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Solicitors gathered at Parliament House in Macquarie Street on 26 October for a full-day conference on issues affecting legal practice in rural areas.

Hanna Jaireth, who has worked as an academic, lawyer, public servant and parliamentary inquiry secretary in a range of private and public sector positions, many with an environmental focus, spoke on the Farm Debt Mediation Act.

Another highlight was an address by Jock Laurie, NSW Land and Water Commissioner at the NSW Department of Industry Land & Water, who explained the background of the regulation of water in NSW and the impact of this process on the community.

Gavin Bartier, Director Legal and Dispute Resolution, Land Registry Services, and Sharon Hawke, Area Manager Far West, NSW Department of Industry, discussed Crown land reforms before Deputy Chief Magistrate Michael Allen reported on the latest criminal law updates affecting non-city communties.

Dr Caroline Hart, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Southern Queensland, covered the hot topic of succession planning for lawyers in country areas.