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.
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.
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 QLS 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 Solicitor he is responsible for providing ethical guidance to members, and continuing legal education.
He holds postgraduate certificates in Cybersecurity from Harvard University Extension School and in Project Management from the University of Adelaide EdX program.
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.
Principal Solicitor, Marrawah Law Pty Ltd; Director and Deputy Chairperson, Access Community Housing and Member, Queensland Law Society Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group
Leah is a Palawa woman from Tasmania and the principal solicitor/owner of Marrawah Law. Marrawah Law is Queensland’s only Supply Nation certified Indigenous legal practice and employs over 70% Indigenous staff. Leah was recipient of the Queensland Law Society’s First Nations Lawyer of the Year Award in 2018 and the Attorney-General’s Indigenous Legal Practitioner of the Year Award in 2017.
Leah’s primary areas of practice are property, specialising in native title and cultural heritage law, and commercial law. Doyles Guide has recognised both Leah and the firm as leaders in native title for 2019.
Leah is a regular contributor to the National Talk Black radio program presenting on topical legal issues. Leah is also a director and deputy chairperson of Access Community Housing, a not-for-profit social housing provider and a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group. Her greatest honour was being asked to negotiate and repatriate her ancestors’ remains from the British Museum in London on behalf of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
Legal Professional Development Executive, Queensland Law Society and Member, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyer Committee
Sheetal plays an integral role in Queensland Law Society’s Professional Development team, providing targeted education and resources to Queensland solicitors. Before moving to Australia and completing her Juris Doctor, Sheetal completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Fraser Valley (Canada). Sheetal is admitted to practise in Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Before coming to work with Queensland Law Society, Sheetal worked in private practice and completed a Master of Laws degree from Bond University.
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.
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.
Director, Helix Legal; Founder of LawLancer and Member, Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee
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.
Manager, Professional Development and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and Member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group
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.
Senior Solicitor, Marrawah Law Pty Ltd and Vice President, Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc (ILAQ)
Cassie Lang is an Aboriginal woman from South West Queensland and the Bundjalung People from the north coast of New South Wales She grew up in Brisbane and holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Justice and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology. Cassie is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. In 2015, Cassie was recognised as one of the Doyle’s Guide Native Title Raising Stars.
Cassie has spent the past nine years specialising in Indigenous law, with a particular focus on native title and cultural heritage matters. This jurisdiction involves a complex system with multiple and overlapping legal regimes applicable to native title claims and land rights at the Federal, State and Territory levels which continues to disadvantage communities seeking to exercise their rights. For the last 2 years Cassie has lived and worked in the remote communities of the Torres Strait. She is one of few Indigenous legal professionals with expertise in this jurisdiction.
In April 2015, Cassie was the only participant from Australia accepted to participate in the Program on Human Rights and International Advocacy Skills 2015 of the Indigenous Women’s Global Leadership School. Cassie was also involved in preparing and making submissions during the Fourteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Cassie is a member of the Australian Indigenous People’s Organisation and assists with preparing submissions to governments and United Nation interventions.
For the past 4 years, Cassie has been the Vice President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland (ILAQ). n her capacity with ILAQ, Cassie co-chaired the committee which organised the 2nd World Indigenous Legal Conference hosted by the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland in June 2014 which was attended by over 200 delegates.
In October 2016, Cassie presented at the 3rd World Indigenous Law Conference held on the traditional lands of the Tongva and Acjachemen Peoples’ at the Beckman Centre of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering in California USA.
For the past three years Cassie has been involved in the Australian Indigenous People’s Organisation (IPO) where she volunteers to review reports from various United Nation bodies regarding Australia and the Australian Government’s responses to those reports (which is then incorporated in the IPO responses to Reports to the Australian Government and various United Nation bodies. Cassie also contributes to the preparation of submissions to be made on behalf of the IPO in response to the Australian Government’s statements at various United Nation forums.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Chief Executive Officer, Caxton Legal Centre Inc. and Member, Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee
Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of Caxton Legal Centre Inc. He is a current QLS Senior Counsellor and an elected member of the QLS Council.
Leading the team at Caxton and working with partners from the community, government and private sectors, Peter represents the interests of people who are disadvantaged or who have a low income when they come into contact with the law.
Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from QUT 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 is highly active in the legal community. He has served on several professional committees including the QLS Professional Conduct and Ethics and Practice Management committees. Outside of the legal profession, Peter holds several roles in the not-for-profit sector. He currently holds the statutory position of Public Interest Monitor.
Lawyer, GRT Lawyers and Chair, Queensland Law Society Early Career Lawyers Committee
Clare is a lawyer in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at GRT Lawyers. Clare has a number of years’ experience in commercial litigation specifically involving insolvency, recovery matters and contractual and partnership disputes. She has been a member of the QLS Early Career Lawyers committee since March 2017 and accepted the position of Chair in June 2018.
Rolf is the Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Law Society. He has over 20 years’ human resources and leadership experience working in large international legal firms throughout Australia and Asia. He has expertise in organisational strategy, creating sustainable, high performing organisational cultures, performance coaching and leadership. Rolf is the former chair and a current member of the Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group and is a faculty member of the QLS Practice Management Course.
Certified Franchising Executive Trainer, Franchise Council of Australia; Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Dispute Management Australia and Member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group
Tania is a behavioural scientist who specialises in emotional health and wellbeing in the workplace. She is a certified franchising executive trainer for the Franchise Council of Australia and specifically provides training on the cost of conflict in business relationships.
Tania is an accredited family, workplace and franchising mediator appointed by the Office of Franchising Mediation Advisor and is an appointed member of the Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group.
Tania has over 21 years’ experience in small business and over 10 years’ in commercial property ownership and management.
She is the founder of the ‘Executive Advantage’, an executive training organisation which provides individual and workplace opportunities for executives wanting to achieve high levels of team engagement and growth.
President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Bill is the 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 Queensland Law Society 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.
Legal Practitioner Director, Shearer Doyle; 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.
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.
Steve is the Managing Director of NextLegal (legal technology consultancy) and the Founder of Client Sense (a data-driven and real-time Business Development solution for law firms). Prior to starting NextLegal and founding Client Sense, Steven led the IT function for leading Australian law firms Lander & Rogers and McCullough Robertson. Steven presents regularly on legal technology and facilitates with the Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course on ‘Demystifying Technology’. Steven provides firms with practical, independent and commercial advice on their technology decisions.
General Counsel, Stanwell Corporation; Chair, Queensland Law Society In-House Counsel Committee; Chair, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group; Member, Queensland Law Society Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Philip has been the General Counsel of Stanwell / Tarong Energy (Queensland’s largest electricity generator) managing the full gamut of legal, governance, regulatory, transactional and contentious matters since January 2001.
From 1988 he worked at Feez Ruthning (now Allens Linklaters) first in commercial litigation, then in banking, finance, property and infrastructure including secondments at Westpac and Cement Australia and internally as the firm’s national risk management lawyer.
Phil is a QLS Senior Counsellor, sits on a variety of professional committees and participates in various mentoring programmes. He is the Inaugural Chair of the QLS In-house Lawyers Committee, Chair of the QLS Wellbeing Working Group and a member of the QLS Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee.
He is a member of the Queensland Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and the ACC’s National Mentoring and Advocacy Committees, accredited by the Resolution Institute (previously LEADR and IAMA) as a Probity Adviser, is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a member of the Racing Queensland Training Disputes Tribunal.
Philip is currently undertaking an MBA studies at QUT.