Bernard Salt AM

Bernard Salt AM

Managing Director, The Demographics Group

Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community.

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Gillian Triggs

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs

Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne and former President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Tribunal.

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Gino Dal Pont

Professor Gino Dal Pont

University of Tasmania

Gino Dal Pont is a Professor at the University of Tasmania’s School of Law, where he teaches equity and trusts, legal ethics and tax.

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Presenters

Margaret Arthur | Partner, CRH Law; Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Health and Disability Law Committee
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Margaret specialises in the areas of elder law, guardianship and administration matters and estate litigation. Margaret is a member of the Management Committee of Caxton Legal Centre and a member of the Queensland Law Society Health and Disability Committee. She is a former part-time member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and was formerly an accredited specialist in the area of family law. Margaret is listed as a Recommended Lawyer for estate litigation in the 2017 Doyles Guide.

Retirement villages and aged care: Capacity and the risk of elder abuse

Morry Bailes | President, Law Council of Australia and Managing Partner, Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers
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Morry Bailes was the President of the Law Society of South Australia and Law Council of Australia Director in 2014 when he was elected onto the Law Council Executive in November the same year.

Mr Bailes graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and began working at Tindall Gask Bentley in 1987 during his final year of studies. He has been Managing Partner at the firm for 14 years, overseeing its significant expansion in that time, into Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Mr Bailes’s firm is the largest family law and plaintiff practice in South Australia, also practising in the areas of succession, workplace and criminal law. His clients include the Police Association of South Australia, the Western Australian Police Union, the Northern Territory Police Association as well as the Correctional Officers’ Legal Fund, the South Australian State School Leaders Association, Nunkuwarrin Yunti, the Aboriginal Sobriety Group and the CFS Volunteers Association. Mr Bailes is a member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and was the 2013 recipient of the Brian Withers Award for services to the legal profession in South Australia.

He is married to Melanie and his spare time is spent attempting to catch up to his young sons Hugo and Charlie, reading whenever possible and writing whenever necessary, publishing a regular column about law and law related issues in South Australia.

Anti-money laundering: The buck stops with you

Dan Brown | Partner, DLA Piper
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Dan is a partner at DLA Piper and his practice primarily focusses on developing and delivering large-scale infrastructure, resources and energy projects. Dan routinely engages in the global marketplace. He has substantial experience delivering projects within the Asia, Australian and the Middle Eastern markets, working across many diverse business cultures.

Avoiding faux pas: Communicating with diverse clients

Kate Buckley | Barrister, Queensland Bar
Mylton Burns | Principal, Commercial Litigation and Insurance, McInnes Wilson Lawyers
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Mylton has over 30 years’ experience and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyers. Mylton joined McInnes Wilson as a principal in 1996 where he continues to advise the firm’s commercial and professional services clients on how best to protect their businesses from claims.

Mylton has a Master of Laws, is a past Queensland president of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group, a member of the Law Council of Australia and Queensland Law Society, a member of the Society’s Practice Management Committee, and is a presenter on strategic planning for the Society’s Practice Management Course.

Mylton also runs McInnes Wilson’s internal continuing professional development program.

Avoiding faux pas: Communicating with diverse clients

Vicarious trauma: Dealing with distressed clients

Peter Callaghan SC | Barrister, Queensland Bar
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Peter was admitted as a barrister in 1986. He worked as a crown prosecutor for the Commonwealth, ACT and Queensland DPPs until 1995, and has been in practice at the Bar since then. He has practised for the most part in the criminal jurisdiction, appearing in courts at every level and in most Australian States and Territories. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.

Between 2008 and 2011 he was a member of the Board of Legal Aid Queensland. He is the president of the Queensland Branch of the International Commission of Jurists and a past president of the Law and Justice Institute (Qld) Inc.

Service to the Queensland Bar Association has included membership of the Bar Council, the Editorial Committee of the Bar News, the Criminal Law Committee, and as one of the Association’s Ethics Counsellors. He has been a frequent contributor to the Bar’s CPD program, and has been part of the BAQ program that provides training to lawyers in Papua New Guinea.

In 2011 he was appointed as Senior Counsel assisting Holmes JA (as her Honour then was) in her conduct of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry. Between 2016 and 2017 he was Senior Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Professionalism in the courtroom: An insider’s perspective

The Honourable Justice Catherine Carew | Family Court of Australia

Justice Carew was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and was called to the Bar in 1992. In 2013, Her Honour was appointed Queen’s Counsel and on 7 March 2016 was appointed to the bench of the Family Court of Australia.

Key updates: Legislation and case law – Family Law

Professor Sharon Christensen | Queensland University of Technology; Consultant Gadens and Member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
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Professor Christensen has practised, published and lectured extensively in all aspects of property transactions including land contracts, commercial leasing, community title and allied subjects in Queensland since 1990. She is a consultant to Gadens and a member of Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee.

Electronic execution of property contracts

David Cormack | Barrister, Queensland Bar
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David comes from a background of having practised as a solicitor for ten years before he was admitted as a barrister in 2003, initially as in-house counsel for WorkCover Queensland until 2009.

David specialises in personal injuries and associated areas of occupational health and safety, general protection, industrial and employment law. Apart from this collective, David practices in mental health law (ECT’s & forensic orders) and volunteers for a Restorative Justice initiative – the Sycamore Tree Project (taking crime survivors into prison).

David contributes to the LexisNexis National Work Health and Safety Law subscription, provides a personal online subscription service and maintains an App “Injury Damages Calculator”.

David’s interests include home produce (free-range chooks and veggies), working towards aquaponics, kayaking and cycling.

Another piece of the PI: Financial complexities for the self-employed

Leone Costigan | Executive Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) - Qld
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Leone is executive counsel in finance, real estate and property at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), specialising in real estate transactions. She has extensive experience in real property transactions and development projects across Australia.

Leone works with many major property development companies and property trusts advising on the acquisition, disposal, development and leasing of real property assets.  As part of HSF’s pro bono legal program, Leone enjoys providing legal advice to a number of pro bono clients including St Vincent De Paul, Ronald McDonald House and Youngcare.

Leone is a member of the Property Council of Australia Diversity Committee and the Tax Institute, and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House (SEQ) charity.

Property transactions: Senior living options

How to manage stamp duty and tax issues for your client

Glen Cranny | QLS Senior Counsellor, Queensland Law Society; Principal, Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Occupational Discipline Law Committee
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Glen is the Principal of Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice, a firm specialising in the defence of criminal and professional misconduct allegations. For the last 20 years, Glen has worked exclusively in the criminal law and related areas. He is a Queensland Law Society accredited specialist in criminal law, and was the chair of the Society’s Criminal Law Committee from 2008 – 2014. Glen has been a QLS Senior Counsellor since 2010.

Glen is a frequent publisher of articles concerning criminal law in various journals, including Proctor. He is a regular presenter, lecturer and media commentator on matters related to criminal law, and is a contributing author to the Queensland College of Law program.

Proceeds of crime: Best practice for dealing with high risk clients

Peter Callaghan SC | Barrister, Queensland Bar
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Peter was admitted as a barrister in 1986. He worked as a crown prosecutor for the Commonwealth, ACT and Queensland DPPs until 1995, and has been in practice at the Bar since then. He has practised for the most part in the criminal jurisdiction, appearing in courts at every level and in most Australian States and Territories. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.

Between 2008 and 2011 he was a member of the Board of Legal Aid Queensland. He is the president of the Queensland Branch of the International Commission of Jurists and a past president of the Law and Justice Institute (Qld) Inc.

Service to the Queensland Bar Association has included membership of the Bar Council, the Editorial Committee of the Bar News, the Criminal Law Committee, and as one of the Association’s Ethics Counsellors. He has been a frequent contributor to the Bar’s CPD program, and has been part of the BAQ program that provides training to lawyers in Papua New Guinea.

In 2011 he was appointed as Senior Counsel assisting Holmes JA (as her Honour then was) in her conduct of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry. Between 2016 and 2017 he was Senior Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Professionalism in the courtroom: An insider’s perspective

Professor Gino Dal Pont | University of Tasmania
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Professor Gino Dal Pont teaches equity and trusts, legal ethics and tax at the University of Tasmania’s School of Law. Gino is admitted to legal practice in New South Wales, is a Certified Practising Accountant, a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Law and the College of Law, and the General Editor of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia.

He has written multiple books in a variety of fields, including equity and trusts, lawyers’ professional responsibility, costs, agency, confidentiality and succession. These books are widely used within the legal profession and regularly cited in courts across Australia.

