Director, People and Culture, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
Neil Baker is the Director of People and Culture and an adviser on the board at Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers. Over the last twelve years, Neil has developed the firm’s people strategy, working closely with the firm’s leadership to align the strategy with the overall business objectives. Neil’s strategic people leadership has contributed to numerous employer of choice and business awards, including several QLS diversity and inclusion awards, an Australasian Law awards Employee Health and Wellbeing Award, an Aon Hewitt Best Employers award, HRD magazine Gold employer of choice award and WGEA Employer of Choice award. In both 2013 and 2017, Neil was a finalist in the HRD magazine HR director of the year awards. With a HR career spanning more than 25 years, Neil has worked in roles in a range of industries including recruitment, hospitality, consulting and professional services. Neil is a Fellow of the Australian HR Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Business (HRM) and Graduate Certificate in Business.
Director, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Kara is the Director at Best Wilson Buckley Family Law and former Senior Legal Associate to the Chief Justice of the Family Court in Melbourne. Kara is a family law accredited specialist and a member of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee. She is a member of the panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers in Queensland and a member of the University of Southern Queensland Law Faculty Advisory Committee. Kara has been recognised for a number of years as a leading Queensland Family Law Practitioner by the Doyle’s Review of Australian Lawyers and in the last two years has been named as the only female Preeminent Family Lawyer in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region. Kara was also nominated as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Family Law Partner of the Year Awards in 2016.
Head of Client Development, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Renee has built her career with domestic and international law firms. Renee has experience across all aspects of marketing and business development including business planning, pitching, sales coaching and client account management.
Renee has developed great insight into the challenges faced by practitioners and brings a client centric approach to business development. Renee has a Bachelor of Business in Management and Public Relations and often contemplates finishing her law degree.
Director, BGM Family Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Dan has been a family lawyer for 16 years, commencing, as a co-Director, Gold-Coast based family law firm, BGM Family Lawyers, in 2017.
In 2013, Dan was awarded the Sandra Paul Memorial Prize for results secured in the College of Law’s Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) Program.
Dan is a guest lecturer in family law at Bond University and has served as an executive committee member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland for the past 7 years. A collaboratively trained lawyer, Dan is also a member of the Gold Coast Collaborative Law Group. As from 2016, Dan has been recognised as a leading Gold Coast family lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.
Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
David was admitted as a solicitor in 1996 and was in private practice from that time until joining Queensland Law Society’s Ethics and Practice Centre in November 2012. David’s experience, initially as an employee and then as a sole practitioner includes crime, property, litigation and estate planning. As an Ethics and Practice Centre solicitor he is responsible for providing ethical guidance to members, and continuing legal education.
Supreme Court of Queensland
Justice Bowskill was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland on 10 July 2017. Her Honour previously served as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland from November 2014, in that capacity also sitting as a Judge of the Children’s Court of Queensland and the Planning and Environment Court. Her Honour served as the Associate to the Honourable Justice Drummond of the Federal Court of Australia in 1996, and completed articles of clerkship with Minter Ellison in 1997. Her Honour was admitted as a solicitor in January 1998, and as a barrister in July 1998. She commenced practice at the private Bar in Brisbane in July 1998. Her Honour took silk in November 2013. As a barrister, she practised widely in public, administrative and commercial law areas, with a particular focus on Native Title law.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Managing Principal, Offermans Partners; Member, Queensland Law Society Professional Conduct Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee
Michael is Managing Principal of Offermans Partners. Admitted in 1999, Michael practiced in commercial law before becoming an insolvency practitioner. In addition to maintaining his Practising Certificate, Michael is a Liquidator and Bankruptcy Trustee. Michael sits on the QLS Insolvency Committee and the QLD Committee of ARITA. He is Immediate Past President of the TDLA and was a Committee member of the NQLA, having previously held the position of Treasurer of that body, and believes solicitors are ideally placed to capitalise upon the government recognition of the future of Northern Australia and the export of professional services. Michael strongly advocates the perfect vehicle to take advantage of this is a combination of local knowledge and contacts inherent with regional firms strategically combined with the specialisation found in metropolitan practices. He passionately believes in the potential for regional and metropolitan firms working together to unlock value from the new services frontier.
Deputy Head of School and Deputy Dean (Research), TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland
Simon Bronitt is a Professor of Law and Deputy Dean (Research) in the TC Beirne School of Law commencing June 2014. Previously he served as the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, hosted by Griffith University (2009-2014). Before moving to Queensland in 2009 to take up this position, Professor Bronitt was a member of the Australian National University College of Law (1991-2009). During that time he served as Sub Dean in 1997-98, and promoted to Professor in 2005. During his time at ANU, he held a number of research leadership roles, including Director of the National Europe Centre an EU funded Centre – in the Research School of Humanities (2003-2008) and Director of the Australian Centre for Military Law and Justice, ANU (2009). Drawing on comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, he has published widely on criminal justice topics ranging across terrorism law and human rights, comparative criminal law, covert policing, family violence, and mental health policing. His key publications include two textbooks, Principles of Criminal Law (3rd ed, Thomson Reuters 2010) and Law in Context (4th ed, Federation Press, 2012).
