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.
Deputy President, Queensland Law Society; Legal Practitioner Director, Shearer Doyle; Chair, Queensland Law Society Access to Justice Pro Bono Law Committee
Elizabeth Shearer is a Legal Practitioner Director of Shearer Doyle Pty Ltd which operates specialist family law practice, Doyle Family Law, alongside Affording Justice. Affording Justice is an innovative practice that fills the gap between free legal services and traditional legal representation. The service provides discrete task representation to individuals and small business facing the legal problems of everyday life.
Elizabeth has held many leadership roles in the profession with a focus on professional practice and is currently appointed to all States and Territories’ Professional Standards Councils, a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor, a member of the Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee, Professional Conduct Committee, Practice Management Course Committee and Chair of the Access to Justice Committee and a member of the Supreme Court Library 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 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.
Through Janelle’s vision to build a scalable business at Helix Legal, she founded LawLancer. LawLancer is a legal tech start-up established to provide summer clerks to firms in any season. Born to meet the changing landscape of law, LawLancer harnesses the power of technology and mobilises thousands of engaged but under-utilised freelance clerks currently studying law across the country. LawLancer gives progressive law firms instant access to a talent pool of law students – www.lawlancer.legal.
Helix Legal was a 2018 Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards for New Law Firm of the Year and was also listed as a Top 100 Cool Company by Anthill Magazine. In 2017 Helix was the recipient of the Janders Dean Legal Innovation Index 2017 Award and The LawTech Innovation in legal IT (people’s choice) Award. Janelle is an active member of the Australian Legal Technology Association, the Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee and is a member of the Program Board of the College of Law Master in Legal Business.
Nicole is an electrical engineer, trademarks attorney and senior associate at Bennett & Philp Lawyers. Nicole’s legal practice spans all aspects of intellectual property commercialisation and disputes including patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, domain names and misleading or deceptive conduct. Prior to entering the law, Nicole worked for 10 years as a software engineer in the information technology industry. Nicole was the 2012/13 QLD IPSANZ chairperson.
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.
Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Legal Practitioner Director, QLS Solicitor Support, 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.