Ethics plenary: Professionalism in the 21st Century

Liz Dann | Registrar of Titles and Registrar of Water Allocations
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Elizabeth was appointed to the position of executive director of Titles Registry in September 2012. She has been a senior executive in the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (and its predecessors) over a number of years, primarily in the areas of land and water policy, and managing the department’s governance, strategic policy and legislative agendas. She brings to the position of Registrar of Titles an extensive background in land tenure and land legislation, as well as time spent with the Commonwealth Government in Canberra as an executive director with the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

Key updates: Legislation and case law

Peter Delibaltas | Director, Criminal Law Services, Legal Aid Queensland and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
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Peter has over 25 years’ experience as a legal practitioner in criminal law, commencing with the Public Defenders office and subsequently joining the Legal Aid Queensland team. During his career, he has represented defendants throughout Queensland and has been involved in the defence of many high profile and complex criminal law matters.

Peter was appointed Director of Criminal Law Services, Legal Aid Queensland in 2010 and is responsible for leading the largest criminal defence practice in Queensland. He was a finalist in the Australian Institute of Management – Not for Profit Manager of the Year in 2013. Since 2010, Peter has been a member of the National Legal Aid Criminal Law Working Group and a member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee.

Parole Board Queensland: Your questions answered

Key updates: Legislation and procedure

Randal Dennings | Lawyer and Member, Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services Law Committee
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Randal retired from legal practice in 2016 but remains active in his committee memberships of the Queensland Law Society and the Law Council of Australia. He chairs the Queensland Law Society Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorism Financing Working Group, is a member of the Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services committee, and is a member of Law Council of Australia Banking and Financial Services and Anti-Money Laundering Committees.

Randal is a Fellow of the Governance institute of Australia and is a contributing author to its publications, as well as a regular facilitator and lecturer for a number of its governance risk and compliance related forums and activities.

Randal chairs the University of Queensland’s (UQ) Law School Pro Bono Centre, is a regular lecturer for the Law School, an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland’s schools of business and law, and is convenor of UQ Law’s Adjunct and Honorary Professors.

Until his retirement, Randal was the lead partner of Clayton Utz’s national governance and compliance division. In this role he advised extensively in the public, private and NFP sectors on governance, legal risk and compliance issues including the establishment and enhancement of compliance management systems (particularly those focussing on financial services reform, anti-money laundering, privacy, retail credit and related issues).

Randal is the co-author of the Standards Australia official guide on AS3806 (the Australian Standard on Compliance Programs), the consulting editor of the looseleaf services “Australian Legal Compliance” (CCH), the co-author of the Compliance chapters in the leading CCH texts “The Essential Guide to Financial Services Reform” and “The Essential Guide to Australian Anti-Money Laundering Reforms” and was the Law Council of Australia’s nominee to the technical drafting committee that developed an International Compliance Standard for the International Standards Organisation (AS/ISO 19600 : 2015).

Anti-money laundering: The buck stops with you

Honourable Cameron Dick MP | Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning and Member for Woodridge

Cameron Dick was appointed Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning on 12 December 2017.

Cameron is a graduate of the University of Queensland, where he obtained degrees in Law, Commerce and Arts.

Cameron later obtained a Masters of Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

After undertaking articles of clerkship at Brisbane law firm Goss Downey Carne, he was admitted as a solicitor and later a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

During the 1990s Cameron had the exceptional opportunity of working in Tuvalu, a small island nation in the South Pacific.  Cameron worked in Tuvalu under the Australian Volunteers Abroad program (now Australian Volunteers International).  Cameron served in Tuvalu as the Crown Counsel and as the nation’s Attorney-General.  He was appointed as the country’s acting Attorney-General at the age of 27.

Professionally, he has worked as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors, including working as a solicitor with Crown Law, the State Government legal office.

From 2009 to 2012 Cameron served as a Labor member of the Queensland Parliament.  On his election in 2009 Cameron was immediately appointed as Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, a rare honour for a first term MP.  He later served as the Minister for Education and Industrial Relations in the Bligh Labor Government.

Cameron returned to practice law as a barrister following his defeat at the 2012 Queensland State election.

In 2014 Cameron was preselected as the Labor candidate for the state seat of Woodridge following the retirement of Desley Scott MP.  He became an active member in the Woodridge community and was once again elected to the Queensland Parliament on 31 January 2015 and served as the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services from 6 February, 2015 until 11 December 2017.

Attorney General’s Address

Bruce Dodd | Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Professor Bill Duncan | Co-Director, Commercial and Property Law Centre Law School, Queensland University of Technology
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Professor Duncan has practised, published and lectured extensively in all aspects of property transactions including land contracts, commercial leasing, land mortgages and allied subjects in Queensland, since his admission as a solicitor in 1970. He  has been a Professor at QUT Law School since 1990 after a period of legal practice.

Professor Duncan was also a consultant to the firm now known as Allens Linklaters for 25 years and is one of the consultants to the Department of Justice and Attorney General on the Reform of Queensland Property Laws Project.

Key updates: Legislation and case law

Clare Endicott | Sessional Member, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Clare graduated from the University of Queensland with an Arts degree in 1975 and a law degree in 1977. Admitted as a solicitor in 1978, Clare practised in litigation until 2006 and was an accredited personal injury specialist when in private practice.

She completed her Master of Law degree in 1987 and was a partner in Brisbane legal firms for almost 25 years.

In 2005, Clare became a part-time member of the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal and in April 2006, appointed the deputy president of that tribunal. Clare was also a part-time member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal from 2006 to 2009.

From 2009-2017, Clare was a senior member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Key updates: Case law and legislation

Kay Feeney | Director, Feeney Family Law and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
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Kay started her working life as a teacher and that remains evident in her interest in education, mentoring and her approach to her clients.

As an experienced family lawyer, Kay assisted clients’ to achieve resolution through her commitment to strategic thinking. She is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator, a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and trained to work in the Collaborative model of dispute resolution.

Kay recognises that some matters need the assistance of the litigation process, but not all matters do.

Kay is interested in children’s matters, particularly those involving children with particular needs and the property matters she is involved with that often have elements of complexity. The complexity is associated most often with valuation issues.

Kay writes and presents frequently at continuing legal education seminars. She writes in the child support arena and has lectured on spouse maintenance to the QUT practical legal training course for many years. She has also undertaken a number of administrative review roles including with the Migration Review Tribunal and the then SSAT.

Kay has recently presented “How to Limit Conflict in Family Law Matters” at two US conferences.

Grey divorce: Property settlements and spousal maintenance for retirees

Gary Fleetwood | Barrister, Queensland Bar and Nationally Accredited Mediator
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Admitted as a solicitor in 1982, Gary was subsequently admitted as a barrister in 1992. Throughout his career, Gary has practised almost exclusively in family law.

From the outset, Gary has been involved in mediations, whether chairing the mediation or representing clients. Gary has observed the practice of mediation evolve from the time when clients had to attend a court-convened conference to be able to obtain trial dates, to where mediation is now an integral part of the dispute resolution process.

Gary is an Accredited Mediator and is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Earlier this year, Gary also gained his registration as a Family Law Arbitrator.

Conferences such as the QLS Symposium are very important in keeping practitioners updated on new developments and Gary frequently attends conferences and seminars.

Gary is a member of the Bar Association of QLD, the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators, the Australian Mediation Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York.

Panel: A sceptic’s guide to non-adversarial practise

Lyn Freshwater | Tax Counsel Network, Australian Taxation Office

Lyn is a member of the Australian Tax Office Tax Counsel Network in Brisbane. Her work in recent years has focused on trust related issues including various public advice and guidance products. She led the development of, and authored, draft Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2017/D12 (liability of a legal personal representative of a deceased person).

Death and taxes: The liability of a legal personal representative

Michael Garbett | Partner, Moray & Agnew Lawyers and Chair, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation / Tort Law Committee

Michael has been practising in all aspects of personal injuries law for over 20 years. He practises predominantly in the field of compulsory third party litigation. Michael is the current chair of Queensland Law Society’s Accident Compensation Tort Law Committee.

Practical strategies for survival in personal injuries practise

Karen Gaston | Partner, Thynne + Macartney and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld

Karen is head of Thynne + Macartney’s Private Clients team. She won the Highest Achiever award (jointly with another practitioner) when completing her specialist accreditation in succession law.

Karen has over 13 years’ experience in succession law and her practice involves all three areas of succession law: estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation. Although her “first love” will always be assisting clients with estate litigation, she long ago realised that the best way to do this is a carefully executed, considered plan.