Director, McKays Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Business Law) – Qld
Magistrates Court of Queensland
Magistrate Browne was appointed to the Magistrates Court of Queensland on 3 September 2018. Prior to his appointment, Terry was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and is a partner of the law firm Arthur Browne & Associates in Townsville. He is an accredited specialist in criminal law. During his career he has been involved in virtually all aspects of criminal law, including representation in numerous complex and high profile matters throughout regional Queensland. He was previously a member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and a current member of the Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee. He is a previous member of the Access to Justice and Pro-Bono committee and has served as a board member of Legal Aid Queensland. Terry is also an experienced lecturer at the James Cook University School of Law in the subjects of conveyancing and drafting, trust accounts, advocacy and criminal sentencing.
Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Shane was admitted in 1992 and worked as a general practitioner for several years before joining the Ipswich City Council in-house legal team. In 2001 he moved to the in-house legal team at Queensland Building Services Authority, taking over management of the team in 2006. During this time Shane served on, and later chaired, the Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee. Shane joined QLS in 2014 as Manager, Advocacy and Policy/Senior Policy Advisor and now works in QLS Ethics and Practice Centre as an Ethics Solicitor, providing bespoke ethics sessions and ethical guidance to the profession as well as publishing articles in Proctor and on the QLS website.
Special Counsel, Clayton Utz and Member, Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services Law Committee
Managing Partner, Bartley Cohen; Accredited Specialist (Commercial Litigation) – Qld; Chair, Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society In-House Counsel Committee
Ben is the managing partner of Bartley Cohen. He has practised in commercial litigation for over 20 years. Ben has been recognised as pre-eminent in professional negligence claims and is one of the leading lawyers for disciplinary proceedings involving lawyers. Ben also has extensive experience in claims and prosecutions involving company directors and officers. Ben is a Queensland Law Society accredited specialist in commercial litigation. He is a member of both the QLS Free Legal Advice Panel, and the similar scheme operated by the Bar Association of Queensland. Ben is the chair of the QLS Ethics Committee and sits on the QLS In-House Counsel Committee.
Principal, Cooper Family Law
Adam is the principal of Cooper Family Law and a former barrister and special counsel, having practised exclusively in family law for 15 years. Adam is the author of a number of online journal articles, chapters in lawyer manuals and regularly speaks at conferences and webinars to his fellow family lawyers. Adam is a premiership winning AFL player and BJAFL coach.
Director, Cornford-Scott Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld; Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee
Angela is the director of Cornford-Scott Lawyers Pty Ltd and an Accredited Specialist in Succession Law. She has worked in the area of succession law for over 20 years and has a particular interest in estate planning, trust matters and estate administration issues. Angela is the current Chair of the QLS Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Committee. Angela is a member of STEP and a previous Chair of the Queensland Branch. She has lectured for QUT, the College of Law and is a regular presenter of seminars. Angela also co-authors the Lexis Nexis practical guidance publications in Succession law and Elder law for Queensland.
Senior Associate, Estate First Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
Kylie has almost exclusively practised in succession law from the outset of her legal career; predominantly focusing on the areas of estate planning and enduring powers of attorney. Kylie regularly presents on estate and succession related topics to financial advisers and accountants, as well as to her peers. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours.
Barrister, Queensland Bar
Attorney-General, Minister for Justice
The Honourable Yvette D’Ath is the member for Redcliffe, elected on 22 February 2014. Ms D’Ath was appointed Attorney-General and Minister for Justice on 16 February 2015. She is also leader of the House in the Queensland Parliament.
Prior to entering the Queensland Parliament, she served as the member for Petrie in the Federal Parliament and prior to entering federal parliament she worked as an industrial advocate.
Partner, Clayton Utz and Member, Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee
Director, Criminal Law Services, Legal Aid Queensland and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Peter has over 25 years’ experience as a legal practitioner in criminal law, commencing with the Public Defenders office and subsequently joining the Legal Aid Queensland team. During his career, he has represented defendants throughout Queensland and has been involved in the defence of many high profile and complex criminal law matters. Peter was appointed Director of Criminal Law Services, Legal Aid Queensland in 2010 and is responsible for leading the largest criminal defence practice in Queensland. He was a finalist in the Australian Institute of Management – Not for Profit Manager of the Year in 2013. Since 2010, Peter has been a member of the National Legal Aid Criminal Law Working Group and a member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee.
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Judge Demack was appointed as a Federal Magistrate in 2008. The Court became the Federal Circuit Court in 2013. Judge Demack was formerly a barrister in private practice in Rockhampton. She holds degrees in law and in social work and had earlier worked as a social worker. At the time of her appointment she was a member of the Children Services Tribunal, which was then the Queensland Tribunal with responsibility for reviewing decisions made by the statutory child protection department, and had been a member of the central Queensland parole board. Judge Demack has a particular interest in parenting matters, child protection issues and parents being assisted with the resolution of their disputes.
