Proctor : March 2017
5 PROCTOR | March 2017 Resignation of CEO Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth has announced that Amelia Hodge has resigned from her role as the Society’s chief executive officer, citing family reasons for her departure. Ms Smyth said Ms Hodge had been a valued member of the QLS family for the past 18-months and that during her time as CEO had made a positive contribution to the organisation. “I personally want to acknowledge the hard work and commitment Amelia has brought to QLS,’’ Ms Smyth said. “Amelia was employed as a change agent and has achieved remarkable things in her time here. “But, at the request of Amelia, her resignation will take effect immediately. “I look forward to continuing the momentum of change at QLS towards a very bright future – with a continued focus on our members and all of the legal profession across the state.” QLS government relations principal advisor Matt Dunn has been appointed to the role of acting CEO until a permanent replacement can take over this very important role. News Appointment of receiver for MRB Law Pty Ltd, Mooloolaba On 6 February 2017, the Executive Committee of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated (the Society) passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the receiver for the law practice, MRB Law Pty Ltd. The role of the receiver is to arrange for the orderly disposition of client files and safe custody documents to clients and to organise the payment of trust money to clients or entitled beneficiaries. Enquiries should be directed to Sherry Brown or Glenn Forster, at the Society on 07 3842 5888. New lawyers gain a trusty companion Queensland’s newly-admitted lawyers will now begin their careers with a helpful ‘companion’. The Queensland Lawyers’ Companion, a guide to their professional life, has been prepared by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) and is being presented at Queensland admission ceremonies from this year. It was launched at a function in Brisbane’s Supreme Court Library on 31 January and at the Supreme Court in Cairns on 10 February. Guests at the Brisbane launch included Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, Shadow Attorney- General Ian Walker, QLS president Christine Smyth, members of the judiciary, lawyers, barristers and other invited guests. In Cairns, the Queensland Lawyers’ Companion was launched by Justice James D Henry, Judge Dean Morzone QC and LPAB deputy chair Liam Kelly QC with guests that included two newly admitted lawyers and their families. LPAB chair Greg Moroney said the release of the Companion, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the LPAB (established under the Legal Profession Act 2007), addressed an essential longstanding need for a practical guide for newly admitted lawyers as they transition from law graduates to admitted lawyers. In the foreword, Mr Moroney says that the Companion “represents the collective knowledge, experience and vision of the members of the legal profession”. “Receiving a copy of the Queensland Lawyers’ Companion marks a milestone in a newly admitted lawyer’s career; it is but the start of a journey where with diligence and hard work you will contribute to the profession and its standing in society.” It represents the collegiality of the profession, and the initiative for its preparation was supported by both branches of the legal profession, the Queensland Law Society and the Bar Association of Queensland (BAQ). It includes welcome messages from the Chief Justice and the presidents of QLS and BAQ. Some of the diverse topics covered in the Companion include lawyers’ ethical responsibilities, work practices and court etiquette, and tips on exploring career options. The LPAB also intends the Companion as a memento for newly admitted lawyers on their admission day. Justice Martin Daubney chaired the Companion’s editorial board, and wrote the concluding words: “[i]t will be a journey in which you will never stop learning. And by engaging in this journey, you are actively contributing to the fundamental fabric of our civilised society by protecting and maintaining the rule of law.” Top right: From left, Greg Moroney, Melissa Timmins, Justice Martin Daubney, Anne Pickering, Stafford Shepherd and Nola Pearce. Right: From left, Liam Kelly QC, Justice James D Henry and Judge Dean Morzone QC. Bottom right: From left, Jennifer Rosengren, Liam Kelly QC, Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath and Philippa Mott.