This course will examine contemporary issues arising in the legal profession. Topics will vary from year to year, drawing on the innovative research of the UQ Law School academic staff, as well as the expertise of visiting scholars and leading practitioners. Please refer to the Law School website for current topics. This course will examine contemporary professional issues in the law of evidence, civil liability, civil litigation, ethics, and administrative tribunals.

Semester 2, 2021: Commercial Equity Litigation

Topics to be covered include –

  1. An overview of the nature and scope of equitable intervention in commercial dealings;
  2. The fiduciary obligations of directors, employees and partners in business arrangements;
  3. Commercially sensitive information and breach of confidence;
  4. Equitable property and commercial transactions;
  5.  Issues arising from trading trusts;
  6. Penalties and relief against forfeiture in a commercial context;
  7. Tracing and the recovery of misappropriated property;
  8. Controversies relating to specific remedies in commercial contexts;
  9. Equitable set-off; and
  10. Limitation in equity.

Course presenter

Mr Sam Walpole

Sam Walpole is currently a Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission. He was previously an Associate to the Hon Chief Justice Allsop AO of the Federal Court of Australia and to the Hon Justice Philippides of the Queensland Court of Appeal. Sam holds Bachelors of Arts and Laws (First Class Honours) degrees from the University of Queensland, from which he graduated as Law Valedictorian and with the University Medal in Law. He subsequently read for the Bachelor of Civil  Law at Wadham College, Oxford as an Oxford-Hackney Scholar, graduating with Distinction. Sam has published in a number of domestic and international journals, including the Law Quarterly ReviewLloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law QuarterlyAustralian Journal of Corporate Law and Australian Bar Review and has interests spanning all of private and regulatory law. He has particular interests in equity, restitution, shipping, legal history and corporate law. Sam is also a Director of the UQ Law Alumni Association.

Semester 1, 2022: Internet & IT Law for Business

Course presenter

John SwinsonProfessor John Swinson

John Swinson's principal interests are intellectual property law, Internet law, privacy law, cybersecurity law and the application of law to new technologies.

John commenced as a part-time professor at the T.C. Beirne School of Law in November 2017. John graduated from the T.C. Beirne School of Law in 1998 with a University Medal. He also has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in computer science from The University of Queensland and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow and a Frank Knox Scholar. From 1999 until 2017, John was an adjunct professor at QUT.

John was a partner at the law firm King & Wood Mallesons from 1999 to 2021. He was also Chairman of the auDA Policy Review Panel, which is made recommendations to the auDA Board to revise Australia's domain name policies in 2019.

Since 2000, John has been an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, and has decided over 350 disputes regarding the ownership of domain names.


Semester 2, 2022: Financial Issues on Relationship Breakdown

Course presenter

Professor Patrick ParkinsonProfessor Patrick Parkinson

Patrick Parkinson is a Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law. Professor Parkinson was Dean of Law at the TC Beirne School of Law from 2018 - 2021. Professor Parkinson is a specialist in family law, child protection, law and religion and the law of equity and trusts. His books include Australian Family Law in Context (7th ed, 2019), Tradition and Change in Australian Law (5th ed, 2013), Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood (2011), The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches (2nd ed, 2003) and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd ed., 2003).

Professor Parkinson served from 2004-2007 as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney- General, and also chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004-05 which led to the enactment of major changes to the Child Support Scheme. He was President of the International Society of Family Law from 2011-14. Professor Parkinson is also well-known for his community work concerning child protection.

He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council, and was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. He also works with churches on child protection and religious freedom issues.

Course information

Course code
LAWS7725

Course profile