Principal, Chelsea Emery & Associates; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law), Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Principal, McInnes Wilson Lawyers
Scott Falvey holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Bond University and a Master of Health and Medical Law from the University of Melbourne. Scott has completed further studies in mediation, negotiation and leadership at Harvard Law School in the United States of America. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 1994. Scott is a Principal of McInnes Wilson Lawyers. Scott leads McInnes Wilson’s Employer Liability and Workers Compensation team. His current practice involves the representation of insurers in personal injury litigation throughout Queensland. He has a special interest in insurance litigation involving workplace injuries. Scott previously authored the Workers Compensation Law Manual (Queensland) with Gerry Mullins and Greg Senior. In 2017, Doyles Guide rated Scott as one of Queensland’s pre eminent Workers Compensation and WorkCover Lawyers. Best Lawyers recognised Scott for his work in insurance law in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia. Scott has served on the Queensland Law Society’s Accident Compensation Committee and was elected to serve on the Council of the Queensland Law Society from 2002 to 2005. Scott is a Past President of the Sunshine Coast Law Association. Scott previously served on the Human Research and Ethics Committee of the University of the Sunshine Coast. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the School of Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Partner, Jasper Fogerty Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Rebecca is a partner at Jasper Fogerty Lawyers and practices exclusively in criminal defence. She is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law. After completing a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Queensland, Rebecca spent 12 months as a judge’s associate in the District Court of Queensland. She is the current Deputy Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s (QLS) Criminal Law Committee and also sits on the QLS Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee.
Principal Lawyer, Fowler Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law), Qld; Chair, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Director, Fredriksen Legal and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
Partner, Mills Oakley and Adviser, Legaler
Special Counsel, Minter Ellison and Accredited Specialist (Workplace Relations)
Principal Legal Director, Enterprise Legal
Peta is a founding Principal Legal Director and Owner of Toowoomba’s newest and most innovative law firm, Enterprise Legal. Enterprise Legal is the first and only law firm in the Darling Downs region to offer absolutely all of its services on a fixed fee, capped or retainer basis, providing an unprecedented level of fee-certainty for clients, which is a crucial factor in creating accessibility to legal services for small business owners.
Peta has practiced exclusively in business and commercial property law for the duration of her career and as such, she has worked on thousands of business and property transactions. Peta has extensive experience advising a range of business clients, from ASX-listed corporates to ‘mum and dad’ business owners.
Peta’s particular passion lies in supporting and enhancing small to medium-sized local businesses and the people behind them and it was this passion which was one of the main driving factors behind Peta and her business partner starting Enterprise Legal in September 2017.
CEO, Aboriginal Family Legal Service Southern Queensland
Associate Professor of Law, University of Southern Queensland; Director, National Rural Law and Justice and Member, Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee
Caroline is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. She has been researching into the ‘lives of regional lawyers’ and practice management since 2010. Her research is based on in-depth interviews with lawyers, the judiciary, law graduates and policy-makers. Her recent publication is The Seven Elements of Successful Country Law Firms (The Federation Press, 2018). Caroline has been publishing in national and international journals on regional legal practice, and the use of technology for over 13 years. In recent years has been invited to attend the General Counsel Risk and Compliance Roundtables held in London (hosted by Hinshaw & Culbertson, NY and Clyde & Co, London). This involvement provides Caroline to invaluable insights into the operation of highly successful global law firms that she incorporates into her writing into regional legal practice. Caroline has been a member of the Downs and South Western Queensland District Law Association for over 13 years. Prior to university, she was a practising lawyer in government and consultant in private practice.
Partner, CRH Law
Brian practises in elder law or law for older people and their families. He has written many papers and given numerous presentations to a broad cross section of audiences in Australia and overseas on the expanding landscape of elder law. He is the deputy chair of the Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee, a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Succession & Elder Law Committee, an international member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys of America, a Doyle’s Guide leading lawyer in succession law and listed in Best Lawyers for retirement and seniors housing law.
Barrister, Queensland Bar
Supreme Court of Queensland
Justice Holmes was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1984. She worked initially as a Commonwealth crown prosecutor, and then commenced practice at the Bar in Brisbane. She took silk on 15 December 1999. Her Honour served as a founding member of the Women’s Legal Service, a part-time member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal and deputy president of the Queensland Community Corrections Board. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts with honours and Master of Laws (Advanced) at the University of Queensland. She was counsel assisting the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Institutions and then served as an acting judge of the District Court of Queensland during 1999.
In 2000, Her Honour was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She served as the Criminal List judge (2001–04) and the presiding judge of the Queensland Mental Health Court (2005-06). In 2006 she was appointed a judge of appeal. In 2011-12, she conducted the Commission of Inquiry into the 2010–11 Queensland floods. She was appointed as Chief Justice of Queensland in September 2015.
Barrister, Queensland Bar
Partner, McCullough Robertson and Accredited Specialist (Taxation Law) – Qld
David was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce at the University of Queensland. He also holds a Master of Taxation through the University of New South Wales; where he graduated first in his class. David is one of only five taxation law specialists in Queensland.