Doyle’s Guide recognises Karen as Leading in estate litigation and wills, estates and succession planning in 2016 and 2017. Best Lawyers also named her as a leading lawyer in the categories of trusts and estates, and wealth management/succession planning practice.

Key updates: Case law and legislation  

Magistrate Anthony Gett | Magistrates Court of Queensland
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Magistrate Gett was appointed a Magistrate in January 2013 and thereafter spent three years in Cairns, circuiting to various locations in Far North Queensland, including to regional communities in Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands.  His Honour has a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and was called to the bar in 2001. Magistrate Gett has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian-based International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law since 2004.  In 2006, Magistrate Gett won that society’s John Kable QC award for Young Lawyer of the Year.

Prior to becoming a Magistrate he spent almost thirteen years at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions as a prosecutor and reached the position of Principal Legal Officer. In that office he appeared as counsel in various matters in all courts from the High Court of Australia to the Magistrates Court of Queensland. His Honour has presented papers at numerous international and domestic conferences, including to the Council of the European Union in 2012, and was a guest instructor to the Australian Federal Police’s Management of Serious Organised Crime course in Canberra.

More recently in 2015 and in 2016, Magistrate Gett travelled to various parts of Indonesia with a Victorian County Court Judge on nine occasions as part of an Australian Government assistance program for judicial co-operation and capacity building with that country’s judicial officers.  Magistrate Gett is currently based in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Advanced sentencing advocacy

Liz Harris | Director, Ovid Consulting and Harris Costs Lawyers and Blogger 'Life Hacks for Lawyers'
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Liz helps transform law firms by aligning the value they deliver to clients through their pricing strategy, utilising design thinking to create a great client experience, and legal project management to maximise profitability.  She has a background as a practising lawyer specialising in costs law in the area of client disputes, and with commercial and government clients on managing legal spend. Liz’s insights highlight how clients perceive value. She takes a practical and regulatory focus when implementing value pricing.

She regularly presents workshops on pricing, legal spend management and legal project management in Australia, the UK and the USA.

The value conversation: Effective pricing of legal work

Scott Hay-Bartlem | Partner, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, and SMSF Specialist Advisor™
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Scott is a partner in Brisbane law firm Cooper Grace Ward.

He and his team specialise in assisting clients and their other advisers including financial planners with tax and superannuation advice; estate planning, administration and disputes; business structuring; business succession arrangements; asset protection and restructuring. Scott has a particular interest in how these areas intersect with self-managed superannuation funds and the impact of and on these structures.

He is a SMSF Specialist Advisor™, a Chartered Tax Adviser, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate practitioners, and an Accredited Adviser with Family Business Australia.

Scott been selected by his peers for inclusion in the tenth edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the practice areas of: Superannuation Law, Trusts and Estates and Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice.”

Scott has been listed in Doyle’s Guide for Queensland Tax lawyers as a recommended practitioner.

He has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Business (Accy) from the Queensland University of Technology. Scott has also completed the Certificate of Superannuation Management and the Diploma of Superannuation Management run through ASFA and Macquarie University, and the Foundation Diploma of Financial Planning.

The two million dollar question: Tax traps in family law

Katherine Hayes | Special Counsel, Carter Newell Lawyers
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As part of the Financial Lines team, Katherine has 15 years’ post admission experience in the specialty areas of insurance, commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Katherine acts for clients in the Australian, Asian and UK insurance markets and named as one of Australasian Lawyer’s Rising Stars of 2016.

Katherine joined Carter Newell after several years in a top tier international firm, prior to which she was assistant in-house legal counsel for a Lloyd’s managing agent in London.

Cyber attack: You’ve been hacked!

Magistrate Annette Hennessy | Magistrates Court of Queensland
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Magistrate Annette Hennessy was appointed as a Magistrate in November 1999. She served the Rockhampton area for 13 years before relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2013. Whilst in Rockhampton, Her Honour presided over a number of high profile matters including criminal hearings and coronial inquests. Magistrate Hennessy introduced Murri Court to Rockhampton in 2003 for Adults and Children (2005), developed a Specialised Domestic Violence List in 2006, partnered in the Breaking the Cycle Pilot (Domestic Violence) 2009-2012.

In Maroochydore, Magistrate Hennessy presided over the QMERIT callover (Drug treatment) 2013 – 2017, facilitated the reintroduction of Murri Court to the Sunshine Coast, was active in modifying the Domestic Violence Court processes, and appointed a Childrens Court Specialist.

Magistrate Hennessy has held a long standing administrative role in regional management of the court and a keen interest in stakeholder engagement within the court, indigenous sentencing, domestic violence, women’s and children’s issues and therapeutic court processes. Her Honour has published articles on Murri Court and conducted judicial professional development on Domestic Violence and Vulnerable witnesses in Bhutan and Timor Leste and has presented at numerous conferences on these topics.

Key updates: Legislation and procedure

Chris Herrald | Senior Associate, Mullins; Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee
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Chris Herrald is a senior associate in Mullins Wills & Estates team, advising clients in the increasingly complex areas of estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation since 2010.

Chris advises clients ranging from everyday professionals through to high net worth individuals on a range of estate matters. Chris provides practical advice based on knowledge gained from practising law, past experience working in a general practice firm and from being an active member of the legal community.

She currently serves on three committees – Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee and the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Queensland Committee.

Chris is a passionate advocate for developing and enforcing flexible work arrangements that are mutually beneficial for organisations and their employees, and has a keen interest in new technology that enables this.

More personally, she is a self-confessed GOT tragic and will spend hours of her spare time researching fan theories.

How we work: The modern workplace

Frank Higginson | Director, Hynes Legal
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Frank is the head of the integrated communities team at Hynes Legal.

He has extensive experience in strata law across the body corporate and management rights industries, and is an active participant in both industries, regularly presenting to and working with key stakeholders.

Electronic execution of property contracts

Alicia Hill | Principal, MST Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Commercial Law) - Qld and Vic
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Alicia is an accredited specialist in commercial litigation, nationally accredited mediator and qualified arbitrator. She sits on the ACCC Consultative Committee for Small Business and Franchising, the Resolution Institute Special Interest Group – Mediation and the Franchise Council of Australia – Queensland State Chapter Committee.

Key legal consumer protection issues

Key updates: Legislation and case law

Rod Hodgson | Principal and Managing Partner, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) - Qld and Vic

Rod is a principal and managing partner at the national plaintiff and social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn, which is the largest of its kind in Australia. Rod is also a national director of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Rod has been responsible for many law changing and leading cases, and has been following and contributing to policy development and oversight on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NISS) since they were first mooted years ago. He has been a participant in the campaign to reverse the Newman government attack on common law rights in the workers’ compensation sector.

He has practised across all major personal injury fields including workers’ compensation, CTP, occupiers and products liability, medical negligence, dust diseases and superannuation and disability insurance matters. Rod holds degrees and Jurisprudence and Law from Monash University, and holds personal injury specialist accreditations from Queensland Law Society and Law Institute of Victoria.

Contemporary politics and common law rights: What’s next?

Kylie Horton | General Manager, Motor Accident Insurance Commission
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Kylie is the general manager of the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) and holds responsibility for the overall management of Queensland’s CTP scheme by leading the development and implementation of strategies, programs and initiatives to ensure the scheme remains viable, affordable and equitable for all Queenslanders. Kylie also manages the regulatory environment, ensures compliance of licensed CTP insurers in Queensland and the strategic management of the Nominal Defendant claims unit to ensure the nominal defendant levy remains affordable for Queensland motorists.

With more than 20 years’ experience in personal injury insurance, Kylie is an expert in licensed insurer claims management compliance and performance as well as claims-related legislative functions.

Practical strategies for survival in personal injuries practise

The Honourable Justice Catherine Holmes | Supreme Court of Queensland
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Justice Holmes was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1984. She worked initially as a Commonwealth crown prosecutor, and then commenced practice at the Bar in Brisbane. She took silk on 15 December 1999. Her Honour served as a founding member of the Women’s Legal Service, a part-time member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal and deputy president of the Queensland Community Corrections Board. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts with honours and Master of Laws (Advanced) at the University of Queensland. She was counsel assisting the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Institutions and then served as an acting judge of the District Court of Queensland during 1999.

In 2000, Her Honour was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She served as the Criminal List judge (2001–04) and the presiding judge of the Queensland Mental Health Court (2005-06). In 2006 she was appointed a judge of appeal. In 2011-12, she conducted the Commission of Inquiry into the 2010–11 Queensland floods. She was appointed as Chief Justice of Queensland in September 2015.

