Proctor : April 2017
54 PROCTOR | April 2017 Professional development the NQLA way Samantha Cohen invites you to enjoy a perfect mix of professional development and relaxation at the 2017 Offermans Partners North Queensland Law Association Conference. Hamilton Island, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is the ultimate getaway. Part of the Whitsunday group of islands, Hamilton Island is not just a tourist destination but also a thriving community. The island has coral and marine life just off its spectacular beaches and is teeming with wildlife in its hinterland. Offering renowned restaurants, and water and land activities, the island has something for everyone and is the ideal place to take the family. Which is exactly what the North Queensland Law Association (NQLA) encourages you to do! Next month, Hamilton Island will host the 2017 Offermans Partners North Queensland Law Association Conference. The conference is from 18 to 20 May at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, which boasts spectacular views out past the surrounding islands to the sea. The conference will kick off on Thursday 18 May with the Lexis Nexis Sunset Welcome Drinks, which will be held by the main pool beachside overlooking pristine, white sandy beaches. The following morning will start with the NQLA’s SEA-PD (CPD by the sea) breakfast at the Outrigger Marquee and a panel discussion featuring Justices North, Henry and Brown of the Queensland Supreme Court, Judge Morzone QC of the District Court, Andrew Philp QC and Tim Mathews QC. This panel historically requires active participation and this year will be no different as delegates work their way through the ‘Tribulations of Hamilton Law’. The conference will then reconvene at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club where it will be opened by Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, followed by a plenary session delivered by Debbie Kilroy of Sisters Inside. Delegates will then divide into three streams; – litigation, commercial and family law. Stream highlights include Judges Coker and Willis of the Federal Circuit Court discussing the most prominent family law cases over the past 12 months and an analysis of common interlocutory applications presented by barristers Douglas Campbell QC, Nicholas Andreatidis and Sean Kelly. In the commercial stream, barrister Anthony Collins will be considering deathbed gifts in the 21st Century followed by barrister Craig Wilkins and Offermans Partners principal Michael Brennan looking at insolvency practitioner liability under Queensland environmental legislation. Afternoon session highlights include Stephen Pyman’s paper on drafting construction contracts to deal with requirements under BCIPA, QBCC amendments and recent decisions. In the family stream, Dr Carolyn Quadrio will present on mental health and parenting issues in family law assessment and in the commercial stream Mark Metzeling will discuss brand protection and good will. The afternoon will close with a plenary session presented by barrister Elizabeth Raper, ‘Discrimination, bullying, harassment and adverse action: Appropriate protections or political correctness gone mad?’. The conclusion of day one will see delegates back for another Hamilton Island sunset, this time for a cocktail party on the beautiful Bommie Deck of the yacht club. This cocktail event provides delegates with a chance to dress up and enjoy canapés, drinks and entertainment as they are spoilt for choice with sunset or marina views. Day two of the conference commences with the plenary session, ‘Human Rights in North Queensland – Travels in Time and Place’, presented by Bill Mitchell. Streams commence again with a panel discussion on the latest developments in criminal law by Chief Judge O’Brien and Judges Harrison and Dick of the District Court. The final core CPD topics will be then be delivered in three streams for barristers, senior solicitors and early career lawyers. Delegates will then go back to their streams to enjoy presentations by Kylie Downes QC on witness preparation, Jordan Miller and Damian Carroll on compulsory acquisition, and in the family law stream a double session with barristers Michael Fellows, Viviana Keegan and Alex Raeburn presenting a paper titled ‘War of the Roses – managing clients whose preference is to go to war’. The last session of the conference will see Mathew Raven, chair of the Queensland Law Society Property Law Committee, presenting a paper on key issues which can arise for developers or buyers of apartments off the plan. In litigation, barrister Justin Greggery will present a paper on disappointed beneficiaries and the limits of the duty owed by will drafters. With the conference ending at lunch, this provides delegates with the opportunity to try the great food available on the island and catch up with colleagues, spend time with family and enjoy all that the island has to offer. Book an activity or wander through the local village shops while enjoying the marina views. Saturday night will see the conference conclude with the Auscript After Party held on the Frangipani Lawn beachside. A more casual affair with a festival-like feel, wile away the hours mingling with colleagues and speakers, helping yourself to the various food stations, having a drink and listening to the live band. The Sunday is free to relax, unwind and recover, and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Registration is now open. For program details please visit nqla.com.au. For other enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Conference spotlight Samantha Cohen is principal of Cohen Legal and president of the NQLA.