Legal Practice Director, Cooke & Hutchinson Lawyers and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Practice Support Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Mark was admitted as a solicitor in 1990 after completing a Bachelor of Laws at Queensland University of Technology. Following admission he practiced law in the United Kingdom, New South Wales and Victoria before returning to practice in Queensland. In 2002 Mark gained specialist accreditation in property law from Queensland Law Society (QLS). Prior to joining QLS in 2014, Mark was a sole practitioner for about 10 years. Mark is currently the Practice Support Solicitor in Queensland Law Society’s Ethics and Practice Centre. He is also an adjunct lecturer at The College of Law in the Practical Legal Training course.
Business Lawyer, Legal Practitioner Director, Kafrouni Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Business Law), Qld
Director, Helix Legal and Founder of LawLancer
Janelle Kerrisk is a Principal of Helix Legal, a new law firm founded by her in 2016 to create an alternative for construction industry participants that embraces innovation and provides a positive work environment for all employees.
Janelle believes that technology and innovation help lawyers come alive again and has experimented with a variety of online platforms, project-planning methods, flexible working models, marketing tactics, fixed fee options and hierarchy-less management techniques to achieve this goal. She is passionate about challenging the misconception that flexible working costs money, and instead believes that flexible working increases the bottom line.
Helix Legal was a 2018 Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards for New Law Firm of the Year Award. In 2017 Helix Legal was listed on the Janders Dean and Lexis Nexis Innovation Index and was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Legal Tech Awards. Janelle is an active member of the Australian Legal Technology Association and is a member of the Program Board of the College of Law Master in Legal Business.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society and Senior Associate, FC Lawyers
Admitted in 2013, Chloe is an Senior Associate at fc lawyers, practicing in succession law. Chloe is also a Councillor at Queensland Law Society. Chloe identified an area of growth for her practice in succession law and has been focussed on developing her skills and expertise in this area. She has recently completed her Masters in Applied Law majoring in Wills and Estates with the College of Law. Chloe is committed to becoming a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law. Chloe is a keen participator in her local community. Chloe is director of Spark Bureau Ltd, a not for profit support hub on the Sunshine Coast, a board member of Uniforms 4 Kids and a committee member for the Australasian Council in Women and Policing.
Manager, Professional Development, Queensland Law Society
Sheila manages the professional development team who are responsible for designing professional development events for legal practitioners. With nearly 20 years’ experience working in the legal industry, Sheila has practised as a lawyer, managed teams, has developed leadership programs for lawyers in both Australia and the UK, and ran her own executive coaching business. In addition to her law degree, Sheila holds a postgraduate qualification in Coaching (Psychology) from Sydney University, is accredited in the Hogan assessment tool and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Sheila is also a member of Queensland Law Society’s Wellbeing Working Group.
Legal Practice Director, Big Law Pty Ltd
Councillor, Queensland Law Society and Principal Solicitor, Prisoners Legal Service Inc
Peter is the director/principal solicitor at the Prisoners Legal Service Inc. He is a current QLS Councillor. Working in partnership with other community organisations, the private legal profession and government, Peter leads a team dedicated to providing high quality legal advice and assistance to advance the conditions and human rights of people who are incarcerated in Queensland. Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from QIT and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1986. He also holds postgraduate qualifications in Master of Laws. Master of Arts (Justice studies) and a Master of Business. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management and Leadership. Peter sits on several QLS committees including the Professional Conduct. Ethics and Practice Management committee. Outside of the law, Peter holds several roles within the not for profit sector. He currently holds the statutory position of Public Interest Monitor.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Solicitor, Pippa Colman & Associates and Chair, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee
Kirsty practises in the area of family law and elder law. At present she divides her time between coordinating the University of the Sunshine Coast Law School’s clinical placement program at the Suncoast Community Legal Centre and as a family and elder lawyer with Pippa Colman & Associates in Maroochydore. She also tutors part-time for the Law Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Since 2014, Kirsty has been the chair of the Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee and was elected as Councillor on the Queensland Law Society Council for 2018/19. Kirsty is contributing to a series of articles, and a text on elder law in a human rights framework with colleagues at QUT.
Lawyer, GRT Lawyers and Chair, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee
Commissioner, Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland
Scott McDougall commenced as Commissioner of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland on 8 October 2018. Prior to his appointment he was the Director and Principal Solicitor at Caxton Legal Centre Inc. in Brisbane.
Since admission to legal practice in 1993 he has advocated on behalf of communities and conducted litigation particularly in the areas of discrimination, native title, criminal law, guardianship and coronial inquiries.
Mr McDougall has overseen the design and implementation of numerous legal and social work service programs and was the President of the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services from 2009 to 2013. He has undertaken several projects facilitating engagement between governments and communities including working with the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council to prepare the Palm Island Future Directions Report (2006) and overseeing the G20 Independent Legal Observers Project (2014).
He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology.
