Christine Smyth

QLS welcomes move to remove 17-year-olds from adult prisons

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Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth today (Monday September 18) welcomed the state government’s announcement that it will begin removing 17-year-old offenders from the adult criminal justice system. “Queensland Law Society has advocated strongly for this reform, and called for the major parties to commit to it in the lead-up to the last election,” Ms […]

Partner & QLS President Christine Smyth comments on Electronic Conveyancing

Queensland property buyers baulk at charges for digital settlements

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PUBLIC investment in digital property settlement languishes in Queensland with negligible take-up of a system meant to deliver big savings and fewer transaction errors. While online property exchange PEXA is saying Queensland legal firms are losing work to their counterparts in other states because of the poor uptake of its services, the government denies it […]

Criminal Law Conference 2017

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Friday 8 September 2017, Law Society House President’s opening address Introduction Acknowledgment of Country In keeping with our reconciliation commitment it is culturally appropriate and important to acknowledge the First Nations people as the original inhabitants of the land on which this ceremony is taking place here in Meanjin, and recognise the remarkable country north […]

What's New in Succession Law – Clarity for trusts, stepchildren and de facto partners

What’s New in Succession Law – Clarity for trusts, stepchildren and de facto partners

Posted Posted in Queensland Law Society Proctor Magazine

Changes under the Court and Civil Legislation Amendment Act 2017 Queensland Law Society has tirelessly advocated for reforms to the Trusts Act 1973 (Qld), and championed clarity around the stepchild relationship for family provision applications relating to de facto relationships within the Succession Act 1981 (Qld). On 5 June, the omnibus Court and Civil Legislation […]

QLS President's Report – September 2017 Edition

QLS President’s Report – September 2017 Edition

Posted Posted in Queensland Law Society Proctor Magazine

Toward judicial diversity Why we need a judicial commission I am proud of our solicitors whose intellectual rigour, technical, people and managerial skills, along with service to their communities, have led to their appointment to judicial positions. But, there remains a disparity in the proportion of solicitors being appointed to judicial positions. Why is this […]