Queensland Law Society

Criminal Law Conference

Friday 2 August 2019
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Queensland Law Society’s Criminal Law Conference is the premier professional development event for criminal lawyers and other interested professionals in Queensland. We are honoured to welcome an impressive roster of presenters from the judiciary, private Bar and practice.

This year’s program is full of recent case-analysis, legislative updates and practical skills which will bolster your skillset and future-proof your professional toolkit.


Registrations have closed. Contact Events Management on 07 3842 5806 or events@qls.com.au with any queries or or visit the QLS Shop to pre-order the on-demand recording and view it online at a time that suits you!

7 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Member
$675 Earlybird
$845 Standard
Non-member
$1,100 Standard

 

Group discount

Register four people from the same organisation and the fourth person is registered at 50% of the standard price. Email the QLS events team at events@qls.com.au to secure your group discount.

CLC offer

Community Legal Centres are eligible for discounted registration to this event. Contact the events team via events@qls.com.au to find out more.

Terms and conditions

Feedback form competition

Presenter profiles

Earlybird closes 05 July

Registration closes 30 July


Program

8am

Registration

8.30am

Welcome 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:
Rebecca Fogerty, Partner, Jasper Fogerty Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee and Chair, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee

8.45am

Insights from senior legal practitioners and regulators into the life of a criminal law solicitor

Start the day with a riveting discussion with QLS President Bill Potts and a panel of senior criminal law practitioners on some of the unique challenges that criminal law solicitors face today. This panel will consider the ongoing struggles of criminal law practitioners and how to successfully navigate this challenging area of practice – inside and outside of firm walls.

Key takeaways on the importance of walking the fine line of professional independence will appeal to practitioners in all areas of law.

Panellists:
Bill Potts, President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Alan MacSporran QC, Chairperson, Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland
Rebecca Fogerty, Partner, Jasper Fogerty Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee and Chair, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Glen Cranny, Principal, Gilshenan & Luton
Chair:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society

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10.15am

Morning tea

10.35am

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 client 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.

Presenters
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Dan Rogers, Principal, Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee
Chair:
Craig Pratt, Director, Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice; member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld

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11.35am

The Duties of a Crown Prosecutor in calling a witness - R v Peros [2017] QSC 97

This session will cover:

  • Who must the Crown call in their case?
  • What to do when the Crown refuses to call a material witness
  • An overview of the decisions in Peros, Manning and Apostilides
Presenters
Dominic Brunello, Solicitor, Robertson O'Gorman Solicitors and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Craig Eberhardt, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Chair:
Craig Pratt, Director, Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice; member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld

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12.35pm

Lunch

1.20pm

Stream 1A - General Practice

Tendency evidence, uncharged acts and sexual interest - R v Bauer [2018] HCA 40

This session will examine the recent case of R v Bauer [2018] HCA 40 and what has changed since HML v The Queen (2008) 235 CLR 334. In particular, this session will explore:

  • what is/are uncharged acts
  • sexual interest evidence and tendency evidence and
  • in what circumstances will a court permit that as admissible evidence before a jury?
Presenter:
Andrew Anderson, Principal Lawyer, Anderson Fredericks Turner
Chair:
Brittany White, Principal, Fuller & White Solicitors and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee


Stream 1B - Innovation

Drugs and alcohol in sexual assault matters: Do the issues surrounding memory and consent match the evidence?

Join a toxicologist expert as he shares his observations in relation to memory and consent in over 18 months of sexual assault cases.

Presenter:
Dr Michael Robertson, Clinical & Forensic Toxicologist and Chemist
Chair:
Patrick Quinn, Senior Associate, Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee

2.05pm

Stream 2A - General Practice

Working in Youth Justice: What you need to know when acting for young offenders

Dealing with young offenders can be difficult. Listen to a seasoned practitioner as they share their hard earned lessons and experiences to help you deal with young offenders. If you work in youth justice – this session is not to be missed!

Presenter:
Damian Bartholomew, Solicitor, Youth Advocacy Centre
Chair:
Brittany White, Principal, Fuller & White Solicitors and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee

Stream 2B - Innovation

Social media and the law - status quo?

