Queensland Law Society

Personal Injuries Conference

Friday 11 October 2019
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Now in its 19th year, the QLS personal injuries conference continues to be the premier professional development event for both plaintiff and defendant personal injuries solicitors in Queensland. Presented by leading experts, session topics this year include claims farming, settlements, expert reports and cyber security.

7 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Member
$675 Earlybird
$845 Standard
Non-member
$1100 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.

Earlybird closes 27 September

Registration closes 08 October


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

8.40am

Claims farming

Tabled in June of this year, the Queensland Law Society welcomed the Motor Accident Insurance and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 which seeks to combat the practice of claim farming in Queensland. Hear from our esteemed panel of experts on the proposed changes and understand how these changes will impact you.

Panellists:
Luke Murphy, Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Murphy Schmidt Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation / Tort Law Committee
Michael Garbett, Partner, Moray & Agnew Lawyers and Chair, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation / Tort Law Committee
Neil Singleton, Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Commission, Queensland Treasury and Trade
Chair:
Ken Taylor, Immediate Past President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Purcell Taylor; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation / Tort Law Committee

9.25am

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, Author, ABC TV Presenter, Assoc. University Lecturer
Chair:
Luke Murphy, Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Murphy Schmidt Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation / Tort Law Committee

10.25am

Morning tea

10.45am

Ethics: Costs and disclosure

Understanding the regulatory framework to manage costs is important so we can create a positive client relationship and maintain ethical standards in the profession. Presented by the Queensland Law Society Ethics and Practice Centre, this session will examine the ethical issues involved in cost agreements and disclosure obligations.

Presenters:
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
James McLellan, Legal Costs Assessor
Chair:
Trent Johnson, Director, Bennett & Philp Lawyers

11.45am

Cybersecurity for personal injuries lawyers

Cyberattacks on Queensland solicitors continue, and with each successful penetration, the appetite of the criminals grows. An essential part of any cyber strategy is being ready for an event—big or small—affecting network integrity and client confidentiality. Join our cyber security expert for a discussion on the steps you should take to protect your firm as well as your client’s money and personal data.

Presenter:
David Bowles, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Trenton Schreurs, Principal, McInnes Wilson Lawyers

12.45pm

Lunch

1.30pm

Stream 1A

When to get an expert report

Cases often turn on the veracity and strength of an expert’s evidence. Choosing and managing the right expert, gathering and presenting their evidence, are skills that can make or break your client’s case. It is equally important to confidently advise your client about the potential value of expert reports, taking into account the expenses this can create for your client.

Presenter:
Anna Morgan, Special Counsel, Ramsden Lawyers
Chair:
Robert Parcell, Consultant, DWF (Australia), Personal Injury Accredited Specialist

Stream 1B

Rewind: Setting aside settlement agreements

With historic sexual abuse claims firmly in the public eye it is essential for practitioners to understand when a court may consider it is ‘just and reasonable’ to set aside a past settlement agreement. The session will examine the key judgement in TRG v The Board of Trustees of the Brisbane Grammar School [2019] QSC 157.

Presenter:
Tania Boal, Partner, MurphySchmidt
Chair:
Tom Rynders, Partner, Creevey Russell Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld

2.15pm

Stream 2A

National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS): Three years on

It is essential for practitioners to understand the different compensation and support options available to clients. Hear from our expert presenters on the progress of the NIIS in Queensland since its introduction, including new developments and tips when making a claim.

Presenters:
Carl Richards, General Counsel, National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ) Agency
Ross McConaghy, Partner, Jensen McConaghy Lawyers
Chair:
Robert Parcell, Consultant, DWF (Australia), Personal Injury Accredited Specialist

Stream 2B

Nervous shock: Caffrey v AAI Limited [2019] QSC 7

Unique to the Queensland Jurisdiction, the laws surrounding liability for psychiatric harm comes solely from the common law and not statute. This session will examine the latest jurisprudence on this topic from the Supreme Court of Queensland highlighting important implications for both plaintiffs and insurers.

Presenter:
Dominic Murphy, Barrister, Queensland Bar
Chair:
Tom Rynders, Partner, Creevey Russell Lawyers, Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld

3pm

Afternoon tea

3.25pm

Case and legislation update

Review of the key cases and legislation affecting personal injuries over the past 12 months, including workcover and public liability claims.

Presenter:
Steve Herd, Partner, Fisher Dore Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld
Chair:
Helen Ashton, Special Counsel, East Coast Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld

4.25pm

When to hold and when to fold

Join renowned jurist in Queensland personal injuries legal history, the Honourable Duncan McMeekin QC, who will provide his insights on reaching settlement from his experience practicing as an independent arbitrator and mediator for personal injuries matters.

Presenter:
The Honourable Duncan McMeekin QC, Mediator and Arbitrator, More Chambers; Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland
Chair:
Ken Taylor, Immediate Past President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Purcell Taylor; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation / Tort Law Committee

5.10pm

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

5.15pm

Networking drinks

6.15pm

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