Immediate Past President, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland and Chair, Legal Aid Queensland Board
Margaret McMurdo served as a judge of the District Court of Queensland between 1991-1998. On 30 July 1998, she was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the second President of the Court of Appeal. She was the first woman appointed as the presiding judge of an appellate court in Australia. In 2015 she served as Acting Chief Justice of Queensland. She was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007. Further Margaret was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and the Queensland Law Society’s Agnes McWhinney Award in 2006. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University by Griffith University (2000) and by the Queensland University of Technology (2009). Margaret was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws of the University of Queensland (2012). She has served as a trustee of Brisbane Girls Grammar School (1994–98) and a member of the council of Griffith University (2003 – 2013). She has been patron of Women’s Legal Service since 2014, QPILCH Civil Justice Fund since 2015 and of the Caxton Legal Service since 2017.Since May 2017, Margaret has been chair of the board of Legal Aid Queensland. Since October 2017, Margaret has been Chair of the Board of Governors of Queensland Community Foundation. Margaret is also an adjunct professor at both the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University.
Special Counsel, Damien Greer Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Laws and Arts, a Masters in Law and a Masters in Taxation Law. She has been a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist – Family Law since 2001 and is also an Approved Arbitrator.
Wendy specialises in complex financial and property settlements and identifying tax minimising opportunities to maximise financial outcomes presented by a marriage breakdown. She is expert in asset protection strategies and business succession planning in a family law environment.
Wendy is a member of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Committee, the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators, and is a Fellow of the Tax Institute.
Special Counsel, Thynne + McCartney and Member, Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services Law Committee
For the last 15 years Peter has focused his practice on personal property securities (PPS), creditor recoveries and insolvency. Peter advises controllers (voluntary administrators and liquidators), trade creditors, accountants, small and medium-sized enterprises, subsidiaries of local and overseas companies and other law firms. Peter is currently the President (Queensland division) of the Australian Institute of Credit Management (AICM), a member of Queensland Law Society’s Banking and Financial Services Law Committee, a working group member of the United Kingdom Secured Transactions Law Reform Project and a member of the PPS Registrar’s Users Forum. In 2010 Peter received an AICM national award for services in relation to PPS and in 2013 he received the inaugural AICM Marion Hintz award.
CEO, Queensland Law Society
Rolf is the Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Law Society. He has over 20 years’ human resources and general management experience working in large international legal firms throughout Australia and Asia. Rolf is the former chair and a current member of the Queensland Law Society Wellbeing working group.
Principal, Small Myers Hughes and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Craig is a Principal at Small Myers Hughes Lawyers on the Gold Coast.
An Accredited Specialist in family law, Craig was awarded the program’s highest achiever in 2015 as, “a recognition of his true level of expertise in this area.”
He is also a Co-editor and Director of the national family law publication, The Family Law Book. Now in its 10th year, the service provides succinct, up to the minute law and commentary; monthly notable case summaries; precedents; and access to the renowned legal help line panel, where Craig and his colleagues provide tailored, interactive guidance to subscribers.
Director, Parsons Law and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
Carla is an Accredited Specialist in Succession law and has also completed a Master of Applied Law (Wills & Estates) through the College of Law. She is both a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is also the current secretary of the STEP Qld branch. In addition, Carla holds the role of semester assistant professor at Bond University, teaching the Wills and Estates elective in the practical legal training program. In both the 2017 and 2018 Doyles Guide, Carla has been recognised as a Leading Wills & Estate Lawyer and as one of the recommended Estate Litigation Lawyers in Queensland.
Magistrates Court of Queensland
Magistrate Jacqueline Payne graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland Institute of Technology in 1983 before commencing her Articles of Clerkship with Brisbane commercial law firm, Power and Power. Admitted as a solicitor in March 1986, she was the first indigenous Australian to achieve this distinction in Queensland and subsequently worked with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation (QEA) for Legal Services.
After establishing her own law firm in 1996 and working for a total of 14 years in criminal defence, Jacqueline was appointed Queensland Magistrate in April 1999, which marked the first appointment of an indigenous Australian to a judicial position in Queensland. Jacqueline currently presides in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Partner, Fisher Dore Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Equity and Diversity Committee
Lauren is a Partner, and Practice Manager, at Fisher Dore Lawyers. She joined the firm in 2006 and has extensive experience in all areas of criminal law. She has represented clients at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and often instructs at Court of Appeal and High Court Appeals. Lauren was awarded Doyles Guide Criminal Law rising Star, 2016 and 2017 and is a member of the Queensland Law Society Equity and Diversity Committee.
President elect 2019, Queensland Law Society; Director Potts Lawyers; Chair, Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Bill is the incoming president of Queensland Law Society and a criminal law director of Potts Lawyers.
Bill is a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor who provides confidential guidance on professional and ethical problems. He previously served as president of the Society in 2016 and is currently a director of the Law Council of Australia. Through these roles, as a leader of the profession, he has worked to support the rule of law in a time of significant change and has advocated for better resourcing of the courts to improve efficiencies in the management of matters.
