4th Annual Property Law Forum

Session ID: 183Q06
Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Time: 09:00am - 05:15pm
Venue: Mercure Hotel Brisbane, 85-87 North Quay, Brisbane

Face to face

Legal Knowledge: 6
Professional Skills: 1

State: QLD CPD:7
Standard Price $860.00

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Session Content

Date: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Time: 9.00am to 5.15pm
Venue: Mercure Brisbane, North Quay Brisbane

Attend the full day and earn 7 CPD units including:
6 units in Legal Knowledge
1 unit in Professional Skills

It's imperative that you not only provide sage advice on the most complex legal issues arising in the QLD property market today, but that you also offer commercial savvy legal advice to clients developing projects, acquiring or selling land or building on a piece of land with many stakeholders involved. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills your clients will expect and demand.

Session 1: Reforms, Compulsory Acquisitions and Environmental Issues

Chair: Leone Costigan, Executive Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills; Accredited Specialist in Property Law

NEW REFORMS: Property Law Reforms and Consultation Papers: What You Need to Know
Analyse the current status of critical property law reforms, how they'll impact your clients and your practice, and what you need to know and do to be prepared for the changing landscape.

Presented by Louise Willshire, Louise Wilshire Consultant

Professional Skills
INSIGHTS FROM THE LAND COURT OF WLD: Procedural Changes in the Land Court

  • Understanding what changed
  • What practitioners need to know

Presented by Judicial Registrar Graham Smith and Member Peta Stilgoe, Land Court of Queensland

Handling Compulsory Acquisition of Land

  • Acquisition of Land Act
  • Navigating section 15, agreements with constructing authority
  • When notice of intention to resume is withdrawn by the constructing authority

Presented by Kathleen Ready, Partner, Ready Hocking Law

Environmental Issues Property Lawyers Need to Know About

  • Dealing with contaminated land
  • Environmental encumbrances on land
  • Transferring environmental licences
  • Transferring environmental breaches

Presented by Kathryn Pacey, Partner, Clayton Utz

Session 2: Off the Plan, Insolvency and Case Update

Chair: Clinton Mohr, Principal; Clinton Mohr Lawyers; Accredited Specialist in Property Law

Drafting Off the Plan Contracts for Developers

  • Tips and traps when drafting off the plan contracts
  • Key items for construction funders
  • What's the real sunset date? Two schools of thought

Presented by Kristan Conlon, Partner and Joel McAndrew, Lawyer, McCullough Robertson

Issues Regarding Builder/Developer Insolvency for Property Contracts

  • What happens to a construction contract when a builder becomes insolvent?
  • Dealing with BCIPA and subcontractor's charges claims
  • Assisting developers in replacing a builder
  • Getting deeds in place to protect the developer
  • Dealing with subcontractors
  • Dealing with security

Presented by James Nickless, Partner, Clarke Kann Lawyers

Property Law Recent Case Update
This session will provide a wrap up analysis of key cases in the last 12 months that will impact your clients and your practice.

Presented by Liam Copley, Barrister, McPherson Chambers


Leone Costigan

Leone Costigan is an Executive Counsel in the Herbert Smith Freehills Finance, Real Estate and Property team specialising in real estate transactions. She has extensive experience in co-ordinating large property due-diligences for commercial and major projects. Leone works with many major property development companies and property trusts in Australia advising on the acquisition, disposal, development, leasing and ongoing management of real property assets. As part of the HSF's pro-bono legal programme, she enjoys providing legal advice to a number of pro-bono clients including SVDP, Ronald McDonald House and Young care. Leone is an accredited specialist in property law a member of the Property Council of Australia Women and Diversity Committee and Tax Institute member. She is also a member of the board of the Ronald McDonald House (SWEQ) charity.

Louise Willshire

Louise Willshire is a Special Counsel with Sia & Sia Lawyers. Louise advises clients on a full range of legal issues associated with property law, including acquisitions and disposals, property and infrastructure development, complex tenure and titling issues and management structures for mixed use projects, including managed investment scheme issues. Louise has acted on a broad range of projects, including staged and mixed-use developments, resorts, major infrastructure projects, large asset acquisitions and disposals, marina development, master planned communities, commercial developments and urban renewal projects. Louise has nearly 20 years' experience as a lawyer in both real estate and financial services and sits on the Queensland Law Society's Property and Development Law Committee.

Graham Smith

Peta Stilgoe

After almost 20 years in private practice, specialising in commercial litigation, in 2007 Peta Stilgoe was appointed as the first registrar of the Planning & Environment Court. With the support of the Judges, she was able to introduce a commitment to ADR in that jurisdiction. Peta sits across all jurisdictions in QCAT but has a particular focus on chairing compulsory conferences in difficult commercial disputes. She has chaired a number of retail shop dispute compulsory conferences.

Kathleen Ready

Kathleen is a Partner in boutique firm that specialises in Property, Planning and Construction Law. Kathleen has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial, industrial, residential property and planning law. In particular, Kathleen has expertise in the following areas: acquisition and disposal of high rise commercial buildings, industrial property, multi use development sites, retail shopping centres and all associated documentation; consulting and negotiating with local councils in obtaining development approval; advising on allegations of contravention of the Environmental Protection Act; advising and acting for applicants and respondents in the Planning and Environment Court; and advising and acting for applicants seeking compensation under the Acquisition of Land Act in the Land Court.

Kathryn Pacey

Kathryn Pacey is a partner at Clayton Utz specialising in environment and planning law. Kathryn advises public and private sector clients on the delivery of major infrastructure projects, statutory interpretation and drafting, compliance and incident management. Kathryn has been involved in the environmental assessment and approvals for some of Queensland's most significant projects, including the Brisbane road tunnels, the drought contingency projects, delivery of Wyaralong Dam (and non-delivery of Traveston Crossing Dam) and the reconstruction of Grantham. Kathryn represented Brisbane City Council in the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry and is currently involved in a representative action involving a waste disposal facility. Kathryn is also a guest lecturer at the University of Queensland in Planning Law and Mining and Petroleum Law.

Clinton Mohr

Kristan Conlon

Kristan Conlon leads the property planning and finance group nationally at McCullough Robertson, and has proudly been at the firm since graduation 20 years ago. She has significant experience advising on property development projects where her advisory work extends to multi-party arrangements, legislative compliance and regulatory matters. Her practice also includes acting for property owners and operators in acquisitions, sales and leasing.

Joel McAndrew

Joel McAndrew is a property lawyer who specialises in property development and body corporate law. He has over 10 years' experience in the property industry, and includes advising clients in relation to titling advice, off the plan contract and disclosure preparation, large scale project conveyancing, development agreements, and development site acquisitions and disposals.

James Nickless

Liam Copley

Liam Copley has specialised in Insolvency and Commercial Litigation since 1997 having practised at top tier law firms in Brisbane and Sydney. Liam in now a barrister in private practice specialising in insolvency and commercial litigation.

Venue Details

Mercure Hotel Brisbane

85-87 North Quay
Brisbane 4003

Ph: 732372300


The Mercure Hotel has a riverside location in the heart of the

CBD. For public transportation users, the Roma Street Train Station

and King George Square Bus Station are both located an easy 10 minute

walk away.

Secure Parking at Mercure Hotel offers a discounted daily rate from $36 by

validating tickets at Mercure Reception prior to departure. Alternatively,

you may book in advance via Secure-A-Spot website

to secure cheaper daily

rates as little as $19.00.

There are further public car parks located on either Tank or

Herschel Streets. Standard public rates apply.

Parking is not included in the registration fee and prices are subject to


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