Legal Practice Management - Queensland

Course ID PQ171001_LPM1

  • Blended
  • 21
  • Advanced

This comprehensive course covers all the Practice Management Course requirements for a Principal Practising Certificate in Queensland. By satisfactorily completing the course, you will be issued with a PMC Statement for Queensland. 

This course draws on The College's understanding of current legal practice whether as a sole practitioner or in any size of practice. 

The College’s focus on practical law is reflected in the course structure, materials and presentation. Please view the course details below.

Workshop Details:

23 November 2017 - 8.30am - 5.00pm

24 November 2017 - 8.30am - 5.00pm

25 November 2017 - 8.30am - 5.00pm 

College of Law Alumni and Law Society Members receive a 10% discount on the price.


Full Price $2,200.00

Alumni/Member Price $1,980.00


Start date:

30 October 2017

End date:

22 December 2017


The College of Law Queensland
Level 5, Wesley House 
140 Ann St 
Brisbane QLD 4000

About This Course


10 key areas The course covers the following 10 key areas:

  1. Practice Structures
  2. Financial Management
  3. Client Development
  4. Managing People
  5. Workflow Systems
  6. Business Planning
  7. Ethics and Professional Standards
  8. Risk
  9. Trust Accounting
  10. Management of Self 

Pre-readingYou will have access to your pre-reading materials from the Course Start Date. This pre-reading will prepare you for the workshop and the assessments which must be undertaken for successful completion of the course and to obtain your PMC Statement.



There are three areas of assessment as indicated in the table below.



Activity Name


Attendance and participation


Attendance and satisfactory participation 


50% assessment 1


Trust Accounting

Open book - multiple choice and short 

answers. Sample questions and answers 

will be available. Duration - 1.5 hours


50% assessment 2

Part A Business Plan

Part B Risk Analysis & Treatment Plan 

Online submission - templates will be 

made available


Designed for

This course complies with the mandatory areas of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Practice Management and Business Skills and Professional Skills. 



Your presenters are all experienced Queensland-based professionals with a wealth of expertise in their fields and a deep understanding of the profession's needs.

They include:

Dennis EaglesGrant Thornton Australia

Dennis has over 20 years  experience in providing strategies to help clients plan for their long term financial futures. He is a Chartered Accountant and financial adviser, specialising in superannuation, taxation, estate and retirement planning.  He is currently Partner – Private Advisory at Grant Thornton.


Leisa FlatleyThe College of Law Queensland

Leisa has extensive experience in the insurance industry  with Lexon and Suncorp. In her role at Lexon, Lisa was responsible for developing and delivering professional indemnity and risk training in the legal field. She is currently an adjunct lecturer with The College of Law.


Mary HockadayMary Hockaday Consulting

Mary has over 20 years experience in professional services (legal and accounting) roles.

She provides specialist consultant HR and practice management solutions for professional services firms, not-for-profits (NFPs), SMEs and other industry organisations. She is Director of Education, Learning & Development for the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA).


Mel Kettle, Mel Kettle Consulting

Mel is a strategic communication specialist, working with organisations to develop communication solutions that will improve productivity, stakeholder relationships and efficiency. She brings to the role over 20 years experience across the public, private and academic sectors in the areas of communication and networking to develop strong client engagement.


Jacqueline LynaghThe College of Law and TC Beirne School of Law

Jacqui is a former practice manager of two boutique Brisbane law firms, both of which she transformed from stressed and frustrated practices into stable, growing firms, through incremental changes to processes, technology, people development and reporting.

Alongside her management career, Jacqui has worked in the legal education field for over ten years in a variety of roles, here at the College of Law and currently at UQ's TC Beirne School of Law.

Jacqui has a combined Arts/Law degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, a Masters of Education in Digital Learning and Teaching, and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Education, but much knowledge about legal learning and development is informed by her experience as a practice manager, the commercial workplace environment and what lawyers actually need to be able to DO on a day to day basis at all stages of their career to practice successfully.


Nola Pearce,Carter Newell

Nola Pearce is a Special Counsel in Carter Newell's Financial Lines group and handles a wide range of disputes, including particularly claims and conduct enquiries against barristers and other professionals. For more than fifteen years, she has acted on behalf of solicitors, and junior and senior members of the private Bar and members of the judiciary in defending civil or statutory claims (including conduct enquiries), and so has a unique perspective on legal ethics. Nola is the Chair of the Queensland Law Society's Ethics Committee, which assists the profession and the Law Society in the development and consideration of lawyers’ ethical rules of conduct. She held a key drafting role in a small subcommittee which authored the first edition commentary to the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules, reinforcing her commitment to and thorough knowledge of lawyers’ professional obligations.


Ron Spiteri, TXM Lean Solutions

Ron is a senior leader with a strong engineering, project management, and business management background. He is experienced in a variety of contemporary leadership and project management techniques as well as HR / IR process management and has achieved master-level competence in Lean concepts.


Leanne Trouton, The College of Law 

Leanne has experience in private practice focusing on banking and finance and commercial/insurance litigation. She also has an extensive background in teaching business law, commercial law, corporate/associations law, property and trust accounting.