Chief Justice’s Address

Bill Hourigan | Manager, Trust Account Investigations, Queensland Law Society
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Bill Hourigan is the Manager of Trust Account Investigations, within the Professional Standards department of Queensland Law Society. In this role, he is responsible for examination of solicitors’ accounting records. In 1991, Bill joined the Society as an investigating accountant and became Manager of Trust Account Investigations in 2003.

Top 10 trust accounting tips

Keith Howe | Barrister, Queensland Bar
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Keith has more than 25 years’ of experience at the Queensland Bar with a broad practice across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales. He appears as an advocate at both trial and appellate level in matters involving many aspects of commercial, insurance, personal injuries, property and common law generally, with an associated advisory practice.

Keith is a nationally accredited mediator and has an extensive mediation practice both as a mediator and representing parties, in matters ranging from insurance, personal injury and estate to general commercial disputes. In recent years, Keith has developed an extensive mediation practice in TPD, income protection and financial advice disputes.

Key updates: Legislation and case law

David Hughes | Partner, Small Myers Hughes Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Taxation Law)

David was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce at the University of Queensland. He also holds a Master of Taxation through the University of New South Wales; where he graduated first in his class.

David is one of only five taxation law specialists in Queensland.

Capital gains tax: Implications for a sale of business

Clinton Jackson | Partner, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers and SMSF Specialist Advisor™
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As a partner in Cooper Grace Ward’s commercial team, Clinton advises his clients on an extensive range of commercial and corporate matters, business mergers, acquisitions and sales, tax and structuring issues, self-managed superannuation, asset protection and succession, restructuring and exit strategies.

Clinton’s unique range of expertise enables him to assist his clients with both their personal and business legal issues and to advise through all phases of the business/investment lifecycle.

Clinton is an accredited specialist superannuation adviser with the SMSF Association and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

How to manage stamp duty and tax issues for your client

Joe Kafrouni | Director, Kafrouni Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Business Law) - Qld
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Joe is the principal of Kafrouni lawyers, a boutique firm practising in business law and in particular, business transactions. He is an accredited specialist in business law.

Capital gains tax: Implications for a sale of business

Directors’ and officers’ duties: Growing responsibilities and exposure

Terry Killian | Partner, Hall & Wilcox; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries Law) - Qld and Chair, Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Personal Injuries Advisory Committee
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Admitted as a solicitor in 1991, Terry has been an accredited specialist in personal injuries since 1998, and is the chair of the Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee in this field. He has over 25 years’ litigation experience and, for the past 20 years, has focused predominantly on the defence of damages claims acting for underwriters and self-insurers.

Terry advises clients on liability claims, common law workers’ compensation claims, medico-legal issues and catastrophic injury claims. He has an enviable reputation as an astute and outcome-driven negotiator. In the claims management space, he has a particular focus on the energy, resources and mining sectors.

Key updates: Legislation and case law

Petris Lapis | Director, Petris Lapis Pty Ltd
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Petris holds Commerce and Law degrees from the University of Queensland and a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology. Petris was an accredited senior trainer with The Potential Project and also trained as a Master Results Coach, Master Performance Consultant and a Master of Ericsonian Hypnosis.

She has worked in the taxation division of one of the world’s largest firms in banking, been a university law lecturer, an external author for CCH Australia, the director and senior trainer of a tax training organisation and the director and senior trainer of Petris Lapis Pty Ltd. She has consulted to the corporate, government and non-profit sectors and has nearly 25 years’ experience as a conference and seminar presenter. Audiences love her passion, enthusiasm and humour across Australia.

Petris has been a committee member of a number of professional bodies and contributed to their education programs as a presenter, author and advisor. She has published a number of books and hundreds of papers.

The link between culture and productivity

Dr Craig Latham | Deputy, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
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Craig’s experience stretches across business, academia and the public service in Australia and New Zealand.  He has specialist expertise in commercial and tax law, regulatory reform, and private sector and cross-government collaboration.  In his current role, Craig has a particular focus on speedy and low cost dispute resolution for small business and family enterprise.

Craig holds undergraduate degrees in economics and law, a Masters of Law and a Doctorate of Philosophy focussed on regulatory systems.

Key legal consumer protection issues 

Ruth Link | Senior Manager, Portfolio & Program Management Advisory & Indigenous Sector Practice, Ernst & Young
Kirsty Mackie | Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Solicitor, Pippa Colman & Associates and Chair, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee
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Kirsty practises in the area of family law and elder law. At present she divides her time between coordinating the University of the Sunshine Coast Law School’s clinical placement program at the Suncoast Community Legal Centre and as a family and elder lawyer with Pippa Colman & Associates in Maroochydore. She also tutors part-time for the Law Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

Since 2014, Kirsty has been the chair of the Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee and was recently elected as Councillor on the Queensland Law Society Council for 2018/19.

Kirsty is contributing to a series of articles, and a text on elder law in a human rights framework with colleagues at QUT.

Retirement villages and aged care: Capacity and the risk of elder abuse

Deborah Mayall | Principal Lawyer, Queensland & Northern Territory, Competition and Consumer Law Unit, Legal Group, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
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Deb is a Principal Lawyer with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Competition and Consumer Law Unit. She has a current Practising Certificate from, and is a member of, the Queensland Bar Association. She has over ten years experience in competition and consumer law matters, working in various roles at the ACCC and in private practice. She was an Associate to the Honourable Justice J H Byrne AO RFD in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2003 and worked as a prosecutor with the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for over three years. Deb’s practice as a prosecutor included trial and appellate advocacy in the prosecution of Federal criminal law, mostly in the areas of cyber-crime. Deb took up her current role with the ACCC in February 2012. Deb’s role with the ACCC requires the provision of complex legal advice and strategic guidance, and litigation services, in relation to enforcement and compliance matters.

Key legal consumer protection issues

Leanne McDonell | Probate Registrar, Supreme, District and Land Courts’ Service Queensland
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Leanne is a Registrar in the Supreme, District and Land Court Service. Leanne currently oversees the consideration and issue of applications for grants of administration filed in Brisbane. Leanne has an excellent working knowledge of the jurisdictions, practices and operations of the registry. She has worked in many areas of the court including the Court of Appeal and Criminal Registry and has considerable experience working within legislative and regulatory frameworks.

Many senior succession law practitioners will have dealt with Leanne over the years and will be familiar with her extensive knowledge of wills and estates.

Succession express: Common probate questions and requisitions vs statutory wills refresher

Julie McStay | Director, Hynes Legal

Julie is a Director and leader of the aged care and retirement living group at Hynes Legal.

Julie is a specialist in the industry and advises a large range of aged care providers and retirement living operators including publically listed groups, private groups and not for profits. Julie has an intimate understanding of the legal issues critical to the aged care and retirement living sector.

Julie was recently selected by her peers for inclusion, for the sixth consecutive year, in the ‘Best Lawyers International list’ as a leading lawyer in Australia in ‘Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law’ and ‘Health and Aged Care Law”. More recently, Julie was recognised as a preeminent lawyer in health and aged care in Doyles List.

Julie provides advice to operators on acquisitions and sales, major incident management, coronial matters and all regulatory issues. She regularly provides advice to industry associations and key stakeholders about regulatory matters relevant to both aged care and retirement living.

Julie has a Masters of Law with a major in health law and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Property transactions: Senior living options

Jodie Mills | Principal, Small Myers Hughes and Accredited Specialist (Taxation Law)
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Jodie is a Principal with Small Myers Hughes Lawyers and is an Accredited Specialist in Taxation Law with the Law Institute of Victoria and Queensland Law Society and a Chartered Tax Advisor. Jodie is passionate about providing results-driven, commercial advice and solutions for her clients’ taxation and business needs. Her core practice areas focus on providing advice on taxation matters including stamp duty, GST and capital gains tax and advising on corporate structures and transactions.

Another piece of the PI: Financial complexities for the self-employed

Bryan Mitchell | Principal, Mitchells Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee

Bryan was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1992 after having completed degrees in commerce and law. Since then he has pursued postgraduate study in the areas of estate planning and succession.

He works exclusively in the area of succession law, including estate planning, elder law, estate administration and estate litigation. Bryan has a special interest in helping parents who have a child with a disability, with their estate planning.

