Queensland Law Society

Gold Coast Symposium

Friday 7 June 2019 | The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach

Explore the practice issues, challenges and pressures relevant to your region. You’ll be able to tap into the experts to gain the insights needed to shape your future as a legal practitioner. Now in its 13th year and continuing to grow in popularity, take this opportunity to connect with your local professional network.

 

8 CPD           

Member
$500 Earlybird
$625 Standard
Non-member
$815 Standard

 

Special offers

SOLD OUT - Early Career Lawyers

Limit of 20 tickets at $200. Available to solicitors who hold QLS membership with 5 years or less practice experience. Must be purchased with a fully paying member registration.

Students

Limit of 15 tickets at $150. Available to QLS student members. Limited availability, register online by selecting the student registration option.

Earlybird closes 10 May

Registration closes 04 June


Program

6.30am

Registration for Leading Wellness in the Profession Breakfast

7am

Leading Wellness in the Profession Breakfast

Creating awareness and understanding around mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession still remains a priority. Join Queensland Law Society Chief Executive Officer, Rolf Moses as he discusses how you can develop your workplace leadership to support and promote wellbeing.

Presenter:
Rolf Moses, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sheetal Deo, Legal Professional Development Executive and Member, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyer Committee

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:
Mia Behlau, Special Counsel, Stone Group Lawyers and President, Gold Coast District Law Association

8.40am

The Business of Happiness

Humans are an incredibly simple species, in that we all want the same two things: To be happy and to like ourselves. Cliff has travelled and spoken across more than 60 countries studying the mechanics of human interaction. Join Cliff as he discusses:

  • the three universal questions for finding happiness and self-worth
  • the three components of humanity and their inter-relationships and utility in building happiness and self-esteem
  • the two most important benefits of valued living
  • your eight life-departments and how they impact life-satisfaction and relationship success and
  • how to increase your personal and professional value.

Gain the happiness advantage and unlock your productivity potential.

Presenter:
Cliff Battley, Registered Clinical Psychologist, Cliff Battley Positive Change
Chair:
Rolf Moses, CEO, Queensland Law Society

9.40am

Morning tea

10.10am

Stream 1A

Order in the court: Directions from the Supreme Court to improve litigation procedure and practice

This session examines recent practice directions aimed at a better and more efficient approach to the management of litigation. The Supreme Court is aware that in many cases the real issues to be tried are not identified and narrowed until the eve of trial or during the trial. This comes at a great cost to parties and to the public. To better manage the cases litigated before it, the Court has introduced a number of practice directions aimed at a “just and expeditious resolution of the real issues in dispute at a minimum of expense”. This session will explore the requirements to:

  • develop a document management protocol (a “document plan”)
  • confer to resolve or narrow the issues in dispute
  • summarise the “real” issue of a dispute
  • record a short summary of the issues to be tried
  • record the facts that are not in dispute
  • develop a basic trial plan.

The session will conclude with a brief review of Practice Directions 15 of 2018 (which applies in both the Supreme and District Courts).

Presenter:
Tanya Atwill, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Bond University
Chair:
Mia Behlau, Special Counsel, Stone Group Lawyers and President, Gold Coast District Law Association

Stream 1B

Flexibility in the workplace: How flexible workplaces can work for you

More and more employees are looking for flexible work arrangements but many firms feel ill-equipped to offer such an arrangement. This session will provide real-life insight into the tangible benefits of flexible work, specifically:

  • the rewards and challenges of leading a flexible firm
  • myth busting flexibility through essential information and strategies for success
  • lessons learned from flexibility in firms to date
  • your competitive edge for attracting top talent.
Presenter:
Emma Housten, Founder, The Tracksuit Economy
Chair:
Joelene Nel, Senior Associate, McLaughlins Lawyers


11.10am

Stream 2A

Better together: An intersectional approach to complex family law matters

Family law matters can be complex. When trusts and finances are involved, do you know who to call and when?

This session examines a family law case scenario and highlights the intersectionality of family law matters, and when other areas of practice ought to be considered.

Presenters:
Philip Looney QC, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Brian Carey, Senior Manager, Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants
Jenny Letts, Director, Jenny Letts Valuations and Forensics
Chair:
Mia Behlau, Special Counsel, Stone Group Lawyers and President, Gold Coast District Law Association

Stream 2B

If only I’d checked : Recent claim trends across all practice areas

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, Senior Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance
Chair:
Joelene Nel, Senior Associate, McLaughlins Lawyers

12.10pm

Lunch

1pm

Stream 3A

Financial Abuse of the Elderly – Can the Estate Recover the Proceeds?

