Queensland Law Society

CQLA & QLS Conference

18-19 October 2019
Empire Apartment Hotel, Rockhampton

Queensland Law Society is excited to partner with the Central Queensland Law Association for the third annual CQLA & QLS conference to be held in Rockhampton.

Packed with opportunities to upskill and elevate your practice, this two-day conference combines substantive law, practical skills, practice support, ethics, and career development. Featuring presenters from the judiciary, barristers and industry experts. This event is not to be missed!

Strengthen the way you practise, grow your professional network and earn 10 CPD points – all at your CQLA & QLS Conference!

Two-day and single day registrations available.

Earlybird closes Friday 4 October

Registration closes Tuesday 15 October

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10 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Group registration discount (applicable to early-bird and standard pricing)

Register four people from the same organisation at one event, the fourth is registered at 50% of the standard price. Not to be used in conjunction with any other discount. Discount will be applied to the lowest registration price. Group discount not available on single-day registrations options for multi-day events. Email the events team at events@qls.com.au to secure this offer.

CQLA/QLS Member
$600 Both days earlybird*
$750 Both days standard*
$405 Day one (Friday) earlybird
$505 Day one (Friday) standard
$210
Day two  (Saturday) earlybird
$260 Day two (Saturday) standard

Pre-dinner drinks
$35 Included in both day registration
Standard (member and non-member)

Presidents' Dinner tickets
$99 Included in both day registration
Standard (member and non-member)
Non-member
$1005
Both days standard*
$655
Day one (Friday) standard
$340
Day two (Saturday) standard

CQLA Caulfield Cup Day
$105
Discounted** (member and non member)
$150 Standard (member and non member)

*Both day registration includes pre-dinner drinks and dinner ticket

**Maximum of four discounted tickets per delegate. Additional tickets can be purchased at the standard price. Each ticket includes entry to private function in the Veuve tent, lunch and beverages.


Program


Friday 18 October

7 CPD points

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome

Presenter:
Bill Potts, President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor

8.45am

Chief Justice’s address

Presenter:
The Honourable C E Holmes, Chief Justice of Queensland

9am

From lawyer to leader: Adapting to changes in the legal profession

In a complex and disruptive world, law firms are being forced to cut through the noise and be responsive to change, more than ever before. The expectations of emerging talent, fierce competition for clients, changing business models and the rate of technological change means that a new leadership mindset and skillset is needed in the legal profession.

Great lawyers are known for their legal expertise, autonomy, scepticism and giving the right advice – all important traits for a lawyer but not always for a leader. When lawyers move into a leadership position, it can be challenging to make the shift from expert to coach, from knowing the right answers to knowing the right questions and from focusing on short-term productivity to long-term effectiveness.

This session will explore how practitioners can gain greater influence, embrace collaboration and inspire performance as a legal leader.

Presenter
Midja Fisher, Leadership Expert, Lawyer, Speaker, Mentor, Corporate Facilitator, and Member, QLS Practice Management Course Committee
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

10am

Cybersecurity: Beyond the basics

Regional firms have been on the front line of technology and innovation. This session will delve deeper into the steps regional practitioners ought to be taking to ensure they are mitigating the risks of a cyberattack as well as provide practitioners with a checklist of what to do if you are attacked. This session will include:

  • a brief overview of the developments in this space including the four main types of attacks small to mid-sized firms should be aware of
  • prevention strategies, including best practice password creation, best practice internet usage – eg what should I not click on and open, how to select workable policies and how to put together a small-scale cyber improvement project using external consultants without breaking the bank
  • mitigation strategies including how to prepare a mandatory breach response and data breach response plan, and QLS resources available to members
  • disclosure requirements eg who do I need to contact when a breach occurs?
Presenter:
David Bowles, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

11am

Morning tea

11.15am

Stream 1A

Reality testing clients in family law matters

Being able to give evidence-based legal advice from the very first appointment is one of the keys to assisting clients in family law matters to reach resolution without the need for significant legal proceedings.

An expert panel will discuss how to manage your client’s expectations, including how to ask questions that test their position and to provide advice based on the evidence that can be obtained.

Panellists:
Greg Shoebridge, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Jennifer McArdle, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Dr Phillippa Stunzner, Clinical Psychologist, Family Consultant
Chair:
Her Honour Judge Anne Demack, Federal Circuit of Australia

Stream 1B

If only I’d checked

Join Lexon in this interactive session and test your preparedness as they share their latest neuroscience research findings and the latest claim and trends across all practice areas.