Do you tweet, gram, status-set or share online? This is the topic for you!

Social media is an ever growing phenomenon that is impacting upon criminal lawyers in a variety of ways, both for themselves and their clients.

This session aims to educate everyone from the least tech-savvy person around to the newest members of our profession who don’t know life without the internet.

Topics will include the use prosecuting authorities (and defence) can make of social media, advice to give clients throughout the course of their matter, some of the more unique issues that have arisen recently, and just what exactly a tweet is.

Presenters:
James Wallace, Partner, Wallace O’Hagan Lawyers and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Jemma Golding-Wallace, Senior Lawyer, Criminal Law Services, Legal Aid Queensland
Chair:
Patrick Quinn, Senior Associate, Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee

2.50pm

Stream 3A - General Practice

How to challenge a decision of Parole Board Queensland to refuse, suspend or cancel a parole order

In 2016, Walter Sofronoff, now the President of the Queensland Court of Appeal, delivered the Queensland Parole System Review which included commentary on the benefits of judicial review, at [967]:

“From a philosophical perspective, it is a fundamental element of our democratic society that the legislative and executive always be subject to a legal reason. Judicial review provides the indispensable check imposed upon those entreated with public power and in turn ensures the accountability of the Parole Board. This is all the more important when you consider that decisions of a Prole Board affect the safety of the community and have the potential to deprive a person of liberty.”

Delivered by the Deputy President, the session will cover how to review decisions of Parole Board Queensland, in the best interests of your client.

Presenters:
Michael Byrne QC, President, Parole Board Queensland
Kylie Mercer, Professional Board Member, Parole Board Queensland
Chair:
Brittany White, Principal, Fuller & White Solicitors and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee


Stream 3B - Innovation

The rise of the cybercriminal

The cybercrime landscape has evolved and there is a secondary market for copied client data where the primary objective of stealing money is not successful. This data is later strip-mined for the purpose of identity theft, blackmail or a multitude of other ways access to information can be exploited.

Hear real-time examples of cybercrime and what criminal practitioners ought to know to protect their clients, themselves and their firms.

Presenters:
David Bowles, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Graham Pease, Detective Senior Constable, Financial and Cyber Crime Group (Cyber and identity Crime), State Crime Command, Queensland Police Service
Chair:
Patrick Quinn, Senior Associate, Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee

3.35pm

Afternoon tea

3.55pm

Developing the theory of your case

Join esteemed Barrister, Lincoln Crowley QC as he shares his experience prosecuting complex trials and appeals involving Federal offences related to serious organised crime, terrorism and State matters involving drug offences, sexual offences and serious offences of violence.

Learn from an expert how to develop a strategic plan for your trial and develop the theory of your case.

Presenter:
Lincoln Crowley QC, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Chair:
Kristy Bell, Senior Associate, Fisher Dore; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld

4.55pm

Queensland Sentencing Information Service (QSIS) – an essential tool for practitioners

With technology and innovation on the rise, optimising time and efficiency in your practice is of paramount importance. QSIS is a valuable and important resource for participants working in the criminal justice system—it is a key research tool that helps achieve consistency in sentencing. Users are able to search, locate and compare Queensland sentencing outcomes.

Don’t be left behind! Attend this session for a quick overview of how QSIS supports practitioners.

Presenter:
Georgie Berkman, Supreme Court Library Queensland
Chair:
Kristy Bell, Senior Associate, Fisher Dore; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld

5.15pm

Legal policy submission snapshot

Join us for a snapshot of Queensland Law Society’s criminal law policy committee submissions over the last 12 months, and some important legislative changes around the corner.

Presenter:
Rebecca Fogerty, Partner, Jasper Fogerty Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee and Chair, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Chair:
Binari De Saram Legal Policy Manager, Queensland Law Society

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5.30pm

Closing remarks

Presenter:
Rebecca Fogerty, Partner, Jasper Fogerty Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee and Chair, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee

5.35pm

Networking drinks

6.35pm

Close

 
 

QLS will use every effort to maintain the integrity of event programming, however QLS reserves the right to amend professional development programs and substitute presenters and/or topics where necessary.


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