Queensland Law Society

Toowoomba Intensive

Tuesday 12 November 2019
Picnic Point, 164 Tourist Drive, Toowoomba

The Toowoomba Intensive is designed to engage local practitioners and provide tailored professional development to the region. Sessions will address local issues, substantive law updates, ethics, trust accounting, wellbeing and risk management. This event provides attendees with an opportunity to engage with presenters, QLS in-house experts and local representatives on matters specific to regional practitioners.

7 CPD points
Practical Legal Ethics
Practice Management & Business Skills
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Member
$405 Earlybird
$505 Standard
Non-member
$655 Standard

Group registration discount

Register four people from the same organisation at one event, the fourth is registered at 50% of the standard price. Email the events team to access this offer.

Early-bird close: Tuesday 29 October

Registration close: Friday 8 November


Program

8am

Registration

8.15am

Welcome remarks

Presenter:
Shane Budden, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Solicitor, MacDonald Law and President, Downs & South West Queensland Law Association

8.30am

The "Active Legal Risk Management (LRM)” approach: How to exceed client expectations in 2020

Leading Legal Forecaster Professor Richard Suskind opines that the 2020’s will be a “Decade of Change” for the legal profession unlike any that have gone before; including a transformation of the method by which legal services are provided . With corporate and governmental clients increasingly demanding ‘future focused’ solutions and seeking to actively manage their legal risks "up front,” practitioners will need to shift their paradigm of providing legal advice towards a closer focus upon their client's own organisational legal risk appetite. This transition will see legal practitioners move from being a mere legal services provider to becoming a "trusted advisor.”

This session will introduce the Active LRM paradigm to delegates and provide a hands-on workshopped example of this approach in practice.

Presenter:
Randal Dennings, Lawyer and Member, Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services Law Committee
Chair:
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Solicitor, MacDonald Law and President, Downs & South West Queensland Law Association

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9.30am

Cleaning up our act on social media: tweets, posts and privilege

Social media has been a boon to many businesses big and small, and law firms are no exception. The increased use of social media as a business tool also brings with it significant risks, particularly in light of the fundamental duties owed by solicitors and the need to protect client privilege and confidentiality. This session will examine those risks and explore ways to minimise them in light of ethical obligations and recent court decisions.

Presenter:
Shane Budden, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Solicitor, MacDonald Law and President, Downs & South West Queensland Law Association

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10.30am

Morning tea

10.45am

Navigating criminal law in the digital era

Practitioners are increasingly facing new challenges in the criminal law sector with respect to search warrants for access to mobile phones, invasion of privacy offences, revenge porn and evidentiary issues concerning forensic analysis of mobile phone contents. This session will explore telecommunications offences surrounding Smartphones and navigating same.

Presenter:
Nathan Bouchier, Director, Bouchier Khan Lawyers
Chair:
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Solicitor, MacDonald Law and President, Downs & South West Queensland Law Association

11.45am

Cyber defence on a budget

All Queensland solicitors, especially those in smaller firms, are on the front line of the cyber war. Ongoing attacks have left a wake of destruction behind for many practices and their clients. Information security is built upon a sound network, trained staff and comprehensive policies. Few firms tick all the boxes. QLS has a number of resources available to improve all three metrics as cost effectively as possible. This session will provide practical guidance from the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre on the top four cyber threats to small to mid-sized law firms and how to mitigate them.

Presenter:
David Bowles, Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Solicitor, MacDonald Law and President, Downs & South West Queensland Law Association

12.45pm

Lunch

1.30pm

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 behaviours are inappropriate and what can be done at an individual and systemic level to address these issues. 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:
Rebecca Niebler, Organisational Culture and Support Officer, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Chair:
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Solicitor, MacDonald Law and President, Downs & South West Queensland Law Association

2.30pm

Ethics and Family Law: Where Good Lawyers Go Wrong

You be the judge!

Steve Rees presents scenarios drawn on Court and Tribunal decisions and his experience as an Accredited Family Law Specialist and Qld Law Society Senior Counsellor and invites you to place yourself in the shoes of the hapless practitioner and of a Legal Services Tribunal member.

Presenter:
Stephen Rees, Solicitor, Rees Law; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Chair:
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Solicitor, MacDonald Law and President, Downs & South West Queensland Law Association

3.30pm

Afternoon tea

3.50pm

Section 222 Appeals

In this session, His Honour will provide a paper to assist practitioners appearing in summary proceedings in understanding and advising clients concerning prospects, and the initiation and conduct of appeals pursuant to s222 of the Justices Act 1886. In particular, by identifying:

  • who may appeal
  • what grounds are necessary in order to appeal
  • how to start such an appeal
  • time limit for appealing and extension of time
  • what notice of appeal must include
  • nature of appeal hearing
  • whether fresh evidence allowed
  • powers of judge on hearing appeal
  • costs and other points to note.
Presenter:
His Honour Judge Dennis Lynch QC, District Court of Queensland
Chair:
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Solicitor, MacDonald Law and President, Downs & South West Queensland Law Association

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4.50pm

Closing remarks

Presenter:
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Solicitor, MacDonald Law and President, Downs & South West Queensland Law Association

5pm

Close

5-7pm

Celebrate, Recognise and Socialise

Celebrate, recognise and socialise at our networking event following Toowoomba Intensive. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues and connect with your local profession in a relaxed setting. We will also recognise the membership milestone for a group of Queensland Law Society members. Join us in celebrating their achievement as they receive their pins.

 

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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