How rules and procedures are practically applied by the courts and how they may be most effectively used by practitioners to obtain a just, efficient and cost-effective result for their clients are the subjects of this course. It is an advanced study of the common law civil litigation system with particular reference to the Queensland Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia. It is designed for students with at least two years’ experience in litigation practice.

The Honourable Dr Glen Williams AO QC

Adjunct Professor

After being named as one of Australia’s best litigation lawyers in the Australian Financial Review and serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland for 26 years, Glen Williams brings his expertise to The University of Queensland.

He continues to serve as a Judge of the Solomon Islands Court of Appeal and is President of The University of Queensland Law Graduates Association, and is one of the state’s most experienced trial judges. 

Glen’s areas of specialization are commercial, property and conveyancing law, and he graduated from UQ with first class honours.


John McKenna QC

Adjunct Professor

Named as one of Australia’s best litigation lawyers in the Australian Financial Review’s best lawyers survey, John McKenna is a barrister specialising in commercial, property and conveyancing law and teaches Civil Litigation at the University of Queensland.

A UQ graduate (BA/LLB with first class honours) John completed a Bachelor of Civil Laws and postgraduate study at Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. After graduating from Oxford, he began practice as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1989.

He specialises in commercial and corporate law and is the president of the UQ Law Graduates Association, which was established to foster links between graduates and the law school.

Topics covered include:

  • overview of the system
  • litigation strategies
  • choice of forum
  • pleadings
  • documentary evidence
  • expert evidence
  • mMediations and offers to settle
  • conduct of a civil trial
  • appeals
  • costs

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This course may also be taken as a CPD course or a non-award course. 

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