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Approx 12 months ago Moreton Bay teenager Ben Shaw lost his life in a tragic gym accident. It was reported that the gym had little supervision and Ben was trapped under the weight of barbells that he couldn't lift off his chest for more than 20 minutes. By the time someone came to help him the damage had been done and Ben unfortunately died four days later in hospital.

Following Ben's death our Partner Christine Smyth called for better regulations for gyms. The tragedy has been brought to the attention of the public again because there hasn't been any answers or changes to the circumstances which resulted in his untimely death.


Should those people working with the elderly, incapacitated and vulnerable be subject to a screening process beyond a mere police check?


'Senior Sitter' ad sparks call for better vetting of aged care workers to reduce elder abuse

ABC  Gold Coast - By Charmaine Kane


A Gold Coast solicitor is calling for Australia to introduce a coordinated system for screening people who work in the aged care sector, similar to the Working With Children Checks (WWCC) performed nation-wide that vets people wanting to work with children and young people.


Market Power, Unfair Advantage and Data Sharing – Claims Farming Raises Bigger Questions

Allegations about supposed claim farming carried out by Slater and Gordon have sparked debate about the issues surrounding harvesting of client information, as well as the practices of the personal injury sector in Australian law.

There are always significant concerns across the profession about practices such as claim farming and data sharing, according to Robbins Watson Solicitors partner and Queensland Law Society immediate past president Christine Smyth.


FAMILY COURT LAW REFORM ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Partner and Immediate Past President of Queensland Law Society speaks to 4BC's Ben Davis about the restructure of the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court announced by the Federal Attorney General, Christian Porter.


Robbins Watson's Partner and Immediate Past President of the Queensland Law Society Christine Smyth speaks to Katherine Feeney of ABC Radio Brisbane as to the impacts children experience as a result of divorce, legal aid, independent children's lawyers and the family law system.

Christine Smyth Speaks with Matt Webber on 91.7 ABC Gold Coast

Robbins Watson Partner and Immediate Past President of QLS Christine Smyth speaks with Matt Webber on 91.7 ABC Gold Coast about the landmark settlement in the matter of Wotton v State of Queensland and what it means for the people of Palm Island and Queensland.

This is in light of the recent Media Release and Joint Statement from Deputy Premier, Treasure and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships The Honourable Jackie Trad Attorney-General and Minister for Justice The Honourable Yvette D'Arth.


Thursday 29 March 2018 - Drive - ABC Radio

"Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?" Robbins Watson Partner Christine Smyth chats with Maria Hatzakis of ABC Radio about the difficulties of the M1 commute between Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Partner Christine Smyth speaks to ABC

Our Partner Christine Smyth spoke with Steve Austin of ABC radio in relation to the increasing traffic problems and the impact that the Commonwealth Games will have on Gold Coast courts.

QC sworn in as new president for Queensland Court of Appeal

President of the Queensland Law Society, Christine Smyth, said that Justice Sofronoff was one of Queensland’s finest legal minds and an ideal replacement for Justice McMurdo.

Prior to the barrister’s appointment last week, Ms Smyth described him as one of Australia’s most eminent and respected lawyers.

“Mr Sofronoff has worked at the highest levels of litigation – both criminal and civil – including countless appearances before the High Court of Australia,” Ms Smyth said.

“We wholly support his appointment and anticipate he will be fiercely independent and lead the court with distinction,” she said.

Ms Smyth spoke at the new president’s swearing in ceremony last week.

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