Bill is passionate about promoting QLS as a dynamic and respected membership organisation. As a member and leader of Council, he has achieved successes in advocacy, reductions in insurance premiums and invigorated our engagement with government.
Principal, Wilson Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Commercial Litigation) – Qld
Les Power is a director of Wilson Lawyers Pty Ltd. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1997. Since 2001 he has specialised in commercial litigation. In 2006 he was in the first group of successful applicants to obtain specialist accreditation in commercial litigation. Les has experience in complex, high value, property and business critical disputes. He has a keen interest in ethics and is a regular presenter of papers on ethics.
Director and Mediator, Resolution Partners
Practice Group Leader, Employment and Workplace Relations, Hynes Legal and Chair, Queensland Law Society Industrial Relations Committee
Kristin is the Practice Group Leader for Employment and Workplace Relations at Hynes Legal. She has over a decade of exclusive experience as an employment and industrial relations lawyer and predominately advises business in the retail, hospitality, aged care, health & fitness, engineering, strata management, professional services and start-up industries. Kristin is the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Industrial Relations Committee. She is a board member for Epilepsy Queensland and is also a volunteer coordinator at Caxton Legal Centre’s employment law clinic. Kristin’s recognised as a leading lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law through her inclusion in the Best Lawyers Australia list and in Doyle’s Guide.
Director, Rice Naughton McCarthy Family Lawyers; Principal Mediator, Rice Mediations and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Anne-Marie is a director of Rice Naughton McCarthy Family Lawyers and the principal mediator at Rice Mediations. She is an accredited specialist in family law, a nationally accredited mediator, a registered FDRP and Arbitrator and member of the LAQ Arbitration panel. Anne-Marie is routinely recognised by her peers as one of Queensland’s best family lawyers and family law mediators. She has been an executive member of some of the nation’s leading legal organisations including the QLS Practice Management and Specialist Accreditation Committees, FLPA, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM). Anne-Marie is committed to dispute resolution without recourse to trial and regularly trains practitioners around the country in mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice. She has trained arbitrators for AIFLAM and devised and presented AIFLAM’s well received ‘Arbitration for Users’ program. Anne-Marie regularly presents at local, national and international conferences and, as well as writing for both academic and industry publications. She is the family law lecturer and subject coordinator at the University of Queensland where she has been nominated for the excellence in teaching award.
Chair, Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
Mr John Robertson is a University of Queensland graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (1968) and Bachelor of Laws (1971). He received an Honorary Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology in 2003. Mr Robertson was clerk to His Honour Judge Alan Keith McCracken of the District Court of Queensland (1970–71) and articled clerk (1971–73) with Elliot and Co Solicitors before being admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1973. He made partner at Elliot and Co Solicitors in 1973. In 1978 Mr Robertson established JM Robertson & Co which changed its name to Robertson O’Gorman in 1981. Until his retirement on 18 May 2018, he was a judge of the Childrens Court of Queensland (1994–2018) and was president of this court between 1999 and 2002. He was also a member of the Planning and Environment Court (2003–2018). Mr Robertson was the first solicitor to be appointed a judge of the District Court of Queensland in 1994. Mr Robertson is the chair of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.
Principal, Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee
Since 2005, Dan has focused his career on criminal law and professional discipline. He has a long association with Caxton Community Legal Centre, where he is currently the Secretary. He regularly presents at criminal law seminars and as a guest lecturer at universities. He has been published in various law journals and in legal texts. In 2016, Dan was the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Human Rights Working Group where he was heavily involved in the campaign for a Human Rights Act in Queensland. He is a member of the Society’s Ethics Committee and also a current member of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.
Executive Director, Cultural Advocacy and Legal Mediation (CALM) and Chair, Queensland Law Society Reconciliation and First Nations Advancement Committee (RFNAC) Committee
Linda is an Aboriginal woman of Birrigubba (Bowen Qld) and Kamilaroi and (Monaro NSW) heritage. Linda has been professionally involved in the area of Indigenous Affairs since the late 1990s, including as an Indigenous Legal Services Field Officer with Queensland Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services in Mackay, Brisbane & Maroochydore. Linda is a fully admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. As a Melbourne University Business School Alum, Linda is an experienced, well regarded non-executive company director. Linda is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator, holds a variety of certificate /diploma level qualifications, including Aboriginal Mental Health assessment and Indigenous Risk Impact Screening. Linda independently co-ordinates pro bono legal assistance and professional guidance to vulnerable Indigenous Corporations throughout the country (supported by a select group of barristers, solicitors, business and community development experts). The amplification of the voices and perspectives of Aboriginal women is key to Linda’s advocacy commitment. First Nations equitable access to justice, education and economic advancement continue to underpin Linda’s academic contributions. Linda is a Director of Barayamal (Black Swan), a First Nations Charity serving to identify opportunities and create entrepreneurial networks for the economic advancement of First Nations people. In 2017 Linda was the inaugural recipient of the Queensland Law Society’s President’s Choice – Equity Advocate Award in recognition of Linda’s tenured, persistent and expert contributions to Indigenous Justice.