Presenters:
Tracy Skellern, Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance
Emma-Jane McNicol, Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance
Chair:
Matthew Dunlop, Solicitor, Maurice Blackburn and Secretary, Central Queensland Law Association

12.15pm

Stream 2A

Family Reports: What you need to know

Family Reports are an important part of the Court’s investigations in children’s matters. Attending interviews can be anxiety-provoking for clients who are often aware of the weight that can be placed on the recommendations. Dr Phillippa Stunzner will discuss the process used, considerations given to each matter and how she approaches the difficult task of writing family reports. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from an extremely experienced and respected report writer, so don’t miss out! Questions will be taken on notice.

Presenters:
Greg Shoebridge, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Dr Phillippa Stunzner, Psychologist
Chair:
Her Honour Judge Anne Demack, Federal Circuit of Australia

Stream 2B

Trust accounting refresher

This session is aimed at those wanting to improve their fundamental knowledge of trust accounting regulation. Join Queensland Law Society’s in-house trust accounting experts for an essential guide to trust accounting compliance.

Presenter:
Michael Drinkall, Team Leader, Trust Account Investigations, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Matthew Dunlop, Solicitor, Maurice Blackburn and Secretary, Central Queensland Law Association

1.15pm

Lunch

2pm

Stream 3A

Rural property law update

Are you up to date with property law issues specific to your region? Agribusiness is one of Australia’s fastest evolving sectors. It is also one of the major drivers of the economy and is integral to the country’s continued prosperity. This session is essential for lawyers practising, or intending to practise, in regional and rural communities.

Presenter:
Amy Cocks, Solicitor, Rees R & Sydney Jones
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

Stream 3B

Strategies for success: Criminal law practice

Join experienced criminal law barrister, Scott Moon, as he discusses tips and traps when developing the theory of your case.

Presenter:
Scott Moon, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Chair:
Matthew Dunlop, Solicitor, Maurice Blackburn and Secretary, Central Queensland Law Association

3pm

Stream 4A

Communicating with a diverse client base

Sharing insights and personal experiences, our presenters will offer you guidance on how to effectively communicate with a diverse range of clients. The session will cover:

  • what is quality communication? Communication styles and building rapport
  • understanding cultural nuances when interacting with First Nations clients
  • communication methods appropriate for children
  • effective communication when dealing with clients experiencing mental health issues.
Panellists:
Nikki Wawryk, Convenor, Youth Justice and Member, Mental Health Review Tribunal
David Wenitong, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS)
Anita Goon, First Nations Legal Executive, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

Stream 4B

What’s new in succession law: Case law and legislation update

Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist Christine Smyth will present a refreshing overview of relevant case and legislation changes in the succession jurisdiction and their implications on your succession law practice.

Presenter:
Christine Smyth, Consultant, Robbins Watson Solicitors; Former President, Queensland Law Society; Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee; Member, Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board; Member, STEP; Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
Chair:
Matthew Dunlop, Solicitor, Maurice Blackburn and Secretary, Central Queensland Law Association

4pm

Afternoon tea

4.15pm

Clean hands, dirty money: A solicitor’s guide to accepting funds from clients

In the backdrop of the recent Crime and Corruption Commission prosecutions, this session is a timely refresher for practitioners on better business practices for accepting funds from clients and their duties in relation to same. This session will explore the practical and ethical issues practitioners ought to consider when accepting funds from clients to avoid unsavoury situations.

Presenter:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

5.15pm

Closing Remarks

Presenter:
Bill Potts, President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

5.20pm

Close

5.20pm

Pre-dinner drinks

Venue: Motel 98

6.30pm

Presidents' dinner

Join your colleagues and both the CQLA and QLS presidents as we celebrate, recognise and socialise. The evening’s event will include presentation of the Justice Peter Dutney memorial Prize and QLS 25 year pin presentations.

Venue: Motel 98

Saturday 19 October

3 CPD points

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome

Presenter:
Bill Potts, President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor

8.35am

Views from the Bench

This session provides practitioners with the unique opportunity to hear from His Honour Judge Burnett as he shares the latest developments in criminal law practice.

Presenter:
His Honour Judge Michael Burnett AM, District Court of Queensland
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

9.05am

It's all in the drafting – a look at some recent cases

Drafting skills are fundamental in a legal professional’s toolkit. This session will look at some particular contract drafting issues – in particular, drafting do's and don'ts.

Presenter:
Anna Burnett, Senior Expertise Lawyer, Ashurst
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

9.35am

Wellness in the Law: Creating and sustaining health within the legal profession

The culture of the legal profession is often criticised for not appropriately dealing with harassment and bullying within its own ranks, and one which records high levels of mental health concerns. This session will help individuals understand what aspects of the profession are causing concern, what behaviors are inappropriate and what can be done at an individual and systemic level to address these issues. Presented by Rolf Moses, CEO of Queensland Law Society, this important session is being provided across the state to raise awareness, educate and support a shift in culture towards a safer, healthier and more prosperous profession.