Bryan has had the privilege of presenting papers at the Queensland branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Lexis Nexus seminars, Legalwise seminars and workshops for the College of Law. Bryan was one of the early members of the Queensland Branch of STEP and has been a member of the Taxation Institute for a number of years.

Death and taxes: The liability of a legal personal representative

Retirement villages and aged care: Capacity and the risk of elder abuse

Deborah Mok | Trust Accounts Specialist, Trust Account Investigations, Queensland Law Society
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Deborah is one of the senior Trust Accounts Investigators with the Queensland Law Society. Deborah has been a member of the Audit section of the Professional Leadership Department at QLS since 2001 and conducts examinations of solicitors’ trust accounts on a regular basis. As well as this, Deborah administers the Trust Account Consultancy Service, a new initiative of QLS. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a member of CPA Australia.

Top 10 trust accounting tips

Anna Morgan | Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and President, Gold Coast District Law Association
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Anna joined Maurice Blackburn Lawyers over six years ago after spending 12 years at Minter Ellison on the Gold Coast. She is passionate about of the pursuit of justice and is dedicated to assisting clients to achieve solutions and outcomes through pursuing their legal rights and remedies. Anna has practised in insurance litigation and commercial litigation for over 15 years and has litigated in a range of courts including Queensland’s Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and District Court, the Federal Court, the High Court of Australia and the High Court of Hong Kong.

Anna is an Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow at Bond University where she has authored and lectures the post-graduate subject Expert Witness & Dispute Resolution. Anna is also president of the Gold Coast District Law Association, a committee member of the Robina Community Legal Centre and a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Another piece of the PI: Financial complexities for the self-employed

Rolf Moses | CEO, Queensland Law Society and former Chair, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group
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Rolf has over 20 years’ human resources and management experience gained in large retail and international legal firms, and recently joined QLS as CEO. He specialises in the development and execution of human resources and organisational development strategies focused on the attraction, retention, development and performance of talent. Rolf chairs the QLS Wellbeing working group. He is a nationally accredited mediator, counsellor and accredited coach of the Hogan Leadership Psychometric Inventories. He also has a Bachelor of Commerce.

Closing remarks

Luke Murphy | Councillor, Queensland Law Society and Partner, Murphy Schmidt Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee
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Luke is an Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) and also practises in Succession law. He is Deputy Chair of QLS’s Tort Law/Accident Compensation Committee, and have served on the Practice Management Committee and Personal Injuries Conference Committee.

Luke represented QLS at Parliamentary inquiries and committee hearings, in negotiations with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and WorkCover, CTP reviews, WorkCover Stakeholders’ Reference Groups and QIRC interest groups. He is committed to serving the profession.

Outside the law Luke have held the following positions: Deputy President, Board Member of Royal Life Saving Society (1994-2004), Deputy Chairman, Board Member Holy Spirit Care Services (2007-2014), and Member Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee and Chairman Inaugural Young Professionals Committee.

Contemporary politics and common law rights: What’s next?

Disclosure of family court documents in personal injury claims

Deputy Chief Magistrate Leanne O’Shea | Magistrates Court of Queensland
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Born in Brisbane, Her Honour received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland in 1978.

Her Honour was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in March 1979 and as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 1994. Her Honour was a partner and sole practitioner at Delaney and Delaney.

During her 22 years’ of practice, Her Honour distinguished herself as president of the Women’s Lawyers Association of Queensland 2001 – 2002 and as a member of its Executive for six years. Her Honour is involved in various community organisations, particularly Zonta.

On 1 October 2001, Her Honour was appointed to the Bench as Magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Queensland and has served in Ipswich, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Richlands and the Brisbane Children’s Court.

Her Honour has served in all of the committees of the Court over the time since appointed and on 20 July 2012, Her Honour was appointed Magistrate of the Children’s Court of Brisbane. Her Honour now chairs various committees in the Court. On 8 July 2014, Her Honour was elevated to the role of Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Queensland and has recently been the Acting Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Queensland.

Key updates: Legislation and procedure

Stephen Page | Partner, Harrington Family Lawyers; Blogger, ‘The Australian Surrogacy and Adoption Blog’; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Member, Queensland Law Society Equity and Diversity Committee
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Stephen is a partner of Harrington Family Lawyers, Brisbane. Admitted in 1987, Stephen became an accredited specialist in 1996. Stephen has acted for surrogacy clients throughout Australia and overseas. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and of the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. He is an international representative on the ART Committee of the American Bar Association, and spoken and written nationally and internationally about family law, including surrogacy.

The two million dollar question: Tax traps in family law

Key updates: Legislation and case law

Carla Parsons | Director, Parsons Law and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
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Carla completed a Master of Applied Law (Wills & Estates) in the area in which she specialises and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Queensland (STEP) Committee. Carla is a semester assistant professor at Bond University, teaching the wills and estates elective in the practical legal training program. She lectures with the College of Law, in the Master of Applied Law (Wills & Estate) program teaching Foundations of Wills & Estates Practice.

The 2017 Doyles Guide recognises Carla as a Leading Wills & Estate Lawyer and as one of the recommended Estate Litigation Lawyers in Queensland.

You can’t take it with you: Complex property issues in estate matters

Kristin Ramsey | Practice Group Leader, Hynes Legal and Chair, Queensland Law Society Industrial Relations Committee
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Kristin is the Practice Group Leader for Employment and Workplace Relations at Hynes Legal.  She has over a decade of exclusive experience as an employment and industrial relations lawyer and predominately advises business in the retail, hospitality, aged care, health & fitness, engineering, strata management, professional services and start-up industries.

Kristin is the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Industrial Relations Committee and sits on the management committee for the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland. She is a board member for Epilepsy Queensland and is also a volunteer coordinator at Caxton Legal Centre’s employment law clinic.

Kristin’s recognised as a leading lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law through her inclusion in the Best Lawyers Australia list for the past 3 consecutive years.

Restraint of trade clauses: Tips and traps

Ian Raspin | Director, BNR Partners
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Ian heads BNR Partners’ Estates and Trusts Taxation Division, who have specialised in the taxation of deceased estates for over 17 years.

He is recognised nationally on estate taxation matters and is a frequent presenter at both legal and accounting conferences across the country. He was named as a 2017 finalist in the Tax Institute of Australia’s SME Tax Advisor of the year Awards and was the recipient of CPA Australia’s 2016 Henry Fox Award for service to public practice.

Ian is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Certified Tax Advisor of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a registered practitioner of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and the former chairman of CPA Australia’s National Public Practice Advisory Committee. He is also a published author having written two books on Estate Taxation.

Death and taxes: The liability of a legal personal representative

Matthew Raven | Partner, Gadens and Chair, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
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Matthew is a partner in the Property and Construction Group of Gadens. Matthew specialises in property development, particularly community title and mixed use developments. His current projects include the new Brisbane Westin Hotel and Residences and Brookfield’s Portside Wharf.

Matthew is the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Property Law Committee and the Queensland representative on the Law Council’s National Electronic Conveyancing System Working Group, which consulted with PEXA throughout the formation of the national E-Conveyancing system.

Key updates: Legislation and case law

Anne-Marie Rice | Director, Rice Naughton McCarthy; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Member, Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Family Law Advisory Committee
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Anne-Marie is a director of Rice Naughton McCarthy Family Lawyers and the principal mediator at Rice Mediations. She is an accredited specialist in family law, a nationally accredited mediator and registered FRRP and Arbitrator. Anne-Marie is recognised by her peers as one of Queensland’s and Australia’s best family lawyers and as one of Queensland’s leading family law mediators.

She is committed to dispute resolution without recourse to trial and regularly trains practitioners around the country in arbitration and collaborative practice (a model in which she has consistently worked for over 10 years).

Anne-Marie is an engaging speaker who regularly presents at local, national and international conferences and, as well as writing for both academic and industry publications, she is a consultant author to the CCH’s service and Master Family Law Guide. She is the family law lecturer and subject coordinator at the University of Queensland and recently nominated for the excellence in teaching award.

Panel: A sceptic’s guide to non-adversarial practise

His Honour Judge John Robertson | District Court of Queensland
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His Honour Judge Robertson is a University of Queensland graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (1968) and Bachelor of Laws (1971). Judge Robertson received an Honorary Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology in 2003.

Judge Robertson was clerk to His Honour Judge Alan Keith McCracken of the District Court of Queensland (1970–71) and articled clerk (1971–73) with Elliot and Co Solicitors before being admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1973. His Honour made partner at Elliot and Co Solicitors in 1973. In 1978 Judge Robertson established JM Robertson & Co which changed its name to Robertson O’Gorman in 1981.

