Friday 10 June 2022
1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach QLD 4218
$45.00 Member networking ticket only
$60.00 Non-member networking ticket only
It’s back! The Annual Gold Coast Legal Conference is returning to The Star on Friday 10 June!
Experience a day of in person sessions, with opening and closing plenaries and a choice of 2 streams & 7 CPD points, proudly supported by our Principal Partner Leap and Major Partners PEXA and Sympli. You will also receive a bonus pack of 3 core CPD point recordings, brought to you by our Major Partner PEXA, which can be accessed after the event.
Covering a wide range of Substantive Law topics relevant to your region, this year’s conference will deliver an impressive line-up of presenters including members of the judiciary, practitioners from the private Bar and local Gold Coast experts!
Brought to you in collaboration with the Gold Coast District Law Association.
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP
Attorney-General; Member for Waterford; Minister for Justice; Minister for Women; Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Ministerial Champion for the Torres Strait
The Honourable Chief Justice Helen Bowskill
Chief Justice of Queensland
Bonus pack of 3 core CPD point (included in 10 total CPD points) recordings, brought to you by our major partner PEXA – link to recording will be sent post event.
7:45 am Registration
8:15 am Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome remarks
Presenter: Kara Thomson, President, Queensland Law Society; Consultant Hughes and Lewis Legal; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld
8:25 am Attorney General’s address (by video)
Presenter: The Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Attorney-General; Member for Waterford; Minister for Justice; Minister for Women; Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, and Ministerial Champion for the Torres Strait
8:30 am Address from the Chief Justice of Queensland
Presenter: The Honourable Chief Justice Helen Bowskill, Chief Justice of Queensland
8:45 am Good governance through Ethics
We can all learn from the experiences of our fellow colleagues who have faced challenging ethical issues – join QLS Ethics Special Counsel, Shane Budden as he breaks down some thorny real life ethics scenarios relating to good governance and the standards required in legal practice. Shane will explore appropriate responses and offer guidance on how you can navigate similar situations to ensure you meet the required ethical standards.
Presenter: Shane Budden, Special Counsel, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
9:40 am Morning tea
|10:10 am Stream||1A||1B|
|The FCFCOA Hypothetical!|
Work through a dynamic hypothetical scenario that offers insights into the do’s and don’ts, to best represent your client and expertly guide them along the pathway in a FCFCOA application hearing.
The Honourable Justice Michael Jarrett, The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)
Michael Drysdale QC, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Michael Alexander, Barrister, Queensland Bar
|Avoiding the tax headaches|
When it comes to tax, there are some critical principles you need to apply when dealing with every day legal matters, from settlements of disputes to commercial transactions. This session will highlight some common triggers to look out for to ensure you avoid any future tax headaches.
Jane FitzGerald, Barrister, Queensland Bar
|11:10 am Stream||2A||2B|
|Waving the PI “Red Flags” in general practice |
Join our experts as they identify some surprising “Red Flag” moments you should be alert to in general practice, and offer guidance, referring to recent case law, on how you can best advise your clients and get yourself off risk.
Anna Morgan, Practice leader & Special Counsel, Evolve Legal; Member, Gold Coast District Law Association.
Jo Sorbello Barrister, Queensland Bar Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) - Qld
|The art of Advocacy |
Whether you are an early career lawyer wishing to develop your advocacy skills or a more experienced practitioner wanting to refine your techniques, this session will provide essential instruction to enhance your ability to deliver personalised and effective advocacy. With decades of accrued experience between our distinguished panellists, they will share their top tips to give you the edge you need for appearances before the courts and tribunals.
Gary Coveney, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Phil Looney QC Barrister, Queensland Bar
Luke Tonge Barrister, Queensland Bar
|1:00 pm Stream||3A||3B|
|Grow your legal brand |
Find out how you can plant the seed and nurture your personal legal brand so you flourish in the legal market garden. Our experienced presenter will share some of her secrets to help you achieve evergreen client growth.
Caralee Fontenele, Director, Collective Family Law Group; Founder, The Scalable Business Lounge.
|Introduction from Sympli|
Body Corporate Law by the beach
Brought to you by our major sponsor Sympli
This session will dive into issues facing Gold Coast bodies corporate and lot owners.
Ben Strangman Barrister, Queensland Bar
Ben Kidston, Barrister, Queensland Bar
|2:00 pm Stream||4A||4B|
|What every lawyer needs to know about criminal law|
Criminal law intersects with nearly every other practice area. If your client finds themselves on the wrong side of the law, you’ll need to know the basics so that their interests are protected. We’ll explore the criminal law essentials such as when your client should cooperate or keep their lips sealed, what police can or cannot do, and other constructive criminal law advice.
Erin Mitchell, Director, Potts Lawyers; Committee Member, Gold Coast District Law Association
Danielle Hanson, Senior Associate, Potts Lawyers
Keeping it in the family: What you need to know about Family Provision applications
This session will provide practical direction and updates to case law to help you expertly manage Family Provision applications under the Succession Act 1981 (QLD).
Andrew Fraser, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Carla Parsons, Director, Parsons Law; Accredited Specialist (Succession) - Qld
3:00 pm Afternoon tea
3:30 pm Governance Panel - Incorporated Legal Practices and the delivery of legal services
Following from our opening plenary session on Good Governance through Ethics, join our panel for an illuminating discussion on issues around the appropriate governance practices for Incorporated Legal Practices.
Megan Mahon, Commissioner, Legal Services Commission, Queensland
Dr Caroline Hart, Associate Head, School of Law and Justice, University of Southern Queensland, and Author, The Seven Elements of Successful Country Law Firms
Ben Cohen, Managing Partner, Bartley Cohen; Accredited Specialist (Commercial Litigation) - Qld; Chair, Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society In-House Counsel Committee
Stafford Shepherd, Principal Ethics and Practice Counsel, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre | Legal Practitioner Director, QLS Solicitor Support Pty Ltd, Queensland Law Society
4:30 pm Closing remarks
Presenter: Kara Thomson , President, Queensland Law Society; Consultant Hughes and Lewis Legal; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld
4:45 pm Keypoint Law networking drinks | Event Centre Gallery