Justice Atkinson AO was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland in September 1998. Her Honour has a particular interest in case management and the fair and most cost-effective conduct of litigation. On Australia Day 2015 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the judiciary and to law reform in Queensland, through contributions to the legal profession and for promoting awareness of the issues of injustice and inequality in Australia and internationally.
TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland
Simon Bronitt has served as a Professor in the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland (2014-2019), previously holding the position of Deputy Head of School and Deputy Dean Research (2014-2018). Before his move to Queensland in 2009, Professor Bronitt was a member of the College of Law at The Australian National University (1991-2009) and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (2009-2014). Drawing on comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, he has published across criminal law and procedure, terrorism and human rights, comparative criminal law, covert policing, family violence, and policing. Key publications include Bronitt & Easteal, Rape Law in Context (Federation Press, 2018), Bronitt & McSherry, Principles of Criminal Law (4th ed, Thomson Reuters 2017) and Bottomley & Bronitt, Law in Context (4th ed, Federation Press, 2012). In June 2019, Professor Bronitt will be moving south to take up the role of the Dean of Law and Professor at The University of Sydney Law School.
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 indemnity and is an expert in disciplinary and regulatory matters involving lawyers. Ben also has extensive experience in claims and prosecutions involving company directors and officers. Ben is a Queensland Law Society (QLS) accredited specialist in commercial litigation. He is a member of the QLS Free Legal Advice Panel. Ben is the chair of the QLS Ethics Committee and a member of the QLS In-House Counsel 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.
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 Specialist Accreditation Criminal Law Advisory Committee; Chair, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Kurt was admitted as a solicitor in 1995.
He holds a Bachelor and Master of Laws, and was awarded highest achiever when he completed his specialist accreditation in criminal law.
Deborah was admitted as a barrister in Queensland in 1994. Before joining the private bar, Deborah was a principal crown prosecutor for more than 15 years.
The focus of Deborah’s practice is in criminal law, inquests and commissions of inquiry, discipline proceedings and statutory prosecutions. She is briefed by Queensland and Commonwealth Government, the Legal Services Commission and private law firms. She regularly appears in all Queensland Courts.
In February 2017 Deborah was appointed with bi-partisan support to the position of Commissioner, Crime and Corruption Commission. In 2018 Deborah was retained by the Commonwealth Government to appear as Counsel Assisting on the first inquest on Norfolk Island under the new legislative regime on the Island.
Saul Holt is a barrister at the Queensland Bar and the New Zealand Bar. He practices in all areas of public law with an emphasis on criminal, regulatory and environmental law. Saul took silk in Victoria in 2012 when he was Chief Counsel at Victoria Legal Aid. He has also been a Victorian Law Reform Commissioner and is currently a board member of the Australian Advocacy Institute. Saul is a General Editor of Butler and Holt’s Indictable Offences Queensland.
Belinda Merrin gained a Bachelor of Law in 1996 and was admitted as a barrister in 1999. After commencing a career at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Ms Merrin attained the level of Consultant Crown Prosecutor. During her 19 years at the ODPP, Ms Merrin appeared as leading counsel in homicide trials and in the Court of Appeal. Appointed as a Magistrate in May 2016, Ms Merrin has returned to Brisbane having recently completed regional service in Bundaberg.
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, 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.
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.
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.