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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.

Gold Coast Business Awards

The fifth annual Gold Coast Women in Business Awards Gala celebration was held at The Star Gold Coast on 20 October. More than 350 guests came out to celebrate the leading women in business from across the Gold Coast. The event featured nine awards across business, innovation, female leadership and community dedication as well as for aspiring young achievers. Fifty women were honoured at the prestigious lunch for their business acumen and service to the city.

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.

Gold Coast courts to close over Comm Games

Our Partner, Immediate Past President of the Queensland Law Society Christine Smyth said the decision to close Magistrates Courts on the Gold Coast during the Commonwealth Games had been made without any consultation and would have a huge economic impact on the Gold Coast's legal industry.

"The decisions are being made in a vacuum without consultation from the peak legal body that represents the very users of the court system and that's concerning," she told AAP.



Outgoing Queensland Law Society (QLS) president Christine Smyth has called for solicitors to be considered equal to barristers when appearing in Gold Coast courts.  A fierce advocate for the Glitter Strip, the immediate past president of the QLS Spoke to the Gold Coast Bulletin about sexism in the legal fraternity, the push for more women on the bench and her controversial bid for re-election last year.

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