Q&As

Dr Brian McDonald on DNA Analysis

Monday November 13, 2017

Brian McDonald graduated from the University of WA in 1981 with a BSc(Hons) and a PhD in Pathology. In 2002 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (FHGSA) in Molecular Genetics. From 2004 Brian ceased being a director of testing laboratories and has maintained a consultancy service in Forensic and Diagnostic DNA testing matters. He has established and directed DNA testing facilities for Human genetic diagnostics in both the public and commercial settings. Three of those laboratories obtained Accreditation to either the ISO 17025 standard for Forensic DNA analysis or the ISO 15189 standard for Human Diagnostic DNA testing. Brian has been involved as an expert witness regarding DNA evidence since the introduction of DNA evidence in courts in Australia. The first case of R v Tran (NSWSC 1990) was the first successful challenge to DNA evidence, in that matter sent to Cellmark in the UK. R v Pantoja (NSWSC) saw the first introduction of the current Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) into evidence in criminal matters in Australia by DNALABS directed by Brian. In 1996 Brian was director of DNALABS that was the first laboratory to be accredited under the newly developed NATA guidelines for Forensic and Diagnostic DNA testing under the ISO17025 standard. He was also involved in the updated drafting of Genetic Testing guidelines for Parentage under the Family Law act and served as a NATA laboratory assessor for Diagnostic and Paternity testing. Brian has been involved in over 1000 criminal cases appearing in over 200 in Australasia, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei and reported over 5000 DNA Parentage testing cases for the Family court. Over this period the field has seen great changes in terms of DNA testing technologies that has put great demands on all practitioners to maintain currency, these seminars are an effective way of achieving such currency.
In conversation with Ann-Maree McDiarmid on Alteration of Property Interests

Monday November 13, 2017

Ann-Maree McDiarmid was first admitted to practice as a Barrister in 1992. Ann-Maree specializes in family and de facto relationships law. She holds a Master of Laws from Monash University. She is an experienced advocate and mediator, presently in private practice at the Brisbane Bar.
Technology Trends in Shipping with Capt. Dr. Clive Sheard

Monday November 13, 2017

Clive Sheard was appointed as principal Marine Consultant for Noble Denton Marine Services in Australia in May 2017. Previously Clive was Regional Manager for Noble Denton Marine Services in the Middle East and India (part of the DNV GL group). Clive is now responsible to support and guide the overall performance of Noble Denton marine services in Australia. Clive joined Noble Denton in Oct 2011 as a senior marine surveyor. Prior to 2011 Clive worked as a senior surveyor for MatthewsDaniel for 8 years. Previously he had worked as assistant harbor master in Dubai Drydocks from 1995 and as a tug master, Assistant Port Captain and Pilot in the Port of Cape town. Clive Sheard holds a PhD Degree in Marine Law, Cape Town University. He also holds a Masters Mariner Class 1 certificate. The merger between DNV and GL became operational from September 12, 2013. DNV GL then became and still is the world’s leading ship and offshore classification society and a world-leader of independent assurance and expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries, the 13,500 professionals are dedicated to helping their customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.
Emeritus Professor Peter Handford on limitation issues in Personal Injury

Monday November 13, 2017

Peter Handford was appointed a Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia in 2004, having taught at UWA, either full-time or part-time, since 1977. On his retirement in 2016 he was made an Emeritus Professor. He was the Executive Officer and Director of Research of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia from 1983 to 1998. He was admitted to practice in England (as a barrister), Victoria and Western Australia. He was the principal author of the Law Reform Commission's Report on Limitation and Notice of Actions (1997), which led to the Limitation Act 2005. He has also written a text book, Limitation of Actions: The Laws of Australia (4th ed 2017), and several articles on limitation of actions. He is also the author of Tort Liability for Mental Harm (3rd ed 2017) and many articles on this and other torts topics.
Naomi de Costa on claims relating to the invalidity of wills

Friday November 10, 2017

Naomi de Costa is a Senior Associate and the Queensland leader of Maurice Blackburn’s Wills and Estates Law practice area. She is a Queensland Law Society Succession Law Accredited Specialist and trust and estate lawyer who is based in Cairns and sees clients in all of the firm’s Queensland offices of Brisbane, Browns Plains, Caboolture, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Rockhampton, Strathpine, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Toowoomba. The prestigious Doyles Guide lists Naomi as a recommended Wills litigation lawyer in Queensland.
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