Presenter:
Rolf Moses, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland law Society
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

10.35am

Morning tea

10.50am

Regional roundtable: Local matters discussed

Share your thoughts and concerns with your colleagues and Queensland Law Society. We will close the day with a roundtable discussion with questions on notice and without notice. You’ll have the chance to engage with presenters, a QLS in-house expert and local representatives on matters specific to regional practitioners.

Panellists:
His Honour Judge Michael Burnett AM, District Court of Queensland
Brian McGowran, Principal Solicitor, McGowran Cagney Lawyers
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale, Magistrates Court of Queensland
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

11.50am

Closing remarks

Presenter:
Bill Potts, President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

12pm

Conference close

12.30-4pm

Worrells Caulfield Cup Races

Matthew Dunlop

Matthew Dunlop

Solicitor, Maurice Blackburn

Matthew has more than seven years’ of experience in personal injury litigation. In that time, he has acted for both defendants and plaintiffs; most recently relocating to Rockhampton with his family for a position with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

 

 

 


Midja Fisher

Midja Fisher

Corporate Facilitator, Speaker, Author, Coach; Member QLS PMC Committee

LLB(Hons.) B Info Tech

Midja is a leadership expert, corporate facilitator, mentor and keynote speaker. She is a lawyer and former partner of Shine Lawyers, an ASX listed company and one of Australia’s largest compensation law firms. Midja began her career as an IT consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, before practising law and then finding her passion in the field of learning and development.

During her career she has mentored leaders and facilitated hundreds of corporate workshops, from webinar series and induction programs to 6-day residential leadership programs.

Midja understands the challenges clients face in building leadership capability within their organisations. She works with their leaders to leverage their strengths to gain the skills and self-belief they need to inspire top performance.

Midja specialises in the areas of authentic leadership, building career confidence and women’s mentoring programs. Her clients include the Toyota North Queensland Cowboys, SAP, James Conomos Lawyers, Gouldson Legal, Sentinel Property Group, Queensland Law Society, WSP, Merthyr Law, Australian Trade College, QLD RSL and Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA).

Midja is the author of two books ‘Confidence – How to be your most Authentic, Courageous and Unshakeable Self’ and ‘Great Lawyer to Great Leader’.

Midja lives on the Gold Coast with her three children. Find out more about Midja and her practice at www.midja.com.au


Chief Justice

The Honourable C E Holmes

Chief Justice of Queensland

The Honourable Catherine Holmes was sworn in as Chief Justice of Queensland on 11 September 2015, having previously been a Justice of Appeal. Her Honour holds the degrees of B.Econ (ANU), B.A. (Hons), LLB, LLM (Advanced) (UQ). She was admitted as a solicitor in 1982 and as a barrister in 1984, taking silk in 1999. While in practice, Justice Holmes was at various times a part time member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, Deputy President of the Queensland Community Corrections Board and, during 1998 and 1999, Counsel assisting the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse. Her Honour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland in March 2000. She was the judge overseeing the Court’s criminal list for some years, and was the judge constituting the Mental Health Court from February 2005 until May 2006, when she was appointed to the Court of Appeal. From 16 January 2011 until 16 March 2012, Justice Holmes was the Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland Floods 2010-2011.


Samantha Legrady

Samantha Legrady

Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

Samantha Legrady considers herself a local as she moved to Rockhampton with her family when she was 12, where she was educated, raised her family and has worked in the local Legal Community. She is the President of the Central Queensland Law Association, member of Queensland Law Society and a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc. Samantha is also a member on the Central Queensland University Law Advisory Board.

Samantha has practised in the Rockhampton region in civil, commercial, family and criminal law. She is currently employed at ATSILS in Rockhampton as a Criminal Defence Lawyer. Samantha works in criminal matters, Children’s Court and is currently on the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel.

She volunteers assisting local schools with their debating and mooting competitions and regularly participates in fundraising for great causes such as Steptember (raising funds for Cerebral Palsy), Mental Health, Cancer Council and Domestic Violence.


Tracy Skellern

Tracy Skellern

Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd

Since admission, Tracy has worked in various positions in the legal industry including in private practice, as a consultant in a legal practice management software company, as a precedent lawyer, and as general manager of a specialist law practice.

For the past decade, Tracy has conducted risk management workshops with law practices all over Queensland and been extensively involved in the creation and updating of many of the legal risk tools provided by Lexon. Tracy has also presented at a range of continuing professional development events regarding Lexon’s claim experience, neuroscience research and risk management strategies.

 


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