Downs and South Western Queensland Law Association

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Beware of fraudulent contact via LinkedIn

Posted on 24 January, 2018 at 18:40 Comments comments (1)

Queensland Law Society has been advised of instances in which individuals’ LinkedIn accounts have been hacked and messages sent to practitioners fraudulently seeking services to complete transactions. The apparent ultimate aim is to gain access to funds in the recipient firm’s trust account. Practitioners are reminded to verify contact through independent methods (that is, phone or email) rather than relying on LinkedIn as the only contact source. Check out the QLS cyber security resources for more information.

Congratulations to Members: Vincent Hede & Sarah Adams

Posted on 24 January, 2018 at 18:30 Comments comments (0)

It is wonderful to have the opportunity to congratulate Vincent Hede and Sarah Adams on their success in completing the QLS Specialist Accreditation program in Family Law.

It is very exciting to see our region gain more and more specialists in their respective fields, adding to the incredible high calibre of legal services offered in the Darling Downs and surrounds.

We are honoured to have Sarah on our committee and Hede Byrne and Hall has hosted many of our seminars and so we are very thankful for both Sarah and Vincent's invaluable contributions to the Association.

Well done!

Guidelines for filing in the Supreme and District Court Registries in Brisbane

Posted on 20 December, 2017 at 1:20 Comments comments (0)

The Association would like to advise that there are new guidelines which have issued for the filing of material in the Brisbane Registries of the Supreme and District Courts.

Please see the information by clicking on the following link: ;

Thank you for a successful LawRight Legal Walk 2017

Posted on 16 May, 2017 at 8:35 Comments comments (1)

Thank you to everyone who joined us this morning for the 2017 Queensland Legal Walk to help fundraise for LawRight.

It was wonderful to see so many out supporting a great cause and the beautiful clear skies made it all even more spectacular.

Our sincerest thanks goes out to the APEX club for their valued assistance with the Association's BBQ breakfast, specifically Matthew Mengel (Vice-President), Georgia Soutar (Secretary) and Megan Ferguson (Member).

We would also like to thank Michael Oo from Two Moos for his incredible assistance and delicious coffee!

If you came along this morning but you had not yet registered for the event, please head over to our official team page and register by heading to the link below: ;

Thank you again to everyone who supported this event (including those who could not make it to the walk this morning) and we look forward to doing it all again next year!




Thank you for your Support

Posted on 7 February, 2017 at 21:10 Comments comments (1)

Thank you to those who attended the Association's Ethics CLE hosted by the University of Southern Queensland last night.


It was fantastic to see so many attendees and we are very greatful for your support.


The Association would like to extend its sincerest thanks to Professor Reid Mortensen and Lecturer Katie Murray for their time and expertise. The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to many more CLE's with the University in the future.


For those who attended the CLE but did not pay/book a ticket, please head to the re-opened booking facility below and pay for your ticket so that you can be issued with the appropriate tax invoice for your attendance.


Our Secretary has as record of attendees and will monitor the payments, so, if you have not yet paid, please pay for your ticket within the next 48 hours. We would like to appropriately close the box office and process our accounts for the event as soon as possible.

Ladies in Law Luncheon

Posted on 29 November, 2016 at 3:35 Comments comments (0)

The Ladies in Law Luncheon has been reverred as a wonderful success, with more than 70 women who work within the legal industry attending on Friday, 18 November 2016.

More than 70 ladies, who attended, were able to participate in posing questions to Her Honour Judge Cassidy, and Magistrate Ryan, about matters to do with their life and the law. 

Ladies in Law Organising Committee Members are hopeful to make this event annual. 


Posted on 11 October, 2016 at 2:45 Comments comments (1)

On 6 October 2016, members of the Downs & South Western Qld Law Association and members of our local family law crowd attended a wonderful evening at the local Fitzy’s establishment. The evening was a wonderful opportunity for practitioners and other professionals within the Downs & South West Queensland region in the family law sector to network and socialise. Even with minimal formalities, guests were fortunate to hear from esteemed speakers in relation to options, processes, and future engagement options in the family law sector.


Penny Feil of Accord Mediations, and Sue Long, a local Toowoomba psychologist, spoke about the process of child inclusive mediations and the benefits to families who appropriately engage in same. If you have any questions about the child inclusive mediation process, please see their respective websites: and Penny’s contact number is 0419 701 930 and Sue can be reached on 0438 058 788.