Many lawyers are trained and attuned to pursue the traditional estate litigation path – solemn form applications, family provision claims and equitable recourses. How many are tuning in to a new and emerging trend – examining the conduct of a substitute decision maker during the life of the deceased and the effect it may have had on the deceased’s estate (usually not good). The presentation will examine:

  • Are lawyers adjusting to the new duty to explore the conduct of an EPOA as part of the estate litigation route and if not, are they exposed?
  • What are bad EPOA’s doing to send an estate to ‘the bottom of the harbour’?
  • What if the EPOA is also the Executor of the estate?
  • How can they be pursued after a principal’s death and what are the legal recourses?
  • How does an action against an EPOA dovetail with an FPA claim?
  • What have been relevant court decisions on the issues?
  • Presenters:
    Brian Herd, Partner, CRH Law and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee
    Catherine Moynihan, Official Solicitor and Director Legal Services / Investigations, Office of the Public Guardian
    Chair:
    Christine Smyth, Consultant, Robbins Watson Solicitors; Former President, Queensland Law Society and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld


Stream 3B

Successfully handling change in property practice

E-technology, cybercrime, Artificial Intelligence (AI), amassing regulations and responsibility for tax collection are just some of the challenges facing property law practices. Hear from experienced practitioners about the disruptions and drivers, and how their firms are responding and reaping the benefits of embracing change.

Delegates will learn about:

  • firms that are successfully innovating through firm management and strategy
  • the benefits of and how to implement systematisation, enhanced client service, and use of technology
  • client-focused costing and delivery of legal services
  • secure online portal for delivery of documents to/from clients, electronic signing, EFT/Direct Debit from Trust Account, cloud server and software, paperless office, self-supporting lawyers equipped with multi-screens, voice-to-text dictation/text drafting and integrated computer phones.
Presenters:
Peta Gray, Principal Legal Director, Enterprise Legal
Frank Higginson, Director, Hynes Legal
Chair:
Erin Mitchell, Senior Criminal Lawyer, Potts Lawyers and Treasurer, Gold Coast District Law Association

2pm

Stream 4A

Lost in translation: Working with overseas clients

Are you across the latest legislative and regulatory changes to adequately service your overseas clients? With increasing foreign interest (and investment) in the Gold Coast, there is opportunity for practitioners to expand their practice to include overseas clients and investors. Whether you already have overseas clients or are looking to diversify your practice, this session will give you an overview of the latest regulatory changes and requirements including Foreign Investor Review Board (FIRB) and AFAD and compliance updates.

Presenter:
Duncan Bedford, Partner, McCullough Robertson and Member, Queensland Law Society Revenue Law Committee
Presenter:
Christine Smyth, Consultant, Robbins Watson Solicitors; Former President, Queensland Law Society and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld

Stream 4B

Keeping up appearances: Directions from the Bench

With increasing workloads, compliance burdens, client demands and deadlines there can be a sense of 'let's get this over with' when it comes to court appearances. This has not gone unnoticed. It has been suggested that there has been a decline in the standard of appearances from solicitors across all practice areas and years of experience.

Join this session for an important refresher on the necessary skills, etiquette and conduct to ensure a more effective and appropriate court appearance.

Presenters:
Magistrate Kay Philipson, Magistrates Court of Queensland
Mia Behlau, Special Counsel, Stone Group Lawyers and President, Gold Coast District Law Association
Chair:
Erin Mitchell, Senior Criminal Lawyer, Potts Lawyers and Treasurer, Gold Coast District Law Association

3pm

Afternoon Tea

3.30pm

Professional Independence: Creating and maintaining professional boundaries

This session will address how we can establish and maintain healthy and professional boundaries with clients. It is undisputed that we act on the instructions of our clients, but as legal practitioners we have a duty to execute clients’ instructions with critical thought and expertise. This session will look at:

  • helping clients understand and trust the scope of our retainer
  • managing client expectations
  • knowing when and how to say “no” to clients
  • responding to client communications.
Presenter:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Anna Morgan, Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

4.30pm

Are you (cyber)secure?

This session will provide you with practical hints and tips to help you mitigate the risks of a cyberattack as well as provide you 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 – e.g. 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 e.g. who do I need to contact when a breach occurs?
Presenter:
David Bowles, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Anna Morgan, Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

5.30pm

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:
Mia Behlau, Special Counsel, Stone Group Lawyers and President, Gold Coast District Law Association

5.35pm

Close

5.35pm

Celebrate, recognise and socialise

Relaunching of “My Community Legal”: The Honourable Catherine Holmes, Chief Justice of Queensland

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.


Exhibitors

Gold sponsor

Bond University

Silver sponsor

Sympli

Trade exhibitor

College of Law

Trade exhibitor

leap

Trade exhibitor

legalsuper

Trade exhibitor

Morgans

Trade exhibitor

RCLC

Trade exhibitor

ServeDoc

Trade exhibitor

Smokeball

Trade exhibitor

WiseOwl

Event supporter

Supreme Court Library

Stream sponsor

Worrells