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QLD MLAANZ twilight seminar - Unfair Contract Terms Update – rescheduled to 19 July 2018

The Unfair Contract Terms Update twilight seminar, previously schedule for 23 May 2018, has been rescheduled to 19 July 2018 to better accommodate prospective attendees.  Please mark your calendars and RSVP for the new date in accordance with the below details. 


 Have you heard a lot about the recent unfair contract terms legislation but don't know how it will apply to you? Are your or your client's standard terms and conditions valid and enforceable or leaving you exposed to a hidden risk?

Consumer protection under the Australian Consumer Law was extended to strike out unfair terms in standard form contracts in 2010 and extended to also protect small businesses in 2016, but precisely how these reforms will be applied in the business world is difficult to predict. This has particular relevance to the trade and transport industry where stringent standard terms and conditions are common place.

Join us for a summary of the relevant law and update on the latest applications of this important and perplexing area of reform.

Paul Baxter will present on the topic from Hall & Wilcox's new premises at Level 18, 240 Queen St at 6pm on Thursday 19 July 2018, with light refreshments and the opportunity to catch up with fellow attendees to follow.

Please RSVP to Monique Sterrenberg or Rosemary Gibson by Thursday 5 July.




Office Holders/Committee Members 2016

Michael Fisher
Thynne & Macartney
Level 19, Central Plaza Two                    
66 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Email: mfisher@thymac.com.au

Michelle Taylor
Norton Rose Fulbright
111 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone:  (07) 3414 2888
Email:   michelle.taylor@nortonrosefulbright.com

Rosemary Gibson
Thynne & Macartney
Level 19
Central Plaza Two
66 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Email: rgibson@thymac.com.au

Lauren Hertel

DLA Piper Australia
Waterfront Place
1 Eagle Street
Phone: (07) 3246 4234
Email: lauren.hertel@dlapiper.com

Committee Members

Matthew Hockaday
(Thynne & Macartney)
Paul Baxter                     
(DLA Piper)  
Philip Hunter                 
(HWL Ebsworth)
Adrian Duffy QC
(Queensland Bar)
Sergey Kinchin
(BWA Marine)


 Marine & Shipping Law Unit


Queensland has its own specialist academic research centre in maritime law, the Marine & Shipping Law Unit (MASLU), based at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland.

 MASLU’s members include full time academics and Adjunct Professors; together they offer a wealth of practical and theoretical experience in international maritime law. MASLU works closely with the Queensland branch of MLAANZ, and sponsors conferences and seminars on current and emerging maritime issues.  MASLU provides postgraduate level maritime law courses within the School’s Master of Laws and Master of Applied Law programs. Courses include Admiralty Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, Maritime Law, Marine Insurance Law, Marine Environmental Law and International Law of the Sea. These subjects are also offered to experienced non-lawyers wishing to expand their maritime legal knowledge through the TC Beirne School of Law Professional Legal Course Series, which may be studied on a non-award or Continuing Professional Development basis.

 The current Director of MASLU is Nick Gaskell, Professor of Maritime and Commercial Law at the TC Beirne School of Law.


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