Celebrating our members

QLS appreciates the commitment of its members. Each year we celebrate our loyal members who have contributed a remarkable 25 and 50 years to the society and the profession at our annual, state-wide Celebrate Recognise and Socialise events.

Bright future for Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast Law Association is the second largest DLA in the state, with 497 current practising certificate holders across the region.

Lawyer had bigger picture in mind

Over the next two decades, he was widely regarded as the architect of the first international legal practice in Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright.

Baxter brothers continue tradition

The Ruddy, Tomlins & Baxter (RTB) Director was presented with a Queensland Law Society 50-year membership pin at the Celebrate, Recognise, Socialise event in Townsville.

Secretary, typewriter but no clients

The Queen Street Legal Group Principal was one of six 50-year Queensland Law Society pin recipients last night at the Celebrate, Recognise, Socialise event in Brisbane.

Making a difference for human rights

The Principal of Susan Moriarty & Associates was one of 22 QLS members to be acknowledged for her professionalism at the Celebrate, Recognise, Socialise event.

Volunteering part of Kathleen’s interests

A Senior Associate at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers, Kathleen was one of 22 lawyers recognised for 25 years of QLS membership at the Celebrate, Recognise, Socialise function in Brisbane late last week. 

2023 QLS Excellence in Law Awards

Award winners

Meet this year’s QLS Excellence in Law Award winners


150 years

This year, QLS is celebrating the 150-year anniversary since the first law society in Queensland. QLS Proctor publishes a special series of articles to mark the occasion.

Commitment to advocacy unwavering

QLS is celebrating 150 years of advocating for good law and serving the public good. In this two-part series, we look back on the Society’s positive impacts on the community, starting with the first 75 years.

Magistrate Payne shows resilience

QLS First Nations Legal Coordinator Heather Ferris was fortunate to speak with Magistrate Jacqui Payne about her extraordinary journey to the judiciary.

Elder abuse awareness

Legal practitioners, as trusted advisors, are in a key position to detect elder abuse among clients. QLS Proctor takes a closer look at the complex dynamics at play.


Ready for the real world?

A new research project is looking into whether Queensland law graduates and newly admitted lawyers are adequately prepared for the ‘real’ world.

In the coming weeks we will hear from two young lawyers, a magistrate and a law association president about their views on this topic.


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day occurs on 15 June each year. This issue remains a grave concern for the community and appears to have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. QLS Proctor has assembled articles that paint a disturbing picture of the current state of elder abuse in Australia.

COVID-19 and older Australians

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, in its interim COVID-19 Report released in September 2020, highlighted that 74% of the Australians who


The state of youth justice

In 2019, Proctor took an in-depth look at the issue of youth justice and detailed the (then) current state of affairs in youth justice and spoke to people who dealt with the issue on a daily basis. Given the current focus on the issue, QLS Proctor has re-published these articles to help inform and inspire conversation around youth justice. More articles will be added to this Spotlight series as the current debate on youth justice unfolds.

Suffer the little children

Hundreds of caged children as young as 10, sharing prison-style common areas with pedophiles, locked up for weeks in solitary confinement and wanting nothing more than to speak to their mothers.

The state of youth justice

This article, by Damien Atkinson, first appeared in the July 2019 edition of Proctor. Happy children don’t do crime. They aren’t out late, rolling people

Human Rights Act: 12 months on

On 1 January, this year, Queensland introduced ground breaking new laws to enshrine protections guaranteeing the human rights of every person. 

As the clock prepares to ring in the first anniversary of Queensland’s Human Rights Act, QLS and Caxton Legal have collaborated to produce the series of articles and perspectives documenting the long-road to the legislation, its application so far, as well as the impact the laws may have on Queenslanders in the short and long term.

Domestic and Family Violence

Queensland Law Society supports government and community efforts to fight domestic and family violence, with a focus on ensuring that lawyers are properly equipped to deal with the legal response to domestic and family violence.

Coercive control: Can the law fix this?

A complex and delicate debate has begun between advocates, legal practitioners and criminologists. Should ‘coercive control’ be criminalised to protect victims of DFV?

Domestic and family violence – Gracie’s story

Throughout Queensland, solicitors regularly spend long-hours toiling away, volunteering their time free-of-charge to assist significantly under-funded community legal centres to provide fair and equal access to justice to the community’s most vulnerable people.

Queensland Coronial Legal Service

Demand for the services Queensland Coronial Legal Service provides is set to increase as Queensland’s population grows.


Shape the future

Help us shape the future of the Queensland legal profession. The Future Leaders Committee (FLC) is a platform for next generation lawyers to launch their dreams, ideas and thinking for our profession. Read more about the opportunity to lead the profession into the future.

Future leaders needed!

There has probably never been a time the legal profession needed its future leaders more than now. But, why?


Have your say today

The QLS Access to Justice survey is now open. But what is Access to Justice and why is it important? Read here about why practitioners are passionate about Access to Justice and the value of having your say to help improve this area of law.

May 2020

Creating your new normal

Just like that our world changed. And while we weren’t ready for it, we do need to be ready for the new normal by refining and adapting our practice and procedures. Here are some perspectives, guidance and information to assist you.

Practice management for video conferencing

We are now relying on phone and videoconferencing facilities. It might seem easy enough to simply subscribe to an online videoconferencing provider – but have you considered the need for staff training to highlight security features and concerns of your chosen videoconferencing platform?

Keeping yourself in good company

Showing kindness to ourselves, practising radical acceptance of who we are and taking care of our emotional, mental and spiritual needs are not things that are taught to us much, if at all.

April 2020

On parole

Granting of parole – or early release – is a controversial topic that always generates heated debate. Is early release of prisoners back into the community just a revolving door of justice or is the purpose of parole misunderstood?

Three Supreme Court PDs amended

Three Supreme Court Practice Directions were amended and issued by Chief Justice Bowskill today. Amendments have been made to Practice Direction 18 of 2018 (efficient

Rejected NDIS costs claim to be redecided

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal had affirmed a decision by the NDIA that the costs – made up of a real estate agent’s fees and commission, removalist costs, conveyancing fees and stamp duty – were not recoverable.

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