Judge Robertson is a judge of the Childrens Court of Queensland (1994–) and was president of this court between 1999 and 2002. His Honour is a member of the Planning and Environment Court (2003–). Judge Robertson was the first solicitor to be appointed a judge of the District Court of Queensland in 1994.

Advanced sentencing advocacy

Dan Rogers | Legal Director, Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld
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Since 2005, Dan has focused his career on criminal law and professional discipline. He has a long association with Caxton Community Legal Centre, where he is currently the Secretary. He regularly presents at criminal law seminars and as a guest lecturer at universities. He has been published in various law journals and in legal texts.

In 2016, Dan was the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Human Rights Working Group where he was heavily involved in the campaign for a Human Rights Act in Queensland. He is a member of the Society’s Ethics Committee and also a current member of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.

Professionalism in the courtroom: An insider’s perspective

Proceeds of crime: Best practice for dealing with high risk clients

Bernard Salt AM | Managing Director, The Demographics Group
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Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community.

Bernard heads The Demographics Group, providing specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business. Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics.

He writes two weekly columns for The Australian newspaper and is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School. Bernard also holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University.

Bernard Salt is one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit and has been so for more than a decade.

He is perhaps best known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as the ‘Seachange Shift’, the ‘Man Drought’, ‘PUMCINS’ (pronounced pumkins) and the ‘Goats Cheese Curtain’. He was also responsible for popularising smashed avocados globally.

Bernard has popularised demographics through his books, columns and media appearances. His body of work is summarised in six popular best-selling books. Bernard appears regularly on radio and television programs and recently hosted a business television program “The Next Five Years” on SkyNews Business Channel 602.

He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day honours.

Closing plenary: Thriving in the complexity of legal practice

Julie Sharp | Deputy President, Parole Board Queensland
Elizabeth Shearer | QLS Senior Counsellor, Queensland Law Society; Legal Practitioner Director, Affording Justice; Member, Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee and Chair, Queensland Law Society Access to Justice/Pro Bono Committee
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Elizabeth Shearer is a Legal Practitioner Director of Shearer Doyle Pty Ltd which operates specialist family law practice, Doyle Family Law, alongside Affording Justice.  Affording Justice is an innovative practice that fills the gap between free legal services and traditional legal representation. The service provides discrete task representation to individuals and small business facing the legal problems of everyday life.

Elizabeth is a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor and chair of the Queensland Law Society Access to Justice Pro Bono Committee. She is a member and former chair of the QLS Practice Management Course Committee, and she was a QLS Councillor from 2014-17.

Elizabeth was admitted as a solicitor in 1986, and has worked in small and large practices, and in private practice as well as legal aid and community legal centre practice. Elizabeth also works as a consultant to government and the legal assistance sector with a focus on effective service delivery models. Elizabeth has a strong interest in using technology to enhance, rather than disrupt, the role of solicitor as trusted advisor to our clients.

10 technology tips to improve your practice

Electronic transactions: Are you bound?

The value conversation: Effective pricing of legal work

Christopher Sheath | Legal Practitioner Director, Chris Sheath & Associates Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) - Qld

Chris is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

He has more than 17 years’ experience as a solicitor in advising clients in a wide-range of estate matters including in complex estate planning for high net worth individuals, estate administration and estate litigation.

He also has a vast range of experience in advising clients in superannuation, trusts, business succession and asset protection matters.

Succession express: Common probate questions and requisitions vs statutory wills refresher

Michele Sheehan | QLS Senior Counsellor, Queensland Law Society; Principal, enTrust Law; Principal, Sheehan & Co, Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld; Accredited Specialist (Family Law); Member, Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Succession Law Advisory Committee and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee
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Michele is the principal of two law firms: enTrust Law, a specialised wills, estates and trusts legal practice based in Brisbane; and Sheehan & Co, a rural law firm in Chinchilla.

She has practised as a solicitor since mid-1988. At present, Michele is the only solicitor in Queensland who is accredited both as a succession law specialist (2002) and a family law specialist (1996). She is deputy chair of the Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee and provides guidance to practitioners on professional and ethical issues as a part of the Society’s Senior Counsellor program.

Masterclass: Trusts in s79 property proceedings

Grey divorce: Property settlements and spousal maintenance for retirees

Stafford Shepherd | Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
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Stafford was admitted as a solicitor in 1987. Between 1998 and 2003, he practised in partnership and subsequently as a sole practitioner. Between 2003 and 2008 Stafford worked as a consultant.  In 2008, Stafford joined Queensland Law Society as an Ethics Guidance Officer and was subsequently appointed as Senior Ethics Solicitor in 2011. On 14 December 2015 Stafford was appointed Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society.

QLS Ethics Centre is responsible for providing ethical and practice support guidance to the profession, delivering legal ethics learning and professional development to members, university students and students undertaking practical legal training.

He serves as secretary to the Ethics Committee and executive editor of the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 in Practice: A Commentary for Australian Legal Practitioners. Stafford has written extensively on legal ethics.

Stafford’s areas of interest are conveyancing, trusts and succession law and equitable doctrines underpinning legal ethics. Stafford is a Sessional Academic at the Queensland University of Technology.  He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (Commercial and Corporate) from the University of Queensland, a postgraduate certificate in arbitration and mediation from the University of Adelaide. Stafford is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Ethics Plenary: Professionalism in the 21st Century

Anti-money laundering: The buck stops with you

Peter Shields | Deputy President, Parole Board Queensland
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Peter commenced his appointment as Deputy President of the Parole Board Queensland on 3 July 2017, having been appointed by Governor in Counsel on 1 June 2017.

Peter is the former Principal at Peter Shields Lawyers, a firm of solicitors who practised exclusively in the area of criminal law. Peter is an accredited specialist in criminal law, the immediate past chair of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and a former member of the Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee.

Peter is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and is entered in the Register of Practitioners of the High Court of Australia.

Peter holds both a Master of Laws with a major in public law and a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology, as well as a Diploma of Legal Practice from Bond University.

Parole Board Queensland: Your questions answered

Karen Short | General Manager, Hillhouse Legal Partners
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With over 25 years’ experience in the legal industry, Karen has attained qualifications in both law and practice management.  Her career spans a breadth of roles from legal support to criminal lawyer, with a progressive transition into legal practice management.

Karen’s background affords her a unique perspective that she applies to all aspects of practice support.  Her experience extends from human resources, to risk management and compliance, to co-ordination of workflow and IT projects.   She strives to design systems that deliver quality legal services with a focus on client care, efficiency and proactive communication.

Karen sits on the Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course committee, the Queensland branch and National Learning and Development committees of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), and is a member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Queensland.

Cyber attack: You’ve been hacked!

The link between culture and productivity

Murray Shume | Senior Associate, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
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As a senior associate in Cooper Grace Ward’s (CGW) commercial team, Murray works in resolving tax disputes as well as providing advice on a broad range of income tax and indirect tax issues.

Murray specialises in income tax (including international tax, asset betterment cases and residency issues), capital gains tax (CGT) (including the taxation of compensation payments in the mining and gas industry), employee share schemes, non-commercial losses, GST and payroll tax.

His experience includes drafting notices of objections and private ruling applications. He regularly acts for clients in tax related Administrative Appeals Tribunal appeals and litigation in the Federal Court.

Murray has settled many disputes before hearing and has also acted for the taxpayers in

  • Hacon Pty Ltd and Ors v Commissioner of Taxation [2017] FCA 659
  • Shadforth Lythgo Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue GAR098-15
  • Dempsey v Commissioner of Taxation [2014] AATA 335 (residency) and
  • Dominic B Fishing Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2014] AATA 205 (superannuation guarantee charge case), and has also settled many disputes before hearing.

Before joining CGW in 2012, Murray worked at the ATO specialising in CGT and international taxation.

How to manage stamp duty and tax issues for your client

Tracy Skellern | Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd
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Since admission, Tracy has worked in various positions in the legal industry including in private practice, as a consultant in a legal practice management software company, as a precedent lawyer, and as general manager of a specialist law practice.

For the past decade, Tracy has conducted risk management workshops with law practices all over Queensland and been extensively involved in the creation and updating of many of the legal risk tools provided by Lexon. Tracy has also presented at a range of continuing professional development events regarding Lexon’s claim experience, neuroscience research and risk management strategies.