Former Facebook CEO for Australia and New Zealand; Founder, digitalceo.com.au; Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company and Executive-in-Residence, Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of NSW, Sydney
The world has gone digital, but Australian business risks falling behind. As advisor, mentor and speaker, Stephen partners with Australia’s business leaders to help them master digital strategy, culture and leadership, and build innovative, global, billion-dollar businesses.
Stephen is the former Facebook CEO for Australia and New Zealand, where he guided Facebook’s unprecedented rise from quirky Silicon Valley start up to media and technology titan.
Working with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook’s Silicon Valley leaders, his tenure at Facebook saw the Australia and New Zealand business – including Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp and Oculus – grow to become one of the most successful Facebook markets in the world.
Stephen is a seasoned business leader, with a career spanning over 25 years across consumer products, retail, ecommerce, automotive, financial services, media and technology. He has served in senior executive roles at global leaders Westfield and Inchcape, and at Australian consumer products giant, Lion.
Today – as founder of global advisory The Digital CEO, Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, and Executive-in-Residence at Asia-Pacific’s leading business school, the Australian Graduate School of Management – he partners with the senior leaders of some of the world’s leading companies to help them build world-beating strategies, capabilities, culture and leadership, including Qantas, nab, Westpac, Macquarie Bank, ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank, IAG, Suncorp, Telstra, Wesfarmers, AMP, CUB, Brambles, Google, DellEMC, Lenovo, Seven West Media, MCN, QBE, Hollard, BAT, JB Hi-Fi, Bunnings, Flight Centre, Mirvac and the Australian Government.
As a speaker, Stephen has a unique ability to excite audiences on the power of technology, the future of business and the new paradigm of 21st-century leadership. He is an inspiring personality on the highest-profile stages – including TEDx, the Australian Governance Summit and AMP Amplify – and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Knowledge Nation 100, top innovation leaders in Australia.
Mr Stephen Scheeler appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.
Legal Practitioner Director, Affording Justice; Chair, Queensland Law Society Access to Justice Pro Bono Law Committee; Member, Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee; Member, Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee; Member, Queensland Law Society Professional Conduct Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Stafford was admitted as a solicitor in 1987. After admission he practised for a number of years in partnership and subsequently as a sole practitioner. Stafford sold his practice in 2004. Between 2004 and 2008 he worked as a consultant to a number of law practices. In 2008 he joined the Queensland Law Society as an Ethics Guidance Officer. In 2015 Stafford was appointed as Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre (‘the Centre’), and further he serves as secretary to the Society’s Ethics Committee. He is also the Society’s representative on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Law Council of Australia. The Centre provides ethical guidance and practice support services. In addition, the Centre delivers practical legal ethics and practice support sessions to members, the profession and students (whether at university or practical legal training). Stafford is the executive editor of the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 in Practice: A Commentary for Australian Legal Practitioners. He has written extensively on legal ethics. Stafford is a sessional member at the Queensland University of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws (Commercial and Corporate) from the University of Queensland, a postgraduate certificate in arbitration and mediation from the University of Adelaide. Stafford is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Stafford’s areas of interest are land transactions, trust, succession law and the equitable doctrine underpinning legal ethics.
General Manager, Hillhouse Legal Partners, and Member, Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee
With over 25 years’ experience in the legal industry, Karen has attained qualifications in both law and practice management. Her career spans a breadth of roles from legal support to criminal lawyer, with a progressive transition into legal practice management.
Karen’s background affords her a unique perspective that she applies to all aspects of practice support. Her experience extends from human resources, to risk management and compliance, to co-ordination of workflow and IT projects. She strives to design systems that deliver quality legal services with a focus on client care, efficiency and proactive communication.
Karen sits on the Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course committee, the Queensland branch and National Learning and Development committees of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), and is a member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Queensland.
Partner, Carter Newell Lawyers and Chair, Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee
Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors and Member, Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee
Andrew is the managing partner of Robbins Watson Solicitors. Andrew has practiced extensively in commercial litigation and family law, and has headed the firm’s litigation team since 1998.
Andrew has been a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Litigation Rules Committee since 2012, where he assists the committee to address issues with the litigation process affecting the Queensland legal profession.
Andrew also practices in asset and estate planning, is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a co-author of the reference text “Estate Planning” published by LexisNexis.
Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors; Former President, Queensland Law Society; Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld; Member, Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board and Member Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee
Christine Smyth is the former president of the Queensland Law Society, having served as its, immediate Past President in 2018, President in 2017 and Deputy President in 2016. Christine is a QLS Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld, one of a handful of the thirteen thousand Queensland Solicitors to achieve this status, and Partner at Robbins Watson Solicitors, a highly respected Gold Coast law firm.
