Emojis challenge lawyers as a simple smiley face could have invalidated a last will

Emojis challenge lawyers as a simple smiley face could have invalidated a last will

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A SIMPLE smiley face emoji could have invalidated a last will and testament in a contested case in the Queensland Supreme Court. Emojis are proving explosive in the courtroom as they appear more often in digital messages presented in evidence. President of the Queensland Law Society Christine Smyth told The Courier-Mail that Mark Nichol, 54, […]

Small businesses warned to stay vigilant after cunning email scam costs Queensland law firms “millions”

Small businesses warned to stay vigilant after cunning email scam costs Queensland law firms “millions”

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Professional services firms are being urged to train their staff on email security procedures after two Queensland law firms have reportedly lost “millions” to hackers in a complex scheme tricking them into paying funds to scammers. The Brisbane Times reports the Queensland Law Society has issued a warning to firms in the region after at […]

Queensland law firms lose millions to hackers in ‘highly sophisticated’ email scam

Queensland law firms lose millions to hackers in ‘highly sophisticated’ email scam

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At least two Queensland law firms have lost several million dollars after falling victim to a “highly sophisticated” email scam, prompting an urgent warning from the Queensland Law Society. Hackers commandeered the email accounts of staff at the law firms by tricking them into revealing their email account login details before hijacking payments from clients. […]

Christmas Greetings Ceremony

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Wednesday 13 December, 2017 | Supreme Court of Queensland President’s speech May it please the Court. Milo – not the sweet chocolate belly warming beverage, Milo Yiannopoulos, the ultra-right wing political commentator, has garnered significant press recently.  He was in Australia to spruik his version of society.  His presence drew angry violent crowds both in support and […]

QLS President's Report – December 2017 Edition: A whirlwind, a wild ride and a great surprise

QLS President’s Report – December 2017 Edition: A whirlwind, a wild ride and a great surprise

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QLS President’s Report – December 2017 Edition A whirlwind, a wild ride and a great surprise Click here to download the full QLS President’s Report – December 2017 Edition from the 2017 President Christine Smyth. According to Einstein, the faster you travel, the slower time goes. Although I would never argue with him on that, […]

Proctor Dec 2017 – What's New in Succession: Technology as a value add

Proctor Dec 2017 – What’s New in Succession: Technology as a value add

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Technology as a value add Leveraging technology and demonstrating value It is fair to say that the area of succession law can sometimes seem to be the last bastion of the old ways – bound original Wills in paper, signing requirements and the like.  However, it is clear that while the legislation might well be […]