Last year was a challenging one for many businesses and households, but we see increasing investment confidence for 2014. Most of our commercial clients are cautiously optimistic that this year will be better than 2013 and are considering additions to various factors of production such as land, capital and labour.

As to the year that was, there has been mostly good news for the insured too.  This has included reforms to the Insurance Contracts Act, General Insurance Code of Conduct Review and for employers, a significant bundle of changes to Queensland Workers Compensation.

Equally for workers, that may not be such good news and time will tell whether the changes strike an appropriate compensation balance. Factory closures including at General Motors Holden and elsewhere remind us that we in Australia compete in the world forum, not just locally. However WorkCover Queensland remains in general a very good scheme.

Lee Lawyers has now updated all its websites including those of Southport Litigation and Notary Gold Coast for a themed look across the three portals and at the same time, integrated new functionality for publishing material to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Please take a look at our Publications pages from time to time as our knowledge base is, if we may say so, quite considerable.

Best wishes to our clients and referrers for 2014; may it be happy and prosperous for you all.