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 20 September
Registration closes Tuesday 15 October

10 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
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 Catherine Holmes, Chief Justice of Queensland

9am

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

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:
Katina Perren, Solicitor, Swanwick Murray Roche
Karen Oakley, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Dr Phillippa Stunzner, Psychologist
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.

Presenter:
Tracy Skellern, Deputy Risk Counsel, 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:
Karen Oakley, 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 Gudmann, 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

Hear a refreshing overview of relevant case and legislation changes in the succession jurisdiction and their implications on your succession law practice.

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: Empire apartments

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, District Court of Queensland
Chair:
Samantha Legrady, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and President, Central Queensland Law Association

9.05am

Developments in Drafting Practice

Drafting skills are fundamental in a legal professional’s toolkit. This session will review the latest drafting developments to ensure your documents are clear, concise and fit for purpose.

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

10.50am

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
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 – you asked for it!

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, District Court of Queensland
Brian McGowran, Partner, McGowran Cagney Lawyers
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
Her Honour Philippa Beckinsale, Magistrate, District 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

Caulfield Cup Races

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