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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.

Christine Smyth Published Articles

Christine Smyth Published Articles

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.

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.

SOLICITORS SHOULD BE BIG WIGS TOO

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.

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.

 

Emojis challenge lawyers as a simple smiley face could have invalidated a last will

President of the Queensland Law Society Christine Smyth told The Courier-Mail that Mark Nichol, 54, wrote a text message before committing suicide. He did not hit send on the message but it was later found on his mobile.

"The message was titled My Will with a smiley face icon. It was argued that the emoji undermined the seriousness of the will. This was a contested application but the judge upheld it as a legitimate will despite the emoji and also the fact the message was not actually sent,” Ms Smyth said.

“Each generation develops its own language and emojis are part of the new literacy. This is going to be an ongoing challenge in courts as lawyers argue the context and interpretation of these seemingly harmless icons.”

Small businesses warned to stay vigilant after cunning email scam costs Queensland law firms “millions”

Professional services firms are being urged to train their staff on email security procedures after two Queensland law firms have reportedly lost “millions” to hackers in a complex scheme tricking them into paying funds to scammers.

The Brisbane Times reports the Queensland Law Society has issued a warning to firms in the region after at least two firms lost “several millions” when scammers hacked email accounts and directed settlements and payments into their own accounts.

The email scam involves cyber criminals approaching firms via email, posing as prospective clients and asking details about their services. The scammer eventually agrees to sign on as a client, then sending through personal documents to the law firm. These documents prompt the employee on the other end to enter the login details of their work email address, which the scammer harvests.

Queensland law firms lose millions to hackers in 'highly sophisticated' email scam

Robbins Watson Solicitors managing director and IT expert Andrew Smyth said hackers have been making attempts to access staff email accounts "almost every day" at his workplace.

Mr Smyth described the hackers' two-step plan.

The first phase sees the scammer email a law firm expressing interest in using their services, a common backstory is that they are buying a house and are interested in conveyancing services.

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