5pm Registration 

5.15pm The Chair, The Hon Justice Peter Flanagan, Supreme Court of Queensland, will introduce the speaker, Dr Peter Turner,  and commentator, Professor Warren Swain, University of Auckland.

6.45pm Refreshments in the foyer


The beginnings of curial relief from contractual penalties have drawn the attention of counsel and judges in modern litigation on the penalty doctrine. Roots have been traced to the activities of the old Court of Chancery and to the more obscure activities of the common law courts at Westminster - chiefly the King’s Bench. The earliness of common law intervention has influenced how appellate courts in Australia and England have stated the penalty doctrine for current times. This talk will consider when common law relief from penalties began, and the bearing those origins have on the pleading and decision of cases today.


This seminar is accredited for CPD purposes by the Queensland Bar Association, 1.5 CPD points in the Substantive Law strand.


Registrations are now open via the Bar Association of Queensland:

BAQ members     Non-members

About Current Legal Issues Seminar Series

Launched in 2009, Current Legal Issues is a high profile series of seminars featuring leading national and international legal scholars, practitioners and members of the judiciary.

The series is a collaboration between UQ Law, the Bar Association of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library. It seeks to bring together leading scholars, practitioners and members of the Judiciary in Queensland and from abroad, with a view to:

  • providing a forum for the critical analysis and discussion of current legal issues
  • bringing to bear upon those issues the different perspectives offered by leading academics, legal professionals and the Judiciary
  • forging stronger links between academic and practising lawyers in Queensland.

Each seminar will comprise a Chair, Speaker, and Commentator. The Chair will introduce the Speaker and Commentator. A paper will then be presented by a leading practitioner or academic lawyer, and will be subject to a brief, expert commentary. There will then be an opportunity for members of the floor to ask questions and engage in further discussion. The paper and a short profile of each participant will be available in advance on this website to assist in facilitating full discussion.


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Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
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