CPD Events

cpd_intro.jpgThe following is a list of the Bar Association’s upcoming CPD events.

BAQ 2013 Annual Conference

The changing face of practice – adapting to the new landscape

8–10 March 2013, Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast

10 CPD POINTS - Ethics, Advocacy & Practice Management strands


Session 1

Chair: The Hon Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Queensland

Keynote address: The modern Bar: accessible, adaptable and relevant - The Rt Hon Lady Justice Rafferty DBE

The speech will address these issues from the perspective of the judiciary and identify lessons to be learned from the past and present.

Preparing entrants for the modern Bar: tertiary legal education in the technological age

The presentation will consider:

  • Should entry into the profession be the focus of a law degree?
  • How best to deliver legal education when lectures can be podcast?
  • Should the practicing profession have a greater involvement and, if so, what?
  • Was the Priestly 11 too minimalist?

Presenter: Professor Gerard Carney, Head of School & Academic Dean, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland

Session 2

Practice and procedure - update 2013

Facilitator/commentator: The Hon Justice Jackson, Supreme Court of Queensland


The Hon Justice Dowsett, Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Justice Kent, Family Court of Australia

His Honour Judge Shanahan, District Court of Queensland

Session 3

Don’t forget the constitution - Cases where the constitution arises and related practice and procedure

Chair: The Hon Justice White, Supreme Court of Queensland


Walter Sofronoff QC Solicitor-General of Queensland

Gim Del Villar

Session 4 - Split session


Class actions - Judicial and Bar perspectives

Chair: The Hon Justice Logan RFD, Federal Court of Australia


The Hon Justice Murphy, Federal Court of Australia

Prof Peter Cashman, University of Sydney

Misleading or deceptive conduct

Presenter: Patrick O’Shea S.C.


The particulars game …

Presenters include:

The Hon Justice Fryberg, Supreme Court of Queensland

The Hon Justice Boddice, Supreme Court of Queensland

Robert Mulholland QC

Session 5 - Split session


Succession: emerging issues.

Chair: The Hon Justice Alan Wilson, President, QCAT

Presenter: Rebecca Treston

Tracing the proceeds of fraud

Presenter: Dominic O’Sullivan


Hypothetical - “ From charge to sentence: working in the criminal law system in 2013“

Chair: Elizabeth Wilson S.C.


The Hon Justice Ann Lyons, Supreme Court of Queensland

His Honour Judge Butler AM S.C., Chief Magistrate of Queensland

Tony Glynn S.C.

Peter Davis S.C.

Session 6 - Practice Management Strand

Future of legal services

Richard Susskind will speak about the drivers of change in the legal world – client demand for ‘more for less’, the growing impact of information technology, and the liberalisation of legal markets. He will explain the shift toward the commoditisation of legal service and will argue that one key to the future will be to decompose legal work into its constituent parts and to source each part in the most efficient way. He will speak about the growing impact of legal process outsourcing, virtual courts, online dispute resolution, the future of advocacy, the role of tomorrow’s judges, the systematisation of routine and repetitive legal work, and changing conceptions of access to justice. For lawyers who are willing to adapt, he will claim that the future holds exciting new professional and commercial opportunities but for lawyers who seek to hold on to old ways of working, he will suggest that their markets will shrink and new competitors will displace them. Above all, the future for entrepreneurial and innovative lawyers is rosy.

Presenter: Professor Richard Susskind OBE

Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service, with particular reference to information technology. He has worked on legal technology for over 30 years. He has written and edited numerous books and has written over 100 columns for The Times.

He has advised on numerous government inquiries and, since 1998, has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England. Richard is President of the Society for Computers and Law and is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute where he is also a Visiting Professor. He also holds professorships at Gresham College, London, and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Richard has a first class honours degree in law from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford.

Session 7

Technology and the law – proliferation and diversity of computer devices and online storage. What does this mean for you?

Join Nigel Carson and Brendan Read who collectively have over 30 years of computer forensic law enforcement and corporate investigations experience as they guide you through the rapidly changing technology landscape and explain how to leverage these technologies in legal matters where a text, email or other digital footprint can provide pivotal evidence.

The discussion will be heavily case study focused including:

  • Collection and presentation of evidence from the Cloud such as Dropbox, iCloud, Gmail and SkyDrive.
  • Proliferation of mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry and challenges in collecting data from these.
  • Digital Photo and GPS device examinations.
  • Online platforms to enable web driven, point and click collaborative review of digital evidence and the recent use of predictive coding.
  • Review of core computer forensics skills and tools.
  • Case studies incorporating all of the above with examples varying from music piracy to murder.

Session 8

New Developments in Criminal Practice and Procedure - “The Old Bailey: a judge’s perspective”

Chair: The Hon Justice Martin, Supreme Court of Queensland

His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC, Recorder of London

Session 9 - Practice Management Strand

How practice building has changed - helpful strategies for barristers

  • practice in light of the current economic circumstances
  • the importance of personal brand
  • common pitfalls in practice promotion
  • marketing strategies
  • principles of networking
  • building awareness of where you may be limiting practice potential
  • guiding pupils and others seeking advice on practice building

Chair: Roger Traves S.C.

Belinda Cohen, Director, Inspired Reality

Session 10 - Ethics Strand

Debate: future of the Bar

Chair: Roger Traves S.C.


Richard Douglas S.C.

Kerri Mellifont S.C.

Simon Lewis

Andrew Preston

Jacoba Brasch