Tracy-Lynne Geysen also spoke about the arbitration process, particularly in comparison to the lengthy delays experienced by parties in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Whilst listening to Tracey-Lynne recommend Arbitration as a more cost effective, expedient, efficient and informal process than other options available to parties who are seeking a determination on property settlement matters, guests were able to gain insight into the process and why it may be important to promote such options to clients. If you have any questions about the Arbitration process please see:


Speaking about many issues which practitioners and parties before the Federal Circuit Court face, His Honour Judge Lapthorn explained that it was resourcing issues which are a main contributing cause to the delays experienced and in providing judicial family law services to Regional Queensland. His Honour confirmed that the funding on external expert reports has tightened along with funding in most other areas. His Honour spoke about the delays in matters which are in a position to proceed to a Final Hearing currently, and confirmed his view that if a party was to institute proceedings today, they may not have their matter heard at a Final Hearing until 2019. To assist in alleviating these delays, His Honour confirmed that the relevant bodies were assessing the possibility of running a Final Hearing list in Toowoomba for one week, in 2017. Following the success of three days of that nature being conducted in 2016, the Association and Practitioners were enthusiastic to hear that this could be repeated and extended upon in 2017. His Honour also confirmed that he is now the Case Management Judge for the Brisbane Registry, and confirmed that he will be conducting the Toowoomba Circuit for the 2017 year, with 8 lots of 2 day circuits scheduled to take place. His Honour is presently awaiting confirmation of availability from the Toowoomba Courthouse and envisages confirming the 2017 dates prior to the end of the year. His Honour thanked local practitioners for their hard work, confirming his believe that Toowoomba is “a very successful circuit”. Mr Jamie Crew, the regional registry manager also attended and was able to offer to practitioners an insight into the resourcing challenges that the Federal Circuit Court of Australia faces in any given year.


The Association would like to thank our sponsor, JLL Valuers, for providing support for the evening. JLL Valuers are established in the Toowoomba region and offer a full range of valuations services including for the purpose of family law matters but extending to all other valuation services. Bill Thiel from JLL can be contacted on 0422 434 528 or [email protected] and otherwise, please call Craig Ashford on 0408 434 532 or email [email protected] if you have any further enquires. The JLL website is


Further the Association was fortunate to have the event sponsored by Power Tynan, accountants based in Toowoomba who offer a whole range of accountancy services. If you wish to contact Power Tynan please contact Director Brad Hancock on 07 46888400. Power Tynan’s website is


The Association prides itself in engaging practitioners in local networking, and continuing professional development programs. If you want to stay up to date about our events, check out our website and register as a Member:


Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Awards

Posted on 19 September, 2016 at 3:25 Comments comments (0)

Every year the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland confer awards on women lawyers who have demonstrated a high level of skill, contribution to the profession and advancement of the position of women in the legal profession. As a regional association it would be wonderful to nominate candidates for any of the categories, but particularly the category of Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year. The DSWQLA strongly encourages members to submit nominations.


Nominations for the Woman Lawyer, Regional Woman Lawyer and Emergent Woman Lawyer of the year award are now open. To view the criteria for the awards and to complete the nomination form, please click here.


Law Ball: a success!

Posted on 28 August, 2016 at 18:45 Comments comments (0)

On behalf of the Downs & South Western Qld Law Association Committee, we would like to thank everyone for their support of our Annual Law Ball which was held on Saturday, 27 August 2016.

Guests were treated to the delightful company and elegant speaking of the Honourable Catherine Holmes, Chief Justice of Queensland, making the night a grand success. The night was the perfect opportunity for networking and socialising between our members, and honoured guests. Due to the overwhelming success, we even had to turn people away! If you missed out this year, make sure you book early next year. This is one annual event that should not be missed!

The Committee would also like to thank our major sponsors, QICS, JLL, West Star Motors, University of Southern Queensland and the Queensland Law Society. Without this support, the event would not have been possible.

QPILCH Walk 2016 - Thank you!

Posted on 19 May, 2016 at 18:55 Comments comments (0)

Thanks everyone for joining in on the Downs and South Western-Queensland's 2016 QPILCH Legal Walk and for all those who supported the event from afar.


It was wonderful to see so many out supporting a great cause and the pleasant unseasonably warm weather and beautiful clear skies made it all even more spectacular.


Our sincerest thanks goes out to the APEX club for their valued assistance with the Association's BBQ breakfast, specifically Matthew Mengel (Vice-President), Georgia Soutar (President) and Megan Ferguson (Member). And we would also like to thank His Honour, Judge Everson for leading the walk through and around Toowoomba's picturesque Queens Park.


Across the state, over 1,000 members of the legal community joined the Walk in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Bundaberg and together we have raised over $82,300 which is a fantastic effort.


For all those who would still like to donate, click here to head to their official page.