How we work: The modern workplace

His Honour Judge Paul Smith | Judge Administrator, District Court of Queensland

His Honour was appointed a judge of the District Court of Queensland in 2013. He completed a Bachelor of Laws at the Queensland Institute of Technology in 1984, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 1985 and a Graduate Diploma of Advanced Military Law from the University of Melbourne in 2006.

His Honour worked as a solicitor from 1985 until 1990, in particular at Gilshenan and Luton instructing for the Queensland Police Union at the Fitzgerald Inquiry and then in general crime. He practised at the private Bar from 1990 until his appointment to the Bench, predominantly in the field of criminal law.

Judge Smith holds the rank of Colonel in the Australian Army Legal Corps. His Honour was a co-contributor to Carters Criminal Law of Queensland from 1999 until 2012 and again from 2013 until the present.

Professionalism in the courtroom: An insider’s perspective 

Jonathan Smithers | CEO, Law Council of Australia
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Jonathan Smithers is the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Council of Australia. The Law Council is the peak national body representing over 65,000 lawyers across all the State and Territories.

He joined in September 2016, directly after completing his term as President of the Law Society of England & Wales.

Prior to the presidency he had served on the Council of the Law Society for 10 years and been involved with a number of regional law associations. He also served on several boards both within and external to the Society.

Before coming to Australia Jonathan had been in private practice for over 30 years in the same firm in south-east England, having commenced his articles in 1984 and rising to become senior partner.

He specialised in real estate work, was head of the firm’s property department, dealt with elder law and succession matters, as well as being the managing partner.

In his very limited spare time Jonathan became an experienced chorister with the Oriana singers, one of the most active choirs in England. He has sung in over forty different English cathedrals.

Anti-money laundering: The buck stops with you

Andrew Smyth | Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors and Member, Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee
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Andrew is the managing partner of Robbins Watson Solicitors. Andrew has practiced extensively in commercial litigation and family law, and has headed the firm’s litigation team since 1998.

Andrew has been a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Litigation Rules Committee since 2012, where he assists the committee to address issues with the litigation process affecting the Queensland legal profession.

Andrew also practices in asset and estate planning, is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a co-author of the reference text “Estate Planning” published by LexisNexis.

Electronic transactions: Are you bound?

Christine Smyth | Immediate Past President, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) - Qld
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Christine Smyth is the immediate past president of the Queensland Law Society (QLS), an Accredited Specialist – Succession Law and Partner at Robbins Watson Solicitors, a highly respected Gold Coast law firm where she leads a team of 30+.

With a legal career spanning over 25 years, Christine is a passionate advocate for solicitors (with a focus on their welfare), a long-standing mentor, utiliser of technology and flexible work practices – all while honouring tradition and experience to achieve ethically grounded business viability.

Christine’s QLS leadership contributions include:

  • Member of the QLS Executive Committee, Executive Management Committee, Audit and Investment Committee and Council
  • Member of Proctor and Symposium planning committees
  • Inaugural Chair of the Corporate Governance committee
  • Past member of the Succession Law Committee.

Other previous leadership positions include the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (QLD) committee and General Editor for Lexis Nexis Retirement and Estate Planning Bulletin.

A highly regarded succession law expert, Christine is widely published, having a regular Succession Law column in Proctor, Australian Institute of Taxation Journal and various publications in STEP World Wide Journal. Christine’s expertise is sought after as a presenter for QLS conferences, and other industry bodies.

In 2013, LexisNexis recognised Christine as one of their Top 10 Influential Women. Christine’s leadership has resulted in her being nominated for the Queensland Law Society President’s Medal. In 2015 and 2016, Christine was awarded the prestigious Doyle’s Guide of Queensland’s Leading Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyer.

In November 2016, Christine was one of only five people appointed to the Queensland State Government’s Better Regulation Task Force. The Task Force has been established as a sub-committee of the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council (QSBAC) and will continue the work of the former Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council.

Christine believes professionalism hinges on integrity and collegiality.

Key updates: Case law and legislation

You can’t take it with you: Complex property issues in estate matters

James Sowry | Founder and Managing Director, Sentrian
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Over 24 years ago, James opened the doors of his first business venture – an IT services company operating from a tiny office in Brisbane. He now leads a team of 40 IT professionals to deliver hosted cloud infrastructure and managed IT services as well as collaborative software development for businesses across Australia. James helps business leaders chart their digital strategy, identify opportunities for business improvement and innovation, choose and operate effective technology platforms and maintain effective operations with timely and reliable support.

10 technology tips to improve your practice

Rob Stevenson | Principal, Australian Workplace Lawyers, Accredited Specialist (Workplace Relations) and Member, Queensland Law Society Industrial Law Committee
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Rob is the principal of Australian Workplace Lawyers based in Brisbane and specialises in workplace relations law. He has over 20 years’ experience in advising and assisting individuals, small and medium business and charitable organisations with their workplace legal issues. He has significant experience in the state and federal industrial commissions and federal and state courts and tribunals. Rob has also acted in several precedent setting cases in employment, discrimination and environmental law.

He is an experienced advisor and litigator having worked with small, medium and large law firms and a community legal centre. He holds the degrees of LLB (Hons) and LLM (Environmental Resources Law) and is a nationally accredited specialist in workplace relations. He is the immediate past chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Industrial Law Committee and a member of the Society’s Specialist Accreditation Committee for workplace relations. He commenced as a volunteer at the Caxton Legal Centre in 1992, and was recently inducted into the Centre’s volunteer hall of fame.

Restraint of trade clauses: Tips and traps

Frances Stewart | Associate, Hynes Legal and Member, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee
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Frances Stewart is an associate at Hynes Legal in the litigation team. She has practised across a range of areas and has significant experience in body corporate law, including complex disputes and appeals in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She has presented at seminars and conferences on issues involving bodies corporate and dispute resolution and volunteers at Caxton Legal assisting with civil disputes. Frances is also a member of the Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee and the Proctor Committee.

Retail shop leasing issues

Key updates: Legislation and case law

Ann Sturgess | Registrar, Family Court of Australia

Ann is a Registrar of the Family and Federal Circuit Court. She has been a Registrar for nearly 20 years.

Prior to that she worked in private practice almost exclusively in family law including as an ICL. She also has experience in Child Protection matters.

In addition to the above, she is and has been an adjunct lecturer at the College of Law for 14 years.  She also lectured in law at QUT for 4 years.

When she is not working, she spends her time on her rural property on the out skirts of Brisbane where she lives with her husband, children and myriad of fur babies.

Ann holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Master of Law from QUT where she majored in ADR subjects. In 2009, she conducted a mediation training day for the Registrars of the Court. She describes ADR as her passion.

Panel: A sceptic’s guide to non-adversarial practise

Lesley Symons | Consultant, Board Matters and Special Counsel, GRT Lawyers
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Lesley is a senior lawyer with almost 20 years’ experience in the areas of public law & policy, commercial & criminal litigation, financial services, investments, banking & corporate regulation and risk management.

Lesley started her legal career in Queensland as barrister with the Qld DPP, Judge’s Associate and then as a member of the Public Law Advocacy Team at Crown Law.

She then spent 5 years in London working in legal and management roles with a global investment bank (Standard Bank London Limited) and one of the world’s largest financial services compensation bodies  (the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)).

On her return to Australia, Lesley joined the commercial litigation group as a Senior Associate with one of our top tier national law firms, Clayton Utz.

Since joining ASIC in early 2009, Lesley performed senior management, legal and strategic policy roles and been involved with the management and conduct of some of ASIC’s largest and most complex investigations.

After 7.5 years with ASIC, Lesley has returned to the private sector, currently performing dual roles as Special Counsel for GRT Lawyers in their Litigation/Regulation Practice, and as a Corporate Governance Consultant with Board Matters.

Lesley is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School’s Global Certificate Program for Regulators of Securities Markets (2016/17), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Qld and of the High Court of Australia and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Lesley holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.

Directors’ and officers’ duties: Growing responsibilities and exposure

Ken Taylor | President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Purcell Taylor; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee
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Ken is president of the Queensland Law Society. He is a director of Purcell Taylor in Townsville having been admitted in 1989. Ken is also a current member of the TDLA and the ALA, holds specialist accreditation in personal injuries law and he is a member of the S.193A Workers Compensation Review Panel.

He was awarded life membership with the Townsville CLC and is a director of Mater Health NQ. Ken supports the maintenance of high professional and ethical standards in the profession and the promotion of the value of solicitors to the general community. He recognises the challenges that are facing QLS members across Queensland.

Ken is focused on the service that QLS can offer its members as being central to the growth of the organisation and to the QLS remaining relevant to all of its members in rapidly changing and challenging times.

