Justice Applegarth was educated at the University of Queensland and the University of Oxford. His Honour was admitted as a solicitor in 1983, and after 1986 practised at the Bar for 22 years, including eight years as Senior Counsel.
Justice Applegarth has practised in a wide range of civil and public law litigation. His Honour manages the Supervised Case List of the Supreme Court, and been a Judge of the Court’s Commercial List.
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.
Director, McKays Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Business Law) – Qld
Suzanne is a director at McKays Solicitors, Mackay office and a Queensland Law Society business law accredited specialist.
In 2015, Suzanne was named next to the likes of Darren Lockyer and Bindi Irwin as one of the Courier Mail’s 20 under 40 Business Leaders in Queensland.
Suzanne is currently a director of the Mackay Hospital and Health Board, which is responsible for the strategic oversight of a number of public hospitals and health services, including Mackay, Bowen, Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount, Proserpine, Moranbah, Glenden, Whitsunday and Sarina.
From 2012-2015, Suzanne sat as a director of North Queensland Bulk Ports, the leading port authority responsible for the ports of Mackay, Hay Point, Weipa and Abbot Point.
Special Counsel, Clayton Utz and Member, Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services Law Committee
Greta has practiced as a banking and finance lawyer for over twenty years. She has worked in Australia and England and has experience in corporate finance, project finance, asset finance, receivables finance and debt restructuring. She is an expert (and has written numerous articles) on the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth). Greta also has co-authored a chapter in Halsbury’s Laws of Australia on letters of credit and bank guarantees, sits on the Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services Law Committee and is passionate about sharing knowledge.
David is the founding director of Creo Legal, a “New Law” Australian law firm bringing a fresh approach to legal services, focusing on Startups, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Technology businesses. He has considerable corporate and commercial experience, having managed a number of high-value mergers and acquisitions involving ASX listed companies and government bodies.
David co-founded his own health-tech startup in 2016, and brings a unique, entrepreneurial perspective to navigating uncharted legal territory for innovative and disruptive technologies. David has been following the Crypto space since 2010, and now advises a number of Blockchain projects working towards Initial Coin Offerings in mid- to late-2019.
Special Counsel, MinterEllison; Accredited Specialist (Workplace Relations) and Member, Queensland Law Society Workplace Relations Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Kerry heads up the Workplace Relations Law team at MinterEllison Gold Coast, and is the only accredited specialist in workplace relations located on the Coast.
Kerry began her career as a human resources manager, and brings her pragmatic and real world approach to her legal practice. Her counsel is valued by clients who rely on her provide support and guidance to navigate tricky employment and workplace issues.
Kerry is a member of the Queensland Law Society Workplace Relations Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee, and also a director of the Australian Industry Trade College.
Anna Guenther is the Co-Founder and Chief Bubble Blower of PledgeMe, New Zealand’s first equity crowdfunding platform. Since launching, over 1,300 creative, community and entrepreneurial campaigns have raised over $30million through PledgeMe. Anna has also worked for the New Zealand Government, MIT and Harvard, and completed her Masters in Entrepreneurship with a focus on crowdfunding.
Anna was brought to Queensland in 2017 as part of the Advance Queensland HotDesQ programme, and since then has been licenced by ASIC to provide equity crowdfunding under their amendments to the Corporations Act. Her first campaign in Brisbane was for the Food Connect Shed, who raised over $2.1million in investment from their community to buy their warehouse.
Michael came to the bar in 2004 and was appointed silk in 2017. He has a commercial practice with a focus on competition law and consumer protection, economic regulation, corporations law and financial services, equity and trusts, and resources and commercial development disputes. Michael is listed by Doyle’s Guide as a recommended senior counsel in competition law and in commercial litigation.
Michael has also appeared in or assisted with several commissions of inquiry and public reviews. In 2018, Michael was one of the senior counsel sssisting the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. He was also counsel assisting the Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry in 2015 and counsel assisting the Strachan Inquiry in 2016-2017. He was retained by the Queensland Government to assist with the review of the Queensland Parole System in 2016 and the review of the Transport of Waste into Queensland in 2017.
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.
Julie is employed as Resolution Registrar for the Supreme Court of Queensland. She conducts a case management process designed to assist litigants in the efficient management of documents, the identification of real issues in dispute and the development of a trial plan. Prior to taking up this role she was a partner of Quinlan, Miller & Treston, acting in the defence of claims for personal injury governed by the public liability and compulsory third party statutory schemes. She has extensive experience in the defence of complex claims, including catastrophic injury, pure psychiatric injury and wrongful death. Julie is an accredited mediator and is presently undertaking a Master of Laws at the University of Queensland, focusing on dispute resolution
Partner, Carter Newell Lawyers; Chair, Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee
Andrew heads Carter Newell’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. He has over 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and assists a wide variety of public and private sector clients in the conduct and resolution of substantial and complex commercial disputes. He is actively involved in reforms and education relating to the practice of litigation, and has gained particular expertise in developing and utilising technology to deliver more efficient and cost effective outcomes for clients.
Andrew is the current chair of the Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee, and has recently been appointed as a member of the newly formed Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee. He been consulted by the Supreme Court of Queensland in relation to its technology and litigation practice directions, and has also contributed to a recent forum in relation to digital hearings in the Federal Court. Andrew has been recognised in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia as an Alternative Dispute Resolution, Competition Law and Litigation Lawyer, and as a Leading Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers in Doyle’s Guide 2018.
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, 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.
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.