Proctor : May 2015
News The case for a bill of rights Queensland Council for Civil Liberties (QCCL) has invited Victoria’s former attorneygeneral Rob Hulls to discuss “A New Magna Carta: the case for a Queensland Human Rights Act” at an event on 13 May at the Irish Club in Brisbane. Mr Hulls was instrumental in the introduction of Victoria’s landmark human rights legislation, the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. QCCL president Michael Cope said Mr Hulls will speak on the charter’s history, its benefits for Victoria, and the case for a bill of rights in Queensland, a topic placed on the political agenda by Independent State MP Peter Wellington. For more details and tickets visit qccl.org.au. Fundraiser to support bursary The Sunshine Coast Law Association will hold its second annual fundraising dinner on 17 July to support the bursary honouring long-serving local solicitor the late Justin Crosby. The inaugural bursary award was made in September to University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) undergraduate Tori Pearson (centre). She was presented with the award by John Crosby’s wife, Catherine Crosby (right), and the past-president of the Sunshine Coast Law Association (SCLA) John Watson (left). Google’s altered algorithm alert Google introduced a sweeping search algorithm change on 21 April that can impact websites deemed non-mobile responsive. For law firms this means that if Google considers your website not mobile-friendly, your current search rankings may suffer. You can check your website using Google’s mobile check test at google.com/ webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/. With a high volume of visits to websites from mobile devices, it’s important to make sure your website is responsive and calls to action and usability are optimised. – Dan Toombs back to contents PROCTOR | May 2015 13 The $5000 Justin Crosby bursary is an initiative of SCLA and USC and supports students enrolled in the USC Bachelor of Laws. Bursary selection is based on a number of criteria including demonstrated academic merit and financial need. This year’s fundraising dinner will be held at the Mooloolaba Surf Club. Tickets are available at scla.org.au/events. Donations towards the bursary can be made at scla.org.au/justin-crosbymemorial-law-bursary. Guidance Statements No. 1 – Undertakings Queensland Law Society has released Guidance Statement No. 1 – Undertakings. The Guidance Statement has been approved by the Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee and the Society considers that compliance with it represents an appropriate standard of conduct for Queensland legal practitioners. Publication of Guidance Statements to the profession is a new QLS initiative intended to fill the gaps between the express Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules and a solicitor’s professional obligations more generally. A Guidance Statement will rarely break new ground, although if there is a point of general uncertainty we will usually attempt to reach a position. They are intended to express a consensus view of the profession’s expectations of our colleagues. The statement has been published with approval by the Legal Services Commission. The Guidance Statement is available for members at qls.com.au.