QLS President’s Welcome
Chief Justice’s Address
Opening plenary: Upholding the rule of law in a complex post truth era
QLS President’s Welcome
Attorney General’s Address
Closing plenary: Thriving in the complexity of legal practice

Rebecca Treston QC | Barrister, Queensland Bar and Vice President, Bar Association of Queensland
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Rebecca worked as a solicitor from 1991 to 1996 and was then  called to the Bar. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013, she has also been a member of the Bar Council of Queensland and sat on numerous subcommittees for the Bar Association of Queensland. In 2017 she was appointed Vice President of the Bar Association of Queensland. Between 2007 and 2010, and again in 2013, Rebecca held a position as a part-time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

Rebecca has been named by Doyle’s Guide on numerous occasions – in 2016 as the only pre-eminent silk in Queensland in Estate Litigation, in 2017 as the only the Market Leader in Queensland in Estate Litigation, and in 2017 as one of only three silks in Australia as pre-eminent in that field of practice. She also continues to appear in Doyle’s guide for her practice in insurance litigation.

While her specialised area of practice is in wills, estates and trusts, she continues to maintain a diverse practice including insurance and commercial matters.

Succession express: Common probate questions and requisitions vs statutory wills refresher

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs | Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne and former President, Australian Human Rights Commission
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Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Tribunal. She was the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012-2017 and Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.

Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. Gillian is a former barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law.

Gillian graduated in law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations advising on issues including law including human rights law. She is focused on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and on working with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.

Gillian has been a consultant on International Law to King & Wood Mallesons, the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General’s International Legal Service Advisory Council and chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans. Gillian also served the Commission as Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 1 August 2016 to 9 February 2017.

She is the author of many books and papers, including International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices (Second Edition, 2011).

Opening plenary: Upholding the rule of law in a complex post truth era

Steven Tyndall | Managing Director, NextLegal
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Steve formed NextLegal in 2014 to provide legal firms with IT solutions that improve efficiencies, reduce risk and enhance their ability to both service and attract clients.

Prior to NextLegal, Steve led the internal IT function for Lander & Rogers and McCullough Robertson. Steve presents regularly on legal technology topics and judges a range of legal technology awards, including the Chilli IQ Lawtech awards.

10 technology tips to improve your practice

William Ulyate | Queensland General Manager, Content Security
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William Ulyate has been involved in the defence and security market for over 15 years.

A trusted cyber advisor to government, military and enterprise organisations, he has an in-depth knowledge of international security issues and trends, particularly in the cyber-crime and threat intelligence arena. He has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. William travels to Israel regularly where he has strong contacts in the defence, technology and start-up sectors. Currently working for Content Security as their Queensland General Manager, William is responsible for helping organisations implement a blueprint for security that aligns with business needs. William is currently Vice President of the Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce (Qld), a Director for Camp Quality (Children’s Cancer Charity), chairs Camp Quality’s Strategy & Revenue Committee in Queensland, and sits on a number of other boards in the technology sector.

Cyber attack: You’ve been hacked!

Tere Vaka | Senior Psychologist, Penny Gordon & Associates

Tere is a psychologist with over twenty years’ experience providing services including training development/delivery, organisational development, policy development, human resource management, complex clinical assessments and counselling within the community based and corporate sectors.  Over the past six years he had delivered of numerous seminars and workshops on organisational and psychological content to organisations in the legal profession. He has a special interest in change management having assisted public and private organisations throughout Australia with change management initiatives including organisational restructuring, strategic planning, quality assurance compliance and leadership development.

Practical strategies for survival in personal injuries practise

Sarah Vallance | Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld
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Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and was admitted to practice in Queensland in 2006. Sarah joined Maurice Blackburn in 2012 after six years with another Brisbane firm. She has practised in all areas of personal injuries law. Since 2010, she has focused primarily on medical negligence claims. Sarah is a member of the Queensland Law Society and is a Queensland State Committee Member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Sarah is also expecting to complete Master of Laws majoring in health law in mid-2018.

Disclosure in a family law property settlements vs PI claims: Competing issues of disclosure examined

John Weaver | Regional Commissioner, Queensland, Senior Manager Financial Advisers – Wealth Management Australian Securities and Investments Commission
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John is the Regional Commissioner in Queensland and a Senior Manager in the Financial Advisers team. John’s work with the Financial Advisers team is currently focussed on a project relating to the monitoring and supervision of personal advice to retail clients at the big 4 banks and AMP.

A solicitor by profession, John has specialised in the professional regulation and litigation of business systems, compliance failings and corporate governance processes across a range of Australian and UK private and public companies and financial institutions.

Prior to joining the Australian Securities and Investment Commission in 2012, John held senior positions with the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), worked as Special Counsel for Nicholsons Solicitors, Brisbane and was a Partner of private practice legal firm Russell-Cooke LLP in London. During his time at the FSA, John advised on major investigations arising subsequent to the global financial crisis, including Northern Rock and RBS.

Whilst a partner of Russell-Cooke LLP, John acted on behalf of the then FSA (now FCA), Solicitors Regulation Authority and Companies Investigation Branch, Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI). His work with the DTI included the investigation of public listed companies including for breaches of disclosure rules, mis-statements to the market and corporate governance failings.

In 2009 John was listed in Chambers & Partners Directory (UK Edition) as a leader in the field of professional discipline.

Key legal consumer protection issues

Aaron Webb | Partner, Thynne + Macartney and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) - Qld
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Aaron is an accredited specialist in property law and a partner in the property group at Thynne + Macartney. He has over 20 years’ experience in property law.

Aaron specialises in acquisitions and disposals of commercial and retail properties, and commercial and retail leasing. He has expertise in structuring contracts for new projects and re-developments, strata titled developments, and property matters involving freehold and other tenure whether it be leasehold, deed of grant on trust, reserves or trustee leases.

Aaron’s clients include property developers, business owners, property investors, landlords and tenants, large not-for-profit organisations, churches, retirement village operators, property owners and individuals.

He is an expert in the provision of legal services for not-for-profit organisations in relation to property issues and provides advice to a number of church-based organisations in the health, retirement, aged care and community sectors, property developers and property investors, and small to medium businesses.

Aaron holds a Master of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Retail shop leasing issues

Brittany White | Principal, Fuller & White Solicitors and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
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Brittany is Principal and Legal Practitioner Director of Fuller & White Solicitors, a multi-office firm of solicitors based in Brisbane City and Cleveland practising in the areas of criminal law, traffic law, domestic violence, family law and child protection matters.

Brittany has worked exclusively as a legal practitioner in criminal law and related areas for over ten years, firstly undertaking criminal prosecutions work with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Queensland State Government before moving to private criminal defence in 2012. She co-founded Fuller & White Solicitors in August 2016.

Brittany is a member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and the Legal Aid Industry Reference Group and also volunteers with the Bayside Community Legal Centre.

Advanced sentencing advocacy

Frances Williams | Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee
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Frances is a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth specialising in regulatory and construction disputes. She has more than 20 years’ experience in litigation and regularly appears on behalf of clients in the superior and appellate courts, as well as in various Commonwealth tribunals. Frances acts for a wide variety of clients including ACCC, AER, ASIC, and construction and mining companies.

For the past few years Best Lawyers Peer Review has recognised Frances in litigation, alternative dispute resolution, regulatory, and construction / infrastructure. She was also voted 2018 Brisbane Regulatory Practice “Lawyer of the Year”.

Frances is deputy chair of the Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee and is the Brisbane deputy chair of the Law Council Competition and Consumer Committee.

Frances is experienced in managing large matters and running large-scale electronic trials involving complex issues of fact and law.

Key updates: Legislation and case law

Professor Stephen J Woods | School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University

Stephen’s expertise in the field of clinical forensic psychology, that includes criminal profiling and crime scene analysis, has been described by Europol as ‘undisputable’. He has provided specialist consultancy that includes criminal profiling for the International Criminal Court, Europol, Interpol, UK Home Office, US Marshals, US Department of Justice, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the United Nations.

His work in Australia, in addition to profiling and crime scene analysis, includes specialist programme consultancy to various state police and joint defence forces. Stephen has worked with judicial officers, police, and international organisations on direct and vicarious trauma and forensic assessments as well as psychology and the law. He has provided training to judges, prosecutors, and legal practitioners in Australia and internationally. Stephen has contributed expertise and mentoring by provision of training through a joint UN and US Aid law-based initiative.

Vicarious trauma: Dealing with distressed clients

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