Perceptions and Stories
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Perceptions and Stories

Eric and Fran are in conflict. They’ve always had a hard time working together, but lately the frustration and tension has spilled over to colleagues and family members on each side. Fran catches you first, her story emerging in messy, manic detail. Eric, she claims, is acting unreasonably. He is incompetent and he is being...

Property Market
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Property Market

Almost weekly if not more frequently we are being made aware of surveys predicting rises in property prices for 2014. In today’s Financial Review we are told that property is in for a bumper year, with higher prices, increased building and more jobs according to a new survey. The bullish outlook, based on the views...

Our Approach to Advocacy
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Our Approach to Advocacy

Recently, the Ipswich District Law Association invited Mike to attend their February seminar and discuss the notion of “Advocacy in the Family Law Jurisdiction” with interested local legal practitioners. Mike, who is a regular speaker at legal seminars, emphasized among other things, the importance of preparation, civility and courtesy in obtaining the best results for...

Mediating Families Publication
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Mediating Families Publication

On Monday 3 December 2012, Mike Emerson and other Brisbane Mediations panelists were pleased to join with fellow mediators and family law practitioners at the launch of the third edition of the very valuable publication “Mediating Families” written by Brisbane Mediations panelist and renowned mediator Mieke Brandon and her co-author Linda Fisher. Congratulations Mieke and...

Family Law Practitioners Association
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Family Law Practitioners Association

On 6 December 2012, Mike Emerson, Shannon Daykin and Aishwarya Singh solicitors with Emerson Family Law attended the annual Christmas wind-up of the Family Law Practitioners Association. The Association has had a productive year under the able leadership of Deborah Awyzio. The new President of the Association is Trent Waller, who heads the Family Law...

Family Law Seminar
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Family Law Seminar

On Saturday 1 December 2012, Mike Emerson and Brisbane Mediations panelist and psychologist Megan Morris did a joint presentation for the one-day Family Law seminar convened by the Association of Private Practicing Psychologists (QLD). The seminar was most successful and included presentations by family lawyer Michael Lynch and David Hugall, the manager of the Family...

New First Home Owner Grant
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New First Home Owner Grant

The Qld Government has announced that for contracts formed on or after 12 September 2012 the new First Home Owner Construction Grant will be $15,000 for the construction or purchase of new home valued up to $750,000.

Qld Law Society AGM
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Qld Law Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Queensland Law Society will be held at 5.30pm on 15 November 2012 at Law Society House.

Inaugural QLS President’s Award
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Inaugural QLS President’s Award

The QLS has announced a new initiative to recognise an outstanding member of the Society who is working to improve law and justice in the community. Nominations open this month for the Inaugural QLS President’s Medal, which will promote leadership in law and be awarded at the Legal Profession Dinner in February 2013. Details from...

National Family Law Conference
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National Family Law Conference

The National Family Law Conference has just ended in Hobart. The conference is held on a bi-annual basis and mainly rotates between Australian capital cities. Delegates report that papers delivered were excellent and will keep practitioners abreast of developments in an ever-changing field.