In addition to her role within the QLS Council, Christine’s leadership contributions include membership of STEP Worldwide and the STEP Mental Capacity Global Special Interest Group. Christine’s ongoing commitment to excellence in client service and technical skill, has seen her recognized by clients and peers – with the prestigious Doyle’s Guide awarding her Leading Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyer and Queensland’s Leading Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Lawyer awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Christine’s other leadership contributions include membership of the QLS Executive Committee, Executive Management Committee, Audit and Investment Committee, Proctor and Symposium planning committees, and the Succession Law Committee. Christine was also the inaugural chair of the QLS Council Corporate Governance committee. Christine has extensive board experience. In addition to her positions with QLS Council, Christine currently sits on the QLS Specialist Accreditation Board and has experience on the Lexon Insurance Board and as Director of the Law Council of Australia in 2017.
Christine’s other leadership positions include prior roles with STEP Queensland committee and General Editor for Lexis Nexis’ Retirement and Estate Planning Bulletin.
A highly regarded succession law expert, Christine is widely published, having a regular succession law column in the QLS membership magazine Proctor, various publications in STEP worldwide Journal, and is a regular columnist in the Tax Institute of Australia’s journal. In October 2017, Christine was awarded the Creating Change Award by Women in Business Awards of Australia. In November 2016, Christine was one of only five people appointed to the Queensland State Government’s Better Regulation Task Force with a view to giving back to the community.
Christine is also a regular seminar and conference presenter for industry bodies including QLS, STEP, Legalwise, TEN and the Cemeteries and Crematorium and Funeral Director Associations.
With a legal career spanning over 25 years, Christine is a passionate advocate for solicitors (with a focus on their welfare), a long-standing mentor, utiliser of technology and flexible work practices – all while honouring tradition and experience to achieve ethically grounded business viability.
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee
Greg holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Management) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is currently undertaking a Master of Law (Health Law) through QUT and focussing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and National Injury Insurance Scheme. Greg has practised solely in plaintiff personal injuries since 2007. He is deputy chair of Queensland Law Society’s Practice Management Course Committee and is President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Lawyer’s Alliance.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Special Counsel, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld
Chief Operating Officer, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Kim is the Chief Operating Officer at McCullough Robertson and for more than ten years has implemented innovation projects and driven cultural change aligned to strategy. Before that, Kim spent 15 years as a client facing lawyer, so has a unique understanding of the challenges facing clients and lawyers, and insights into how law firms operate. Her experience as a lawyer, combined with her current responsibility for operational functions across Finance, IT, Business Development and Marketing, HR, PMO, and Risk and Knowledge Management means Kim has a unique perspective. This, and working with the firms’ practice group heads and across several sector focus groups, has given Kim a platform to recognise opportunities to develop solutions focused on improving client experience, employee engagement and financial performance. Kim believes in doing things differently, learning something new every day, and embracing change as an opportunity. She is also responsible for coordinating the McCullough Robertson’s Community Partnerships Program, is a Director of the McCullough Robertson Foundation, a Director of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) and a member of the CEO Institute.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Practice Chairman and Principal, McInnes Wilson Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld
Paul is practice chair and principal at McInnes Wilson Lawyers Pty Ltd. He is a member of the Audit and Investment Committee and is the Queensland Law Society nominee director to Lexon Insurance Pte. Paul is keen to promote the use of technology for member services, particularly through webinars and other online products and quality training for graduates, and supports Queensland Law Society’s role working with government to create good legislation. Paul is chair of the Queensland Rugby Union Judicial Committee, a Judicial Officer to SANZAR, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former Board Member of the Brain Injury Foundation.
Managing Director, NextLegal
Partner, Johnson Winter and Slattery and Member, Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services Law Committee
Craig is one of Australia’s leading experts in securities law. He has over 30 years specialist experience in banking and finance, securities, restructuring and insolvency across a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, mining and resources, IT, property development, agriculture, tourism and transport. He has written numerous publications, including Essential Personal Property Securities in Australia (published by LexisNexis), and presented at many conferences and seminars. He was a member of the Australian Attorney General’s Consultative Committee on Personal Property Securities Reform from 2006 to 2011.
General Counsel, Stanwell; Chair, Queensland Law Society In- House Counsel Committee; Chair, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Principal, Fuller & White Solicitors and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Brittany is Principal and Legal Practitioner Director of Fuller & White Solicitors, a multi-office firm of solicitors based in Brisbane City and Cleveland practising in the areas of criminal law, traffic law, domestic violence, family law and child protection matters. Brittany has worked exclusively as a legal practitioner in criminal law and related areas for over ten years, firstly undertaking criminal prosecutions work with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Queensland State Government before moving to private criminal defence in 2012. She co-founded Fuller & White Solicitors in August 2016. Brittany is a member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and the Legal Aid Industry Reference Group and also volunteers with the Bayside Community Legal Centre.
Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Ben has a broad range of experience in assisting clients with issues relating to corporations and securities law, with a particular focus on public and private capital raisings (including new forms of fundraising, such as equity crowd funding), mergers and acquisitions and restructures. Ben has assisted clients across a range of sectors including technology, life sciences, financial services, food and agribusiness, health, and resources. This has included acting for ASX listed and large unlisted public companies, small to large proprietary companies, and early stage companies. Ben is originally from the UK and is also admitted as a lawyer in England and Wales.