QLS Symposium - Brisbane

Mar 2015 |

Special Counsel Nola Pearce will debate on the affirmative team during the QLS Symposium Debate on Friday 20 March 2015, the topic of which is Legal practice was easier 30 years ago’.

Nola will also present an update on case law, legislation and practice direction at the QLS Symposium on Saturday 21 March 2015. As part of the commercial litigation stream, Nola's presentation will highlight the most significant legal and practical changes for commercial litigators in 2014-15.

Nola is a member of the Financial Lines insurance team.  She specialises in the handling of civil claims and disciplinary inquiries involving high-sensitivity professionals and their insurers or defence unions.  For more than fifteen years, Nola has acted for barristers, judges and solicitors in matters arising from all areas of the law, and also for a range of medical professionals including dentists, surgeons, nursing staff and private hospitals.  She represents the interests of those professionals in the civil Courts of all State and Commonwealth jurisdictions, including various disciplinary tribunals and professional bodies.

In addition, this breadth of experience across a wide range of legal practice areas informs her role as internal counsel at Carter Newell, in which Nola settles court pleadings and interlocutory material, advises on litigation strategy and appears as an advocate in litigation across the firm’s specialty areas.

Nola is a member of the Queensland Law Society's Ethics Committee, which assists the profession and the Law Society in the development and consideration of lawyers’ ethical rules of conduct.  She has recently been credited for her drafting role in the first edition commentary to the new Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules

Human Resources Manager Belinda Parish is also taking part in the QLS Symposium chairing two sessions including ‘Don’t keep herding the cats’ – behaviour, performance and wellbeing in legal practice' which will draw on Neil Fitzpatrick’s doctoral research into the relationship and importance of leadership, values, culture and KPIs in law practices including leadership skills and behaviours, trust, values and culture, organisational well-being, identifying your real business drivers and succession planning.

The second session being chaired by Belinda 'Mindfulness for lawyers' examines what mindfulness is, the positive impact it can have on individuals and staff and the effect it can have on the bottom line.