electronic signing for contracts, deeds and power of attorney - what do you need to know and how do you comply with the new rules?

This session will outline the new laws at Queensland and Commonwealth levels governing the electronic signing of contracts, deeds and powers of attorney, including legal requirements for valid execution, risks of e-signing and tips for managing those risks.   

Presenter: Professor Sharon Christensen, Queensland University of Technology; Consultant, Gadens; and Member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee

Chair: Rukshana Sashankan, General Manager, Member Success (QLD) Property Exchange Australia Ltd (PEXA)


12:45 pm
Short Break

12:55 pm
eConveyancing Update

Hear from the practitioner’s perspective of eConveyancing and current issues such as:

  • what’s new and changing (i.e. new Client Authorisation Form, part tenancy transfers, non-monetary consideration, duty integration);
  • tips and tricks (i.e. actioning bulk activities, requesting change to settlement dates); 
  • general awareness (i.e. refresher on participation rules i.e. ‘behind the scenes’ processes needed).

Presenter: Simon LaBlack, Legal Practitioner Director, LaBlack Lawyers Pty Ltd; Accredited Specialist (Property Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Property Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee

Chair: Rukshana Sashankan, General Manager, Member Success (QLD) Property Exchange Australia Ltd (PEXA)


1:55 pm

8:20 am

8:30 am
The regulatory environment for property transactions

Join our esteemed panel from Titles Queensland, the Office of State Revenue and the Department of Resources, as they discuss updates and different aspects of regulation in the property industry.


Liz Dann, CEO of Titles Queensland 

Liam Cooke, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Queensland Treasury 


9:30 am
Short Break

9:40 am
COVID-19 and leases: lessons learnt


Peter Maddock, Director, Assistance: Office of the Qld Small Business Commissioner

Aaron Webb, Partner, Thynne + Macartney and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) - Qld


10:10 am
Short Break

10:20 am
Common issues with Options

As practitioners it is important to be aware of the ongoing issues seen being done routinely poorly in practice. In this session, you will learn:

  • duty implications and the risk of double duty and worse;
  • integrating the digital environment and exchange platforms;
  • GST and CGT withholding;
  • how to correctly use call option fees, security deposits and duty; and
  • appropriate timing of representations, warranties and undertakings across option and contract. 

Presenter: Peter Nugent, Partner, Holding Redlich


11:05 am
New trends in prop-tech impacting property law practice

Presenter: Taylah Allen, CEO, TriSearch


11:20 am
Short Break

11:30 am
Tax issues for property lawyer

Gain a clearer understanding of the topical tax issues that affect property transactions. This session will explore:

  • land tax;
  • FIRB; and
  • common duty issues. 


Duncan Bedford, Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Jessica Laird, Senior Associate, McCullough Robertson Lawyers


12:35 pm