Annual Gold Coast Legal Conference 2022

Friday 10 June 2022

The Star

1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach QLD 4218


 10 CPD


$299.00 Member
$389.00 Non-member
$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

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

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 BuddenSpecial Counsel, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society

9:40 am Morning tea

10:10 am Stream1A  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 Stream2A2B 

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

12:10 Lunch

1:00 pm Stream3A 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 Stream4A4B 

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


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